Saturday School This Saturday, October 1st

If your student is on the LOP List or has Unexcused Absences /Truancies, then they need to attend Saturday School.    The next Saturday School is this Saturday, October 1st at 8:00am.  Students must sign up in the main office no later than 3:00pm on Friday, September 30th.  If they do not sign up, they will be turned away if there are no seats available.  

PSAT Student Guide Information

Registration for this year's PSAT is now closed.  

The number of students who signed up to take the PSAT far exceed our most generous estimates.   We ran out of the "Official Student Guide" during Open House.   We will be working with The College Board to get the Guides as soon as possible.  The copy of the Guide that was on the College Board website is no longer there.  

Here are some links that will give you most of the information that was in the Guide.

Emergency Procedures For Parents

Do you know what to do if an school emergency or natural disaster happens while your child is in school? Where do you go?  Where can you park?  How can you be reunited with your child?  If you unable to come to the school, who is allowed to pick up your student?    

We have now posted an Emergency Procedures for Parents page on our website to answer these questions.  You can also read it below.  Please take a few moments to read it so you are ready if an emergency happens. 

In case of a school emergency or a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, you need to be aware of our school’s plan for releasing your child.  First and foremost, remain calm.  Remember, it is our primary concern that students remain safe at all times, and that there is an orderly dismissal and release of our students. If you are off campus and learn your child’s school is in a lockdown situation, please do not attempt to enter the campus yourself. It is critical that you follow the instructions of law enforcement, as they will maintain control of the school’s perimeter for everyone’s protection.

Once an all-clear is given, and if there is a need to release students for the day, please know that school staff members will remain on duty until all student’s  have been safely checked out by a parent, guardian, or release contact as designated on your student’s  school emergency card. We will issue notification for student release by our voice messaging system with an automatic call at your designated number. If all parents/guardians arrive at our school at approximately the same time to pick up students, everyone’s understanding, cooperation and patience are essential to our plan.

Your walking to school to pick up your child would be best.  Parking will be very limited.  If you must drive, be prepared to park at least three blocks from the school.  Do not plan to park in school parking areas as it may interfere with getting emergency fire, medical and/or police vehicles into school. Proceed immediately to our Student Reunification Area on the South side of the administration building.

For the safety of every child, we must document to whom each child is released. When you arrive at school, proceed to the Student Reunification Area, and plan to do the following:

  1.  Fill out Student Reunification Form
  2. Be prepared to present a picture identification card. No exceptions a picture ID must be presented.
  3. Information will be verified and the form will be returned to you. You will be directed to the reunion gate.
  4. Proceed to the reunion gate (South side of the 600 bungalows) Hand form to school personnel
  5. As soon as possible your student will be brought to the reunion gate. Your student will be asked to verify their identity with a school ID.
  6. Once your student(s) are released to you will need to leave immediately.

It will take some time for the orderly dismissal of all our students, so please be patient and be prepared to wait.  The less confusion, the quicker students will be reunited with parents/guardians.

REMINDER:   Your child will be released only to those listed on the Emergency Card.  It is therefore imperative that you keep information on your child’s Emergency Card up to date.  Know also that for any reason your child is not picked up, he/she will be placed in an alternate place of safety.

These procedures should be shared with everyone you list on the Emergency Card so they are familiar with our plan and these concerns.

Free Tdap Booster Clinic 9/27 @ Serra


Parents, guardians and employees are reminded that a new California law requires that students entering 7th through 12th grades in the 2011-12 school year must be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap.

Although the California Legislature recently granted school districts a 30-day extension to verify immunizations, all 7th to 12th graders will ber equired to receive the Tdap booster. San Diego Unified students will be allowed to attend school for up to 30 calendar days after the first day of school, Sept. 6, 2011, regardless of proof of immunization or signed Tdap Personal Belief statement. These documents need to be provided to Serral no later than Oct. 6, 2011.

Free Tdap Booster Clinic for all district students in grades 7-12 at these locations: 

Wednesday September 21, 2011 12:30-5:30pm
Bell Middle School Auditorium
620 Briarwood Rd. 92139

Tuesday September 27, 2011 2:30-6:00pm
Serra High School Faculty Lounge
5156 Santo Road 92124

Thursday September 29, 2011 2:00-6:00pm
Henry High School Library
6702 Wandermere Dr. 92120

Parent or guardian must accompany student. First come, first serve basis. 
Sponsored by County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Immunization Program. 

Detection Canine Presentation @ Open House

Dear Serra High School Parents,

Serra High School is committed to providing a safe and drug free learning environment for each and every one of our students and staff. To that end, Serra High School Administration is renewing their  contract with Interquest Detection Canines Inc., to provide trained detection canines to conduct random, unannounced inspections on campus.

These canines are trained to detect the presence of illicit drugs, alcohol, and gunpowder-based items. During the random, unannounced visits, campus buildings, parking lots, and grounds will be randomly inspected for prohibited items. If detected and found, the school will initiate the appropriate disciplinary action.

These canines are non-aggressive retrieving breeds such as Golden and Labrador Retrievers. They are trained to discriminate specific “scents” of contraband items and indicate the area where the scent is  detected. Interquest provides service to over 1,200 public school districts across the nation.

