September 2018
Capuchino High School Alumni Association
Welcome, Mustangs, to the latest edition of our newsletter! It's full of exciting news and important updates. We hope you enjoy it!
Class of 2018
Capuchino’s Class of 2018 had many exceptional students. Two students, Julia Cordero and Niven Jayanthi, were named National Merit Scholars.

Congratulations also go out to Lauren Valles for representing Capuchino High school at the finals of the MD4 Lions Student Speakers yearly competition. Lauren competed and won five different contest levels prior to earning her a spot at the finals. She won a total of $11,000 in scholarship funds for her speech "Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today's Society?" 

50th Reunion for the Class of 1968 
The Class of 1968 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion as a two-day affair with 163 taking part. (103 out of a class of 349 along with 60 guests.) On Saturday, July 28th, golf and frisbee golf tournaments were enjoyed at the Emerald Hills Golf Course (a part of the Redwood City Elks Lodge.) Dinner and dance followed, and was still going strong at 11:00 p.m. when sadly the party had to end. I'm pretty sure this group could have kept dancing through the night.

On Sunday, July 29th, the Mustangs gathered at their old stomping grounds for a tour of the renovated campus. Discussions about where was Home Economics and Wood Shop - were followed by "wasn't my Typing Class here?" And, "My English class was here, wasn't it?" "Where was Senior Rail?" 

No more lockers, hallways have disappeared, fences have grown up, and so many changes brought back lots of memories! A "bring your own brown bag lunch - like the ol' days" was held outside the new cafeteria. Many comments were made about how beautiful and spacious the campus seems. And, of course, the Mustang statue is great!

It was such fun to see so many from our class participate, especially when you realize most of the Class of 1968 is 68!

25th Reunion News from Jeff Wong Class of 1993
Our 25th year high school reunion was held on July 1st 2018 at Newells Irish Pub in San Bruno. People came from all over Northern California to attend, San Francisco, Peninsula, Sacramento area, Antioch, and San Jose. Class of 1993 got together and we actually opened it up and invited ANY San Bruno people and classes to join us last minute due to the passing of our classmate's husband Alex Rohleder, who was also a Capuchino Alumni, but c/o 1992. We felt maybe we can use this reunion as a way to all of us to share in the memories. Not just the ones from Capuchino. 

We had about 50 people attend. The reunion was organized by Jeff Wong (Senior Class President), Nicki Strazzullo (ASB President), Gina O'Keefe, Chase White, and Jennifer Bloom-Smith. The facebook event link is attached is anyone would like to see photos.
Message from Capuchino’s new Principal Jesse Boise
Welcome to the 2081-19 school year!

It is an honor to enter my first year as the principal of Capuchino High School. Over the coming school year, we will provide your student an unparalleled academic experience, access to a robust set of extra-curricular activities, social-emotional support, and guidance in preparation for their successful transition to college and career. As a Gold Ribbon school, we pride ourselves in innovation and continuous improvement. If at any point you have questions, feedback, and/or concerns, I hope you will reach out to a staff member so that we can provide your student with nothing short of an excellent educational experience.

There are a number of elements that distinguish Capuchino from other high schools. At Capuchino, we have a deep commitment to personalization, academic rigor, and student support. Our 9th and 10th grade students are teamed with a common set of teachers, in order to create a high level of personalization. In addition, as an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, we have adopted and will continue to refine a comprehensive instructional framework to ensure a differentiated level of challenge and student support. One strand of this support includes offering two 30-minute Academic Support Time (AST) periods during the week where students receive additional support from their teachers. Finally, students will find an ever expanding set of extra-curricular offerings, outstanding visual and performing art courses, expansive career technical education courses, two leadership classes, 19 varsity sports, and a variety of clubs based on student interest.

At CHS, we also recognize the importance of supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students. We believe that social and emotional wellness impacts learning and we want to proactively support our students. Some students experience increased stress and/or anxiety in high school. Please contact your student's school counselor if your student is ever in need of support. We want to ensure that our students thrive within and beyond Capuchino High School!

Go Mustangs!
Jesse Boise, Principal
Bring Your Best, Expect Success
From the CHSAA President
As we embark on a new school year, I am thrilled to be part of this extraordinary organization. We are a unique group of dedicated alumni, parents, community members and volunteers. We are united by our passion to continue the tradition of excellence that brought us to Capuchino. The association may only be a few years old but we are inspired by a long history of Mustang Pride! 

We began this school year with a ribbon cutting ceremony at our newly renovated Science Building. This is an achievement that the Alumni Association is proud to have played a role in. Through the tireless efforts of our Vice-President, Judith Puccini, we helped bring attention to the needs of the Science department and helped in raising funds for science equipment. 

This year we will continue to work with our partners at the San Bruno Education Foundation on our first ever K thru 12 initiative focused on Music Education. The inaugural event titled, “Music in the Air” is scheduled for this November 3rd. The event will showcase talented youth from the San Bruno Community. Look for more information on this event in the coming weeks.

With so many changes, this is a great time in Capuchino’s history. I am honored to take over the work that former president, Alan Bestall, began along with the founding board members. Alan’s dedication to the school and his strong leadership will always be remembered. I am also looking forward to working with our returning board members and the new board members from our booster organizations.
Working with our new Principal, Mr. Boise, and his staff we will make this another great year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our mission or how you can help us continue the tradition.

Michael Salazar
Capuchino High School Alumni Association

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