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Hello Bruin Community,

We are a month into the school year now, and things are well at SCHS.  As I visit classrooms, I’m seeing a lot of creative instruction by teachers and students engaging well with their subjects.  Outside of class, students are starting to get involved with clubs and the fall sports season is well under way. Thank you to all families who came to our Back To School Night last week.  I once again want to encourage parents to join one or more of our parent groups. Your involvement helps your student and our community in so many ways. Information for all groups in the “Community” section of our website.  For your ease, you can join PTSA by going to bit.ly/SchsMem. Here are a few important things happening in the coming month or so:

SENIOR PARENT NIGHT

Next Wednesday, September 18, is our Senior Parent Night.  We are encouraging all parents of current seniors to come to the SCHS Theater at 7pm for a session with our counselors targeted specifically for the needs of seniors.  Counselors Victoria Aguaristi and Amoreena Fidani will host the event, and there will be a special guest from a local college to help give guidance about financial aid options for next year.  Normally, these Parent Nights last about an hour, but with the addition of the financial aid segment, I suggest planning on a 90 minute event.

Other upcoming parent events include:

  • Cash 4 College Event - October 9, 3-7pm (drop-in when it works for you)

  • Junior Parent Night - October 23, 7pm

  • Sophomore Parent Night - October 30, 7pm

  • Freshman Parent Night - January 15, 7pm

  • AP Parent Night (for anyone interested in learning about our AP class offerings) - January 22, 7pm

  • Cash 4 College Event - January 29, 3-7pm (drop in when it works for you)

PSAT & AP TEST SIGN-UPS

  • PSAT - The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, October 16,  to all sophomores and those juniors who sign up for it. The sophomores are automatically signed up for it, with the district paying the cost.  Juniors who want to take the test need to sign up and pay the $17 fee to our school’s bookkeeper by Friday, September 20.
  • AP Tests - If your student is in an AP class, the teacher has already led your student through the sign-up process for the AP test, which will happen in May.  The student’s schoolloop portal should say the test(s) for which the student is signed up. If your student wants to opt out of taking this test, contact Terry Flora (tflora@scusd.net) by Thursday, September 19, including which test you don’t want to take and the reason for the opt-out.  As a reminder, all AP tests are paid for by the district if the student is taking an AP class here at SCHS.

HOMECOMING

One of our biggest events of the year for our students and community is our Homecoming Week, and there are several ways for parents to get involved as well.  Students will be hosting flower-making events at various houses in the weeks leading up to Homecoming, and the actual week is packed with fun. Parents, you are invited to be part of the float building event, to come watch the parade, and to attend the Homecoming Ceremony and Game.  The schedule is a little different that week to accommodate the parade, and it will be:

Mon, Sept 30

Tue, Oct 1

Wed, Oct 2

Thu, Oct 3

Fri, Oct 4

Regular

Schedule

Regular Schedule

Per 1: 10:00-10:54

Per 3: 11:00-12:00

Per 5: 12:41-1:35

Per 7: 1:41-2:35

Use the Mon/Tue/Fri Schedule

 

Float Building

in the Quad 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Per 2 - 8:26-9:20

Rally - 9:30-10:21

Per 4 - 10:31-11:30

Per 6 - 12:11-1:05

 

Parade @ 1:30

Ceremony ~ 6:15

Game - 7:15

Decade Day

(wear clothes from a different decade)

Twin Day

(match clothes with a friend)

Tik Tok Day

(dress up like internet memes)

Pajama Day

(the perennial

student favorite)

SCHS Shirt Day

(wear your class’

Homecoming shirt or any SCHS shirt)

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS 

Posted 9/13/19

Hello Bruin Community,

As students settle into the new school year, I want to welcome you all again and let you know about some upcoming opportunities.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Santa Clara will be hosting our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  Your family should have received information about the event in the mail, and a copy of that letter is attached.  I wanted to highlight a few aspects of that night. In addition to getting the chance to meet your student’s teachers, parents will also have the opportunity to be part of the PTSA General Session Meeting and learn what PTSA has in store for the year.  PTSA is also hosting two great fundraisers. One is our annual Silent Auction and the other is our Bake Sale. Proceeds from these events helps support PTSA’s efforts to improve the school, and there will be a lot of great items on which you can bid.  

