Dear Cabrillo Families and Supporters,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Although these are uncertain times, I still believe that we will continue to our tradition of guiding students through these (sometimes awkward) middle years to reach their full potential, academically and personally. In line with our district’s motto of “Safe, Healthy, High-Performing Schools,” we realize that students need to be safe before they can be healthy, and health precedes performance. Thus, the decision has been made to provide remote learning until the end of the first semester (January 22, 2021) or until it is safe to return to school in person. As a result, our teachers and staff are working hard to recreate excellent learning experiences for our students in a new remote environment.
Cabrillo is known for being an excellent school, and it is! We have caring teachers and staff who work hard to help students think critically, communicate effectively, and be kind to one another. This year, we are adjusting our schedule to accommodate remote learning. Therefore, students will only “attend” three classes per day in synchronous learning (with their classmates and teacher online) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They will daily have asynchronous learning experiences as well. On Wednesdays, we will provide guided opportunities to connect with one another through clubs, counseling lessons, community building circles, social-emotional learning lessons, and schoolwide events. It will be like virtual lunchtime all day! We are continuing to offer some of the best electives programs in California. And we trust that our families will continue to be involved and our community will continue to support us as they have done so well for years. As a result of this team approach to teaching and learning, our students grow tremendously!
We will welcome our 6th grade Mariners to a virtual W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) orientation program on August 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. This includes a fun orientation event and then will be followed up with activities throughout the year where groups of ten 6th graders work with two 8th grade leaders in fun and meaningful ways.
Please join us for a virtual Back to School Night on September 3. We will be updating our school website regularly with news and events, so I encourage you to check it at least weekly. I look forward to communicating with you as we work together to help your children grow and learn.
Dr. Lorelle Dawes, Principal
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