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Spring Term Course Change Requests

Dear CCA Students and Parents:


Students selected year-long class schedules for 2016-2017 and spring term classes are visible in the Aeries portal under Classes. Please note there may still be changes to periods, rooms and teachers until the spring master schedule is finalized Jan. 31.


Spring Term Course Change Requests  

From Jan. 17-20, students may request necessary class changes in advance of second term. During this time, students may request to:

  • Repeat classes that a student has not passed

  • Add an academic intervention class

  • Level change between College Prep. and Honors/Advanced Placement

  • Add a class to meet graduation requirements or for college eligibility requirements

  • Drop a class for a free period

  • Switch electives within the same period; very limited availability due to master schedule. 


All requests are based on SDUHSD Course Selection Guidelines as outlined on the Course Selection Contract and on space availability. The required request form is posted on the Counseling website and it can be submitted during Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch daily. If the class change is possible and space is available, it will be reflected on the student class schedule for the first day of the spring term. Counselors are unable to comment on space availability.  There will be no elective changes after the start of the term. All other course change requests can be addressed during the two-week add/drop period.


Students with questions about classes may come in to Counseling during walk-in time, before or after school or at lunch, as well. Counselors are not able to address spring course requests via phone or email and are not able to change currently scheduled teachers or periods. 


We look forward to another great term!

CCA Administration

 

CCA Sidewalk Closure

Heads Up CCA and PTMS Students and Parents!

We have closed the cross walk shown in these pictures due to safety reasons (click the links below). Please be sure to cross Village Center Loop on the west side, where there is a sidewalk. Thank you for your attention to this safety matter.

Stay safe CCA and PTMS!

Spring Athletic Clearance

 

CCA Student Athletes,


The Spring Athletics Online clearance window will OPEN JANUARY 3 THROUGH  JANUARY 23, 2017

  • Visit www.AthleticClearance.com

  • Watch quick tutorial video.

  • Register. (Parents register with valid email username and password. You will be asked to type in a code to verify you are human.)

  • Login.

  • Select “New Clearance” to start the process.

  • Select the School Year in which the student plans to participate. Example: Tennis in February 2016 would be the 2015-2016 School Year.

  • Select the School at which the student attends and will compete for.

  • Select your Sport.

  • Complete all required fields for Student Information, Educational History, Medical History and Signature Forms.  

    • Your Electronic Signature must be your full name (initials are not acceptable), and must be entered individually by the Athlete AND the Parent.  

  • Turn in your physical exam form and front & back copies of the insurance card to the athletics secretary.

  • Once you reach the Confirmation Message you have completed the process.

  • All of this data will be electronically filed with your school’s athletic department for review. When the student has been cleared for participation, a second email notification will be sent.


Online Athletic Clearance FAQ


Multiple Sports

You will need to complete the athletic clearance for every sport.  Once you complete a clearance for one sport, most of the information you have entered will be retained in the system. To register for an additional sport, select New Clearance after entering the year, school and sport and most of your information will auto fill.


Physicals

The physical form can be downloaded from the online clearance website, or on the CCA Athletics’ website. Please turn this completed form in with front & back copies of the insurance card to the athletic secretary.

 

CCA Senior Graduation Information

 

Dear Seniors and Parents of Seniors,

This week in Government and Economics classes at CCA, you or your student should have received a packet from SD Grad detailing options for cap & gown, senior announcements, and other senior class and graduation products. If you are not currently enrolled in Gov/Econ, there are extra packets in the front office and in .pdf form on the CCA website under the New & Events section.

SD Grad is the vendor agreed upon by the San Dieguito Union High School District to offer these products to our families. Please note that the “loan” option for the cap,  gown and tassel is explained and available on the middle insert of the packet (cap & gown must be returned in reusable condition to qualify, no customization of caps or ordering the parts separately allowed) . The deadline for the decision to buy or rent the cap & gown is April 15th, 2017. Other optional products have an order deadline of Feb. 1, 2017. SD Grad will be on campus at lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 11th to answer any questions or process orders. You can also manage your orders  at www.sdgrad.com or at 619-440-5426.

AP Exam Reg, Add/Drop & Course Request Change

 

Please review the following information that will be important for your students as we move toward the Spring term.


AP Exam Registration 2017


  • Registration for the May 2017 AP exam administration opens on January 5 and runs until March 17.

  • Cost per exam is $111.

  • Please visit http://sduhsdapexams.com to review policies and information, and to submit your registration and payment. Late registration will incur penalty fees.

  • No orders will be accepted after March 28, 2017.


2nd Quarter “W” Deadline:

  • Thursday, Jan. 5 is the last day to drop a 2nd quarter class with a “W” on the transcript.  After this date, students receive the grade they earn on their transcript.


Course Request Change Window Preceding Spring Term:

  • Window: January 17 - January 20, 2017

  • Students may submit class change request form for the following:

    • Level changes between College Prep. and Honors/AP

    • Repeating classes that a student has not passed

    • Adding an academic intervention class

    • Adding a class to meet High School Graduation Requirements or for College Eligibility Requirements

    • Dropping a class for a free period

    • Switching electives within the same period; very limited availability due to master schedule.


Spring Term Add/Drop Key Dates:

  • 3rd Quarter - Students may add/drop a class with no mark by February 15, 2017 and with a Withdraw (W) by Friday, March 17.

  • 4th Quarter - Students may add/drop a class with no mark by May 1, 2017 and with a Withdraw (W) by Thursday, May 25.


Thank you for your continued support and happy holidays!


CCA Administration

 

Quarter 2 Progress Report Grades

 

The 2nd quarter progress report period ended on Friday, December 9, 2016.  2nd quarter progress report grades will be posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are not permanent grades, but are meant to convey your student’s progress at this time. If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  

The 2nd quarter will end Friday, January 27, 2017 and final grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.  The last day to drop a 2nd quarter class with a Withdraw (W) on the transcript  is Thursday, January 5, 2017.

 

Pertussis Notification

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,

 

We have confirmed with public health that a CCA student has been reported as positive for pertussis, also known as “whooping cough.” The attached notification provides you more information.

If you are pregnant, please contact your OB/GYN provider immediately and notify them that a positive case of pertussis was identified at CCA. According to the public health nurse, pregnant women are not at risk, but they should request prophylactic antibiotics as a safety/preventative measure.

 

Thank you.


File attachments:
Communicable Desease Info (Revised 7-08).pdf
Communicable Desease Info (SP) (Revised 7-08).pdf

CCA PALs

 

Hello CCA Parents,

 

Have you ever wondered what student resources are on campus that you aren’t aware of?  Well, to ensure a positive high school experience for your child, it is a good idea to become familiar with the places they can go when in need of help. One of those resources is PALs, a student run organization that not only organizes events that promote student connectedness, they also provide peer counseling to students.  Students can come to PALs to vent about pretty much anything (i.e. academic stress, social or family issues, etc.).  If you feel that your child may be in need of a friendly ear, you can go to ccapals.com and click “contact a PAL.”  If you have any questions, you can contact the PALs advisor, John Unwin at john.unwin@sduhsd.net.

 
 

Sincerely,

 

CCA PALs

 

Juniors: College Visit Opportunities

 

CCA Students and Families,

Counseling often communicates with students and parents through Naviance.   Naviance is a comprehensive planning tool that enables college and career research, and in senior year, facilitates document upload to the Common Application.  Scholarship opportunities, enrichment programs, and college visits are posted in Naviance.  Naviance is site-specific, and student information is viewable only by CCA counselors, Ms. Burton, and during senior year, teachers requested to write recommendations.

Many 9 – 11 grade students/parents have yet to register for Naviance accounts.  Students who have not registered for Naviance can login by clicking I need to register and entering the student ID# for New User registration code.  Parents register by entering the student’s ID# followed by a letter p (ex: 123456p). (For returning users who forget passwords, click the forgot your password link on the Naviance page; if you need assistance, contact Ms. Burton.

Opportunities you may not be aware of:

JUNIORS:  We are opening future college visits to juniors.   College visits, unless noted otherwise, take place in the College & Career Center. There are three scheduled in December.  

SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design):  Monday, December 12 at 2:15 PM.  Seniors can still apply to SCAD,  but because many art schools require portfolios, it may benefit current juniors to hear about the process for art schools.

Dartmouth:  Tuesday, December 13th at 12:45. This is not a visit by an admission officer but by a student ambassador (local student currently attending Dartmouth).  The purpose is to answer questions about student life at Dartmouth; the visit is designed for current seniors who applied to Dartmouth, and for juniors intending to apply next fall.   A Dartmouth Admission Officer  will likely visit CCA in fall 2017during the college recruitment season.

Cambridge University (England):  Friday, December 16th at 1:30 PM.  One of CCA’s former students is currently in his second year at Cambridge.  He works in their International Admissions office, and will visit CCA to share specifics about applying to colleges in the UK.  The process is quite different.  Cambridge & Oxford have early application deadlines (typically in October for the following fall), so current juniors intending to apply to Cambridge or Oxford, should attend.  Additionally, the process of applying to all schools in the UK will be discussed.  Juniors interested in applying to colleges in the U.K. are encouraged to attend.

A College Visit Pass is required to attend college visits; the pass is found in the Document Library on your Naviance home page, right-hand menu.  Directions are available when you sign- up for the visit.

ALL GRADES:  CCA is already receiving information about summer programs.  Many have early deadlines, especially the more selective ones.  Opportunities posted in Naviance are often those subsidized by a college or sponsor.  Research opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and a few internships are posted in enrichment programs (in Naviance under the Colleges tab, second section, enrichment programs).   Some are grade specific and may are for current 9-11 graders.

ALL GRADES:  Scholarship opportunities are also posted in Naviance under the Colleges tab (third section, scholarship list.) While most are for seniors, there are several open to more than one grade, or to all grades.  Naviance offers a drop down menu to sort by grade level.   You are encourage to check often for updates.

 

Naviance Log In Information

 

CCA Students and Families,

Counseling often communicates with students and parents through Naviance.   Naviance is a comprehensive planning tool that enables college and career research, and in senior year, facilitates document upload to the Common Application.  Scholarship opportunities, enrichment programs, and college visits are posted in Naviance.  Naviance is site-specific, and student information is viewable only by CCA counselors, Ms. Burton, and during senior year, teachers requested to write recommendations.

Many 9 – 11 grade students/parents have yet to register for Naviance accounts.  Students who have not registered for Naviance can login by clicking I need to register and entering the student ID# for New User registration code.  Parents register by entering the student’s ID# followed by a letter p (ex: 123456p). (For returning users who forget passwords, click the forgot your password link on the Naviance page; if you need assistance, contact Ms. Burton.

Opportunities you may not be aware of:

JUNIORS:  We are opening future college visits to juniors.   College visits, unless noted otherwise, take place in the College & Career Center. There are three scheduled in December.  

SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design):  Monday, December 12 at 2:15 PM.  Seniors can still apply to SCAD,  but because many art schools require portfolios, it may benefit current juniors to hear about the process for art schools.

Dartmouth:  Tuesday, December 13th at 12:45. This is not a visit by an admission officer but by a student ambassador (local student currently attending Dartmouth).  The purpose is to answer questions about student life at Dartmouth; the visit is designed for current seniors who applied to Dartmouth, and for juniors intending to apply next fall.   A Dartmouth Admission Officer  will likely visit CCA in fall 2017during the college recruitment season.

Cambridge University (England):  Friday, December 16th at 1:30 PM.  One of CCA’s former students is currently in his second year at Cambridge.  He works in their International Admissions office, and will visit CCA to share specifics about applying to colleges in the UK.  The process is quite different.  Cambridge & Oxford have early application deadlines (typically in October for the following fall), so current juniors intending to apply to Cambridge or Oxford, should attend.  Additionally, the process of applying to all schools in the UK will be discussed.  Juniors interested in applying to colleges in the U.K. are encouraged to attend.

A College Visit Pass is required to attend college visits; the pass is found in the Document Library on your Naviance home page, right-hand menu.  Directions are available when you sign- up for the visit.

ALL GRADES:  CCA is already receiving information about summer programs.  Many have early deadlines, especially the more selective ones.  Opportunities posted in Naviance are often those subsidized by a college or sponsor.  Research opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and a few internships are posted in enrichment programs (in Naviance under the Colleges tab, second section, enrichment programs).   Some are grade specific and may are for current 9-11 graders.

ALL GRADES:  Scholarship opportunities are also posted in Naviance under the Colleges tab (third section, scholarship list.) While most are for seniors, there are several open to more than one grade, or to all grades.  Naviance offers a drop down menu to sort by grade level.   You are encourage to check often for updates.

10th Grade Presentations

Attention 10th Grade Raven Families,

The CCA Counseling Department will hold 10th Grade Student Presentations during period 2 on Tuesday 12/13 and Wednesday 12/14 in the Proscenium Theater. Teachers will send students on one of the two days; any student who cannot attend one presentation day may attend the other.

A presentation for parents of 10th Grade Students will be offered on Tuesday, 12/13 at 6:00 PM in the Proscenium Theater.

Counselors will review the SDUHSD graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, standardized testing  information, Naviance, and share general tips for 10th graders. The presentation will be available on the CCA Counseling Website Presentation Index for you to view. Hard copies will not be available at the presentation. We hope you will join us to receive helpful information for a successful high school experience!

 

Lost and Found Items

Hello Raven Family,

Our lost & found is full, and we want to give you the opportunity to have your student(s) come to the front desk in the admin building to look for and retrieve any items they may have misplaced this year. All unclaimed items will be donated this Friday- 12/09/16 at 1:30pm. 

Thank you and Happy Holidays! 

Parents of Winter Athletes

 
Athletic early release is handled by the Athletic Office.  There is no need to call in for off campus passes.  Students must adhere to the release time (even if it is just 5 minutes into the period).
Thank you,
 
 

Subject:  Site Calendar Change for 2016-2017 

 

 

CCA has made a slight change to our Site Calendar for 2016-2017.  Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 was originally a Late Start Day.  However, this is the first day of the 2nd term and a very busy day in the classroom. We have moved our Late Start Day from February 1st to Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  We have updated our website to reflect this accurate information. Please note this change for your records.  

 

Thank you.

http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/KeyInfo/Site%20Calendar%202016-2017.pdf
 
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CCA Traffic, Construction and Safety Update

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tQsQe_K9LOjWah9J8FJkuj54L9L8vMvcbDYtp5-Y7ko/edit?usp=sharing

Senior Ads for yearbook

Hello parents! 

We would just like to notify you that the Parent Pack for Senior Ads is on the yearbook website ( http://www.ccayearbooks.com/ ) now! Have nice day!

Senior Ad Deadlines
Purchase Deadline: October 28th 
Refund Deadline: November 11th 
Content Deadline: November 28th 
-Hallie and Lika
Senior Ads Editors

PSAT for 9th

Dear 9th Grade Families,


This is a friendly reminder that all 9th graders will be taking the PSAT 9 this Wednesday, October 19th.


The test will begin promptly at 8 am and we encourage students to arrive early in order to find their testing location before the exam begins. Students who arrive later than 8:10 will not have an opportunity to test and will be sent to the Library Classroom (attendance will be taken). Testing room locations will be communicated through the daily bulletin and will also be posted outside of the Administration, Counseling and ASB buildings. You may also click here for testing room locations. Students should come prepared for the exam with a pencil and an approved calculator. Please see the link below for a list of approved calculators for the exam:

Approved Calculators

 

Students who do not wish to take the test may report to the Library Classroom where attendance will be taken.


The bell schedule for Wednesday is linked below:

Bell Schedule

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Sayegh at 858-350-0253, extension 4003.

 

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic testing day on Wednesday, October 19th.

 

~CCA Administration

PSAT for 10th

Dear 10th Grade Families,


This is a friendly reminder that all 10th graders will be taking the Pre-ACT this Wednesday, October 19th.


The test will begin promptly at 8 am and we encourage students to arrive early in order to find their testing location before the exam begins. Students who arrive later than 8:10 will not have an opportunity to test and will be sent to the Library Classroom (attendance will be taken). Testing room locations will be communicated through the daily bulletin and will also be posted outside of the Administration, Counseling and ASB buildings. You may also click here for testing room locations. Students should come prepared for the exam with a pencil and an approved calculator. Please see the link below for a list of approved calculators for the exam:

Approved Calculators

 

Students who do not wish to take the test may report to the Library Classroom where attendance will be taken.


The bell schedule for Wednesday is linked below:

Bell Schedule

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Sayegh at 858-350-0253, extension 4003.

 

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic testing day on Wednesday, October 19th.

 

~CCA Administration

PSAT for 11th

Dear 11th Grade Families,


This is a friendly reminder that all 11th graders will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT this Wednesday, October 19th.


The test will begin promptly at 8 am and we encourage students to arrive early in order to find their testing location before the exam begins. Students who arrive later than 8:10 will not have an opportunity to test and will be sent to the Library Classroom (attendance will be taken). Testing room locations will be communicated through the daily bulletin and will also be posted outside of the Administration, Counseling and ASB buildings. You may also click here for testing room locations. Students should come prepared for the exam with a pencil and an approved calculator. Please see the link below for a list of approved calculators for the exam:

Approved Calculators

 

Students who do not wish to take the test may report to the Library Classroom where attendance will be taken.


The bell schedule for Wednesday is linked below:

Bell Schedule

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Sayegh at 858-350-0253, extension 4003.

 

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic testing day on Wednesday, October 19th.

 

~CCA Administration

 

Hi Senior Ravens,

 

Just a reminder that on Wed. 10/19, CCA will host a UC/CSU/Common Application workshops starting at 8:00 a.m., during the PSAT administration for grades 9-11. Please see the schedule below and note that attendance is mandatory. All seniors are required to attend unless excused by a parent or guardian.

 

Please note: Please feel free to bring your laptop to access your applications. Students can use all of the materials and begin applications prior to the presentations, but we encourage students not to submit anything before verifying all information and procedures to assure that applications are completed accurately. 

 

Senior Sessions offered on October 19

 

Options for session 1: (Attendance will be taken)

 

  1. 8:00 am - 9:25 am             UC Application Workshop presented by UCLA in Proscenium Theater

     

  2. 8:00 am - 9:25 am           Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College Application                                                Workshop in Learning Commons

     

  3. 8:00 am - 9:25 am          Community College Workshop with Mira Costa Representative

in College & Career Center

 

BREAK - DONUTS will be provided!! (Students cannot leave campus):

 

9:25 am - 10 am

 

Options for session 2: (Attendance will be taken)

 

  1. 10 am - 11:25 am              CSU Application Workshop presented by SDSU in Learning Commons    

 

      2)    10 am - 11:25 am                Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College Application Workshop in Proscenium

 

 

Remaining Bell Schedule for Wednesday, October 19th:

Lunch: 11:34 - 12:08 (34 min)

Period 1: 12:14 pm-12:51pm (37 mins)

Period 2: 12:57pm-1:34pm (37 mins)

Period 3: 1:40pm-2:17pm (37 mins)

Period 4: 2:23pm-3:00pm (37 mins)

 

 

FAFSA Financial Aid Night

CCA Seniors & Senior Parents/Guardians,

On Monday, October 17th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Proscenium Theatre, CCA Counseling will host an informative FAFSA Financial Aid Night to assist senior students and their families planning to apply for financial aid assistance at public and private universities.  Our presenters are financial aid counselors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  They will explain the financial aid process and walk you through the FAFSA application.  There will be time for questions and answers.

This presentation is not specific to the UC system as the FAFSA is required by the vast majority of private and public institutions. The FAFSA for the 2016-2017 school year opened October 1, 2016, at https://fafsa.ed.gov/

It is not necessary to RSVP.  

Q1 Progress Reports

The Progress Grade reporting period ended on Friday, September 30th.  Progress Report Grades will be posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are not permanent grades, but are meant to convey your student’s progress at this time.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  The final Quarter will end Tuesday, November 1st and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.

Field Day Reminder

Good Afternoon Raven Students and Families,

This is just a reminder that tomorrow is our annual Raven Wellness Day.  Our PALs team has worked very hard to prepare us for the day, and our staff is trained to facilitate it.

This is a regular school day, and attendance will be taken several times, but our focus for the day is on balance and wellness.  This is a key piece of CCA’s identity, mission, and Single Plan for Student Achievement, and we are excited to make it happen!

We look forward to seeing you at our regular start time.  Here is the basic schedule:

8:00 – 9:30              Period 1 / Classroom Programming

9:35 – 11:42                        Period 2 / Field Activities

11:42 – 12:22         Lunch

12:27 – 1:40                        Period 3 / Classroom Programming

1:40 – 1:55              Transition to Gym Activities

1:55 – 2:40              Period 4 / Gym Programming

2:40 – 3:00              Transition to Quad Activities and Release at 3:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing All of you here tomorrow for this important day!

Girls Lacrosse Pre-Season Meeting

Interested in playing Girls Lacrosse?
Please come to a pre-season meeting with Coach Oslar on Wednesday, 10/5 @ Lunch in the Gym Classroom. New and returning players are encouraged to attend. The discussion will cover preseason training and team goals. This meeting is for student athletes only.  See you there!

Raven Readiness Reminder

Happy Friday Raven Family,
 
This message is to remind you about Raven Readiness Days, which begin next week! Please be sure to click the link below to the Raven Readiness Day webpage for more information.  
 
Avoid long lines at the Finance Office during Raven Readiness by paying in advance on the WebStore! https://webstores.activenetwork.com/school-software/canyon_crest_academy/ .  You may now pay for items at home by following the instructions on the WebStore home page to log on to your student's account. Select the desired department and purchase your items.  On your Raven Readiness day, bypass the Finance Office (Station 3) and go directly to the pick up station (Station 4).  If you have trouble logging in, please contact Laura Main at laura.main@sduhsd.net, or 858-350-0253 x4018.  Please note: the WebStore will not be available from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Raven Readiness days.
 
Raven Readiness Webpage:
 
Screencast for Raven Readiness Days:

PSAT and ACT testing update

Good Afternoon, CCA Parents.

 

On Wednesday morning, October 19th, students in grades 9 – 11 will be taking the following practice tests:

 

  • Grade 9: PSAT 8/9
  • Grade 10: Pre-ACT
  • Grade 11: PSAT/NMSQT

 

These exams are paper-based, multiple-choice assessments and are reflective of the college entrance exam your child may take. Students do not have to register for the exam; however your donation enables us to be able to continue this valuable experience school wide. Donations can be paid through our webstore or at the Finance office.

 

If your student would like a practice booklet in preparation for the exam, they are located in the College & Career Center in the Student Services Building. You can also click on the links below:

 

ACT practice test

PSAT practice test

 

Click here for more information about the PSAT 8/9,  Pre-ACT, and PSAT/NMSQT.

 

Important information on the bell schedule will be sent out soon.

 

 

~CCA Administration

                                                              

2016 Winter Sports

Dear Raven Families,

Please know that the window to register for 2016 Winter Sports will open after progress reports have been posted. 

 

Canyon Crest Academy utilizes an online athletic clearance process that is available on the Athletics website.  Click on the Instructions - Online Clearing Process link under Tryout Information.  

 

Athletes who participated in the Fall season will need to update their online clearance profile to reflect the Winter sport he or she is interested in trying out for. 

In addition to the online clearance, athletes will need to send electronically or turn in a hard copy of their Physical AND a front and back copy of their medical insurance card (unless already on file from Fall of this school year) to Mrs. Fortin in Athletics.  Please ensure that the physical is signed and dated by your doctor before turning in to Athletics.

 

The Deadline for Winter Clearance is November 7, 2016.

 

Please keep an eye on the Athletics Website updates on Tryout dates and information.  

 

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038 or yvonne.fortin@sduhsd.net

fall college visits

CCA Seniors:

The fall college visit/recruitment season begins Tuesday, September 6.  College visits are reserved for seniors.  College visits are posted in your Naviance account and on the CCA site calendar. 

How to attend a College Visit: Under the Colleges tab, In the view all upcoming college visits section of your Naviance account, select the college visit you would like to attend and click Sign Up.   You will be directed to a page to submit your request.  Most visits occur during class time, so you will need to print a CCA College Visit Pass at home, to have signed by your parent and then by your teacher(s) whose class(es) you will miss.  The pass can be found in the Document Library on your Naviance home page.  Bring the pass with you to the visit.  Allow yourself time to obtain required signatures.  If you have an unscheduled period during a college visit, you do not need a pass.  If you are 18 years of age or older you do not need a parent/guardian signature but you do need a teacher signature.

College visits are limited to 45 minutes and follow, somewhat, our bell schedule.  You should not miss an entire period unless your college visits are back-to-back.  Your teacher has discretion to permit, or not permit, you to miss class instruction to attend a college visit.  Your chance of admission to the visiting college will not be affected should you be unable to attend the visit.  You are responsible for making up any missed class work.

If you have not registered for your Naviance account, follow the Naviance link from CCA’s website (home page, right-hand menu).  You will be directed to the Family Connection sign-in/registration page.  Look in the upper right-hand corner and select I need to register.  The registration page will open; your registration code is your student ID number.  (Your parent’s registration code is your student ID number followed by a “p” for parent (example: 123456p).

Questions?  See Ms. Burton in the College & Career Center.

 

 

A few key reminders

Dear CCA Parents and Students,

 

A few key reminders for a successful start of the school year:

  1. Traffic Updates We now have three drop off points for students in the morning and in the afternoon.  Students can be dropped off in front of our main administration building, in the staff lot, or in the student lot. Please click here for the link to review a map of the traffic flow. Please consider carpooling with your neighbors! Our CCA Foundation has set up a carpooling collective, click here for more information on how to get in touch with other CCA families in your area.
  2. 2016 - 2017 Class Schedules On Monday 8/29 after 3:30 pm, all students should view and print class schedules with period and room assignments from the Aeries Portal under Student Info: Classes. No schedules will be distributed on the first day of school.  Any student unable to access Aeries must visit the Library/Media Center by 7:30 am on the first day of school to obtain a copy before school starts at 8:00 am. *If you are unable to see your classes, make sure the “View Only Current Term” box is unchecked and check the box "sort by term" so all the fall classes are at the top.
  3. Course Change Requests SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. Per the CCA add/drop policies, no elective changes will be made at the start of the term.  To serve students most efficiently and improve attendance, students who need to request changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the Counseling website and submit the completed form as follows

DURING THE CLASS PERIOD, students may come into Student Services only if:

  • they don’t have a class scheduled that period.
  • they need to add a required course for graduation.
  • they need to add a course to remediate a prior D or F grade.
  • they have a “See Counselor” note in the class schedule.

Before school, at lunch and after school, a student can submit an add/drop request form with parent signature to request to:

  • drop a class for an unscheduled period
  • make a level change between AP, honors or college prep. if space available
  • add an academic course for college eligibility, if space available
  • Students will submit the form and return to class. While the form is being processed, students must attend the originally scheduled classes.  Students may return BEFORE SCHOOL, at lunch or after school to follow-up on requests and should check Aeries classes for completed changes.
  • Students will not be able to visit Student Services to request:
  • that a class be in a specific period or term, including for athletics or an off-campus activity
  • to change teachers.
  • Changes to spring term classes. There will be an add/drop period for second term.

 

2016-2017 Counselor Assignments:

Ashley Bahner     Student Last Names  A - C
Layne Woollard   Student Last Names  D - H
Holly Austin          Student Last Names  I - ME
Melissa Sage       Student Last Names MI - SG
Sarah Djernes      Student Last Names SH - Z 

Wishing you much success in the upcoming school year!

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

ISPE Announcements

Good Evening CCA ISPE families,


I hope this message finds you well.  You have received this message because you signed up to take ISPE this Fall or Spring.  Here are a few important announcements:


  • Please ensure that you have turned in all necessary paperwork (form A, B, andC) to the district office.  

  • If you notice that you students schedule does not reflect ISPE, please see your counselor within the first two weeks of school (Fall term), or within the first two weeks of the second term (Spring term)

  • There will be a meeting in early September for all ISPE students (this includes students who need to take online health).  The date will be announced prior to the first day of school.  

  • If you need to take online health, students will receive a consent form at the meeting mentioned above.  Students will need to get this form signed and return it to the Assistant Principal's office.  Once turned in, it will take some time to input the students information into Edgenuity.  More information about this will be available at the aforementioned meeting.  

  • Pertinent information regarding ISPE logistics and expectations will be discussed at the meeting as well.  ISPE utilizes Blackboard as the online platform.


We look forward to meeting you, and to watching your growth as an athlete.  Thank you and Go Ravens!



Corey Bess

Assistant Principal

CCA

Raven Readiness

Welcome new Ravens!!!  This is a reminder that Raven Readiness Day is tomorrow.  We look forward to seeing you there, and giving you the opportunity to get to know our campus, and some of our CCA staff.  Below please see the schedule and links for more information about what you need to bring in order to make this a successful day!  

Student Last Names A-E 8:30 am -10:00 am (Raven Readiness)

10:00 am - 11:30 am (New Student Orientation)


Student Last Names F-L 8:30 am -10:00 am (New Student Orientation)

10:00 am - 11:30 am (Raven Readiness)


Student Last Names M-Q 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Raven Readiness)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (New Student Orientation)


Student Last Names R-Z 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (New Student Orientation)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Raven Readiness)

A few reminders:  

Please bring a separate form of ID for Station 5.  Station 6 has been moved to M201.  Please be sure that all parents have logged on to AERIES and completed the data confirmation process.  This will also allow you to print your Ticket to Raven Readiness (mandatory).  If you don’t make it to Raven Readiness there will be opportunities to turn in paperwork, and get all items.  


3 Things you Need to bring:  Ticket to Raven Readiness Day (signed), Emergency Card (signed), and Dance/ASB event contract (Signed).  


Important Links:


Class Schedules:

  • Students can view their 2016-17 Course Requests* via the Aeries portal under Student Info. Class schedules will not be distributed so view or print Course Requests from Aeries in advance. *Please note that period and teacher assignments will not be visible until the start of school and there may still be changes to classes and terms as the master schedule is finalized.

  • Reminder: The course # for each class indicates the term that class has been assigned. Course #s without “S” have been scheduled for fall and course #s with an “S” at the end have been scheduled for  spring.  

  • If you are unable to access the Aeries portal, you may visit M201 (station 6) for assistance. 

  • During Readiness Days, students may visit the Counseling Office to address necessary course changes according to SDUHSD guidelines, as follows:


• Remediation of prior D or F grades
• Adding a course required for graduation or college eligibility, if space is available

• Completion of a pre-approved off-campus summer class
• Level changes between AP or Honors and college prep, if space is available
• Dropping a course for an unscheduled period
• Responding to a "See Counselor" note or fewer than 8 course requests


Students who are unable to attend Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school. 


We are still looking for Volunteers!!  Please contact volunteers@canyoncrestfoundation.org if you can help!  We look forward to seeing you.


CCA Administration

 

Raven Readiness for grades 11 and 12

Good evening Ravens!  


This is a reminder that Raven Readiness Day is tomorrow.  Please review the information below in order to make this quick and easy!   


