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Bruin Country Community Updates

Bruin Country Updates

5/18/18

Hello Bruin Community,

 

I have a handful of items to share about upcoming events that we want to highlight.

 

DAY OF THE ARTS / NIGHT OF THE ARTS:

This year is the 15th consecutive year that SCHS has celebrated the Day of the Arts.  After school on Wednesday, May 23, our small gym will be transformed into an art gallery with hundreds of the best works of student art from this year.  A reception will be held at 6 pm on May 23 for parents and the community to come and see the artwork.  The next day, May 24, students will be able to visit the art show with their teachers in class, at lunch, or after school until 2:30.  During the day there will also be music provided by students from the Jazz and Orchestra classes.  The show will be taken down on the 24th after school, and the artwork will be given back to the students who created them.  This year, we are adding a second connected event, which is the Night of the Arts on Friday, May 25, at 7 pm in the theater.  This Night will consist of small acts performed by our drama students.  The Day of the Arts and now the Night of the Arts exist to recognize the work that students in our Visual and Performing Arts classes have created.  The art on the walls and tables of the gym as well as the musical and dramatic performances  show students, parents, teachers, and the community what young people can do if they apply their own attention and their own abilities. 

 

SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT:

One of our favorite counseling events of the year is our Senior Awards Night, which is a time to recognize our graduates who have earned various awards, honors, and scholarships.  For this event on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:00 pm, we celebrate our seniors in a somewhat cafe-like environment in our gym (thanks to the PTSA for refreshments).  One of the interesting elements is that there are quite a few scholarships that are announced for the first time at this event, so the recipients are surprised in the moment.  All students honored at this event also get to wear a special cord at graduation and get their specific honor listed in the graduation program.  Seniors, if you have any outside awards of which we may be unaware, please let the counseling office know ASAP.

 

FINALS:

For seniors, we will hold finals on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31, during the normal block schedule.

 

For juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, their is a special Finals Schedule the following week, which is:

Monday 6/4 Tuesday 6/5 Wednesday 6/6 Thursday 6/7 Friday 6/8

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Per 1 Final: 8:10-10:10

Per 2 Final: 10:20-12:20

Lunch: 12:20-12:55

Per 7 Final: 1:01-3:01

Per 3 Final: 8:10-10:10

Per 4 Final: 10:30-12:30

Per 5 Final: 8:10-10:10

Per 6 Final: 10:30-12:30

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

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5/8/18

Hello Bruin Community,

 

We are in the final few weeks of the school year, and I want to make sure that everyone is on the same page with some end-of-year items as well as some key summer dates for those returning to us next year.

 

COURSE REQUESTS:

Our counselors have worked to collect the course requests of all students.  These course requests create the data that we use to build next year's master schedule, and we want to do all we can to honor the requests as much as possible.  To confirm that we have the information correct, we are conducting a verification process.  You should have either just received or are about to receive a letter from the school with your student's requested courses.  Additionally, this information is available on your Schoolloop account.  If any course requests are incorrect, please contact your counselor to make amendments.  Please note that this is not a guarantee that your student will get exactly these classes, but we want to have the best, most accurate data possible to ensure the highest chance that we will be able to accommodate requests.  Thanks to the counselors and vice principal Tony Lam for their work on this large-scale project.

 

GRADUATION:

Families of seniors should expect a letter later this week with the details for the week of graduation and what to expect at the ceremony, but I wanted to share the key info about the ceremony with the whole community.

  • Date & Time:  The ceremony will begin on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 4:00 pm. Graduates need to be in the gym by 3:15 pm.
  • Location:  SCHS Stadium, Don Bordenave Field
  • Seating:  We have seating for around 3,000 spectators.  Tickets are not needed.  If/When the stadium is full, attendees are welcome to stand along the short fence surrounding the field.
  • Stadium Access:  The stadium area will open at 2:00 pm.  Attendees are asked not to enter the stadium area prior to 2:00pm.
  • Parking:  Parking is very limited.  It is suggested that attendees carpool and allow ample time for parking.
  • Handicap Access:  For information on handicapped parking and seating, please call 408-423-2610.  A valid California Handicapped placard is required.
  • Rules/Norms:  Please be respectful of all attendees on this special day.  So that all graduates’ names can be heard clearly, we do NOT allow air horns during the ceremony.
  • End of Ceremony:  After the ceremony, families will be invited to join the graduates on the field.  This is a great time to share leis, sashes, balloons, or any other gifts/adornments with the graduates.

SUMMER SCHOOL:

The registration deadline has passed for Summer School, but we are still accepting late registrations for classes that are not yet full.  We will accept these late registrations until May 25.  Please see the counseling office if you are interested.  Our vice principal Terry Flora will serve as the principal for summer school this year.

