The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning for All

Something to Think About...

Success has a price tag on it, and the tag reads courage, determination, discipline, risk-taking, perseverance, and consistency--doing the right things for the right reasons and not just when we feel like it. --James M. Meston

Mary Rose's Schedule

Monday 1/13: Certificated Staff Report for Duty

7:15 Continental Breakfast @ Old Library

8:00 Certificated Staff Prof. Dev’t. @ Old Library; Math Certificated Prof. Dev't. @ Performing Arts Center (PAC); Special Education Certificated Prof. Dev't. @ Olympian HS Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

11:00 Lunch

11:30 A-Team Meeting

2:00 Coach Meeting

2:30 University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC)

5:30 UPCC Workshop with Main Attraction

6:00 UPCC Concert @ PAC

7:45 UPCC Reception @ Old Library

Tuesday 1/14: Second Semester Begins

7:50 Classroom visits

10:30 P. Gil & Teacher Meeting

12:50 Dept. Chair Mtg. @ Categorical Office

Wednesday 1/15:

9:30 A. Garnica-Mendoza

11:25 Spartan Values 9th Grade

2:00 K. Bradley & H. Bender

2:55 FAC @ New Library

Thursday 1/16:

11:45 Teacher phone call

Friday 1/17:

7:15 Teacher meeting

7:45 Calendar

8:00 Teacher meeting

8:30 Teacher meeting

9:00 Study of the Lesson

9:30 Teacher meeting

10:00 Teacher meeting

10:45 Study of the Lesson

11:15 Teacher meeting

11:30 Spartan Values 11th Grade

1:00 Teacher meeting

1:30 WASC meeting @ Old Library

Monday 1/20:

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


Tuesday 1/21:

7:30 Teacher Meeting

7:45 Teacher Meeting

8:30 Study of the Lesson

9:45 Study of the Lesson

12:50 CIS/WASC

2:50 School Site Council (SSC) Meeting

Wednesday 1/22:

8:30 Study of the Lesson

9:30 J. Kover, VAPA

10:00 Parent Meeting

2:00 K. Bradley

2:50 Faculty Meeting

4:00 Teacher Meeting

Thursday 1/23:

9:00 Administrators Meeting @ PDC

12:30 Metro Directors Meeting @ PDC

Friday 1/24:

7:45 Calendar

8:30 J. Fredrickson/Teacher

9:30 Teacher Observation

11:25 Assembly

1:00 Mr. Morris, D. Cabe, Teacher

2:45 B. Sosa re: SpartanFest

3:45 Doctor Appointment

5:30 Boys Basketball

This Week At Sparta

Support our students outside of the confines of the classroom! Learn what extracurricular activities they are involved in by checking out the weekly calendar placed in your mailboxes or the school calendar through Outlook. Students love seeing you at their events!


  • Alain Garnica-Mendoza and The SPARTAnators, our Robotics Team, received a First Robotics Competition Grant of $2,800.00 from Qualcomm.
  • Check out the "new" bench in front of the AP Offices. Thank you, Hilda Bender, Scott Bender, and Garry Cabogason for sanding and restaining the student bench!
  • Way to go, Coach John De Jesus! The Lady Spartans placed second in two basketball tournaments during the Winter Break.
  • Kudos to Carolina Banuelos, our Intervention Specialist, who has created a website,, to help students hone their Math skills.
  • Congratulations to the following Staff Members who had PERFECT ATTENDANCE in the First Semester: Heather Abaroa-Bassett, Charles Batchman, Dr. Conrad Bruderer, Valerie Ingram, Eileen Magaraci, Steve Rodecker, Diana Rude-Kulhanek, Linda Scott, Barbara Schroeder, Maritza Villegas, Jeffrey Williams, Christy Araki, Nancy Penuelas, and Ruben Fronda.
  • You ROCK, Paul Gallegos! Thirteen (13) out of nineteen (19) students in his CAHSEE Prep class passed the CAHSEE, based on results from the November testing.
  • Please extend a warm Spartan welcome to some new faces or familiar faces assuming new roles: Emmanuel Soto will be student teaching under the supervision of Dr. Conrad Bruderer; Osvaldo Banuelos will also be student teaching but under the supervision of Kris Larsen and Michael Sternberg; Marisa Aguilar joins the PE Department for this semester; and Aurelio Esparza will be teaching three classes in the Special Education Department. Welcome All!
  • Welcome Back, Beatriz Bey! Beatriz was reassigned back to our school. Yippee!
  • Let us wish them all well in their future endeavors...Alvie Hernandez, one of our instructional assistants, has completed all requirements for a teaching credential--Kudos! To that end, he bade us goodbye to pursue a full time teaching job. Kristie Green-Bannister's last day with us will be this Tuesday, January 21. She has accepted a teaching position at Rancho Del Rey Middle. Judd Rachow, who has built a successful Football program at CVHS, stepped down as Head Coach.

