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 curiosity
  • 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

From One of Our Own...

"I have been enrolled in SCPA visual arts since seventh grade. Now, a Senior at Chula Vista High School, I have experienced all that the program of arts has offered to me: two years of VAPA Art Summer Camp, two years of AP Studio Art, endless weeks of stage work in which we design and create the theatrical sets. I am so proud of my accomplishments, and am in awe of the accomplishments of the people around me. To have been exposed to so many different art forms- dance, music, theater, etc., I have been irreversibly altered in my view of the world. I look around me and I now interpret my surroundings as an unfinished canvas- or rather, a mural. We all have our creativity to contribute to this world, and as we grow, the mural grows with us. We learn from those working next to us, and they learn from those next to them. We are an expanding world, becoming more and more exquisite as we refine and change, for art, any form of art, is an essential mode of communication, and thus the heart of a community."--Ramona Demotto, 12th grader, Chula Vista High School

Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)


Monday, February 8: PLC Collaboration

9:00 Staff Interview

1:39 PLC Collaboration

6:00 Principal's Honor Roll @ PAC

Tuesday, February 9:

8:30 Coffee With The Principal @ Learning Lab

2:50 SSC @ New Library

7:00 SCPA Information Night @ PAC

Wednesday, February 10:

8:30 Teacher Mtg. @ Office

9:30 Staff Meeting @ Parent Center

2:00 Staff Meeting @ Office

2:50 Faculty Meeting

Thursday, February 11:

7:45 Calendar

2:30 Restorative Practices Mtg. with Dr. Gomez, CVM, SOM, SOH

4:00 Technology Task Force @ PDC

7:00 Band Chamber Music Recital @ PAC

Friday, February 12:

Presidents' Day

HOLIDAY: No School


Monday, February 15:

Lincoln's Birthday

HOLIDAY: No School

Tuesday, February 16: GRADES DUE

9:00 CTE Pathways Mtg. @ Office

Wednesday, February 17:

9:00 Asst. Superintendent Ana Maria Alvarez site visit

Thursday, February 18:

9:00 Classroom Visits


7:45 Calendar

Saturday, February 20:

8:00 Saturday School (Garnica-Mendoza)

8:00 Cash for College

8:00 District Dance Workshop

6:30 Sadie Hawkins Dance @ Broadway Pier

Kudos, Transitions, and Thanks

  • Kudos to our Dance Teachers--Sonja Jaime, Marla Navarrete, and Valerie Ingram for a beautiful and well-attended Dance concert held at the PAC. Congratulations! Special thanks to staff who came to support the dancers. I saw Clint McDonald, Jim Love, Eric Byers, Debbie Nevin, and DiAnne Cabe. If I missed you, I apologize for the oversight.
  • Kudos to Joe Lara. He co-chaired the 20th Annual Adelante Latino Conference sponsored by the Sweetwater Union HS District. Held at San Diego State University's Aztec Student Center, there were over 550 students in attendance. Students heard about different career options and received a tour of the University. These young men also heard an inspiring message from Zeke Moreno, CPHS alumnus who played football for USC and played professional football for 9 years. He spoke about pursuing what we are passionate about, working hard, and never giving up.
  • Congratulations to Melanie Villanueva! CREATE at UCSD recently received funding from the Office of Naval Research to support the work of connecting naval scientists with classroom teachers and to have teachers plan authentic science lessons via the lesson study process. Melanie has been chosen as one of 6 master teacher leaders in SD county to work with this program for the next 3 years. The work that she did last semesteron the lesson study demonstration was actually a pilot program for this ONR grant. On Tuesday. February 16, she will go to UCSD for the initial meeting with the scientists. During this year, she will be working with 4 other teachers on a lesson study team where they will be designing and evaluating lessons based on their research. This is a 3-year grant. Awesome work!
  • Kudos to Tony Atienza and Main Attraction! Jim Morris (Friend and Supporter of CVHS), made it possible for MA to perform at Bill Walton's show (yes, the basketball legend Bill Walton) on Monday, February 15. Special thank you to Tom Hassey for introducing Jim Morris to our school.
  • It takes a village...683 students received a GPA of 3.5 and above in the Fall 2015 semester, qualifying them for the Principal's Honor Roll! They will be recognized in a ceremony Monday night. Your presence will make it special for these students who worked so hard to achieve.

Twenty-Three Band Students Participate in District Honor Band Concert

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Kudos to Patrick Doerr. Twenty-three (23) of his Band Students were selected to the District's Honor Concert Band and District Honor Symphonic Band. These outstanding students performed last night with other Honor Bands students selected from other schools to a full PAC at the Annual District Honor Band Concert.

Dr. Peter Boonshaft, a nationally and internationally renowned conductor, said it best when he gave credit to the district's band teachers for transforming these students into excellent musicians with the work they do with them everyday. Patrick, your hard work and persistence with students have allowed them to play at the elite level. Congratulations!

Special thanks to John McCourt for sound engineering and Debbie Nevin and Sharon Maley for attending this special concert.

