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  • Sonoma Valley High School Bulletin   |  February 6, 2023

    Dear Dragon Family:

    Thank you for an excellent first month of Spring Semester. We want to appreciate everyone for giving their input on the YouthTruth Survey - we ended up capturing feedback from 73% of students, 76% of staff, and 37% of families. We are excited to see everyone’s feedback when the information is released and we will plan on several avenues for sharing the data with all our stakeholders. We also want to celebrate 9th grader, Siena Kelly, who competed this weekend at the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. If Siena wins the County Competition she will compete at the state competition late this Spring representing Sonoma County. Go Siena! 


    This week is National School Counseling Week (February 6-10) and we hope you will join us in expressing our gratitude for our School Counselors. We have some special recognitions planned to celebrate our School Counselors each day of next week. If you’d like to share your gratitude or recognition, please fill out this google form with your appreciation. We will be taking the notes and printing them and posting them throughout the counseling hallway where the Counselors will be able to read through notes of appreciation that are shared with them. Students, families, teachers, and staff are all invited to submit comments of appreciation. Our School Counselors do so much to keep our school running smoothly, support students and families in navigating their high school experience, and provide social-emotional support and help with ensuring systems to support our students. SVHS has the best counseling team and we are grateful!


    We are 2 weeks away from the end of the P3 grading period (ends on 2/17). We encourage you to check in with your student around their grades, and have your student reach out to their teachers if they have any concerns around their grades. The earlier they do this the sooner they can make a plan with their teacher. We are also almost through course selection where students are receiving information in their social studies classes regarding their course options and will have the opportunity to begin selecting their courses as early as this week - you can see the full timeline and information regarding course selection in the “Counseling Department” section below. We also want to encourage you to review the letter and pdf packet of scheduling materials so you are fully aware of the process and have a complete understanding of how schedule changes work, so that your student can select the schedule that will set them up for success and so they feel confident in their choices.


    Lastly, we’d like to ask for your help with talking with your students about appropriate behavior during breaks and lunch. We could use your help encouraging students to clean up after themselves and pick up their trash, as well as the importance of walking around the campus, not running. When groups of students run to various locations it can make administrators and staff concerned there might be an emergency and pull our attention from other areas of campus needing our attention. We appreciate all the progress we have made this school year regarding our behavior expectations and we know with everyone working together we can finish the Spring Semester just as strong. We are grateful to work in a team with you.

    Stronger together!

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




    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!

    Need to plan in advance?  

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

    Here is a look at our daily schedules.




    Mauna Kea Student of the Week: 

    • Josefina Campos Flores for having a great attitude, asking lots of good questions and having stellar scores in Science.

    • Samantha Long: For starting off the semester strong and for always having a positive attitude. 

    • Spencer Owen: For always coming to class prepared and for positive classroom engagement. 


    PROM 2023!

    Note to all Juniors, Seniors and their Parents: 

    Please note that there is a date change for this year's prom.  Prom will now be on Saturday, April 29, 2023.  More  information and details to follow in the coming weeks.


    Attention all sophomores.  If you are interested in taking AP US History next year, you are invited to attend an informational meeting in Mr. Gibson's classroom (K-15) during lunch on Tuesday February 7th.  Current AP US History students will be presenting and taking any questions you have about the class.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Gibson. May the Force be With You. 

    CSFwill be meeting this Tuesday (02/07) at lunch in the CCC. Please join the official CSF Google Classroom using code xarx67r for updates and details.


    Calling ALL DRAGONS!!!! Give your sweetheart, bestie, secret crush and/or favorite teacher or staff  a sweet treat for Valentine's Day. The Interact Club is EXCITED to be hosting the Valentine's Candy Grams Fundraiser. For 50 cents you can have a handwritten note and chocolate delivered to anyone on campus. The Candy Grams will be sold Feb 8th thru Feb 10th at lunchtime and hand delivered on February 14th during school. All money raised will be donated to a local charity. Come see us during lunch Feb 8-10 to participate. See Kate Jernigan and Livi Harb with any questions.


    Sweetheart Dance

    Come to the Sweetheart Dance on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 7pm to 9:30pm in Golton Hall.

    Tickets will be on sale at lunch  in front of the dragon starting Monday, 1/30 through Friday, 2/6.  The last day to purchase a ticket will be Friday, 2/6 at 3pm.  No Exceptions.  Tickets will NOT be sold the week of the dance nor will they be sold at the door.  You must be in good standing to purchase a ticket and attend the dance so if you are not currently in good standing, you have this week and next week to attend detentions.


    Ticket prices are $8 with an ASB sticker or $10 without an ASB sticker.  Students may pay in cash, with Venmo or with Apple Pay.  Please note that using Venmo or Apple Pay comes with an additional 75 cent service fee.


    If students would like to bring a guest from another school, the Guest form may be picked up at the front office or in Room J-9 or downloaded from this LINK.  Note that the guest form must be turned into the office no later than Wednesday, 2/8 and that guests must be approved by administration before the ticket can be purchased.  Guest forms required both the guest's parent's and principal's signature. 



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

    Go Fan Digital Ticketing - Tickets for all home games for Winter sports can be purchased using this link. In addition, all VVAL schools use Go Fan and tickets for away games can be found on this link as well. To purchase tickets, go to https://gofan.co/app/school/CA23061

    Track & Field - We are excited to announce John Litzenberg as our Track & Field head coach. Anyone interested in track & field this Spring should attend a meeting on Monday, February 6 at the start of lunch in Pfeiffer gym. The first practice will take place after school on Monday, February 6. Please make sure to attend and make sure to register and get cleared on athleticclearance.com. 


