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Happy Holidays Serra Families!

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays! This is the last BLOG about the final week before the Holidays. I'll create one for the week back before students return on January 7th. I hope you have a wonderful and restful break! Love, Erica, Josiah, Rocco, and little Rex!

Do you know we have a Instagram and Facebook?????? You do now! Follow all things SHS:Facebook: @serrahighschool and Instagram: @juniperoshs

Hello Conquistador Nation!

What great week we had! We were in a ton of classrooms and watching instruction. We (Admin and Math Dept.) met with Math guru Patrick Callahan and received Professional Development about Math instruction for SHS! It was very productive and data driven. We have set goals and I'll be updating parents about these goals at Principal's Coffee! One of the things we talked about was the growing push from businesses about skills that are needed in the industry and what they are seeing in interviews of students coming out of college. Check out this graph: Note: It's clear that we (society as a whole) have work we need to do.

Business' rank Critical Thinking/ Reasoning and Applying Knowledge to Real World issues at the top yet say that those areas also are the biggest deficits. In addition, businesses ranked interpersonal skills."

Also SHS students attended the Qualcomm Business' Convention and were super empowered. They met and talked with businesses and businesses presented on what they were looking for. It has resulted in conversations about internships and mentoring programs. Check out what they reported were the top skills needed.

The pathways we offer at Serra focus on communication, critical thinking, and real world connections and applications! We offer Engineering, Video Production, Photography, and BioMedical! We are on our way to growing SHS student to meet the needs of the industry! We are competitive!


SPIRIT WEEK! Show your school SPIRIT!

Monday and Tuesday: Show school spirit

Wednesday: Student of the month--We have 7!!!!

Thursday: Winter Concert: 7pm: Come support Music at SHS!


Parents: We have seen a dramatic increase in tardies and absences. You MUST call in and excuse your child or it is unexcused. You can not call a week later. SHS does not hear appeals for Prom and/or Graduation if your child is on LOP or has unexcused absences. That's right. Your child will not attend. If you need to make up tardies and absences your child can go to Saturday School. The next Saturday School is TOMORROW! There are also only 2 in January! Don't wait until the last minute or there won't be enough time to recover your points. We don't want you to not participate in scheduled fun activities. Yes, the whole year counts...not just Semester 2.



WINTER SPORTS ARE HERE! CHECK MAX PREPS!A great way to spend your evenings is with SHS Athletics and our amazing events. There are so many that we have our own website devoted to just this topic. Please reference this link which can also be found on our webpage.,ca)/calendar.htm Reminder: Athletics is a privilege not a right. An athletes' first step if they are acting in a manner unbecoming of Serra is that Athletics is taken away for the season! A sports physical dated after June 4, 2018 must also be turned into the front office with the confirmation form from the website. To get cleared for athletics go to


1. Tomorrow, December 15 is the deadline for CSU.

SCHOLARSHIPS!--- New and Improved site!Scholarships and scholarship resources have been updated and are accessible HERE or from the Serra website under the Academics menu. Students and parents can also subscribe to the site so they are e-mailed when new scholarships and information is added to the site.


Some of our amazing Serra students have been participating in Serra Real Connections' CEOs (Career and Entrepreneurship Opportunities) program. This workforce development project has taken students through soft skills training, presented them with professional and industry experts career path presentations, and finally project based learning. They are just wrapping up their community impact projects. 

Over the past 7 weeks industry experts have been mentoring students through a project focused on an a need or issue students identified in the field of study they find interesting.  Those fields include, computer science, policy and law and animal health. We will be hosting an exhibition of those projects next Tuesday, 12/18 from 3 pm-4 pm.

Here is the link from last month Principals Coffee:

Booster Information--Class of 2019: At our recent meeting we talked about how we can support one another, making the Class of 2019's last year at Serra the best year. We decided to divide and conquer with SHS footing the bill for Graduation at USD and Boosters supporting events along the way including GRAD Night. We are so grateful to the Boosters. Please participate in their latest fundraiser:

SERRA HS SENIOR CLASS OF 2019: Dear Parents of Graduating Seniors, As we begin our 2018-2019 school year, the Serra Senior Parent Booster Club will be raising funds for this year’s senior class activities which include events such as Grad Night, Senior Luncheon and Graduation. Help us reach our fundraising goals for these events by making a tax- deductible donation of $50-100.00. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations can either be made online using this link,, or you can write a check payable to Serra Senior Parent Boosters. If using the online square account through the above noted link, you will be able to use your credit card. If you prefer to write a check, please drop your check off in the front office. Please address the envelope, “ Class of 2019,” and write that in the memo of the check as well to avoid any confusion with the Class of 2021 Boosters which is also collecting money. As parents of seniors, we are looking forward to a fun and exciting year; your support will be greatly appreciated.Thank you very much! Serra HS Senior Parent Boosters 📷 TAX ID #33-06363145156 Santo RD, San Diego, CA, 92124

Class of 2020: Leslie Larranaga-Britt has a few people together! YAY! They will meet with Nicholas Willis and start the process so stay tuned for how you can join!

Class of 2021: The Serra High c/o 2021 Booster Club led by Rebecca Ordas had their first meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 6 pm in the Alumni Room in the Media Center. We discussed generating funds that will support senior activities and help secure a premier graduation venue for the c/o2021.  Be on the lookout for upcoming events. Questions? Send an email to: Here is their donation letter:

Class of 2022: Parents are working on a fundraiser where they are going to engage in community service and earn Disneyland tickets to raffle off. If interested in joining the Boosters please contact Nicci Johnson at Thank you for your support! Serra High Administration

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