Message from Principal Rocha
This is from Antioch High School Principal Louie Rocha:
"There was an incident on April 25, where a student told a classmate he might bring a weapon to school. That student and his parents met with me, and the Antioch Police Department thoroughly investigated the report.The police determined the threat was not credible. As a result of that incident, there was a social media post about an unsubstantiated threat on Monday, May 1st. The student who posted the original message has been identified and confirmed that he posted the rumor out of concern. I want to reassure everyone that this matter has been resolved. As always, thank you for your support of Antioch High School. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us."
Early release on Monday/May 1
Students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Monday/May 1. Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to noon for those interested. Please note: A Know Your Rights assembly is open to all interested students and families in Beede at 12:15 p.m. We return to our regular schedule for the rest of the week.
Know Your Rights assembly
Antioch High hosts its first Immigration Awareness Assembly at 12:15 p.m. on May 1 in Beede Auditorium. The free Know Your Rights event includes handouts, guest speakers and a Q&A. Everyone is invited to join us for this special offering.
Disney magic comes to AHS
Music Masters and the Show Choir will perform a Disney Extravaganza dinner and show in Beede Auditorium at
County supervisor Federal Glover presented Trey Hall with a Youth Hall of Fame for Contra Costa. The senior, along with four students from across CCC, were honored during a special meeting, which included a tribute to Cesar Chavez with music, dance and guest speakers. Forty Antioch High students also attended the event, where Trey was named Valiant Volunteer. This makes back-to-back awards for this senior, who won Antioch Youth of the Year last spring.
Our librarians Terri Chapman and Jeannine Coover hosted their 7th annual Poetry Slam, and everyone was wowed by the talent of the student participants. Senior Jo Estes walked away with first place, while Jonathan Williams took second and Kaycee Clark placed third. Congrats to this mighty trio and all the fabulous poet slammers.
Summer school applications are available in the main office and can be downloaded here (see attachment). It will be held at DVHS from 6/19 - 7/27 (Monday - Thursday) from 8:15- 3:00pm. Applications are due by 4/7.
Your voice matters
The California School Parent Survey is an opportunity for you to help this school by sharing your opinions about it. Your opinions are important, and the school is interested in hearing them. We are interested in your thoughts on this school’s efforts to promote academic success and well-being for every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, or other circumstances. If you have more than one child at this school, please think about the oldest of these children as you answer the questions. For the link to survey, click here.
The Positivity Project, No. 4
Antioch High's latest program connects students and staff. The Positivity Project allows staff to surprise a student - or students - with words of appreciation, support and gratefulness. Here's Project No. 4 featuring Ms. Ali Guerrero honoring senior Aaron Vidal. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bytl1BrTL2
Thanks to our student Media Duo of Gage English and Renaldo Mendoza, who produced this.
Previous Positivity Projects:
- Mr. Nick Wisely honors his Link Crew ... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxZN2CbQemMlc
- Ms. Shira Sweitzer and her Peer Mediation class.
Music to our ears
Congrats to Kaycee Clark! The 4.0 senior was accepted into University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, one of the oldest and most prestigious music school's West of the Mississippi. In addition to this being a huge honor, Kaycee is one of few women to be accepted into the Jazz Studies Program, which is dominated by men. Music director Sarah Phelan said "She has four years of rigorous theory courses and amazing opportunities to work with some of the best in her field. She also has the opportunity to work alongside some of the best upcoming young artists in the country - some from the world-renowned Brubeck Institute. She is an amazing student." A round of applause to Kaycee.
Nearly 20 AMS students visited Antioch High for a special event partnering with our Jewels of EDGE and female engineers. The 8th-graders did a small project, had lunch and talked with AHS students and the engineers. It was a great day for the Eagles, who will fly over to Panther Country next fall. Thanks to teachers Samantha Wilson and Henry James, our Jewels and work-based learning coordinator Stephanie Marple for the great day.
