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Saints Baseball Coach Gets His 300th Win

Mike Regan, San Dimas High School’s 18-year Head Baseball Coach, won his 300th game in March against Arcadia High School. Coach Regan has led his team to four Valle Vista League titles in a row with a total of six titles in his career. He has five CIF Quarter Final Appearances, three Semi-Final Appearances, and one CIF Championship. In 2015, Regan’s Saints finished the season 31-1 and were ranked #1 in the country in USA Today.

Co-Head Coach Mark Chiappelli said, “He will say that it’s not about him, it’s about the players and his coaches on staff, but without his guidance, his trust in his coaches, his ‘old-school’ approach, his grind and desire to get every player better, his consistent coaching throughout every game we play, San Dimas wouldn’t have the program it does today.”


Congratulations, Coach Regan!

 
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San Dimas High School Baseball Coach Mike Regan, pictured here with his wife Rosie Rand their son Rocco, is honored after his 300th win in March 2017.
 
 

College Night

Representatives from Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, Azusa Pacific University, University of La Verne, and Kaplan gathered at San Dimas High School in March to present key details regarding college preparedness to freshman, sophomores, and juniors and their parents. Almost 150 parents and students attended the March event, a highlight of which was a presentation by San Dimas alumna Brittany Clarke who now attends Yale University.

Additional breakout topics included the University of California and California State University systems, the NCAA, financial aid, and SAT/ACT prep.
San Dimas alumna and current Yale University student, Brittany Clarke speaks to Saints and their parents on College Night
 
 

Ring the Bell for the 2017 Cheer Team!

San Dimas High School’s Cheer Team has accomplished a pyramid of achievements this year!

  • 1st Place at two USA Regional Championships

  • 1st Cheer Pro State Competition

  • 1st Cheer Pro Best of the West Competition

  • Grand Champion at TSC Competitions (Highest Score of the day)

  • 1st at USA Nationals

  • Went undefeated throughout the season


In the last four years, this team has won two titles and was runner up the other two years. Way to go!


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The 2017 San Dimas Cheer Team rings the bell on campus, a Saints tradition for champions, to celebrate their winning season!

 
 

#SDHSCollegeBound

Just before winter break, teachers, counselors, clerical, administrators and even the District Superintendent posted signs in the front yard of every student that passed an Advanced Placement (AP) exam taken in the fall. SDHS has increased effort surrounding AP performance and the number of students entering college after graduation. Here are a few stats:


  • AP Tests given at SDHS has increased from 518 in 2013 to 608 in 2016.

  • Passing scores on AP Tests has increased from 179 in 2013 to 362 in 2016, or an increase of 35% passed to 59% passed.

  • The number of students tested has grown from 238 in 2013 to 288 in 2016.

  • The number of students that have passed all Cal State/UC A-G requirements has grown from 35% in 2012 to 49% in 2016.


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Advanced Placement teachers Ruth Luevand, Sarah Linen and Robin Taylor place signs in the front yards of students who passed AP tests in 2016.

 
 

Positive Behavior/Restorative Justice

SDHS is now in year three of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program implementation, which now includes a Code of Conduct, a Sequential Discipline Plan, and a Merit/Demerit system. Students are expected to be: Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn. Students who are assigned demerits serve a traditional 25 minute detention, but students that receive a merit are entered into a weekly drawing to win a prize. The program has received thousands of dollars in donated prizes to reward students for positive behavior. Parents of students that are assigned merits and/or demerits receive an email.


In the “Dining with the Dean” program, students are placed in the Dean’s mentor program if they have a significant amount of discipline issues. After six weeks of excellent behavior, the Dean purchases lunch for the student. The mentoring helps the student to build relationships and to connect with the school. Periodically, the Dean and a campus supervisor visit classrooms after first period has started. If all students were on time, the whole class is rewarded with candy. PBIS focuses on rewarding students for positive behavior instead of emphasizing attention for negative behavior.

SDHS is the first school in the District to implement Restorative Justice. This practice has been used in lieu of suspensions in cases of fighting, profanity and defiance. Approximately 50 students and most of their families have participated in successful Restorative Justice Meetings. To date, the school has not had any repeat offenders after participation in the restorative process.


“Our goal in discipline is to cultivate positive behavior,” Principal Michael Kelly said. “We believe that using restorative practices gives us the opportunity to teach students real life skills to own their mistakes, accept responsibility, restore the relationship(s) and change behavior.”


