• News/Updates will be added as new information is received, check back often to see new information! 

    Last Updated November 22nd


    Incoming Student Information

    Are you trying to figure out what high school to attend? Come to the Showcase Night at DHS on December 7th at 5PM!

    Showcase Evening


    Household/Family Resources

    Christmas Sign-Ups - Neediest Families Fund - The Salvation Army

    Days: Monday - Thursday

    Dates: November 28-December 15

    Time: 9:30am-11:45am

    Evening Distribution (For Working Families Only) November 10th 4:30-7:30PM

    Use chapel door to enter. To apply for food assistance and toys for children ages infant to 16 bring the following documentation.

    1. Original photo id for adults

    2. Original birth certficiate for all chilren

    3. Proof of ALL income

    4. Official rent receipt or bill with name and current adress

    Fuel Assistance Program

    The online application for Fuel Assistance is now open and can be found on the PACE website.  Fuel Assistance is part of a federal program that helps eligible individuals and families with heating costs during the winter months.
     
    For families residing in Dartmouth or New Bedford, you can learn more about the eligibility guidelines and find the application on the PACE website:  https://paceinfo.org/programs/fuel-assistance/
     
    For families residing in Westport,  you can learn more about the eligibility guidelines and find the application on the Citizen's for Citizen's website at http://cfcinc.org/programs/fuel-assistance-program/

    Free/Reduced Lunch Application

    Parents/Guaridans are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application for their child. If your application is approved for free or reduced lunch, this could potentially qualify your child for additional fee waivers for ACT exams, SAT exams, Advanced Placement exams, College Application Fee waivers. To complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application Click here!

    • Entire process will take 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your household.
    • What you will need to provide during the application process:

      • The names and incomes of every member of your household
      • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
      • Your social security number and electronic signature
      • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

    Dual Enrollment Updates

    Bristol Community College Dual Enrollment - email was sent to grade 10-12 students on November 9th

    Are you interested in taking a Spring Dual Enrollment course at Bristol Community College?

    As stated in the Program of Study: Dual Enrollment courses will be awarded credit; however will not be factored into the calculation of the student’s high school GPA.

    Students wishing to take courses at Bristol Community College must meet the following eligibility criteria:

      • Currently enrolled in a public secondary school, non-public school, or home school.
      • Must not have earned a high school diploma.
      • Must meet all course prerequisites per the course policies of Bristol Community College.
      • Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or show potential for academic success.
      • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 at Bristol to continue in dual enrollment.
      • Contact your High School Guidance Counselor to participate.
      • Submit a completed Bristol Dual Enrollment Application which includes: **
        • Student Application
        • Guidance Department Authorization Form
        • Copy of most recent Transcript
        • Official copy of any applicable testing scores
    • Students will be required to fill out a college specific dual enrollment application for the requested course. The college will inform the student if they have been accepted into the course. The school counselor at the high school will be available for questions as well as helping with course selection. High school counselors will submit high school transcripts and required forms based on dual enrollment application.

    • Students will receive college credit and high school credit for courses they successfully complete, these courses and grades will be reflected on both transcripts. 

    • Students and families are responsible for the cost of dual enrollment courses as well as fees, books and materials needed.

    Please do not sign up for a class that is held prior to 2:03 PM due to our rotating schedule. If a student has a dual enrollment course listed on their schedule as the last period of the day, they are allowed to leave the building. 

    Bristol Community College Information

    Please click on the link to access the dual enrollment forms for Bristol Community College. All completed applications MUST be emailed to dual.enrollment@bristolcc.edu by Thursday, December 8th. The forms that must be emailed for your application to be considered complete are the dual enrollment student application and the financial eligibility form along with the school department authorization form filled out by your guidance counselor. If you are under the age of 16, the youth learner request to enroll application form must also be completed. You will also need to make an appointment with your guidance counselor before the deadline to let them know what course you are going to sign up for as they will also need to submit a form to Bristol Community College. 

     

    UMass Dartmouth Dual Enrollment - email was sent to all junior and senior students as well as parent/guardians on October 17th

    Are you interested in taking a Spring Dual Enrollment course at UMass Dartmouth?

    As stated in the Program of Study: Dual Enrollment courses will be awarded credit; however, they will not be factored into the calculation of the student’s high school GPA.

