Contrary to what you may have heard on Oprah, not only do High Tech High students read books, but they actually produce books too. HTH students and faculty publish their work on websites and in books, because we believe that an important step in the learning process is presenting one’s work to an authentic audience. It is also how we hold ourselves accountable for the work that we do. Help the High Tech High accountability effort by purchasing books below.
A selection of books from High Tech Elementary North County 2nd Grade "the Big World, Little Library" and "The Power We Have".
All people have unique stories and sharing our stories builds community. Using the Humans of New York series as inspiration, students captured interesting stories from our community through interviews and photography. By honoring others’ stories we can turn the invisible visible to develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of our community.
A book about the animals of the tidepool habitat and how to "treasure" them. Written and illustrated by Kindergarten students at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California. Part of the HTeNC Kindergarten Conservation series (see also Protect Our Ponds! and Save Our Sandy Shores!)
As part of a 10-week project, Kindergarten students from San Diego's High Tech Elementary North County studied the Sandy Shore habitat. They created this book to save our sandy beaches and the animals that live there. Part of the HTeNC Kindergarten Conservation series (see also Protect Our Ponds! and Treasure Our Tidepools!)
As part of the “Pond Protectors” project in the Spring of 2014, Kindergarteners from High Tech Elementary North County studied the pond as a habitat and explored the driving questions “How are plants and animals helpers in their communities?” and “How can we help protect our local ponds?” Each student became an expert on an animal within a local watershed. They created original artwork and contributed individual conservation messages to help protect plants and animals of the ponds and local watersheds in San Diego County. Part of the HTeNC Kindergarten Conservation series (see also Treasure our Tidepools! and Save Our Sandy Shores!)
A book about the animals of the tidepool habitat, their creature features, and how to "treasure" them. Written and illustrated by Kindergarten students at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California.
Have you heard about the natural phenomenon called the grunion run? It is when the grunion fish “runs” on the sandy shores along the coast of southern California and Mexico to lay their eggs (spawn). A class of first graders at High Tech Elementary North County in San Diego, California had many wonders about the grunion, but could not find any books with answers to their questions. The students engaged in field work and met with experts throughout this 10-week project. They wrote this book to teach others around the world about this natural wonder, the grunion.
First graders at High Tech Elementary North County spent 12 weeks exploring and investigating the tidepools of San Diego County. This activity book was created by kids, for kids, to enjoy learning about the natural phenomena responsible for tides and tidepools while learning math, language arts, science, and engineering. Mazes, dot-to-dot, hidden pictures, and many other challenges await. We hope you enjoy!
An explorer's guide to "Tidepool Treasures," First Graders explain the phenomena related to the tides, reveal the natural treasures of the tidepool habitat, and explain how to explore the tidepools in a responsible way. "We found the explorer inside of us, now we hope you find the explorer inside of you."
4th grade students from Chula Vista, California have written stories for you to enjoy!
Fourth grade authors have created these imaginative stories for you to enjoy!
A look at San Diego’s outside world through the eyes of a third grader. The third grade students of Room 9 at Explorer Elementary Charter School created this field guide of San Diego native plants and local birds through many months of field work, research, and expert visits.
An A-Z alphabet book about the Mayan culture as studied and written by Ms. Riley’s 7th grade class at High Tech Middle School.
Join Mohammed on an adventure around the world, in which he learns math concepts, discovers new places, and makes a new friend. A book written by the students of Melissa Daniels and Sarah Strong, 6th grade teachers at High Tech Middle.
The third grade students of Room 8 at Explorer Elementary Charter School created this field guide of San Diego native plants and local birds. The students engaged in many months of field work, research, and drawings to produce this book. This book can accompany you on your next exploration of San…
In this action research project Samantha Gladwell, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program, examines the impact of using student choice to differentiate mathematics learning stations in an elementary classroom at San Diego Cooperative Charter School.
In this action research project Luis Perez, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program, explores how four different instructional strategies (group activities, games, incentives, and projects) can promote attendance and participation in schools.
Who owns a final product? Teacher or students? And who gets to define quality work? Who should students take advice from? Is it even possible for a student to think about the quality of feedback they receive when someone in a position of power gives it? Or does feedback need to come from someone of…
In this action research project Wendie Ward, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program, explores how differentiation techniques can compliment the philosophies of project based learning (PBL).
Many notions of “school” include a teacher who has authority and students who are expected to comply. This traditional outlook creates an environment where teacher directed curriculum and decisions are the norm…
Creating a Community of Communicators tells the story of a year spent in a middle school classroom to find out what would happen when the teacher focused on building the communication skills of her students. Students practiced discussion their learning, working in groups, and presenting in front of…
This book is a collection of “Where I’m From” poems written by the founding 8th graders of High Tech Middle Chula Vista. It is our first publication for the Staff/Holmes/Recendez Team. Although every poem is inspired by George Ella Lyon’s original “Where I’m From” poem, you will find…
In this action research project Janna Steffan, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program, explores how literature circles influence the enjoyment, engagement, and achievement of young readers.
