Principal's Message


November-December 2014

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!



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The Bulletin Board (News and Information)

Gabrielino and all of SGUSD will be closed November 24th through November 28th for Thanksgiving week. 

Other important upcoming dates: 1st semester finals are December 17, 18 and 19.  Winter Break is Friday, December 22nd through Monday, January 5th.  All students return to class for the beginning of 2nd semester on Tuesday, January 6th.

To see Gabrielino High School in action visit
EAGLE TV

Featured This Month
View our yearly theme video to find out all the ways our students are
INSPIRING IMAGINATION!!

Upcoming Events

Mon, Nov 24 - Fri, Nov 28
Thanksgiving break
No school
Tuesday, November 25
GHS - Girls Basketball
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
HERE vs. Whittier Christian (scrimmage).  JV at 3:30, Varsity at 5
Tuesday, December 2
GHS Boys Soccer
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
@ South Pasadena.  Varsity at 3:15, JV at 4:45
GHS Girls Soccer
3:15 PM
Varsity & JV here vs. Garey
Wednesday, December 3
GHS - Girls Basketball
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
@ Alhambra.  Frosh at 3:30, Varsity at 5:00
GHS PTSA meeting
7:00 PM
Library/Media Center

Every Day Counts!!!

How important is attendance? Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they consistently attend school. Students who are frequently absent do not acquire the skills they need or make the academic progress necessary to succeed beyond school. Coming to school EVERY day ensures that a student gains the tools he or she needs to live a quality life.  Remember EVERY STUDENT COUNTS!


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Common Core Corner

What is Common Core?
     The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. (visit the Common Core website here.)


What is Smarter Balanced Assessments?
     The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative and interim assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing & technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. (visit the Smarter Balanced website here.)

What is GHS doing to get ready?
In preparation for the new standards and the new SMARTER Balanced Assessments anticipated in the spring of 2015, Gabrielino departments met at the opening of school to craft performance tasks according to the district-wide Single Plan goal:

“One common performance task for each course at each level that is assessed with a common rubric and collaboratively evaluated developed according to the assessment matrix.

Check out a short explanation of the difference between Common Core and the California State Standards:
ca standards versus common core.pdf

Lots of good resources provided by the State of California
A Look at the CCSS Five Big Ideas
A Look at the CCSS Five Big Ideas in Spanish
Highlights for ELA, Social Science and Science.
ELA Highlights in Chinese
ELA Highlights in Spanish
Highlights for Math
Math Highlights in Chinese
Math Highlights in Spanish

More Resources

Achieve the Core:  Introduce the Common Core to Parents and Community Members

http://www.achievethecore.org/common-core-intro-for-parents

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ccssresourcesparents.asp

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/tl/whatareccss.asp

CDE Common Core Resources Web page  

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians  (Multilingual Resources)

http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/translatedparentaldoc.aspx?docid=7935-7940,8243-8255

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Tests

http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

Smarter Balanced Resources for Engaging Parents and the Public

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/k-12-education/common-core-state-standards-tools-resources/