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Hello Bruin Community,


As you likely know, our school has been going through a process of revisiting and updating our SCHS Vision and Mission Statements.  Our vision is where we are headed, and our mission is how we will get there. The SCHS faculty had last revised these statements in 2012.  With our growth, our dedication to the whole child, and our emphasis on collaboration, we felt it was time to not only revisit these statements, but revise them via a more inclusive process that involved the entire community.


A volunteer committee led by teachers Sara Carvalho, Emily Haven, Jennifer Herrera, and Lindsey Couto-Mohamed along with ASB President Sofia Kritikopolous set up a process that allowed as many voices as possible to take part in this revision.  The committee developed feedback forms to elicit input on what people liked about our previous statements, what concepts they thought we most needed to keep, as well as what phrases no longer reflected the needs of our current students and school climate. In addition to teaching faculty, this feedback form was taken to the students (the leadership class), staff (paraeducators and office staff), and parents (PTSA and School Site Council).  Additionally, a google form was sent to all parents and students so that every member of our community had a chance to share their thoughts. The result was the most authentic representation of our community’s voice that we’ve been able to capture to this point.


Our new Santa Clara High School Vision Statement is:


We graduate lifelong learners who aspire to improve themselves and the world.


Our new Santa Clara High School Mission Statement is:


Our Mission is to provide a rigorous and comprehensive education that fosters inquiry, inspires compassion and develops self reliance for our diverse student body in a physically, emotionally, and socially safe environment.


My deep thanks goes out to all involved in this process.  I was able to witness several of the groups thoughtfully engage with each other, showing a sincere desire for to support our students, and I know that other groups were equally committed.  Thank you, and let us together strive to achieve our vision by following our mission.


Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 5/28/19

 

Hello Bruin Community,

I want to make sure you are aware of a program going on at SCHS over the next two days called Every 15 Minutes.  Every 15 Minutes is a drunk driving awareness program, and it has been shown to be one of the more effective ways to reduce teenager involvement in drunk driving scenarios.  This event is a simulation, and no students have actually been injured or killed.  The program is called Every 15 Minutes because, at the time of its creation, someone died from a collision caused by a drunk driver on average every 15 minutes in our country.  With various education and legal efforts, this statistic has improved, but drunk driving remains one of the greatest dangers for teenagers.

Every 15 Minutes is a large scale production that has been in the works for months involving partners from the police department, fire department, a local hospital, and several local businesses.  There are about twenty juniors and seniors who volunteered to be part of this program, and they are supported by teachers Maichen Liu-Grossman, Lindsey Couto-Mohamed, our admin team, our counselors, our Wellness team, and about fifty other adults from around the community.  We intentionally do not advertise this event ahead of time as the event has been shown to be more effective if it is a surprise for students.

Today, our sophomores, juniors, and seniors are being brought to the football field to witness a mock car collision in which one student will be simulated as having died, another student will be taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and a third student will be arrested for driving under the influence.  Tomorrow, there will be a mock memorial service for the victims of the collision. Both events are emotional for students. In conjunction with our Wellness program and counseling staff, we have put into place several ways to support students who are struggling with this event. Teachers are on the lookout for students who need extra support.

Additionally, I am asking you to be part of our network of support.  Parents, please talk with your students about their experiences. Students, please be aware of the emotional needs of your friends.  Even though this event is a simulation and no one has been injured or died, it can bring up strong emotions and memories. This experience may be especially difficult for students (or adults) who have been affected by car collisions and/or the death of someone near them.  Our Wellness team, counselors, and teachers want to support students, so please reach out to your student’s counselor if you or a student is in need.

The more we can educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving, the safer our students and community will be.  Thank you for helping with this effort.

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal

Santa Clara High School

Posted 5/2/19

Hello Bruin Community,


We are heading into April Break, and I hope all our families have safe, enjoyable, and fun-filled time off.  Whether you are able to vacation or are staying home, I hope we can all come back rejuvenated and ready for the last seven weeks of school.


As a reminder, upon our return, we go directly into five days of testing that require an alternate bell schedule.  From Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, the bell schedule will be as follows:

  • Testing: 7:30-9:30
  • 1st Period 9:45-10:20
  • 2nd Period 10:26-11:01
  • 3rd Period 11:07-11:42
  • Lunch: 11:42-12:17
  • 4th Period 12:23-12:58
  • 5th Period 1:04-1:39
  • 6th Period 1:45-2:20
  • 7th Period 2:26-3:01

On Monday through Thursday, all Juniors are tasking the CAASPP Tests, which are the state's primary assessment of English and Math.  These tests are very important both for the school and for the students.  One way in which it affects students is it determines whether or not students qualify for regular English and Math classes in the UC and CSU universities around our state.  Juniors have information in their schoolloop portal about which classroom to attend.  All juniors need to be in their testing room by 7:30 am.  All other students can come later for their regular classes, with 1st period starting at 9:45 and 2nd period starting at 10:26.


On Friday, all Seniors as well as any Junior or Sophomore who has not signed up for science for next year are tasking the CAST Test, which are the state's primary assessment of Science.  Like the CAASPP test, this test is important both for the school as a whole and for the individual students.  These testers will soon have information in their schoolloop portal about which classroom to attend on Friday.  All seniors as well as any junior or sophomore who has not signed up for science for next year need to be in their testing room by 7:30 am.  All other students (freshmen and any sophomore or junior who did sign up to continue to take science) can come later for their regular classes, with 1st period starting at 9:45 and 2nd period starting at 10:26.


Students and parents, be on the lookout for any communication coming from Vice Principal Terry Flora, who is taking the lead for our school on CAASPP and CAST testing.


Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 4/12/19