12th grade: 8:30 am - 10:30 am  (SENIORS!  See website for information on what you need to bring)     

11th grade: 12:00 pm -  2:00 pm  


A few reminders:  Please bring a separate form of ID for Station 5.  Station 6 has been moved to M201.  Please be sure that all parents have logged on to AERIES and completed the data confirmation process.  This will also allow you to print your Ticket to Raven Readiness (mandatory).  If you don’t make it to Raven Readiness there will be opportunities to turn in paperwork, and get all items.  


Important Links:


Class Schedules:

  • All students can view their 2016-17 Course Requests* via the Aeries portal under Student Info. Class schedules will NOT be distributed so view or print Course Requests from Aeries in advance.

  • If you are unable to access the Aeries portal, you may visit M201 (Station 6) for assistance.  *Please note that period and teacher assignments will not be visible until the start of school and there may still be changes to classes and terms as the master schedule is finalized.

  • During Readiness Days, students may visit the Counseling Office to address necessary course changes according to SDUHSD guidelines, as follows:


• Remediation of prior D or F grades
• Adding a course required for graduation or college eligibility, if space is available

• Completion of a pre-approved off-campus summer class
• Level changes between AP or Honors and college prep, if space is available
• Dropping a course for an unscheduled period
• Responding to a "See Counselor" note or fewer than 8 course requests


Students who are unable to attend their assigned grade-level Readiness Day may attend a lower grade-level time. Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school.


We are still looking for Volunteers!!  Please contact volunteers@canyoncrestfoundation.org if you can help! 


We look forward to seeing you.


CCA Administration

 

Raven Readiness

Happy Friday Ravens! 

 

This is an important message regarding Raven Readiness Days (RRD).  Raven Readiness is Canyon Crest Academy’s registration in which all parents and students are expected to participate.  There are no makeup days and therefore if a student misses RRD the mandatory paperwork, school pictures, school ID acquisition, parking permit acquisition, and many other important things must be taken care of by the student in the first couple of weeks of school.  Please watch the Raven Readiness Day Screencast, which offers a detailed overview of Raven Readiness Days.  Also, please visit the Raven Readiness page found on the CCA website.  Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you on Raven Readiness Day!

 

**Please note, there will be orientation opportunities for all new students on Monday August 22nd for students and parents.  The orientation begins in the Proscenium theater at the allotted times listed below. 

 

Raven Readiness Dates/Times:

Thursday, August 18th:

12th grade>8:30 am - 10:30 am

11th grade>12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Friday, August 19th:             

10th grade (A-L)>8:30 am - 10:30 am

10th grade (M-Z)>12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Monday, August 22nd:         

9th grade:

A-E>   8:30 am -10:00 am (Raven Readiness)

10:00 am - 11:30 am (New Student Orientation)

F-L>   8:30 am -10:00 am (New Student Orientation)

10:00 am - 11:30 am (Raven Readiness)

M-Q> 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Raven Readiness)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (New Student Orientation)

R-Z>   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (New Student Orientation)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Raven Readiness)

 

Link to Raven Readiness Day Screencast:

https://youtu.be/pEZJk84Y8Qg

 

Link to RRD website:

http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Raven-Readiness/index.html

Graduation photographs

Dear Graduating Parents of the Class of 2016,

For the first time ever, you will be able to download all the photographs from this Friday’s Commencement Ceremony. For a fee of forty dollars, all you need to do is go to the CanyonCrestFoundation.org and scroll down to click on “Graduation Photographs”. We will have two professional photographers who will be capturing all the day’s events, including handshakes, performances, and speeches. It is a prepaid basis; prices will go up after graduation. Do not miss out on this once in a year opportunity.  All money raised will go directly to furthering student’s education.

Con-grad-ulations! Go Ravens! 

senior week activities

Dear CCA Seniors,

 

A few important reminders before Senior Week activities begin:

 

All seniors participating in each activity will be required to check in for attendance purposes during Senior Week as follows:

 

  • Monday (6/6):  Senior Finals & Check-out. All Seniors should plan to attend classes as normal. This is a regular school day. Senior BBQ at CCA at 5:00 pm.
  • Tuesday(6/7):  Disneyland – Seniors should meet in the student lot by 7:50 AM to check in. Students not attending Disneyland are expected to attend the first class of the day on their schedule.
  • Wednesday (6/8): Seniors check in at the proscenium by 10:30 am,where attendance will be taken.  Senior Talent Show and Donuts @11 amin the Lower Amphitheater; Senior Roller Skate Night from4:00-6:00 pmat SkateWorld (Kearny Mesa Shopping Center, 6907 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111). 
  • Thursday (6/9): Minimum Day; Seniors check in at the proscenium by11:30 am, where attendance will be taken. Senior Brunch (meet in the student lot @11 am); Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at12:30 pm. Caps and gowns will be distributed to students behind the gym following the graduation rehearsal.
  • Friday (6/10):  Graduation - Seniors report to the open amphitheater no later than12:30 pm, dressed in cap and gown for graduation ceremony. Wear sunblock and if you plan on wearing heels, make sure they are wedges!  Seniors should do everything they can to carpool or have someone drop them off at school.  Thank you for your support as we save as much parking as possible for friends/relatives of our graduates!

 

 

Just a reminder that Senior Week events are all school-sponsored events. All students are expected to follow the CCA Discipline policy. We are looking forward to a fun, safe Senior Week for the Class of 2016!

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

 

2016/2017 Fall Sports

Dear Ravens,

Canyon Crest Academy is now accepting applications for 2016/2017 Fall Sports, through our online athletic clearance process, available on the CCA Athletics website.  (Click on the link ‘Instructions - Online Clearing Process link’ under Tryout Information.) 

In addition to the online clearance, athletes will need to fax or email or turn in a hard copy of their Final Grades for this school year, a signed physical AND a front and back copy of your medical insurance card to Mrs. Yvonne Fortin in Athletics.  

Please remember that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2016 to be valid for the entire 2016/2017 school year. 

The Deadline for Spring Clearance is June 24, 2016, and the Athletics office will be closed for the month of July.  If your physical is scheduled after 6/24/16, please complete the other steps and turn in the other documentation to Athletics with a note of the scheduled physical date.  The physical must be approved by Athletics before the athlete may attend tryouts in August.

Please keep an eye on the Athletics Website for Tryout dates and information.  The season officially begins August 1, 2016.   A list of cleared athletes will be posted on the CCA Athletics website, and provided to coaches.  

Currently, we are only accepting applications for FALL sports.  If your athlete is interested in a Winter or Spring sport, we will open the application window for these seasons later in the school year.   

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038 or yvonne.fortin@sduhsd.net

If your son or daughter is not interested in playing a Fall CIF sport with Canyon Crest Academy, you may disregard this message. 

Friday, June 3

Dear Raven Students and Parents,

This Friday, June 3rd, we encourage all students to wear light colored clothing that can get a little dirty. We do not anticipate that any clothing will be permanently stained, but as a precaution, please reconsider wearing your all-time favorite shirt!  Friday will be much more enjoyable if you aren’t worried about what will happen to your clothing!

~CCA ASB

a message from SDUHSD health office

In light of the recent health-related problems that faced Sage Canyon Elementary School, we have been taking extra precautions (more deep cleaning of classrooms/restrooms/etc.) and encouraging more hand washing.   


At this time, we are monitoring the situation and have contacted the Department of Health Services and are following their recommendations. The Department of Health Services recommends that all healthy students attend school but also recommends that you watch your child closely and keep him/her home if he/she is ill. Any symptomatic student should remain at home until he/she is free of symptoms for 48 hours. 

Senior Week

Dear CCA Seniors,

 

A few important reminders as we approach Senior Week:

 

Senior Check-Out Forms: All students who are notified that they must complete a Senior Check-Out form due to outstanding fines, textbooks, coursework required for graduation or Senior Exit Survey, must return completed check-out forms to the CCA Registrar, Andy Shephard no later than Monday, June 6, at 3:15 pm in order to be eligible to participate in Senior Week activities.

 

All seniors will be required to check in for attendance purposes during Senior Week as follows:

  • Monday (6/6):  Senior Finals & Check-out. All Seniors should plan to attend classes as normal. This is a regular school day. Senior BBQ at CCA at 5:00 pm.
  • Tuesday(6/7):  Disneyland – Seniors should meet in the student lot by 7:50 AM to check in. Students not attending Disneyland are expected to attend the first class of the day on their schedule.
  • Wednesday (6/8): Seniors check in at the proscenium by 10:30 am,where attendance will be taken.  Senior Talent Show and Donuts @11 amin the Lower Amphitheater; Senior Roller Skate Night from4:00-6:00 pmat SkateWorld (Kearny Mesa Shopping Center, 6907 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111). 
  • Thursday (6/9): Minimum Day; Seniors check in at the proscenium by11:30 am, where attendance will be taken. Senior Brunch (meet in the student lot @11 am); Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at12:30 pm. Caps and gowns will be distributed to students behind the gym following the graduation rehearsal.
  • Friday (6/10):  Graduation - Seniors report to the open amphitheater no later than12:30 pm, dressed in cap and gown for graduation ceremony. Wear sunblock and if you plan on wearing heels, make sure they are wedges!  Seniors should do everything they can to carpool or have someone drop them off at school.  Thank you for your support as we save as much parking as possible for friends/relatives of our graduates!

 

 

Just a reminder that Senior Week events are all school-sponsored events. All students are expected to follow the CCA Discipline policy. We are looking forward to a fun, safe Senior Week for the Class of 2016!

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

 

Course Change Window

Dear CCA Students and Parents,

 

During the week of May 23-May 27, students will have the opportunity to submit requests to change their 2016-2017 course selections per the SDUHSD course selection guidelines. In order to do so, students must complete and submit an add/drop form, which will be posted on the CCA Counseling website during this window.  Please encourage your student to review his or her current course requests and alternates in the Aeries portal under Student Data: Scheduling.

 

This May window represents the final opportunity to request changes to electives.  After the window closes, students will be placed in one of their requested courses and will not be allowed to make any further elective changes.  Therefore, students should be sure to review their course requests as they will determine the student schedule in the fall.  Changes to class levels and courses required for remediation, graduation or college eligibility can be addressed during each term’s two-week add/drop period. Spring course changes will be addressed during a similar advance window in January.

 

Please note, counselors are in the process of scheduling students and there may still be changes to terms, periods and alternates.

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

 

Prom Tips

Dear CCA Families -

 

The end of the school year is near, and with it comes the time-honored high school tradition - PROM!  This year’s prom is scheduled for this Saturday, May 21 at the Hyatt in Mission Bay. Please note – the last day to buy prom tickets is on Friday, May 21st at 3:15 PM at the ASB Finance office. Students are asked to bring their ID cards to enter. Tickets will not be sold at the door.  

 

For Moms and Dads, this is a time to exercise the “trust but verify” approach to parenting to help us host another safe dance: You can and should trust your teens, but should still ask questions to verify their plans for the night.  

 

Here are some pointers for parents to ensure a safe and fun evening for all:

 

  1. Prom will begin at 7:00 pm and students must arrive at the no later than 8:30 in order to be permitted. Students should review the Prom bid they received when they purchased their ticket for directions and parking instructions. It is important to note students who check into the dance will not be allowed to leave before 9:15 pmthe dance will end at 10:00 pm.
  2. Be aware that CCA Administration and SDPD will be boarding all busses and limos that arrive at the event and will also randomly test students at the door with a breathalyzer. Any teens showing signs of drug or alcohol consumption will be excluded from the dance, and a parent or guardian will be called to take them home. School consequences for this infraction of the discipline code include suspension and/or expulsion. Additionally, discipline expectations are consistent and an offense may result in loss of senior privileges.
  3. Do not allow “just driving around” time in the limo. Nothing is accomplished by teens just driving around in the limo, and it tends to be the time when trouble is most likely to occur.
  4. Consider allowing no more than eight teens in a limo. Limiting the number increases your chances of knowing each student and his or her parents, and putting your kids in a comfortable situation because they are with friends, rather than strangers. Limo busses are not a good idea. Please be aware that students often decide to stay on the bus and not disembark at the prom, leaving them for several hours without supervision. Please also take the time to check the contract with the limo company to determine who bears liability.
  5. Limit the group to good friends and acquaintances. Students are not allowed to attend unless they’ve completed a guess pass application that has been approved. Guess pass applications and information can be found on the CCA website.
  6. Inspect the limo before you let your kids get inside. Many limos come fully stocked with alcohol. Do not allow students who have not bought a ticket to ride in the limo.
  7. Require a written itinerary for your group. Where they are dining, when they will get to the dance, when they will be picked up, where they are going after the dance, and where and when they will be dropped off at the end of the evening. Be aware of what is happening after the event. If students are participating in after-dance events, know what the plans are, where the students will be and who will be present to supervise.
  8. Meet with the limo driver, students and parents at the pick-up spot. Make sure all students and parents are present as you explain your expectations. Make certain the driver has the written itinerary, and make it clear that you expect the itinerary to be followed. The driver is working for you, not for the students. Do not give the driver the final payment until you meet at the end of the evening.
  9. If your teen is not the one organizing the limo, contact the family of the one who is. Speak with those parents and make sure that you are comfortable with the rules they expect to be followed before agreeing to allow your student to travel with that group.
  10. Make sure you talk to your teens when they come home after the dance. Spend some time talking about the evening and making sure they came home safe, sound and sober.

 

Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring our students have a fun, memorable and safe prom.

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

SBAC testing

Dear Raven Families,

 

SBAC testing is HERE!!  We have set the dates for the state test that all juniors will take.  This test serves as one measure to assess teaching and learning at CCA.  

 

The English portion will take place May 16-18 in English classes, or in the Media Center if your student does not have an English class this term.  The Math portion will take place May 23-25 in History classes (because almost all 11th graders take History), or in the Media Center if your student does not have a History class this term. Students will be notified with a pass indicating when and where to report to the media center if it applies to them. Attendance will be cleared for your student on these days.

 

This test is taking the place of the EAP test that was added on to the end of the old STAR tests.  Performing well on this test can allow students to be placed in college level classes at CSUs and other schools.  Our message to the Junior class is to simply do their best.  Please help us pass the message on at home.  

 

Please encourage your student to take the following practice test as the format of the test has changed dramatically. Some tips: using Google Chrome works best to access the test and hold down the Control button while you click to access the link:

https://login3.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V104/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?a=Student&c=California_PT

 

Please email Assistant Principal Jennifer Sayegh at jennifer.sayegh@sduhsd.net if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

CAASPP Testing

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Each spring, students in California participate in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. On May 19, 2016, your child will take one of the following CAASPP tests for science during their Chemistry class, or in the Learning Commons if your student is not in Chemistry this term. 

  • California Standards Test (CST) for Science
  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science

 

** Students that are testing in the Learning Commons will be notified next week of when and where to report to for testing. 

 

Assessments for Science

 

California has adopted new science standards and is currently developing assessments that are aligned with these standards. During the transition to new science assessments, students in grades five, eight, and twelve will take the CST or CMA, as identified above.

For information on the new science assessments and who is eligible for each of these science tests, please see the CDE’s California Science Assessments FAQ Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/sciencefaq.asp#accordionfaq.

For information about the content, types of questions, and other targeted resources for the science tests, please see the CDE’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.

 

If you would like more information about the CAASPP System, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Jennifer Sayegh at Jennifer.sayegh@sduhsd.net.

 

Karl Mueller

Principal

A message from the principal

Raven Students and Parents,

 

After three proud years of service to the staff and student body at Canyon Crest Academy, I have made the difficult decision to assume a new challenge next year as the superintendent of Coronado Unified School District.

 

Words cannot express how overwhelmed I have been by your dedication to our school, as well as by your kindness, support, and Raven pride. I will always cherish my time here. I truly value all that each of you has provided me with, including guidance, friendship, wisdom, and patience.

 

What I will miss the most about CCA is the culture—the connection between faculty and our students, the respect we share, the trusting and inclusive environment where children feel the confidence to be themselves, and the strong pride in our community that made coming to work each day purposeful.

 

I would like to thank our superintendent Mr. Rick Schmitt and his Cabinet for their support; I have learned valuable leadership lessons under their tutelage. I would like to honor the amazing team of educators at CCA whose dedication and contributions to the culture of our school and health of our students have led to our incredible achievement. The SDUHSD Board for their unwavering support for the staff, students, and programs at CCA, and the overwhelming generosity of our community through the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation. Most importantly, I’d like to thank our students for always modeling curiosity and creativity—I have thoroughly enjoyed this time with you.

 

With humble gratitude,

Karl Mueller

 

AP Exam Attendance

Hello Ravens,

 

Next week AP Testing begins and students will be coming and going more than usual during the day.  For safety purposes, students are expected to sign in and out.  Our attendance office will be automatically excusing those who are testing.  Students will be excused when they are testing, so no need to call or email regarding their attendance when they take a test.   Please let your students know they need to sign back in when returning to campus after a morning test.  The time is typically around 12:30 which leaves time for them to return to third period.  

 

Thank you for your support.

CCA Administration

enrollment and course selection

Dear Incoming CCA Students and Parents,

 

Some important reminders for enrollment and course selection:  You received an enrollment packet and Course Selection Contract at Incoming Student Registration Night on March 30.  (If you did not attend, please visit CCA Administration during school hours to pick up required enrollment forms at your earliest convenience before your designated Course Selection Night.)

Please review the presentation and step-by-step instructions on the Incoming Student Course Selection page, which includes answers to frequently asked questions, course selection guidance, SDUHSD guidelines, graduation requirements and Aeries course entry.

 

Aeries Course Selection - Current SDUHSD students must select courses online via the Aeries Parent Portal and complete the paper Course Selection Contract PRIOR to the designated Course Selection Night. If you have questions, changes can still be made when you meet with a CCA staff member.

For students not currently attending a SDUHSD school, please complete the course contract and you will finish the selection process at your Course Selection Night.

 

Enrollment Forms  - All forms must be completed fully and the required information provided. Please bring copies of all requested documents. If any part of the enrollment package is not complete, you will not be able to continue with the registration process. Please be prepared to submit the following forms:

 

All students:

  1. Student Enrollment Form
  2. Verification of Residency: Include 2 proofs of address. Click here for more information.
  3. Course Selection Contract

In addition, students not currently attending a SDUHSD school will need to provide:

  1. Birth Certificate or Passport
  2. Copy of Transcript (recent report card if entering 9th grade)
  3. Important Notice: New Students
  4. Immunization Requirements: Record from previous school, doctor, or your own complete record. Immunizations must have a doctor’s signature or clinic stamp.
  5. Acceptable Use Policy (student and parent must sign)
  6. Emergency Form
  7. Release of Records

 

Course Selection Nights in the CCA Library/Media Center - You will turn in your enrollment forms and complete the course selection process.  In order to be consistent and fair to all incoming students, your designated Course Selection Night will be the only opportunity to receive individualized course selection guidance. Please come prepared with specific questions so that CCA staff are able to adequately advise you in a timely manner.

 

Student Last Names A – E                 Monday, April 25, 2016                     4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names F – K                Tuesday, April 26, 2016                     4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names L – Q                 Wednesday, April 27, 2016                4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names R - Z                 Thursday, April 28, 2016                     4:00 - 7:00 pm

 

Per school district policy, in order to attend CCA, you must enroll by Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  If, for any reason, you do not enroll by April 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM, you will forfeit your spot at Canyon Crest Academy and you will be enrolled at your boundary high school.

 

We look forward to meeting you!

 

mandatory senior exit meeting

Good afternoon Raven Seniors (and parents of Raven Seniors),

There will be a mandatory senior exit meeting for seniors only in the Proscenium on Wednesday, April 27th, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM.   This is a late start day, and we appreciate students taking their time to make sure they are informed about graduation, senior activities (including grad night) and senior checkout.   As a reminder, attendance will be taken in the Proscenium

Looking forward to seeing you there!

-CCA Administration.

Community Day Volunteers

Dear CCA Parents and Guardians, 

We are still looking for volunteers to help facilitate the Community Day program on April 28th. Community Day is a day-long interactive workshop similar to Challenge Day, where teens, teachers, and community members connect and form meaningful connections with each other. The day will include ice breaking games in addition to conversation regarding the difficulties and adversities that each student faces. 

We hope you'll consider participating in this very important day for our CCA community. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aa5ad2ba2fc1-ccacommunity

Raven Wellness experience

Good morning, CCA Parents.

Canyon Crest Academy is excited to introduce another Raven Wellness experience this week for students and staff which celebrates our commitment to balance. Throughout the week, our teachers will embed ‘Healthy Mind Platter’ themes, introduced in Daniel Siegel’s Brainstorm, into their existing curricula and lesson design.

 

Healthy Mind Platter themes align with our faculty Raven Wellness goals and our 2013-14 WASC Action Plan, which identified the need for our school to ‘Create programs and/or resources that promote student connectedness to the school community’, and to ‘provide targeted programs designed to meet the specific needs of CCA students (ex: students facing academic pressure, mental health awareness, and student transitions).

 

This Thursday (4/21) evening, Ms. Bryant and Ms. Yates will host a parent book club in the CAGE (5:30 - 7) for any/all interested in discussing Brainstorm. On Friday, Canyon Crest will host an extended lunch (Pep Rally schedule) and offer activities for our students to connect with faculty outside of the traditional academic setting.

 

We are excited to continue providing these unique experiences to our school community, and appreciate your role in our attempts to promote wellness while nurturing the unique and inclusive culture of Canyon Crest.

 

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller 

Third Quarter Grades

The Third Quarter 2016 reporting period ended on April 1st, 2016.  Grades are posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are permanent grades that have been posted to your Student’s transcript.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  

a message for incoming ravens

Dear Incoming CCA Students and Parents,

Some important reminders for enrollment and course selection:  You received an enrollment packet and Course Selection Contract at Incoming Student Registration Night on March 30.  (If you did not attend, please visit CCA Administration during school hours to pick up required enrollment forms at your earliest convenience before your designated Course Selection Night.)

Please review the presentation and step-by-step instructions on the Incoming Student Course Selection page, which includes answers to frequently asked questions, course selection guidance, SDUHSD guidelines, graduation requirements and Aeries course entry.

Aeries Course Selection - Current SDUHSD students must select courses online via the Aeries Parent Portal and complete the paper Course Selection Contract PRIOR to the designated Course Selection Night. If you have questions, changes can still be made when you meet with a CCA staff member.

For students not currently attending a SDUHSD school, please complete the course contract and you will finish the selection process at your Course Selection Night.

Enrollment Forms  - All forms must be completed fully and the required information provided. Please bring copies of all requested documents. If any part of the enrollment package is not complete, you will not be able to continue with the registration process.

Please note: California Senate Bill 277 states immunization records are now required. Please bring the proper documentation with you. Click here for more information.

Course Selection Nights in the CCA Library/Media Center - You will turn in your enrollment forms and complete the course selection process.  In order to be consistent and fair to all incoming students, your designated Course Selection Night will be the only opportunity to receive individualized course selection guidance. Please come prepared with specific questions so that CCA staff are able to adequately advise you in a timely manner.

Student Last Names A – E                 Monday, April 25, 2016                       4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names F – K                Tuesday, April 26, 2016                      4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names L – Q                 Wednesday, April 27, 2016                 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names R - Z                  Thursday, April 28, 2016                       4:00 - 7:00 pm

Per school district policy, in order to attend CCA, you must enroll by Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  If, for any reason, you do not enroll by April 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM, you will forfeit your spot at Canyon Crest Academy and you will be enrolled at your boundary high school.

We look forward to meeting you!

SDUHSD Local Control and Accountability Survey

Reminder: Complete the SDUHSD Local Control and Accountability Survey


We are soliciting input from SDUHSD parents, students, teachers, employees and the community to develop, revise and update the SDUHSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Please take a few moments to take part in our short survey to help us develop our LCAP.


SDUHSD’s LCAP will describe the school district’s overall vision for students with annual goals and specific actions that will be taken to achieve our vision. The LCAP will focus on the eight areas identified as state priorities. The plan will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.


Click here to take the SDUHSD LCAP Survey. Please select the “choose another language” option at the top of the page to access the survey in Spanish.

To review SDUHSD’s 2015-2016 LCAP here.

 


 



Estamos solicitando información de parte de los padres, estudiantes, maestros, y miembros de la comunidad de SDUHSD, para desarrollar, revisar y actualizar  el Control Local y Plan de Rendimiento Local de Cuentas (LCAP por sus siglas en inglés).  Por favor tome unos minutos y participe en nuestra breve encuesta la cual nos ayudará a desarrollar nuestro LCAP.  

El Control Local y Plan de Rendimiento Local de Cuentas (LCAP por sus siglas en inglés) de SDUHSD describirá la visión general del distrito escolar para todos los estudiantes, las metas anuales y las medidas específicas que se tomarán para lograr cumplir con la visión y metas del distrito.   El LCAP se enfocará en las ocho áreas identificadas como prioridades estatales.  El plan también demostrará cómo el presupuesto del distrito ayudará a lograr el cumplimiento de las metas y a evaluar anualmente las estrategias que  ayudarón a la mejoría de los resultados.  


Haga click aquí para tomar la encuesta de LCAP de SDUHSD.  Por favor seleccione la opción “elegir  otro idioma” que se encuentra en la parte superior de la página para tener acceso a la encuesta en Español.   Si desea revisar el LCAP de SDUHSD del año escolar 2015-2016 haga click aquí.

SBAC

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

Each spring, most students in California participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. This year, your child will take the following CAASPP tests:

 

  • Smarter Balanced test for mathematics during the week of May 23rd  
  • Smarter Balanced test for English language arts/literacy (ELA) during the week of May 16th  

 

The Smarter Balanced online tests are based on the new California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and ELA. For eleventh graders, these tests will have a direct impact on the California State University’s (CSU’s) Early Assessment Program (EAP). The CSU and participating California community colleges will use student results from the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments as a student’s EAP status in English and mathematics:

 

  • Students who score at the highest performance level (“Standard Exceeded”) are considered ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam.

     

  • Students who score at the “Standard Met” performance level are considered conditionally ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. However, they must take an approved English and/or mathematics course in twelfth grade and receive a grade of “C” or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through another pathway.

     

  • Students who score at the “Standard Nearly Met” performance level are considered not yet ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and will need additional preparation in the twelfth grade. They will also be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.  

     

  • Students who score at the “Standard Not Met” performance level are considered not ready for college-level work in English and/or mathematics. They will need substantial improvement to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school.

 

For more information, please see the CSU’s Early Assessment Program Web page, at http://www.csusuccess.org/caaspp.

Students wishing to inform the CSU and participating community colleges of their EAP status may submit their CAASPP results by selecting the release button at the end of each CAASPP exam (i.e., for both the ELA and mathematics assessments). For more information, please see the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Early Assessment Program Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/eapindex.asp.

The CDE has developed several resources to help parents and students understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:  

 

  • The Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments (in English and Spanish) are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP Web page, under the Students and Parents Tab, at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. Separate guides have been developed for each of the three grade spans tested: grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grade 11. Each guide explains the grade-level expectations for students in ELA and mathematics and provides sample test items.

     

  • The practice and training tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp, can help parents and students experience the type of test items that students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Answers to the practice test and scoring rubrics for the performance tests are posted on the Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html.

 

If you would like more information about the CAASPP System, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. You will receive more information as we get closer to the testing dates. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Jennifer Sayegh at jennifer.sayegh@sduhsd.net.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Karl Mueller

Principal

 

 

 

Progress Grade reporting

The Progress Grade reporting period ended on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  Progress Report Grades are posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are not permanent grades, but are meant to convey your student’s progress at this time.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  The final Quarter will end Friday, April 1, 2016 and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.

College Banners

Good afternoon Ravens,

College banners are back! College banners are personalized banners for CCA seniors to honor acceptance in to their preferred college. They commemorate each student's legacy at CCA. 

Every student's banner is created individually on Photoshop and a proof of the banner is sent to an email provided by the student. 

Prices for Class of 2016 College:

Until March 11th the price is $40. 
From Match 12 - April 8th it raises to $45
From April 9th - May 6th it raises to $50
From May 7th - May 27th it raises to $55

We understand that most students do not hear back from colleges until April and do not need to decide until May. With that being said, we also understand that most students wait until the last minute to get their senior gear, which puts an unnecessary stress on the staff and company that prints and makes the banners. Therefore, we encourage students to purchase their banners once they have made the decision to attend their college. 

We offer the service of hanging the banner up in the Learning Commons in order to leave your legacy at CCA. In years past, a popular choice has been to have the banner hung up from the time it is purchased until the end of the school year and then have it taken down and delivered to the student. Another option is to take home your banner once it is purchased. A final option is to purchase two banners, one banner to hang up and one banner to take home. 

If you have any questions you can "Like" the "CCA College Banners, Class of 2016" Facebook page or find more information on ccapals.com

Thank you and have a great day,

CCA PALs

Upcoming Event

On Thursday March 10, at 3:30pm in the Learning Commons, there will be a prescreening of the PBS documentary "American Diplomat". The film illustrates the responsibilities, achievements and challenges of United States diplomacy in the 21st Century. Afterward there will be a panel of former Foreign Service Officers including a former Ambassador of Azerbaijan , the former Consul to Italy and former Director of South and Central Asian Regional Affairs  to discuss the future of American diplomacy with the audience. Interested in current affairs, diplomacy, foreign service or careers in these areas? All are welcome and it is free.

Later that same afternoon, Thursday March 10 at 5:30pm in the Learning Commons, Jon Moffat of Cyber Education Services will be giving a presentation about managing your digital reputation, cyber bullying, and social networking geared towards parents and students.  Registration is not required, but would be helpful.

Please register here for the Cyber Education Presentation: Registration Form 

Suggested donation $5.00 per family:  Donate Online  to the CCA Foundation

COME LEARN ABOUT UP-TO-DATE TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY: What is the right age for my teen to have a smartphone? What are my options? How do I set up boundaries in the Digital World, how do I keep up? Learn about some of the latest phone apps that could put you and your teen at risk. Learn more about Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and many more!! Learn some simple techniques to better connect with your teen. Walk away with the tools to create a technology contract for your family.         ☺ BRING YOUR PHONE, YOU’RE GONNA NEED IT ☺

MiraCosta Placement Testing

No MiraCosta Placement Testing on Wednesday, March 9th

CCA Senior,

Math and English placement testing for MiraCosta College, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th, has been postponed.  We are working with MiraCosta to confirm alternative dates and times. The field trip (eCAP) has also been postponed and will now take place in April.  Details will follow when finalized. 

AP Registration

Dear Raven families,

Here is a reminder that AP Registration will be closing soon, on Wednesday, March 16.  Late fee registration runs until March 31.  If your student plans on taking an AP test this Spring, please visit http://sduhsdapexams.com to register and for more information.

Wishing success to all of our students,

CCA Administration

Cyber Education

Special Cyber Education Opportunity for Parents and Students Thursday 3/10/16 at 5:30 pm in the CCA Learning Commons:

COME LEARN ABOUT UP-TO-DATE TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY:

What is the right age for my teen to have a smartphone? What are my options?

