Welcome Dragon Families! '
July 15, 2016
We enthusiastically await the beginning of the 2016-2017school year! We are excited to welcome students and families to our campus with the aim that all students will graduate both “college and career ready.” This means our goal is that ALL students will be prepared academically AND have choices when they graduate from Sonoma Valley High School. High expectations for all is something to celebrate!
Exciting news for SVHS! The long-awaited SVHS logo family is ready for unveiling after a steering committee surveyed over 900 students and dozens of others including faculty, parents, groups of alumni, boosters, retired faculty and more. The logos express and promote the identity and ideals of SVHS which were identified as: pride, nobility and strength, with a desire to honor academics, tradition and athletics. We celebrate with new Pfeiffer gym wood flooring which incorporates the dragon logo and new flags flying. Many thanks to volunteer graphic designer Lori Winter and community members who served on the committee.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first students to attend Sonoma Valley High School. Excitement is already out in the community anticipating a special homecoming celebration and new I-Choose banners will be seen on site and around Sonoma. Other facility improvements over the summer include: repair and resurfacing of the track and cabling upgrades throughout the campus to support the 1-1 Chromebook roll-out for all sophomores and juniors this year. We have much to celebrate and be grateful for as we start this school year.
Additional summer planning has included preparation for our 4th annual “Dragon Day,” a school community-building experience, which will take place on August 15, the 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 for the school year. We will be focusing on positive school culture, student engagement and establishing standards of practice. And, we are proud to welcome community and volunteer organizations to campus on this day for students to learn about opportunities and ways to be involved in their community.
We also welcome our incoming freshmen to one of our three Freshmen Teams – Fuji, Mauna Kea or Olympus. We look forward to greeting all freshmen with Link Crew, a peer support program that helps orient and transition new students to SVHS. Junior and senior Link Crew leaders meet freshmen on the first day of school and will follow up with peer mentoring activities throughout the year. Welcome freshmen and freshmen families to Sonoma Valley High School!
Positive energy is definitely in the air. Beginning dates for sports and cheer are included on the “Important Registration Information” handout. Packets to sign up are available on the high school website, www.sonomavalleyhigh.org or in the main office. Please remember that students will need a current physical in order to be able to tryout for any athletic or cheer team.
Changes in the schedule for this year will include moving back to single-grade Advisory (“home room”) for most students. This configuration will allow us to more efficiently address and provide information about: digital citizenship, college planning, career readiness, Senior Project, PLUS student forums, student leadership and General Assembly, social/emotional support/strategies, counseling and scheduling, rallies and speakers, emergency drills and more.
We welcome new Dragon staff members: Graham Hitman (Chemistry/Biology), Jacob Sweeting (Special Services/Math), Rob Curran (Special Services/English), Doug Stewart (Special Services/Social Studies/English), Dana Bernard (Special Services/Self-Contained Classroom), Nicole Snider (English), Ryan Scott (English), alumni Bryan Kelly (Living Skills/Senior Project Coordinator), Luis Bravo (Counseling), Chris Arnett (Psychologist) and Deputy Eric Smith (School Resource Office). And congratulations to Elizabeth Campos returning as a full-time counselor, to Nicole Lage who is assuming the role of Counseling Technician and to Sarah Cess who is returning to SVHS as 1-1 Instructional Assistant. We are so fortunate to have such talented people join SVHS!
Parents, we invite you to our campus and encourage you to play an active role in your student’s education by participating in Dragon activities and community events. Don’t miss the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) Red & White Ball in the Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, August 27 from 5-10 p.m. To volunteer or for tickets, please go to www.svgreatschools.org or call 935-9566. Dance the night away with the Dave Martin’s House Party Band and support our schools.
The administrative and office support staff look forward to greeting 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!
Kathleen Hawing, Principal Sonoma Valley High School