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Counselor Assignments

Counselor Grade Level   Contact Information

Cynthia Garcia

(Habla Espanol)

7th Grade & PUENTE

(510) 723-3100 ext. 40504

Morgan Pryor

8th Grade & AVID

(510) 723-3100 ext. 40121

Lovinda Dabo All Grades

(510) 723-3100 ext. 40141

Patty Diaz All Grades

(510) 723-3100 ext. 40911

Melissa Estepa School Psychologist

(510) 723-3100 ext. 40225

A Message from the Counselors


How to Be Successful in Class!

1. Be in school, on time, every day. When you miss school, you miss class presentations, notes, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests. It doesn’t matter how good of a student you are about making up your work, you can never make up all of what you miss, even if you’re out of school for one day.

 2. Learn how to adapt to different teachers. Part of your education is to learn to adapt to different sets of rules, teaching styles, and personalities.

3. Be prepared for EACH class. Be sure you have everything you need with you when you go to class (book, paper, pencils). Have all of your homework done. When you’ve done your homework, you get more out of the class, the material being taught makes more sense and you can participate in class discussion. If you haven’t done your homework, you may not even understand what the teacher is talking about.

4. Always do your homework. Don’t look at homework as something you should do, think of homework as something you MUST do. Your grade drops every time you miss an assignment. Always complete it on time, and take advantage of extra credit opportunities.

5. Be a good group member. Whenever you’re involved in a group project, make sure you do your share of the work and do it well, try to be open to new ideas, and support the other members of the group.

6. Participate in class. Participating in class makes the class more interesting. It also helps keep your mind focused, and you may get more points to help your grade just by participating.  

7. Treat others with RESPECT. Treat your teachers and classmates the same way you would like to be treated. Be polite, listen to your teacher when they are speaking, and listen when others are talking.

8. Involve your parents. Ask your parents for help every once in a while. You could ask a parent to read over your paper, listen to a speech, or help you study for a test. You’ll get better grades, and your parents will see that you are really trying. If you’re having a difficult time with a subject, let them know so they can help with the situation.

9. Take responsibility for your grades. If you get a good grade on a test or paper, be proud of your accomplishment! If you receive a poor grade, don’t make excuses! Take responsibility, and then figure out what you can do to get a better grade next time.

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