Dear Dixon High School Families,
This week, I find myself thinking about celebration, love, and happiness. Yesterday, we moved forward as the mask mandates lifted and all of our students modeled grace and empathy. It sure is nice to talk with kids face to face and see their beautiful smiles and emotions… especially as we also transition to activities and opportunities for students to celebrate just being teens this spring. Please take a look at some of the highlights and information below.
Tuesday Talks Update
Our next Tuesday Talk will be next week, March 22 at 7:00 pm. While I always welcome your questions via email or phone, you can also come to Tuesday Talks to meet in person. Next week, we will have our first in-person meeting in the theater. 🙂
Please take the district’s LCAP survey! As high school parents, you are the experts in what our district should and should not be doing. I value your voice!! LCAP Survey
We are all shocked and saddened by what is happening in Ukraine and our students are definitely expressing confusion, concern, fear and trauma regarding the situation. Our staff got together and found some resources that are student appropriate to share with you. Our Social Science teachers are a wonderful resource as well.
Your kids are hearing about Ukraine. Here’s how to help them understand.
Students are on TikTok Talking About Ukraine—How Teachers Can Answer Their Questions
The Ukraine Crisis Lesson Plans from the Choice Program (Brown University):
8 Resources Teachers Are Using to Discuss Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine:
Scheduling for Next Year
It has been an absolute pleasure working with your kids in planning for fall! They have really modeled engagement and seeking support in the process. We have closed the window for students to submit course requests electronically but we have additional hard copies of all information (and new forms) in the counseling office. If your student did not complete their course request, they must stop by the counseling office ASAP.
Prom is Coming
Our Leadership Class is planning prom and we are SO READY for a fancy dance for all students at Dixon High School! They are finalizing venue plans but SAVE THE DATE for Friday, April 29. Boy, did we miss these events. Tickets will be going on sale soon so make sure your student pays attention to the announcements.
Instructional Shifts and Make Up Work
As things open up, so does our instruction! Our teachers are excited to shift to instructional models that provide more opportunities for creativity and collaboration in their classrooms. While teachers are well-versed in Google Classroom, you can probably expect other types of work. What does this mean for you and your student? It means we need to make sure students are using their planners and that they get ALL makeup work from their teachers if they miss. We will no longer be dependent on just google classroom for make up work.
Student Progress Update and Communication with Staff
Our 6 week grade reports were mailed home on Thursday, March 3. If you have concerns about your child’s progress or have questions about classes, we encourage you to contact your student’s teacher directly. All of our teachers know to return your call within 48 hours.
Your seniors received an email on March 3 with information about community scholarships. Please check in with them and make sure they understand the process and get their applications in. We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring our awesome students and our generous community together. As I mentioned earlier, please encourage your seniors to keep checking their email frequently.
Student Representative for Dixon Parks and Recreation Commission
The City of Dixon is currently accepting applications for one (1) vacancy for a Student Representative and one (1) vacancy for an Alternate Student Representative on the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission is an advisory body to the City Council on matters pertaining to recreation programs and parks facilities. For more information, click here. Interested students may obtain an application by contacting Stephanie Marquez
March 23: Community Scholarship Applications Due
April 4- April 8: Spring Break
April 18-22: State Testing
April 29: Junior Prom
May 2-13: AP Testing
May 16: Community Scholarship Awards Night
May 18: AVID Night
May 23: Distinguished Scholars Night
May 24: End of Year Band Concert
May 25: FFA Night
June 4: Graduation Ceremony Class of 2022
As you may be aware, our Governing Board has approved a change in the district mask policy. As of yesterday, masks are optional indoors (although they are still strongly recommended by CDC). As always, our students are handling this gracefully and respectfully. I am so excited to finally share a sense of moving OUT of a pandemic. That said, we are still in a pandemic and we need to make sure we do our best to prevent an outbreak. Please take a look at the most recent guidance for schools here: March COVID Guidance
The best thing we can do right now is to keep a very close watch on any symptoms. If your student has any symptoms that could be COVID related, please keep them home and call our office at 707-693-6330, ext. 7102. Our staff will gladly help you navigate next steps.
Here are links to important documents you need:
Student handbook: https://tinyurl.com/kn8yrkkt
School calendar: https://tinyurl.com/3uzaac5h
Single/double week schedule: https://tinyurl.com/4u4cjjsv
Bell schedule: https://tinyurl.com/whvd2nj5
Who’s who (english): https://tinyurl.com/tc79h7ze
Campus map: https://tinyurl.com/3a3r9avw
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.