The Spartan Standard
Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning For All
Our Mission: Why We Do The Right Thing
- 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
Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)
Monday, May 25: MEMORIAL DAY
HOLIDAY: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 26: Seniors Final Exam
7:30 Classroom Visits
11:30 Parent Mtg.
3:00 Teacher Mtg.
Wednesday, May 27:
7:30 Parent Mtg.
8:45 Teacher Mtg.
10:00 Teacher Mtg.
11:00 Teacher Mtg.
12:45 Teacher Mtg.
1:15 Teacher Mtg.
3:30 Asst. Principals & Counselors
6:00 All School Awards Assembly @ Gym
Thursday, May 28: Special Schedule
7:15 Parent Mtg.
7:30 Parent Mtg.
8:00 Teacher & Asst. Principal Mtg.
9:00 Cap and Gown Assembly @ Gym
11:00 Parent Mtg.
11:30 Teacher Mtg.
2:00 Parent Mtg.
2:30 Parent Mtg.
3:00 Parent Mtg.
5:00 Filipino School
6:30 Senior Banquet @ Gym
9:00 Bus Check-in for Grad Nite
10:00 Teacher Mtg.
12:00 Teacher Mtg.
1:00 H. Bender
Saturday, May 30:
8:00 [LAST] Saturday School
WEEK NINETEEN: FINALS WEEK
Monday, June 1: FINAL EXAMS Periods 0, 1, 4; Minimum Day for Students
1:00 Graduation Practice
5:30 Artissimo Awards @ Marina Village
Tuesday, June 2: FINAL EXAMS Periods 0, 2, 5, 7; Minimum Day for Students
Peralta out from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 Mariachi Parent Meeting
Wednesday, June 3: FINAL EXAMS Periods 3, 6, 7; Minimum Day for Students; Graduation Day
6:00 Graduation @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Thursday, June 4: Grades Due
10:00 Grades Due
11:00 15-16 Calendar Meeting @ Learning Lab
3:30 Retirees Reception at the Galley
5:15 Retirement Party for Jaye Leigh @ El Torito Plaza Bonita
Friday,June 5: Report Card Distribution Period 4; End of Semester; Last Day of School; Minimum Day for Students; Check Out Forms and keys due to A. Guzman
SUMMER BREAK for Teachers: June 8-July 19
SUMMER BREAK for Counselors: June 8-July 9
SUMMER BREAK for Asst. Principals: June 19-July 12
ADULT SCHOOL for Non-Grads: Begins June 8
SUMMER SCHOOL: Begins June 15
CVHS SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM (For incoming 9th graders): June 8-12
Kudos, Thanks, and Transitions
- Please join me in wishing Sandy Harrington, our Learning Center Coordinator, the best yet to come. She has decided to retire at the end of the school year. Like our six (6) other "graduates", she will be missed, but "Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan!"
- Congratulations to Coach Joey Espinoza. The Boys Volleyball Team reached the CIF FInals for Boys Volleyball. Though they lost, the boys played hard and represented Sparta well.
Congratulations! Diane Kulhanek, sponsored by VFW and Auxiliary 5867 (Carter Smith,) won the National Smart/Mahr Veteran of Foreign Wars National Teacher Award at the high school level. Ms. Kulhanek has been named best in the nation! Kudos!
It was a beautiful dedication ceremony in which the Educational Foundation turned over the marquee to our school. Many thanks to the Foundation, led by former principal Gary Chapman. A very big thank you to Marcia Bristol who coordinated the dedication reception; John McCourt who handled sound; Garry Cabogason who handled set-up; Patrick Doerr who brought the band to play; and Belinda Elizondo and Araceli Guzman who took care of the invitations. Many thanks to the following staff who were there--Marcia Bristol, John McCourt, Patrick Doerr, Garry Cabogason, James Love, Sharon Maley, David Hatz, Stephen Rodecker, and Roberto Gonzalez. A very big thank you to Stephen Rodecker and David Hatz for their very generous contribution to the marquee project. Yes, the marquee is up and running! It is beautiful!
Kudos to Jaye Leigh, Hilda Bender, and Alain Garnica-Mendoza for their coordination of the different testing--CAHSEE, AP, and SBAC--the month of May.
Kudos to Jaye Leigh and Georgina Bidwell for coordinating the Most Improved Assembly early this May. About 80 students nominated by teachers were honored.
Congratulations to the following teachers for holding successful and well-attended Spring/End of the Year concerts/shows/senior showcase in the last two weeks: Tony Atienza (Vocal Music Program); Valerie Ingram, Marla Navarette, and Sonia Jaime (Dance); Dr. Conrad Bruderer (Orchestra); Jessica Tejada (Mariachi); and Eduardo Romero (Ballet Folklorico).
Kudos to Clint McDonald for a superb CSF Banquet held at the Bali Hai. The CSF seniors also honored Gavin Ching and Patrick Mallory. Congratulations! Special thanks to Alejandro Ochoa, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, and Gavi Hollins for also being there to celebrate the students.