How do I set up boundaries in the Digital World, how do I keep up?

Learn about some of the latest phone apps that could put you and your teen at risk.

Learn more about Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and many more!!

Learn some simple techniques to better connect with your teen.

Walk away with the tools to create a technology contract for your family.

☺ BRING YOUR PHONE, YOU’RE GONNA NEED IT ☺

Canyon Crest Academy is bringing Jon Moffat of Cyber Education Services for a presentation geared towards parents and students. 

Please register here: Registration Form

Suggested donation $5.00 per family:  Donate Online to the CCA Foundation

More information about the topics that will be covered:

MANAGING YOUR DIGITAL REPUTATION: We are now in a world where everyone has two reputations, a “Real World” reputation and a “Digital Reputation”. During the presentation, real life examples are provided to discover how your “Digital Reputation” can affect your “Real World” reputation. The presentation then offers necessary up-to-date solutions to managing your “Digital Reputation.”

CYBER-BULLYING:  "Cyber-bullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by someone using the Internet, mobile devices and/or other interactive digital technologies. The presentation focuses on exposing the latest trends and techniques used to cyber-bully someone. Learn more about the newest tricks, apps and websites and how to properly deal with instances of cyberbullying.

SOCIAL NETWORKING:  Just telling a person to “be careful out there” is no longer enough. Social

Networking websites such as Facebook have been singled out as the greatest contributors to creating

digital reputations. As technology evolves, so do the challenges techusers face. The goal of this section is

to provide answers and solutions to the most recent changes in technology. We teach participants how

to effectively manage their digital reputation in order to best reduce the chances of something being

posted now affecting them in the future.

GIRL EMPOWERMENT WEEK

Hello Parents,

 

Throughout this week, A team of students have worked hard to bring Girl Empowerment Week to CCA.  This Has been a week of presentations, screenings of the film “Girl Rising”, and events/activities designed to bring to light the issues impacting all persons in an effort to improve gender equity and female empowerment. This is experience is an opportunity to involve students in a timely discussion that serves to empower and enlighten all.

 

In addition to the daily speakers, events, and activities, this week culminates with an evening film screening of critically acclaimed "Girl Rising", a powerful and thought-provoking film that beautifully captures the stories and struggles of girls around the world. This screening is open to the community; students of all ages, parents, friends, family, and community members alike are invited to attend! The film screening is at 6 pm on Friday March 4th. Come support girls within the community and in communities far from us, and attend this feature film event!

 

Below is a description of the speakers that Have/will be presenting at CCA.

 

Monday 2.29

Girl Rising Film

 

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettablegirls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. 

 

Girl Rising is a revolutionary film that follows the life stories of nine girls from the developing world, who struggle every day for freedom, education and a voice in their home countries of Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

 

Tuesday 3.1

Dr. Sheila Mody and Dr. Akila Weber, UCSD Global Health

 

A professor at UCSD School of Medicine, Dr. Mody will be giving a presentation on reproductive health of girls and her research on the topic. This is relevant to students of all genders, as our Health Education is not as comprehensive as to cover this topic in its entirety, and this information is extremely important and relevant to students of the high school age group. 
Dr. Weber will be addressing issues particular to transgender women and women of color; issues that both current and relevant to students; educating students on these topics allows for a more inclusive atmosphere within the school and for increased awareness of global social issues.

 

Wednesday 3.2

Qualcomm Speakers

Emma Watson UN Address

Ms. Gillian Brittan, M.Ed & CCA teacher

 

Speakers from Qualcomm will be coming to discuss under-representation of women within the workforce, especially within the tech industry and unequal compensation between genders for equal work as well. Qualcomm kick started it's celebration of International Day of the Woman early in February and has had several speaker panels and events already to promote gender equality. 

 

CCA teacher, Gillian Brittan, will be addressing female empowerment issues as they pertain to young women and men today with specific focus examining today's "shaming" culture as driven by perpetuation of negative social norms via social media and almost constant connectivity to an online audience. This will be done in conjunction with the showing of Emma Watson's UN Address and the #HeForShe campaign and a guided group discussion following.

 

Thursday 3.3

Dr. Divya Kakaiya, Healthy Within

 

Dr. Kakaiya has been practicing Psychotherapy since 1985 and is a true visionary in her field of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback and a seasoned expert in the field of brain conditions. She specializes with cross cultural issues, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), trauma, women’s issues, substance abuse, utilizing Neurofeedback as one of her primary treatment modalities. She has also published extensively on issues related to family dynamics, treating adolescents with eating disorders and issues related to South Asian Women. 

 

Friday 3.4

Dr. Karen Dobkins, UCSD

 

Dr. Dobkins is  a Professor of Psychology at UCSD specializing in mindfulness, she will be leading a small seminar/interactive mini-course based of the class she teaches at UCSD. The principles taught in her class are based on Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy (as well as Buddhism and Neuroscience). The focus is on how to live a life where actions are aligned with core values, and to give students the tools they need to feelempowered and to live a life they love, with purpose and clarity.


this weeklong effort is a collaboration of several clubs and conservatories, including Body Aloud Club; GCandA Club; Society and Culture Club; PALs; and EVA Conservatory, and addresses a wide range of issues pertaining to GirlEmpowerment over the course of the week. The aim of the week is to educate students on issues that girls/women face ranging from those particular to developing countries, transgender women, women of color, the under representation of women in certain fields, misrepresentation in media, and the disproportionate validation that girls are taught to derive from their bodies rather than their identities.

 

We hope you come and support girls in communities close and far from us and attend our open film screening Friday March 4th!

Thank you!

 

CCA Community Day

Hello Ravens,

We would like to present to you the opportunity to participate in the first ever CCA Community Day. CCA Community Day is the PALs program's version of Challenge Day and will take place April 26th and 28th of 2016

CCA Community Day is an event similar to Challenge Day in the way that it fulfills the same purpose of fostering an environment of support, respect and acceptance at CCA. This is achieved through the combination of fun and engaging activities and thought-provoking discussions. CCA Community Day is tailored specifically for the needs and community at CCA and we feel that this will be a truly enriching experience for both students and staff who choose to participate. The students and staff will leave the day with a stronger sense of community and a better understanding of those around them.

CCA Community Day will be a school day long event for a maximum of 100 participating students each day. Students will report directly to the designated location on their specific date and will stay there for the remainder of the school day. 
 
There are two ways for a student to be a part of this unique experience. You may sign up to be a participant, or apply and interview to become a student leader.
 
Participant:
  • Must sign up on ccapals.com
  • Will be selected for one of the two CCA Community Days
  • Is an involved, passionate, and excited student at CCA
  • Will be invited to join follow up meetings after CCA Community Days
 
Student Leader:
  • Must apply and take part in the interview process
  • Is needed for two training days prior to the event (dates TBD)
  • Will be present at both of the CCA Community Days
  • Must attend follow up meetings after CCA Community Days

We are looking for students who are open and excited to participate in this event.The commitment of a participant is just to attend his or her assigned day and the commitment of a student leader includes attending both days. Furthermore, there will be a few follow up check-ins throughout the rest of the school year with small groups to continue the connection and support fostered during CCA Community Day.

Please feel free to email ccacommunityday@gmail.com if you have any further questions. Additionally, please email if you are interested in being a part of CCA Community Day as a Student Leader or visit ccapals.com for more information. Thank you so much in advance for your participation and support.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

CCA PALs

Course Selection for 2016-2017

Dear CCA Parents and Students,

​     A reminder that Course selection for the 2016-2017 ends Monday, February 29. To assure that your student has 2016-2017 classes, you must:
1. select courses and alternates online in the PARENT Aeries Portal    AND 
2. turn in the contract to the Counseling Secretary  

Students must select courses online in Aeries PRIOR to submitting the contract.  If you need help logging in to Aeries, please contact Caroline Moroney in the Student Services building.  If you have not already, please visit http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html for instructions, graduation and college requirements, and course profiles. Please use these resources to assist your student to make informed choices for next year. Remember that the courses selected will determine ​the 2016-2017 CCA Master Schedule and your student's year-long 2016-2017 class schedule. 

Please plan ahead to ensure your courses are submitted in Aeries and your contract is turned in tomorrow or Monday.  

Contracts will not be collected and Aeries cannot be updated for students who miss this deadline until contracts submitted prior to the deadline have been processed.

Thank you for your attention to this important task to set all students up for a successful year in 2016-2017.

CCA Administration

​Course selection for 2016-2017

Dear CCA Parents and Students,
​Course
 selection for the 2016-2017 school year will begin this week. All students will attend a grade-level​ course selection presentation on 2/17 or 2/18 and receive a Course Selection Contract to review and complete together. To assist your student with course selection, the Counseling Department created a web page with step-by-step instructions: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html. There are links to required courses for graduation and college eligibility, course profiles, and course selection materials.  Please use these resources to assist your student in order to make thoughtful, informed choices.  Remember that the courses selected will determine
​ ​
​the 2016-2017 CCA Master Schedule and your student's year-long 2016-2017 class schedule. 

Please note: The online Aeries Course Selection window will be open 2/17-2/29/2016. The paper Course Selection Contracts* are due to the Counseling Office no later than Monday, February 29 at 3:00 pm. In order to select courses online in Aeries, students must log in through the PARENT Aeries account.  If you need help logging into Aeries, please contact Caroline Moroney in the Student Services building. 
*Students must complete online course selection in Aeries before they can turn in their paper contract.
CCA Administration

Spring Athletic Clearance

Good Afternoon, Raven Families,
 
The Cleared Spring Athlete list has been posted to the CCA Athletic Website and shared with the Spring Coaches for tryouts.  If your name does not appear on this list, you are not eligible to try out for or participate in a Spring Sport for Canyon Crest Academy.  Please contact the Athletic Secretary, Mrs. Yvonne Fortin, if you have questions.  
The tryout dates and times for Spring Sports have also been posted, but are subject to change.  Like our Facebook page for updates on Spring Sports, trouts and game schedules.  
 
Go Ravens!

on Thursday afternoon

Dear CCA 9th Graders,

 

You’ve almost completed your first year of high school, and it’s already time to start thinking about classes for next year. The counselors will be holding course selection presentations in the Proscenium on February 17th and 18thAfter the presentation, we will be distributing the 2016-2017 course selection contracts for you to fill out with your parents. If you would like to meet with your counselor to discuss your courses, please be sure to check the box on the contract requesting a meeting and your counselor will contact you to set up a date.

 

If you would like to get a head start on planning your courses, please take a look at the 4 Year Plan Templatehttp://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/Counseling/4YearPlan.pdf, and begin filling out your planned courses prior to meeting with your counselor.  This rough draft of your 4 Year Plan will help you, your parents, and your counselor make informed decisions as you move on into 10th grade.  Descriptions of courses, prerequisites, estimated workload, and which requirements the course fulfills can be found at, http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Course-Profiles/index.html

 

Sincerely,

 

The CCA Counseling Department 

 

School Menu and Nutrition Information

Nutrition Services Menu

Interested in the choices your children have for Lunch?

 "Sign Up Now for  MONTHLY School Menu and Nutrition Information"   http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?page=automenu&sid=2011131648587358

Thanks

Richard Mariam

Director of Nutrition Services

760-753-6241 ext 3427

A Nod to our Counselors

Good morning, Ravens!

Did you know that this week (February 1-5) is National School Counseling Week?

National School Counseling Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of professional high school counselors within the U.S. public school system. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success, provide social-emotional guidance and support, navigate the college application and selection process, and plan for life after high school.

Please take a moment this week to thank our amazing Canyon Crest Academy Counselors for all that they do to support our Ravens during their years at CCA and beyond!

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller

 

PSAT Results

CCA Families,

PSAT results are in! If your student took the PSAT in October, then they will be receiving their score reports in their 1st period class tomorrow.

If your student does not have a 1st period class, then they can pick up their report from Ms. Burrows in the Student Services Building.

~CCA Administration 

2nd quarter grades

The Second Quarter 2016 reporting period ended on Friday, January 22nd, 2016.  Grades are posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are permanent grades that have been posted to your Student’s transcript.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  

Start of Spring Term eBlast

Dear Raven Families -

A few reminders as the Spring term begins:  Second-quarter grades will be posted to Aeries on Jan. 28 under “Grades.”  The Spring term will begin on Wednesday, January 27. 

 

As of this email, all students should check the Aeries Portal under “Student Info: Classes” to confirm their spring class schedule and room assignments. If you are unable to access Aeries, please visit the Media Center before school on the first day of the term. *Note: Student class schedules will not be printed/passed out on the first day of spring term. All students should print their spring schedule in Aeries.

SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course, and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. In an effort to serve students more efficiently and improve attendance in the first week of the term, students who need to request schedule changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the CCA Counseling website and turn in the completed form to the Counseling Office during daily walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch. Students must attend their scheduled classes while the add/drop request is being processed. Counselors are not able to address spring schedule change requests by phone or email. ​

Looking forward to a successful Spring term!

CCA Administration

 

Spring Attendance Reminders

Here are some helpful reminders regarding Attendance as we prepare for the Spring Term.

  • If your student will be leaving school during the school day please remember to request an Off Campus Pass 24-48 hours in advance. Students must have their pass with them before leaving campus.
  • If your student is feeling sick during the school day, they must go to the Health Office to check out before leaving campus. Last minute voicemails/emails may not be processed in a timely manner.
  • Students who do not follow the proper check-out procedure may be considered Truant for any classes missed.
  • Students arriving late to school or returning to school from an appointment must sign in at the Attendance Window.
  • All Off Campus Pass requests, Absence reporting and Tardy reporting may be done through our Attendance email – CCAAttendance@SDUHSD.NET or by calling the school and following the proper prompts. Press 1 for Attendance –THEN –  Press 1 for Off Campus Pass or Press 2 for All Day Absences/Tardy.

Thank you for your continued cooperation!

 

A message from Admin

Dear Raven Families -

Congratulations on completing the fall term! Monday (1/25) and Tuesday (1/26) are non-school days for students. Second-quarter grades will be posted to Aeries on Jan. 28 under “Grades.”  The Spring term will begin on Wednesday, January 28. 

 

After 3 pm on Tuesday, January 26, all students should check the Aeries Portal under “Student Info: Classes” to confirm their spring class schedule and room assignments. If you are unable to access Aeries, please visit the Media Center before school on the first day of the term. *Note: Student class schedules will not be printed/passed out on the first day of spring term. All students should print their spring schedule in Aeries.

SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course, and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. In an effort to serve students more efficiently and improve attendance in the first week of the term, students who need to request schedule changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the CCA Counseling website and turn in the completed form to the Counseling Office during daily walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch. Students must attend their scheduled classes while the add/drop request is being processed. Counselors are not able to address spring schedule change requests by phone or email. ​

Finally, a reminder that the CCA campus will be closed on both Monday (1/25) and Tuesday (1/26).

Congratulations again on an outstanding fall term!

CCA Administration

 

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update                                                 January 2016

 

Superintendent Schmitt regularly updates the greater San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) community through our local media with a monthly update.  Topics may include academics, facilities, budget, enrollment, safety, and other specific and special interest topics. Today’s update focuses on the healthy SDUHSD budget and reserves, class size, and High School Selection.

 

SDUHSD Budget & Reserves

Each January, we begin our budget planning for the next school year.  As we entered the current school year, our projections indicated that, due to growth in state revenue and increased enrollment in our district, we would see our funding from the state increase over the next three years.  At the mid-year point, all sources continue to indicate a healthy and stable outlook for our budget.  SDUHSD has a long history of effective and fiscally conservative budgeting and maintenance of healthy reserves and, as we move into 2016 and beyond, we will continue these prudent fiscal practices.  In fact, SDUHSD currently has the highest reserves in its long history. Due to our strategic fiscal planning and effective collaboration with district employees, even during the recent state economic downturn, SDUHSD was still able to increase student achievement year over year, retain all of our instructional and extra-curricular programs, and add elective choices for students, all while maintaining reasonable class size averages.

 

The improvement in per-student funding in our multi-year projection has allowed us to continue to expand programs, offer increased scheduling and course options at our schools, and attract and retain highly-qualified teachers and staff.

 

Our business is to prepare for the future.  It happens every day in every classroom and it happens as we manage our resources.  We thrived by every fiscal and academic measure during the recession thanks to careful planning both before and during the downturn.  We will build upon our successes as we develop and support our outstanding educational program for next school year and beyond.

 

Class Size

I want to take this opportunity to clear up any confusion regarding district class size averages that may exist as a result of a handful of community members recently misrepresenting to our community that class size averages in SDUHSD were going to increase.  The District has, and will remain, focused on keeping class size averages as low as possible.  In reality, our teachers and students have recently experienced some of the lowest class sizes in a decade as a result of our district’s significant investment in reducing class size averages.  The new district contract class size language was simply updated and clarified last month and did not make any change to class size averages as a few would lead you to believe.  This new contract language helped provide clarity regarding how the staffing ratio actually equates to class size averages as our 

teachers teach multiple classes each day.  All nine of our comprehensive schools are staffed equitably regardless of their respective bell schedules.  The formula used to determine the total number of  teachers  for  each  site  does  not  include  the  additional  funding  the  District  has provided to sites specifically to lower class size.  Over the last two years, the district, working closely with the San Dieguito Faculty Association, has spent in excess of $3 million in additional funds to continue to reduce  class size  averages across the  district as  well as to  provide additional support classes like AVID and College Readiness as well as math support and other academic programs.

 

High School Selection

We  will  begin  our  annual  High  School  Selection  process for  the  2016-17  school  year  on February 1, 2016.  Each incoming 9th grade student is required to select the high school he or she would like to attend in the 2016-17 school year.  The High School Selection window closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016.  Current SDUHSD 8th grade students who make no high school selection will be automatically enrolled in their school of residence (LCCHS or TPHS).  Students already enrolled in SDUHSD high schools need not make a high school selection for 2016-17 unless they want to change schools.  If more students apply for enrollment in a school than capacity can accommodate, the district will conduct a random lottery to determine which students are enrolled.  While, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every student will get into his or her first choice school for 2016-17, SDUHSD remains committed to doing our absolute best to enroll as many students as possible in their first choice school. Fortunately, this selection process has worked very successfully for almost all our students and we have a history of success with this effort.  For more information on 2016-17 high school enrollment, please  click here.

 

 

 

 

You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on  Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/sduhsd), and

Twitter, (https://twitter.com/SDUHSD_Supt).

Stress Less Week

Hello CCA Families,

 I think all of us can agree that finals can make any student stressed out and panicked. After lots of thought and consideration, we came up with a solution.  In effort to relieve some of that stress, we decided to make the week of finals, 1/19-1/22, Stress Less Week.  Stress Less Week consists of fun activities during lunch that would give students a break from studying and a chance to relax.  Below is a schedule of the week:

 Monday (1/18): NO SCHOOL

 Tuesday (1/19): Teacher Dunk Tank - On this day, students will get to dunk teachers in the lower quad.

 Wednesday (1/20): Foam Party - On this day, students get a chance to get wet and covered in foam in the lower quad I (the foam is not soap based so it will not leave residue).  Because of this, we suggest students bring:

  • a towel 
  • change of clothes
  • clothes that they are willing to get wet

 Thursday (1/21) and Friday (1/22): Therapy Dogs - Students will get a chance to hold and pet adorable puppies in the upper quad by the lunch lines.

 Sincerely,

PALs 

Start Smart

Dear Raven families,

Please be advised that the Start Smart session scheduled for tonight at San Dieguito Academy has been postponed until next Thursday, January 21, at 6 pm in the Media Center at San Dieguito Academy.

Thank you for your understanding,

CCA Administration

PSAT Scores

Dear Raven Families,

 If your student took the PSAT in October and you still haven’t been able to view their PSAT score, here is an update from CollegeBoard that may help you:

 “Students who provided an email address on their PSAT form were emailed the access code.  Students who did not provide an email can create their account and try to access the scores by indicating that they do not have the access code.  CollegeBoard will match the student by school, birthdate, name and other identifying information.

 If this does not work, students/parents can call the student PSAT help line:   866-433-7728.”

 Additionally, CCA will be receiving paper score reports at the end of the month, which will be distributed to each student.

 ~CCA Administration

FAFSA Financial Aid Night rescheduled

CCA Seniors & Senior Parents/Guardians,

The FAFSA Financial Aid Night has been rescheduled.

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Proscenium Theatre, CCA Counseling will host an informative FAFSA Financial Aid Night to assist senior students and their families planning to apply for financial aid assistance at public and private universities.  Our presenters are financial aid counselors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  They will explain the financial aid process and walk you through the FAFSA application.  There will be time for questions and answers.  It is not necessary to RSVP. 

This presentation is not specific to the UC system as the FAFSA is required by the vast majority of private and public institutions. The FAFSA for the 2016-2017 school year opened January 1, 2016, at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  

Advance Course Change Window Reminder

Dear CCA Students and Parents:

Spring Term Course Change Requests  This week, Jan. 11-15, students may request necessary class changes in advance of second term as follows to: 

  • add a course to remediate D or F grades 
  • add a course for high school graduation or college eligibility, 
  • level change between college prep. and Honors/AP, 
  • elective changes in the same period only. There will be no elective changes after the start of the term.

T​he required form is posted on the Counseling website until this Friday, Jan. 15 and it can be submitted during Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch daily. If the class change is possible and space is available, it will be reflected on the student class schedule for the first day of the spring term.

Students​ with​ ​questions about classes​ may come in to Counseling during walk-in time as well. Counselors are not able to address spring course requests via phone or email and are not able to change teachers or periods. 

Please note, the spring master schedule is in process and there may still be changes to periods and alternates. All other course change requests can be addressed during the two-week add/drop period​ at the start of the term.

CCA Administration

2016 Spring Sports Online Clearance

Dear CCA Families -

 

Please know that for 2016 Spring Sports, Canyon Crest Academy is rolling out an online athletic clearance process that is available on the Athletics website.  Click on the Instructions - Online Clearing Process link under Tryout Information.  

 

Athletes who participated in the Fall or Winter season will need to complete the online clearance process. 

In addition to the online clearance, athletes will need to send electronically or turn in a hard copy of their Physical AND a front and back copy of their medical insurance card (unless already on file from Fall/Winter of this 2015/2016 school year) to Mrs.Fortin in Athletics.  Please remember that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2015 to be valid for the entire 2016 Spring Season. 

 

The Deadline for Spring Clearance is February 3, 2016.

 

Please keep an eye on the Athletics Website for Tryout dates and information.  

 

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038 or yvonne.fortin@sduhsd.net


Please know that for 2016 Spring Sports, Canyon Crest Academy is rolling out an online athletic clearance process that is available on the Athletics website.  Click on the Instructions - Online Clearing Process link under Tryout Information.  


Athletes who participated in the Fall or Winter season will need to complete the online clearance process. 


In addition to the online clearance, athletes will need to send electronically or turn in a hard copy of their Physical AND a front and back copy of their medical insurance card (unless already on file from Fall/Winter of this 2015/2016 school year) to Mrs.Fortin in Athletics.  Please remember that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2015 to be valid for the entire 2016 Spring Season. 


The Deadline for Spring Clearance is February 3, 2016.

 

Please keep an eye on the Athletics Website for Tryout dates and information.  


If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038 or yvonne.fortin@sduhsd.net

Please know that for 2016 Spring Sports, Canyon Crest Academy is rolling out an online athletic clearance process that is available on the Athletics website.  Click on the Instructions - Online Clearing Process link under Tryout Information.  


Athletes who participated in the Fall or Winter season will need to complete the online clearance process. 


In addition to the online clearance, athletes will need to send electronically or turn in a hard copy of their Physical AND a front and back copy of their medical insurance card (unless already on file from Fall/Winter of this 2015/2016 school year) to Mrs.Fortin in Athletics.  Please remember that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2015 to be valid for the entire 2016 Spring Season. 


The Deadline for Spring Clearance is February 3, 2016.

 

Please keep an eye on the Athletics Website for Tryout dates and information.  


If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038 or yvonne.fortin@sduhsd.net

Spring Course Change Requests

Dear CCA Students and Parents:

Advance Spring Term Course Change Requests:  During the week of Jan. 12-16 students may request necessary class changes in advance of the spring term to request:  to add a course to remediate D or F grades or for high school graduation or college eligibility, level changes between college prep. and Honors/AP, or elective changes in the same period only. There will be no elective changes after the start of the term. ​T​he required form will be posted on the Counseling website 1/12-1/16 and it can be submitted during Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch daily.  If the class change is possible, it will be reflected on the student class schedule for the first day of the spring term.

Students​ with​ ​questions about spring classes​ may come in to Counseling during walk-in time as well. Counselors are not able to address spring term course requests via phone or email.  Please note, the spring master schedule is in process and there may still be changes to periods and alternates.  All other course change requests can be addressed during the two-week add/drop period​ at the start of spring term.

CCA Administration

Rain Tips

Good afternoon, Ravens.

 

Please consider picking up your child after 3:15 (especially during the rain).  The Learning Commons is warm and dry and open until 3:45 each day. In addition, the College and Career Center in the Student Services building is open until 5 pm each Monday through Thursday for Study Hall, supervised by a CCA teacher.  With these options, your son/daughter may get a head start on homework, and you will support our efforts in securing a safe and orderly exit from campus.

 

We respectfully request, and will be working in collaboration with the San Diego Police Department, that our traffic signs, lanes, and directions be honored at all times. We have experienced a number of near accidents by visitors that speed through our parking lots, across Village Loop Center Road, attempt to exit through a ‘one way’ lane, or double/triple park while waiting for students.

 

Student safety is our priority, and staggering pick up times would be very helpful in relieving the congestion in the parking lots, particularly in the afternoon.  

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Lost and Found reminder

Hello Raven Parents!
 
This is a courtesy email to inform you that we have a lot of missing items in our lost & found. Items such as clothing (mainly sweaters), reading glasses, keys, water bottles, jewelry, and electronic devices/accessories. 
Please check with your kids to see if they have misplaced any such items, and if so, please encourage them to check the lost & found at the front desk in the Admin building. 
 
The Career Center may have some lost items and last the locker rooms have lost & found items as well.
 
Very soon most of the lost & found items will be sent off for donations, recycling, or thrown out if it cannot be donated or recycled. So we wanted to give the students an opportunity to recover any lost items. 
 
Thank you!  
 

A Message from Principal Mueller

Good evening, Ravens.

We have had an eventful start to our 2015-16 school year at Canyon Crest Academy.

The recently released 2015 Niche Rankings of Best High Public High Schools in America ranks CCA number one in San Diego County and number five in the state of California! With our award-winning Envision and Quest programs, AP pass rate, athletics, robotics, enrichment courses, ASB, PALs, Comedy Sportz, 200 (!) Clubs, TEDX, inclusive school culture, amazing faculty, and creative / confident student body, our Canyon Crest Academy Ravens continue to soar!

This summer we welcomed the largest freshmen class ever to CCA and, with them, several new members to our faculty. Our 9th graders have quickly acclimated to CCA and are actively contributing to our school community through their efforts in the classroom, successes on the athletic fields and courts, and by sharing their passions and talents in the arts. I am pleased to share that our new colleagues have embraced our Raven culture and are providing rigorous experiences in the classroom while modeling both curiosity and creativity. 

Our Professional Development goals for the year are focused on the ongoing transition to Common Core and on 21st Century Learning strategies-specifically focused on Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) and formative assessments. The structure we adopted to encourage ongoing dialogue and discourse amongst teachers is the formation of small subject-specific Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Each PLC has established a goal that is aligned with district objectives related to ELOs and a goal designed to enrich instructional experiences (project based, technology, instructional strategy, etc.) for our students.

With a commitment of nurturing school culture and promoting a healthy and inclusive student body, we hosted our third Raven Wellness experience this term with a focus on student connectedness designed by our amazing PALs program—Field Day! We are currently planning a Spring Wellness Day, and will continue to update our parents with developments as our community continues to explore themes of balance, connectedness, culture, and leadership.

We are excited to see ongoing improvements to campus as a result of Proposition AA funding, and look forward to a redesigned Learning Commons/Media Center in January. Construction on our B ‘Physics’ Building will begin the day after graduation with a target opening of Fall 2017.

On behalf of the entire Raven Community thank you for all of your generous donations to the CCA Foundation. As other districts are looking at substantial cuts to programs, we are looking to grow programs, provide enrichment experiences, and expand opportunities. Our Foundation is truly enriching the experience at Canyon Crest Academy for each child, each day.

In the New Year, I encourage parents to attend an event with your child this Spring—in doing so, you will help us build community while connecting with the amazing experiences that showcase our talented student body.

I would like to thank the students, faculty, and parents for your continued support and patience—I feel very fortunate to be a part of this special learning community.

Have a safe and restful Winter Break with family and friends.

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller

a message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update                                             December 
2015

Superintendent Schmitt regularly updates the greater San Dieguito Union High School District 
community through our local media with a monthly update.  Topics may include academics, facilities, 
budget, enrollment, safety, and other specific and special interest topics.  Today’s update focuses 
on a variety of student assessment topics.

Earlier this fall, many of our families received the results of the 2015 California Assessment of 
Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which measures the achievement of students in the areas 
of English language arts/Literacy (ELA) and Math at grades 3-8 and 11.  Spring of
2015 was the first time students in our district and across the state took these assessments and 
received scores.  Previous administrations of the test were part of field testing and did not yield 
individual or collective results.  The CAASPP replaces the California Standards Tests (CST’s), also 
known as STAR tests, which had been in place since 1996.  The CAASPP represents a significant shift 
in both what skills and knowledge are assessed and how student learning is assessed.   The CAASPP 
assesses student mastery of our new state standards for ELA and Math which place greater emphasis 
on deep conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and application of knowledge and skills rather 
than rote memorization, recall and decontextualized facts and knowledge.  The CAASPP assessments 
are entirely computer-based and include a variety of assessment items types, most of which are not 
multiple choice, and which require students  to  analyze  text  and  data  and  use  evidence  and  
writing  to  explain  and  justify conclusions.  The shifts in our state standards and the related 
assessments reflect an emphasis on the skills that our students need for post-secondary success in 
college and the workplace.

Any time our students take an assessment for the first time, we never know quite what to expect 
because we don’t have a basis for comparison, but, as usual, SDUHSD students performed extremely 
well on the CAASPP.  In ELA, only 7% of our students performed in the “Standard Not Met” range 
while 25% and 30% did so in San Diego County and California respectively.  In Math, 13% of SDUHSD 
students scored in “Standard Not Met” range while 31% and 37% did so in the county and state.   
This level of achievement is a reflection of the great students with which our families entrust us 
as well as the dedication and skill of our teachers and site administrators. All these factors work 
in unison to support the success of our students.

While we are proud of the performance of our students, because 2015 was the first time our students 
took the CAASPP, these scores serve as a baseline against which we will measure future growth.  
While it’s tempting to do so, it’s important to remember that the CAASPP measures a very different 
set of knowledge and skills than the previous tests (CST’s) and therefore student achievement on 
the two tests cannot be compared with any validity.  We will use the 2015 scores as a starting 
point to measure both individual and collective student growth
and the identify areas in which we can improve.

