The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning For All

Our Mission: Why We Do The Right Thing

The mission of Chula Vista High School, an academic and artistic community that celebrates its traditions, spirit, and diverse culture, is to ensure all students realize their highest aspirations through a system of learning distinguished by:

  • Academic rigor across the curriculum fostering lifelong intellectual curiousity
  • A climate of respect, fairness, equality, and security promoting individual confidence and responsibility
  • A culture of collaboration between school, family, and community
  • A proactive network of student support
  • Exciting, unprecedented opportunities for student involvement
  • Creative and artistic expression
  • State of the Art Technology

Some Learnings from Educating for Careers Conference

"Instead of asking students what they want to be when they grow up, ask them what problem they want to solve...Convert information into intelligence...Iteration and Innovation drives Transformation...Education is the silver bullet that has the power to disrupt poverty, technology is the tool..."--Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc.

Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)


Monday, March 9: PLC Collaboration/Intervention Schedule

8:00 Achievement Gap Task Force @ SD Convention Center

1:39 PLC Collaboration

6:30 Off-campus fundraiser

Tuesday,March 10:

8:30 Coffee with the Principal

9:42 Parent Classroom Visits

12:45 Teacher Mtg.

1:30 Soccer Playoffs

3:00 School Site Council @ New Library

7:00 Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, March 11: CAHSEE Training @ Learning Lab Before School, During Lunch, or Prep Periods for ALL Certificated Staff and Instructional Assistants)

8:00 Superintendent Search Input Mtg. @ D.O. Board Room

9:15 Teacher Mtg.

10:00 Teacher Mtg.

11:00 Teacher Mtg.

12:37 Formal Observation

1:45 Post-Observation Conference

2:50 Faculty Meeting @ Learning Lab

Thursday, March 12:

9:48 Instructional Rounds

2:45 Make-Up CAHSEE Training @ Learning Lab

5:30 LCAP Meeting

Friday, March 13:

7:45 Calendar

11:00 CIS Mtg.

12:39 Department Chair Meeting


Monday, March 16: PLC Collaboration/Intervention Schedule

7:30 Classroom Visits

12:00 Administrative Intern Mtg.

1:39 PLC Collaboration

Tuesday,March 17: CAHSEE ELA Special Schedule

8:15 Classroom Visits

12:00 AVID Team Mtg.

1:00 Summer School Mtg. @ CPH

Wednesday, March 18: CAHSEE Math Special Schedule

8:15 Classroom Visits

Thursday, March 19:

9:00 Administrators Mtg. @ PDC

Friday, March 20:

7:45 Calendar

9:00 Classroom Visits

Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27

INTERSESSION--NO SCHOOL for Teachers and Students


Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3

INTERSESSION--NO SCHOOL for Teachers and Students


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It took thirty-two (32) years for Girls Soccer to reach playoffs and when they did, they went all the way to the Big Dance and emerged the Champions!!! Congratulations to Head Coach Wayne Brewton whose Girls Soccer Team clinched the CIF Championship in Division IV by upsetting first-ranked Olympian High School with a score of 1-0. Both teams played hard and it was a very exciting game. A very big thank you also goes to Carolina Soto for her years of investing as a coach in the girls soccer program. Accomplishments are built on each others' hard work...

Girls Soccer will be traveling to Maranatha this Tuesday to compete in the State soccer playoffs.

"Bye Bye Birdie" Finishes A Successful Run

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It just got better and better and in the words of Jeff Williams, "FANTASTIC!". Kudos to Sharon Maley and the SCPA Team for another run of a successful musical, "Bye Bye Birdie". It was featured in the Star News. Kudos also go to Barbara Schroeder (accompanist), Mark McCann (conductor), Valerie Ingram (choreographer), Charles Batchman (sets), John McCourt and Matt Asano (sound), Mr. Paul Maley (Lighting) and Michelle Spielman (Art). A special thank you and recognition go to Marcia Bristol, Debbie Nevin, and the special participation of Tony Atienza, Adam Nuncio, Charles Batchman, and Mr. Paul Maley.

Kudos and Thanks

  • Congratulations to Coach Ruben Olivares whose Boys Soccer Team reached the CIF semifinal round. They were selected to compete in the CIF State Championships and will be traveling to El Toro on Tuesday.
  • More Kudos to Sharon Maley! Four of her Drama students are Fleet Association Scholarship winners. Each wrote on an on "Why I Am Proud to be an American."
  • Kudos to Jessica Tejada. They have been invited to participate in the National City, City Of Commerce Mariachi Festival and Competition to be held at Pepper Park in National City on March 14. In addition, Jessica and Mariachi Chula Vista participated and performed in the Mariachi Flash Mob at Plaza Bonita Mall this past Sunday.
  • A very big Thank You to Ana Gabriela "Gavi" Hollins for presenting to the Feaster Elementary 8th grade parents on behalf of Chula Vista High School. A special Thank You to Maggie Padilla and the the rest of the Counseling Staff (Christy Araki, Jennette Duarte, Nancy Penuelas, Sarah Devore, and Monica Perez) for the special registration video that described graduation requirements and handouts that described course offerings at our school and invited students to Spartan Bridge Program.
  • A special Thank You to Nurse Eileen Magaraci, DiAnne Cabe, and our custodial staff (Lou Rojas, Adrian Lora, and Ruben Fronda ) for their assistance with the Save A Life Foundation Teen Heart Screening Program held here this past Sunday. More than 650 students signed up from all over the district.
  • I do NOT publicly thank them often enough but I do want to recognize all the administrators--Hilda Bender, Jaye Leigh, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, DiAnne Cabe, and Karla Hermosillo-Alcala--for all their hard work. They put in many long hours 6 days or more each week. They are truly committed to the safety of students and staff, the integrity of our curricula and programs, and assistance to the school community. Kudos!