 

IMPORTANT SUMMER DATES:

  • Letters sent to families detailing Proof of Residency and other needed info - End of June
  • Summer School Semester #1 - June 18 through July 6
  • Summer School Semester #2 - July 9 through July 26
  • Proof of Residency Paperwork Drop-Off - July 30 through August 2, 7am to 7pm each day
  • Schedule Pick-up for Grades 10-12 (must have submitted Proof of Residency on time to get schedules, and we will not be able to accept Proof of Residency from 8am to noon this day)
    • Grade 12 - August 3, 8am to 9am
    • Grade 11 - August 3, 9:30am to 10:30 am
    • Grade 10 - August 3, 11 am to 12 am
  • Counseling Drop-in Appointments
    • Grade 12 - August 3, 9am to 2pm
    • Grade 11 - August 6, 8am to 2pm
    • Grade 10 - August 7, 8am to 2pm
  • Freshmen Orientation and Schedule Pick-up - August 8, 8am through lunch (lunch provided)
  • First Day of School - August 16

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTED SCHOOL EVENTS:

  • Wednesday, May 9 - Pops Concert (Choir & Jazz) in the theater at 7pm
  • Wednesday, May 9 - Athletic Boosters Meeting in the conference room at 7pm
  • Friday, May 11 - Pops Concert (Symphonic & Orchestra) in the theater at 7pm
  • Wednesday, May 16 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6pm
  • Saturday, May 19 - Prom, 8pm to midnight
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Day of the Arts (Evening Reception) in the small gym at 6pm
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Spring Sports Awards Night in the theater at 7pm
  • Friday, May 25 - Night of the Arts in the theater at 7pm
  • Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 30 - Senior Awards Night in the main gym at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday-Friday, June 6-8 - Finals (altered schedule)
  • Friday, June 8 - Graduation in the stadium at 4pm

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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3/15/18

Hello Bruin Community,

 

For a short 3-day school week, there was sure a lot that happened in the last few days, and I end the week more proud of our SCHS students than ever.  The stories that students shared with our WASC Visitation Committee were simply beautiful, and the respect shown by all on Wednesday during a nation-wide student-led protest demonstrated a maturity which I wish could be emulated everywhere.  I want to give you updates on these two things that happened this week as well as about upcoming Battle of the Classes, CAASPP Testing, and AP Testing.

 

STUDENT WALKOUT:

As you know, there was a student-led activity on Wednesday that was part of a nation-wide student effort sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, FL.  The school had placed some basic parameters around the activities to ensure safety, but the content of the event was student-created and student-run.  Our ASB President opened and closed the event, speaking from her heart about the need for kindness in a world that isn't as safe as it needs to be.  Seventeen people then read short obituaries for the seventeen victims in Parkland, with a balloon being released for each obituary read.  I saw many students and adults moved by this tribute, watching the line of balloons disappear into the sky.  I'm happy to report that all students present showed consistent respect, staying nearly silent while the leaders spoke and returning quickly to class as soon as it was over.  I've received comments of appreciation from multiple people that the focus was on the memorial of the victims and reminding us all to show kindness to those around them.  I've attached a picture from the event if you'd like to see it.

 

WASC RESULTS:

After a long Self Study process, we have just concluded our visit from the WASC Visitation Committee that assesses our school governance, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and school culture.  I want to thank the students and parents who joined the staff in this process which is designed to help us continually improve our education for students. 

 

The highlight of the visit for the WASC Visitation Committee was their two meetings with students (we selected one group of students and they selected the other group) in which all students spoke of meaningful relationships that they have with adults.  Students from all backgrounds shared stories of how teachers and staff have helped them educationally and personally, and more than a few tears were shed because of the love and appreciation students felt for their teachers, coaches, and staff.  It became clear in the minds of our visitors that one of the greatest strengths of our school is our culture of inclusiveness and compassion.  I fully agree with this assessment by the WASC Visitation Committee, and we will work to make it even more true in the future.

 

The Visitation Committee only shares their initial findings of areas of strength and areas for growth with the school during the visit.  The actual accreditation decision is announced during the summer, and we will be sharing those results with you when they are released.

 

BOTC:

Our annual Battle of the Classes (BOTC) is one of our highlights of the year.  Students from all four classes have been practicing for the events and dances of BOTC for weeks now. There is an enthusiasm on campus right now that is contagious, and it brings a smile to my face.  I encourage families to come watch the festivities, which happen on Friday, March 30, starting at 6:00 pm.  Freshmen wear blue, sophomores yellow, juniors green, and seniors red.  Family members that wear their class colors contribute to the points for their classes.

 

CAASPP TESTING IN APRIL:

In late April, we will be holding our annual standardized test of all juniors.  We do alter the bell schedule for four days, with juniors coming for the morning testing sessions and all students coming for their regular classes.  The schedule for this testing week will be:

Monday, 4/23

Tuesday, 4/24

Wednesday, 4/25

Thursday, 4/26

Friday, 4/27

Test for juniors: 7:30-9:30

 

1st: 9:45-10:20

2nd: 10:26-11:01

3rd: 11:07-11:45

Lunch: 11:42-12:17

4th: 12:23-12:58

5th: 1:04-1:39

6th: 1:45-2:20

7th: 2:26-3:01

Test for juniors: 7:30-9:30

 

1st: 9:45-10:20

2nd: 10:26-11:01

3rd: 11:07-11:45

Lunch: 11:42-12:17

4th: 12:23-12:58

5th: 1:04-1:39

6th: 1:45-2:20

7th: 2:26-3:01

Test for juniors: 7:30-9:30

 

