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Lynbrook Men's Volleyball Announcement

If you are interested in join Men's Volleyball come to the Library study room at lunch on Thursday, September 14.

"The Viking Marching Band and Colorguard completed a successful fall season this weekend in Napa at the Vintage Reserve Band Review. The band took home the following awards:  
1st place Brass 
1st place Woodwinds
1st place Colorguard 
1st place General Effect 
1st place Music 
Field Show Sweepstakes (Lynbrook was the highest scoring band regardless of class out of all 22 bands in attendance.)"

Join Us for Lynbrook's Fall Play!


Thur Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm

Fri Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm

Buy Tickets Online

Students $10

Adults $12

(Online price includes all fees)

At the Door

General Admission $15

All proceeds go toward supporting future

Lynbrook High School drama productions.

Thank you for your support! 

Daily Bulletin


On This Day in 1910 Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.

This Week; Thursday- Block (1, 2, 3, 7); Friday- Tutorial

Next Week:  Monday- 7 periods; Tuesday- Tutorial; Wednesday- Homeroom, Block (4, 5, 6), Late Start; Thursday- Block (1, 2, 3, 7); Friday- Tutorial


Fall Play: You Can't Take It With You:  Come see Lynbrook's Fall Play: "You Can't Take it With You" on Thursday, November 14th, Friday, November 15th, & Saturday, November 16th at 7pm in Studio 74! Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Buy them in the quad during lunch Wednesday and Thursday this week, or any day next week during lunch! You can also buy online with no additional fee! It is a hilarious comedy that you won't want to miss!


Lynbrook Craft Faire:  Join us for our annual Lynbrook Holiday Crafts Faire on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in and around the Field House, featuring handcrafted items from over 130 vendors. It is one of the largest in the West Valley and the perfect place to find a gift for young and old alike. Enjoy the food trucks, great music, bake sale and artwork. Free Admission. Benefits Lynbrook's Orchestras, Band Classes, Marching Band and Color Guard. Come rain or shine. Come to the Field House next to the football field.



Lynbrook Class of 2022 Mod Pizza Fundraiser:  Hey Class of 2022!  Feeling hungry? Well, swing by MOD PIZZA on Prospect Road on this Thursday, November 14 from 10AM to 10:30 pm to help support the Class of 2022! Let the cashier know that you're coming from the Lynbrook Class of 2022 or show them the flyer posted on our Facebook group/Instagram page to donate 20% of your purchase to our class! If you attend, you may even be featured on our very prestigious Class of 2022 Instagram page, so be sure to attend and contribute!



The Reflections Art Program 2019-20, Lynbrook High School:  Congratulations to the winners of Reflections 2019-20 The art submissions of the students that placed first in each category have advanced to the Council Level.   Visual Arts : First Place - Harshitha Shanmugam, Second Place - Hanzen Shou, Third Place - Medha S. Lolayekar;  Literature : First Place - Alisha Bose, Second Place - Samantha Leong, Third Place - Nishad Wajge;  Photography : First Place - Jamie Tan, Second Place - Arhan Mulay, Third Place - Carol Gao;  Dance Choreography: First Place - Belinda Chen, Second Place - Enzo Cabaltica


Aletheia’s November Submission:  Aletheia’s open for submissions for the November issue centered on Drugs and Drinking. All submissions are anonymous and students are encouraged to submit their experiences and opinions at



Boys Volleyball:  If you are interested in join Boy's Volleyball come to the Library study room at lunch on Thursday, November 14.


This Week:

Saturday 11/16 – Cross Country CCS Championship at Crystal Springs, Belmont TBA


Next Week:

Monday 11/18 – Boys Soccer vs Cupertino; Frosh/Soph 4:00PM; Varsity 6:00PM

Monday 11/18 - Girls Basketball vs Santa Clara; JV 5:00PM; Varsity 6:30PM

Thursday 11/21 – Boys Basketball at Mountain View - Varsity 7:00PM

Saturday 11/23 – Cross Country State Championship at Woodward Park, Fresno TBA

Staff Notes

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Issue 8| June 2019| Lynbrook High School

Finishing Strong

With all the rain we have had, let's hope for a mild, sun-filled season. Make time to play outside and enjoy nature.

The work we do demands so much from us. We strive to give our best and be our best for our students and for each other.  This summer, plan time to treat yourself. Let's get rejuvenated, relax, reflect, refocus and unwind. 

