Dear Chaparral Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of the staff, I would like to welcome you to Chaparral Middle School. Chaparral Middle School is a high-powered school that prides itself on putting a focus on each individual student every day. Our goal is to provide a strong overall experience for our students that includes a variety of academic offerings catering to multiple learning styles. In addition, we offer a powerful student activities program through our Leadership and ASB, complemented by numerous student clubs, as well as strong technology, arts, and athletics programs.
Chaparral has a long tradition of overall excellence. Most recently, Chaparral Middle School was named a 2017 California and United States "School to Watch" by the National Forum, and was named an Honor Roll School for 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 by the CBEE (California Business for Education Excellence.) This on the heels of multi-year recognition by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), as a National Music Support School and as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.
Chaparral also received this recognition in 2015, along with a California Department of Education Gold Ribbon School Award, as well as a 2015 California Department of Education Exemplary Arts School designation. These accomplishments go nicely with Chaparral's multiple designations as a California Department of Education Distinguished School, our two California School Board Association Golden Bell Awards, and of course, our US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award. In 2019, Niche listed Chaparral as one of the Best Middle Schools in America. Each year, we are ranked by multiple sources as one of the top middle schools in the State of California, and indeed, in the entire United States of America.
Chaparral students are promoted to Diamond Bar High School ready to take on the many challenges that face them. They can do this due to the work ethic learned while at Chaparral. Our accomplishments are evident in many separate areas; in our numerous arts accolades, our award-winning academic programs, through athletic championships, and most recently in our latest CAASPP achievements in which over 74 percent of Chaparral students were considered at or beyond grade-level expectations in all content areas, highest of all WVUSD middle schools! Our success is a testament to the hard work of the students, staff, and community.
As the 2020-21 school year begins, we find ourselves transforming yet again, but this time as Distance educators. Distance Education, setting due to ongoing problems attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the change of venue will bring its challenges, we are committed to rising to each and every one. Our classrooms must continue to push boundaries, even in the distance setting, by offering 21st-century innovation. We realize that there is work to be done. As a learning community, we will strive to thrive in the ever-changing learning environment of 2020.
Please join the staff at Chaparral Middle School as we focus on continuous improvement by challenging yourself to look for areas of personal growth and pushing forward along with us. I feel certain that you will like the results!
Ron Thibodeaux, Ed.D.