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Fraser, Alyssa
Hersch, Monica
Watkin, Julie

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Dougherty Valley High School Math and Science Course Advancement

SRVUSD recognizes that some students want to challenge themselves academically beyond the classroom.  Course advancement is one opportunity available for our students.  Students may enroll in an approved math or science course of study outside of SRVUSD that may lead to course advancement.  We also recognize that advancement is not for all students.  Families must determine if their student(s) can manage the fast pace curriculum delivery. 

Students planning on advancing, need to go to the Dougherty Valley High School Counseling page of their website and click the advancement link to sign up.


Counseling Department

SMART Goals and Fall Conferences



Fall Conferences


Fall conferences are fast approaching. Teachers met earlier this week to determine with which students they would like to have a team conference. Not all students will receive invitations for teacher team conferences. However, all students will be participating in academic reflection activities this week in their AP classes. Students will be asked to assess their current learning and create goals for future growth. They will be creating a goal in the area of academic growth and a goal in the area of behavior, participation, and effort. Students will use the SMART goals format when creating these goals. SMART goals are an effective way to write goals. SMART goals are specific and quantifiable in their outcomes. SMART is an acronym for how the goal should be written.


Specific-          Tells exactly what you hope to accomplish.

Measurable-   Tells by how much. How will you measure if you have achieved your  


Achievable-     Is this goal something that is realistic and can be achieved?

Realistic-          In reference to the action plan, is what you are committing to do

                        feasible given your lifestyle and time commitments?

Time Bound - What is the deadline for accomplishing this goal?


An example of a SMART goal could be: “I will increase the amount of time I study prior to a test by studying for at least 20 minutes a day for the week leading up to the exam.  To study, I will review my notes, create flashcards, and ask my teachers questions.” This goal tells specifically what you will do (Study by reviewing notes etc), is measurable (20 minutes a day), achievable, realistic (20 min daily should be doable for most), time bound (the week leading up to a test).


In addition to creating SMART goals, students will reflect on the successes and struggles they have had this school year. Students should celebrate their successes and use the knowledge and skills gained through that success to develop plans to improve in their areas of weakness.


If your child has been selected for a team conference, you will be receiving an invitation in the mail this week. We will be having students lead their own conferences using the Academic Reflection and SMART goals they will create in their AP classes.  The emphasis on student led conferences is in talking with the student to help develop a plan for improvement that they will take ownership of and be accountable for, rather than talking at them or telling that what they need to do.


Whether or not your student has been selected for a team conference, by week’s end they will have developed SMART goals, completed a Fall Academic Reflection, and discussed these goals in class with a partner. If your child has not been selected for a conference, it would be beneficial for you to have a personal conference with them to go over the goals they have for themselves and ask them how you can be of support in their attempt to achieve the goals they have set.

Bond While Setting Goals

By: Alyssa Fraser

As our children embark on a new school year, many parents think about the hopes and aspirations we have for our children for the upcoming school year, as well as their distant ...more

Information about the counseling department

What does a School Counselor do?
• Helps create a safe school environment where children can learn.
• Promotes positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
• Assists students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities, options and choices.
• Supports students by teaching skills for achieving success.
• Provides counseling with students individually and in groups.
• Works with students to ensure optimal attendance and minimal tardiness.
• Coordinates referrals to outside agencies.
• Helps design interventions to enhance student success in all areas of life.
• Helps students learn about anger management, conflict resolution and mediation skills.
• Helps parents, teachers, and administrators learn how to meet the needs of all students.

A School Counselor is not a doctor or a psychologist. School Counselors meet with you, the student, to help you sort through problems that might be happening in your day-to-day life. Let's face it; we are all faced with problems in our lives! Sometimes there are problems that need even more attention than a school counselor can offer. School Counselors work with other people in the field of psychology to assist students and parents in working through some difficult personal or family concerns.

How do I see the Counselor?
Ask your teacher for a pass, ask the counselor to send you a pass, request by the counselor, principal or assistant principal request, parent request, teacher request and friend request. Please contact Mrs. Dee Charbonnet to schedule an appointment.

When can I see the Counselor?
Mrs. Fraser is on campus from 7:45-2:45 pm.

Where is the Counselor's office?
Our office is in the back of the Administration Building.

How and why do parents contact the school counselor?
Concerns over student achievement, family health problems, new school registration and orientation, test interpretation, discussing special needs of their student, discussion of potential crisis, family difficulties or concerns, scheduling, 504 plans, student success team meetings, and parent Education.

Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
When you receive a slip with your Counselor's name on it, it does not mean you have been called in because you are in trouble or "bad". In fact, a counselor is an adult who acts as your advocate! An advocate is someone who wants to listen to what you have to say and help you come up with reasonable solutions to making your situation better. It does not mean that your counselor can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place that you can go to when you are not sure what to do.

Anti-Bullying Resources

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Anti-Bullying Network
Bully Advice for Kids
Get Your ANGRIES Out
No Bully 4 Kids

Preventing Bullying And Harassment (a learning resource for teachers and students)


Student Incident Report

If you would like to submit a student incident report, please click on the link.  All incidences will be investigated by the administrators and/or counselors.

Click here to submit a report

General Resources/ Articles


Tips on Study Skills/Time Management/Test Preparation (PDF)

It's My Life: A Guide for Middle-Schoolers

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Articles and useful information for parents.

Hope Hospice
If yo
u are looking for a support service for students who have a parent who is ill or recently deceased, you may want to check out Hope Hospice which runs wonderful groups for students and teens who may need support yet want the "normalcy" of a school day and may not actually want to be in a grief/loss group at school. Please note that this response may be different for students who have experienced loss of a parent a while ago, as they have different issues that arise as time goes by. The bottom line is that Hope Hospice is a great resource for any sort of bereavement issues For your information, please visit their website or call them at 925-829-8770.

Twelve Secrets for Successful Step-parenting
Parenting and step-parenting is probably the most challenging job you can tackle, yet there are no job requirements (other than having kids). It doesn't require getting a child care license, serving an apprenticeship, passing an exam, or getting a degree. Worst of all, no instruction manual comes with the kids. You certainly wouldn't buy a refrigerator or computer that came with so little back-up information.

Self-injury Concern
Symptoms include refusal to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts, frequent "accidents" leaving bruises or scratches, increased secrecy, isolation and withdrawal. If you see any indication that your child may be involved, or tempted to be involved, in this type of activity please contact your pediatrician or medical insurance immediately. For families without medical coverage, or wanting a local counseling clinic,

Discovery Counseling Center (downtown Danville) has counseling services available at 837-0505.
This web site is for general information only so do not substitute these informational sources for immediate professional help.