Students of the MONTH

Friday, February 12, 2016

This is what we like to call.. Catch up.

YV Hosts Middle School Leadership Development Day

Our award winning ASB Leadership class teamed up with CASL (California Association of Student Leaders) to provide a great development day experience with the help of Renaissance Leadership, for our local middle school student leaders. Students from Foothill, Pleasant Hill Middle, Pine Hollow, Valley View, Riverview, Oak Grove MS, Sequoia Middle, Martinez Junior High, and more came to play and learn together, with CASL's Brodie Kaster leading the way. 

The students had an amazing day, with our own outstanding leaders... It's a great time to be a Warrior.

Soccer looks to last games and playoffs
Boys and girls soccer have had great seasons respectively, and our regular season should be coming to a close soon. 
The girls are 8-7-1 going into their last game against Concord, and they are in the top 10 in Division III going into the playoffs. 
The boys are 14-2-2 going into their last game, and ranked #2 in the League, #1 in the Division. They have 3 of the top 5 goal scorers, and our goalies are ranked #1 and #2 respectively in the league for the lowest goals scored against percentages.  

Sports Medicine gets trained for Head Injury Evaluation

With all of the information coming out on head injuries, long term chronic trauma to the head leading to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the ROP Sports Medicine class took to the road to get trained and informed on the latest news. This week the student trainers went to the field and practiced head injury protocols and testing methods, preparing for those "just in case" moments we all hope we won't come across. 

The NFL Honors Ygnacio Valley and its alums
For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL has created a high school 'Honor Roll', a list of high schools who have graduated players who went on to play in the Super Bowl. There were 99 players in the Bay Area who were honored, 3 of which graduated from YVHS. (No other school in the district can claim this honor!) A plaque has been erected near Levi Stadium, and the school was sent commemorative Golden Footballs that are displayed proudly in the main office. Gordon Gravelle who played left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and St Louis Rams, Rich Martini, wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, and Dave Tollefson, defensive end for the New York Giants, were all honored for this event! 

Sports Medicine takes in a day with the Pros
On January 27th, the Seniors in Sports Medicine took in a full day of professional development, beginning with a private screening of the movie, 'Concussion.' Following the movie, Dr. Eric Freitag, an area neuropsychologist with a private practice in Shadelands came by to talk about the movie and current practices in concussion management, and his views on contact sports, especially in the younger athletes. Then the student athletic trainers went on to St Mary's College, where they were treated to the college sports medicine experience, courtesy of the Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. Tony Kearns. Dr. Kearns offered up an internship during the summer to the go-getter who takes the initiative to contact him- such a great opportunity for our Warriors to get more hands on experience! They then ventured to the new and under construction baseball stadium, where Coach Daniel Costanza discussed injuries in baseball and special considerations with overhand sports. 
It was a great day to be a Warrior! (and we love the Gaels!) 

Spring Musical gets Underway!
This year, the Warriors are putting together an exciting musical, 'Mary Poppins'! This show has never been produced in the Bay Area by a high school, and we are excited to bring this classic on stage. 
This play takes place in London, so to prepare for the dialect and accents, we brought in our own professional, Dorian Blagg. Mr. Blagg is in his first year as a special education teacher, and he has only lived in the United States for the past 10 years. Growing up, he was put into diction classes by his parents, as the class system in England is alive and well and even your accent can be an indicator as to your "station" in life. Mr. Blagg gave the cast a brief history and explanation of dialects, and the cast got that much closer to bringing the play to life! 

Performing Arts Take their Show on the Road
 Our performers went on tour this winter to our feeder schools, including Sequoia Middle (for the first time in years) to showcase our programs. The Giants were treated to the jazz ensemble, Dance 3, Madrigals and Advanced Guitar, and were able to talk with the Warriors about why they love YVHS. 
The Second half of the trip had the Warriors heading over to Woodside elementary to perform for the 4th and 5th graders there. 
Overall, we made a lot of great connections with what we hope are some great future Warriors! 

