Baron Weekly, December 1, 2014

School Motto "Setting the Standard for Excellence"


  • Athlete Avenue from AD Murphy.....

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. While we were sitting around eating turkey and enjoying family and friends, there were over 250 new student athletes working hard to make our various teams. Our winder sports are now in full swing with our girls' basketball team already winning their first game. Congratulations, girls! Our 14 other teams are getting ready to begin their seasons as well and I would like to convey a couple of things. Please remember our athletes are students first and their academics should come first. If you do not receive an email requesting release of your student athletes from your class, please do not release them. Secondly, if a coach requests that students get out at a certain time, please do not release them until that time. I realize it is difficult when athletes come around expecting to be released before their prearranged time, but if all of us adhere to the rules, athletes will discontinue the practice and nobody has to be "the bad guy." Do not hesitate to talk to our coaches if you are having a problem with a student athlete in your class. Coaches and sports in general are great motivators for a lot of these kids to improve and keep up their grades. You can contact me if you have any questions about a student; what sport they play or which coach needs to be contacted. Lastly, you will be amazed what these kids are doing outside of the classroom on the sports field and how much they will remember and appreciate you coming out to support them. - Jason.

  • To Bea Barnachia for doing an amazing job with our school website!

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • EOC/Finals are slated for December 16th, 17th and 18th. Schedule to follow.
  • Next Tuesday is PLC/Pro Hour. I will be meeting with our site Resource Teachers tomorrow to plan the agenda.
  • WASC/FOL meeting is scheduled on December 10th.
  • Want to get Schmooped? District teachers already have the license to use Schmoop. Schmoop is a test prep and intervention program being used district wide. Please go to to learn more about the program. If you are interested in being trained, please let me know.
  • An example of a molecular model created by one of Mr. Rivera's chem students (picture below).
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Creating a College Going Culture ( new segment)

While we are in the business of creating a college going culture at BVH, I will begin highlighting what we have done, what we are doing and what we will be doing do to foster this mission. For example, we are adding a new college and career pathway in SPORTS MEDICINE starting next semester. Flyers promoting it will be out this week.

Check out a picture of our after school Academic Recovery Center (ARC). These students self refer for academic help.

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Nurse's Nook

Common Cold Versus the Flu

The common cold, including chest cold and head cold are caused by viruses. Students for the most part can attend school with the common cold. Although there is no cure for the common cold, the use of over-the-counter cold medications can relieve some of the symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, headache, congestion and cough. With the permission of parents, students can come see me for over-the-counter medications during school hours.

The flu has very similar symptoms; however it may include fever, body aches, fatigue and muscle soreness. Symptoms generally can take up to a week. It is recommended that students stay home if they have the flu especially if they have a fever of 100.5 or above.

What to do to help get over the cold or flu faster:

1.) Drink plenty of liquids

2.) Get plenty of rest

3.) Eat a healthy diet

4.)Take over-the-counter medications

When to see the doctor? If symptoms do not get better after a week or have a fever that lasts more than 3 days.

Quote of the Week

"How you make people feel from interacting with you helps determine how you feel about yourself."

Bonita Vista High School, home of the mighty BARONS!

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