January 1, 2015
Happy New Year Dragon Families!
We enthusiastically look forward to continue working and connecting with our students and families in 2015. This past semester we have been busy with curricular planning and school-wide projects with the District and site goal of graduating our students to be both “college and career ready.”
Highlights of the first semester include a successful second annual start to our school year with Dragon Day. Thematic lessons around Dreams, Respect, Academics, Grit, Originality, Nobleness and Success (DRAGONS) focused on building community, encouraging positive culture and establishing standards of practice for all Sonoma Valley High School students and staff.
Continuing our fourth year of Freshmen Teams (Team Fuji, Team Mauna Kea and Team Olympus), we welcomed our newest Dragons who share common English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education teachers. The freshman experience with teaming and Link Crew, a peer support program to help orient new students to SVHS, gives our incoming 9th graders the support they need to successfully transition and navigate their four years of high school. We have continued to develop and support our other small learning communities, the Engineering, Design and Technology Academy, now in its 3rd year and the development of our Sustainable Agriculture Academy debuting in fall 2015.
Excellent news! SVHS successfully completed its WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation process in June 2014 with a 6-year WASC accreditation including commendations and direction for continuous improvement. This fall, teachers have continued planning curriculum and classroom activities incorporating California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while developing project-based learning opportunities and assessment performance tasks. This past fall we have worked as a District on the SVUSD Graduate Profile, identifying the skills, knowledge and dispositions that we expect students to have when they graduate and we are continuing to review and support the Senior Project which is a culminating learning activity for all seniors.
Enthusiastic participation in fall sports, extra-curricular activities and co-curricular programs help our students lead well-rounded lives. We are proud of all our achievements including: four consecutive SCL titles, NCL title and first round of CIF for women’s volleyball; SCL title for women’s cross country; a highly competitive and successful dance team; agriculture students with successful, award-winning seasons at county fairs and FFA state degree recipients; and State top finisher Mock Trial team preparing for spring competition.
Our campus is clean and safe. We are grateful for our amazing custodial and maintenance crews and are thankful for the support of our community partners. I-Choose banners and billboards at SVHS and in the community highlight our fabulous programs and show our Dragon pride. This fall we began the facility master planning process resulting in a multi-year plan incorporating new and upgraded facilities to be presented for Board approval in spring 2015.
We welcome you to our campus and encourage families to play an active role in your student’s education by participating in Dragon activities and community events. Please support our Boosters and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). More information on all of our programs may be found on the high school website, www.sonomavalleyhigh.org.
And, for future Dragons, don’t miss the musical production of Guys and Dolls Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1, 6, 7 or 8. Come to one of our sporting events this winter or spring. We welcome you to “Incoming Family Night” on February 26. And, consider sitting as a judge on our Senior Project Boards on May 13.
Best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2015. GO DRAGONS!
Mrs. Kathleen Hawing
Sonoma Valley High School