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  • Sonoma Valley High School Bulletin   |  September 26, 2022  

    Dear Dragon Family:

    Thank you for helping us kick off this school year right with such positive energy and community this first six weeks of school! We have so many amazing things happening on our campus and we are excited to see the positive vibes and energy continue throughout the year. Our pool is getting so close to being ready to open and we have this great video to share filmed by our Video Arts teacher Peter Hansen - we can’t wait to see some of our PE classes and sports teams take advantage of this new facility.

    Additionally, we want to celebrate one of our Seniors, Grant Boydell, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 students in the nation are being recognized as Commended Students for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Congratulations Grant - we are proud of you!



    We would like to also ask for your support with reviewing some of our expectations with your student as we go into the second grading period. Every teacher is implementing our cell phone protocol which involves asking students to turn in their cell phone at the start of class via their method of collecting phones - many teachers have wall pockets or containers. The goal is that students’ phones are off and away during class and not presenting a distraction. We have noticed that some students have more than one cell phone and so they’ll place their broken or non-usable device in the pocket, and they’ll then be seen taking long bathroom breaks walking around campus texting on their cell phone. If we see students with cell phones out at times other than before school, break, lunch, or after school we will ask them for their device and it will be held in the office in a locked box until the end of the school day. If cell phone issues become regular issues (3 or more times), we may ask a parent to come and retrieve the device. Our goal is to have a distraction-free educational environment for our students so anything you can do to help us reinforce this message and expectation with your student is appreciated.

    Thank you to all of our Dragon Families for all your support and involvement so far this school year, stronger together!


    Ms. Kiss, Ms. Dowdy, Mr. Schloesser, & Mr. Snow


    Grading Period 2 - Off Campus/In Good Standing: Just a reminder that with P1 grades now out, off campus lunch will now be based off of grades and being “in good standing” in addition to being a Junior or Senior. Juniors or Seniors not meeting the grades requirement will not be allowed to go off campus until the next grading period. Juniors or Seniors who have outstanding detentions will not be allowed to go off campus until their detentions are cleared. Students allowed to go off campus will have the “Off Campus” sticker displayed on their Digital ID Card. Additionally, we have added an “In Good Standing” sticker which will display for students who have cleared all detentions and are “In Good Standing.” Students must be “In Good Standing” to attend all school activities including dances, sporting events, etc. Students can get back “In Good Standing” by clearing their detentions. We will be asking to see Digital ID cards for entry into dances and sporting events and students without the “In Good Standing” sticker will not be allowed in until they have cleared their detentions and are back “In Good Standing.” Cleared detentions will be updated on a weekly basis.

    Attendance Awareness Month: Please see this letter regarding Attendance Awareness Month.

    Need to plan in advance?  

    Check out our SVUSD Calendar 2022-23 for quick reference.

    Here is a look at our daily schedules.


    Door Dash: We would like to remind students that ordering DoorDash is not allowed on campus. Doordash drivers are not approved visitors here for educational purposes. If students order DoorDash to the campus the food will be held for them in the office until the end of the school day when they can retrieve it and they will be issued a detention. Our cafeteria provides food for all students for free, so students will be encouraged to go get lunch from the cafeteria so they have something to eat.


    Health and Safety: In order to ensure the health of our school community, it is important to remain at home if you are feeling ill. If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please take a Covid test. If you test positive for Covid-19, please let the school know right away at 707-933-4017 and isolate. Our Covid Response Team will be in contact with you regarding your isolation timeline. If you are in need of a Covid test, one can be provided for you from the main office. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!




    Student of the Week - Team Mauna Kea :

    • Lainy Dayao for academic excellence, outstanding behavior and tremendous work habits.


    Student of the week - Team Fuji:

    • Kristy Martinez for her incredible leadership skills, positive attitude, and for being prepared and ready to learn every day.


    The PSAT will be Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 8am it is an optional 4-hour PSAT administration for Juniors. Juniors may want to take the PSAT if they are interested in qualifying for National Merit Scholarship, or are preparing to take the SAT for a particular private or out-of-state-college that requires it (CSUs and UCs are no longer looking at SAT scores). If you are a junior interested in signing up to take the PSAT we have 140 tests available. Sign up by: Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Cost is $20. Visit the Student Activities Window to sign up (cash or check accepted, checks should be made out to SVHS-PSAT) or pay online through the Student Webstore. If you’d like to learn more please visit the PSAT/NMSQT website.


    Please check your email for the message with the dates and times of your Senior Portraits. This is the INFORMATION for packages and prices of portraits provided by Prestige Photography. The dates for the photo sessions are: Nov. 4th, 8th and 10th in the CCC and Nov. 7th and 9th in Golton Hall.


    For information, eligibility and registration requirements for sports, please visit our SVHS Athletics web page. 

    Go Fan Digital Ticketing - To purchase tickets, go to https://gofan.co/app/school/CA23061Digital Tickets are sent to your email electronically after purchase or can be accessed through the GoFan mobile app. Tickets will be redeemed directly from your phone upon entry into an event. No paper tickets - Your phone is your ticket.

    VVAL Athlete of the Week - Hudson Giarritta, Sophomore, WR was named VVAL Football Athlete of the Week for his performance on September 16. He finished with 320 All-purpose yards; 3 Totals TD; 8 catches for 143 yards 2 TD; 3 rushes for 49 yards 1 TD; and 4 Kick Returns for 128 yards in a 27-26 Varsity win over Kelseyville. 

    The SVHS Girls Volleyball teams will host our first ever Spike Out Cancer Event versus the Justin Siena teams on Wednesday 9/28. The money our teams raise together helps the American Cancer Society in so many ways. It's helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It's providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives.

    In partnership with the American Cancer Society we have created a SVHS Girls Volleyball team website for collecting donations.  To "join our team" click on the following link and then follow the steps I have listed below. It's easy!


    1. Click on "join our team". You will then be brought to a log-in page. As you do not have an account yet, you will need to create one.

    2. Next, you can set your individual fundraising goal and choose to donate or not at this time

    3. Then you will fill out your personal contact information. If you are not a cancer survivor or caregiver, you can check the box that says something like "I want to help make an impact in the fight against cancer".

    4. Following the personal contact information, there will be 2 questions.  For the question  of "how many players will participate?" Enter 0

    For the question "which type of game"  please select "General"

    • Then, when you click "complete registration" you will be brought to your own individual landing page, which you can customize to include a picture of your girls volleyball team or players can individually make their own pages by following the above instructions.  You can send out the URL that is created to families, friends and the community and start raising funds. 

    These fundraising efforts are part of a larger ongoing effort in 2022 by the American Cancer Society. 


    College visits for the week of September 26-30, 2022



    2:30 PM

    Princeton University


    10:00 AM

    University of Redlands


    12:00 PM

    University of Nevada-Reno


    2:30 PM

    Washington State University


    12:00 PM

    New York University

    All visits are in the College & Career Center. Please pick up a pass to attend.

    Have you recently started a job?  Don't forget, you need a work permit!  Come to the CCC to pick up a work permit application!  Are you looking for a part-time job?  Check out the "Job Opportunities" link on the CCC webpage!  If you currently have a work permit issued this year, don't forget the 1st grading period ends this week!  All work permit holders' grades will be checked to make sure you have a 2.0 or better GPA and no Fs, otherwise you might lose your work permit!

    Teen Services' "Ready to Work" 5-week after-school job-readiness program starts September 28th!  If you want to participate in this free program, click here for more information and registration. 

    We Care, We Treat, We Help
    Hanna Community,
    In honor of Suicide Prevention Month this September, the Community Mental Health Hub at Hanna Center invites you to join us for a free in-person screening of ‘The S Word.'
    Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    Community Partner Information Tables - 5:00 PM
    Movie Screening & Panel - 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Hanna Center Auditorium - 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
    Stefanie Smith - Hanna Center Chief Clinical Officer
    All are welcome to participate in this important evening! Please note the recommended age range for this film is 14 years old and above.
     The evening will feature a panel discussion facilitated by Jeni Olsen (Mentis, Napa County), including: The goal is to help reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, spread awareness and help prevent other families from losing their loved ones through suicide.
    ‘The S Word’ is the recipient of the 2017 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association Voice Award. Detroit-born filmmaker Lisa Klein lost her brother and father to suicide, compelling her to create this film and encourage conversation on this critical topic.
    Brought to You in Collaboration with the Sonoma Valley Mental Health Collective

    GRAD NIGHT - It’s time! Time to plan Sonoma Valley Grad Night 2023! An all night safe and sober event for all Sonoma Valley seniors. It will take place Friday, June 9, 2023 at SVHS. Join us for our first meeting of the year. Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 6-7pm at SVHS CCC-College andCareer Center. 


    Suicide Prevention Presentations: In an effort to continue building and supporting student Wellness and safety, SVHS will be hosting Suicide Prevention Presentations for all Freshmen and Juniors in the month of October (juniors 10/3 and 10/4, Freshmen 10/17 and 10/18.) We are partnering with Sonoma County Office of Education to provide QPR, or Question Persuade Refer, which is an evidence-based practice developed to support students in recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation in peers and how to appropriately seek help when a crisis arises. Support and resources will be made available to all students following the presentations as well. More information can be found at qprinstitute.com. If you have questions, please reach out to District Social Worker Camille Garcia at 707-933-4010 ext 5520 or at cgarcia1@sonomaschools.org


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    September 26.2022

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