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  • Principal's Update 06.01.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 6/1/2014
    Hello Titan Community, 
     
    Welcome to the last week of the 13-14 school year as well as my last Principal's Update. I has been a pleasure working for your children and with this community. The changes to Hercules Middle and High School going forward are exciting and will offer the opportunity to really focus on the needs of each side of the campus.  
     
    And on to our congratulations and appreciations,
     
    • This past Tuesday we had the academic awards night for 9th-11th graders, sponsored by the Hercules Community Partnership (and the wonderful Dionn Dunn). It was great to see all the students and parents out celebrating the academic achievements of their children. Congratulations on your achievements.
    • Friday night was the 8th grade farewell dance. Thank you to all of our parent chaperones and adult and student planners. Impeccable behavior and great planning made this event a success.
    • We have 4 boys going on the state track and field finals this Friday and Saturday in Sacramento. They are Jalen Doss, Jerrick Bernstine, Antwuin Prowes, and Kai Seale. Good luck Titans!
    • This past Thursday we had the AHIT culminating lunch for students. Along with brisket and grilled chicken, hotdogs and hamburgers, the students made pasta salad and set up a buffet style lunch. Thank you for sharing and for all your work in AHIT this year. Next year, Ms. Lourdes Sampayo takes over as academy lead teacher, good luck Lourdes.
    And on to this week, and what a week it is:   
    • Monday is a normal day
    • Tuesday through Thursday we have finals on the HS side for grades 9-11 with classes starting at 9:30 out at 2:30. MS remains on the same schedule.
    • Throughout the finals days seniors have senior events including rehearsals. Seniors are expected to not be on campus unless they are at these events, this allows for underclassmen to stay focused on academics. 
    • Friday, the last day of school is a noon dismissal for all. As a special treat on that day for the MS students the Hercules Library in cooperation with Ms. Bernhardt, we will have author Nina LaCour.  
    • Tuesday we have the senior academic awards night starting at 6pm in the HS cafeteria. Hope to see you all there.
    • Wednesday is the 8th grade promotion ceremony out on the football field. Students have the tickets and the ceremony is from 6 to 8 but students are to arrive at 5. Attire for students in semi-formal with appropriate lengths of skirts and coverage on top. Any student not following the dress code will be asked to leave.
    • Saturday at 6pm is the HS graduation on the football field. Parking is challenging so please arrive early.  
    • Textbook return is going on and books are coming in, but not returned books mean fines that stay forever. Please check your homes, rooms, and cars (along with other hiding places) for textbooks and novels which may belong to HMHS. Returning these books in the year they were checked out saves us all time and money.
     In closing, thank you to the teachers and staff for all the work they do everyday on behalf of your children. It is the people of Hercules who make this school great.
     
    --Ms. Bender
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  • Principal's Update 05.26.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 5/26/2014
    Hello Titan Families,
     
    I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend, tomorrow we are back to school and we need to keep that academic focus. This time of year we do lots of celebrating and here is some of that: 
     
    Congratulations & Appreciations,
    • On behalf of the MS PE Department, thank you so much to all of you who helped support our Middle School Titan Mile Run competitors yesterday!  It was a success! 
    6th Grade Girls
    1) Malena Miner - 7:14
    2) Latrice Hoag - 7:56
    3) Abigail Romero & Alyssa LaRiza - 7:56

    6th Grade Boys
    1) Jalen Henderson - 6:19
    2) Daniel Pugeda - 6:23
    3) Bradley Nnachetam - 6:24

    7th Grade Girls
    1) Fela Williams - 6:26
    2) Gianna Guro - 6:44
    3) Kayla Mallari - 6:45

    7th Grade Boys
    1) Sergio Alvarez & Jessie Robles - 5:43
    2) Leander Capitly - 6:25
    3) Lorenzo Olivar - 6:26

