Principal's Welcome - Fall 2020
Dear Aragon Students and Families:
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Aragon High School, I would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. The beginning of this school year is unlike any we have ever experienced: with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, we are preparing to work with our students in a full distance learning environment this August.
We hope that this time of Distance Learning will be short-lived. However, the health and wellbeing of ALL members of the Aragon Community is of the utmost importance, so we will adapt to the Distance Learning environment for as long as is deemed necessary by the San Mateo Union High School District and San Mateo County Health Office. While the learning environment may look and feel different at the start of this year, we are confident in our ability to serve the learning needs of all of our students this year.
The culture of Aragon High is built on an extensive tradition of excellence. Through collaboration, preparation, and dedication, our faculty prepares students with exemplary instruction and dynamic classes. The relationships that teachers and staff build with our students are thoughtful, comprehensive, and supportive. In addition, Aragon has wonderful educational opportunities for all students because of the generous funding from the Aragon Excellence Fund program. I hope that you will donate because it is only through everyone contributing that we will be able to continue the high quality of education that we provide.
As we begin the new school year, there are some important matters that must be addressed by each student and family. Please review this handbook before the first day of school as it covers different topics and will help answer many questions. I would also encourage you to attend our Family Orientation - this will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information for the beginning of this unprecedented year can be found on our AHS Return to School Blog.
I encourage all parents and guardians to participate in one or more parent groups and volunteer for some of our many activities. The programs and activities students enjoy most would not occur without the help of parent volunteers. Parent groups that you can be involved with include:
- PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization)
- Athletic Boosters
- Music Boosters
- Polynesian Parents Group
- Aragon Asian Parents Group
- Drama Boosters
- Latino Parents Group
- Senior Activities Committee
At Aragon, students and their families come first. We know our purpose is to educate all students to the best of our abilities and we do not lose sight of this. All decisions are made with the interests of students in mind, first and foremost. We strive to be a place of mutual respect where students actively pursue intellectual and extracurricular excellence.
Aragon’s teachers, staff and administrators are committed to providing a challenging curriculum with rewarding activities and classroom experiences. Your feedback is always welcome. Educating students is a collaborative effort in which we all need to be involved and supportive. My best wishes to everyone for an exciting, enriching, and productive new school year and I look forward to seeing students soon!
Valerie M. Arbizu