While the shift to new standards for ELA and Math, as well as to the new assessments tied to
these standards, has not been without its challenges, we continue to believe that these shifts are 
in the best interests of our students as they more accurately reflect the knowledge and skills our 
students need to find success in whatever path they choose after high school, whether that be 
college or a career.  The new state standards and the CAASPP also align more closely with other 
high stakes external assessments that most of our students will take during their high school 
careers.  Advanced Placement (AP) tests have always placed an emphasis on analysis, critical 
thinking, and writing and the SAT and ACT, the two major assessments used for college entrance, 
both already do or will more heavily emphasize these skills.  The ACT was revised in
2014 to align more closely with the College and Career Readiness standards that are at the heart of 
the new California State Standards and in March of 2016, a revised SAT will also reflect a greater 
emphasis on these skills.  We very much believe that emphasizing these skills in our curriculum not 
only prepares students for success on important external assessments, but, more importantly, 
prepares them with the crucial skills they will need to actually be successful in college and 
career.  One additional benefit of the CAASPP is a reduction in the amount of time our students 
spend taking standardized tests.  The old STAR tests required all students to take tests in every 
grade from 3rd through 11th grade.  The CAASPP is administered in grades 3-8 and then again in 
grade 11 which means that 9th and 10 graders do not take the assessment. The CAASPP is also a 
computer-based adaptive test, which means that the difficulty level of questions an individual 
student faces during the assessment is adjusted automatically based upon how the student answered 
previous questions.  This allows for more precise assessment of an individual student’s mastery of 
content and skills while reducing the number of assessment items, and therefore the amount of time, 
a student takes on a test by up to 50%.  So with the CAASPP, our students take fewer tests, spend 
less time taking the tests they do take, and get a more accurate assessment of their learning.

As a district, our focus is on how to improve student learning.  We’ve spent the last three years 
engaged in ongoing professional development with our teachers to align our curriculum and 
instructional and assessment practices with the new state standards.  We’ve approached this shift 
as a gradual, multi-year process with teacher learning at the center.  While we are not “finished” 
with this shift and despite learning some lessons along the way, we are very happy with our 
transition to date and we see our students’ strong performance on the CAASPP as validation of our 
work.  This year we are focused on continuing professional development with our teachers while also 
working to identify the essential learning outcomes for each core academic course.  With these 
learning outcomes identified, we will build formative assessments designed to measure student 
achievement of these learning outcomes throughout a school year.  During the 2016-17 school year, 
we will administer these common internal assessments to measure student progress toward our 
essential learning outcomes, to identify students in need of additional support, and to assess and 
improve our own practice.  This is an ongoing process by which we improve our own professional 
practice and by which we improve student learning.

I am very proud of our students for their many accomplishments and of our outstanding staff for 
their collective efforts to support our students’ academic and personal growth.  I am proud to lead 
a district where students, staff, and parents work together and collectively achieve great things. 
Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and schools.

You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/sduhsd), and
Twitter, (https://twitter.com/SDUHSD_Supt).

Progress Reports

The Progress Grade reporting period ended on Tuesday, December 8th.  Progress Report Grades will be posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are not permanent grades, but are meant to convey your student’s progress at this time.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  The final Quarter will end Friday, January 22, 2016 and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.

PSAT Scores

Dear CCA Families,

If your student took the PSAT at CCA in October, CollegeBoard will be releasing scores in January. More information to follow when we return after Winter Recess.

Thank you for your patience.

~CCA Administration

FAFSA Financial Aid Night on Jan. 6th

CCA Seniors & Senior Parents/Guardians,

Please join us!

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, in the Proscenium Theatre, CCA Counseling will host an informative FAFSA Financial Aid Night to assist senior students and their families planning to apply for financial aid assistance at public and private universities.  Our presenters are financial aid counselors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  They will explain the financial aid process and walk you through the FAFSA application.  There will be time for questions and answers.  It is not necessary to RSVP. 

This presentation is not specific to the UC system as the FAFSA is required by the vast majority of private and public institutions. The FAFSA for the 2016-2017 school year opens January 1, 2016, at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  

Attendance Reminders

Dear Raven Families,

 Here are a few reminders from Attendance on this last week before Winter Break.

 - If your student is leaving school early, please send in your Off campus pass request at least 24 hours in advance to CCAAttendance@SDUHSD.NET

 - Passes are not delivered to students. Please remind students to pick up their Off Campus passes at the Attendance window before school, between classes or during lunch. Students will need to show the pass to their teacher to be dismissed from class.

 - If your request is not received 24 hours in advance and your child does not drive themselves to school, parents must come to the Attendance window to sign out their students. Please make sure to bring your ID.

 If you have any questions regarding Attendance – please visit

http://www.sduhsd.net/Parents--Students/Attendance/index.html

 

 
 
 

Bell Schedule for 12/8

Happy Monday Ravens!! We will have a different bell schedule tomorrow (Tuesday 12/8/15) to accommodate an evacuation drill.

 

Period 1 :8:00 - 9:20

Period 2: 9:28 – 10:48

Drill:10:48 – 11:33

Lunch: 11:33 – 12:05

Period 3: 12:13 – 1:33

Period 4:1:40 – 3:00

Learning Commons/Media Center Update

Dear CCA Families, 

 Please note that the Media Center will be closed from Monday, December 7th with the goal of reopening by January 11th, due to renovations as part of the bond work for CCA.  The Career and Counseling Center will be available for students that need access to a computer and/or printer. 

​​​For information about this Prop AA project and more, click here.

​Thank you so much for your patience as we upgrade our learning commons.  ​

~CCA Administration

 

10th grade counseling presentations

Attention 10th Grade Raven Families:

 The week following Fall Break, the Counseling Department will hold 10th grade counseling presentations during period 2 on Tuesday 12/1 and Wednesday 12/2. Teachers will send students on one of the two days; any student who cannot attend one presentation day may attend the other. A presentation for parents of 10th grade students will be offered on Wednesday, 12/2 at 6:00 pm in the Proscenium Theater.

 Counselors will share information pertinent to the sophomore year, including graduation and college requirements, resources available on campus, and explore relevant features in Naviance. We hope you will join us and not miss this opportunity to receive helpful information in support of your student!  Please use this link http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Presentation-Index/index.html, if you would like to view or print the presentation ahead of time. Hard copies will not be available at the presentation.

 

on campus portraits

Seniors/Senior Parents,
 
A quick reminder that Keane Studios will be on campus Tuesday November 17 for the Yearbook Only On Campus photo sessions for seniors. This session is for those who are not having photos taken at Keane Studios. Some things to remember:
 
- Keane Studios is the only photographer for senior portraits in the yearbook this year.
- If you do not have your portrait taken by Keane Studios, you will not be in the yearbook.
- This is the only on campus date.
- This session is no charge.
- You will not be able to select the photo.
- There will be no touch-ups.
 
If you would rather book a session at Keane Studios, you can contact them at:
 
They are now conveniently located right across the street from CCA...
 
Thank you,
 
CCA Yearbook Staff

First Quarter Grades

The First Quarter 2015 reporting period ended on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Grades are posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are permanent grades that have been posted to your Student’s transcript.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  

Senior Portrait notice

Seniors/Senior Parents,
 
The deadline for you to be pictured in your senior yearbook is fast approaching! You must be photographed before Thanksgiving break, either at Keane Studios or on the day scheduled at CCA for yearbook pictures only. That date is: November 17. If you wish to be photographed at school on the 17th, and do not care whether you choose the image selected for you, this is the day you must come. 
 
There will be no makeup dates. 
 
If you choose to purchase a session from Keane Studios, and select your yearbook image and possibly order from it, go to keaneseniors.com before November 15, 2015. Any senior not photographed will not appear in the yearbook!
 
CCA Yearbook

Winter Athletic Packets

Dear CCA Families -

 

Please know that the Winter Athletic Packets for 2015/2016 winter participation are on the Athletics website.  Packets will be accepted November 3 and November 4 before school/after school and at lunch.

Be sure all Athletic Packet forms are submitted at the same time and are signed by both parent and athlete, where indicated.   Please be sure that the packet includes a copy of the student's grades; they can retrieve their 1st Quarter grades from the Aeries Parent Portal..  Winter Athletic Packets can be found on the CCA Athletic Website here:

http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/AthleticsDocs/15%2016%20packet.pdf

 

CCA students who participated in the fall season need only turn in an updated Emergency Release Form, a signed Parent/Player signature page, and their 1st Quarter Grade report, found here:

http://cc.sduhsd.net/Programs/Athletics/index.html

 

Please remember that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2015 to be valid for the 2015/16 Winter Season. Clearance Cards for Winter sports can be picked up from the Athletics’ Office on either November 12 or 13 before school/after school and at lunch.

 

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038.

Letter of Rec. and FERPA Deadline 10/30

Attention Seniors!

 

A reminder, this is the final week to request a letter of recommendation or evaluation from CCA Counselors and Teachers, and the deadline to turn in your completed CCA FERPA is this Friday, October 30, 2015.  Before submitting your signed FERPA, you must complete the Brag Packet and have a finalized college list in Naviance. Additionally, students applying using the Common Application must complete the “Common App FERPA Waiver & Authorization” within the Common App and match their Common App and Naviance accounts.

 

*To avoid long lines, we recommend that you turn in your completed FERPA to your counselor before Friday during daily Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch.

Reminder:College Application Workshops,10/14

Senior Ravens,

A reminder, tomorrow 10/14 CCA will host several college application workshops during the administration of the PSAT. Please see the schedule below for the options available. As this is a school day, attendance is mandatory and students must report to one of the locations for their preferred workshops, where attendance will be taken. All seniors are required to attend unless excused by a parent or guardian through the Attendance Office.

 

Session 1 Options (attendance will be taken)

 

  1. 8:00 - 8:50 am               UC Application Workshop in the Proscenium Theater

            9:00 - 9:25 am               UC Merced Presentation in the  Proscenium Theater

 

      2.   8:00 - 9:25 am               Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College

Application Workshop in the Learning Commons/Media Center

 

3.   8:00 - 9:25 am                Community College Workshop with Mira Costa Representative in the College & Career Center: Learn about transfer programs and Dana Smith, Dean of Letters and Communication Studies and Site Administrator of the San Elijo campus, will present the new First Four program.

 

   9:25 - 9:45 am BREAK (students cannot leave campus)   

 

Session 2 Options (attendance will be taken)

 

  1.  9:45 - 10:35 am            CSU Application Workshop In Proscenium Theater

            10:45 - 11:10 am           SDSU Presentation In Proscenium Theater

 

      2.     9:45 - 11:10 am           Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College

Application Workshop In Learning Commons/Media Center

 

Seniors should come prepared with their applications started, passwords and questions.

 

Some devices will be available in the Learning Commons/Media Center but students may bring their own tablet or laptop as well. In order for counselors to assist students most effectively and efficiently, students should come prepared with specific questions and necessary materials.

 

Please do not miss the opportunity to receive this essential information and to assure that your applications are completed accurately!

1st period unscheduled for PSAT

This Wednesday, October 14th, CCA will be administering the PSAT to all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. Students will be taking the test with their 1st period teachers, unless  otherwise notified.

All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students who take a gym or music during period 1 will be relocated to a classroom. Students can find out their room location from their 1st period teacher. Additionally, the rosters for relocated classes and unscheduled students will be posted on the Counseling and AP office windows by Tuesday, October 13.

All  9th, 10th and 11th grade students with the last name of A-J who have an unscheduled period 1 class or who are Office TA’s will be assigned to C105 & those with the last name of K-Z will be assigned to D204.

College Application Workshops on Wed. October 14

Senior Ravens,

For your planning, on Wed. 10/14 CCA will host several college application workshops during the administration of the PSAT. Please see the schedule below for the options available. As this is a school day, attendance is mandatory and students must report to one of the locations for their preferred workshops, where attendance will be taken. All seniors are required to attend unless excused by a parent or guardian through the Attendance Office.

 

Session 1 Options (attendance will be taken)

 

  1. 8:00 - 8:50 am               UC Application Workshop in the Proscenium Theater

            9:00 - 9:25 am               UC Merced Presentation in the  Proscenium Theater

 

      2.   8:00 - 9:25 am               Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College

Application Workshop in the Learning Commons/Media Center

 

3.   8:00 - 9:25 am                Community College Workshop with Mira Costa Representative in the College & Career Center: Learn about transfer programs and Dana Smith, Dean of Letters and Communication Studies and Site Administrator of the San Elijo campus, will present the new First Four program.

 

   9:25 - 9:45 am BREAK (students cannot leave campus)   

 

Session 2 Options (attendance will be taken)

 

  1.  9:45 - 10:35 am            CSU Application Workshop In Proscenium Theater

            10:45 - 11:10 am           SDSU Presentation In Proscenium Theater

      2.     9:45 - 11:10 am           Common Application, Other Private & Out-of-State College

Application Workshop In Learning Commons/Media Center

 

Seniors should come prepared with their applications started, passwords and questions.

 

Some devices will be available in the Learning Commons/Media Center but students may bring their own tablet or laptop as well.

 

Please do not miss the opportunity to receive this essential information and to assure that your applications are completed accurately.

Enrichment Courses Fall 2015

Good afternoon, Ravens!

Through our generous parent community and the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, we are excited to offer free after school enrichment courses to all students. Enrichment Courses provide opportunities for our faculty to teach subjects they are passionate about outside of the core academic course of study. Students will not receive a grade/credit for their participation. These inclusive experiences are designed for students to explore areas of interest and, more importantly, to create positive connections between all members of our shared school community. 

 Our first cycle of 2015-16 enrichment courses will begin the week of October  5th (NEXT WEEK). Teachers will share additional details and course expectations with interested students during the first planned session (details below).

 Enrichment Course Options Fall 2015

Disc Golf

Girls Who Code

Japanese Culture

Philosophy in Film

SOAR Yoga

Surfboard Shaping

 

 

 

Progress Grade reporting period

The Progress Grade reporting period ended on Friday, September 25th.  Progress Report Grades will be posted in the Aeries portal under the ‘Grades’ tab.  These are not permanent grades, but are meant to convey your student’s progress at this time.  If you have any questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly.  No report cards will be printed or mailed.  The final Quarter will end Wednesday, October 28th and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.

pertussis (whooping cough) notice

There has been a case of pertussis (whooping cough) at our school. Your child may have been exposed to this highly contagious disease that causes severe coughing.  Because no vaccine is 100% protective, even immunized persons can become ill with pertussis, but the symptoms are usually milder.

Pertussis is spread through the air when an ill person coughs or sneezes.  Infants and young children are at highest risk of life threatening complications from the disease. Their symptoms most often include cold symptoms such as runny nose, slight fever, and occasional cough.  The cough becomes worse, turning into coughing spasms that may be followed by:

  • a crowing(whooping) sound on breathing in
  • vomiting or gagging
  • choking or turning blue

In older children and adults, pertussis symptoms include aggravating coughing attacks that last for two weeks or longer and may be accompanied by vomiting, gagging, and sticky mucus production.  These attacks may worsen at night.  Between the coughing attacks, the person may feel well and have no symptoms. 

If your child starts to show symptoms of pertussis:

  1. 1. Consult your healthcare provider and let them know your child may have been exposed to someone ill with pertussis. This disease is treated with specific antibiotics.
  2. 2. Notify the school if your doctor suspects your child is ill with pertussis. Ill children should stay home until completion of five days of antibiotic therapy to prevent spreading the disease to others.

To help protect against getting ill from pertussis:

  1. Check with your doctor to see if you and your family are up to date with the appropriate number of DTaP(childhood) or Tdap(adolescent and adult) vaccine doses.
  2. Wash hands frequently.
  3. Visit the websites www.vaccineinformation.org/video/pertussis.asp or www.sdiz.org. to learn more about pertussis.
  4. Parents of children without symptoms, especially those children who have not been vaccinated against pertussis, may consider making an appointment for the child to see their doctor to receive post-exposure prophylaxis (medicine given after contact with a person with pertussis in order to prevent the disease). 

If you have any additional questions regarding pertussis, you may call the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Epidemiology and Immunization Services at 1-866-358-2966 and press 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

CAL GRANT OPT-OUT FORM

CHANGE IN CAL GRANT SUBMISSION OF GPA’S FOR SENIORS

The process for submitting Cal Grant has changed.  The form you turned in during Raven Readiness is no longer necessary.  The new form needs to be submitted ONLY if you would like to opt-out of Cal Grant’s GPA Verification Process. 

Cal Grant gives funds to every eligible senior student who meets the requirement.  A Cal Grant pays for tuition, room and board, or books and other supplies for California colleges. Cal Grant applicants must also file the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application between January 1 and March 2, 2016.

 

Canyon Crest Academy will electronically submit information for every senior in the district to the California Student Aid Commission so they may be considered for a Cal Grant award.

 

If you DO NOT wish to have your student’s information submitted electronically, please complete the opt-out information form by going to CCA’s website. CLICK HERE  or go to:  http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/CCA%20webpage%20Cal%20Grant%20Opt%20Out%20form.pdf  

 

Return the completed form to:

 

Andrea “Andy” Shephard, Registrar

Canyon Crest Academy

5951 Village Center Loop Road

San Diego, CA 92130

 

Or you may have your student bring the Opt-Out form to my office.

 

This form must be returned by December 1, 2015. After this date, the information for all twelfth grade students, excluding those who opt-out, will be submitted electronically to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant consideration.

 

The Cal Grant link for further information:  http://www.calgrants.org

 

 

Field Day Color Assignment Update

Dear Raven Parents/Guardians,

Due to a technical difficulty, the information received yesterday afternoon regarding field day color assignments was inaccurate.   CCA students will receive field day color assignments tomorrow morning on campus.  We appreciate your patience and ongoing support.

Go Ravens!

CCA PALS

Superintendent's Monthly Update September 2015

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update September 2015

Superintendent Schmitt regularly updates the greater San Dieguito Union High School District community through our local media with a monthly update. Topics may include academics, facilities, budget, enrollment, safety, and other specific and special interest topics. Today’s update focuses on various achievement measures and the 2016-17 High School Enrollment process.

2016-17 High School Selection

The annual San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) High School Selection process will take place this winter as it has in years past. High School Selection for the 2016-17 school year will take place between January 4 - February 1, 2016. All students currently in 8th grade will declare which high school they would like to attend in 2016-17 and any students currently in grades 9-11 who wish to change their current high school will also declare which school they’d like to attend for 2016-17. Current 9-11th graders who do not want to change schools, need not do anything and will remain enrolled at their current high school. As always, our goal is to enroll every student in their first choice school and we will do everything we can to accomplish this goal. If an enrollment lottery is necessary for any of our schools, the lottery would be held on February 11, 2016 with families notified within a week of that date. Further information and details will be found on the SDUHSD High School Selection website (click here) and will be publicized via the SDUHSD Facebook page.

Recent Achievement Results

Our goal in SDUHSD is to continue to provide high quality instruction that will prepare our students for academic success and college/career readiness. Progress toward this goal is evident in recent results on various achievement measures. In the 2014-2015 school year, SDUHSD students took a record 7,413 Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a district average pass rate of 84.6%, well above the State of California average pass rate of 64%. With approximately the same number of high school students in SDUHSD in 2015 as there were in 2004, SDUHSD has doubled the number of AP tests taken while increasing the pass rate from 62% to 84%. SDUHSD is one of the few districts where there are no barriers to accessing honors and AP courses. Most recent reports from the California Department of Education indicate that SDUHSD continues to improve SAT (83.08%, score of 1500 or greater) and ACT (89.92%, score of 21 or greater) scores that far exceed the state (SAT 46%, ACT 56%) averages.

We expect this trend of high achievement on standardized assessments to continue with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC), which are designed to measure mastery of additional key skills identified during the creation of the new state standards, as well as to measure critical thinking and application of knowledge skills in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Critical thinking and college and career readiness skills have been a curricular focus in SDUHSD for decades, and are now included in the new assessments.

These tests are computer adaptive and include a wider variety of questions than the multiple-choice tests they replaced, requiring students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically. It is essential that our students master these skills in order to achieve success in high school, in college, and in the workplace.

The SBAC tests were administered for the first time in 2014-15, under the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Results will be considered a baseline from which to measure future growth. Student scores on SBAC tests will NOT be comparable to prior years' California Standard Tests (CST) scores, as the CSTs assessed different skills. I am excited to report that our 2014-15 student baseline results once again showed a significant number of our students “meeting” or “exceeding” the expected standards in ELA and Math district wide and we far surpassed the state and county averages. For example, 79% of our 8th grade students who tested on the ELA test met or exceed the expected standard with the county average at 51%. In Math, 70% of our students met or exceeded the expected standard and the county average was 38%. Once again, this is a baseline year for all schools in the State of California and we look forward to making progress year over year so all of our students meet the expected standards for years to come.

We are currently awaiting the arrival of the SBAC score reports from the California Department of Education and will mail them once we receive them. The student score report will show individual student achievement on these new tests.

Another important note, during 2014-2015 testing, nearly all of our students in grades 7, 8 and 11 took the Smarter Balanced assessments unlike other districts throughout the country that struggled to have students fully participate in testing. We believe that our high participation rate is due to the fact that our families see the importance of preparing our students for College Entrance Exams. It is important to note that the Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to the California State Standards as are the new SAT & ACT tests, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, that most SDUHSD students eventually take. The new state standards and the related SBAC assessments help them prepare for these exams.

To promote measures of college and career readiness, each SDUHSD comprehensive high school asks for a donation in order to provide each 10-11th grade student the opportunity to take the PSAT and interested 9th graders may also sign up to participate. Any 9-11th grade student may sit for the PSAT during the school day on October 14, whether they donate or not. This opportunity gives 11th grade students who score within a given range the eligibility to apply for National Merit Scholarship Programs. In 2015 SDUHSD had 82 students qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. The new SAT suite of assessments, which includes the redesigned PSATs, are now all fully aligned to the new California State Standards as is the ACT Test. Results of these assessments are helpful for students and their families to consider while evaluating their student’s college and career readiness skills.

As we raise expectations of knowledge and skills to be mastered by our students, SDUHSD teachers, counselors, and administrators strive to ensure that our students are prepared for the world in which they will learn, live and work in the future.

You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/sduhsd), and Twitter, (https://twitter.com/SDUHSD_Supt).

a message from Principal Mueller

Good morning, Ravens!

 Canyon Crest Academy is an amazing place that our entire school community should be proud of. In celebrating CCA, most tend to highlight the academic, the arts and athletic success of our students and staff. We often neglect to honor and appreciate the support and contributions of so many CCA families, whose kindness and generosity help define the experience CCA students receive each day. Through the CCA Foundation, CCA families donate time, resources and expertise to help ensure students thrive. A special thank you to the CCA Foundation parent leaders (past and present) and staff for remaining laser-focused on helping to connect parents, ideas, equipment, and programs with our students. 

Thank you, Raven supporters, for your role in making Canyon Crest such an amazing school!

Karl Mueller     Principal

Rick Schmitt   Superintendent 

 

9th Grade Student Presentations

Dear 9th Grade Raven Families,

Welcome to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The CCA Counseling Department will hold 9th Grade Student Presentations during 2nd period on Wednesday 9/16 and Thursday 9/17 in the Proscenium Theater. Teachers will be instructed to send students on one of the two days; any student who cannot attend one presentation day may attend the other.

An evening presentation for parents of 9th Grade Students will be offered on Wednesday 9/16 and Thursday 9/17 in the Proscenium Theater. The Parent Presentations have been split into two sessions as follows:

  • 6:00-6:45 PM  Wednesday 9/16 Parent presentation for student last names A-L
  • 6:00-6:45 PM Thursday 9/17 Parent presentation for student last names M-Z

Counselors will review the SDUHSD graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, introduce the Naviance program, share general tips for 9th graders, and introduce the PALs program.  Please use this link http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Presentation-Index/index.html, if you would like to view or print the presentation ahead of time. Hard copies will not be available at the presentation. We hope you will join us to receive helpful information for a successful high school experience!

Raven Field Day

Good morning, CCA Parents and Guardians.

 Canyon Crest Academy is excited to introduce another ‘Raven Wellness’ experience for students and staff designed to emphasize our commitment to culture, community, and wellness.  In response to discussions within our Raven Wellness team, student ‘Wings of Wishes’ requests, our WASC self-study, and an understanding that we can all benefit from intentional reflection and rest, our amazing PALs program has planned an upcoming Field Day, to be held on Friday, September 18th.  The Field Day, created to build community and nurture the creative and inclusive culture we are so proud of at CCA, will include a 1st period focus on student wellness prior to breaking into peer ‘teams’ (randomly selected 9th-12th grade students paired with a member of our faculty) to participate in a series of challenges. Throughout this non-instructional day, students will engage in experiences and activities that celebrate Raven spirit while fostering student connectedness. 

 These experiences align with our 2013-14 WASC Action Plan, which identified the need for our school to ‘Create programs and/or resources that promote student connectedness to the school community’, and to ‘provide targeted programs designed to meet the specific needs of CCA students (ex: students facing academic pressure, mental health awareness, student transitions, etc.).

 A detailed program and schedule will be sent to families later this week.

 In an effort to have as many students and members of our faculty involved as possible, our PALs program is respectfully soliciting parents to support our efforts in the execution of the event. If you are interested in volunteering during the day on Friday, September 18th please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aa5ad2ba2fc1-raven3

 As a school community, we are committed to providing opportunities and experiences to indoctrinate students to our unique and vibrant school community.  We appreciate all of your support in our attempts to promote student wellness while contributing to the amazing culture at Canyon Crest Academy.

 Go Ravens!

 

Naviance

CCA Student, Parent/Guardian,

The first Counseling, College & Career Center Newsletter of the 2015-2016 school year has been posted to CCA’s website: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Counseling-Newsletter/index.html.  Included are instructions for registering for your Naviance account.  An updated newsletter is posted bi-monthly to the website, and delivered to your Naviance account.  

All students and parents are encouraged to register for a Naviance account.  If you need assistance, contact Darlene Burton in the College & Career Center. (Parents/Guardians: If you have more than one student attending CCA, your students can be linked in your parent account.  Send an email to Darlene.burton@sduhsd.net; include the names of all students to be linked.)

CCA School Site Council Needs You!

Dear CCA Parents:

Interested in working in partnership with the school towards school wide improvements? The CCA School Site Council has two parent representative openings this year. To find out more about participating in Site Council and self-nominate to be added to the ballot, please visit the following link:

http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Site-Council/index.html

After downloading the application at the link above, you may submit your self-nomination form to the Assistant Principal, Bernard Steinberger (bernard.steinberger@sduhsd.net) no later than Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Thank you for your support for CCA and the School Site Council.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

 

ID/Yearbook picture make-ups

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, September 3, is the first opportunity for ID/Yearbook picture make-ups. If your student missed Raven Readiness and needs their picture taken, they will receive a Release Slip during Periods 1-3 to go to the Gym to take their picture. If students are unable to miss class, our photographers will be available at lunch as well.

It is most important that students without pictures and IDs are able to participate tomorrow, so we are asking that students who want to retake a picture they are unhappy with do so on our 2nd picture make-up day scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22. To control crowds on that final day, any students wanting pictures retaken will need a note verifying they have parent permission to do so.

Thank you!

Senior Presentations and College App Materials

12th Grade Ravens,

 

We hope that senior year is off to a great start!  Many of you are starting to think about college applications. For your planning, counselors will offer 12th grade presentations to cover the college app. process, including making a final college list, using Naviance along with the Common Application, applying to CSU, UC and private or out-of-state schools, and requesting letters of recommendation and transcripts. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

 

The 12th grade student presentations will be held on Monday 9/21 and Tuesday 9/22 during pd. 2 and a presentation for 12th grade parents will be held on Monday 9/21 at 6:00 p.m. in the proscenium theater. On Wed. 10/14, we will host a UC application workshop at 8:00 a.m. and a CSU application workshop at 9:45 a.m., during the PSAT administration for grades 9-11.

 

We will communicate primarily via Naviance throughout the college application process, so make sure that your email address in Naviance is correct. Also, please update your list of potential colleges in Naviance so that you will receive all notifications and reminders, including upcoming college rep. visits and scholarships.

 

To stay informed, please listen to the Daily Bulletin, read the Counseling Newsletter and use the 12th Grade Counseling Calendar and college materials that are posted in Naviance & on the 12th grade page of the Counseling website. Please note: We encourage you to use the resources available and begin your applications prior to the presentations, but not to submit any materials or applications before you verify all information and procedures to assure that you complete them accurately.

CCA Counseling Department

 

Schedule Changes for This School Year

Dear CCA Parents and Students,

 

There have been some important changes to the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. 

 

The district moved the last day of school and graduation to Friday June 10th, 2016.  As a result, finals for non-seniors will now be June 9th and June 10th.  With this move there will now be a day off for students on September 14th, 2015.  Additionally, finals for the first quarter at CCA have been moved to October 27th and 28th.

*Agendas (included w/ ASB Card) contain the old dates as they were printed before the district made changes. All other agenda calendar entries are correct.*

 

Looking forward to seeing parents at back to school night tonight!

CCA Administration

 

Back to School Night

Hello CCA Parents/Guardians,

This is just a friendly reminder that Tuesday, September 1st is Back to School Night at Canyon Crest Academy. Please meet in the quad at 5:45 PM and don't forget your child's class schedule. This is a great opportunity for you to meet the members of our faculty and tour our beautiful campus. Below is the schedule for the evening.
We hope to see you there!
 
6:00 – 6:10 Period 1
6:17 – 6:29 Period 2
6:36 – 6:46 Period 3
6:53 – 7:03 Period 4
 
~CCA Admin

CCA welcome - 1st week procedures

Dear CCA Parents and Students,

A few key reminders for a successful start of the school year:

 

  1. Traffic Updates We now have three drop off points for students in the morning and in the afternoon.  Students can be dropped off in front of our main administration building, in the staff lot, or in the student lot. Please click on the link to review a map of the traffic flow. Please consider carpooling with your neighbors! Our CCA Foundation has set up a carpooling collective, click here for more information on how to get in touch with other CCA families in your area.
  2. 2015 - 2016 Class Schedules On Monday 8/24/2015 after 3 pm, all students should view and print class schedules with period and room assignments from the Aeries Portal under Student Info: Classes. No schedules will be distributed on the first day of school.  Any student unable to access Aeries must visit the Library/Media Center by 7:30 am on the first day of school to obtain a copy before school starts at 8:00 am. *If you are unable to see your classes, make sure the “View Only Current Term” box is unchecked and check the box "sort by term" so all the fall classes are at the top.
  3. Course Change Requests SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. Per the CCA add/drop policies, no elective changes will be made at the start of the term.  To serve students most efficiently and improve attendance, students who need to request changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the Counseling website and submit the completed form as follows 

DURING THE CLASS PERIOD, students may come into Student Services only if:

  • they don’t have a class scheduled that period.
  • they need to add a required course for graduation.
  • they need to add a course to remediate a prior D or F grade.
  • they have a “See Counselor” note in the class schedule.

