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Bruin Country Community Updates

Hello Bruin Community,

Our second semester is off to a smooth start.  We hope that your time over the holidays with family was enjoyable and restful, and we are now back in the swing of things here at school.  I want to thank all those parents who actively work with us, partnering in the education of your kids.  We work best for our students when we work together.

Freshman Parent Night

Tomorrow (January 16) is our Freshman Parent Night, and this event is in the SCHS theater starting at 7:00 pm.  We definitely encourage all parents of freshmen to come hear from the counselors about what their students have coming up in terms of signing up for classes for next year, four-year planning, important tests, and various other topics that will help parents to guide their students.

AP Parent Night

If parents and students are considering taking an AP class next year, we invite you to come to our AP Parent Night on Wednesday, January 23, starting at 7:00 pm in the SCHS Theater.  Taking AP classes is one of the best ways to prepare for college, but only if students take the appropriate courses and the appropriate amount of courses for them.  Each student has different interests, strengths, and academic readiness.  Hearing from our AP teachers and counseling team at the AP Parent Night can help students and parents make better decisions about which courses and how many courses to take.

AP Exam Sign-ups

We have both digitized the process and moved up the timeline for signing up for AP exams.  If your student is currently taking an AP course, we strongly encourage your student to take the AP exam.  Sign-ups are only accessible our homepage.  At the bottom of the homepage in the "Spotlight" section, students can register for the exam(s) they need.  Remember that if you are registered in an AP course at this school, the district will pay for that exam.  The registration system, which is called Total Registration, will be available from January 18 through February 1.

Teen Read Week

This week is Teen Read Week at SCHS, and we take pride in how many students check out books during this week after hearing book-talks from teachers, parents, peers, and others.  Reading for pleasure is one of the best ways to enhance a student's educational experience.  Parents, I encourage you to ask your student about the book-talks they have heard or will hear during this Teen Read Week.  Personally, I read and recommend "The Perfect Candidate" by Peter Stone, which is about a boy from California that takes an internship in Washington, D.C. shortly after high school graduation and becomes enmeshed in a political scandal.  It's suspenseful, fast-paced, and a lot of fun to read.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 16 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 - Freshman Parent Night in the Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 16 - Athletic Boosters Meeting in the conference room at 7:00 pm
  • Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King Day: No School
  • Wednesday, January 23 - AP Parent Night in the Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 29 - Blood Drive in the small gym
  • Wednesday, January 30 - English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting in 
  • Week of February 4-8 - ELPAC Testing for students in EL program, affected students will be notified by mail
  • Wednesday, February 6 - School Site Council Meeting in the conference room at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 6 - Semester Awards Night in the main gym at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 13 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 13 - Athletic Boosters Meeting in the conference room at 7:00 pm
  • Week of February 18-22 - February Break: No School

On the Horizon

  • Wednesday, March 6 - SAT Exam (free for all juniors, details to come in a later email)
  • Week of April 8-12 - Diversity Week
  • Week of April 15-19 - April Break: No School
  • Week of April 22-26 - CAASPP/CAST testing, will have an altered schedule all week
  • Weeks of May 6-17 - AP Testing


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 1/15/19

Hello Bruin Community,

Things are going well at Santa Clara High right now.  Our drama department’s fall play, “Almost, Maine,” debuted last night and has five more upcoming shows.  Our football team won our league and is heading into playoffs. Our school newspaper, The Roar, just received a rating of All-American, putting it in the top 5% of high school newspapers.  Our canned food drive through Second Harvest Food Bank is underway, with a toy drive to follow shortly after that.  Things are humming.

I want to highlight three topics in this email, which are the apparent passage of Measure BB, a recent assignment and field trip in our Multicultural Literature and Composition class, and our practices around air quality.


The apparent passage of Measure BB will have several impacts on Santa Clara High over time.  Probably the most significant one is that we will not grow beyond our capacity.  Our student population may grow slightly over the next couple of years but will decrease slightly once the new comprehensive high school opens at the Agnews site.  Things that you will see at SCHS include renovations of our two athletic fields as well as the possibility of shade structures in some key places and reduction in the number of portables.  These changes will not happen overnight (and some will take several years), but I am confident that the district’s bond projects team is in a good position to make needed repairs and improvements for our future students.


We have enjoyed the good fortune of being able to conduct an increasing number field trips for our students in the last several years.  These field trips bring learning alive in a way that is memorable for students. These trips include, among many others, a Biology whale watching trip, and English 9H trip to Cannery Row, a French trip to a French art exhibit, and, just today, an trip for AP Biology and Honors Human Physiology to the Body Worlds exhibit at San Jose’s tech museum.  However, I want to highlight one recent trip that really stood out to me as indicative of who we are and what we are trying to do as a school.

The five teachers of our Multicultural Literature and Composition class, which is our senior-level English class, created a unit that culminated in a trip to the Mission District of San Francisco.  After reading and analyzing the Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, which is a collection of interrelated stories from families coming from various Central American countries  living in the same apartment complex in the US, students conducted a culminating project by visiting the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts as well as an interactive activity involving visiting the many culturally diverse murals of the Mission District.  It also tied into Dia de los Muertos, which was featured prominently in the book. This project was educationally sound, based on our state standards, and the product of great teacher collaboration.  More importantly, it demonstrates our belief that our diversity is our strength and all our students benefit from seeing themselves and their peers in their lessons.


With today’s diminished air quality due to nearby wildfires, I wanted everyone to know about the system we use for monitoring air quality in our district.  We use the website in conjunction with an Air Quality Index (AQI - see attached).   The website gives us current conditions and projections, while the AQI chart provides directions based on those conditions.

Today, we started in the “Moderate” range.  Prior to moving to the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Group” range, we had already moved the PE classes indoors.  Eventually, we topped out in the “Unhealthy” range, which led to us postponing the CCS Playoff Football game from tonight to Monday.  We will continue to use this system to guide us in our efforts to prioritize student safety in an informed manner.


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 11/9/18

Hello Bruin Community,

Both our first quarter of school and our Homecoming Week have come to a close.  We have had a lot to celebrate lately.  Students are well into the hard work of their classes, and many memories were made during this last week, during which we had record participation in our various events, especially our float building on Thursday and parade on Friday.  That being said, it is time for students to buckle down in classes. To help with that, the school is going to be providing an extra support for those who need it.

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING - Starting today, many of our teachers will be providing After School Tutoring.  This tutoring is available to all students, regardless of who their teacher is.  We encourage students, particularly those that are in need of some extra support, to come and avail themselves of this opportunity.  The schedule is attached to this email, and it will be added to Schoolloop as well.  There may be a few adjustments over time, and the schedule will be updated on Schoolloop as changes are made.

HALLOWEEN - Students are welcome to wear costumes on Wednesday, October 31, for Halloween, and they will be joined by multiple staff members who enjoy dressing up as well.  I want to remind everyone, though, that all costumes must be school appropriate (for example, nothing too revealing and no weapons).  Remember that education continues on that day, so be prepared to learn in class and have some fun in the quad.


  • Wednesday, October 24 - Sophomore Parent Night in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 2 - Football Senior Night at home vs Gunn, varsity at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7 - School Site Council Meeting in the conference room at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7 - Marching Band Family & Friends Night on the field at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7 - Open House for 8th Grade Families starting in the theater 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10 - Fall Play "Almost, Maine" in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14 - PTSA Meeting in the conference room at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14 - Fall Sports Awards Night in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17 - Fall Play "Almost, Maine" in the theater at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23 - NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, November 28 - PTSA Parent Education Night: Teen Driving in the theater 6:00-9:00 pm


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 10/22/18