News from Campolindo High School
                                                                                             October 10, 2010
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Principal Carol Kitchens
President Linda O'Brien
Grad Night 2011
College and Career Center
Campolindo Sports Boosters
Sweet Thursdays at LL&LC
Music Boosters
Legislatve News
Carol's Kitchen
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Principal's Message
October 2010

As we move into the end of the first month of school, everything continues to be extremely busy. Our students and staff are working hard, classes are going well and student activities are in full swing. By the time you receive this newsletter, Homecoming plans will be well underway. This is an important and busy time. The dates for this year's Homecoming Week are Monday, October 25 through Saturday, October 30. I would encourage students to participate in all activities, as the week is both an enjoyable and a positive time. Some of the activities taking place include noontime activities featuring powder puff football, mural painting, rally, football game and the Homecoming dance. I would strongly suggest that proper planning take place so there is a balance between the activities and schoolwork.


I trust that all parents were able to make Back-to-School Night. This is a wonderful time to be able to visit classes, meet our teachers and see what your students are doing in school. The partnership we have between school and home is a vital part of our school success. Progress reports were sent out on October 8, 2010, for students who are doing poorly in their classes (usually a D or F grade). If you receive one in the mail, please discuss this with your student and if need be either email or phone the teacher for further information.


Each fall, semifinalists in the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Competitions are selected. Students receiving these honors are ranked in the top 16,000 high school seniors in the country. It is my pleasure to announce that ten members of the Class of 2011 have been accorded the honor of Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The students are: Alan Hickey, Lynn Hsu, Connor Ludwig, Cynthia Meng, Jung-Gi Min, Sophia Perez, Clay Sanders, Atticus Soane, Erik Svedberg and Lindsay Wilmore.  I offer my congratulations to all these students and wish them the best as they move forward in the competition.


The following student events-welcome rally, noon-time activities with music, Club Day and Frosh elections led by the Leadership class-were popular and well-received in September. All fourth period classes will be the link between the Leadership class and our students and teachers, fostering positive Campolindo spirit and communication. The Leadership class will continue its commitment, along with administration and staff, to encouraging each and every student to help maintain the school grounds by curbing the litter at lunch and brunch. We are also committed to respecting the property of homeowners in the nearby neighborhoods.


In case you have not heard, Campolindo's Academic Performance Index (API) went up 1 point to 920. We continue to make steady progress and once a school achieves a score over 900, any improvement is wonderful news. Our entire community including students, staff and parents needs to be congratulated because it values and supports a well-rounded education for all students. Thank you for your support! Together we can continue to make Campolindo the outstanding school that it is.

Carol Kitchens

News from President Linda O'Brien
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One month down!  Are you getting into the grove yet?  Hopefully you and your student have made the necessary adjustments in your schedules and things are proceeding smoothly.  For those of you new to Campolindo I trust that you're beginning to understand the campus and how to navigate the parking lots along with a greater awareness of  just how much food an active teenager needs.
In September we had the opportunity to catch up with some of our friends during Carol's Kitchen, our annual Back-to-School Night dinner.  I'd like to give a special thanks to Margo Issacs and Cheryl Sass who so ably organized the delicious dinner and the army of parents who assisted them.  The event was a success due to their efforts.  During this time we also held the first of our two General Parent Club meetings.  The Parent Club Board was introduced and we approved the budget for the 2010-11 school year.  The minutes, budget and general information regarding the Parents Club can be found on our website.
Also in September we held our first "Insiders' Guide to Campolindo" forum.  Over 35 parents attended the luncheon and were presented with a wealth of information regarding the support available at Campo for their students.  Questions pertaining to counseling, attendance procedures, sports, and college preparation were all addressed.  Mark your calendars now for March 18 at 9AM when we will meet again to discuss testing and course selection along with other topics pertaining to the upper class students at Campo.
As an additional reminder, don't forget to vote in November.  While the passage of Measure A last May gave the Acalanes School District some much needed support, the State budget continues to decrease funding for our school.  Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find information from the local PTA urging your vote.
Thank you for your continued support of the Campolindo Parents Club.  You're an integral part of our school.

Linda O'Brien

Grad Night 2011
 Grad Night is gathering speed !!!   Our great volunteers are really working hard gettting things organized for Grad Night!!  We have a few spots left to fill in order to complete all of our committees.  Please take a look at our website and see what's available at   As always, we will have our monthly meetings in the PE Classroom on the first Monday of the month.  Please join us at our next group meeting on November 1st.  We need all of your help!!
     If you are unable to help out during the weekends, we are asking for sponsors for our "Tables" during our dinner presentation at Grad Night.  Each table costs $250.00 and all the money goes directly to fund Grad Night. All sponsors will be noted during Preview Night.
       Thanks to all who attended our Bin Cleanout Day.  We thought it was a great success and hopefully everyone got the props and ideas they were hoping to find.
    Until next month--
Gratefully your Co-Chairs,
     Margo Isaacs or 925-376-7210
     Lisa Monroe or 925-376-0663

College and Career Center

CSU & UC Applications Online Now!
Online applications are now available for the California State University and for the University of California.  While the UC application is available, it cannot be submitted until November 1 and the deadline for submission is November 30.

