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

  • Weekly Bulletin ~ January 24-28, 2022

    Note from our Administration

    Dear SVHS Community,

    This week we are asking families to participate in the Youth Truth survey. We are asking for about 15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve your child’s school. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf. The link is below and there is more information about the survey and Youth Truth in the Parent Section below. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.

    Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on Friday, January 28 by clicking this link: ytsurvey.org/svusdfamily22.

    We are also incredibly excited to share that plans are moving forward for planning and preparing for a wellness space on campus! Please see below in the What’s New section for more info.

    As always, we are grateful for your partnership and support. Thank you!

    ~ SVHS Admin Team

    Jessica Hutchinson, Lindsey Apkarian, Molly Kiss & Ati Koonkongsatian



    Next week’s bell schedule:

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    Need to plan in advance?


    Check out our At-A-Glance SVHS Bell Schedule for quick reference. Second semester days are now added.


    SVHS Wellness Space

    We are incredibly excited to share that plans are moving forward for planning and preparing our campus for a wellness space! This letter from the SVUSD Wellness Leadership Team provides more information and details.


    COVID Information

    We are continuing to distribute at-home rapid COVID tests to all students that have been provided by the state of California. We have only been provided one test kit per student at this time. If your student has not received their kit yet, please email: Amber McCann-Howlett, amccannhowlett@sonomaschools.org or Maria Campos, mcampos-orona@sonomaschools.org to arrange a time for pick up. This is a voluntary testing opportunity for all students.

    Please reference the following for information regarding COVID rapid-tests that were issued by the state and distributed to all SVHS students on Friday.

    Rapid At-Home COVID test info SVHS Students and Families 1/7/2022

    How to understand the test results

    Know before you go: 2022 Return-to-School Testing


    Information from SVUSD Regarding Vaccinated Students and COVID Testing

    A team from SVUSD met with the Sonoma County Department of Public Health regarding the surge in positive COVID cases in the district (especially at the high school). Among the many matters that we discussed was the increase in positive cases among our vaccinated students (break through cases). The clear instruction that was given to us by the county's lead COVID physician - Dr Lobato, is that we should also require testing (2 negative tests within a 10 day period) when a vaccinated student is considered to be a close contact to a positive case. This formerly was only required by unvaccinated students on a modified quarantine.

    A Note About Homework & Assignments

    If students are positive for COVID, or need to stay home under quarantine, this is considered an excused absence. Students should try to keep up with their assignments via Google Classroom and also communicate (email) directly with their teachers regarding assignments and plan for making up work and/or assessments. Please note that some of our staff may also be absent at this time and as such may take more time than usual to respond to emails.

    Also, with the presence of the new Omicron variant, please remind your students to practice SAFE COVID behaviors when NOT at school and out in the community: wear your masks, stay away from large gatherings, and wash yours hands as often as possible.



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    Traveling to and from California? Follow these CDC travel guidelines.


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    Important Reminders

    A Note About Transportation - We regret that buses and transportation were limited this week. The transportation department has been impacted by high absences and staff shortages.


    COVID Testing Please remember the SVUSD district COVID testing times for the high school have been changed and will now be offered on Thursdays rather than Fridays. SVUSD Covid Testing


    Color Platform for COVID Testing - when registering your student in Color for COVID testing, you only need to do it ONCE for all future testing AND doing so gives the school/testing team permission to test their child whenever they are considered a close contact and during the time that their student would be on a Modified Quarantine (which requires TWO tests by day 3 and day 5). Parents should contact the school if they want to be notified each time their student is tested.


    Contacts for Covid Related Questions, CrisisGo and Attendance:


    To report your student absent, quarantining, tardy, and or needing to get out early please contact our Attendance Office 707-933-4017 to notify Crystal. The attendance office cannot answer specific questions pertaining to specifics around quarantine status or COVID testing; however, you can direct Covid-related questions to the COVID Response Team.


    Student Announcements

    1/13 Student of the week:

    Team Olympus would like to acknowledge

    • Alexis Sanabria for being diligent in his academics and for being a soccer super star.

    • Teagan Rhodes for her enthusiastic demeanor, her ability to think and work outside the box, her artistic flair and style with her assignments.



    1/21 Olympus Student of the week:


    • Ryn Lee for their beautiful heart, kindness, selflessness, and for welcoming others into our Olympus/Dragon community.

    • Lily Larbre for her exceptional work ethic and for her mature perspective on her education.


    SWE Next Club

    "Attention students: do you like to build and design? There is an opportunity to participate in the Build a Better Home workshop with Mrs. Purtell on Wednesday, February 2nd from 1:15 - 3:00pm. Please stop by room J3 for permission slip or more info. Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE Next club)."





    Communication - Health Order and Athletic Competitions - This message was sent Thursday afternoon. Jan. 13th.


    Winter GoFan ticket information.

    Here is the link https://gofan.co/app/school/CA23061 to purchase tickets for all home Winter athletic events, You will notice other schools have our away game listed as well. That is how our fans purchase tickets for those away games. For the 2021-22 year, we will only be charging admission for VVAL soccer games, not the non-league games.