Kudos to the AVID Team--Leticia Tena-Sprague, Diana Carrillo, and Christy Araki-- for a wonderful first ever AVID Seniors Celebration! Through the leadership and encouragement of the AVID teachers, the underclassmen showed leadership and planned and executed a memorable event honoring the seniors enrolled in AVID. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following teachers who will be leading and teaching this year's District Summer Arts Camp: Patrick Doerr, Overall Camp Coordinator; Debbie Nevin, Band; Tony Atienza, Choir; Suriya Stewart, Art; and Valerie Ingram, Dance. Students attending this camp will be performing at the PAC on June 27 at 2:00 PM.
Prom was a beautiful event. Congratulations to Patrick Mallory and the Senior Class and DiAnne Cabe and the ASB for making it a Perfect 10 affair! Many thanks to the following who visited/supervised: Dalia Jaime, Dawn Arriola, Patrick Mallory, Marla Navarette, David Hatz, Libby Stewart, James Love, Marisol Higareda, Emily Allison, Hilda Bender, Jaye Leigh, DiAnne Cabe, and Alain Garnica-Mendoza. Kudos!
Congratulations to Jaye Leigh for pulling off her [last] All-School Awards Assembly which was very well-attended. Thank you Georgina Bidwell for creating the program and sorting through all the awards. Thank you to Monica Perez,Maggie Padilla, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, Hilda Bender, Jeff Williams, Valerie Ingram, Dr. Conrad Bruderer, Sylvia Ramirez, Sharon Maley, Michelle Spielman, Linda Scott, Luis Rodriguez, Stephen Streifer, and Souad Beaulieu for presenting awards.
The Senior Awards Assembly was very successful this year. Congratulations to the Counselors--led by Jennette Duarte, Scholarship Counselor--for helping seniors get awarded almost 5 million dollars in grants and scholarships! Many thanks to the staff who helped organize, supervise, and were on hand to award scholarships: Clint McDonald, Sharon Maley, Gavi Hollins, Stephen Rodecker, Christy Araki, Nancy Penuelas, Sarah Devore, Diana Carrillo, Maggie Padilla, Hilda Bender, Jaye Leigh, Monica Perez, DiAnne Cabe, Sharon Maley, Dr. Conrad Bruderer, Michelle Spielman, and David Hatz.
The seniors all came back! And like many previous years, Grad Nite went without incident. Many thanks and kudos to the following for helping with Grad Nite: Alethia Morales, Greg Simpson (and his wife), Matt Asano, Suriya Stewart, Louis Pietroforte, Lisa Gonzalez, Dalia Jaime, Maritza Villegas, Beatriz Bey, Krista Aziz, Lindsee Tauck, Sarai Puga (and three guests), and Martha Flores.
From the Grouch(ette)
There will be NO class parties this week. Teaching and learning need to be our continuing foci. Need suggestions on what to do after Finals are over? Check out the section on "End of Year Ideas" at the bottom of this newsletter.
The following are expected this week as the assistant principals and I visit classrooms:
- Final Exams--either district/teacher-created pencil-paper; district/teacher created iPad; student presentations; oral examinations (especially with World Languages)
- Review of Finals most-missed items on Thursday, June 4
- Student/teacher reflection on course
- If you really need to show a film after Final exams are over, the film SHOULD be related to the course of study. Please check the list of approved films for your subject area. "R"-rated films require parent permission and justification.
Seniors Win Powder Puff Showdown
For The Common Good
- SENIOR GRADES: All grades for seniors should have been inputted in PowerSchools last Friday, May 29 at 3:00 PM. If you have not, you have until the time an assistant principal visits you and watches you input grades right then and there. We must run transcripts to make sure that ALL seniors graduating have met all their requirements. I am hoping for great news that all senior grades are in when I check Monday morning.
- UNDERCLASSMEN GRADES: Please note that report card distribution will be Friday, June 5 during 4th period. Grades are due in PowerSchool on June 4 by 10:00 AM. Margaret Villanueva, our Registrar, will need the time to ensure that all students have been assigned grades before she gives IT the go-signal to print. This year, IT said that the latest time they will accept report card printing orders will be at 4:00 PM on June 4. We are not the only school asking for report cards on Friday. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.
- SENIOR TEACHERS ASSISTANCE: Unless you have spoken to me, all senior teachers are expected to assist Mr. House in the Library--he does need A LOT of help. I have E-mailed all affected teachers the schedule. If you will have a substitute, please make sure you mention this in your sub plans.
- END OF YEAR CHECK OUT PAPERWORK: Araceli Guzman will be placing check out paperwork in your mailboxes (if she has not done so). Please complete the paperwork and turn this in, together with your keys, to Araceli Guzman by 2:45 PM on Friday, June 5. Please note that Friday is a minimum day for students.
- RETIREES RECEPTION: Mark your calendars--June 4 at 3:30, we will honor all staff retiring or leaving at the Galley on J St. Marina. Ms. Emily Allison, Social Committee Chair, will be E-mailing you all the details.
- JAYE LEIGH'S RETIREMENT PARTY: And we can continue to party at 5:15 PM on June 4 at El Torito on Plaza Bonita to celebrate Jaye Leigh's retirement.
- MASTER SCHEDULE: You have all seen the first draft of the schedule. As adjustments are made, I will be speaking with teachers affected. Your understanding, professionalism, and spirit of finding solutions will be appreciated.
- PATIENCE: We all need it this time of the year.