Principal Podhorsky here with your school update.
Congratulations to La Jolla High School for taking the Top US News and World report for a comprehensive public high school in the San Diego Unified School District!!! Go Vikings!!!
I would also like to congratulate our community! We know it takes all of us working together to create such a great school.
California Healthy Kids Survey
During the next two weeks, all students in grades 9 and 11, parents of these students as well as staff are being asked to complete the California Healthy Kids Survey. Participation is anonymous and voluntary. The purpose of the annual survey is to obtain information about our student’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior regarding things that affect learning. It deals with issues of school safety, harassment, substance use, school connectedness and learning supports. The links to the surveys can be found on the front page of our school website in School News. The directions will provide you with a web address to cut and paste to your browser. Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback.
Below are the links to begin the survey:
LJHS Health and Wellness Updates:
As you may know, we put together an amazing Health and Wellness team 2 years ago. Our team consists of student leaders, parent leaders, counselors, teachers and administration. I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible work that the committee has been doing. After reviewing data and input from last year’s Healthy Kids Survey, we develop goals based on student and family needs. Our priorities this year are: Healthy Relationships, Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Community/Inclusiveness and Mental Health. We now have a wellness website with many resources for students and their parents: www.sandiegounified.org/schools/la-jolla/health-and-wellness-0
Some of the amazing social emotional supports we offer at La Jolla High include:
1. A Health Committee that partners with student/school organizations (i.e. clubs, athletics, newspaper, video bulletin, and ASB) to deliver information to the school community.
2. We bring health and wellness services and programs to students and parents on-campus such as:
a. Assemblies and guest speakers (Jeff Bucholtz-We End Violence, Dr. Susan Writer at the parent orientation, SD Youth Services, Kaiser, SAY San Diego, NAMI SD, and many other community partners.)
b. Classroom lessons
c. Health and Wellness Fair (large showcase with resources and activities)
d. Bulletin Public Service Announcements
e. Workshops and parent nights
Our LJHS counseling team offers our students classroom lessons on:
· Healthy relationships
· Internet Safety
· Check Your Mood (SD HHSA)
· San Diego Youth Services Here Now
· Steering Clear (Alcohol/Substances and Driving Education)
· Scripps for a concussion presentation this year
· Guest speakers in club meetings, such as SD Youth Services, one of the founders of the Trevor Project, PFLAG, etc.
· Douglas Young partnership for counseling on campus
· Expressive Arts program for empowerment and coping skills (with mini grant funding from the PTSA)
· Small groups for personal goal-setting and cultural awareness
· Individual student and/or family meetings to connect students to resources and help with coping skills (i.e. mindfulness, strategies for reducing anxiety, etc.)
· Work with student leaders to help mentor underclassmen
In addition, we have recently formed a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to help support and train our staff and to develop student leadership teams as we move toward a “No Place for Hate” designated site. We have student volunteers to help with this initiative, but if you or your student are still interested in helping move our work forward, please contact me directly.
Again, thanks for all your support.
Chuck Podhorsky, Ed. D.
Principal – La Jolla High School