Summer is over! Finally we get to head back to Valley Center High School and kick off another great school year. This year promises to be another challenging and exciting year as our high school students prepare to take advantage of all the academic and extra-curricular opportunities VCHS has to offer.
What is new and exciting for the 2015-2016 school year? Let’s start with the opening of our Culinary Arts program! The newly constructed, state of the art classroom is equipped with professional grade ovens, flat tops, prep stations, and more. Former Superintendent, Lou Obermeyer worked to create this important addition to the Career Technical Education curriculum at VCHS during her administration. In her honor, we have dedicated the classroom to her as, “Lou’s Diner”. Three full sections of, Culinary Arts I, will be offered initially, with plans to expand in the coming years. Other class offerings for the 2015-2016 school year include; wood shop, honors biotechnology, AP physics, sports medicine and computer literacy. We have also added two 3-D printers for the graphic arts and CAD drafting classes.
The importance of having access to a computer in the home has become increasingly required for the current rigor of curriculum required for high school students. During registration for the current school year all 9-12 grade students will be supplied an iPad to take home as we implement our oneto one iPad deployment. This will allow our teachers and students to have the ability to delve deeper in curriculum content.
VCHS is reaching out to all of our families in the community who have chosen alternative methods of education for their children by opening our new VCHS Learning Academies. The lead teacher of the academy is Mr. Jeff Tuttle. This program will focus on delivering independent study programs that are tailor made to fit the student’s needs. In some cases this may be a complete independent study model or could be a blended model, where students attend some traditional classes, such as, chemistry, auto shop, etc., and complete the remainder of their courses on independent study. One exciting component to this new program is that students will be eligible to participate in all of VCHS extra-curricular programs, such as, band, drama, FFA, athletics and all school events and dances.
This year we will also continue one of our new and exciting clubs, Jaguars United. The club advisor is ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Satya Fleck. Mrs. Fleck and her student leaders will be hosting the, “Breaking Down the Walls”, program. This program is aimed at breaking down barriers that separate our students. The program educates students on the prevention of bullying, as well as to help students feel connected to VCHS and take pride in being a Jaguar. Mrs. Fleck and her team will continue the momentum started with the, “Breaking Down the Walls”, program with Jaguars United events throughout the school year.
The high school year would not be complete without ASB functions. This year our ASB class will be led by ASB President, Calvin Bowling , and overseen by ASB Director, Rob Gilster. They have been busy planning all the dances, pep rallies, ice cream socials, and other exciting student activities. Mike Cummings, Athletic Director at VCHS has been working all summer to prepare schedules, transportation, and hiring of new coaches. I would encourage all parents and community member to attend sporting events to support our students.
During the summer about 140 of our students have been working very hard while attending a six week summer program to prepare for a great 2015-2016 school year. Students are attending this ASE sponsored program that begins with morning workouts at 7:00 a.m. that include; (2) 45 minute weight lifting and speed training units. This training routine will help students with a variety of our extra-curricular programs by gaining the advantage over our competitors by building on hard work and dedication. Another summer program is our weeklong band camp. This camp will kick off our field season and help our award winning band stay ahead of the competition. Great job Jaguars!
As with every summer, our men and women in our custodial and maintenance department have worked hard to insure that our students and staff return to a clean and safe campus that we can all be proud of. Classrooms have received an overall cleaning, numerous repairs have been completed, upgrades and improvements made, and our grounds look beautiful.
In closing, we are eagerly awaiting the first day of school and the promises of an exciting year for our students as they discover many opportunities to build great memories as they mature into Jaguar graduates.