Grizzly Community Update

Friday, September 16, 2022

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Good afternoon Grizzlies,

We are at the end of another action packed week here at the Den, and fortunately we had some cool weather to support all of our activities. Monday night we had a great PTSA meeting that was highlighted by our Athletic Director, Mr. Ross, who spoke about all things athletics including physicals, athletic clearance procedures, schedules, and transportation.

Tuesday night we hosted our first CHP Start Smart assembly of the year. Students and families must participate in one of the Start Smart assemblies for students to be eligible for a parking pass on campus.

Wednesday we conducted our first School Site Council Meeting of the year. School Site Council is one of my favorite groups on campus because we are made up of staff, students, and families and we are all able to give input on the goals and direction of our school. Though School Site Council members are elected, any an all community members are welcome to attend.

Thursday we were able to recognize 12 students (pictured and listed below) who were named semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Thursday and Friday during lunch we hosted our annual club fair, where each of our clubs on campus had the opportunity to showcase their club and recruit new members. The club fair creates a huge buzz on campus and we see some of the passions and creativity of our students.

Next week we have several important events. First, is Hello Week. The focus of the week is to celebrate the importance of trusted adults and Upstanders in our community. Second, is Banned Book Week, which is celebrated nationwide in September.

Speaking of celebrations, September is also National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). This is a month to celebrate and learn about the diversity of Hispanic and Latina/e/o/x experiences and cultures in America. There will be activities on campus to support each event!

I put together a survey to get input from families on your experience at California High School. I only have 21 responses at this point and would love to gather more data to help develop a community driven vision for our school. Please take a few minutes if you can to share your thoughts. Thank you to the families that have done so already.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Mr. Ball

One more request for parent voices!

As a school and a district, we want to work with you in order to most effectively support your student and all students. To do so we need to hear every perspective and, collectively, identify what is most important to our community.

A Thought Exchange survey was sent out by our district communications team earlier this week. I’d like to encourage you to participate. This is an opportunity for you to voice the ideas, strategies, and thoughts that are most important to you. The information gathered in the Exchange will help focus our work and inform future decisions. Outcomes of the Exchange will be shared with all parents/caregivers.

In the Exchange you are asked to rate the thoughts of others (at least 30 is ideal) and add thoughts of your own if you don’t see them already represented. If you strongly agree with a thought, give it a “5”. If you strongly disagree with a thought, give it a “1”.

Click Here to participate

The deadline to respond has been extended to Wednesday, September 21st at midnight.

Your voice matters!

Sports Psychology Intern

We are excited to have a new member of the Grizzly team. In partnership with Discovery Counseling Center and JFK University, each high school in the district has a sports psychology inter that will be providing support to our athletic program. If your student-athlete needs specific support, please feel free to reach out to our intern, Maite Reece:; 925-837-0505 ext. 418

Views from the Den

2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalists

Congratulations to:

Mihir Aggarwal

Pranav Akella

Mihir Arya

Ridhi Goyal

Kian Kasad

Spandan Kottakota

Harshitha Palacharla

Ronit Parkash

Sriram Rajagopal

Ethan Shin

Andrew Xiong

Viraj Yadav

These 12 Grizzlies were named Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Students earn this honor by the scores they earn on the PSAT/NMSQT. 16,000 semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent 1% of each state's high school seniors. Congratulations to our Grizzlies for this amazing achievement!

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Club Fair

These are just a few images of 100+ clubs that were hard at work recruiting new members on Thursday and Friday during lunches.
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Women's Volleyball & Men's Waterpolo @ SRV

It was exciting to see Women's Volleyball & Men's Waterpolo take on SRVHS in some very competitive matches this week!
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Important Dates

Thursday, September 22: Make up Picture Day

Principal Town Hall, 6-7pm,

Meeting ID: 869 3767 0575

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