Weekly Bulletin - It's a Great Day to be a Dragon!

  • Sonoma Valley High School Bulletin   |  June 5, 2023



    Dear Dragon Family:

    We have made it to the final week of the school year! It has been an amazing year at SVHS and we are happy to share that the entire administrative team is planning to return next year. Thank you for welcoming us to SVHS and making this a great year for all of us. We are looking forward to putting things in place for a great 2023-2024 school year. We are excited to share our theme for next year will be “Dragon Strong, We All Belong” where we plan to focus on building community and a sense of belonging for all our Dragons throughout the year.

    This week we wanted to highlight a special tradition from one of our teachers, Janeth Garcia. Every year Ms. Garcia takes her Spanish classes to visit the elementary schools and read stories that they have written in Spanish to the students. This year the students went on a walking field trip to Sassarini and Prestwood and read their stories to the kinder classes. Our students seemed to enjoy it just as much as the kinder classes! Thanks to Ms. Garcia for her time planning and organizing this field trip.


    This past week we also had our Senior Awards on Wednesday evening - huge thanks to Lisa ConnerWendy SwansonAmber McCann-Howlett and our Counselors for all the work they put into planning and running this event. It was so great to celebrate our seniors and the many scholarships they have earned. We also want to thank all the generous scholarship providers, and those who came out to support our recipients. If you have a senior who received an award, please encourage them to write a thank you note to the scholarship provider - if they need help, they can see Lisa Conner in the College and Career Center and she’ll be happy to provide cards, stamps, and addresses.


    This coming week we are looking forward to some amazing Senior Week activities, supporting our freshmen, sophomores and juniors as they complete their final exams, and of course, Graduation. We want to remind all students and families that being “In Good Standing” is required for participation in Senior Week and walking at graduation. Any planned pranks or activities that lead to damage to school property, or pose safety issues, will be handled with the highest level of discipline and collaboration with law enforcement. We want to encourage all our students to continue to make good choices as we wrap up the end of the year. Go Dragons!


    Stronger together!                                                                                                             

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



    Update on the office availability after June 19th, we will have no access to the main doors due to construction. We will be opening the office door next to the Student Activities for access through June and the hours will be 8:30-3 M-F. We are not open during the month of July.

    Need to plan in advance?  

    Check out our SVUSD Calendar 2023-24 and SVUSD Calendar 2024-25 for quick reference.

    Here is a look at our daily schedules.



    Behavior for End of Year: We want to remind all students and families that being “In Good Standing” is required for participation in Senior Week and walking at graduation. Any planned pranks or activities that lead to damage to school property, or pose safety issues, will be handled with the highest level of discipline and collaboration with law enforcement. We want to encourage all our students to continue to make good choices as we wrap up the end of the year, so that all are able to participate in the fun school-sponsored activities we have planned. Go Dragons!


    Graduation and Senior Week: Seniors, please be sure you have read through the communication linked here that went out to all senior families. This information was also reviewed with all seniors during Civics/Econ classes. This document has all of the information about graduation and senior week events! Don’t forget that Monday, June 5th is senior check out day. Be sure to bring all of your materials (textbooks, chromebooks, chargers, etc) to be turned in. A complete senior check form is required for seniors to pick up their graduation tickets. 


    Senior Parents!

    Show your pride of your graduating senior by purchasing a lawn sign.  Lawn signs are $25 and can be delivered for another $5.  If you would like to order one or several, please fill out the google form that is linked below. CLASS OF 2023 LAWN SIGN ORDER FORM


    Due to the construction at SVHS, summer school will be held at Altimira Middle School this summer.    

    First day of summer school: June 20, 2023

    Last day of summer school: July 18, 2023



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

    Athletic Clearances for 2023-24 Sonoma Valley's 2023-2024 Athletic Clearance applications are now active for parents & students to begin registering.  If an athlete has recently submitted a 22-23 application this will not roll over to the 23-24 year.  All students need to create an application for the 23-24 year as signatures/forms may have changed. 

