A photograph of Mike Fowler, the school Principal
Mike Fowler, Principal
 
WELCOME TO GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL!
 
Dear Eagle Families: Welcome back to another school year. I am grateful for the opportunity to return to Granite Hills as your principal. As we begin again, I am energized and eager to have our students back on campus. I look forward to building strong relationships with all of you in 2018-19.
 
As we enter the new year, I want to let you know that our staff will be re-engaging in conversations around a set of expectations known as the Granite Hills Code - RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and PRIDE. While sounding somewhat ominous, The Code nothing new. It is simply a set of character expectations that the Granite Hills staff adopted in 2015. We expect every Eagle to have RESPECT, be RESPONSIBLE and show PRIDE in themselves and in our school. These qualities are key components in successful classrooms and strong school campuses.
 
We are recommitting to the ideals of The Code. As we begin school again, I am encouraging everyone to LIVE THE CODE. Show RESPECT, be RESPONSIBLE and have PRIDE in our school.
 
RESPECT
Living The Code means respecting yourself, respecting others and respecting our school. The focus on this important trait is evident as you walk the halls of Granite Hills. Our ASB regularly sneaks into classrooms and posts positive messages for our teachers. Our staff is committed to respecting our students by getting to know each and every one as unique individuals with both strengths and limitations.
 
Respectful schools are safer schools, have fewer incidents of bullying and higher graduation rates. We are committed to teaching and modeling respect at Granite Hills High School.
 
Last year our Random Acts of Kindness club successfully completed the The Great Kindness Challenge and earned the title of Kindness Certified School for Granite Hills.

PRIDE
We have a lot to be proud of at Granite Hills. Over the last 58 years, our school has been regularly acknowledged for academic and extracurricular excellence. Each year, the GHHS administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students strive to ensure our school is recognized not only in East County, but also at the state and national level. We have achieved this again, as evidenced by the accomplishments earned during the 2017-18 school year:
  • US News & World Report evaluated over 20,500 schools in the country and named Granite Hills one of the BEST HIGH SCHOOLS in the United States. Less than 30% of schools in the U.S. earned "Best" status.
  • Educational Results Partnership recognized Granite Hills as an honor roll school for our work on closing the achievement gap.
  • Granite Hills High School was the Spring 2018 recipient of the ECSFCU Excellence in Innovation and Collaboration Award.
  • AVID recognized Granite Hills as a Schoolwide Site of Distinction. Only six schools in San Diego County and only 66 in the entire state of California earned this honor.
  • Granite Hills athletic teams won seven league titles – Boys & Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Golf, Wrestling, Girls Lacrosse and Softball.
  • Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director, James Davis was named 2018 Padres High School Coach of the Year.
  • Eagle Theater students won eight awards at the 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2017-2018 season
RESPONSIBILITY
Student responsibility occurs when students take an active role in their learning and recognize they are accountable for their academic success. Students at Granite Hills are responsible for making choices and taking actions which lead them toward their educational goals.
 
Responsible students take ownership of their actions and exhibit the following behaviors. We expect Granite Hills students to:
  • demonstrate academic integrity and honesty
  • attend and participate in classes, prepared and on time.
  • complete assigned work in a timely manner with attention to quality of work.
  • avoid making excuses for their behavior.
  • communicate in a respectful manner.
  • dedicate sufficient time outside of class to school work.
  • utilize school resources and seek help when needed.
  • identify, develop, and implement a plan to achieve their educational goals.
We have been preparing all summer and are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways. The 2018-19 school year will be full of exciting changes. Allow me to preview a few of them.
 
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - minimum day schedule We will be on a minimum day schedule the first day of school this year - Tuesday, August 14th. We have never done this before. The bell schedules and complete calendar of minimum days can be found in the following reference pages.
 
NEW CONSTRUCTION - You may have noticed the massive piles of dirt on and around campus. We are building a brand new food services building which we are calling The Lunch Box. Additionally, we are building a new PE facility including locker rooms, team rooms, trainer room, weight room and wrestling room. Finally, we are bringing air conditioning to our gymnasium. The entire project should be complete by summer 2019.
 
NEW ATTENDANCE OFFICE & TECHNICIAN - We have relocated our attendance office to the front lobby of the Student Support Center. If you need to excuse your student or drop off forgotten items, come directly into the front office lobby and meet our new attendance technician Alisha Howe. You can still call our attendance office at 619-593-5532
 
NEW NEWSLETTER - News from the Nest In an effort to keep you informed, we will be sending out a monthly electronic newsletter called “News From The Nest”. Look for the newsletter at the beginning of each month starting in September.
 
PSAT for ALL SOPHOMORES - Our efforts to prepare to students for college and career took a big step forward last year as every 10th grader took the PSAT free of charge. This year’s sophomores will also take the PSAT free of charge. The PSAT is a Preliminary SAT. The exam is a great primer for the SAT, but it’s more than just practice. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. The exam will be given on October 10 th . 
 
NEW CLASSROOMS - The old guidance and administration buildings have been converted into 12 state of the art classrooms. The old portables at the back of campus are now used for meetings and testing.
 
FUTURE FORWARD - We will continue the Future Forward initiative in the 2018-19 school year. Every Granite student will be issued a Chromebook. These small laptop computers can be used in class, after school and at home. The campus wireless network has been extensively upgraded to allow our teachers and students access to a whole world of resources previously inaccessible. Each student will also be given a Google account with access to an impressive suite of Google tools. This technology will help us with the “4 Cs” – Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical thinking.
 
Together, Granite Hills will carry on our tradition of excellence in the 2018-19 school year. The following pages are for your reference. It is my hope to improve our communication, help you plan your year, and continue the positive community relationships we all enjoy for the benefit of our students.
 
We are fortunate to be in a community where education is valued and Granite Hills is supported. I want to personally thank you and remind you to live The Code. Go Eagles!

Mike Fowler

Principal