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Bruin Country - Principal's Update 3/31/2017
Posted by: Gregory Shelby Published: 3/31/17

Hello Bruin Community,


BOTC – We are in one of the great days of the year here at SCHS – our Battle of the Classes (BOTC) day.  The events of this week, culminating in what we call the Final Challenge this evening, bond our students together more than any other single event of the year.  I often share with my staff that we become what we continually celebrate, and we do a lot on this campus to celebrate academic achievement, academic growth, sportsmanship, character, appreciation for all types of diversity, and kindness.  BOTC is a little different.  It is just plain, simple, pure fun.  The students get hyped up about their competitions, having practiced for the last several weeks in the quad at lunch and after school.  The spirit is high, and the competition is intense, but the character of the school is shown in when the winning class is announced and, regardless of the outcome, you’ll see members of all classes embracing each other, celebrating the good time they had and the pride they have in this school.  That moment has to be one of my favorite moments of the year.  If you want to join us, the BOTC Final Challenge starts at 6:00pm tonight.


PARENT SURVEY – As part of our school’s and district’s ongoing improvement efforts, we are asking parents to fill out an online survey about our school sometime between April 3 and April 28.  This survey is an anonymous collection of parent perceptions about our school, which will guide us in our efforts to continue what is working well and make course corrections in our areas of need.  There are attachments below in both English and Spanish with the details, but the main instructions are:

  1. Go to the following website (English):

          Or go to the following website (Spanish):

  1. Click the button for “Take Survey
  2. Enter School Code: DY29HE

COUNSELING PROCESS UPDATE –  With very few exceptions, our counselors have met with all of our students who will be returning to SCHS next year to discuss class options and later to collect their course request forms.  Hopefully parents saw these request forms and had thoughtful discussions with their students about them.  We are currently catching up with the handful of students who were absent on specific days to get their requests.  Families can expect that the next step will be a letter sent home by the first week in May listing your student’s current course selections.  Please review these selections to confirm that they are accurate.  We build our master schedule each year largely based on course requests, so the accuracy of these requests are key to our being able to accommodate the choices of as many students as possible.



Gregory Shelby

Principal, Santa Clara High School