Dear Students, Parents and Friends:
Happy Autumn! The hot summer days seem to finally be fading as we get ready to head into the second half of the first semester. The last two months have been busy ones at GHS. We have held four Parent Seminars, had a successful Parent Information night, celebrated Homecoming with a win over Marshall Fundamental, and have watched two of our fall sports teams earn league championships and head to CIF competition.
Our counseling and College and Career Center staff have been especially busy. In September, the counselors began their Blueprint meetings with students. They met first with the senior class, then with the freshmen and are now getting ready to present to the sophomore class. October was an especially hectic month with two parent workshops-“Ask a Counselor” and the “College Financial Aid Night”. In addition, the College Fair was held for students on October 29, and the College and Career Center continues to present college application workshops and host guest speakers from colleges and universities. Most importantly, our counseling staff is hard at work assisting our seniors as they prepare for the November 30th deadline for UC applications.
As we enter the third year of Common Core implementation, many of our teachers continue to serve on the Secondary Common Core Standards Committee and the Secondary Math Common Core Committee. Their involvement on these committees helps to guide our staff as we continue to implement the Common Core State Standards and prepare our students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment in April.
At the site level, administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents are preparing for our WASC Mid-Term visit in February. It is hard to believe that it has been three years since the full visit in 2011. In the years that followed, the GHS community has worked to address the critical areas of focus identified by the 2011 Visiting Committee. The accreditation process requires a continual “Focus on Learning”. The Gabrielino Administration believes that a focus on learning is at the heart of the work that we do. To expand on that focus the administration has designed and implemented two important teams; the English Learner Team and the Data Team. These teams were created to address the data, curriculum, instruction, and assessment information that is critical for student achievement. When combined with the work of the Behavioral RTI team, Writing Clinic, and Restorative Math Program, I believe we are providing essential help for all of our students. With the addition of LCAP monies, we have other ideas for helping our community as a whole. Please watch this site for more news in the upcoming months!
Not to be forgotten are our parent groups. PTSA, Athletic Boosters, and School Site Council are also hard at work. The PTSA is currently focusing on their yearly membership drive, PTSA Reflections Contest, All in for Health Program, Parent to Parent Coffees, the Parent Education Program and fundraising to support scholarships and campus needs. The Athletic Boosters have been running the concession stand at our home football games, and planning fundraisers to continue their support of Eagle Athletics. The School Site Council is tackling the important job of reviewing the Gabrielino Single Plan for School Achievement. The SPSA reviews and approves the school-wide goals and strategies that GHS will focus on during the 2014-2015 school year. These groups, and others, are an integral part of the Gabrielino community. I encourage parents to become members of PTSA, participate in Booster events, share ideas and concerns with the School Site Council.
I am extremely proud of our students, teachers, staff, and parents. Gabrielino High School continues to be a unique school that works to “Inspire Imagination”. As the holiday season approaches, I wish everyone in the Gabrielino Family much health and happiness. Go Eagles!