When summer began, did you have a list of goals you wanted to complete? Get a summer job? Attend a sports camp? Take a class? Take a moment to reflect on your summer and your accomplishments. Now, let’s think and talk about your upcoming 15-16 school year at RUHS. What are your goals? Are you taking an honors or AP class? Are you applying to your target colleges? Are you trying a new sport or extracurricular activity? Do you have personal goals such as arriving to school on time, being focused in class, completing your assignments in a timely manner? Students, take a moment to write down at least one or two goals you plan on completing by June, 2016.
Now, as you pursue your goals, realize the most important trait of your journey is GRIT. This is the unwavering pursuit of success no matter which obstacles may attempt to interrupt your pathway to success. Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can have anything you want -if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
As you pursue your goals with great purpose, relish those moments when you can pause and reflect on your journey thus far; never fail to be conscious of your actions and opportunities to refine your practices and habits. I will remind you of this throughout the year.
To our returning Sea Hawks, my previous messages to you have been about three key ingredients that I believe are essential for success in school and in life: advocacy, the ability to cope, and selflessness. I encourage you to read my previous messages (links to the left).
I will continue to remind you of ways you can work toward mastering these skills and mindset throughout this year in my broadcast messages. I strongly encourage all of our returning and new Sea Hawks to always be aware of your strength and courage when it comes to self-advocacy. As young adults, high school provides many opportunities for you to communicate with your peers, teachers, counselors, and administration. The ability to speak up for yourself, without your parents taking the lead, is a skill you will certainly use and appreciate in all facets of your life!
In addition, we will continue to provide opportunities for you to discover and explore your passion and purpose in life. There is truly something for everyone at RUHS. Getting involved in a sport or extracurricular activity will enhance your experience at RUHS!
Now, Sea Hawks, there couldn’t be a better time to attend RUHS, as RU has become a highly desirable school. In fact, we are at capacity! This is a great “problem” to have as Redondo has clearly become a destination high school, district, and city! This is a credit to our supportive community (Measures C & Q), our phenomenal facilities, outstanding faculty and staff, progressive and engaging instructional practices, state and nationally recognized extracurricular activities, new courses and career pathways, and of course, the best students and parents in the South Bay!
Over the past four years, RUHS has grown by nearly 400 students. We are now at 2,700+ students. Additionally, Redondo used to be a permit-dependent district, however, due to current capacity limitations; we are now issuing only a handful of permits to RBUSD employees and siblings of current RUHS students.
So, as we move forward, let’s continue to acknowledge and celebrate our success, reflect on our practices and programs in order to constantly improve and succeed, and communicate with a high degree of patience, respect, transparency, and positivity! This is the Redondo way!