Dear Bonsall School Community,

It’s the time of year when we reflect on how grateful we are for the many blessings we enjoy, especially those graciously given to us. I’m referring to the unmerited favor we enjoy, with so many opportunities to improve what is already one of the best places and times to live and work. Bonsall is already a great community, but it also has an even brighter future! The quality of life here is ours to improve and our schools can be the greatest generator of that bright future.

Congratulations are in order to our middle school student athletes. The Sullivan Middle School volleyball and flag football teams won their North County Middle School Championships this week. Our volleyball team won decisively over Ramona’s, winning four games in the best of five. Bonsall volleyball has been a dominant program, having a long history of success with outstanding coaching. The flag football team championship was one of the closest athletic contests I have ever seen. Sullivan won 19-13 on the last play of the third overtime to break a tie. Valley Center was undefeated and had beat Sullivan twice this year. Again, it was coaching that made the difference. The schools we play are much larger than ours, so we are especially grateful for the disciplined effort of our student athletes, the coaching that elicits such performance, and the parents that support these programs. Our District philosophy was obvious in the coaching and playing of our teams (continuous improvement was evident); always being the best we can be will serve us far better than just trying to beat our opponent.

Bonsall High School is submitting an application for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) membership beginning in the 2015-16 school year. We were not able to establish a CIF partnership with Fallbrook or Vista, so we will begin with lifetime sports like cross-country running, volleyball, soccer, golf, and tennis as part of our own application. We look forward to strengthening Bonsall’s purpose of “academic excellence and support for all students to be highly competitive in their chosen career path and/or college” by aligning that purpose with athletics.

You might have read in the Village News yesterday about the Interact Club at Bonsall High School, whose members adopt the Rotary purpose of “service above self”. The Bonsall community will benefit greatly from such young people.   It is our responsibility as a school community to ensure that our development continuously improves the quality of life in Bonsall for generations to come. Again, we are so grateful for this outstanding school community and the many blessings we enjoy. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Justin Cunningham