Principal's Message SRCA July 2014 Newsletter

As I reflect on my third year as the Principal at SRHS, I can honestly say that the monumental accomplishments our students have earned make me so proud to serve our community.  We are still the only high school in the San Diego Unified School District to reach an (API) Academic Performance Index of 914!  The support from our parents, the Foundation, our boosters, and all our volunteers allow us to give our students the additional support needed to make their high school years so memorable.  Our teachers and all the staff at SRHS are dedicated to the task of educating our students and maintaining a safe, positive and clean learning environment.  I am very grateful to be able to work with them.   

Congratulations to 2014 graduate Shea Polansky who received a National Merit Scholarship and will attend the University of New Mexico to study information technology.  The university is a leading research university with renowned faculty and exceptional facilities for teaching and learning.

Many spring sports teams and individuals advanced to CIF playoffs.  The Badminton Team won its CIF championship for the first time in our history!  We are very proud of our athletes and coaches, and are indebted to our parents who support their student-athletes.  

Our very own Barbershop Quartet, “4 Men 4 Octaves” won first place in the Far Western District High School Barbershop Quartet Contest earlier this year.  The a capella quartet were also invited to perform for the district’s Salute to Excellence Awards Ceremony and at the Pacific Coast Harmony Show in late spring.  

The end of the year performances in dance and the Comic CONcert band concert were well received and attended.  Both showcased our hardworking students and the years of dedication by their parents and teachers.  In addition, be sure to visit our website during the year to see what our drama students in The Falcon Playhouse are presenting.  This year they performed in a drama productions, one-act plays and improv nights.  Many students also were chosen to act in the SDUSD Honors Theater drama production.  All are very enjoyable evenings and vehicles to display the talents of our SRHS Visual and Performing Arts programs.

Congratulations to our Air Force JROTC Cadets who earned the Stillwell Trophy for being the #1 JROTC School in the San Diego Unified School District.  This is the third time our cadets have won it in the last four years. They are mentored by Col Hogan and SMgt Toledo.

Our Junior Model United Nations Delegates coached the local middle school delegation to the highest rating at the 37th Annual San Diego Junior Model United Nations Conference held at USD.  The middle school team beat all the high school delegations along with the middle schools.

The City of San Diego sponsored a “San Diegans Waste No Water” film contest and four of our students became eligible for the Viewer’s Choice Award.  Their video is available on YouTube or www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation.  They helped celebrate World Environment Day on June.  

The District Attorney Office has mentored our Youth Advisory Board for the past two years.  In late May our students presented their “Redefine Success” mobile app campaign to community members.  The campaign encourages students to realize there are different paths to success for everyone and the most important achievement is happiness with oneself.

During the summer, I hope all of us have time to relax and reflect on what goals we have accomplished and where we need to strive harder to reach them.  Your combined efforts have produced some amazing results because of your dedication, commitment, and high standards for our students to be successful.  Now is the time of year when we need to shift gears and allow our students to regenerate, relax, and be teenagers again.  

The summer months will provide more opportunities for our students to have fun with friends, travel, work a part-time job, or get involved with a meaningful community service project. I would also encourage our students and families to continue with some “light reading” and continue to make this an integral part of the summer months. With the big push for technology and multi-tasking at high rates of speed, sometimes we need to slow down, get an interesting book, and enjoy it!

Please refer to our website (www.srhsfalcons.org) for monthly calendars, upcoming events, announcements, and school news.  We will post all information regarding summer camps, enrollment, and pre-school Kick-Off dates and times on this website.

In closing, I just want to say “Thank You” for everything you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable.

Enjoy your summer.  Go Falcons!!

Sincerely,

Ann Menna, Principal