November 20, 2017
Finals are over and we are gearing up for our second trimester! We have many things to be thankful for and lots to celebrate. In addition to a very successful football season resulting in our participation in NCS playoffs, kudos are in order to our fantastic coaching staff, our hard-working athletes, and our incredible parent supporters, led by Gina Hermann. Their spirit and sense of community is definitely a “star” in Livermore High School’s crown. Many thanks to all involved.
Our Music Department is yet another source of honors and celebration of talent and showmanship. Last week’s concert showcased our vocal musicians and highlighted our “largest ever” Concert Choir. The theater was packed, and the audience was delighted with the diversity and skill of all the performers. Mr. Filice is to be commended for his skill, enthusiasm and incredible rapport with his students. What a great way to begin our holidays!
Our instrumental music program, under the direction of Justin Enright, participated in the recent 2017 Lincoln Band Review in Stockton. Our Jazz Band received a 3rd place in their category, followed by a 1st place for both our Concert and Marching Bands. What a wonderful way to end the season! Look for them in the Downtown Holiday Parade.
Our Fall Play, “A Civil War Christmas” will open soon, with performances on December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th. This musical by Pulitzer Prize–winner Paula Vogel, promises to be an engaging and entertaining entry into the holiday season.
In terms of updates on the site activities and construction news—-the installation of our solar panels continues to move along. Parking issues have been minimal, and I appreciate your willingness to adapt during the “building” process. Our District Bond Oversite Committee is hard at work on the final phases and drawings for our sports complex, and we anticipate more “ground-breaking” information after the first of the year. Today I hosted a visit from our District CTO (Chief Technology Officer) who provided information about a new “pilot” classroom at LHS as a prototype of technology improvements (video and teacher mic capabilities) that will—ultimately—be installed in every one of our classrooms. These are definitely exciting times!
We are moving ahead with some new course offerings for the 2018-19 school year (all pending Board approval), continued work on our Career Technical Pathways, and new club and community service activities school wide. As you may have read in the recent issue of the Independent newspaper, Steve Stewart, Planning Manager for the City of Livermore, visited Mrs. Matthew’s Civics class as part of the city’s outreach on development of the heart of our downtown area. The students were thoroughly engaged in the process, and both sides profited from the discussion. What a great opportunity provided by one of our teachers to create and preserve student interest and participation in our community.
Finally, our collective best wishes for a holiday season rich in connections and time with family and friends. I am truly thankful for all your support.