Dear Guardian/ Parents,
As principal of Robertson High School, I am extremely proud of our students, teachers and the educational opportunities offered at our school and the schools throughout FUSD.
As you are aware, many of our FUSD elementary, junior high and high schools need significant repairs and upgrades to truly make them quality teaching and learning environments for teachers, educational staff and students. Improving our schools will help support Fremont’s outstanding teachers and staff by providing classrooms with the technology and facilities needed, to help our students succeed.
Unfortunately, due to the State budget crisis, our schools have lost approximately $95 million in a 3-year period, or about $31.6 million per year since 2007-08. There is simply no money coming from the State to improve technology, update our science labs, improve student safety or make urgently needed repairs and upgrades at our FUSD schools.
A recent independent community survey showed overwhelming Fremont community support for a local funding measure to improve our schools, provided that these funds cannot be taken by the State. As a result, we are considering a potential Proposition 39 Bond measure for the November 2012 ballot.
If enacted, this bond would allow us to provide major improvements at each school for the repair, upgrade, and replacement of our aging, outdated facilities. Unlike a parcel tax, Proposition 39 bond proceeds cannot be used operationally – only for facility needs.
This measure would allow us to repair, upgrade and/or replace our aging and outdated facilities. Proposition 39 bond proceeds may not be used operationally—only for facilities needs such as: improvements to plumbing and bathrooms; removal of safety hazards; handicapped accessibility needs; some classroom furnishings; the elimination, addition or repair of portable classrooms; air-conditioning and heating repairs; technology upgrades; and fire alarms or security systems, to name a few. Projects such as irrigation systems, asphalt, playfields, play equipment, etc. can also be considered.
If we were to proceed with such a measure, its purpose would be to upgrade and improve every school in our District, including Robertson High School.
You can learn more about the results of our recent facilities study and the conditions at our school by visiting our school’s website and clicking on the Facilities Needs Assessment (under Announcements).
Salvador Herrera, Jr.
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6/1 – All senior work completed and turned in for June graduation.
6/6 - Senior Check-out and Luncheon
6/11 – WOW van on site at 9:30 a.m.
6/11 – Finals, Minimum Day Bell Schedule
6/12 – Finals, Minimum Day Bell Schedule
6/13 – Minimum Day Bell Schedule, Last Day of School, School-wide BBQ
6/13 – Graduation, 5:00 p.m. (Robertson & Vista)
6/18 - First Day of Summer School at Robertson High
6/25 - First Day of FUSD Summer School (Held at Washington High)
7/26 - Last Day of Summer School at Robertson High
8/2 - Last Day of FUSD Summer School (at Washington High)
9/5 - First Day of School
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Join us for graduation in front of the school on Wednesday evening, June 13 at 5:00 pm for our formal cap and gown ceremonies. If you believe your student should be on this list – but is not – please call a counselor as soon as possible. Robertson seniors are reminded that all course work must be completed by Friday, June 1. Cap and gowns are $40 to be paid in cash. If you are a Robertson or Vista student who will be graduating during the summer, you can pay for your cap and gown then. If you wish to order graduation announcements, extra tassels, etc., please log on to www.jostens.com. If you think that you may like to speak or perform (sing) at the ceremony, let Ms. Lackore (at Robertson) or Ms. Lind (at Vista) know.
Our Graduating Seniors
Anderson, Rashaad Maher, Hannah
Aziz, Sohail Mariscal, Aryana
Baker, Megan Martinez, Chris
Barnes, Justin Martinez, Ivan
Bermudes, Leiva Martinez, Jesus
Campos, Jessica Martins, Eduardo
Castillo, Monique McVay, Victoria
Cervantes, Erica Miller, Luciano
Chan, Mark Mogaddedi, Salwa
Chang, Brandon Morales, Clifford
Cherry, Shalaya Morrissey, Joseph
Christensen, Irene Murphy, Natalie
Del Cid, Christian Murray, Nikki
Diaz, Breeanna Nasiri, Elias
Dimas, Stacey Nguyen, Calvin
Duarte, David Nunez, Endiel
Espinosa, Carlos Nunez, Rigoberto
Flores, Sebastian Ornelas, Fernando
Franklin, Andy Peebles, Erica
Freitas, Amanda Reboca, Joseph
Garcia, Kevin Robles, Nick
Garcia, Wesley Ruiz, Richard
Gardner, Nicholas Rusike, Rumbidzai
Gill, Hermantaj Saavedra, Javier
Gomez, Francisco Sanders, Justine
Grant, Anthony Singh, Raminder
Hackett, Shadai Singh, Ravikash
Hamidi, Nazir Smith, Will
Hernandez, Bryan Stephens, Sheana
Hernandez, Luis Stokes, Devontae
Hernandez, Stephanie Summers, Evan
Holmes, Justin Tuluiga, Juliana
Johnson-Bennett, Jamil Tyler, Jacob
Kamran, Maryam Walker, Kelsey
Kavathas, Vanessa Zaidi, Sabeeh
If you possess a club card from Safeway and/or a Visa/MasterCard from Target, those organizations will donate money to the school you designate (Vista Alternative’s program or Robertson High) every time you use your card. By enrolling, a percentage of the money you spend will enable Vista or Robertson to buy text books and upgraded programs. Vista students may ask their teacher for the appropriate form and Robertson students may ask the librarian. Currently, we are in need of Kleenex, #2 pencils, and copy paper.