1st: 9:45-10:20

2nd: 10:26-11:01

3rd: 11:07-11:45

Lunch: 11:42-12:17

4th: 12:23-12:58

5th: 1:04-1:39

6th: 1:45-2:20

7th: 2:26-3:01

Test for juniors: 7:30-9:30

 

1st: 9:45-10:20

2nd: 10:26-11:01

3rd: 11:07-11:45

Lunch: 11:42-12:17

4th: 12:23-12:58

5th: 1:04-1:39

6th: 1:45-2:20

7th: 2:26-3:01

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Friday Schedule

 

AP TESTING:

We just finished our sign-ups for AP Testing, and we have set another record.  473 students have signed up for a total of 928 tests.  Our district's commitment to pay for these tests coupled with our AP Equity program have changed the landscape here at SCHS.  Most tests are around 4 hours, and the testing schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, May 7 @ 7:30 am - AP Chemistry
  • Monday, May 7 @ noon - AP Psychology
  • Tuesday, May 8 @ 7:30 am - AP Spanish
  • Tuesday, May 8 @ noon - AP Physics
  • Wednesday, May 9 @ 7:30 am - AP English Literature (12th grade)
  • Thursday, May 10 @ 7:30 am - AP US Government & Politics
  • Friday, May 11 @ 7:30 am - AP US History
  • Friday, May 11 @ noon - AP Computer Science Principles
  • Monday, May 14 @ 7:30 am - AP Biology
  • Tuesday, May 15 @ 7:30 am - AP Calculus A/B and B/C
  • Tuesday, May 15 @ noon - AP Computer Science A
  • Tuesday, May 15 @ noon - AP French
  • Wednesday, May 16 @ 7:30 am - AP English Language (11th grade)
  • Wednesday, May 16 @ noon - AP Macroeconomics
  • Thursday, May 17 @ noon - AP Statistics
  • Friday, May 18 @ 7:30 am - AP Human Geography
  • Friday, May 18 @ noon - AP European History

MAJOR UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Wednesday, 3/21 - PTSA Board Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 3/21 - PTSA General Meeting in the theater at 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday, 3/21 - Parent Education Night on "How To Talk To Your Teen About Sexual Safety" in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, 3/23 - Sadie Hawkins Dance on campus from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Friday, 3/23 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • Wednesday, 3/28 - English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting in conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Friday, 3/30 - Battle of the Classes (BOTC) in the gym at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 4/4 - School Site Council in the conference room at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, 4/5-4/7 - Drama Musical in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Monday-Friday, 4/9-4/13 - Diversity Week
  • Tuesday, 4/10 - Blood Drive in the small gym
  • Wednesday, 4/11 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, 4/12-4/14 - Drama Musical in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Monday-Friday, 4/16-4/21 - NO SCHOOL: Spring Break

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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3/5/18

Hello Bruin Community,

 

After returning from the February Break, we are entering one of the busiest times of the year at SCHS.   I want to bring us all up to date on a few key things.  The biggest two are school safety updates and our upcoming WASC visit, and there are several smaller but important items as well, includes updates about field trips, SAT Exams, AP Exams, and a Parent Education Night.

 

SCHOOL SAFETY:

I hope everyone had the chance to read the recent email from our Superintendent, Dr. Rose, addressing concerns around school safety that have been heightened since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  That tragedy, coupled with far too many incidents around the country, has shaken many of us and stirred quite a few into action.  Similar to the message from Dr. Rose who spoke for the whole district, I want to reassure you that safety is and will continue to be our top priority at SCHS.  While no school can be 100% immune from potential dangers, we do have a multi-tiered plan in place that significantly improves campus safety.  We are lucky to have a very good partnership with the Santa Clara Police Department,  and our Wellness Program helps us identify students who would benefit from counseling.  Our School Safety plan is reviewed and revised every year, with the updates for the 2018/2019 school year taking place now led by vice principal Terry Flora.  Our annual “Run, Hide, Defend” drill, which is one of several safety drills we conduct each year, is scheduled for later in March. There is no such thing as a perfect system, but our students are in an environment with multiple layers of plans and interventions to help us both prevent and prepare for dangerous incidents.  If you have ideas or questions, feel free to direct them to me or vice principal Terry Flora.

 

With the Parkland tragedy has come a political debate, and many students around the country have become active on school safety issues.  There are a handful of nationwide actions being planned by students, including the possibility of a remembrance of the victims from Parkland on March 14.  Our school, like our district, will maintain a focus on student safety if any of our students choose to participate.  Recognizing that our students have strong voices with sometimes differing opinions, we will work to help them understand that, if they choose to speak or act, it should be in safe and productive ways.  

