Updates from Dr. Lawson: December 12th, 2021

Posted December 12th, 2021 via the weekly parent message - updates on Winter Break, College Board National Recognition Program, Wednesday College Series, and Counseling Updates.


Dear Falcon Families,

We are getting into the holiday spirit this week with holiday dress up days and a Winter Pep Rally this Friday, December 17th. We have much to be thankful for as we finish off our last week of school and enjoy some time off for the holiday season. In today’s update, I’ve included some important non-school and minimum day dates, information about COVID testing kits that will be distributed this week, information about the College Board National Recognition Program, some workshops/webinars for parents, and some counseling updates. Here are the latest updates as of 12-5-21.

* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.

Winter Break

Due to Winter Break, there will be no school Monday, December 20th – Friday, December 31st. School will resume Monday, January 3rd.

January Non School and Minimum Days

During the month of January, there will be no school Monday, January 17th due to Martin Luther King Day. Due to semester 1 finals, January 19th, 20th and 21st will be early out minimum days. School will be begin at the traditional time of 8:45am and end early at 1:41pm.

COVID At Home Testing Kits

The CA Department of Education is providing every SDUSD student a free at-home antigen COVID test kit. We will distribute one kit for every student starting 12/15 for use over break. Each kit includes:

Two tests to be used right before we return to school on Monday 1/3/22

One to be used 3 days before returning to school (12/31/21)

One to be used the morning we return (1/3/22)

Instructions in English and Spanish with a”1-800” toll-free support number for families to call.

CDPH hopes families will register the kits with the CDPH portal and report the results. Note: This is NOT a requirement for distribution or use.

Families do not have to report their results to the school, nor is it a condition to return. CDPH just wants to provide at-home test kits for personal use.

College Board National Recognition Program

Thank you to one of our parent representatives on the Site Governance Team for sharing this information with me. There is an extended window for students to self-nominate for the College Board National Recognition Program. Typically, the College Board notifies students in April of their Junior year, but they failed to do so this year. After much back and forth, they have opened up the process for students to self-nominate. Since SRHS class of 2022 students didn't take the PSAT, some may qualify with AP scores. Current seniors qualify if:

Take the PSAT 10 in the spring of their sophomore year and score in the top 10% by state.

Take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year and score in the top 10% by state

Earn a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams by their junior year (9th and 10th grade AP scores are considered).

GPA Criteria: Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Program Criteria: Students who identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural or small town

More information can be found using this Link: National Recognition Program.

Wednesday College Series

The Scripps Ranch High School Foundation is excited to announce the Wednesday College Series this Wednesday, December 15, 2021 will feature the admissions counselor from: Lafayette University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Salve Regina. It will be held from 1:05-1:35pm in the 800 Building Amphitheater.

For information about upcoming college fairs and presentations, please visit the SRHS Foundation College Corner: https://srhsfoundation.org/college-corner

Parent Workshop Series

The San Diego Unified School District and Carlsbad Unified School District invite parents to participate in a series of workshops where they will receive up to date information about what happens in our community, helping to raise young people who are successful in school and life in general. See this this Link: Mano a Mano Series for details.

Free Anxiety Webinar

The San Diego County Office of Education is offering a free anxiety webinar to provide information to parents about how to support your children during an uncertain school year. See this Link: Anxiety Webinar for details.

Safety Reminders

See this Link: Safety Guideline Highlights 2021-22 for the highlights of the safety guidelines. No new updates this week.

Counseling Updates

Current Class Recovery Plan

If your student is falling behind in classes and has missing work or a low grade, winter break can be a great time to catch up in classes! We recommend students do a Class Recovery Plan with each teacher in which they want to raise a grade, to see what they can still make up and set deadlines to complete the missing work. If tests need to be made up, they should lock in dates with their teacher for the makeups so they know what to study and when. Click here for a Class Recovery Plan form; print one for each class where a grade needs to be raised due to missing work. Have your student start speaking with their teachers early in the week, so they do not forget and can make things up even prior to the break.

CSU Application Deadlines Extended

All CSU schools have extended their application deadline, with the exception of Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Click here to see the new deadlines. SDSU and CSU San Marco have a new deadline of December 15th.

Transcript Request and Letter of Recommendation Request Deadline Reminder

Due to the winter break coming up, all requests for application due dates Dec. 15th- Jan 10th should have been requested by December 1st. However, if your student missed that due date, they can still submit their request now. This should be done ASAP to avoid having their items sent late. If a student needs items for a January 15th application deadline, they should be requested by December 15th. This information is also posted on the senior page.

That’s all for this evening. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School