Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center Information Update
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
We hope everyone had a good break and are ready to return to the routine of school. The decision on whether Priority and Career Technical Center Cohort students will be in the building next week will be made on Thursday, January 7th. The District uses a metric to make that determination.
The First Semester/Second Quarter is rapidly coming to a close. Please check in with your students on the status of their progress in their classes. The last day of classes for the First Semester/Second Quarter will be Thursday, January 28th. Friday, January 29th will be used to collect and distribute materials. The Second Semester/Third Quarter will begin on Monday, February 1st.
Please see the information below on two resources for students struggling with substance abuse issues.
Live Free Recovery Consultants, which provides Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counseling services for the Dover School District, has received a community support grant to provide infrastructure and staffing to assist students and families with the educational and emotional impacts of remote learning during COVID-19. This grant allows:
- Programs that promote connection and community-building.
- Increased access to technology that can support children and families during COVID-19.
- Remote learning supports (technology, remote learning sites, tutoring, etc.) needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Other needs not outlined above that are specific to COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable communities in New Hampshire, including transportation(parental consent and a waiver required for transportation).
Beginning 01/04/2021 staff will be on site and available for students of Bellamy Academy, Dover High School, and Dover Middle School at our Newton, New Hampshire office. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and run until all students return to in-person learning. Students are not required to attend all days or all hours.
With this grant we can have multiple computers, headsets for privacy, printers and staff to assist students in keeping up with current classwork or catching up on past due classwork available. This also allows for increased staff to assist families in accessing community social support services.
Students accessing our traditional services will be allowed to participate in both programs and Clinicians and Youth Peer Leaders will be present at all times for any student wishing to speak with one. As always, our traditional services remain available virtually and at our office as well at the schools when students are present.
Referrals should be made through a student’s counselor.
Information can also be found on Live Free Recover Consultants’ website: https://www.livefreerecovery.com/remote-learning-assistance
Bob Faghan-MLADC-Program Director
Live Free Recovery Consultants
The following link will take you to a PDF that has information on peer groups for LGBTQ students in recovery: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g8UjIzFfdeLdNNqZ1ND5_ALjdnfa6XTT/view
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has established a grant-funded creative writing opportunity for qualified students with backgrounds in the arts. The learning sessions will hold a space for students to create their own poetic or lyrical works to record with music and/or perform. The intention is to develop a diverse community of learners whose creative writings will build empathy for people who face racism every day. A lineup of professional performer-musicians will coach and mentor participants in the project "Spoken Word and Song Writing for Social Change." January 19th is the deadline for students to submit their interest in this exciting opportunity to join a statewide fun and informative change-making project.
Those interested in hearing more about the class and/or having interest in joining this free class should visit the Racial Unity Team web site at https://racialunityteam.com/projects and complete the Submission of Interest Form or email us at email@example.com
Families of Seniors
The date for graduation for the Class of 2021 will be set at the January 11th School Board Meeting! Due to a change in state law around determining when graduation dates can be set and the fact we are using remote days when we have inclement weather this winter, we can now set the graduation date earlier to help people with planning.
Please note this important information on caps and gowns. Some seniors have already taken care of this process with their advisor.
With the uncertainty of what the year will bring, we need to get our cap and gown order into the manufacturer much earlier than usual. Seniors who have not given their information to their advisor should send the information below to Ms. Cancellieri at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Caps and gowns will be $30.00 and includes a cap, gown, tassel, and sash. No payment is due currently. Later, students will receive an email containing payment information.
Series for Parents and Caregivers
Zoom Series for Parents and Caregivers – This series is offered by the Center for Trauma Practice Change. Sessions are FREE and offered on Mondays and Thursdays in January from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As caregivers, we are facing an incredibly challenging situation: how do we keep it together during a global pandemic AND how do we do this while supporting our children? This series of webinars will equip parents/caregivers with strategies to effectively intervene when your child is non-compliant, unengaged, or out-of-control. The goal of this series is to provide you with the confidence and knowledge you need to create reflective practice within your own home to support growth for your children of any age.
