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Bruin Country Community Updates

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

Hello Bruin Community,

This Bruin Country Update doesn't have any new items, just reminders and clarifications about our upcoming PSAT test and then our Homecoming week.  Please note the days when school will start at different times for students.


On Wednesday, 10/10/18, we are providing the PSAT test to all sophomores as well as any juniors who chose to sign up.  All students who are set to take the test need to arrive by 7:15 am to their testing location.  Check your schoolloop portals for individualized testing locations.  Students who are taking the test need to bring their photo ID, a couple of pencils, and (optionally) an approved calculator.  Please note that the majority of juniors will be taking the test across the street in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church and these students have been provided with a parent permission slip that will allow them to be off campus to take the test.  The proctors will all be SCUSD employees.

For freshmen, seniors, and those juniors who are choosing not to take the test, school will start at the normal Wednesday time of 10:00 am.  Students who are taking the test will miss all of 3rd period and possibly part of 5th period, and those absences will automatically be excused.


Please note that the Homecoming week schedule has slightly different start and/or end times on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Additionally, there is no school on Monday due to a Professional Development Day.  Our normal bus schedule will be used.  The schedule is as follows:

Mon, 10/15

Tue, 10/16

Wed, 10/17

Thu, 10/18

Fri, 10/19

No School

Use Normal

Use Normal

Per 2 - 8:26-9:20

(PD Day)


Per 1 - 10:00-10:54


Rally - 9:30-10:21


Per 3 - 11:00-12:00


Per 4 - 10:31-11:30

(all 7 periods)

Lunch - 12:00-12:35

(all 7 periods)

Lunch - 11:30-12:05

Per 5 - 12:41-1:35

Per 6 - 12:11-1:05

Per 7 - 1:41-2:35

Parade starts at 1:30

Spirit Days - Each day of this week is a themed dress-up day.  Tuesday is Tourist Day.  Wednesday is Bay Area Day.  Thursday is Pajama Day.  Friday is School Spirit Day (wearing blue and gold or a class shirt).

Float Building - On Thursday, 10/18/18, students will be on campus in the quad building floats.  All students are welcome to help out anytime from 3:04 to 10:00 pm, and parents are invited to visit/help as well.  A limited number of students will stay past 10:00 pm, and all of these students will have received special permission slips prior to the event.  This float building night is a lot of fun, and I encourage students and parents to come check it out.

Parade - The parade on Friday, 10/19/18, is optional for students, and many students will choose to participate as part of their class, a club, the band, or the spirit squad.  Parents are welcome to line up to see the parade anywhere along the route.  We will leave SCHS heading west, turn right on Pomeroy (passing Pomeroy Elementary), turn right on El Sobrante, cross over Kiely, turn right on Crowley, turn right on Sonoma Place (passing Central Park Elementary), turn left on Benton, and return to SCHS.  Please note that the floats are designed to be best viewed from the driver's side.

Ceremony - The Homecoming ceremony will occur on Friday, 10/19/18, between the Frosh/Soph and Varsity football games.  While the time may fluctuate slightly because of the games, the ceremony is scheduled to start at around 6:15 pm.

Dance - On Saturday, 10/20/18, we will be hosting our Homecoming Dance from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on campus.  Tickets can be purchased for a discount ($13 w/ ASB or $16 w/out ASB) ahead of time in the SBO or for $20 at the door.


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 10/9/18