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Bruin Country Community Updates

Bruin Country Updates


Hello Bruin Community,


We are about to embark upon a great year.  Building off our previous collective work and remaining committed to the core beliefs in excellence, equity, compassion, and connectedness, Santa Clara High School is in a really good place.


I feel like many projects that we've been working on over the last several years will have significant pay-offs this year.  Our on-going AP Equity work has produced some very positive results.  In this work, we are both setting records for number of students passing AP tests and actively reducing the access gap to both Honors and AP classes, making sure that students of all backgrounds have access to our excellent and rigorous AP/Honors curriculum. Our sections of Career Tech Ed (CTE) and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) classes are expanding, which helps to connect more students to the school.  Our counseling and admin teams have expanded, allowing us to be increasingly proactive with student interventions about academics, attendance, and college-readiness.  Our faculty now has a strong majority of teachers who are AVID-trained, helping us to deepen our commitment to equitable pedagogical approaches in every classroom.  Our FabLab is being used by an increasing number of teachers from multiple departments.  Our STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) program is entering its second year at SCHS, providing truly unique learning opportunities for students.  Our Wellness program is expanding with both a new Wellness Center and a new Community Health Outreach Worker, helping us to strengthen our psychological safety net.  Our Special Education and EL programs have instituted several new systems that have improved all of our ability to support students with unique needs.  We have what I believe to be the most talented set of teachers in our school history, and one of the best faculties around the area. In short, we are primed and ready for a very successful year.


We will have the potential to move SCHS to a unprecedented level of student success (both academic and social/emotional).  If our parents, faculty, and community work together and are willing to address new challenges with open minds and compassionate hearts, we'll provide a great experience for our students.


To stay informed, I encourage all parents to both join the PTSA as a member and also to join the SCHS PTSA Facebook group.  This Facebook group allows parents to access each other, answer questions that pop up, and stay on top of events at SCHS.



Due to student population growth, a reduction in class size, the addition of some new programs, and the departure of a handful of teachers, we've been able to bring in some very talented new folks to our faculty.  Please welcome the following new members of our faculty and staff:

  • Erin Brown - Vice Principal of Activities, Facilities, & Communication
  • Alejandro Chavarria - Special Ed (ED Program)
  • Carolyn Cmaylo - English
  • Terry Flora - Vice Principal of Attendance, Technology, & Discipline (M-Z)
  • Jessica Grogan - English
  • Ketch Hess - Psychologist
  • Peter Holley - Math & Computer Science
  • Melissa Lynch - English & Social Science
  • Brooke Miller - Social Science
  • Talia Orsetti-Ng - American Sign Language
  • Charles Poole - Special Ed
  • Mitch Posey - Construction
  • David Sanda - Chemistry & Math
  • Alan Tan - Chemistry
  • Dupe Thomas - Community Health Outreach Worker


  • Next Two Weeks
  • Wednesday, 8/16 - First day of school (will use first-day-of-semester bell schedule)
  • Wednesday, 8/16 - PTSA Meeting in SCHS Office at 6pm
  • Thursday, 8/17 - Use the Mon/Tue/Fri schedule (instead of the block schedule)
  • Monday, 8/21 - Solar Eclipse (remember to only view the eclipse with safety glasses)
  • Friday, 8/25 - Football home vs Prospect, varsity at 7pm


  • Other Upcoming Highlights for Parents
  • Monday, 9/4 - No School (Labor Day)
  • Wednesday, 9/6 - Back to School Night starting at 6:30pm in the gym
  • Wednesday, 9/20 - Senior Parent Night in theater at 7pm
  • Friday, 9/22 - Homecoming (rally, parade, ceremony, and game)
  • Wednesday, 9/27 - ELAC Meeting at 3:15pm
  • Wednesday, 10/4 - School Site Council Meeting at 5pm
  • Wednesday, 10/4 - Junior Parent Night in theater at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 10/11 - Grad Night Committee in SCHS Office at 6pm
  • Wednesday, 10/11 - Athletic Booster meeting in SCHS Office at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 10/18 - PTSA Meeting in SCHS Office at 6pm
  • Wednesday, 10/18 - Financial Aid Information Night in theater at 7pm
  • Monday-Tuesday, 10/23-24 - No School (Professional Development Days)
  • Wednesday, 10/25 - Cash 4 College Event starting at 4pm
  • Wednesday, 11/1 - Sophomore Parent Night in theater at 7pm


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS