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Posted - 11/18/2013 08:32am
Welcome to SVHS
Welcome to our school!

Sonoma Valley High School is proud of our long Dragon heritage as a one comprehensive high school town.  Recognizing this, we integrate a stimulating college preparatory curriculum with distinctive programs in agriculture and in the industrial, visual and fine arts.  Our fantastic faculty and support teams are committed to helping students learn, achieve, and contribute within our community and beyond.  Always innovating, we launched our Engineering, Design, and Technology linked learning pathway to provide opportunities for integrated curriculum, industry ties, and work-based learning.  Our broad and deep selection of educational programs and extra-curricular activities provide an outstanding framework for students explore a wide variety of interests allowing them to develop to their fullest potential.

Responding to the crucial nature of the 9th grade year, we created Freshman Teams; smaller learning communities that maximize personalization, and challenge and support student learning.  Teams of about 100 students share the same English, math, science and physical education teachers who provide integrated academics and a sense of belonging to help students navigate this important transition year into high school.  

Sonoma Valley High School at large offers a multitude of opportunities to pique students’ interests.  Our athletic program includes 14 sports with varsity, junior varsity and several foundational freshman teams.  We also have more than 30 academic, service or special interest clubs on campus.  Our extra-curricular opportunities also include programs such as Future Farmers of America (FFA), Mock Trial, Drama Productions, Dance Team, Film Festival participation and Physics Olympics, all which engage students in performance and authentic learning opportunities.  Electives such as Art, Drama, Music, Choir, Leadership, Culinary Arts, Metal, and Wood help to develop the whole student; while challenging AP and Honors courses pave the way to competitive college acceptance and completion.

Our student body is diverse and inclusive; each member contributes unique gifts to the school community.  It is the combination of these qualities that creates our vibrant and compelling learning environment.  Our goal is to inspire students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible citizens of the global community.

We invite you to tour our campus and experience Sonoma Valley High School first hand. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  We are here to serve our students and our community.  You are always welcome.  

Go Dragons!  

Kathleen Hawing

Posted - 08/15/2012 12:06pm
Welcome to the 2013-2014 SVHS School Year!
Welcome Dragon Families!                                   

We welcome our incoming freshmen to one of our three Freshmen Teams – Fuji, Mauna Kea or Olympus. We look forward to welcoming all freshmen with Link Crew, a peer support program to help orient new students to SVHS. Positive energy is definitely in the air, with open gym practices for sports and planning for extra-curricular activities well underway. 

Exciting NEWS from SVHS!
Teachers have been working throughout the summer to plan curriculum and classroom activities incorporating California Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  I encourage you to investigate the positive changes that will be introduced with the full implementation of these Standards.  State information on the CCSS may be found at the California Department of Education (CDE) website Additional planning efforts have been made by teachers involved on our Freshmen Teams small learning communities and our Engineering Design and Technology (EDT) linked learning pathway.  Ultimately, it is our goal that all students graduate from Sonoma Valley High School both “college and career ready.”

We would like to thank our fabulous Information Technology Department and our custodial and maintenance crews.  SVHS will have a brand new 32-station computer lab in the library with an upgrade to the 32-station science lab in the M Wing.  The Little Theatre has received new carpets and will receive stage curtains, three freshmen science rooms have new flooring and numerous other facilities projects are underway.  Nearly 40 students were hired to work alongside our custodial and maintenance staff to beautify the campus for a 3-week period beginning July 22.  We thank them in advance for encouraging and supporting our students while we strive to establish and maintain a positive learning environment.

This year we welcome several new faculty members to our campus.  Chris Anspach (Mathematics, Team Olympus), Jonathan Beard (Culinary), J. Dane Bishop (Chemistry), Elisha Coon (Science, Team Olympus), Janeth Garcia (World Language/Spanish), Renate Kuprian (Art) and Krista McAtee (Mathematics).  New to campus in leadership roles are Jann Thorpe, Co-Athletic Director, Karling Skoglund, Student Activities Director and Jessica Hutchinson, Vice Principal.

Parents, we welcome 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.   I look forward to meeting you.  Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns at 933-4030, or email me at   GO DRAGONS!                  

Mrs. Kathleen Hawing
Principal Sonoma Valley High School