December 2013 Principal’s Message
Two weeks until final examinations! The first semester is almost over, and it has been a whirlwind of activity and achievement. The campus has been abuzz with seniors asking for letters of recommendations, reviews of personal statements, and submission of applications to the UC system. Now they are focused on putting the finishing touches on the applications for private colleges and universities.
The highlight of October was Homecoming Week. The Gabrielino ASB and class councils did an outstanding job celebrating the school’s history through a theme focused on decades and past times. The freshmen brought back the 1970s, the sophomores explored the 1980’s, the juniors brought back poodle skirts, oxfords, and the 1950s, and the seniors celebrated Gabrielino’s 20th year with a look back at the Roaring 20’s. All the activities culminated in a half-time show highlighting dances of the different eras and a varsity football victory over Mountain View High School.
Athletically, the fall season was a great success! The Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team won their 10th league championship in eleven years and advanced to CIF competition. The Varsity Football team also advanced to the CIF playoffs, as did individual athletes on the Cross Country and Varsity Girl’s Golf teams.
On the co-curricular side, the Gabrielino Marching Band advanced to the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association Championships for the second year in a row, finishing 5th in a very competitive division. Our Drama Department brought laughter to November with a hilarious presentation of Neil Simon’s “Fools”. The Social Science Department held their annual Youth In Government elections, and our elected student officials have begun shadowing their City of San Gabriel counterparts. Mock Trial completed competition and the Speech and Debate team earned membership in the National Forensic League’s prestigious Noble 9 Society. This means that the team is ranked as one of the top ten teams in the nation. As always, our students, coaches, directors, and advisors demonstrated excellence and what it means to “Be Original”.
On the instructional side, our teachers and administrators have been busy working on Common Core performance tasks, analyzing benchmark exam results, rewriting the ELD curriculum, creating Response to Intervention Tier 2 interventions, improving learning objectives, and examining instructional practice to incorporate the 4 Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking) of the Common Core. We are very thankful to all of our parents for their support of this year’s late start schedule. The extra time has enabled us to move farther along in this very important work.
Our team of counselors and College and Career Center staff has been busy as well. In October the counselors completed the 9th grade counseling sessions under our Blueprint project and have started the 10th grade sessions. GHS counselors also met with their seniors to review courses, grades, and double checked to make sure all seniors know what they need to do between now and June to stay on track for graduation.
As the holidays fast approach, I want to thank our parents, students, faculty, staff, and my administrative team for their commitment, hard work, and dedication to our students and school. I am blessed to be able to work with you all!
My best wishes to all for a warm and wonderful holiday season.
Happy Holidays Eagles!