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Principal's News

Lynbrook High School  | March 2016

Hello Lynbrook students, parents, staff and friends everywhere! 

Years ago, a newsletter named the Viking Voice was mailed to families 4 times a year. It was a publication that celebrated outstanding achievements of students and staff and highlighted coming events. In the spirit of the former paper publication, this is the first issue of the new Viking Voice 2.0.

My first official day as principal was Monday, February 22. That first week was dedicated to reconnecting and forming new relationships. On Tuesday I spent the evening talking to parents at the monthly Principal's Coffee. That same night the Electives Preview was held for incoming 9th graders and their families. There were over 700 people on campus for that event. The teachers were impressed by the energy and curiosity of the class of 2020. Thursday night was the first of three 8th Grade Course Selection presentations. During school hours I met with an Epic reporter, visited the ASB class, shot a brief clip for the video announcements, and watched an impressive flash mob dance during lunch. I am in the process of meeting with every department leader to catch up on all of their efforts in their subject areas. On Friday there was a safety tour of campus for the administrators led by Erik Walukiewicz the district's Coordinator of Safety & Operation Services. The campus is abuzz with preparations for the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) visit that starts on Sunday afternoon, March 6 and concludes on Wednesday, March 9 (There is more about this in the news section below).

Course selection for the 2016-17 school year began in February. Guidance Counselors have been out in classes assisting students and collecting paperwork. The counselors have detailed information about the course selection process on the school website. Click here to visit the Course Selection Information page. Seniors will soon receive news about their college applications. This can be an exciting and stressful time for students and families. For assistance with the choosing a college, students can make an appointment with a counselor or drop by the College and Career Center in the library. The student advocates, Dawn Bridges and Jamieko Gruenloh are great resources to students who are struggling with the pressures of college admissions and other social and emotional challenges. Help is close at hand and we encourage students to reach out.

At the board meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 the FUHSD board approved a facilitator for the Citizen's Advisory Committee on enrollment. Minh Le was chosen to lead these efforts. He will familiarize himself with the background of the enrollment subject and the scale of the committee’s work before proposing a process by which interested parties can apply to be considered as a committee member.  Once this process has been identified, the information will be shared far and wide so that people who are interested in participating have the opportunity to voice their desire to serve.  This district-wide citizen's advisory committee will study the enrollment needs of the district and all its aspects to provide a report and findings in order for the board to make decisions for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.

The week has been busy, but I feel invigorated! The energy of the students is contagious. Lynbrook truly is "an extraordinary community of learning leaders making individual and collective contributions toward a better world," and I am honored to be leading and learning along with everyone.

Maria Jackson


News on campus

WASC Visit on March 6-9, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2016, we will welcome the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) visiting committee to Lynbrook. The last time a WASC committee visited was in March 2010. Since that time we have been working on a 6-year action plan. According to their website, "The philosophy of the Accrediting Commission for Schools centers upon three beliefs: (1) a school’s goal is successful student learning; (2) each school has a clear purpose and schoolwide student goals; and (3) a school engages in external and internal evaluations as part of continued school improvement to support student learning."

Why is WASC Accreditation so important?

  • Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program — a trustworthy institution for student learning
  • Validates the integrity of the school’s program and transcripts
  • Facilitates transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools — critical for college/university acceptance worldwide
  • Fosters the ongoing improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
  • Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school

What will the visiting committee be checking?

  • Involvement of all stakeholders in the self-study process. (To view the entire report click here)
  • Clarification of the school’s purpose and the schoolwide learner outcomes.
  • Assessment of the student program and its impact on student learning 
  • Development of a schoolwide action plan that addresses identified areas for improvement.
  • Visiting committee validation and enhancement based on accreditation criteria and standards, self-study, and findings from the visit.

Special Schedules for the Week of March 7-11, 2016

Click the graphic to download the week's schedules.

Updated information on the recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education 

Click here for the latest information that is posted on the school website.

FUHSD Parent Survey by Hanover Research

The Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) is administering a parent survey in order to gather feedback regarding their experiences with Lynbrook High School. FUHSD is gathering this information to improve education and services for our students. The survey is being administered in partnership with Hanover Research, an independent research firm based in Arlington, Virginia.  


There was a slight delay in the launch of the survey. However, by now parents and guardians should have received an email from Hanover Research with a link to the survey. Some people may have received paper copy of the survey in the mail. This survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will remain completely anonymous, and results will be reported in aggregate form. 


The Hanover Research survey will provide information on Lynbrook and all 5 high schools. This is a different survey than the one that was conducted last year. The results of that survey are a part of the self-study report that was recently submitted to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Here is a link to the survey:


News in Viking territory

Congratulations to the Boys F/S soccer team for winning the El Camino championship


Congratulations to Bridget Naylor, Kennedy Miedema and Sheila Metz, who placed third at CCS on Saturday and qualified and competed at the State tournament in Visalia on February 27th.

Girls Subsystem Challenge

In our "All Girls Subsystem Challenge," these seven girls on our 97 member co-ed robotics team, designed and built this 10 wheel drivetrain with gearboxes, frame, and bumpers (not shown) on the "Funky Monkeys" nearly complete 2016 FIRST robot.

Left to right: Amrita Iyer(Sen.), Nikita Seth(Sen.), Michelle Lum (Fr.), Eesha Deepak(Fr.), Ria Pradeep(Jun.), and Anika Singh(Soph.) Not shown: Maithreyee Vatsan (Fr.)

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