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College Park Principal’s Corner

Jan 30, 2017 05:59PM ● By Elena Hutslar

College Park High School Principal Joseph Alvarez

By College Park Principal Joseph Alvarez

Appreciating the Falcon Family 

As we enter the second semester of the school year, I am still in awe of our fantastic student body. Although we approach 2,100 students at CPHS, I am still impressed with the small, family-like feeling of our campus. 

There are three things I ask of all our students. First, become engaged in their schoolwork. Second, get involved in our school campus. Third, have a plan of action, especially for when the going gets tough. 

Recently, I received fantastic news that seven of our students received the Presidential Service Award from the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation Committee in honor of outstanding service this past year: Alyssa Gaigalas, Jackson Thomas, Jennifer Stefanski, Mathew St. Germain, Queenie Li, Tawnee Doty and Tina Kadavil.  I agree -- these students have gone above and beyond not only at school but in our greater community as well.

In speaking about our community, I am so grateful for your contributions. Thanks to your generosity, more than $8,000 has been raised to help support some very deserving students who need additional financial support to focus on academics and their wellbeing. I can speak for the entire CPHS community when I say, Thank You! These students are very appreciative of your support, and it has encouraged them to work even harder on being successful in school and in life.

I’ve been at College Park for six months now; the time has just flown by, and I remain so happy and honored to be here. The staff and I continue to define what the “CP graduate experience” should encompass to be meaningful for all students.  We continue to focus on transforming lives by instilling 21st century skills and inspiring lifelong learning in every student, every day. This work takes place both inside and outside of our classrooms, revolving around what we call the five C’s: Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, Creativity and Character.

As the students and staff continue to define what these five C’s look and feel like, I encourage you to engage your student in a conversation about this, for the work ahead is not done in isolation but in partnership with our community.




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