 

Before school, at lunch and after school, a student can submit an add/drop request form with parent signature to request to:

  • drop a class for an unscheduled period
  • make a level change between AP, honors or college prep. if space available
  • add an academic course for college eligibility, if space available

    Students will submit the form and return to class. While the form is being processed, students must attend the originally scheduled classes.  Students may return BEFORE SCHOOL, at lunch or after school to follow-up on requests and should check Aeries classes for completed changes.

    Students will not be able to visit Student Services to request:

  • that a class be in a specific period or term, including for athletics or an off-campus activity
  • to change teachers.
  • Changes to spring term classes. There will be an add/drop period for second term.

2015-2016 Counselor Assignments:

Student Last Names A – CR: Ashley Bahner

Student Last Names CU – HU:  Layne Woollard

Student Last Names HW – ME: Rebecca Vincent

Student Last Names MI – SHA:  Melissa Sage

Student Last Names SHE – Z:  Sarah Djernes

 

Best wishes as you begin the 2015-2016 academic year!

 

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

Raven Readiness for Incoming Students

Dear Incoming Ravens,

 We look forward to welcoming you to CCA!   A reminder that Raven Readiness Day is this Monday, August 17

 Students with last names A-E:

 8:30 am -10:00 am (Raven Readiness) Meet between C and D building (station 1)

 10:00 am - 11:30 am (New Student Orientation) Meet in the Proscenium Theater

 Students with last names F-L:

 8:30 am -10:00 am (New Student Orientation) Meet in the Proscenium Theater

10:00 am - 11:30 am (Raven Readiness) Meet between C and D building (station 1)

 Students with last names M-Q:

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Raven Readiness) Meet between C and D building (station 1)

 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (New Student Orientation) Meet in the Proscenium Theater

 Students with last names R-Z:

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (New Student Orientation) Meet in the Proscenium Theater

 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Raven Readiness) Meet between C and D building (station 1)

All 2015 Raven Readiness information and paperwork can be found on the CCA website and we suggest that you review a map of Raven Readiness campus layout.

 Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school. 

 2015-2016 Course Requests

All students can view their 2015-16 Course Requests* via the Aeries portal under the Student Info. menu. Class schedules will NOT be distributed at Readiness Day so students should view or print their Course Requests from Aeries in advance. Reminder: The course number next to each class indicates the term that class has been assigned. Course numbers without “S” have been scheduled for the f​all term, and course numbers with an “S” at the end have been scheduled for the spring term.  If you are unable to access the Aeries portal, you may visit Station 7 on Readiness Day for assistance.  *Please note that period and teacher assignments will not be visible until the start of school and there may still be changes to classes and terms as the master schedule is finalized.

Counseling:

During Raven Readiness Days, students may also visit the Counseling Office to address necessary course changes, according to SDUHSD guidelines, as follows:
• Remediation of prior D or F grades
• Completion of a pre-approved off-campus summer class
• Level changes between Honors and college prep, if space is available
• Adding a course required for graduation or college eligibility, if space is available
• Dropping a course for an unscheduled period
• A "See Counselor" note or fewer than 8 course requests

Foundation Information:

Got questions for CCA veteran parents?  Click here to ask questions that may be addressed at Orientation on Monday 8/17. This orientation session will be in the Proscenium Theater while students receive a tour of CCA.

 Looking to carpool to avoid traffic, go green, and save time and money?  Please click here to put yourself on the Carpool Finder list.  Participants on this list will receive an e-mail that will contain the e-mails addresses from other Ravens who live in your area.

CCA Administration

a message from Principal Mueller

Welcome, Raven Parents and Students!

 

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that I begin my third year as principal at Canyon Crest Academy. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated Raven staff in sustaining a school culture where students are supported in building confidence and pursuing their passions.  As a faculty, we are excited to continue developing a community of learners who value and embrace the contributions of each individual on our campus.

I believe that students’ experiences in high school are defined by the connections they share with the student body and/or greater school community. We are proud of the rich tradition of academic excellence available at CCA. Beyond the classroom, CCA students have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities designed to enrich, challenge, and connect to build a culture of Raven pride.  We encourage each child to find his/her ‘home’ on our campus.  In addition, we are pleased to share that we will continue to provide ‘Raven Wellness’ experiences, designed to foster kindness and empathy while nurturing our unique and accepting culture, throughout the year.

I would like to make our school community aware of a few changes to existing policies and practices regarding off-campus lunch and student dress code (additional information will be shared/posted online):

  •  Lunch Policy: In response to student and parent survey results, and after collaborating with student leaders, our off-campus lunch policy has been adjusted to allow both JUNIORS and SENIORS ‘off-campus’ privileges.  Underclassmen found off-campus during lunch will be referred to the Assistant Principal’s office.
  • Dress Code:  Last year a committee, comprised of students, teachers, and the administration studied our existing dress code focusing on themes of gender equity, enforcement, and respect.  We will continue to dialogue with our shareholders with the goal of defining practices that celebrate the right to individual expression while adhering to policy designed to support a positive learning environment for all members of our school community.  We will keep you informed as this process evolves.

I would like to recognize the tireless efforts of our amazing Canyon Crest Academy Foundation; thank you for your generous support. We would not be able to offer the quality of programs or enrichment experiences without resources provided from the CCA Foundation. Please learn how you can become involved in CCAF, and support their efforts in assuring that Canyon Crest Academy will continue to provide rich and engaging experiences for every child, every day.    

On behalf of the entire faculty, welcome back; we are excited to begin cultivating relationships with our new and returning students—thank you for entrusting them to us. It is going to be another GREAT year for our Ravens to soar at CCA!

Karl Mueller

Principal

 

Dear Raven Community,

 All students can view their 2015-16 Course Requests* via the Aeries portal under the Student Info. menu. Class schedules will NOT be distributed at Raven Readiness Days so students should view or print their Course Requests from Aeries in advance. Reminder: The course number next to each class indicates the term that class has been assigned. Course numbers without “S” have been scheduled for the f​all term, and course numbers with an “S” at the end have been scheduled for the spring term. (If you are unable to access the Aeries portal, you may visit Station 7 on your Readiness Day for assistance.)  *Please note that period and teacher assignments will not be visible until the start of school and there may still be changes to classes and terms as the master schedule is finalized.

During Raven Readiness Days, students may also visit the Counseling Office to address necessary course changes, according to SDUHSD guidelines, as follows:

• Remediation of prior D or F grades
• Completion of a pre-approved off-campus summer class
• Level changes between AP or Honors and college prep, if space is available
• Adding a course required for graduation or college eligibility, if space is available
• Dropping a course for an unscheduled period
• A "See Counselor" note or fewer than 8 course requests

Raven Readiness Days:

Thursday, August 13th:

12th grade: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

11th grade: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 

Friday, August 14th:

10th grade (A-L):8:30 am - 10:30 am

10th grade (M-Z):12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 

Monday, August 17th: 9th grade

A-E: 8:30 am -10:00 am (Raven Readiness)

        10:00 am - 11:30 am (New Student Orientation)

F-L: 8:30 am -10:00 am (New Student Orientation)

        10:00 am - 11:30 am (Raven Readiness)

M-Q: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Raven Readiness)

         2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (New Student Orientation)

R-Z: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (New Student Orientation)

        2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Raven Readiness)

Any student who is unable to attend his/her assigned grade-level Readiness Day may attend a lower grade-level time. Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school. 

 Also, please be aware that all 2015 Raven Readiness information and paperwork can be found on the CCA web site in “Readiness Days” under the “Key Info” tab.

Thank you!

Raven Readiness Days

Dear CCA Students and Parents,

A friendly reminder that Raven Readiness Days for the 2015-2016 school year are:

* Thursday 8/13:

  • 12th Grade (8:30 - 10:30 am);
  • 11th Grade (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

*Friday 8/14: 10th Grade

  • A-L 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • M-Z 12:00-2:00

* Monday, 8/17:  9th grade(Please Click here for specifics on times and student orientation.  All new students will participate in a new student orientation as well as raven readiness.)

  • A-L 8:30-11:30
  • M-Z 12:30-3:30

Any student who is unable to attend his/her assigned grade-level Readiness Day may attend a lower grade-level time. Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school.

Also, please be aware that all 2015 Raven Readiness information and paperwork can be found on the CCA web site in “Readiness Days” under the “Key Info” tab.  For more information please CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your time.  We look forward to seeing you!!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

Final grades

Dear Ravens,

The Final grade reporting period ended June 12.  Report card grades are now posted in the Aeries portal under the Grades tab.  These are permanent grades and have been posted to the transcript.  If you have any questions regarding the grades, please contact teachers directly. No report cards will be printed or mailed.  Have a great summer!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

                                          
June 2015

Superintendent Schmitt regularly updates the greater San Dieguito Union High School District 
community through our local media with a monthly update.  Topics will include curriculum, 
assessment, facilities, budget, enrollment, safety, and other specific and special interest topics. 
Today’s topics include 2016-17 bell schedule ideas and increased program options at LCCHS and TPHS, 
along with an update on AP testing and our new state exams.

2016-27 Bell Schedule Ideas & Program Options at La Costa Canyon (LCCHS) and Torrey
Pines High School (TPHS

Staff  from  TPHS,  LCCHS,  and  the  District  recently  have  been  investigating  various  bell 
schedule options for implementation during the 2016-17 school year.  A tentative schedule has been 
developed that will allow students to take more than six classes while not extending the school 
day, thus allowing students at the two schools more opportunities to engage in a broader course of 
study similar to the Canyon Crest and San Dieguito HS Academies.  During the fall of the 2015-16 
school year, both TPHS and LCCHS will evaluate various instructional minute options to determine 
which option best fits each school’s needs, while promoting schedule flexibility and choice for our 
students and families.

With the opportunity for students at LCC and TPHS to take more than six classes beginning with the 
2016-17 academic year, district and site staff are also exploring a variety of potential new 
academic and elective program options at each school for the 2016-17 school year.  The goal of this 
exploration is to identify programs that would be attractive to students.  No decisions have been 
made about any particular programs, but areas of initial interest include Engineering, Biomedicine, 
 or  other  Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics  (STEM)  pathways, Project-Based Learning, 
and the International Baccalaureate program.

STEM  pathways  are  sequences  of  courses  designed  to  develop  skill  and  expertise  in  a 
particular STEM-related field such as Engineering.  Course sequences typically move from 
introductory to advanced and culminate with some real world experience such as an internship in the 
workplace.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional model in which students gain knowledge and skills 
by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex, typically 
multi-disciplinary, question, problem, or challenge.  Key features of PBL include critical thinking 
and problem-solving, and research skills applied to a real world problem or challenge. Students 
typically work in small teams over extended periods of time to research the challenge and develop, 
critique, and revise solutions with the product ultimately presented to experts
outside of the school setting. This program simulates college and workplace lab environments.
 
International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous internationally-respected curriculum and diploma
program that is used in schools around the world.  The program outlines a prescribed curriculum and 
includes external assessments via which students can earn college credit for a wide variety of 
courses. Through the IB program, students can choose to pursue an IB diploma in addition to their 
high school diploma by completing a sequence of courses and passing a variety of embedded 
assessments, or students can simply take IB classes of interest to them without pursuing the IB 
diploma.

In the fall of 2015, staff, students and families will be engaged in discussion of various program 
options as part of the decision-making process around program offerings.  Final decisions about 
bell schedule and program changes at LCCHS and TPHS will be made with ample time for our families 
to make thoughtful and informed choices in regards to selecting a high school for the
2016-17 school year.

Advanced Placement (AP) & New State Exams

During the months of April and May we were busy administering AP exams to our high school students 
and the new statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium (SBAC) tests in English Language Arts 
and mathematics to our students in grades 7, 8, and 11.   This year SDUHSD administered an 
astounding 7,412 AP Exams to students, a test increase of over 225 from the previous year and a new 
SDUHSD record for participation.  Since 2004, as we have expanded access to Honors & AP courses, 
the total number of students taking AP exams has doubled while the pass rate has improved from 62% 
to 83%.

The new SBAC tests were conducted over the course of the last two months at all of our schools  and 
 we  are  proud  that  our  very  high  participation  rate  significantly  exceeds  the California 
Department of Education requirement for accountability purposes.  This year, the results will be 
used as a baseline for students, schools, and districts, with new score reports forthcoming during 
the summer.  The new SBAC tests are very similar to what AP tests have always been, with a focus on 
critical thinking and problem solving.  The new state standards and related tests are aligned to 
the new SAT and ACT exams.

We are so proud of our students–another fabulous year!  Compliments also go out to our active, 
informed and involved parent community.  We are listening to you.  Over the course of the year, I 
enjoyed over twenty parent information sessions at each of our schools and was also able to visit 
each elementary district for sessions with K-6 parents.  I always enjoy hearing from parents during 
these informal Q&A sessions.  I will be scheduling parent session at each of our schools again in 
2015-16.
Have a safe, restful and enjoyable summer. First day of school is August 25, 2015!!!
 

Friday Parking Lot Notice

Dear CCA Families –

Please know that due to this Friday’s (6/12) CCA graduation, the Visitor’s Lot (near the main Administration Building) will be closed for pick-up and drop-off throughout the day.  Therefore, if you must pick up or drop off your child on Friday, please plan on doing so in either the staff lot (the lot that includes the solar panels) or the student lot (near the new Raven Stadium).  You may also consider utilizing the shopping center across the street or another off-campus location.  Please communicate this with your child.

Thank you for your flexibility.

CCA Administration

Fall Athletic Packets for 2015/2016 Fall

Dear CCA Families -

Please know that the Fall Athletic Packets for 2015/2016 Fall participation are now available on the Athletics website.  Packets will be accepted until August 4 at 3 pm.  At this time, we are only accepting packets for FALL sports.  Fall Athletic Packets can be found on the CCA Athletic Website, here: http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/AthleticsDocs/15%2016%20packet%20updated.pdf

All Athletic Packet forms must submitted at the same time and must signed by both parent and athlete, where indicated.   Please be sure that your Fall packet includes a copy of the student's most recent report card; they can retrieve their 4th Quarter grades from the Aeries Parent Portal.  The packet must also include proof of medical insurance for the athlete (Front and Back copy of card). 

Please remember that the physical form MUST be signed by a physician (MD, DO or PA), NOT a nurse, and that all physicals must be completed after June 1, 2015 to be valid for the entire 2015/16 school year. 

Clearance Cards for Fall sports may be picked up from the Athletic's Office on August 6 and 7 between the hours of 8 AM - 3 PM.

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038.

Important 2015 Graduation Information

Dear CCA Families –

Important 2015 Graduation Information:

  • Class of 2015 Graduation is June 12, 2015 at 1:30pm
  • Seniors are to arrive no later than 12:30; they are to meet in the lower amphitheater with cap & gown
  • Seniors should either car pool or be dropped off in order to conserve as many parking spots as possible for family/friends
  • Gates to access fields open at noon (access the field utilizing the new entrance gates to the Raven Stadium)
  • New Raven Stadium includes men’s & women’s restrooms as well as a concession stand (water to be sold by CCA ASB)
  • NO high heels are allowed to be worn on the field (this includes graduates and family/friends)
  • Arrive as early as possible in order to secure preferable seating
  • All seating will become “open seating” 30 minutes before the start of graduation
  • Seating will be available in the new bleacher area as well as on the field
  • Need a handicapped parking spot?  Best lot to use is the student lot; however, each of the three lots includes handicapped spots
  • Each of the three lots will also include a golf cart provided by CCA to help those who need assistance
  • Free parking will be available in the student lot & the staff lot
  • The visitor's lot will be accessible only to those who have purchased an advanced parking space through the CCA Foundation
  • Overflow Parking?  Free shuttle to travel to and from Cathedral Catholic HS parking lot & CCA from 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Keane Photography will be available for graduation photos, if interested. Fliers to be distributed at graduation
  • Diplomas to be distributed behind the gym immediately following the ceremony
  • Graduates borrowing a cap & gown from San Diego Graduate Supply must return it to the designated table behind the gym immediately following the ceremony
  • See CCA – Class of 2015 Info. webpage for a CCA Graduation Map (where to park, drop off visitors, etc.) as well as other information:  http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Seniors/index.html

 

Senior Checkout - Urgent

Dear CCA Senior, 

Our records show you have not picked up your senior checkout form.  You are receiving this email because our records indicate you have not picked up your senior checkout form. You must complete the Senior Check Out process by Monday, June 8 due to one or more of the following:

  • You have an outstanding fee or fine
  • You were not passing a required course for graduation at the 4th quarter progress report
  • You have an off campus course that must be posted to the transcript to be eligible to graduate
  • You have not completed the Senior Exit Survey under About Me in Naviance

Please come to the CCA Counseling Office before school on Monday June 8th to pick-up your mandatory Senior Check Out form. 

All forms must be completed and submitted to the CCA Registrar, Andy Shephard, no later than Monday, June 8 at 3:30 pm.  Failure to complete a Senior Check Out form will result in your inability to participate in Senior Week.

Sincerely, 

CCA Administration

Lock & Locker notice

To All Students,
 
If you are not enrolled in a PE class and have a lock/locker right now, it must be cleared out by 3pm Monday June 8th. This includes cleaning out your locker, throwing away anything you do not wish to keep and turning your lock into the athletics office. If you have a lock that is not school issued, the lock will be cut off Monday after 3pm and your items will be cleared out. Please do not leave trash, clothes, food, shoes or anything else you may have in your locker. There will be trashcans for you to throw items away in. 
 
If you are enrolled in a PE class right now, your lock will be collected on Monday June 8th during your period. At this time you will be able to clean out your locker as well and throw away anything you do not wish to keep.
 
If you have lost your lock, there will be a $10 fine added to your aeries account.
 
Thank you for your cooperation!
 
-Athletics/PE Department

Senior Week

Dear CCA Seniors,

A few important reminders as we head into Senior Week.

Senior Check-Out Forms: All students who are notified that they must complete a Senior Check-Out form due to outstanding fines, textbooks, coursework required for graduation or Senior Exit Survey, must return completed check-out forms to the CCA Registrar, Andy Shephard,​ no later than ​this Monday, June ​8,​ at 3:15 pm in order to be eligible to participate in Senior Week activities.

All seniors will be required to check in for attendance purposes during Senior Week as follows:

Monday (6/8​):  Senior Finals & Check-out All Seniors should plan to attend classes as normal. This is a regular school day. Senior BBQ at CCA ​at 5:00 pm.

Tuesday (6/9): ​ Disneyland - Seniors check in at 8:00 am to period-one classes if they have one on their schedule​. Students without a period-one class will be checked in at their bus.​ Students not attending Disneyland are expected to attend the first class of the day on their schedule.

Wednesday (6/10)​: Seniors check into period-two classes by 9:40 am if they have one on their schedule (a sign-up sheet will be available on the door; otherwise, seniors are to check in at the Talent Show.)​; Senior Talent Show and Donuts @ 11 am in the Lower Amphitheater; Senior Roller Skate Night from 8:30-10:30 pm at SkateWorld (Kearny Mesa Shopping Center, 6907 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111). 

Thursday (6/11)​: Minimum Day; ​Seniors check into period-two teachers by 11:00 am if they have one on their schedules​; otherwise, they are to check in at the Senior Breakfast.  Senior Breakfast (meet in the student lot @ 11 am); Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at 12:30 pm.

Friday (6/12): ​ Graduation - Seniors report to the open amphitheater no later than 12:30 pm, dressed in cap and gown for graduation ceremony. Seniors should do everything they can to carpool or have someone drop them off at school. Thank you for your support as we save as much parking as possible for friends/relatives of our graduates!​

Just a reminder that Senior Week events are all school-​sponsored events. All students are expected to follow the CCA Discipline policy. We are looking forward to a fun, safe Senior Week for the Class of 2015!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

 

 

Prom Tips

Dear CCA Families -

 The end of the school year is near, and with it comes the time - honored high school tradition- PROM!  This year’s prom is scheduled for this Saturday, May 30 at the La Costa Resort & Spa.  For Moms and Dads, this is a time to exercise the “trust but verify” approach to parenting to help us host another safe dance: You can and should trust your teens, but you must still ask questions to verify their plans for the night.  

Here are some pointers for parent to ensure a safe and fun evening for all:

1. Prom will begin at 7:00 pm and students must arrive at the no later than 8:30 in order to be permitted. Students should review the Prom bid they received when they purchased their ticket for directions and parking instructions. It is important to note no students who check into the dance may be allowed to leave before 9:15 pm; the dance will end at 10:00 pm.

 2. Be aware that CCA Administration and SDPD will be boarding all busses and limos that arrive at the event and will also randomly test students at the door with a breathalyzer. Any teens showing signs of drug or alcohol consumption will be excluded from the dance, and a parent or guardian will be called to take them home. School consequences for this infraction of the Discipline code include suspension and/or expulsion.

 3. Do not allow “just driving around” in the limo. Verify that students have purchased a p rom ticket through the ASB Finance Office (858)350-0253 ext. 4018. Nothing is accomplished by teens just driving around in the limo, and it tends to be the time when trouble is most likely to occur.

 

4. Consider allowing no more than eight teens in a limo. Limiting the number increases your chances of knowing each student and his or her parents, and putting your kids in a comfortable situation because they are with friends, rather than strangers. Limo busses are not a good idea. Please be aware that students often decide to stay on the bus and not disembark at the prom, leaving them for several hours without supervision. Please also take the time to check the contract with the limo company to determine who bears liability.

 5. Limit the group to good friends and acquaintances. Students are not allowed to attend unless they’ve completed a guess pass application that has been approved. Guess pass applications and information can be found on the CCA website.

 6. Inspect the limo before you let your kids get inside. Many limos come fully stocked with alcohol. Do not allow students who have not bought a ticket to ride in the limo.

 7. Do not have alcohol present at the pre-dance event. This means no alcohol for parents and guests as well. This is simply modeling good behavior. Remember, the evening belongs to the kids.

 8. Require a written itinerary for your group. Where they are dining, when they will get to the dance, when they will be picked up, where they are going after the dance, and where and when they will be dropped off at the end of the evening. Be aware of what is happening after the event. If students are participating in after-dance events, know what the plans are, where the students will be and who will be present to supervise.

 9. Meet with the limo driver, students and parents at the pick-up spot. Make sure all students and parents are present as you explain your expectations. Make certain the driver has the written itinerary, and make it clear that you expect the itinerary to be followed. The driver is working for you, not for the students. Do not give the driver the final payment until you meet at the end of the evening.

 10. If your teen is not the one organizing the limo, contact the family of the one who is. Speak with those parents and make sure that you are comfortable with the rules they expect to be followed before agreeing to allow your student to travel with that group.

 11. Make sure you talk to your teens when they come home after the dance. Spend some time talking about the evening and making sure they came home safe, sound and sober

 Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring our students have a fun, memorable and safe prom.

 Sincerely,

CCA Administration

CCA Today

We are students from the Business Management Class. We have created an app called CCA Today to keep students, parents, staff, and prospective students connected to our campus. Our application includes many features to let everyone know what’s happening at CCA such as a Live Feed and CCA-TV. The app is available for free download in the App Store for both iPhone and Android. We have been selected to present our business at the Junior Achievement National Business Competition in Washington DC this June. CCA Today has about 700 downloads, and our goal is to get 1,000 users for them before the competition on June 21st! Please support us by downloading the app and encouraging your children to do so as well!  Thank you!

final opportunity to request changes to electives

Dear CCA Students and Parents,

During the week of May 26-May 29, students will have the opportunity to submit requests to change their 2015-2016 course selections per the SDUHSD course selection guidelines. In order to do so, students must complete and submit an add/drop form, which will be posted on the CCA Counseling website during this window.  Please encourage your student to review his or her current course requests and alternates in the Aeries portal under Student Data: Scheduling.

This May window represents the final opportunity to request changes to electives.  After the window closes, students will be placed in one of their requested courses and will not be allowed to make any further elective changes.  Therefore, students should be sure to review their course requests as they will determine the student schedule in the fall.  Changes to class levels and courses required for remediation, graduation or college eligibility can be addressed during each term’s two-week add/drop period. Spring course changes will be addressed during a similar advance window in January.

Please note, counselors are in the process of scheduling students and there may still be changes to terms, periods and alternates.

Sincerely,

CCA Admin

2015 CCA Sports Physical Nights

Dear CCA Families:

 Please know that all SDUHSD students must pass a physical examination dated June 1, 2015 or after in order to be eligible to participate in CCA athletics during the 2015-16 school year. Therefore, if your student is interested in playing sports next school year, these are two OPTIONS from which you may choose in order to satisfy this requirement. Please contact the CCA Athletic Department at (858) 350-0253 x4038 if you have any questions.  Thank you!

 1) CCA Sports Physical Night #1: Wednesday, June 3 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at San Diego Sports Medicine in Sorrento Valley ($25 cash or check payable to CCA Foundation).  This event is by reservation only, and is currently SOLD OUT.

 2) CCA Sports Physical Night #2: Tuesday, June 9 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Canyon Crest Academy Gymnasium ($25 cash or check payable to CCA Foundation).  Due to high interest, this event is now taking reservations here:  https://fs30.formsite.com/ccaf/SportsPhysicals/index.html

 It is critical that athletes/parents hold on to the results of the Physical, until they are asked to turn in a copy with the Athletic Packets.  The Athletic Office DOES NOT keep a copy OR the original signed physical.  Please retain your original signed copy from the event.

 Thank you!

CCA Administration

FREE Heart Screening for Teens

Prevent Fatal Cardiac Arrest in Your Teen FREE Heart Screening for Teens 12-19

Sunday, June14• 9am to3pm at Rancho Bernardo High School

Provided by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation and a medical team led by Scripps cardiologist Dr.  John Rogers MD

Every year thousands of our kids die when their heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Known as Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), this syndrome can happen without symptoms or warning signs. San Diego alone loses three to five teens annually.

It’s not a heart attack. SCA is an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that can be detected with a simple EKG. But EKGs are NOT a part of your teen’s annual well-child exam or pre-participation sports physical. 

Through our partnership with your school, parents have the opportunity to have their teens screened at no cost. The screening is completely non-invasive (no needles or x-ray exposure), painless and takes about a half hour to complete a health history, EKG and echocardiogram if indicated.  You are notified of the results for follow-up with your own family doctor.

The biggest misconception about SCA is that it won’t happen to your teen. You have no family history...your child has no symptoms...your doctor has not indicated a screening was needed. But there is a dangerously low awareness of SCA among parents and the medical community, even though it’s the #2 cause of death in the U.S. for youth under 25 and #1 killer of student athletes.

Your school invites you to screen your teen.  Simply register at EPSaveaLife.org

 

EP Save A Life has screened 15,552 teens throughout San Diego County

333 had undetected heart abnormalities

149 were at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

27 free heart screening events since2010

1 IN 100 teens screened will be at risk

 About Eric Paredes Eric was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established EP Save A Life Foundation to honor Eric through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from reoccurring. Eric’s foundation provides free screenings to youth to identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth. A 01(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

 Please download and complete the parent screening packet and bring it with you June 14.

Progress report grades

The grade reporting period ended on May 12. Progress report grades will be posted in the Aeries portal under the Grades tab. These are not permanent grades but are meant to convey your student's progress at this time. If you have questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly. No report cards will be printed or mailed. The final quarter will end Friday June 12 and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week. 

annual residency verifications

The San Dieguito Union High School District requires annual residency verifications for all continuing SDUHSD students and any new students enrolling for the 2015-16 school year. This process is a legal requirement in California, and it helps our district ensure that all available resources are spent efficiently and effectively to the benefit of SDUHSD families. Moreover, these additional steps will help provide a full and precise accounting of our student population as we review staffing for the coming year. 

 

The deadline for continuing students in grades 7 through 11 to submit residency documentation was March 27, 2015.  You are receiving this message because our records indicate that you have not yet submitted the required paperwork.   It is critically important for you to submit the paperwork for this required annual residency verification in order to maintain scheduled classes for the 2015-16 school year.

 

Forms may be dropped off at the District Office, located at 710 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024 or at your child’s school.

Required enrollment forms can be found at http://www.sduhsd.net/Parents--Students/Residency-Verification/index.html or at your child’s school. Check the district’s website at sduhsd.net or follow us on Facebook for updated information. If you have questions regarding residency verification please e-mail verify@sduhsd.net.

CCA Sports Physical Night options

Dear CCA Families:

2015 CCA Sports Physical Nights: 

Please know that all SDUHSD students must pass a physical examination dated June 1, 2015 or after in order to be eligible to participate in athletics during the 2015-16 school year. Therefore, if your student is interested in playing sports next school year, these are simply TWO OPTIONS from which you may choose in order to satisfy this requirement.sports at CCA next school year, these are simply two OPTIONS from which you may choose in order to satisfy this requirement.  Please contact the CCA Athletic Department at (858) 350-0253 x4038 if you have any questions.  Thank you!

1) CCA Sports Physical Night #1: Wednesday, June 3 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at San Diego Sports Medicine in Sorrento Valley ($25 cash or check payable to CCA Foundation).  For this first event, IT IS REQUIRED FOR THE ATHLETE TO SIGN-UP!  NO WALK-INS!!!  Sign-up via this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4fa4ab2ca4fb6-sports

 

2) CCA Sports Physical Night #2: Tuesday, June 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Canyon Crest Academy Gymnasium ($25 cash or check payable to CCA Foundation).  No reservations taken.  Walk up only.

 

Please go the CCA Athletic Website in order to review the flyers for more information, including how to sign up for each of these Sports Physical Nights.  It is critical that athletes/parents hold on to the results of the Physical, until they are asked to turn in a copy with the Athletic Packets.  The Athletic Office DOES NOT KEEP A COPY of the original.

Thank you!

CCA Administration

 

mandatory Senior Meeting

Dear Parents of CCA Seniors:

Please know that there is a mandatory Senior Meeting for the CCA Class of 2015 scheduled for this coming Wednesday, May 13, from 7:45 – 9:00 AM in the Proscenium Theater (this is a late-start day, so no instructional time will be missed).  Included in this meeting will be information regarding the senior-checkout process, the upcoming Senior Week, graduation, etc.

Please do all you can to encourage your student to be in attendance for this important meeting.  We very much appreciate your assistance.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

National Teacher Week

Good afternoon, Ravens!

We are so fortunate to work with educators that challenge and inspire our students to be their best, creative, and confident selves. 

As you may already know, this week is National Teacher Week and our Associated Student Body (ASB) has coordinated experiences and opportunities designed to celebrate our amazing CCA Faculty.

Although we can never thank them enough, we can take a moment during the week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our students’ lives. If inspired to do so, please take a moment this week to send a personal note recognizing the commitment, passion, and energy our teachers invest in our students.

