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Reopening, Graduation and more!

Happy Sunday Serra High!

We had a very interesting week this past week. We have been extremely busy getting ready for reopening. Details will be coming soon as the teachers and the district reached an agreement today. Serra High needs a few days to review. In addition to that, I have been doing facilities tours to make sure that when we reopen we are in compliance with the district and the state with all the protocols we must adhere to. Lastly, the Board of Education voted to change the name of Junipero Serra High School to Canyon Hills High School. This change will take place for the following 2021-2022 school year. We thank them for reviewing the data we providing them and making a decision. We will also be red and black and our mascot will be the rattlesnakes. If you missed the presentation you can view it here: Please scroll to the 4:10:01 mark as it was quite an honor to be with the Tribal Leaders presenting our data. You can review the 70 page document as well on San Diego Unified Board Docs.


Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: Nothing

Wednesday: Taking Care of Business--Office and Library Happy St. Patricks Day!

Thursday: SSC--Financial Meeting

Friday: Nothing


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.


I'm getting lots of questions regarding information on graduation. I have been working overtime in order to accomplish several things that I think are important and that in consultation the senior class they also agree are important.

  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.

I hope that helps slightly. I believe my efforts to get a venue off campus will pay off and be the best it can given the circumstances. Stay tuned!

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



This week Progress 3, D and F letters were mailed home. We hope that these notifications motivate our students to reach out for help. There is still enough time for students to pick up their grades if they have not done so already. Pease be mindful that Distance Learning grades are permanent and any failed grades will need to be remediated. We highly encourage parents and students to reach out their teachers for feedback and recommendations on how grades can be improved. Attending teacher’s office hours and creating study groups can go a very long way. As always, your counseling team is here to support you with any of your needs. Please reach out to us if you need help.

We will be sending summer school information as soon as we get more information from our district office.

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: March 25th at 1:30 PM April 14th at 1:30 PM

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.

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.

Looking forward to your son/daughter’s senior year?--LAST WEEK THIS IS RUNNING--will be at bottom of blog after this

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

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.

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:

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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