    Follow the steps below to get started: Go to Athleticclearance.com to start the sign up process.

    Upload your Doctor Clearance or Physical to your account.  Be sure that your Doctor Clearance or Physical specifically states that you/your student is cleared to participate in sports/athletics. You will receive an email when your clearance is complete. 

    *** Athletic Clearance must be completed & approved before a student may participate in any sport


    2023-24 Seasonal Sports Parent Meetings - Please mark your calendars. These Seasonal Sports Meetings will provide information (academic grading periods, communication process, finances, transportation, sportsmanship, Boosters, etc) in order to better support parents, coaches, and student-athletes.

    • Fall Sports Parent Meeting - August 15 (Fall season officially starts Aug 7)

    • Winter Sports Parent Meeting - November 14 (Winter season officially starts Oct 30)

    • Spring Sports Parent Meeting - February 13 (Spring season officially starts Feb 5)


    VVAL All-League Baseball & Softball - Congratulations to:

    Andrew Bonfigi - 1st team Baseball

    Kassedy Midgley - 1st team Softball

    Katherine Kiser - 1st team Softball

    Kayla Amormino - 2nd team Softball


    Summer Camps offered so far:

    Boys High School Basketball Camp - 2 camps offered

    Lady Dragons Basketball Camp

    Sonoma Valley Girls Lacrosse Camp


     Water Polo Camp - 4 sessions offered

    Summer Football workouts - June 12th through August 3rd : Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. For more information, contact Head Coach Max Pond, maxpond66@gmail.com



    Revolution Prep is offering a variety of summer programs to incoming 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. And SVHS students get a $200 gift card towards these services. Please see flyer for details.

    Juniors - want a little help getting started on your college essays? Sign-up for the annual College Essay Workshop on Monday, June 12th from 9:30 to 12 noon in the College and Career Center. See flyer for details. Sign-up is also available in the CCC.


    Current juniors - nervous about your college applications? The CCC has your back! Sign-up for College Application Camp August 7th - 10th from 6-8pm in the CCC. We will fill out applications, review the process, proofread essays and get organized for the fall. Stop by the CCC for more information.

    Are you interested in computers and technology?  Work for the SVUSD I-T (Information Technology) Department this summer!  The District is hiring a few students to work with the I-T professionals on hardware, software, wiring, and more!  Turn the application in to Mrs. Swanson in the CCC.  Deadline June 7th!

    Sonoma Family Meal is hosting the first-ever Culinary Job Training Program! The Culinary Training Program is an 8-week, hands-on training program that equips participants with skills and knowledge to succeed in the culinary industry. The program focuses on fundamental culinary skills training led by professional chef instructors with decades of relevant industry experience. All students will receive Servsafe Manager Program certification. Upon completion of the program, Sonoma Family Meal aims to place program graduates in full-time culinary positions that are suited to their skill levels and interests.  All students will be vetted by Sonoma Family Meal and will be prepared for full-time employment. 

    The FBI is offering its Summer Teen Academy for current juniors or seniors for students interested in preventing cyber crime, civil right hate crimes, terrorism, etc. on Thursday, July 13, 2023 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The Teen Academy will be held on the USS Hornet in Alameda, California.  Applications may be found here and are due no later than 5:00 pm on June 9th. 

    "Did you miss the Job Fair?  Don't forget local employers looking for employee post on the SVHS "Job Opportunities" webpage!  Check it out!  Also check our "Summer Opportunities"

    Interested in a legal career?  Sonoma County Bar Association is offering "Pipellne Pods" to match a legal professional with a student to mentor them in aspiring to a legal career.   The Pods will meet as a group 4 times during the school year, plus additional times with each mentee.  Pods begin in September 2023.  Applications are available in the CCC.

    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!


    FREE Cardiac Screening for Sonoma Valley Youth & Young Adults, 12-25



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