COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans

Thank you for your patience and support. 




Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
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Student Projects

Rock On!

Authors: Celina Gonzalez, Anya Rosenberg, Kari Shelton, Shelley Glenn Lee

Grade: 4th

Subject: Science

HTENC Rock On! project photo
HTENC Rock On! project photo
HTENC Rock On! project photo
HTENC Rock On! project photo
HTENC Rock On! project photo

Who is entitled to natural beauty?

Fourth grade students worked collaboratively to transform their experiences and understanding of geology into a product that encourages other members of the community to engage in geology activities in our local natural spaces.

The fourth graders worked together as friends, geologists, and adventurers to explore the diverse geology of our local environment. Through many fieldwork

experiences, including an overnight camping trip, students explored the varied geology in the desert, mountain, valley, and coast regions of San Diego. This included geology-focused hikes at Mission Trails Regional Park (variety of rock types, subduction zone,) Tourmaline Beach (sedimentary layers of rocks and fossils,) Calavera Lake (an extinct volcano,) a gold mine in the town of Julian, and an overnight to Anza Borrego Desert State Park (visit to Paleontology lab, hike through slot canyon.)

Students further developed their understanding of landforms and rock types through lab experiences in science exploratory and through expert visits. Students assisted the Natural History Museum by excavating and interpreting real fossils from our local area.

 Students worked in partnership with the San Dieguito River Park and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to focus on the driving question “How can we use our experiences as geologists to provide access for our community to San Diego’s physical landscape?” Students worked collaboratively to transform

their understanding of geology into a product that encourages other members of the community to engage in geology activities in our local natural spaces.


Each student created a unique colored pencil illustration and nonfiction narrative about a geological topic. The collection of work was published as informative “cards” to be used by other children and families. Cards are also distributed by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to “Junior Members” as encouragement and a resource when exploring the San Diequito River Park and other natural spaces in San Diego County.

Additionally, students excavated marine fossils from 45 million-year-old local rock material in collaboration with the San Diego Natural History Museum (“The NAT.”) Their specimens of snails and clams will become part of the museum’s research collection.

Social/Emotional/Community: Connect with fourth grade community,
show care to others and our spaces, support others in taking risks on
adventures together, persevere through challenging work and experiences, work collaboratively, present learning to an authentic audience

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • 4.1-1: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
  • 4.2-1: Make observations to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
  • 4.2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.

Common Core Language Arts:

  • CCSS.ELA- LITERACY.W.4.2: Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly…using illustrations to aide comprehension…and precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


  • Fieldwork to Lake Calavera (project launch)
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Fieldwork to San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT) and Paleontology Department


  • Begin Fossil Excavation
  • Fieldwork to Mission Gorge and Tourmaline Beach
  • The Rock Cycle and Landforms
  • Overnight camping in Anza Borrego State Park, including fieldwork at Eagle Mine in Julian, the Anza Borrego Paleontology Society Lab, park Visitors’ Center, and interpretive hikes.
  • Draft 1 of Geology Cards


  • Drafts and Final Draft of Geology Cards
  • Finish Fossil Excavation
  • Exhibition