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Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan 2020-21

HSHMC is honored to receive the following exemplary awards of distinction:

  • Visible Learning Plus Certified School
  • 2019 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award Winner
  • 2017 Schools of Opportunity Gold Award
  • 2015 California Gold Ribbon School
  • U.S. News Best High Schools of 2014
  • 2013 California Department of Education Distinguished School
  • California Department of Education Title 1 Academic Achievement
  • National Safety Advocacy Council Awards
  • Visible Learning Plus Certified School
  • 2019 Shirley Hord Learning Team Award Winner
  • 2017 Schools of Opportunity Gold Award
  • 2015 California Gold Ribbon School
  • Bronze: Best High Schools
  • California Distinguished School
  • Title 1 Academic Achievement Award
  • National School Safety Advocacy Council Award

Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMC) is a school where students earn diplomas that matter! In partnership with Sharp Healthcare, SDSU professors, and San Diego Community College, HSHMC staff will ensure that each student has positive and meaningful experiences throughout high school while achieving academic and social success in a vocational program setting. HSHMC students will earn high school diplomas, complete college entrance requirements, and have opportunities to earn community college credits, degrees, or vocational certificates. In addition, students will work with healthcare professionals through job shadowing and internships to explore real-world applications of their school-based knowledge and skills as well as future career choices. Students will graduate with pride in their diplomas that represent a well-rounded, meaningful, and useful education...as well as a plan for their futures.

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March 2020 LCAP Update March 2020 LCAP Update More about LCAP
Oct. 23, 2020

Dear HSHMC families and friends,

We can't always get what we want... we want to get back to our campus. We want to physically reunite our students, staff and families. We know every one of you wants this as well. We miss each other in so many ways.

We want to return to a safe campus with reasonable confidence that we will not have to close our doors soon again. We, like many of you, watch the news to see the rise and fall in the spread of COVID 19. We see that areas of the country, including ours, show weeks of positive signs of COVID 19 containment, followed by a resurgence of the disease. We see restaurants, businesses, and even schools, opening and then being forced to close, causing untold disappointment and disruption. And we see pressure and argument from communities to reopen them again despite the fact that disease surges continue. We see people both taking precautions, such as social distancing and mask wearing, to prevent the spread; and, we see others making decisions not to do so. Most sadly, we each know people and families who have fallen ill to this terrible disease. And we know that each of us have faced major challenges adjusting our lifestyles, our jobs, our financial challenges and our learning.

Let me repeat, we want to return to a safe campus with reasonable confidence that we will not have to close our doors again. But we cannot rely on short-term positive trends in disease outbreaks, or the heavy pressure of our desires to reopen campus, or the decisions of other schools, to rush to a decision to do so. With the support of our Board of Directors, administrators, staff, and our parent advisory committee, we have committed to make any future decision to reopen campus based on a level of confidence that the surges in new outbreaks are behind us. We await the impact of effective vaccines and treatments. And when that occurs our reopening plans will be well thought out, well communicated and well organized. With current surge conditions, changes in weather and upcoming holidays that may result in families' and friends' increased contact risks, we do expect our campus to remain closed for at least the remainder of the semester. We are sharing this information to help you plan accordingly and to give you our best thinking. We promise you that we reexamine our options daily based on our commitment to consider safety first and when the time appears right to reconsider opening we will do so with readied excitement.

We can't always get what we want, but… together let us commit to try to give each other what we need. We have learned so much in the last 6 months about offering a quality education online. Our teachers are better supported and equipped. Our new attendance and reengagement teams are helping students who struggle to attend and to complete work through contacts, supports, safe home visits and contracts. Our education specialists are reinventing themselves to deliver the quality individual educational plans our students deserve. Our advisories and mentors are creating another opportunity to build relationships with each student in order to help manage the challenges of school and life. We have invested heavily in acquiring and using the best available technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. And we have tried our best to reach out to each family to make sure we address technology, social emotional or other needs that can promote student health and learning. We continue to reach out to you. How can we help? How can we better involve and inform you? How have we improved our partnerships with you and how can we do better? Please continue to inform us and connect with us through various opportunities regularly listed on our website at www.hshmc.org. We are excited to announce that we will soon be upgrading student computers and software such that the quality of what happens in our virtual classes continues to grow.

In other words, even though we are not yet ready to reopen our campus (which is what we want) our virtual online program is quickly gaining the same reputation for educational excellence and access that we earned with our campus-based program. Every student deserves the best that we can offer. We are providing a quality educational program and it is improving daily (which is what we need).

Stay safe, stay smart, stay engaged with us. Together we will better provide each other what we need.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ian Pumpian, CEO


Oct. 19, 2020

This Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm is our virtual Parent Advisory Group meeting. We hope to increase our membership each year and invite you to join this wonderful group of parents partnering with us to make HSHMC the best school in the universe. Our Parent Advisory Group helps to plan programs and activities that support our HSHMC students and families. If you would like to attend, please join us using the link below.

Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm

https://hshmc.zoom.us/j/86915224484

Meeting ID: 869 1522 4484

Passcode: Parents

Also, this Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 pm is our Virtual Parent Advisory College Knowledge Night. All are welcome, however this session will be geared towards our current 12th grade students and their parents as we focus on the fall college application process and financial aid. The link for the session is below. We will hold a second College Knowledge Night in the Spring for families of our juniors.

