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9/17 Matador News: Week 6

Upcoming Events

September 27 : Back to School Night

September 30 : Deadline to Purchase Chromebook Insurance

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Mount Miguel High School

Back To School Night

Wednesday, September 27, 20175:30 – 8:00 pm

We would like to invite you to attend our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 27th. Please come celebrate the beginning of the 17/18 school-year, meet with your student’s teachers, and receive information about the content and course requirements for each class.
5:30 – 6:00 pm Parent meeting in the Gym


  • $9.95 Cox High Speed Internet! Did you know your family may be eligible for discounted internet.  See the flyer for details or apply here.
  • Chromebook Insurance for is available for purchase until September 30th. It is $28.95 for a one year plan that can be renewed annually.  Warranty program covers 100% parts and labor, accidental damage, as well as theft. There is no deductible. It is highly recommended. 

Principal's Update

Welcome to Week 6!

We have continued to increase our efforts in assisting students by providing academic support and/or enrichment. What that means to you is that students are receiving more help in core subject areas. In fact, we raised our graduation rate to over 80% this year, the highest graduate rate in over 10 years! While we are excited about the progress, we are not content with the number. Another way we are looking to improve student growth is early supports. We have a ninth grade teacher from every core subject area meeting as a group and discussing student progress. Our aim is to be proactive. Our mindset is that it is never to late to learn and this means that our attitude towards getting students graduated and prepared for college or career is "whatever it takes".

Beginning in October I will launch a Walk & Talk (W&T) series. The W&T will give you the opportunity to dialogue with me about the current and future progress of Mount Miguel as well as the individual progress of students while walking the track. The W&T will be on the Mount Miguel track from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM. I will send out a separate email/text with the dates and a form to sign up. All are welcome (little ones in strollers too) and I hope that our walk promotes healthy bodies, while our talk promotes healthy learning.

Thank you for reading this week's update and I look forward to sharing more success at the Back to School Night on September 27th.

MMHS Provides Many Options for Academic Help

Matador Tutoring Center (MTC)

MTC is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15-4:15.  For a complete listing of tutoring subjects and locations, check out the schedule.

Saturday Scholars

Saturday Scholars will begin again in October.  This program provides support to students on Saturday mornings.  Teachers are on campus to provide help in all subjects.  All students are welcome to attend.  Look for more details in the next weeks update and on the website.

Athletics Update:

The Mount Miguel football team showed extreme character on Friday night coming back twice to tie the game only to find time was not on their side. The Matadors gave West Hills prime field position early when a muffed punt was recovered inside the Matador 10 yard line. The Wolf pack capitalized and scored. The boys would respond later in the quarter when Mugabee Miller found Jaheim Allen Pompey in the back of the end zone. for his first touchdown of the year.  Both teams failed their point after attempts and would go into halftime tied  6-6. West hills came out strong the second half and scored early to make the score 13-6.  Mount Miguel tied the game a few series later when Mugabee Miller scrambled and found pay dirt 30 yards away to tie the game. West Hill answered immediately after a good kick return and a personal foul penalty cost the home team. In the fourth quarter down by seven the Matadors put together a drive that got them inside the Wolf packs 25 yard line. Facing a fourth and 16 the Matadors quarter back scrambled right and hurled a pass to the end zone finding Jarvis Heard and sending the fans into a frenzy. The game was now tied 20-20. With lest than 2:00 on the clock the Wolf pack started their drive on the Matadors 30 yard line.  After burning through their timeouts and some controversial calls West hills was gaining yards but losing time. Their final play was a draw play putting the ball on the right hash mark. A mad scramble to get the kicking team on the field while time running down the kick was attempted and fell short. Thinking they were heading into overtime for the second year in a row they were halted when the referees signaled Time Out! A defensive player inadvertently motioned for it and was awarded it with 3 seconds left. Following the time out Mount Miguel Head Coach Shaun McDade used his final timeouts to ice the kicker to no avail. The wolf pack kicker converted his 42 yard attempt and sealed the victory for West Hills and sending the Matadors to a 1-3 record. Up next for the Matadors is a long trip to Imperial High School and their first away game of the season. 

JV Football Lost 24-14 (2-2) 
Freshmen Football won 27-6 (3-1)

The volleyball team faced two tough opponents this week in the Madison Warhawks and Montgomery Aztecs.  Both games were on the road and an always difficult challenge. The girls were victorious against Madison beating them 3-1 led by senior Kiara Harrison offensively. The also used timely blocking by Kerri Gordon and Miracle Maseuli to ward off any attacks from the Warhawks. The Matadors then traveled south on Thursday to Montgomery high school and started off quickly winning their first game convincingly. That momentum and play was halted in the second game by a more aggressive Aztec team and poor play enabling the home team to win the next 3 games and send the Matadors home with the loss. That loss evened the Matador record to 3-3 on the season. The Ladies have a busy week hosting Lincoln on Tuesday before opening league Thursday at Santana. This weekend the Matadors will be participating in the Monte Vista Invitational. 

JV Volleyball lost to Both opponents (0-6)
Freshmen beat Madison, Lost to Montgomery (2-3)

The water polo team competed in their first contest last weekend and finished 5th in the West Hills Invitational. The team competed against Pt Loma (lost 19-6) beat West Hills in their second game 15-12, lost game 3 to San Pasqual 14-4 and finished the tournament beating Monte Vista 14-5. They look to improve their record in their second tournament and are excited about their possibilities in the Grossmont Valley. Look for the league to be shaken up by this young squad.

See this weeks schedule on the website.

Activity Update

Outdoor Outreach:

Outdoor Outreach provides comprehensive, year-round outdoor programming for youth in San Diego. By introducing participants to the outdoors through exciting and joy-filled activities, OO inspires underserved youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives, and realize various positive attitude and behavioral changes that help them become successful adults.​

Participation is first come-first served. See the schedule and download the participation form.

Interested? Please contact Ms. Gahlhoff in room 338 during intervention, break, lunch or after school. All weekday trips are after school on Monday! I'm in room 338.


BASE is also open from 12:30-4:30 PM. BASE is a safe space for students to socialize, play games, or get some some homework done in a supervised and fun environment.

See the activities page on the website for more information and the activities calendar for a list of activities each day.

Construction Update