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Principal's Message


Dear HMB High School Families:

October is a very busy and exciting month at Half Moon Bay High School. Homecoming was a very spirited success! This was a time for students to engage in friendly competition and build school spirit, and it was also a time for alumni to attend the homecoming football game and reminisce with friends and family.

As an academic institution, we have earned some very positive results that show strong evidence of the consistent quality of education we are providing our students. The San Mateo County Office of Education has just released their report entitled “Learning Analytics and Continuous Improvement Services Department 2016-17 4-year Adjusted Cohort Results.” In this report (see link) you will see we are consistently among the highest-achieving high schools in San Mateo County! And, as you will also see, we are doing more with less money than almost all of our fellow county high schools.

We are extremely proud as well that some of our students have recently earned outstanding recognition for their work. Lani Southern and John Lichtenberg have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, meaning that they were in the top 16,000 students out of 1.6 million who took the PSAT last year. They now have a chance to be finalists! In addition, Shay Heath, Max Paik, Jonhenry Poss, and Misha Reswick earned Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Makayla Vining was recognized for representing Half Moon Bay High School and the State of California at the Congress Of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts this past summer. She met award winning professors and was able to witness a live surgery and interact with the surgeon in real-time as the surgery was in process!

Finally, Logan Bautista, Kohei Tanaka, Nancy Saavedra, and Holly Ebert were all commended by the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County for the poems they wrote for the ‘San Mateo County Spoken Art: Visual Art through the lens of Poetry’ contest this past summer.

We are also very excited to offer for the very first time a fall play. Traditionally we have only had a spring musical, but this year―led by our fabulous English teacher and drama director, Mr. Jim Ward―we will have two major student productions. Mark your calendars to come and watch Peter and the Starcatcher starting Friday, October 26th, through Sunday, October 28th.

As a reminder to all, Friday, October 19th marks the end of the first quarter! It is amazing to me how quickly time is moving, so make sure all assignments are up to date!

On another important, more serious note: the evacuation of Cunha due to a rumored threat to the campus has spurred widespread community conversations about the issue of school safety and bullying. The entire Cabrillo Unified District and Half Moon Bay High School cares deeply about the safety and wellbeing of our students, so there will be a series of community discussions on this topic.

Each school will host an evening where parents can learn what the school and district is doing to ensure the safety of our students, and how we work to prevent bullying and address issues around it when it occurs. Half Moon Bay High School will host our forum on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in our Multi-Use room. This is a chance for all of us to come together to further strengthen our community and school.

Finally, I do encourage all parents and community members who care about the wellbeing of our students to join the Health and Wellness Committee. There are no barriers to participation, you just need to attend and you will be part of this group. Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 5th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in our High School library.


John Nazar, Principal

Mr. Nazar