San Pasqual Valley High School
A Letter from Mr. Pechtl
Today, June 19, 2020 I wanted to take a moment to say farewell and thank you to the students, staff, and parents of San Pasqual Valley High School, Bill Manes High School, and the SPV Adult Ed program, as well as the multitude of staff and admin at the District Office and School Sites.
After 4 wonderful years in Winterhaven, I am leaving SPVUSD to take a new position as Director of Adult, Student and Parent Services within the Central Union High School District.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with the team at San Pasqual Valley. My four years of service as Principal of San Pasqual Valley High School, Bill Manes High School and the SPV Adult Education Program have been invaluable in my personal growth and development, and I have endeavored to have had a lasting and positive impact on the schools.
During my tenure here, we have seen the following changes:
- SPVHS has overcome a 1-year probationary term of accreditation received in March of 2013, and earned a full 6-year term of accreditation in March of 2019.
- Bill Manes High School earned an Initial Accreditation term of 3 years in March of 2018.
- SPVHS started 2015 with No AP or Dual Enrollment Classes. In August 2019 students will have at least three AP classes and a Dual Enrollment ENGLISH 101 Class through AWC.
- In 2017 our Adult Education program became the first in Imperial County to restructure our graduation requirements to support our Adult Clients achievement of a high school diploma, increasing the number of AE Graduates annually.
As I move on to this next phase of my personal and professional growth, I do so with fond memories of the terrific students and staff I have been privileged to work with and get to know at SPV. I look to the future of San Pasqual Valley with rich hope for the continued successes of our students.
Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you all!
SPVHS Earns Six-Year Accreditation
The Warriors of SPVHS were notified at the beginning of May that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) had determined to award our school a full Six-Year term of accreditation. Congratulations Warriors and Thanks to the leaders who supported our school effort, Mrs. Gina Hanna and Mrs. Julie Demyan!
At San Pasqual Valley High School we believe that all students can achieve at high levels and become productive members of the 21st Century Society. To this end, we will provide a rigorous, relevant standards-based curriculum through varied and effective teaching strategies in a caring, safe, learning environment.
Darrell Pechtl - firstname.lastname@example.org - 760-572-0222 ext. 2298
"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage” These words of Ponca Chief White Eagle embody the focus of our efforts here at San Pasqual Valley High School. We are a community dedicated to the idea of preparing our young men and women to “go forward with courage”.
Your years at SPVHS will fly by, and in the short time we have with you we will work together to prepare you for the journey you will face long after you walk out of our gates. We will challenge you, test you, support you and guide you. We will expose you to new activities, and new ways of doing things. We will share in your successes and support you in difficult times. We will help you find answers, and more importantly, we will help you discover new questions.
Together we will all grow as a community. We will face our doubts and go forward with courage, as WARRIORS.
There are many local and state scholarships, grants and financial aid assistance available. Please check with Mrs. Amezquita in the Counseling office for specifics and deadlines.
Academic Counselor: Ms. Julieta Amezquita,
760-572-0222 ext. 2295, e-mail
Students who are new to San Pasqual Valley Unified School District or who are returning to SPVUSD from another school district will need to provide the following documentation:
The following is required to register a student:
- To prove age, Education Code section 48002 permits school to accept the following:
- Certified copy of birth record
- Statement by the local registrar or county recorder certifying the date of birth
- Baptism certificate
- When none of the foregoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or custodian, or any other appropriate means of proving the child’s age.
- Shot records – grades 7-12 must have TDAP shot
- Residency-2 forms of residency are required (for example):
- Property tax payment receipts
- Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts
- Utility service contract, statements, or payment receipts
- Pay stubs
- Voter registration
- Correspondence from a government agency
- Declaration of residency executed by the parent or legal guardian of the student
- Transcript-or report card, anything from the other school to show where to place student
Current San Pasqual students will need to fill out a new registration packet and provide proof of current physical address.
Courses in the following areas must be passed:
English 4 years
Social Science 3 years
Physical Education 2 years
Mathematics 3 years
Fine Arts/Foreign Language 1 year
Computer Studies 1 year
Science (1 life, 1 physical) 2 years
GRADUATION GPA REQUIREMENTS
2.0 GPA (9-12)
Graduation Ceremony Participation
The graduation ceremony from any high school is a special event in the life of a student, and memories of that event are carried for a lifetime. This special time is made all the more meaningful because of the sense of accomplishing something significant in life, and meeting a standard of performance that is commensurate with being honored as a young adult, ready for the post-high school world.
In discussions with staff, it has been determined that a higher standard of performance is appropriate for students who will be participating in the SPVHS graduation;thus establishing a pattern of work effort and behavior that is in keeping with the desired expectations of our school and community. In keeping with this goal, San Pasqual Valley High School has adopted the following requirements for participation in our Graduation Ceremony commencing in June 2018 and continuing thereafter:
- Course Completion Requirements
Courses in the following areas must be passed:
--English ... 4 years --Social Science 3 years
--PE ... 2 years --Mathematics 3 years
--Fine Arts/Foreign Language 1 year --Computers 1 year
--Science (1 life, 1 physical) 2 years
Electives: Electives when added to credits earned in required courses must total two hundred thirty (230) credits
- GPA Requirements:
2.0 GPA for all courses completed in grades 9-12
III. Attendance Requirements:
Class of 2019 – 90% Attendance for 17-18 and 18-19 School Years*
Class of 2020 – 90% Attendance for 17-18, 18-19, 19-20 School Years*
Class of 2021 and thereafter – 90% Attendance for All four years in high school*
- Three tardies> 20 minutes will equal one absence.
