Feb 09, 2018 11:55AM
● By Joe Alvarez
A Tough Month for the Falcons
You may have heard or read about Ryan Joseph, a sophomore student athlete playing on both the JV lacrosse and wrestling teams. Ryan suffered a traumatic injury at a recent meet, resulting in a spinal cord injury that rendered him paralyzed from the neck down. We do not yet know what his long-term diagnosis is, but we can tell you this young man, known for his warmth, spirit, and good humor, demonstrates these qualities even from a hospital bed. His family has asked us to share with you their gratitude for the messages, thoughts, prayers, and cards sent to Ryan.
Please continue to keep them in your thoughts, and if you would like to send a card, feel free to drop one off at our administration office as we will be collecting and delivering them to the Joseph family. A GoFundMe account has been set up in Ryan’s name with the family’s consent, and these funds will go toward medical expenses, rehabilitation, and needs associated with converting the Joseph’s home to be more accessible for Ryan when he is able to go back home. If you’d like to contribute, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/help-our-teammate-ryan. And thank you.
Ryan’s situation emphasizes some key character attributes of our Falcon beliefs and values, essentially how we define CPHS. C=Courage, P=Pride, H=Honor and S=Sacrifice. These are things we teach inside and outside of our classrooms. Every day. Our students may feel challenged – maybe even bombarded – with decisions each day, as they continue to learn and find their way in life.
We, as a CPHS family continue to remind them to:
- Stay engaged with their studies
- Get involved on campus
- Have a plan of action
There are, continually, focused efforts to develop strong action plans with our freshman class to help establish a concrete trend and tone for their high school career. There are 2,000 students in our system – all of whom I see as creative, compassionate, collaborative, forward thinking, and solution oriented, and it’s important that our staff possess these same qualities (which they do in droves) to help ensure all students have a fantastic experience at CPHS.
As we embark on a vision of creating a society of citizens who embrace and see the value of our differences, we start with the micro-community we have here at CPHS. We truly have a global environment, comprised of students from around the world – each with something unique and important that gives us reason to celebrate their uniqueness – whether they are bi- or multi-lingual; have an exceptional talent – academic, artistic, or athletic; or have what some would consider a disability – speech, hearing, or physical – but which we know is NOT the barrier to success some might think. At the end of the day, we are all Falcons and have created a school where we look to be informed and not judge others based on differences.
One event that helps shape our school in this regard is our multi-cultural dance. At this event, students perform traditional dances and songs from their respective cultures. This is a showcase you do not want to miss. I invite you to be my personal guest and attend the parent/guardian night show on March 12. This is a very popular and exciting event, and I don’t want you to miss it!
We have many community partners who support College Park in so many ways, either through monetary donations or through their time and efforts. An annual event that helps support athletics, for example, is the Future Ford Drive One event, which brought in more than $11,000 this year! Simply put, this is a great initiative, and I would like to thank Future Ford of Concord for their continued efforts and support. The next one is scheduled for May. If you’d like more information, please visit our athletics webpage at https://collegeparkathletics.com.
I’d like to also salute our fantastic choir, which sang the national anthem at the Warriors game and the Harlem Globetrotters game. Director Rockwell continues to bring out the best in our Falcon voices! Congratulations to our fantastic choir students! I encourage the community to visit our school website, https://cphs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/, and view all the exciting upcoming events, including visual and performing arts events.
Thank you again for your support of and participation in our Falcon and College Park community. You are greatly appreciated.