 

UPCOMING WASC VISIT:

As I mentioned in a previous Bruin Country message, we are coming up to our visit from a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is the body that certifies that schools meet the needed criteria so that our diplomas count toward college.  We’ve been working during the past year on a Self Study, which is a 100+ page analysis of how we are doing, including an action plan to address any needed areas for growth.  The goal with this process is to take an honest look at where we are so that we can decide what we should keep doing and what we need to add, alter, or remove.  A visiting team from WASC gets the report and then comes to the school for several days to observe classrooms, speak with many stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, site administrators, and district officials), and analyze our school’s work to confirm or amend our Self Study.  This process serves as the most comprehensive review we do of ourselves, and the end product, in addition to school accreditation, is a six year plan on how to drive the school forward.

 

The Self Study document can be found on our website at santaclara.schoolloop.com/wasc, noting that it is currently in draft form as it is only finalized after the WASC visiting team comes.  The six year action plan (also currently in draft form) focuses on three main goals, which are:

  1. Increase communication among all stakeholders in order to increase parental, staff, and student engagement
  2. Improve curriculum and instruction through collaboration and data analysis
  3. Engage and support our diverse student population by improving equity and access

Each of these goals is followed by subgoals that focus on student engagement, parent engagement, closing our achievement gap, implementing technology, and promoting wellness.

 

For students, please anticipate that some of your classes will be visited next week by our WASC visitors, and some of you may be called upon to participate in meetings with the visiting team to share your thoughts on what we are doing well and how we can improve.  For parents, we will be holding two events to which all parents are invited if you choose to come.  On Sunday, March 11, we will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet in the SCHS Library with the visiting team and representatives from all stakeholder groups followed by a meeting with parents.  The Meet and Greet will start at 3:00 pm and the parent meeting will be immediately afterward, starting sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 pm and ending no later than 5:00 pm.  At the end of the visit on Wednesday, March 14, the WASC visiting team will present their initial findings to any stakeholders who want to listen.  This concluding meeting will be held at 3:30 pm in the SCHS Library.

 

Countless hours have gone into preparing the Self Study for this process, and I thank the teachers, staff, parents, and students who have helped in this important process.  In terms of leaders, I want to thank our project coordinator, vice principal Tony Lam, our two editors, teachers Naomi Ansaldo and Maichen Liu-Grossman, and our fifteen focus group leaders.  Now is the time to put our best foot forward, present our school honestly to the WASC visiting team, and help drive our school toward continual improvement.

 

FIELD TRIPS:

SCHS has been promoting field trips to encourage learning outside the classroom, and our teachers have been embracing this opportunity well.  With recent increased funding, these field trips have expanded even more.  We encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities.  Last week, we held two of our biggest field trips of the year, with several hundred Biology students going whale watching out of Monterey and over one hundred of our ELL students going to a theater show.  Some of the others that have already happened or are schedule for later this year include:

  • Latinx Student Conference at DeAnza College
  • African American Student Conference at West Valley College
  • Computer Science students to the Bay Area Computer Museum
  • Drama students to a theater competition at Ohlone College
  • Human Physiology classes to Stanford Clinical Anatomy demonstration
  • Multicultural Literature classes to a San Francisco cultural tour
  • French classes to San Francisco Legion of Honor
  • STEM classes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Black Student Union students to help lead a MLK Day event at an elementary school in San Francisco
  • Filipino/Pacific Islander/Southeast Asia Conference at DeAnza Community College
  • Advanced Art students to Stanford’s Cantor Center for the Arts
  • English 9 Honors students to Monterey for a Steinbeck tour
  • BioTech, Physiology, and AP Biology students to the San Jose Tech Museum
  • American Sign Language students to a series of visits to Central Park Elementary

AP EXAM SIGN-UPS:

All AP classes have been visited to review details on how to sign up for AP Exams, but, as a reminder, students need to sign up for these exams no later than Monday, March 12.  Exams this year and in the coming few years are paid for by the district.  If you have any questions, please contact your AP teacher or our school AP Coordinator vice principal Erin Brown.  Questions about IEP/504 accommodations can be directed to vice principal Angela Kretsch.

 

SAT EXAM:

Several hundred students will be taking the SAT on Wednesday morning.  Those who have signed up have agreed arrive before 7:30 am.  Most will be in the main gym, with a few in room F110.  These students will need photo ID, pencils with erasers, and an approved calculator.  Participating students will be excused from 3rd period, but should plan to attend their afternoon classes.  Questions about the SAT can be directed to vice principal Tony Lam or any counselor.  Questions about IEP/504 accommodations can be directed to vice principal Angela Kretsch.

 

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT ON CONSENT & SEXUAL SAFETY:

Our Wellness Center and PTSA have collaborated to organize an important Parent Education Night entitled “Consent & Sexual Safety: How to Talk to Your Teen.”  The evening will be led by Laura Ellingson, who is a Communications Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University.   She will speak about consent, digital safety, and the transition from high school to college, giving parents practical ways to approach their teens about sexual and physical safety.  The event will be held at the SCHS Theater on Wednesday, March 21, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

 

CRAB FEED CANCELLED:

Unfortunately, due to rising crab prices, our team had to cancel the Crab Feed.  While this event has been a favorite of many community members over the years, the math just wasn’t adding up and we were not going to successfully raise funds without a significant rise in prices.  Please expect news about an alternate fundraiser sometime in the coming months.

