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Happy FRIDAY Serra High!

This past week has been very busy. We have been supporting teachers and students with the start of classes for Semester 2 and doing textbook return. We also are gearing up for Athletics to start. This upcoming Friday is Principals Coffee and the link is on the SHS website. Lastly, I have been told that our name, mascot, and color change will be going to the BOE sometime this month! So exciting!


Lastly, many of you have been calling asking "Where is my report card I haven't received it in the mail?"--We didn't mail them. Please go to the Parent Portal (https://serrahighschool.wixsite.com/wellness/parent-portal ) you can view the report card; any questions please contact your child's teacher.


****Please read the blog in its entirety including the Booster Section in order to get more involved in things at Serra! Class of 2024 has an announcement at the end of this blog and you don't want to miss it****


Few Items to Take Note of:

  1. Only 1/3 of the school returned their books. We need you to return them. I have asked my entire office staff to come and help on Monday and Tuesday because if you haven't returned your books, you need to do so as it is affecting another child. Please be courteous. My biggest concerns are freshman class and senior class (Seniors---you HAVE to turn in books to graduate--its a requirement just like it is every year for every senior).Come Fall 2021 (this upcoming Fall) if you have not returned textbooks then I wont be able to issue them to you.

  2. There are no schedule changes. Please see the reasoning behind this under Counseling. We as a team are here to support you through your current courses.

3. Did you know that Serra High has a new phone number???? Our phones were all updated over the last few weeks. The new number is 619-605-8100. Please write this down to avoid frustrations later.



Book Return and Distribution: Please return any books you have from any year! So many books are outstanding and you need to return to be clear for when you graduate and we need them to give to others!



Calendar:


Monday: Staff has a morning meeting and Book Pick up (see above)

Tuesday: Book Pick up and Girls Volleyball Meeting (go to calendar for link)

Wednesday: OPEN for Taking Care of Business--Media Center and Office and AP NIGHT for Parents and Students (link on calendar) and SHS Golf Meeting (go to calendar for link)

Thursday: Tennis Meeting (calendar for link)

Friday: Principals Coffee (We hope to see you there!) and Track (both links on calendar)


ASB:

ASB students are being assigned committees this week. Most of these committees will be providing content for this very blog.

  1. Weekly club spotlight

  2. Weekly staff standout

  3. Monthly student of the month.

  4. Return of the bulletin. A weekly video bulletin produced by students.

Many more item are in store!


Advanced Placement (AP Classes):

We have a whole new set of AP Courses starting!!! We also have another AP Night for the Spring Courses AND study sessions/tutoring throughout the Spring for those that has courses in the Fall. Check it all out.

Click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x-2Gtqkmz1aVpyeHgdv-xxtip6SNYX0DC9-PfPlDp7o/edit?usp=sharing


Here is our cover!



Yes we are having one! and Yes it is going to be robust with pictures etc. Yearbook class starts next week and we are excited.


Here are some details:

Our theme for the yearbook this year is "Our Alternate Reality." While sports is usually our biggest section and will be starting we are excited and also we are taking a fresh look at a variety of topics to explore with athletes. We'll have the traditional "mug shots" section using the selfie portraits, as well as getting senior portraits in there as well. (Unfortunately, Prestige Portraits has been closed since November, but just recently reopened, so we hope those students that haven't had their senior portraits done can call and make an appointment. (858) 693-9197


This means I won't be sending the book in for publication until the first week in June, and distribution won't be until August. I understand that is outside of the norm, but to produce the best possible book, I'm going to have to go with a summer distribution rather than our usual June distribution. I recommend that if graduating seniors order their copy online, they should pay the extra $7 to $8 to have the publisher ship the book directly to them.


----To order a yearbook click here: https://yearbookforever.com/schools/serra_senior_high_school_buy_yearbook_313/


DISTRICT FINANCES/FUNDING:

The District Advisory Council wants to know what your priorities are for funding for the next school year. They ask parents to fill out a survey letting them know. Please fill this out at your leisure.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkpKsMA1WzaOZEBceitSpLiy1h8-PisUFEWCSIlYaYp1zi_w/viewform


Athletics:

Wondering whats going on with school reopening and sports? Here is an update:

The most up to date information is on www.goconquistadors.com Make sure you check the site several time throughout the week as things are changing sometimes daily.