• Session 1: Understanding Fear, Anxiety and Upset: The Neurobiology of Stress – January 4 or 7
• Session 2: You are Enough! The Key Role of the Parental Relationship in Developing a Resilient Child –January 11 or 14
• Session 3: Helping Your Child’s Growth: It’s all about Safety and Regulation - January 18 or 21
• Session 4: Your Family Can Survive Anything: How the Use of Story & Holding Hope Help Us Overcome - January 25 or 28
§ Registration Link for all sessions: Parent/Caregiver Education Series - Supporting Your Child Amid Crisis Tickets | Eventbrite
The attendance line remains 516-6915 or email Susan Anderson at S.Anderson@dover.k12.nh.us
COVID-19 Testing Information
The following information concerning access to COVID-19 testing has been shared with the Dover School District by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has established many points of care for testing needs in our community including a Respiratory Illness Clinic (RIC) at 10 Members Way, Dover, for our established patients, as well as a drive thru testing site in the lower portion of our parking garage at 789 Central Avenue, Dover for patients without a Wentworth Health Partners provider. Each of these sites require a scheduled appointment to receive a test, which can be made through a Wentworth Health Partners provider or through our online registration form at www.wdhospital.org/covidtestform<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wdhospital.org%2Fcovidtestform&data=04%7C01%7Ck.lupi%40dover.k12.nh.us%7Ca83ddda94e7d4ac18d9808d8a3989a3e%7Cbe1baf9c41904dcb8eb15ffa7262c564%7C0%7C0%7C637439223118901868%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=mUglWoP3qnv1%2B5krCOTE19CinvW%2Bcu4LDkBIl%2F4NTgc%3D&reserved=0> if you do not have a Wentworth Health Partners provider. Wentworth Health Partners patients that would like to be evaluated for a rapid antigen test should call their provider’s office where they may be directed to the RIC
We also offer walk-in (no appointment necessary) Covid-19 care and testing at our Express Care facilities in Dover (701 Central Ave) and Lee (65 Calef Highway). To save your spot in line you can sign up at https://www.wdhospital.org/express<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wdhospital.org%2Fexpress&data=04%7C01%7Ck.lupi%40dover.k12.nh.us%7Ca83ddda94e7d4ac18d9808d8a3989a3e%7Cbe1baf9c41904dcb8eb15ffa7262c564%7C0%7C0%7C637439223118901868%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=Y23fgtR9H1ryPo1bUlq%2F2n0yC%2Fh5uteQ8TSWqPb%2FL3w%3D&reserved=0>. We have rapid antigen testing for people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that started within the last 7 days. Express Care also offer PCR testing that takes approximately 48-72 hours for results. If people would like to be evaluated by a provider to determine what test would be best for their situation, they can visit one of our Express Care Facilities. You do not need to be a Wentworth Health Partners patients to utilize Express Care.
Please know, we will do our best to get people access to the most appropriate testing as soon as possible so they may either return to their normal routine or appropriately isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For additional information and COVID-19 updates from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, please visit our website at www.wdhospital.org/wdh/patients-and-visitors/covid19-updates<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wdhospital.org%2Fwdh%2Fpatients-and-visitors%2Fcovid19-updates&data=04%7C01%7Ck.lupi%40dover.k12.nh.us%7Ca83ddda94e7d4ac18d9808d8a3989a3e%7Cbe1baf9c41904dcb8eb15ffa7262c564%7C0%7C0%7C637439223118911859%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=JbFzwcGHn0YOzscc2aRx0h8HeJt3aU6P91Va0%2FqWQZs%3D&reserved=0>.
The student screener must be completed daily. The link to the screener is: https://forms.gle/BwBWAz2q2b9TEsyS9
PARENT/RECOGNITION ADS for SENIOR STUDENTS
Parent/Recognition Ads are due on February 11, 2021
Yearbook ads provide a unique space that you can reserve in the yearbook to honor your student.
Senior recognition ads can be purchased at: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1058166/Dover-High-School/
From this screen Choose “Yearbook” and “Yearbook Ads”
BUY YOUR YEARBOOK
Don’t forget to purchase a DHS 2021 yearbook at jostensyearbooks.com.
Scheduled pricing and offers:
$60.00 November 21, 2020 – January 29, 2021
$65.00 January 30, 2021 and beyond
Library Books are Now Available
Dover High School started curbside pickup of Library/Media Center items on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Requested items can be picked up between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm in the front vestibule of the main entrance. Books can also be picked up at the Dover Public Library during their regular hours of operation.
Community Action has passed along the following information to us to share with families struggling to maintain housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief & Recovery has announced the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program, an initiative designed to keep people from losing their housing and to secure or maintain permanent housing. Are you on the verge of losing your housing due to COVID-19? Do you have past-due housing related expenses that may impact your ability to remain housed? Applications for assistance are available. Please contact CAPNH at www.capnh.org or call 2-1-1 from any New Hampshire phone.
The link below provides access to information about jobs that could be available to our students. These opportunities are normally posted in the building.
If you are an employer and would like to be included on this job board, please fill out a form that can be accessed at the link below.
Important Information for Seniors and Their Families
Students applying to college may now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. This is the first step toward receiving federal aid. Students may submit the FAFSA before they send college applications, but they will need to have at least one school on their college list to file. Changes can be made to the school selection portion of the FAFSA until the college’s deadline, so if your student’s college list grows in the next few weeks, there is the option to add (or remove) colleges in the future. Looking for help in filing this critical form? The Center for College Planning offers free, 60-minute appointments to help families file the FAFSA, which helps to make college more affordable. To schedule an appointment, contact the Center for College Planning at https://www.nhheaf.org/contact.asp, or 888.747.2382 X119.
Please call the Attendance Line at 516-6915 to report an absence.
School Counseling Department Mental Health Information
Dear Parent / Guardian,
During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.
SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.
Through the program, students learn:
- that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help
- how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
- to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend
- who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it
Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.
We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program, please contact your student’s school counselor.
Dover High School Counseling Staff