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School Update (02-23-2020)


School Update (02-23-2020)

Principal Olivero here with this week’s school update. 

On Wednesday, February 26th, we will have another early out intervention day. This means students can plan to meet with their teachers between the hours of 1 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m.  There will be two sessions so that students can have time to work with at least two teachers. Session I will be from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Session II will be from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Students can meet with their teachers to go over assignments, make up exams, and get help with course work.  Teachers will be available to work with students in their classrooms. 

Congratulations again to the Music Boosters for hosting the annual Sights and Sounds last Friday night! It was a big success with many amazing performances by students, staff, and alumni.

Also, on Friday, some of our teams, boys’ soccer and boys’ basketball, upset and beat their higher seeded opponents. This means the boys’ soccer team will play their semifinal match at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, at Rancho Bernardo, and the boys’ basketball team will play at home, this Wednesday night, at 7 p.m., for their semifinal matchup. We need to pack the gym for this one! 

As shared at last week’s spring athletic parent meeting, the schedule offerings for students next year continues to be a fluid proposition.  At this point the schedule is still posted on the front page of the school’s website. This plan is based on what the district proposed we could and could not do with our scheduling.  District officials this last week contacted me to ask about how various schedules would impact our students.

While the posted athletic schedule for our school suggests a zero period US History class option for certain 11th graders, the district is now considering not allowing a zero-period option for schools. The rationale is that a zero-period class would still cause some students to have to get up early. A second challenge related to zero period offering is that students who depend upon transportation and play sports could be at a disadvantage. Lastly, some students could have their overall GPA’s impacted by having to take a 6th period athletics class. 

A schedule option being evaluated, again, but is going back to having all teams start after school. This is why I am saying the process is fluid. This option would allow all students access to classes and not lower GPA’s for students. The main difficulty with this option is that students will need to miss their 6th period class and possibly their 5th period class to get to athletic events starting earlier in the day, which for some sports, could be two to three times a week. While game start times will be adjusted when possible, there are some that can’t be changed. Due to the possibility of putting sports back to after school, the district is now looking at the costs associated with bringing in extra mobile lights, along with whether students can take an athletic period class for a pass/fail grade, thereby not counting against a student’s GPA.  The bottom line is that it’s still not decided, but I will keep you all updated.  Please know that once it is decided, we will again meet with athletes to go over their course requests for next year.    

Have a great week.  Hope to see you at some of the ball games this week.  Mr. O.