Common Vision and Chula Vista Educational Foundation Help CVHS Plant An Orchard

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It was a beautiful day to plant fruit trees! Sponsored by Common Vision, who provided the trees, expertise, and irrigation, and by the Chula Vista Educational Foundation, fruit trees were planted by students in the bare area by the 800 building. About 250 students received lessons on photosynthesis, symbiotic relationships, the composition of soil, and the mental benefits of touching soil. They also did the art work that labeled the different fruit trees planted. Many thanks also go to Garry Cabogason and DiAnne Cabe for helping with logistics, Paul Gallegos, Luis Lopez, and Dr. Suzanne Larsen for bringing their students, and David Hunt for his technical expertise.

Walkthrough Focus

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

  • How am I building on skills learned first semester to help students be successful second semester?
  • How am I conveying, with clarity, the purpose of the day's lesson, how the day's agenda supports its completion, and the evidence that students need to show for completion/mastery?
  • How am I developing creating opportunities for structured student interaction?
  • How have I planned for possible misconceptions?
  • How am I scaffolding for English Learners and/or Students With Disabilities?
  • How am I grouping my students so that they are helping each other reach their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as they collaborate?

PLC Collaboration

  • Please work on the agenda that you had agreed upon based on your last PLC collaboration.
  • This week, some departments have expressed the need to meet to consider curriculum issues that affect all PLC's. I am requesting Department Chairs to send minutes of their meetings, if they do meet as a Department.
  • A reminder that everyone is expected to stay on campus until the end of the PLC time. Thank you for your professionalism.
  • Consider the following suggestion: Specifically concentrate your planning around anticipating student difficulties or misconceptions in your lessons. From your experience or from data you have, what misconceptions or difficulties do students have with the lesson/unit you are/will be presenting? How do you/will you plan differently to address anticipated misconceptions or difficulties in learning of students? I truly believe that by just doing this will make a big difference in student learning, engagement, and achievement.
  • 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. Please see your Curriculum Coach for assistance, if needed.

  • Thank you for your focused engagement and hard work!

Faculty Meeting: February 10, 2016 Agenda

We will be holding our Faculty meeting at the PAC on Wednesday, February 10, starting at 2:50 PM. Our agenda is as follows:

  • For the common good
  • Staff Input on LCAP Goal
  • Restorative Practices: A Primer

I shall see you all there!

Tardy Policy: Week Two

Feedback from teachers and staff indicate that the tardy policy has helped with behavior change among students--those who are always tardy are less late; those who are tardy for long periods of time are tardy for a shorter period; and those tempted to be late decide to be on time. We have especially been successful drastically reducing tardies periods 2 through 7.

Let us continue with our consistency. Good habits need time to build. We ALL need to persist. The administrators and campus assistants need your support and assistance. As we enter the third week of implementation, students may start to think that we will wane in our dedication. We will continue to implement tardy sweeps every period. Please lock your doors after the second bell, whether there is an announcement or not. (We plan to make less announcements).

If you would also be so kind as to stand outside your door to encourage students to get to class (especially when the warning bell rings), it would be a great help in sending the message of on time arrival to class.

With all of us working together, we can set a culture of positive attendance. Thank you for your support and persistence!

Staff Professional Development Dates: Preparing for 2016-17

One of the commitments that I hold is professional development to allow our certificated staff to learn how to plan in the block, strategies to use to teach in the block, and time to apply these new learnings. It was also suggested to allow for staff conversation and planning on further develop a positive school culture for next year. In consultation with several staff leadership groups, here are two dates that certifcated staff can choose from to receive two days of professional development on preparing for next school year:

  • Session I: June 7 & 8 (Tuesday and Thursday); OR
  • Session II: July 14-15 (Thursday and Friday)

The place, times, and complete agenda for this 2-day professional development will be developed in the next several weeks. Yes, we are planning to take staff off-campus for at least one of the days. So we will need some solid numbers for planning.

Please choose the date you will be attending (no mixing of dates, please...) and let Marisol Higareda know by next Friday, February 19, via E-mail. Yes, extra duty will be paid for attending these two days (in case you were wondering...).

Thank you for your participation!

Culture Corner: Transforming Classrooms Through The Power of Building Relationships

With intentional action using these strategies, relationships between students and teachers will become stronger and classrooms can be transformed.

Speak with kids in the halls, say "hello," "good morning," crack a joke. For some students that will be the only positive adult interaction they will get during the ENTIRE day.

For The Common Good

  • STAFF MAILBOXES: Staff mailboxes may contain information that students should not have access to. A gentle reminder that staff are expected to pick up their mail from their mailboxes in the Main Office. Students are NOT to pick up mail. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • CLASS COVERAGE (WE NEED YOU!): There are days when we have more classes that need to be covered due to unforseen illnesses, last-minute sub cancellations, or just a shortage of subs. Thank you to everyone who answers Priscilla's (or our) call for help in covering classes. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
  • CLASSIFIED ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC): We have the following representatives so far: Luz Avila, Garry Cabogason, Lou Rojas, Priscilla Rodriguez, and Beatriz Bey. I still need a representative from Campus Assistants, and one more each from Cafeteria workers, Office and Technical, and Instructional Assistants. We will be meeting next week to establish our purpose and protocols. Thank you for your participation.
  • SAFETY CORNER: If you have any concerns about a safety hazard in your work area or anywhere on campus as a result of facilities or furniture, please let our Safety Officer, Alain Garnica-Mendoza, know either by E-mail or by personally telling him.

February is Black History Month

2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.