- School activities will not be counted as absences, but all other absences – Excused and Unexcused – will count against the percentage for this policy.**
Students successfully completing the requirements outlined in Sections I and II will be able to receive their SPVHS and Bill Manes Diplomas as per SPVUSD Board Policy, but must meet the requirements outlined in Section III as well if they wish to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.
*Students may attend scheduled monthly Saturday School sessions to make up for Absences.
**Students who are in jeopardy of missing graduation due to excessive excused absences may appeal to the School Principal and Superintendent, presenting proof of their exceptional circumstance for consideration.
Attendance Clerk: Kelly Hotel
Reporting Absentees: 760-572-0222 x2294
E-Mail Attendance Office: CLICK HERE
Regular attendance is vital to a child’s success. A child who is not in school cannot learn. For this reason, it is important that all parents make a commitment to make sure that their child is at school and on time. Please make every effort to adjust doctor appointments and family schedules to minimize time away from school. Please note that:
- CaliforniaState law requires that students will be in attendance during the school day unless officially excused.
- Parents are responsible for notifying the attendance office if their child is absent. Parents can call the school from 7:00a.m. – 3:30p.m., Monday – Friday, to let the attendance office know of an absence by calling the attendance clerk at 572-0222, ext. 2294. If calling before or after school hours, a message can be left on the attendance clerk’s voice mail.
- If contact is not made by phone, a written note, signed by the parent/guardian, must be sent to the school upon the child’s return.
- If a child is absent due to illness for three or more consecutive days, a note from a physician is required to excuse the absence.
- A physician note is also required if a child misses more than 5 days during the school year for medical appointments.
- All students must report to the attendance office to obtain an admit slip following an absence. Students will not be allowed back in class by the teacher without an admit slip. The slip clarifies whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
- Excusable absences are illness, medical appointments, and bereavement
San Pasqual Valley USD reserves the right to respond to the home to address habitually absent students or to address issues of compulsory attendance. A SARB letter will be sent home notifying parents on the 3rd, 6th, 9th ,12th and 15th unexcused absences (7 period absences equal one school day After the issuance of the third notification letter, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for action. Students who are not in a class assigned and do not have a pass to be elsewhere will be considered as ditching class (truant) and will be appropriately disciplined.
Unexcused absences are unacceptable; this includes any absence that is not excused by the State of California. (student illness, student medical appointments, bereavement and student court appointments) Three unexcused absence may cause a student to be reported as a habitual truant. Truancy cases are reported to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for action. Retention at grade level will be considered for students who exceed the maximum number of absences. Students who have more than 6 excused absences must provide a doctor’s note or the absence will counted as unexcused.DEFINITION OF “ABSENCE”
An “absence” is defined as the missing of class due to any non-school related activity – whether it is an excused absence, unexcused absence, or intended absence.
ABSENCE VERIFICATIONMrs. Hotel, Attendance Clerk
All absences must be verified by a student’s parent/guardian. Absences must be verified by telephoning the school at 760-572-0222 x2294 the morning of the absence or by note on the day the student returns to school. An attendance clerk or voice mail is available 24 hours a day. Failure to present acceptable verification will result in the absence being “unexcused.”
DISTRICT STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS
- FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
- QUECHAN WELLNESS CENTER
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS
- INTERVENTION CLASSES
- TALENT SEARCH
- ONLINE CREDIT RECOVERY
- OUTREACH CONSULTANT
San Pasqual Valley Unified School District encourages parents to be involved in their child’s education. We urge parents to call or come to school if they have any concerns regarding their child. If you would like to volunteer to help out in any way, please stop by our district administrative office for more information.
Parents can also become involved in school affairs by serving on the School Site Council, District English Language Acquisition Council (DELAC), and attending parent conferences.
The High School Booster Club is looking for parent involvement in the support of our school sports. Any amount of help is appreciated. Meetings are held in the High School Library Please contact
|Mrs. Demyan||English Language Artsemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Hanna-Wilson||Social Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Jeffers||Special Education - RSPemail@example.com|
|Ms. Malvido||Physical Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr. Morales||Spanish / ELDemail@example.com|
|Mr. Owl||P.E. / Quechan Culturesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Pliego||Special Education - SDCemail@example.com|
|Ms. Armstrong||Social Studies / ASB|
|Mr. Rush||Ag Education / FFAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr. Surdyka||English Language Artsemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Wallace||Computer Ed. / Yearbookfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Office Directory and Support Staff
|Mrs. Espinoza||School Secretaryemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Hotel||Attendance Clerkfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Villa||ISR Assistantemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Wright||Outreach Consultantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms. Garibay||C.H.A.T. Therapistemail@example.com|