Gladiator Weekly Jan 23, 2022
Principal's letter for parents and caregivers
21st week of school; Last Week for AUSD Student and Family Survey, Coffee with the Principal Jan 27
Good evening Gladiators,
We are slowly emerging from the waves of the Omicron surge here at Gladstone. Fewer positive cases were identified from last week's testing. Phone calls home demonstrate
that the community is staying safe and keeping symptomatic students home to get healthy before returning to school. Athletic teams were back in action this week after a 2 week hiatus due to isolation and quarantining protocols. Staff members who were out with Covid have returned following the protocols for isolation and quarantining periods. We should still remain safe, so please continue to be safe at home and monitor students for symptoms. We are still sending home notices to families and students when we identify positive cases who were in classes on campus.
Covid Home Testing Reporting
As a reminder, please report any positive results obtained for GHS students with antigen tests that do not show up in our school based testing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid Safety Last Week
Gladstone continues to Covid test athletes, employees, and students on demand. We are also routine testing for all unvaccinated employees at GHS. Last week at GHS we tested 94 individuals with on site PCR tests. 78 tests were released so far with 7 positive test results. The numbers have dropped from the week before.
This week, in LA County, the 7 day positivity rate is approximately 17.6%. Last week, the 7 day rate was 20.8%. Overall, the case numbers still seem high, but the county is testing over 230,000 people a day for Covid-19, almost 100,000 more tests a day than the average during the fall of 2021.
AUSD Family Survey Update!
To date, we have had 111 families complete the survey. Let's finish this week strong. Gladstone's opinions about our school still matter in terms of building and developing programs and improving our level of service to your students.
Please take the survey at this link:
The deadline to complete the survey this year is January 28, 2022.
Think Together Program Updates
Please see the flyers for driver's ed and food handlers certification that will start this month! Both are free. Spaces are limited.
Think Together has put together this awesome resource for students looking for scholarships in January!
Wellbeing Center Returning
Our partnership with LA County Department of Health will start back up this semester with health educators on site Mondays and Tuesdays to help students with social-emotional health questions, reproductive health, or other health related topics that students might have.
School Reorganization Update
The school board met on January 18th and voted to change the mascot at Azusa High School. I have accepted the responsibility for overseeing the transition to one high school, and will be the principal at Azusa High School next year (22-23). For the remainder of this school year, I will work with teachers, classified staff, students, parents, and community members from both schools to plan for a successful transition. My last day at Gladstone will be January 31, 2022.
As my letter from Jan 21, 2022 stated, Mr. Sam Perdomo from Foothill MS will be the principal for the remainder of time that Gladstone is a high school. He will be assisted by Mr. Oyama, and Mrs. Zimmer as assistant principals.
Thank you and be well.