Happy Friday Serra High!
This past week we had a lot of planning etc over Athletics, adding more students to Appointment Based Services and even more planning for our WASC.
What is WASC?
WASC Stands for Western Accreditation of Schools Committee.
The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
Accreditation means that Serra has a comprehensive and rigorous program and therefore the grades we issue, and the diplomas we give, mean something legal and have integrity. It's not just simply a yes or no as it can issue a wide variety of timelines and accreditations. You can have anywhere from a one to six years in between visits (six is the best) and you can have reviews at anytime. Serra had a WASC full term report done the month before I was appointed to principal. It was decided by the committee at that time that they needed to come back to SHS after three years (review) and made clear their desires for what they would like to see at that time. Our WASC was on March16-18 of 2020......we went out on COVID March 13th....so close!
We will now do our review on Wednesday and Thursday this week all day. They will talk to kids, go in classes, speak to staff, speak to parents, and much much more. We are looking forward to showing all the amazing things the students and we have done from before I was principal until now. We have much to celebrate!
What can you do to help? Please encourage your child to have their cameras on on Wednesday and Thursday. We took data on students who had high GPA's and teacher reports and found a direct correlation to those students having cameras on. It makes a difference!
Opportunities: Tierrasanta Village
I recently spoke at this group's meeting all about how amazing Serra High is and they were so impressed they wanted to partner with us. They are a group of 65+ year olds and are super spunky!
They came up with an AMAZING IDEA that promotes community service, and academics, and learning!
The Tierrasanta Village would like to invite Serra students to join their book club reading of the classics! Students, contact Sheila Weiner to join. SheilaWeiner@att.net
Senior Boosters Class of 2021
Our Seniors are coming into the Home Stretch!!! To make sure your senior doesn't miss a thing, ensure they join and enable notifications for our "Serra Seniors" 2021 Google Classroom. The Join Code is "5reck5i" and the classroom MUST be accessed by the student's PRIVATE email, NOT school email. Here are some highlights:
Senior Movie Night!
When: Sunday March 7, movie begins at 6:30 and doors open at 5:30
Where: Santee Drive In
What: "Raya and the Last Dragon"- all are welcome to stay after for the 2nd show for free!
Bring: $10 admission per person, SNACK BAR will be OPEN!
To RSVP for headcount, please fill out https://forms.gle/rz8EX3CoA4UiYrgm7
Round Table Pizza Take Out Fundraiser!
When: Wednesday March 3, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Mention Serra Class of 2021 Boosters when ordering from Round Table and the Boosters earns 15%!
Display your love and support for Serra Seniors! We are welcoming MORE banners or posters to be up on the Serra fence. Let's get that fence FILLED! Questions or to have your poster picked up email email@example.com.
Next Boosters Meeting
Want to know more or get involved? Our next zoom meeting is Wednesday Feb 24 at 6:30 PM. https://csusm.zoom.us/j/87948999491
Monday: No school
Wednesday: Taking Care of Business--Office and Library and WASC
ASB Student Information!
This month on the @serraasb instagram we are having a Trivia Month. Each week will be themed and everyday on the story a trivia question will be posted. For each correct answer 5 class points will be awarded to the answerer. This past week we have been doing Serra High trivia and we have around 200 participants. More information about class points and the class competition can be found on the instagram account. Interested in joining ASB? Go ahead and fill out this form https://forms.gle/TnhVRRbfeYyFWkAe9
Hey, Seniors! If you have not yet voted on your class shirt, make sure to do so using the link here! Voting ends Wednesday 2/24, so make sure to vote as soon as possible! Be sure to sign in with your school account to access the form!
----To order a yearbook click here: https://yearbookforever.com/schools/serra_senior_high_school_buy_yearbook_313/
Athletics: LOTS on goconquistadors.com
Please check goconquistadors.com for all the latest on sports as things change daily!
Attention CCAP students,
Tutoring service: Miramar Community College’ Academic Success Center (ASC), Math Lab, and The Writing and English Language Lab (WELL) will offer both synchronous and asynchronous online tutorial assistance this semester. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. through May 27th. Please see attached flyer.
Hello! My name is Patrick Miencharoen. I am Serra High's Cal-SOAP representative. In case you haven't heard of us before, Cal-SOAP is a state-run organization under the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that aims to assist high school seniors in completing financial aid and college applications, among other things. If you would like to get assistance in completing the FAFSA/Dream Act application please contact me (or have your child contact me) as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the finicky nature of the SDUSD email firewall, you or your child will need to email me from a non-SDUSD-issued email. Also, before I am allowed to work with your child, please have them complete this very short survey: https://ucsd.mylacai.com/apply.php. Application deadline is March 2nd. Thank you.Attention Senior planning to attend a community college next year:
The San Diego Promise program is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates who enroll full-time (12 units per semester) at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, or San Diego Miramar College. The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: free tuition for up to two years, access peer mentor/success coach, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.
Up to two years of free tuition and health fees
Book grants for eligible students
Access to Peer Mentor/Success Coach
Individualized counseling and guidance support to help you complete your educational goals
Must be a first-time college student
Must be Class of 2021 high school graduate (H.S. Diploma or GED)
Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible
Must enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester (does not apply to DSPS students with eligible academic accommodation)
Must maintain a 2.0 college GPA
Attend an on-campus Promise orientation
Sign a Promise contract
Enroll in at least 12 units by September 7, 2021
Meet with a counselor each semester
Complete a comprehensive education plan by the end of your first year
Complete steps 1-4 by June 11th for priority registration and admission to the program.
Step 1: Complete a Fall 2021 application for admission at City, Mesa, or Miramar College.
CA Dream Act- https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
School Codes for FAFSA or Dream Act applications:
- City College: 001273
- Mesa College: 001275
- Miramar College: 014172
Step 3: Complete a Promise application.
Step 4: Complete an online orientation and meet with a college counselor for an abbreviated education plan.
Step 5: Attend an on-campus Promise orientation and sign your Promise Contact.
For additional information on the San Diego Promise Program, please contact our Outreach offices:
City College First Year Services (FYS)
Mesa College Outreach
Miramar College Outreach
Class of 2021: Information will be coming out on a regular basis and usually Dr. Renfree puts it towards to the top her blog. However information can always be found here if not in the main blog section.
Class of 2022:
Class of 2023:
Calling all Class 2023 Parents! You are cordially invited to:
Class of 2023 Parent Boosters First Meeting –
Why: Let's meet our Sophomore parents and learn what we do as a Class Parent Booster.
When: Wednesday February 17, 2021 @ 6:30pm via zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85478088936?pwd=T3ZKdTBmZXFGYWhpc2Z0eDRkQVcyUT09 Meeting ID: 854 7808 8936 Passcode: 6VQZfX
Class of 2024 Parent Booster First meeting will be on 2/10 6:30pm via zoom. Meet other Freshman parents, learn what the Parent Boosters do and why and share ideas. Signup to receive class of 2024 Parent Booster e-mails at Serra2024boosters@gmail.com Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 2564 4650
Passcode: 137180Have an amazing weekend!
Dr. Erica Renfree