    Boys Volleyball - We are excited to announce David Vigil as our boys volleyball coach. Anyone interested in playing volleyball this Spring should attend a meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at the start of lunch in Room K12. Coach is currently working on a practice/game schedule. Please make sure to attend and make sure to register and get cleared on athleticclearance.com 

    SVHS Swimming- Starts Monday Feb 6th! All athletes are welcome to try it out at our new, state-of-the-art pool.

    Weekly practice schedule:

    Mondays 3:30-4:15 weight room and 4:30-5:30 swimming

    Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 swim

    Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 swim

    Thursdays 3:30-4:15 weight room; 4:30-5:30 swim

    Fridays 3:30-5:00 swim

    For more information email Coach Jane janeh@sonomasplash.com or come by the pool after school.


    Spring Break Water Polo - please see information below.


    Open Head Coaching Positions 
    • Girls Volleyball Fall 2023

    • Varsity Football Fall 2023

    Anyone interested should contact apaparelli@sonomaschools.org

    Any questions, please contact Mike Boles svhsathletics@sonomaschools.org


    Dear Students & Families - It is that time of year!  Over the next two months, counselors will be helping students select their course requests for the upcoming school year.  We wanted to share the process, timeline, and materials with you so that you can review them together as a family. Please click here for more information.



    Dear SVHS Community, 


    Wellness Staff would like to call your attention to Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month this February. As a school community, let's stay informed about the signs of teen dating violence and know where to turn if you suspect yourself, a friend, or a family member is experiencing dating violence.


    Dating violence is never okay in any form. There are many forms of violence to be aware of:

    1. Physical abuse - unwanted and intentional contact with someone's body or something close to their body with the intent to harm.

    2. Emotional and verbal abuse - non-physical behavior such as threats, insults, humiliation, intimidation, isolation, or social media monitoring.

    3. Sexual abuse - force or coercion to perform unwanted sexual acts.

    4. Digital abuse - using social media or texting to intimidate, stalk, or harass someone.

    5. Stalking - when someone follows you or harasses you, causing fear and uncertainty.


    For more information on types of abuse, you can visit www.loveisrespect.org  


    It’s important to be aware of signs someone may be a victim of dating abuse. If you have a friend you suspect is experiencing signs of abuse, here are some tips on how you can help them:

    1. Reach out to them and ask if they need help or support. Ensure they’re safe when communicating your concerns, and let them know you are there for them when they need someone.

    2. Listen to them. Let them share their story and remind them it’s not their fault.

    3. Tell a trusted adult. Sometimes, looking out for your friend means letting an adult know something is wrong and allowing them to step in and help.


    If you, a friend, or a family member is experiencing abuse, please reach out to a school counselor, wellness staff, or other trusted adult. You can also seek support through these resources: 

    Family Justice Center: https://www.fjcsc.org/ 707-565-8255

    YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline: 707-546-1234

    Verity Rape Crisis Hotline: 707-545-7273


    February is JOB SHADOW month! (Get it....shadow, like the groundhog?).  Want to spend part of a day exploring a career or business you're interested in?  If so, fill out this Job Shadow Questionnaire:  Job Shadow Interest Questionnaire  (see Mrs. Swanson if questions!)

    North Coast Builders Exchange Construction Corps, an after-school, 3-month basic construction training program for senior students.  The program meets Saturdays from 8 AM to 4 PM in April and May., followed by a two-week paid internship  or boot camp in June. Every year, nearly all Corps members who want to work in construction are offered a job at the graduation ceremony and interview event on the last day of Boot Camp.  Applications are due February 10th

    Sonoma Ecology Center is accepting applications for the Spring Enviroleaders program! Information and applications here: https://sonomaecologycenter.org/enviroleaders/  Applications are due February 12th!  (Or find the Enviroleaders table in front of the library on Feb. 1st at lunch!)

    Transcendence Theater is looking for interns for its summer program.  Application and information can be found here: https://transcendencetheatre.org/community/arts-education/interns-and-apprenticeships/


    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!




    PARENT WORKSHOP - In partnership with the City of Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership and funded in part by Measure O (2004), Community Matters is hosting a parent/guardian workshop focused on Cyberbullying & Digital Wellness on Feb. 8th, from 5:00 - 6:30. This workshop will be delivered via Zoom and Spanish translation services are available. The discussion will focus on navigating current trends in social media, raising awareness of student's online activity and modeling how to interact safely and responsibly in the digital world. Please see the flier below for further details and click here to go to the registration page.




    This free annual event, currently in its 15th year, is designed to help students and their families learn about services for individuals with special needs as they transition from school-based programs to adulthood. This year, the Sonoma County Transition fair is in person!

    Service providers will be at the event to provide information and answer questions about residential options, adult day programs, vocational training, post-secondary education, employment, support services, and much more.

    Information regarding social security benefits and employment, and CalABLE accounts will also be available! More information is available in the flier below. Click here to register for the event.


    Boosters News and Announcements:

    What is SVHS Boosters?  We are a club made up of parents and Sonoma Valley High School supporters whose mission is to support and promote the student clubs, organizations, athletic teams and other extra-curricular activities of Sonoma Valley High School through financial support and volunteerism. We help meet our school’s needs that are outside the scope of their budget.

    Thank You to our Boots and Buckles for Boosters Event Sponsors!  

    Join us on Social Media

    Facebook: Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club (Official) | Facebook 

    Instagram: SVHS Boosters Club (@svhsboostersclubofficial)


    Thank you for your generosity and support of our students!



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