    8th Grade Girls
    1) Makenna Halliday - 6:48
    2) Christha Samok-Taloro - 7:14
    3) Elisia Catalogna - 7:17

    8th Grade Boys
    1) Jordan Sexton - 5:32
    2) Darren Guidry - 5:40
    3) Yonathan Leake - 5:41
     
    • The senior class raised $1300 at the Powederpuff game, enough to cover the cost of a BBQ. Well done!
    • To the AHIT Academy Award Winners: Joseph Fortuno, Aira Omega, John Chan
    • This past week we also had the final orchestra and band concerts for the year (minus the Disneyland trip of course). Ms. Calonico has remarked on the considerable improvement by the orchestras over the year. They have taken the feedback given at events and applied it. Be proud. On the Band side Mr. Berrington told me this is the best band season he has had in a long time. Thank you 
    • Tiffany Farmer who was our only female competitor at the NCS Bayshore Track Invitational this past Saturday. We also had 14 boys qualify. May are moving on to this Saturday's Meet of Champions Friday at Cal. Good Luck!
    • 16 seniors qualified as CSF-- California Scholarship Federation lifetime members
    And on to this week:
    • Textbook returns are going on through teh social science classes, get your books in and don't get caught with a bill
    • All seniors need to get in their online senior surveys-- Tuesday & Wednesday you will be doing this through your government classes
    • We have the 9th-11th grade Academic Awards Night Tuesday at 6pm in the HS cafeteria
    • That same evening is the African American Celebration Night at the Craneway Pavilion
    • Thursday we have the "Nightmare on Puberty Street" presentation for all 7th graders
    • Yearbook distribution for HS starts on the 28th in room 105 MS on the 30th with Mr.Parks
    • Friday is also the color war rally on the HS side. The rally is the last period of the day
    • Friday on the MS side is the 8th grade Celebration Dance from  
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  • Principal's Update 05.12.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 5/11/2014

    Hello Titan Community and Happy Mother’s Day to  all those who both inhabit that position in reality and in spirit. To the mothers, grandmothers aunts, sisters and to all those who mother us in many ways, thank you. And on to this week’s 

    Congratulations and Appreciations

    • Our teachers. Last week was teacher appreciation week and we had some great moments delivering fruit and notes, surprise as teachers opened gift bags from leadership and a thank you for bagels from parent Rose Salomon. Please continue to celebrate teachers everyday.
    • We had the prom this past Friday night at the SF City Hall. The students were amazingly behaved and I was so proud of their work in making this a fantastic prom. I especially would like to appreciate Kiana Pineda, Diana Osornio, Adriana Soza, Terence Falcon, Reycie Peregil and our Leadership Leaders Mr. Ochs and Mr. Hickok for their extraordinary efforts. 
    • This week I have a spring sports round-up:
    • Boys Tennis are TCAL League Champions.  This is the first time in school history that the tennis team has won league.
      • Our #1 Singles player, Michael Vizcarra, took 2nd place in the TCAL and NCS Playoffs.  
      • Our #1 Doubles team, DiAngelo Soriano and Rishab Vaidhyanathan took 1st place in TCAL!!  They also played in NCS Playoffs and finished 3rd.
    • Boys Swimming are TCAL Champions for the 2nd year in a row!  NCS Playoffs are this coming week and the Boys Relay teams are in (Frank He, Marc Pugeda, Darius Ramirez, Juan Pablo Palabrica, Jay Fan, Alex Lin, and Jeremy Peris) as well as Jeremy Peris in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
    • Badminton are TCAL Champions for the 2nd year in a row and have posted an undefeated record for the 2nd year as well.  We did very well at the TCAL Playoffs and many of our players will be representing Hercules this coming weekend in the NCS Playoffs.
    • Baseball won their first ever TCAL Championship and await seeding for the NCS Playoffs in two weeks.  Justin Mahley was honored at our All League Meeting as the League MVP.
    • Boys Volleyball placed 4th in league (highest in school history) and made the NCS Playoffs for the first time in school history.  Game is Wednesday at Clayton Valley Charter at 7:00pm.
    • Jerrick Bernstine signed his letter of intent last week for CSU East Bay.  He will be running Track at the next level.
    • All of this tells me that our MS kids need to be working now to support a school that is rising in our sports rankings.

