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Principal's Message

May 22, 2019

Dear Students and Families:

I am sending this message with a number of very exciting accomplishments that I feel all of you should be aware of. Firstly, a huge congratulations goes to our outstanding Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Barnes. He recently has been named the new principal of Cunha Intermediate School starting immediately. His knowledge, wisdom and calm leadership skills will greatly support the learning and social environment at that school. I have worked with him the past four years and I consider him to be the consummate professional, and a true friend. As much as we will greatly miss him at the High School, I truly believe he is the perfect person for that position and will have a very positive influence on Cunha.

We have made arrangements to function smoothly in his absence.

Our excellent English Department Chairperson and credentialed administrator, Mr. Boysen has taken on the interim responsibilities of Curriculum and Instructional Assistant Principal as well as a part of student discipline, which was what Mr. Barnes was doing. He is extremely capable and will be a real asset. Replacing Mr. Boysen in the classroom for the rest of the school year is retired English teacher, Mrs. Dei Rossi whom many of you know as she taught in the district about 30 years.

Secondly, one of the biggest focuses the High School Community addressed this year was the accreditation process, otherwise known as WASC. WASC is the acronym for Western Association of Schools and Colleges which is the Commision Accrediting Commision for all High Schools and Junior Colleges in the Western part of the United States. The process took us about a year and a half, involved the entire staff, School Site Council, the High School Foundation, ELAC, Booster organizations, and students. Leading the project was Mr. Boysen who did a tremendous job. The document we produced in preparation for the four day visit of a  5 person visitation team, was over 230 pages. We deeply investigated and analyzed every aspect of the working of the school. The visiting team studied the document and then spent time in classrooms, interviewing students, parents, staff and administration. The outcome of this intensive review was that Half Moon Bay High School earned a full six year accreditation (the best!) with a single, one day mid-cycle review. The commission wrote in their letter addressed to me, “The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces the action taken at the Spring 2019 Commission Meeting. The ACS WASC Commissioners have determined Half Moon Bay High School (9 - 12) meets the ACS WASC criteria for accreditation. This accreditation status is based on all of the information provided by the school, including the self-study report, and the satisfactory completion of the on-site accreditation visit. It is the decision of the Commission to grant Six-Year Accreditation Status with a Mid-cycle One-day Visit through June 30, 2025.”

We are proud of this accomplishment, however, we are also already putting into place the systems that were identified in this study to continue to improve instruction and the environment for every student we teach.

For an overview of the mission of WASC, please select this link -  https://www.acswasc.org/wasc/acs-wasc-overview/

We will have the entire WASC report  we created available to read posted on our website within the next week or so.

On other positive notes, please take a look at Lewis Foster Drive! Carlene Foldenauer, a district leader in the Safe Routes to school has worked with us for the last two years to get the solar lighting system all the way up Lewis Foster. It looks really good and will be a great help especially in our winter months. Also, I am currently working with a very motivated parent to bring a Robotics Team to HMBHS for the next school year. The team will enter competitions and will be a driver in identifying what we to include in our “Makerspace.” This should be a really cool addition to our school!

Thank you to all of you for all the support we receive; let’s make sure we finish this school year on a very positive note, and I am already gearing up for next school year!

Sincerely,

John Nazar, Principal

Half Moon Bay High School

Mr. Nazar