News from Helix Charter High School – Sept. 23

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Helix Highlights | No Comments

By Jennifer Osborn


Helix Homecoming 2016 “Once Upon a Time” will be on Friday, Oct. 7 against Steele Canyon High School. Game time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for seniors.

Alumni Picnic

The Helix Foundation and Alumni Association will host the second annual Helix All Class Picnic on Sunday, Oct. 9, on the school campus. The day will begin with an alumni softball game from 9–10:30 a.m., then the picnic will follow from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with old friends and celebrate their alma mater. Families are welcome. The picnic will feature:

  • Food available for purchase from noon–3 p.m., or bring your own
  • Music and entertainment by the Highlander Band, bands of alumni members, The Highland Players, Vocal Music, Dance, and more.
  • Activities for kids
  • “Excellence in Education” Tour (highlight campus and Helix academic program/achievements

Bring a chair, ice chest, shade, and a picnic basket. Learn how you can volunteer, support, and give back to Helix! Visit the Helix High School Alumni Events page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.


Merit Scholar semifinalist Winston Lau (Courtesy of Helix Charter High School)

National Merit Scholar semifinalist

Senior Winston Lau has been selected as a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholar program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Lau now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. Finalists will be announced in February.

Excellence in Education tours

If you are interested in finding out more about Helix Charter High School, please attend one of our Excellence in Education Tours, held twice monthly. The tours for October will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 8:10–9:10 a.m., and Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Reserve your spot using our website,

As always, we welcome your input.

—Jennifer Osborn writes on behalf of Helix Charter High School. Reach her at

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