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller

Update on AP Attendance

Dear Raven Families,

AP Exams have begun and will continue through May 15th.   Regarding attendance, we have a new system.  Please use our attendance email to report absences before or after testing.  As a reminder, there is no need to contact the school about a student missing class while they are testing.  The email address to use is ccaattendance@sduhsd.net.  Please include your student’s first name, last name and ID number, along with the reason for the absence, and the period(s) missed. 

Thank you for your support!

-CCA Administration

AP testing update

Dear Raven Families,

AP Exams begin Monday, May 4th and run through May 15th. Please make sure to visit http://2015aptests.com for the most up-to-date information regarding locations, directions to sites and exam security regulations (such as what is allowed into the testing rooms and which calculators may be used on specific exams.) On the site there are also helpful information under the FAQs, for example: Attendance policies. Did you know that you do not need to call the school to excuse your student for the class periods affected by testing? The school will automatically be notified when the students check in and when they are dismissed.  Also, students do not have to sign in after testing. Students should report directly to class when returning to campus.

Thank you, and good luck Ravens!

CCA Administration

Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

Superintendent Schmitt regularly updates the greater San Dieguito Union High School District community through our local media with a monthly update.  Topics will include curriculum, facilities, budget, enrollment, safety, and other specific and special interest topics.  Today’s topics: our 2nd Prop AA bond issuance, a HS enrollment survey, and celebrating staff.

Prop AA 2nd Bond Issuance

This summer will see the start of our next round of major school construction projects funded by Proposition AA.  Projects include demolition and reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School, building new math and science classrooms at San Dieguito HS Academy, science classroom renovations and technology upgrades throughout Torrey Pines High School, as well as media center enhancements and other site improvements at Oak Crest Middle School.  The first classroom buildings at our newest school, Pacific Trails Middle School, will also be completed over the summer to prepare for opening day this fall.

We recently issued $117 million in bonds to fund building projects for the next three years.  The strength of the property values in our community and the District’s history of cautious financial management led to a credit rating upgrade for this sale.  We issued only current interest bonds (no  CABs)  and  limited  the  term  to  25  years.   This  conservative  strategy  kept  within  our estimated tax rate of $25 per $100,000 of assessed value and resulted in a low payback ratio for the bonds of only 1.7 to 1, which is lower than many mortgages.
Finally, I would like to thank the Prop AA Independent Citizens Oversight Committee members who represent the community to ensure we spend bond funds cost effectively and only on projects promised to the voters.  They recently completed their annual report which will be posted online at  www.sduhsd.net/ICOC following Board acceptance on May 7th.

High School Enrollment

Our ongoing work around high school enrollment processes continues to progress.   Since March we’ve hosted six public workshops designed to both educate and seek feedback from the community about enrollment processes and options.  We had over 220 K-12 parents and community members attend these workshops which shared information about the history of high school enrollment in SDUHSD, outlined state law around school enrollment, discussed the role of demographics and community facilities districts (Mello-Roos) in school enrollment, and presented various enrollment options for feedback.  Over the last two weeks, we also surveyed current 8th grade students and families regarding the factors that influenced their decision in choosing a high school for 2015-16 as this data informs our thinking around future high school enrollment options and programs at our high schools.
 
Our next steps will be to survey our community about various options for enrolling students in our high schools.  We expect to send invitations to this online survey to families by mid-May. After receiving this feedback, we will compile the work of the High School Enrollment Study Group, the feedback from the public workshops, and the feedback from the surveys and present this information to our School Board and the community this summer, giving the Board time to review and discuss all of the information before making a decision about any changes in our practices or policy.  If any changes occur, the earliest that would take place would be the 2016-17 school year.

Celebrate Employees

As Superintendent of our world class school district, it is important to me to recognize and celebrate our dedicated employees and the huge impact each and every one has on each student and their middle and high school experience.  Those experiences include academics, extra- and co-curricular activities and school culture.  Without our employees’ tireless work and ability to adapt to our changing needs, we would not be the outstanding school district we are today.

By most any measure, a good educational experience includes staff partnering with parents to prepare students for the post-high school opportunities and challenges that may lie ahead. Every member of the SDUHSD’s team is essential to delivering the high quality education our students deserve and our San Dieguito families expect.  This includes teachers, secretaries, custodians, coaches, food services staff, network technicians, counselors, bus drivers, psychologists, administrators, campus supervisors, health techs, library techs, registrars, accountants, construction managers, and many more.  SDUHSD has over one thousand part- time, full-time and seasonal employees.  Hopefully you will have an opportunity to thank an employee before the year ends.  Our employees are grateful for the opportunity to work with your/our children.  I know I speak for all our employees when I say, “It truly is a privilege to work for the San Dieguito Union High School District.”

You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/sduhsd), and
Twitter, (https://twitter.com/SDUHSD_Supt).
 

Off Campus Lunch Policy and Traffic Update

Dear Raven families,

With the opening of the Pacific Highlands Ranch Village Center across from campus, many students have been leaving campus for lunch.  While we are reviewing the data from the recent off-campus lunch survey, we want to remind students and parents that our current lunch policy remains in effect for the remainder of the school year.  Specifically, this means that seniors remain the only students who have permission to go off campus during lunch.  Any other student found to be off campus by our School Resource Officers will be issued a daytime loitering ticket that results in a follow up conversation with a SDPD detective.

We understand that the new shopping center is close by, but we are being advised by SDPD to keep our current policy in place until the end of the school year.  If there are any adjustments to the policy before the 2015-16 school year, we will make sure to let everyone know.

On a separate note, morning traffic has become a concern for SDPD as well.  Some vehicles are making a right hand turn into campus from the left lane or from the bike lane.  Please be advised that SDPD will be monitoring the situation and may be ticketing vehicles which violate traffic codes entering campus.

Given these updates, we at CCA know that a large majority of our students, staff and parents make decisions every day with the safety of our students in mind.  Thank you for your continued support.

-CCA Administration

SBAC testing

Dear Raven Families,

We have set the dates for SBAC testing, the state test that all juniors will take.  The English portion will take place on May 18-20 in English classes or in the Media Center if your student does not have an English class this term.  The Math portion will take place May 26-28 in History classes or in the Media Center if your student does not have a history class. 

This test is taking the place of the EAP test that was added on to the end of the old STAR tests.  Performing well on this test can allow students to be placed in college level classes at CSUs and other schools.  More information is available here.

Please encourage your student to take the following practice test as the format of the test has changed dramatically.  While only 11th grade students will be testing this year, it would be a good idea for all students to see what the new format of the test looks like.  In order to access this link, please have your student logged into Aeries before clicking through.  We are trying to keep track of how many of our students have accessed the practice test.

Two more tips: using Google Chrome works best to access the test and hold down the Control button while you click to access these links:

https://docs.google.com/a/sduhsd.net/forms/d/1urGLrWkgDwMJn1c7kwCCQXV6Nx11POLJbCK1YtoBeAU/viewform?usp=send_form

If this does not work, click here to access the practice test directly:

https://login3.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V104/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?a=Student&c=California_PT

Please email Assistant Principal Bernard Steinberger at bernard.steinberger@sduhsd.net if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

to Senior Parents from Yearbook

Hello Senior Parents,
Thank you everyone for turning in all of the materials for Senior Ads. They look fantastic and we are very excited for everyone to see them in the Yearbook in June! If you used any hard copy photos in your student's Ad, they are available for pickup until the end of the school year in room F206. Thank you Senior parents and have a wonderful rest of the school year!

Siena Matsumoto & Marikit Mendiola
Senior Ads Editors 2015

Raven Wellness Day

Good afternoon, CCA Parents,

Canyon Crest Academy is excited to introduce a second Raven Wellness experience for students and staff which emphasizes our commitment to safety, health, and wellness. In response to discussions within our Raven Wellness team, 2013 student ‘Wings of Wishes’ requests, our WASC self-study, and an understanding that we can all benefit from intentional reflection and rest, we have created a second campus-wide 'Raven Wellness' experience. Our Raven Wellness committee (comprised of members of our faculty and student body) is pleased to share that we have finalized plans for the event this Friday (4/17) designed to revisit themes introduced at our first Raven Wellness Day.

 

These experiences align with our 2013-14 WASC Action Plan, which identified the need for our school to ‘Create programs and/or resources that promote student connectedness to the school community’, and to ‘provide targeted programs designed to meet the specific needs of CCA students (ex: students facing academic pressure, mental health awareness, student transitions, etc.).

 

Activities are designed to explore themes surrounding student connectedness, balance, leadership, and community. Each period of the day, our teachers will present curriculum and activities for each CCA student. For example, during second period, each teacher on campus will introduce the theme of balance and how exercise, sleep, nutrition, joy, and a commitment to challenge, but not overwhelm, oneself in work/school are essential to our health and wellness.

 

While the activities are abbreviated compared to our October event (approximately 10 minutes each period), we are respectfully requesting your support and understanding that CCA staff will be active participants in the day and may not be responding to emails (emergencies may be routed through administration) on Friday. We are hopeful that our students and parents will embrace this opportunity to foster our special ‘Raven’ community that encourages creativity, promotes self-confidence, and instills an appreciation and respect for each individual on our campus.

 

We are excited to continue providing these unique experiences to our school community, and appreciate your role in our attempts to promote wellness while nurturing the unique and inclusive culture of Canyon Crest.

 

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller 

Incoming Student Course Selection Nights

Dear Incoming CCA Students and Parents,

Some important reminders for enrollment and course selection:  You received an enrollment packet and Course Selection Contract at Incoming Student Registration Night on April 1.  (If you did not attend, please visit CCA Administration during school hours to pick up required enrollment forms at your earliest convenience before your designated Course Selection Night.)  

Please review the presentation and step-by-step instructions on the Incoming Student Course Selection page, which includes answers to frequently asked questions, course selection guidance, SDUHSD guidelines, graduation requirements and Aeries course entry.

Aeries Course Selection - Current SDUHSD students must select courses online via the Aeries Parent Portal and complete the paper Course Selection Contract PRIOR to the designated Course Selection Night. If you have questions, changes can still be made when you meet with a CCA staff member.

For students not currently attending a SDUHSD school, please complete the course contract and you will finish the selection process at your Course Selection Night.

Enrollment Forms  - All forms must be completed fully and the required information provided. Please bring copies of all requested documents. If any part of the enrollment package is not complete, you will not be able to continue with the registration process.

Course Selection Nights in the CCA Library/Media Center - You will turn in your enrollment forms and complete the course selection process.  In order to be consistent and fair to all incoming students, your designated Course Selection Night will be the only opportunity to receive individualized course selection guidance. Please come prepared with specific questions so that CCA staff are able to adequately advise you in a timely manner. 

Student Last Names A – E                      Monday, April 20, 2015                                 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names F – K                      Tuesday, April 21, 2015                4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names L – Q                      Wednesday, April 22, 2015                          4:00 - 7:00 pm

Student Last Names R - Z                       Thursday, April 23, 2015                4:00 - 7:00 pm

Per school district policy, in order to attend CCA, you must enroll by Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM.  If, for any reason, you do not enroll by April 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM, you will forfeit your spot at Canyon Crest Academy and you will be enrolled at your boundary high school.

We look forward to meeting you!

4/3/15 Spring Break Notice

Hello Raven Families,

Please be aware that the front office will be closed for the entire week of Spring Break, April 6th  – April 10th.  Also, CCA’s phone system is being switched over to a new system during the break, which means that you will not be able to leave messages for our staff.  Please send an email to the staff member in lieu of a voicemail that will most likely not be returned until after the break.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful Spring Break!

CCA Administration

4/3/15 update from the Superintendent

Dear Raven Families,

Please read this important update from Superintendent Rick Schmitt about upcoming state testing and district enrollment. 

http://www.sduhsd.net/documents/Superintendent/Newspaper%20Monthly%20Updates/6-%20April%202015-%20Testing%20-%20Enrollment.pdf

After reading, please encourage your student to take the following practice test, the format of the test has changed dramatically.  While only 11th grade students will be testing this year, it would be a good idea for all students to see what the new format of the test looks like.

https://docs.google.com/a/sduhsd.net/forms/d/1urGLrWkgDwMJn1c7kwCCQXV6Nx11POLJbCK1YtoBeAU/viewform?usp=send_form

Please email Assistant Principal Bernard Steinberger at bernard.steinberger@sduhsd.net if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

3/30/15 Lost and Found

Hello CCA,

There are many items in our Lost and Found! Please make sure to have your student stop by the Admin Office to look for any lost items.

Items left unclaimed by the end of school on Friday April 3rd will be donated.  

3/24/15 Residency Verification

Ravens,

Starting in February 2015, the San Dieguito Union High School District now requires annual residency verifications for all continuing SDUHSD students and any new students enrolling for the 2015-16 school year. This process is a legal requirement in California, and it helps our district ensure that all available resources are spent efficiently and effectively to the benefit of SDUHSD families. Moreover, these additional steps will help provide a full and precise accounting of our student population as we review staffing for the coming year.

All continuing students currently in grades 7 through 11 must submit residency documentation by March 27, 2015 in order to schedule classes for the 2015-16 school year. Forms may be dropped off at the CCA Registrars office or at the District Office, located at 710 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024.

Required enrollment forms can be found at http://www.sduhsd.net/Parents--Students/Residency-Verification/index.html or at your child’s school. Check the district’s website at sduhsd.net​ or CCA's website​ http://cc.sduhsd.net/
 
You may check to see if your Proof of Residency was received by going to your parent portal. Click on demographics.  You will see the Addr.Verif checked & the date of verification below it.  If you don’t see the box checked, please wait a few days as the district is verifying each student’s Address Verification one by one.

3/18/15 Course Selection

CCA Parents,

A reminder that the online Aeries course selection window will close this Friday, March 20 at 3:00 pm.  By tomorrow, to assure that your student has 2015-2016 classes, you must:
1. select courses online in the PARENT Aeries Portal    AND 
2. turn in the contract to the Counseling Secretary  

Students must select courses online in Aeries PRIOR to submitting the contract.  If you need help logging in to Aeries, please contact Caroline Moroney in the CCA Administration building.  If you have not already, please visit http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html for  instructions, graduation and college requirements, and course profiles.  Please use these resources to assist your student to make informed choices for next year.  Students will not be able to make changes to their elective courses once the term begins.  

Please plan ahead to ensure your courses are submitted in Aeries and your contract is turned in tomorrow.  

Contracts will not be collected and Aeries cannot be updated for students who miss this deadline until contracts submitted prior to the deadline have been processed.

3/16/15 CAHSEE Testing

Dear Parent/Guardian:  

This is a reminder that all tenth grade students will be taking the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) at CCA on Tuesday, March 17 (English Language Arts Exam) and Wednesday, March 18 (Mathematics exam).   Testing will be conducted in their period 1 class and begin promptly at 8:00 am on both testing days. Sophomores who do not have a period 1 class should report to room C108 for both days of testing. CCA will have a modified bell schedule both days, which can be found in our testing portion of the website.

All freshman, juniors and seniors who are not taking the exam are still expected be at school during testing.  Thank for your support.

Sincerely,  

CCA Administration

3/6/15 PE Credit

Reminder - Spring PE credit applications will be accepted through 03/20/15. You can print the form here: 
http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/AthleticsDocs/PE%20Athletics%20Credit%20Contract.rev%201.17.13.pdf
The form must be completed by the athlete and signed by the parent AND coach. Turn into the athletics office to obtain the athletic directors signature. Approved winter sport students will be enrolled and earn credit in the 3rd quarter once the season has ended.

PE credit is open to athletes in grades 10-12.

Please keep in mind, that in order to be eligible for PE Credit Athletics, students must have passed the California Physical Fitness Test in any high school academic year prior to the school year in which the PE Credit Athletics will be earned. Students who did not pass or did not take this test for any reason are not eligible for PE Credit-Athletics in the current school year.

3/2/15 Traffic Information

Dear CCA Families –

We thank each of you for your assistance as we continue to work through the ongoing construction occurring on campus and near to campus.  Of course, as this work progresses, we ask for your patience and understanding during the morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times.  Please continue to respect one another as you make your way in and out of our three parking lots.  This includes driving carefully, allowing others the appropriate space and opportunity to make turns and other driving decisions, utilizing your turn signals, looking both ways before entering and exiting, and avoiding verbal confrontation with your fellow parents.  

Also, as a reminder, if you are able to avoid the high-volume times in the morning (7:40 – 8:00) and in the afternoon (3:00 – 3:15), that would be appreciated. Again, we thank you for your patience and your willingness to support one another as we make our way through the remainder of this school year.  As always, the safety of our students is our top priority.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

2/5/15 Spring Athletic Packets

Dear CCA Families -

Please know that the Spring Athletic Packets for 2015 Spring participation are on the Athletics website.  Packets will be accepted until February 11 at 3:30 pm.  

All Athletic Packet forms must submitted at the same time and must signed by both parent and athlete, where indicated.   Please be sure that your packet includes a copy of the student's grades; they can retrieve their 2nd Quarter grades from the Aeries Parent Portal.  Spring Athletic Packets can be found on the CCA Athletic Website.

CCA students who participated in the Fall and/or Winter seasons need only turn in an updated Emergency Release Form, a signed Parent/Player signature page, and their 2nd Quarter Grade report, found here:

http://cc.sduhsd.net/Programs/Athletics/index.html

Please remember that all physical forms MUST be signed by a physician, NOT a nurse, and that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2014 to be valid for the 2015 Spring Season. 

Clearance Cards for the Spring sports can be picked up from the Athletic's Office on either February 19 or 20 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Yvonne Fortin at (858) 350-0253 x4038.

CCA Administration
 

2/3/15 Back to School Night for the Spring Term

Dear Parents: 

We would like to invite all parents to our 2015 Spring Term Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00pm (5:30pm if you need to pick up a copy of your child’s schedule). 

Back-to-School Night is an evening designed for you to get to know what is going on at CCA, to meet your child's new teachers, and to learn about shared expectations for course work. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to discuss ways in which we can work together to support your child in making the most of his/her high school experience.   I would like to encourage all of you to attend.

To avoid waiting in lines, we are asking parents to please print out your child's schedule from the Aeries Parent Portal and bring it with you to campus. If for some reason you are unable to print your child's schedule at home, we will be happy to print a copy for you.  We will start printing copies on request at 5:30pm at the finance windows in front of the gym.  We will provide maps of the school upon your arrival.

This is a fun and informative evening, and we look forward to seeing you next Tuesday evening. 

The schedule for the evening is as follows: 

5:30pm – 6:00pm If unable to print schedules from Aeries at home, schedules will be printed upon request at the finance office in front of the gym. 

6:00 – 6:10   Period 1

6:17 – 6:29 Period 2

6:36 – 6:46 Period 3

6:53 – 7:03 Period 4 (zero period will meet during this period)

7:10 – 7:20 Conservatory (meet in coordinator’s class)

Thank you for your support!

CCA Administration

1/26/15 Spring Classes Available on Aeries

Dear Ravens,

Welcome to the Spring Term!  After 3 pm on Tuesday, January 27, all students should check the Aeries Portal under Student Info: Classes to confirm their spring class schedule and room assignments. If you are unable to access Aeries, please visit the Media Center before school on the first day of the term. 

*Note: Student class schedules will not be printed/passed out on the first day of spring term. All students should print their spring schedule from Aeries.

SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course, and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. In an effort to serve students more efficiently and improve attendance in the first week of the term, students who need to request schedule changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the CCA Counseling website and turn in the completed form to the Counseling Office during daily walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch. 

Students must attend their scheduled classes while the add/drop request is being processed. Counselors are not able to address spring schedule change requests by phone or email. 

We look forward to another great term at CCA!

CCA Administration​

1/23/15 End of Term Update

Dear Raven Families -

Congratulations on completing the fall term! Monday (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27) are non-school days for students. Second-quarter grades will be posted to Aeries on Jan. 29 under “Grades.” Spring term will begin on Wednesday, January 28. 
After 3 pm on Tuesday, January 27, all students should check the Aeries Portal under “Student Info: Classes” to confirm their spring class schedule and room assignments. If you are unable to access Aeries, please visit the Media Center before school on the first day of the term. *Note: Student class schedules will not be printed/passed out on the first day of spring term. All students should print their spring schedule in Aeries.

SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course, and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript. In an effort to serve students more efficiently and improve attendance in the first week of the term, students who need to request schedule changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the CCA 
 
Counseling website and turn in the completed form to the Counseling Office during daily walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch. Students must attend their scheduled classes while
the add/drop request is being processed. Counselors are not able to address spring schedule change requests by phone or email. ​

Finally, a reminder that the CCA campus will be closed on both Monday (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Congratulations again on an outstanding fall term!

CCA Administration

1/21/15

Connecting 10th Grade Parents with Counseling and the College & Career Center – Q&A:

NOTE NEW DATE:  Wednesday, February 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the College & Career Center.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Parent Q&A originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th, has been moved to Wednesday, February 11th.  Parents of current 10th grade students are invited to attend this grade-level specific Question & Answer Session from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the College & Career Center.  

The session will be facilitated by CCA Counselors Ashley Bahner and Sarah Djernes.  All parents must sign-in as a visitor at the Administration Office prior to proceeding to the College & Career Center.

Please RSVP here
 
(If you previously RSVP’d for the original date, it is not necessary to RSVP again.)

1/16/15 FAFSA Night for Seniors

CCA Senior & Senior Parents,

Please join us! On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, in the Proscenium Theatre, CCA Counseling will host an informative FAFSA Financial Aid Night to assist senior students and their families planning to apply for financial aid assistance at public and private universities.  Our presenters are Financial Aid Counselors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  They will explain the financial aid process and walk you through the FAFSA application.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The FAFSA is required by the vast majority of private and public institutions, so this presentation is not specific to the UC system.  It is not necessary to RSVP.

1/13/15 Nutrition Information

Dear Raven Families, 

Please read this memo from the SDUHSD Nutrition Services Department:

Breakfast continues to be offered at nutrition break to all students.  Don't miss out on the amazing benefits of breakfast, such as increased academic performance, improved immune function, and decreased incidence of obesity. Each combo breakfast provides 1/4 of the daily recommended requirements of student nutritional needs.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

1/12/15 Advanced Term Course Change Requests

Dear CCA Students and Parents:

The Advance Spring Term Course Change Requests Window is Jan. 12-16.  Students may request necessary class changes in advance of the spring term to request:  to add a course to remediate D or F grades or for high school graduation or college eligibility, level changes between college prep. and Honors/AP, or elective changes in the same period only.  There will be no elective changes after the start of the term.  The required form will be posted on the Counseling website 1/12-1/16 and it can be submitted during Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch daily.  If the class change is possible, it will be reflected on the student class schedule for the first day of the spring term.
 
Students with questions about spring classes may come in to Counseling during walk-in time as well.  

Counselors are not able to address spring term course requests via phone or email.  Please note, the spring master schedule is in process and there may still be changes to periods and alternates.  All other course change requests can be addressed during the two-week add/drop period at the start of spring term.

CCA Administration

1/7/15 Winter Formal Expectations

Dear CCA Parents,

If your son or daughter purchased a ticket to attend CCA’s Winter Formal dance this Saturday (1/10), please read the following message from CCA Administration: CCA's Winter Formal dance will begin at 7:00 pm this Saturday, January 10, 2015 at House of Blues San Diego. The address for the venue is 1055 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, but drop-off for limos and/or buses should be at the 'back' entrance on 6th Avenue. Students must arrive at the dance no later than 8:30 pm in order to be admitted, and the dance will end at 10:00 pm. Students must bring their Student ID and can refer to the Formal Bids or CCAASB.com for more information.

Also, just a reminder that CCA Administration will board all limousines/buses, and in partnership with the San Diego Police Department, will conduct random alcohol screening. Any teens showing signs of alcohol consumption and/or possession will be excluded from the dance, and a parent or guardian will be called to take them home. School consequences for this infraction and others will apply per the CCA Discipline Code, which is in full effect for all school events. 

Thank you for your support in ensuring a safe and fun experience for all our students!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

12/19/14 AP Exam Registration Open

Dear Raven families,

AP Exam Registration for 2015 AP Exam administration opens January 5th and runs through March 16th. 

Late registration runs until March 31. Visit www.2015aptests.com for more information and to register 
for exams.

Best of luck to everyone taking exams!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year.

CCA Administration

12/19/14 Holiday Letter from Mr. Mueller

Good afternoon, Ravens.

We have had an eventful start to our 2014-15 school year at Canyon Crest Academy. This summer we welcomed the largest Freshmen class ever to CCA and, with them, several new members to our faculty. Our 9th graders have quickly acclimated to CCA and are actively contributing to our school community through their efforts in the classroom, successes on the athletic fields and courts, and by sharing their passions and talents in the arts. I am pleased to share that our new colleagues have embraced our Raven culture and are providing rigorous experiences in the classroom while modeling curiosity and creativity.  

Our Professional Development goals for the year are focused on the ongoing transition to Common Core and on 21st Century Learning strategies-collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Inspired by Envision Conservatory for the Humanities Hummingbird Project (additional information and a permanent display at Balboa Park coming in Spring), our first staff meeting sent interdisciplinary teams on a scavenger hunt throughout the county with the objective of creating a performance assessment/project that demonstrated connections between disciplines. Our teachers did an amazing job identifying how their subject can be presented creatively to show application of skill and relevance on our surroundings. Cross curricular collaborations this Fall have connected themes in visual art, history, English, world language, and instrumental music.  

The 2015 Niche Rankings of Best High Public High Schools in America ranks CCA number one in San Diego County and number 46 in the Nation. With our amazing Envision and Quest programs, AP pass rate, athletics, robotics, Comedy Sportz, clubs, inclusive school culture, and confident student body, our Canyon Crest Academy Ravens continue to soar!  
 
With the goal of nurturing school culture and promoting a healthy and inclusive student body, we hosted our first Raven Wellness Day this term. Our community designated an instructional day to focus on and celebrate student connectedness while exploring themes of balance and leadership. We are planning another shared experience for the Spring to revisit Raven Wellness goals and themes. 

Earlier this year we started a vigilance campaign at CCA which encouraged students to be aware of their surroundings and to report, to an adult, activities or behaviors that compromised the physical and/or emotional safety of our school community. We are so proud of our student body, and appreciate that their vigilance has supported our efforts to keep CCA a safe a supportive community. In addition to our vigilance efforts, students created a ‘Think Before you Post’ campaign designed to encourage a responsible and safe social media presence. 

We are excited to see ongoing improvements to campus as a result of Proposition AA funding, and look forward to a completed stadium, baseball/softball fields, redesigned media center, and upgrades to our technology infrastructure in the Spring. 

In response to student inquiry, we will send our school community a survey this Spring to explore our existing off-campus lunch policy. On behalf of the entire Raven Community thank you for all of your generous donations to the CCA Foundation. As other districts are looking at substantial cuts to programs, we are looking to grow programs, provide enrichment experiences, and expand opportunities. Our Foundation is truly enriching the experience at Canyon Crest Academy for each child, each day.  

I would like to thank the students, faculty, and community for your support and patience during my second year at Canyon Crest Academy.  I feel fortunate to have joined your team.
 
Have a safe and restful Winter Break with family and friends. 

Go Ravens! 

Mr. Mueller

12/17/14 Student Progress Grades Now Available

Student Grades now Available on Aeries/Withdraw Deadline is today

The grade reporting period ended on Tuesday December 9th. Progress report grades have been posted in the Aeries portal under the Grades tab. These are not permanent grades but are meant to convey your student's progress at this time. If you have questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly. No report cards will be printed or mailed. For your information, Wednesday December 17th is the last day to drop a class with a ‘W’.  Please email your counselor if you have a concern.  The second quarter will end Friday, January 23 and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.
 
CCA Administration

12/9/14 Students Leaving Campus

Dear Raven Families –
As we make our way toward the end of the first term, we would like to send a reminder that if it is necessary for a CCA student to leave campus during the school day, he/she must possess an off-campus pass (OCP).  An OCP must be requested and picked up at the Attendance Office at least 24 hours in advance, and it must be issued prior to the student leaving campus.  The OCP will not be delivered to the student in the classroom.  

If a student is not feeling well during the school day or must leave campus suddenly for any other reason, he/she must visit the Health Office or the Attendance Office in order to receive a possible OCP.  
 
If the above policy is not followed, these absences will not be cleared by the Attendance Office, resulting in unexcused absences.  This means that assignments/assessments, etc. will most likely not be accepted by the teacher(s).
 
Thank you for your support.  We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
CCA Administration

12/2/14 Senior Ads PSA

Hey Senior parents! This is a last reminder that if you purchased a senior ad, the content is due on this Friday, December 5th. Please send in your message to your child and all pictures to ccaseniorads15@gmail.com or have your child bring in a hard copy to F206, Mr. Gaughen's room. Further information is on the CCA website under yearbooks. If you have any questions email ccaseniorads15@gmail.com. Thank You!

Siena Matsumoto & Marikit Mendiola
Senior Ads Editors

11/20/14 Superintendent Updates

Please find attached the November 2014 Superintendent's Monthly Update focusing on high school enrollment, bell schedules, state standards and our newest school...Pacific Trails Middle School.  You can also find it posted on our homepage under "News" or the direct link is:  Superintendent's Monthly Update.

11/19/14 Student Connections Update

Dear CCA Parents/Students -

As part of CCA's ongoing effort to encourage our students to become as actively connected as possible to their school culture, our ASB and PALS programs​, along with our counseling department and administrators have been working to update the CCA “One-Pager."  This "One-Pager" details upcoming events at CCA through the months of November and December.

In order to view this form, please click on the CCA web page link below and then scroll to the bottom under "See What's Happening at CCA."​Additionally, in order for students to remain abreast of upcoming CCA events, we are encouraging students to take advantage of our new "Remind 101" system, which allows students to receive text and/or email messages that will remind students of these events.  Interested students should text (760) 523-8907 and then enter this message: @ccarsvp
 
Please know that with Remind 101, all personal information remains completely confidential. Staff members will never see the students’ phone numbers, nor will the students see the staff members' numbers.

Link to the CCA "One Pager":  http://cc.sduhsd.net/
 
Thank you for your continued support!

CCA Administration

11/5/14 Grades Now Available on Aeries

The first quarter grade reporting period ended October 28.  Report card grades are posted in the Aeries portal under the Grades tab.  These are permanent grades and have been posted to the transcript.  If you have any questions regarding the grades, please contact teachers directly. No report cards will be printed or mailed.

10/28/14 Traffic Update

Dear CCA Parents/Students:


Please be aware that due to final exams scheduled for Tuesday (October 28th), plus ongoing construction in and around CCA, the traffic congestion will be increased near our 12:25 dismissal time. Therefore, in order to avoid the worst of it, please do what you can to avoid the peak times of heavy traffic volume between 12:15 – 12:45 PM on Tuesday. Please consider arriving after 12:45, if at all possible. Another option is to consider picking up your student at another location off campus.

Thank you again for your patience and your cooperation!

