Senator Nation! I am so excited to be writing to you now as the newest journalist for our Senator newspaper!  Over the past two years, I have worked on trying to communicate in as may means as possible to share all of the exciting things happening daily at DHS.  For our school community I was posting items on twitter and facebook which is working well with most of our students and parents, but I knew I wasn’t really reaching the majority of our parents through my written monthly newsletter that would post to our website and be emailed out to those who subscribed.  So just like we completely changed our PTO organization up (we now have an ESPN Club if you didn’t know), I decided it was time for a change in my written communication.  I reached out to Mrs. Louder, our journalism instructor, and brainstormed how I could start a blog type space but collaborate more with our students, who let’s be honest, really know what is going on!  That is when we decided to launch Senator Weekly at senatorweekly.com. Mrs. Louder had many ideas, as well, of how we could reach more families but also engage more with our student writers.  Our Senator Weekly digital paper will update weekly, every Thursday.  I, along with our other journalism students, will be writing articles and collaborating together on ideas, interviews and photos to share with our Senator community.  I am so excited to work alongside The Senator staff this year!!  So no more monthly published newsletter, with information that was “old news!”  Check here for current, real time celebrations, hot topics, opinions (mine and our students) and so many other tidbits weekly!

I am excited to share a few items in our vision for this year and with this online platform:

  • Ensuring that we have a digital space but also a traditional newspaper published three times this year.  
  • Interviewing and “hiring” social media interns to assist with our DHS social media accounts to share out what life is like through our student’s eyes.  (P.S.-We are going live in Instagram next week!)
  • Collaborating with our district public relations staff and our yearbook staff to ensure our work is the best it can be
  • Featuring students and teachers weekly so that we can get to know each other and celebrate the great diversity within our school building 

Enjoy these last few weeks and don’t forget to check back next week for more information from the desk of Dr. Voshell as I will share more “Back to School” information.