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Spotlight on Carlsbad High School
Posted 10/8/19

A tradition of excellence. An athletic powerhouse. Award-winning programs, including CHSTV, Speech and Debate, and the Film Academy. The Loud Crowd. Theater, Business, the Internship Academy, career pathways, and an impressive array of extracurricular programs. 


Carlsbad High School (CHS), with a culture of school spirit and student involvement, always strives to engage all students at school. Dr. Bryan Brockett, principal of CHS, wants the school to offer a place for every student, so he is excited about three new courses that are designed to meet specific needs of CHS students.


What about students who could use some help to achieve academic success? 

English teacher Sarelle Salvador is teaching a new Lancer Success class for incoming freshman who might need some personal attention and guidance. Employing online life script instruction from YouSchool, lessons from 7 Habits of Effective Teens, and support to strengthen study skills, this new class aims to help students academically and to get them engaged on campus. “We have some students at CHS who don’t receive all the support they need. In Lancer Success class they have an adult on their side. They build confidence, develop the tools they need for school success, and they even get an ASB sticker to encourage them to get connected on campus. The most important thing they learn is that they have every right to take advantage of any opportunity available on campus. They belong.”


How can we help our English learners to be prepared for college? 

CHS partner MiraCosta College (MCC) is offering a new concurrent enrollment class, ACE 149, on the CHS campus. This college course prepares students to be successful in English 100 at MCC, and is open to juniors or seniors who are high-level English learners or students who have recently been reclassified as fluent in English. Students benefit from registering for college and earning college credits while still in high school.  MCC instructor Bentley Cavazzi has been coordinating with CHS teachers to help bridge the English learning students into a college level course.


What can we do to support students who are interested in social emotional wellbeing? 

Social Science Teacher Rebecca Wentland took a Yale online course, The Science of Wellbeing taught by Dr. Laurie Santos, and created a new CHS class, The Art and Science of Wellbeing. This fall 120 students, in grades 9 through 12, are studying psychological research and data reflecting the pressures of teenagers’ lives and their struggles to feel happy in a difficult world compounded by the challenges and negativity of social media. Students are learning ways to get happier and thrive in their daily lives. Students keep journals about the good things that happen each day, including acts of kindness and inclusion, or about ways they might have helped others feel better about themselves.  And they will give their cellphones a makeover, ridding themselves of social media replete with negativity and unrealistic comparisons, and increasing inspirational messages instead.


The course will culminate in student-planned community impact projects, such as a campus-wide Social Media-Free Week, a daily meditation group, an undertaking to share positive messages with students who are facing exams or other challenges, and a plan to engage students who are sitting by themselves at lunch.


“The overall goal,” said Mrs. Wentland, “is that each student learns what makes them feel happier. They create a personal wellness portfolio, or life plan, to guide them in making informed, conscious decisions about spending their time, their money, choosing their friends, and having a positive impact on the culture around them.”