For CSU, applications can be submitted now and for priority consideration, should also be filed no later than November 30.  Transcripts do not need to be sent at time of application and letters of recommendation are not required for either system.  The CSU application is available @ and the UC application is available @


The news from last month's CSU and UC conferences that enrollment will be decreased in 2011, means that students need to apply broadly to improve their chances of admission.  Twelve CSU campuses are impacted this year, which means applicants will need a stronger eligibility index for admission.  With the UCs, there will no longer be a referral system to Merced or Riverside, which means applicants who are minimally UC eligible need to apply directly to these campuses.
*Selection for admission begins with a student's GPA.   The UCs and nearly all of the CSUs evaluate GPA based on grades 10-11 to determine eligibility, while freshman grades of C or better count towards subject fulfillment.  For Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and most private colleges, GPA is evaluated based on grades 9-11.  So, freshman grades do count!


Application Help
Throughout the month of October and November, students can get help with applications or personal statements at lunchtime in the C/C Center!


Financial Aid Workshop
Wondering how to pay college costs?  Attend the financial aid seminar offered at Acalanes High School @ 7:00pm on October 26 in the cafeteria.  Sue Kim, a college financial aid counselor will present an overview of how to apply for financial aid and the various sources to fund your child's college education.


College Visits
Many college representatives have been scheduled to visit Campo this fall, including many who are visiting for the first time!  The visit schedule can be found on Naviance as well as on the C/C Center page.  Seniors and juniors may attend.  


Seniors should take any additional SAT, Subject Tests, or ACT no later than December, if applying regular decision.  To register for the SAT or Subject Tests, go to and for the ACT.


Don't hesitate to email or call me if you have questions!

Gwenly Carrel
College & Career Advisor

Course Counseling

Counselors are continuing to meet individually with each of their seniors to go over each student's graduation status, transcript, and to discuss plans for the following year. This will include the "how-to's" of the fall/winter college application process. New this year, is Naviance, our new college search program, which students use to order transcripts, organize resumes, and request letters of recommendation.  (Note: If your senior is considering an Early Action or Early Decision application, encourage your student  to make an appointment to see his/her counselor as soon as possible..)

Senior Night will be held Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm in the Library.  Counselors Jeanne Ballard and Jake Donohoe, and Gwenly Carrel, College and Career Advisor, will provide information and discuss tips and strategies on how to survive the senior year and the college application process.  In early January, junior parents will have their turn to learn about college search, college testing and other changes affecting the Class of 2012. Watch for this date!
First quarter progress reports were mailed out on Friday, October 8th.  Please note that not all students will receive a progress report.  Generally, teachers use this opportunity to notify students and parents of poor performance, with the intent of encouraging the student to seek help from the teacher or to commit to a greater effort in homework.  Individual teachers should be contacted for specific information on how students are doing in classes.  Counselors may also be of assistance in helping students work with study strategies, time management skills, peer tutor availability, etc.

According to our district policy, students may drop a class without penalty up to the end of the first quarter of any semester.  Currently, this means courses may be dropped until Oct. 29th.   If a course is dropped at this point in the semester, the replacement course is a Study Hall, or "Off Campus" during first or seventh period if this fits into the student schedule.
Given once per year in October, the PSAT is a shorter form of the SAT college entrance exam.  Students get a practice run at taking verbal, math, and writing sections in this timed, standardized exam.  The test is designed for high school JUNIORS and is scored based on that level of student achievement.  We encourage all juniors to take the PSAT.  In the junior year, the test is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The test will be given this year on Saturday, October 16th at Campolindo.  Signups will be taken online at the Campolindo website until October 11th.  Cost is $24.  Contact Mrs. Mizuiri, our Testing Coordinator, for further information.

Jeanne Ballard
College and Career Advisor

Campolindo Sports Boosters
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 Why do we need to raise money for Campo Sports teams?  The $260 "Sports Participation Fee" that you may have paid at Cougar Days goes to the Acalanes School District and is used for coach stipends and certifications, bus transportation and facilities.  None of that money buys any uniforms, equipment or tournament fees.  That's where Campo Sports Boosters comes in to help all sports teams with a great opportunity to raise money for their teams.  This year's primary fund raiser is a raffle, with the winner having an opportunity to win their choice of a new Vespa scooter or $2,000 cash.  Campo athletes will be selling raffle tickets and after we cover the cost of the raffle prizes and ticket printing we expect that over 90% of the proceeds will go directly back to those teams to pay for the things that those teams need.  The raffle will take place on April 30, 2011, so please buy some raffle tickets and support your favorite team.

