College Park Principal's Corner
Apr 03, 2018 09:00PM ● Published by Joe Alvarez
A Month in Review
By Joe Alvarez
There are numerous and notable accomplishments of our students and faculty to share with you this month. I’ll start with a special shout-out to our theater performers who competed with over 1,200 students from across the state in performance and technical theatre categories this past weekend at the Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival. We sent 14 entries, and five earned spots as finalists! Elanor Cheek won 2nd place overall for her horror make-up design! Congratulations, Elanor and the other finalists and all who dared to dream and compete on such a large stage; it was a fantastic showing of our incredible talent at this school!
The 47th Annual Pleasant Hill Community Awards took place on Tuesday, March 27. Our very own Laima Haider won Educator of the Year! Ms. Haider, who teaches World History and AP US History and is an MDUSD alum, truly shows the passion and heart needed to support our Falcon student body. Every day, Ms. Haider demonstrates her belief that high schools are a gateway to a brighter future through academic advancement.
We have 21 students from Germany as foreign exchange students. Our German teacher, Ms. Zehra Otus, has been the faculty sponsor for this great tradition. The students have attended classes, participated in our annual multi-cultural rally, and become a part of the Falcon community. We hope they continue that Falcon spirit back home in Germany.
We hosted many future Falcons at our annual matriculation day recently. On this day, incoming freshmen students receive information on services, classes, and overall support to ensure a smooth and successful transition to high school. The future is bright because of our incoming student body; they were engaged and asking all the right questions. We also recently hosted our incoming freshmen parents and guardians and held an open house showcasing our fantastic teachers, courses, and programs. Families left the open house with a clear sense of happiness and anticipation about joining our Falcon Family.
Our students beautifully represented the many different cultures that make up our College Park community. We held a parent/guardian performance as well as two rallies that demonstrated our commitment to embracing and celebrating the individual gifts and differences we bring to our community.
On March 14, students participated in and lent their support to the #ENOUGH nationwide school protest against gun violence in our nation’s schools and communities. Our students’ collective voice was clear and strong, and they represented themselves in an orderly and effective manner. I am truly supportive of our student body who showed how their voices can and will be heard. This was a day of remembrance for the 17 people who lost their lives in the recent school shooting in Florida – one minute for each of the lives lost.
This past Monday, March 19, our teachers were treated to a full day of professional development that included a very informative presentation on vaping trends occurring with our youth, a second presentation on the lasting effects and addiction from marijuana, and a final presentation on school safety and how we are best ensuring that student, staff and community at large can feel safe. It was an important and necessary conversation, and our teachers had much to contribute and think about.
As we move into the spring, I look forward to a new season of first-rate performances from our choirs and spring musical, as well as a myriad of spring sports – baseball, softball, cheer, track & field, swimming, lacrosse, and boys’ golf, volleyball and tennis. We hope to see you in the audience at the fields and pool decks!