Happy Friday Cougar Families!
It has been great to welcome our Cougars back to campus this week. It is always a fun week full of good energy with the students so excited to see each other after a two week break.
Testing season is upon us and we began this week with our Smarter Balanced English Language Arts exam this week. I would like to thank our 11 grade students and teachers for their efforts this week. Performing well on the SBAC provides both benefits to the school and the students. Next week the SBAC continues with our Science test on Tuesday (4/18) and the Math Test Wed-Fri (4/19 - 4/21). Please encourage your 11th grade students to do their best!
Update on Parking/Drop Off for the remainder of the school year:
We have seen an increase in drivers who are permitted to park in the front lot (i.e. new student drivers who have attended Start Smart). Because of this, we are now opening the back lot for student parking between 9:35 and 11:40am on M,T, Th, and F (11:15 - 12:40 on Wednesday). This means parents who are dropping off students during this time frame will be directed to the back as well. As always, please follow all directions of our Campus Security Officers
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This is Assistant Principal week and I want to take a moment to thank our leadership team for their tireless effort and many hours that they dedicate to make Steele Canyon a great place to learn and work. I am extremely proud of our leadership team and appreciate the value they bring individually and collectively. Please take a moment to thank our assistant principals if you get the opportunity.
Thank you and have an awesome weekend
- April 17th - 21st: Earth Week
- Wednesday, April 19th: School Site Council @ 3:45pm
- Wednesday, April 19th: Special Governing Board Meeting @ 4:30pm
- April 20, 21, 24th: ELPAC Testing
- Thursday, April 20th: Spring Fling for New Cougars & Art Show in the Library
- Friday, April 21st: Battle of the Bands @ 7pm
- Tuesday, April 25th: Coffee with the Principal @ 8:30am
- Wednesday, April 26th: Virtual Coffee with the Principal @ 5pm
- Wednesday, April 26th: Start Smart @ 6pm
- Thursday, April 27th: Band Pops Concert - Anime in Concert @ 7pm
Math SBAC Testing Support
Next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (4/19-4/21) our SCHS juniors will be taking the math portion of the SBAC test in their math (and history) classes. For students not currently enrolled in math, SBAC prep materials are available to access here:
Encourage your child to log in and complete the practice review assignments so they can do their best on the test!
Volunteer Interview Panel Member
We are reaching out to see if you would be interested in being a volunteer panel member for our Senior Interviews that will be conducted on May 16th, May 17th and May 18th. It is a great opportunity for community members to see the AMAZING achievements and growth that our Steele Canyon students have accomplished. It is also a great opportunity for parents of future seniors to experience the Senior Interview process and give feedback to their students.
We will be holding the Senior Interviews on Tuesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 18th from 2:00pm -3:30pm and on Wednesday, May 17th in the morning from 8:15am-9:45am. You can sign up to volunteer for individual days or multiple days, whatever fits in to your schedule. We are excited to have as many parents and community members participate as possible!
Taste of the Town - Planning/Informational Meeting
SCHS’s 9th Annual Taste of the Town fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2023. This fundraiser is being co-hosted by SCHS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Athletic Boosters and the Class of 2024, who will share the proceeds equally to support their program and activities.
Our next planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm in room K105. We will discuss our planning timeline and create sub-committees with related tasks. As this will be the first Taste of the Town event since 2019, we are hoping to make it a night to remember! With a variety of tasks and skills needed to ensure a successful event, we will need several volunteers with a wide range of strengths from securing donations and sponsorships to creating enticing raffle baskets to be auctioned, as well as set up and clean up crews. Please join us next Tuesday night to learn how you can contribute!
ASB Applications for 2023-2024
ASB Applications are open from April 17 - May 4.
There are three parts to the ASB Application:
PART#1: fill out the "INTEREST IN ASB" form located on the ASB website starting Monday.
PART#2: "WRITTEN RESPONSE" (Once you complete PART #1, a code will be provided to join a Google Classroom to complete part 2 of the application)
PART#3: STAFF RECOMMENDATION (you will need two recommendations. More information will be provided when you join Google Classroom)
The ASB website (the page will be active starting Monday.
