The CCA Foundation Celebrates Its Staff
SAN DIEGO (October 11, 2021) – The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation took time out this week to recognize Joanne Couvrette, Executive Director, and Gina Mahmood, Finance Manager, for their ten years of dedication and support to the students of CCA.
Attendees included: Principal Brett Killeen; Assistant Principals Garry Thornton and Brianna Castellanos; CCA classified staff; current CCAF board members Julie Bronstein, Kimberly McSherry, Jane Lea Smith, and Mariah Sharkey-Brumund; past CCAF board members Michele Fortin, Janette Shelton, Amanda Chin, and Marie Vaughn; and CCAF staff, who were all on hand to surprise and congratulate Joanne and Gina for their successful ten years and wish them ten more!
Former board member Susan Jentzsch sent her best wishes,
“What a privilege it was to work alongside Joanne and Gina. Truly the creative genius and masterful organizer that allowed the foundation to raise extraordinary amounts of money to benefit the CCA students everyday. Here's to another ten years of huge success for CCA, Joanne and Gina.”
SAN DIEGO (September 17, 2021) – Each year, Canyon Crest Academy families receive a unique, printed calendar, created and produced by the CCA Foundation. This “old school” calendar, mailed before the start of school, has become a necessity for CCA parents. Each month is packed with school activities, important dates, and highlights of the many benefits and opportunities that are provided by the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation.
The calendar was originally created in 2013 by Joanne Couvrette, CCAF Executive Director, to serve a dual purpose for the CCA community. In addition to a valuable tool for parents to use on a daily basis, the calendar is a brochure that highlights the many achievements and the significant progress made by Canyon Crest Academy and its non-profit Foundation. The calendar won the 2019 NSAF (National School Association Foundation) Award as the best in its category.
This year’s calendar, CCA by the Numbers, highlights the staggering accomplishments of Canyon Crest Academy, despite being in the lowest funded high school district in California.
Although almost all of the in-person events of the 2020-21 school year had to be reimagined, CCA and the Foundation were still able to maintain their standing in the community:
- In 2020, Giving Tuesday donations to the Foundation funded a brand new state-of-the-art live stream TV studio for CCA.
- The live stream studio equipment was used to film and stream the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s 2021 Gala – it’s first hybrid event!
- The equipment was also used to stream the two 2021 graduation ceremonies (also funded by the Foundation).
- The number of “Dollar a Day” donors during the pandemic school year was 297 – 121% of the pre-pandemic year of 2019!
- In 2021, CCA retained its Niche rankings. Their rankings are based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.
- #1 Public High School in San Diego
- #1 Public High School in California
- #30 Best Public High School in America
- #25 College Prep High School in America
- CCA was recognized as a 2021 California Distinguished school
This school year is already shaping up to be an active, IRL (In Real Life) experience for everyone! A week after school started, the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation hosted its annual Welcome Back Parent Coffee and Reception – in person! Parents dropped off their students and enjoyed food and beverages donated by local businesses: coffee from Starbucks at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch; yogurts, orange juice, and fresh organic strawberries from Jimbo’s Naturally at Del Mar Highlands; and freshly baked croissants from Rancho Santa Fe’s Champagne Bakery. Families had an opportunity to meet members of the CCA staff, fellow parents, as well as Principal Brett Killeen and Assistant Principals Garry Thornton and Patricia Storey.
Next up, on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 5 to 7 p.m., is a CCA Foundation Parent Happy Hour at Flora Bar & Kitchen, located at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Parents will be able to meet and mingle in an informal atmosphere; hearty appetizers will be served!
CCA is located in the San Dieguito Union High School District, which is the LOWEST FUNDED high school district in California, ranking 77th out of 77 in per pupil funding. Although CCA receives funds from the State of California, the amounts are insufficient to pay for the exemplary classroom instruction and numerous special programs that are the reason so many students choose to attend CCA. This gap between public funds and CCA’s actual needs expands each year. The Foundation’s role is to raise funds to bridge that gap to support the expansive curriculum and enriching educational and athletic programs available to CCA students.
The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization providing fantastic opportunities across academics, athletics, and the arts, and creating an environment where students can thrive. The mission of the foundation is to enrich the experience of every student, every day. Your tax-deductible donation to the CCA Foundation is vitally needed to continue our support of these programs. You can donate online at www.canyoncrestfoundation.org.