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Principal's Welcome


August 2019

Dear Students and Parents: 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  As principal of Aliso Niguel High School, I want to welcome you back for another full and productive year ahead.  This year will mark my fifth year as the proud principal of ANHS, my sixteenth year as a school administrator, and unbelievably, my sixteenth year as a Wolverine. I know first-hand that Aliso Niguel is a high school like few others in Orange County -- a “community within a community,” fully supported by active parents, loyal students, and the two great cities of Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.  For all of us who truly know our school, being a Wolverine is something special and unique.

This year will also mark the start of a campus-wide character program called “SNEAK Up on Kindness.”  Each Friday throughout the year, students and staff will be asked to wear colorful sneakers or teal ANHS Wolverine shoe laces (given out at registration) as an expression of the importance of “Showing Never-ending Empathy And Kindness” (SNEAK) to each other as we go about the school day.  There will be weekly announcements, goals and prizes.  We hope that all students and staff will participate and help ensure that our campus is friendly, inviting and supportive for all students.  It is important to remember that “Even a single act of kindness leaves an ever-lasting echo.” 

Students:  Although your exact plans after high school may be unclear right now, rest assured that the time you spend in high school will not only influence who you will become, but will also comprise an important part of your personal story. Therefore, choose your path carefully and take advantage of every opportunity Aliso Niguel has to offer.

Most importantly, however, remember that your high school experiences will become a central and wonderful part of your young life.  More than ever before, you will be discovering new strengths as you pursue the many opportunities available. Challenge yourself as never before.  High school is the perfect time to try new things -- time to play a sport, sing in the choir or play an instrument, act in a play, join yearbook or newspaper, or perhaps participate in a club or two.  Your years in high school will be over in the blink of an eye, and so I want to personally encourage each of you to fill these years beyond measure with friends, activities, fun, and most of all -– personal growth and learning.

Aliso Niguel High School is truly extraordinary, not only because of our fine tradition of academic, athletic, and co-curricular successes, but also because of our wonderful staff, and the fact that our students and families truly care about our school.  As you go forward this year, do not “settle” for the well-worn path; rather, consider the path less-traveled and make this year a special one that begins the journey to your dreams.  It will be my honor to walk alongside each of you as you experience all that your high school years have to offer. GO WOLVERINES!


Deni Christensen


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