March 8, 2015
Greetings Q Nation,
Friday and Saturday, March 6th and 7th demonstrated how we are the "Greatest High School in the Universe". Our pep rally was spectacular, students showed true school spirit and pride. The "Powder Puff" game was the best that I had ever seen (SHOUT OUT TO OUR JUNIOR CLASS FOR A GREAT VICTORY). The girls soccer team was fantastic and should be applauded for their hard work winning their second CIF championship in two years. The winter formal was so exciting, our students carried themselves with pride and dignity. What a power packed 48 hours!
In addition, I want everyone in our community to come out and support my final 100 day listening tour at Kumeaay, March 11th at 6 PM. This is your opportunity to give valuable input regarding the "Great Expectations of Serra High School". Thus, I want to thank our students, parents, faculty and staff for creating an atmosphere of hope and Inspiration!
Dr. Vincent Mays
Serra High School
|WEEK IN REVIEW|
|L.E.A.D Leadership Experience Adventure Development|
arc's leadership development programs combined with adventure education offer unique experiences that set up youth for success.Aspects of L.E.A.D:
The Leadership Council is an organization of leaders from Serra High School grades 9th through 12 who are interested in making an impact in their school. The Leadership Council students work in partnership with arc to make goals, strategies, and solutions that support the interests of students in the campus.
The Great Outdoors Adventure & Leadership Series is our signature LEAD program combining leadership and teamwork skill development with outdoor adventures. This program is offered to middle and high school students.
Synergy Leadership Summit:
An opportunity to meet other students from San Diego and participate in workshops focused on leadership, team work, service, advocacy, and activism. Students will have the opportunity to pick topics to enhance their leadership toolbox and meet others with the same interests.
For more information about arc's extended day programs visit Serra's arc web site.
|Dr. Mays along with math support specialist Jannelle Olivier lead a math "Intensive Learning Cycle" professional development training|
Serra High School's math department was chosen to pilot a seven week "Intensive Learning Cycle". The math department has shown great dedication regarding their Common Core State Standards training. Therefore, it is believed that they can become the model for the district. Teachers in the Integrated I/Advance PLC will collaboratively develop a lesson study that is aligned with Common Core Standards. In addition, teachers will "plan for talk" in their lessons (utilizing NCTM 5 Practices) to implement "Collaborative Conversations". Also, teachers will implement formative assessments strategies to inform and adjust instruction to meet the needs of all students. These actions put instruction front and center regarding the "New Serra High School".
|Advanced Physics students take their knowledge of Newtons Laws of Motion to the roller coaster track! |
In their most recent unit of study, students in Mr Uebel's Advanced Physics course were asked to design a roller coaster track given specific expectations. The track design must include the following: a vertical loop, a horizontal loop, two incline runs, a final run, and stand less than 90 centimeters in height.
Before construction, students tested different designs while justifying each approach in an attempt to successfully pass a mini metal pellet down a 1/4-inch rubber tubing. Roller coaster track design dimensions, artistic design, and acting force calculations were all included in student work. Many were successful at the task; however, one team's design included a track of more than 52 feet of tubing, nearly twice as long as the next competitor!
Students demonstrated a high level of engagement when their track was put to the test on competition day, while problem solving on-the-spot adjustments as pitfalls arose. Students completed this study with a more in-depth understanding and application of gravitational potential energy (GPE), Thermal energy, acceleration, velocity, and friction.
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|Introducing: The Student Empowerment Academy |
Serra High School will open its doors six days a week beginning on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Although Saturday School is a common occurrence at most high schools, even some middle schools, this Saturday School will be like no other.
While trying to provide students at Serra High School with meaningful activities, a new brain child has been born. No longer will students sit at Saturday School for four hours in a quiet study hall. Welcome to the Serra High School Saturday Student Empowerment Academy.
While students will still be clearing Absences and LOP (Loss of Privilege) points, they will also be participating in fresh, new and interesting topics taught by Serra Certificated Staff members.
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|The Father Junipero Serra Story|
Father Junipero Serra lived from 1713-1784. He is considered to be the founder of the Mission Church settlements that stretched from San Diego to San Francisco. Father Serra arrived in San Diego in 1769, and at the age of 54, was given the task of establishing Catholic Church Missions to settle Alta (upper) California, after an order by the King of Spain. At the the time, the church and the government of Spain worked together, and Alta California was a part of Mexico, which belonged to Spain.
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