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Semester 1 in the Books!




Happy FRIDAY Serra High!

I hope your families are happy and healthy. We had a strong finish by students and grades will be done and submitted Monday to us for processing. There are new items in every category including Athletics and Counseling.


PSATS have not been cancelled as of today. IF they end up being so we will notify you.


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.


Mark your calendars: February 10th, 2021 is our Spring Open House and February 3rd, 2021 is AP Night for those taking AP classes this Spring. More details to come on both issues.


Schedules for Semester 2 are available. In order to view your students schedule please do the following:

1. Login to PowerSchool. 2. Click on “My Schedule” and then “Matrix View”. 3. Use your teacher names for Q3/Q4 to find their Zoom links in the Staff Directory.


Our Staff Directory will be updated and ready go go with all your students links to access their classes; just simply go to the directory and look up your teacher and it will be there! They are excited and ready to welcome you to Semester 2.


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!



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


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


CALENDAR:



Monday: New quarter begins and Book Return AND Athletic Meeting: see details in Athletics Section below

Tuesday: Book Return

Wednesday: OPEN for Taking Care of Business--Media Center and Office

Thursday: Nothing

Friday: Nothing


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 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 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.


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. Do to a lot of information about High School Athletics (CIF) we will be having a meeting on Monday, January 25th at 6pm. This meeting will be use to clarify as many things as possible with where athletics is today and how Serra High will begin the athletic seasons.

The Zoom Code is

https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/s/81760181590


This code will also be on the school calendar.

All athletes wishing to participate in athletics this year must fill out forms (see goconquistadors.com for directions). A sports physical and confirmation page must be returned to the front office. You can return paperwork on Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3pm.

SDUSD reopening plan: https://sandiegounified.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_27732394/File/Covid-19%20Status/ppt.pdf

CIF: https://www.cifstate.org/covid-19/All_Sports_Guidelines.pdf


Counseling:


Miramar is hosting a webinar for students and parents to prepare for their Spring 2021 CCAP college classes. This presentation will be hosted via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26th at 5pm.

During the presentation, Miramar will cover the following:

  • Understanding CCAP/MOU forms & college enrollment

  • Brief intro to SDCCD canvas

  • Self-Advocacy in an online environment

Direct link to register: https://tinyurl.com/miramarccap


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:


Senior Boosters:

If you have driven on Santo past Serra, you may have noticed the banner 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 you can get your poster to Rita Clovis and she will organize and hang them up. Laminated posters 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 if you have questions or would like your poster put up.


Lastly, we are finalizing a few other ways that we, Serra High, and the community, can support our seniors. Stay tuned! Thank you to everyone who has presented ideas. We are thinking "outside of the box!".

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:

Have an amazing weekend!


Dr. Erica Renfree

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