Cavalier News

Once a Cavalier, Always a Cavalier!

Dear Team,

We had a challenging week; we had an emergency situation at our school and we worked together and got through it. Some very important suggestions were brought up at our faculty meeting regarding the safety of our school; we have taken note of these recommendations and will use them as we revise our safety plan.

These situations are never easy for any of us. We know that by informing you about such incidents, we cause some staff, students and families unnecessary alarm and worry when, as was the case Tuesday, there was no eminent threat. On the other hand, if we don’t inform our school community, and rumors or inaccurate information subsequently emerge after the fact, we risk your trust and our credibility.

We hope you know that we always operate out of concern for the welfare and safety of our students and staff and that our decisions and the process we use to reach those decisions always will reflect that care and concern.

During the days of heightened security, our students behaved commendably, which made it possible for us to do our jobs efficiently, for us to check buildings, and for us to resume the teaching and learning for which we are here. I thank our staff for their support and students for their excellent behavior this week.



Some suggestions for staff following an emergency

All staff - Watch what you say to students

Any event will become school-wide knowledge within minutes via text messaging among students. Do not allow students to enter into idle gossip or speculation about the event. Reaffirm their safety and your commitment to a safe classroom. It is important to respond with facts and with one voice. Those facts will come from your administrator when they are known.

All staff - Watch what you say to others outside the school

If an event occurs at your school and you send an e-mail to anyone outside the school you become the voice for the school. Comments may be misrepresented and can impact the entire school. What you say cannot be taken back and will be repeated.

All staff - Be deliberate in your choice of words following any crisis.

What you say may:

A. Hinder learning

B. Put others in “crisis mode”

C. Encourage copy-cat behavior

D. Put stakeholders at ease knowing a plan is in place

All staff - Listen to idle conversation among students following any event

Students often knew of the plans or events that led up to the violence and did not report it. They will share that information among friends after an event takes place. Careful, inconspicuous listening may gather information administrators will need as they piece together the information surrounding the event.

Antibullying Day

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Our Antibullying Day was a success!

I want to thank the ADL and Mr. Jesse Navarro for their support with our campaign against bullying. Jason Josafat, Dan Kracha, and our SRO stepped in and gave the cyberbullying presentation after SafetyNet cancelled a day before. Our WEB students made me cry; I was so proud of the way they handled the mentoring and reflective sessions. They were nervous and scared and yet they were early on Friday morning ready to set up and lead their sessions. They were such a positive impact for our students.

Thank you to Ms. Bishop for her help in the Multipurpose Building, to Ms. Price, Mr. Nava, Ms. Stewart, and Ms. Sainz for helping me supervise the WEB presentations, and to Mr. Kracha and Mr. Josafat for their help in the auditorium.

A special thanks to Mr. Kenneth Wilson; I asked him to create a video for our Antibullying campaign, I gave him some guidance, and he ran with it and came up with an amazing product.

Thanks to our custodians who organized and prepared everything days prior to our campaign. We have amazing custodians!

Thanks to our outstanding office staff! They kept our office running while we ran our Antibullying Day.

And last but not least, I want to thank our teachers and counselors for their support with this campaign. Thank you for being present and supportive throughout the event.

Our campaign to build a safe and secure culture in our school and our community does not end with one event. It will take time, commitment, and a lot of work. Together, we can make it happen.

Parent Patrol

Our parent volunteer patrol will begin tomorrow, Monday, December 8th. These parents will be out in front of the school before and after school. They will be wearing yellow vests and will be helping with the flow of traffic, as well as being a welcomed extra set of eyes for our students. Please thank our parents for their support!

Week at a Glance!

Monday, December 8th

  • parent patrol before and after school
  • Ms. Gracias meeting with WEB students during advisory
  • SST Meeting in room 104 @ 8:45 am
  • informational ASB meeting in MPB @ 12:30 pm
  • calendar meeting in 104 @ 1:30 pm
  • attendance meeting in room 104 @ 2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 9th

  • parent patrol before and after school
  • ESL Parent classes in room 709 @ 8:30 am
  • Zumba in PE classes
  • School Site Council Meeting in room 303 @ 3:20 pm
  • Bi-Monthly Club TC meeting in room 215 @ 6:15 pm
  • Orchestra Performance @ CVHS at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 10th

  • parent patrol before and after school
  • AP meeting - Mr. Kracha @ district office
  • CIS meeting at Moss Street from 8:00 to 12:00 pm (Galvin)
  • Mr. Leyva Visits Math and Social Science classes from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • SCPA Extravaganza Planning Meeting in room 104 from 1:30 - 2: 00 pm
  • Admin Meeting in Ms. Gracias office @ 2:00 pm
  • Band Performance @ CVHS (7:00 pm)

Thursday, December 11th

  • parent patrol before and after school
  • Management Meeting (Gracias) @ PDC (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • ESL Parent classes in room 709 @ 8:30 am
  • Cavalier Leadership Meeting in room 200 @ 1:30 pm

Friday, December 12th

  • parent patrol before and after school
  • Course Alike PLCs (1:20 pm to 3:20 pm)
  • Pre-SARB meeting- Kracha, Josafat, Dr. Ceja @ 1:30 pm

Saturday, December 13th

  • Saturday Academies/Tutoring (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Saturday School (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Credit Recovery (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

From the Desk of Christine Yarzabek


First, turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) and on your iPad (Settings > Music/Video and enter your Apple ID). Next, launch the Music or Video app on your iPad. In the Music app, tap the "More" button at the bottom, find the little house with "Shared" next to it. Tap on that and then on one of the Shared Libraries. It might take a few seconds to update, but then you can listen to all of that Library's media on your iPad. For video, tap the Shared tab at the top of the screen.

Final Exam Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 (Periods 1, 3, 5)

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 (Periods 2, 4, 6)

Periods 1/2 8:15 – 10:15 (120)

Morning Break 10:15 - 10:25 (10)

Periods 3/4 10:30 – 12:30 (120)

Lunch 12:35 – 1:05 (30)

Periods 5/6 1:10 - 3:10 (120)