Paloma Valley High School Beat Out Temecula & Murrieta Schools

Brian Morris, principal of Paloma Valley High School offers his monthly Principal's Message for August, 2011... Principal's Messa...

Brian Morris, principal of Paloma Valley High School offers his monthly Principal's Message for August, 2011...

Principal's Message, August 12, 2011

Good morning Wildcats

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year. It is exciting to see our students on campus and the staff is looking forward to another terrific year.

First, I’d like to share that the freshmen class that just started with us is the strongest academic class that we have ever seen at Paloma Valley. Bell Mountain, Menifee Valley Middle and Hans Christiansen are proving to be strong middle schools that are providing our 9th graders with the skills necessary to handle the rigorous classes we offer here at Paloma. All of us are looking with optimism to see how our 9th graders are going to take Paloma Valley to an even higher level of excellence.

Speaking of excellence, this past school year was the strongest academic showing in the history of Paloma Valley. As a school, we met the federal Annual Yearly Progress goal and far surpassed the state Academic Performance Index goal. For the first time in history, Paloma has moved into the elite ranks of California high schools by becoming an “800” high school. Students, last year, your API increased a remarkable 20 points from 799 to 819. For the first time in history, a school in the Perris Union High School District has scored higher than a school in Temecula or Murrieta.

Based on early indicators, we believe we have scored higher than 3 of the 6 high schools in the Temecula and Murrieta school districts. Students, you scored so high last year that we met all the qualifications for being recognized as a California Distinguished School. We won’t actually receive the award this year because the state is choosing to only recognize elementary schools this year.

With success comes rewards. Our school’s CST incentive trip will be to Magic Mountain and will be held on Friday, October 14th. We have posted the qualifications matrix on the school’s website so you can determine whether or not you qualify for the trip to Magic Mountain.

Seniors, I promised that if the API for the junior class exceeded “800,” then every senior in the class would be allowed to leave campus for lunch so long as their parent signed the “parent consent form.” We have recently learned that this year’s seniors scored an incredible, 809 on the API which means that every senior can leave campus each day to go to lunch. Your English teachers will have the off campus forms for you to have signed by your parents. Please remember that your principal likes grilled onions on his “double double burger” and I prefer my fries, animal styl