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January 2016
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Team Mauna Kea
Sonoma Valley High School
20000 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 933-4010

Updates from Team Mauna Kea...
Mauna Kea Students of the Week

Congratulations to our most recent Students of the Week! 

Ava Rognlien, Nick Spanger, Antonette Summerville,
Maya Wiggs and Giovanni Calderon!

Congratulations to all for being awesome students and citizens!!!

All Mauna Kea Students of the Week have showed exemplary progress in their classes and have made an extra effort to offer a positive attitude to their fellow students and teachers. Students of the Week are recognized every week with a certificate and a $5 certificate to the No Name Cafe. They also get their name on the "Wall of Fame" outside Mr. Norbutas' classroom.
Past Students of the Week...
Brian Hernandez, Simone Raup, Myrka Mejia, Alejandra Alvarez, Siobhan Hernandez, Maria Ramirez, Nicole Curreri, Jaqueline Alva-Hernandez, Arabella Davis, Sam Fanucci, Christina Eggers, Haley Weinstein, Kody Garcia, Mia Benstead, Karen Mendez, Caitlin Dressen, Jose Valdivia, Pablo Rubio, Sam Wiesinger, Jafed Cortes,
Kaishalee Baez and Brittany Barrios


Almost Maine- SVHS School Play Opens Jan. 22nd

SVHS Drama launches its 2016 performance schedule with the romantic comedy, Almost Maine, at the John Glaese Theater (Little Theater) on the SVHS campus on the following dates:

January 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:00PM
January 24, 31 at 2:00PM

Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults, and are available at the Student Activity Window.

Play Synopsis:
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.
Click here to sign up for Jane Martin’s Almost Maine updates.

Rising Sophomore Parent Information Night Thurs. 2/4 @6pm

Parents of Freshmen (rising sophomores) are invited to meet in the Pavillon on February 4th from 6-8pm to learn about the scheduling process and class offerings for 2016-17 will be offered

Winter Sport Heating Up!

SVHS wrestling continues on the mat, and basketball is on the court. Come out to support our Dragon athletes! Click here for full schedules of basketball games and wrestling meets.

Winter Dance

Friday, February 5th is the first ever FROZEN FORMAL!

The dance will take place outside in the H-wing from 8:00 to 10:45pm.  Dress warmly in blue, white, and silver. Tickets will go on sale in front of the library on Monday, January 25th.
Students bring guests from another school will need to complete a guest form, available in the student activities office.

*Tickets are $8

Homework Help in the Library

The Sonoma Valley Library is offering a new program beginning Tuesday, January 19, from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm and continuing each Tuesday afternoon until the end of the school year.

Caring adults from the community, many whom are retired teachers, are volunteering to provide a little extra boost for students needing the time, space, and resources that the public library can provide.

Teens Standing Together

A peer support group for adolescent girls

This will be a safe, supportive, and confidential environment where we will discuss different issues weekly, hear from guest speakers, participate in fun and interactive activities, get help with school and homework, and learn new encouraging ways to cope with teen concerns.

Session A:  Mondays 5:00 - 6:30

            January 4th - February 29th

            Sonoma Valley Health Center

Open to any self-identified girl, ages 13-17

This free 8-week program is facilitated by Maeve Greenberg at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center. (707) 939-6070 ext 132;

Link to Sonoma Index Tribune article 

(Rising Sophomore Parent Meeting)

(Awards Ceremony)

(Summer School)
What is Freshman Seminar?

Freshman Seminar is a 50-minute period built into the schedule every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Students go to core classes (English, Math, Science, P.E.) where they need extra time or attention, based on students’ requests and teacher recommendation. It is an opportunity for intervention for struggling students, and an opportunity for all students a chance to get caught up on work. The format of the period is similar to a study hall-- students spend the first fifteen minutes doing SSR (sustained silent reading) and spend the rest of the period doing homework. Teachers and peer tutors are available to assist with homework. No new classwork is assigned during Freshman Seminar-- the sole purpose is to help students stay on top of their regular coursework.

Monday Seminar

During Monday Seminar students work on their

College and Career Project

Students this year will be exploring different colleges and careers.  Every Monday, students will be participating in activities that will help them to learn about what they may want to do in the future.  We have lots of great activities planned, including guest speakers, creating a resume, and presenting findings to community members. The program we are using is called Naviance. Feel free to ask your student to show you what it has to offer. They have had several opportunities to utilize this resource.