 

UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 6-8 – California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for 9th and 11th graders 
  • Wednesday, March 7 – SAT Exam starting at 7:30 am
  • Wednesday, March 7 – School Site Council Meeting in the conference room at 5:00pm
  • Wedneday & Friday, March 7 & 9 – Spring Concerts in the SCHS Theater at 7:00pm, with Jazz and Choir on Wednesday and Orchestra and Symphonic Band on Friday
  • Friday, March 9 - Renaissance Academic Rally
  • Sunday, March 11 – WASC Visiting Team Meet & Greet and Parent Meeting in the SCHS Library at 3:00 pm
  • Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14 – WASC Visiting Team on campus conducting observations and meetings
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Use the Thursday Block Schedule (due to no school on Thursday or Friday)
  • Wednesday, March 14 – WASC Visiting Team presentation of initial findings in the SCHS Library at 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 14 – Winter Sports Awards Night starting in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday-Friday, March 15-16 – NO STUDENTS: Professional Development Days for teachers
  • Wednesday, March 21 – PTSA General Session Meeting in the SCHS Theater at 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21 – Parent Education Night on Consent and Sexual Safety in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 23 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • Friday, March 23 – Sadie Hawkins Dance on campus from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 27 – “Run, Hide, Defend” Drill
  • Friday, March 30 – Battle of the Classes in the Main Gym at 6:00 pm

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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1/19/18

Hello Bruin Community,

 

Second semester is well underway at SCHS, and we are quite busy on campus right now.  As I mentioned in previous messages, our school is undergoing a Self-Study in preparation for our upcoming WASC visitation in March.  The faculty has been working diligently to finalize that Self-Study with the help of some great student and parent volunteers.  This is also a period in the year when we are very busy both with student activities and in planning for the upcoming year.  I have a few highlights to share with you on these fronts.

 

AP PARENT NIGHT

On Wednesday, January 24, we will be hosting our annual AP Parent Night.  The event starts at 7:00 pm in the SCHS Theater.  This event will help students and parents to get a brief overview of AP course offerings and expectations, including news about a new and innovative AP course we will be offering next year called AP Seminar.  After this intro, we will move to the cafeteria where families can speak directly with teachers from our various AP classes.  While we encourage students to challenge themselves with one or more AP classes, we also know that one of the keys to success is deciding on the right courses and the right number of courses.  This answer will be different for each student, so individualized conversations are key.  We strongly urge students to push themselves in their areas of strength and passion, but also to be realistic in their approach by not over-committing themselves to too many courses.  AP courses can be a pathway to success in college, but only if approached thoughtfully and in a way that is appropriate for each individual student.

 

REGISTRATION TIMELINE

We are about to start the process of signing up for classes for next year.  It's important that all students find the right set of classes that challenge them appropriately and help them be both well-rounded and academically prepared for college and/or career.  All students will get to see a video about our elective offerings on January 29, and we encourage students to speak with their teachers and families about class options.  

 

Each grade level will have a meeting in the theater with the counselors to go over the process for signing up for classes, learn about options appropriate for the next grade, receive a copy of their personalized transcript, and get paperwork related to signing up for classes.  After these meetings, we strongly encourage parents to sit down with students and review their options.  In the few days following, the counselors will meet one-on-one with every student in that grade to sign up for classes.  For the current freshmen, this will be a paper-based system.  For the current sophomores and juniors, students will be using their Chromebooks to fill out an online form along with their counselor.  The dates for this portion are:

  • Current Freshmen - group meeting on January 23, one-on-one meetings with counselors to sign up for classes between January 31 and February 2

  • Current Sophomores - group meeting on February 6, one-on-one meetings with counselors to sign up for classes between February 7 and February 9

  • Current Juniors - group meeting on February 26, one-on-one meetings with counselors to sign up for classes between February 28 and March 2

All families will be sent a list of the courses for which students have signed up by early May.  Families can set up individual meetings with counselors to make any needed adjustments in May and Early June.

 

LIP SYNC

One of our biggest student events of the year, our annual Lip Sync Competition, is coming up on February 2.  Along with Homecoming and Battle of the Classes, this is one of the events that draws huge numbers of students and families.  Several hundred students will perform with their class and/or clubs in dances that are usually quite creative, often very funny, and always entertaining.  Tickets are $5 at the door, with profits going to the top three groups.

 

CRAB FEED

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is our Crab Feed, which will be held on Saturday, March 24, starting at 5:30 pm.  We are returning this year to the SES Hall on Lafayette.  Be on the look-out for ticket sales and buy yours early as we are likely to sell out this very fun event.  This is a great opportunity for the adults in our community to come together and have a good time.  Profits benefit a variety of student activities around our campus.

