The Weekly Round Up of Otay Ranch H.S. News and Updates
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Dear Mustang Parents and Students,
Welcome back to the second semester! The three weeks just flew by. I hope that you all took the time to rest and rejuvenate, celebrate togetherness, and resolve to make 2021 a strong and happy (new) year. I also hope that you, as families, had the opportunity to process and discuss the national events that occurred in the last several days. As a school community, we may also be deeply affected by what is happening nationally. We—especially our teachers and counselors—are here to support our students in providing a safe environment to engage in restorative conversations, if need be. Let us continue to give grace to each other and empathize with one another.
The second semester, though for many a continuation of first semester, is also an opportune time to reset. We can start again even as we continue. In the next sections below, you will find important information regarding the second semester opening.
As a staff, we plan on continuing to grow and improve in the delivery of distance learning to our students—thus our preparation day on January 12. In addition, we plan to expand our in-person small group cohort support. If you have not done so (but want to and planned to), please respond to the survey that was sent through Jupiter Grades in December to indicate interest for your student to be part of the cohorts. As soon as we have our data and numbers, we can complete our planning and inform you of our next steps in implementation.
If you have noticed, this is also a new format for the Mustang Corral. We are using this platform to allow for flexibility and translation of the newsletter information for those who need it.
And speaking about changes, I am pleased to inform you that we have some new staff to welcome aboard! Ms. Veronica Cording has transitioned as assistant principal in the Main Office (to replace Ms. Melanie Kray). Please welcome Ms. Nora Glasco who has joined the Administration as Assistant Principal of Student Activities. We are excited that an experienced administrator who knows and loves our school and community can make a smooth and seamless transition to continue our school’s work. Please also welcome our new Photography teacher Ms. Erica Fojtik.
Ms. Glasco’s transition to her new role leaves a vacancy that will need to be filled. As this will unfold in the next several days, I want to thank you in advance for being understanding of the changes in schedule and personnel for your children.
I will continue to keep you informed of any other changes in personnel, in the status of athletics, and distance learning as I receive the information.
Thank you for your continuing support. By supporting each other, we can accomplish more.
Mary Rose Peralta