Principal’s Update ~ February

February 12, 2018
 
Dear Livermore High School Parents:
 
Although it is hard to believe, we are almost at the end of a very rigorous and activity-filled second trimester! The next few weeks will be highlighted by meeting our incoming freshmen at their middle schools, registering our current students for the next academic year and preparing our seniors for future college and workplace experiences.
 
EXPO 2018 on February 21st is definitely a key focal point for our students and staff. At this evening event, future cowboys and their families meet, greet and learn about the amazing aspects—academic and social—of life at Livermore High School. This event, held in the main gym, is a wonderful opportunity to view department displays and student work. Students in our academic, fine and applied arts, GEA, business, agriculture, sports and extracurricular programs are “showcased” and are present to answer questions, together with our amazing teaching staff. I urge you to visit us on the 21st at 6:00pm and have a true “cowboy experience”. Additional information is available on our website. See you there!
 
One of the major all-school events in February is Livermore High School’s signature “Needle Drop”. Try and imagine selected groups of students lip-synching to a variety of popular songs as they move through throngs of cheering students and you’ve got the general idea. The grand finale is all 2,000-plus of us gathered together cheering as a drone hovers above filming. Please click on the link on our website to view the video, produced and directed by seniors Hunter and Trevor Johnson with the support of Gabe Castro and his Video Production class. It doesn’t get any better than this!
 
Although it’s a short month, February continues to be a busy one for all of us. In addition to the events and school visits previously mentioned, we will be administering the “California Healthy Kids Survey” to our 9th and 11th grade students. The information obtained will provide confidential information to the State, our district and our site regarding student perceptions on substance use, school safety, general school climate and other significant topics. If you are interested in the details of the survey, please visit http://chks.wested.org/ . The testing will begin on February 12th and end on February 20th. Students will be called in small groups to the student union for a 45 minute testing session.
 
Finally, we need to address two very important issues for this school; its climate and its parent support and outreach. Our PTSA is a major component of the culture and vitality of Livermore High School. The PTSA supports our students and staff through college preparation programs, speakers, special events, staff and student recognitions and—of course—Safe and Sober Grad Night—their biggest event. The same small cadre of loyal parents has headed the organization—some of them for several years. We are desperately in need of new folks to step up and fill some of the major positions. Please take a moment to visit the PTSA website and consider running for the PTSA board. If we do not have these positions filled by March, we anticipate the shut-down of the PTSA.—a thought too dire for me to contemplate. If you have questions about the positions (co-chairing with a friend is possible)—please call me personally or contact Meg Epperly (brightlywoven@gmail.com) or Monica Baucke (
 
Additionally, please note the parent survey on the website. We truly value your thoughts, and so far, only 132 parents have responded out of a population of almost 3,000. Please take fifteen minutes—at most—to fill this out. It is most appreciated and vitally important.
Thank you for all you do for all of us.
 
Vicki Scudder
Principal