Coverage, coverage, coverage. In an attempt to make sure that my students were prepared for the state standards test and up to pace with district scope and sequence my classroom had taken on the feel of a factory…
How can we motivate students to pick up a book and read? For many, learning to read can be a difficult task. It requires practice and repetition. In my study I wanted to encourage the love of reading, but also increase students’ fluency and comprehension. I accomplished this by using Reader’s…
“Meditations in the Classroom” is the result of one teacher’s action research and reflection after using meditation in school over the course of a year.
A collection of well-known Greek myths retold by 6th graders at High Tech Middle, San Diego.
Action research following student progress as peer critique is introducted into an 8th grade language arts classroom.
Join Jason on a journey through an art museum where he meets famous artists, learns new math concepts, and makes a new friend. A book written by the students of Sarah Strong and Melissa Daniels, 6th grade teachers at High Tech Middle.
The third grade students of Room 10 at Explorer Elementary Charter School created this field guide of San Diego native plants and local birds. The students engaged in many months of field work, research, and drawings to produce this book. This book can accompany you on your next exploration of San…
A collaboration between Jeff Robin, art teacher, and Andrew Gloag, senior math teacher.
Cruzando Fronteras This anthology contains the poetry of students from Jenny Wilson’s freshman Spanish class. For their final project, they explored the theme of “crossing borders” through art and spoken word poetry. The proceeds from the sales will be given to the International Rescue Committee’s program to help…
A collaboration between Jeff Robin, art teacher, and Colleen O’Boyle, senior English teacher.
Come on an adventure through space as you read this book about nebulae! Learn how they form and the different types of them. This is a great book that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. A freshmen Physics project written by Christiane Pham and Kyle Correia.
Written by Ethan Chan and Michael Thompson, currently 9th grade students at High Tech High. The books explains the concept of black holes in a manner simple enough for a child to understand.
A collaboration between Jeff Robin, art teacher, and Blair Hatch, multimedia and physiology teacher.
Written by Rayna Kim. Illustrated by Aja Loyd. Students of Jill Dalinkus at High Tech High Chula Vista.
Written by Ivan Lopez and Edwin Lopez. Students of Jill Dalinkus at High Tech High Chula Vista.
Written by Dannie Padilla and Kathryn Sanchez. Students of Jill Dalinkus at High Tech High Chula Vista.
A High Tech High project from the class of 2010. Created in the Fall 2009 Semester, this book covers an array of topics from Andrew Gloag’s senior physics class.
Many adults wonder what goes through a teenager’s mind. Many teenagers wonder the same thing. Scatterbrain: A Collection of Memoirs by former HTH teacher and HTH GSE alum Spencer Pforsich and his students offers an insight into the elusive minds of those living in a world that is completely their…
An edited collection of pieces written by the Ben Daley, HTH’s CEO and CAO, over the past decade.
Rome is a travel log shot on an iPhone of 2010 art history trip to ROME By Jeff Robin and students.
Former HTH teacher and HTH GSE alum Spencer Pforsich’s action research project, exploring how students talk about their views on race and ethnicity, their own identities, and what it means to them to be part of a diverse and integrated school.
A compilation of poetry from Nikki Carter’s 9th grade students at HTH North County.
From Akhenaten to Zoser, “E is for Egypt” will take you on an alphabetical adventure through ancient Egypt. Created by the 6th grade students of the Melissa Daniels and Ben Krueger team at High Tech Middle.
A collaboration by students of High Tech Middle North County. All profits from the sale of Beauty and the Beach will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.
In this action research project Sarah Strong, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program and 6th grade math/science teacher at High Tech Middle, explores how students experience open-ended math problems and how these problems help students to persevere, develop problem solving strategies and…
Dan Wise and Jeff Robin’s students shared studied and wrote about economic theories and made lino-cut illustrates to help explain their ideas.
A compilation of writing and art by 6th grade students at Finney Elementary in Chula Vista. Edited by Edrick Magalaguim, an alum of the HTH GSE Teacher Leadership program, as part of his work/research on creating a classroom where students feel comfortable and confident sharing their learning.
High Tech High Media Arts’ 11th grade wrote and produced Ampersand to document their thoughts and experiences as interns in the working world of San Diego.
“Beginning to Teach”, is our inaugural effort to publish new teachers’ inquiry. Our goal is to spread the word, literally, that first and second year teachers are pushing the edge of knowledge forward about what works for students.
An exploration of water in our lives through photographs. Ms. Fortunato’s 6th Grade Science class at HTMMA.
A bilingual multicultural cookbook made possible by the work of a 24 10th-grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, CA. Each student contributed at least one special recipe from their own family or community. In addition, this book was made possible by the collaboration between High Tech High…
A bilingual multicultural cookbook made possible by the work of a 23 tenth-grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, CA. Each student contributed at least one special recipe from their own family or community.
