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Note from the Principal

We are in full swing with second semester.  It promises to be a very busy few months.   Please take a look at some key upcoming events and due dates.

Spring Testing:  As we grow, the number of exams and assessments our students take increases as well.  Below is a quick overview of upcoming spring assessments.  Please know students are being prepared for each of these exams in their courses and there will additional support opportunities including KHAN Academy for SAT  and after school and Saturday tutorials for AP.

SAT: Tuesday, April 12 - All juniors take the exam and it will be administered on site. 

AP Exams:  May 2 through 13 - All sophomores and juniors taking an AP course will sit for the corresponding exam. Students will be provided an individualized schedule closer to the exam period.

Pathway Assessments:   May 18 through 20 - All students will take part in three day project based assessment focused on their individual pathways.

SBAC: State Exams – All juniors will be taking this exam through their English and math classes.  Testing will begin in late May following AP and Pathway exams.  Dates will vary by English and Math classes.

As each exam approaches we will be sending home more detailed information and instructions.     

Student and Parent Focus Groups:  Student and Parent/Guardian Focus Group meeting schedule has been developed for the rest of the school year.  Student groups meet at 4:00 PM with Parents at 5:30 PM.  Here are the dates; Tuesday, April 12, and Tuesday, May 10.  The feedback received from these meetings helps drive our improvement efforts and will help with our WASC  self-study efforts.  We value your input and guidance and want to encourage all students and families to participate.

PSAT Results and Khan Academy:  We have distributed individual PSAT score reports to students and provided an overview on how to use these results as a tool to prepare for future exams.  Students have also been registered for the Khan Academy SAT preparation program.  Please take advantage of this tool to provide tutorials and practice exams to help with future PSAT and SAT exams.  All students should be spending time each week working on the Khan Academy.  This is especially true for the juniors who will be taking the SAT April 12.  If your students is having trouble connecting to their account on Khan Academy please have them visit the Career Center for assistance.


Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.


Take care,

Steve Rockenbach


Common Core Brochures

The Overview Brochures provide insights into what students will learn and highlighting progression through the grade levels.
English Language Arts/Literacy Grades  9–12

Mathematics Grades 9–12

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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Supporting Students Under a New System

A number of efforts are under way to support students under a new and improved accountability system for schools. Learn more in this newsletter for parents:

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Online Math Support for Grades 9-12 Click Here.

McBride News


We will be hosting our third Open House on Wednesday, May 25.  Attached to this email is a more detailed overview of the evening.  A copy of this email will be sent home with students next Monday.  Below is a brief summary.


5:00 PM to 7:45 PM - Food and Drink Sales, PSTA Membership Information, School Site Council Elections, Spirit Ware Sales

5:45 PM to 6:10 PM - Principals Information Meeting

6:15 PM to 7:45 PM - Classroom Visitations


All students attending middle school and high school will follow a minimum day schedule on both Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday May 25 for Open House.


We are accepting nominations for parents/guardians, to serve on the McBride School Site Council.  Site council representatives serve a two year term and play an intricate role in key budget decisions and also help the school in shaping plans for continuous improvement.  We are scheduled to meet one time per month beginning in September.  I have attached a nomination form and it is okay to nominate yourself.  Please consider placing your name in the hat to serve.  The election will take place at Open House.


Attached please find  applications and flyers for middle school and high school students who would like to participate in the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program here in the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, at Cal State LA.  The program will run from Monday, June 20 - July 12016 for Middle School students and July 18-July 292016 for High School students.  During this 2 week program, students will learn about Engineering Projects & Enhancement and participate in The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy.


2016 High School Student Application

2016 Middle School Student Application


For questions contact Donna Melendez or Vanessa Cobian at the Department Office at (323) 343-4450.


Human Book Library Event

May 26, 2016, 4:00 -- 7:00 p.m.

Long Beach Public Library


Join us for HAIC’s first Human Book Library evening and take advantage of having one-­on-­one conversations with individuals from various sectors of the Southern California business community or “Human Books” to learn what kinds of jobs are created by businesses and how they contribute to the community’s well-being.  Just like at normal libraries, students or “Readers” check out the Human Books and then ask the Books questions and engage in discussion about their education and careers.


Long Beach Public Library (Auditorium)

101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822

May 26, 2016 4:00 -- 7:00 p.m.


Click below to let us know you will participate


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.

Special Schedules May 23-27

Monday, 5/23 All Period Day

Tuesday, 5/24 Blue Minimum Block Day 

Wednesday, 5/25 Silver Minimum Block Day - Teachers allowed to leave after students leave. Return by 6:00 PM to have classrooms open by 6:15 PM. We will end open house and close all classrooms at 7:45 PM. Open house class visits will not follow a bell schedule. Families will rotate as they choose.

Thursday, 5/26 Blue Regular Block Day

Friday, 5/27 Silver Minimum Block Day followed by Pathway Games (2:10 to 3:40) Students are not dismissed until 3:40. Staff will be asked to be out and about during Pathway Games either with their clubs booths or being present as part of supervision.

School Site Council

Vote.pngMcBride High School is holding elections for School Site Council during Open House on May 25, 2016. You are invited to become a candidate for School Site Council (SSC). All interested candidates should include a summary of Why You Would Want To Serve On SSC on the nomination form. You may also want to include a photo for voters to know who you are.


Elections will be held on May 27, 2015, at Open House from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Next SSC meeting is Wednesday, May 11 at 4:15 PM in G101.  Link to School Site Council Page

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