Welcome to all new and returning “Pumas”!
The eighteenth year of Maria Carrillo High School (MCHS) promises too not only be fun and exciting, but rewarding academically, athletically, and artistically. The Class of ‘14 is committed to leading the entire talented student body in making this a great year.
As you begin the school year, we urge you to remember this: Maria Carrillo is a community of adults, both younger and older, who are committed to working together toward the common goal of creating the best educational experience possible. Personal responsibility remains the foundation of that goal. Being a “Puma” means not only accepting responsibility for your actions, but also committing yourself to working cooperatively with all members of this community.
Academics are the primary focus of any high school and that includes Carrillo. We strive to develop your intellectual strength and prepare you for the future. We urge you to embrace learning and we stand ready to support and guide you. Your responsibilities are to attend school regularly, actively engage in classwork, and complete all class and homework assignments. If you are having difficulty with your coursework, seek help. Your teachers are available to you during the school day (before/after school, during break/lunch or during Advocacy). Your counselor can assist you in ways to get organized, how to access outside resources, available tutoring programs, etcetera. Also, talk with your Advocate about ways they can help support your academics. Remember, your education is a cooperative goal and will be unobtainable without your active effort and participation. My personal motto is “Failure is not an option!”
MCHS offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for you to explore. All studies show that students who are involved in school activities outside of the classroom get better grades. I urge each of you to find a team/club/volunteer organization to get involved in. If you are interested in starting a new club, find a teacher/advisor and make it happen. We want each of you actively involved in the school community.
Read this handbook closely and you will understand a great deal about MCHS. Although not inclusive of everything, it contains the essential information you need to find success at MCHS. If you are confused by anything you read, or have any questions, please see any administrator on campus. We are additional resources for you and look forward to meeting each of you.
Finally, although you’ve heard it many times before, MCHS is what we collectively (Staff, students, parents, and community members) make it. You, the students, are the largest part of that collective group. With that thought in mind, the success (academic, athletic, reputation, image, and etcetera) of MCHS is determined by you. We all want MCHS to be an excellent high school for all students and the administrative team supports your efforts.
Rand K Van Dyke