 

HIGHLIGHTED UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday-Friday, January 22-26 - Teen Read Week in the SCHS Library

  • Wednesday, January 24 - AP Parent Night starting in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm

  • Tuesday, January 30 - Blood Drive in the Small Gym from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Wednesday, January 31 - ELAC Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday, January 31 - MECHS Parent Presentation in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm

  • Friday, February 2 - Lip Sync Competition in the main gym at 7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 7 - School Site Council Meeting in the conference room at 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 7 - Semester Awards Night in the Main Gym at 7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 14 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 14 - Athletic Boosters Meeting in the conference room at 7:00 pm

  • Friday, February 16 - Black History Event in the theater during several class periods

  • Monday-Friday, February 19-23 - February Break (No School)

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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12/12/17

Hello Bruin Community,

 

We are heading into the final few days before our holiday break, which is a time that can be both wonderful and stressful for students, families, and teachers.  I hope all of us can manage the inherent stress associated with Dead Week and Finals Week, and I hope that all of our breaks are as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible.

 

CHROMEBOOKS:

Last week, we were able to deploy chromebooks to nearly every sophomore and junior at SCHS.  It was wonderful seeing the faces of students who were excited about receiving the devices, and it was clear that students were taking the responsibilities associated with having a chromebook seriously.  Distribution went quite smoothly, and thanks for this goes to too many people to name.  From our site, I want to especially thank vice principal Terry Flora, teacher tech liaison Christina Mehl, and all of our history teachers, as these are the SCHS folks who were most hands-on during this process.  As SCHS is the first school in our district to have this type of large-scale distribution, we expect that a few unexpected issues are likely to arise, and we are ready to address those issues.  For now, we are enjoying seeing students using the chromebooks in the classrooms, the hallways, and all around the campus, and we are excited about what this will mean for innovative curriculum throughout the school.

 

Starting this week, we have a service available at lunch called our Genius Squad.  This is a group of tech-savvy students who, under the guidance of a teacher, can help students who are having any difficulties with their chromebooks.  Whether there is something seriously wrong with a device or a student just has a quick how-to question, students should come see the Genius Squad for help.  If a device cannot be fixed quickly, we will swap it out for another device so that students aren't left without a working chromebook.  The Genius Squad is available at lunchtime on Monday through Thursday in the Chromebook Center (the room by the library where all students picked up their Chromebooks).

 

GIRLS SOCCER @ AVAYA STADIUM

Our girls soccer team has a unique opportunity to play this Saturday at Avaya Stadium.  Last year, we were the CCS Division I champions, and we will be facing the CCS Division II Champions from Presentation High School.  The game is at 2:15pm, and it is free.  The public entrance will be through the BMW gate located near the parking lot, not the main entrance near Coleman Avenue.  I encourage you to come out and see what should be a terrific game in this memorable venue. Go Bruins!

 

FINALS SCHEDULE:

We are in Dead Week, which is a time of reduced activities as students prepare for their finals.  Next week is Finals Weeks, and the schedule is as follows:

Monday, 12/18 Tuesday, 12/19 Wednesday, 12/20 Thursday, 12/21 Friday, 12/22

Regular

Monday

Schedule

Period 1 Final

8:10-10:10

Period 2 Final

10:20-12:20

Lunch

12:20-12:55

Period 7 Final

1:01-3:01

Period 3 Final

8:10-10:10

Period 4 Final

10:30-12:30

Period 5 Final

8:10-10:10

Period 6 Final

0:30-12:30

No School

All finals are two hours long, and students are not allowed to take any finals early.  While the type of studying needed will vary from class to class, parents should talk with their students and look for communication from teachers via schoolloop about what the expectations are for each of these finals.

 

MAJOR UPCOMING ACTIVIES:

  • Wednesday, 12/13 - Winter Concert (Jazz & Choir) in theater at 7pm
  • Friday, 12/15 - Winter Concert (Orchestra & Symphonic) in theater at 7pm
  • Saturday, 12/16 - Girls Soccer plays Presentation HS at Avaya Stadium at 2:15pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday, 12/19-21 - Finals Schedule
  • Wednesday, 12/20 - PTSA Meeting in Conference Room at 6pm
  • Tuesday, 1/9 - Start of Second Semester
  • Wednesday, 1/10 - School Site Council Meeting in Conference Room at 5pm
  • Saturday, 1/13 - Winter Ball 
  • Monday, 1/15 - No School - MLK Day
  • Wednesday, 1/17 - PTSA Meeting in Conference Room at 6pm
  • Wednesday, 1/17 - Freshman Parent Night in the theater at 7pm
  • Monday-Friday, 1/22-26 - Teen Read Week
  • Wednesday, 1/24 - AP Parent Night starting in the theater at 7pm
  • Tuesday, 1/30 - Blood Drive in the small gym
  • Wednesday, 1/31 - ELAC Meeting in the Conference Room at 3:15pm
  • Friday, 2/2 - Lip Sync Competition in the Main Gym at 7pm

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal

Santa Clara High School

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10/30/17

Hello Bruin Community,

 

I have some good news to share with as well as potential favors to ask of those who are interested. 

 

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING:

SCHS has been working to put together a more comprehensive after-school tutoring schedule, and, as of today, that tutoring schedule is up and running.  Starting today (Monday, October 30th), we will offer free tutoring to all SCHS students in a variety of subjects in math, English, science, history, and world language (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, AP Statistics, ASL,  Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, English 9-12, World History, US History, Civics, and Economics) on various days Monday - Thursday.  We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  Please see the attached schedule.  This schedule will be a living document and will change occasionally as our diagnosed needs and available resources change.  A page within our website will be up within the next few days that will have the current schedule so that parents and students can refer to it at any time.

