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We're pleased to present "Stressed dessertS" - a Parent-Student talk on stress management techniques for teens (and tweens,) featuring motivational speaker, Robin Massey.

Our children are facing daily stressors at school, at home, and within their social circles. We want to help students enjoy their high school experience by offering some advice and guidance on how to manage stress, and be better because of it. Maybe "Stressed" can be "dessertS," spelled backwards. :)

Join us for an informal talk with Robin, and engage with fellow parents and students who face the same challenges you do. We are excited to feature Robin Massey at this talk. Now a mom and stepmom, she has played many roles over the years, including elite athlete (member of the USA Women’s Gymnastics Team), scholar-athlete at Stanford University, HR in high tech, personal chef and health coach, and author. Robin is especially proud of her journey through (and recovery from) depression, eating disorders, and related struggles in her teens and early twenties.

This Talk is open to all families at Del Mar High School, CUHSD and the Community.  Students are most welcome and encouraged to attend this event that may help them smile through some tough times.

Kindly RSVP (,) as seating is limited, and we plan to make "Stressed dessertS" a sweet event with light snacks, refreshments and cupcakes.


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myDonsLife was pleased to offer this IB event once again and welcomed a great group of current Del Mar students, and prospective students and their families from our middle school community!

The seminar included helpful information about the IB Programme, and a panel of Del Mar's Junior and Senior IB Students who offered their individual experiences and advice to prospective students.  Our panel was well received and the audience enjoyed engaging with the students during and after the seminar.  

We are thankful for our Panelists, proud to be in IB, and invite you to be a part of this exciting Programme!

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myDonsLife was pleased to host a screening of "Angst" - a documentary raising awareness about anxiety.  The event was well attended, and after viewing this eye-opening film, parents and students were able to engage with a panel of mental health experts on ways to deal with this confusing and scary feeling.  Anxiety is common and treatable.  Del Mar High School offers support to all students via our Guidance Counselors, Cassy Therapists, and thru outside supporters such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.)

Our sincere thanks to Campbell Union High School District for sponsoring the screening, our Parents and Safeway (Willow Glen) for sponsoring snacks and refreshments, and County Supervisor Dave Cortese for his attendance and welcoming address.

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Thank you CUHSD families for joining our College and Career Planning Talk on October 16th.

We were pleased to see students and parents participate in this forum discussion, beginning with a lobby exploration of myths and truths surrounding education after high school.  A panel of College and Career Specialists - Jay Ehret and Evelyn Beas from Del Mar, and Katie Bennett from CUHSD - provided valuable insight and information on the college application process, financial aid, career technical education, career readiness, and more.  Students and parents were able to ask questions, hear three perspectives to one question, and take home some helpful information.

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We will post some fun results of the myths & truths lobby gallery soon, but until then, you may view or download a copy of the "Common Myths and Truths in College & Career Planning."  You will find it below in English and Spanish.

If you missed the presentation or have any questions, please feel free to contact our Panelists or Jessica Olamit, our IB Coordinator, who also assisted and provided great information to our families. We are pleased to have Jay, Evelyn, Katie and Jessica at our school site and district, and they are happy to provide assistance to all families.

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Many thanks to our families at Del Mar, CUHSD and neighboring school districts who attended our Parent Ed Talk on the importance of the well-balanced student. myDonsLife was pleased to have over 100 parents and students attend. Challenge Success presented an informative, interactive and light-hearted talk on how we can help our students thrive while accomplishing academic and personal goals each day.
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If you missed the presentation and would like to view a video version, please feel free to preview and rent a viewing at Challenge Success.
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As a compulsory part of the IB Diploma Programme, students consistently engage in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) experiences for 18 months alongside their academic studies. CAS allows students to develop their creative and physical interests while also becoming global citizens through serving the local and global community.

During this 18 months of CAS, students are required to undertake a one-month long CAS Project, which challenges them to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making. Students investigate a need, plan and document their effort and reflections on learning in a CAS portfolio.

While there are some requirements and rules for CAS experiences, students are treated as individuals. The hope is that students will step outside of their own comfort zone and push themselves to engage in experiences they have not tried before and grow new skills in more familiar arenas.
To learn more about CAS at Del Mar we invite you to review and download Del Mar's CAS Handbook by visiting

And now, myDonsLife is proud to present a video from Del Mar’s IB Diploma student, Diego Cruz, where he perfectly explains CAS and how it is the everyday fun part of IB! 
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If you have any questions about CAS, please feel free to contact Del Mar’s CAS Advisor, Laura Hallinan.

We hope our IB students will always be creative, active, and community-minded citizens!  Thank you for sharing this seminar via our posts on Twitter and Facebook.
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Del Mar High School and the IB Parent Organization were pleased to see over 120 people attend "Can it be that IB is for me?!" on November 28th, 2017.  
We hope everyone found this seminar informative and the presentations from current IB students exciting for your prospective IB Students. IB is an option for every student!  We appreciated your enthusiasm and support of our great program.  Should you have additional questions, please contact our IB Coordinator, Jessica Olamit at
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myDonsLife is a program that aims to help DM's Community of Students and Parents enjoy a more enriching and memorable educational experience by offering a series of parent education seminars and student support resources.
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