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Bruin Country Principal's Update (JR & SO Parent Nights, Halloween, Out-of-District Courses)
Posted 10/21/19

Hello Bruin Community,

I have a handful of updates for you this week.

Junior & Sophomore Parent Nights 

We have two Parent Nights coming up that will be run by our counselors. Both will be at 7:00 pm in the SCHS Theater and should last around one hour.

  • Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, October 23 - Counselors Cindy Menezes and Victoria Aguaristi will guide parents of juniors through transcript evaluation, preparation for college research, four year college timeline and information on testing preparation.

  • Sophomore Parent Night on Wednesday, October 30 - Counselors Jeanne Mustille and Lynn Camacho-Light will review graduation requirements, student support offered at SCHS, academic planning in AERIES, post-secondary options and Naviance.

Halloween Costumes

This is a reminder to all students and families that, while students are welcome to (and often do) wear Halloween costumes to school on Halloween, they must still be school appropriate.  Generally, this means:

  • No masks (except during our Halloween costume contest in the quad)

  • No weapons (including fake weapons)

  • Follow normal dress code guidelines (no alcohol/drug/weapon/gang references, don’t be overly revealing)

Alternative Credits Toward Graduation

During the 2018-19 school year, a committee of administrators, counselors, parents, students and school board members convened to identify ways that students might have more flexibility in meeting their graduation and college eligibility requirements. The committee researched practices in other districts, and prioritized discussion around students’ interests, academic/career goals, needs for flexibility, and social-emotional well-being.


The committee’s recommendations led to revisions to AR 6146.11, Alternative Credits Toward Graduation.  Beginning with the current school year, high school students may take up to four out-of-district, UC-approved courses during their high school career.  Note that out-of-district courses will not receive extra grade weighting, and that principal approval must be obtained prior to the first day of class.  

Current 8th grade students who wish to take high school courses during the summer before their freshman year must obtain pre-approval from the high school that the student will attend in the fall.  

The form to request pre-approval of an outside course is located at:


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS