Principal’s Corner


Hello students and families,

Just wanted to share some updates. I know everything seems difficult and some are handing these times differently. Please know that the staff and I are here to support you. Reach out to us during this time if you have any questions. We are just an email away and care about each of you.

ACOE Superintendent Karen Monroe and Acting Superintendent Salinas, just announced:

The Newark Unified School District, like all other Alameda County School Districts, will be extending distance learning for the remainder of the school year.  I know this is not the news we wanted to share but also know that we must work together as a community to keep our students, families, staff and our whole community safe.  What follows is Karen Monroe’s statement. Thank you for your support and I will be sharing more information in the coming days about grading, distance learning and support for our students

Parents you will be receiving calls if your child has not been participating in one or more class. This is to verify if you have access to WiFi and a Chromebook at this time. As we move to more virtual learning, we want to make sure it is equitable for all students.

Also, the CDE has provided some updates around grades. Find that here. We will be reviewing this and working with the board to determine how this applies to us.

The PTSA at NMHS has chosen their recipients for the 2020 PTSA NMHS Senior Scholarships.  Also, a NMHS senior was awarded the California PTA Senior Scholarship in addition to receiving the PTSA NMHS Senior Scholarship.  We will be holding a Facebook Live event at 3 pm on Thursday March 26th. Please join us to find out who earned these scholarships.


At this time, the College Board has decided that AP testing will occur.  Students will be allowed to take a 45-minute online free response AP exam at home.  Each AP exam will follow this streamlined model (e.g., if your student signed up for two different AP exams, each exam would take 45 minutes).  AP exams that require a portfolio (e.g., AP Computer Science) have been given an extension of the submission of the digital portfolio.


Students will be able to use a computer, tablet, or even their phone to complete the exam.  The College Board will also allow students to take a photo of a handwritten exam and submit it.  (Exact details about this latter option are still under development.).


The College Board has also indicated that it is doing its best to ensure that the content of the abbreviated AP exams for this year only cover material typically covered by AP teachers by March – so content generally covered in April or May will not be tested.


More details are expected on April 3 from the College Board.

For specific information from the College Board, please review this link:

Welcome Mrs. Olivia Rangel, Interim Principal

It is with great honor and happiness that I would like to welcome all of you to the new 2019-2020 school year! My name is Olivia Rangel and I will be serving as your Interim Principal. I am proud to share with you that for the past 9 years I have served this community in a variety of roles that include being a teacher and a Program Specialist. Today, I am excited to serve as your Interim Principal. 

During my 6 years at Newark Memorial High School I served as an active leader on campus, I supported the school site through the implementation of Professional Learning Communities and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. In this new role, I plan to help build on the successes of our students, families and staff and to continue to work collaboratively to build a culture of success for all.  

Cougar PRIDE is important to me and our community, therefore I am eager to return to a campus that I love and cherish and a place that always strives to put students at the center of our work. 

I look forward to working with students, staff, parents, and community members to ensure that ALL stakeholders are successful…especially OUR students.

In Partnership,

Olivia Rangel