A Publication for Students and Parents

Fall 2012

Principal’s Message
Dear Cougar Students and Parents,


ur Homecoming edition of Changing Tides is also a time to welcome all Cougars back for another amazing year of academics and extracurricular excellence. I cannot believe that we are already wrapping up the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year! While school days are passing quickly and Back-toSchool Night and the Pumpkin Festival have come and gone, I finally have positive data results to share. Test scores became public on October 11th, and we have yet again made tremendous gains in our state testing scores and overall academic performance. Our API (Academic Performance Index) is up by 16 points (surpassing our target gain of 5 points) from a 781 to 797. We are still striving to surpass 800 and will no doubt cross that threshold this year. Our Socio-Economically Disadvantaged students made a 9 point gain, our White population gained 26 points, and our Hispanic students gained 15 points. After achieving dramatic increases over the past three years, the results of our English Learners surprisingly fell 16 points. Our staff is closely analyzing the test data and working together to address this area of concern. Our Similar School Rank (how we compare with respect to 100 other schools of similar population and demographics) reported one year after CST administration is now a 6. This unbelievable 2 point gain from the previous year demonstrates the hard work of staff and students. Our overall state rank remains a 7. Our Cougar scholars continue to show the state of California and the community that we can achieve at high levels. Check out all of the students who earned Grade Bumps in the C & I Corner. So, I am sure that you are wondering what else has happened on campus since August 27th. Besides gearing up for Homecoming week, the students helped make Back-to-School Night one of the best ever. The band, chorale, and the cheerleaders performed, and the Leadership students guided parents to classes as well as showed off the new and improved Student Store. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) hosted state officials. This only happens once every three years and was a great experience for all of the Agriculture students and school officers. Our first ever Web Design and Animation

courses hosted an Open House, and the Counseling Department put on an incredible College Night which included information about financial aid. ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) and the Puente Club collaborated to serve the annual Welcome Back dinner sponsored by the Ritz. PAC’s Long Branch fundraiser was a hit again with fabulous auction items, delicious barbeque and an incredible vibe. If you missed it, you can join the Cougar Booster’s for the Black and Orange Ball fundraiser at Cetrella on November 3rd. Dodge ball is back thanks to Mr. Riordan and Mr. Barnes is working with a new improv group on campus. Our free tutoring center is open Monday-Thursday after school in the library. The MUSE, Yearbook, and The Paw Print (http://hmbpawprint.com/) are under construction while Monsters in the Sky, illustrated by students in Mrs. Evan’s Art II classes is already published. Pick up a hard or digital copy today! This is only the tip of the year’s iceberg so stay tuned for more. Also, for periodic updates, check out my blog at https://hmbhs.schoolloop. com/principals-message. To another great year…. Go Cougars! Cheers, Ms. Silvestri Principal

In This Issue
Principal’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 C & I Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 Dooley’s Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cougar Counseling Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Congratulations Yadira Acosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Front Office News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Physical Education News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Music News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Visual and Performing Arts Department . . . . . . . . . 6 Spring Musical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Homecoming Themes Announced . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Homecoming Calendar 2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 “BACPAC” Tutoring and Homework Help . . . . . . . . 7 Did you miss out on any Yearbooks? . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Black & Orange Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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C & I Corner
Testing News

