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Note from the Principal

We brought the first semester to a close on January 29.  Report cards will be sent out by February 9.  As we gear up for a very busy second semester I wanted to update you on a few key events in February.


CORE Survey:  Each year schools throughout the district are required to survey staff, students and parents to gather input and data on how we are performing as a school.   We are required by the state to use the CORE survey to gather this information.  Students and staff are in the midst of completing it as I write. Every parent registered in the district should have been sent a link to the survey because we need your input as well.  In case you did not receive the email, please see the attached instruction sheet on how to access and take the survey.  We will also have the information posted on the website by Monday.  We value everyone’s opinion and are required by the state to have a large percentage of our parents complete the survey.  Please accept our thanks in advance for taking a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with valuable feedback.


AP and Student Programming Parent Information Night – February 10 at 6:30 PM:  Although we just finished the first semester of the current school year, it is time to begin programming students for next year.  The main reason we need to start this process so early is we to ensure we have the time to build a master schedule that meets the students’ needs and get a jump on adding strong, highly qualified teachers to next year’s staff. We will be providing an in depth overview of AP offerings and expectations for the 2016-17 school-year.  Additionally, we will be reviewing the process in place to assist students selecting courses for their next grade level and in completing their Individual Learning Plan (ILP). I realize the hectic schedules of families can make it difficult to attend school functions but please find the time to be present for this evening.  We look forward to seeing you in the auditorium at 6:30 PM on February 10.


Students versus Staff Basketball Game - February 19 at 6:00 PM:  In an effort to build school spirit and allow students and staff to enjoy some friendly competition we will be hosting the first annual Staff vs. Students basketball game in the gymnasium.  Please plan on watching the staff beat… I mean enjoy a friendly game of basketball with the students.  More detailed information to follow.


PSAT Results and Khan Academy:  Beginning next week we will be distributing individual PSAT score reports to students and provide an overview on how to use these results as a tool to prepare for future exams.  We will also be registering them for the Khan Academy SAT preparation program which is a wonderful online tool designed to provide tutorials and practice exams to help students with future PSATs and SAT exams.  We held a detailed information night last week that reviewed the program and the score reports.  If you missed the meeting we will be posting the power point to the school website shortly.


Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.


Take care,

Steve Rockenbach


McBride High School Accepts Rachel’s Challenge


McBride High School students, parents and staff chose to accept the challenges laid out by Rachel’s Challenge. (click here to continue) 

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The Concerned African American Parents (CAAP) Board is pleased to announce a student oration contest will be held during the CAAP meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.   A contest flyer is attached and Information Packet is attached, and it contains the oration topic, prompt, judging criteria, contest bibliography, and an "Entry/Citation" form that students must submit at the contest on February 25th. 


The Oration Contest is open to ALL current LBUSD students in grades 3 through 12 and will include three student categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. 


Any student wishing to compete in the contest, must complete the following three (3) steps:

  1. Complete the online "Intent to Participate" form located at==> by Monday, February 8, 2016.
  2. Review the attached CAAP Oration Contest Information Packet in order to obtain all of the details needed to develop their oration.
  3. Complete the "Entry/Citation" Form contained on the last page of the Information Packet and bring it with them to the Oration Contest on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

PTA Reflection Art Contest Winner

"Let Your Imagination Fly"
First Place Winner
White Canvas: the orchestra of color overwhelms it
by Setha Karin Oeurn, 9th Grade
The artwork relates to the theme "Let your imagination fly" as the boy "paints" his blank mind with images or memories from Japan such as fish kites and sakura tree and combines it with more American culture or things like bright skies and sunflowers creating a more colorful imagination.
2nd Place
A Part of My World
by Evan Reeder
10th grade
A visual representation on what could be created using ones imagination. Everything starts out as a thought and its up to you to bring it to life.

Attendance Policies

Attendance Matters

Good attendance is one of the major factors for student success in school. Maintaining good attendance school wide also helps our district maximize their Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding. School districts receive the largest portion of their operational funding based on attendance.  If we can meet our attendance rate target of 95.41% our site will receive a check from the district to be used to support school wide activities such as field trips, campus events, etc. Below are a few suggestions on how you can help McBride exceed our targets and help the students succeed in the classroom.

1. Please be sure students clear absences the day they return to school.  Absences are cleared when the student or parent/guardian submit a note to the main office indicating the date(s) and reason for the absence.

2. Understand the state only recognizes illness, doctor’s appointments, court appearances, and death of an immediate family member as excused absences. All other reasons have to be marked as unexcused.

3. Because we do not get funding credit for unexcused absences please avoid missing school for vacations and trips.

4. Students must see their teachers immediately following an absence to obtain make-up work. 

5. Please inform the main office if a student will be out of school for multiple days.  Student’s should also communicate with their teachers via School Loop to get make-up work.

Three Pathways- One Vision

Three Pathways- One Vision 

McBride High School has three pathways, McBride Engineering, McBride Health Medical and McBride Criminal Justice and Investigation. All three pathways engage students around their interests, find relevant connections to real world activities, and gauge student learning through collaborative, hands-on projects. All three pathways prepare students for the demands of college and the workforce. With workplace learning experiences in their 12th grade year, all three pathways empower and inspire students to make their own path and determine their own future.
A Unique Experience 
McBride High School looks and feels different than any other high school you may have seen. With four career labs and other specialized spaces students will demonstrate what they have learned through projects, team collaboration and connections with industry partners. Students will collaborate in open areas designed for each pathway. Teachers will also work as a team to meet the needs of individual students and create a coherent educational experience. Addressing subjects at each grade level and centered on a career-themed course, students will see the natural connections between the theme of their pathway and English, History, Science and Math.
Challenging Academics
All three McBride pathways are focused on completing the UC and CSU Entrance Requirements (a-g) with a sequence of courses that are aligned to college expectations. Each pathway expects to create options for students to earn college credits while in high school.

School Site Council

Next SSC meeting is Wednesday, February 10 at 4:15 PM in G101.  Link to School Site Council Page


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