Ms. Viland, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ambrosius, Admin. Assistant: email@example.com
Lowkeypix. Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton's film company, made and produced a documentary about three students at Black Rock High School. The film follows Jennifer Coffield, Joey McGee, and Lee Bridges, as well as other students at BRHS, as they strive to obtain their goal of graduation from school. It features the staff and their compassionate approach to helping at-risk youth in the Morongo Basin.
The irony of the movie's title The Bad Kids is immediately apparent once the movie begins, as the movie truly depicts the heart, soul, and resiliency of the Black Rock High School students.
The film was one of 20 films selected out of 13,000 entries to be featured at Sundance Film Festival. Due to this honor, Superintendent Tom Baumgarten and the MUSD School Board members allowed the staff to attend the premier in Park City.
The film was exceptionally well-received, and audience members were so touched that many have been making donations to help the students with scholarships and personal necessities. The film makers established to GoFundMe accounts to meet these ends (links can be found on the movie's webpage www.thebadkidsmovie.com) and are currently funding an outreach campaign where they hope to work with both state and federal legislators, educators, and community activists to raise awareness of the need for more schools like Black Rock High School.
The film was recognized as the best documentary in the verite style at Sundance, and reviews of the movie in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, as well as many others, have been extremely positive. The film makers hope this will help expand their outreach campaign of helping other at-risk students throughout the country.
Because of the initial success of the documentary, the New York Times highlighted the film makers on their New York Times Doc Op. A nine minute clip on BRHS student Summer Jordan has been added to their website to further expose the kindness and spirit of these so call Bad Kids.
The film will continue to play the film festival circuit for the next year with screenings in Columbia, Missouri, Toronto, Canada, Switerzland, Annapolis, Maryland, Australia, and LA to name a few.
Message from the Principal
Choice is probably one of the most powerful words. It empowers us to live our lives according to our principles, our dreams, and our goals. It makes all things possible, which is why Black Rock High School is built upon choice.
I believe everything is ultimately based on choice. I believe we are all empowered to make the choices for ourselves and our lives. You may choose to work hard and succeed; you may choose to be a positive force in this school and in the world; you may choose to be a leader who gives everything you do 100% of your effort. Or you may choose to coast through life, be a victim, or be a negative influence in the world. The choice is ultimately yours, but know that whatever path you choose for yourself, there will be consequences. Those consequences will be good or bad, depending on the path you choose. Hopefully, each and every one of our students will always choose wisely and live each day based upon their principles, their dreams, and their goals.
I hope you will choose to be present in each moment and make the most of every single day. I hope you will choose to be successful and happy in all your endeavors. I hope you will always choose to have a good day. If you do, you can be assured that I and every staff member at Black Rock High School will work diligently to ensure you are successful in your endeavors and that your choices bring you the positive consequences you deserve.
I am not going to lie to you: It is not always easy. There will be times when students will feel like giving up, and that is why the Black Rock staff is here. We have put together the best group of teachers to motivate, encourage, and guide students:
Mr. Beck and Mr. Ingram offer support in earning history credits.
Ms. Weitz assists in science, health, Apex, and Medical Careers Lab.
Ms. Larson teaches Algebra and CAHSEE Mathematics.
Ms. Rigdon provides support in English and CAHSEE English.
Ms. Hill teaches English, home economics, and art.
Ms. Alexander teaches Guidance, Drivers’ Education, Transitions, CSI, and Medical Careers Lab.
Mr. Teeter and Mr. Beck teach woodshop
Mr. Mahan teaches our Medical Careers classes.
Ms. St. Clair and Mr. Bartz offer support as our instructional assistants.
Ms. Ambrosius monitors attendance and helps facilitate school operations.
We are a unique, special group of people.You are all here because you have chosen to earn your diplomas.Our staff members believe all of our students have the skills, the ability, and the desire to do what it takes to earn their diplomas in a timely manner, and we are going to work hard to help our students make the best choices for themselves and their futures.If you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to contact Ms. Ambrosius or myself at (760)369-6310.
Black Rock High is A Model School!
Last March, 2015 the California Department of Education selected BRHS as one of this year's Model Continuation High Schools. Noted in the commendation were our exemplary educational opportunities, enduring commitment to provide students with educational options and support services they need to be successful in their efforts to graduate from high school, transition to higher education, and enter the workforce.
Black Rock High School is designated as a Model Continuation High School - April 2015 to March 2018.
School Safety Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is always important to review our school’s safety plans and to remain vigilant in constantly monitoring our security measures. As such, I wanted to take a moment to review with you Black Rock High School’s security procedures.
The staff has developed a school-wide safety plan that is reviewed and updated annually. Staff members revisit this plan regularly to ensure they know what to do in the event of a natural disaster or a security breach, and drills are practiced throughout the year.
As part of this plan, the ingress and egress of students and visitors is limited to the main entrance, which is closely monitored by staff members. The school is equipped with a two-way radio system that comes with an emergency channel for direct contact with first responders, and in case of an emergency, we have a system of communication in place with police, district office, and parents of registered students. Our campus is fenced, and all campus visitors must report to the office.
In addition to the staff members and myself, the district also employees two part-time campus supervisors, who help to monitor the safety of our students. Together, we patrol the school and stay in constant communication throughout the day.
Our students are an extension of our family, and each student’s safety is a priority to us. Please know we will make every effort feasible to maintain a safe learning environment for them throughout the year. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call (760)369-6310 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BRHS 2015/16 Credit Check Dates
1. August 24 October 2
2. October 5 November 13
3. November 16 January 15
4. January 19 March 4
5. March 7 April 29
6. May 2 June 8
REPORT CARD AND ASSEMBLY DATES
Report Cards Assembly
End of the Year Assembly 6/6 @ 11:15 am
End of Year Report Cards Mailed 06/15/16