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This Week @ SR - September 18, 2023

Posted Date: 9/15/23 (7:00 PM)


This Week @ SR!   |  September 18, 2023 
Upcoming Important Dates

Sept 19 - Senior College Night
Sept 20 - Early Release A Day
Sept 21 - Educator Academy Parent Night
Sept 21 - Music Informance Night
Sept 22 - 1st Qtr Progress Report
Sept 26 - WeAreSR Board meeting
Oct 5th - Make Up Picture Day
Oct 9th - Non Student Day
Oct 10th - Spirit Week
Oct 13th - Homecoming Game
Oct 14th - Homecoming Dance

Included in this week's newsletter:
Data Confirmation Aeries Parent Portal Support, Senior College Night, Counseling Updates, Games of the Week and more...

Principal's Update 


Hello students and families!

We had a great week at SR! A few items from me this week:

One last plea to parents: If you have not done so yet, please make sure to complete your data confirmation in your Aeries account. This important step is required yearly to ensure we receive appropriate funding resources, emergency contact information and more. 

If you’d like help with this process, we are hosting  an event in our Student Commons tomorrow, September 16th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

New After School Space: I had the pleasure of visiting the Karma Club (link), a new after school space for teens located in Northgate Mall. If you are looking for a safe & supervised space to hang out with fun activities, this is a great option! It is open Monday-Friday from 2:00-6:00 pm.

School Calendars: Add our calendar to your devices to stay up to date on upcoming events at SR! For example, we have a College Information Night for Seniors coming up next week, Club Rush and more!

Focus Data Check:


Week 1 (8/28-9/1)

Week 2 (9/5-9/8)

Week 3 (9/11-9/15)

Average Daily Tardies:




Average Daily Tardies in first class of the day:




Average Daily Tardies immediately after lunch:




Average Daily Students that needed supplies:




Average Daily Cell Phone Confiscations:




*Tuesday, 9/12 was an outlier this week with 238 morning tardies and 304 total due to a traffic incident in the area. Without the outlier, the average morning tardiness for week 3 is closer to 67 and 139 average daily tardiness.

We are seeing significant improvement in tardies and students staying in class. I am proud of everyone’s effort and specifically the students for following our new procedures. Let's keep it up!

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Joe Ryan Dominguez (he/him)

Principal | San Rafael High School

Attendance Procedures

Reporting an Absence:
  • Parents/guardians must make sure that they have called the school or provided their child with a note explaining each absence within three days of the absence. The Attendance Office has voice mail that records messages 24 hours a day. 

  • If your student is not feeling well or they need to leave campus early, please remind them they need to check out with the attendance office.  They should not be texting their parents from class.  Off campus passes are required by all students when they need to leave campus.  The attendance office will contact the parent/guardian for permission to leave early.
  • If your student is arriving late to school for medical, dental or personal reasons, they must check in with the attendance office.  Parents are encouraged to call attendance ahead of time, numbers above or send a note.  We have voicemail, so if we do not answer please leave a detailed message. Students are encouraged to bring a note from the medical/dental office of their visit.
  • If your student needs to leave class during the school day, please call ahead or send a note with your student!  Your student should take the note to the attendance office first thing to receive an off grounds pass!

Aeries Data Confirmation Deadline has passed!!  Please complete now!!

If you have not completed your Aeries Data Confirmation, please do so as soon as possible!!!

If you need help, please stop by San Rafael High School on Saturday September 16th from 11am to 3pm in the Student Commons.  There will be staff available to help you completed your Aeries Data Confirmation!