How Do You Encourage Student Interaction?

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Here are some best practices that we saw during instructional rounds that encouraged structured student interaction:

  • Arrangement of seats. Desks put together in groups of two to four faciliatate student interaction.
  • Sentence Starters and Frames encourage and guide English Language Learners in partner conversations.
  • It's Think-Write-Pair-Share: Give students think time to answer the question you want them to discuss with a partner. Allow them to write their ideas. Give time for pairs to share ideas with each other--encourage them to read from their writing to facilitate sharing (as they get used to talking to each other, they will use their writing as a guide when sharing). Assign roles if necessary (For example: Partner A & B; Speaker and Listener, etc.). Time the conversations so that students do not start to engage in personal conversations. Randomly call on students to share their discussions to ensure accountability.
  • Novel Ideas Only: All groups share ideas without repeating what has already been said. This works best when there are multiple correct answers to a question.
  • Compare/Contrast: Students share what is the same or different.
  • The types of questions matter. The more open-ended they are, the more the stage is set for student interaction.
  • Practice, practice, practice. The more students interact, the more comfortable they become with it.

Never say anything a student can say. Find opportunities for students to orally enumerate, describe, summarize, analyze, synthesize, and opine. Let them give you their ideas. Let them tell you. Let them do the academic talking...

Walkthrough Foci

We will continue to deepen the implementation of our initiatives. As we walk through, we will give feedback on one of the following:

  • DLT
  • Use of Academic Language by students in speaking and writing
  • Structured Student Conversations
  • Monday: How is the time used to support/enrich student learning experiences?

PLC Collaboration

  • Please work on the agenda that you had agreed upon based on your last PLC collaboration.
  • A reminder that everyone is expected to stay on campus until the end of the PLC time. Thank you for your professionalism.
  • Please consult the handout given during the Pre-Service days if you need clarification on PLC tasks and products. In terms of Unit Planning, the instructional guides should serve as your guide. You will be given D/F reports for results analysis and intervention planning. It is a great use of PLC time to plan for the administration, calibration, and results analysis of the District Performance-based task that was released recently.
  • Minutes and products should be uploaded to our CANVAS page. Please see your Curriculum Coach for assistance, if needed.

  • Thank you for your engagement and hard work!

Faculty Meeting: March 11, 2015

We will be meeting in the Learning Lab on Wednesday, March 11, starting at 2:50 PM. We will initially meet as a whole group, then break up into Focus Groups to look at our completed WASC report, and then come back together in the last ten minutes for summary and next steps. Following is the agenda:

I. Introduction

II. WASC Follow-up Work

III. Summary and Next Steps

Thank you for your hard work in completing the WASC report.

For The Common Good

  • SAFETY PRACTICES: A reminder to keep your doors in the locked position and to use the magnets to keep your doors accessible even in the locked position. If you need magnets, please let Jaye Leigh or Garry Cabogason know.
  • PARENT CLASSROOM VISITS: One of the agenda items for Coffee with the Principal on March 10 will be parent classroom visits. Parents will be able to see students (not necessarily their own) and our initiatives in action. I will be sharing the powerpoint and form that parents will use to observe. As with instructional rounds, these visits are not evaluative. We want parents as partners--we want them to support the work we do in the classrooms. Through these visits, they will be able to reflect on how best to support the work you do with their children. Thank you in advance for welcoming them.
  • INSTRUCTIONAL ROUNDS: Instructional Coaches, administrators, and teachers will be engaging in Instructional Rounds this coming Thursday, March 12, during Periods 3 and 4. Again, these visits allow us to gather data on the implementation of our initiatives and are not evaluative. Collective data will be reported to staff. Thank you for welcoming us into your classrooms.
  • STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS: The district has E-mailed all employees and reached out to the community to get feedback for the Superintendent search. These meetings are voluntary but I encourage you to let your voices be heard by attending.
  • SPARTAN ACADEMIC LITERACY PLAN: All the foci I have been writing and talking about in the last two years in these bulletins and in our school plans--those skills that are important for our students to learn--are now in a one-pager. You can use this as reference for you and with your students as you talk about the big picture, including the why's of what you are doing in class.

Technology Is The Tool...