South High School

Caring for the community so that students can succeed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - As the future of undocumented citizens remains uncertain, a local high school is offering citizenship classes to help those living in our community.

According to Jesus Romero, a community specialist at South High School, there they believe you have to take care of the community if you want students to truly succeed. 

Every Friday an old tradition is renewed at South High School.

The South High Regiment marches through the halls, bringing students and staff together to start their day on high note.

"South High is a family.  Students really know where they are, how special the place is and how to care for one another," said Connie Grumling, South High Principal and alumnus. 

"To be a rebel is to be kind, to do it right, to have respect, integrity, goals, heart and tradition," said Fernando Argueta, South High senior and ASB President. 

It's part of the rebel way taught by teachers every day. 

"I know going out in the world I can contribute to society because South High prepared me to," said Noe Garcia, South High senior and Commissioner of Community Service.

"Don't cover your potentials, let them free, let them go and keep reaching for the stars," said Cecilia Pulido, South High Teacher and alumnus. 

However it isn't just the students learning, growing and reaching their potential. 

It's also parents and others in the surrounding community. 

"South High School is a place of acceptance, where there is something for everyone," Grumling said.

"It means a lot" said Martin Villegas, a South High parent. 

Martin Villegas learned English at the South High Parent Center. 

"I came from a different country so I had to learn how to navigate the system in order to help my children," said Maria Herrera, another South High parent. 

Maria Herrera also attended classes at the center. 

The idea of the center is to involve the community in the education of students.

"If you have the active and engaged parent the students will improve," said Jesus Romero, South High Community Specialist who oversees the Parent Center. 

The center also assists people looking to gain citizenship, offering history and government classes, interview practice and other necessary information. 

"But a lot of people don't want to use them. They don't want to take advantage of that," Villegas said. 

Given the current uncertain future faced by dreamers and undocumented immigrants, Villegas and Herrera are encouraging people more than ever to seek the centers help.

"South is like a family they embrace us.  All the little situations and the big problems for our family, they try to help us and they do help us," Herrera said. 

Every Monday, 5:30 to 8:30, South High School offers free citizenship classes at the parent center located on campus.

Those interested are encouraged to attend a class or call the school for more information. 

South High can be reached at 661-831-3680.

List of other Parent Centers at Kern High School District campuses

Contact the Parent Center Liaison for more information.

Arvin - Gilbert Palacios, 661-854-5561

East - Esequiel Esparza, 661-871-7221

Foothill - Daisy Vargas, 661-366-4491

Golden Valley - Deanne Valenzuela, 661-827-0800

Mira Monte - Florisela Flores, 661-366-1800

Shafter - Yessica Martinez, 661-746-4961

South - Jesus Romero, 661-324-9841

West - JJ Amesquita, 661-832-2822

Bakersfield - Tere Quintana, 661-324-9841

Highland - Antonio Vargas, 661-872-2777

North - Evelyn Sumlin, 661-399-3351

Ridgeview - Jan Jarrett, 661-398-3100

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