Principal’s RAMpage v3.11

Oct 18, 2022

Dear Dixon High School Families,
I might be just a wee bit biased, but I really think we have some of the best kids around!  Our students’ performance, determination, genuine kindness, and energy impress me every day both on campus and when they are out and about!  And, at the same time, they are still teens and they have just a few more years to prepare for their post-secondary lives. We are committed to ensuring all students graduate from high school college and career ready. To do that, we adhere tightly to our three common expectations:
Engage – participate actively and fully in learning
Seek Support – let adults know if and when you need support
Be Present – focus on what you are doing, when you are doing it

Student Behavior Issues
While overall our kids’ are doing great, we do have a few behavioral issues we need your help with.  

  • Unfortunately, a small group of students are engaging in negative behaviors in our restrooms.  This is a huge concern for us because our restrooms should be a safe place for all students.  We have increased supervision in and around our restrooms.  Occasionally, we have to close a restroom due to damage caused by students but we still have plenty of restroom access.  
  • Our campus is a closed campus.  This means that students are not allowed to leave at lunch (or any other time for that matter) during the day.  The only exception to this is if they are signed out by a parent or guardian.
  • Speaking of signing students out, we will be asking parents to come into the office to sign students out in most cases.  Recently, some of our more creative teens have been having acquaintances (pretending to be a parent) call in to release students.  Please understand that student safety is always our top priority.

PTO Meeting
Please consider joining the DHS PTO!  Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 8, at 7:00pm.

Parent Information Opportunity
DUSD is hosting a community night about social media tomorrow.  Please join us!  The evening is hosted by the Organization for Social Media Safety and will be held in the Community Performing ArtsTheater on campus from 6:00-7:30.  This is a great opportunity to get updated information about how to support our teens.

College Advising on Wednesdays
Our counseling office is hosting College Wednesdays at lunch in the College and Career Center.  All students are welcome to stop in and get their college and career questions answered.  This is a great opportunity for our seniors to get help with finalizing applications, completing the FAFSA, making career decisions, etc.  It is also a fantastic opportunity for our younger students who are exploring post-secondary opportunities.  

Resources for Students and Families
Our teachers are working very hard to meet your students’ needs in class and out.  But, there are many ways to help your student if they are struggling.

  1.  We expect every student to use a common binder system AND complete their planner every hour, every day, at Dixon High School.  Please take a look at both of these resources every evening to make sure your student is taking advantage of these tools that are used to help students stay focused and organized.
  2. When you look at the planner, take a look to see how often your student is out of class.  If they aren’t in class, they can’t learn.  Teachers will be initialing the planner when students leave class each period. 
  3. Encourage your student to go to the Learning Center in the library.  They have tutoring and support every morning and afternoon.
  4. Reach out to staff if you need any suggestions or help.  We REALLY want every student to be successful.

ACT and SAT for 11th Graders
If you have a college bound student, please encourage them to sit for the SAT/ACT exams during their junior year.  Even though our UC and CSU partners don’t require the exams, there are many reasons to take them:

  • Scores can be used to determine course eligibility in English and Mathematics at UC’s and CSU’s.
  • Scores can opt students out of requirements such as CBEST assessments for graduate programs.
  • Many other colleges and universities still require the exams.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our counselors.

Seniors Only
This year, every senior family is expected to complete the FAFSA, a financial document for all post-secondary institutions.  If you would like some help our counseling office is hosting a Workshop on November 17, 2022 beginning at 5:30pm.  We can help you with this!!  

School Pictures
For senior portraits, students go to and enter their appointment code (sent to homes on a postcard or via email from Prestige Portraits) to find their appointment time.   All seniors need to take a senior portrait with Prestige for the yearbook. Make-up appointments are November, 7, 8, and 9, schedule online at

We Have Answers
Do you have questions about school policies and procedures such as dress code, attendance, etc?  Please take time to read through the DHS Student & Parent Handbook!  Many answers can be found here!

Upcoming Calendar Events – Get out those calendars!  🙂
October 19:  Social Media Safety Presentation, 6:00 pm
October 28: No School – Teacher Workday
October 29:  DHS Fall Festival, 6:30 pm
November 2: UC Application Workshop (5:30-6:30)
November 3: CSU Application Workshop (5:30-6:30)
November 7-9: Make up Senior Portraits
November 8: DHS PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
November 11:  DHS Band Indoor Marching Experience, 7:00 pm
November 17: FAFSA Workshop

Site Information
Here are links to important documents you need:

As always, please let us know how we can help.  

Stephanie Marquez
Proud Principal of Dixon High School, (707) 693-6330 ext.7113