Goodbye Mr. Ontiveros
April 11, 2023
A staple at THS has been the leadership and dedication of Mr. Gabe Ontiveros. Mr. Ontiveros’s tenure at THS has seen many difficult and trying times. It is due to his grace under fire that he has been chosen to become the new Principal at EChater and director of virtual learning in Turlock.
As many of the students at THS know, Mr, Ontiveros was the principal who got the entire school through the tough transition into and out of distance learning (DL). It was through his efforts to make learning accessible to all during first the hard months of the initial quarantine that many students were able to end the Spring 2020 semester with credits. Then the monumental task of graduating the class of 2020 in a manner that was both safe and respectful had to be tackled. The beginning of the 2020-2021 school year saw the entire school on DL and going to school from home. However, there were still dances, science labs, and rallies to keep the Bulldog spirit alive. How do we have a yearbook with no students? How did we have Turlock Today with no students? These were challenges that had to be faced and under Mr. Ontiveros’s leadership, the staff at THS found a way.
Due to his ability to bring together all the staff, to achieve what some said was impossible, Mr. Ontiveros is needed in his new position. His dedication and leadership will help all students in the district close the learning gap that was opened by the COVID-19 pandemic.