High School Services
Your family just moved to the Dublin Coffman
High School district and there is a lot you should be aware
Transferring to a new
school is a most stressful life
event for a student
On an impact scale, it equates to losing a
limb. Unfortunately, all previous routines and
relationships are now lost, and this happens in a
critical time of a teen's educational career. The move brings
feelings of excitement, worry, anger, homesickness, loneliness
and confusion. Most teen transfers experience some
difficulty adjusting to a new high school.
MAKES A SCHOOL TRANSFER MORE STRESSFUL
- If a student moved three or more times
- If prior school was very different
- If transfer occurs mid term
- If student moved a far distance
- If there are other family issues
- If there is little peer support
- If there is low parental support
Despite the stresses, there are ways the student,
parents, and school can ease the transfer process.
Studies prove that strong parental support pays off in better
achievement and social adjustment for the transfer student.
Parents should get involved immediately in the new high school by
joining organizations and attending orientations and meetings.
A parent may also help by talking with the teenager.
Parents and kids can share their feelings about the move.
Parents should talk about the move in positive terms that don't
dismiss their son/daughter's concerns.
DON'T SAY THINGS
- Don't worry about it.
- Everything will be okay.
- Act like a man!
- Quit thinking about it, you just make it worse.
- It's for the best.
Instead, the parent should be honest about his or her own
feelings (and not hide them). Together, parent and teen
can discuss ways to problem-solve. To solve academic
problems for the transfer, seek tutors early on to fill skill
Remember that if parents are too stressed themselves to help,
then they should look to the school and professionals for
assistance with the
|SIGNS THAT A STUDENT MAY
NEED OUTSIDE HELP:
- Sleeping difficulties
- Changes in appetite
- Deterioration of relationships with family and friends (sudden
- Withdrawal or sulking behavior
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse
- Sexual experimentation
- Acting overly strong or mature (covering up the pain)
THE TRANSFER STUDENT'S ROLE:
Each new student can help the situation by using various coping
skills to deal with the move.
WAYS TO COPE FOR
- Eat right
- Get some exercise each day
- Set reasonable goals for yourself
- Spend time with others
- Take inventory of your strengths/abilities
- Try volunteering
- Stay away from drugs, alcohol and smoking
- Get enough sleep
- Ask for help when you need it
- Find your sense of humor
- Share your thoughts and feelings
- Try to meet new friends
- Continue old friendships by calls and letters
- Try a new activity you have never done
Other teens who have moved suggest joining a sports team,
journal writing, listening to music, having a good cry, and
talking with others as helping coping devices. Also
be sure to get involved with the Newcomer's Seminar; it can
be a stepping stone for future activities.
Your new high school, Dublin Coffman, has an array of activities,
sports and resources for you to take part in. Check
See the Student/Parent Handbook (section Co-Curricular Activities)
for names and phone numbers of various club sponsors.
If you prefer, you can also click on this list
from the Student/Parent Handbook.
THINGS TO DO AROUND SCHOOL:
- Friday night football and soccer games
- "New Faces" Dance
- Play a sport
- Clubs and Organizations
THINGS TO DO AROUND THE COMMUNITY:
- Go to the movies
- Go bowling
- Go to the pool
- Go to the Dublin Recreation Center
- Go out to eat at restaurants
YOU CAN DO IT!
Take it slowly, one step at a time, and remember, it will
always take longer than you want it to, or think it should, to
adjust to a new school.
NEW TO THE DISTRICT: WHAT TO BRING
You should fill out as completely as possible the following forms included in your packet (pick-up from guidance secretary or registra) and bring them to the registration session you atttend:
• Two (2) Emergency Cards (white & tan)
• Parent Consent for Record Release (tan)
• Student Enrollment Form (green)
• School Nurse Form (yellow, white, green & etc.)
• Network & Internet Access Agreement (blue)
• Student Handbook Card
In addition to these completed registration forms, you should bring the following information. School policies and the Ohio Revised Code require this information:
1. Verification of Residency: (current gas or electric bill, signed lease agreement or signed closing statement).
Families who will be moving into the district, but are currently residing outside the district, must complete a shecial form entitled "Application for Families Moving Into the Dublin School District." This form is available at:
Dublin Schools Administration Office
Mrs. Edie Carton
7030 Coffman Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017
This application form should be completed and returned to Mrs. Edie Carton at the Dublin Schools Administration Office with a signed copy of the purchase/lease agreement for the futrue Dublin residence, or proof that construction has begun on the home. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Carton at 764-5913.
2. Student Birth Certificate: The original certificate or a certified copy.
3. Social Security Card
4. Ohio School Health History: Student immunization records.
5. Legal Custody Verification: If the student is not residing with both natural parents, or if you do not have custody papers at the time of enrollment, you will need to sumbit a tuition check.
6. Copies of Grade Transcripts or Grade Cards
7. Copies ofIndividual Education Plans (I.E.P.) and Psychological for Special Education Students.
MORE INFORMATION - CONTACT THE
DCHS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT