Baron Weekly, December 8, 2014

School Motto, "Setting the Standard for Excellence"


Athlete Avenue from AD Murphy:

Six of our sports teams are in full swing; boys and girls soccer and girls' basketball. They are off to an amazing 14 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties ( in soccer of course). Our other six teams start games this week. Please continue to support our student athletes. Speaking of student athletes, did you know that less than 1% of high school athletes earn athletic scholarships to college? Please continue to emphasize the importance of enjoying being an athlete, but their academics come first. Finally, kudos to Coach Dumas and his boys' basketball team for volunteering at the homeless shelter last week. Check out the pictures below.

It's great to be a Baron!

KUDOS to Marina Dillingham for being asked to join the AP National Conference Steering Committee!

KUDOS to Eric Helle and the Speech and Debate Team as they have been participating in several more invitationals this year as well as increasing the number of students who compete! Since starting Speech and Debate , Mr. Helle students are increasingly gaining admission to 4 year universities!

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessement

Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement:

This is a follow up to the required parent/guardian notification which in Board Policy reads, "Whenever it becomes evident to a teacher that a student is in danger of failing a course, the teacher shall arrange a conference with the student's parent/guardian or send the parent/guardian a written report.

After doing some more research on this past practice, teachers are no longer required to complete the Report on Student Progress form, but are still required to inform the parent/guardian through various avenues available to you now ( Jupiter Grades, Canvas,

email, etc.)

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC):

The testing window for high schools is April 16th through June 4th. The content areas to be tested are ELA and math.

Counselor Corner

The Career of the Month presentation is on the US Customs/Border Patrol this Wednesday, December 10th in the cafeteria during period 4.

Creating a College Going Culture

One of the most critical and less known factors of whether a student will be successful or not in college is based on whether or not they have completed a FAFSA ( financial aid) application since cost is the reason most often cited by qualified students choosing not to go to college. Lower income students have a much greater chance of persisting in their college career than their low-income peers who do not file a FAFSA. Another alarming fact I learned from a presentation I attended recently was that in California alone, over $500,000,000 is never claimed as a result of qualified students not submitting their FAFSA.

Since the presentation, I sat down with our head counselor to brainstorm some ideas on how to get every senior to complete a FAFSA. One idea was to create FAFSA Fridays where we make the computer lab available for students and provide snacks?

All ideas are welcome!


Teachers, PLEASE BE SURE to take the Help with Tech Survey for Sweetwater by USD's Mobil Technology Learning Center (MTLC) at 1z9UZdlm7llm0cj

IPAD APP help? Please be sure to seek out our on site teacher Vanguard trainers, Colling Reinking and Oscar Gracias or our administrator trainer, Fernando Delgado. See picture below of the three of them at a recent training.

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Nurse's Nook

In the spirit of the holidays, BVHS is having an Ugly Sweater Contest. I encourage you to look deep into your closets and find that hideous sweater you go 6 Christmas' ago. The winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest will win a $25 Starbucks gift card ( perfect for re-gifting).

How does it work? On the last day of school, Friday, December 19th, wear your ugliest Christmas themed sweater to school. During the staff luncheon ( a surprise at this point) a selected panel will judge the participants sweaters on originality, creativity, texture, fit and of course, ugliness.

Questions? Please contact me at

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Other Announcements!

  • Support or wonderful PTSA by purchasing a fresh cut Christmas tree in Plaza Bonita. BVH staff, students and parents will receive a 10% discount.
  • Club Blue Winter Concert this Friday evening in the gym starting at 5 PM.

Quote of the Week

Strive not to be a success, but rather be of value.


Typos, misspelled words, etc. courtesy of a lack of spell check on this program