Serra Athletics invites you to join the following Zoom Meetings if you are interested in conditioning and joining the sport. Get the information you need to signup so you are ready to go on the first day of the season. COVID-19 Protocols will be reviewed, how to check-in, what is need on the first day of practice and the most up to date information for each specific sport. It is our hope to review the team schedule if available. These teams will be practicing on campus but you need to attend the meeting so you are able to participate.


Topic: Cross Country Team Parent and Athlete Meeting

Time: Friday Jan 29, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/83779208117

Meeting ID: 837 7920 8117

Password: 784882



Topic: Badminton Team Parent and Athlete Meeting

Time: Saturday Jan 30, 2021 05:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/86889168029

Meeting ID: 868 8916 8029

Password: 259116



Topic: Serra Swim Team Parent and Athlete Meeting

Time: Saturday Jan 30, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/85363343801

Meeting ID: 853 6334 3801

Password: 003979



Topic: Volleyball Team Parent and Athlete Meeting

Time: Tuesday Feb. 2, 2021 6PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/82751930780

Meeting ID: 827 5193 0780

Password: 043128


Topic: Serra Golf Parent and Athlete Meeting

Time: Wednesday, February 3 7:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/84077980558

Meeting ID: 840 7798 0558

Password: 968535


Topic: Serra Tennis Meeting

Time: Thursday, February 47:00

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/84681669264

Meeting ID: 846 8166 9264

Password: 586453


Topic: Serra Track and Field Meeting

Time Friday, February 5 7:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/81707519971

Meeting ID: 817 0751 9971

Password: 007097


If you need information on Field Hockey or Football Conditioning, please email: jpisapia@sandi.net and we will help you.


Counseling:

Our schedule change policy remains the same, we don’t do schedule changes unless they are gross errors. Serra’s counseling team is reviewing all requests. Please be mindful that we are very limited in course offerings, since we have gone down from a 6 period day to a 3 period day. All courses offered were based on student’s request. The intention of a 3 period day is to decrease the workload for students, thus providing more time for students to be successful in the courses they have selected. If a student is already experiencing challenges in a class, we recommend students work with their teachers and take advantage of office hours. We thank you for the understanding.


Message from Patrick Miencharoen, Serra’s CalSoap Rep


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 pmiencha@ucsd.edu. 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.

BENEFITS

  • 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

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

APPLY

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.

https://www.sdccd.edu/apply/

Step 2: Complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act application.

FAFSA- https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6LmbqTNjxlRUmTbuv6nWnNd0KTOZr1us_rOx-so_CoF2SFw/viewform

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For additional information on the San Diego Promise Program, please contact our Outreach offices:

City College First Year Services (FYS)

619-388-3998 sdpromisecity@sdccd.edu

Mesa College Outreach

619-388-2230 sdpromisemesa@sdccd.edu

Miramar College Outreach

619-388-7357 sdpromisemiramar@sdccd.edu


ASB:




Wanna go to Spain in 2022?



Senior Boosters:

Senior Boosters:


If you have driven on Santo past Serra, you may have noticed the banners that we hung supporting our Serra Seniors! We are inviting parents, families, and the community to get creative and make posters to add to the fence! Individual families (no gatherings please) can put up posters or Boosters members will come pick up your poster and hang it up! Laminated posters or vinyl banners (1DayBanner.com) are encouraged, so that they will endure the elements. Let's show our seniors we are rooting for them as they come into the home stretch of high school! Email serra2021boosters@gmail.com<mailto:serra2021boosters@gmail.com> if you have questions or would like your poster put up.


The Seniors can also look forward to a gift from the Boosters when they drop off and pick up their textbooks this next week: face masks with "Class of 2021" printed on the side and "Serra Senior" yard signs for families to proudly put on display!



Our next Class of 2021 Boosters meeting is Wednesday Feb. 24 at 6:30 PM.


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:


Class of 2024:

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84925644650?pwd=RnpUOUk3NTg3UklrRU9VTDh2SkhQZz09

Meeting ID: 849 2564 4650

Passcode: 137180Have an amazing weekend!


Dr. Erica Renfree

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