May 07, 2018 11:57AM
● By Joe Alvarez
Dear Falcon Community Supporter,
To use a baseball analogy, I’m excited to head into the top of the 8th inning with regard to completing the 2017-18 school year! There is so much to reflect on. Student pride and spirit is high, and I’m excited to tell you that the overall number of students who have applied to four-year institutions is up this year. I salute the outstanding staff here at College Park High School; they truly believe our moral imperative is for our students to have the best experiences inside and outside of our classrooms. This is important in helping students become well-rounded and ready for the next steps beyond high school.
Our annual junior prom was a success and lots of fun. A caricaturist was there to draw portraits of the students, and there was a wonderfully eclectic range of music to dance the night away to. We have one rockin’ student body. I’d like to give special recognition to our Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor, Ms. Kate Thomas, and our hard-working student leaders for putting together and pulling off a fantastic event plan, showing true leadership and College Park pride.
Our annual Math Field Day took place on April 13 and was another huge success. This is a popular event organized by our fantastic math department and a slew of volunteers that features a variety of stations where students are challenged to solve a variety of mathematical challenges such as estimating volume, calculating geometric probability, and determining area, circumference, and slope, among other tasks. Our students have been working hard at mastering difficult math principles and formulas, and this was a great way to showcase their achievements. Thanks to our AP Calculus students for being on hand to assist and support students as they made their way through the stations.
Our drama department recently wrapped up their production of Legally Blonde, and it was, as expected, a tremendous hit! I never cease to be amazed at the talent and creativity of our performing arts students – both as actors and as those who work their magic behind the scenes. The lighting, props, and acting were truly second to none. Thanks to our wonderful cast and crew and our drama teacher, Mr. Tony Gardner.
As we wrap up this school year, I ask you to join me in thanking and acknowledging the countless College Park volunteers. They show their support and Falcon pride in so many ways. Their help does not go on unnoticed, and I am extremely grateful to them for being part of the proverbial “village” that supports our staff and students. Thank you.
The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce recently recognized some of our shining stars at their annual Community Awards event. Congratulations to the Chamber’s honorees:
· Educator of the Year: Teacher Laima Haider
· Teen of the Year: Ethan Tuey
· Education Supporter of the Year: Jeff Eide
You can read more about these deserving recipients at http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/836/Community-Awards
With the warmest appreciation,
Joseph G. Alvarez