College Park High School Principal
By Joseph G. Alvarez
As we start ramping up our winter season athletics, we wind down the fall season with some significant accomplishments. Women’s golf, along with men’s and women’s water polo teams were highly successful, qualifying this season in the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) North Coast section (NCS). The men’s water polo team also emerged as this year’s Diablo Athletic League (DAL) champions. Our football team also qualified for NCS and battled hard with an eventual loss to Ukiah High School. All of our student athletes are to be commended for their hard work, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Our 17th annual Musicians Showcase was absolutely stellar and a clear demonstration of the motto of our instrumental music program, “Community service through music.” It was, as always, a sell-out, and kudos go to Mr. Jorge Jimenez and Ms. Alexa Tsarnas for facilitating a fantastic performance. Our instrumental music students put in countless hours for this event and the results are amazing.
Our performing arts students are equally exceptional. The drama department recently presented A Totally Radical Midsummer Night’s Dream, a modern twist on a Shakespeare classic in which the Bard was transported to an ‘80s nightclub, complete with dancing and karaoke to an ‘80s soundtrack. Kudos to Mr. Tony Gardner and his cast both in front of and behind the scenes. Our visual and performing arts department continues to truly amaze with outstanding and inspirational work. And you can experience it firsthand this holiday season. Our choir’s Holiday Dickens Carolers still have some bookings available to perform at holiday events. Dressed in traditional Victorian garb, these talented singers have a wonderful and merry set of beloved carols and seasonal classics to add a joyful touch to holiday gatherings. You can learn more at https://sites.google.com/site/collegeparkchoirs/home/holiday-dickens-carolers.
Everything we do at CPHS is to ensure our students are well equipped and best prepared for life during and after high school. In our bell schedule, we have two periods two days a week designated for what we call “response to intervention.” Here, we have students checking in with teachers, finishing up assignments and tests, and getting exposure to enrichment experiences. For example, we will be having a guest speaker come in and talk with our student body about drug use and its possible outcomes. Much of what students hear, see, and believe about drug use (and abuse) simply is not true. This guest speaker will dispel myths and talk about the actuality of using controlled substances.
This year we will also host the highly acclaimed “Every 15 Minutes” program put on by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). It’s a two-day program that focuses on high school juniors and seniors and challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions, and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others. The program is a very dramatic and emotional one – and purposely so. It includes the elaborate staging of a crash scene, intended to create awareness among students that they are not invincible. We’ll have more details about this event coming soon.
With the strong partnership between CPHS, the City of Pleasant Hill, and MDUSD, we continue to produce a student body that is well prepared and dedicated to their future and the future of others. When you hear me say “Falcon up!” it’s my way of stressing that the whole is greater than one. You are an important part of our College Park community and our Falcon family. Thank you for your continued support; we look forward to our continued partnership. We also encourage you to ask the CPHS student(s) in your life three important questions:
1) How did they engage in their education today?
2) How are they involved on campus?
3) What is their plan of action when things get tough?
We believe the answers will demonstrate that attitude is everything. Prepare your attitude daily.
You can stay informed of all the great happenings at CP via our website https://cphs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/, our Falcon Flyer, and Remind, our free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate and stay connected. Our college and career adviser, Ms. Heather Lowe, recently started a Remind for college application updates, appointment reminders, and more. You can join the conversation at