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.
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.
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
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
- 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
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.