Victorious team with trophies at USA Nationals.The time was not the only thing springing forward last March. A spectacular, crowd-pleasing performance in the Small Hip-Hop category earned the San Clemente High School Dance Team its fifth national title in five years at the USA National Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Well seniors, it’s finally here. Graduation is really just around the corner, and as we wrap up with AP and IB tests, we will finally be rewarded for all our hard work throughout the past four years.
At 6am, or some other early hour across America, millions of teenagers awaken to begin their trek to school, ready for another day of education. However, there is a small but growing group of young people who bypass this morning ritual. In fact, they bypass the traditional school model altogether.
Guess quick! Which San Clemente High School team has earned four National Championships in the last four years? Surfing, you say? Not even close.
San Clemente resident Patrick Fennell has been at the helm of Saddleback College’s Theatre Arts Department for 29 years. He proudly reports, “We’ve become renowned for our excellence in theatre training and production.”
The 2008-2009 school year is bringing change to students at San Clemente High School. There was a lot of work done at the school over the summer. Construction work, that is.
Standing at well over six feet tall, Principal George Duarte can cut quite an imposing figure as he strolls the halls of San Clemente High School. In his suit and tie, and with his somewhat military style haircut, students could be forgiven for mistaking him for a secret service agent sent to search out spies or hidden clues across the expansive campus.
At Vista del Mar Elementary and Middle School the Mako shark serves as its mascot, symbolizing the school’s spirit as well as representing the philosophy of the school’s MAKO Educational Foundation: “Maximizing Academics, Knowledge & Opportunity.”
The bad news is … over-burdened high school teachers are often unable to give one-on-one help to needy students for prolonged periods of time. The good news is … extra help is available at San Clemente High School in the form of a Wednesday after-school tutorial program.
SrNet Cyber Cafe is housed at the Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation offices on Calle Negocio, in San Clemente. San Clemente’s SrNet Cyber Café, temporarily housed in a former fire station, offers a range of computer classes for seniors.