Mr. Panther 2017
Gary Wallace (here with escort Brenda Macias) was crowned
Campus construction continues
After an extended process, the Department of California State Architects has approved Antioch High’s next phase of updates and remodel. Construction of the new cafeteria (where the original office was located) and the 1100 wing (former library and classrooms) will start this month.
The 1100 wing (at the back of the school) will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Media Technology Center. Estimated to be complete by early fall, the area will feature green screen audio/video capability and modern technology classrooms.
In addition to a spacious cafeteria, the area will feature a wide open quad area with beautiful landscape. It is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2018.
Our final construction phase will also include the highly anticipated aquatic swim center, and updating the final three hallways and classrooms in the 300, 400 and 500 wings.
With construction beginning, staff parking will spill over into the gym parking lot. Parents will no longer has access to that lot. Pick-up and drop-off are available in the student lot across from the big gym, and on 18th Street beyond the main office and Beede Auditorium.
“We appreciate the community support to improve the school facilities of AHS via Bond Measure B and your assistance with dropping and picking up your children in the identified locations during construction,” said Principal Louie Rocha.
On the right path
Educators from across the United States visited Antioch High School's Linked Learning Pathways to gain more info about creating similar programs in their schools. About 80 participants toured classrooms with students leading the way. Said Principal Louie Rocha: "I'm proud of our students, staff and our campus. This visit was a huge success. I especially want to thank our student ambassadors from each academy who helped to greet our guests, escort them on classroom tours, and share in conversation. The feedback was all positive, and our guests were very impressed by our students and faculty."
Holiday pantry a big success
Antioch High's Warm for the Holidays event was wonderfully inspiring and joyful. It took a herculean team effort to give more than 120 families (650 adults and children) new books, coats, toys and food. Our young visitors played at the art station and took photos with Santa while their parents shopped. Nearly 100 student volunteers helped at each station and played personal shoppers to our guests. It was heartwarming. During the last few weeks, we had another 100 or so help organize, sort, pack and move an entire gym's worth of treats. There's a long list of folks to thank starting with Principal Louie Rocha, our staffers, AUSD and community including Antioch Rotary and more. It's a beautiful tribute to our giving campus and supportive city. #ThisIsAntiochHigh
Panthers' great season
Antioch High’s music department hit it out of the park with its first Panther Follies last weekend. The cabaret-style evening featured Music Masters and the Show Choir performing numbers from “West Side Story,” “Cinderella,” “Wicked,” “Ragtime,” and “Kiss Me Kate,” accompanied by an accomplished pianist.
Hot diggity dog!
Runners + Dogs = Fun! Antioch High is thrilled about its new Panther Tails program, which buddies up the cross country team and Antioch Animal Shelter dogs. Students loved the pups; the dogs got fresh air and exercise; and adoption may increase. Thanks to Chief Allan Cantando and Principal Louie Rocha for green lighting this right out of the gate, and to Coach Lisa Cuza for saying yes! It's community engagement at its best. KTVU recently did a live feed on this exciting program on Sept. 22 http://www.ktvu.com/news/207212026-video#.V-SJuqnv7R4.facebook, and aired an additional segment on this engaging program. #ThisIsAntiochHigh
Panther Country kicked it into high gear with a fun-filled rally and a crushing football game against Lincoln. Our championship team won the game 67-38! On Sept. 16 the Panthers are at Rancho Cotate and on Sept. 23, we'll be at De LaSalle. Our championship team returns home on Oct. 7 against Freedom High.
Welcome to Panther Country
We're happy to welcome our new and returning students to Antioch High, home of the Panthers. Built in 1955, our school has a long history of pride, spirit, academic and athletic excellence and strong community. We're in the midst of renovating our 60-year-old school. The current updates are the cafeteria and quad area (near the office), the 1100 wing transformation into a media and tech center and completion of updating all classes and halls. Last year we saw the beautiful unveiling of our fabulous Eells Stadium and the office-library building. Here's wishing you a fantastic school year.
