Principal's Updates

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Principal's Newsletter - February 16, 2024


Principal’s Message

Dear Families and Students: 

Principal Lopez will be returning from his family leave when we return from the President’s Week Break on Mon Feb 26! With Principal Lopez coming back, this means that I’ll go back to my role as Assistant Principal for students with last names Go-O. In the last four months, I’ve had opportunities to get to know students and families with whom I would not have interacted in my role as Assistant Principal. I will say, though, that I have missed working so closely with my core group of students.

I want to take a moment to thank Mr. Derek Grasty who joined our admin team as our guest Assistant Principal. Mr. Grasty immediately became an active member of our admin team from his very first day. He was constantly visible in the halls, making sure our campus was safe, and walking around to ensure that students were getting to class on time. Mr. Grasty was often on campus into the evening, and regularly attended our school’s sporting and theatrical events. We are so grateful to Mr. Grasty’s contributions during his four-month tenure at Del Mar!

As we reach the end of another grading period, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the incredible achievements and growth of our students. I want to express my gratitude to our dedicated students who have worked diligently throughout this grading period. Your hard work, commitment, and perseverance have not gone unnoticed. It's truly inspiring to witness the passion for learning that each student brings to our school community.

To our parents and guardians, your unwavering support plays a crucial role in our students' success. Thank you for encouraging and guiding them, for attending parent-teacher conferences, and for being partners in their education journey!

Remember, the end of a grading period is not just about grades; it's an opportunity to reflect on personal growth, resilience, and the valuable lessons learned. Success comes in many forms, and we celebrate every step forward our students take, both academically and personally.

Looking ahead, let's continue to foster a positive and supportive environment where every student feels empowered to reach their full potential. Together, as a school community, we can create an atmosphere that nurtures learning, fosters creativity, and encourages each student to thrive.

As always, our dedicated teachers and staff are here to support and guide our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating break!

In partnership,

Diana Nguyen

Interim Principal


District Day of Service

Yesterday our leadership classes from across the district gathered at Leigh High School for our annual event dedicated to giving back to our community. This year our schools partnered with Loaves & Fishes and assembled 1000 bagged lunches for community members facing food insecurity.

Voter Registration Event 2/29

The Women’s league and SCC Voter’s will be coming to our campus during lunch on February 29. This is an educational event to let students know the importance of voting and to also provide students who are over 16 years old information on how to pre register. 

District Family Survey

If you haven’t already done so, please participate in our annual survey by visiting the following link: This survey asks for your input on a number of important topics including how well our school:

  • Communicates important information

  • Provides opportunities for your participation

  • Involves you in decision-making

  • Offers appropriate student supports

This survey will provide us with critical insights to further improve our engagement efforts, student programs, and support. You can get started without login information and you can select a different language once you start the survey. Results will be shared with the community later this spring.

Goodwill Fundraiser

The PTA & IB have scheduled a fundraiser for Saturday March 2 nd from 8:30 – 12:30PM with Goodwill. Please see the attached flyers for more information!


Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Basketball CCS Matches!

Our Girls’ Basketball Team made it to CCS! Today, February 16, Del Mar will be hosting Seaside HS at 7pm in the Del Mar gym for the first CCS match! Our Boys’ Soccer Team will be playing in the quarterfinal match tomorrow, Saturday February 17 at 7pm at the Del Mar Bowl.

Join me in rooting for our student athletes! Go Dons!

Fashion Day

Our SAILS class had a fashion show during today’s minimum day. Check out this cuteness!


The Addams Family

Tomorrow is closing night of The Addams Family , which has had an incredibly successful run! If you haven’t had an opportunity to check it out, you can purchase tickets by clicking here. I plan on watching tomorrow night, so I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

2.19-2.23 President's Week (no school)
2.26 Principal Lopez Returns
2.27 Cash for College! 4:30PM dmhs cafeteria)
2.27 School Site Council (5PM dmhs cafeteria) 
2.29 Voting Pre-Registration Event (lunch @ dmhs quad)

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