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Principal's Corner

Visit the Branham Newsletter page to reference the bi-monthly 'BHS Information and Updates' sent out by Administration.
On Thursday, 10/13 our counselors Loan Hong and Danielle Morrella provided a workshop for our 10th and 11th grade parents on how to insure their student successfully completes high school as well as prepares for post-secondary success.  Visit the Guidance page under Student Services for a copy of the presentation.
At the end of the presentation, they shared a link to this valuable 22 minute TEDx video: Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood, presented by Julie Lythcott-Haims, a Gunn High School parent and former Stanford Admissions Officer.  I encourage all parents and students to watch it- together!
BRANHAM HIGH SCHOOL: Identified Long- & Short-term Action Plan Goals:


2016 WASC (Long-term, 2016-2022)

  • #1: Close the access and opportunity gap for all students.
    (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Access and Opportunity for all students.)
  • #2: Provide students with a 21st century education (communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking) that prepares them for success beyond high school. (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Preparation for Success Beyond High School.)
  • #3: Define school’s vision and mission to support professional culture to ensure school-wide learning outcomes. (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Transforming School Culture.)

Annual SPSA Goals (Short-term, 2016-17)

  • #1: Equity & Opportunity – Achieve High Impact Teaching & Learning through Quality Interactions, Student Engagement & Scaffolded, Rigorous Content
  • #2: Excellence & Opportunity - Increase College and Career Readiness for All Students through 21st Century Competencies
  • #3: Increase Staff, Student, & Community Engagement & Positive School Cultures
For more details, please see the full 2016 WASC and 2016-17 SPSA reports.
Dear Members of the Branham Bruin Community:
I am excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your students, and to lead this amazing school!  Our staff are dedicated, forward-thinking, and collaborative with a clear desire to help all students achieve success. A strong partnership between the school and our families is of utmost importance. Together we will work toward the following BHS goals of achieving continuous improvement and increased student success:
  1) Building Community
    - Communication with all stakeholders- parents, students, and staff is thorough and timely
    - Outreach services focus on creating a sense of connection and meeting students' social-emotional needs
    - Teacher professional development and collaboration target students’ academic needs
  2) Academic Rigor
    - Instruction and assessment are Common Core-focused
    - Higher-order thinking skills are regularly practiced and assessed through student-centered activities that focus on individual student needs and interests
    - ‘Raising the Bar’ is the norm, rather than the exception
  3) Preparation for Post-High School Success (Regardless of their ultimate plans, ALL students will graduate from BHS being college eligible, college prepared, and career ready.)
    - Technology access and support enhance learning and build 21st century skills
    - Academic opportunities encourage and allow for college attendance and success
    - Multiple Career-Technical Education (CTE) opportunities are provided through electives and experiences
Welcome back to another great year at Branham High School.  If you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please send them my way. My door is always open!
Cheryl Lawton
408-626-3407, x7101