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Email: jbrandt@rbusd.org

Phone (310) 798-8665 x4001

Principal's Message

Welcome

Dear RUHS Student, Parents, and Guardians:

 

As the 2017-2018 school year approaches, I would like to express the continued gratitude I feel as principal of the best high school in the South Bay (and beyond), RUHS! As I enter my seventh year at Redondo Union High School and tenth year in our outstanding school district, I feel privileged to work with and for our terrific teachers, talented students, great staff members, involved parents, first-rate district leadership team, and, of course, our highly-supportive RBUSD Board of Education.
Redondo has established itself as one of the top highs schools, in California and nationally, as a result of our rigorous and engaging academics, athletics, and extracurricular opportunities! As we like to say, “There’s something for everyone at RUHS!” We continue to be recognized by the California Department of Education, US News & World Report, and Niche.com, just to name a few! We are a Project Lead the Way STEM Certified School, our teachers have developed over thirty new courses in the past four years, and our Marching Band and Dance Guard are Southern California State Champions! In addition, our Academic Decathlon Team continues to compete at the highest levels, and our school newspaper, The High Tide, and yearbook, The Pilot, continue to be recognized at the national level! Our athletics teams consistently compete at the highest levels; representing RUHS at twelve CIF or State Title games in the last four years and winning eight of those championships! As a result of our talented and motivated students’ involvement in and dedication towards academics (2/3 of our students have above a 3.0 GPA and 2/5 are above a 3.5 GPA) and extracurricular activities (our student-athletes, for example, have a 3.4 average GPA), they are attending top colleges and universities throughout California and across our nation. Finally, we are also fortunate to have top of the line facilities and access to the most current technology due to the support of the citizens of Redondo Beach. As visitors to our incredible campus often remark, “This looks like a college!”

 

So, the essential question is…how do we keep this phenomenal momentum going? The answer, of course, is multi-faceted! First and foremost, with collective purpose; working together as students, parents, guardians, and educators, student readiness for college, career, and life, must and always will be our primary focus! As we all know, our world is rapidly evolving and transforming. The “information age” is quickly being replaced by the “conceptual age”.iOur young people can now access knowledge at the touch of a button; however, it is what they do with this ability that will distinguish them from their peers in a highly-competitive college and career landscape. The majority of jobs available to our young people will be centered around innovation and entrepreneurship. So, which academic skills will be necessary for success, and happiness, in our ever-changing world? Critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, and perseveranceii are a start. Our teachers will continue to plan and promote opportunities for students to think outside the box, effectively work with others, learn from trial and error, and demonstrate understanding. In addition to these vital intellectual and academic skills, our students will continue to develop their “emotional intelligence” throughout the school day and beyond. Due to a variety of high expectations and social experiences at RUHS, our students will continue to mature as they focus on self-awareness, self-management, responsibility, relationship skills, and social awarenessiii. These life skills are as important as intellectual/academic skills, if not more so! We sincerely appreciate our students and parents who support our school culture of trust, respect, humility, empathy, positivity, and constant reflection. These qualities support the UNION in Redondo Union High School!

 

Despite all of the amazing news coming out of RUHS, areas of growth remain! As a team, we will continue to focus on growing our University of California A-G Rateiv, moving students out of the below 2.0 GPA range (less than 10% of all RUHS students), further involving students in extra-curriculars and school spirit, The following quote may best encapsulate our overarching, qualitative goals: “…education needs to help our youth discover their passions and purpose in life, develop the critical skills needed to be successful in pursuing their goals, be inspired on a daily basis to do their very best, and be active and informed citizens.”v
Students and parents, again, this is a collective effort; we can only grow when we plan, act, and accomplish our goals as a team! Our teachers will provide engaging and rigorous instruction on a daily basis; however, our students must continue to be active participants in the teaching and learning process. Students will always have the opportunity to learn with purpose, ask questions, think creatively, collaborate with their classmates, and persevere in the face of challenges. The “asking questions” aspect is particularly essential to the teaching/learning process and preparing our students for the conceptual age; “Questions are the engines of intellect, the cerebral machines which
convert energy to motion, and curiosity to controlled inquiry”.vi In addition to inquiry, we will also continue to promote one of our core values at RUHS: Self-Advocacy. We expect all high school students to take initiative, rather than relying on parents and guardians, when facing adversity. Here’s an example from the professional world; “People who are successful at Google also have a bias towards action-you see something broken and you fix it. You are smart enough to spot problems, but you don’t whine about them or wait for somebody else to fix them. You ask, ‘How can I make things better?’”vii (please be sure to support our “RUHS Communication Protocol”

 

RUHS students, we are excited to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. Let this be the year you discover a new passion or purpose, take an Advanced Placement course, try out for a team, join a club, make new friends with similar interests, and connect with a teacher, coach, counselor, or other staff member. Parents & Guardians, the five most importance pieces of advice we can share with you are the following; help model our academic and social-emotional skills, ask your child to get involved in extracurricular opportunities, be aware of his/her peer group and their actions, consistently monitor attendance and grades on the parent portal, and ask your child to be an independent problem-solver. (Friendly Reminder: We are moving back to the “Alpha” counseling model)

 

A quick yet important note, a number of facilities projects have been completed or are near completion. AL Young (snack shack) has been demolished and the construction of five new classrooms is set to begin in late October (with completion in summer of 2018). We are projecting over 2,900 students for this year, so we need all the space we can get! Speaking of, we have managed to add a classroom in the Science and Arts Building and a classroom in the CTE building. In addition to the cafeteria, we will have two food service pods; one will be located next to the 500 building and one will be located in the 200s. We have also added a parking gate for the Lower Parking Lot (staff only) and we have numbered our parking spots in order to efficiently and effectively manage our limited space (seniors and juniors will be prioritized for parking permits). Finally, we have started the repair of the craftsman house that will soon be our official RUHS Alumni House (follow and donate on Facebook: RUHS Alumni House). We are hoping to have this exciting project done by Homecoming Weekend!

 

Finally, let’s continue to remind each other of how fortunate we are to attend, work at, and be a part of such an outstanding school and district! We are looking forward to many more accomplishments, recognitions, and celebrations for our students, teachers, staff members, parents, and Sea Hawk community! We hope to see you at the numerous activities, games, and events planned throughout 2017-18 at THE best high school: Redondo Union High School! We look forward to welcoming all of our amazing students back to school on Wednesday, August 30th.

 

Best regards,

 

Jens Brandt
RUHS Principal

 

i http://www.danpink.com/books/whole-new-mind/
ii http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/A-Guide-to-Four-Cs.pdf
iii http://www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/core-competencies/
iv http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/a-g-requirements/index.html
v http://creatinginnovators.com/
vi http://amorebeautifulquestion.com/book-on-questioning-by-warren-berger/
vii http://creatinginnovators.com/

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