The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning For All

Our Mission: Why We Do The Right Thing

The mission of Chula Vista High School, an academic and artistic community that celebrates its traditions, spirit, and diverse culture, is to ensure all students realize their highest aspirations through a system of learning distinguished by:

  • 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
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Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)


Monday, December 7:

8:30 Facilities Review Mtg. @ D.O.

8:30 Summer School Mtg. @ D.O.

11:00 Asst. Supt. Alvarez re: Innovative Sched. @ D.O.

3:00 A-Team

Tuesday, December 8:

8:30 Coffee With The Principal

12:00 AVID Team Mtg. @ Rm. 1807

2:50 School Site Council @ New Library

3:00 Cocoa and Cram (PLUS and mentees)

4:00 MASD Holiday Social

7:00 Orchestra Concert @ PAC

Wednesday, December 9:

8:00 Classroom Visits

8:45 Teacher mtg.

9:30 Support Staff Mtg.

1:00 Support Staff Mtg.

2:50 Faculty Meeting @ PAC*

7:00 Drama Showcase @ Little Theater

7:00 Spartan Choir

Thursday, December 10:

9:00 Administrators Mtg. @ PDC

12:00 Metro Directors Mtg. @ PDC

7:00 VMA Holiday Concert @ PAC

Friday, December 11:

7:45 Calendar

7:00 VMA Holiday Concert @ PAC

Saturday, December 12:

8:00 Saturday School


Monday, December 14: FINAL EXAMS, Periods 0, 1, 4; Minimum Day for Students

7:45 Classroom visits

Tuesday, December 15: FINAL EXAMS, Periods 0, 2, 5, 7; Minimum Day for Students

7:45 Classroom visits

Wednesday, December 16: FINAL EXAMS, Periods 3, 6, 7; Minimum Day for Students

7:45 Classroom visits

Thursday, December 17: Minimum Day for Students

7:45 Classroom visits

12:16 Staff Holiday Potluck @ Learning Lab

2:00 Grades Due

7:00 House of Guitars Concert

Friday, December 18: Minimum Day for Students; Special Assembly Schedule; GRADE Distribution

7:45 Calendar

8:32 Winter Wonderland Assembly

Monday, December 21--Friday, January 8: WINTER BREAK for STUDENTS & CERTIFICATED STAFF

Kudos, Transitions, and Thanks

  • Best wishes to our custodian, Joe Ramirez, who accepted a custodian position at San Ysidro High School. Opportunity knocked that will enable him to be closer to the school where he is pursuing further studies in technology. Remember, Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan. His last day was last Friday, December 4.
  • Congratulations to Tony Atienza whose Main Attraction performed at Balboa Park's "December Nights" last Friday and Saturday. Thousands of people braved the cold to see them perform!
  • Kudos and Congratulations to Judy Beaver and Tony Atienza. The Spartan choir, Silhouettes, and Main Attraction performed at the District Holiday Sing.
  • Kudos to Jessica Tejada for Mariachi Chula Vista's performance at the Mariachi Holiday Concert held at Southwest High School.
  • Congratulations to Patrick Doerr. Band held its holiday concert last Friday night. Kudos!
  • Congratulations to Alain Garnica-Mendoza. Chula Vista High School hosted the District Robotics Tournament in our gym last Saturday. The Chula Vista High School Robotics Team, The Spartanators, is currently in 6th place and has a very strong chance of making it to the Finals and playoffs.
  • Thank you to all those who took the time to engage in dialogue with Dr. Joe Fulcher and Dr. Mariana Gomez on student equity at the Learning Lab last Monday.
  • Kudos to Marisol Higareda, Karla Ybanez, and Rosalinda Macias for a very well-attended and successful end of the year holiday ELAC meeting held at the Learning Lab. Many thanks to Elsa Banuelos and Jenne Fredericksen for their support! Aside from food (potluck) and incentives (prizes donated by local businesses), babysitting was also offered to ensure great attendance.
  • Kudos to Tino Batista for coordinating the Junior Parent Meeting held at the PAC last week. He had to repeat his presentation two days in a row--special for parents who also came the next night. Many thanks to Hilda Bender and Charles Batchman for their support by also coming in two nights in a row. Thank you to Jessica Marshall and Alain Garnica-Mendoza for coming the first night.

English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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Main Attraction at December Nights

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The Main Attraction performed for this big crowd Friday and Saturday at Balboa Park in celebration of "December Nights". Pictures courtesy of Tony Atienza.