     

    And on to this week

     

    ·       I prefer not to countdown to the school year end because we need to stay focused on making every day matter for learning. In order to keep that focus on academics, we are tightening up policies around tardies, using passes and staying in class.

    ·       We have incoming 6thgrader parent night Tuesday from 6-7:30 in the library

    ·       Powder Puff was postponed and is. In fact, this Friday @ 7pm in the Titan Stadium

    ·       Seniors, keep that focus on graduation!

     

    Have a great week and Go Titans!

     

    --Ms. Bender
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  • Principal's Update 04.27.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 4/27/2014
    Welcome to the week of April 27th when we also get to cross in to May.
     
    Congratulations & Appreciations: 
    • Please congratulate the following Middle and High School students for winning during the Regional MESA ( Math , Engineering, Science Achievement) Competition April 19 at the University of Pacific in Stockton. Our students represented Cal State East Bay and competed against CSU San Jose, UC Pacific, UC Davis, Ukiah,and San Ramon.
    MS:
     
    1st Place: Level 1 Math - William Chiu
    2nd Place: Mouse Trap Car- Isaac Lin and Ronin Ravanera
     
    For Prosthetic Arm: Ernestina Hsieh, Lauren Yen, Jahmvi Doshi, Kristen Kho
    1st place in Oral Presentation
    2nd place in Board Display
    3rd place in Technical report
     
    It is now official that our MS students in the Prosthetic Arm Challenge will represent Northern California Region in the State Competition. This is our second year in a row to win this challenge and represent our region in the state competition
     
    HS:
     
    For Prosthetic Arm: Team A: Jaysen Yalung, Julie Lum, Fabiola Martinez
    1st Place: Technical Report
    3rd place: Oral Presentation
     
    Team B: Juan Pablo Palabrica, Vishakha Bhuskan, Gurvir Singh, Elizabeth Le
    3rd place: Board Display
     
    We also like to thank Mr. Harris and all the parents who  were always there to support our MESA students. Ms. Gatchalian deserves special praise as a MESA teacher sponsor and a MESA communications expert keeping the site and community informed of MESA practices
     
    • Our WCCUSD retired educators scholarship winners: Nia Ewing, Olivia Vernetti and Christian Abraham. The students were informed of their winning the scholarships on Thursday and were all very thankful and excited. Way to go Titans!
    • I would like to personally appreciate Marc Armstrong our WASC lead as well as the HS teachers for their efforts in pulling together the WASC report. Thank you. 
    And on to this week:
     
    • Friday marks the mid-point of the 4th quarter when progress report grades are due on. Check those powerschool grades and make sure your student is on track.
    • This past week Ms. Whitlock, Mr. Karay, and Mr. Manglona all completed state SBAC testing using tablets in their rooms. Sadly, we still have some paper testing to do- Tuesday it will be the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which replaces the STAR test and will happen in 11th grade this Tuesday and Thursday. The bell schedule remains the same and 11th graders have been informed on what room they are testing in.
    • On the HS side we have the WASC visiting committee on campus Monday and Tuesday. The committee members will be visiting classrooms, talking to groups and verifying that what we have going on at HHS is supporting increased student achievement. This shouldn't impact your students' day at all.
    • HS student leadership will look different next year in the class will be composed both of elected officers and students who apply for the class. Leadership teacher Mr. Ochs has been visiting classes to inform students of this; applications are due Wednesday to Mr. Ochs.
    • Friday night we have powderpuff football at the stadium starting at 7.

    Have a great week and Go Titans!