We will miss you, Scott! Well, hello, DiAnne!

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It was the best kept secret and Scott Tanner was very surprised, indeed! There were many well-wishers from our school community and all over the district who attended his retirement surprise celebration. His wife, Sonja, and daughter, Yesenia, were also in attendance as friends, former students, and colleagues celebrated Scott, his accomplishments, and the legacy he leaves here at Chula Vista High School. A special thank you to Matt Asano and the ASB for all the hard work in planning and executing this event right under Mr. Tanner's nose. Ha!

Stepping into his shoes and already taking off running is our very own DiAnne Cabe. Please join me in welcoming and supporting her in her new role.

Walkthrough Focus

As we walk through this week (and the next several weeks), we will be looking for the following:

  • Daily Learning Target and the agenda that supports its completion: How does your DLT transform as your lessons go through the Rigor-Relevance Framework?
  • Students talking to each other using Academic Language: How do you create opportunities that allow you to find out what your students' thinking process is so you can build on their skills and/or address misconceptions?
  • Implementation of PLC plan to reteach critical skills necessary for second semester success. How are you embedding critical skills you have identified students need to better master as a result of analyzing EOC exams and Performance-Based Task results?

Article: The First Twenty Days

While it is not the first twenty days of the schoolyear, it is the first twenty days of the second semester. This Fisher and Frey article which walks us through how to establish productive groupwork in the classroom can serve as review and reinforcement for those with a structured system of student collaboration. This can also serve as a resource for ideas that can be used to add to what is already being practiced and/or enhance the effectivity and depth of student collaboration in the classroom. Click on the link below:

Faculty Meeting

As I had mentioned to the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), I overlooked that there was no FAC or Faculty meeting scheduled in January. I do believe, however, that we need to continue coming together to refocus and continue our work even if it is at the beginning of the Second Semester. So on Wednesday, January 22, we will be having a Faculty Meeting in the Old Library starting at 2:50 with the following agenda:

  • What planning under common core means
  • Teacher of the Year
  • WASC: Welcome to your Focus Groups; Reviewing the Process; Clarifying Student Learner Outcomes (Results of activity last Monday); Identifying Critical Areas of Need

Your input and participation are key to a six-year accreditation. Thank you in advance for planning to be there.

For the Common Good

  • I received EOC results and Performance-Based Task participation rates broken down by subject area and by school. I will be forwarding these data to you. Our participation rate for the Performance-Based Task significantly improved this semester. Great! However, we are still not at 100%. I will be following up with those who were not able to get their data into Data Director.
  • Hilda Bender and I are reviewing our master schedule for possible adjustments. We have reached our caps in ELD and will need to make changes to accommodate new enrollees. If your schedule will be affected, I will personally speak with you. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
  • Our motorized gate on K St. has been installed. Stay tuned for the gate clickers plan.
  • The fence around the parking lot is a work in progress. Expect delays...
  • There will be some tractor work on the baseball field Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be a great idea to keep your doors closed if your room is near the field. However, please call the Assistant Principals or I if it gets too noisy. We will let the contractors know to stop.
  • I will be speaking to some teachers this week regarding some course offerings for next schoolyear. There is no reason to be alarmed when I ask to see you.
  • If you are certificated staff, please complete the survey that David Damico sent as a link that I have forwarded to all of you. Your input is important because it will be used to create the 3-year Technology plan that will allow us to get e-Rate funding.
  • I have forwarded E-mails to you from David Damico regarding use of YouTube and Jupiter Grades support for the first ten days of the semester. Reading these E-mails will save you from a lot of grief and panic...
  • I will send you a separate E-mail with an attachment that shows you how to archive your E-mails so that you can "save" your E-mails for future reference. Archiving your mailbox also keeps it from reaching its capacity. If you have any questions about the attachment, please reach out to Eric Christensen, our Tech Person. I would like to thank him for creating the document that I will be sharing with you.
  • If you are an English, Math, Science, or Social Science teacher, Canvas provides resources that will assist in PLC planning and the transition to the common core. In English, for example, their Canvas page includes information such as what the essential questions are for each quarter. Math has websites that teachers can explore for planning materials. I do have an expectation that you are accessing through Canvas your subject area information and updates. If you need assistance, please let me know.
  • Goodness does prevail...check out the link below:

Why We Do What We Do

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