American history and culture is absolutely full of amazing, inspiring characters, places and events. These people, places and things are the icons that create our shared culture. In this book, students use photography and reflective writing to explore their places in a continuum of American Icons.
Each chapter is the product of a collaboration between two students. The chapters focus on the relationship between different chemical elements or compounds and historical conflicts, such as the relationship between isoprene (rubber) and 19th century Imperialism. Students were also asked to study…
Volume One: Genetics in America. This book explains the growing role of genetic engineering in all stages of American life, from birth through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age and beyond. Each article addresses genetic engineering in one specific stage of life, including the relevant…
Alphabet soup, our creative encyclopedia, contains one or more cell biology terms for each letter of the alphabet. All of the pages and creative images were researched, designed, edited, illustrated and refined by the students of Jenny Morris’s biology class.
In this project, students explored how historical events such as immigration and war affected their families and the evolution of cultural traditions. Students wrote creative pieces related to their families’ stories, significant moments and traditions. The final pieces were compiled and…
An Alphabetical Adventure through Ancient Egypt, written by 6th grade Egyptologists at High Tech Middle.
High Tech High Media Arts’ 11th grade wrote and produced Ampersand to document their thoughts and experiences as interns in the working world of San Diego.
Fifty-six 8th graders from High Tech Middle Chula Vista traveled back in time. Come join them on their adventures through U.S. history!
Have you ever wondered about the ancient Greek gods that control the sky, sea and underworld? Have you ever wondered who invented theater and geometry? Do you wonder why the Olympics began and are still so famous today? If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of these important contributions...
A cookbook full of healthy recipes with vegetables created by kids, for kids
Defining Moments In December 2012, students in Mr. Simon’s 11th grade humanities class were asked to tell the story of a personal experience that crystallized what they’ve had to overcome to be who they are today. The students–the talented young authors of the personal narratives inside this book–hope you…
The Aveggies Cookbook was created by Ms. Deirdre’s High Tech Middle Chula Vista 6th Graders. Inside you will learn how they created the book, the benefits of eating vegetables, how to make 52 kid friendly, yet healthy recipes, and much, much more!
In this informative full-color, illustrated product guide 52 sixth grade students from High Tech Middle Chula Vista investigate the ingredients inside of their favorite food and personal care products to learn about how they affect human health. Alternative recommendations are provided.
We would like to welcome you to the wonderful world of zoology. We have a diverse community of animals worldwide. There is wonder and mystery surrounding us that can be easily taken for granted. We would like to welcome you to our world of animals both real and mythical. Can you tell the difference…
A coloring book field guide to mythical and real sea creatures written and illustrated by 6th grade students at High Tech Middle in San Diego.
For seven days in March 2014, A group of students in San Marcos, California had a choice. They could: A) Hike the Coast-to-Crest Trail, spanning 72 miles across the entire San Dieguito River Valley Watershed from Volcan Mountain to the beach at Del Mar. or B) Work with entrepreneurs, business…
Digital Storytelling is a powerful medium for expressing student voice, sharing stories, and building an empathetic community. My action research project chronicles a digital storytelling project in one 6th grade class during a semester of Multimedia with 27 students at High Tech Middle Media Arts...
This is a compilation of infographic resumes from the 12th grade environmental science class at Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High in San Diego. High Tech High is a public charter school which practices project based learning.
Is there such thing as the ‘Perfect School’? 9th grade students at High Tech High High Chula Vista explore this question as they dive head-first into an interdisciplinary project of humanities, physics and art. This is their handbook of Ohana High School, a collaborative perfect school.
An alphabet book based on the Maya culture that was written, illustrated, and translated by the students of Ms. Riley’s Seventh Grade Class at High Tech Middle School. All money raised from book sales will go to sponsor students in Guatemala to attend school.
Birds of the San Diego River The Birds of the San Diego River is a study by the senior students at Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High where project-based learning (PBL) is practiced. This project is a collaboration of Brandon Cohen, an environmental science teacher, and Blair Hatch, a multimedia teacher.
Seniors for Seniors is a joint effort between High Tech High and Senior Community Centers that aims to connect two groups that are often very isolated from each other – senior citizens and high school seniors. We feel that students have a great deal to learn from our communities aging population…
How do our imaginations work? How do we heal? What is Deja Vu? How do our muscles grow? Why do we hiccup? There is a world of wonder and mystery inside all of us. In this book we answered the questions that most interested us about the human body and experience. We hope this book helps you unlock…
A collection of student manifestos and artwork from the High Tech High North County 10th grade Art/Humanities students of Eusebio Travis Sevilla and Molly Carroll.
As San Diegans, the Pacific Ocean is our backyard! The ocean is our largest habitat and we have the responsibility to take care of it. This project was born from this belief. The sea animal portraits and stories in this book were written with the hope that its readers will be inspired to…