ASB Organizes a Campus Decoration Event- Deck the Halls! 
An annual tradition, ASB Leadership brought the clubs together and divided up the halls for them to conquer. Hall decorating had themes this year of classic holiday movies, and the clubs went to town to make the halls beautiful the last week before winter break. 

It is a favorite tradition amongst staff and students and the halls were transformed. If only for a day :) 

Interact Gathers Coats for the Winter- and Warriors responded! 
The Interact club worked hard this winter to organize a coat drive, putting a box in every teachers room, and creating a pizza party concert out of it- and Ms. Mumford's class won! 
So many coats (over 300) were collected in the drive, to help out our community and those in need. Way to go Interact! 

Senior Breakfast a great way to send off to Break! 
One of the most popular traditions for seniors is Senior Breakfast, an event where ASB plans to feed the senior class with the help of Iron Chef teachers :) The staff gather in the wee hours of morning to begin cooking the bacon and eggs, and the seniors arrive in their jammies and play games together. This year was no exception, and seniors went back to the old school roots, pulling together musical chairs games, thumbs up seven up, and jenga and monopoly, while still others sat down to play Madden or stood up to challenge each other in Wii's Just Dance. It was a great morning, that ended with staff serenading the seniors with "12 Days of Winter Break". 

Big thanks to Senior Class President Viviana Hermosillo and all of ASB and Ms. Stobing of course, for another great event! 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful to be WARRIORS

Football season ended last Saturday in the Warriors' loss to the Campolindo Cougars in Round 1 of the NCS playoffs. The Warriors ended a well played season and look forward to a long awaited rest! 

Renaissance Leadership kicked off an awareness week to honor all of the causes that October brings, including Breast Cancer Awareness month, Anti-Bullying campaigns, Red Ribbon Week, and National Service Day. Here, Warriors contributed their handprints to the banner and honored their loved ones battling breast cancer. 

Halloween brought out some creativity around the office and around campus, and the Warriors did not disappoint! 

Office staff ready for the day

Ygnacio Valley had the repeated great honor of hosting the local competition of the Special Olympics, with the fall event being soccer. Athletes from all over the county came to compete, and our own Warriors competed as well. Student volunteers worked hard to keep the day smooth, and teachers were able to bring their classes out for specatoring. 

YVHS students Jordan Fisher (ref) and Kevin Trujillo have a moment...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Getting Chilly- means Playoff time!

5pm at Ygnacio Valley HS
The season at hand means shorter days, colder mornings, and playoff season! Let's recap what has been happening to wind down October. 

Volleyball finishes strong with some great games against College Park, Concord, and some tough matchplay in the annual tournament we hosted this weekend, with games against Montgomery HS and more. 

Cross country makes a great showing at DVAL's with Jorge Bernabe Velazquez winning the race at the varsity level, and Dylan Lynch earning a 7th place finish in the JV level. Best wishes to Cross country as they prepare to compete at the NCS championships! 

Angela Guzman goes up in a JV stunt 
Cheer has ended the football season strong, with several halftime performances and a lot of work going in to being prepared for every game, proudly performing new cheers and dances for the crowds. Congrats and thank you to Devin Collins (JV Coach) and Ashley Alvarez (VA coach) for navigating a successful season! 

BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS Breaking down the Walls club, led by advisor Erica Huie, has started up again, with a focus on campus cohesion and a positive community- beginning with Welcome Wednesdays! The club meets in front of the school in the morning and greets cars and students as they enter the campus- what a great way to start our days! 

For the third time, Ygnacio Valley hosts the All District College and Career Fair, with over 200 campuses represented to talk to students and give virtual tours of what they have to offer. Students from around the district flocked to the great event and got a better idea of how to narrow down their choices and make some big decisions in their senior year. Huge kudos and thanks to YV parent Ilana Samuels for organizing this incredible event! 

Donors Choose CEO Charles Best and YVHS STEM teacher Kelly Cooper

On October 19th, our very own Ms. Cooper was invited to join 49 other STEM teachers in the Bay Area to a special Donors Choose event at Levi Stadium. The organization invited 50 teachers in honor of Levi hosting the 50th Superbowl this February, and those teachers were treated to dinner, and a special gift from CEO Charles Best and Chevron Partners- fully funded STEM projects! Ms. Cooper was awarded with 10 Chromebooks to be used in the Sports Medicine class, and materials and supplies for student recognition to be used in Renaissance. 
Serendipity- Blue Devils Drumline Bassist Eren Aktari, performing at the Donors Choose event,
 happens to be a YVHS alum!

