“All of our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them” ~~Walt Disney
Happy New Year 2017!
The new year has already gotten off to a “fast and furious” start! January was a banner month for student academic and athletic recognitions here at Clayton Valley Charter High School. I would like to highlight a few of those accomplishments as we celebrate our students.
Last fall, 741 high schools throughout the country participated in the Graduate for Más Challenge. The Challenge, funded by the Taco Bell Foundation, is designed to motivate students to make an explicit commitment to their education and participate in digital activities aimed at helping young people reach their personal, educational and career goals. Under the guidance of AVID teacher Sarah Lovick, CVCHS was recognized as a Round #1 Regional Winner receiving a $1,000 grant and will continue to compete for national honors in Round #2.
CVCHS also announced its 1st Semester Honor Roll acknowledging over 1,400 students including 578 who had a 4.0 GPA or higher. On January 27, Honor Roll students were congratulated by Principal Patrick Gaffney during morning announcements and presented with an Honor Roll certificate and car sticker by classroom teachers. The entire list of Honor Roll recipients is now on display outside of C Hall.
Each year, CVCHS boast numerous scholarship and academic award winners who are honored at our Senior Dessert Evening. For the first time in our school’s history, one of our seniors has been awarded the distinguished California Charter School Association Scholarship. I recently learned that Vanessa Wan is one of 5 high school graduates in the state who was presented with a $2,000 scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California.
I am also excited to acknowledge 5 senior graduates who will be moving on to play college athletics. CVCHS hosted a National Signing Day Ceremony for our student athletes and their families. By celebrating this special event, we hope to encourage high school juniors – and those much younger – to start thinking about college and planning for their future. Please join me in congratulating our fine student athletes:
· Jalen McKenzie (University of Southern California - Football)
· Bryce Brand (University of Maryland – Football)
· Alexis Espitia (Sonoma State University – Soccer)
· Bill Ralston (Saint Mary’s College – Baseball)
· Nick Becker (Dominican University – Lacrosse)
And finally, CVCHS College & Career Center has announced that TCU, Colorado Mesa, Marysville of St. Louis and Arizona State will participate in our upcoming Regional Admissions Counselors of California College Fair on February 9. Parents and students of all grades are welcome to attend our evening presentation – “Why Out-of-State College?” to help provide CVCHS students with greater college access by increasing their college options with out-of-state opportunities. Students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level. College admissions counselors will also be on-hand to share other advantages including scholarships, graduation rate, smaller class size, and higher admission rates. Please join us for this event to meet admissions counselors and learn about college opportunities.
Great things are happening at CVCHS. As Executive Director, I’m pleased to see the excitement of our soon-to-be-graduates as well as the inspiration of our younger grade students. College and career readiness is flourishing at CVCHS and preparing all students to excel in the 21st Century. Our graduates have been accepted to the finest universities and colleges in the United States as we have approximately 95% of our graduates go on to college. We are so proud of each of them as they pursue their dreams.
This New Year 2017, I encourage you to be inspired by the words of motivational author, Sam Parker, from “Smile & Move – a reminder to happily serve” . . .