High Tech High

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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

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

Classroom Management

Author: Lillian Hsu

Subject: HTH Structures

Project Details

#3 of 6 HTH Structures

Teachers at HTH strive to create classroom environments where students feel a strong sense of community and demonstrate respect for each other and for the teacher. One norm that many teachers establish is to give the speaker undivided attention when he or she is speaking. Other teachers establish class jobs or chores so that students take responsibility and ownership over their classroom space.

Getting Attention: The Giant Eyeball

Duration: 00:35
Ted Cuevas (9th Grade Physics/Math) uses a giant eyeball to get his students’ undivided attention.



Getting Attention: Eyeballs On My Eyeballs

Duration: 00:39
Nicole Costa (6th Grade Science) uses a focusing technique to get all students’ attention on her.



Getting Attention: Raise Your Hand If You Can Hear Me

Duration: 00:22
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) uses a simple technique to get her students’ attention.



Getting Attention: The Minotaur

Duration: 00:34
Bobby Shaddox (6th Grade Humanities) uses a minotaur hand gesture to get his students’ attention.



Getting Attention: Eyes Over Here

Duration: 00:34
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) waits until all students are quiet and focused before she speaks.



Dig Dug (Call and Response)

Duration: 00:29
Nicole Costa (6th Grade Science) uses a call and response technique to check that students are focused on what she is saying.



Class Jobs

Duration: 02:08
Class jobs with funny titles help Mark Aguirre’s 9th Grade Humanities classroom run efficiently.

Class Chores

Duration: 02:23
Jesse Wade assigns her 11th Grade Biology students weekly chores and appoints a Door Guard who makes sure no one leaves the classroom without completing his or her job.

Moving Tables

Duration: 01:35
Kay Flewelling (9th Grade Humanities) makes rearranging the classroom fun by turning it into a challenge and timing the students’ speed.

Timing Breaks

Duration: 00:39
To ensure that her students are punctual when returning from break, Kay Flewelling (9th Grade Humanities) has a student time the break and alert his peers before time is up.


Duration: 01:08
Kristin Komatsubara (6th Grade Math/Science) sets up different expectations for lecture, team, and testing modes in her classroom.

The Exit Game

Duration: 01:08
Tom Fehrenbacher (11th Grade Humanities) uses the exit game as a sponge activity for those extra few minutes at the end of class.