There are times in everyone’s life when reflection helps bring perspective. Recently, I brought along my 10 year old daughter to a Friday night football game. She’s gone to other games before but always as a spectator and never alongside me as my “shadow”. My main objective was to have her experience our incredible Band’s halftime show on the eve of their competition at West High School. You see, my daughter has a love for music much the same as I do. As a matter of fact, the most fun I ever had in high school was when I played percussion in Band, especially the halftime shows and competitions. I wanted her to catch a glimpse into this world, a fraternity if you will, a brotherhood and sisterhood of individuals passionate and committed to perfecting a talent and skill, performing with excellence, and having fun while doing it. Our band did not disappoint that night nor did they the next day at West High School. The crowd was electric; roars, whistles and cheers from the many in attendance. The CCHS Titan Band scored superior ratings in all categories on their way to 1st place in their division. I could hardly contain myself as I remembered my days back in South Texas and how that experience left an indelible mark on my life. It taught me the value of hard work and dedication, that long hours of practice, when done with perfection as the goal, will always yield positive results. I addressed the band that night and then after their competition in the band room. Their performance was so inspiring that I couldn’t help thinking, “They are living the dream,” and I told them so. I took to my iPhone notes app the night of their competition and just began to type some thoughts on, “What does it take to realize and live out one’s dream?” Here’s what I jotted down, thoughts I shared with our Band.
- Dare to believe; doubt kills more dreams than failure ever did.
- Dare to be different; excellence doesn’t fit in with mediocrity.
- Reach beyond your comfort zone; nothing was ever accomplished without taking risks.
- Reach for greatness; “Really, it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great?” ~ Jimmy Johnson
- Evolve in your knowledge and skills. Become someone of substance not just style.
- Evolve in wisdom and maturity. Become someone who understands that success only has meaning if your purpose is in influencing change and helping others through service and sacrifice.
- Acknowledge your parents and your predecessors; you stand on the shoulders of those who came before you, so show some respect and gratitude on your way to realizing your dream.
- Acknowledge those that helped show you the way. No one is an island; recognize that without your mentors and teachers your transformation, your success, would not have been possible.
- Move because nothing of worth was ever achieved without hard work and long hours, time and effort sacrificing short term rewards for long term success.
- Move on after you stumble and fall; the road to success is filled with lessons not losses.
Congratulations Titan Band, you continue to make us proud and inspire us to Dream.
Ben DeLeon, Principal
Congratulations to our Freshmen Football Team for finishing the season with a 10-0 record (first time in CCHS history) as the 2013 SSL Champs. We are so proud of our athletes and coaches for a great season!
On Saturday, Nov. 2nd, the CCHS Marching band competed in the annual and exhilarating West HS competition in Bakersfield. After hundreds of hours of rigorous hard work and dedicated practices under the blistering summer heat, the Titan band finished 1st in the 4A division and third place overall. In the words of Mr. Arnold Morrison, "[The Titan Band] raised the musicianship at CCHS to a whole new level...". This astounding and humbling achievement for CCHS band members would not have been made possible without the strong cultural foundations and expectations of these students and the unconditional support of Mr. & Mrs. "G" and staff. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Titan Marching Band!
At CCHS, Common Core is much more than a new set of standards; Common Core is a commitment from our teachers, counselors, and administrators to continue to provide all students with a world-class education focused on college and career readiness.
Common Core is both an opportunity and a challenge. In order to implement our vision for a world-class education centered on college and career readiness we need 100% commitment from all school personnel, students, and parents. Together we will leave a lasting legacy, a CCHS legacy, … Bring on the Common Core!
Our very own Mr. "G", Alex Gonzales, has been honored with the 2012-2013 Kern County Teacher of the Year award; only two Kern county teachers were honored with this recognition.
District Superintendent Rosalina Rivera states, "Alex Gonzales is an outstanding teacher because he inspires students to believe in themselves. In Mr. G, students see a teacher who cares about them; a teacher who sees their potential, and helps them to see it, recognize it, and value it; a teacher who is passionate about teaching, and who dedicates countless hours to develop the potential in every one of his students; a teacher who is himself a gifted musician, but who gains as much satisfaction from the small, unnoticed achievements of his beginning students as he does for the awards and honors of his advanced performers; a teacher who expects excellence, who transforms potential into excellence, while seeking no recognition for himself. Alex Gonzales is a modest, quiet man, but inside of him is a focus and an intensity that has raised a generation of music students to heights of achievement never before imagined or experienced in Delano. Mr. G exemplifies the District’s core values: character, loyalty, and excellence.”
Congratulations Mr. "G"!
Click on the link to read more about the Kern Co. Teacher of the Year Award.
Cesar E. Chavez High School has been recognized as a 2012 National Distinguished School by the National Title I Association.
Since 1996, the National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program. Selected schools must qualify through exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years, or – in the case of Cesar E. Chavez High School - through closing the achievement gap between student groups.
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MS. SOLITO... DRUM MAJOR AWARDEE
Maureen Solito CCHS Drum Major for the 2013-14 school year. Maureen won several awards at the USA Drum Major held at Fresno State University this past June. Awards included Superior ratings in Field Conducting and Parade Conducting and several group awards. Most importantly, Maureen was selected as a USA All American Drum Major and as a result of this stellar accomplishment, has been invited to participate and represent CCHS at the USA international Parade in London, England on December 31, 2013. We are extremely proud of Maureen's efforts and dedication to our music program here at CCHS and are proud of Mareen's academic success in the classroom. She currently has a weighted GPA of 4.7 and is active in numerous activities on our campus.
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Annisa Martinez, CCHS Senior, was chosen by Maxpreps.com, America's source for high school sports and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, as the States' Player of the Week. She was acknowledged for her outstanding play during the week of September 3, 2013. She was awarded a certificate and player patch for her achievement. Congratulations Annisa!
CCHS Titan Academic Decathlon Team
February 2nd, our CCHS Titan Academic Decathlon Team competed head to head against the best and brightest students in the area. Congratulations goes to the Academic Decathlon team, Mr. Brenna, and coaches for achieving 3rd place at the 2013 Academic Decathlon competition! Myla Garcia received a gold medal for interview, Taylor Wyrick medaled bronze fro interview, Humberto Chairez medaled bronze for art, Javier Contreras medaled silver for Literature and Music and bronze in Science, and Luiss Flores medaled gold for Science and Economics, silver in Literature and Music, and bronze for Mathematics and 3rd overall for Scholastic category. Marvelous performance Decathletes!
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced that Cesar E. Chavez High School is a recipient of this year’s Title I Academic Achievement Award, the only high school in Kern County to receive this honor. Without a doubt, the staffs professionalism, creativity, innovation -- and especially all the hard work and student-centered dedication -- mark the difference and set in the area. A list of all the 2012 Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools is posted online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/aa/.
Cesar E. Chavez High School has been named again (for the fourth time) by US News and World Report, one of “America’s Best High Schools” - SILVER! Congratulations goes out to the Administrators, Staff, Students, and our community for always striving for the best at CCHS.
I Am Fearless! I Am Driven! I Am Titan!
In August 2003, Cesar E. Chavez High School (CCHS) opened its doors to the students of Delano. This historic occasion marked the beginning of a new educational era in the city of Delano. Our students and school community exude "Titan Pride", and we enjoy sharing our accomplishments with parents and community members.
Our motto is that we are "a school where learning and academic achievement is fostered, recognized, and celebrated." Teachers, parents, students, and staff work hard to create a unique Titan culture and our efforts have been reflected through the accolades we've received throughout the years. Click on the thumbnails below for more information.