By Ellen Reller, Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction.
10th Grade: Mayra Acosta, Odalys Acosta, Samantha Acosta, Shane Acton, Emma Alaimo, Angelica Alcantar, Alejandro Alvarez, Wendy Amaya, Ethan Amour, Sarah Applegate, Vanessa AquinoSanchez, Ian Barton, Gabriel Bauer, Jenna Baxter, Andrew Benson, John Blick, Elizabeth Boville, Gabriela Camarena, Brandon Capers, Maria Capristo, Brenna Carroll, James Cartwright, Alexander Chee, David Corona, Dulce Anai CortesBrena, Jennifer Costa, Brenda De Jesus Acosta, Gelareh Dehnad, Alessandra Devitt, Liam Dolan, Manuela Dorado, Abigail Drobnick, Case DuFrane, Pace Farbstein, Farra Mae Fernandez, Noah Ferriera, David Ganster, Brendan Garrison, Madeline Gembalczyk, Jacob Giusti, Sean Glasson, Cohlton Gonsalves, Kelly Griffin, Brandon Gutierrez, Summer Haataja, Madeline Hagarty, Lily Hall, Steven Handel, Fiona Handler, Matthew Hann, Lucas Hannon, Grant Harman, Trevor Harman, Angelica Haro, Andrew Heinzman, Carlos Hernandez, Mary Hood, Elizabeth Huerta, Riley Hummel, Brandon Inglis, Haley James, Elle Janoe, Leticia Jarquin, Claire Jolley, Morgan Jones, Ian Kairos, Robert Ketchum, Samuel King, Taylor King, Benjamin Klee, Nicholas Lasher, Christopher Latter, Kallista Leonardos, Julia Loegering, Alexia Lugo Cortes, Desiree Luna, Erick Mariscal, Julian Marquez, Alec McGregor, Tony Medina, David Mendez, Jack Mindus, Rodolfo Miramontes, Samuel Mitchell, Maya Montalvo, Ana Morales-Galvan, Mark Myren, Alaina Nashir, Sabrina Nava-Catalan, Lena Nguyen, Shea Nolan, Michelle Novelo, Kiyomi O’Connell, Shelby Olson, Kathleen O’Malley, Alyson Osgood, Gabrielle Pariseau, Emily Payne, Juan Penaloza, Shane Penner, Stephanie Perez, Christopher Pintarelli, Nicholas Pyle, Jordan Regan, Eli Reyes, Ashley Reynolds, Jordan Rice, Johnatan Rico-Contreras, Grace Robertson, Christopher Rodriguez-Villalobos, Marianne Rogers, Danielle Rojo, Estefhany Ruiz-Ortiz, Katherine Rupert, Erika Salazar-Colorado, Pierre Salinas-Rodezno, Gabriela Sanchez, Morgan Scearce, Michelle Schabinger, Claire Schuster, Sebastian Segura, Rachel Sewart, Luke Shaw, Julie Sorfleet, Marcelline Springer, Katarina Stein, Sarah Stretch, Julia Sulzinger, Justin Sutton, Hailey Thorne, Michael Tyler, Nathaniel Tyler, Shea Ugalde, Ashley Utz, Lesley Valle, Luis Vasquez-Morales, Ana Vidrio-Vasquez, David Villafuerte-Contreras, Jesus Villasenor-Anguiano, Maxwell Vincent, Nancy Virgen, Jerry Watkins, Alexander White, Darragh White, Connor Whitt, Justin Winslow, Jackson Wooliever, Elaine Yang, Anjyu Yee, Patrick Young, Manuel Zepeda-Meza. 11th Grade: Elizabeth Abarca, Damien Adams, Kelly Allen, Zachary Allgood, Dominic Andreini, Veronica Antonelli, Morgan Ard, Magdalena Arreola, Jose Arroyo, Jose Ayon, Johnathan Bali, Brianna Ballew, Guadalupe Beas, Edgar Becerra, Brian Belo, Adam Bloomer, Spencer Boling, Haley Boyajian, Cassidy Brazil, Danielle Burnside-Von Hooten, Jason Cagle, Avery Calhoun, Corey Cilia, Heather Claitor, Mia Cline, Nicole Collins, Anzony Contreras, Carmen Contreras, Marcela Cordova, Clancey Craig, McKenna Crofton, Madeleine Croke, Deana Curran, Eric Dasmalchi, Alexei Doncov, Ryan East, Edwin Elizondo-Martinez, Cynthia Figueroa, Julia Floyd, Amy Francis, Kyleen Freeburg, Jack Fritz, Veronica Gallegos, Catherine Gray, Miguel GuevaraRamirez, Nathan Hagarty, Camille Hagen-Aguirre, Marcela Hagen-Aguirre, Cian Haley, Beau Hamada, Hana Lani Hanson, Kyle Harwood, Matthew Hedding, John Heirich, Jose Herrera, Cesar Huerta, Kenny Huerta, Adam Humphrey, Stephen Islander, Christopher Jacobson, Steven Jacobson, Lara Jensen, Dalia Juarez-Orozco, Kian Kemp, Kyla Kemp, Garrett Kerska, Fiona Kohlman, Morgan Krieger, Marilisa Lehmer, Alix Lemke,

Advanced Placement : Last year, a total of 440 AP tests were taken by Half Moon Bay High School Students. We currently offer fourteen Advanced Placement courses and anticipate that this year’s students will be taking nearly 500 tests in May.

On October 3rd and 4th nearly 180 students took the CELDT test to assess English Language skills. We had the pleasure of honoring the following students who were reclassified as Fully English Proficient at the September 29th ELAC dinner: Samantha Acosta, Carlos Alcantar, Jose Arroyo, Adrian Cancino-Vega, Maribel Garcia, Mariela Juarez, Carmen Orozco-Figueroa, Nancy Virgen, and Manuel Zepeda-Meza. Congratulations!

On October 17th, nearly 175 sophomores and juniors voluntarily took the PSAT at Half Moon Bay High School. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

November 6th and 7th will be CAHSEE testing for all 11th and 12th graders who have not yet passed the English and/ or math portion of the California High School Exit Exam. All sophomores will be taking the test in February.

California Standards Tests for Spring 2013 will be administered to all ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students on April 25 – 30. Mark your calendars!

First Quarter Grades
Our first quarter ends on October 19th. Please check School Loop for the most up-to-date grade reports for your students. After-school tutoring and homework help is available Monday through Thursday with teachers in the library until 4:15.

Final Exams
First semester final exams will be on December 18, 19th and 20th. All final exams must be taken during these dates.

And now for our Cougar STARS!!!!
Congratulations to the following students who earned Proficient (4) or Advanced (5) scores on the spring 2012 STAR exams and are eligible to earn grade bumps in the following subjects: English, math, science, and social studies. Keep up the great work!

