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Substance Abuse Prevention: A Parent's Guide with Bay Area Community Resources TUPE and Being Adept; November 2019

 

Examining Identity and Standing Up Against Bullying: A Workshop with the Anti-Defamation League; October 2019 (additional information about our Restorative Program)

 

Community Conversation: Mental Health and Student Wellness; September 2019

 

Kids and Anxiety: What You Can Do and When to Seek Professional Help; April 2019

 

Parenting in The Digital Age; March 2019 (additional information about managing screen time)

 

School Climate: What It Is, Why It Matters, and What YOU Can Do to Help; November 2018

 

A Caretaker's Guide to Navigating Adolescence; April 2018

 

Private School Recommendation Form

Private School Intake Form.pdf (PDF)

Halloween 2019
Are you applying to a Private High School next year?

Please read the directions carefully on the application packets you receive or download before submitting to DMS

  • Have your student fill out a Private School Recommendation Form and give to an Assistant Principal (HERE)
  • Download the Application and Student Records Release Form from the private school you anticipate attending. Follow the directions given to you by the school.  
  • Completed all the necessary areas. 
  • Submit the completed Student Records Release Form to Ms. Loy in the Main Office a week in advance.
  • The Student Record Release form must be signed by the parent. If the form is incomplete it will be returned to the student.
  • Include an addressed stamped envelope to the school, Ms. Loy will mail the Student Record Release form and transcripts in the postage paid envelope you provide. If no envelope is provided the Student Records Release form will be returned to the student.  

Administrators will be completing the Letters of Recommendation for your student. The request must be submitted no later than a week in advance of the due date.  

Please submit by the student’s last name:

A-K please submit to Mrs. Akram sakram@srcs.org

L-Z to Mrs. Kernan mkernan@srcs.org  mkernan@srcs.org

 

 

¿Vas a aplicar a una secundaria privada para el próximo año?

 

Por favor lea cuidadosamente las instrucciones que se encuentran en los paquetes que recibió o que bajo del internet antes de entregar los documentos a DMS.

  • Baje la aplicación y la forma de liberación del registro del estudiante de la escuela privada a la que quiere aplicar. Siga las instrucciones dadas por la escuela.
  • Complete todas las áreas necesarias.
  • Entregue la forma de liberación del registro del estudiante a la Sra. Loy en la oficina principal con una semana de anticipación. 
  • La forma de liberación del registro del estudiante debe estar firmada por padre o madre. Si la forma es entregada incompleta será retornada al estudiante. 
  • Incluya un sobre con estampilla y dirigido a la escuela, la Sra. Loy enviara por correo la liberación del registro del estudiante y la historia de calificaciones usando el sobre que usted proporcione. Si el estudiante no proporciona el sobre con la estampilla la forma será regresada al estudiante. 

 

Los administradores estarán completando cartas de recomendación para su estudiante. La solicitud se debe hacer no más tarde de una semana antes de la fecha límite de entrega. 

 

Por favor dirija su solicitud dependiendo del apellido de su estudiante:

 

De la A a la K entregar a la Sra. Akram correo electrónico sakram@srcs.org

De la L a la Z entregar al Sra.  Kernan correo electrónico mkernan@srcs.org

 

Para obtener ayuda en español, llame al 415-485-2400 X215

 

Counseling

dms counseling team

 

Abby Costello, School Counselor (M-F) • 

acostello@srcs.org            

 

 Maria Pusel, School Counselor (Bilingual, Spanish, M, W-F)

• mpusel@srcs.org         

 

Meghan Greenwood, School Counselor (Culture & Climate, M, W, Th) 

mgreenwood@srcs.org 

what's happening in counseling?

A note from being adept

Thank you for taking the time to join us at Davidson Middle School on November 19. We appreciated the thoughtful questions and comments, and the commitment shown by your parent community. The school administration and your counseling team have made our team of educators very welcome as part of a robust program. We hope the presentation was informative for all, and supports continuing dialogue among your community and with your teens.

