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November 14th

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:54 AM by Mike Costello

Advisory Lesson

November 14th

Topic:  Examine habits 1 and 3 from the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey.  


  1. Students will learn how habits can have a positive or negative effect on their lives.

  2. Students will learn two habits that can help them be more successful in school, sports, activities, work etc.

Activities:  Go over the following habits

  1. Be Proactive – Being proactive means taking action ahead of time to prevent problems or conflicts AND/OR taking action to solve a problem quickly before it gets worse.

  2. Put First Things First – Learning to prioritize which things should be done right away and which things can wait until later.


What is a habit? –  Habits are things we do repeatedly.  We can have habits that have a positive effect on our lives, like getting eight hours of sleep a night or exercising regularly.  But we can also have habits that have a negative effect on our lives, like negative self-talk or procrastinating. Our habits can have a huge impact on our lives because our habits are what we repeatedly do every day.  If we have habits that are negatively impacting us, we have the power to change them and develop positive ones.

Habit #1: Be Proactive

Being proactive means thinking before you act.  You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to what happens to you.  Reactive people make choices on impulse; they are like a can of soda. If life shakes them up, once the pressure gets too great, they explode.  Proactive people take responsibility for things and work to make the best of any situation. Life might shake them up, but they decide to stay calm rather than explode.

Guess which statement is proactive and which is reactive:

*It’s not my fault I have a D in that class; the teacher wouldn’t let me retake a quiz I bombed.

*I went in after school to talk with my teacher about my grade to see what I could do to improve it.

*My coach benched me because I missed one practice.  I’m going to quit!

*My first period teacher is a stickler when it comes to phones.  I need to keep my phone in my backpack to avoid getting it taken away.

*My boss fired me because I have been late several times.  That is so unfair because I am one of the hardest working employees.

*I am flunking history, so I might as well skip and go home 8th period.

Ask students to turn the reactive statements into proactive ones.

Habit #3:  Put First Things First

Learn how to prioritize your life so that you are doing the most important things first.  When you go home from school, do you spend eight hours playing Xbox and then at midnight start doing your homework?  Do you procrastinate until the very last minute and then turn in work that is not your best effort?

Discuss the following scenario with students, or have them come up with their own situations to discuss:

*You have a big math test coming up, what things would you put first?

*You have an essay due in three days, how would you prioritize your time?

*You have soccer tryouts in two weeks, what things would you put first?

Have students brainstorm ways to organize and manage their time effectively so they can be successful.

November 7th

posted Nov 7, 2018, 7:33 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 10:59 AM ]

Advisory Lesson

November 7th

Topic:  Discipline information from the Deans in hopes of reducing detentions and suspensions.    


  1. Discuss common behavior infractions and consequences

  2. Explain rationale for rules

Activities:  Go over the following behaviors

  1. Recording fights

  2. Vaping - Juuling

  3. Leaving campus

  4. ID cards


The Deans have noticed a general lack of knowledge about some important rules at school that carry tough consequences for students who violate them.  In an effort to save students from detentions and suspensions, we will take some time today to discuss common issues and why these rules were put into place in the first place.

  1. Recording fights (refer to pg. 30 in planner):

The deans are seeing an increase in students recording fights that occur at school.  It is important for students not to participate in the “Bystander Effect” when they see a fight.  They need to get an adult immediately to help stop the fight as quickly as possible to reduce the chances of someone being injured.  Recording a fight is a violation of another student’s privacy and carries the same punishment as actually fighting: a minimum 3-day suspension and 30-day activity suspension.

*There is no need for students to record fights for evidence; school cameras will provide all the necessary video footage security needs.

  1. Vaping/Juuling are tobacco products, which fall under Drug and Alcohol offenses at school (refer to pg. 27 in planner):

Vaping and juuling are illegal for anyone under the age of 21.  All tobacco products pose harmful risks to our bodies and are highly addictive, which is why vaping and juuling are not allowed at school.  If a student is caught, there is a minimum 3-day suspension and 30-day activity suspension. A second offense can carry a 5-day suspension and 60-day activity suspension.  For repeated offences, an alternative placement may be considered.

*Vaping is one of the most common violations this year.  Protect your health and don’t risk getting a suspension – don’t use these products.

  1. Closed Campus Violation (refer to pg. 30 in planner):

The school is responsible for your wellbeing during the school day; when you go off campus, you are putting your health and safety in jeopardy.  Leaving campus (skipping) is considered an unexcused absence, which means a teacher can deny a student the ability to make up any missing work from that absence.  A student will be assigned either ISS or After School Student Assist (ASSA) for any unexcused absence.

