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March 6 - 12, 2015

posted Mar 6, 2015, 10:01 AM by Santana Sultans   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 11:54 AM ]


WASC: Next week is an important week for Santana High School.  Our school has spent the last year going through the WASC self-study process. WASC stands for "Western Association of Schools and Colleges."  This organization is tasked with visiting schools for their accreditation.  During this past year we have been able take time reflecting on programs that we have such as our Multi-Cultural Week, Club Rush, Tutorials, EL mentorship, AVID, CPA academy, Pathways and a host of other programs.  Using data we have noticed three areas that need some additional focus. They are: 

·       Establish interventions for students who are socio-economically disadvantaged.          

·       Expand instructional strategies school-wide designed to support the English Learner population.

·       Plan, evaluate, and enhance the level of common core preparedness included supporting students that are socio economically disadvantaged at areas that we feel we need to put things in place to support other student groups/programs on what we do as a school and come up with a plan for the next six years.

Mr. Schwuchow did an interview on KUSI news about WASC process and he encourages all classes to watch it today.  

As for next week, the WASC visiting team will be on campus Monday-Wednesday to spend time with us.  Please feel free to talk with them and tell them what you like about Santana and also share any ideas that you have to make our school even better.

CSF is the California High School Honors Society for students in grades 10 through 12.  Students may earn membership each semester with A’s and B’s in core academic classes.  A student needs 10 points (A’s are 3 and B’s are 1 each) to earn membership.  Honors and AP courses may earn an extra point each, up to a total of 2 points each semester.  Each application period has specific dates to obtain and return the completed application.  No applications are accepted after the deadline.  If seniors have one semester membership their senior year and at least 3 other semesters’ memberships, they will receive a lifetime membership card with a gold seal on their diploma and it is stated on their final transcript.  This semester’s application window opened Monday, March 2nd and will continue until Friday, March 13th.  You may get an application from Mrs. Barelka in room 208 or at the library front desk.  Applications after Friday, March 13th will not be accepted.  Return application, transcript or copy of grade report card, with $1 dues to Mrs. Barelka in room 208.  If you have any questions about CSF, contact Mrs. Barelka in room 208 or email her at

CONGRATULATIONS SULTAN SCHOLARS for being amazing responsible people.  In February, 163 fines for textbooks and library books were taken care of and we are down to only a handful of Sultans who still have textbook fines out, and you know who you are.  Remember, after Spring Break, a permanent fine of up to $10 per missing book will be added to any student account that has uncleared textbooks from past years, so take care of business.  If you have any questions, see Mrs. Teschler or Mrs. Winslow in the library. 

DANCE TEAM: The Santana Dance Team attended USA Regional’s Dance Competition on Friday, February 28 at San Pasqual High School.  They competed against teams who are national champions and did an amazing job.  The JV Dance Team scored a 75 and took 3rd place in their POM Dance division.  This was their very first time competing.  The Varsity Team took 2nd place in their POM Dance division and looked spectacular.  The Varsity Team also broke a school dance team record and for the first time scored in the 80’s with an 80.33.  Erin and Brielle also performed their solo dances and jazz duet scoring very well.  Way to go girls!  Also, a big congratulations to Amanda Goffeney for being chosen as DIVA of the competition.  We will miss all of our seniors, Sam Maddox, Amanda Goffeney, Emily Gilliland and our 4-year lettermen, Officer Erin Broderick and Team Captain Brielle Wilkerson.  Coach Sam and the team are sad to see you go!  Thank you for the great memories.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Robotics team for placing 6th in the Regional Robotics’ Competition in Palm Desert.  They put in long days and have worked hard. 

THE CLEAN WATER CLUB meets on Wednesdays at lunch and next week we will be presenting information about the Clean Water project we support in Fiji.  We will be giving a demonstration of the water filters we are helping to provide to families in need and showing a video of them in action in Fiji.  Join us in room S8 and learn more about our club, the Fiji Project, and upcoming community service events like a beach cleanup on March 15th and other ways to get involved. 

TRAVEL CLUB : 20 days before we head to Costa Rica!  It’s too late to join this trip, but next year’s tip is still available.  In 2016 we will head to Italy and Greece.  While in Greece, we will enjoy a 3-day cruise, stopping at 5 Greek islands.  For more information, see Mr. Martinez in room 705.  People are already signing up for this trip of a lifetime.

This Saturday, March 7th at 8:00 a.m., Law Enforcement Explorer is holding an event at the El Cajon Border Patrol, 225 Kenney St., El Cajon, for those interested in learning about the program and who are interested in a the law enforcement profession. 

THE PURPLE TENNIS NATION had another good week of tennis.  It had 2 solid wins against Monte Vista and West Hills while losing to St. Augustine.  Singles play was led by senior captain Tyler Hodges and junior captain Dean Wedeking and Kyle Breman anchored the doubles play.  Keep up the good work gentlemen.  See you at lunch.

SOFTBALL: The softball team lost a close one to Clairemont 7-6 on Thursday.  Santana had a 2-run home run by Cassidy Matthis and 2 hits each by Jordan Teegardin and Cline Menard.

FIELD HOCKEY: This year’s field hockey team – If you have a field hockey jersey still out, you must return it by March 13th or you will be placed on the fine list.

BLOOD DRIVE: ASB is hosting its second blood drive on the year on March 17th.  We exceeded our goal at our December drive, just in time for the holidays.  Because so many donate around the holidays, this time of the year they are really in need of donations.  Help us reach our goal of 75 appointments to help out with the high demand of blood.  You could save a life.

CAP AND GOWNS: Seniors, if you missed yesterday’s Cap & Gown/Announcement Order Day you’ll have to contact the company directly to order.

ATTENTION STUDENTS:  Peer mediators are here and available for you.  This year’s mediators are Brielle Wilkerson, Tara Kyne and Deanna Aguiar.  They can help you resolve conflicts between you and someone that you are having a disagreement with.  They are also available if you just need another student to talk to.  So, if you need help resolving issues between friends, you can grab a request slip in any classroom or in the guidance office.

PEACE COUNCIL: Join Peace Council and make a difference.  Meetings are Wednesdays at lunch in room 105.

BOOK CLUB: Hello Sultan Readers!  If you enjoy reading and would like to share your love of books with other Sultans, join Santana’s Book Club every Friday at lunch in the library.  Bring your lunch and the love of literature.

ZOMBIE CLUB: If you want to survive the zombie apocalypse, come to room S-7 every Wednesday at lunch in Ms. Chandler’s room.  Don’t be left for dead.  We are all infected!

KEY CLUB: Join Key Club to participate in fun community service activities.  We meet Thursdays at lunch in room S2.  Also, members that signed up for our Roadside Pride activity should meet at the Jack in the Box on Magnolia by 67 and Gillespie Field.

DISNEY CLUB: You’ve got a friend in us.  Come join Santana’s very own Disney Club.  Have you always wanted to go to Disneyland, but lacked the time or money?  Disney Club fundraises to go to Disneyland, so come join and plan for the 2015 Disneyland trip.  Fundraising starts soon, so join before it’s too late.  They meet Tuesdays at lunch in Mr. Reilly’s room. 

SULTAN READERS!  Remember we meet every Friday in the library at lunch to share and discuss our latest reading adventures.  Remember to get to the library ASAP today as we have our guest speaker, Mr. Johnson, joining us to share our mutual love of literature.