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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












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.”
Yearbook Announcements
 

PURCHASE YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!

Yearbooks are now on sale!  Pick up an order form in the office.  Or download the form here. The "Early Bird" price is $35 until January 6, 2015.
 

Important Dates


 

 

DATE EVENT
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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Important Paperwork

Please check-out more information concerning the start of the year, via the links below.  Hard copies of these documents are available in the office.
 

STUDENT HANDBOOK 14-15

STUDENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES

STUDENT VEHICLE REGISTRATION

 

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