Dear Citrus Students/Parents,
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting rested up in preparation for the 2017-18 school year. I thought I would take a little time out and share some information with you about the upcoming school year. The 2017-18 school year will mark the start of my second full year as the Principal here at Citrus. The 2017-18 school year will also be the second year in which I will serve not only as the Principal at Citrus but I will also serve as the Principal for Birch High School. This is an awesome responsibility to undertake and I could not do it without the support of my staffs at both sites. What this means for Citrus is that our Assistant Principal, Mr. Mike Bunten, will be your day-to-day site administrator. I have every confidence in Mr. Bunten and the incredibly gifted staff at Citrus to be able to meet the needs of our students as we help them on their path to graduation and beyond. However, if you feel the need to meet with me please feel free to do so by setting up an appointment through my secretary Mrs. Doris Sorto. All requests for meetings with site administration will be honored as quickly as possible. In some cases, the first step, prior to meeting with an Administrator, may actually be a meeting with your student's teacher(s), which you can set up through the email function in Q Parent Connect. If you are not currently using Q Parent Connect and would like to learn how to track your student's progress at your discretion please contact the Citrus School Outreach Liaison, Johnny Murcia.
For all of our students and parents, both new and for those who will be returning to Citrus in 2017-18, we have created an accelerated credit recovery model for students that have previously failed courses. Previously failed classes are offered in a shorter academic window and this allows our students to demonstrate mastery of the material while recovering failed credits at a faster pace. This method leads some of our students to graduate early or return back to their home campus on track to graduate with their peers. In either scenario, our educational approach empowers our students so that they can chart a path to academic self-determination. We also offer courses in a semester setting. These classes, such as English 11 for our Juniors or English 12 for our Seniors, are conducted with the same equity and instructional integrity as any original credit course offered through-out our district High Schools.
Finally, while it is true that some students may qualify to become early graduates, or return to their home campus on track to graduate, there three major requirements designed to aid all of our students in their quest to achieve academic success while they are enrolled at Citrus. First, all students need to attend school on a daily basis (this includes the practice of arriving to school on time every day prepared to actively participate in each class). Second, every student needs to pass all assigned classes the first time they take the class. Third, all students need to follow all classroom and school rules at all times. Failure to meet any one of these requirements can ultimately lead to a student falling further behind and thus may result in the student missing their true graduation date. In short, at Citrus, we feel privileged to be able to offer every student the opportunity at success, however it is up to each student to seize the second chance at completing high school they have been afforded on a daily basis.
I truly look forward to the arrival of all of our students (new and returning) on Friday, August 4 at 7:30 am, so the next step in their academic journey can commence.
Continuation Sites Principal