Freshman Academy



The purpose of the Freshman Academy is to help freshmen transition into the high school atmosphere. This program helps raises the spirit of the ninth graders and unites them as a whole. It allows them to be more motivated and more enthusiastic when it comes to learning. It also allows ninth graders to create a bond with their teachers and with their fellow classmates. In the Freshman Academy, the freshmen are split up into two separate teams: teal team, and black team. These two teams participate in friendly competitions with each other allowing them to gain their puma pride.
Some events that are held for the freshman academy are the BBQ party, Freshman Olympics, Freshman award ceremonies, and a exploration of McLaren Park.


Teachers involved with Freshman Academy

Freshman Academy Team Coordinator:

Ms. Thomas

Black Team:

Ms. Thomas
From: San Francisco, CA
Hobbies: Watching movies, going to
sporting events, going out to eat
Teaching for: 12 years
Classes: Earth Science, Health

Mr. Schwartz
From: Louisville, Kentucky
Hobbies: Tetris, scrabble, making fun of kids
Teaching for: 9 years
Classes: Earth Science, Honors Chemistry

Ms. Traverso
From: Berkeley, CA
Hobbies: Dancing, reading, going to movies
Teaching for: 6 years
Classes: 9th Grade English, ELD

Mr. Pablo
From: San Francisco, CA
Hobbies: Biking, soccer, camping, math
Teaching for: 4 years
Classes: Geometry

Ms. Bautista
From: Mountain View, CA
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, hanging with friends
Teaching for: 1 year
Classes: ELD, 9th Grade English

Mr. Cotsen
From: Buffalo, New York
Hobbies: Surfing, guitar, howling
Teaching for: 1 year
Classes: CCE, US History

Teal Team:

Mr. Rubin
From: New York
Hobbies: Capoeira, handball, physics
Teaching for: 29 years
Classes: Health Education, Physics

Mr. Simpson
From: Huntington Beach
Hobbies: Drums, surfing, bicycling
Teaching for: 20 years
Classes: CCE

Ms. Perdue
From: Quincy, CA
Hobbies: Reading, dancing, laughing, traveling, cooking
Teaching for: 9 years
Classes: 9th and 11th Grade English, Drama

Ms. Bradley
From: San Francisco, CA
Teaching for: 8 years
Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding
Classes: Geometry, Chemistry, Physiology

Ms. Sibelman
From: Lake Arrowhead and San Diego, CA
Teaching for: 2.5 years
Hobbies: Outdoor activities, dancing, traveling, eating high quality foods
Classes: Earth Science and 10th grade AoHS

Ms. Goldberg
From: Santa Rosa
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, gardening, camping, practicing Spanish
Teaching for: 2 years
Classes: Geometry