Principal's Update

February 2021

Stay Woke

In these unpresented times, and on either side of the political spectrum, it seems our feelings have moved into action and the voices of many have been established and heard throughout this country. I want to encourage our school community to continue to have their voices heard and participate in democracy. The fight for democracy includes and demands participating in all local, state and national elections. Please get informed, stay informed and stay woke

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1st Semester Grades Posted to Aeries!

1st Semester Grades are now available on the Aeries Parent Portal. Teachers in San Lorenzo Unified will not be issuing F grades for the remainder of Distance Learning. Instead of an F grade, you may see NM or I on your scholar’s report card.

  • A "NM" means No Mark. If you see this, your scholar did not earn credits toward graduation for that course, and, in many cases, will need to make up the course at a later date.
  • A marking of “I” means Incomplete. An incomplete still will not earn credits toward graduation, but with this grade, a scholar still has an opportunity to work with their teacher to complete an agreed amount of work to earn credits for this year. Scholars should have a minimum of six weeks to complete this work. If your scholar does not already know how to convert the I to a letter grade, please contact the teacher. Seniors, the timeline to convert your “I” may be shorter in the event you need to pursue an alternative arrangement.

If you have questions about either mark, or grades in general, please contact the teacher or grade level counselors using our Staff Directory.

Aeries Parent Portal

Check grades and attendance here! If you need help accessing your Parent Portal please contact Ms. Adams at

Math Learning Labs

Each Learning Lab has a math teacher and student tutors available to give individual and small group support to students who are having a hard time in class. This is a great opportunity to get caught up, get ahead, or feel more confident.

Virtual Wellness Center

Nuestro Centro de Bienestar Virtual está disponible para brindarles a los estudiantes herramientas que los ayuden durante el día. Esto no es para servicios de emergencia; si este es el caso, comuníquese con su consejero o administrador.

Chromebooks & Textbooks

Chromebooks and textbooks are still available at the AHS library, Monday-Thursday from 12-2:45. Please bring your ID (an old one or your schedule works) and don’t forget to wear your mask!

Hot spots are still available on a limited basis. If you are in need, please complete the Student Technology Needs and Agreement and email Mr. Mack ( for more information.

Updates from the SLCs and the World Language Department


The Future Academy distributed the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds to all of our freshmen at the end of first semester. They will be reading this book in their Future Academy English classes during second semester. It was so exciting to see our 9th graders in person, even though it was brief. We look forward to having a shared text among all of our freshmen that we will be able to reference throughout their high school careers.

Health & Medicine

The HM Leadership Club has been organizing a fundraiser for Cancer Support Community/Gilda Radnor Foundation. Students will be walking or running miles and collecting donations from sponsors for the number of miles that they do. All proceeds will go directly to CSC/Gilda Radnor Foundation. The event will take place over a two-week span in February. (February 5th-16th)

Anyone interested in donating to the fundraiser, please contact the HM Leadership co-presidents, Kayla Sunardi or Eman Alhandarish.

Although we are in remote learning, over the next semester, HM elective students will still have the opportunity to get certified in CPR and First Aid with the Red Cross. So far, 9 HM juniors have been certified this year.

World Language Update

The World Language Department is implementing and promoting communicative strategies such as role-play and storytelling to help students develop their oral communication in Spanish and Chinese in a distance-learning format.

We are helping students with pronunciation and we are guiding them to build grammar.

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Athletics Update

As some of you may know, the California Department of Public Health is using a colored tier system to indicate how widespread the risk is for COVID-19. The tiers go Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, (from most dangerous to least dangerous). In December I shared some guidance the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) put out about what sports can be played in which color tier along with what precautions will need to be taken to play.


  • Purple: Cross Country, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Tennis, Track and Field, Swimming
  • Red: Baseball, Softball
  • Orange: Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys/Girls Volleyball, Badminton, Football
  • Yellow: Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling

Recently, the North Coast Section (NCS) announced a proposal which will allow leagues to schedule seasons of sport as they see fit, allowing our league to schedule the purple tier sports first, red second, orange third, then yellow. (NCS ANNOUNCEMENT)

Of course, all of this is subject to change, and before any of our seasons can officially start, the county guidelines must align to the state level, but we are working to set some possible start dates (which will be postponed as needed) in hopes of being able to play as many of these seasons as possible.

Our league officials are working to schedule our purple and red tier sports and setting some parameters for the later tiers as well. The NCS announcement allows for schools to start any time after February 2nd, beginning with Purple Tier sports as soon as their school districts will allow. Any start dates after that will be based solely on the county color tier.

I know this may be a lot to take in, but this is the most optimistic I've been that we might get to play some of our sports, albeit not necessarily everything.

As I learn more, I will share with you all as best I can.

Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Waranoff with any questions (

Administrative Team by SLC

Counseling Team by Grade