Ernie Furtado
President - Campolindo Sports Boosters


Remember to Renew!
Safeway requires eScrip members to renew annually by November 1.   Make sure that Campolindo still gets the benefit of your membership.  Visit www.escrip.comand click on Yes Renew.
EScrip's ONLINE MALL - A great new fundraising Opportunity!!
Shop online?  Do you go online to buy books, apparel, electronics, movies, make travel arrangements?  By following these simple steps below, many of your online purchases will automatically generate up to 15% contributions to Campo, at no cost to you. You pay exactly the same as you would normally pay shopping online. Your credit cards do not have to be registered with eScrip if you shop through the eScrip Online Mall, but you do need to be registered as an eScrip supporter.
1) Go to After confirming that you are registered with eScrip, see step 2.
2) Click the link "At the Online Mall" in the upper right side of the eScrip homepage.
3) Pick your vendors of choice from the 800+ online vendors, and shop.
4) Every time you shop online, simply start by going to and clicking the link to "At the Online Mall". Then shop online as you normally would.
5) As a helpful reminder, download "AutoEARN" from the "Online Mall" eScrip page. If you forget to go through the eScrip online mall site, AutoEARN can (in many cases) still qualify your purchases for contributions to Campo.

Questions?  Contact Campo eScript Coordinators:
Carmelita Perez at
Susa Cooper at  
Lafayette Library News
Upcoming events at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

California Shakespeare Theater: LITERARY SOCIETY
  to announce the return of the Literary Society, but with a twist! In four classes you'll delve into the world of Shakespeare's tragedies with the help of Cal Shakes veteran dramaturg, Philippa Kelly. This isn't just a class; it's a space to examine the plays from textual and production perspectives through discussion, study, and socializing. Wine and Cheese to be served at each class.  Reserve at

Empowerment of Women Forum
Tuesday, October, 19 5:30pm FREE
Hosted by Mechanics Bank and the Chamber of Commerce
Career Tips and Tales by a Panel of Working Women


Optimizing Linkedin for Small Business
Wednesday, October 20 8-9:30am FREE
An overview-Presented by Robin Fox


Reservations at or 283-6513 x.101

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Campo Music Boosters

Campolindo Orchestra going to China
The Campolindo Orchestra has been afforded a tremendous musical and educational experience with an invite from the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the International Fine Arts Institute to perform in Beijing, China during Spring Break 2011.  This is a great opportunity for the young musicians and promises to be a musical and cultural experience of a lifetime.
The Orchestra will perform at three different venues in Beijing, with an audience of up to 1800 people.  Music Director Harvey Benstein is going to prepare a selected western program with his students.  Five symphonic band students will join the group, two flutes, a clarinet, a piano, and a bassoon.
Fund raising activities are already under way by student committees and the Campolindo Music Boosters.  Students are exploring options like Rent-A-Student, car wash and playing at the Farmers Market, among other places.  The Music Boosters are approaching foundations and companies with ties to China who may be willing to sponsor a student or to help cover some of the other costs associated with the trip.  We are also looking for support from the community.
For more information on our orchestra's China trip, visit our website
Donations can be mailed to:  Instrumental Music Boosters, c/o Sue Carlson, 203 Corliss Drive, Moraga CA 94556.  Please mention "China Trip" in the memo line.
Campolindo Orchestra's Rent-A-Student program launched
Rent-A-Student has been launched in Lamorinda last week.  Orchestra students will be doing odd jobs, like Babysitting, Petsitting, Home Repairs, Painting, Cleaning/organizing, Gardening, Tutoring, etc..
Funds earned will be used to help send Campo's string orchestra to Beijing. While each student is paying for themselves, some students will need scholarships and the orchestra has to pay for the rental of instruments in China.
Call Tessa Cunha at 925-360-9635 and they will send a student with the skills you need at the time requested.  For more info, visit our website

Carola Ziermann
President, Campolindo Music Booster

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Legislative News

Voice Your Support for Our Schools - Vote on Tuesday, November 2!
With the election of a new Governor, new statewide Superintendent of Public Instruction, and ballot initiatives, including Proposition 25 (Simple Majority Vote) and Proposition 24 (Tax Fairness Act), that could influence the future funding of our schools, this is an important statewide election for public education.


Don't forget to register to VOTE; registration deadline is this Monday, October 18th.You need to re-register whenever you move to a new permanent residence.  Students may register to vote if they will be 18 years old by the date of the election (Nov. 2).  You can register on-line at:  Last day to request a Vote-by-Mail Application is October 26th.  Vote-by-Mail Ballots must be RECEIVED by Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.

Not sure how you want to vote yet?  Get informed:
Nonpartisan information on candidates and propositions may be found in the Easy Voter Guide ( from the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.


Information on where the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction stand on issues specifically related to public education is available from the California State PTA in:


Questions?  Contact: Nancy Kendzierski, VP of Legislation for Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs, at


Nancy Kendzierski
VP of Legislation for Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs


Carol's Kitchen

Carol's Kitchen was held prior to parents attending classes for Back To School Night--We had one of the largest groups ever join us while we enjoyed great food from Los Panchos Restaurant and listened to Carol, Parent's Club, and MEF present their information.  Thanks to all of the parents who helped to make this a great success and very fun evening.

Margo Isaacs and Cheryl Sass

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