Celebrate Earth Week with Save the Planet Club Monday April 17 through Friday April 21. Back by popular demand, they will have crochet plushies for sale at lunch in the quad until they sell out. They will also host a bake sale in front of the school starting at 8:30 AM on Wednesday April 19. All proceeds from both sales will be donated to Farm Animal Refuge in Campo. Save the Planet Club will also host a recycled craft workshop in F201 during lunch on Thursday where you can learn how to up-cycle common household items into lovable critters. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up for Threatened Animal Thursday (animal prints, critter prints, anything animal) and Blue Out Friday. Be sure to check the Save the Planet Club Instagram @schssavetheplanetclub throughout the week for daily informative posts pertaining to various aspects of saving the planet!
Monday-Friday at lunch - while supplies last
Sports, Sports, and More Sports
Red is away, blue is home! Rah Rah Cougars!
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
San Diego Humane Society
Abundant youth opportunities for all ages to volunteer at events or download
packets of enrichment activities to log and earn hours for school.
Contact: Youth Service Opportunities email: email@example.com.
San Diego Food Bank
Only children ages 11 and older can volunteer, and all children ages 11 to 15 MUST
be accompanied by 1 adult for every 4 children volunteering.
They are able to sign off on any hour’s sheets you provide them for school, clubs,
Contact: Paola Mendoza, Volunteer Scheduling Coordinator 858-863-5121 or
Feeding America San Diego
Youth opportunities in the Distribution Center, reclamation, food sorting and
labeling, etc. They provide a volunteer service hour’s log which can be used as
verification of service hours for school, clubs or churches.
Volunteers must be at least age 6 years or older. Children ages 6–16 require
supervision by a parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring in a
signed volunteer waiver.
If you are volunteering for school hours you will need to sign up for any designated
project. Please email the Volunteer Department at least three days in advance of
your shift if documentation of your hours will be required. They provide a volunteer
service hour log which can be used as verification of service hours for schools, clubs
The Surfrider Foundation San Diego
All of the beach cleanups are open to the general public and do not require any
registration or orientation. They typically run on Saturdays from 9am-11am, see
Events Calendar for beach clean-up dates. Just arrive at the blue Surfrider tent to
sign our volunteer waiver and grab supplies.
If you are under 18 years of age, please bring a parent/guardian or bring a signed
waiver with you.
At the event they are able to sign off on any hour’s sheets you provide them for
school, clubs, etc.
Contact: Roberta Reilly, Beach Cleanup Coordinator. Phone: 978-382-1806 email:
I Love a Clean San Diego
Community Cleanups: They require a waiver signed by a parent or guardian if you
are under 18. Waivers are provided at the cleanups but if you are attending without
a parent, you will need to bring one pre-signed by your parent/guardian to the
cleanup. The waiver for each of their cleanups can be found on each cleanup’s
event page calendar. You can print, have parents/guardian sign, and bring with you
to participate. Under 18 do not need parent supervision, but they ask anyone
younger than ~12 have a parent or guardian to supervise them.
They can sign off hours; they have half-sheets they can provide you, and/or they
can sign forms you bring. They can also sign-off for court-ordered hour verification
in an official Letter of Appreciation.
Father Joe’s Village
The minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. An adult must accompany any minor
under the age of 15. While volunteering is a great way to teach children about
service, it is important to assess a child’s maturity level and their ability to listen
and follow directions before signing up. Weekend availability is limited and
scheduling early is recommended since many groups schedule the weekends a year
in advance. They welcome middle and high school students to complete any schoolrequired service hours.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 645-6411
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. By contributing your time and
expertise you can learn something new, help others, and most of all have fun! We
are able to create a special place where children, families, and communities can
gather to discover our world through science, art, and world cultures through the
direct the efforts of our volunteers.
Contact: (760) 233-7755 ext 1002, email@example.com
The City of San Diego- Citywide Opportunities
Volunteers under 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteers under 18 years old must have their parents sign a waiver before they
begin volunteering. There are a wide array of short-term and long-term volunteer
opportunities. Some opportunities have other specific age, background, and training
They are able to sign off on any hour’s sheets you provide them for school, clubs,
Drive Safe - the Cougar Way
Friendly reminder to drive cautiously as you enter and exit the campus. Campus Supervisors are here to keep the traffic moving - please follow all traffic directions from security personnel. Reminder that we do not provide access for cars at the back of the school during the school day.