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Happy Friday Serra High!

We had a very interesting week this past week. Check your classes Booster Section for Information including a fundraiser for the Class of 2023 at Edamame and a Class of 2024 Flocking! Also Senior Boosters have a lot going on.

We have been extremely busy getting ready for reopening. 14-15 hour days 6 days a week--we are working for you and your children to make sure we get it right! Lets recap and give you some information. As of right now we only have 60 responses of 1350! If we don't have it by March 22 you will be getting calls, emails, and home visits as a last result. We need 100 percent participation. I'm going to be Jerry McGuire right now "HELP ME HELP YOU!!!" (lol).

  1. We sent you a letter and gave you a call--twice. Here is a copy of that letter (MANY are reporting to us that these letters are going to SPAM/JUNK folders as they are coming from School Messenger; please make sure you check this folder and then authorize School Messenger to go to your inbox):

  2. You need to fill out the survey by March 22. The district moved this date up as originally it was set for later that week, however I was able to get you the plan moving forward so you could make the most informed choice possible.

  3. We have created a FAQ page we will be adding to and sending out in order to answer questions as we get answers! As I'm sure you know I don't have all the answers to everything at this moment but as I get them you will get them. These are based off of questions NOT answered by the letter so please make sure you read the letter first. We will also refer you to these documents if the question has already been addressed for time purposes. We appreciate your patience with us.

We have created a FAQ sheet for you and it will be updated if we get any questions we feel are good for the whole school.

FAQ's can be found by clicking below: Please remember this is a process and I only have so many answers at this time.

I hope this helps you make the best choice for your child. The school is incredibly safe with this plan and we feel confident in it. However the plan at this point is not flexible. As things develop it can become fluid, but to open school safely we are formatted in a way to keep everyone safe.

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.

Calendar: PLEASE NOTE :SPRING BREAK IS the following week starting March 29

Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: Nothing

Wednesday: Taking Care of Business--Office and Library

Thursday: Nothing

Friday: Nothing--have a great Spring Break


All Serra Athletic Teams are now on Campus! If you would like to participate go to for more information about signing up, tryouts, practices and games.

Basketball, Boys Volleyball, Badminton and Wrestling has just been given the green light to start.


Serra High has secured Petco Park for Graduation. The venue allowed me to meet the following goals I had (1-3). I do not have a date yet. You will get Im hoping 4 seats and not 2 as you would of had at Serra. I really wanted the kids to graduate as one class and I'm glad the work paid off for them.

  1. A way for ALL the seniors to graduate in one ceremony not several.

  2. A way for more people than just parents be there.......every child would be allowed 2 people if we do on campus and we would have several graduations in a day. I'm trying to figure out a way to get graduation off site so we can have more than just 2 per students. PLEASE do not tell your entire family and friends to fly into San Diego to attend your students graduation. You will NOT be allowed to bring everyone you want as in years past. I'm already getting alumni telling me they are coming and I'm telling them not to get their hopes up. No matter what we end up doing for the graduation there will be a set number of tickets per family.

  3. Jostens--You will be able to get cap and gowns etc all at Serra so don't worry about that!

  4. Do not assume the date. There is a window of days we are allowed and we have to work with a variety of issues. We usually have it the day before the last day of school. This may not be the case this year.

Senior Fundraiser Class of 2021:--More info under the Booster Section at bottom

Class of 2024:


Here it is:

Humans 4 Humanity will be putting on an 80's themed escape room with SD Nights! Be in the first 100 registrants to get a free pizza delivered to your house prior to the event- spots are filling up fast, so sign up soon! We hope to see you there!

Attention Class of 2021, If you are interested in attending community college in the Fall there are a few resources available to assist you with your application and the California Promise Program application. First, our College Readiness Coach from Cal-Soap, Patrick Miencharoen is available to meet with you one-on-one to help you with your community college applications (Miramar, City, Mesa, Grossmont, Cuyamaca, Southwestern, etc.) and assist you with your Promise Program application. Patrick can be contacted at and all you need to do to start meeting with him is to complete this form: Additionally, The Miramar College Outreach and School Relations department will be hosting Pre-Enrollment Workshops for all high school seniors interested in attending Miramar College this upcoming Fall 2021 term. These workshops will provide seniors with the necessary information to become Miramar College students and serve to provide additional guidance for our service area students. Very similar to a college orientation, during these sessions, counselors provide a college overview, requirements, and transfer information to ensure students are ready to begin their academic journey at Miramar College. Students will complete steps toward their matriculation process to make sure they receive a registration appointment for course enrollment and priority registration. Students only need to attend one Pre-Enrollment Workshop. The next workshops are: April 14th at 1:30 PM

Announcing the 2021

Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta Scholarships

The Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta is pleased to announce that it will again be awarding the Vernon D. Bowman, Thomas G. Cherniss and George V. Paluso Scholarships at the end of the 2021 school year to graduating seniors of Serra High School. These scholarships are awarded annually to students who best exemplify Kiwanis ideals that were fostered by these three respected Kiwanis Club members and residents of Tierrasanta. Scholarships are based on a student’s demonstration of academic success, a strong record of community service, leadership and altruistic devotion to the welfare of fellow students. In addition to the general criteria, athletic participation and leadership is a prerequisite for the Paluso scholarship.

Applicants must be 2021 graduating seniors from Serra High School who will be pursuing an associate or bachelor level degree, or higher education that will qualify the applicant for entry into a business, profession or trade. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee of the Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta, where the selections will be made.

Selections for scholarship awards will be based upon the depth of community service, participation in Serra High School activities, including athletics (required for the Paluso scholarship), and scholastic achievement. Applicants will be required to:

· document their school and community activities and leadership

· submit an official transcript

· write a reflective essay regarding their activities, and

· submit a letter of recommendation.

Students need only submit one application to be considered for all three scholarships listed below:

· Vernon D. Bowman scholarship: payable in annual installments over four years

· Thomas G. Cherniss scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment

· George V. Paluso scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment

Anticipating that the COVID-19 constraints will be extant for the foreseeable future, the 2021 applications will be available by emailing commencing on March 14, 2021; students will receive an email response that includes the scholarship application packet. Scholarship applications must be returned to the same email address by close of business April 16, 2021.

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.

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. To join this booster click here:

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:

  • WE NEED DONATIONS for our online auction! We are seeking donations for our online auction near the end of this month. Travel, items, gift cards or pandemic-friendly services would be fantastic additions. This is a great opportunity to promote a business as it will gain excellent exposure via our online format! We are happy to pick up donations. Email to coordinate.

  • Senior Photos fundraiser Saturday April 3: "Mini" photo sessions with 5 digital copies for $50. We will have a Serra cap and gown available, if desired!!! (LAST year to say THAT!) See flyer for details and to make your reservation NOW- appointments will book quickly!!

  • 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

  • Grad Nite Ticket sales will be happening in April! Yes, we have reservations for Grad Nite at Universal Studios June 11 2:00 PM to June 12 4:30 AM!!!!! Details and ticket info coming soon.

  • Want to help make this night possible for ALL Serra Seniors? We are so happy to accept parent and community donations to support the Serra Seniors. Donate via PayPal online at We are a 501 (3) c non-profit, so your donation may be tax deductible!

Class of 2022: To join this booster click here:

Class of 2023: To join this booster click here:

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: to join click here:

Dr. Erica Renfree

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