John Muir High School

Early College Magnet

Virtual Back to School Night

August 26, 2020

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Hello Mustang Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to John Muir High School Early College Magnet's first Virtual Back to School Night! In this newsletter, you will find links to pre-recorded Back to School Night presentations from your student's teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff members.

We invite you to take this time to learn about the exciting learning experiences taking place in our classes this year. This can all be accomplished from the comfort and safety of your home! We believe this is a great opportunity for you to get to know your student’s teachers and receive an overview of the requirements and expectations of their courses.

The Virtual Back to School Night schedule is as follows:

6:00-6:15 Virtual address by Dr. Gray (including a raffle)!

6:15 - Visit pre-recorded online links for your student's teachers as well as other staff members.

Please use this information to login to back to school night:

  1. Click on this link
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the session password: tfKJ5HCJE65
  4. Click "Join Now".
  5. Select “Call Using Computer” so that you will be able to hear the presentation
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.


To join the session by phone only


US Toll:+1-415-655-0001

Access code: 133 664 3638

After Dr. Gray's presentation, please use this teacher directory to access your student’s pre-recorded Back-to-School Night presentations. Please note that some of the teacher's presentations require a password which has been provided. ENJOY!


Dr. Lawton Gray - Welcome

Mr. Ricardo Robles - Welcome



Mr. Bharatchandra Parekh - Math 1 and Math 3 Recording Password pC3U9yPT

Mr. Mario Hernandez - Math 1 & 2

Mr. Ryan Flores - AP Calculus/PreCalculus

Ms. Carmen Toscano - Math 1 & 2 Recording Password: cEkT9uNy

Mr. Scott Simon - Math 1, 2, & 3

Mr. Alexander Kim - Math 1 & 2

Mr. Danny Huerta - Math

Ms. Ana Demarco - Math 1 & 2

Ms. Deshaunda Reed - Math Topics/Math 2

Social Studies:

Dr. Manuel Rustin - US History/American Gov’t/Urban Culture

Ms. Ashley Butler - AP U.S. History, AP World History, and World History

Ms. Chloe KielMercado - World History/U.S. History/Economics

Mr. Joseph Auch - World History/American Gov’t/US History

Mr. Shaun Thomas - World History/American Gov't/US History


Ms. Donna Tucker - English 1 & 3/Journalism/AP English Language

Mr. Charles Vines - ERWC/AP English Lit/English 3

Mr. Matthew Lencioni - English 1 & 2/Puente

Ms. Janus Stechel - English 2 & 3/ERWC/Adv. Reading & Writing

Mr. Alfredo Resendiz - English 1 and Academic Lang. Dev Recording Password - DeSiH4mW

Ms. Totam Dao - English 1 & 2/Puente/Journalism and Yearbook

Ms. Margaret Gillham - English 1 & 2/ERWC/Puente

Mr. Burnis Simon - English

Mr. Damian Willis - English


Mr. John Smallenburg - Chemistry/AP Environmental Science

Mr. Daniel Harris - Chemistry and Physics

Ms. Alexandra Gonzalez - Environmental Science and AP Biology

Ms. Susana Oliu - Chemistry/Environmental Science/Earth Science

Ms. Patricia Damaze - Biology

Mr. Taylor Van Hoorebeke - Physics

World Languages:

Ms. Johanna Moore - Spanish 1 and 3

Ms. Lysandra Arfaoui - Spanish 1 and 2

Ms. Mirian Meehan - Spanish 2 & 3 and AP Spanish Language and Culture


Ms. Beverly Rodriguez - Engineering

Mr. Ryan Flores - Digital Electronics

Ms. Sandra Ross - Customer Service/Graphic Design/Principles of Finance

Mr. Louis Bond - Entrepreneurship and Applied Finance and Business Management

Mr. Andrew Silk - Film & Video/Graphic Design/Portfolio Dev

Mr. Steve Solis - Film and Video Production and TV Production


Ms. Cynthia Lake - Ceramics and Studio Art

Ms. Karen Klages - Music Tech/Adv. Band

Ms. Cassandra Franklin - Choir/Music Appreciation/Stage Tech

Ms. Donnetha Wallace - Culinary Arts

Physical Education:

Ms. Dana Moore - Physical Education Recording Password kMEGn5zr

Mr. Roberto Galvan - Physical Education Recording Password: FsBtdqC3


Dr. Peniamin Aroyan - Welcome

Dr. Nancy Heusser-Gonzalez - Welcome

Mr. Micah Williams-Brodi - Welcome - Recording Password: mX6cJTg5

Early College:

Alejandra Diaz, Counselor - Welcome

Gretchen Pinto, Coordinator - Early College Magnet


Micol Issa - Welcome

Instructional Coach

Kimberly Knudson - Welcome

College Access Plan - Introduction

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get to know our teachers and staff.


Dr. Gray, Principal

Other Important Announcements

John Muir High School Technical Help Desk

With the start of the new year and working with new technology, we have experienced some technical difficulties. If you are still experiencing problems with logging into Canvas or Cisco Webex, we apologize for the frustration! We are doing everything on our end to resolve these issues. If you have not power washed your chrome book or followed the step by step instructions posted below, please do so. If these steps do not work, please complete the form by clicking on the link below. Also, please visit Ms. Issa's personal meeting room at throughout the school day and someone will assist you.

Also, students please email your teachers and let them know that you have been having technical difficulties. Be sure to CC the attendance clerk Ms. Roshawn Dobbins at Again, we do apologize for the inconvenience.

Steps for Troubleshooting:

1. Power Washing:

2. Step by Step Troubleshooting:

3. UnBlock Cookies (watch this video):

4. Clear cache and cookies (browser)

5. Help Form: Please complete if the above steps did not work:

6. Visit us in Ms. Issa's personal meeting room for assistance.

7. Call the Help Desk if your chrome book is broken/damaged

Call 626-396-3699

One of these steps should fix the problem that you are having.


Students can sign into Canvas through Clever to find their courses and virtual meeting links. Please watch the video below for instructions. Teacher's personal meeting rooms will no longer be available.

College Access Plan (CAP) Announcements

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Dr. Lawton Gray -

Mr. Ricardo Robles -


Dr. Ben Aroyan -

Dr. Nancy Heusser -

Ms. Alejandra Diaz -

Mr. Micah Williams-Brodi


Micol Issa -

Early College Magnet Coordinator:

Gretchen Pinto -

Instructional Coach:

Kim Knudson -

Athletic Director:

Dana Moore -


Sonia Villa -