Principal’s Newsletter December 2021

Castro Valley High SDear CVHS Students and Families,
It is amazing to think that we are almost to the end of the 1st Semester of the school year!  Through everyone’s perseverance, resilience and enthusiasm, we have been able to return to school safely and appropriately.  
Returning to in-person schooling has been no small feat.  Families have shown great diligence in health screening and communicating with the school.  Students have continued to follow all of the safety protocols and re-engaged our school community with energy and excitement.  The CVHS Staff has remained ever nimble -- responding to the needs of our school community in so many different and new ways.
First Semester Finals are almost here!  Remember to check out the Finals Schedule on the website.  An equally important reminder is that Quiet Week starts on Wednesday, December 8.  This is when most lunchtime and after school activities are highly limited to allow students to prepare for their finals.  There should be no club meetings or field trips.  The primary exceptions to this policy are co-curricular activities and Athletic events scheduled through the North Coast Section.  It is important to note that there are no curricular restrictions during Quiet Week for teachers or instructional staff.
There are a lot of resources available to support students who need help with their classes, assignments and subjects.  We have multiple tutoring options available for students!  
The Library is open after school until 6:00pm Monday through Thursday.  It’s a great place to get work done!
Throughout the week, Drop In Tutoring is available with our teachers for multiple subjects (Current On Campus Tutoring Opportunities).

Paper is a new online resource available to all students.  It is a pretty amazing program.  There is live online chat-based tutoring available in many, many subjects.  Paper Tutors will also review student writing assignments and essays to provide feedback and suggestions.  CVHS students log into Paper for free using Clever (a simple log in device that allows students access to the many different applications we are using). Go to  Select the link for Paper. The link is located towards the bottom, under “More Apps (district).”

We also have specialized individual virtual tutoring that is available on a limited basis.  Contact your student’s Counselor if you are interested.

We have a new resource for all students called Learning Ally.  This resource is provided by our Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology Services.  Learning Ally is a service that allows students to download their own audiobooks.  Some of the books come in ebook format so that students can read along and some are purely audio. Learning Ally CVUSD AT Website is where you can find more information.
We have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate!  Don’t forget to join us for our Winter Concerts, Athletic Contests and school events.  Be sure to check the school calendar for updates.
Be safe, be healthy and be well.
In Trojan Togetherness,
Blaine C. Torpey
Castro Valley High School