New vice principals
Antioch High has two new vice principals joining our winning team. Nadia Kline-Taylor will oversee the environmental academy while Stephon Cartwright takes on LEAD.
Antioch High's original 1955 office was taken down in early August to make way for a spacious cafeteria and inviting quad area. The modernization of those two areas is set to be done by late 2017. Also, the entire 1100 hall and vintage library will be transformed into a media center, while the remainder of the halls and classrooms will be finished. Those upgrades should be complete by spring of 2017. The campus-wide renovation is made possible by voters passing Bond Measure B.
Congrats to the Class of 2016!
Michigan U leads camp
Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan University coaching team held a football camp at Antioch High for some 200 student athletes on June 23. The two-hour event was held on Eells Field with parents and Harbaugh fans in the bleachers. The top-notch camp featured an array of drills, tips and hands-on work with the coaches. Members of Antioch High's championship football team were on hand, as well as coaches including head coach John Lucido and principal Louie Rocha. The
Antioch High hosted its annual Scholarship Night on May 10 in Beede Auditorium. The stage was filled with about 65 students, who received more about $72,000 in scholarships. Friends and family came out to celebrate the seniors, who were honored with about 125 scholarships by a variety of individuals, memorials, annual, alum, businesses and community. Special thanks to the Antioch Community Scholarship Fund committee, which worked tirelessly with College & Career lead Kashauna Clipps and Vice Principal Lindsay Wisely to make the event a success, and, to the Class of 1966 for its generous scholarships.
Big Blue pays a visit
Everybody wants to be part of Panther Country, including Coach Jim Harbaugh, who would love to have our Najee Harris become a Michigan Wolverine. Harbaugh paid a visit to AHS on Jan. 19 and meet with Harris (the No. 1 high school running back), along with Wolverine defensive line coach Greg Mattison, Jay Harbaugh, principal Louie Rocha, offensive coordinator Brett Dudley and head coach John Lucido. In mid-December Harris was visited by the head coaches from Notre Dame and Cal Berkeley.
We are the champions
Our mighty Panthers put up a tough fight against Foothill in the NCS semi-finals on Nov. 28. The Pleasanton team edged out AHS by 55-54 in the last minute of the game. One veteran preps sports editor said it was one of the "greatest high school games" he'd ever seen. The football team ends this tremendous season with an 11-0 record; the best since 1977. We applaud the team and coaches for an amazing job, and students and staff for the fabulous support and spirit. Go, Panthers!
on Measure B. We plan to honor your investment of our historic campus with a strong and vibrant modernization
of Antioch High over the next couple years. Our website via the RENOVATIONS page provides a variety of info - from detailed plans and drawings to the timeline of the changes happening here on campus.
Antioch High marched away with a bundle of top awards at the recent Cupertino Tournament of Bands.
Home of the Panthers
700 West 18th Street
Join the after school fun
May 29: Memorial Day
Early release dates
Class of 2017!
Senior Ball: May 5, Bentley Reserve, San Francisco
School Loop for parents
You're "In the Loop!" Next time you visit the home page,
Our recent mini VAPA (visual arts/performing arts) was a big hit thanks to a great array of performances including dance, song and band, impressive art and tasty food. Our big VAPA will be in late spring and jam packed with even more fun.
Going to the next level
Mayor's Cup remains
Hooray for Homecoming!
Tatiana Mendez (escorted by Gary Wallace) was named homecoming queen with a first-of-its-kind announcement for Panther Country. Jim Harbaugh, renowned Michigan University and former 49er coach, read the big reveal during halftime. The princess court featured Savannah Vanderzwan (Cole Kies), Catherine Quecan (Jeromy Quach), Esmeralda Fregoso (Bernado Mendoza), Kathy Valenciano (Carlos Lopez) and Chelsea Abillano (Michael Sellers). The Panthers beat the Liberty Lions, after an hour brown out in the stadium, 62-25.
A Panther first
During a special program on Oct. 7, AHS senior Najee Harris was presented with an All-American Bowl jersey by the