Get Involved and Stay Informed (05-16-2017)
Good Evening! Principal Olivero here with a school update.
Sent home with seniors today, and will be sent home to parents of underclass students early next week, is a letter explaining why we need to have a conversation with our students about having consent before ever putting the hands on another person in a relationship. At the suggestion of the Title IX department, a conversation and short film are planned for all students. The short film (Tea and Consent) can be reviewed in advance by visiting the following web address: https://vimeo.com/128105683 This film was shown at the recent PTSA meeting.
Please know that having or giving consent is a topic we hope all parents have with their children. We would rather our children hear from their parents or us versus relying on their friends for advice for figuring out what is and is not acceptable. While the school does not condone any type of sexual relationship between two students, we also know as our students get older, there will be times in their lives where understanding boundaries and having consent is necessary. The fact is that some students do not realize that touching others is not permissible without consent. In the letter home we explain parents or students can opt out in having a discussion around this topic by informing Vice Principal Jo McGlin. Please see the school website under school news for more information.
This is another busy week at UCHS as our juniors will continue to take their SBAC tests, and seniors will hear from a group of outside speakers from industry around topics around common life skills. The PTSA has organized the speakers who will cover topics like: protecting your credit; managing your money; how one becomes an airline pilot; managing health and wellness; how to become a lawyer; what does it mean to be an entrepreneur, etc. We appreciate the fact that our parents want to make our students are fully armed with next steps information.
As a new parent survey, the Department of Education has asked that all schools allow parents an opportunity to complete a survey about their school. Each year students take a survey called the Healthy Kids Survey, but for now on parents at schools will also be asked to participate. To complete a survey, please stop by next week and pick up a survey from counselor David Malo. Unfortunately the survey is in hard copy form from the state so it has to be picked up at the school.
Boys’ Volleyball won on Saturday and will play Wednesday night at Sage Creek High School. About 6 UC track athletes won league honors and will advance to the City Championships this weekend. Thursday the softball team will host their opening round at UCHS at 3:30 pm. And UC 8 swimmers who qualified for the STATE CIF Championships last Saturday. At the meet, Brendan Santana broke the Southern Section CIF record in the backstroke.
Friday night the last music and color guard celebration will be held in the gym. The Pops concert is always amazing as our Music Director, Brandon Corenman, and yes he will be back next year, usually has the students play some hip and contemporary music. I always look forward to this performance.
On Saturday morning, the District’s final JROTC inspection and outgoing and incoming ceremony will be held at Lincoln High School. We wish our cadets the very best for this exciting day.
If this was not enough for your weekend, don’t forget the Grad Party fundraiser at Applebee’s for pancakes Saturday on Balboa Ave. from 8-10 am.
I am tired just thinking about the week ahead. Have a good one. Mr. O.