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Weekly Update

April 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Good evening Sharks, this is Principal Smith with your Weekly Update.

On Monday, April 16th, Seniors and Staff – today is the last day to purchase prom tickets!

Dean Productions will be here to perform a live play during periods 3 and 4. All students with English Period 3 or 4 will report to their English class period 3.

Tuesday, April 17th, is a Shortened Day schedule with dismissal at 1:42pm.

On Wednesday, April 18th, selected 11th graders will be taking a field trip to CSUN.

Thursday, April 19th, DPMHS offers free Math tutoring after school in room 12

Friday, April 20th, all students will participate in this month’s Restorative Justice groups with a House Activity at lunch.

Looking Ahead
April 28th-Senior Prom
May 3rd 7:00pm Starry night music performance
May 4th– Movie Night
May 8th-AP testing begins
May 12th-Pearl Con III


Senior Sunset and Graduation morning breakfast tickets are on sale now in the Student Store. The last day to purchase is May 16th no refunds after. (These were included in the package)

That’s it for this week, we’ll see you tomorrow!

Drill Tomorrow, April 12

April 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

Good Morning Parents and Staff,

Tomorrow, DPMHS will conduct a drill for an active shooter scenario. This is only a drill. Students will be instructed today in every class, every period, the steps they should take in the event of an active shooter situation. All students will be expected to seek a safe and secure, locked area on campus to go to and remain unitl the “all clear” is given. All staff will immediately begin monitoring their District email accounts for communication from the Command Center. All classroom doors are always kept locked from the outside, so as soon as the door is closed, it is locked.

The drill will end as soon as admin staff has walked the campus and checked all doors, all courtyards, all common areas. The staff will debrief the drill at the end of the day, as well as next Tuesday.

Please talk to your student tonight about the drill tomorrow. Please remind them that if they are outside of a classroom at the time of the drill or actual lockdown, they are to go to the nearest classroom, office, or MPR, remain quiet, close all blinds if they are open and pull the door shut. Reassure your student that this is a drill, that it is to be taken seriously so we can all be the best prepared in the event of an actual situation.

The staff at DPMHS is committed to ensure the safety of all members of our communiity. Although this can be a very upsetting topic, the best preparation is to have a plan and practice.

Thank you for assisting with this important matter.


Principal Smith


Buenos días, padres y personal,

Mañana, DPMHS llevará a cabo un simulacro para un escenario de tirador activo. Esto es solo un simulacro Los estudiantes serán instruidos hoy en cada clase, cada período, los pasos que deben seguir en caso de una situación de tirador activo. Se espera que todos los estudiantes busquen un área cerrada y segura en el campus para ir y permanecer en el lugar donde se imparte el “todo despejado”. Todo el personal comenzará inmediatamente a monitorear sus cuentas de correo electrónico del Distrito para la comunicación desde el Centro de Comando. Todas las puertas del aula siempre se mantienen cerradas desde el exterior, de modo que tan pronto como la puerta se cierra, se bloquea.

El simulacro terminará tan pronto como el personal de administración haya caminado por el campus y verificado todas las puertas, todos los patios, todas las áreas comunes. El personal informará el simulacro al final del día, así como el próximo martes.

Hable con su estudiante esta noche sobre el simulacro mañana. Recuérdeles que si están fuera del aula al momento del simulacro o el encierro real, deben ir al aula, a la oficina o al MPR más cercano, permanecer en silencio, cerrar todas las persianas si están abiertas y cerrar la puerta . Asegúrele a su alumno que se trata de un simulacro, que debe ser tomado en serio para que todos podamos estar mejor preparados en caso de una situación real.

El personal de DPMHS se compromete a garantizar la seguridad de todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad. Aunque este puede ser un tema muy perturbador, la mejor preparación es tener un plan y practicar.

Gracias por ayudar con este importante asunto.


Principal Smith

Weekly Update

April 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

Good evening Sharks, this is Principal Smith with your weekly update.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Arst on winning 4 awards at the LA County Science Fair! She will be moving on to represent DPMHS and LA County at the California State Science and Engineering Fair later this month! Good luck Kaitlyn!

