Greetings Green Machine!
The first quarter is coming to a close and it has flown by. We have much on which we can reflect and celebrate. Personally speaking, this has been the smoothest start to a school year I have experienced as a principal, and that is a testament to the hard work of staff and students to create a collaborative, caring and supportive culture.
We have had challenges with our physical campus as the construction of the Science Innovation Center and new student quad area continues, but our students and staff have exhibited resiliency in persistently achieving on and off campus. Also, the lower field and stadium renovation projects will be underway soon, but the benefits of both projects far outweigh the costs, therefore we ask that families have patience and keep their eyes focused how this will be a boon to our campus for generations to come.
Our school continues to live out our mission of being an International Baccalaureate World High School with our Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. Our teachers are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all students through inquiry and intentionally designed concept-based learning. They are providing students with the opportunity to meaningfully collaborate daily, and we are proud of the growth our students have shown. In addition, transitioning from an AP-focused campus to a DP-focused World School is a task our school community has shown they are capable of achieving, and the depth and breadth of the two-year courses have already shown benefits to student learning and engagement. Finally, our partnership with MPC on-campus college courses continues to blossom with the addition of English 1A and Child Growth and Development to the existing Computer Science and Theatre Arts offerings.
Students are getting involved on campus as our club rush and athletic offerings have garnered more interest and sign-ups than in years past and our Art and Band programs continue to flourish under great leadership. We hope to see more students elect to get involved outside of the school day with their education.
It truly has been a wonderful start, and I hope that your family takes time over the Fall Break to recreate, spend time with one another, and to recharge for the 2nd Quarter. It will start fast as we have Super Wednesday coming up the first Wednesday of the quarter, October 16th. This is a day where all 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT and 12th graders will take the SAT, all free of charge. 9th graders will work with counselors on their four-year plans and complete the PE fitness gram test. Also, be aware that Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up soon, October 22-24th. Please plan on attending!
Have a great finish to the quarter and we will see you all back fresh October 14th. GO DORES!
Head of School
Monterey High School