Virtual Parent Advisory College Knowledge Night

Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 pm

https://hshmc.zoom.us/j/87253771571

Meeting ID: 872 5377 1571

Passcode: College

Our first quarter ends in two weeks on October 30. At this point, if your child is carrying an "I" (Incomplete) in any course, they could be at risk of failing by the end of the quarter if they do not act now to clear the incomplete. Please check your child's grades in PowerSchool to be sure they are completing their assignments on time and are not holding any incompletes. If you have not already made a parent account in PowerSchool and need help, please contact the school at 619-528-9070.

As we head towards the end of the quarter, we are excited to announce that HSHMC Spirit week is coming next week! Each day will have a spirited theme. We are excited to celebrate with our students and see what they come up with to join in the virtual fun. So that your children have time to be creative and plan, we wanted to share the themes now:

Monday – Proud to be a Surgeon Day (Wear Surgeon Gear, Facemasks, Scrubs)

Tuesday – Tacky Tourist Tuesday (Hawaiian Shirts, Nerd Attire, Mismatch)

Wednesday – Wacky Hat Wednesday (Baseball Caps, Beanies, Fedoras, Bucket Hats, etc)

Thursday – Throwback Thursday (Roaring 20's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's 90's, early 2000's)

Friday – Freaky Friday (Wear Halloween Makeup, Masks, Costumes, etc)

Another reminder - if you have not already submitted the Free or Reduced Lunch Application that is located under "Forms" on your PowerSchool account, please do so now. It is important that we have an application on file for every student, even if you don't think your child qualifies. If you need help filling out the form, please call the school at 619-528-9070 and we can help you fill out the form.

If you have questions, or just want to touch base, I am holding Principal's Office Hours via Zoom at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The Zoom link is available on our website. I can also be reached by email anytime at sjohnson@hshmc.org.


Oct. 14, 2020

Applications will be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year beginning November 2. The open enrollment period is November 2, 2020 through February 2, 2021. If the number of application exceeds available spaces, a lottery will determine application selection. Siblings of current students and children of sharp employees will be given priority in a lottery. Students will be notified of acceptance beginning in February, 2021. Students who are not accepted for the coming school year will be placed on a waiting list and notified as soon as space becomes available.

In addition to submitting an application, interested families must attend a "new student orientation" prior to February 2, 2021. If you have applied or will be applying, please plan to attend an orientation at HSHMC, Inc. On one of the following dates:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 – 5:30 PM*

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2021 – 5:30 PM*

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021 – 5:30 PM*

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021 – 5:30 PM*

*Due to covid-19 all of the 2021-2022 orientations will be virtual unless indicated otherwise.


Oct. 12, 2020

We have had several calls asking if school is open tomorrow, as it is Columbus day. Yes, HSHMC is open tomorrow and all classes are in session as usual.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 pm for our Virtual Parent Advisory College Knowledge Night. All are welcome, however this session will be geared towards our current 12th grade students and their parents as we focus on the fall college application process and financial aid. The link for the session will be located on our website. We will hold a second College Knowledge Night in the Spring for families of our juniors.

If you have not done so already, please submit the Free or Reduced Lunch Application that is located under "Forms" on your PowerSchool account. It is important that we have an application on file for every student, even if you don't think your child qualifies. If you need help filling out the form, please call the school at 619-528-9070 and we can help you fill out the form.

If your children need food, a nutritious breakfast and lunch is available for pickup Monday-Friday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm from our designated pick up location at Wilson Middle School (3838 Orange Ave, 92105), or any of the 82 meal pick-up locations throughout the district. A link to the other locations is available on our website (https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/resources/food-services).

You child's health and wellness are very important to us. HSHMC is committed to supporting the mental and emotional wellness of our students as these barriers can impact student success. Access to community pupil mental health services and resources is made available through our website at www.hshmc.org.

If you have questions, or just want to touch base, I am holding Principal's Office Hours via Zoom at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The Zoom link is available on our website. I can also be reached by email anytime at sjohnson@hshmc.org.

Have a good week. Thank you


Oct. 05, 2020

We are now half-way through our first quarter (which ends on October 30).At this point, if your child is carrying an "I" (Incomplete) in any course, they could be at risk of failing by the end of the quarter if they do not act now to clear the incomplete. Please check your child's grades in PowerSchool to be sure they are completing their assignments on time and are not holding any incompletes. If you have not already made a parent account in PowerSchool and need help, please contact the school at 619-528-9070.

All our teachers offer office hours to help support your child outside of the regular class time. If needed, please be sure your child is taking advantage of this extra opportunity to ensure that they are successful.In addition, your child's mentor is a great resource for additional support for both you and your child.

If you have not done so already, please submit the Free or Reduced Lunch Application that is located under "Forms" on your PowerSchool account. It is important that we have an application on file for every student, even if you don't think your child qualifies. If you need any help, please call the school at 619-528-9070 and we can help you fill out the form.

As a reminder, you can keep you and your family healthy this year by getting your flu shot now – it's the #1 way to prevent the flu! Please contact your healthcare provider to receive the vaccine, or visit our website for a link (www.sdiz.org) to Public Health Centers and other locations throughout the County that are offering flu vaccines.

If you have questions, or just want to touch base, I am holding Principal's Office Hours via Zoom at 9:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The Zoom link is available on our website HERE. I can also be reached by email anytime at sjohnson@hshmc.org.