School-Wide Newsletter for Helix Charter High School
Upcoming Events & Important Dates
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 16 - NO SCHOOL
CANCELED: Parent Shadow Day - Thursday, January 19 from 8:30am - 1:00pm
Click here for more information. The purpose of this event is to observe your student’s classrooms and school environment. This is not a day for teacher conferences. Those can be scheduled individually. Refreshments will be served in the Library, hosted by the Helix Foundation, Alumni Association, and PTSA. Information and sign-ups for all three organizations will be available.
On Campus Physicals - Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m.
We are offering Sports Physicals in the Sports Medicine classroom (1160) located next to the football field. Cost is $35 (cash only). Physical forms must be completed by the parent prior to seeing the M.D. All forms are available online at https://www.helixathletics.net/athletic-clearance.
Back to School Night - Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 - 7:00pm
Click here for more information. This is your opportunity to meet your student’s new teachers and to acquaint yourselves with the classes. Your presence will also provide you with the tools to help your student be successful in their classes. More information will be sent out shortly.
Winter Formal - Saturday, February 11 from 7:00 - 11:00pm
Our Winter Formal will be held at the Natural History Museum. Tickets are $47 in the finance office or online now, but prices will go up on January 10th. Be sure to support class of 2024 and attend!
Ticket sale schedule:
Today through January 10th: $47 - Helix students only
January 11th - 17th NO ticket sales
January 18th - February 9th: Helix students $52; Guest tickets $55. Must have clearance paperwork to purchase tickets during this time.
Winter Formal Eligibility Requirements:
Between January 9 - February 10, 2023 student must have:
- No truancies
- No suspensions
- No more than ONE lockout
- No more than 5 tardies
- No more than 5 excused absences
- No student account fines
- Must have 2.0 GPA from the December report card
Grade Level Team Newsletters
Technology Trends with Teens
News & Community Updates
'23-'24 school year applications are now being accepted. Visit helixcharter.net/enroll, watch the informational video to find out if Helix is the right school for your student and learn about how the lottery works. Then you can submit your application from the same page. The lottery application period closes on March 1st and you will be notified of placement or waitlist on March 10th.
Our academic support team has planned career presentations for their classes. This month's will be from San Diego Fire & Rescue Presentation on Monday, January 23. Students not enrolled in Academic Support can email email@example.com for a field trip permission slip. Here is a picture from last month's presentation from California Flight Academy.
Helix is a National Blue Ribbon School!
Check out the new video celebrating Helix! Thank you to our entire school community for your commitment to excellence and outstanding performance which contributed to us winning this prestigious award. For more information on the National Blue Ribbon award and why we won, click here.
Health Insurance Information
Do you or your family need health insurance? Give the gift of health this new year with Covered California’s open enrollment period for affordable health insurance. Financial Assistance is available. If your student or family are not currently on health insurance, you are eligible to apply now through January 31, 2023. For more information go to: https://www.coveredca.com/
To find free, confidential, in-person help with enrollment, visit https://storefronts.coveredca.com/ or call (800) 300-1506. In La Mesa, the certified provider is Teague Financial Insurance Services, 4710 4th St., Suite 300, La Mesa, CA 91941 (619) 668-5200.
Happy Spring Semester!
Dear Helix Community,
The Wellness Center is excited to welcome you back to school for the Spring Semester. We will keep you updated about school-wide events through this newsletter. If you are looking for grade-level specific information regarding the Wellness Center, please see your grade-level specific newsletter linked on this page. We look forward to supporting you!
The Wellness Center Team
Social Workers run support groups throughout the school day. The following groups are open to students in all grade levels (If you are looking for a group specific to your grade level, check your GLTs Newsletter for more group offerings):
Grief Space is an open grief support group. All students are welcome to help us create a caring community as we grieve the loved ones we have lost. It will run on Wednesdays during tutorial from 2:54-3:35 for all of Term 2 starting January 11 in Conference Room 6 (10's building). There will be snacks and tea and hot chocolate weekly. Join us one time or come all term. We're here for you.
T.R.A.N.S Group is an open gender support group. All students are welcome to help us create a stronger community on campus, as well as learn about ways to be resilient against common issues faced by transgender students. It will run on Tuesdays during tutorial from 2:54-3:35 for all of Term 2 starting January 10 in Conference Room 6 (10's building). Join us one time or come all term. We hope to see you there!
For more information on this requirement, and the Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act, please click the following link:
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Scan the QR Code above to be redirected to the Wellness Center homepage on the Helix website. There you will find resources for parents, students, and many more!
OUR CURRENT FAVORITE WEBSITE FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania following the suicide of her older brother, and only sibling, Brian.
- She wanted to combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who needed help to seek it early, and prevent future tragedies like the one that took her brother’s life.
- Check out their self-care page for more strategies and resources you can use.
College & Career Center
Field Trip: Black College Expo
ATTENTION Juniors and Seniors! The College & Career Center will be taking interested students on a field trip to the Black College Expo where students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from 20+ HBCUs and a variety of other colleges and universities and get ACCEPTED and given SCHOLARSHIPS on the spot!
If you are interested please come to Room 180 to get a permission slip. We will leave Helix at 12pm and return at 5:30pm on January 26th. Permission slips need to be turned in by Tuesday January 24th. Only the first 30 students to turn in a permission slip will be able to go!
To win a scholarship make sure to apply via the flyer link by January 16th! Make sure to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!
Important Dual Enrollment Information
If your student is taking a Dual Enrollment course during the Spring 2023 semester, they must be registered for the class through Grossmont College's Self Service before Monday 1/9/23. Please have your student stop by Room 180 if they have any questions or concerns regarding Dual Enrollment.