Big House News & Information

October 2019

Welcome to the NEW CGHS Newsletter!

Dear Casa Family,

Fall is in the air this October and I am very excited to share our focus for this month around Broad Literacy. Throughout this month, we encourage families to reflect on the following goal statement:

I am a Casa Grad, and I am Broadly Literate. I am a critical thinker, a problem-solver, and an effective communicator across disciplines. I can write, speak, and read well. I ask informed questions, I can evaluate the credibility of a claim, and I can empathize with and appreciate multiple points of view.

Broad Literacy is part of a larger vision we share at Casa for our students:

Upon graduation, all Casa Grande students will be Broadly Literate, Highly Employable, Civically Engaged, and have a Personal Vision for their future.

The 4 key graduate outcomes of Literacy, Employability, Civic Engagement, and Personal Vision will each have a focus this year - with month-long celebrations, forums, and other opportunities to deepen our collective understanding of each outcome. Stay tuned for more updates, features, and information as we engage our Vision.

Thank you all for who attended our many school events, it is always wonderful to see everyone on campus, enjoying the beautiful OLE, and contributing to our awesome school!

Always a great day to be a Gaucho!

Your principal,

Dan Ostermann, Ed.D.

General Reminders

No Food Delivery Allowed - Food deliveries are not allowed on campus during the school day. This includes GrubHub, DoorDash, Food Taxi, and similar services.

Halloween Costume Dress Code - Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook for general guidelines. As a reminder: no masks, weapons, or inappropriate/gang-related attire.

Calendar Reminders

Friday, October 18 - Homecoming Football Games, JV at 4:45pm, Varsity at 7pm

Saturday, October 19 - Homecoming Dance in the GYM, 7-10:30pm

Monday, October 21 - Boosters Meeting in the Library, 7-8pm

Wednesday, October 23 - Cash for College Workshop in the Library, 6-8:30pm

Friday and Saturday, October 25, 26- Big House Drama FALL Play in the Multi, 7pm

Friday, November 1 - END of Grading Period

Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2 - Big House Drama FALL Play in the Multi, 7pm

Saturday, November 2 - Egg Bowl @ Casa, 12:30pm JV, 3pm Varsity (10am Frosh vs. Rancho)

Sunday, November 3 - Big House Drama FALL Play in the Multi, 1pm

Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day Holiday - NO School

Wednesday, November 13 - ELAC Meeting in the Library, 6:30-8pm

Tuesday, November 19 - 9th Grade Preview Night in the MU, 7-8:30pm

Wednesday, November 20- Parent Education Series in the Library, 6:30-8pm

FALL Break is November 25-29

WINTER Break is December 23 through January 6

@casagrandehighschool #CGBigHouse

Follow our Official Instagram!!! We will be using Instagram to feature our broadly literate school culture. Enjoy!

Golden Gaucho Cards

Casa staff are invited to recognize students they observe who exemplify the CG Vision of Literacy, Employability, Civic Engagement, and Personal Vision. Or perhaps they just felt like sending a nice note! Either way, Golden Gauchos are being identified with cards mailed home!
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Big House Happenings

Office Hours

Need some extra help? Have a question? Want to get your homework done before you leave campus? Retake a quiz or test?

As a reminder, all teachers are on campus from 2:30-3:00 Four Days a Week - every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. It’s called...OFFICE HOURS! This is THE TIME AND PLACE to help you stay focused on the ultimate goal of Graduation and doing your best to prepare for College and Career.


I'd like to thank everyone for making attendance a priority at Casa Grande High School. Thank you for working with us to make our students and our school successful. It means scheduling vacations and appointments wisely and doing what you can to show your child that school is important. We want to increase attendance this year at Casa and we can't do it without you! We are so grateful to have you on our team.

Did you know:

  • That missing just two school days a month means that you are missing 10% of the school year, which is the equivalent of missing an entire month of school.

  • During the 2018-19 school year, Petaluma City Schools (PCS) lost over $700,000 due to declining attendance throughout grades TK-12.

