Welcome back Eagles! I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are recharged and ready for the opening of school. I am looking forward to seeing our returning students and extend a warm welcome to Gabrielino’s newest addition, the Class of 2018.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we begin another school year at Gabrielino High School. I am pleased to be returning to a school with an outstanding group of administrators, faculty, and support staff. It is hard for me to believe that I am beginning my sixth year as principal. Much has changed since my first year in 2009. Back then there were no Common Core State Standards or CAASPP testing program. At that time, GHS was beginning its first year as a Title I school and the budget crisis was becoming a reality. GAB Week, GAB Talks, and a GAB Attitude did not exist, and we had not received our third 6 year accreditation term yet. Much has changed since then. GHS is no longer a Title I school, we will be holding our fifth GAB Week, our fourth GAB Talks, and in February will have our third year WASC one day revisit.
This school year holds other changes for Gabrielino and our District. This school year will be the first under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). It will also be the first year for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing program. This will also be a year of firsts for applying the new Academic Performance Index criteria.
Although these changes bring a sense of the “unknown”, I am confident that Gabrielino will do well. Over the last two years, our faculty and administration has worked hard to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges associated with the CCSS and Smarter Balanced system of assessments. The faculty has focused on utilizing instructional practices that focus on the 4 C’s of the CCSS: communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This approach places an emphasis on how students think and apply the concepts they have learned. Throughout the year, information on the CCSS and the CAASPP will be provided at Parent Seminar workshops and on this website. My staff and I welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding these programs.
In closing, I want to specifically address parents new to Gabrielino. High school should be an amazing time for teenagers as they grow and mature. It may seem scary, but it really is not. I do believe that your child’s success will be linked to their relationship to you. Be supportive and help the staff at GHS to challenge them and foster a true sense of learning.
Also, encourage your child to get involved in the extracurricular events that GHS offers. We have many clubs for students to pick from and we offer athletic programs that will challenge all interested students.
We want our students to connect with the adults on campus, teachers, coaches, staff and administration. We are here because we believe in young minds developing into lifelong learners. We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Welcome back Eagles! Let’s work to have another exceptional year!