     
    --Ms Bender
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  • Principal's Update 04.20.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 4/20/2014
    Hello Titan Community,
     
    Hope you enjoyed your Spring Break which now seems so far away even at only a week ago. We are officially counting down to the end of the year and are planning all of those end of year things. And now on to:
     
    Congratulations & Appreciations
    •  The High School Staff who, this year, is taking on our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation all on their own (before this year it was combined MS and HS). The teachers have been putting in extra time to finalize they report and I appreciate their work. The WASC visiting team will be here April 28th and 29th.
    • Ms. Kidder & Ms. Tamosunas who have been our pilot MS teachers on getting the SBAC testing started using carts of tablets.  It has been rather awesome to see kids log in to their tablets, wearing headphones and typing answers in. I hear the test is hard, new always is a challenge
    • The MS security staff and Ms. Perkins who have all stepped up for our new Friday common lunch. The library is full of kids playing games and the quads, with special help from our parent volunteers, are well supervised.
    • Congratulations to Mark Gardiola - Chin (senior) who was selected as the Hercules Chamber's Youth of the Year for his involvement in Hercules' Leo Club, Hercules High School's SSC, the Hercules High School French program, and Hercules High School's swim team.  Bravo, Mark!
    • To Jospeh Fortuno, Andrew Dirk, Kayla Butler, Kelvion Pruitt, Chelsey Winston and Angelica Orellana who competed at the Northern California Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship competition at Intuit Headquarters in Santa Clara.  We were the only team from WCCUSD, in fact, we were the only team from north of Alameda County competing. 
    • Over 60 of our HHS ROP and AHIT students attended WE DAY this year.  WE DAY was covered by KTVU channel 2 news and brought us  some positive press.  WE DAY organizers also highlighted Hercules High School and our students on the Jumbotron during the event. Students earn a ticket to we day through youth service.  Our students chose the California Autism Foundation and Free the Children as the two charities they would work with this year. They were perfectly behaved at the event and really got into the whole spirit of being agents for change both locally and globally. Ms. Sampayo did a great job organizing this and was glowing with pride for our students. 
    • The following East Bay MESA Winners are preparing for the Regional Competition April 27: Ernestina Hsieh, Kirsten Rose Kho, Jahnvi Doshi, Lauren Yen, Peter Nguyen. Good Luck Titans.

    And on to this week: 
    • Prom Sales continue and the cost of tickets continues to go up. If you would like to bring a guest please set up your appointments with an administrator through office manager Ms. Turner
    • The MS 8th grade promotion ceremony will be on the football field this year and you will have 6 tickets. We sent home a flyer with your student about this and the dance. 
    • For HS graduates, last week Jostens was here to get those cap and gown orders in. Make that happen. We also need your speaker sheet information as well as that signed graduation contract. Without it, there will be no walking the stage. 
    • On Thursday we are offering an opportunity for your MS student to apply to the Mathematics Achievement Academy. Participating in this academy will enhance and prepare your student for the next year math curriculum. Please note that this not an intervention class. If interested please come to the library between 6:00-7:30 to fill out the applications. Feel free to call Ms. Mendes with any questions. Ext. 25130
    •  We had a HS dress code check on Friday during 2nd period and it went pretty well. We will be doing these at random so please continue to dress appropriately so we do not have to confiscate your clothes and have you were PE things. 

    Have a great week and Go Titans!

    -Ms. Bender
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  • Principal's update 04.15.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 4/15/2014
    Hello Hercules Community,
     
    I wanted to let you know that I have requested a new assignment and will not return as principal of Hercules Middle High School in the 2014-15 school year. This decision was made in the best interest of the students and staff at our school. It is my sincerest hope that my departure will allow the school community to continue its focus on preparing students for success in both college and career.
     
    The district is currently recruiting two principals for next year, one for the middle and one for the high school, and will schedule opportunities for parents to give input on the characteristics you would like to see in the new principals.
     
