The Spartan Standard

Creating Coherent Systems That Promote Learning For All

Our Mission: Why We Do The Right Thing

The mission of Chula Vista High School, an academic and artistic community that celebrates its traditions, spirit, and diverse culture, is to ensure all students realize their highest aspirations through a system of learning distinguished by:

  • Academic rigor across the curriculum fostering lifelong intellectual curiousity
  • A climate of respect, fairness, equality, and security promoting individual confidence and responsibility
  • A culture of collaboration between school, family, and community
  • A proactive network of student support
  • Exciting, unprecedented opportunities for student involvement
  • Creative and artistic expression
  • State of the Art Technology

Something To Think About

"To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”
Dalai Lama XIV

Mary Rose's Schedule (Subject to Change)


Monday, November 16: PLC Collaboration

1:39 PLC Collaboration

3:00 A-Team

4:00 Technology Task Force Mtg. @ PAC

Tuesday, November 17:

8:00 Educational Law Conference @ Cerritos, CA

6:00 Metro Conference Awards Ceremony @ PAC

6:00 ELAC Meeting

Wednesday, November 18:

8:30 Most Improved Breakfast

11:00 Staff Mtg. re: Student in Crisis Protocol for Office

2:50 Faculty Meeting @ PAC

Thursday, November 19: Extended Lunch Schedule

7:00 SAA Superintendents Update @ EHS

12:00 Potato Topper Staff Get-Together @ Learning Lab

7:00 Band Pageant @ SWC

Friday, November 20:

7:45 Calendar

9:00 SSC Training @ Moss St. Parent Center


Week of November 23-27: THANKSGIVING BREAK

Monday, November 23:

8:00 IMII Grade Recovery

Tuesday, November 24:

8:00 IMII Grade Recovery

Wednesday, November 25:

8:00 IMII Grade Recovery


Monday, November 30: PLC Collaboration; Listening Campaign

1:39 PLC Collaboration

3:00 A-Team

4:30 K. Janney, C. Carbuccia, K. Michel, M. Aguirre, H. Bender, D. Nevin @ D.O.

Tuesday, December 1:

8:00 Classroom Visits

Wednesday, December 2:

9:30 Staff Mtg. @ Parent Center

1:39 Staff Mtg. @ Office

2:50 FAC @ New Library

6:00 VMA Holiday Sing

6:00 Juniors Parent Mtg. @ PAC

Thursday, December 3:

12:39 Department Chair Mtg.

6:00 District Mariachi Concert

Friday, December 4:

7:45 Calendar

7:00 Band Winter Concert

Saturday, December 5:

8:00 Saturday School

Kudos, Transitions, and Thanks

  • Please welcome Priscilla Rodriguez as our new School Administrative Assistant. She officially starts Monday, November 16.
  • Let us extend last week's Psychologist Appreciation Week. Let us show our appreciation for Karla Hermosillo-Alcala for all she does to support our students and staff.
  • Congratulations to Diana Kulhanek for coordinating our 3rd Take A Veteran To School Day. The performances and tributes just get better year after year. Many thanks and kudos to Sharon Maley and Tony Atienza for their students' performances; Charles Batchman and John McCourt for sound, lights, and props; and DiAnne Cabe for assistance with seating. Kudos to those who invited veterans to share their stories with students. Many students found the military displays interesting and informative. Community supporters such as Francine Maigue (from AssemblyMember Lorena Gonzalez's office), Chula Vista Council Member John McCann, and Superintendent Janney were also present to pay tribute to our veterans, including the Veteran of the Year and the President of the Veterans' Association that sponsors our event, and Diana's hard work in ensuring this event takes place.
  • Congratulations to Coach Liliana Sandoval and her assistant, Coach Jose Medrano. The Girls Cross Country Team earned a co-league championship while the Boys Cross County Team earned a tri-league championship. Kudos on a great win on Coach Sandoval's first year as a Head Coach!
  • Congratulations to Patrick Doerr for coordinating and sponsoring the 4th Annual Chula Vista Invitational Field Tournament. It has become that big that it had to be moved to another venue, San Ysidro High School, to accommodate participating bands and their families, fans, and friends.
  • It was a great run. Kudos to Coach Joey Espinoza for leading the Girls Volleyball Team to CIF playoffs.
  • Kudos to Linda Scott for a successful Piano Recital held at the PAC this past Sunday. Students in their second and third years of Piano performed.

Take A Veteran To School Day

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4th Annual Chula Vista Inviational Field Tournament

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Piano Recital

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Listening Campaign: Dr. Joe Fulcher

Dr. Joe Fulcher, our new Asst. Superintendent of Equity, Culture, and Student Services will be visiting Chula Vista High School on Monday, November 30, 2015. He is conducting a district-wide “Equity Listening Campaign” that is designed to engage all stakeholders in a discovery process through a series of semi-structured group interviews. At the conclusion of the one month listening campaign, Dr. Fulcher is expecting to have a greater understanding of district-wide equity opportunities and challenges as well as an assessment of the district’s current capacity to meet those challenges.

These interviews are voluntary and for those interested, please visit Dr. Fulcher during your prep period; he will be in the Learning Lab.