 

WASC:

As I mentioned in a previous message, we are going through an accreditation procress this year.  The Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) is the group that determines the validity of our school's academic work, or, to put it more simply, whether our diploma counts as a diploma.  All schools go through this process on at least a six year cycle, and we are in that cycle right now.  This is a process that can be quite helpful to schools who embrace it as a learning opportunity.  One of the key elements of this process is the Self Study, which is a comprehensive look at what we do as a school to educate our students, and it's important that we include teacher, parent, and student voices in this process.  Our teachers have started a process of looking at pieces of the school, and I'd like to invite interested parents and students to join us.  The commitment for this would be two one-hour meetings at 8:00 am on Wednesday mornings in which we would review data and provide input on what it says about the school's progress.  The dates of these meetings are November 8 and January 17.  If you are interested in joining our faculty for this process, please reply to this email and let me know that you are interested.

 

OPEN HOUSE:

On Wednesday, November 8, we will be hosting an Open House for families of current 8th graders.  While this is not applicable to many current SCHS families, we ask you to encourage your friends and neighbors with 8th grade students to come check us out.  The event starts at 6:30 pm in the SCHS Theater.  Thanks in advance.

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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10/9/17

Hello Bruin Community,

 

I have some great news to share.

 

The District Office just approved the deployment schedule for a 1:1 student Chromebook program, and SCHS will begin distributing Chromebooks to our students this December.  These Chromebooks will be checked out for student use similar to the way students check out textbooks, and students will be taking their assigned Chromebook with them to class and home.  This will enable teachers to teach and students to learn in innovative and increasingly collaborative ways.  

 

At SCHS, the first group to receive these Chromebooks will be our sophomores and juniors.  The plan is to have full implementation (Chromebooks at all grade levels) next year.  For the duration of this school year, our freshmen and senior students will have access in many classes to Chromebooks, but it will be limited to in-class work.

 

All sophomores and juniors will be receiving their Chromebooks through their history classes.  Prior to the distribution date, their history teachers will lead them through a couple of small trainings on how to properly use and care for their new devices.  At the end of these lessons, students will take a short quiz to demonstrate that they understand the basic guidelines around use of and care for Chromebooks.

 

We also want to make sure that parents and families are aware of the responsibilities that come with the students having a Chromebook.  To support parents who want to learn more, SCHS will be hosting two parent info sessions that can help parents understand this new technology and have questions answered.  These two events have the same content, so we invite you to come to the one that fits your schedule better.  The events are both on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in the SCHS Theater.  The first will be held at 8:30-9:30 am, and the second will be held at 7:00-8:00 pm.  All parents will be asked to sign a “Mobile Device Use Agreement” prior to distribution of Chromebooks.  Signing this form and having students receive a Chromebook is optional, but it is strongly encouraged as it will help students educationally.

 

These Chromebooks were selected in part because of their reliability and ease of use.  That being said, we know that issues will occasionally arise.  We will be providing tech support for students on Monday through Thursday at lunchtime in the Chromebook Center (located near the Library).

 

One important note is that the use of the Chromebooks will be monitored to make sure students are using their devices in safe ways.  The district has contracted with a reputable monitoring service called Securly, and student internet searches will be monitored through their system.  More information about this will be shared at the parent event as well as in the student trainings.

 

What is required before students can receive a Chromebook:

  1. “Mobile Device Use Agreement” signed by parent/guardian

  2. Student Chromebook Use Quiz successfully completed by student

 

SCHS timeline for distribution:

  • 11/20/17-11/30/17 - Student trainings in history classes (exact dates determined by teacher)

  • 11/29/17 - Parent Info Sessions in the SCHS Theater at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  • 12/4/17-12/5/17 - Chromebooks Distributed to Sophomores

  • 12/6/17-12/7/17 - Chromebooks Distributed to Juniors

 

This is an exciting time for teaching and learning at SCHS, and I can’t wait to see what our students are able to achieve with access to this new tool.

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby - Principal

Terry Flora - Vice Principal of Attendance, Technology, & Discipline

Christina Mehl - Teacher Tech Liaison

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10/2/17

Hello Bruin Community,

 

I have two important updates for you.

 

HAWK Beacon Installation on Benton & Moraga:

 

As many of you know, the City of Santa Clara is installing new HAWK Beacons around the city, and one of them will be going in at the intersection in front of SCHS.  This will be a major improvement for student safety, and it should help with traffic flow as well.  We have finally received notification of the timeline, and construction work should be starting within the next week or so.  The city anticipates finishing the project by mid November.  There will be some traffic delays during the construction, but I think we can all agree that these will be worth it.

 

The way HAWK Beacons work blends the benefits of a full lighted crosswalk with the convenience of turning off during non-peak times.  If you haven't experienced one yet, I encourage you to check out this video made to explain how HAWK Beacons work.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdauhuZaChM&feature=youtu.be

 

The HAWK Beacons are off most of the time, allowing through traffic to travel unimpeded.  At these times, there will be a symbol indicating to pedestrians not to walk.  When a pedestrian triggers the system, it will begin by going through flashing yellow, solid yellow, solid red, and flashing red lights before returning to it's normal off position.  Rules for all these lights are exactly the same as other times lights are used.  rWhen the light turns red, pedestrians will be allowed to cross similar to a normal lighted crosswalk.  

