Principal, Mrs. Doreen Castillo    

Mrs. Castillo

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we plan for the start of a school year like nothing we have ever seen before, our emphasis will still be the same as it always has been: Doing What’s in the Best Interest of Kids!   Even with the challenge of Distance Learning, our commitment to students focuses on every student being exposed to new learning experiences, every student finding a way to feel connected, and every student knowing they have someone they can turn to for help.

Spring of 2020 challenged staff and students to find a new “normal” for learning, connected us in new ways and required us to interact from afar.  Our goal at Chowchilla High School is to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the lives of the students we serve. Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning will not only continue, it will thrive.  Teachers, staff, and administration will work hard to continue the legacy of student success by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. Our teachers will utilize innovative teaching practices, analyze data to enhance instructional practices, and incorporate Common Core Standards to help students reach their full potential.  We pledge to continue providing academic experiences that are rigorous, relevant, and help students make real world connections.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more difficult for our parents and students. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand your concerns about health and safety, distance learning, the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all of the other unexpected consequences of Covid-19. 

Distance Learning/Online instruction will be different this year with synchronous learning which means that students will be required to login to each of their scheduled classes in real time.  Students will engage with teachers and their peers each and every day via our modified block schedule. Struggling students can take advantage of daily tutoring opportunities and teachers have set office hours to allow ongoing communication with both students and parents.  

I encourage our parents/guardians to frequently visit our webpage and follow our social media for up to date and accurate information. There is ever changing information coming out with regards to Covid-19 and we want to avoid unnecessary confusion. Keeping your contact information updated in Aeries is the best way to ensure you get regular communication from the school.  We look forward to the time when all students return to campus.  Until then, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to discuss. I can be reached at or (559) 665-1331 ext. 2206


Mrs. Doreen Castillo, M.Ed.