Dear Parents, Students and Community,
Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your principal at Paramount High School this coming school year. As I explore, navigate, and learn about Paramount High School, I see we are a school of so many opportunities with seven award winning Career and Technical Pathways, JROTC, AVID, and over 30 offerings of Honors and Advanced Placement classes. In addition to these academic programs, our powerhouse championship athletics, Marching Band, Pageantry, and Winter Guard afford our students opportunities to be involved in school. We continue to grow our efforts to support student connections through our Associated Student Body (ASB), Link Crew, parent groups, mentorship programs, and our diverse clubs. The possibilities are endless.
As we enter the 2019 – 2020 school year, we asked our ASB to create a schoolwide theme the year. Our amazing student leaders collectively voted on, “Let Your Dreams Be Bigger than your Fears.” This truly is such a powerful statement, and one that we will intentionally support in this year’s work by reflecting in the growth and success of our students and staff. We will continue our schoolwide traditions as well as build new systems and practice to enhance and support our students and community collectively. We are collectively committed to fostering high quality relationships, improve instruction and student success, and increase schoolwide communication.
We will continue our efforts in supporting the whole child and our families through the Student Health And Counseling (SHAC) Department. We believe if we can support each student’s social and emotional health, then learning will occur at a much higher rate. We have the opportunity to include two social workers as well as partner with Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE) to bring a wellness center onto our campus. In our SHAC facility, we will be able to offer on campus supports, referrals, and family wrap-around services. We continue to support our students with our academic counselors, college and career counselors, School Psychologists, social workers, and multiple supports for the entire family with our LACOE partnership. We have also expanded our student mentorship groups and will continue our parent workshops and meetings. We will continue to expand our parent outreach program through our new Parent Center, which will be focused on workshops and activities to help parents with technology, community outreach, and much more.
We are also committed to looking at our instructional practice, delivery, and supports because we strive to provide an educational program that ensures that all students are successful. We have been able to reduce class sizes in several areas by increasing the number of teachers as well as providing continued teacher professional learning to increase engagement, student learning, and success for our students. We look forward to meeting the needs of every student at our comprehensive high school.
Our commitment is to continue our efforts to serve every student, every day well. We commit to high expectations, in a safe and secure learning environment that offers something for all students. At the same time, we are committed to self-reflection, continued growth, and improvement to ensure every student has what they need to be their best. The possibilities are virtually endless, and we eagerly await each new day to see in which direction our journey of discovery and new excellence will take us. Thank you for being part of the Paramount High School community.