  • These losses directly affect programs at each school.

  • Top reasons for absences: short-term vacations and days missed for appointments, not for student illness.

What can you do?

  • The District gets funding for any portion of a day a student is in attendance, so please try to start and/or end your day at school if at all possible!

  • If you are taking a family vacation during the 2019-20 school year, please take it in April and/or May. (Missed days July-March reduce the school budget $50-55/student/day. Missed days April-May reduce the school budget about $1/student/day.

  • If you are going to be gone for 5 or more consecutive days, you may be able to sign your student up for independent study. Each school has an independent study coordinator that can help you. Completed independent study packets receive full attendance credit.

We appreciate all of our families efforts to keep students coming to school every day!

News from Counseling


Oct 21, Financial Aid Rally, 2nd period, MULTI, Seniors will learn the basics about types of financial aid and how to apply. Students will be given instructions on how to sign up for one-on-one financial aid application assistance to complete FAFSA, CADA, and scholarship applications with 10,000 Degrees advisers on 10/24 and 10/25.

Oct. 23, Cash 4 College Workshop for Seniors & Parents, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Library. Bilingual presentations from 6 – 6:30 and workshop from 6:30 – 8:30. Bring 2018 tax info and receive help completing financial aid applications online. Bilingual advisers will provide one-on-one assistance with all financial aid questions. $$$ for trade schools, 2yr and 4yr colleges

Oct. 24 and 25, Financial Aid Advising, Library Lab. Seniors may meet with financial aid advisers in the Library Lab during the school day. You must sign up for an appointment in advance in order to meet.

10,000 Degrees

10,000 Degrees is a non-profit college access and success organization in the North Bay. Each year at Casa Grande High School, we recruit 11th graders to join our Institute Program and work with them during their senior year on college applications and financial aid completion. This year, the 10,000 Degrees Institute cohort is the largest we have ever had at Casa! As part of our work in your high school we hold open office hours in Room E2 on Wednesdays at lunch; as well as, after school meetings in the library lab Wednesdays 2-4pm and Thursdays 3-5 pm. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Look out for Financial Aid Week (October 21 - 25): Seniors will complete FAFSA or California Dream Act application.


Message from our Athletic Director: Winter Sports Season is Here!

A reminder that our online registration process is open for the upcoming 2019 - 2020 Winter sports season. If your student athlete is planning on playing Girls or Boys Soccer, Basketball or Wrestling please visit the Casa Grande High School website under the Athletics tab to complete the registration process. Please have your online registration completed by Monday, October 21st to ensure your student athlete is cleared for the first day of practice.

Thanks for your past and continued support of Casa Grande Athletics.

Rick O’Brien

Athletic Director

AP Updates

AP exam fees are due on November 1st. Please make checks payable to Casa Grande High School. Exams are $94 each ($53 per exam for free and reduced lunch families). If you have any questions please contact our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Azofeifa.

Chromebook Update

New chromebooks arrived to our campus on September 30th. All students and families who have successfully completed Data Confirmation through the Aeries Parent Portal should now have a new chromebook. If you need any support in completing this process please visit the Main Office.

More information on the PCS Chromebook program is found here or BYOD here.

Casa Grande Parent Organizations


PTSA-The PTSA will be holding its first meeting of the year next Thursday, September 19. Please come by and learn how the PTSA supports Casa's students and staff. Our first meeting of the year is an informative one, as we will be reviewing our plans and budget for the 2019-20 year. PTSA Fall Kickoff Meeting: Thursday, September 19 at 7:00pm in the Case Grande Library* (*future meetings will be held in the Staff Lounge) All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings throughout the year, so please mark your calendars for the following Thursdays at 7:00pm.

· November 21, 2019

· January 16, 2020

· March 12, 2020

· May 14, 2020

If you haven't joined the PTSA, you can sign up anytime online:

CG Booster Club

Your Casa Grande Booster Club is thrilled to report that our BLINGO event last Friday, October 4th was a wonderful success! Thanks to many of you! We appreciate all of those who donated their time, money and participation to make it happen. A shout out to the Leadership students who helped set up, lend support during the event, and clean up after.