 

If you are interested in learning more, here are some helpful resources:

Parent Education Night
Parent Education Night
DMS Conferences
DMS Conferences
on safari! Halloween 2019
Halloween 2019!
Mental Health Awareness Week september 2019
Spreading Kindness Challenge Lunch Activity
students

meet the counseling team

Abby CostelloAbby

A Marin native raised in Novato, I am so excited for a second year at Davidson! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communications at Gonzaga University and then taught English in Thailand for a year. I then returned to the Bay and received my Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco with a dual credential in Pupil Personnel Services and Clinical Counseling. I've been a nanny for years and have volunteered in various after school and mentoring programs. I also have experience working at Terra Linda High School and Hoover Middle School in San Francisco Unified. I plan to use my enthusiasm and passionate nature to be a secure outlet for students who struggle academically, emotionally, or spiritually, through positivity and a sense of humor. Motivating youth to reach their potential is my passion and I love building authentic relationships with students. In my free time I love cuddling my dog Tula, hiking, traveling, laughing, avocados, and spontaneous adventures. 

 

Nativa del Condado De Marín, crecí en Novato. Estoy muy emocionada de ser parte de la familia de Davidson. Recibí mi licenciatura en Relaciones Publicas y Comunicaciones de la Universidad Gonzaga y después pase un año en Tailandia enseñando Ingles. Después de viajar por el sudeste de Asia regrese al área de la bahía para completar y recibir mi maestría en Consejería Psicológica con la Universidad de San Francisco  con una credencial dual de servicios de personal escolar y consejería clínica. Por muchos años también he cuidado niños y he sido voluntaria en programas de después de escuela y programas de mentores. También tengo experiencia de haber trabajado en la secundaria de Terra Linda y en la Escuela Intermedia Hoover de San Francisco. Yo planeo en usar mi naturaleza entusiasta y ferviente para convertirme en un recurso para los estudiantes que están batallando académica, emocional o espiritualmente por medio del positivismo y el buen sentido del humor. Mi pasión es el motivar a la juventud para que alcancen su potencial y espero construir auténticas relaciones y hacer un cambio positivo en DMS. En mi tiempo libre me gusta pasar tiempo con mi perro que se llama Tula, me gusta caminar en la naturaleza, viajar, reírme, los aguacates y las aventuras espontáneas.  

 

Maria PuselMariel

My name is Maria Pusel and I have been in education for over 15 years both as a counselor and a teacher ranging from elementary to high school. I am very honored and excited to be a part of the Cougar family. I have been the bilingual (English/Spanish) school counselor for Bahia Vista, San Pedro, Laurel Dell and Short Elementary for several years and look forward to continue serving our students as part of the DMS community. I received a Master of  Education in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Service Credential from California State University and a second Masters in Secondary Education and a Bilingual Cross cultural Language in Academic Development (BCLAD) credential from Loyola Marymount University.  Being born and raised in Latin America, I identify with our underrepresented communities and offer a place of understanding where I can support their individual needs.

I enjoy hiking, traveling, reading science fiction, and spending quality time with my family.

 

Mi nombre es María Pusel y he trabajado en el campo educativo por más de 15 años como consejera escolar y maestra a nivel primario y secundario.  Me siento muy honrada y emocionada de ser parte de la familia Cougar. Por varios años he sido la consejera escolar de las escuelas primarias de Bahia Vista, San Pedro, Laurel Dell y Short y espero seguir apoyando a nuestros estudiantes como parte de la comunidad de la escuela Davidson.  

Parte de mi formación académica y profesional incluye haber obtenido una Maestría en Educación y Consejeria Escolar con credencial de Servicio al Estudiantado de la Universidad de California, y una segunda Maestría en Educación Secundaria con credential en el Desarrollo del Lenguaje Académico Bilingüe-Multicultural. Haber nacido y crecido en latinoamérica me permite identificarme con nuestras comunidades que están bajo-representadas y ofrecer un mayor apoyo considerando las necesidades únicas de los estudiantes y la comunidad.