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C & I Corner continued from page 2
Sabrina Levine-Lopez, Sarah LoCoco, Kayla Lourenco, Katriel Lovewell, Mayra Luquin, Karina Lynch, Jeremy MacKinnon, Logan Marshall, Jessica Martinez, Maria Martinez, Ryan Mattel, Sean McCarthy, Kaya McMullen, Annika Merrilees, Jesse Midkiff, Brodie Miller, Cesar Mojica, Giovanni Morales, Dayanne Nah, Derek Nazar, Heidi Noriega, Enrico Nuno, Anthony Obester, Concepcion Ortiz, Geoffrey Osgood, Katelyn Overcashier, Maximillian Palladino, Marina Parks, Kenny Pelikan, Cecilia Penaloza, Dominique Peranich, Eduardo Perez, Erick PerezGuevara, John Perkins, Dominic Pintarelli, Connor Pope, Yordania Rico-Contreras, Josue Rivas, Stephanie Rodrigues, Liliana Rodriguez, Sydney Royce, Celina Rudorfer, Michael Rupert, Alondra Sahagun, Julian Salkin, Janel Sanchez, Piet Shafer, Jasmine Shaff, Fiona Shimeld, Cynthia Silva, Adrian Silveira, Gabriel Silveira, Chet Silveria, Thomas Simons, Tanner Smith, Harkanwalpreet Sodhi, John Sorfleet, Tiana Spano, Soleil Spigelman, Natalie Strohm, Steve Terraszas, Jensen Thackery, Grace Thompson, MacKenzie Tjogas, Eliana-Lourdes Torres, Zachary Treanor, Daniela Valle, Samuel Vaughn, Esmeralda Velasquez, Emanuel Venegas, Paola Venegas, Beatriz Villegas, Melanie Waechtler, Konrads Wallace, Porter Warrick Hess, Micaela White, Adam Winnen, Calvin Yeh-Tinetti, Stephen Yogi, Harold Zaidain. 12th Grade: Douglas Abarca, Tania Abdallah, Isaiah Abramson, Carlos Alcala, Aiko Anderson, Chandra Anderson, Courtney Andreini, Jose Anguiano, David Arella, Jesse Arellano, Edgardo Arriaga, Marius Avril, Peter Bacich, Spencer Barron, Benjamin Barsocchini, Erin Beebe, Ally Bell, Kayla Bell, Alyssa Bellamy, Gabriel Bertolucci, Brian Blankenhorn, Eoin Bloomer, Freyja Bone-Rundle, Sheridan Bowman, Eric Brovarney, Irma Calixto, Kraiss Cannaday, Katelyn Carlevaris, Eva Cassel, Aria Chee, Liangyu Chen, Courtney Chew, Kaila Clark-Granahan, Julia Cohen, Quienton De Leon, Jackson Dobbrow, Domenica Domiray, Alberto Duenas, Magdalena Dye, Marshall Egger, Sean Ellison, Henry Fassinger, Zoe Freeman, Dylan Gallup, Aidan Garcia, Cesar Garcia, Gerardo Garcia, Isabella Garcia, Natalie Godinez, Daniela Gutierrez, Irina Haack, Austin Hagarty, Reese Hammerstrom, Robert Hardman, Gabriela Hernandez, Will Hettel, Mc Kenna Hilton, Christine Hosfeldt, Riley Houston, Thomas Howell, Ruth Huerta, Zitlali Huerta, Robert Humphrey, Erika Infanzon-Marin, Dalton James, Luis Jimenez, Eleanor Jolley, Brett Jones, Haiyang Kehoe, Bradley Kelly, Christopher Ketchum, Lyndsay Klimenko, Micaela Kowalczyk, Alexander Krechevsky, Derek Kulda, Kira LaFace, Eva Lara, Zachariah LeBlanc, Victor Li, Aubrey Loeffler, Jessica Lopez, Jasmine Lovette, Joseph Lowman, Mikaila Lucido, Jacqueline Lundberg, Peter Lundgard, Adam Machold, Sean McKenna, Thomas Meador, Kevin Merritt, Ridge Mickelsen, Elia Miranda, Krishan Mithal, Annalise Morris, Michael Mountain, Jacob Mulderick, Natalie Myren, Kathryn Nassar, Haley Novarina, Daniel O’Connor, Katherine Olson, Paula Pastuskovas, Ashley Pedersen, Angela Peregrino, Emma Pinzarrone, Dennis Plank, Fabiola Procopio, Owen Putz, Audrey Quirk, Omar Ramirez, Sierra Rhodes, Peter Richardson, Luis Rivas, Victor Rivera, Jasmine Rosse Gunkel, Nestor Ruiz-Jimenez, Emily Ruiz-Torres, Ryan Segervall, Emilia Shelton, Anya Skinner, Rachel Staal, Sarah Stanton, Robin Strasser, Kyle Strom, Serena Terry, Benjamin Thornton, Matthew Tolar, Ernesto Torres, Ruben Issael Torres, Lincoln Treanor, Sebastiano Valverde, Cesar Velazquez, Luis Villasenor, Curtis Walling, John Watts, Daniel Welch, Keegan Whittemore, Benjamin Wigman, Jonathan Wigman, Paige Williamson, Shauna-Li Wolfeld, Kieran Wolk, Annie Zell, Rose Zilber.

Dooley’s Roundup
Homecoming 10/29-11/2
Monday 10/29: Tuesday 10/30: Thursday 11/1: Friday 11/2:

By Jarrett Dooley, Assistant Principal, Pupil Services

Dress Up Day Freshmen Dress Up Day Sophomores Dress Up Day Seniors, Skits at Lunch Homecoming Assembly, Assembly Schedule, Football v. Sacred Heart F/S 4p & V 7p, Homecoming Dance

Wednesday 10/31: Dress Up Day Juniors

• HMBHS now has an anonymous Bully Reporting Box located in the Counseling hallway. Please feel confident to report bullying anonymously, or to your Counselor. Together, we can make HMBHS a better place as we stand united against bullying. • The HMBHS Safety Committee has executed two drills this year – a Lockdown and an Earthquake drill. Students are expected to follow specific instructions during drills so as to simulate our best response to a potential emergency. Staff and students have committed to the drills and increased efficiency greatly over the past few years. The Safety Committee meets regularly to review drill records, processes, and discuss other safety items such as bullying, hazards, etc. If you would like to be included in future meetings, please contact Mr. Dooley at your convenience.