The very next day, Science Dept chair Ms. Arthur received funding on Donors choose as well, for science equipment including a Go Pro, refractometer, a laptop, and a ground water demonstration kit, all to be used in our Environmental and Earth Science courses. 
Congratulations to our teachers! 


Homecoming week was a fantastic one, with theme days drawing out more participants than ever, and a rally for all to enjoy. 

Dance 3 in Bond Fashion

Homecoming game was a special treat for players and staff alike, as we prepared to play Mt. Diablo High School - Varsity players were asked to select a staff member to walk them out on the field, and ASB Coordinator Corissa Stobing facilitated making shirts for each staff member to have and keep with their players name and number on it. 

Super Bowl participants and YV alum Gordon Gravelle was on hand to present to our school the Golden NFL Super Bowl commemorative football, a gift from the NFL in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. 

An auspicious beginning which served us well, as we went on to defeat the Red Devils! 
YV staff getting ready to walk out their Varsity football players

Homecoming Court- King Hodari Cooper, Grand Marshall Leo Rosilio and Queen April Stark
And of course Lawn Chair Friday with the staff

Royal Emperor and Empress- Mr. Vasarhely and Ms. Anaya!

Monday, October 19, 2015

A few more things....

Link Crew Reconvenes 
Our Link Crew, the student group of upperclassmen who are trained mentors for our freshman class, reconvened this month to prepare for the next two events, Trunk or Treat, and Academic Lessons in the classrooms. What a fun group of amazing teenagers! Look for the Trunk or Treat event on Friday October 30th! 

All District Choral Festival
Our hard working vocal music teachers all got together to rehearse and pull together a performance of a lifetime, with over 400 singers, here at Ygnacio Valley! College Park High School, Clayton Valley Charter, Concord High, Northgate, and Ygnacio all came together and made beautiful noises, under the direction of guest conductor Bret Peppo from Diablo Valley College. Such an amazing event! 

Cross Country takes a WIN
Our outstanding Cross Country team, under the direction of Mark Tran, has been ramping up their races each week, taking home their first win this past week against Northgate High School. The Warriors are getting faster and faster each week, so watch for this team as they aim to peak at the exact time they need to! Congrats Warriors! 

Education Academy takes the Field
Our Education Academy took some time out for what is important- building the team to be even stronger. They had student led activities designed to help them learn collaboration, cooperation and problem solving, and spent the day on the field working together. 
It was a great day, and thanks to our coordinators, Thatcher Palmer, Jim Lyon, Nicole Kipnis and Leslie Addiego as well as our affiliate teachers Gary Macaluso and more! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

It's Starting to Cool Down... everywhere except here!

ASB and Renaissance Leadership Represent at Area A
Our leadership programs took a bus ride out to Woodland for the Area A Leadership student conference. Students attended workshops and got new ideas to bring back to the school, always working to make YV the best it can be... and they had a bit of fun too :) 

Football Season Continues
Football rolls on with Varsity taking a tough couple losses to Northgate and College Park, while the Frosh teams earns a W vs the Falcons, and our JV team remaining undefeated. 
The game has featured some other great highlights, including our outstanding Sports Medicine Team, led by Kelly Cooper, and a new intern from DVC, YV Grad Malena Martinez; Our Warrior Marching Band making very welcome appearances, led by Band Director Zach Pattison, and our Drum Major Claire Rader; and our award winning cheer team led by Ashley Alvarez in her 5th year. 

Sports Med Intern  YV Grad Malena Martinez

Claire Rader leading our Golden Warrior Marching Band

Guitar Class has their first Concert
Led by Geoff Carter, the guitar class put on a stellar recital for family and friends, playing pop hits with aplomb. Look for these musicians again at Carols by Candlelight this December!