The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems to Promote Learning for All


Happy Summer! I hope you are having a great break even though it is fast coming to a close. Here are some pictures of goings-on around school while you have been resting...and some news you can use...

Farewell to the 1300's

Painting Facelift--Sparta's "New Look"

New Marquee Coming in August!

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The old marquee that "died" late last year has been taken down and the base demolished to make way for a new one. A new marquee and the installation will cost approximately $35,000. Fortunately, the Chula Vista High School Foundation, under the leadership of Gary Chapman, has raised most of the money to be able to donate an electronic marquee that will be placed on the corner of 4th and K. They still need another $5,000.00 to cover installation fees. I know that many of you have been very generous in the past and I know of at least one teacher who has contributed a substantial amount of money towards purchasing the marquee. I am now appealing to all of you to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the foundation to help make the goal of totally paying for the marquee and installation. Every little bit helps. And I really believe that we can get this done by pooling our resources. I will happily accept your donation so I can acknowledge it with a letter for tax purposes. Please make checks payable to "CVHS Foundation".


Professional Development

Staff participated in the following Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Canvas Training: Live with Instructor or Challenge Course
  • PLC Planning of First Best Lesson
  • Restructuring of Courses to align to common core

Staff Changes: Goodbyes and Hellos

  • Judd Rachow applied for and accepted a teaching assignment at Otay Ranch High School. Please join me in wishing him well in his new assignment.
  • Congratulations to Becky Bravo who was appointed Assistant Principal of Activities at Southwest High School! Yes, it's a promotion! She will be missed.
  • Mary Magill will be taking another year of leave and will not be returning to Chula Vista High School. Let us wish her the best.


  • Karla Hermosillo-Alcala will be our new psychologist. She comes to us as an experienced instructional leader and psychologist from Lincoln High School (San Diego Unified). Though new to our school, she is a product of the Sweetwater District. Welcome!
  • Ana Carol Abrego has accepted a full time PE assignment with us. Please give her a warm welcome.
  • Suriya Stewart will be teaching 3-D Art for one period here. We will share her with Chula Vista Middle. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her.

Summer Bridge Art Program

Michelle Spielman and Suriya Stewart held a one week Summer Bridge Art program that honed the skills of students. Both teachers spent quality time to mentor students to become better artists. They both worked very hard to make this happen for our students. Thank you and kudos to you both!

Summer Bridge and Summer Math Bridge Programs

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Under the leadership of Becky Bravo and with assistance from Marisol Higareda, we sponsored not one, but TWO Summer Bridge programs over the break. The first Summer Bridge Program, conducted June 23-27 for about 100 students, gave incoming 9th grade students a preview of Math, Science, English, and the Spartan Values. The second Summer Bridge Program that starts today, July 14, for more than 100 students, aims to strengthen math skills in preparation for Integrated Math. I would like to thank all teachers and staff involved in these Bridge programs for taking the time to give our students a leg up for this coming school year: Patrick Mallory, Dalia Jaime, Marisa Aguilar, Trevor Neeb, Andres Bautista, Maritza Villegas, Humberto Amador, Ramon Rios, Osvaldo Banuelos, Elsa Banuelos, Jenne Fredrickson, and Julia Rios.

District Summer Fine Arts Camp

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Congratulations to Patrick Doerr for his leadership in coordinating the District Fine Arts Camp. Also involved were Debbie Nevin (Jazz Band) and Valerie Ingram (Dance). The district camp culminated in performances and a display of Art work held at our very own Performing Arts Center. Aside from our awesome staff, we were very well represented by our students. Kudos!

For The Common Good

  • Technology Update: All teachers have received new desktops. Hurray!
  • iPad Deployment: Our 9th graders will be receiving iPads on the first day of school. Alain Garnica-Mendoza will be revealing the great big deployment plan during the pre-service days.
  • Master Schedule Update: We are in the thick of registering and clearing students at this point. Counselors are also busy making changes and balancing as a result of summer school. We have had changes over the summer and those affected have been informed. By Monday, July 21, I will E-mail the master schedule to all staff. I will also E-mail staff of any available 1/6's, if there will be any.
  • Pre-Service Days: All certificated staff (teachers, counselors, nurse) will report for pre-service days on Monday, July 21, 2014 and Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A catered breakfast will be served on both days and will be available starting at 7:00 AM. All activities will PROMPTLY BEGIN at 8:00 AM and should end by 11:00 AM each day. The rest of the duty day, until 2:45, will be for lunch (30 minutes) and activities that certificated staff see fit to prepare for the schoolyear. I will be mailing a letter to all staff with more details of the pre-school days. I can't wait to see you all!

Maximizing the Rest of Your Vacation