Principal's Message

Joshua Kirk
Rancho Family,
Thanks to the wonderful work of our staff, student leaders and parent volunteers we are off to a great start to the 2021-22 school year.  A special thank you to some of our student leadership groups for their role in welcoming back all our Cougar staff and students with great enthusiasm! 
Now that things are beginning to settle down, I want you to know that we understand how last year was more than challenging.  However, know that our staff is here to help you not only get back on track, but to thrive.  To get all our students to that point, we must look at additional approaches to support students.  Therefore, we will be offering more tutoring help for students, providing multiple opportunities for students to make up credits to get back on track to graduate on time and support our student’s mental health and social and emotional needs.  This includes multiple marriage and family therapists (MFT’s) on site, as well as our peer counselors and three SEL courses that are being taught this year on our campus.  Our goal is to establish a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student and get back to the amazing culture that our school has which has made RCHS one of the best high schools in the state of California
I want all of our Cougars to know that our staff will work hard to equip our students with the skills needed to be college and career ready.  However, that success does not sit solely on the shoulders of the school. Success begins with possessing a growth mindset which is the belief that everyone’s intelligence and abilities can improve.  This includes taking ownership of your learning, displaying that Rancho Grit through difficult times and taking advantage of the supports our teachers and staff provide.  With that said, I challenge all Cougars come to school every day on time, complete all assignments and work hard to pass all classes with a C or higher.  By meeting these challenges our students will be in position to meet their A-G requirements.  We know that the skills taught while completing the A-G requirements are the key for giving our students multiple options beyond high school regardless of the path they take.
The state of California measures a school’s effectiveness through the California Dashboard which focuses on five performance indicators.  These indicators are Graduation Rate, Suspension Rate, College & Career Indicator, and (CAASPP) ELA and Math Performance Indicators.  Each indicator is scored using a color gauge of five colors (red, orange, yellow, green & blue).  Blue signifies the highest level of performance for an indicator and is the goal for all schools while the color red signifies the lowest level of performance.  Below is a link that has more information on the California Dashboard.
Parents, we want to continue to invite you in as a partner with our school and encourage you to be actively engaged in your child’s success.  To do that, it is imperative that you sign up for your personal Canvas account and monitor your students’ daily progress, stay in communication with teachers to build and maintain collaborative relationships and attend the parent engagement programs we will offer throughout the year. 
Lastly, I want to invite everyone to attend our virtual Back to School Night event which will be on Monday, August 30th beginning at 5:45pm.  The link for the presentation will be on our website.  You can then find all your child’s teachers video presentation in their Canvas accounts.  Although it is virtual, it is still a chance for you to hear from your student(s) teachers about how our Cougars can be successful here at RCHS.  
I am extremely excited for what will be a great school year and thank you for all of your continued support!
Cougar Pride!
Mr. Joshua Kirk