Principal's Message

Greetings Eagle Families and Friends,

November was another busy month at Carl Sandburg!  As we close the books on an ELITE month, I would like to bring attention to just a few special things that you will read about in this month’s Sandburg Pride!  On November 1st, Student Council hosted its annual Veterans Luncheon.  This is an awesome event in which our students pay tribute to members of our community who have served our country.  As part of this year’s ceremony, we also dedicated the Carl Sandburg High School Veterans Wall!  A huge thank you to former principal, Mrs. Baker, members of the Beautification Committee, and generous donors for making it possible!  Student Council also facilitated a school-wide food drive in which the students and staff of Carl Sandburg High School rallied to collect food to donate to the Orland Food Pantry.  This is another Student Council tradition, and it sure is awesome to see our students being intentional about serving our community!

We also had an amazing Fall Recognition Assembly!  Aristotle (Vainikos) and Erica (Gary) did a fantastic job as the masters of ceremonies!  The assembly included many performances, but I will say a highlight for me, and fan favorite, had to be our PEOPEL PE Class dance!  I must say, it was also really special when representatives from both Baseball and Scholastic Bowl presented me with the fourth place state trophies that the teams earned last spring.  I am excited to support not only these two teams, but all of our teams and competitive activities in their quest to bring state trophies back to Sandburg!

As we turn the page to December, we are entering the final few weeks of first semester.  It is particularly important that our students dedicate energy and effort as they focus on a strong finish!  I share with you some supports and healthy habits that we hope you will emphasize with your children as they prepare for finals!

  • Period 2 - All period 2 days during the month of December are dedicated to intervention time!  Students can choose to seek assistance from one teacher during all intervention days or seek assistance from different teachers throughout the course of each week.
  • Lunchtime Interventions - The Literacy Lab, Science Resource, Math Resource, and Social Studies Resource Centers are all places that students can go to get support as they study and prepare for final exams.   
  • Evening Review Sessions - Many of our teachers, across all departments, offer evening review sessions as an additional mechanism for academic support.
  • Review Study Guides / Materials - As they prepare for final exams, students should take time to review study guides and materials that teachers share.  
  • Get Exercise - Our students have a chance to exercise daily within their Physical Education classes.  We encourage them to take advantage of this time, as research supports physical activity being linked to academic performance!  
  • Emphasize Sleep - We know that it can sometimes be challenging for our students to get enough hours of sleep with all they have to do, but sleep really is an important component as our students strive to be their best selves!

This time of the year can also be stressful for our students, so it is important to note that the Guidance Department is also available to provide any social-emotional support our students might need during this time.

One other small but very popular Sandburg tradition that we intend to repeat is our Hot Chocolate with Baldy Fridays on November 30th, December 7th and 14th.  Our students really love this recognition and feeling of community!  We even have an extra little surprise for our students on the 14th!

We appreciate all the support and encouragement that you have provided to your children - and to us - throughout the last few months.  We thank you in advance for continuing to talk with your children about their plans for final exam preparation and also for encouraging them to take advantage of the many supports we offer at Carl Sandburg!

We look forward to an ELITE close to our semester and wish you an enjoyable winter break and time with family and friends!


Jennifer Tyrrell, Principal



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