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

¡HUELGA! The Actos of El Teatro Campesino

Author: Wendy Maples

Grade: 7th

Subjects: Drama, History, Spanish

Poster for Huelga project.
Students acting out a protest holding
Students on balcony holding protest signs
the word
Girl standing in front of bridge mural depicting woman raising fist and holding a flag.
Project display
Mural on bridge

What is Chicano Theatre?  How does El Teatro Campesino play a role in our American History?

How can I use my voice and body to tell effective stories?

What are the responsibilities/roles of the departments of a theatre company? [Production, Artistic, Education, Performance]

What is satire? 

Exploring Chicano Theatre, students will dive into the works of El Teatro Campesino to gain a greater understanding of revolutionary theatre in the United States circa 1965-present day.  Each class will be a fully functioning theatre company, responsible for the Production, Artistic Direction, Education/Research, and Performance of one acto.  We’ll spend a day in San Diego’s Chicano Park to explore the rich history of these actos and have our dress rehearsals in the heart of Chicano culture.  On exhibition night, students will lead a Farmworkers strike through the halls of HTMCV to the deliver their performance in our fields behind the school.

STYLE:  As a class, students will explore the concept of “satire.”  What are some examples of it?  How do we let an audience in on the joke without being offensive?

SCRIPTS:  Together, we read aloud 4 short scripts (actos) from El Teatro Campesino:

  • Los Vendidos
  • Las Dos Caras del Patroncito
  • Vietnam Campesino
  • La Quinta Temporada

Each class is assigned one acto to fully produce.

DEPARTMENTS:  A panel of theatre professionals is brought into the school to talk to students about the different jobs connected to departments of theatre.  Upon learning about the responsibilities, each student will choose to commit to one department:  Education, Artistic, Performance, or Production.

THE PROCESS:  Departments will rehearse/design/collaborate together to fully produce their acto for exhibition night.

EXHIBITION NIGHT:  In true Campesino style, students perform the actos on a flatbed truck in the fields behind the school!

Artistic Department:  Directors & Producers are responsible for casting actors from the Performance Department, creating a rehearsal schedule, running scenes with actors, and creating the overall vision for the acto.

Performance Department: Actors are responsible for auditioning for roles, memorizing lines and performing the piece on exhibition night.

Production Department: Designers & builders responsible for costuming actors, creating props, & building picket signs

Education Department:  Research & Dramaturgy- responsible for creating “Strike Leaflets” which will serve as project programs, & posters.


If time allows, a field trip to Chicano Park adds a rich layer of real world connection to this project.  The origins of this project are rooted right here in our beautiful city and illustrated throughout the park with historic murals.  At the beginning of the day in the park, I allowed students to go on a kind of photo scavenger hunt; with their cell phones, they documented their morning and each other with pictures of murals and were required to email them to me later that day.  Their photos provided a beautiful backdrop for our strike wall which papered our dressing room on exhibition night.  Several of these photos were featured on their Education strike leaflets.

In Chicano Park, The stage provides a beautiful platform in the center of the park for dress rehearsals and gives students an opportunity to perform their actos for each other.  It also provides an authentic audience and environment for their performances.