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Principal’s Corner

Feb 27, 2017 03:52PM ● By Joe Alvarez

College Park Principal, Joe Alvarez


As many of you may already know, there is extensive, clear, consistent, and convincing research that says parent, family and community involvement in education has a huge and positive impact on the success of students in school and in life. We are very grateful here at College Park High School to have a tradition of great family involvement at all levels – volunteering, school governance, and athletics and performing arts boosters among them.


Our annual Crab Fest – an athletics fundraiser now in its 27th year - is a classic example of how students, families, and school staff come together for something that benefits students and is also vital to building community.  This isn’t just a buzzword.  When schools come together for events that draw students, families, school and district staff, neighbors, and alumni, it brings us together as a unique family and benefits us all. I am so grateful to all the students, staff, and volunteers who put in hours to set up, coordinate, enjoy, and help break down this treasured event. Thank you.


Something else we consider important to our students’ high school experience is being a part of diverse Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and “pathways” that combine core academics with real-world applications in several in-demand workforce sectors.  Recently, our teachers and I attended a pathway “mapping” session, where we collaborated with other high schools from surrounding districts on CTE programs of study.  We are continuing to expand CTE coursework that meets UC/CSU “a-g requirements” – giving students even more reason to take these exciting courses. We are also looking at CTE-type coursework at our feeder middle schools, drawing upon the success they already have, and capitalizing and leveraging those successes at the high school level and in collaboration with our community college and business partners. 


In speaking of success, I’d like to extend congratulations to two CPHS teachers, Kate Thomas and Raj Virk, who were both nominated for Pleasant Hill’s venerable Educator of the Year award. This award recognizes the finest teachers in the field, and we are honored and fortunate to have many CPHS teachers recognized as Pleasant Hill’s finest educators.


As a staff, we continue to prepare for our WASC (Western Accreditation for School and Colleges) committee visit at the end of March. Our community will play a vital role in demonstrating the caliber of the CPHS experience for this accreditation.  Please stay tuned for additional information that will be made available via our website: and Twitter: @CPHSfalcons.


Thank you all for serving as partners in making CPHS the best high school!




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