Sincerely,
CCA Administration

10/22/14 Yearbook Senior Ad Information

Parent Packets are available online at ccayearbooks.com. Click on seniors, then senior ads info.  
The deadline to purchase senior ads is October 31. M
aterials are due December 5. Thanks for your support!
 

10/20/14 New Parent to CCA Site Council

Dear Parents, 

Congratulations to our new CCA Parent Site Council Representative Terry Ryan! Special thanks to all of our candidates for their interest and to everyone who voted! In case you have not have the opportunity, to learn more about our new parent representative, please visit the Site Council page on the CCA website at: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Site-Council/index.html

Sincerely, 

CCA Administration

10/10/14 Raven Wellness Day Information

Good afternoon, CCA Parents,

Canyon Crest Academy is excited to introduce a new experience for students and staff which emphasizes our commitment to safety, health, and wellness. In response to discussions within our Raven Wellness team, 2013 student ‘Wings of Wishes’ requests, our WASC self-study, and an understanding that we can all benefit from intentional reflection and rest, we have created and are introducing a campus-wide 'Raven Wellness' experience. Our Raven Wellness committee (comprising members of our faculty) is pleased to share that we are finalizing plans for our first ‘Raven Wellness Day’ scheduled for next Friday (10/17).

This experience aligns with our 2013-14 WASC Action Plan, which identified the need for our school to ‘Create programs and/or resources that promote student connectedness to the school community’, and to ‘provide targeted programs designed to meet the specific needs of CCA students (ex: students facing academic pressure, mental health awareness, student transitions, etc.). 

Activities are designed to celebrate themes surrounding student connectedness, balance, leadership, and community. Each period of the day, our teachers will present curriculum and activities for each CCA student. For example, during third period, each teacher on campus will explore the theme of leadership and how everyday leadership is a responsibility that has the power to strengthen our school community. 

We are respectfully requesting your support and understanding that CCA staff will be active participants in the day and will not be responding to emails (emergencies may be routed through administration) on Friday. We are hopeful that our students and parents will embrace this opportunity to foster our special ‘Raven’ community that encourages creativity, promotes self-confidence, and instills an appreciation and respect for each individual on our campus. We are excited to introduce this experience to our school community, and appreciate your role 

in our first attempt to promote wellness while nurturing the unique and inclusive culture of 

Canyon Crest.

Go Ravens!

Mr. Mueller

10/7/14: School Site Council Parent Election

Dear Parents, 

There is one parent representative opening on the CCA Site Council this year. Please participate by voting for the candidate of your choice. Information on the candidates can be found at the following link: http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/AcademicDocs/SSC_Statements.pdf. Once you've reviewed the statements, please vote by clicking on the link below or on the link on the Site Council webpage: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HTLQJL8. Voting will close at the end of the day on Thursday, October 16th. If you have any trouble with the above links, please email Bernard Steinberger at Bernard.Steinberger@sduhsd.net. 

Thank you for your participation and to all of our candidates for their expressed interest! 

-CCA Administration

10/5/14 Attendance Reminders

Dear Raven Families –

Now that the 2014-15 school year is well underway, we want to send a reminder that if it is necessary for a CCA student to leave campus during the school day, he/she must possess an off-campus pass (OCP). An OCP must be requested and picked up at the Attendance Office at least 24 hours in advance, and it must be issued prior to the student leaving campus. The OCP will not be delivered to the student in the classroom. 

If a student is not feeling well during the school day, he/she must visit the Health Office or the Attendance Office in order to receive a possible OCP. If this policy is not followed, these absences will not be cleared by the Attendance Office, resulting in unexcused absences. This means that missed assignments/assessments, etc. will most likely not be accepted by the teacher(s).

Thank you for your support. We wish you and your student a wonderful fall term!

Sincerely,

Your CCA Administration

10/3/14 Grade Information

The grade reporting period ended on Friday September 26. Progress report grades have been posted in the Aeries portal under the Grades tab. These are not permanent grades but are meant to convey your student's progress at this time. If you have questions regarding the grade, please contact the teacher directly. No report cards will be printed or mailed. The first quarter will end Tuesday October 28 and permanent grades will be posted to the transcript the following week.

CCA Counseling

9/25/14 Enrichment Courses

Good afternoon, Ravens!

Through our generous parent community and the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, we are excited to offer free enrichment courses to all CCA students afterschool. Enrichment Courses provide opportunities for our faculty to teach subjects they are passionate about outside of the core academic course of study. Students will not receive a grade for their participation. These inclusive experiences are designed to explore areas of interest and, more importantly, to create positive student connections amongst our staff and school community. 

Our first cycle of enrichment will begin the week of September 29th additional details and course expectations with interested students during the first planned session. 

In addition, please note the addition of our new after school Peer Tutoring program in the College and Career Center!

For a list of courses offered, click here!

9/24/14 School Site Council

Subject: CCA Site Council Needs You!

Dear CCA Parents:

Interested in working in partnership with the school towards school wide improvements? The CCA Site Council has one parent representative opening this year. To find out more about participating in Site Council and self-nominate to be added to the ballot, please visit the following link: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Site-Council/index.htmland submit your self-nomination form to Assistant Principal, Bernard Steinberger (bernard.steinberger@sduhsd.net) no later than Friday, October 3, 2014. Thank you for your support for CCA and the School Site Council.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

9/22/14 Senior Updates

CCA 12th Grade Students and Parents: 

A reminder that the Counseling Department will hold 12th Grade Presentations during period 2 on​ Tuesday 9/23 and ​Wednesday 9/​24​. Teachers will send students on one of the two days; any student who cannot attend one presentation day may attend the other. A presentation for parents of 12th grade students will be offered on Tuesday, 9/​23​ at 6:​0​0 pm in the proscenium theater. We will cover the college application process, including using Naviance along with the Common Application, finalizing a college list, applying to CSU, UC, private and out-of-state schools, and requesting letters of recommendation and transcripts. ​ You may visit the 12th grade page to view or print the presentation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well. 

For your planning, on Wed. 10/​15,​ CCA will host a UC application workshop at 8:00 a.m. and a CSU application workshop at 9:​30 a.m., during the PSAT administration for grades 9-11.  Please note: Students can use all of the materials and begin applications prior to the presentations but we encourage students not to submit anything before verifying all information and procedures to assure that applications are completed accurately. 

CCA Counseling Dept.

9/18/14 Vigilance Campaign

Dear Raven Families,

It is hard to believe that we have already completed our first month of instruction at Canyon Crest Academy! Our Ravens have transitioned back from summer with energy and enthusiasm, and are already engaged in activities, programs, and experiences that celebrate our unique and inclusive school culture. 

This term, we will begin initiating a ‘vigilance campaign’ at CCA and would like to begin our quarter emphasizing to students our shared responsibility to be ‘vigilant’ citizens on campus; focusing on three themes around vigilance: 

1. Vigilance regarding your surroundings...awareness. Who belongs on our campus and who doesn't. What to do if we become suspicious about someone or something on campus, in the parking lot, or the surrounding community. Encourage all if they 'See something’ to ‘Say something'! 

2. Vigilance regarding peer interactions (bullying, unhealthy relationships, etc.). We ask for our students to bring these concerns to an adult with confidence and a sense of service to our school culture and community. We have a shared responsibility to uphold and nurture a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment at CCA.

3. Vigilance regarding mental health and the physical/emotional safety of ourselves and our student body. If you are aware that you, or one of your friends, are engaging in unhealthy habits or behaviors, TELL an ADULT! We all have highs and lows, and when we are sensitive and understanding to the wellbeing and health of one another, we become empathetic to the reality that we ALL struggle at times and that we need to stick together.

We encourage you to dialogue about these themes as a family, and welcome any/all feedback regarding campus safety and the physical and emotional heath of our shared school community. 

We are excited to introduce you to your child’s teachers this evening (Thursday, September 18th), at CCA Back-to-School Night, which will begin with a brief orientation at 5:45PM in the quad. We hope that 
you can join us. 

Go Ravens! 

Karl Mueller

9/15/14

Dear Parents:

I would like to invite all parents to our 2014 Fall Term Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 pm (5:15 pm if you need to pick up a copy of your child’s schedule). There has been some confusion as an earlier letter may have indicated a different Back-to-School Night date. However, please be aware that the CCA Fall Term Back-to-School Night is this Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 pm.

Freshman parents with students whose last name begins with A-L interested in listening to a presentation from the CCA Counseling department should gather at 4:45pm in the Proscenium Theater. For those freshman parents with students whose last name begins with M-Z, please plan to come to the Proscenium Theater at 5:30pm. Back-to-School Night is an evening designed for you to get to know what is going on at CCA, to meet your child's new teachers, and to learn about their expectations. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to discuss ways in which we can work together to support your child in making the most of their high school experience. I would like to encourage all of you to come visit us.

To avoid waiting in lines, we are asking parents to please print out your child's schedule from the Aeries Parent Portal and bring it with you to campus. If for some reason you are unable to print out your child's schedule at home, we will be happy to print out a copy for you. We will start printing copies on request at 5:15 pm at the finance windows in front of the gym. We will provide maps of the school upon your arrival.

This is a fun and informative evening, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Sincerely,

Karl Mueller
Principal 
Canyon Crest Academy

9/8/14

Dear CCA Parents/Students:

This is a reminder that this Wednesday (Sept. 10th) is Canyon Crest Academy’s first Late Start day of the 2014-15 school year. School will begin at 9:30 am for students with a first period on their schedule. This is a half-hour later than in previous years. Please refer to the bell schedule under the “Key Info” tab on the CCA website for a list of all of our 2014-15 scheduled Late Start days.

Your CCA staff is excited to have the opportunity to have this extended period of staff and department collaboration during our Late Start days. This is valuable time that our staff members will have to work together to continue to create learning opportunities meant to inspire, challenge and ignite our students.

Thank you very much for your support and for a wonderful start to the 2014-15 academic year!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

9/5/14

Dear CCA Parent/Guardian and Student,

The first Counseling, College & Career Center Newsletter for the 2014-2015 school year has been posted to CCA’s website: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Counseling-Newsletter/index.html. Included are instructions for registering for your Naviance account. An updated newsletter is posted bi-monthly to the website. Additionally,a copy is delivered to your Naviance account. 

All students and parents are encouraged to register for a Naviance account. If you need assistance, please contact Darlene Burton in the College & Career Center. (Parents/Guardians: If you have more than one student attending CCA, your students can be linked in your parent account. Send an email to Darlene.burton@sduhsd.net; include the names of all students to be linked.)

9/4/14

Dear CCA Parents/Students –

Please know that students who possess a 2014-15 parking permit are allowed to park in either the Student Lot (first choice) or in the Administration/Visitor Lot in the first row closest to Village Center Loop Road. Students are not allowed to park in the Staff Lot (the lot with the solar panels). 

Beginning this coming Monday (9/8), students who park in the Staff Lot will receive a warning. Students who then continue to park in the Staff Lot are eligible to receive a parking ticket issued by the San Diego Police Department.

Students who do not possess a 2014-15 parking permit are not allowed to park on campus. One option is to park on Village Center Loop road if space is available. In order to receive a parking permit, please visit the CCA Finance Office during regular school hours.

Envision/Conservatory students who wish to park in the Administration/Visitor Lot are encouraged to do so at the beginning of the day in order to avoid having to move their vehicle from the Student Lot to the Administration/Visitor Lot after school. This adds to the congestion during dismissal time. Also, Envision/Conservatory students need the regular parking sticker for 2014-15 along with a pass from their Conservatory teacher displayed in the window.

Additionally, parents who visit the campus are encouraged to park in the Administration/Visitor’s Lot in a “Visitor” space. 

Thank you for your time and for your consideration.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

9/3/14 Make Up Picture Day is Friday 9/5/14

Dear CCA Parents/Students –

Students who were unable to have their student ID photograph taken during Raven Readiness Days will be receiving notification to have it taken during picture make-ups this Friday (Sept. 5th). Gerardy Photography will be set up in the gym's mezzanine between 7:30 AM and approximately 1:00 PM. Students should plan on having their photograph taken either before school, during lunch or during an unscheduled period.

Students wishing to have a “retake” of their photo taken during Raven Readiness must have a note from a parent giving them permission to do so. Retakes should be reserved for photos that are unclear or destroyed, not for cosmetic purposes.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

9/2/14 Credit for a FALL CIF Sport

Dear CCA Athletes,

To earn PE credit toward graduation requirements for participation in a FALL CIF sport, please submit the P.E. Credit Athletics Application to the Athletics Office by Friday, September 5th at 3:30 PM.

In order to be eligible for PE Athletic Credit, students must have passed the California Physical Fitness Test in any high school academic year prior to the school year in which the PE Credit/Athletic credit will be earned. Students who did not pass or did not take this test for any reason will not be eligible for PE Credit-Athletics in the 2014-15 school year.


Approved fall sport students will be enrolled and earn credit in the 2nd quarter. Approved winter or spring sport applications will be accepted after tryouts have completed.  students will be enrolled and earn credit in the 3rd and 4th quarter, respectively. For more information about applying for PE Credit-Athletics, visit the Application Course page or contact the CCA Athletic Office at (858) 350-0253 x4038.

8/28/14 Traffic Update

Dear CCA Parents/Students:

Thanks to each of you for your extreme patience as we continue to work to improve our traffic/parking situation. We appreciate it very much.  

Please be aware that due to our increased enrollment, the ongoing Prop AA Construction, and the construction in the community, our traffic flow will be heavy throughout most of this school year. Therefore, in order to avoid the worst of it, please do what you can to avoid the peak times of heavy traffic volume. This means that in the morning, please do what you can to avoid drop-off between 7:40 - 8:00 AM. In the afternoon, if you can pick up your student after 3:15 PM, you should have an easy exit. Also, another option is to consider dropping off and picking up your student at a place off campus and having your student walk the remaining distance. 

Finally, please attempt to avoid using the Student Lot as a pick-up and drop-off location. However, if you choose to do so, please be sure to locate a parking spot and then have your student meet you there. There is not sufficient space at this time in the Student Lot for drop-off and pick-up service.

We will continue to monitor this situation and make the necessary adjustments in order to improve the traffic flow as much as possible. However, please know that - if possible - please consider avoiding the peak pick-up and drop-off times as well consider a possible drop-off location off campus.

Thank you again for your patience and your cooperation!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

8/25/14 Aeries Portal and Start of School Information

Dear CCA Parents/Students,


A few key reminders to help the start of the first term flow smoothly:

1)   2014 - 2015 Class Schedules:  All students may now check the Aeries Portal under Student Info: Classes to confirm their fall class schedule and room assignments.  No schedules will be distributed on the first day of school. Any student unable to access Aeries should visit the Library/Media Center by 7:30 am on the first day of school to obtain a copy before school starts at 8:00 am.

2)   Course Change Requests:  SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript.  Per the CCA add/drop policies, no elective changes will be made at the start of the term.  To serve students most efficiently and improve attendance, students who need to request changes may download an Add/Drop Request Form from the CCA Counseling website and submit the completed form to the Counseling Office as follows 

DURING THE CLASS PERIOD, students may come into the Counseling Office only if:

·  They don’t have a class scheduled that period.

·  They need to add a required course for graduation.

·  They need to add a course to remediate a prior D or F grade.

·  They have a “See Counselor” note in the class schedule.


Before school, lunch and after school, a student can submit an add/drop request form with parent signature to request to:

·   Drop a class for an unscheduled period

·   Make a level change between AP, honors or college prep. if space available

·   Add an academic course for college eligibility, if space available

While the form is being processed, students must attend their originally scheduled classes.  Students will submit the form and return to class. Students can check BEFORE SCHOOL, at lunch or after school to follow-up on requests and should check Aeries classes for completed change requests.

Students will not be able to visit the Counseling Office to request:

·   That a class be in a specific period or term, including for athletics or an off-campus activity

·   To change teachers.

·   Changes to spring term classes. There will be an add/drop period for second term.

2014-15 CCA Counselors:

Student Last Names A – EL: Ashley Bahner

Student Last Names EM – LA:  Rebecca Vincent

Student Last Names LE – RH:  Melissa Sage

Student Last Names RI – Z:  Sarah Djernes

 


Best wishes to each of you as you begin the 2014-15 academic year!


Sincerely,

CCA Administration

8/21/14 Student Drop Off Instructions

Dear CCA Parents/Students –

Please know that – due to ongoing Prop AA construction on and around our campus – we are requesting that students are NOT dropped off in the morning or picked up after school in the Student Lot. Instead, we are asking that students are dropped off and picked up in either the main Administration Lot or the Staff Lot (the lot with the solar panels). Parents who drop off and/or pick up in the main Administration Lot will have access to the exit gate on the far northeast corner of the parking lot.

Students possessing a 2014-15 CCA parking permit will have access to a parking space in the Student Lot as long as space is available. However, again, we are requesting that students are not dropped off or picked up in the Student Lot.

Thank you for your time and your cooperation.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

8/18/14, Welcome Letter From the Principal

Welcome, Raven Parents and Students!

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that I begin my second year at Canyon Crest Academy. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated Raven staff in sustaining a school culture where students are supported in building confidence and pursuing their passions. As a faculty, we are excited to continue developing a community of learners who value and embrace the contributions of each individual on our campus. 

I believe that students’ experiences in high school are defined by the connections they share with the student body and/or greater school community. We are proud of the rich tradition of academic excellence available at CCA. Beyond the classroom, CCA students have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities designed to enrich, challenge, and connect to build a culture of Raven pride. Robust elective course offerings, the award-winning ENVISION program, competitive athletic teams, student clubs, the NEST, QUEST, our PALs, and ongoing ASB events, each represent opportunities for each child to get involved, foster healthy peer relationships, and contribute to our shared CCA community. We encourage each child to find their ‘home’ on our campus. 

I would like to recognize the tireless efforts of our amazing Canyon Crest Academy Foundation; thank you for your generous support. We would not be able to offer the quality of programs or enrichment experiences without resources provided from the CCA Foundation. Please learn how you can become involved in CCAF, and support their efforts in assuring that Canyon Crest Academy will continue to provide rich and engaging experiences for every child, every day. 

On behalf of the entire faculty, welcome back; we are excited to begin cultivating relationships with our new and returning students. It is going to be another GREAT year for our Ravens to soar at CCA!

Karl Mueller
Principal

8/12/14, Scheduling Info and Raven Readiness Days

Dear CCA Parents & Students:

Please know that CCA students can now view their 2014-15 course requests via the Aeries portal under Student Data: Course Requests. Class schedules will NOT be distributed at Raven Readiness Days. Instead, students should view or print their Course Requests from Aeries in advance. (If you are unable to access the Aeries portal, you may visit Station 8 on your Readiness Day for assistance.) 

A reminder that the course number next to each class indicates the term that each class has been assigned. Classes with course numbers with no “S” have been scheduled for the F​all term, and classes with course numbers with an “S” at the end have been scheduled for the Spring term. ​ ​

Please note that period and teacher assignments will not be visible until the start of school and there may still be changes to courses.

During Raven Readiness Days, students may also visit the Counseling Office to address necessary course changes, according to SDUHSD guidelines, as follows:

• Remediation of prior D or F grades

• Completion of a pre-approved off-campus summer class

• Level changes between AP or Honors and college prep, if space is available

• Adding a course required for graduation or college eligibility, if space is available

• Dropping a course for an unscheduled period

• A "See Counselor" note or fewer than 8 course requests

Finally, a reminder that Raven Readiness Days for the 2014-2015 school year are:

* Wednesday, 8/13: 12th Grade (8:30 - 10:30 am); 11th grade (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

*Thursday, 8/14: 10th grade (8:30 - 10:30 am); 9th grade (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

* Friday, 8/15: New Student Orientation - ALL students who are new to CCA are encouraged to attend (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, includes lunch)

Any student who is unable to attend his/her assigned grade-level Readiness Day may attend a lower grade-level time. Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school. 


Also, please be aware that all 2014 Raven Readiness information and paperwork can be found on the CCA web site in “Readiness Days” under the “Key Info” tab.


Thank you!

CCA Administration

8/8/14, Raven Readiness Days

Dear CCA Students and Parents,

A friendly reminder that Raven Readiness Days for the 2014-2015 school year are:

* Wednesday, 8/13: 12th Grade (8:30 - 10:30 am); 11th grade (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

*Thursday, 8/14: 10th grade (8:30 - 10:30 am); 9th grade (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

* Friday, 8/15: New Student Orientation - ALL students who are new to CCA are encouraged to attend (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, includes lunch)

Any student who is unable to attend his/her assigned grade-level Readiness Day may attend a lower grade-level time. Those who cannot attend any Readiness Day may turn in all materials to the main Administration Building on the first day of school. 

Also, please be aware that all 2014 Raven Readiness information and paperwork can be found on the CCA web site in “Readiness Days” under the “Key Info” tab.  

Additionally, please know that beginning immediately, SDUHSD students will NOT be charged for a parking permit in order to have access to our parking lots. Therefore, please do NOT include a parking fee in your Raven Readiness payments (if you have already made a parking-permit payment, you will be refunded). However, please also be aware that any student interested in acquiring a parking permit for the 2014-15 school year will still need to complete a Start Smart course and will still need to demonstrate possession of the proper paperwork (driver’s license, proof of insurance, etc.).

Finally, please know that you will be receiving a follow-up email in advance of Raven Readiness Day that will include course request information.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

6/11/14, Caps and Gowns

Dear Senior:
This is a reminder that students may return both their cap & gown to CCA following graduation for a refund from the school district.  Any student who wishes to personalize their cap & gown or keep the items may still do so at their expense.  Caps & gowns that are returned for refunds must be in usable condition and not written on or defaced in any way.

To return your cap & gown for a refund from the school district:

--Caps & Gowns may be returned in the Atrium of the CCA Gym Monday, June 16 or Tuesday, June 17 from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

--Both the cap and gown must be returned together in usable condition

--Only one refund per student will be issued

--Students who were issued a cap & gown by the school at no charge are not eligible for a refund

-Students will be provided a refund form to complete when they bring their cap and gown to school on the 16th or 17th of next week.

--Refund checks are being processed by the school district and not the cap & gown company.  We are sorry, but we cannot credit charge cards

Sincerely, San Dieguito Union High School District & CCA Administration

6/3/14, Graduation Parking

2014 Graduation Parking Information:

  • Shuttle buses between Cathedral Catholic HS and CCA will be available from 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  Please consider parking at Cathedral and utilizing a shuttle as parking at CCA will be at a premium
  • Unless you have a reserved space through the CCA Foundation, please plan on parking in either the Staff Lot (with the solar panels) or the Student Lot
  • Handicapped parking will be available in the Student Lot (these spots will be designated as such)
  • Those in need of extra assistance will have the opportunity to ride in a golf cart from their parking spot in the Student Lot to the field
  • CCA seniors should avoid driving themselves to school on graduation day.  Instead, they should either be dropped off at school or they should carpool with other graduates.  Reducing the number of vehicles in our lots will be critical
  • Once the Staff and Student lots are full, we will be closing these lots.  At that point, remaining vehicles will need to park at Cathedral and utilize one of the shuttle buses
  • In order to ensure a parking spot for graduation day, it is advised that you arrive as early as possible.  Gates will open at noon for the 1:30 ceremony
  • A reminder that since our graduation ceremony will take place on our new turf field, no high heels will be allowed
  • Finally, be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen with you to the ceremony

If you have any questions, please contact us at (858) 350-0253 x4003. Thank you,  CCA Administration

5/29/14, PROM tips for Parents

PROM Dance Tips for Parents 
The end of the school year is near and with it comes the time honored high school tradition- PROM!  This year’s Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 31st at the Coronado Marriott.  For Moms and Dads, this is a time to exercise the “trust but verify” approach to parenting to help us host another safe dance: You can and should trust your teens, but you must still ask questions to verify their plans for the night.  Here are some pointers for parent to ensure a safe and fun evening for all:

  1. The dance will begin at 7:00pm and students must arrive at the no later than 8:30pm in order to be permitted. Students should review the Prom bid they received when they purchased their ticket for directions and parking instructions. It is important to note no students who check into the dance may be allowed to leave before 9:15pm; the dance will end at 10:00pm
  2. Be aware that CCA Administration will be boarding all busses that arrive at the event and randomly testing students at the door with a breathalyzer. Any teens showing signs of drug or alcohol consumption will be excluded from the dance, and a parent or guardian will be called to take them home. School consequences for this infraction of our Discipline code include suspension and/or expulsion.
  3. Do not allow “just driving around” in the limo. Verify that students have purchased a Prom ticket through the ASB Finance Office (858)350-0253 ext. 4018. Nothing is accomplished by teens just driving around in the limo, and it tends to be the time when trouble is most likely to occur.  
  4. Allow no more than eight teens in a limo. Limiting the number increases your chances of knowing each student and his or her parents, and putting your kids in a comfortable situation because they are with friends, rather than strangers. Limo busses are not a good idea. Please be aware that students often decide to stay on the bus and not disembark at the prom, leaving them for several hours without supervision. Please also take the time to check the contract with the limo company to determine who bears liability. 
  5. Limit the group to good friends and acquaintances. Students are not allowed to attend unless they’ve completed a guess pass application that has been approved. Guess pass applications and information can be found on the CCA website.
  6. Inspect the limo before you let your kids get inside. Many limos come fully stocked with alcohol. Do not allow students who have not bought a ticket to ride in the limo.
  7. Do not have alcohol present at the pre-dance event. This means no alcohol for parents and guests as well. This is simply modeling good behavior. Remember, the evening belongs to the kids. 
  8. Require a written itinerary for your group. Where they are dining, when they will get to the dance, when they will be picked up, where they are going after the dance, and where and when they will be dropped off at the end of the evening. Be aware of what is happening after the event. If students are participating in after-dance events, know what the plans are, where the students will be and who will be present to supervise.
  9. Meet with the limo driver, students and parents at the pick-up spot. Make sure all students and parents are present as you explain your expectations. Make certain the driver has the written itinerary, and make it clear that you expect the itinerary to be followed. The driver is working for you, not for the students. Do not give the driver the final payment until you meet at the end of the evening. 
  10. If your teen is not the one organizing the limo, contact the family of the one who is. Speak with those parents and make sure that you are comfortable with the rules they expect to be followed before agreeing to allow your student to travel with that group.
  11. Make sure you talk to your teens when they come home after the dance. Spend some time talking about the evening and making sure they came home safe, sound and sober. 

Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring our students have a fun, memorable and safe Prom.  Sincerely,  CCA Administration



5/23/14, Senior Check Out- Seniors Only

Dear Seniors,  This is a friendly reminder you will need to pay all outstanding fees/fines to the Finance Office and complete the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance prior to Monday, June 2, 2014 in order to avoid the Senior Check Out process during Senior Week.  Please review the Senior Meeting Powerpoint at: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Seniors/index.html for more information.   Sincerely,  CCA Administration


5/13/14, Fire in 4S Ranch

Good afternoon, Raven Parents. We are closely monitoring the brush fire in 4S Ranch and working closely with the fire department and our district office. The latest update fromSDFD reports that the fire is relatively contained.  We will continue to monitor any/all developments. Please trust that our top priority is the safety of our students.

5/13/14, 10th Grade Life Science Test

Dear Parents and Students, On Monday, May 19th, CCA Sophomores will be taking the 10th grade Life Science exam in their English, History, or Science class (for those students with Chemistry this term). This is the remaining California Standardized Test (CST) or STAR exams required for all schools to administer per federal No Child Left Behind laws.  The exam will take approximately 1 hour and will consist of 55 multiple choice questions.  CCA Administration is working closely with CCA Staff to create a testing schedule in English, history, and Science classes that is sensitive to classroom instruction.  Sophomores without an English, History or Chemistry class this term will be asked to report to the Media Center on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 8:00am.  Students will have the entire school day to test if needed, and will be excused from their classes while they are testing.  Please contact CCA Administration with any questions you may have.  Sincerely, CCA Administration

5/9/14, CCAF Gala

Canyon Crest Academy’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “Across the Universe”, is a celebration of the Beatles 50th Anniversary, as well as a tribute to CCA’s 10th Anniversary. The Gala, May 16th, is hosted on our campus this year and will feature amazing student performances and entertainment.  The CCA Foundation is hosting an online silent auction to benefit our students. Please go to ccagala.com and bid on these unique items. Items include autographed memorabilia, education and college prep materials, entertainment, Camps, Sporting events, vacations and several unique experiences and internships. Don’t miss out on these incredible items. The silent auction will close tomorrow, May 10th at 6pm.  Thank you for your support.the gala is just one week away and very few tickets are left.  Please order your tickets before Monday, May 12Go Ravens!!

5/9/14, Senior Meeting

Dear Seniors,
This is a reminder about the Mandatory Senior Meeting during late start on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.   The meeting will be held in the Proscenium Theater and will start with a Senior Brunch at 7:45am followed by important information regarding Senior Check Out, Senior Week, Graduation and Grad Nite by CCA Administration, ASB and Grad Nite Committee.  You will also have an opportunity to vote on a Senior Class song and the artwork for the graduation program for the Class of 2014 so don’t miss out! 
Final Graduation Program artwork submissions should be made to Ms. Davies via email (elise.davies@sduhsd.net) or dropped off in the Assistant Principal’s Office no later than Monday, May 12th at 3:15pm. Also, don’t forget to keep your eye on the Senior Page of the CCA Website (http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Seniors/index.html)for updates on upcoming events and a letter from CCA Principal Mr. Mueller for the Class of 2014!  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!  Sincerely,  CCA Administration

5/5/14, Parent Book Club!

Dear Parent,
It's not to late to RSVP to attend CCA's first Parent Book Club meeting. Please join CCA Counselor Sarah Djernes, Social Science Teacher (and parent of two teenage daughters) Tracy Bryant, and Assistant Principal Elise Davies on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:00pm in the College and Career Center to discuss Queen Bees & Wannabes (Second edition)a New York Times Bestseller by Rosalind Wiseman that discusses strategies for helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and the realities of the teenage girl world.  Please RSVP to Elise Davies at elise.davies@sduhsd.net.  We hope to see you there!

5/2/14, Senior Cap and Gown orders

Seniors: Today is the last day to preorder graduation caps and gowns from Jostens. Perfect sizing and fit cannot be guaranteed if you miss the deadline and decide to purchase in person at Graduation Rehearsal. Visit the Jostens website (www.jostens.com) and enter Canyon Crest Academy as your school for more information. If you would like to request financial assistance, please contact the Assistant Principal for your alpha.


4/29/14, Student attendance during AP Exams

Good afternoon,

A reminder about AP testing attendance:  Parents do not need to excuse their students when they are missing school to take an AP exam.  Rosters will be provided to the attendance office and students will only be excused from school during AP exam time.  
However, if your student will not be attending scheduled classes either before or after AP Testing, parents will need to contact the attendance office.
Check exam locations and get exam site directions at www.2014aptests.com
Good luck, everybody!
 
