College Park Principal Corner
Aug 27, 2017 11:15PM
● By Joe Alvarez
Dear College Park High School families,
As principal of College Park High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited to have students back in our classrooms. Please know we consider it our deepest privilege to have you entrust your students to us so we can help put them squarely on the path to success and opportunity and help them develop a unique and valued sense of self. We are grateful to be able to partner with you to achieve this as a family and as a team.
We completed another successful walk-through process. Simply put, we could not have executed such a smooth process without the countless hours and power of our fantastic community volunteers. Thank you so very much to all who helped. A special thank you to Slow Hand BBQ and Jimmy John’s Sandwiches for their continued support and donations in feeding our volunteers.
As we embark on the new school year, I want to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights from last year – accomplishments we could not have achieved without our exemplary staff and supportive and engaged parents and community: a successful six-year Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation; a rigorous and ongoing review of the quality of education provided by MDUSD schools; more students completing A-G college entrance requirements; rapidly advancing numbers of students demonstrating digital proficiency and becoming digital thought-leaders; and a very high teacher retention rate. Teachers and staff want to be here. We want to be part of your students’ lives and high school experiences.
We look forward to building on these successes and making even more progress in the 2017-2018 school year. This year, our key goal is to implement WASC strategies to ensure that all stakeholders understand our WASC goals, strategies and monitoring systems. More information on that will be coming soon.
We set high goals, and we work hard to achieve them. But I want to assure you that this work goes well beyond numbers, test scores, and data. We know each student is an individual who brings unique talents and needs to school every day. We work hard to provide a wealth of opportunities to help each student succeed. These opportunities are included in our academic programming, which ensures that each student is challenged appropriately while building a foundation of knowledge and skills. In addition to basic core subjects, students have access to electives, extracurricular activities, and other resources (such as the library and extensive, state-of-the-art technology) that help them develop their strengths, interests, and talents, whether it’s in the arts, history, athletics, science, art, technology, engineering, mathematics, languages, or service learning. We offer a wide range of services that support the total child, including social/emotional support, counseling, tutoring, and more. We are always looking to the future, searching for new strategies to help students succeed and preparing them for what comes next.
This work is not easy. But College Park High School is a community of professionals. We all—teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff, and the many others working with us—collaborate to create a safe, supportive, welcoming learning community where all students are treated fairly and have the optimal school environment and no limit of opportunities to reach their full potential.
Families and other community members play a critical role as partners in supporting students at home and at school. As a start to this partnership, we hope you will join the PTSA, have critical conversations with your students about their learning and their goals and dreams, and participate in the many family-based activities the school and the District have to offer. We encourage you to sign up for the Home Link parent/guardian portal, if you haven’t already, and plan on participating in the upcoming college and career information night.
To stay up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the year, please sign-up for our weekly Falcon Flyer, regularly visit our website, and follow us via twitter at @CPHSfalcons.
College Park High School is a wonderful learning community. I feel so privileged to be a part of it. This is a very special place, and my colleagues and I appreciate the trust you’ve shown in us by sending your children here every day. We will do our best to ensure they have a fulfilling, happy, and safe year.
I am looking forward to a great school year.
Sincerely,Joseph G. Alvarez, Principal