Athletics Update
• Check out HMBHS’ live game updates on the new SchoolLoop website! If you cannot make it to a game, logon and check to see how your favorite team is doing: hmbhs.schoolloop.com/live-game-updates • Standings as of 10-16-12: (include all images attached for standings unless you just want to do text from the website)

• We have officially hit cruise control on the release of the new HMBHS website at hmbhs.schoolloop.com! Please bookmark the new website and return often as information, student work, calendar, and announcements are updated regularly. If you have any ideas as to improvements for the site, please send them to Mr. Dooley and we’ll collaborate! • Don’t forget that HMBHS is on FaceBook at facebook.com/ hmbhs. Like our page and get updates and announcements sent to your News Feed! We feature stories about Cougars in the Community, pictures of students at work, and other social items! • An online addition to HMBHS this year the Paw Print – the brain child of Ms. Neilson’s new Journalism class. Check it out at hmbpawprint.com.

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Cougar Counseling Corner

Meet the HMBHS Counseling Department We have an almost entirely new counseling department this year. Please welcome Ms. Olmstead (students H-O), and Ms. Buritica (students P-Z) to our community. Ms. Gangsei (students A-G) is in her 5th year as a counselor @ HMBHS. Please stop by and say hi!!

College Application Workshops Thanks to the ongoing support provided by PAC, counselors are again hosting College Application Workshops in the HMBHS library throughout application filing period (October 1st-Nov 30th). Every T/W/Th, two counselors will be available to help students with anything related to college applications (filling out applications, writing college essays, selecting schools to apply to, etc.). No appointments are necessary – feel free to drop by and get some help with your college apps. Important upcoming dates: December 7 Local Scholarship Program Application due from seniors to Ms. Gangsei by 3:15 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted (see website to download application – available now). January 23, 25, 30 Course Selection for 2013-2014 - Counselors will meet in PLP groups with students to review progress and select courses for the next school year. Parent signature required.

(Left to right: Ms. Buritica, Ms. Gangsei, Ms. Olmstead)

Spotlight: Personal Learning Plan (PLP) Program & Counseling Services Our Counseling Team has developed and continues to improve the Kent award winning PLP Program to ensure that all students receive academically focused counseling services specific to their needs at each grade level. Please refer to our website (above) for more information. We highly encourage you to reference the website frequently for resources and a plethora of information. We post announcements frequently on School Loop in the News section. Counseling Department Fall Programming: PLPs - On Oct. 10th seniors attended our annual PLP Post-Grad Workshops. Our 2nd annual College & Financial Aid Night for parents took place on Oct 11th and was a smashing success. Thank you to everyone who attended. We will be holding PLP sessions for sophomores and freshman in November. PSAT –Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test The PSAT was administered on Oct. 17th. We will be hosting a “PSAT Now What?” workshop on January 9 at 6 p.m. to go over PSAT results and preparing for college.

January-May (Mondays) Individual freshman family appointments will be schedule on Monday’s throughout second semester. Be on the lookout for a letter indicating your student’s scheduled appointment.


Congratulations to our own Yadira Acosta and her husband, Juan Carlos, on the birth of their third child. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 4.8 oz., Monserrat Hortencia Acosta was born on October 10th. Acosta’s other children are Nayeli and Diego Ulises.

