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.