Other dates and locations for in person help to complete your Data Confirmation:

Sept 15th 4-7pm at Bahia Vista
Sept 22nd 4-7pm at Bahia Vista
Sept 29th 4-7pm at Venetia Valley
  • Returning Aeries Parent Portal Users: If you accessed Aeries Parent Portal last year, login with the same email and password through this link: Grades 9-12 Aeries Parent Portal
  • Password Reset: If your child is a returning SRCS student, but you do not remember your password, use this link: Grades 9-12 Reset Password
  • New Student Parent Portal Accounts: If you are newly enrolled to SRCS for the 2023-24 year, Parent Portal accounts are automatically generated after a parent/guardian’s email(s) has been entered into Aeries and an email is sent from to the parent/guardian email(s). Please check your inbox or SPAM for this email and complete the steps. If your child is newly enrolled and you have not received an email from, contact your school’s front office to provide your email address.  Grades 9-12 Aeries Parent Portal 
Helpful Information


SRHS Rodent Eradication Plan

Context: In 2021, laws were passed that banned the use of “single feed” pesticides for rodent control. This means that rodent eradication efforts were much safer to other animal populations (like owls), but made it more difficult to mitigate the rodent population. The representative of Hydrex (our contracted extermination service) said that, in Marin, they have seen a major increase in rodent activity for this reason. Our proximity to hillsides and natural areas is also a factor. 

The Plan: In order to keep everyone informed about the rodent mitigation efforts, we are providing this bulleted communication that includes our next steps. 

  • Principal Dominguez, Dave Pedroli & Tracy Brawdy from M&O, and Assistant Superintendent Bob Marcucci met with a representative from Hydrex, the district’s pest control management contractor on 9/13/23. At this meeting, we discussed the options to increase efforts to bring the rodent issue under control. 

  • Beginning on Thursday, 9/21/23 Hydrex will be placing increased traps around the entire campus, focusing on problem areas. These traps will be monitored twice a week and numbers of trapped rodents will be reported to M&O and SRHS administration. We are hoping to see an increase in numbers at first and then a drop off which will signal that we are reducing the rodent population. 

  • Should we not see this drop off, we can schedule the use of a rodenticide over the Dec/Jan holiday. Using this level of chemical in a public school requires posting notices around the campus prior to use and notifying the school community. Using rodenticide also creates dead rodents in walls and other places where they can smell and cause other pests to accumulate. For this reason, it is best to do this over a break when staff and students are not present.

  • The M&O team will be working over the next few weeks to locate areas where rodents can enter facilities and sealing those areas. 

  • The success of these efforts is also highly dependent on the SRHS staff, students and community. It is important to support this effort by doing the following:

    • Reduce the amount of food in classrooms and offices and try our best to keep food contained to staff rooms and in sealed containers

    • Ensure that places where food is eaten are kept clean. Try to leave no trace, especially when eating inside the building

    • Help by messaging this to our colleagues and students 

    • Notify the SRHS administration when you see any evidence of rodents so they can work with M&O to pinpoint efforts

Working together, we can bring this issue under control.

CSF - California Scholarship Federation Application Info

What is CSF?

C.S.F. provided numerous benefits. Members are working with students who have similar interests and participate in club and volunteer activities that give back to the San Rafael community. They will be a part of a 95 year old, respected, non-profit organization, which is older than the National Honor Society and the Southern Academic Fraternities. College admissions officers note a student’s membership in C.S.F. Students who maintain membership for a minimum of four terms in the last three years of high school (one of which must be using grades from their SENIOR year) are awarded Life Time Membership.

How to Apply

California Scholarship Federation application is now open.  10-12th grade students with strong grades in their academic classes should apply to SRHS's honor society.  Applications are available on the SRHS website under: Programs/CSF.  Freshmen will apply in January using their fall semester grades.  Applications CLOSE September 22, 2023.

Link to CSF Website

23-24 Bell Schedule

Counseling Updates - Schedule Change Request Info
Counseling Department Updates & Information:
  • Mr. Nemiroff Out: Mr. Nemiroff is currently out on paternity leave and will not return until Monday October 2nd. Students who have Mr. Nemiroff as their counselor (Last Names Gp-O) can check in with counseling if you require support.