    Students wishing to take courses at area colleges, under the guidelines of the Massachusetts Dual Enrollment Program, must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Be enrolled in a Massachusetts public secondary school or nonpublic school, including home school;

    • Meet all course prerequisites per the policies of the participating campus;

    • Be a Massachusetts resident;

    • May not have earned a GED or high school diploma; and

    • Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 high school GPA

    • Students will be required to fill out a college specific dual enrollment application for the requested course. The college will inform the student if they have been accepted into the course. The school counselor at the high school will be available for questions as well as helping with course selection. High school counselors will submit high school transcripts and required forms based on dual enrollment application.

    • Students will receive college credit and high school credit for courses they successfully complete, these courses and grades will be reflected on both transcripts. A copy of the grades will also be submitted to the high school.

    • Students and families are responsible for the cost of dual enrollment courses as well as fees, books and materials needed.

    Please do not sign up for a class that is held prior to 2:03 PM due to our rotating schedule. If a student has a dual enrollment course listed on their schedule as the last period of the day, they are allowed to leave the building. 

    UMass Dartmouth Information

    UMass Dartmouth provides dual enrollment opportunities for qualified High School Juniors or Seniors where those students deemed eligible by the high school may take part in and register for courses as our native day students do. All tuition and fees are covered by the student and/or parents/guardians.

    * Dual Enrollment students must file an application with UMass Dartmouth Dual Enrollment Office and submit high school transcripts, along with a parental signature and a guidance counselor signature allowing them to take classes on campus. Applications must be typed and can not be handwritten.

    * Dual enrollment students are limited to enrolling in 100 level courses. The university reserves the right to decline admittance to students on the basis of academic ability. 

    UMD Dual Enrollment Website

    Click on the link above and on this page you will find the application for students. There is also a link to the course catalog where students will choose their 3 options from. It is important to note that the recommended classes are not the only classes available but are the ones that typically have the most availability for Dual Enrollment students. Your guidance counselor has a required section to fill out as well as help you with course selection. Please plan to meet with your guidance counselor prior to the December 1st deadline. Your completed dual enrollment application will need to be emailed to dual-enrollment@umassd.du at UMass Dartmouth by Thursday, December 1st at 5pm. 

    If you have any questions please contact your guidance counselor directly.

     

    FREE Accounting Program at Bristol Community College

    Are you a high school student interested in exploring the fields of business and accounting?

    If the answer is “yes!,” then talk to your guidance counselor about participating in a FREE Dual Enrollment Accounting Program this school year that includes three college accounting/financial planning courses with Bristol Community College as well as workshops sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA).

    Who should apply?

    • Any high school student interested in business and accounting
    • Priority given to students with a minimum high school GPA of 2.7
    • Priority given to students in grades 11 & 12

    What will I be doing?  

    • Taking three college courses at no cost
      • ACC101: Principles of Accounting 1 > January - May 2023
      • ACC102: Principles of Accounting 2 > June - July 2023
      • BUS112: Personal Financial Planning > January - May 2023
    • Participating in MSCPA-sponsored workshops and activities throughout the school year
    • Earning credits that can be used toward a college degree.

    Courses will be taught online by Bristol Community College faculty.

    DEADLINE to APPLY:  Friday, December 2, 2022

    TAKE THE NEXT STEP

    You or your guidance counselor can send the Bristol application forms to Dual.Enrollment@BristolCC.edu.


    College Updates

    Article from Higher Ed Dive on Colleges being test-optional Click to read full article

    Dive Brief:

    • At least 1,835 four-year colleges across the U.S. aren’t requiring first-year applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for admissions for fall 2023, a signal of the staying power of test-optional policies.
    • Of those institutions, 85 are test-free, meaning they refuse to review entrance exam scores whatsoever, according to FairTest, which tracks the data. FairTest is an organization advocating for limited application of standardized assessments.
    • It also found that 1,450 colleges have made test-optional and test-free admissions permanent.

    MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Aren’t quite sure what area in the healthcare field is for you? Explore Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)’ interactive program finder.

    Some programs to consider:

    • Our Direct Entry Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program lets students become practicing pharmacists within six years. Demand is spiking for more pharmacists, so this is a great option to consider.
    • Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which can be completed in just 32 months, provides students with clinical experiences in our onsite simulation and patient assessment laboratories.
    • And, our Premedical and Health Studies program sets students up for success. Upon graduating from MCPHS, they’ll be more than ready for medical school.