Relatedly, we have a few ways that can help families have improved communication with the school and community.  The first is our Schoolloop Parent Registration Drive to get as many parents on schoolloop as possible. In addition, I recommend that parents who are on Facebook follow the page Santa Clara High’s PTSA.  We’ll be conducting a PTSA Membership Drive with prizes for the class that gets the most parents to join. Being part of the community and staying informed helps families and students succeed here at Santa Clara High.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

There are many ways for parents to get involved, such as PTSA, Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters, and our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).  One of the most critical ways, though, is through our School Site Council. Every school has a School Site Council that works to create our Single Plan for Student Achievement, monitors our progress, and allocates funds to help provide for areas of need at the school.  At the high school level, the group is made up of three parents, three students, four teachers, one classified staff members, and the principal. Everyone but the principal serves two-year terms. We currently have one returning parent, so we are looking for two parents to join this committee.  

If you are interested in joining the SCHS School Site Council, please notify me of your interest by Friday, August 30.  The commitment would be a two stint attending monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. The meetings start at 5:00 pm and usually last 60-90 minutes.  This is an elected position, and we will hold the election at Back To School Night.  

TESTING (AP, PSAT, SAT, & ACT)

If you are new to SCHS, you may not know that we provide free testing for AP, SAT, PSAT, and ACT tests (once per test).  For the PSAT, we automatically sign up all sophomores to take the test on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, for free. Juniors are welcome to take the test as well, but they would need to pay to do so.  For the SAT, we automatically sign up all juniors to take the test on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, for free. Use the computer outside the counseling office to request for a free ACT voucher. For all those in AP classes, we will be working to sign students up in September to take the AP Exams in May.  

If your student has an IEP or 504 Service Plan their instructional accommodations and modifications do not automatically carry over to AP, SAT, PSAT, or ACT.  Your student’s case manager or Angela Kretsch can provide your student with a Consent Form for Accommodations Request. College Board and ACT will determine whether your student qualifies for accomodations on the AP, SAT, PSAT, or ACT exams.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Angela Kretsch, the vice principal of Student Support Services.

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, Santa Clara High School

Posted 8/27/19

Hello Bruin Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year.  We are excited to see you all. In order to streamline and simplify the first day of school, we are making a couple of changes from previous years.  

Any student who gets their schedule on Schedule Pick-up Day and remembers to bring that schedule on the first day of school may go straight to class, by-passing the line in the cafeteria.  If a student visits their counselor and a change is made to their schedule after schedule pick-up day, the counselor will print out a new copy that the student can use on the first day of school.  There is always the possibility, albeit unlikely, that we will need to alter a schedule for master schedule reasons, but we will notify families if this happens.

NORMAL PROCEDURE:

Step #1 - Proof of Residency: Completed this year at Wilcox HS through Friday, August 2.

Step #2 - Schedule Pick-up Day: All students bring the green form they received when they completed Proof of Residency.  On this day, students will submit that green form, receive their photo ID, and pick up their schedule.

  • Grade 12 - Friday, August 2, 8:00 - 9:00 am
  • Grade 11 - Friday, August 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Grade 10 - Friday, August 2, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Grade 9 - Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (part of the Freshman Orientation)

Step #3 - Visit Counselors for Schedule Corrections (only if needed)

  • Grade 12 - Friday, August 2, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Grade 11 - Monday, August 5, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Grade 10 - Tuesday, August 6, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Grade 9 - Wednesday, August 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Step #4 - First Day of School: Bring your schedule and go straight to class (skip the lines) on August 15. 

  • NOTE: First Period will start at 8:00 am on August 15, and normal schedules will start on Friday.

IF THERE’S A PROBLEM:

Before attending classes, all students must have completed Proof of Residency, submitted the green form, received their photo ID, and be in possession of their official schedule.  If a student does not have their schedule on the first day of school (either because they haven’t completed a step or misplaced their schedule), they will need to go to the cafeteria on the first day of school between 7:00 am and 8:00 am to complete any missing steps and receive their schedule.

Sincerely,

Gregory Shelby

Principal, Santa Clara High School

Posted 7/31/19