  • Senior Conferences: The counseling team will begin senior conferences on Monday, Sept. 18th. During this time you will meet with a counselor to discuss graduation and post-secondary plans. Counselor's are hoping to complete senior conferences in three weeks, however working with a new e-pass and advisory system, scheduling will be different this year. Please remind your senior student that attendance is extremely important. Not only to remain on track for graduation and post secondary plans, but also so they don't miss any key information and meetings to help them get the support they need.

  • Senior ‘About Me’Seniors, if you are planning to apply to a private or out of state 4 year college or university, you will likely be required to submit a letter of recommendation from your counselor. Counselors will only write letters of recommendations for students who complete an About Me. The deadline to submit your About Me is September 30th, 2023.         If you do not meet this deadline, your counselor may not be able to submit a letter of recommendation.

  • Senior College Night: Students and families of seniors, we invite you to attend our ‘Senior College Night’ on Tuesday, September 19th from 6-7pmThe English presentation will be held in the Theater and the Spanish presentation will be held in the Library. For more information regarding college events please visit the CCC Calendar

Senior College Night - Sept 19th

College Night for Seniors

Tuesday, Sept. 19 

6:00 pm- 7:00 pm

English Presentation in the commons

Spanish presentation in the library

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The Counseling and CCC staff will discuss:

the admissions process & timelines for applying to the UCs, CSUs, private, out-of-state, and community colleges

& will answer all your questions! 

Students and families are welcome.

CCC Updates

We in the College and Career Center are excited for this school year. We have a lot of fun and helpful events planned, starting next week. We have workshops and presentations planned for seniors to help you get started on your college application process. We also have college representatives coming to talk about their college and help answer any questions you may have as incoming college students ( all grades are welcome to attend). 

I am including the link to our CCC 1st semester calendar of events. Please save this link and refer back to it regularly as we will continue to update it weekly. 
 For all CCC events during advisory students must sign up via RTI student scheduler. For all CCC events during lunch, students can sign up via this
 Google form.

We encourage all students especially seniors and Juniors to take the initiative to schedule meetings with CCC staff to check in about their post-high school plans. We want to know your plans and learn more about how we can best support you this school year.  You can find links to schedule meetings with Ms. Cifuentes or Ms. French via the CCC website.

We want to encourage students and families to follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date @Sanrafaelhighccc

Seniors, if you are planning to apply to a private or out-of-state 4-year college or university, you will likely be required to submit a letter of recommendation from your counselor. Counselors will only write letters of recommendation for students who complete an About Me. 
Below are some 
helpful links for you to save and refer back to:
CCC Website
Job Opportunities 
Internships and Job Shadows
Interested in gaining some professional work experience through an internship or job shadow this year? Contact our Career Liaison, Juan Rodas at to learn more. Deadline for Internships is September 15th. He is in the CCC every Tuesday and Friday. 

Digital Audio Course
This class, offered at a recording studio in Novato, explores the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations in producing music for film, television, and related media. Learn more:

Car Appreciation and Preservation Program
Taught at Terra Linda High School in the afternoons, this course covers automotive repair skills such as engine mechanics, cooling systems, brakes, body repair, painting, and upholstery. Learn about the classic car industry, including car shows, exhibitions, and rally and race driving and identify career paths related to the appreciation and preservation of automobiles. Learn more and apply here:
Intro to Building and Construction Trades Class
Offered on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Terra Linda High School, this intro course focuses on careers in construction, electrical, and plumbing. Students build valuable skills and engage in hands-on projects while developing a career plan. Learn more and register here:
Library Updates
Check out the Library's back-to-school report   
- Library hours & expectations
- New Advisory policies
- New books & eBook information

