Principal's Message

Dear Eagle Family,

Last summer my husband and I spent two weeks in Hawaii. I am not much of a souvenir buyer, I actually hate shopping with a passion, but when we travel there are two items that I look for: a holiday ornament, and a quilt that represents the place we are visiting.  Holiday ornaments are usually easy to find, but that is not true for quilts.  I have found that ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and are often machine produced.  A quilt is different, it tells a story, and is the result of hours, days, sometimes even years of meticulous work.  Quilts are made of multiple pieces, each with its own meaning, stitched together by hand and sewn onto a backing.  They can be a reflection of the area the quilt maker is from, or of the person the quilt is made for. Regardless of the reason for its creation, the pieces of a handmade quilt will always carry meaning.

At the beginning of each new school year, I reflect on the history of the school.  Gabrielino opened its doors in 1994 and started with a teaching staff of 18.  That original staff consisted of people who were not afraid of voicing what they believed was best for students.  They were individuals who were able to mesh different ideas and experiences into shared expectations for the new school. They were the first patches in the fabric of the Gabrielino quilt.

In years that followed, new staff members were added.  That meant new voices and ideas were added to the mix.  As a result programs were added, or expanded, and the school was beginning to be recognized in the valley.  The quilt continued to grow.

This school year we have hired 13 new teachers, the largest number since the hiring of the first staff.  Like the first staff, our new teachers bring new voices, ideas, and experiences from the schools they have taught at.  Like the first sets of teachers, they will become part of the mix of opinions. They are the next patches in the quilt.

Over the last six years all of the school themes have urged us to continue to grow and work together.  GHS moved forward with an entirely new administrative team in 2009. GHS lived the vision despite staffing and budget cuts in 2010. GHS made the difference when we learned more about our community with Gab Talks in 2011. GHS demonstrated excellence in action with a 6 year term of accreditation in 2012. We showed our originality in Gab Week, band field competition, and the first Art Expo in 2013, and in 2014 our students showed their imagination in national qualifying speeches, an award winning yearbook, and an expanded version of the literary anthology.   Each theme is a thread that connects the many patches of the GHS quilt. Each patch has a story to tell and represents what has been accomplished over the last 21 years. 

This year’s school theme is to “Think Big”. The theme encourages us to think creatively about student achievement and school programs. It calls upon us to “Think Big” in creating the story of the next patch in the quilt.

This year we have the opportunity to revisit the themes of the last six years.  We can use additional resources to “Think Big” about programs that encourage students to be original, imaginative, and open to taking a risk to make a difference.  I encourage everyone to think about the patch that you are in the Gabrielino quilt.  What theme thread attaches you to GHS? What do you add to the fabric of the school?  What does "Think Big" mean to you?  Gabrielino’s teachers, staff, students and parents are exceptional.  I can’t wait to see what patches you will all add to GHS’ growing quilt. 


Common Core Corner

Understanding the CAASPP Results
Recently 11th grade students received their CAASPP Score reports in the mail. To better understand these reports and what GHS is using the data for check out the presentation given at a recent parent seminar.
CAASPP Parent Seminar Presentation OR view a short video on the score report here.

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 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


The Bulletin Board (News and Information)

There is NO SCHOOL the week of November 23 through 27 for Thanksgiving Break.  School resumes on Monday, November 30.

First semester FINALS are Wednesday, December 16, Thursday, December 17, and Friday, December 18. All students will be dismissed at 12:15 each day during finals.  Please note: Students WILL NOT be called out of class for any reason during finals.

WINTER BREAK is Monday, December 21 through Monday, January 4.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 5.

Gab's next 
LATE START DAY is Wednesday, December 2.  Students need to be on campus by 9:30 on November 18, December 2, January 13, 2016, January 27, February 17, March 9, and May 11, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Mon, Nov 23 - Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving break
Friday, November 27
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
HOME vs. Whittier Christian (scrimmages).  JV at 3:30, Varsity at 5:00
Saturday, November 28
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Varsity @ Los Osos HS Individual Tournament at 9:00, Frosh/Soph @ Sierra Vista Duals at 10:00
Monday, November 30
Girls Varsity @ La Habra Tournament (TBA) - through 12/4
Wednesday, December 2
Late Start Day
9:40 AM - 2:55 PM
All Gab students need to be at school by 9:30.  School ends at the regular time (2:55).
Girls Basketball
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
HERE vs. Alhambra.  JV at 3:15, Frosh at 4:45
PTSA Meeting
7:00 PM
Library/Media Center

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Tongva Tutors

Gabrielino's Tongva Tutors, our after-school tutoring program for all levels of English, Math, Science and History as well as ELD support is open to all Gab students! Students can get help on homework, prepare for quizzes, and get assistance on projects from teachers and other students. See below to download the schedule.
Tongva Tutor flyer.pdf

Screaming Eagle Daily Bulletin

Check out THE SCREAMING EAGLE for the BIRD'S EYE VIEW of what's going on at Gab!
Nov 20.pdf
2015-16 School Theme

School Motto
School Mission
A Commitment To Constant And Never-Ending Improvement (CANI)

School Vision

Building on the strengths, talents, and passions of all students

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!