The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning For All

Our Mission: Why We Do The Right Thing

The mission of Chula Vista High School, an academic and artistic community that celebrates its traditions, spirit, and diverse culture, is to ensure all students realize their highest aspirations through a system of learning distinguished by:

  • Academic rigor across the curriculum fostering lifelong intellectual curiousity
  • A climate of respect, fairness, equality, and security promoting individual confidence and responsibility
  • A culture of collaboration between school, family, and community
  • A proactive network of student support
  • Exciting, unprecedented opportunities for student involvement
  • Creative and artistic expression
  • State of the Art Technology

Words of Encouragement from One of Our Own...

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You Make A Difference...

Dear Mr. Hatz,

When I was asked who was someone that I kept in mind as I entered education, you popped into my mind. I was only at Chula Vista High School for one year, but during my time in your 11th grade AP Lit class, you pushed us towards academic excellence & went beyond your on paper duties by coming in on Saturdays to administer practice AP tests. Wtihout the college tour you & the AP History put on, I'm not sure if I would have actually attended college. I already wanted to, but that trip made everything so much more concrete. I'll be teaching 11th grade English this year & I am grateful for everything you did in the classroom to help me get here.

Thank you for everything,

Michelle Hanley

(shared with permission from Mr. Hatz)

Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)



Monday, October 12: PLC Collaboration Day

9:00 Dentist Appointment

11:55 Teacher Mtg.

12:30 Campus Assistants

1:39 PLC Collaboration

3:00 A-Team

Tuesday,October 13:

8:00 Metro Directors Mtg.

8:30 Most Improved Awards @ Learning Lab

1:39 Curriculum Coaches

2:50 School Site Council Mtg. @ New Library

Wednesday, October 14: College Prep Day; PSAT; Minimum Day for Students

8:00 Classroom Visits

1:30 Professional Development/Faculty Meeting for Certificated Staff

6:00 9th & 10th Grade Parent Mtg.

Thursday, October 15:

9:00 AGTF

10:15 The Great American Shake Out: Earthquake Drill

4:00 Community of Practice @ SDSU

Friday, October 16: Special Homecoming Assembly Schedule

8:00 Alumni Breakfast

9:00 Assembly

1:00 Calendar

3:00 Parent Mtg.

3:30 Girls Volleyball vs, SOH @ Gym

7:00 Football vs. ORH

Saturday, October 17:

8:00 Saturday School (J. Lara)

1:00 District VAPA Dance Workshop

7:00 Homecoming Dance @ SeaWorld


Monday, October 19: PLC Collaboration Day

7:30 Classroom Visits

1:39 PLC Collaboration

3:00 A-Team

Tuesday,October 20:

8:30 Coffee with the Principal/Parent Learning Walks

12:00 AVID Site Team Mtg.

6:00 ELAC Parent Mtg.

Wednesday, October 21:

8:00 Classroom Visits

7:00 Creepy One-Acts (Fall Show) @ Little Theater

Thursday, October 22:

8:00 Classroom Visits

3:30 DIstrict Office

7:00 Creepy One-Acts (Fall Show) @ Little Theater

Friday, October 23:

7:45 Calendar

4:00 CTFLC @ Learning Lab

7:00 Creepy One-Acts (Fall Show) @ Little Theater

Saturday, October 24:

8:00 Saturday School

4:00 Haunted School by VMA

PLC Collaboration Day

  • Wednesday's Faculty Meeting will include "Coaching Corners." The coaching corner topics for this Wednesday will be:

1) Illuminate Training Basics

2) Illuminate Training Beyond The Basics

3) The Mindful Classroom

4) Restorative Justice: An Exploration

5) Restorative Justice: Beyond Exploration

6) Exploring Literacy TA to plan Powerful Lessons

  • To ensure proper planning, each PLC member will use part of the time to decide where they will go for the Coaching Corners session of the Faculty Meeting. First and Second Choice selections will be recorded and turned in to me via E-mail or by turning in a list by the end of the day Monday, October 12. While the sessions will not be repeated on Wednesday, some of these may be repeated in the future to ensure that all who want to explore other areas will have the opportunity to do so.
  • After deciding on Coaching Corners, please work on the agenda that you had agreed upon based on your last PLC collaboration.
  • A discussion of the proposed schedule is also planned for Wednesday, October 14. I have been informed that the Schedule Team is planning the structure for these discussions.
  • PLC time should be used for first best lesson planning--that lesson that is planned so well that it is not dependent on Intervention for students to "get it".
  • A reminder that everyone is expected to stay on campus until the end of the PLC time. Thank you for your professionalism.
  • Minutes should include products (lessons, CFA's, adjusted lesson plans, specific agreements on instructional strategy use) that should be uploaded to our CANVAS page. I want to see the result/s of your collaboration. Otherwise, everything is just talk. Please see your Curriculum Coach for assistance, if needed.

  • Thank you for your focused engagement and hard work!