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In order to partially offset the cost of funding for art supplies, Robertson High School has adopted a donation policy. Effective for the next school year, all art students are being asked to pay a $10 lab fee. Receipts will be provided, upon request, for tax purposes through our Account Clerk, Mrs. Wong. If this fee causes a financial hardship, please contact me to discuss other alternatives. Checks should be made out to Robertson High School with the student’s name noted on the bottom of the check. Thank you for your understanding and support. Mr. Barry, Art Teacher.
Gold and Silver Club:
Congratulations to the students who qualified for membership in the RHS Principals’ List (22), and Gold (35). According to teacher assessment in the last six week cycle, they are performing very well.
Robertson Weekly Progress Reports
Robertson parents, are you concerned about your student’s grades/credits? Not sure how he or she is currently doing at this time of year? On Fridays, have your student pick up a progress report from the office to complete. Your student will give this form to each of their teachers at the beginning of the period (to have it filled out by the teacher) and pick it up at the end of the period. Your student should then turn in the completed form to the office. The office will keep a copy and your student will be given the original to take home.
END OF YEAR MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
If your child has required medication or health services at school this year, all medication and medical supplies must be picked up by the last day of school! Medications must be picked up by an adult unless your child is authorized (current contract on file) to self-carry his/her medication (asthma inhalers and EpiPens only).
Medication Forms for 2011-2012
If your child requires a procedure (such as catheterization, G-tube feeding, nebulizer treatments, EpiPen administration, or diabetes management), the necessary forms will be mailed to your home in June. If your child had medication at school (such as pain relievers, asthma inhalers, or medication for attention deficit disorder), pick up a new “FUSD Form D – Medication at School” form in the school office.
Doctor’s orders must be dated after June 17 and can be submitted to your child’s school when the office opens in August.
For students on continuing medication regimens (such as food allergies, asthma, and diabetes), this is a reminder that new FUSD medication forms completed by your child’s physician are needed for each school year.
Ms. Alanna Morganti, RN, PHN
FUSD School Nurse
1st Annual Community Showcase
We had our first community showcase fundraiser on April 26. The fundraiser was a major success, exceeding our expectations! Our original plan was to host 100 people and raise about $3,000. Instead, we raised over $5,000 and hosted over 200 people! The funds we raised went to our prom and made it a success. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, supporting schools, Raiderettes, Tony Stewart, Transparent, and all of the parents who supported this event.
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Child Nutrition Needs Subs
Substitutes are needed for 2 hours per day in school cafeterias. Please apply in the Child Nutrition Department, Room 108, 4210 Technology Drive.
Social Studies News at Robertson
Multicultural Week – Awesome! Great! Cool! were just some of the descriptions heard around campus during multicultural. This year’s lineup included the Ballet Folklorico Dancers and speakers! A lot of learning and a lot of fun was had by all.
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CALIFORNIA HELMET LAW
In California, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or when using inline skates. This includes children being towed in a trailer behind a bicycle. Please model and follow this law for the safety of our children.
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EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINK
There is a new Emergency Information link on our website! This link will take you to a page on the district’s website where you can get the most up-to-date and accurate information on any emergencies within the District. You will also find information on general safety and how to contact the police. The safety of your children is our highest priority; we appreciate your cooperation and support. www.fremont.k12.ca.us
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Program Improvement Update for School Newsletters:
At the beginning of this school year, Fremont Unified was notified that we are a program improvement district. We were identified because we did not meet the Federal guidelines for student proficiency for four subgroups of students. We remain a high performing district based on our API score of 877. Our graduation rate is above the state requirement for school districts, and we continue to receive distinguished school honors for multiple schools each year. But not all students are achieving at this high level and we are required to look at our data to make changes so all students achieve proficiency.
When we received the official notification of Program Improvement, we immediately notified all parents. We also began the process of discovering what we need to do differently for our struggling students. There are four tools or surveys we used to look at our programs. From these surveys and other data, we are looking at making some changes. As a district, we are committed to providing appropriate interventions for students requiring more instruction to master the standards. We will provide professional development for all teachers to support classroom instruction. We will make sure all students are provided with the necessary instruction to learn the standards for their grade level.
As parents we want your help also. We have committees and events that we use to get feedback from and work in partnership with parents to help their child and all children do better in school. Some of these committees and events are: School Site Council, English Language Advisory Council, District English Language Advisory Council, Title I Parent nights, Migrant Education Parent nights, Parent Representative Advisory Assembly, Special Education Community Advisory Committee, Instructional Equity Advisory Commission, Literacy Nights, and GATE advisory meetings. We need all parents to get involved in the events at your child’s school or at the district office. Please work with us to assure high quality learning for all students in Fremont. Together we will move this district out of Program Improvement.