Parents and Community,
This article has become very difficult to write. While we have much to celebrate since school opened, we have had a tremendous loss to our Torrey Pines community. On November 11,
Cal Carillo, our building site supervisor, lost his life to cancer. Many of you worked closely with Cal over the past eight years. He was our "go to" man whenever we needed support on campus. Cal could be seen every morning, going above and beyond the call of duty, as he helped the safety patrol monitor traffic. It was often Cal who would get in the center of Cliffridge and direct traffic, while coaching our students. Cal was like a brother to me. We would often discuss retirement together, as neither of us looked forward to working with anyone else in the jobs we held. Cal will be missed by everyone he touched.
While we got off to a tough start with attendance in September, we bounced back in October. Thank you for taking student attendance seriously and insuring your child is at school daily unless they are ill. We are close to our outstanding attendance record of last year. Thank you for making this a priority.
Academic Performance Indicator (API)
Once again, for the third year in a row, Torrey Pines has the highest API in all of San Diego County. This year we topped 990 and are the first county school to accomplish this. We are so proud of our hard working students! In addition to having a high API, which only measures reading, writing, math, and science, we honor our students' artistic and athletic abilities as well. From the school play, to incredible artists, musicians, and athletes we believe the whole child is what is most important! Please view our TPES Foundation video that shows your child participating in a well-rounded education.
Parent Math Nights
Thank you to everyone who attended our K/1 Parent Math Night. We had an incredible turn-out. Our consultant, along with the K/1 teachers, did a great job in educating parents on the upcoming Common Core standards and providing insight into what your child is accomplishing in the area of mathematics. Parents in grades 2-5 will have the same opportunity on November 28.
Lastly, I wish each of you a great holiday season. Again, thank you for your continued support of our school. Without you, we could not accomplish all that we do.