Grizzly Community Update

Friday, March 17, 2023

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Good afternoon Grizzlies,

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Lyon's and Mr. Anderson's students in Global Studies. They are reading a book titled "A Long Way Gone". written by Ishmael Beah about his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone during the Civil War there in the 90s.

I was able to talk about "Ethics in War" and share some of my personal experiences with military service in combat. I was honest about the challenges that service members face in combat and afterwards for the rest of their lives. The classes had really great, thought provoking questions, including the role of an individual focused on social justice when it comes to war. I feel that each one of our responsibilities is to do the work to prevent war from even occurring. Working hard to lead in all areas of our lives, with compassion, to have a positive influence on those around us is key. I hope the students were able to take away something from our time together.

We completed the initial round of ELA CAASPP Testing this week. 11th grade students completed the work in their English classes and we are appreciative of their effort along with their teachers. We will conduct make-ups this coming week, and Math testing will begin March 28.

This week was also a week of celebrations (as you'll see in the Views from the Den section). We revived the annual Grizzly Award for the first time since 2019. The Grizzly Award gives each CHS staff member an opportunity to select a student to recognize for their exceptional character. Students that are nominated because they make a difference in our community by how they treat others, how they move through the world in a positive way, how they display strength of character, and overall Grizzly Spirit! Congratulations to the 43 students that were recognized. Thank you for the efforts of Mrs. Montague for reviving our annual tradition along with the nominating committee, and counseling team.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


Mr. Ball

Superintendent Visit (New)

Next Friday, March 24, Dr. Malloy will visit campus with a threefold purpose of (1) gaining a clearer sense of how the district's strategic directions are guiding improvement efforts; (2) gain a better understanding of the school's improvement focus; and (3) listen to staff and students to gain insights into what SRVUSD should start, stop and continue.

We look forward to hosting Dr. Malloy and Trustee Shelley Clark.

Student Digital Security Parent Resources (New)

Here are resources for parents to understand how our district is maintaining students digital security

CAASPP/CAST Testing 2023

11th graders will participate in CAASPP Testing, while 12th graders will participate in the CAST.

See the scheduled dates below.

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2nd Semester Principal Town Halls

Join in to hear directly from me, to provide your input, and get your questions answered.

Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm Meeting ID: 820 1300 9564

Thursday, April 20, 6-7pm

Views from the Den - Recognition

Art 2 Memory Project

Students in Mrs. Parsons' Art 2 class participated in the Memory Project, their 5th year of participation. The project's purpose is to create heartfelt handmade portraits for children in orphanages around the world. This year our students my portraits for children in Syria.

Here is more information on the project.

SRVUSD Classified Staff Members of the Year

Tuesday SRVUSD celebrated the Classified Staff Members of the Year from each school site and district department. It was great to celebrate so many amazing staff from around the community, especially our own Chris Torrey!
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Grizzly Award

Thank you for the efforts of Mrs. Montague for reviving our annual Grizzly Award. The Grizzly Award gives each CHS staff member an opportunity to select a student to recognize for their exceptional character. We had a fantastic time recognizing these amazing Grizzlies!
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Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Tyler Cheung for being nominated and selected as the March 2023 Rotary Student of the Month. Tyler was nominated by English teacher Abraham Kim for his leadership, creativity, positivity, and follow through as a student over his Junior and Senior years.
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Important Dates

Saturday, March 18: Relay for Life, Stadium

Monday, March 20: Out of State College Fair, 6:30pm, Event Center

Wednesday, March 22: Area Band Festival

Saturday, March 25: Junior Prom

Friday, March 31: Spring Rally (A/B Bell Schedule)

April 3-7: No School, Spring Break

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SRVUSD Vocational Education & Career Opportunities Fair

Representatives from more than fifty local organizations, including Amazon, Town of Danville, City of San Ramon, and the Danville Police Department will be on hand to answer questions and share information about careers in the trades, public safety, and service industries. Community colleges and adult education will be represented as well. Admission is free. For more information, visit
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