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Lynbrook High School  | July 2016

Dear Lynbrook Families,

Summer is in full swing. May you be enjoying the weather and doing what you love with people you love. This newsletter contains  information that you need to know to prepare students for the start of school in August.

July Packet of Information

Every school year, students and parents are asked to fill out many important forms (some are required and other are voluntary). Some of you may have used Chalkschools to complete and submit the mandatory emergency form, as well as the other important voluntary forms. This year, to ensure that all families have access to information, we continued with our July paper mailer, too. This mailer contains paper copies of the voluntary forms that were emailed out to families on June 15, 2016.  Online versions of these forms can be found on the homepage of the school website, The hardcopy packet was mailed on July 25, 2016.

Some of the forms provide you with the opportunity to donate. Your donations of money and time are a crucial part of maintaining the high-quality programs at Lynbrook High School, and they are sincerely appreciated! If you are submitting paper forms, students will bring all completed forms (with checks attached) to school on Viking Days in August.

As always, our LHS website continues to be the location of the most timely updates and information throughout the school year.  Our main office will open on August 2nd, and all of our teachers return to work on August 10th with the first day of school on August 15th.

Viking Days, August 8th & 9th in the FIELD HOUSE

9th Graders: Monday, 8/8/16 from 1-3 PM  -  10th, 11th & 12th Graders: Tuesday, 8/9/16 from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Viking Days are when students are photographed and pick up final class schedules. All students should plan to attend the Viking Day for their grade level. If you are submitting paper forms students will bring all completed forms (with checks attached) to school on Viking Days. If forms were submitted online, checks for payments or donations will be received on Viking Days. Be sure to include student name and ID# on the memo line of each check.

Full steam ahead on WASC action plan

The accreditation visit and report writing is completed and Lynbrook received a 6-year accreditation term with a 3-year report with a 1-day visit. Next year we will begin following our Action Plan to progress toward reaching our goals. Next school year we will revisit our Vision and Values to make sure they accurately reflect who we are and continue to point us in the direction we want to go. As a school community, we are focused on and committed to this vision:

Lynbrook High School’s vision is to create a dynamic environment of respect and achievement where all can learn deeply, apply their knowledge and contribute purposefully.

We will pursue targeted action toward our identified long-term school goals that includes multi-year strategies and program development in the following areas:

  • High Levels of Learning & Performance for ALL students
  • Equipping ALL students with 21st Century Skills
  • Managing Stress & Building Resilience in ALL students

Campus construction fueled by bond support

In the spring of next school year, construction on the new fitness facility is expected to begin. If all goes as planned, it will be completed by the end of the 2017-18 school year. Even before groundbreaking on Phase 1, a team of staff, students, and parents are meeting with architects to design Phase 2. Phase 2 will include a gym lobby, a central quad, and cafeteria. Preliminary drawings are expected in early 2017.


Congratulations to the class of 2016

On Friday, June 3, 2016, family and friends filled the stadium to celebrate the Class of 2016.  We wish the graduates well as they embark on their next adventures. The poet e.e. cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”As the graduates travel beyond Lynbrook, may they be curious and courageous. May they live life with an open embrace and never stop growing--never stop reaching out to discover who they really are.



Thank you for taking the time to review all of this important information. It is your careful consideration and attention to these things that helps keep Lynbrook a thriving community of curious and capable learners!


Enjoy your summer! We will see you in August for another great school year!


Maria Jackson


News and Updates

CAC Update: June 22, 2016 (republished from the Fremont Union HS District Website)

The third meeting of the FUHSD Citizens Advisory Committee provided another good opportunity for CAC members to learn more about FUHSD operations and realities that directly affect enrollment decisions.  In this meeting’s question and answer section with Superintendent Polly Bove, questions were asked about the proposed redevelopment at Vallco in Cupertino which ranged from why she agreed to have her photograph included in promotional material about the Vallco project to the parcel taxes that new Vallco units will be required to pay.  Polly was also asked about why FUHSD didn’t ask for new high school classrooms instead of space at Vallco.  Also included in the meeting was the opportunity for CAC members to learn more about aspects of greatness at each of the five FUHSD high schools and click here to learn more about that information.   FUHSD staff members made a presentation about a variety of topics including how the funds that FUHSD receives per student compare with neighboring school districts, the sources and distribution of FUHSD funding,section allocation and school capacity information, the benefits of the respectful and productive relationship with FUHSD employee groups, and information about how the FUHSD values guide decisions and prioritization.  Click here to see the FUHSD presentation and click here to read minutes of the June 22 CAC meeting.  The next Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled for August 3.


Something to Think About

Want your child to get into college and have a good life? Here's how.

A few weeks ago, I sat in a high school auditorium with a hundred other parents and listened while guidance counselors gently, sometimes haltingly, listed the state requirements for graduation for the incoming freshmen, our children, the Class of 2020. They then went on to cite a dozen alternative paths that ranged from vocational to college prep to state-sponsored scholarships.

How Harnessing the Positive Side of Stress Can Change Student Mindsets

Carol Dweck's work on growth mindset and its power to help people view challenges as opportunities to improve has helped many students understand their beliefs about themselves. When empowered with the understanding that intelligence is malleable, students can develop how they approach school and life.

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