Innovative Schedule Information Corner

  • On November 30, Hilda Bender, Debbie Nevin, and I met with Superintendent Janney and District representatives to talk about the details of our innovative schedule. We discussed the additional cost in FTE's and facilities that implementing this schedule will entail. Hilda, Debbie, and I are rechecking our computations for FTE's and facilities needs, just to make sure. Follow-up meetings are scheduled with Asst. Superintendent Aguirre (facilities) and Karl Bradley, Asst. Superintendent Alvarez, and Chief Finance Officer Michel.

  • Thank you for turning in Course Proposal Forms to me. I will be reviewing them this week and may ask to meet with you (the proposer) if I have follow-up questions. Course proposal forms are due to the district on December 14. Please note that turning in a course proposal does not guarantee approval of the proposed course.

Walkthrough Feedback & Focus

To help us understand how the first best lesson unfolds, as evidenced by your PLC planning, the Assistant Principals and I will choose to walkthrough the same teacher's class at the same period for a week. This will mean that at a maximum, each administrator will visit the same five classrooms for a week to see how the first best lesson unfolds.

As we walk through this week, we will be looking for the following evidence of PLC planning of the first best lesson:

  • What is the DLT and how does my agenda or class activity support its completion/mastery?
  • How am I developing creating opportunities for structured student interaction?
  • How have I planned for possible misconceptions?
  • How am I scaffolding for English Learners and/or Students With Disabilities?
  • How am I grouping my students so that they are helping each other reach their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as they collaborate?

Faculty Meeting: December 9, 2015

Please check your E-mail on the agenda for the Faculty Meeting this Wednesday, December 9, starting at 2:50 PM in the PAC.

Final Examinations

Mr. Joe Lara has E-mailed everyone the information for Final Examinations. I have an expectation that Finals will be given--whether it be in the form of a project presentation, oral examinations, or paper and pencil assessment. The purpose is to gauge students' mastery of the [essential] skills that you have been helping them master all semester. This is your opportunity to design a Final Exam that, in your opinion, truly reflects an assessment of what has been taught. I also have an expectation that a common Final Exam will be given, which will allow your PLC to discuss results and continue common planning. Please give my office a copy of your course-alike Final Exam. Thank you for keeping the integrity of Finals week.

Thursday, December 17, will be a minimum day for students. We will have a special Minimum Day Schedule that will have lunch at the end of the school day to allow for our Staff Holiday Potluck. Grades will be due at 2:00 PM--no later! Our Registrar, Margaret Villaneuva, has to prep them by making sure grades are turned in for every student.

The minimum day time Thursday and Friday may also be used to complete the other required training--Preventing Sexual Misconduct. A link has been E-mail to each of us by JPA. See the section on "For The Common Good."

From The Scroogette

I am stating this early so there is no misunderstanding...
  • Final Exams must be administered during designated Finals Days. I want to reiterate that no students should be getting free time or studying for other finals on these days. There is not enough time!
  • Final Exam and End of Semester Minimum Days are for students, not staff. During these days, all staff are expected to stay their normal duty day (7:20-2:45--you will need to adjust if you have Period 0 or 7 as part of your duty day). Classified Staff and Administrators are expected to do the same. Exams can be graded, grades can be entered and finalized, classrooms can be organized in preparation for second semester, PLC or department meetings can be held to plan for the next semester or take care of department business--just a few examples of what can be accomplished during this time with no students.
  • Thursday and Friday are instructional days. No parties, celebrations, or food of any kind in the classrooms. There is a lot to cover, review, and reteach. A preview of the second semester can be given to students if review is finished.

There, I've said it. Bah, humbug!

For The Common Good

  • JPA TRAINING (REQUIRED): This is the second online training that was E-mailed to all of us sometime in August. This takes a longer time to complete and is due December 18 (the last day of the semester). You may use the time during minimum days for students to complete this training. Here is the link (in case you accidentally deleted yours...)

  • SAFETY CORNER: If you have any concerns about a safety hazard in your work area or anywhere on campus as a result of facilities or furniture, please let our Safety Officer, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, know either by E-mail or by personally telling him. Thank you for your help! As a result of staff member concerns that have been expressed, a table at the staff lounge was replaced and we are scheduling a meeting with the Director of Food Services due to the congestion where the grilling area has been placed.

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