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Picture Day, Reopening, and Getting Involved!

Happy Sunday Serra High!

We had a great Principal's Coffee on Friday. If you missed it here is the link to the presentation and it covered a lot of topics including a video tour of our new building: It was great to see everyone as I know things like Athletics and reopening schools were on families minds.


Attention Class of 2022 Students:

Serra High School and Miramar College will be hosting two virtual CCAP Dual Enrollment Parent/Student Information Meetings at 6pm on Monday, March 8th and Tuesday, March 9th. These meetings are mandatory for next school years 10th, 11th and 12th grade Serra students who plan on taking Miramar College courses while at Serra High School.

The purpose of these meetings are to inform students and parents on what to expect in these courses and to answer your questions.

We request that if possible, students with the last name A through M attend Monday, March 8th’s meeting and students with the last name N through Z attend Tuesday, March 9th’s meeting. Here are the links for these virtual meetings:

Monday, March 8th @ 6pm

Last Names A-M

Please click the link join the webinar:

Tuesday, March 9th @ 6pm

Last Names N-Z

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

If you did not request a Miramar CCAP course for next year but are interested in any of these courses, please contact your counselor before 3/5/21


Useful information on how to get your college search started


Leadership Opportunity for Boys

It is that time of year again where we need to submit three (3) referrals of male high school juniors from Serra High School to interview and select as delegates for The American Legion sponsored California Boys State.

Due to the pandemic last spring, our Boys State 2020 program session was cancelled for the first time since World War II. With the continued Pandemic measures being instituted into 2021, a decision has been made to institute a “Virtual” Boys State in 2021. Details of this program will be forthcoming, but current planning will be for a single virtual program for approximately 1000 boys as in previous years from June 19-25. Complete details of how the program will be accomplished will be communicated after the selection.

This program has been attended by high school boys since 1937. The American Legion believes that our American government can survive only with an educated populace by planting our seeds for the future utilizing one of many Americanism programs The American Legions hosts each year. By teaching youths to understand and appreciate our democratic republic, America can remain strong and ensure our freedom for future generations to come.

Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for high school JUNIORS with a focus on participation and gaining personal experience in electing a “Model State Government, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials.” It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of the California State government, providing practical training in:

Leadership ~ Citizenship ~ Duty ~ Justice ~ Freedom ~ Democracy

State and Local Governmental ~ Operation & Responsibilities ~

Working in and with Political Organizations

Students interested must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successfully completed or will complete his junior year.

  2. Be a student in good standing.

  3. Have at least one more semester of high school remaining (previous Boys State attendees NOT eligible).

  4. Prefer students with an interest in government, law, and/or politics.

  5. Individuals with very high character, leadership qualities, good citizenship, intelligence, and a capacity for service to his fellow man.

  6. Students with a desire to apply to any of the Service Academies)

If you are interested in being considered for Boys State, please email me a paragraph stating why you are a good candidate by no later than 3/19/21.



Leadership opportunity for girls

Distinguished Young Women San Diego County Scholarships

Registration is now open for the Distinguished Young Women of San Diego County college scholarship program. If you are currently an 11th grade female on track to graduate with the Class of 2022, apply now at as the deadline for application submittal is March 14, 2021.

Five $1,000 scholarships and seven $250 scholarships will be awarded. Participation is by Zoom meetings and video submittals.

For more details email




If you are under the age of 18 and you are hired for a job, you are required to obtain a work permit. The link below has all the information you need to obtain a work permit.

Athletics has been going great and the players and families are following protocols even if they are changing daily and we appreciate it. Please stay up to date on


Please make sure every week you are reading the bottom of the blog for Booster information for your class. Also in this blog is a way for you to sign up to get information directly to you from them.

Virtual Picture Day for Yearbook:

You may have received an email to take a virtual picture for the yearbook. Please take advantage of this or we will have to use a 2 year old photograph!

Our Virtual Picture Day is coming on Thursday, March 11th. And if they miss that day, they can retake pictures at any time and upload them by March 20th. If you could post the link in your blog I would be so appreciative.

Reopening of School

Teachers and educator have all received the information they need to sign up to get vaccinated and have had their appointments. While they are not required to vaccinate it appears that the SHS Staff is taking this seriously and getting their shots. No more details have been made available as to the structure of reopening but SHS is ready for whatever we need to do and whatever protocols we need to have in place.

Message from Nurse Ashley--Medications and Thermometers

If your child plans on attending in person learning and requires daily medication, as needed medication, emergency medication, or health care procedures please start working on obtaining doctor's orders. If you need forms emailed to you please contact the nurse at You may also pick up medication and procedure forms on Wednesday's from 9:00 - 12:00 at the front office.

We have Kinsa Thermometers. If you would like a free thermometer they will also be available for pick up from 9:00 - 12:00 on Wednesday's- Kinsa Thermometers work with a smartphone app.



Monday: Miramar Meeting--Info Below

Tuesday: Governance Meeting and Miramar Meeting--See below

Wednesday: Taking Care of Business--Office and Library

Thursday: Nothing

Friday: Nothing

AP Testing

A tentative schedule has been planned for our exams this year! Here are the details:

  1. 3 Exams will be held on campus: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Spanish Language. The testing dates and times are the following (details will be provided for students when it gets closer to the exam):




  5. ALL other exams will be online and students can elect a test date from College Board’s Test Administration dates to test online.

  6. The last date to request a test refund is March 1. Have your student contact AP Testing Service.

Miramar Classes/College Classes

Serra HS and Miramar Dual Enrollment Mandatory meeting for Students planning to take Miramar courses next year---MUST ATTEND

Serra High School and Miramar College will be hosting two virtual CCAP Dual Enrollment Parent/Student Information Meetings at 6pm on Monday, March 8th and Tuesday, March 9th. These meetings are mandatory for next school years 10th, 11th and 12th grade Serra students who plan on taking Miramar College courses while at Serra High School. The purpose of these meetings are to inform students and parents on what to expect in these courses and to answer your questions.