On Monday, April 9th:  “Class of” Meetings will be held during lunch.

Tuesday, April 10th, we are on a Shortened Day with a 1:42 Dismissal.

On Thursday, April 12th,  Math tutoring is offered after school in room 12.
The DPMHS Get Lit team will offer a performance during 3rd period.

On Friday, April 13th, Ms. Joanne Tuell, Psy. Social Worker, will be leading a parent presentation, 8:15 – 9:30am in the Parent Center, covering topics such as Social Media, “Am I a Good Enough Parent”, and “How Will My relationship Change when My Child Graduates from high school”.

Fiesta Friday is this Friday! Buy your dance tickets in the Student Store!

Monday, April 16th is the last day to buy prom tickets or to get a refund.
Senior Sunset and Graduation morning breakfast tickets are on sale now. Last day to purchase is May 16th no refunds after. (these were included in the package)

That’s it for this week, see you tomorrow!

Weekly Update

April 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Good evening Sharks,

This is Principal Smith with your Weekly Update! Congratulations Ms. Chavira! You were nominated for Teacher of the Year by the Encino Chamber of Commerce! We are very happy for you!

Tomorrow, Monday, April 2nd is a school holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez! Classes resume on Tuesday, April 3rd!

Tuesday, April 3: Shortened Day Bell Schedule, with 1:42pm dismissal.

Wednesday, April 4: There is a Junior Class Prom meeting at lunch in Room 15.

Thursday, April 5: American Red Cross Blood Drive, all day in the MPR!
Math Tutoring after school, 3:15 – 4:15 in Room 12.
SSC Meeting at 5:30pm, Room 13, Budget for the 2018-19 school year will be on the agenda.

Friday, April 6: Seniors: This is the last day to turn in candle orders to Ms. Bootel.

Have a great evening and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

Weekly Update

March 26, 2018 at 7:26 am

Good Evening Sharks,

This is Principal Smith with your Weekly Update. Spring break has arrived! DPMHS wishes you a very restful, rejuvenating break! Classes resume on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:55am for the first bell! Remember, it will be a shortened day with dismissal at 1:42pm!

See you on April 3rd!

Pearl Preview

March 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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Weekly Update

March 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

Good evening Sharks,

This is Nicole Bootel with your weekly message.  The book fair is here in our library and online. Please come and check it out, it will be open during Open House!  10 week progress reports will be mailed home on Monday.

Tuesday there will be a parent center workshop on the reading challenge at 8:15 in the parent center.

This Thursday is Open house from 5-7pm. The senior class will be selling candles, please support our students.

Spring break starts on Monday March 26th. We are off on Monday April 2nd for Cesar Chavez Day. School resumes on Tuesday April 3rd. See you all tomorrow.

Pearl Preview

March 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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Weekly Update

March 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Good evening Sharks, this is Principal Smith with your Weekly Update. Did you remember to set your clocks forward one hour last night? Daylight savings began today, so you should have moved your clock one hour later.

Monday, March 12th: the Juniors will be meeting at lunch in room 15 for a Prom Planning Meeting for 2019 Prom.

Tuesday, March 13th: we are on a shortened day schedule with dismissal at 1:42pm.

Wednesday, March 14th: DPMHS is prepared to remember and honor the victims of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students are asked to wear orange, and students will be participating in a variety of activities that will not disrupt learning.

Friday, March 16th: There is a Pi Day Math Contest during Nutrition in the Math Courtyard, and a Pi activity at lunch during Fiesta Friday.

Looking Ahead: March 17th, student journalists will compete in the Southern California Journalism Education Write-offs at Rancho Dominguez Prep in Long Beach.

Open House is March 22nd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Seniors: Prom tickets go up in price on March 23rd.

Spring Break is March 26 – 30th!

That’s it for this week, see you tomorrow!

Parent visit and conference day

March 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Thursday March 8th

Parents will have the oportunity to visit classrooms from 8:15-12:27.

Parent conferences will begin in the MPR at 1:00.

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