Grizzly Community Update

Friday, September 23, 2022

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Good afternoon Grizzlies,

This week we had three important events on campus. It was Hello Week. Hello Week celebrates the importance of trusted adults and Upstanders in our community.

Our teacher librarians led us through Banned Book Week, which is celebrated nationwide in September.

We also began celebrating National Latin Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by highlighting the diversity of Hispanic and Latina/e/o/x experiences and cultures in America.

Thursday I met with members of the City of San Ramon to review their recommendations from our traffic pattern evaluation a couple of weeks ago. They made four recommendations to help us relieve some of our traffic congestion challenges, including opening up the horseshoe in front of the admin building and having students utilize more of the crosswalks on Broadmoor, among a few more things. We will begin providing more details once we put some visuals together. We anticipate implementing those recommendations on Monday, October 3.

Last night we conducted our second town hall meeting of the school year via Zoom. Please see the recording below. I hope you will be able to join us for our next on Thursday, October 22, 6-7 pm on Zoom as well. (, Meeting ID: 897 1974 5533)

Our community survey is still open. As of today, we have 71 responses and it is great to learn about the variety of experiences from the California High School community. Our admin team is in the process of reviewing the data to help us determine how we make our community vision become a reality. Thank you to the families that have done so already.

Next week is a short week as students have both Monday and Tuesday off. Please have a safe and enjoyable long weekend. We'll see students back on campus on Wednesday, September 28!


Mr. Ball

September 22, 2022 Town Hall Meeting

We address how things are going on campus since the last meeting on August 22, 2022, including parent survey results, homecoming, traffic/safety, lunch, CHS website, new teacher, lockers, and much more.
9/22/22 CHS TownHall

Alarming Rainbow Fentanyl Trend

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Department of Education are advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

If you have concerns about this issue, please contact SRPD dispatch (925-973-2700) or in an emergency call 911.

1st Quarter Progress Grades

1st Quarter progress grades are now visible in the parent portal.

Here is how you access the parent portal:

Go to the CHS home page, click on IC Portal at the top

Sign in on Campus Parent Portal

Click on the three lines in the top left corner

Click on "Documents"

Under Report Card you will see "Portal 1st Progress Grade Report"

If you have questions or need support you can contact our Counseling support tech, Dina Varvitsiotes

Views from the Den

Hello Week

Our Sandy Hook Promise Club students did an outstanding job of promoting building connections and highlighting the importance of having trusted adults on campus and Upstanders. They handed out name tags as a way to aid in meeting new students.
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Banned Book Week

Follow our library on Instagram and Twitter @CHSLibrary6 to see their most recent posts on Banned Book Week!
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Brain analysis

Mrs. Anderson conducted a lecture on the brain and how different parts of the brain control different parts of the body.
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Arabic Dance Presentation

I was able to check out one of Mr. Anderson's student group cultural presentations. This group, who presented on Arabic Dance, went above and beyond the requirements and performed their own dance!
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Chemical & Physical Changes Lab

I had the opportunity to check out this chemistry lab in Mr. Foster's honors chemistry class in which students conducted a variety of experiments to analyze physical and chemical changes.
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World Geography - Island Creation

Mr. Westmoreland's world geography students we charged with creating their own islands and creating their own maps with specific features. One group took it to the next level and used graphic design software to help!
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Students are working hard to create bowls and mugs.
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Bear Facts

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Important Dates

Monday, September 26: School Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 27: Floating Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 7: Homecoming Parade (Minimum Day)

Saturday, October 8: Homecoming Dance, 7-10pm

Saturday/Sunday, October 8/9: San Ramon Run for Education

Monday, October 10: October PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, October 11: Fall Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, October 12: SAT - 12th grade Only

Thursday, October 13: Fall Band Concert