March 2014 Principal’s Message:
Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” These words ring true for Gabrielino as our students, teachers, staff and parents continue to demonstrate what it means to “Be Original”.
Over the last two months, the Gabrielino community has been busy on many projects that have made a difference in the lives of our students and others. Our basketball program hosted their annual Ovarian Cancer Night in January and earned close to $2000 for the USC Norris Cancer Research Center. In February, our Girls soccer program held their annual cancer night and raised $1000 for the City of Hope. In addition to the efforts of our students, the Gabrielino PTSA reached out to the community to ensure that families were informed of the insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. They organized and hosted two information and two enrollment days for the MediCal and Covered California programs. Over 100 families and individuals were able to secure insurance on the two enrollment days. For these families, and those that will be helped by the donations, the “…little details” made “big things happen”.
Little details and big happenings are also occurring in Gabrielino’s academic and athletic programs. Academically, the GHS staff continues to work diligently on the transition to the Common Core standards and the implementation of Explicit Direct Instructional (EDI) strategies in the classroom. Through the school year each department has been learning EDI strategies such as: activating prior knowledge, checking for understanding, writing learning objectives, concept development, and guided practice. Each department has selected one to two strategies to focus on for this school year. It has been exciting for the administrative team to visit classrooms and see these strategies in action.
Athletically, our Winter sports teams had a stellar season. The Varsity Girls Soccer Team is Mission Valley League Champions and is in the final rounds of CIF competition. Varsity Boys’ Basketball won the Mission Valley League Championship and moved onto CIF competition, and both Girls’ Varsity Basketball and Wrestling earned 2nd place in league and moved onto CIF competition, with two of our wrestlers taking 5th place in their weight classes. As move into the spring sports season, we are anticipating another successful showing by our athletes.
Gabrielino finished the month of February with our 4th annual Gab Week. This year’s theme, “A Gab Attitude Means We Listen” focused on the importance of listening to one another in order to understand one another. Through a variety of class lessons and campus wide activities, students learned the power of listening and its impact on how we relate to one another. When I walk across campus, I still hear students reminding each other, “not to compete to speak, you need to listen”, or “that was not a good example of listening”. The little details in the planning of our administrative team, teachers, Peer Helpers, ASB, Band, Drama, Speech and Debate, PE teachers ensured a very successful week!
There are many events planned for March. Please be sure to check the school calendar for many upcoming events. Important events for March include: CAHSEE testing for sophomores, 8th Grade Parent Information Night for current 8th grade families, PTSA Parent to Parent Coffee on Listening, Parent Seminar Workshop on the Common Core State Standards, 2nd Annual Sound and Vision Expo, and our Annual Open House.
Thank you to all for making “big things” happen! GO EAGLES! Read more...