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

  • Weekly Bulletin 10/18 - 10/22/2021

    Note from Administration

    Dear Dragons,


    Please see below for info and updates. As Halloween approaches, we are sharing some information about costume guidelines for those students who will dress up on Friday, Oct. 29. Thank you!


    ~ SVHS Admin Team

    Jessica Hutchinson, Lindsey Apkarian, Molly Kiss & Ati Koonkongsatian


    What's New

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    Planning for the holidays?

    Check out our At-A-Glance SVHS Bell Schedule for quick reference.
    Halloween Costume Guidelines

    Halloween Costume Guidelines

    Please see the guidelines below that help us maintain safety and our learning environment:
    • Costumes must be appropriate for school and cannot disrupt classrooms or instruction

    • Full face masks are not permitted for safety reasons - we need to be able to identify our SVHS students and costume masks may interfere with required face masks for protection re: COVID

    • Full face makeup and blood is not permitted as this may interfere with safety and/or the learning environment

    • No look-alike weapons or other accessories as part of a costume


    Design your Dragon Spirit Wear


    Get the spirit gear you need to show your school pride! Design and order your custom Sonoma Valley High School Dragons Spirit Wear.

    Important Reminders

    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.



    Alternative Income Form: Regardless of your income status, we ask that you complete the Alternate Income Form by October 30th. The results of the collected data does not affect free meals for students. All students, no matter what their families income, will receive free meals for the entirety of the 2021/22 school year.


    Bus Passes: As of October 1st all students must have a bus pass to board the bus. Bus passes are ready and can be picked up between 8:00 AM to 11:30AM and 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at the Transportation Dept. 18751 Railroad Ave, Sonoma, Ca. 95476. Bus Pass fee is $50.00 for the whole year or $25 For half year. If you have any questions, please contact the transportation department directly transportation@sonomaschools.org.


    AB104 Deadline Extension: For our current sophomores, juniors and seniors -- NEW: Per Assembly Bill 167 cleanup language, students are required to have until October 1, 2021, to request Pass/No-Pass grades in lieu of letter grades. However, SVUSD will accept requests until Monday, November 15, 2021. Click here for the grade change request form in English and Click here for the grade change request form in Spanish. Students 18 or older can sign their own form, but those who are under 18 must have a parent/guardian/ed rights holder signature. We also have hard copies of the form available in the office for anyone who needs a copy. Complete the form and turn in a hard copy to Amber McCann-Howlett or email her a scanned copy at amccannhowlett@sonomaschools.org. For more information on why you might want to request a grade change to Pass/No Pass and how colleges/universities are generally handling this, you can click here. For more considerations for college admission click here.


    Student Announcements

    Students of the Week:

    Team Olympus’s student of the week is Carmela Cusick for her amazing attitude, academic diligence, perseverance through fitness challenges and for being an excellent role model for her peers.

    Thank you to Fuji’s student of the week, Kelsey Bauer for all your hard work and dedication!

    Counseling Corner

    Tutoring Available: There are multiple places you can get support for your classes, some on campus and some off-campus that we wanted to share with you!

    • The Hub, renamed Dragon Academic Resource Center (DARC): Every day during 0 period (7:15-8:15am), the DARC is open and is a place you can go for support in your classes. Drop-ins are welcome any time during 0 period. Different teachers staff the DARC on different days and are available to tutor in a variety of subjects and provide homework help. The DARC is located in Room J9 and is run by Ms. Rivara. It’s also a place students working on their FuelEd can go for support. We hope you’ll join the DARC side! Click here for a flyer with more information.

    • Boys & Girls Club: Off campus tutoring support is available through the Boys & Girls Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. To sign up: visit or call Teen Services Sonoma 707-939-1452. For more information check out this flyer.

    • Sonoma Library Virtual Tutoring: Virtual tutoring support is also available for free online via the Sonoma Library through the Tutor.com service. Students can log on to tutor.com from the library’s website every day from 1 to 10pm and connect with a tutor who specializes in the subject area they need help in. Students may use their student onecards as a library card number and their PIN is their year of birth. Library card numbers for SVUDS students are constructed by using the prefix SVUSD plus their student ID number as their library card. Some may have regular library cards and those work as well. For more info: https://sonomalibrary.org/library-collection/tutor

    • Peer Tutors: Students or families interested in hiring a Peer Tutor may pick up a list of available tutors in the CCC.



    Financial Aid Support: SVHS hopes to get 100% of our seniors to complete their financial aid application! To help support you in doing this we have multiple events and supports available that we want to share with you.


    • SRJC Drop-In Hours: SRJC is willing to help all students with the financial aid application (not just those who are SRJC Bound) and they have zoom drop-in hours.

    • CCC Support: The College & Career Center (CCC) at SVHS is also happy to help students complete their financial aid applications - email Ms. Conner at lconner@sonomaschools.org to set up an appointment or you can drop-in at lunch.

    • Community Organizations: We have advisors who are available for both virtual and in-person meetings with students and families to help them navigate the financial aid process. If you’re interested in being connected, reach out to Ms. Conner via email lconner@sonomaschools.org and she will be happy to connect you for this support.

    • Edmit: Edmit is a free online resource which has a chat function where they can guide you through basic questions regarding the Financial Aid application. They also have a tool where you can input information and figure out the approximate cost of college attendance at various schools based on your possible financial aid package. All students will receive an email with instructions on how to access and utilize Edmit.



    College & Career Center

    Seniors applying to 4-year colleges are invited to get their questions answered in the CCC for evening drop-in sessions. The October dates are listed on this flyer. November dates will be added shortly. The next session will be on Thursday, October 21st from 6-8. Bring a friend!



    Seniors, don't forget - many UC and CSU applications are due November 30th. Stop by the CCC for help.



    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.



    Are you interested in finding the perfect career or college after graduation? The Boys and Girls Club is hosting a workshop on October 19th from 5pm-7pm. Please see the flyer for details.

    SVHS Parent Section

    Please read the most recent Letter to Families from Superintendent Palazuelos regarding Community Forums, COVID 19 Testing, Social Media Challenges with Negative Impact on the Learning Environment, Facemasks, and Confirmed COVID 19 CASES dashboard..



    Grad Night 2022: Now that the school year has begun it’s time to pull together a Grad Night committee for our senior students in Sonoma Valley. First and foremost a chair person is needed. Renea Magnani has been the co chair and de facto chair for the past two years having been co chair in 2018/2019. She will no longer be serving in this position yet will support the planning of a committee for the 2022 event. Please contact her at svhsgradnight@gmail.com or (707) 337-9770.


    Once a Dragon...Always a Dragon