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AP grade bump rules clarified

A message from San Benito High School Superintendent John Perales:

Dear Students and Parents, 
Today, Principal Dearden, Mr. Tennenbaum, Director of HR, Dr. Foster, Teacher's Union President and I met with all AP Teachers and after listening to their rationale, concerns and discussion, we decided to approach the AP exams as we have done traditionally at San Benito High School. This means that students will not be held accountable to pay for the exam if they do not want to take it. This means that if you complete the course and not take the exam you will still get the AP grade bump. Mr. Dearden will work to communicate this to students and parents. 
The fascinating thing about research that works in schools is that more and more research points to the success of initiatives being dependent on the culture of the school and district. At this time, we are not ready to move in this direction and I would never want this to be a financial hardship on our students and families. If a student would like to take the exam and is in financial need we will continue to support them. For financial assistance they simply need to meet with Mr. Dearden. I stand by my beliefs that taking an AP course should include taking the AP exam. These courses are the best path of preparation for college studies. Lastly, a passing score on these exams will save families thousands of dollars in tuition fees at certain colleges and universities. Have a great rest of your day!

Student drivers must register vehicles

A message from Superintendent John Perales: "Dear Parents and Students: In the next few weeks, we will ask all students who drive to school to register their vehicle and receive an SBHSD parking permit, to be hung from the rearview mirror. This is one more step in our effort to upgrade our school safety plan as we always want to know who is parked on campus. In case of an emergency, we need to quickly identify which cars belong on campus. More information will follow as these permits are not yet ready. In the meantime, I ask that all student park in one of our school parking lots. I suspect that we will need to add additional parking areas to our campus. More information to follow."

FFA Community Farm Day

CAHSEE (exit exam) testing for sophomores

All San Benito High School sophomores will have CAHSEE (exit exam) testing on March 17 and 18. Prior to that, all sophomores are invited to Saturdays for Success CAHSEE test prep on Saturday, March 7 and March 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information about the testing schedule in English, click here. For Spanish, click here. For the bus schedule on testing days, click here for English; click here for Spanish.

Baler Winter Guard earns bronze medal

This past Saturday, the San Benito High School Varsity Winter Guard competed at the Sierra Cup Winter Invitational held at Hoover High School in Fresno. The guard competed in the Scholastic A Silver class and, despite being a relatively unknown team, captured a bronze finish, with local favorites Bullard High School and Arvin High School placing silver and gold, respectively. The SBHS guard placed fourth overall among the Scholastic A classes. Congratulations to all team members on a job well done


New parking rules in effect

Monday, March 2 was the first day in which Superintendent John Perales asked all staff to park in designated staff spots in on-campus parking lots. "While we believe we have enough parking slots to accommodate all drivers (students and staff) this is yet to be seen given that we have not tracked student drivers," he said. "It will take a bit of time and change is always hard for folks, but we will get it right and I am committed to continue to work with our students, staff and neighbors. Should you have a concern, please feel free to contact me via Facebook, email at jperales@sbhsd.k12.ca.us or on my personal cell phone, 408-455-7511."


Study session on Nash Road Closure, neighborhood parking

The public is invited to a Wednesday, March 4 Board of Trustees study session on neighborhood parking issues and the proposed Nash Road closure. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the San Benito High School auditorium, 1220 Monterey St. Trustees and Superintendent John Perales are planning an evening of collaboration, focusing on facilities and the safety of students. Public ideas and concerns are welcomed as the district works to ensure that the school and surrounding neighborhoods are welcoming and safe for students, families and residents. Questions? Call Tricia Cooper at 831-637-5831, ext. 132. Click here for the flyer in English. Click here for Spanish.



Student Musical This Month

Student Musical This Month

Parents, community invited to join accountability committee

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is San Benito High School's assurance to the public and the California Department of Education that we are spending our funding in alignment with state priorities and providing supports to our most underserved students. As part of the planning process, San Benito High School is inviting parents and community members to serve on the LCAP committee. This committee will meet approximately four times during the spring to review data and provide input for the plan. If you are interested in serving on this committee or have further questions, please contact Cindi Krokower at 637-5831 x 162. 

Follow the Superintendent on Facebook

Superintendent John Perales encourages the community to follow him on Facebook to stay up with news and notes about San Benito High School and receive updates on college-bound students. To access his page, click here.

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Class of 2019 Presentations Available

The San Benito High School counseling staff has made available online the 8th Grade Preview Night student and parent presentations. The documents feature information about counseling services, graduation requirements and much more. Click here for the presentation in English. Click here for Spanish.

School Accountability Report Card Released

The School Accountability Report Card, which features 14 pages of enrollment data, student performance results, graduation rates, facility information and much more, has been released. To read the report, click here.

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Click the Haybalers icon to access news, sports, features and commentary written by student journalists in the Tech Writing/Newspaper class; the Facebook link takes you to Superintendent John Perales's page; the Twitter link connects to Baler News.

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Daily Bulletin

Daily Bulletin 3.4.2015
Posted by: Becky Doty
Published: 3/4/15

Remember to Turn your Clocks Forward One Hour Sunday March 8th
Daylight Savings Time Starts on Sunday March 8th, so don;t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour.

Posted by: Mike Schurig
Published: 3/3/15

Resources for parents of a special needs child
The Community Advisory Committee on Monday, March 9 will hold a free presentation for every parent, guardian, caregiver or involved family member of a child with special needs. "Holding Hands Along the Journey" will discuss how to h... Continue
Posted by: Adam Breen
Published: 2/26/15