    I will remain principal through the end of the school year and will work to ensure a smooth transition for the new leadership team.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve our students and I look forward to the continued success of both schools.

     
    --Ms.Bender
     
     
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  • Principal's Update 03.30.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 3/30/2014
    Hello Titan Community,
     
    This Monday Marks the first day of the 4th quarter, which means we are now officially in spring and marching our way toward Summer.  While we do that we are continuing to stay focused on learning.  Which brings us to this week's 

    Congratulations and Appreciations: 
     
    • To our AHIT students who participated in "We Day" event this week at Oracle Arena. The students came back energized and inspired to be part of making our world a better place.
    • Mr. Crosby, Mr. Allen, & Mr. Hudson who are working with out neighbors BioRad to have scientist visit their classrooms.
    • Appreciate Ms. Cruzat, Ms. Palis, & Mr. Crosby as our MESA sponsors for supporting our MESA students, who this past week were  deep in work preparing for this week's MESA competition. They were working on technical papers,  their academic board display, powerpoint presentation, and practicing object relocation and distance accuracy of their prosthetic arm. It all sounds very technical.
    • Thank all the teachers and staff who came to the Gender Spectrum training this past Wednesday. Gender Spectrum will be completing trainings with our 9th and 10th grades on April 15th, 17th, and 18th. If you want to know more please contact the health center. 
    • And to the parents who came out for the MS Open House on Thursday. We appreciated seeing your faces.
       

    Now on to this week

    • We are always working on building new relationships with Community Based Organizations (CBOS) and are currently building MOUs with the Rainbow Center, RYSE Center, and Disconnected. Our ability to coordinate and work with these organizations is based on health center funding. Keep that funding coming by completing the parent healthy kids survey.  You can get a paper copy in student services or take it online through our web site. We need 20% of parents to maintain funding and only have 5% so far. That means we need 300+ parents. Help your child have access to anti bullying, tolerance, and positive school climate services by taking this survey.
    • Monday is 3rd quarter grade marking for teachers which means students are on a minimum day schedule. MS is out at 1:25, HS out at 1:48.
    • Tuesday we have the MS/HS Spring Band Concert from 7:30 to 8:30 in the HS gym
    • & Wednesday we have the MS/HS Spring Orchestra concert form 7:30 to 8:30 in the HS gym
    • Wednesday is also Career Day for the HS side. Students have signed up for and will have 2 presentations to attend 2nd and 3rd period from adults in the community who work in fields they are interested in. Special thanks to Office Manger Ginny Turner for her work on this.
    • Thursday is the HS Open House. It starts at 6 and goes until 7:30. Leadership has been planning some special events including food sales and tabling in the quad. Hope to see you there. This means that Thursday is also a minimum day for HS only-- out at 1:48.
    • This Friday the MS is trying out a single lunch period once a week. This single lunch means that student clubs can meet and teachers can collaborate. Right now we have a few parent volunteers who supervise on Wednesday and Friday lunch, but we are looking for more on Fridays. Lunch starts at 11. Check in with Ms. Turner to volunteer for lunch supervision.
    • Mark your calendars for Saturday April 26th from 10-12 for an HMHS Voices of the African American Community gathering co-sponsored by the Blackboard. We want to hear your voices and build a stronger HMHS for our African American youth. We'll be sending out flyers and asking you to RSVP soon.
    • This Friday is the last day before spring break, which means no school the week of April 7th. Please support your children in taking all their books and homework home as the school will be closed that week.

    Have a great week and go Titans!

