Chaparral News Bulletin
From: County Health office
Prevent Meningitis land Detect It Early
Since January of this year, there have been an unusually large number of cases of meningitis in Tijuana, Mexico. Meningitis is a brain infection that can be caused by bacteria or viruses. The bacterial type of meningitis has become more frequent there and the bacteria are called "meningococcus" (period inside quotation mark) Most cases have been in children and young adults. Meningitis can result in death, if not detected and treated early.
Here is what you can do to prevent meningitis and to detect it early:
a. Know the symptoms: fever, intense headache, lethargy, stiff neck, and/or a pinpoint rash that does not blanch under pressure.
b. Contact your doctor when these symptoms are present.
c. Get the meningitis vaccine. The vaccine (known to doctors as MCV4) is recommended for all children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. The first dose should be given at age 11 or 12. A booster dose can be given at age 18 years. The vaccine is recommended for some adults: those who travel to areas where there is meningitis, military recruits, college-age students living in dormitories, and adults with certain health conditions.
d. Use good hygiene. Frequent hand washing is important. Bacteria can be spread through coughing and sneezing. (period) When a tissue is not available, cough or sleeve (delete) into your own elbow/sleeve (NOT into your hand).
e. Saliva can spread the infection. Do not share food or beverages. Do not share water bottles, eating utensils, lipstick or lip balm. Adults must not share cigarettes or pipes.
f. Travelers. If you are traveling to Tijuana, be aware of the recent reports of meningitis. Promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms.
For reliable information on meningitis, go to the following website: www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/ <http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/>
We in Alternative Education believe that ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing excellence in education in a small learning community that is conducive to learning. Chaparral High School is the main continuation/alternative school for the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). Currently GUHSD serves 24,456 students at 12 high schools. Located in the city of El Cajon, it provides an alternative educational setting for an average of 300 students, eighty of which are designated Special Education, in grades nine through twelve. Students at Chaparral are referred by the eleven comprehensive high schools in the District for reasons involving poor attendance, lack of academic success or behavioral issues. In addition, students may voluntarily elect to attend Chaparral. The student population changes as students are returned to their school of residence upon completion of their remediation and/or academic goals. Chaparral offers programs and services to supplement the basic education program. Some of these services include an incoming orientation, Special Education Program, extended day tutorials and Title I support.
As a result of attending Chaparral High School all students will receive access to individualized alternative learning opportunities that address the educational needs of each student in a safe and nurturing environment.
Chaparral High School is committed to providing a positive environment with individualized learning opportunities that promote well rounded contributing citizens.
EXPECTED SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING RESULTS (ESLRs)
We at Chaparral High School believe that all students can learn. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing excellence in education in an environment conducive to learning where building relationships with students is the core foundation to student success. In order to best describe our mission as well as align with the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Expected District-wide Learning Results (EDLRs) of developing effective readers, competent writers, articulate speakers and quantitative problem solvers, Chaparral’s staff chose certain Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs):
1. Students at Chaparral will be accomplished life-long learners who can read, write, communicate, and quantitatively problem solve in order to thrive in society.
2. Students at Chaparral will be effective communicators who can demonstrate oral and written competency in a variety of settings in order to positively impact the community.
3. Students at Chaparral will be good citizens who are involved, responsible, and respectful community members that contribute back to society through positively participating in their schools and communities.
4. Students at Chaparral will be quality producers who are effective, respectful, responsible, and goal-oriented leaders and role models who strive to do their best in all situations presented to them in our constantly evolving world.
Dear Chaparral Parents and Students:
Welcome to Chaparral and the 2012-13 school year! We are looking forward to school starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Students we hope you had a great summer and are focused on completing your goals for this school year. We are looking forward to having a school year where we can support you in your academic endeavors and provide the opportunity for after school activities through our ASSETS Program. We are also looking forward to continuing our Prom Night and need you to get involved in ASB to make it another successful year for our students.
Parents, we are pleased to have you as partners in the educational process. As the year progresses and you have questions or concerns please talk with us to get the help and attention that you deserve. If you have questions regarding in-class issues, please start with talking with the classroom teacher. Our counselors and assistant principals are always available to assist you as well, should the need arise. We are a small school and you will have instant access to anyone of our staff to be able to help you and your student.
One of our goals is to ensure that the parents and guardians of students, and the students themselves, feel at home at Chaparral. To keep you informed of your student’s academic success their (sic) will (sic) are four progress reports mailed home during the school year. In addition the Parent Portal is also available for you to view more detailed information regarding your students’ educational progress, especially attendance. If your student is not in school they will not be able to complete classes in a timely manner to help them get caught up academically. Please stop by the Library to get your Parent Portal account set-up. I also want to encourage all parents to join us on parent visitation days this fall and spring.
You are also encouraged to read for future reference the Chaparral Handbook, which outlines expectations for student behavior and explains all school policies and procedures. You will be required to sign and return the blue half sheet of paper along with your student’s signature at registration. This year your student will also be placed on a Performance Contract to keep them on track to meet their educational goals.
On behalf of all Chaparral staff members, I wish you a happy and successful school year.