• Senior Letter:  


    Hello Seniors!


    You are the true pioneers of your generation!  As you move through these unchartered waters, the counseling department would like to help you navigate.  In previous years, we have met with our seniors early in the year to provide timely information and answer any questions.  This year, we are coming right into your home to help make your post-secondary plans!


    There are many paths students can take after high school.  We will try to provide information on some of these options in this email. While the choices can seem a little daunting at times, remember that getting to your ultimate career goal can take time and change directions multiple times before finally settling on the best fit.  All of the experiences along the way are beneficial and will help you realize your full potential! 

    Some general pathways may include: 

    • Attending a four-year university (and beyond!)
    • Community College
    • Working after high school
    • Tech or Trade School (to include the adult programs at West-MEC)
    • Joining the military

    Some useful links for some of the above pathways would be:


    Four-year Universities:

    College Reps:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/1699

    Scholarships:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/28992

    FAFSA:  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa (opens in December--complete ASAP)

    ASU:  https://www.asu.edu/

    NAU:  https://nau.edu/

    U of A:  https://www.arizona.edu/

    GCU:  https://www.gcu.edu/?utm_expid=.7DUTislKRM2ldPH07sNJcQ.0&utm_referrer=


    Community Colleges:

    College Reps:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/1699

    Scholarships:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/28992

    FAFSA:  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa (opens in December--complete ASAP)

    GCC:  https://www.gccaz.edu/

    Rio Salado: https://www.riosalado.edu/


    Military Reps:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/1705



    College Reps:  https://www.dvusd.org/Page/1699

    FAFSA:  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa (opens in December--complete ASAP)

    West-MEC:  https://west-mec.edu/findyourhappy/


    In our fifth year of collaboration, and in recognition of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, we will be bringing our events to students, families, and supporters virtually, available to access at the same time all throughout the state. These events will take the place of our traditional daytime, evening and high school specific programs and be hosted during Tri-University Week: September 8 - 12. We look forward to working with you on this special initiative for the next school year. We know that this collaboration cannot happen without your support!



    While many universities are “test blind” this year for admissions and scholarships (check individual college websites for each college’s plans), you can visit testing websites for more information about SAT and ACT,

    SAT:  www.collegeboard.org/sat

    ACT:  www.act.org/student



    Please use this link to complete your credit check and confirm your progress toward graduation requirements.



    You can request your transcripts through a website called Parchment.  Sign up by going to Parchment.com 

    • Click the drop down in the search bar next to 'I would Like to'. In the drop down of options, 
    • Select 'Order my transcript and credentials'. 
    • In the 'Order From' search, enter the school that has your transcript. 
    • Once you find your school, fill in all the fields (name, date of birth, etc).
    • Check the box if you are a parent/guardian. You will then enter the student's information.
    • Your password must be at least 7 characters long.
    • If you are not yet in college, you will get the option to share your information with colleges. If you opt-in, this means that we will make some of the information you provide to us available to a variety of academic institutions and programs, and then they can send you information about them.
    • After clicking Sign up, check your email for the verification code and then enter it into the screen you were just on. Now you can start ordering records.
    • In your Dashboard, under your name, you will see your transcript as shown below.  Click on the picture of the transcript (NOT the order button) to view your transcript.  From there, you can view, download, or print your transcript.



    If you would like to talk to your counselor, you can join a zoom that operates daily Monday-Friday during school hours by clicking on this link: 

     Join Counseling Zoom Meeting:

    https://dvusd-org.zoom.us/j/82157915249 password: vm95u+


    Email your counselor:

    kathleen.giacini@dvusd.org (students with last names A, B, J, Y)

    holly.gillaspy@dvusd.org (students with last names E, L, M, U)

    chris.harmonson@dvusd.org (students with last names F, G, H, I, Z)

    debbie.harmonson@dvusd.org (students with last names N, P, Q, S)

    lindsay.nelson@dvusd.org (students with last names C, T, W, X)

    jennifer.swaine@dvusd.org (students with last names D, K, O, R, V)