Week of February 5-10, 2024
Options Secondary School
It's Black History Month, Counselor Appreciation Week, and Progress Report Day!
Dear OSS Staff, Students, Parents, and Community,
We had a productive School Site Council Meeting last Wednesday. The council approved the carryover (extra money) plan and proposed spending for summer, and provided input to the parent and student survey questions. As we are preparing to write next year's Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), we want to gather input from parents, staff, and students regarding student needs and priorities for Title I and LCAP spending; the survey questions the council reviewed are designed to allow for that. Coupled with other data such as achievement scores, results from empathy interviews, and data from the CA Healthy Kids Survey, we hope to create a robust SPSA that will meet student needs and help parents support their children's achievement and well-being at school.
Our HOWL Assembly was canceled last Friday due to the overly wet grass. We hope to have the conditions that will allow us to hold our next HOWL this Friday where we will honor not one, but TWO, students for Wolf of the Week.
FEBRUARY is Black History Month. This year's theme is "African Americans and the Arts." I will be providing resources to teachers that they may incorporate/integrate into their subject area. Kicking off our celebration is the RISE Conference this coming Saturday, February 9, at Olympian High School.
In addition, this week is Counselor Appreciation Week. We appreciate our counselor, Mr. Acosta, who works hard to support our students with their academic and social-emotional needs. He does more than just schedule our student classes and figure out the teacher schedules. He follows up with students when they struggle with behavior and academics. He supports students who are in crisis and provides resources for them and families in need. He facilitates meetings between teachers and parents/guardians for students who are not meeting expectations or struggling with school. He monitors graduation status, and when necessary has the difficult conversations regarding alternate plans to ensure graduation with a high school diploma. He assists students with college applications, scholarship applications, and financial aid forms. He assists with student supervision every day. Our students know that he is someone they can trust and go to. Please take the time this week to send him a message to show your appreciation for all he does.
Lastly, Progress Reports will be distributed this Friday, February 9, through our Coffee With The Principal. I am looking forward to meeting you and providing school updates.
Ms. Mary Rose Peralta
Congratulations Asst. Principal Moena Santee!
Asst. Principal Santee Honored as Outstanding Educator
The breakfast event was held at Payne Alumni Center, San Diego State University. Asst. Principal Santee is pictured below with SUHSD Asst. Superintendent Dr. Vernon Moore and her colleagues Ms. Dionne Marshall and Ms. Maribel Andrade.