Innovative Schedule Information Corner

  • The meeting with Superintendent Janney and District representatives to talk about the details of our innovative schedule has been scheduled to be on the week of November 30th. Hilda Bender, Debbie Nevin, and I will be attending for Chula Vista High School.
  • You have all received from Debbie Nevin a link of courses that are offered in our district--the course book, so to speak. Departments can look at the course book to recommend courses that will enhance our students' learning experiences. Please know that courses will be offered subject to enrollment and resources.
  • The Course Proposal Form to offer courses new to our school and/or new to our district is attached to the Principal Bulletin E-mail. If you are interested in offering a new course, this form must be filled out and returned to me by Tuesday, December 3 at NOON. I will review them and present them to the FAC, as part of our discussion on the Master Schedule. You can collaborate as a PLC or Department to fill out this form. If you have any clarifying questions on how to fill this form out, please see Hilda or I.

Walkthrough Feedback & Focus

To help us understand how the first best lesson unfolds, as evidenced by your PLC planning, the Assistant Principals and I will choose to walkthrough the same teacher's class at the same period for a week. This will mean that at a maximum, each administrator will visit the same five classrooms for a week to see how the first best lesson unfolds.

As we walk through this week, we will be looking for the following evidence of PLC planning of the first best lesson:

  • What is the DLT and how does my agenda or class activity support its completion/mastery?
  • How am I developing creating opportunities for structured student interaction?
  • How have I planned for possible misconceptions?
  • How am I scaffolding for English Learners and/or Students With Disabilities?
  • How am I grouping my students so that they are helping each other reach their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) as they collaborate?

PLC Collaboration

  • Please work on the agenda that you had agreed upon based on your last PLC collaboration.
  • A reminder that everyone is expected to stay on campus until the end of the PLC time. Thank you for your professionalism.
  • You may choose to discuss a new course that you want to offer for the 2016-2017 school year. The Course Proposal Form to offer courses new to our school and/or new to our district is attached to the Principal Bulletin E-mail. If you are interested in offering a new course, this form must be filled out and returned to me by Tuesday, December 3 at NOON. I will review them and present them to the FAC, as part of our discussion on the Master Schedule. You can collaborate as a PLC to fill out the form.
  • Consider the following suggestion: Specifically concentrate your planning around anticipating student difficulties or misconceptions in your lessons. From your experience or from data you have, what misconceptions or difficulties do students have with the lesson/unit you are/will be presenting? How do you/will you plan differently to address anticipated misconceptions or difficulties in learning of students? I truly believe that by just doing this will make a big difference in student learning, engagement, and achievement.
  • Consider another suggestion: Final Exams is a few weeks away. In August, I mentioned that PLC's will have to create their own Final Exams as I expect all courses to give one. It is a prudent use of PLC time to create your Final Exam. It is my understanding that some subject areas have made previous exams available for teachers to use or model after.
  • A copy of your PLC-created/adapted/adopted Final exam should be given to my office.
  • Minutes should include products (lessons, CFA's, adjusted lesson plans, specific agreements on instructional strategy use) that should be uploaded to our CANVAS page. I want to see the result/s of your collaboration. Please see your Curriculum Coach for assistance, if needed.

  • Thank you for your focused engagement and hard work!

Faculty Meeting Agenda

Our Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18, starting at 2:50 PM in the PAC. The agenda is as follows:

  • SCPA Performances (Band and Piano)
  • LGBT District Policy--For Your Information
  • Master Schedule Update
  • New Course Proposal

The Faculty Meetings are announced meetings. The dates were set and shared early in the school year so you can plan around these dates. There is an expectation of attendance. Make-up Faculty meetings are scheduled for those with Period 0 and Period 7, as specified by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA--also known as contract). We strive to ensure that every Faculty Meeting matters. Thank you for your professionalism through your attendance and participation.

4th Annual Potato Topper

There is a lot to be thankful for this year. And that includes being at Sparta and having each other. It is GREAT to be a SPARTAN! What better way to celebrate than by getting together for our 4th Spartan Baked Potato Topper? Please join us:

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Extended Lunch Time: 12:15-12:55 p.m.

Location: Learning Lab (formerly known as "The Old Library")

What It Is About:

The A-Team will provide the baked potatoes (all you want to have!) and drinks (all you want to drink!); On your part, please bring yourself and a topping to share.

Suggestions for Toppings:

Butter, Sour Cream, Chives, Chili, Olives, Broccoli, Bacon Bites, Jalapenos, Nacho Cheese, Salsa, Mushrooms, Shredded Cheese, Blue Cheese, etc.

You can sign up to bring an item by clicking on:

It is a great time to catch up and enjoy each other...See you all there!

For The Common Good

  • BEFORE YOU LEAVE for THANKSGIVING BREAK: Please make sure that you unplug your refrigerator, computer, and mini-appliances. Please take home any food that will spoil. Leave your refrigerator door open so it will not smell musty when you come back. Please secure your classroom valuables in a locked cabinet. The custodians will be cleaning classrooms so please make sure that your clutter is minimal. The school will be closed for the week (except for a special arrangement with an IMII Grade Recovery session).

What Should We Stop, Start, and Continue?

Reading... For Our Soul