September 27th, 2021- Weekly School Bulletin This Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm is our first Virtual Parent Advisory Group meeting of the year. We hope to increase our membership each year and invite you to join this wonderful group of parents partnering with us to make HSHMC the best school in the universe. Our Parent Advisory Group helps to plan programs and activities that support our HSHMC students and families. If you would like to attend, please join us using the link on our website. https://hshmc.zoom.us/j/85822899664 Meeting ID: 858 2289 9664 This Wednesday at lunch there is a college information meeting for seniors to help them start the application process for CSU and UC schools and the FAFSA which opens on October 1st. Our Virtual College Knowledge night for families is on October 6 at 5:30 pm. Our free trip for students to Knott’s Berry Farm is scheduled for Saturday November 13 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Students must be fully vaccinated and have turned in proof to HSHMC. For students to reserve their spot, they need to pick up a permission slip from the front desk and return it along with proof of vaccination. If you have already turned in a copy of their card, we have that on file. It’s not too late to get vaccinated! Sharp HealthCare will be here on campus October 4 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm. The clinic is open to all HSHMC students, families and community members 12 years and older. Make an appointment now at MyTurn.ca.gov. Walk-ins are welcome but for the least amount of wait-time, please make an appointment. Two more clinics have been set up as well on October 25 and November 15. Each year HSHMC families are required to complete an Income Eligibility Form (similar to the lunch application). By completing the form you are taking part in an important process that that helps us secure critical funding so we can continue to meet the needs of all our students and families. If we have not yet received the form for your family, a notice with a link to the form was sent to your email. If you have more than one student at HSHMC, only one form is required. If you have questions please contact the school at 619-528-9070, or email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week. Thank you
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September 7th, 2021- Weekly School Bulletin Thank you for everything you did to help us create a very special and successful first week of learning. It was wonderful to reconnect and engage with our students and families. Students will be in regular classes this week. Our college and internship classes will be begin next week. All students on campus will be Covid tested today, September 7, 2021. If you have not yet registered your child for the testing, please do so using the link on our website. If your child is fully vaccinated, please provide the school with a copy of the vaccination card for our records. If is easier for you to take a picture of the card and email it to us, you can email it to email@example.com. As we begin a new year together, please remember that daily attendance is extremely important and directly related to student success. If your child is going to be absent from either in-person or online learning, please call the school at 619-528-9070. We are asking that every family create a parent account on PowerSchool in order to track your child’s grades and attendance, and to easily access forms, surveys, and communications from us. If you have not yet made your parent account, we will be mailing the access codes home to you this week with directions on how to create your account. If you have questions please contact the school at 619-528-9070, or email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week. Thank you!
Our students got to show off their artistic talents, as well as their trigonometry skills, in an outdoor chalk-drawing assignment of the unit circle. One of the groups even dedicated their work to a student for their birthday! At HSHMC, we always love keeping things fresh by changing up the learning environment whenever we can. If you see any of these students, congratulate them on some fantastic work!
June 13th, 2021- Weekly School Bulletin This Tuesday, June 15 is the last day of school. All classes will be asynchronous and there will be no in person teaching on campus. Please be sure your child has completed and turned in all their work. At this point, if your child is carrying an “I” (Incomplete) in any course, they are at risk of failing if they do not clear their incomplete. Any student with an incomplete at the end of the school year will be mandated to summer school until all incompletes are clear. We will be collecting all the technology loaned to all 9th – 11th grade students during the school year unless they are attending summer school. If your child is not attending summer school (or returning to HSHMC next year) please return the Macbook Air, Chromebook (if you have not yet returned it), and any other technology checked out to you by HSHMC, during our drive by return technology event this Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 and 17 between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. Summer school will be in person at HSHMC and begins next Monday, June 21. If your child has been assigned to or registered for summer school their schedules are available in PowerSchool. In addition, we will be mailing home schedules mid-week once grades have been finalized and we determine who must attend academic recovery due to incompletes. We will also reach out to you by phone should your child be mandated to Academic Recovery during summer school. Senior Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be held is this Tuesday at Liberty Station. Tickets are limited to 3 tickets per graduate. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow admission to anyone without a ticket. However, the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed directly from our website so that all family, friends, and our HSHMC community will be able to watch and celebrate our graduates. Thank you for a wonderful year and for your partnership as we successfully made our way through a unique and challenging year together. Have a great week.
