Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Just a few brief notes going into this weekend as we all prepare for Sunday's big game. As many of you know, we did our part to help the 49ers at Stanbridge on Friday, hosting our pre-Super Bowl tailgate lunch. Most students and staff came clad in red and gold and we're hoping that our consumption of lunchtime hot dogs is once again the secret weapon that lead the Niners to victory. In other news this week...
• Our high school government classes spent Wednesday in court, performing a mock trial in an actual courtroom of the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse. The trip was arranged by government class teachers John Montgomery and Chris Myers. On Tuesday, Jeff's sister Evette Pennypacker--an attorney--and her colleague Allonn Levy visited Stanbridge to work with the students to prepare them for the trial. The next day at the courthouse, the group was joined by attorney Claude Stern, who acted as the judge in the case. Also present were court clerk Irma Hernandez, court worker Jean Pennypacker and Judge Phil Pennypacker, who led the students on a tour of his chambers after their trial was over. It was a unique, memorable experience and you can see pictures from the experience in our Photo Galleries. (Note: Jeff shot video of the students during the trial and we'll be working to post clips later this weekend in our Video Galleries).
• While those students were in court on Wednesday, the rest of us were treated to a visit from the Red Panda Acrobats. This San Francisco-based group features professional acrobats who were trained in China and travel the world performing year-round. Delighting our students young and old with energy, enthusiasm, and amazing acrobatic work (just watching some of their moves gives you a hernia), the troupe's visit earned rave reviews. You can find pictures of the performance in our Photo Galleries as well, though I remind you and your students that these are trained professionals--for the sake of your spine, do not try this at home.
• With all these pictures being posted, you may ask where photos from the D.C. trip are. Rest assured, they are coming. The teacher chaperones are finally back in the swing of things, but after going through the pictures from the trip, they realized that there were over 2,000 pictures to sort through! They are in the process of doing that and next week Chris will upload the files. After hearing about everything the group did, I'm thrilled they captured so much on film and look forward to seeing the highlights myself. Thank you for your patience!
• Looking ahead on the calendar, we enter a period of relative calm. The next two weeks leading-up to Winter Break are fairly uneventful. A few things to note: The Bulldogs Basketball team will be playing an afternoon game on Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco. Team players will be excused from school early that day to travel to the Minnie & Love Recreation Center to play Edgewood School. A link to directions and a map are located on our Bulldogs Basketball page. On Thursday, February 7, eighth graders and high school seniors will be measured for their graduation caps and gowns (yes, it's time to start thinking about graduation). This will take place in the morning in Hayden Hall and there are no special requirements other than for female students who will be wearing heels to graduation to bring their shoes so their gowns can be measured properly. Finally, on Friday, February 8, we'll host our annual high school Valentine Dance from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The usual dance protocol applies and permission forms must be returned to the main office by Wednesday--you can download a copy from our Forms page if necessary.
• Last but not least, we say Hello and Goodbye: Safe travels to Meagan Cameron, who departed Thursday night for Cambodia. She'll be doing volunteer work there with Kids International Dental Service (KIDS) and delivering the crayons collected from last month's crayon drive. She'll be back before Winter Break with a full recap and photos that we'll post online. While we say farewell to Meagan, though, we welcome back Papa Jay Huston, who is scheduled to return from his paternity leave next week. Be sure to congratulate the proud papa when you see him back on campus.
Here's hoping we have another championship to celebrate on Monday. Have a great weekend and Go Niners!
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