Enjoy the summer and make memories. One of the highlights of returning in August is our retrospect of the summer. Please be sure to share your two favorite snapshots. Upload them here:

Closing up shop

  • Look in your mailbox in the office for your checkout form. Maya's desk will be your last stop. Complete the checkout process by Monday, June 10 at 3:00 pm. 
  • Scan in all the books you have received by students and any books with barcodes in classrooms.
  • Get classrooms ready for deep cleaning. No loose items on the floor. Take valuables home or place them in a locked cabinet. Complete the Classroom Checklist:
  • Create an out-of-office email message set to begin on Friday, June 7 at 3:00 PM.
  • Shredding- Bring your taped and labeled boxes of papers needing shredding to the Viking Room in the library. We ask that you box, seal and label your shredding.
  • LHS Staff Technology Use Survey 2019

Second Semester Grades

Teachers can complete the checkout process once their grades have been submitted electronically, printed, signed and submitted to Thao. Grades are due electronically by 8:00 am on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

To respect our students’ privacy, please do not display grades publicly. Students can access School Loop to view their individual grades, or they can wait until the grades are mailed home. No list of grades or scores should be posted on walls, doors or windows (even if names are not listed).

Summer Shutdown & Construction Activity

The main office will close for the summer on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 3 pm and reopen to staff on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

The campus will be closed for deep cleaning, repairs, and construction from mid-June to late July. Access to classrooms and parking will be limited. The usual entrance to the staff parking lot will be blocked from June 17, 2019, through August 16, 2019. This summer the concrete in the quad and adjacent areas of the 500s, 000s, 100s, Auditorium, the 70s, and the office will be completed. If you do come on campus, please enter campus through the gate near Voyager, by the pool. Drive along the emergency access road follow it along the fields to get to the staff parking lot.  The campus will be locked down and alarmed after 3:30 PM.  Do not access campus after 3:30 PM from June 21 to July 31, 2019.

Homeroom, Tutorial, and Bell Schedule Tweaks for 19-20

Bell Schedule Adjustments: After viewing the Bell Schedule survey results, the FEA leadership decided to keep the schedules in their current state for 2019-20.

Tutorial for 2019-20: Crystal Isola did not get any responses to her request for staff to join her to create a Tutorial Guidelines group.  Crystal did reach out to the other campuses to find out how other schools in the district structure their tutorial times. We had hoped to have completed the following things: 1. Understand how tutorial is currently being used 2. Provide a Framework of Tutorial Practices for Teachers 3 — Draft Updated Tutorial Guidelines for students.

LHS Homeroom Plan for 2019-20: Given the parameters outlined by FEA, Homerooms next year will consist of a teacher's 5th period students. As a result, some homerooms will have mixed grade levels. The size of homerooms will vary, too. Homerooms will meet weekly on Wednesdays for study time, and no more than ten times a year, there may be a planned activity/lesson targeted to our school action plan.  In a nutshell, Wednesday's tutorial will be "closed" for Homeroom and teachers will have their students. Students will leave 4th period and go to their 5th period classroom for Homeroom. After Homeroom, students will be dismissed for brunch. Following brunch, students will return to their 5th period room for class.

The Specifics:

  • What activities will be planned? Who will plan them?
    • We are discussing this at the leadership retreat, and we will invite students into the planning process.
    • Most Wednesdays will be set aside for students to study.  Teachers can set their norms and guidelines for this time. Students are to remain in the classroom.
    • ASB may use this time for activities that would have usually taken place during 3rd period. This will preserve instructional time during 3rd period.
  • What will teachers who have a prep (no students) during Homeroom do?
    • Teachers who do not teach a 5th period class will be assigned to another class in their department.
  • How will administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, the student advocate, the library media teacher, and classified staff stay involved in Homeroom?
    • Teachers who specifically request a partner during the planned whole-school activities will be matched with another staff member.

Construction update

The cafeteria building is progressing as planned and will be ready for the start of school.

The gym lobby project was reworked and the plans are finalized. They have been submitted to the Division of the State Architect (DSA). The gym will be closed in the summer (June 10- July 26) to prepare it for the major part of the construction project that will begin in March 2020. It is slated for completion in December 2020.

On May 21, 2019, the schematic design for the new Guidance and Student Support building, was approved. Below are the updated renderings. Groundbreaking is expected in June 2020. The construction of this building will overlap the Lynbrook Gym Lobby project. An RFQ/P process was conducted. Blach Construction submitted a competitive proposal and was chosen for the project. They are already familiar with the campus, as they are currently building the Cafeteria and Quad.

There may be some changes to the office assignments and some slight changes to the floorplan. This is provided as a general tentative look at the office layout. It will give you an idea to the flow and organization of the new building.

The image below is looking at the new office from the quad.

staffing update

Sailing on to the next adventure- Jon Penner and Paul Willson are retiring at the end of this school year.  Make sure you get a chance to wish them well.