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Athletic Department Updates
The Fall sport season
Cross Country Matt Dracker
Football Casey Sully
Golf - Girls John Chung
Tennis - Girls Jenn Hatch
Volleyball Jessica Woodall-Massey
Water Polo - Boys Alex Brown
To participate in athletics, all student-athletes must have a valid physical on file.  Physicals must be signed and dated post June 1st 2023.  Once you have your physical, please upload it to Home Campus.  Print a copy of the Physical Form by clicking here:  Physical Form 

Home Campus clearance is required to participate in athletics and will not be approved without a physical submitted.  If you cannot upload, please email physicals to

Here is a link to frequently asked questions in relation to athletics:  Athletics Frequently Asked Questions

All other information, like contact information for coaches in other seasons, athletic handbooks, and more, can be found on our athletics site which will be continually updated throughout the year:  SRHS Athletics Website
Coed Cheer
Cross Country (B/G)
Football (JV/V)
Girls Golf (V)
Girls Tennis (V)
Girls Volleyball (F, JV, V)
Boys Water Polo (JV/V)
Girls Water Polo (V)
Boys Basketball (F, JV, V)
Girls Basketball (F, JV, V)
Coed Cheer
Boys Soccer (JVB, JVA, V)
Girls Soccer (JV, V)
Wrestling (B/G)
Baseball (JV, V)
Boys Golf (V)
Boys Lacrosse (V)
Girls Lacrosse (V)
Mt. Biking (B/G)
Softball (V)
Boys Tennis (V)
Boys Volleyball (V)
Track and Field (B/G)

Games of the Week

5. 09/18/2023 - 09/23/2023 Games of the Week

*Schedule is subject to change*

Monday 09/18 - Traditional (3:50pm)

Girls Golf vs San Marin @ SRHS, 3:30pm

Varsity Boys Water Polo vs SanDomenico @ SRHS, 4:00pm

Varsity Girls Water Polo vs San Domenico @ SRHS, 5:00pm

Tuesday 09/19 - B Day (3:45pm)

Girls Tennis vs Novato @ SRHS, 4:00pm,

JV Boys Water Polo @ Terra Linda, 5:00pm

Varsity Boys Water Polo @ Terra Linda, 4:00pm 

Varsity Girls Water Polo @ Terra Linda, 6:00pm

Wednesday 09/20 - A Day (3:10pm)

Freshman Girls Volleyball @ Tamalpais, 4:30pm

JV Girls Volleyball @ Tamalpais, 5:30pm

Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Tamalpais, 6:30pm

Thursday 09/21 - B Day (3:45pm)

Girls Golf @ Branson, 3:30pm

Girls Tennis vs Branson @ SRHS, 4:00pm

Friday 09/22 - A Day (3:10pm)

Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Archie Williams @ SRHS, 4:30

JV Girls Volleyball vs Archie Williams @ SRHS, 5:30pm

Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Archie Williams @ SRHS, 6:30pm

Varsity Boys Water Polo vs Vintage Valley Tournament @ Napa Valley College, All Day

Varsity Girls Water Polo @ Woodcreek Tournament, All Day

Saturday 09/23

Frosh-Soph Football @ Tamalpais, 11:30am

Varsity Football @ Tamalpais, 2:00pm

Varsity Boys Water Polo vs Vintage Valley Tournament @ Napa Valley College, All Day

Varsity Girls Water Polo @ Woodcreek Tournament, All Day

WeAreSR! Updates

Did you know if you give $500 or more to the WeAreSR! Annual Fund your generous donation gets you a FAMILY SPORTS PASS to all HOME Football, Baseball and Basketball Games?!?!
(*excluding MCAL Playoffs)   

Donate NOW and come to our first SRHS Football Home Games THIS Friday 8/25! JV at 4:30 PM and Varsity at 7 PM.   Go DAWGS! Our goal is 100% participation - why wait? 
Make sure to check and see if your company matches donations!

WeAreSR! (aka San Rafael High School Boosters Inc.)

is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Tax ID #68-0043106.

SRHS Administration Responsibility Chart

Sept 18, 2023