April 12, 2015
Greetings Q Nation,
We had a spectacular week! Staff members and students are preparing for several upcoming standardized tests. In addition, with 45 days left, this academic year is quickly coming to an end. Therefore, I want all parents and guardians to remind our students that daily attendance is important regarding their final grades. I need all of our young people to "Finish Like a Champion"!
I also participated Thursday evening in the Parent Empowerment Academy closing ceremonies. Many parents were honored with certificates and great food. I look forward to the fall sessions beginning in September.
Have a Q-Tastic Day !!!!
Dr. Vincent Mays
Serra High School
Serra Badminton : Alumni Game
Serra Varsity Badminton vs. Serra Alumni Badminton
|WEEK IN REVIEW|
|100 Days of Mays|
April 6th marked Dr. Mays' 100th Day as the Principal of Serra High School. In those 100 days, Dr. Mays has laid out his vision for the New Serra High School and tasked his Cabinet to transform Serra into the "Greatest High School in the Universe." Here is a look back on what the team has accomplished in just 100 days.
|Serra's Senior Prom is going to be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on May 30th.|
This year the class of 2015 will be hosting its Senior Prom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Saturday May 30th. The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is one of the most beautiful venues we've ever used for a prom. Located at the base of the Gaslamp Quarter, situated between the Convention Center and Petco Park, and walking distance to Seaport Village. This venue's location bosts hundreds of opportunities for prom goers. Dinner in the Gaslamp, a stroll through Seaport Village, pictures on the Bayfront, it has a little something for everybody.
|Latino Film Festival Field Trip|
Serra students from Ms. Holbrook’s and Ms. Kilmer’s Spanish classes attended the 22nd Annual Latino Film Festival and watched “Ulises y los 10,000 bigotes” (Ulisis and the 10,000 mustaches), an adventure about a boy, an unexpected mustache, topics of making good choices, friendships, and identity. This movie has an array of endearing characters. Overall, the movie received a 5-star review from our students! Click here for some quotes from students about their experience.
|Serra Students Part of SDUSD Honor Band|
Perhaps one of the most exclusive arts programs Serra students are a part of is the SDUSD Honor Band, “a wind ensemble that is comprised of the best musicians from all high schools in the district,” explains senior Killian Voutour. Auditions for Honor Band, open to all SDUSD high school students was held at Serra on March 10th. Serra students selected for this year’s Honor Band are senior Killian Voutour, senior Dennis Feinland, freshman Rachel Schwall, and freshman Emily Corrow. Honor Band students are expected to perform the best possible concert with only six rehearsals prior to the performance.
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Manuel Contreras founded 1vyG with two fellow Brown students to help connect others like themselves across the Ivy League. Credit Charlie Mahoney for The New York Times
|Serra Grad Is An Ivy League Trailblazer|
Wednesday's New York Times featured a remarkable story on first generation college students entitled "First-Generation Students Unite".
The article and video centers around 1vyG which was co-founded by Serra Grad Manuel Contreras (Class of 2012).
Manuel Contreras puts the turning point in his college life at 2 a.m., when he met a fellow first gen at the SciLi, Brown’s concrete-and-glass block of a science library, two weeks into a downward emotional spiral in the second semester of freshman year.
The son of Mexican immigrants - his father, with a third-grade education, is a supervisor at a landscaping company, and his mother is a hospital cleaner who takes pride “in being part of the health care system” - Mr. Contreras had suddenly, painfully, felt very alone.
He had just returned from winter break in San Diego. In his Aunt Antonieta’s kitchen, sipping Nescafe from mismatched mugs, his uncles were wistfully talking about not being able to visit family in Mexico because they are undocumented when, he recalled, “I stepped beyond and gave a whole overview of immigration history.” Their “dumbfounded stares” made him feel arrogant.
Did he not fit in at home anymore?
Do yourself a favor and read more about Manny and these other amazing students by visiting the New York Times Web Site. You will be glad you did!
|AP Testing Season Is Drawing Near!|
AP testing season is drawing near! Both teachers and students continue to work diligently through the Advanced Placement (AP) course curriculum, preparing for next month’s high-stakes College Board AP examinations.
At the beginning of last school year, the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) awarded Serra High School $715,882 to increase student success on English, Math, and Science AP exams. Included in this 3-year grant, teachers receive professional training, while students receive weekly tutorials, Saturday Study Sessions, and ultimately a $100 incentive for passing their AP exam. On November 13, 2014, Serra High School distributed a total of $25,700 in student cash awards, with one individual walking away with a check for $400.00! This year’s AP students are gearing up for another successful record-breaking testing season. In preparation, Saturday Study sessions are continuing to be hosted, with one held every Saturday until testing begins.
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