“The true test of a person’s character is what he/she does when no one is watching.”
Coach John Wooden
April was another banner month for CVCHS having been selected as one of the State’s best public charter high schools and hosting our annual Open House.
We were pleased to learn that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized CVCHS as a 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award recipient. CVCHS was one of only two Contra Costa County high schools and 15 charter schools throughout California which were recognized by the California Department of Education.
Specifically, CVCHS was acknowledged for its exceptional Targeted Case Management (TCM) program which officially launched in Fall 2015 to help augment our existing intervention programs: Saturday Bridge, Saturday Credit Recovery, Advanced Academics Online, Afterschool Peer Tutoring, and Failure Free Policy.
As a result of TCM, CVCHS has demonstrated increased academic success for students, improved attendance rates, positive relationships between caring educators and students, increased graduation (from 95% to 96%) and college rates (from 97% to 99%), and enhanced parent participation.
CVCHS embraces the motto that exemplifies our TCM program: "Kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Our counselors and administrators go the "extra mile" to work weekly with their TCM students to improve their grades and attendance. TCM has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students. The award is a testament to the hard work, commitment and shared focused vision of our administration and staff to offer a world class education preparing our students for 21st century careers.
Additionally, CVCHS hosted our annual Open House in April. It’s a great opportunity for our school community to showcase student excellence to our parents. I’m impressed by the participation level and genuine interest of our parents visiting classrooms and speaking with teachers about their student’s progress.
Moreover, it’s a great evening to showcase individual projects and highlight outstanding achievements by our students.
For example, our Arts Expo packed our multi-purpose room where students exhibited over 400 works encompassing sculpture, graphic arts, photography, painting, drawing, video and mixed media. This year, CVCHS Arts Academy added a new 3-D Modeling category via our Engineering class.
The Art Expo is judged by local professional artists who carefully consider each entry and award cash prizes as well as certificates and medals. CVCHS is fortunate for the generosity from our sponsors including the Clayton Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, The Michelangelo D'Onofrio Arts Foundation and local businesses who support the Arts here at CVCHS!
Open House also showcases the semester-long projects of our Public Service Academy students. Each presentation details individual community service projects which are designed to foster our students with portable life-skills including critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. It’s yet another example of how CVCHS students provide meaningful involvement in their community and prepare themselves for post high school education and public service careers.
As a final note, I wanted to share a special correspondence Coach Coakley received from one of our community residents:
"Hi there, not sure who to send this to, but I just wanted to say a Thank You to the boys who helped load a piano into the back of my truck this morning around 7:35. It was a free piano on Academy Drive, across from the last parking lot by the field. A bunch of boys who were finishing up baseball practice came over and lifted it in for me. Super helpful and they worked as a team to figure it out. I greatly appreciate it. My son has special needs and we've been looking for a free piano for him to use for music therapy. When we saw the piano I was afraid to leave it sit there as it would be gone fast, but had no way of lifting it. Those boys are my son's heroes. Please thank them for me and make sure they know how much we appreciated their help!"
This sums up what CVCHS is all about. Our primary mission at Clayton Valley is to make a difference by helping parents raise great kids who make our community strong. I take great pride that our students are of good character and compassionate people who thrive to be first-class citizens. Our baseball team should be commended for doing the right thing and making a difference in our community. The true test of character is what one does when no one is watching.