Sunday, February 11, 2018

HTH Newsletter

          Spruce Up Day Is A Huge Success! Thank You To All The Volunteers
As you walk around the school this week, be sure to notice the clean windows, computer stations, chairs and the floor in the common area. Also check out the new coat of paint and hooks on the walls. Volunteer parent Claudia gets a special thanks for spending hours cleaning the kitchen. Thank you to Einstein's Bagels and Starbucks for their generous donations! And to parent volunteer Lisa Ferguson for organizing the event! We are looking for a volunteer to lead this event next year. Contact if you can help. 
Culture, People And Projects
"Story is the wisdom that can guide you to your true destiny--both temporal and spiritual. All of the great myths, legends, and fairy tales have that power. If you understand their secrets, they can guide you to a full realization of your self. Great stories are designed to guide us to our full potential and are as necessary to our well-being as fresh air."
-James Bonnet, author Stealing Fire From the Gods.

Here are some stories and we hope you find some fresh air.

Stem Cell Core Facility At High Tech High 
In September of 2017 a group of senior high school students started a stem cell research lab at High Tech High. The mission of the stem cell core is to use stem cell research to cure disease and help the world. The lab houses special equipment used to culture live mouse stem cells including a cell culture microscope, a CO2 incubator and a fluorescent microscope. The lab has now supported  90 senior students and 50 different research projects that use one of three different mouse cell lines: a mouse stem cell line that differentiates into myocytes (muscle cells), a mouse stem cell line that differentiates into adipocytes (fat cells), and a mouse prostate cancer cell line. An example of a student research project conducted in the Stem Cell Core Facility is testing the effect of hydrocortisone on prostate cancer growth. The lab is in constant need of supplies such as gloves, pipettes, and culture medium. We created a Donors Choose project to help fund the lab and funds donated will be matched for a limited time. 
Questions About ELPAC?
There is a new exam this year for Emergent Bilinguals (formerly English learners) that meaures their progress in the acquisition of academic English. First Parent ELPAC Information Night Thursday February 15th 5:45pm-7pm in the HTH main commons. Check out the letter for details. 
College News From Chris White
In order to qualify for need-based college financial aid the FAFSA must be submitted by March 2nd.  We want to provide support to students/families who have not yet submitted the FAFSA.  To schedule a meeting email Chris White or call Chris at 619-243-5022.  For 8 simple steps to completing the FAFSA:
What: College Night - Class of 2019
When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th 6:00pm   Where: HTH Commons
Who: Juniors and their parents/guardians
Spring is around the corner, and for juniors, that means the college application process is as well. Chris White, Director of College Counseling, will go over important spring dates and make sure all juniors get the college planning process.  
Lessons From Leaders Of The Civil Rights Movement

Passing the Torch—From Selma to Today

HTH Fam--staff and students, 
We are so fortunate to have over 5000 visitors grace our HTH halls, but on February 20th we will have some very special guests who were active participants in the Civil Rights Movement! HTH was created as an expression of social justice for ALL PEOPLE and we are here today because of the courageous acts of many. 
On Tuesday, February 20th, we'll have the opportunity to listen to a few stories, be inspired by their sacrifice and understand how we might carry the torch forward. One of the presenters actually smuggled the Letter from a Birmingham Jail out of Dr. King's jail cell! AMAZING that we have an opportunity, responsibility and duty to keep the dream alive. 
All are welcome. I will be here with my sons and family too and I hope to see you there. 
RSVP here.
Please Join Us!
Tuesday, February 20th 6:30pm-8:30pm
Doors open at 6:30pm for light refreshments
Program begins at 7:00pm
Free and open to the public
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
2150 Cushing Rd
San Diego, CA

Monies raised by your Parent Association fund grants that are used to create college level labs like this one in teacher Kalle's 11th grade classroom. 
Join us for Koffee with Kaleb this Wednesday at 9am in the main commons. Special guest is 9th grade math teacher Sarah Strong. Coffee and pastries provided.
Other Important News: 

Easy Ways To Raise $$$$
Do you shop online? Use the Benefits App to buy e-gift cards and a portion of every purchase will go to High Tech High. 
Shop at Amazon, use the link  when making your purchase and a portion is donated back to High Tech High. 
Important Dates
February 14th 9am Koffee With Kaleb
February 15th 5:45pm ELPAC Meeting
February 16th and 19th No School, Presidents Day Holiday
February 20th 630pm Passing The Torch: From Selma To Today

Notes From Liz 
If your child is late to school,
they MUST stop by the front desk to fill out a tardy slip. If your child will be late due to a doctor's or dental appointment please call (619)-243-5000, and leave a message on the attendance line. Or you can also email at  to inform of Site Manager.
We have had a high number of unexcused tardies in the last few weeks. It is very important that students arrive to school on time in order to get the most out of their school day. Thank you! 
Check out the PA website at