Announcements on the latest staffing changes will be made at the Wednesday Taco feast. 

way to go's

Powerful Publications! See the "Unseen"  this year's Valhalla yearbook. Congratulations to Leslie Robledo and our yearbook staff for their professional and appealing work. Students will cherish it for a lifetime. The final edition of the award-winning Epic was published last week. Be sure to view their outstanding online version at A big shout out to Josh Miller for your commitment to teaching students the power of the pen. Be sure to check out the latest edition of the Vertigo. If you didn't get a print version of Scintilla, the Spring 2019 edition of the Vertigo literary magazine, you can read it online English teacher, Connie Willson, is the advisor for the creative writing club. The collection of prose and poetry will give you a unique glimpse into the world of our students. 

Making magical music- The Lynbrook Orchestra was 1 of 5 high school orchestras in the country to be invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. This is one of the highest honors a school orchestra can achieve. Congratulations to Mike Pakaluk and our talented musicians.

Clubs are Crushing it- FBLA: FBLA students placed 4th in the state at the State Leadership Conference in April. Advisor Leslie Robledo will take the 17 students who advanced to the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX June 29 – July 2nd. Math Club: Over 400 students participated in 11 competitions this year. LHS continues to rank #1 in local and state contests. The team ranked 1st in the nation at the Berkeley Math Tournament. Thank you, Rita Korsunsky for your guidance and dedication to this club. Science Bowl: Lester Leung took our team to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national level. DECA Dazzles- Advisor Brad Fulk shared news of the clubs phenomenal success. There are over 210,000 DECA members worldwide. Lynbrook had 53 make the finals. This means these students ranked among the top 1% in the world. Student, Helen Hu, was our first international champion in 5 years. Robotics Rocks to the World Finals-Our Funky Monkeys had an excellent run at the FIRST Robotics Competition's World Championships at Houston. They broke their own records by finishing as division semi-finalists and receiving their first award at the Championship level. Speech & Debate Results- The 2019 Stanford Invitational Tournament is one of the most highly competitive tournaments of the year. This year, of the 2,356 students from 273 schools; internationally and from 26 states, LHS had four students finish near the top in their divisions.

Viking Athletics Standout- The Swimming & Diving, Boys Volleyball, Softball, Badminton, and Baseball teams are all CCS Scholastic Team Award winners. The  LHS F/S Boys Basketball team claimed the El Camino league title. The Girls Varsity Basketball team went all the way to NorCal competition.

French Students Shine- On the "Le Grand Concours 2019" 149 LHS students are National Winners with two platinum medalists (FIRST place) and 34 gold medalists (students placing in the 95 percentile).

PTSA Honorary Service Awards- The following staff received Very Special Teacher and Staff Awards for Outstanding Service to the Lynbrook Community through their Above and Beyond Efforts- Jennifer Griffin, Teferi Habte, Dani Howard, Rose Knudsen, and David Erwin. Honorary Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Lynbrook Students and Community through Years of Volunteering Efforts were bestowed upon Anne Greene and Jeremy Kitchen. The Continuing Service Award for Sustained Outstanding Service to the Lynbrook Community and PTSA through Years of Volunteering Efforts were awarded to Dawn Bridges and Paul Willson.
This list is just a snapshot of the accomplishments of our staff and students. I tried to capture the second-semester events that were shared with me. At a place this amazing, there are so many things to celebrate. Our students could not access the opportunities that test their talents and grow without the guidance and support of teachers and staff members. Thank you, club advisors and mentors for your time and care. You help students pursue their passions and have enriching experiences. The most enduring reward of competition is honing one's craft and being part of a team that works together for a common goal. 
Is 'Gaming Disorder' An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases

And although WHO's voice is powerful, it's not the last word in the world of science. "There is a fairly even split in the scientific community about whether 'tech addiction' is a real thing," says Dr. Michael Bishop, who runs Summerland, which he calls "a summer camp for screen overuse" for teens.



What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

The Ethics Institute* at Kent Place School is devoted solely to teaching ethics to primary and secondary school students, said Karen Rezach, the institute's director. "There are so many ethics institutes at the university level, but none at our level," she said. Like Lone, Rezach thinks kids and teenagers long for ethical guidance.



Teachers: Self-care tips to recharge this summer

Stress. Impatience. Low energy for creativity or humor. Exhaustion. If the last few weeks of school have you feeling on the brink of burnout, you're certainly not alone. Seventy-eight percent of teachers say they are often physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of each school day.



Maria Jackson, Principal | | Phone 408.366.7701
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Mailing address: Lynbrook High School, 1280 Johnson Avenue, San Jose, California, 95129, US