The cafeteria transformed into a festive Bingo party room, and we packed it full of enthusiastic players. Having never run with this fundraising idea before, we weren't exactly sure how much money we could raise. We're still tallying up our final number, but we came close to our "fingers-crossed" $5,000 goal, and we consider that a big win! - With experience under our belt and your positive feedback, we may actually hold another version of BLINGO in the spring, so stay tuned. Look for photos and videos from this event on our Facebook page. Follow us on Instagram too. We're trying to grow our numbers, so that we can rely on social media to communicate more often with "the masses."

Other big news: we have a special order coming in this coming week of SPIRIT merch - Just in time for the HoCo football games and Egg Bowl. We want to fill our bleachers with Casa colors and Gaucho pride. Look for Rally Towels, 2 types of tattoos, and pompoms. Visit the clothing store for more Gaucho gear during the games.

Our next meeting is October 21st at 7pm in the library. Join us to see what all we do and how many ways we can spend money on the Casa community and campus.

FB: Casa Grande Booster Club

IG: cghsboosters

In Other News

The Casa Revista Needs Your Support!

The Casa Revista is the new publication from Casa's award-winning journalism class. This full-color glossy magazine is published monthly and we're looking for more financial support. If your business would like to purchase an ad or make a donation, please contact advisor Athena Kautsch Subscriptions are still available!

Parent Education Series

Please join us for the Parent Education Series hosted from 6:30-8:00pm in the Big House Library on November 20, January 22, and February 19. All sessions are FREE and focus on challenges and experiences related to parenting teens. See you there!

The series is open to the public and you do not have to be a Casa parent to attend.

Petaluma Transit

Buy your Youth Quarterly Pass Now! The pass will be valid from October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, at the rate of $40. It is available for purchase online (click here to buy passes) and/or at the school's office. Students who qualify for the reduced/free lunch program are eligible for a discounted quarterly pass at the rate of $20. The discounted pass is available for purchase only at the school office. Visit Petaluma Transit's website for more information at

Casa Grande High School's Student Health Center is now OPEN for the 2019-2020 School Year

Operated by Petaluma Health Center, Casa Grande’s school clinic provides urgent primary care as well as behavior health, confidential sexual health and dental health services. Walk in appointments welcome for all students. For more information, or to complete a health center consent form for your teen, please call 707-559-7500 or visit

Consider Joining the District Budget Advisory Committee

Do you wonder how the district makes financial decisions and budgets for various projects? Join the District Budget Advisory Committee to find out! We are looking for students and parents who want to be involved with shared decision making in the allocation of funds for a variety of district programs and initiatives. Please contact Lori Hirasa at if you are interested in joining!

Meeting Dates:

  • November 7, 2019
  • December 12, 2019
  • January 23, 2020
  • February 20, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • May 21, 2020

Sponsor a Foreign Exchange Student

From coordinator and teacher Kelly Rankin: I am looking for a few more families to host our international exchange students. There are three kids needing permanent placements for the school year. It is truly an amazing opportunity to learn about a new culture and to share the American life. They are a great addition to our community and are all having a great time at our school. The family is responsible for room and board and the student covers all other expenses. You make them a part of your family. One of my students is allergic to animals in the house. I can donate $200 to our school for any family found. Please message me at or

Cafeteria FRL Apps

If your child received free or reduced price meals last year and expect those benefits to continue through this year, PLEASE fill out an application before September 24th. After September 24th if the Food Service Department has not received an new application your child's benefits will expire and the will be charged full price for meals. Applications can be filled out HERE. The link is on the PCS website or you can obtain a paper application in the school office. It is VERY IMPORTANT to fill out an application if you qualify even if your child doesn't eat in the cafeteria. This will help the school district to receive funding from the State. Thank you for your help!

Patty Gallagher, Director of Food Services