Welcome to Student Services

  • Thank you for accessing the DHS Student Services page. We want you to know that our team is here to support you and your student. As we make the transition to on-line learning we will be working to enrich the connections with your students and addressing their needs via Zoom meetings, by email or phone. 

    We will also be adding new content to this page on a regular basis in an effort to provide you with information that could be helpful in supporting your family and student during this ever-changing time.  We will focus on information related to mental wellness, fostering emotional resiliency, mindfulness exercises/activities in addition to posting videos or links to articles that speak to COVID 19 and it’s impact on youth.

    During a time when we are experiencing physical and social distancing our team will be working to support this transition. While our team would all prefer seeing your students in person we are committed to making this change the best it can possibly be. Please see below when our team can be reached daily for office hours. This schedule time will allow you access to us via email or to set up a Zoom meeting. We hope that most, if not all inquiries can be addressed during this time. In the event that we cannot meet your need we will work to schedule a meeting that works with your availability.   

    Your Student Services Team

    Mrs. Crissy Johns (Last name A-G): 9-10 am

    Mrs. Lindsay Hothan (Last name H-N): 9-10 am

    Mrs. Kris Wilkens (Last name O-Z): 10-11 am

    Mr. Joe Kordalski (Social Worker): 8-9 am

    Mrs. Autumn Burks (School Psychologist): 8-9 am

  • Continuous Learning - Update 2

    Posted by Christine Johns on 5/1/2020 4:00:00 PM

    There’s been a lot of discussion about when we will get back to “business as usual”.  While that notion seems ideal it seems that pouring emotional energy into a scenario with so much uncertainty doesn’t appear to be the best use of our emotion time and efforts.  Although the outcome to move education online has come with its challenges I do find comfort in knowing that there will not be additional changes for our students for the remainder of the semester.  With that certainty being known, I think it can be helpful to grow our ability to manage this second, third, fourth (you get the idea) wave of feelings as we work further into the Stay-At-Home Orders, continue to look out for our physical health and progress our way through the remaining weeks of on-line classes.   

    The topic of mindfulness and activities that foster developing and maintaining a more balanced self have captured a lot of attention in the past 8 – 12 months.  One of the most basic but sometimes challenging ways to work toward balance and self-awareness is meditation.  Below you will find a couple resources to support meditation.  There’s a substantial body of research that links mindfulness activities with managing stress, treating symptoms of depression, being more emotionally available for our family and friends, more restful sleep, etc…  

     It our hope that in the coming weeks we can work to support any remaining or new questions that you have about your students success and work to remove or problem solve any barriers that you are experiencing.         

    https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al-1bexxJ24 

    https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/04/harvard-researchers-study-how-mindfulness-may-change-the-brain-in-depressed-patients/ 

    Take care, stay healthy.   

    Your Student Services Team  

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  • Continuous Learning - Update 2

    Posted by Christine Johns on 4/17/2020 5:57:00 PM

    As we continue to process new information related to COVID 19 we have likely been reminded that pieces to our “normal lives” have carried on.  One of the pieces that continueto be new in everyone’s world is the delivery of educational services and supports.  I read the following the other day and wondered how long it might take my kids to say something similar;  

     Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year"... I'm offended. 

     In some way I’m guessing that we have all felt this on some level. This has been and will continue to be a challenging process.  Please reach out to your Student Services Department if there are challenges that you or your student are experiencing related to on-line course work or the social/emotional challenges with new routines, academic expectations, limited contact with friends/family and fewer access to supports.  The following link further outlines guidance on how to support our mental health during this time.    

    https://www.datocms-assets.com/12810/1585419625-mental-health-talking-points-v2.pdf 

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  • Continuous Learning - Update 1

    Posted by DHS Student Services on 4/3/2020 3:15:00 PM

    Parents and/or Guardians,  

    The first week into this new learning experience is coming to an end.  Although it was short we can imagine that the information being directed to you and your student has been overwhelming.  It’s our hope that the individual conversations you’ve had with teachers and staff either through email, phone or Zoom meetings have been reassuring that we can work through the bumps and get back into a new rhythm of school.  

    We will continue to stress over the course of 4th Quarter that we want your student’s health and needs to be our top priority.  In this respect we will need your help as we can’t support what we don’t know.  Your student’s communication with you and subsequently the communication with our team is an important piece to us getting through these challenging times. 

    Below we’ve listed a couple sites to use as a starting point.  The first link will direct you to the CDC where they’ve listed a lot of great information about keeping kids healthy and coping with change.  The second is a resource to help identify anxiety surrounding COVID 19, the recent changes and how to support those needs if they arise.       

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fchildren.html 

    https://www.virusanxiety.com/ 

    https://www.usd232.org/learningplan 

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