Since the implementation of PBIS, the school’s suspension rates have dropped by 51% since 2012-13, giving them the lowest suspension rate of all of the secondary schools in the District. The school has had no in-house suspensions so far this school year. “We have a great deal to celebrate!” Kelly concluded.


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Brittany Smith of San Dimas High School receives a Merit for positive behavior in line with the school’s Code of Conduct. The Code is one tool in the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system.

 
 

AP Students Use Twitter to Connect During Presidential Debates

San Dimas High School hosted live Twitter chats for the Presidential debates to help students engage in the political race and to provide a forum to share their thoughts. All faculty and staff of SDHS were invited to participate as well as the District Superintendent, Dr. Christy Goennier.

“What I found rewarding about the live tweet event was coming into class the next morning and hearing the students talk about how much fun they had,” AP Government teacher Bryan Wierzchucki said. “When you can get students engaged in learning and make it fun then it’s a win for everybody.”

Students used the hashtags #SDHSAPGov (for AP Government) and #SDHSRhoKappa (for the National Social Studies Honors Society) to connect their comments. Between the two hashtags there were over 600 comments posted by San Dimas students, staff and faculty during the first debate. Superintendent Goennier retweeted many of the student’s comments.

“Participating in a live chat with young people on real world issues that we all are affected by is the epitome of what learning is about,” AP US History Teacher and Rho Kappa advisor Leslie Learning said. “Through the Twitter chat, I was able to learn more about who my students are politically and can cater my lessons and club discussions on those issues they care most deeply about. Hopefully, these experiences get students excited to participate in the democratic process and make positive choices for our future.”
 
Superintendent Christy Goennier retweets a student’s comment during a live Twitter chat during the first Presidential debate.
 
 

Cheer Coach Keyauna King: Finalist as Top Cheer Coach in California

San Dimas High School’s cheer coach, Keyauna King is in the running for top cheer coach in California. King became the leader of the cheer program in 2012, and since then, she has built a team of champions on and off the mats.


“Keyauna is 100% committed to our school,” Assistant Principal Rita Kear wrote. “I could not be prouder of her leadership on our campus.”


Highlights from King’s tenure as cheer coach include:

  • Cheer Pro State Champions in 20XX and 20XX.

  • Cheer Pro Best of the West Champions in 20XX and 20XX.

  • USA National runner up 2014 and 2016

  • USA National champion 2015

  • 2015 1st place in every competition

  • Cheer team visits elementary schools in the District for Red Ribbon Weeks and annual walk-a-thon fundraisers

  • Cheer team completes over 1000 hours of community service

  • Cheer team attends at least one athletic event of every team on campus and gives them a spirit gift.

  • Cheer team attends all football games including those over Thanksgiving Break

  • Cheer team attends girls and boys basketball games away and home.

  • Cheer team attends wrestling home matches


Congratulations to Keyauna King and her squad!


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Cheer Coach Keyauna King, nominated for top cheer coach in California, poses here with the 2015 Cheer Captains after winning the USA National Championship. From left to right: Keyauna King (Coach), Haley Service, Sage Morgan, Kristen Kerns, Megan David, Alyssa Baca (Asst. Coach).

 
 

Sammy Saint Leads the Charge

From left to right, Assistant Principal Jack Nance, Assistant Principal Rita Kear, and Principal Michael Kelly pose with new San Dimas High School mascot Sammy Saint.
 
The 2015 ASB administration and Cheer Squad at San Dimas High School established a new Mascot Team comprised of six San Dimas High School Students. Now the team has a mascot costume, developed conceptually by Coach Kim Lowary and Principal Michael Kelly and constructed by Maywell Mascots, Inc. In a few short months, Sammy Saint has won the hearts of the student body, parents, city officials, and the San Dimas community. 

The 2016 Mascot Team includes Emily Basulto, Justin Grant, Asher Kocalis, Braidan Lowary, Kendra Rogers, and December Swift. Each member of the team and even guests sometimes dress as Sammy Saint at various events. The costume fits people of heights from 5’5” to 6’2” and has a fan inside the head to keep the mascot cool.

“It has been exciting to see the crowd react when Sammy appears at an event,” Coach Lowary said. “Kids love him! Most recently, Sammy appeared at the City of San Dimas Family Fitness event. He danced, posed for pictures, and ran alongside the toddler marathon.”
 
 

Mr. Nance skydiving with the US Army!