En mi tiempo libre mi prioridad es pasar tiempo con mi familia. También me gusta ir a caminar por los senderos, la naturaleza, viajer y leer libros de ciencia ficción.

 

Meghan GreenwoodCounselor

I am a school counselor with a Pupil Personnel Service Credential. I received my Masters of Education in Counseling and Development from Lamar University. I also have Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communications from Texas A & M University, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Texas A & M. I started my career in education in 2001 teaching speech, debate, oral interpretation and theatre arts to a wide age range. I bring my dramatic background into my counseling work with many creative expression activities. I work with students individually, in groups, in classroom guidance activities, in student leadership, and in school-wide climate and culture initiatives. I am energized by helping students develop the skills they need to uncover their talents, strengths, and build towards a meaningful life. For more information about my practices, please visit: mmgcounselingcorner.weebly.com .

 

Soy una consejera escolar con una credencial de servicios de personal escolar. Recibí mi maestría en educación en consejería y desarrollo de la Universidad Lamar. También tengo una licenciatura de artes en habla y comunicaciones de la universidad de Texas A &M, otra maestría con la misma universidad en educación en plan de estudios e instrucción. También tengo una credencial válida para enseñar inglés, una membresía en la Asociación de Consejeros Escolares de América y en la Asociación de Consejeros Escolares de California. He enseñado y entrenado habla, debate, interpretación oral y artes del teatro a diferentes grupos de edades. Yo utilizo mi conocimiento en artes dramáticas para mi trabajo como consejera con muchas actividades de expresión creativa. Yo me siento energizada para ayudar a los estudiantes a que desarrollen habilidades que ellos necesitan para descubrir sus talentos, fortalezas, y para desarrollar una vida con significado.  

 

Advisory Lessons

 

September 19- Stress Management

 

October 24- Bullying Awareness

 

November 21- Social Media Awareness

 

January 23- Identity/Allyship

  • 6th- Examining Identity/ Who Am I/ Respecting & Celebrating Diversity

  • 7th- GSA Video (created by GSA, 7TH GRADE)

  • 8th- Hate Speech/ Your role/ Recognizing issues at DMS

 

February 13- Wild Card/ Grade Level 

  • 6th- TUPE/Tobacco/ Marijuana informational presentation

  • 7th- Covitality part 2 (Spring post test); Healthy Relationships

  • 8th- High School Readiness (A-G, Career Assessment)

RESTORATIVE PROGRAM

 

Restorative Circles, Advisories, Suspension Diversion (Peer Court), and Solution Teams are all part of our Restorative Justice Program. Our goal is for every student and school community member to feel safe, honored, valued, and respected at Davidson, and that we all learn to create and maintain positive, caring relationships and repair them when needed. 

Please contact Meghan Greenwood mgreenwood@srcs.org for more information

 

Student leadership opportunities

Student Leadership Training
Student Leadership Training

 

 

Students selected to participate as a Student Leader with the Restorative Program show great leadership potential, empathy, thoughtfulness, and an eagerness to impact our school’s climate and culture in a positive way. The program has three major components: 

 

1) Training opportunities on the principles of restorative justice and community empowerment;

 

2) Leadership opportunities with several schoolwide activities; and 

 

3) Participation on the Davidson Peer Court throughout the school year.

 

Applications are accepted in April, and students are notified of their selection at the beginning of May for the following school year.

CoVitality Mental Health Survey

All 5th, 7th, and 10th graders in San Rafael City Schools will be taking a mental health, wellness, and school climate survey during the month of October. This survey is designed to help our schools recognize school wide strengths and areas to address; as well as identify any students that might be at-risk for psychological distress (depression, anxiety, low self-concept, etc.). For more information on CoVitality, please visit http://www.project-covitality.info/. 

 

You will be receive a letter in October. Should you determine that you do not want your student to take part in the survey, please return the letter to your child's teacher or the front office.

 

Questions? 

Please call of e-mail Meghan Greenwood at 415-485-2400 or mgreenwood@srcs.org. 

 

Copy of Covitality Letter to Families