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Counseling Corner: Week 38

It’s the last week of school. The final countdown. We can sense your disappointment in not having to log on to Zoom meetings :). We encourage students to continue to LEARN and GROW over the summer and have compiled a list of things to do to avoid summer brain drain including utilizing the Los Angeles Public Library to learn new languages, learn technical skills (ex. Animation, automotive design, film making, game design, etc), and provided a number of suggested books to read.

We hope you have a great summer. -The Counseling Team

Counseling Corner: Week 35

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe that we have been doing virtual instruction for 2 months and that this week is the last week of classes. The counseling team wants to remind you that stress is normal and can help us thrive, to keep moving your body, and that we are in this together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, your friends, parents/guardians, and teachers for support. We care about you. -The Counseling Team

11th Grade College Planning Workshop

Juniors!!! Attached are the slides from the College Planning Workshop that the counselors hosted on Monday and Tuesday.

As a follow up, the counselors would like to meet with you individually (your parents do not need to attend but are welcome to) to start talking about your post-DVS plans. Our workshop focused on college but we know some plans also include work, the military, a gap year, etc.

We are looking forward to meeting with you. Please sign up for a time slot with your counselor using the links below.

Ms. Valle (A-F)
Ms. Ruiz (G-M)
Ms. Rodriguez (N-Z)

11th Grade College Planning Meeting Reminder

Hi Juniors!

We hope you and your family are doing well! The Counseling Team is hosting a College Planning Meeting on Tuesday via Zoom at 2pm. We encourage parents/guardians and students to attend. We hope to see you there!

Zoom Meeting ID: 833 0009 7344
Password: 2teDw4

Topics of discussion will include:
– Creating a college list
– Completing the college application
– Changes to the college admission cycle due to COVID 19
– Financial aid and scholarships
– Q & A

Be well!!
-The DVS Counseling Team

Counseling Corner: Week 32

The Counseling Team is wishing you a wonderful week! Below are some resources and activities that we encourage you to incorporate into your day/week. Make sure that you are taking breaks in your day and that you are doing something each day that brings you joy, peace and makes you laugh. This week we’re highlighting a meditation for better sleep, UC/CSU admissions response to COVID-19, and a NBA highlight video for those of you who are missing sports. We miss you and are thinking about you!

-Counseling Team

Coronavirus Parent Resources

Hello DVS Families,

We hope that you and your families are well. Below is a list of resources that will hopefully provide some answers or at least updates regarding some questions you might have regarding things like how to talk to your child about the coronavirus and college and career updates. Be well.

–The Counseling Team

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus

SAT Testing Updates

ACT Testing Updates

National Association of College Admission Counselors – Updates on the college admission process

Financial Aid

FREE Practice SAT/ACT Test Online

While we are working virtually, please take advantage of a FREE online SAT or ACT practice test offered by The Princeton Review and COMPASS Education Group. It’s specifically important for Juniors to practice now to prepare for the upcoming tests for college admissions and it’s never too early for 9th and 10th graders to begin practicing. This will allow all students to get a feel for each test in order to make better decisions on which test works best for you. Practice makes perfect!

The Princeton Review

SAT –!Test-SAT_2016

ACT –!Test-ACT

COMPASS Education Group


Parent Workshop on Adolescent Anxiety

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Anxiety on March 9

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 adolescents ages 13-18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Data from the National Comorbidity Study Replication estimates that about 1 in 3 adults experiences an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Dealing with anxiety at some level is normal and inevitable but how do you know if anxiety is at an unhealthy level and how do you support your child to get through it?

Pepperdine therapist interns will be facilitating a workshop on adolescent anxiety and will focus on parenting skills for dealing with anxiety. Topics covered will be psychoeducation on anxiety, recognizing triggers, and parenting skills. The workshop will also include time to practice skills, as well as a time for questions.


  • Date: March 9
  • Workshop times – 1:30-2:30pm OR 2:30-3:30pm
  • Location: Galileo Room (2nd floor, 201 N. Douglas)


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