Here at South El Monte High School, money comes from fundraisers, dances, and whatever other money that gets donated to the school. The money that the school gets every year gets put to things like sports, academics, and the new field house that was built last year.
Water stations were put into the school last year to make it easier for students to fill up their water-bottles with fresh, filtered water. Ever since the stations were brought into the school, more students have been drinking water.
The snack bar was opened last year so it could be easier to sell snacks and food during the football games in the fall. Many people go to the snack bar during the halftime of a football game to rehydrate or grab a quick sweet treat for their friends or family.
The new Field House that was recently built opened to students at the beginning of the school year. Sports like football, soccer and tennis have used the field house for training and learning purposes. The field house is open to any students who want to work out or the athletes that come in for some more training. The field house was a great investment due to the fact that so many students come here everyday for a quick workout.
College advisers have been coming to SEMHS for awhile now every monday to talk to students about their plans after high-school. These college advisers can always be counted on to help students figure out what they’re gonna do with their lives so they don’t have to hit a bump in the road later on in life.
Electric car chargers also have been added to the staff parking lot for all of the electric cars. The electric chargers are very handy because some teachers don’t get time to charge their cars at home or forget to charge them. With this new addition, teachers can safely leave their cars for the 7 hours they stay at the school and leave with a full charge.
South recently opened their new and improved library to staff and students. The library has gotten the look and feel as if you were sitting in your Starbucks. The library has more of a ‘home’ type of feel that students have now gotten used to. More students come in because there are more chairs and more area to study. The librarians also allow students to check out a chrome books during the time they spend in the library.
All of the money that South El Monte High gets, also gets distributed with sports as well. The football program is infamous for having their players and parents fundraise for new gear and to have team meals. Softball is also a big sport here at South that does lots of fundraisers and they get money from the school. Baseball helps on Sundays at the swap meet to get money to support their program as well. There are many sports here at SEMHS and South tries their best to spread out money to every sport.
Every Sunday, South El Monte High hosts a swap meet where people from the community come to sell their items. Athletes at South can help clean up to raise money for their sports. The Swap Meet is great for people who just want to buy some cheap food or items that they could get at a retail store. SEMHS will continue to raise more money so that they can keep having the school funded each year. Although not every single sport or club gets money, the money that is given to the school is being put to more important things like your water stations and the new books that come in every year, Thank you to all of the SEMHS faculty for all of the money you provide us each year.
With many jobs and fields springing up around the world, is our school really helping fund programs for future jobs that aren't a typical accountant or scholar athlete. Of course those students who are able to pursue their career did work hard and were also supported throughout their high school career.
We want students to leave their school feeling confident in the career they want to learn more about rather than being thrown in the deep end because the higher authority is not helping with discovery at a young age.
This isn't asking to stop funding sports or some of the performing arts that is funded at this school but to find a way to make a more diverse learning environment rather than keeping it strictly old fashioned with basic subjects.
Our school has been around for 25 years and now is time we are able to show these kids that there is more to basic math and english that they learn in their classroom.
They can make a career out of recyclables, working lights on a broadway stage, discovering and helping their culture, or being a choreographer for a dance show. Many students lose motivation in these fields because the school does not support the process of going in depth in the field.
There are so many good clubs on campus that do help discover these fields like Drama Club, Emerald Jewel, M.E.Ch.A, and many more, But how much exposure do these clubs actually get?
This isn’t a demand but a “think about it”. Imagine how much more culture and open minds we would have around the school if these students were exposed to these subjects. The school spirit would be amazing with so many events for many more different clubs. We could have so many mature students ready to bring their ideas into the world with confidence and understanding.
We are the school and we need to slowly develop these programs. If we weren't here the teachers wouldn't be here and this school wouldn't exist. These students have stopped caring along the years. We have lost so many foreign language classes, home ed classes, performing arts classes, and the list can go on. This school will get even more bland if we don't get our classes and diverse culture back and it will be a nightmare.
If the school is helping with the growth of new programs well how long will it take and how many classes will graduate without knowing about the different programs offered outside of high school.
It also seems that the school is more worried about its exterior presentation rather than the programs it has to offer. What is the point of a school with a nice patio, electronic car chargers, and new buildings if students will later in their years realize that this school was more showing rather than teaching.