School-Wide Newsletter for Helix Charter High School
Important Dates & Upcoming Events
Helix Instrumental Music Association Gala - Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 - 8:00 pm
HIMA is hosting its 29th Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, March 9 at the Thursday Club in Point Loma. Enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and live and silent auctions in support of instrumental music at Helix Charter High School. Ticket sales have been extended to Monday, March 6.
Staff Development Day - Friday, March 10
No School for Students
Spring Break - Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 24
Enjoy the break!
First Annual Trades Day Event at Helix! - Wednesday, April 5 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
This will be a trade show style event where different career vendors talk to students and explain how to get into the industry. The goal is to expose our students to unique career paths that don't require a college degree, like construction trades, law enforcement, cosmetology, real estate and more. This is primarily for seniors who are not planning on going to college but all interested students are invited to participate. If you know someone from a trade or career who is interested in attending, please email their contact info to Lauren Knuth, Community Relations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Level Specific Newsletters
Our Family First Info Nights is a Helix tradition of keeping parents informed and connected. In this series, we offer presentations about a variety of topics. Most are held on Thursdays at 6 for constancy, also some virtual events may vary. See below for our upcoming schedule. You can also visit helixcharter.net/FamilyFirst for more information.
Technology and Teens - Watch the Recording
In case you missed the presentation from Jon Mofat on Cyber Security, check out the recording here (Spanish version here). It was full of information about social media sites, privacy settings and boundaries in the digital world. It will be available until 3/7/23.
Dual Enrollment - Watch the Recording
Here is the recording for our Dual Enrollment Info Night. You'll learn about the pros and cons of dual enrollment, how to enroll, opportunities and expectations.
Human Trafficking Awareness - Thursday, March 2 at 6pm in the Helix Library
Learn more about the human labor and sex trafficking epidemic here in San Diego, how it affects out students and how we can spread awareness and response in our Helix community.
Presented in the Helix Library by Rebekah Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dinner will be provided! Please RSVP here for food ordering purposes.
Biology Pathway Information - Thursday, March 9 at 6pm in Science Bldg - Room 1820
Join us for a Family First Info Night all about our Biotech pathway! Meet the teachers in the science classroom and see the equipment and facilities we have. We will cover the different courses we offer, the hands-on skills students will be exposed to and the real-world learning opportunities we integrate into the curriculum.
Presented in the Science Bldg in Room 1820. No registration required.
Mental Illness: Ending the Silence - Thursday, March 16 at 4-5pm (virtual)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school-aged youth that includes warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff. Additionally, the presentation includes a personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental health condition about their journey to recovery.
This is a virtual event, registration is required here.
Financial Planning - Thursday, March 23 at 6pm in the Helix Library
Leigh Harns (Financial Advisor) and Amy Hull (Helix Finance Teacher) will go over general financial literacy including creating and tracking a budget, building credit, filing tax returns, and saving early for retirement. There will be plenty of time at the end as well for Q & A.
This event will be held in the Helix library. Dinner will be provided! Please RSVP here for food ordering purposes.
Graduation Bling Night - Thursday, March 30 at 6pm (virtual)
Our Student Support team will explain about the requirements to get a Platinum Cap, Golden State Seal, Biliteracy Seal, Honors Cord, and Valedictorian recognitions. Families from all grade levels are invited.
This event will be held virtually. Zoom link here.
Student & Community News
Link Crew Applications Due March 9th
Link Crew Leader applications for the '23 - '24 school year are now open to current 10th and 11th graders! Applications are due March 9TH. Please encourage your students to apply if interested. Link Crew Leaders mentor our incoming freshman, plan fun events and make a positive impact on our campus.
Community Service Opportunities
A list of community service opportunities can be found at helixcharter.net/community.
Helix Athletics - Get the App & Eligibility
Have you bought your yearbook yet? If not, be sure to order soon, we typically sell out! The book is currently priced at $75.00. You can purchase at the Dawg House in person or on-line from the School Store.
Our academic support team has planned career presentations for their classes. This month's will be from the Graphic Design with Cuyamaca College on Monday, March 6 & Automotive Mechanics from Miramar College on Friday, March 31. Students not enrolled in Academic Support can email email@example.com for a field trip permission slip.
COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
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Dear Helix Community,
The Wellness Center is here to support you and your family with any social-emotional needs.
Different types of support we offer include:
- Individual check-ins
- Support groups
- Consultation/Collaboration with families, GLTs, School Psychologists, teachers, coaches, etc.
- Crisis intervention
- Referrals to therapy/community support services
- Home visits
- Parent workshops
- Homeless/Foster care/Military liaison
- Project Safe (Human & Labor Trafficking) liaison
Social Workers are located in the Wellness Center next to the Business Office (inside the Old Admin. building). We are open Monday through Thursday, 8:15am-3:45pm and Fridays, 8:15am-3:30pm. 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
- 2023- Ms. Soto (Msoto@helixcharter.net)
- 2024- Mrs. Fernandez (Fernandez@helixcharter.net)
- 2025- Mrs. Yee (Yee@helixcharter.net)
- 2026- Ms. Smith (Rsmith@helixcharter.net) & Mr. Smith (KSmith@helixcharter.net)
- Front Desk Assistant- Mrs. Camonayan (Camonayan@helixcharter.net)
Students can join NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as they host a Mental Health Fair on Monday, March 6th during lunch
To learn more about or to register for this event, click on the photo above or click the link here:
Para obtener más información o registrarse en este evento, haga clic en la foto de arriba o haga clic en el enlace aquí:
NAMI Basics is a FREE peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance or are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
Class Schedule: March 2nd (6 pm-9 pm), March 7th (6 pm-9 pm), March 9th (6 pm-9 pm), March 11th (9 am-3 pm), and March 14th (6 pm-9 pm)
If 5 classes are too much of a commitment, consider attending the Ending the Silence presentation (more information below) and participating in other programs through your local NAMI Affiliate.
Click the photo above or Register Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKZJYMB
NAMI's Ending the Silence presentation is a 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school-aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff. Additionally, the presentation includes a personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental health condition about their journey to recovery.
Date: March 16, 2023
Time: 4 pm to 5 pm
Click the photo above or Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89790055202?pwd=bGlVd3haMnZyaEw4a1RYRmQ3T1FhUT09
If you have any questions about these events, please contact Sofia Amezcua (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click on the photos above to learn more about ways you can increase your mental health literacy
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
March is Women's History Month
The theme for 2023 is, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” From the earliest storytellers through pioneering journalists, our experiences have been captured by a wide variety of artists and teachers. These include authors, songwriters, scholars, playwrights, performers, and grandmothers throughout time. Women have long been instrumental in passing on our heritage in word and in print to communicate the lessons of those who came before us. Women’s stories, and the larger human story, expand our understanding and strengthen our connections with each other.
12 History-Making Women We’re Celebrating: Stacey Abrams - Harriet Tubman - Rosa Parks - Malala Yousafzai - Jazz Jennings - Emma González - Marie Curie - Dolores Huerta - Michelle Obama - Serena Williams - Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson & Dorothy Vaughan (The Scientists)
Understanding Mental Health Over a Woman’s Lifetime: Many mental health conditions, like ADHD - Depression in young women - Suicide - Anxiety - Eating disorders - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Substance use disorders, impact women differently at different stages in life. Click the link to learn more
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