Meet Ponderosa High School Principal Chuck Puga
10 Things You Didn't Know About Chuck Puga
PARKER – Ponderosa High School is marking its 30th Anniversary and this year Principal Chuck Puga has taken the time to focus on the little things that matter most. He and his team are welcoming students into the PHS family and striving to provide them with the highest probability for success.
"It's one of our deep-seeded beliefs that even though education is our number one priority, just as important, is that we establish relationships with the kids so they feel comfortable in this school," says Puga.
As one of the smaller high schools in the district, Puga knows that "its about quality, not necessarily quantity." Size does not define that great, big, Ponderosa High School family of which he is so proud.
Choice is a priority in DCSD and it's a priority at Ponderosa. "The cool thing about Ponderosa is that it's a small school, but we offer everything and more that a big school offers."
"Giving our kids and community choice is so important. Our students need to have opportunities so they can use their talents or hone their talents or find what they really want to do and have opportunities to do so," says Puga.
Ponderosa is the only school that offers NATEF certified Auto Shop. PHS students also have the opportunity to receive college credit in PHS CU-Succeeds program and join clubs like PeaceJam. Ponderosa also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in seven different departments including science, math, foreign language and art.
Puga said, "our students feel at home here at Ponderosa because we take the time to let them know they are special and their choice matters.