We request that if possible, students with the last name A through M attend Monday, March 8th’s meeting and students with the last name N through Z attend Tuesday, March 9th’s meeting. The link for the virtual meeting will be posted on the Serra calendar when it becomes available.

Looking forward to your son/daughter’s senior year?

The Serra Parent Class Boosters is a parent organization that supports your student's graduating class with activities and events not typically sponsored by the school. As your student approaches senior year, through fundraising and donations, this group helps offset the cost and implement activities like grad-night, senior luncheon, graduation venue, powder-puff, and more.

Let's get together so your student can have a great senior year!!

If you would like to help/donate and or just stay informed, please add yourself to the Registry by clicking your student's graduation year on the link below or copy and paste into a web browser.

Class 2022

Class 2023

Class 2024


Class 2022

Instagram: @shsco2022pbc

Facebook: SHS c/o 2022 Parent Booster Club

Class 2023

Instagram: TBD

Facebook: TBD

Class 2024

Instagram: TBD

Facebook: TBD

ASB Student Information!

The students have started making a video bulletin that goes out to students in class.

Did you know Serra has a weekly video bulletin? All you have to do is go to the SHS webpage and click on “Weekly Bulletin” in top menu. Or you can CLICK HERE!


Interested in joining ASB? Go ahead and fill out this form

----To order a yearbook click here:

CAL-SOAP and Scholarships

2021 Senior Scholarships: Due Sunday May 16, 2021 Serra Foundation SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – CLASS OF 2021 Every year Serra Foundation is proud to award 13 scholarships to deserving seniors. The mission of this scholarship is to award seniors who demonstrated school spirit, service, and leadership to positively impact Serra High School. Due to Covid-19 the 2021 scholarship will include San Diego community impact. Awards range from $500 (1), $250 (2), to $100 (10). To be considered for this year’s scholarship program, please fill out and email this 3 page PDF form to by Sunday, May 16, 2021 with SHS 2021 Foundation Scholarship in the subject line. Click below to download PDF.

Attention Senior planning to attend a community college next year:

The San Diego Promise program is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates who enroll full-time (12 units per semester) at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, or San Diego Miramar College. The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: free tuition for up to two years, access peer mentor/success coach, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.


  • Up to two years of free tuition and health fees

  • Book grants for eligible students

  • Access to Peer Mentor/Success Coach

  • Individualized counseling and guidance support to help you complete your educational goals


  • Must be a first-time college student

  • Must be Class of 2021 high school graduate (H.S. Diploma or GED)

  • Must be a California resident or AB 540 eligible

  • Must enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester (does not apply to DSPS students with eligible academic accommodation)

  • Must maintain a 2.0 college GPA


  • Attend an on-campus Promise orientation

  • Sign a Promise contract

  • Enroll in at least 12 units by September 7, 2021

  • Meet with a counselor each semester

  • Complete a comprehensive education plan by the end of your first year


Complete steps 1-4 by June 11th for priority registration and admission to the program.

Step 1: Complete a Fall 2021 application for admission at City, Mesa, or Miramar College.

Step 2: Complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act application.


CA Dream Act-

School Codes for FAFSA or Dream Act applications:

- City College: 001273

- Mesa College: 001275

- Miramar College: 014172

Step 3: Complete a Promise application.

Step 4: Complete an online orientation and meet with a college counselor for an abbreviated education plan.

Step 5: Attend an on-campus Promise orientation and sign your Promise Contact.


For additional information on the San Diego Promise Program, please contact our Outreach offices:

City College First Year Services (FYS)


Mesa College Outreach


Miramar College Outreach


Class of 2021: Information will be coming out on a regular basis and usually Dr. Renfree puts it towards to the top her blog. However information can always be found here if not in the main blog section.

Senior Boosters Class of 2021

Our Seniors are coming into the Home Stretch!!! To make sure your senior doesn't miss a thing, ensure they join and enable notifications for our "Serra Seniors 2021" Google Classroom. The Join Code is "5reck5i" and the classroom MUST be accessed by the student's PRIVATE email, NOT school email. Here are some highlights:

Senior Banners

Display your love and support for Serra Seniors! We are welcoming MORE banners or posters to be up on the Serra fence. Let's get that fence FILLED! Questions or to have your poster picked up email

Donations Needed!!!!

We are in need of community donations for our online fundraising auction at the end of this month. No donation is too big or too small! Items, travel, or pandemic-friendly services are welcome. This is a great way to advertise a business on our online platform for a wide audience! Donations may be tax deductible, as we are a 501(c)3. Email with questions or to request a donation pick up.

Class of 2022:

Class of 2023:

Calling all Class 2023 Parents! You are cordially invited to:

Calling ALL Class of 2023 Parents!

Are you interested in helping the Class of 2023 Booster Club raise money so the class of 2023 can have some fun events during their senior year? Are you just curious about what we are doing? Do you have some ideas on what we can do? We love ideas and we won't make you be in charge.

Please email: with your name and email address to be added to our list.

We zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Our next meetings are :

March 18, April 15 & May 20 @ 6:30pm.

Zoom link to follow separately to all who signed up to be on our list.


Class of 2024 Parent Booster First meeting will be on 2/10 6:30pm via zoom. Meet other Freshman parents, learn what the Parent Boosters do and why and share ideas. Signup to receive class of 2024 Parent Booster e-mails at Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 2564 4650

Passcode: 137180Have an amazing weekend!

Dr. Erica Renfree

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