MS. KOSAKA SUPPORTS STUDENTS AND HER COLLEAGUES! Kristen is a new Educational Specialist at HSHMC. She's currently serving as a case manager for students with IEPs, holding meetings for her students, and working with incoming students and their families. She works closely with so many amazing educators, including Mr. Kennedy and the special education team as they work through out the IEP process. Everyone at HSHMC, including the students, have been so helpful and welcoming! Each day brings new adventures from collaborating with colleagues to supporting students with coursework. Helping students clear their incomplete grades are the top priority for Kristen at this time. As a new staff member, she is eager to build family and student connections. "I’ve enjoyed both distance learning and in-person learning but truly enjoy working with the students in-person. We learn so much from each other during our time together and it helps foster a positive relationship with them." -Kristen Kosaka "Just about everyone walks into a job not knowing what to do. Some of us are fortunate to have someone around to lean-on, vent to, problem-solve, and collaborate with. Well, I’m one of those FORTUNATE ONES! Thank you Kristen!" -Brian Kennedy
June 6th, 2021- Weekly School Bulletin Please note that although the Cuyamaca college classes have been completed, students must still attend their college classes this week as usual. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 15. All classes will be asynchronous so students can be sure that they have completed and turned in all their work. At this point, if your child is carrying an “I” (Incomplete) in any course, they could be at risk of failing by the end of quarter four if they do not act immediately to clear the incomplete. Any student with an incomplete at the end of the school year will be mandated to summer school until all incompletes are clear. Summer school will be in person at HSHMC and begins on Monday, June 21. If your child has signed up to take a college class during the summer, please watch for an email that contains a college registration form that you need to fill out and sign online asap. All students who plan to attend summer school must register in advance using the link sent to their school email address. Senior Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00 am at Liberty Station. Tickets are limited to 3 tickets per graduate. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow admission to anyone without a ticket. However, the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed directly from our website so that all family, friends, and our HSHMC community will be able to watch and celebrate our graduates. If you have questions, or just want to touch base, I am holding Principal’s Office Hours (password: HSHMC) via Zoom at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The Zoom link is available on our website. I can also be reached by email anytime at email@example.com. Thank you. Have a great week.
MARISA ENSURES COLLEGE SUCCESS! Ms. Peña has been busy this semester! She supports 5 college courses: Public Speaking (COMM 122), Substance Abuse & Public Health (HED 203), History of Hip Hop Culture (MUS 123), US History: Chicano Perspectives (HIST 119), and Politics & Political Analysis (POSC 120). She loves witnessing the students learn and make connections in each of these courses. Ms. Peña begins each weekly module with a tour of the course's webpage, weekly assignments, and announcements. Students are then placed in small groups or independently in break-out rooms. Many of the college courses this semester have required students to demonstrate their knowledge in writing. Ms. Peña works together with the students to deconstruct the prompts into smaller, more manageable pieces. She also supports students to learn how to approach higher education including things like building relationships with professors and learning what it means when an assignment is "weighted". Emma stands out for her performance in Public Speaking. Her poise and confidence shined, and was recognized by her peers and Professor Chambers. In the Hip Hop class, Ms. Peña asked Ezekiel Ayala Beltran if he wanted her to rap an answer to him. He said "no" (with a giggle).
May 30th, 2021- Weekly School Bulletin Don’t forget, this Friday, June 4, HSHMC will be holding our second pop-up COVID-19 vaccination event with Sharp HealthCare from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for anyone 12 years or older. It’s not too late to make an appointment for yourself or a loved one. Those who already received their first vaccination at HSHMC on May 13 already have an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome, but the wait time will be quicker if you have an appointment. You can easily make an appoint at myturn.ca.gov. Directions on how to make your appointment and use the access code for our location are available on our website at www.hshmc.org. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinations for all our HSHMC students, as we anticipate that vaccinations will be required in the future for access to campus and to internships. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 15. All classes will be asynchronous so students can be sure that they have completed and turned in all their work. At this point, if your child is carrying an “I” (Incomplete) in any course, they could be at risk of failing by the end of quarter four if they do not act immediately to clear the incomplete. Please check your child’s grades in PowerSchool to be sure they are completing their assignments on time and are not holding any incompletes. Senior Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00 am at Liberty Station. Tickets are limited to 3 tickets per graduate. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow admission to anyone without a ticket. However, we are excited to announce that the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed directly from our website so that all family, friends, and our HSHMC community will be able to watch and celebrate our graduates. Summer school will be in person at HSHMC and begins on Monday, June 21. We are offering four sessions; each session will be three-weeks long, for three hours a day. The last day of the summer sessions ends on Thursday, July 29. More specific information on our summer session dates and times can be found on our website. As a reminder, please be sure your child has completed the summer school registration form sent to their email. If you have questions, or just want to touch base, I am holding Principal’s Office Hours (password: HSHMC) via Zoom at 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. The Zoom link is available on our website. I can also be reached by email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you – Have a good week.
EDDIE SUPPORTS STUDENTS AS THEY EXPLORE COLLEGE! Eddie is one of our school counselors and part of his role for Quarter 4 is to help students on campus with academic recovery. He also has been staying busy keeping up with the Class of 2021 as they make college and career decisions and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Eddie enjoys reaching out to parents to work on plans for improving student attendance or academic performance. One big success that both Naimo and Eddie had recently was a college info session for 11th graders and their families, where over 80 people attended on Zoom (they even "broke" Jamboard because there were too many participants trying to join)! They were able to address students’ and families’ anxieties about going to college and help them differentiate myths from the realities of college. "I really enjoy working at HSHMC and serving the diverse community, especially working with students and parents whose stories are similar to my own."
VANESSA IS ALWAYS READY TO LISTEN! Vanessa is our School Social Worker. To support students she checks in with them during their class time on Zoom in breakout rooms, through texts and phone calls, as well as in person since we have been on campus. She always tries to make sure the students feel comfortable to talk to her about whatever is on their mind, be it school-related or not, so she can best support their social-emotional needs and hopefully get them more engaged in their academics as a result of that connection. "I enjoy getting to know the students and building positive relationships with them! Each student I have been able to talk to has their own story to tell, and I love hearing what they have to say.." One of our students recently told Ms. Casanova: "I'm happy there is someone at school I can talk to if I need to."