    Counseling Corner

    [REMINDER] The Dragon Haven (G5) is open every day during lunch. The room is staffed by one of our school counselors, where you can ask questions, color art, play board games, grab a snack, listen to chill music, or simply relax. There will also be a monthly wellness workshop. This month is Create a Vision Board- on Tuesday January 25th during lunch. We hope to see you there!

    Grief Groups and Workshops: By the Bay Health is offering free workshops for students and parents experiencing grief. They are just zoom meetings and not in person meetings.

    2/2/22 One time teen grief group for 13-17 year olds @ 6-7pm. Call 415-526-5699 to sign up or for more information.

    Monthly grief group on 1st Thursday of each month for Bereaved Parents. The first one for this year is on 2/3/22 @ 11am-noon. Call Ceci Luna 415-318-7566 to sign up or for more information.


    College & Career Center

    Seniors!! Don't forget to attend the Financial Aid Workshop on Monday, January 24th from 6-8pm. We will have financial experts available to help you submit your FAFSA or Dream Act application. Check your school email (or parent email) Sunday evening for the Zoom link. Spanish translators will be available.



    Sophomores and Juniors interested in learning more about the 4-year college application process are invited to attend workshops hosted by Revolution Prep. Please see their website for details.



    Revolution Prep is offering online practice ACT and SAT exams for only $5! Please visit the information for the details.



    10,000 Degrees is offering seniors help completing their FAFSA or Dream Act applications. Workshops are virtual, please use the links below:


    Summer is Coming! Now's the time to start thinking ahead to summer internships, camps and other opportunities! Check out the "Summer Opportunities" section of the College & Career page on the SVHS website! All updated for Summer 2022!

    Seniors - please share your college acceptances! We have an enormous map up in the College and Career Center and we would love to have you post a flag with your name and college! We want to celebrate YOU!



    All seniors should complete and submit their financial aid forms! Some colleges require FAFSA in order to award scholarships. If you need help or have questions, we have put together a flyer with a wide array of support services.



    Do you need a little academic boost? We've got you covered! There are lots of resources available to students - please see our tutoring opportunities.


    SVHS Parent Section

    Youth Truth Survey - We are asking for approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve your child’s school. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf. Students and staff are also participating in this survey. All schools in SVUSD, along with many in Sonoma County, are administering the Youth Truth survey.The survey asks questions in a variety of areas including, school culture, engagement, belonging & peer collaboration, relationships, communication & feedback, school safety, etc. Research has shown that the most effective school improvement efforts are based on direct feedback from students, families, and staff. Site administration and staff will work with district administrators and Youth Truth reps to review the data. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.


    Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on Friday, January 28 by clicking this link: ytsurvey.org/svusdfamily22.


    Please note:

    • The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

    • We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

    • If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.

    • If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.


    Come to our (virtual) Parent Coffee Talk!

    A casual way for parents to connect and learn about the various support systems for student success. This month is SVHS College & Career Center with Lisa Conner. Learn all the ways the College Center can support your student freshman through senior year.

    When: Every 4th Tuesday of the month. Tuesday January 25th. 6-6:45 pm in Spanish, 6:45-7:30 pm in English

    Where: Zoom (link below)

    Join Zoom Meeting


    Hosted By: School Counselor Anne Marie

    Hope to see you there!



    Drop off and Pick up:

    When picking up your students after school, please take care not to block driveways and residents’ access to their homes. SVHS wants to be a good neighbor and we need your help during drop off and pick up times. Residents in nearby neighborhoods have reached out to ask us for help regarding this matter. Thank you for your assistance in working with us on this.

    Families, SVUSD and SVHS are seeking hardworking, dedicated, and compassionate adults to serve as classified substitutes at this time. We could use support in clerical work, transportation , campus supervision, student support and so much more.

    If you are interested in being added to our classified employee sub-pool, please contact Ann Marie Paparelli at Apaparelli@sonomaschools.org to begin the simple process of onboarding.

    Thank you! These are paid positions and the compensation varies by the type of work completed.



    SVUSD is looking for Bus Drivers ASAP, if interested please click HERE for more information.


    2022 Senior Ads - Create and purchase your senior's recognition ad today for the 2022 yearbook! Last day to submit your ad is February 4. See flyer attached here for pricing and instructions.


    Sonoma Valley Senior Grad Night 2022

    Renea Magnani is the current chair of our Sonoma Valley Senior Grad Night 2022. Please contact her if you would like to help with the planning of this year’s event. The event will take shape when we are closer to graduation and have a better understanding of what will be allowed. Renea Magnani 7073379770 or sonomagradnight@gmail.com



    SVHS Boosters

    SVHS Boosters online Spirit Store has new items! Shop here:

    Sonoma Valley High School Boosters - SVHS SPIRIT WEAR




    Please read the most recent Superintendent's Letter to Families from Jan. 18, 2022.


    Once a Dragon...Always a Dragon