*Skipping classes negatively impacts grades, attendance rates and creates unnecessary conflict with teachers.

  1. Student ID cards:

Students must have their ID on them at all times during school and at school events.  If a staff member asks you for your ID, and you do not have it, you can be issued a detention.  Student ID cards are important for safety reasons. ID cards allow staff to quickly identify who is, and who is not, a DDHS student.  This process ensures our ability to protect all students and staff by getting rid of people who should not be on campus.

October 31st

posted Oct 31, 2018, 7:24 AM by Mike Costello

Activity:  Discuss the following options in an active shooter situation

  1. Flee

  2. Hide

  3. Fight


The first and best option (if you can safely do this) is to get out of the school as quickly as you can.  Get out and get as far away from the school as possible BUT stay together as a group.  If you can safely warn others on your way out, do so; be sure to take your cell phone so you can let others know where you (and students) went.

Activity:  Discuss the different options you have in the following situations:

  1. An active shooter is in the school but far away from your room

  1. A shooter is close but not in your immediate area or hallway

3)   The shooter is in your hallway and very near your classroom door.


  1. Flee:  Can you safely leave through your door?  If not, is there another door that leads out of the classroom?  Are there windows that could be opened, or broken, that you could use to get out of the room?  Discuss the fastest way to get outside from your classroom, and once outside, where would you go?  Is escaping into an enclosed courtyard a good idea?

  1. Hide:  Discuss how you could barricade the door using desks, chairs, a podium, a technology cart etc.  How can you make it difficult for the shooter to get in so maybe they will give up and leave? What can you use to shield students from bullets - are there tables, or a bookshelf in the room?  Is there a closet in the room where people could hide? Are there cabinets in the room that people could fit into? Hiding isn’t ideal because it leaves you in a passive, vulnerable position.  If you are hiding, think about ways you could defend yourself if the shooter finds you.

  1. Fight:  Talk about objects in the room that could be good weapons and what objects could be useful shields for protection.  Discuss strategies the group could use to overtake the shooter. Can you ambush them at the door? Assign different jobs to students, some students can be in charge of throwing things at the attacker if they get into the room, some students can yell or shout to confuse the attacker, some students can be in charge of rushing/ambushing the assailant etc.  

Do not open your door to anyone – especially if they are claiming to be the police.  The police will have been given a master key and won’t have to ask you to open the door.   

October 24th

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:42 AM by Mike Costello

Activity #1:  What is StudentVUE?:

StudentVUE is a place on the district website where students can access information about their grades, attendance, and email teachers  In order to get onto StudentVUE, a student needs an access code, and then they need their user name and password to log in.  This access code is sent home every year, but can be shared to students by a few staff members (listed below). If you get locked out of your account (by forgetting your password for example), these staff members can also help you get logged back into your account.

Deb Wheelbarger, Amy Roley, Kelly Knudsen in the Library

Galen Schmitt in the Scots Center

Sheyla Hirshon in the North Office

Paige Mathews in the South Office

Naomi Schneider in the Counseling Office

There is also a StudentVUE app for your phone, which can make it very easy to check grades on a regular basis.

Activity#2:  Academic Tracking worksheet

Have the students write down their schedule and put their current grade in each class; if they don’t know, they can take a guess for now.  Encourage them to find out later by going on StudentVUE or asking their teacher.

Activity #3:  Action Plan

Brainstorm ways that students can improve or maintain good grades.  Have students write down three things they can do right now to help ensure they can be successful academically this semester.  

When discussing ways to improve grades, this can apply to any student, even students with good grades.  The obvious priority is to focus on core classes, as these classes have to be retaken if failed. Also, help students think about how to get a C to a B or a B to an A.  

Ideas to be successful:

Get help from teacher before school, at lunch or after school.  

Go to Scots Center for help

Go to all classes every day- when absent get make-up work immediately

Get all homework done and turned in on time

Do extra credit when teacher offers it

Study before all quizzes and tests

October 17th

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:57 AM by Mike Costello

Healthy Relationships

Google Presentation

October 10th

posted Oct 10, 2018, 7:34 AM by Mike Costello

Discuss with the class the following questions (pose the question, take student input, share answers):

1) What is a credit?  

A credit is what you get when you pass a class in high school and college.

2) How do you earn a credit?   

If you pass a class with a D or higher for an entire year, you will earn 1.0 credits for that class.  When you pass a class for half the year (fall or spring semester), you will earn 0.5 credits. When you fail a class, you do not earn any credits.