College Prep Day Faculty Meeting & Professional Development

The schedule for College Prep Day (a.k.a. as PSAT Testing) has been published. Roles have been assigned. I want to highlight the following:
  • We will be on a special minimum day schedule that begins with Nutrition Break and ends with Lunch.
  • Prep period for all teachers will be from 12:45 PM to 1:25 PM.
  • We will meet in the PAC at 1:30 PM.
  • The first hour of the meeting will be facilitated by the schedule committee. The proposed schedule will be discussed.
  • The second hour will be Coaching Corners at assigned rooms. I will be publishing the Coaching Corners list by Wednesday morning.
  • Our Faculty Meeting/PD (Professional Development) Day will end at 3:30 PM.
  • I want to thank you in advance for your participation and engagement.

Welcome Back: A Look Back

We started the day at the PAC with coffee and pastries, an update on a student, and some announcements. We proceeded to break up into departments to tackle Literacy TA in separate venues. Some were more successful than others in accessing the web-based program. We convened back in the PAC. There, we spent some time acknowledging the difficulties and challenges not only with the technology but also with pushing towards our goal of achievement for all students. We realize that we need to work together and do something to change the course of achievement for our students. Pushing ourselves to go to the next level is hard work--one that we can engage in together. Mr. Lara trained us on PSAT testing, also known as College Prep Day. The last part of our PD (Professional Development) time was led by the ASB and Ms. DiAnne Cabe. We were purposely grouped to ensure representation from all departments and engaged in the "Amazing Race: Spartan Edition". Neither the rain nor the technological challenges dampened our enthusiasm as we completed challenge after challenge that tested our physical prowess and knowledge of all things Spartan. We showed our spirit, sang our hearts out, busted the moves, and laughed. We talked to our colleagues who we rarely get to work closely with. The race ended in the Learning Lab where lunch was served.

Below are the selfies from the three top teams (The prize? They went to lunch first!) and those who texted or E-mailed them to me. Thank you for sharing these pictures and many, many thanks for your enthusiastic participation on our first day back. I hope you felt "like a superhero [and] that you are rocking this teaching thing". Go Spartans!

Main Attraction Shines at Salute to Teachers

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They had to learn the song in about a week and they still rocked the show. Congratulations to The Main Attraction, under the direction of Tony Atienza, for their performance at the Salute to Teachers last Saturday, October 10. One of our very own district teachers from MVA won County Teacher of the Year.

High School Sports Association Honors Winning CIF Coaches

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Wayne Brewton and Ruben Oliviera were honored by the High School Sports Association for winning CIF championships in their respective sports at the Marina Village last Monday, October 5. As you well know, Coach Brewton coached our Women's Soccer Team to a CIF Division III Championship while Coach Oliviera coached our Men's Soccer Team to a Regional State Soccer Championship. Craig Wilson, Athletic Director, DiAnne Cabe, and I went to lend our support in this happy occasion.

Connect Day and Student Success Workshop

More than a hundred freshmen and peer leaders met in the gym to participate in our first Connect Day. The purpose is to have our freshmen who are not doing as well academically to have an upperclassman peer who will be able to assist them as they navigate school and improve their standing. Many freshmen were reluctant and shy at first, but after a few activities with their peer leaders they engaged and welcomed this support that is being offered to them. Kudos to Joe Lara for his leadership in this endeavor. Kudos also go to Leslie McClelland, Jenne Fredericksen, Elsa Banuelos, and Nicole Neeb.

Kudos and Thanks

  • Kudos to Joe Lara and Head Counselor Jennette Duarte for coordinating our very first Student Success Workshop. Students and their parents met with counselors and administrators to get tips on how best to support their struggling children. Many thanks to the following who were on hand during this very important meeting: Christy Araki, Hilda Bender, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, DiAnne Cabe, Edrey Ledezma, Marisol Higareda, Jenne Fredericksen, Elsa Banuelos,
  • Many thanks to the staff who went to the LCAP input meeting held at Chula Vista Middle School last Thursday: Marisol Higareda, Dawn Arriola, Debbie Nevin, Suriya Stewart, Joe Lara, Hilda Bender, and Alain Garnica-Mendoza.

Walkthrough Feedback & Focus

In every classroom I visited last week, I saw teachers and students engaged in the business of learning. Students were filling in graphic organizers, listening to teachers lay the foundation for a lesson, working in groups, asking each other questions, answering questions, clarifying answers, sharing answers with each other, playing learning games to reinforce learning, taking notes, and discussing concepts with the teacher or each other. Please be mindful of ensuring that there is a DLT that students can refer to as they go about the everyday work. The DLT gives them the "why" to engage and a way to help them reflect on how well they are learning what they are supposed to master. There is a need for more structured student interaction. Please remember, if the students can say it, let them. They need the practice more than we do.

As we walk through this week, we will be looking for the following:

  • What is the DLT and how does my agenda or class activity support its completion/mastery?
  • How am I developing creating opportunities for structured student interaction?

For The Common Good

  • EARTHQUAKE DRILL: In the spirit of being prepared for an emergency at any time, we will be participating in the Great American Shakeout this coming Thursday, starting at 10:15 AM. The drill may run into Fourth Period. Students will be asked to return to class once the drill is over. This is change from our drills that go into a "break". We will ease into more and more of these "random" time drills. We need to be prepared at any time and our response to any emergency or disaster needs to be muscle memory. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.

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