From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  -- Margaret Mead
 
Greetings CVCHS Community,
 
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!
 
I truly hope you are enjoying the summer break with your family and loved ones.  Summer is such a great time of the year for students as they get to play hard after working so hard!  I hope you get away and take a couple of vacations together and make memories that will last you a lifetime!
 
It has been an exciting summer working closely onboarding our newest administrators who are going to take CVCHS to the next level of success!  I am so pleased to have several new team members join us with their extraordinary backgrounds of success leading great high schools.  As you know we had a few “interim” administrators assist us through last school year and amazingly enough our schoolwide achievement results were the best of any school year to date!  This data includes:
 
·         99% Graduation Rate
·         99% College Admissions Rate (up 6% from last year!)
·         CAASPP Advanced and Proficiency Rates increased by 4% in English and 3% in Math
·         Recipient of the  California Gold Ribbon School Award
·         Recipient of the National Model Schools Award (1 of only 40 schools in the nation!)
 
 
CVCHS has proven to be an outstanding leadership development school, training our administrators to prepare and promote to career advancement.  I want to congratulate last year’s principal and my dear friend, John McMorris, who just accepted a promotion to become the Director of his own charter school in Utah.  He is well deserving and we wish him the best! I am so appreciative of his contribution to CVCHS and am happy for his return home to Utah for this new opportunity. 
 
I have the great honor of introducing you to our truly amazing new Principal, Jeff Anderson, who, during his seven-year tenure as the Principal, had led Saratoga High School to an API of over 900!  He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent where he served for several years in executive leadership and now it is our good fortune to bring him on board to lead CVCHS to the next level of achievement and guide our great high school into the future.  Jeff is truly one in a million in the world of school leadership and has a tremendous sense of humor, relates so well with high school students and considers himself  “the lead teacher” as teaching is at the heart of all he does.  I want our parents and students to know that we had many highly talented administrators to select from and Jeff stood out as being exceptional!  Please feel free to call or email Mr. Anderson with a warm welcome to the CVCHS family! 
You may want to know that he attended Pine Hollow as a middle school student and his siblings graduated from CV.
 
Ruth Steele joins our executive team as the Chief Academic Officer for CVCHS and has over a decade of stellar experience leading great high schools.  Her passion for instruction, quality professional development and implementing our Rigor/Relevance Framework, making all instruction applicable to students lives, caused her to stand out as being ready to lead the instructional division of CVCHS.  Ruth lives right here in Crystal Ranch and is so happy to work close to home so she can bring her own child to CVCHS in years to come.
 
Ashlee Lung is returning to us as our Director of Student Services as she will provide effective leadership in our intervention programs to assist students needing more support.  Ashlee is so positive, nurturing and a former special education teacher who will be a tremendous asset to our school.
 
Finally, I am so pleased to welcome a veteran leader of school climate as Tim Metros will serve as our Director of Discipline and Attendance.  Tim joins us from Jesse Bethel High School where he served as the Principal’s right hand for a decade.  His passion for student success, and commitment to a safe and orderly campus, will serve us well.
 
These new additions to our leadership team, will be joining our returning administrators to form one of the strongest and most dynamic school or district administrative teams I have seen to date!  Their positive and nurturing approach is contagious and their “students first” attitudes, will be greatly appreciated by parents and students alike.
 
Last week we brought a team of teachers, administrators and board members to the National Model Schools Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.  The theme for the conference was “BE THE DIFFERENCE.”  I had the privilege of presenting CVCHS’ tremendous success story as one of the “great turnaround stories in education” due to the outrageous academic achievement results, college admissions rates and our being in the 90th percentile in statewide academic performance.  It was a privilege to share with leaders from throughout the country the tremendous instructional program, professional development opportunities for our teachers, and the amazing intervention programs our students have at CVCHS. 
 
But it was also a great learning opportunity for our team to learn from the other model schools from across the nation.  Three of our teachers shared their personal experiences:
 
 
“The Model Schools conference was an immersive, experiential enterprise that will have a major, positive impact on my pedagogical practices. More than anything, however, the time spent with our board members, executive director, and administration affirmed to me that our school is run by passionate, progressive people who have a true vision of culture and excellence. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of this school and community, and cannot wait to start implementing the myriad ideas that I garnered during the conference.” 
-- Matt Foster
 
“This most recent trip to Model Schools was incredible. I did not expect to learn so much that enhances my practice and improves my approach to teaching.  As a life-long learner, this was the best conference I’ve attended to improve my own math program. I love Clayton Valley Charter High School and I completely support the path we are taking to move our students forward with reinforcement and POSITIVITY. Outcomes-Strategies-Tools- and all that jazz!” --Kathleen Magana
 
“This conference, like the previous ones, was an excellent opportunity to gather new contacts and resources to improve my teaching. I met and exchanged information with innovators in technology and education that I look forward to working with in the future. I was able to gather an assortment of resources, from actual lesson plans, to handout templates, to new apps to incorporate if I can get technology in the hands of my students.  Another excellent benefit to this conference was getting to know people on the board and others in the community who I would not normally have had many chances to interact with. I would like to thank all of them for their enthusiasm and kindness throughout the trip. Thank you for the opportunities!”  --  Sarah Jones
 
It is my hope that this coming school year, we will “be the difference” in the lives of our students and their families.  CVCHS is a model school creating a vision and culture that is future-focused!  We are a committed group of leaders who believe that we can change the world.  I invite you to join us in our mission to make a difference and leave this world a better place. 
 
“We need to prepare kids for their future, not our past.” – Daniel Pink, Author
 
In Your Service,
David Linzey