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Bruin Country Community Updates

Hello Bruin Community,

I want to welcome our new students and parents to our SCHS community as well as welcome back those who are returning to us.  School is off to a very good start, with students, teachers, and staff back to their hard work.  Our orientation events prior to school, our first day of school, and our first week have been quite smooth.  Credit for this goes to many people, but I want to highlight our counselors who are well ahead of schedule in having students in the best classes for them, our office staff for their professionalism, and the juniors and seniors who have served as Link Crew Leaders, making sure that our freshmen felt welcome and included both before school and in the first few days.

Today’s Bruin Country Update will be a bit longer than usual.  I typically try to keep it to two or three main topics, but there are several important things for families to know about in this first edition of the school year.  These include our Back to School Night, our plan for student Chromebooks, a presentation from SCPD, biometrics for our lunch lines, PSAT for all sophomores, SCHS receiving a state-wide award, and an invitation to join our School Site Council.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - We will be hold our annual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 5th.  This night is a great night to meet your students’ teachers, learn about ways parents can get involved, make connections with other members of our community, and peruse our Silent Auction.  We will be sending out a formal mailing about this event shortly, but the basic schedule is:

  • 6:00-6:20 PTSA Meeting for all parents in the SCHS Theater
  • 6:30-6:50 Parent Welcome in the Main Gym
  • 7:00-8:30 Visiting Teachers/Classes

STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS - Last year, we were able to distribute Chromebooks to students in the sophomore and junior classes.  This year, we are able to distribute Chromebooks to all students.  Last year’s sophomores and juniors, who have returned this year as juniors and seniors, already have their devices.  In the coming weeks, we will be distributing Chromebooks to the freshmen, sophomores, and those juniors and seniors who are new to SCHS.  To prepare parents who have questions about this, we will be hosting a Chromebook Parent Information Night on Wednesday, August 29th, at 7:00 pm in the SCHS Theater. If you can attend this event, we will go over the process for distribution, the students’ responsibilities, how teachers tend to use the devices (with a panel of teachers sharing their practices), and answer any questions that parent may have.  Additionally, students will receive a training on responsible use of the Chromebooks in one of their classes and there will be a document that parents and students will need to sign before receiving their Chromebooks.  The actual distribution of the student Chromebooks will occur on:

  • Monday, August 27 – Juniors and Seniors who are new to SCHS will receive Chromebooks from Vice Principal Terry Flora
  • September 5 & 6 – All Sophomores receive Chromebooks via their English classes
  • September 12 & 13 – All Freshmen receive Chromebooks via their English classes

PRESENTATION FROM SCPD ON LAWS FOR JUVENILES AROUND SEX & HARASSMENT - Our school is fortunate to have a very positive relationship with the Santa Clara Police Department.  Our partners at the SCPD have created a presentation for high school students to make sure students are aware of laws for juveniles that pertain to sex, sexual harassment, and other related issues.  Recognizing that students who are uninformed or misinformed are more likely to make ill-advised choices, our school, our district, and the SCPD all feel it is very important to have students be as fully aware of the law as possible.  This same presentation was given by police officers to Wilcox students last spring, and it was well received.  We will be hosting these presentations on Friday, September 7th.

BIOMETRICS FOR OUR BREAKFAST & LUNCH LINES – Our district is moving to biometrics (thumb prints) for purchasing breakfasts and lunches.  This system will both be faster and more secure than our previous system.  At SCHS, we will have students stop by our scanning station in the quad during lunch in the week of September 10th-14th, and we will be switching from our current system to the biometric system for breakfast and lunch lines on Monday, September 17th.  We recognize that there are some parents who may have concerns about this, and there is an info sheet, and, if applicable, an opt-out form attached at the bottom.

PSAT FREE FOR ALL SOPHOMORES – Our district is graciously paying for students to take college-preparedness tests, including the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP Tests (one time per test).  The first of these to be relevant this year is the PSAT, which is primarily intended for sophomores and juniors.  Our district will be paying for all sophomores to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10th, here at SCHS.  Juniors who want to take the test again can pay to do so, and information on that will be coming out soon.  In March, we will be paying for all juniors to take the SAT. 

RACE TO SUBMIT AWARD FOR FINANCIAL AID PREPAREDNESS – I’m happy to share that Santa Clara HS is being recognized as one of the best schools in the state at making students aware of and applying for financial aid for college.  The California Student Aid Commission held a contest last year for all California schools to see which schools did the best at having their seniors apply for financial aid by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).  We were ranked as the best school of our size in the state, and, along with 34 other schools, will be honored at a ceremony at the state capital.  Multiple people deserve credit for this accomplishment, but I especially want to acknowledge our College & Career Resource Technician Anthony Butler and our wonderful Counseling Department.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL - Our School Site Council is an elected body made up of parents, students, teachers, classified staff, and myself that creates our Single Plan for Student Achievement, monitors our progress with this plan, and allocates funds to help improve the educational experience of our students.  This year, we will be electing two additional parent members.  These parents will serve a two-year term in which they attend monthly meetings that start at 5:00pm and usually last 60-90 minutes.  The election will take place during Back to School Night.  Parents, if you are interested in having your name on that ballot, please email me at expressing your interest by Friday, August 31st.


  • Wednesday, August 29 – Chromebook Parent Information Night in the SCHS Theater at 7:00pm
  • Monday, September 3 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, September 5 – PTSA General Session in the SCHS Theater at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 5 – Back to School Night in the SCHS Main Gym at 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 12 – Athletic Boosters Meeting in the Conference Room at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 19 – PTSA Meeting in the Conference Room at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 19 – English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting & Reclassification Celebration in the Student Body Office at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, September 21 – Football game at Levi’s Stadium vs Saratoga at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 26 – Senior Parent Night (including Financial Aid presentation) in the SCHS Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 3 – School Site Council Meeting in the Conference Room at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 10 – Cash 4 College Parent Night in room D308 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Gregory Shelby

Principal, SCHS

Posted 8/24/18