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Front Office News
HMBHS Office Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance Line: To report your child’s absence, please contact the Attendance Clerk by dialing 712-7200 and: Press 1 for English OR Press 2 for Spanish Press 1 to report absence. Speak slowly and include your child’s name, date, and reason for absence. Registrar Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and requests for transcripts are online as well in our front office and may take two business days to process. Transcripts are now $5 (cash or money orders only). Please refer to our main website page at http://hmbhs.schoolloop.com/ for staff contact information as well as all forms, such as, transcript requests, community service documents, counseling, shadow appointments, etc. If you have a community service opportunity and/or announcement, please email Janet Vrba at vrbaj@cabrillo.k12.ca.us.

Music News
By John Evans Our HMBHS band performed at the Newark parade on September 22nd and received a first place award in their division. The I.D. unit received a second place and Drum Major Ruben Torres took third place in the Mace Division. We also have upcoming band reviews on October 20 in Santa Cruz and on November 10 in Napa.

Physical Education News
By Christina Yeakley The Physical Education Department is excited and ready for a new school year and even newer department! We have added new teacher, Mr Brian Anderson, from Winters, CA, new department head Christina Yeakley and the ever popular Susan Steach returns as the bench mark for world class physical education instruction. The department is now curriculum based, which means that your student will not only learn the basics of many fun and enriching sports but will also gain a firm understanding of their body mechanics, health and wellbeing, as well as gaining a wider view of empathy and respect towards others. Mr Anderson is a recent graduate from Chico State, with a degree in Kinesiology. He brings to the department a fresh new perspective as well as technology based teaching, upgrades to our current curriculum and an eagerness towards teaching. Mrs. Steach will be integrating yoga into the curriculum as well as helping the department form new Junior and Senior Electives. Lastly, Ms Yeakley takes on the duty as Physical Education Department Head. She will be working with the department to better align our standards based curriculum, develop new classes and manage the department. Physical Education Wish List: we are always in need for supplies and equipment. Nothing is too small or large. Clip boards, pencils, pens, facial tissue, soccer balls, rolling white boards, copy paper, colored pencils, highlighters, feminine hygiene products, bandaids, icepacks, and sporting equipment will always be accepted and always appreciated!

On Wednesday, October 24th, there will be a concert at 7:00 p.m. featuring the jazz band and chorale in the student center. Admission is free. The jazz band is also taking part in the CSM jazz festival on November 16.

Pictured from left to right are: Patty Sonprom, Ruben Torres, Mr. John Evans, and Phaithong Phuangson.

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Visual and Performing Arts Department
“Monsters in the SKY” Download is now available! The HMBHS art department has illustrated and published a children’s storybook ! Thanks to parent and author, Traci Martinez-Brown, our talented art students have this uniquely Half Moon Bay ebook for your computer or ipad for just $4.99. It is simple, just go to www.blurb.com/bookstore, type in Monsters in the Sky in the search bar, click on ebook and it can be yours to enjoy over and over like the magic of this season, year after year. We think that the friendliness that the Coastside is known to share, will be felt as you flip through the pages of “Monsters in the Sky.” A portion of the proceeds from this purchase goes directly to the Half Moon Bay High School Art department for the purchase of art materials and new equipment. Special thanks to the wonderful parents who have (so far) supported generously to the art department: We would not have the programs we have without your incredible support:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Paper Crane - Margaret Stow Michael Denning Dave Walker Heather and Dan Bodmann Shauna Wolfred Joan Fulp Allen Spring Mountain Gallery – Michael Wong Hallie Gardo Thomas and Mary Ann Simanek Jane Mountain Wendy Kennedy Andrew and Joanne McGowan John and Janine Miller Jennifer Brey Rebecca Ellis and the Overcasher Family Mina Pratt Traci Gonzales-Brown, Michael Brown and Family James and Lisa Kairos and Family

Half Moon Bay High School Spring Musical

The 2013 Half Moon Bay High School Spring Musical will be the 2007 Tony Award winning musical Curtains. This Kander and Ebb musical (creators of Chicago and Cabaret), is a hilarious whodunit with a wonderful script and musical score! The show will open on March 15th and run for two weekends on each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. The show closes on Sunday, March 24th. The story opens during the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical doing an out-of-town tryout prior to a planned Broadway opening. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew become suspects. Enters a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! Hilarity and wonderful song and dance ensue! Auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 13, after school beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sign-ups will be in the front office and audition music will be available online. Callbacks will be later that same week on Thursday and Friday.

