When I sat down to write this message, I struggled to find the right opening to capture life at Gabrielino over the last few months. I needed the perfect quote. When I need inspiration, I turn to UCLA’s legendary coach, John Wooden. Coach once said “Be at your best, when your best is needed.” His words capture perfectly the work of the GHS community.
Our biggest event this winter was the WASC Mid-Cycle Accreditation Visit that took place on February 19th. Two educators from the 2011 Visiting Team, Dr. Jeanette Gehrke and Mr. Earl Carter, returned to GHS to determine if adequate progress has been made on the recommendations from the last visit. The team met with parents, students, teachers, leadership, and observed classrooms throughout the day. Their response was extremely positive. At the exit meeting Dr. Gehrke and Mr. Carter described our school as “incredible”. They were impressed with our progress and the many changes that have been made. But more importantly, they were moved by how often Gabrielino was described as being a “family”. For me, that was the best part of the visit. I am very happy that the team recognized what we know so well, that GHS is a special and unique school.
Besides the WASC visit, January and February were filled with special events: the Annual Ovarian Cancer Night, was hosted by the Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball programs, Gab Talks and Gab Week were a success, Cash for College Day gave our seniors the chance to complete their FAFSA forms, Youth In Government students had a tour of the City and held a simulated City Council Meeting, FBLA and Speech and Debate qualified students to the State Championships, and four athletic teams-Wrestling, Girls’ Soccer, Boys’ and Girls’ basketball, brought home league championships-the most GHS has earned in one season of sport!
This month will be a busy one at GHS. This week the school is hosting the seventh workshop in the Parent Seminar Series. The topic is the new CAASP testing program. We encourage all parents, especially those of 11th grade students, to attend and learn how the new state testing program works. Other upcoming events include: the sophomore class taking the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on the 17th and 18th, the Senior Assembly and panoramic photo on the 18th , and 8th Grade Parent Night on the 24th. We will finish the month with Open House and the Art Expo on March 26th.
Over the last few months, everyone was at their best, when their best was needed, but we are not done yet. This an exciting time for GHS as college acceptances are coming in daily, underclassmen are registering for next year’s classes, and faculty and staff are planning the big events to end the year: State and AP testing, the Prom, Renaissance Assembly, Yearbook distribution, Senior Awards, and the most important event of all-graduation!
GHS, I encourage you to continue to “Be at your best, when your best is needed.” Let’s finish the year strong! Go Eagles!