 
 
Kind Regards,
 
Mrs. Yvonne Fortin, Attendance Secretary

4/21/14, Seniors and Senior Parents

CCA College Acceptance Banners:  CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR SENIOR’S HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR EDUCATION HAS PAID OFF! A COLLEGE BANNER WILL BE A LASTING REMINDER OF ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MANY TO COME IN YOUR STUDENT’S FUTURE!  CCA WOULD LIKE TO HONOR ACCEPTANCE INTO YOUR SENIOR’S PREFERRED COLLEGE WITH THESE PERSONALIZED COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE BANNERS.  THEY WILL BE POSTED IN THE MEDIA CENTER TO COMMEMORATE YOUR STUDENT’S LEGACY AT CCA.  BANNERS ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR ONLY $45.   PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND BRING IT TO MRS. MAIN AT THE FINANCE OFFICE.  YOUR PURCHASED BANNER MAY BE PICKED UP IN MAY, 2015OR LEFT IN THE MEDIA CENTER FOR FUTURE STUDENTS TO ADMIRE.  Due Dates: Orders will be picked up every Friday and will be processed and delivered within 2 weeks of drop off.  You will be notified by email once your banner has been received and hung up.   Final Date for Ordering:  May 23rd

 CLICK HERE for an order form!

4/14/14, A message for 11th grade students/parents only

CCA Juniors and Parents/Guardians, 
CCA Counseling is hosting two upcoming events designed specifically for current juniors and their parents/guardians. On Monday, April 21 at 6:30 pm, the Regional Admission Counselors of California (RACC) will present a Case Study Program.  Admission counselors will lead students and parents through a mock admission committee using four students’ applications and supporting documents, and a fictitious university profile with instructions and a scoring grid.  The exercise will familiarize you with the college admission process and the importance of assembling a strong college application.  You will gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the application.  The Case Study Program will start at 6:30 pm in the Proscenium.  After an introduction from each college rep, and an introduction of the program, parents will break into 1-2 groups, students into 2-3 groups, to review and discuss the four prospective students. RACC members will lead the discussion.  The evening will end with a mini-college fair in the Media Center.  Participation is this event requires that you visit the RACC site prior to the presentation, review and print the documents to be utilized.  Alternatively, you may review the documents electronically and bring a personal electronic device to the program, though you are encouraged to at least print the instructions for the program, the University Profile, and the Redbrick Scoring Grid.  CCA is unable to provide printed copies.  If you cannot print the documents, and do not have an electronic device, please indicate so when you RSVP.
The required documents are found here: (Do not print the Power Point.) http://www.regionaladmissions.com/Case%20Study.html
Seating is limited to 250 participants. Please RSVP:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jOmSpeikvZFDIBCbKkKMyS842WKjhljUegKHP9hN1hw/viewform
(RACC Member Colleges scheduled to participate: Drexel University; Franklin College Switzerland; High Point University; Loyola University Chicago; Oregon State University;  Rider University;  Rutgers University;  Southern Methodist University; Texas Tech University; University of Alabama; University of Arizona; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS);  University of Delaware;  University of Nevada, Reno; University of New Mexico; William Woods University.)
The second event will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2:00-3:00 pm in the College & Career Center.  Julia Martin, Admissions Officer at Washington University in Saint Louis, will discuss “Selective College Admission.”  This event is listed in Naviance under the Colleges tab, first section, “view all upcoming college visits.”  CCA juniors must sign up for this college visit, and obtain the required College Visit Pass, through their Naviance account.  If a student has an unscheduled 4th period, a pass is not required.  Parents must sign in as a visitor in the Administration Office prior to coming up to the College & Career Center.  Unfortunately, seating is extremely limited in the College & Career Center; we can accommodate approximately fifty people. Preference will be given to students so please encourage your junior to sign up as soon as possible.  If you are a parent/guardian and wish to attend, please email Darlene.burton@sduhsd.net.  

4/14/14, Maternity leave for CCA Counselor Rebecca Vincent

As many of you know, I am expecting my first baby. My last day on campus will be Friday, April 18th. I will be out on maternity leave for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. In my absence please contact the counselor assigned to your student’s last name below. I am confident that your student will continue to receive support and trust that my colleagues, Ms. Sage & Ms. Bahner, will continue to advocate for his/her success.  Ashley Bahner (ashley.bahner@sduhsd.net) - 10-12 Grade Students last names F-J.  Melissa Sage (melissa.sage@sduhsd.net) - 10-12 Grade Students last names K & Sim-Va.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer!


4/4/14, Cardiac Screening

Dear CCA Athletic Families -
Your student (ages 13-19) is invited to get a FREE heart screening from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Scripps Ranch High School on Sunday, April 27th.  Parents simply register at 
EPSaveALife.org to download a parent screening packet that you complete and bring to the event.  The screening is offered by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, which has screened nearly 10,000 teens for heart abnormalities that put 1 in 100 students at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest - the number two killer of youth under 25.
Screenings consist of a health history, an EKG, and if indicated, an echocardiogram. These are not standard offerings during your child's annual physical, but they are so important because Sudden Cardiac Arrest often has no warning signs -- the first symptom could be death. The screening is free, painless, and quick - less than 30 minutes.   Students should wear a t-shirt, sweat pants or sports shorts to the screening. Girls should wear a sports bra. If possible, please bring a self-addressed stamped envelope in which a copy of your child's EKG will be mailed back to you. Every screened student gets a Free Sub Card from Jersey Mike's.  We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to screen your teen.  If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Maureen Legg at: leggwork@cox.net  Thank you!
Jeff Copeland, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director, Canyon Crest Academy, (858) 350-0253 ext. 4002, jeffrey.copeland@sduhsd.net  Go Ravens!!

3/25/14, Local Control Accountability Plan

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to Education Code Section 52060(d).  SDUHSD is soliciting input from parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish our LCAP. The LCAP will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions that will be taken to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAP will focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plan will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.  For more information and to take the survey, please visit:http://www.sduhsd.net/About-SDUHSD/Department-Listing-/Educational-Services/LCAP-Local-Control-and-Accountability-Plan/index.html
 

3/24/14, Junior Q and A in the College and Career Center

Dear 11th Grade Raven Families,
 11th Grade Counseling Presentations were held 2/19 & 2/20/2014. Counselors reviewed high school graduation and college entrance requirements, the Naviance program, and planning ahead for the college application process.  As a follow-up to the presentations,  there will be a Q & A session for 11th grade parents on Wednesday, March 26 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm in the College and Career Center.  Ms. Bahner and Mrs. Burton will be available to answer your questions regarding post-high school preparation and planning. If you are planning to attend, RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/sduhsd.net/forms/d/1Dg3Xm5Vt7zx16zou4fqqAhuywHt260Nu7IR-XQTxiPQ/viewform.  Please check in at the Administration Office and obtain a Visitor’s Pass before coming up to the College and Career Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

3/24/14, Seniors Information (12th only)

Dear Senior Parents,
As graduation is quickly approaches  we wanted to send a reminder about the resources available to ensure your student is taking advantage of the exciting upcoming events for the CCA Senior Class of 2014.   All Seniors should plan to attend the Mandatory Senior Meeting during late start on Wednesday, May 14 to learn more about Senior Finals, Check-Out, Senior Week, and Graduation.  In the meantime, here are the resources available to seniors and their families:
Senior Page on the CCA Website for monthly updates/important information on upcoming events : http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Seniors/index.html
Senior Index of Events provides detailed information for each senior event: http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/Key%20Info/Senior%20Index%20of%20Events2014.pdf
12th grade Counseling College Calendar for students headed to college: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/12th-Grade/index.html
CCA ASB Website for Prom, Senior Passport, and Senior Week information and permission slips: http://www.ccaasb.com
Grad Nite Information for students interested in participating in Class of 2014 Grad Nite: http://gradnite.canyoncrestfoundation.org
We look forward to celebrating with the class of 2014!
Sincerely, CCA Administration

3/14/2014 Subject: Course Selection

CCA Parents,
A REMINDER that 2014-2015 Course Selection is almost over. Tuesday, March 18 3 pm is the last day to select courses online in the Aeries Parent Portal and turn in the contract to the Counseling Secretary.  Students must select courses online in Aeries PRIOR to submitting the contract.  If you have not already, please visit http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html for instructions, links to courses for graduation and college eligibility, course profiles and other materials. Please use these resources to assist your student to make informed choices for next year.   Students will not be able to make changes to their elective courses once the term begins. Instead students will be given one week in May to make changes to their Fall 2014 schedule and one week in January to make changes to their Spring 2015 schedule. Students will continue to be allowed to change courses to address level changes, remediation, and for graduation or college eligibility during the first two weeks of each term.  In order to select courses online, you must log in through the PARENT Aeries Portal. If you need help logging in, please contact Caroline Moroney in the Administration building.  Grade 9 and 11 students who have indicated that they'd like to meet with a counselor on the submitted Course Selection Contract will have an opportunity during the CAHSEE administration from 8 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 3/18 and Wed. 3/19.

3/10/2014 Subject: AP Exam Registration

Attention Students planning to take AP Exams in May, 2014:  the deadline to register at the regular exam price is this FridayMarch 14.  Please visithttp://2014aptests.com for more information and to register.  Also, AP Exam Review schedule is now available at http://cc.sduhsd.net/documents/Academics%20Docs/AP%20Review%20Sessions%202013-14.pdf.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to prepare for your exams with CCA teachers!

3/10/2014 Subject: Returning Student Course Selection

The 2014-2015 Course Selection process is underway.  Your student should have attended a grade-level presentation last week and received a Course Contract to review and complete with you.  Please visit http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html for step-by-step instructions and links to required and recommended courses for graduation and college eligibility, course profiles, and other course selection materials.  You can also review an informative elective newsletterPlease use these resources to assist your student and follow all of the steps in order to make informed choices for next year.  Note: Students will not be able to make changes to their elective courses once each term begins.  Elective change requests will only be addressed during the advance window in May for fall 2014, and the advance window in January for spring 2015 term.  You will be notified of the specific dates to request these course changes.  During the first two weeks of each term, students may request class changes for remediation, graduation or college eligibility and level changes, as space permits.  In order to select courses online, you must log in to the PARENT Aeries Portal.  If you need help logging in, please contact Caroline Moroney in the main Administration building.
IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE: The online Aeries Course Selection window will be open 3/6-3/18/14. After selecting courses online, please turn in your Course Contract to Counseling no later than Tuesday, 3/18 at 3:00 p.m. 


2/24/2014 Subject: Current Student Course Selection for 2014-15

CCA Senior,
If you plan to attend MiraCosta Community College after high school graduation, you are encouraged to attend eCAP (Early College Admission & Planning), a field trip to the San Elijo campus on Tuesday, March 11.  eCAP Day includes a campus tour led by a Student Ambassador, placement testing, and academic advisement with a college counselor.  Lunch will be provided.  This is an opportunity to complete your first steps toward becoming a MiraCosta College student in just one day.  CCA students will board the bus for MiraCosta at CCA’s student parking lot at 8:00 am, and will return to CCA no later than 2:00 pm. (Students with a Case Manager will attend on an alternative date.)
The Sign-up sheet and student packet are available in the College & Career Center. Included in the student packet is the CCA Field Trip Permission Form, and instructions on completing the MiraCosta online application for admission. Our MCC Student Ambassador will be at CCA on Thursday, March 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, to assist you with registration, if needed.  For complete information visit CCA’s College & Career Center and MiraCosta College’s  eCAP Webpage:  http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/ecap/.   Questions:  Contact Ms. Burton in the College & Career Center (Darlene.burton@sduhsd.net)

3/3/2014 Subject: Current Student Course Selection for 2014-15

Dear CCA Parents and Students,
The course selection process for the 2014-2015 school year will begin this week.  All students will attend a grade-level Course Selection Presentation on 3/5 or 3/6 and receive a Course Selection Contract to review and complete with you.  To assist your student with course selection, the Counseling Department created a web page with step-by-step instructions: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Returning-Students/index.html There are links to required courses for graduation and college eligibility, course profiles, and course selection materials.  Please use these resources to assist your student in order to make thoughtful, informed choices.  Remember that the courses selected will determine the year-long 2014-2015 class schedule.


Please note:
 The online Aeries Course Selection window will be open 3/6-3/18/2014.  The paper Course Selection Contracts are due to the Counseling Office no later than Tuesday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m.  In order to select courses online in Aeries, students must log in through the PARENT Aeries account.  If you need help logging into Aeries, please contact Caroline Harrah in the main Administration building.

2/24/2014 Subject: 9th Grade Q&A

Attention 9th Grade Raven Families:

 Over the past few weeks, the CCA Counseling department has met with all 9th grade students in their English classes to discuss 4 year planning and students were provided a 4-year planning worksheet.  Please review the materials with your student, which can be found athttp://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Presentation-Index/index.html  for the 4 Year Planning Presentation andhttp://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Four-Year-Plan/index.html to access the 4 Year Plan template.  The Counseling Department will hold a 4 Year Planning Q&A session for parents in the College and Career Center on Tuesday, February 25th from 2-3pm during which counselors will be able to answer questions regarding SDUHSD graduation requirements and CSU/UC A-G eligibility requirements.

 We hope you will join us and not miss this opportunity to receive helpful information in support of your student!  If you are unable to attend the Q&A, parents will also have the opportunity to meet with their student’s counselor to discuss course selection for the 2014-2015 school year later this term.

 Please use this link: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Presentation-Index/index.html, if you would like to view the presentation ahead of time; and this link: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Four-Year-Plan/index.html, to access the 4 Year Plan template ahead of time. Hard copies will not be available at the Q&A.  .

2/18/2014 Subject: CCA’s Envision Theater presents…Twelfth Night

Dear CCA Family & Friends,
We are pleased to extend an invitation (please feel free to forward) to CCA’s spring theater production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, guest directed by Jason Maddy. Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s most musical plays and is believed to be his final comedy. We hope you’ll join us on a journey of mistaken identity and foolery; set to the early music of Billy Joel, during the era of the Vietnam War.

CCA’s Envision Theater presents…Twelfth Night
CCA’s Black Box Theater
Performance dates:

  • Friday, February 28, 2014; 7pm
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014; 3pm & 7pm
  • Thursday, March 6, 2014; 4pm
  • Friday, March 7, 2014; 7pm
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014; 7pm

Buy tickets in advance online at:  http://www.cca-envision.org/events/tickets.html Adults $13.00; Students $6.00 Or at the door: Adults $15.00; Students $8.00; ASB $6.00

2/18/2014 Subject: CAHSEE (10th only)

Dear Parent/Guardian:
On March 18 and 19, 2014 high schools throughout the state will participate in the administration of the state mandated California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The exam will be administered at the school site during school hours to all tenth graders. If your student is a tenth grader it is critical that they be present on these test days.
Testing will be conducted in their period 1 class and begin promptly at 8:00 am on both testing days. Sophomores who do not have a period 1 class, will be contacted regarding an assigned testing location.=
All students must meet the CAHSEE requirement as well as other state and local requirements to receive a high school diploma. The primary purpose of the CAHSEE is to ensure that students who graduate from high school can demonstrate grade level competency in the state’s academic content standards for reading, writing, and mathematics.
The CAHSEE is divided into two parts: (1) English-language arts, which includes reading and writing and will be tested on Tuesday, March 18th; (2) mathematics including algebra and will be tested on Wednesday, March 19th. All questions on the examination are aligned to California academic content standards.
Individual results will be received by the school district ten weeks after the exam is given and will be sent to your home as soon as they are available. Students who do no pass one or both parts of the CAHSEE this spring will have additional opportunities to retake the part(s) not yet passed.
For further information about the CAHSEE administration at our site, please visit our website (http://cc.sduhsd.net/, then click on Academics, then Testing) or contact Elise Davies, Assistant Principal, at ext. 4003 or via email at elise.davies@sduhsd.net

2/18/2014 Subject: 11th Grade Presentations

Attention 11th Grade Raven Families:
The Counseling Department will hold 11th grade counseling presentations during period 2 on Wednesday 2/19 and Thursday 2/20. Teachers will send students on one of the two days; any student who cannot attend one presentation day may attend the other. A presentation for parents of 11th grade students will be offered on Thursday, 2/20 at 6:00 pm in the Proscenium Theater. Counselors will share information pertinent to the junior year, including college entrance requirements, information about college admissions testing, explore relevant features in Naviance, and provide a preview of the college application process, including creating a college list. We hope you will join us and not miss this opportunity to receive helpful information in support of your student!  Please use this link http://cc.sduhsd.net/Counseling/Presentation-Index/index.html, if you would like to view or print the presentation ahead of time. Hard copies will not be available at the presentation.

2/18/2014 Subject: AP Exam On-Site Registration

AP Test Service staff will be on campus on March 4 & 5 at lunch at the Counseling Center to collect your cash or check payment. Please make sure to have completed your exam registration form online BEFORE meeting with the APTS staff to submit your payment. Payment can also be submitted online or mailed in. For more information visit: http://2014aptests.com - The deadline to register at the regular exam price is March 14.

2/10/2014 Subject: Dollars for Scholars

Mission Fed in Carmel Valley working to benefit Dollars for Scholars at CCA:
CCA Dollars for Scholars is excited to announce a new partnership with the Carmel Valley branch of Mission Federal Credit Union!  Open a Mission Fed Checking Account at the Carmel Valley branch and earn easy money for yourself and CCA DFS:
•  You will receive a $25 bonus from Mission Fed!
PLUS
•  Mission Fed will donate $25 to the non-profit of your choice.  If you designate CCA Dollars for Scholars, we will receive that charitable contribution.
This is also perfect for college bound seniors (must be 18 years or older). What a great way to establish a banking relationship and give back to the school at the same time!  Mission Fed Branch Manager, Kirsten Dawson, and her staff are proud to support CCA Dollars for Scholars and would be happy to assist you. The Carmel Valley Branch is located at 3885 Valley Centre Drive and can be reached at 858-524-2850.  Please bring a copy of the flyer when you open your new account. It can be found at www.ccadfs.org -- just look for the Mission Fed link.

2/10/2014 Subject: Spring Athletic Packets

Dear CCA Families
Please know that the Spring Athletic Packets for 2014 spring participation may still be turned to the CCA Athletics’ Office through Wednesday, February 12th at 3:30 PM.  Be sure all Athletic Packet forms are submitted at the same time and are signed by both parent and athlete, where indicated. Please be sure that the packet includes a copy of the student's most recent grades (2nd Quarter Grade Reports); they can retrieve their 2nd Quarter grades from the Aeries Parent Portal beginning January 30th. Spring Athletic Packets can be found on the CCA Athletic Website.  CCA students who participated in the fall and/or winter seasons need only turn in an updated Emergency Release Form, a signed Parent/Player signature page, and their 2nd Quarter Grade report.  Please remember that all physical forms MUST be signed by a physician, NOT a nurse or physician's assistant, and that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2013 to be valid for the 2014 Spring Season. Clearance Cards for the spring sports can be picked up from the Athletics’ Office on either February 20th or the 21st between the hours of 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.  If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Kris Gotta at
(858) 350-0253 x4038.

Thank you!  CCA Athletics Office


2/7/2014 Subject: CCA Street Fair this weekend!

CCA Street Fair 2014: The CCA Street Fair will be taking place this Saturday, 2/8/14, from 10 am- 4 pm in the staff lot on campus. ASB has organized this 7th annual event with food, over 20 vendors including many of our own student groups, music, and fun for the whole family, so come on by and support our student clubs!

2/5/2014 Subject: CCA Attendance Policy Notice

Dear Raven Families –

Now that the second term of the school year is underway, we want to send a friendly reminder regarding the importance of student attendance in school as a key component of academic success.  In order to see how you can enhance your student's attendance, please see this link for the CCA Attendance Policy and for school-specific attendance procedures:  http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Attendance/index.html.  For details on district policy regarding student attendance as well as the district's parent-friendly tip sheets please visit:  http://www.sduhsd.net/Parents--Students/Attendance/index.html.  Also, as a special reminder, please be sure that if it’s necessary for your student to leave campus during the school day, he/she must possess an off-campus pass (OCP).  An OCP must be requested 24 hours in advance, and it must be issued prior to the student leaving campus by the attendance office.  The OCP will not be delivered to the student in the classroom.  Thank you for your support.  We wish you and your student a wonderful spring term!

Sincerely, Your CCA Administration

2/5/2014 Subject: CCA Attendance Policy Notice

Dear Raven Families –

Now that the second term of the school year is underway, we want to send a friendly reminder regarding the importance of student attendance in school as a key component of academic success.  In order to see how you can enhance your student's attendance, please see this link for the CCA Attendance Policy and for school-specific attendance procedures:  http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Attendance/index.html.  For details on district policy regarding student attendance as well as the district's parent-friendly tip sheets please visit:  http://www.sduhsd.net/Parents--Students/Attendance/index.html.  Also, as a special reminder, please be sure that if it’s necessary for your student to leave campus during the school day, he/she must possess an off-campus pass (OCP).  An OCP must be requested 24 hours in advance, and it must be issued prior to the student leaving campus by the attendance office.  The OCP will not be delivered to the student in the classroom.  Thank you for your support.  We wish you and your student a wonderful spring term!

Sincerely, Your CCA Administration

2/5/2014 Subject: Spring Back to School Night

Dear Parents,
I would like to invite all parents to our 2014 Spring Term Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm (5:30pm if you need to pick up a copy of your child’s schedule).  Back-to-School Night is an evening designed for you to get to know what is going on at CCA, to meet your child's new teachers, and to learn about shared expectations for course work. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to discuss ways in which we can work together to support your child in making the most of his/her high school experience.   I would like to encourage all of you to attend.  To avoid waiting in lines, we are asking parents to please print out your child's schedule from the Aeries Parent Portal and bring it with you to campus. If for some reason you are unable to print your child's schedule at home, we will be happy to print a copy for you.  We will start printing copies on request at 5:30pm at the finance windows in front of the gym.  We will provide maps of the school upon your arrival.  This is a fun and informative evening, and we look forward to seeing you next Tuesday evening.  Go Ravens!

Karl Mueller
Principal
Canyon Crest Academy

1/29/2014 Subject: Dollars For Scholars Applications (12th only)

To all CCA seniors and their parents:
The 2014 Scholarship Application for CCA Dollars for Scholars will be available on Friday, January 31st. Completed hard-copy applications must be submitted to the CCA Counseling Office by Friday, February 28th, no later than 3:30 PM.  The application can be downloaded and printed from the DFS website (www.ccadfs.org) until February 15th OR a hard copy can be picked up at the Counseling Office anytime prior to the February 28th deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
For questions, please contact ccadfs@gmail.com, and you will receive a prompt reply. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early May, and the annual Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 20th. DFS scholarships are primarily one-time awards ranging from $500-$1000. The funds are sent directly to the student's school of choice to help offset tuition. We encourage all CCA seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply.
Best of luck to the Class of 2014!

1/17/2014 Subject: Cal Grant GPA Form

All seniors who will complete the FAFSA for financial aid: The Cal Grant GPA Information form was included in your Raven Readiness packet in August. If you submitted it at that time, it is on file with the CCA Registrar.
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f you haven’t already submitted
this f
orm, please
print and complete and submit
your form to the Registrar’s Office no later than Feb
.
19. Cal Grant
GPA verification
will be sent electronically
by the registrar for those who have submitted this form
. If you miss the
Feb. 19
deadline,
the form will have to be submitted by
mail
by you
. The Cal Grant deadline is March 2
, 2014
.

1/17/2014 Subject: 10th Grade Counseling Presentation

Dear 10th Grade Raven Families,
Please visit the Counseling website to view the 2013-2014 10th Grade Counseling Presentation. The detailed PowerPoint Presentation includes valuable information for 10th grade students and their parents including how to access Counseling Services, SDUHSD graduation requirements, 4-year college admissions requirements, college admission testing information, helpful Naviance features, and general tips for 10th graders. We encourage you to take the time to review this presentation thoroughly as it will assist you in making appropriate course selections for 11th grade. If you have questions after viewing this presentation, please contact your student's alpha-counselor.
Additionally, there will be a Q & A session for 10th grade parents on Wednesday, January 22 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm in the College and Career Center. Ms. Bahner and Mrs. Burton will be available to answer your questions regarding post-high school preparation and planning.  We hope that you are having a great start to 2014!  The CCA Counseling Department

1/24 & 1/28/2014 Subject: Start of Spring Term Memo

Subject: Important Start of Spring Term Instructions
Dear Ravens,
Welcome to Spring Term! After 3 pm on January 28, all students should check the Aeries Portal under Student Info: Classes to confirm their spring class schedule and room assignments. If you are unable to access Aeries, please visit the Media Center or Student Services Building before school on the first day of the term. *Note: Student class schedules will not be printed/passed out on the first day of Spring term. All students should print their Spring schedule in Aeries.
SDUHSD Board Policy sets a two-week limit at the beginning of each term to add a class to replace a dropped course, and to drop a class without it reflecting on the transcript.
In an effort to serve students more efficiently and improve attendance in the first week of the term, students who need to request schedule changes may download anAdd/Drop Request Form from the CCA Counseling website and turn in the completed form to the Counseling Office. Students must attend their scheduled classes while the add/drop request is being processed. Counselors are not able to address spring schedule change requests by phone or email.   CCA Administration

1/15/2014 Subject: CCA Common Core Parent Night

Common Core Parent Night
Canyon Crest Academy Band Room
Thursday, January 30th
6:30 -8PM

Dear Parents,
You are invited to attend Canyon Crest Academy’s informational meeting regarding the Common Core State Standards. Some of the topics will include:

  • General information and overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) including what is College and Career Readiness and Webb’s ‘Depth of Knowledge’
  • Demonstrations and explanations regarding how these new standards are implemented in our classrooms
  • Assessment changes that come with implementing CCSS both in SDUHSD and statewide
  • Strategies to support students at home in literacy and mathematics
  • The timeline of implementation in SDUHSD

We will be joined by district administrators who will address questions about Common Core. Please plan on attending this informative night to hear about Common Core and how we are aligning instructional practices to support our Ravens during the transition to CCSS.
Go Ravens, Mr. Mueller

1/14/2014 Subject: FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop- Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 PM

CCA Senior Students and Parents/Guardians,
Wednesday, January 15, 6:30-8:00 PM, in the Proscenium, CCA Counseling will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop to assist senior students and families planning to file for financial aid from public and private universities. 
Sincerely,  CCA Administration

1/14/2014 Subject: Spring Athletic Packets

Dear CCA Families -
Please know that the Spring Athletic Packets for 2014 spring participation must be turned to the CCA Athletics Office February 3rd - 7th from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Be sure all Athletic Packet forms are submitted at the same time and are signed by both parent and athlete, where indicated. Please be sure that the packet includes a copy of the student's most recent grades (2nd Quarter Grade Reports); they can retrieve their 2nd Quarter grades from the Aeries Parent Portal beginning January 30th. Spring Athletic Packets can be found on the CCA Athletic Website.  CCA students who participated in the fall and/or winter seasons need only turn in an updated Emergency Release Form, a signed Parent/Player signature page, and their 2nd Quarter Grade report.  Please remember that all physical forms MUST be signed by a physician, NOT a nurse or physician's assistant, and that all physicals must be completed AFTER June 1, 2013 to be vaild for the 2014 Spring Season. Clearance Cards for the spring sports can be picked up from the Athletic's Office on either February 20th or the 21st between the hours of 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.  If you have any questions/concerns, you may contact Kris Gotta at (858) 350-0253 x4038Thank you, Jeff Copeland, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director

 

1/13/2014 Subject: January Start Smart class

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,

You are cordially invited to attend our upcoming Start Smart class at CCA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:30am-8:30pm. The class will be held in the Media Center and check-in will begin at 6:00pm. The Start Smart Program, provided by the California Highway Patrol and San Dieguito Alliance, was created to educate future drivers and their parents about responsible driving. Mandatory attendance by the student and parent/guardian is required to be eligible to purchase an on campus parking pass for the 2013-14 school year. There is no charge for this program and space is limited. For more information about the Start Smart program please visit: http://cc.sduhsd.net/Key-Info/Start-Smart/index.htmlor to RSVP to an upcoming session, please email ccastartsmart@gmail.com. When you RSVP, please include your name, your child's name and the date of the session you would like to attend.

1/10/2014 Subject: Winter Formal (for students who have purchased a ticket only)

Dear Parent,

You are receiving this email because your son/daughter has purchased a ticket to attend CCA’s Winter Formal dance this Saturday, December 11, 2014 at Sea World San Diego. The dance will begin at 7:00pm and students must arrive at the no later than 8:30pm in order to be permitted. Students should review the Formal bid they received when they purchased their ticket for directions and parking/park entrance instructions. It is important to note per Sea World policy, no students who check into the dance may be allowed to leave before 9:15pm; the dance will end at 10:00pm. Also, just a reminder that CCA Administration will board all limousines/buses and we will be randomly testing students at the door with a breathalyzer. Any teens showing signs of alcohol consumption will be excluded from the dance, and a parent or guardian will be called to take them home. School consequences for this infraction of our Discipline code will apply. Thank you for your support in ensuring a safe and fun experience for all our students.

Sincerely,

CCA Administration

1/10/2014 Subject: Spring Term Course changes

Dear CCA Students and Parents: Spring Term Course Change Requests: Jan. 13-17, 2014students may request necessary class changes in advance of the spring term to request: level changes, to add a course to remediate D or F grades or for high school graduation or college eligibility, or elective changes in the same period only. There will be no elective changes after the start of the term. The required form will be posted on the Counseling website 1/13-1/17/2014 and it can be submitted during Counseling walk-in periods, before or after school or at lunch daily. If the class change is possible, it will be reflected on the student class schedule for the first day of the term.
Students
with
questions about spring classes
may come in to Counseling during walk-in time as well. Please note, the spring master schedule is in process and there may still be changes to periods and alternates. All other course change requests can be addressed during the two-week add/drop period
at the start of spring term.
C
CA Administration

1/8/2014 Subject: CCA Counseling Preparing for College Seminar

On Friday, January 10, at 3:00 PM in the Proscenium, CCA Counseling is proud to host "Preparing for College." Relevant for all college-bound students and their parents, UC Berkeley Students, including CCA Alumni, on behalf of UC Berkeley's Regents' and Chancellors' Scholars Association, invite you to attend a special presentation on how to prepare for college. Topics include what to expect at college, deciding between colleges, interview tips for internships and scholarships, and transitioning to a college lifestyle. There will be time for questions and answers. While this event is designed for junior and senior students and parents, freshman and sophomore students and parents are welcome to attend.

1/8/2014 Subject: Emergency Contact and Annual Notification Information

Dear Raven Parents,
As part of the district’s required documentation, all parents must complete an Annual Notification and update Emergency contact information for their student(s) each year. You are receiving this email because you have not yet submitted this information to the school and the completion of this form is mandatory. Please click here to download a copy of the required form and submit it to Caroline Moroney in the main Administration building.
It will be MANDATORY that all families complete this process online through the Aeries Parent Portal beginning with the 2014-15 school year. If you are unable to access your Aeries account, please contact Caroline Moroney in the Administration office at caroline.moroney@sduhsd.net. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
CCA Administration