Welcome back Eagles! The beginning of a school year is a time of anticipation. Our 9th graders look forward to exploring a new campus, finding a table at lunch, and reconnecting with older classmates they may not have been seen in a year. Upper classmen wonder whether their new courses will be tough, will their teachers be “cool”, and who will be in their classes. Students returning to band, sports teams, clubs, speech and debate, look forward to competitions, playoffs, and championships. The start of the 2015-2016 school year is especially exciting as we wait for the first set of CAASPP scores to be released, begin the new 9th grade College Prep and Transition course, bring back health classes, and prepare for the start of a comprehensive tutoring program. I am looking forward to the implementation of these new programs, and the possibilities each will provide for our students.
A new year also means welcoming a new freshmen class. It is my pleasure to welcome the class of 2019 to the Gabrielino family. I encourage our 9th graders to get involved in the extracurricular events that we offer. We have many clubs for students to pick from, and we offer athletic programs that will challenge all interested students.
As the year begins, I want to reach out to the new parents of Gabrielino as well. High school should be an amazing time for teenagers as they grow and mature. I do believe that your child’s success will be linked to their relationship with you. Be supportive and help the staff at GHS to challenge them and foster a true sense of learning. We want our students to connect with the adults on campus, teachers, coaches, staff and/or administration. We are here because we believe in young minds developing into lifelong learners. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Each year I select a school theme as a focus for the year. Over the last six years all of the school themes have urged the GHS community to continue to grow and work together. We moved forward with a new administrative team in 2009. Lived our vision despite staffing and budget cuts in 2010. We were the difference when faced with challenges in 2011. We demonstrated excellence in action with a 6 year term of accreditation in 2012. We showed our originality in Gab Talks, Gab Week, band field competition, and the first Art Expo in 2013, and in 2014 our students showed their imagination in national qualifying speeches, an award winning yearbook, and an expanded version of the literary anthology. Each year the Gabrielino community lives the theme to its fullest.
This year’s school theme is to “Think Big”. The theme encourages us to think creatively about the work we do. We also have the opportunity to revisit the themes of the last six years. With the funding provided through the Local Control Funding Formula, we now have additional resources to “Think Big” about programs that encourage students to be original, imaginative, and open to taking a risk to make a difference. This year I am asking everyone to “Think Big” as we continue to strive for academic excellence.
As I begin my seventh year as principal, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be working with a community of teachers, administrators, staff, parents, students, and volunteers who are committed to ensuring all students have opportunities to grow and achieve. It is my honor to serve as your principal.
Best wishes to all for a wonderful school year! Go Eagles!