3) How many credits do you need to graduate?  (Have the students guess)

You need 25 credits to graduate from DDHS.   

Important note – The counseling office uses the words “Off Track” and “On Track” to describe each student’s progress towards graduation in four years.  For example, if you passed all of your classes freshman year, you would be “on track” to graduate. However, if you failed a class, you may be considered “off track” to graduate because you are missing the credit from that class.  You can retake classes, either in credit retrieval, summer school, or during the school year to get back “on track” for graduation.

Show students the chart with specific subject area requirements.



English (LA)






Social Studies






Phys. Ed.


Fine Arts






4) What does GPA stand for?  

Grade Point Average

5) What is the minimum GPA required to graduate from DDHS?  2.0  

Numerical values are given to each grade. For example…






To calculate your GPA, add up each number for the grades you were given and divide that sum by the total number of classes on your schedule.


A freshman got the following grades on their first semester report card:

English 1 – B

Integrated 1 – C

Health – B

General Science - D

Digital Literacy – C

Freshman PE – A

Spanish 1- B


Calculate their GPA for 1st semester:  21 divided by 8 = 2.625

Is this student “on track” to graduate based on this report card?  

Yes.  They passed all of their classes with a D or higher and their GPA is a 2.0 or higher.

Since a D is a passing grade, could a student get all Ds on a report card and still be “on track” to graduate?
Maybe/Maybe not.  Even though the student passed all of their classes, the 1.0 GPA for that semester might cause their overall GPA to fall below the 2.0 needed to stay on track to graduate.

October 3rd

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:15 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 11:11 AM ]

-Bus Evacuation
-My Why...


September 26th

posted Sep 26, 2018, 11:12 AM by Mike Costello

Homecoming Voting - Teacher

Back to School Night - LC

Activity - LC

September 19th

posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:35 AM by Mike Costello


  • Distribute blue ½ sheet

  • Explain that all of the LCL’s got together and came up with the most need-to-know information about DDHS

  • Show the video

  • Answer any questions freshmen have!


  • Walk around the classroom and assist students

    • Make sure they write their name in their planner

    • Help them find the right page # (if the teacher is pointing out topics/pages)

    • Share how important it is to write down their HW!

• Planner
Please read and talk about these policies that are in the planner:
Electronic Devices – Pg. 35 & 36, Harassment – Pg. 33 & 34 and any
other policies you feel need to be discussed. Make sure students
sign the first page of their planner in pen!

• Dress Code
Please review the insert on dress code that came with the planner.
Then make sure they insert it into their planner.

• Assemblies
o All students are required to go to the assemblies.
o Students are required to sit in their designated area: Freshman – East
Balcony, Sophomores – West Balcony, Juniors - East Main Floor
Bleachers, Seniors – West Main Floor Bleachers
o During our National Anthem students will sit or stand quietly and
with respect.
o Students are expected to sit quietly, be courteous and respectful and
be a positive participant of the assembly.
o All students are required to stay seated at the assembly until excused.

• Games
o You must have DDHS ID to enter a game.
o Students must sit in the DDHS student section, which is in the very
SOUTH section of the grandstands for football games and east floor of
the north gym for basketball games.
o Please remember you are representing David Douglas High School.
o Only positive cheer towards players, referees, and coaches.
o No signs, masks that cover the face, or any other uniforms or
costumes that are inappropriate.
o No Backpacks

• Dances
o DDHS ID cards must be presented to enter a dance
o Inappropriate dancing will not be tolerated.
o Guests are only allowed at Prom. (with administrative approval)
o School dances are 9pm to 11pm. Prom is from 8pm to 11pm.
o Students will not be allowed into the dances 90 minutes after they
o If you leave the dance you may not return.
o Students must have transportation home after the dance. A taxi
may be called 30 minutes after the dance, by an administrator, if
a student does not have a ride and the taxi fees will be charged to
the legal guardian.

• Cafeteria
o David Douglas has a closed campus policy. You may not leave campus
during lunch to eat or pick up food.
o You must use your DDHS ID card or pay cash to buy food.
o Please clean up your own mess after eating, put food trays in the turn-
in opening of the kitchen, and make sure your table area is clean
before leaving.
o No cutting in lines or saving spots for friends while waiting to pay or
receive your food.
o You are only allowed to eat or have food in the designated areas.
There are sections of the school that are off limits during lunch due to
class being in session. Please respect the posted signs.

September 5th

posted Sep 4, 2018, 1:45 PM by Mike Costello   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 1:46 PM ]



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