Welcome Dragon Families!We enthusiastically await the start of the 2015-2016 school year!
This summer we have been busy with curricular planning and school-wide projects with the goal of graduating all of our students to be both “college and career ready.” Additional summer planning has included preparation for our third annual “Dragon Day,” a community-building experience, which will take place on August 17, our first day of school. All students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and set personal goals while learning about academic expectations and opportunities at SVHS. Dragon Day focuses on building community, positive culture and establishing standards of practice. We look forward to sharing Dragon Day with our students!We welcome incoming freshmen to one of our three Freshmen Teams - Fuji, Mauna Kea or Olympus,
where they will share common English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education teachers. Freshmen will also be a part of the Link Crew, a peer support program to help orient new students to high school. All freshmen will have the opportunity to meet and interact with junior and senior Link Crew mentors on the first day of school.Open gym practices for sports and planning for extra-curricular activities are underway.
Tryout dates for sports are included on the attached “Important Back-to-School Registration Information” sheet. Sports packets are available on the high school website, www.sonomavalleyhigh.org or in the main office. Please remember that students will need a current physical, and sports packets must be turned in prior to participation in any athletic tryout. Reflections and Looking Forward to 2015-2016!
With our 6-year WASC complete giving us accreditation through 2020, we are moving forward with implementing the California Common Core Standards while monitoring our process for continuous improvement. Information on the CCSS may be found at the CDE website www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/. Focusing on high academic standards and student engagement and support systems will be key this year.We also celebrate our amazing Dragons!
Our seniors graduated with many accolades, prestigious college acceptances and impressive scholarships. Great adventures await them in their post-secondary plans and we congratulate them. SVHS brought home 6 SCL titles and the NCS volleyball title last year. Our dance team and Forensics team brought home several awards and our students involved in FFA successfully competed in a variety of events. We look forward to the extracurricular activities and more successes this year and hope you will join us in the SVHS Homecoming activities in October.Many thanks to our incredible IT Department and our amazing custodial and maintenance crews.
They have been working tirelessly throughout the summer to prepare for the 2015-2016 school year. High school students have once again been hired to work alongside our maintenance teams during a 3-week period beginning July 20. We thank them in advance for their work and look forward to enjoying the newly paved shaded student gathering area behind the gym. Come see what’s new on campus!We are pleased to introduce several new staff members to our campus.
Nico Saldana (Social Studies and SVHS alumni), Craig Tierney (Social Studies), Devrim Sonmez (Mathematics, Team Fuji), Jerry Klenow (Mathematics), Audrea Crowley (Science & Engineering), Ian Slaney (Special Services - Science), Stewart Clark (Special Services – English), David Vigil (Special Services – Social Studies), Ana Macias (World Language - Spanish), Denny Lane (English, Team Mauna Kea and SVHS alumni) and vice-principal Chris Rauschenfels. Welcome to our new dragons!Parents, we invite you to our campus and encourage you to play an active role in your student’s education by attending Dragon activities and sport events.
Please stop by the Booster’s table at registration. And, don’t miss the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Red & White Ball in Sonoma Plaza on August 29, from 6-11 p.m. Dance the night away and support our schools. I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Registration.
Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns at 933-4030, or email me at email@example.com. GO DRAGONS! Mrs. Kathleen Hawing
Sonoma Valley High School