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May College Park Principal's Message

May 01, 2017 12:24PM ● By Joe Alvarez

College Park Principal, Joe Alvarez

Dear Falcon Families,

Let me start off by saying how much I am looking forward to spring and baseball season, and, more specifically, Oakland Athletics baseball! Being born in Oakland, I am a fond follower of all Oakland sports.  

Another fun sport I like is basketball. College Park’s fantastic math teacher, Chris Gray spearheaded a “statsketball” team that included seniors Jordan Levy, James Andrews, and Connor Heuerman. Together they won the American Statistical Association's inaugural Statsketball Tournament by developing a mathematical model to select teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament to maximize their points under the contest's scoring rules while staying under a given budget. This is a pretty impressive accomplishment. More information can be found about this contest and their work by reading the Wall Street Journal article at

I am genuinely grateful to and proud of all our CPHS students for their commitment and efforts in making our school and community better places each and every day. Last month, I mentioned that two of our students, Thomas McDowell and Maxwell Morehead, had advanced as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes and honors academically talented students across the country. I am very pleased to let you know both students were selected to receive a Merit Scholarship of $2500.  Please join me in congratulating these outstanding scholars.

We have successfully completed our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation committee visit. During their three-day stay, the committee visited our classrooms and talked with community members and district and CPHS staff. What became abundantly clear to the committee is that we have a FANTASTIC school.  The committee left many commendations and a few recommendations for follow-up.  Over the next six weeks, we will work together on an action plan that will involve community feedback to address the recommendations and help tailor our professional development around follow-up activities. Our focus will be on continuing to make CPHS the best 21st century school it can be. 

To leave you with a few fun notes, the staff nearly beat the students (61-62) in our annual staff vs. student basketball game, where the students’ valiant efforts narrowly pulled out the victory.  We had a very successful junior prom, where students were well entertained and truly showed the Falcon spirit. Thank you to leadership teacher Mrs. Thomas and our creative and spirited leadership class for coordinating a great event.

And speaking of creative… there are lots of creative and fun ways to keep informed on College Park campus activities and initiatives. Please check us out on, Facebook (College Park High School), our emailed newsletter, Falcon Flyer (created by our fabulous PTSA), College Park TV (CPTV) and the Student Bulletin found at