Dear Sea Hawk Students,
Welcome to the 2013-14 school year! Redondo Union High School celebrated several accomplishments last year (thanks to you), and we are geared up to keep the momentum going as we create new memories, reach for new goals, and accomplish new challenges.
RUHS is on the map, thanks to the numerous state and national awards and recognition we received last year. We are ranked as a top school in both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, our journalism and yearbook programs received national awards and recognition, our Academic Decathlon team earned a spot at the state competition, we received the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll award for the third year in a row from the College Board for equity, access, and success on our AP exams, we are a recipient of the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) award (a prestigious honor), we are the only high school in California to receive Bronze status from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (sponsored by the Clinton Foundation) for offering and serving healthy food options, and we made athletic history with our Boys Basketball CIF and State Championships, as well as national rankings by the boys and girls track teams and the girls volleyball team. The list goes on and on, and it is difficult to express in words how honored and grateful I am to serve as your principal, the principal of the BEST high school in the South bay (and beyond)!
As I enter into my third year as principal, I would like to continue our road to excellence by challenging our students to acquire and refine three key characteristics that I believe are essential for success at school, in your future career, and in life: self-advocacy, the ability to cope, and selflessness.
Students, I believe that everyone should have a voice, as your opinion matters. Being able to speak up, respectfully and professionally, and advocate for yourself (or on behalf of a team, program, etc) is powerful. You should be the first person to talk to a teacher when you begin to struggle in a class (not your parents). You should know more about your grades and how you can improve than anyone else (such as your counselor), and you should be an active participant both in and out of class by participating in discussions, sharing ideas and thoughts, joining (or better yet) starting a club, and trying out for a team or auditioning. Follow your dreams and face your fears. You won’t regret it!
As for coping, it is an essential skill because, let’s face it, life is not always fair. You may not always earn the grade you desire, and you may not always earn a spot on a team, win an election, or control others’ decisions. Muhammad Ali said, “I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
Last, but not least, always remember we are as good as our weakest link. What I mean is, we have more potential for success if we work as a team, look out for each other, help each other (even those we do not know), and act for the good of the whole. This may mean someone else may be called on, chosen, or up to bat; however, when it is for the good of the whole, we all win!
Parents, your role is vital. Please support your Sea Hawk by giving guidance on how to be a self-advocate, console but allow your student to cope, and remind your student to do what is best for all (an Eastern philosophy).
Students, our school is rich in history and tradition, and thousands, like you, have graduated upholding the honor and prestige of being a Sea Hawk. You are capable! Work hard, follow your dreams, create positive memories, be an active learner, and wear your Red & White on Fridays with pride. Hundreds of students wish they could attend RUHS this year and over a thousand people applied to work here this year. So with that I ask: “RU Ready? RU Healthy? RU Involved? RU In?”
Dr. Nicole Wesley