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Hello McBride Families,

In our ongoing attempt to keep you in the loop I am sending out the 3rd Principal’s Update.  Please take the time to read about upcoming events and do not hesitate to reach out to the school with any questions or concerns.


Calendar of Events

September 21 – Back to School Night

September 26 – Minimum Day

September 29 – Academic Awards Ceremony for current 10th through 12th graders

October 3 – Minimum Day

October 11 – PSAT/SAT for the entire school

October 11 - School Site Council

November 10 – No School for Veterans Day

November 17 – Minimum Day

November 18-26 – Thanksgiving Break


Back to School Night (September 21 5-8 PM):  McBride will be holding their Back to School Night earlier than many high schools.  A detailed flyer was sent home with students on Monday, September 18.  Food will be available for purchase along with information on your student’s classes, PTSA, Booster Clubs and much more.  While students are welcome to attend, this evening is designed to help better inform students of expectations and curriculum.  We hope to see all of you there

Please understand the teaching staff at McBride is open to conferences with parents.  Because of the short time window for each period, there will not be enough time to do so this evening.  Our staff will have sign-up lists should you want to request a conference.  If for whatever reason you do not hear back from your child’s teacher within a week, please reach out to our assistant principal Ms. Eveland or myself.  We will follow-up for you to ensure one is scheduled. 


PSAT/SAT Tutoring:  Beginning this week we have a team of teachers offering tutoring to help students prepare for the SAT and PSAT exams on October 11.  Please be sure to check the website for specific times and locations.  This service is free to all students.


Drop Off and Pick-Up:  Thank you for being cooperative and keeping our areas to support our new bus drop off locations clear and avoiding double parking.  While I understand the congestion in the parking lot can be frustrating, please be courteous of our neighbors and avoid picking up your students in the residential areas around campus. 


Absences and Tardies:  Parents please be mindful that attendance is extremely important for your student. During the first two weeks of school we had an attendance rate of 98.5%.  This is wonderful and kudos goes out to students and their families.  As a reminder, whenever students are late or absent, they miss valuable instruction and fall behind quickly.  It is vital to send notes with your students when they return from an absence so that they can clear them. Failure to clear absences results in truancies on their record.  Please know if a student does not clear an absence or is missing school do to a vacation, teachers are not mandated to provide make-up work.  Along with absences, being tardy impacts students and creates distractions in the classroom.  While our overall attendance is strong, we are finding a number of students arriving late to school.  It is critical for students to be on time for every class. Students who are tardy more than three times will face detention and other consequences.  If a student has multiple tardies, we have been holding conferences with them and reaching out to their families.  If it continues to be a problem, we will be assigning students to Saturday school.


School Site Council: On Wednesday, October 11 we will have our monthly School Site Council Meeting. Everyone is welcome. The meeting takes place at 4:15 PM in the McBride Training Room.  It is located on the northwest corner of the campus near the bike rack.  There is access from the main parking lot.

Have a wonderful week.



Steve Rockenbach


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The Long Beach Press-Telegram is again launching its popular Scary Stories contest for Long Beach area youth. Winning entries – both stories and artwork – will be published in the Press-Telegram on Halloween, Oct. 31. The rules are the same as last year, with three age categories for stories and drawings:

  • Elementary grades (K-5)
  • Middle grades (6-8)
  • High school grades (9-12)

Here are the rules:

  • The deadline is Monday, Oct. 23.
  • All entries must be emailed, with the entrant’s name and grade, and the subject line “Scary Stories,” to: Stories can be submitted in the body of the email, or as a Word attachment.  Drawings should be submitted in JPEG format, no larger than 5MG in size.
  • Stories must be no longer than 650 words.
  • Artwork must be original (no tracings).
  • Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity and theme.
  • The winning entries will be published in the Press-Telegram on Oct. 31, and posted online at

If you have any questions, e-mail Press-Telegram City Editor Melissa Evans at or call 562-499-1280.


Hey, Wolfpack! Are you interested in making your own video-game? Well, you're in luck! Stop by B201 after school tomorrow (Tuesday the 19th) for the first meeting of the year. No computer experience required


Thanks and see you there!


9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are encouraged to participate in free after-school sessions here at McBride to help them prepare for the PSAT and SAT exams!


Research indicates that students who take part in focused preparation for these exams achieve higher scores. Our preparation sessions, which balance classroom work with the use of Khan Academy, are intensive and comprehensive: we seek to help students recognize the different types of questions they will see on the exam and apply test-taking strategies to those questions. Students will also have the option to take a practice exam before our in-school testing date on October 11th.


Sessions begin the week of September 18th.


SAT sessions: Mr. Everson (B208):

  • Tuesday 9/19: 4-5:30
  • Thursday 9/21: 4-5:30
  • Tuesday 9/26: 2:30-4:00 (note: minimum day)
  • Thursday 9/28: 4-5:30
  • Tuesday 10/3: 2:30-4 (note: minimum day)
  • Thursday 10/5: 4-5:30
  • Saturday 10/7: 10am-2pm (Mock Exam)

PSAT sessions: Ms. Castillo (B205):

  • Monday 9/18  4:00 - 5:30
  • Wednesday 9/20 4:00 - 5:30
  • Wednesday 9/27 4:00- 5:30
  • Thursday 9/28  4:00- 5:30
  • Monday 10/02 4:00- 5:30
  • Wednesday 10/04  4:00 - 5:30
  • Monday  10/09  4:00- 5:30

PSAT sessions: Mr. Bacchus (B210):

  • Tuesday  9/19: 4:00-5:30
  • Thursday 9/21: 4:00-5:30
  • Friday  9/22: 4:00-5:30
  • Thursday 9/28: 4:00-5:30
  • Saturday 9/30: 10am-2pm (Mock Exam)
  • Thursday 10/5: 4:00-5:30
  • Friday 10/6 4:00-5:30
  • Tuesday 10/10 4:00-5:30

The Senior Class will be hosting a Movie night on September 29th at 5 pm in the Lecture Hall. The movie that we will be showing is Jaws, admission is free.

Make sure to grab a bite, as there will be snacks and refreshments being sold.


Hope to Catch you there!




Attn McBride Engineers!

If you're planning to apply to the Solar Cup Team, make sure you bring your application to C201 by Wednesday at lunch (If you have questions, the information flyer is attached).


We look forward to reading them at getting back to you as soon as possible.


This information is being shared with all schools in the Long Beach Unified School District.

The Long Beach Police Department has now added a suspect sketch to yesterday's public safety warning about a man who has exposed himself to minors in local neighborhoods on at least five occasions.


View the revised LBPD news release including the suspect sketch.


If that link doesn't work, go to and find the item under News and Events > Press Releases.


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.



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