Welcome Back SkyHawks!
As we begin a new semester, I would like to encourage and challenge all of our students to continue building your academic/study skills. For our underclassmen, I encourage you to focus on doing your very best and strive to earn high marks. Our 10th grade students are preparing to excel on the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam). Your performance on this exam is the first step toward High School Graduation, College and Career Readiness, as well as becoming productive citizens.
I urge all of our Senior SkyHawks to remain focused as you prepare for graduation. Please continue to work closely with your teachers, counselors, and parents in order to ensure that you are prepared for your transition after graduation.
Our SkyHawk 10th grade students will be required to take the federally mandated CST Life Science exam. Another change that you can expect during our transition to Common Core State Standards is that only our 11th Grade SkyHawks will take the CST in English and Math (Algebra II and above). In addition, 11th graders will also take the new CAASP exam for both English and math. These two tests will be administered on the computer. Therefore, our students are currently practicing with sample exams online in order to enable them to become technologically adept. Our performances on these tests (Life Science, CST, CAHSEE, CAASP) are extremely important, as they will be used to determine our school’s API and AYP baseline score for the following school year. Faculty and staff also use our SkyHawk students’ performance data when making important curricular and instructional decisions.
Our SkyHawk faculty and staff are excited to share our strategic goals, Common Core State Standards, and Local Control Funding Formula. We are committed to working closely with our community and School District during these exciting transitions. Parents, please continue to encourage your children to arrive prepared and on time. Please impress upon your children the importance of Hard Work, Commitment, and Respect. We look forward to a great second semester!
Raul E. Hernandez