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Student Section: Homecoming Themes Announced
By Kathryn Nassar Homecoming themes were announced on September 7th at the Welcome Back Assembly. As Principal Silvestri began the standard welcome back message something seemed awry when a police officer briskly walked towards her, handed her a note, and stepped back. After reading the note, Silvestri said, “A few students have gone missing this last period. No one is in trouble. We just want to know where they are. If you know where Melanie Lanier, Lorna Mata, Sarah Lococo, or Bridget True are – please let us know.” The lights went out and while a spotlight located each class president in the gym who stood up, ripped open her sweater, and revealed the emblem of her class’s hero. Then all four ladies rushed to the center of the gym where the missing students had appeared, defeated their guards, and brought them back to their respective class sections. And so the race to win homecoming began. This year’s Homecoming theme is Superheroes. The Freshmen are Spiderman, the Sophomores are Superman, the Juniors are The Avengers, and the Seniors are Batman. As Homecoming approaches, each class is working to perfect their contribution to the Homecoming events through mural, skit, dance, sports tournaments, class project, and red carpet. Each task is further complicated as the classes must incorporate their theme into each project. We look forward to Homecoming Week. Especially the Football Game vs. Sacred Heart that follows our Assembly on that same day. Make sure you come out and support our school and our athletes on Friday, November 2nd. And students – we encourage everyone to attend the Homecoming Dance in the MU immediately following the game. Please follow the homecoming scoring and Class of the Year points on the Activities webpage on School Loop. GO COUGARS!

Homecoming Calendar 2012


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October 17-19 .....Soccer Tournament at lunch October 24-26 ....Basketball Tournament at lunch October 29 .........Freshmen Dress-up day (Spiderman) October 30 .........Sophomore Dress-up day (Superman) October 31 .........Junior Dress-up day (The Avengers) October 31 .........Giant Relay and Tug of War November 1........Senior Dress-up day (Batman) November 1........Homecoming Skits at lunch November 2........Orange and Black Dress-up November 2........Homecoming Assembly (After 4th Period) November 2........Homecoming Game at 7pm v. Sacred Heart November 2........Homecoming Dance at 9pm

“BACPAC” Tutoring and Homework Help
For the second year running, our Parents Advisory Council (PAC) and Cougar Boosters (Booster Athletic Corp.) have joined to help HMBHS run our “BACPAC” Library tutoring and homework club. Each week, teachers and counselors are staffing the library from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Monday through Thursday in order to supervise and help tutor students in a range of subjects. On Mondays, we have math teachers available and on Thursdays, the World Language department supervises the tutoring. We also have peer tutors scheduled to help students with math on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We encourage staff and parents to recommend students to this program and take advantage of the time, space, and resources to improve their work and grades!

Did you miss out on any Yearbooks?
The yearbook class is selling an overstock of yearbooks for the following years: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 1999, 1993, and 1991. $10 for each yearbook – pick up only! We’re considering digitizing every yearbook so we have a complete library. We’re looking for copies of the following years: 1996, 1985, 1977, 1976, 1973, 1972, 1970, 1969, 1966, 1965, 1961, and anything before 1950. If you’d like to buy an overstocked yearbook or have one we’re looking for, please contact Claudia Lunstroth at: lunstrothc@cabrillo.k12.ca.us

The HMB High School Wrestling Team invites anyone interested in joining our Championship Team. First Practice is Oct 29th at 3:20. For info contact Coach Baker at (530) 263-2685


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Black & Orange Ball - November 3, 2012. The Black & Orange Ball is the event of the year

for HMBHS Athletic Boosters. Over the last two years the “Ball” has raised almost $50,000 all of which goes to supporting the Student Athletes at HMBHS. This years edition falls on Homecoming weekend so continue the fun on Saturday, November 3rd staring at 6pm at Cetrella’s located at 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California 94019. As always you can expect great auction items, fabulous food & drink and terrific music by Catie Chase & the Getaways. To purchase tickets, please click the “buy now” button at www.hmbcougarboosters.org or email Karen Bacich at bacich@hotmail.com.

