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March 1, 2015


March 1, 2015


Greetings Q Nation,

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

Friday, February 27, 2015 made my 79th day leading the greatest high school in the universe. I have seen our students, faculty and staff grow as a community. We went from doing what was necessary, to:

CDECalifornia Department of Education
California School Recognition Awards Program
2015 Middle and High School
Gold Ribbon School Program

Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff,
Congratulations! We have been chosen for a Gold Ribbon site visit. We must demonstrate our model AP programs include standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that schools may adopt. In addition, they must be easily replicated by other local education agencies. Therefore, we must prepare for our site visit on March 10th. I am proud that the Q Nation is doing the impossible!


Dr. Vincent Mays
Serra High School




Real Connections and S2S Play Fairy Godmother To Help Students Go To The Ball

Need a dress for Winter Formal? We have dresses to lend!


Cinderella wore a total look designed by a magical Fairy God-Mother. While that sounds... well ...nice, it does not sound practical in real-world 2015. So, the Serra Real Connections Room resources and our very own Student 2 Student (S2S) Club Members are collaborating to lend dresses from "Cinderella's Closet!

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CBISerra Students Working in the Community

Our special needs students are involved in CBI- Community Based Instruction. The local community offers many opportunities for students to learn skills that they will need and can use after high school.

The work experiences in the community enhance general functioning in non- school environments and increases the number of social contacts and relationships. It also promotes independence.

Students also learn traffic safety, and other necessary public functioning skills. Special thanks to these businesses who work with our students: Round Table Pizza, Ace Hardware, Submarina, and Starbuck's.



Sci LabAdvanced Biology Students Transform E.coli, Demonstrate Central Dogma

Over the past couple weeks, students have been studying genetics, DNA and biotechnology. In these labs, students use plasmids (optimized in Nobel Prize winner Roger Tsien's lab) to transform E.coli to produce fluorescent proteins. Students then extract and purify the fluorescent proteins. This technology is used to produce proteins for research and medicine. Students demonstrate that changing an organism's DNA (by adding the engineered plasmid) changes the proteins that it makes (fluorescent proteins) and therefore it's phenotype or physical appearance.

Materials for this lab are provided through UCSD ScienceBridge. UCSD ScienceBridge Labs interface world-class scientists, leading technology companies, high school students, and science educators to develop innovative laboratory activities based on current research.

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Ice Creme Sign

ASB Honors Our "Perfect" Students

Serra had 162 students with perfect attendance in the Fall Semester. These students had no absences on their record and were never late to any of their classes. Last week ASB presented these students with a special "Brown. Gold. Perfect." Lanyard. Yesterday ASB held a perfect attendance ice cream party to honor their achievement. Conrad The Conquistador was joined by Mr. Santos, Mrs. Churchwell, Mrs. Thoro and Ms. Marshall to serve ice cream to these very special students. It should be no surprise that the average GPA of these students is 3.5.

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Count Me in

Free Tutor.com Online Tutoring For All Serra Students

The Department of Defense MWR Library Program and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program provide unlimited online tutoring and homework help from Tutor.com at no charge to all K-12 students in National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty military families.

Serra High has arranged with Tutor.com to extend those services to all of our students. Our civilian students can now receive 90 minutes of free tutoring. This service is normally priced at $40 an hour. If the student needs more time it is possible to make special arrangements to extend their limit.

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Spring Sports Parents Meeting
6:30 PM- (Gym)
Meeting for parents of students participating in Spring Sports.

Parent Meeting
6:00 PM (Media Center)

Parent Empowerment Academy: Can We Talk? (Part 2)
6:00 PM (Media Center)

PowderPuffPowder Puff Football Game
6:00 PM (Stadium)
Tickets are $4 during lunch at Finanical Office & $5 at the Game.
AP Math Saturday NMSI Academy
8:00 AM- 3:00 PM (700/800 Building)
Saturday Student Empowerment Academy (Saturday School)
8:00 AM- NOON (Bungalows)
Students must sign up no later than noon on Friday 3/06.
SpaceConradSerra Winter Ball - "Gravity"
7:00 PM-10:30 PM (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)
Students must have pre-purchased a ticket in order to attend the dance.
Students must bring a photo ID for check in.
All students must be picked up or have left the premises by 11:00PM.
Please Review The Dance Agreement For All Rules & Policies.
Cheer Tryout Informational Meeting For Parents and Candidates
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Media Center)
Mandatory student and parent informational meeting for all those interested in trying out for the 2015-2016 SHS Cheer Team.
For a complete list of upcoming Serra events visit our online calendar.