Dear Students, Faculty, Parents, and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2022/2023 school year! I am proud and honored to be serving as the Principal at Sylmar Charter High School and to continue the rich tradition of Spartan excellence. Despite the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am eager to assist students and families with the realization of their goals of college and career readiness. Our faculty and staff has received a great deal of additional training to prepare us to successfully deliver high-quality instruction, design meaningful learning activities for each student, and we are committed to provide the support necessary to meet students where they are in their pursuit of academic excellence.
The safety of our students, staff, and families remains my top priority and we continue to follow the guidance of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the LAUSD. Our COVID safety protocols still include high-performance air filtration systems, and the provision of masks and Rapid Antigen Tests for students and employees. At this time, we are not requiring weekly COVID testing or the use of the Daily Pass for entry onto the campus. We highly encourage wearing surgical style face masks and self-screening daily. Students and employees should wash/sanitize their hands frequently and should not report to school if they are experiencing COVID symptoms. Students and Staff are highly encouraged (but not required) to take a Rapid Antigen Test 24-48 hours prior to the first day of school, following a break, or after returning from traveling out of the area. Only positive test results should be uploaded to the Daily Pass.
Parent participation is one of the keys to academic success. As students reach their high school years, parent engagement in their child’s education is a difference-maker in the web of support young adults need to reach their potential in the preparation for college and career. Your active participation in your child’s education is critical to their success. All students are provided a dedicated device (and WiFi access if needed) to ensure connectivity and equitable access to digital resources.
Sylmar Charter High School maintains an active parent center and provides multiple opportunities for parent engagement. As we begin the fall semester, I encourage you to visit our web page often at www.sylmarhs.org for updates and important information. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to serve as a volunteer, site counsel participant, and ALL parents should activate and use their LAUSD PASSport account to safely and securely monitor their child’s attendance, grades, and progress towards meeting A-G requirements or reclassification. Sylmar Charter High School offers a variety of resources for both students and parents on site and with our community partners. Please check the calendar of parent workshops under the "Parents" tab on our website.
At the time I am writing this, we are planning to begin meeting in person for parent meetings, Counsel meetings, and workshops. I look forward to meeting each one of you and welcome your input on how we can together propel Sylmar Charter High School to even greater heights. Please look out for my weekly phone messages and emails regarding important school information and upcoming events. We are very appreciative of our community’s engagement as we show our Spartan Pride in support of our academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs. Thank you for choosing Sylmar Charter High School as your pathway to higher education and career success!
Rodney Wright, Principal