Principal's Message

Welcome back Eagles!  I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are recharged and ready for the opening of school.   I am looking forward to seeing our returning students and extend a warm welcome to Gabrielino’s newest addition, the Class of 2018.  

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we begin another school year at Gabrielino High School.   I am pleased to be returning to a school with an outstanding group of administrators, faculty, and support staff.  It is hard for me to believe that I am beginning my sixth year as principal.  Much has changed since my first year in 2009.   Back then there were no Common Core State Standards or CAASPP testing program.  At that time, GHS was beginning its first year as a Title I school and the budget crisis was becoming a reality.  GAB Week, GAB Talks, and a GAB Attitude did not exist, and we had not received our third 6 year accreditation term yet.  Much has changed since then.  GHS is no longer a Title I school, we will be holding our fifth GAB Week, our fourth GAB Talks, and in February will have our third year WASC one day revisit.

This school year holds other changes for Gabrielino and our District.  This school year will be the first under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  It will also be the first year for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing program.  This will also be a year of firsts for applying the new Academic Performance Index criteria. 

Although these changes bring a sense of the “unknown”, I am confident that Gabrielino will do well.  Over the last two years, our faculty and administration has worked hard to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges associated with the CCSS and Smarter Balanced system of assessments.  The faculty has focused on utilizing instructional practices that focus on the 4 C’s of the CCSS: communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.  This approach places an emphasis on how students think and apply the concepts they have learned.  Throughout the year, information on the CCSS and the CAASPP will be provided at Parent Seminar workshops and on this website.  My staff and I welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding these programs.

In closing, I want to specifically address parents new to Gabrielino.  High school should be an amazing time for teenagers as they grow and mature. It may seem scary, but it really is not.  I do believe that your child’s success will be linked to their relationship to you.  Be supportive and help the staff at GHS to challenge them and foster a true sense of learning.

Also, encourage your child to get involved in the extracurricular events that  GHS offers. We have many clubs for students to pick from and we offer athletic programs that will challenge all interested students.

We want our students to connect with the adults on campus, teachers, coaches, staff and administration.  We are here because we believe in young minds developing into lifelong learners.  We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Welcome back Eagles!  Let’s work to have another exceptional year!


Soaring Eagles


Today, 10/21/2014
High: 79 Low: 59
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/22/2014
High: 84 Low: 61
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.

The Bulletin Board (News and Information)

PTSA Reflections needs your inner artist! Show your interpretation of the theme "The world would be a better place if..."  Produce a film, write a poem or short story, choreograph a dance, compose a song, take a picture, or create a piece of visual art.  For more details, visit gabrielinoptsa.orgEntries are due before November 3rd

To see Gabrielino High School in action visit

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 22
GHS Late Start Day
9:40 AM - 2:55 PM
1st period begins at 9:40.  ALL students need to be at school by 9:30.  
GHS Girls Volleyball
3:15 PM
HERE vs. South El Monte.  Varsity at 3:15, JV follows (Large Gym).  Frosh @ Alhambra at 4:30
GHS Parent Seminar
6:30 PM
Goodson Theatre. Ask a Counselor!  A discussion panel featuring Gab's counselors answering your questions
Thursday, October 23
GHS Football
3:15 PM
vs. Arroyo.  Frosh home, JV away
Friday, October 24
GHS Cross Country
MT SAC Invitational @ MT SAC

GHS report cards mailed home
GHS Girls Volleyball
3:15 PM
@ El Monte.  Varsity at 3:15, JV follows.  Frosh here vs. Elizabeth LC at 4:30
GHS Football
7:00 PM
Varsity HERE vs. Arroyo

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!

The Social Network

Gabrielino High School | Promote Your Page

Follow Us On Twitter


Check out our Instagram Page

Instagram - Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone 

Screaming Eagle Daily Bulletin

Check out "THE BIRD'S EYE VIEW" of what's going on at Gabrielino!
Oct 22.pdf
2014-15 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

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

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

CDE Common Core Resources Web page

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians  (Multilingual Resources),8243-8255

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Tests

Smarter Balanced Resources for Engaging Parents and the Public