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

  • SVHS Weekly Bulletin   |  May 20, 2024



    Dear Dragon Family:

    This week we want to highlight several of our CTE Programs, specifically Andy Mitchell’s Photography and Aaron Anderson’s Metals students who participated in the April 25 Spark the Future event. Spark the Future is the annual fundraising event for CTE Foundation which provides scholarships and grants to CTE programs throughout Sonoma County. Advanced Metals students showcased their projects in the competition, David Briggs’ BBQ Grills, Tommy McCabe's 4Runner Bumper, Niles Francis' Rocket Stove, Charlie Spencer's Damascus steel, and an assortment of August Ward's Jewelry were the projects showcased. The Photography group set up a portrait studio booth and they were taking photos of the guests in attendance.


    This Week May 20 - May 23 we are celebrating Classified Appreciation Week.  If you’d like to give our Classified Staff a shout-out please submit an appreciation here. Classified staff includes our campus supervisors, instructional aides, office staff, maintenance and custodial staff, cafeteria staff, and more! Without Classified Staff our school would not run, so we want to show them how much we appreciate their support and care. Reminder: Friday, May 24 there is no school for students or teachers.

    As we approach this last stretch of the end of the school year, it is imperative we revisit our expectations regarding behavior. We urge our students to carefully consider any actions that would jeopardize their participation in end-of-year events including prom, senior week activities, and the graduation ceremony. Any non-school-sponsored, student-initiated activities that involve trespassing, cause damage to school property, or violate behavioral guidelines, will be met with disciplinary action and the potential involvement of law enforcement to ensure the safety of both students and the community. This includes but is not limited to, Fugitive Night and any senior pranks. As a school community, we do not condone these events and discourage participation for all students in these types of student-initiated activities. Administrators visited senior classes during the month of April to discuss senior activities, graduation, and review behavior expectations. We encourage families to engage in conversations with their students regarding end-of-year events and appropriate conduct. Your cooperation and ongoing support are greatly appreciated.


    Just a reminder that only our final grading period remains, with finals and the end of the semester fast approaching. We encourage all students to put their best foot forward in this last part of the semester and take advantage of the Empowerment Academy, Office Hours, and Dragon Time to ask questions and get homework help.

    Dragon Strong, We All Belong!

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



    PowerSchool will be off starting May 17: PowerSchool will be turned off Friday, May 17 until teachers finalize end of semester grades. Powerschool will be turned back on Monday, June 3 after grades are successfully stored. Counselors and administrators will be reaching out to any parents of senior families in jeopardy of not graduating if they have not met their requirements on Thursday, May 23 to notify of final status.

    The Returning Student Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now openPlease log onto your PowerSchool parent portal and complete it as soon as possible. This is a requirement for all students.

    In Good Standing/Off Campus:  Off-Campus and In Good Standing were updated as of the end of the last grading period.  If your student has any detentions to clear, detentions are offered weekly Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students can come see Leonela in the office if they want help creating a plan to clear their detentions or if they have any questions. We check detentions weekly so that students can get back “in good standing.” If a student doesn’t qualify for off-campus due to grades, they’ll need to work on their grades so they can get off-campus back for the next grading period. The grade requirement  is each grading period a student must have a 2.0 with no more than 1 F to go off campus.


    Please take a look at the linked document for all the necessary information regarding graduation and senior week activities. Senior Communication 2024 




    Attention Seniors! We are excited to announce that planning for Grad Night is underway. Grad Night is a safe and sober non-school sponsored event scheduled for May 31, 2024, from 9 PM to 5 AM. To register, click on the attached link and complete the required form. Payment options include Square, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or you can choose to pay cash or send a check by clicking on this link


    Buy your grad tickets now! Unfortunately, we have not had enough ticket sales and Grad Night is in danger of being canceled. Please purchase your ticket ASAP (ideally by May 1). If we haven’t sold enough tickets by May 1 Grad Night may be canceled.

    To all Senior Parents!

    If you are interested in purchasing a "Congratulations Class of 2024" Lawn Sign, please order your signs by completing this order form.



    The signs cost $25 each and can be delivered to your senior at school or delivered to your home for a $5 fee.  You can pay via cash, check or credit card.  Signs will be delivered upon receipt of payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Rivara at trivara@sonomaschools.org.

    As a fundraiser for the Senior Class to help offset the cost of Senior Week, the Senior Class officers are selling money leis that you can purchase for your graduate.  There are two options:  a lei with $25 in ones which costs $50 or a lei with $15 in ones and $50 in 5's which costs $95.  If you are interested in purchasing one for your graduate to wear at graduation, please complete the form below, which includes your payment method.  Once we receive payment, we will custom create the lei for you.  You will then be able to pick it up in the Student Activities Window at any time up until the morning of graduation.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tammy Rivara at trivara@sonomaschools.org.  



    Senior families:

    Grad Night Food Donation Request 

    We are in the planning stages of creating the 2024 Grad Night Celebration (to be held Friday, May 31, at SVHS) and we are asking for your help with food donations and supplies so that the students can be well fed and happy throughout the night. We have created an Amazon FOOD Wish List to make your help easy….with shopping and shipping directly to our Food Coordinator, Erin Weaver. Please see the Amazon link here. These items can also be purchased at Costco or other retailers in bulk. We can work with you to coordinate drop off or pick up. Please also consider making or purchasing baked goods for the night. We have attached the following baked goods donation form for sign ups.

