Bowman Community Newsletter

November 2018

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This newsletter is designed to keep our community informed about what's happening on our campus through student reporting and photography. You can always find more information on our website. For regular event updates, please subscribe to our calendar on our events page.
Bowman ASB students spell out the school motto of "You Matter."

Bowman Stands Out And So Does Their ASB

By Jerilynn Flores and Maria Villatoro

When Andrea Arceo, a senior at Bowman High School, walked in to her first leadership class at Bowman, she felt welcomed. Bowman’s Associated Student Body class, known as ASB, is a place where students promote getting involved and making a difference.

“ASB is different at Bowman because we allow more people in. It's not... where you come from, where you've been, and what are your grades,” said Ms. Arceo. “If you want to join, you’re more than welcome to join ASB.” Ms. Arceo is delighted to be in ASB. Not to mention, she added, “It's a lot of credits!”

ASB can be a fun leadership activity on any campus, but Bowman’s ASB is different, according to Jason Gutierrez, a recently-graduated Bowman student. He revealed that in his previous school ASB students were not as involved. “At Bowman they’re more open to people,” he said.

Mr. Gutierrez explained that Bowman’s ASB goes out of its way to involve and include all students. It might help that Bowman’s campus is smaller than others in the district, with an estimated 250 students on campus at any time as opposed to a thousand plus at a typical comprehensive high school.

President of Bowman’s ASB, Marcelo Cabal, a senior, said Bowman has an incredible ASB teacher in Ms. April Soria and that ASB tries to communicate with every student through spirit events.

Ms. Arceo agreed. “I encourage people to take ASB,” she said. “It’s a friendly environment. You’ll be thrilled to participate in a class where everyone can be upbeat and social.”

Bowman's Spooky Halloween

By Jerilynn Flores

Students and faculty flexed their costumes during nutrition on Wednesday, October 31st. However there could only be one-- or maybe two-- winners for the costume contest.

In the morning there was one winner: senior Chino Romero. In the afternoon, Larry "Andrew" Itliong and Mia Diaz each won movie tickets. Then there were the donuts.

Eight students competed to see who could devour the most whipped-cream-covered donuts. Finally, English teacher Mike Mansfield lead faculty and a few brave students through Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance. "It's just something you never forget how to do," said Mr. Mansfield.

Bowman History Students Visit Ronald Reagan Library

Showing Support for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Bowman Turns 50 This Spring!

Come join us as Bowman turns 50. On Tuesday, March 19th, Bowman hosts a celebration of its first fifty years in conjunction with the school's annual Open House. Plans call for a celebration of each decade, starting with the nineteen sixties and ending with students' present day accomplishments. Many former staff are expected to attend as well as school board members and elected officials. "In addition to our current students and faculty, I hope it will also be an opportunity for former staff and students to be honored and remembered," said Assistant Principal Nina Zamora. "We would love a great turn out to celebrate this amazing school."

Supporting Veterans In Our Community

By Maria Aguilar

Veterans who have served our country deserve more than just our thanks. On Friday, October 26th, twenty-one Bowman students helped build homes for veterans and their families with the Homes4Families Foundation in Santa Clarita. From 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m. students dug trenches and placed drainage pipes around homes in this new veteran’s community next door to the school.

The community is in the final stages of construction. The goal is for 26 families to move in to this “Veteran Enriched Neighborhood” before the holiday season. The neighborhood includes a common garden, which students helped lay the ground for, and a play area for children. Families in the community will also have access to programming around trauma-informed care geared specifically toward veterans. This care includes weekly care management meetings to support self-sufficiency and upward mobility.

Homes4Families uses donations to build homes for veterans who may have had difficulty transitioning back to civilian life after their service. About 61 units have already been built, which totals 78 homes in all, and there are more to come in the next few years.

Career Day at Bowman

On Friday, November 2nd, 22 career professionals volunteered their time for the school's annual Career Day. Each student selected three presenters to visit. Options included varied professions from real estate and comedy writing to the military, the fire department, and Hollywood special effects. Several representatives from the College of the Canyons and other certification programs in automotive, business, cosmetology, hair dressing, and fashion also presented to honor this year's Career Day theme: Don't Dream It, Be It.
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Project Linus has adapted Bowman as one of their schools, creating and donating blankets for our night school students in time for the evening chill of fall. Senior April Hatton decides to stick with an outer space theme for her blanket.

WASC Accreditation at Bowman: Always Striving to Improve

This year Bowman High School is working toward its accreditation. So if you happen to hear staff referring to work they're doing for WASC, know that they're referring to the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC is a well-established and highly respected accrediting body.

All schools in the William S. Hart Union District undergo the accreditation process to ensure continued improvement and growth. Receiving the accreditation is a statement to the broader community and stakeholders that a school is committed to ongoing improvement for student learning. In 2012-2013 Bowman received the highest honor WASC bestows-- a six-year, clear accreditation.

Accreditation is a year-long reflective, process. In March representatives from WASC will visit Bowman to see firsthand how the school's programs and staff work together to support student development and achievement. "It's a rigorous process that we welcome," said Principal Eran Zeevi. "We're always striving to improve so we can do and be more for our students. The WASC process is one more way for us to grow."

Upcoming Events

November 22nd & 23rd: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 20th: Term 4 Ends

December 21st: No School for Students, Teacher Work Day

December 21st to January 11th: Winter Break

January 21st: No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 8th: Term 5 Ends

February 15th: No School

February 18th: No School, President's Day

March 11th-13th: WASC Visit

March 19th: Bowman's 50th Anniversary Celebration & Open House

March 22nd: Term 6 Ends

April 1st-5th: Spring Break

April 26th: Term 7 Ends

May 27th: No School, Memorial Day

May 29th: Bowman Graduation!

June 6th: Term 8 Ends

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