    --Ms. Bender
     
     
     
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  • Principal's Update 03.23.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 3/23/2014
    Titan Community,
     
     It was such a lovely week last week in so many ways,  from great weather to good events and a clear focus on learning in the classrooms. On to the
     
    Congratulations & Appreciations
    • To MS math teacher Ms. Rose for her work on teaching multiple methods-- that means different methods to solve the same problem. I saw her students' brains working as she explained the methods and gave them time to work on this common core task. Awesome.
    • On the HS side we have students deeply engaged in work such that I saw students after school in Ms. Cruzat's room finishing tests, others in Mr. Karr's and still more sitting in the cafeteria before school getting things done. Keep it up.
    • The MS journalism class for all their work on the food drive. They students thank you all for your donations. The winning class was Ms. Kidder's.
    • To coach Kyle and Athletic Director Strickland and all of our volunteers for putting on a smooth home track meet Thursday. Not only was our hosting well done, but we did some serious winning on the track as far as our boys were concerned.
    • Friday I was able to stop by the softball game, tennis matches down on Refugio, and the swim meet (which was cancelled due to high chlorine levels in the pool),  And then it was on to the HS Musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie", where we had a packed house. The extra curriculars are in full swing. Come check them out. 
    And on to this week:
    • Scholastic Book Fair-March 26 through April 2 in the Career Center, to help us raise funds for books in the library
    • This Friday is the last day of the 3rd quarter- it's time to make sure you have all your work in and have prepared for those final projects and exams
    • Thursday from 6-7:30 pm is the MS Open House. This means that it is also a minimum day for MS ONLY, HS has a normal day. The teachers have been working hard on some hands-on activities for you to take part in as you come learn about what your students have been doing this year. 
    • The Musical continues this week playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
    • Prom tickets are on sale and prices are going up week by week. Get those tickets now and if you have a guest be sure to pick up the proper forms and schedule the interview with an Assistant Principal. 
    • Reminder about the Parent Healthy Kids Survey. We still need a 20% survey rate in order to maintain the health center funding. The link to the survey is on the website under headlines.

     Have a great week and Go Titans!

     
    --Ms. Bender
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  • Principal's Update 03.16.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 3/16/2014
    Hello Titan Community, 
     
    It feels like summer, but summer is still very far off. This makes it a challenge to keep our students focused on academics and that we are still in the 3rd quarter, but we are reminding the students everyday. Please back us up at home, especially with the seniors. 
     
    Congratulations and Appreciations:
    • To the students, parents, teachers and counselors who are working on the scheduling for MS and HS. Last week went really well and we will be finishing up this week. Please continue to log in at home and update requests as necessary.
    • HS Interact Club and Leadership for the multicultural rally this past Friday. We had both in-house and outside entertainment. the student performances were fantastic and you can see some posted on the Contra Costa Times video feed.
    • With this we have the health center to thank for the 2nd annual heath fair on Wednesday and the overall Increase the Peace  
    • MS dance on Friday was fantastic. Thank you 7th graders for planning, organizing and congrats on getting your 100 guests so that it could happen. Thank you too to the teachers who volunteered their time as chaperones. 
    • We have had 2 class meetings, Junior and Seniors, over the last couple weeks to not only go over fun class events, but to address academics both HS graduation and college readiness. Ask them what got addressed at the meetings to that you can support them.

    And on to this week:
     
    • Prom is in the city on Friday, May 9th at the SF City Hall. and ticket sales start March 31st At $85 and will go up in price as we get closer to the date.
    • Scholastic Book Fair-March 26 through April 2-Career Center.
    • MS food drive continues in to its second and final week,  Please bring your non perishable food items and support our students in addressing hunger in our community. 
    • This Friday March 19th the Marines will be on campus, their is a sign-up sheet to meet up with them in the HS counselors office
    • We have a new HS health center groups starting, this one is an 8-week Seniors only support group called “moving in to the future”. It is about fears and anxieties and come up around the transition out of HS. It starts April 1st, you can sign up in the health center.
    • AASU  members can sign up to see the play “Fences”. Tickets are $15 in the cashiers office and must be purchased by March 21st. space is limited, see Ms. Jones with  questions.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday is CAHSEE, it's a make up day for 10th graders who missed it in Feb as well as Seniors who still need to pass. Be sure to check if you need to take it with your counselors.
    • BIG reminder on the dress code. We need your help in supporting appropriate non-distracting clothes at school. This means stomachs are covered, underclothing is not visible, spaghetti straps and short shorts stay at home. Check your students before they leave and remind them about the difference between what is appropriate at school and what is appropriate outside of school.
    Have a great week and Go Titans!
     