    Diman School of Practical Nursing 

    Diman School of Practical Nursing in Fall River. We are hosting our first-ever Open House at our new location on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.  1082 Davol Street, 2nd floor Fall River

    Tour our facility, and see the state of the art simulation room with a one-way viewing window and CAE Juno mannequin. Speak with our Master's prepared faculty along with some current and former students, about our curriculum. Get information regarding the admission process (forms will be available on site)  and information about our FUTURE PART-TIME EVENING PROGRAM.

     

    Fitchburg State University

    • They are now on the Common App! There is an app fee associated with the Common App. Fitchburg State app is still free, so they can apply through our Fitchburg State app if they prefer. 
    • Digital Media Innovation major launches - Fitchburg State is launching a new bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Innovation, preparing students for employment in continually evolving and intersecting fields including media/journalism, social media and content development. The new, STEM-designated program recently received final approval from the state Board of Higher Education. The 33-credit major will explore digital media and how digital technology and computing are changing social and cultural systems in employment markets as new tools reshape industries across the globe. Learn more

    Fisher College  

    •  Launched a brand new esports program beginning this fall 2022 – making them the first Boston area school with a varsity esports program. They were highlighted on ABC news in Boston
    • In addition, they built a brand new state of the art biology/health science lab for their newly established 4-year degree in Health Sciences. Super exciting stuff happening on Beacon Street!
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to qualify for need-based financial aid, like grants, loans and work-study programs that help make college affordable and accessible.

    Students and families can take the following steps to prepare for filing the FAFSA, which opens Oct. 1:
    • Students should create a FAFSA account at https://studentaid.gov.
    • Students and families can begin gathering information from their most recent tax returns.

    College Fairs

    None at this time

     


    MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Updates

    Financial Aid 101 webinars - On a weekly basis from September 28th through early December. Webinars will occur during both daytime and evening hours, featuring subject matter experts from MEFA. 

    Families can view webinar dates and times and register at Click to register. Webinars will be recorded and posted online for families who are unable to attend a live event.

    MEFA Events - free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. Click to view events!

    If your families aren’t yet signed up for MEFA emails, encourage them to do so. Our content is modified based on the ages of the children in the family, and contains key tips, news, and resources on all aspects of college planning. Parents won’t want to miss our timely and informative updates. Click link to register!


    Webinars

    none at this time


    Social/Emotional Support Information

    Dartmouth High School Social Workers - 508-961-2700 and ask to be connected to your child's social worker

    • Contact one of the social workers for social/emotional support for your child while in school
    • Help families with outside of school resources
    • Connect Dartmouth families with the Youth Advocate (if needed)

    Dartmouth Youth Advocate - Deloris Joseph  508-910-1851

    The Youth Advocate is governed by the Youth Commission board and works directly with the youth and their family who are in need of support around issues that affect them and their family.  These issues can include but not limited to: bullying, social media, self-esteem, self-harm, depression, suicide, anxiety and substance use/abuse.  Also, included is school related issues, family conflict, housing, homelessness and financial hardships.  The Youth Advocate meets privately with the youth and their family to determine the needs and work together to come up with a plan as to how to address the issue.  All this is done in a safe and confidential setting. Our office works with a multi-disciplinary team who care about the well-being of our youth.  These team members include: Dartmouth Public and Private Schools (to include schools outside of Dartmouth where Dartmouth attend) , Dartmouth Police Department, Dartmouth’s Department of Public Health, The District Attorney’s Office, a team of faith based members, community members, parents, private non- profit agencies, local and government agencies, UMASS Dartmouth University, probation officers and medical professionals.

    What we provide: Community/school based presentations on topics that affect our youth and their families.  These topics can include: social media, bullying, substance use, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention. Short term supportive services to youth and their families who are in need of assistance. Case management services to families who are in need of accessing resources  and assistance with referrals. Support for youth/parents. Holiday help and resources for families in financial hardship. Liaison/advocacy between the schools, community, or organizations.

    TED Talk Video by Wendy Suzuki on The brain-changing benefits of exercise

    • What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

    Full Length Video of 13 minutes

    Short Video 2 minutes


    Military Service Branches Updates

    None at this time