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

Something to Think About

"We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage." --Theodore Roosevelt

Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)





7:15 Light Breakfast (Optional)

8:00 Staff Meeting @ PAC

8:30 Professional Development @ Rooms TBD

9:50-11:00 Department Meetings/PLC Meetings

10:30-11:00 9th Grade Eng./Soc. Science Meeting re: Student-Led Conferences

11:00 Lunch (on your own)

11:30-2:45 Classroom preparation time

Tuesday, January 12: Second Semester Begins; Students Return to School

7:45 Classroom Visits

Wednesday, January 13:

7:45 Classroom Visits

9:30 Staff Meeting @ Parent Center

2:00 Staff Meeting @ Office

2:50 FAC Mtg. @ New Library

Thursday, January 14:

7:45 Classroom Visits

12:39 Dept. Chair Mtg. @ Learning Lab

Friday, January 15:

7:45 Calendar

8:00 ELA Cohort @ PDC

1:00 Classroom Visits


Monday, January 18:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

HOLIDAY: No School

Tuesday, January 19:

7:30 Elective Fair

8:30 Coffee with the Principal

2:50 SSC @ New Library

6:00 ELAC @ Learning Lab

Wednesday, January 20:

7:45 Classroom Visits

2:50 Faculty Mtg. @ PAC

6:30 Boys Basketball @ SYHS

Thursday, January 21:

9:00 Principal Mtg. @ PDC

12:00 Metro Directors Mtg. @ PDC

Friday, January 22:

7:45 Calendar

1:00 Classroom Visits

Saturday, January 23:

8:00 Saturday School

Professional Development Day: January 11, 2016

All Certificated Staff return to duty on Monday, January 11, 2016. What is the plan?

  • Please bring your iPad.
  • If you want to partake of a light breakfast provided, please come to the PAC starting at 7:15 AM. Coffee and Danish will be served. There will be no food or drinks inside the theater. Please consume your light breakfast in the lobby.
  • An agenda with specific room assignments and tasks will be distributed.
  • At exactly 8:00 AM, we will begin. We will all be engaged in staff meetings and Professional Development. I will be making a short presentation to staff.
  • At around 8:30 AM, we will go to our breakout rooms and then proceed to engage in Professional Development that will center around "Attacking The Prompt." The Instructional and Blended Learning Coaches will be facilitating this. PLC's will develop a common lesson to help students master this skill. A date to teach the lesson will be E-mailed to me. I will publish all the dates to the staff so that those interested in observing any of these lessons will be able to do so. Teachers who observe other teachers teach their "attacking the prompt" lesson during their prep will be paid for their time. As is common practice, PLC minutes and products should be uploaded to CANVAS.
  • At around 9:50 AM, departments/PLC's will meet. For Department meetings, Department Chairs will create the agenda and turn in minutes of discussion. PLC work should also be noted and minutes uploaded to CANVAS. PLC discussions and activities may include: planning lessons based on Final Exam results analysis, continuing lesson planning for Attacking the Prompt, Lesson Study. Department/PLC meetings must end by 11:00 AM.
  • Ninth Grade teachers in English and Social Science will be meeting in the New Library to touch base on the upcoming Student-Led Conference. Mr. Joe Lara will facilitate this meeting.
  • Lunch will be on your own from 11:00-11:30 AM.
  • Preparation time will be from 11:30 AM to 2:45 PM.
  • Administrators will be out and about in case you have questions.

Remember to bring your iPad.

Kudos, Transitions, and Thanks

  • I would like to thank everyone for keeping the integrity of Final Exam week.
  • Many, many thanks to all who partook, contributed, and enjoyed the Holiday Staff Luncheon! Special thanks to Marcia Bristol who turned the Learning Lab into a most elegant place to dine and for mapping out where everything went! Big thank you also goes to Garry Cabogason and the custodial staff for their assistance with set-up and Luz Avila for help with the hams. It was great to see staff enjoy each other's company as we neared the end of the first semester.
  • It was a great Winter Wonderland Assembly. Kudos to DiAnne Cabe and Debbie Nevin for their coordination. Tony Atienza did the emceeing honors--thank you! Thank you to all teachers who brought their students. Kudos to Jeff Williams, Tony Atienza, Lucas Dominguez, Linda Scott, Jessica Tejada, Eduardo Romero, Marla Navarrete, Valerie Ingram, Sonja Jaime, Dr. Conrad Bruderer, Patrick Doerr, and Judy Beaver.
  • Kudos to our Parent Liaison, Rosalinda Macias, for soliciting donations, and organizing bags of goodies for our neediest families. Thank you to all who contributed.
  • Best wishes to Louis Marrone who accepted a teaching position at Alta Vista Academy. He moved to his new assignment January 5. Remember, Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan.
  • Please give a warm Spartan family welcome to our new English teacher, Jonathan Tostado.
  • Welcome our new custodian, Raul Alvidrez, to the Chula Vista High family! He started with us over the Winter Break.

First Day Procedures

The procedures for first day second semester are not much different from first semester. Students will receive their locator cards from their zero period (if they have one) or first period class teacher. Lists will be posted all over campus to let students know where to go for first (or zero) period. Students with no locator cards should be directed to go to the gym. Please make sure, especially for the first several days, that students in your classes are enrolled in your class by checking locator cards.

Walkthrough Feedback & Focus

As we walk through this week, we will be looking for the following:

  • How am I building on skills learned first semester to help students be successful second semester?
  • How am I conveying, with clarity, the purpose of the day's lesson, how the day's agenda supports its completion, and the evidence that students need to show for 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?

For The Common Good

  • COMMUNICATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE: The administrators are here to serve and support you. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to see or E-mail us. Please know that we also appreciate feedback, follow-up, and proposed solutions to concerns. If you do not hear from us, it is truly okay to keep us honest by following up on things we promised we would do for you. This encompasses feedback from referrals, information about students, and the like. We will be honest if we cannot share confidential information and we will appreciate your understanding. Please know that we would rather hear directly from you about your concern than hear about it from another source. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL 2016: Summer School will be here at Chula Vista High School. In a few short weeks, preparations will be under way. I hope that you join the CVHS team in creating a meaningful summer program for our students and the students in our neighboring schools--Castle Park High School and Hilltop High School. Please know that in the midst of registering our students for next schoolyear, our counselors are also enrolling our students for summer school to ensure that they will be on track for graduation. More detailed information will follow as the semester progresses.
  • CLASSIFIED ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC): I will be "resurrecting" the Classified Advisory Committee (CAC) effective second semester. This group of Classified staff representatives from Office Technical, Custodial, Instructional Assistants, Cafeteria, and Campus Assistants will meet with me or my designee bi-monthly to identify and address concerns that hinder efficient and outstanding customer services to our constituents and community. I will be requesting each classified group (Office Technical, Custodial, Instructional Assistants, Cafeteria, and Campus Assistants) to choose a representative to attend these meetings (they will be during the duty day). Please E-mail me your representative by Tuesday, January 19. Representatives will be responsible for getting their constituents' feedback/concerns/solutions, giving input on meeting agenda, and disseminating information discussed at the meetings.
  • 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. On another note, thank you for your participation in our last drill. Feedback (areas of strength and areas for improvement) will be sent on a separate E-mail.


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