Principal’s Message for April/May 2012

April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Dear DPMHS Community,

This semester has been especially meaningful beginning with a series of activities held to recognize the 10th anniversary of the death of Daniel Pearl. On February 21 we held a news conference in which a panel of journalists discussed “Journalists in Harm’s Way” and took questions from our students about the dangers that journalists face worldwide in areas of conflict.

The hour-long panel discussion was moderated by Rob Eshman, Publisher and Editor-in Chief of Tribe Media Corporation, publisher of The Jewish Journal.   Panel members included:

  • Jonathan Friedland — Chief of Communications Officer at Netflix and former colleague of Daniel Pearl’s while serving as Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles and later in Mexico.
  • Doug Smith — Los Angeles Times reporter for local and regional affairs for 41 years who made five trips to Iraq and currently manages data analysis for news stories.
  • Alexandra Zavis — Los Angeles Times reporter who has reported from areas of conflict in Africa, Afghanistan, and most recently has returned from Syria.
  • Rick Loomis — Los Angeles Times photojournalist whose foreign assignments have included Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Israel.

Our school newspaper, The Pearl Post, featured a special section dedicated to Daniel Pearl and we created a Facebook page dedicated to “Pearls of Peace” where visitors can add a “pearl” representing an action that they will take to build positive relationships at home, school, or in their communities. The goal is to create a digital chain of pearls worldwide that represents the millions of people who are committed to living together peacefully.

Our school also honors Danny Pearl’s memory by the academic success of our graduating students. This is the time of year when seniors receive letters from colleges and universities. I am proud that our students are once again being offered spaces at all of the University of California and California State University schools as well as private colleges. I invite you to walk down the main hallway of our school to see all of the pennants posted over each archway that show all of the colleges and universities at which our seniors have been accepted. It’s quite impressive!

Although our seniors are winding down their high school years, the underclassmen are staying the course.  Students in grades 9-11 will soon be taking the CST (California Standards Test) and Advanced Placement exams. After that final exams will be right around the corner with school ending on Monday, May 29th.

I’d like to end by thanking everyone who contributed to our recent fundraising events.  In one week we raised almost $9,000 through our first annual silent auction at Open House and by meeting an anonymous donor’s challenge grant. These funds will help provide digital equipment, books, field trips and other resources for our students.

As always, please feel free to email me at janet.kiddoo@ or call our main office at 818-654-3775 anytime.

My best to you,

Janet Kiddoo