 

We recognize that there will be a learning curve with this new system, and we encourage everyone to be patient, look carefully, and keep student safety at the heart of what we all do.

 

 

PSAT Test on October 11:

 

SCHS will be hosting a PSAT test on October 11.  Because of the major benefits of taking this test in terms of college preparedness, our district is paying for any  sophomores who sign up to take the test for free.  Juniors are also welcome to sign up at a cost of $16.   So far, over 400 students have signed up to take the test.  We have a limited number left, and we will continue to allow students to sign up until either we run out of tests or Friday, October 6 (whichever comes first).  If your student wants to sign up, sophomores can do so by going to the counseling office, and juniors can do so by visiting our bookkeeper.

 

The test starts at 7:30 am and lasts until about lunchtime.  Students will miss 3rd period that day.  Students who take the test will automatically be excused from 3rd period.  For students that ride the bus, an additional morning bus run will happen on October 11.  All students who are taking the test should arrive by 7:15 with their photo ID and pencils.

 

For students who are not taking the test, this is a normal school day and these students will follow the standard Wednesday bell schedule.

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

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9/19/17

Hello Bruin Community,

 

We are in the ever-busy fall, when it seems like the only thing that can match our full schedule is our energetic student body.  We've had a quite success Club Fair to help students engage with their peers in meaningful ways, and we have recently passed the halfway point of the first quarter.  We have several upcoming events that I want to highlight for you.

 

Senior Parent Meeting:

On Wednesday at 7:00 pm in our SCHS Theater, we invite all parents of senior students to a meeting hosted by our counseling department.  The agenda will focus on how to best support your senior students as they go through this important year and prepare for college/career.  We will also be highlighting many of the memorable events that make senior year so special.  We will be hosting similar parent nights for the other classes on upcoming dates.  Junior parents will meet on October 4, sophomores on November 1, and freshmen on January 17.

 

DACA Information Night:

Our district strives to support all of our students and families.  For families and friends of Dreamers affected by the news about DACA, the district is hosting an information night so that people can get the most up-to-date and accurate understanding of what is going on with DACA and how. the district will be responding.  This meeting will be hosted at Scott Lane Elementary (1925 Scott Lane Blvd) on Wednesday, 9/20/17, at 6:30 pm.  Interpreters and child care will be provided.  A flyer about this event is attached.

 

Homecoming:

One of the highlights of the year is upon us.  This week is our Homecoming Week.  Four important notes for families to know about include:

 

1) There is an alternate schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  If you haven't seen the schedule yet, this schedule is listed on schoolloop.

    • Wednesday: Per 1 - 10:00-10:54 / Per 3 - 11:00-12:00 / Lunch - 12:00-12:35 / Per 5 - 12:41-1:35 / Per 7 - 1:41-2:35

    • Thursday: Use the Mon/Tue/Fri Schedule (not the normal Thursday block schedule)

    • Friday: Per 2 - 8:26-9:20 / HC Rally - 9:30-10:21 / Per 4 - 10:31-11:30 / Lunch - 11:30-12:05 / Per 6 - 12:11-1:052

2) On Thursday Night, we will be hosting Homecoming parade float building in our quad from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The floats for our Homecoming Parade reflect the ingenuity of our students and are among the best high school floats I've ever seen.  This float building night is often as memorable as the Homecoming events themselves.  Parents are welcome to stay.  There will be a limited number of students who will be allowed to stay past 10:00 pm, and those students have to permission slips that are given by the SBO and signed by parents.  If you don't sign a slip, you should know that your student will be leaving campus no later than 10:00 pm.

3) Our Homecoming Parade starts at 1:30 pm on Friday.  We leave from the front of the school, heading toward Pomeroy Elementary.  We use El Sobrante to cross Kiely, weaving our way over to Central Park Elementary before returning to SCHS.  Passing the two elementary schools and seeing the delight on the young faces is definitely a highlight of the parade.  Typically, over 400 students (sometimes  participate in the parade, and these students all get free admission to the game that night.

4) Our actual Homecoming Ceremony follows the Frosh/Soph football game on Friday.  This typically puts us at around 6:15 or 6:30.  The varsity Homecoming game versus Gunn HS will start at 7:15 pm.  We invite all families to come out and join this festive event.

 

Parent Education Night:

On Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm, our Wellness Center will be hosting a Parent Education Night on Teen Stress & Anxiety.  Find out more by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-education-night-stress-anxiety-your-teen-tickets-37824345636

 

As always, I encourage parents who are on Facebook to sign up for the SCHS PTSA Facebook page.  More importantly, I encourage you to stay active in your teenager's life, communicating with them, their teachers, and others about what is going on academically, socially, and emotionally with your student.

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal

Santa Clara High School

3000 Benton Street

Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 423-2601

santaclara.schoolloop.com

 

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