The district will be performing required network maintenance on Monday, December 22. Internet connection will be down from 10:00-11:00am. There will be no access to internet programs including Aeries and Financial programs during this time.
Green Valley honored our outstanding students for quarter one. We gave out Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates to each student earning 25 credits or more during the quarter. Our highest achiever was Emerald with 32.5 credits! Emerald not only received her certificate, but will also have lunch delievered for herself and a friend on Oct. 31st. Congratulations to all our high credit earners this quarter! Let's see who can beat Emerald for quarter two!
Breast Cancer Awareness
Our school helped celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness last week. The students and staff wore pink in honor of all who have survived breast cancer and those we have lost to the disease.
Pumpkin Drawing Contest
Leadership held their 3rd annual pumpkin drawing contest. Eight students participated at lunch to design their very own pumpkin. The winners were Neil and Kaylee with two fabulous looking pumpkins! Each winner got a prize!
Ms. Prentiss was surprised with a basket of goodies for her and her dogs by all the staff members at GVHS, YCOA, PEP+ and YAS on Bosses Day!
County Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to our very own County Teacher of the Year, Chris Brunette! To read more about this honor, check out this article written by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Below you can read the new article by Beau Yarbrough from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Teacher of the year: Yucaipa’s Brunette
Teacher of the year: Yucaipa’s Brunette
Christopher Brunette, a social studies teacher at Green Valley High School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, is one of three teachers who have won a San Bernardino County Teacher of the Year award. Micah Escamilla — San Bernardino Sun
By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Christopher Brunette’s found his calling in teaching students, who can fall through the cracks of the public school system.
“The reason I’m a teacher today is because of my teachers and counselors,” he said.
Brunette initially planned on a career in the law, and was in law school when he realized that he might have made a mistake.
“That’s when I thought about who influenced me the most and thought of my teachers,” he said. “I do feel I’m giving back what was given to me.”
He spent six years teaching history at Yucaipa High School.
Although he’d been a high-achieving student in school, he found himself drawn to the kids who weren’t succeeding the way he had as a student, growing up in the East Bay.
“I noticed the kids I was getting the most joy working with were the ones who were really ‘getting it,’ sometimes for the first time.”
And he noticed many of them would end up transferring to Green Valley High, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District’s continuation high school; even if they’d been succeeding in his class, it would sometimes be the only class where that was the case for them.
“‘Maybe I need to go to where those kids are,’” he said.
He’s now in his third year of teaching at the school, teaching both history and serving as the Welcome Wagon for students transferring in, confused and unsure of what arriving at Green Valley means for them.
“Our students, they come in here and they’re terrified,” he said. “They realize they’re not alone and they belong here.”
Principal Cara Prentiss praised Brunette’s work with Green Valley students.
“Chris is just outstanding,” she said. “This is my twelfth year as an administrator in alternative education and he’s right up there.”
His work has paid off: In August, he was named one of San Bernardino County’s 2014 Teachers of the Year.
Even before he came to Green Valley, Brunette was working with students who felt like they didn’t feel welcome in high school.
While at Yucaipa High, he created the school’s (currently dormant) Leadership Diversity Council, after a series of fights between students on racial lines.
“We were able to give students a voice and think of themselves as leaders.”
Brunette also helped form a team of teachers and counselors to work with LGBT students — many of whom were still closeted — dealing with depression, anxiety and other issues impacting their success at school.
Part of Brunette’s success, he said, is based on setting clear rules for his classroom, that he lives by, just the same as his students are required to.
And, he said, he’s ruthlessly honest with them:
“I don’t sugar-coat things. ... My job is to find their goals and help them achieve them.”
Students at Green Valley cycle through in one to two years, he said. And seeing them leave, academic successes for perhaps the big time, is the payoff for Brunette.
“The reward is not the money; the reward is the day-to-day work with the kids,” he said. “The big reward is the graduation ceremony.”
|September 25||1st School Site Council Meeting|
|October 10||Minimum Day-1st Qtr ends-Attendance Assembly|
|October 10||Attendance Assembly|
|October 14||2nd Quarter Begins|
|October 17||1st Quarter grades/credits sent home|
|October 23||School site Council meeting at 1:45pm|
|November 4-5||CAHSEE Testing (11th-12th graders)|
|November 11||Veterans Day Holiday-No School|
|November 14||2nd Quarter progress reports sent home|
|November 20||School Site Council meeting|
|November 24-28||Thanksgiving Recess-No School|
|December 19||Minimum Day|
|December 19||End of 2nd Quarter/Attendance Assembly|
|December 22-Jan 4||Winter Recess-No School|
|January 5||Teacher Prep Day|
|January 6||3rd Quarter Begins|
|January 9||2nd Quarter grades/credits sent home|
|January 19||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No School|
|January 22||School Site Council Meeting @ 1:45pm|
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