HMBHS Changing Tides Newsletter Fall 2012 • https://hmbhs.schoolloop.com


A message from HMBHS Parent Advisory Council (PAC):
Welcome back to HMBHS! PAC has had a very busy and productive fall! Our 5th annual Western Fundraiser Night on October 5 was our most successful yet! Thank you for those of you who were able to support this very important fundraiser. Also, our New Leaf Grocery Store card program continues to grow and has already made $1,160.00 (since July 2012) this school year! We are very excited to announce that we have teamed with HMBHS Athletic Boosters (BAC) AGAIN to form the BACPAC Study Center. The HMBHS Library is now open from 3:15pm to 4:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and is staffed by some of our wonderful teachers and counselors to help with math tutoring, peer counseling, the college application process, etc. BAC and PAC are co-funding this great opportunity that is available to ALL HMBHS students. Please go to www.hmbhspac.com to see our updated website and learn more about PAC. Take a look at our calendar and see how you can get involved! We are looking for people to help with our various hospitality responsibilities including teacher luncheons. These are easy ways to help our school and meet some new friends at the same time! Please be sure to look at the Teacher Wish List on our website as well and consider donating specific items that our teachers need. PAC continues to build school community by funding academic and enrichment programs such as: • Annual School Loop subscription for the entire student body • Student Recognition • Enrichment opportunities including field trips and guest speakers • Scholarships for graduating seniors • School Beautification • Professional development for the faculty to enhance classroom experiences for students • Hospitality for important events such as 9th Grade Orientation, Back To School Night, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, College Night, Cougar Awards’ Night, Scholarship Night and Graduation The Cougar Scholastic Excellence Fund (CSEF) was founded and continues to exist for the sole purpose of helping HMBHS to fund a competitive selection of elective courses to prepare students for both college and career. CSEF has contributed more than $225,000 in four years resulting in

15 elective sections overall that otherwise would not have been available to HMBHS students. For the 2012/13 school year, CSEF funded the following sections: • Chemistry (from 4 to 5 sections for schedule flexibility) • Advanced Placement Physics (new course for 2012/13) • Advanced English 10th grade (2 to 3 sections) This effort was achieved through the generosity of 75 Cougar families. These sections helped lower overall class size and alleviated many scheduling conflicts. We are asking that each family donate $500/child or more per year for the next two years. The more families that donate, the less the burden for all. If your budget won’t allow for $500, please consider something less. Please help make the 2013 CSEF drive a success and donate! PAC needs YOU! Please get involved and participate in improving your student’s educational experience! Here is how you can help: • Join PAC for only $25! Your donation helps pay for your child’s School Loop subscription and you will receive a monthly email newsletter to help keep you informed. It’s never too late to join! • Register your Safeway card at www.escrip.com • Purchase re-loadable New Leaf Grocery Store gift cards through PAC. PAC receives $5 for every $100 that you spend! • Donate to the Cougar Scholastic Excellence Fund (CSEF), our direct donation program to subsidize electives at HMBHS. • Participate in our Beautification Days~help clean and improve our campus. Dates TBD. Please go to our website (www.hmbhspac.com) or contact us at president@hmbhspac.com to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you! Allison Dobbrow and Katie Howell PAC Co-Presidents

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the school year! Jennifer Walton and the 2010 Yearbook Staff
Changing Tides newsletter is a tri-annual publication of HMB High School. Questions or comments contact the editor Janet Vrba at vrbaj@cabrillo.k12.ca.us. Half Moon Bay High School does not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, actual or perceived, sex, race, ancestry, national origin, color or physical or mental disability.

HMBHS Changing Tides Newsletter Fall 2012 • https://hmbhs.schoolloop.com


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