    --Ms. Bender
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  • Principal's Update 03.09.14

    Posted by Jen Bender at 3/9/2014
    Hello Titan Community,
     
    I do hope everyone was able to rest his weekend despite the time change, to settle into some normalcy and spend some time enjoying the balmy weather.
     
    Congratulations & Appreciations, 
    •  I would like to thank the Titan Community from teachers to students, from parents to police officers, from clerical staff to aides and custodians, for coming together this past week. There was a remarkable outpouring of support and community that I can not be more appreciative of. As we get back to the business of learning, we will continue to focus on safety, tolerance, and community building.
    • The following students participated in the "Get on the Bus College Tour 2014", Feb 26th-Feb 28th with the Young Scholars Program (YSP – A college preparatory program). They visited a variety of colleges and were able to look concretely at their college plans. Congratulations,  Robert Sterling Booker, Solomon Clark, Jordan Griffin, Marquis Jones, Davion McFadden, Harshdeep Singh, and Kahliel Walker for connecting to Young Scholars!
    • To MS counselor Ms. Mendes who has visited all of the 8th graders to tell them about HS graduation requirements, college A-G classes, and overall opportunities. Check in with your 8th graders on what they learned. 
    • Our HS counselors who went to all 9-11 grade History classes and passed out a 4-year plan (for graduation as well as college readiness) document and reviewed how to complete a 4-year plan including what they are taking right now. I know the awesome counselors sent out a message to tell you to go over this with your students, so I'm just reminding.
    • I am happy to announce that we have a new computer lab with 36 working computers and 1 teacher computer and projector for teachers to check out and use. Previous to this the one check-out lab was in the library with the computers scatted all around. The new lab has changed the volume (as in loud/soft) of cyberhigh and made it possible for us to complete testing and surveys, and now for teachers to use. One computer lab down, at least one to go. 
    • The past couple weeks we have had some of our MS parents helping us out on lunch duty. They've walked around, checked in with kids, helped mediate conversations, and have been a general extra adult presence. We can always use more lunch-time adult supervision. If you would like to join the lunch-support team, please contact office manager and organizer extraordinaire, Ms. Turner

    And on to this week:

    • Scheduling for MS and HS starts this Monday and will go on for the next 2 weeks. We are doing this all online and you should be getting calls from the counselors on how to log in to help your student. Check in with your student and have them check in with their counselors to support appropriate sign-ups. 
    • The MS food drive starts this week on March 10th and goes through March 21st. The classes (and teachers) are competing against each other. Non-perishable food items can be turned in to any MS teacher.
    • We have the joint MS/HS Scholastic Book Fair coming up on March 26 through April 2 in the College & Career Center. Volunteers are still needed, please contact our fantastic librarian, Ms. Perkins. 
    • This week, as planned some time ago, is Increase the Peace Week on the HS side. The Health Center and School Administration in partnership with area Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Student Leadership and our students in general will have the following:
      • Monday their will be teen-focused peace-oriented videos playing at lunch in H624 and the College and Career Center
      • Anti-bullying peer presentations in 9th grade history classes on Tuesday and Thursday
      • Wednesday a health fair during the common lunch with tables for the RYSE center, Familias Unidas, the American Teenager Project, The Rainbow Center, STAND, the mobile clinic, CVS, and No Place for Hate, our upcoming site-wide 6-12 grade campaign for Peace.
      • Friday tops off the week with the Multi-Cultural Rally which is always an awesome show.

    Have a great week and GO TITANS!
     
    --Ms. Bender
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