We will soon begin the fourth and final quarter of the school year, and I am so proud of the patience and perseverance demonstrated by our staff and students as we continue to rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are once again excelling in academics, athletics, and the arts despite the obstacles they have faced during the past few years. Five of our schools placed in the top ten in the annual Academic Decathlon competition, several athletic teams are competing in CIF and State championships, and our drama, dance, choir, and band programs are all performing well. I am proud of our amazingly talented students and staff! I am encouraged by the progress we have made and am excited for what the rest of the school year will bring.
Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare students for the upcoming California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)/California Science Test (CAST), and AP exams. The CAASPP is an essential test for all juniors, while the CAST is for all seniors. The CAASPP is used by the state to measure success in the areas of Math and English; the CAST measures our success in science, and both tests measure the overall success of our schools. I encourage our juniors and seniors to attend every day of testing and do their best to demonstrate college readiness. The CAASPP/CAST and AP testing schedule will be posted to our school websites once confirmed.
I encourage students to be steadfast in your studies and do your personal best as you finish this academic school year. Parents and guardians, please continue to monitor your student’s progress through Canvas, and do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, administrators, or my office if you need any support. We are committed to do all we can to help students reach their goals.
Lastly, please be aware that school will not be in session the week of March 27-31. I hope everyone has a safe and happy spring break.
Mathew Holton, Ed.D.