To provide you with clear and accurate information about this service, we are hosting a Parent Info meeting before the opening of Fall Open House on Wednesday, September 21 st, 2011. This meeting will take place from 5:30pm-6pm in the Theater. The Canine Detective Unit will be present to provide an actual detection demonstration, and answer questions. Please plan to join us on Wednesday to become acquainted with this new service. We hope to see you at Open House.


Michael Jimenez


Make Up Picture Day 9/20/11

Students who did not get their picture taken at orientation will have an opportunity to be photographed on Make- Up picture day, September 20, 2011.  Passes will be given out during 1st period. 

NEWS: PSAT will be offered at Serra

We reported at the beginning of summer that we could no longer afford to offer the PSAT to our students, however, the GEAR UP grant has stepped up to help us out.    

We are pleased to announce that the PSAT WILL NOW  be given at Serra on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8:00am.   GEAR UP is picking up the cost for any 9th or 10th grader who wants to take the test.  Again, there is no cost for 9th and 10th grade students.  11th graders will have to pay the $14 College Board fee.  Transportation will be available.  

Any student who wants to take the PSAT (even if they don't have to pay) MUST sign up in the Finance Office starting on Tuesday.    The deadline for signing up is this Thursday, September 22nd.   The Finance Office is open before school, lunch and after school.  It will also be open during Wednesday's Open House.

For more information about the PSAT, please visit The College Board website.

Open House: Wednesday September 21

Please join us for the Serra High School Fall Open House!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

5:00 - 6:40:  Parent Connect Sign Ups Outside the Attendance Office

5:30 - 6:30: Sex Education and HIV Prevention Program Materials Preview, Outside the Attendance Office

5:15 - 5:30:  ELAC Meeting in the Media Center

5:30 - 6:30:  SSC Parent Elections in front of the Media Center

5:30- 6:00:   Interquest Detection Canine *** NEW***

5:30 - 5:45:  Title I Parent Meeting in the Media Center

6:00 - 6:15:  Military Parent Meeting in the Media Center

6:20 - 6:35: Principal's Welcome in the Q Hut

6:40 - 8:17:  Classroom Visits


Period 1



6:52 p.m.

Period 2       



7:09 p.m.

Period 3



7:26 p.m.

Period 4



7:43 p.m.

Period 5



8:00 p.m.

Period 6



8:17 p.m.

First Dance Of The Year- Saturday 9/17

All students are encouraged to attended the SPACE JAM Black Light Dance!  Don't miss the first dance of the year!!!

September 17, 2011 - 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Serra Gym

Ticket Price:  FREE with an ASB card (Until Thursday 9/15)   - $10 without an ASB card

Download and fill out the back of the Dance Agreement and return it with a school ID to the Financial Office when purchasing your ticket.  Tickets will be sold before school, at lunch and after school.  The last day to buy tickets will by Friday September 16th.  No ASB Discount on the last day of ticket sales.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Please remember: All students must be picked up or have left the premises no later than 10:30 PM. 

9/9 Athletics Update ** Correction

As many of you are already aware school was cancelled today, September 9, as a result of the power outage that occurred yesterday afternoon until early this morning.  School will resume Monday September 12.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

All athletic events scheduled for today September 9, 2011, will continue as scheduled.  We ask that your student athletes please contact their respective coaches in order to confirm scheduled times for the various athletic competitions.

JV Football is scheduled for 4:00 pm. today at Otay Ranch High School.
The bus is scheduled to leave Serra High School no later than 2:00pm.
If your student is on the JV football team please have them at Serra High School no later than 12:30pm
The bus will pick up the JV players at Otay Ranch at 6:30 ad is scheduled to return to Serra High School at 7:00

Varsity Football is scheduled for
7:00 pm at Otay Ranch
The bus is scheduled to leave Serra High School no later than 4:30pm.

If your student is on the Varsity football team please have them at Serra High School no later than 2:45
The bus will return to Serra High School at approximately 10:30pm

Girls Volleyball is scheduled for 4:00 pm today at Serra High School

Cross Country is scheduled to compete in the Mustang Invitational

Boys Water Polo is scheduled to compete in the Poway Invitational

Serra Closed Friday 9/9 Due to Power Outage

All schools, child development centers and the PrimeTime extended day programs will be closed in the San Diego Unified School District on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, due to the regional power outage.

School is scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 12.

2011-12 Staff Directory Now Posted

The most current version of the 2011-12 Staff Directory is now posted on line.

Click here for the Serra Room/Phone directory.

Click here for the Phone/E-mail directory.

First Day Power Outage

Around 12:35 p.m. today, just as fifth period was starting, Serra High lost all power.    In accordance with our emergency procedures, all classrooms were evacuated to the upper field.  During the evacuation, it was determined that it was an area-wide power outage and the campus was safe.   The power came back on at 1:00 p.m. and staff and students were allowed to re-enter the buildings.  However, a couple of minutes later the power went out again.  If the classroom had adequate lighting, student were allowed to return to their classroom to get out of the heat.  Other classes were moved to the Media Center.     Students remained with their fifth period teachers until the power returned around 1:30.  

We are very proud of our students and staff for their outstanding performance during this emergency situation.  

Changes to Student Connection For The New School Year

Important Information about StudentConnection: Effective Friday, September 2, 2011, a change was made to StudentConnection.  Students will only be able to access StudentConnection using their Active Directory (AD) username and password.  This is the username and password they use to log into the Netbooks in their Math and English classes.