We have much to celebrate as we begin our new year at San Marino High School. The official certificate arrived last month declaring our six-year clear WASC accreditation. San Marino High School achieved the highest state certification possible, one which less than 5% of high schools in the state are awarded. Everyone who participated in the leadership and committee work shares credit for this acknowledgement of the excellence of San Marino High School. I want to commend the teachers, staff, parents and students who contributed to tackling the daunting 18-month process of documenting our achievements that led to the approval of our school programs by the visiting team.
We have changes in administration, beginning with me, assuming a new role as Principal after ten years as Assistant Principal. I’m excited and optimistic about the future and hope to support all the good work done here on behalf of the students. My learning curve is underway, and I look forward to discovering ways to be of assistance in making the school better and even more supportive of student progress and development. Our students face real challenges in the transition to adulthood, self-discovery, and academic achievement. There is no place I would rather be than working on their behalf with a talented and dedicated group of educators.
Our new Assistant Principal Doug Berry is a seasoned administrator and has already established himself as a valued member of our school community. Doug’s knowledge of curriculum, master schedule, and professional development promise to enrich our school environment as he works with students, staff, and parents. We have a strong team in place with Doug and with Assistant Principal D.R. Moreland, and my hope for the year is continued excellence in the four As: Academics, Arts, Athletics and Activities. Information about our school programs can be accessed through our website at sanmarinohs.org.