    We are in need of chaperones for the Senior Week trip to Six Flags!  The trip is Wednesday, May 29 and you would need to be available to be on the trip from 9am until about 7pm (which is when the bus returns).  Your entrance to Six Flags would be included.  If you are able to chaperone, please email Amanda Dowdy at adowdy@sonomaschools.org or Connor Snow at csnow@sonomaschools.org.  Thank you!


    CSF - Final CSF meeting this Tuesday (05/21) in the CCC. Help us celebrate the Life Members with a pizza party. See you there!

    The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Teen Services are happy to share with you that we will be hosting a finals exam study jam at G2 and G5 during Empowerment Academy after-school sessions on Monday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 22. 

    SVHS STUDENTS: As you are aware, we are developing a strategic plan that will serve as our North Star. An integral pillar of our plan’s development is student voice. We need your help and participation in the Guiding Coalition. Your input will shape the vision of future SVUSD students! 


    • We welcome students to attend ANY of the sessions (they are not required to attend all).

    • Meals will be provided.

    • This can fulfill community service hours, if needed. Letters of participation can be provided, if requested.


    Senior Awards is Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm in Pfeiffer gym. All Seniors receiving an award will be notified, but all seniors are encouraged to attend. There is plenty of room in the gym for friends, families and SVHS students.


    Seniors - wear your college swag and stop by the CCC so we can take a photo of you for our Wall of Fame!


    Calling all seniors!! Make sure to complete your Senior Survey in Naviance (log in to your Clever portal and click on the Naviance icon) before senior checkout day!! You will share with us your plans after graduation and where you would like your final transcripts sent. Questions ? See Ms. Conner or Ms. Swanson in the CCC.


    Juniors!! Want to get started on your 4-year college essays early? Sign-up for the College Essay Workshop on Monday, June 3rd from 9:30 to 12 noon in the CCC. See flyer for details and sign-ups.


    Mrs. Conner will host the annual College Application Camp for seniors interested in starting their 4-year college applications before school starts. Please see flyer for details and sign-ups. 


    Looking for a part-time job? Keep an eye on the "Job Opportunities" page on the CCC page of the website if you're looking for a part time job.


    Check out our Summer Opportunities page on the website.  More will be added as they become available!


    Want to keep up-to-date on what's happening in the CCC, like colleges coming, application workshops, guest speakers?  Make sure you follow the CCC on Instagram @svhscollegeandcareer!


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

    • Summer Sports Camps - Please click on this link Summer Sports Camps  to register for SVHS Summer sports camps (girls and boys basketball, girls lacrosse, & the new Dragon Strength and Conditioning camp).

    Spring VVAL All-League Honors

    • Girls Lacrosse - 1st team Tiana Harris & Alice Turner; 2nd team Sarah Juhasz & Brianna Jurasek

    • Boys Lacrosse - 1st team Connor Cheeseman ; 2nd team Angelo Cano

    Athletic Clearances for 2023-24  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. You will receive an email when your clearance is complete. *** Athletic Clearance must be completed & approved before a student may participate in any sport

    Go Fan Digital Ticketing - Tickets for home games can be purchased using this link. In addition, all VVAL schools use Go Fan and tickets for away games. To purchase tickets, go to this link.

    We invite you to #BeTheChange! Sportsmanship is simple, treat others how you would want to be treated. Respect the game and everyone participating including student-athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators. Education-based athletics is more than winning, it’s about academic development, equity, and character. Be Responsible, Be Respectful, 

    #BeTheChange! #BenchBadBehavior

    Youth and Young Adult Heart Screening in Sonoma Valley on June 8th. Please take a look at the flyers linked below for important information. 

    Sonoma Valley Heart Screening 

    Heart Screening Information 



    Vision 2036. Rooted for Sonoma. Ready for the World!

    As we continue our district strategic planning process, we invite the community to participate in a survey to share their thoughts on the ideal future for our SVUSD graduates and what students, adults and the district need for their success. (English survey)   ( Spanish survey


    For more information, visit our Vision 2036   Strategic Planning Process website.

    The Sonoma County Office of Education will host a School Board Candidate Information Session on Thursday, June 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of current school board members about what it is like to serve on a school board. In addition, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office will be on hand to provide important details about requirements and deadlines. 


    Understanding and Supporting Youth Mental Health 

    Sonoma County Office of Education Behavioral Health and Well-Being department will be offering a series of free workshops for parents and caregivers that focus on youth mental health and wellness. The workshops will be offered virtually in both English and Spanish. Contact: Mary Champion | mchampion@scoe.org 

    Understanding and Supporting Youth Depression 

    Thursday | May 23 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Participants will learn to identify signs of depression in youth, what caring adults can do to help, and local resources.

    Understanding and Supporting Youth Anxiety 

    Thursday | August 8 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm 

    Participants will learn to identify signs of anxiety in youth, what caring adults can do to help, strategies to support school attendance, and local resources.

    Click here to learn more and/or register.

    Click here for flyer.


    Boosters Meeting

    For information regarding Booster membership, please click here

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