Mauna Kea Student Awards

Team Mauna Kea will be presenting Honor Roll Awards to students with a GPA of 4.0-3.0 on Thursday January 28th during Freshman Seminar (12-12:45)
Parents are welcome attend. Please check in at the office, the ceremony will be held in the "Little Theater".

Resources for Student Success

1.  The No Name Cafe is open until 4pm every day after school.  FREE tutoring is available.  It's right down the hall from Mrs. Purvis' room, stop by if you need extra help or a place to get your homework done!

2.  The Club in Maxwell Village (the new, updated Boys and Girls Club) has FREE tutoring every Monday-Thursday from afterschool to 8pm.  They also have many computers available for students who need them.  Located in Maxwell Villiage Shopping Center (next to Starbucks).

3.  SVHS College and Career Center has a list of peer tutors, although those tutors will be paid. It is also an excellent resource for college planning. Stop in and meet Mrs. Connor, she is here to help every day. Google Accounts
All students have been given their new school email. students will be using these emails all year at home, in class and on our online Google classrooms
Power School 
Parents, ask your student(s) to share their current grades with you.  They all know how to log in!   Link to Power School

Support Our Student Athletes!
Link to Athletic schedules and SVHS Boosters Information...
Physical Education
with Ms. Niehaus

We are in Unit 4 of our Physical Education school year.  This unit is Fitness.  Most classes include yoga and weight training, along with running & our regular dynamic exercises, all in preparation for the California State Fitness Testing. Please ask your student how to do Half Moon Pose & Table Pose.

Extra Credit:

Student in need of earning extra credit because they are striving for that better grade Physical Education grade can schedule a time during Finals Week by scheduling and signing up with Ms. Niehaus. They will run laps for points.

Team MK is much ado about Shakespeare in 2016! We are kicking off 2016 by exploring the language, wit, and drama of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Students will read the play aloud in class and discuss and write about themes of justice, mercy, equity, friendship, love, and filial duty. Plus, we will learn some fun Elizabethan insults-- if you are suddenly called a “scurvy, doting, most villainous knave”-- well, the “obstinate young start-ups” learned it in English class.

ABU is ongoing. Students are responsible for reading a book of their choice-- 150 pages or more every 6 weeks. We are a community of readers, continually asking each other, “Read anything good, lately?”



We have begun the new semester studying Chromosomes and the structure of DNA. In the weeks to come we will be learning how DNA synthesizes proteins, can change or "mutate" and how it influences our traits and inheritance patterns. Students just completed a karyotype study and the results are impressive! Next week we begin DNA replication and protein synthesis. We will begin a research paper on "Controversies in Genetics" at the end of February. Stay tuned for more...

Earth Science

This semester we will focus our study on Plate Tectonics, the Ocean, Atmosphere and Astronomy. We just started our final look at Geology with Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. Next week we will triangulate to find the epicenter of an earthquake, using the same technology as the GPS that we use on our smart phones! Our unit test for this topic (Ch. 8 &9) will be the first week of February.

Algebra 1

In Algebra 1 we are exploring the world of sequences (Ch. 5) - identifying patterns of numbers.  The Practice/Team Test will be on Tues/Wed, January 19th/20th and the Individual Test will be on Mon/Tues, January 25th/26th.

With the new semester comes a new set of Benchmark Quizzes - a weekly assessment that identifies a student’s growth in relation to the critical skills of the semester.  In class we worked on a practice/study Benchmark Quiz which students have in their possession and can utilize as a study guide.

Work hard, ask questions, get help!

Hello 9th grade families,

Welcome to SVHS!  We are thrilled to have you here with us.

Now that the school year is in full-swing, I am available to meet with students about anything affecting their experience at school which could include study skills, friendship issues, concerns about family members, frustrations, etc.  Students can either drop by my office at break or lunch, or make an appointment to see me with one of the secretaries at the front of the office. 

Additionally, parents are welcome to contact me via phone, email or by making an appointment to discuss your childs progress at SVHS.

I look forward to working with you! 

Kate Kamanga

9th Grade School Counselor
Sonoma Valley High School
(707) 933-4034


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