Happy Friday Cougar Families!
It has been a week filled with a lot of emotions and we want to wish everyone a happy and restful Spring Break. I want to acknowledge our experience on Monday by stating learning cannot take place unless students, and staff feel safe. It makes me sad that our feeling of safety was compromised on Monday and that should never happen at our school, or any school. At the same time I am proud of the way our staff responded. Emergency response is something we train for multiple times per year, and our training helped guide our community through the experience without physical injury. Our job now is to reflect on what happened through a very critical lens to assess what worked, and what we can improve upon.
Safety will always be our top priority and I want to thank our community for the confidence that you show in us everyday.
Have a great Spring Break. Teaching and learning resumes Monday, April 10, 2023.
- Saturday, March 25th: Senior Banquet
- March 27th - April 7th: Spring Break
- Monday, April 10th: School Resumes
- April 10th - 14th: ASB & Class Council Campaign Week
- Tuesday, April 11th: PIQE
- Wednesday, April 12th: Senior Websites DUE
- April 17th - 21st: Earth Week
- Wednesday, April 19th: School Site Council @ 3:45pm
- Wednesday, April 19th: Special Governing Board Meeting @ 4:40pm
- 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
11th Grade SBAC Testing
There are many ways to measure your student’s learning. Your student’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your student’s learning. Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Your student will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11
California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school
This year, Steele Canyon High School will give the summative assessments following the testing schedule listed below:
- April 11th-April 14th: English Language Arts test, 11th grade
- April 18th: Science test, 11th grade
- April 19th-April 21st: Math test, 11th grade
There will not be a modified bell schedule for testing. Students will take the English language arts test in their English or Science class and the Math and Science test in their Math or History class.
You are an important part of your student’s education. To make sure your student feels comfortable and prepares in taking tests, you can:
Explain to your student that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
Explore the practice tests with your student at caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.
Remind your student that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.
You will receive your student’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your student is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.
If you have questions, please contact Laura Herald, Assistant Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Website DUE Wednesday, 4/12
This is a reminder that your Senior Websites are due Wednesday April 12th. Your Senior Website will be checked for completion based on 2 requirements. The first requirement is making sure that you have answered all of the required questions for each page and provided evidence for every question. Click here for the rubric/checklist to help make sure that you know exactly what is expected. The second requirement is documenting and completing your required community service hours (10 hours per year that you have attended Steele Canyon, no exceptions). Please make sure to share your website with email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you have any questions or need any help at all with the website Mr. Stephens will be available in F101 before school, during 3rd block and at lunch. Please come for any help! Also please free to email with questions as well at email@example.com .
The Senior Interviews will be conducted on May 16th-18th. Tuesday May 16th and Thursday May 18th will be minimum days with Senior Interviews being conducted after school and on Wednesday May 17th they will be conducted before school. The Senior Interview Schedule will be released soon.
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!
A big shout out to the families who donated items for the upcoming SBAC testing! Your help is truly appreciated in support of our students!
Our next PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 11th, at 5 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. If you are unable to attend in person, drop in via Zoom. Don't be shy...join us to find out what's happening at SCHS and to learn how you can get involved with PTO, especially if you might be interested in holding a PTO Board position next year. We are still looking for individuals to round out our team. Have a wonderful spring break!
CLASS OF 2023
Disneyland Grad Nite tickets sales closed today and just over 360 of our seniors will be attending this memorable event on June 9th. If you have any questions regarding Grad Nite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TASTE OF THE TOWN
Mark your calendars for Friday, September 22nd, to attend Steele Canyon's 9th Annual Taste of the Town! SCHS Athletic Boosters, SCHS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Class of 2024 are so excited to bring back this fun-filled evening, which includes tastings from local food and beverage vendors, silent and live auction items, raffle prizes and entertainment! It is a great opportunity for a night out while supporting the SCHS community. Proceeds from Taste of the Town support our SCHS athletic programs, enrichment activities for all students, staff and school community, and the Class of 2024.
Thank you to the families and staff who attended our meeting last week to kick off the planning for Taste of the Town! We will have a follow up meeting with more information on the venue and teamwork needed to make the event a success! Join us on April 18th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in room K105 (Mr. Tyler's Room) or via Zoom to see how you can share your talents, skills and connections to coordinate Taste of the Town. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Free prom dresses to high school teens that may want a dress for prom!
- Each teen will be able to select one free prom dress and one accessory
- Teens must reserve their appointment online to come get a dress. Accompanying guests do not need to register separately, but must be listed on the teen's registry.
- In addition to our Central Giveaway Location at Mission Valley Mall, there are 6 "Pop-Up" Prom Shops hosted by our library partners. When registering, teens should double check that they choose the correct giveaway location that they want to come get a dress at.
- Teens must bring a valid ID and proof of enrollment in High School.
- The dress store is located next to DXL Men's Clothing and near Macy's Home Furnishings in the Mission Valley Mall.
Sports, Sports, and More Sports
Red is away, blue is home! Rah Rah Cougars!
Gymnastics is 3 for 3 so far and We have our Spring Break Surf Up Invitational this Saturday 3/25 at 10:30am at Steele!
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.