Students of the MONTH

Monday, October 28, 2013

Homecoming Week

October 24, 2013

Marathon Warriors 

This past weekend, Warrior Staff Eugenia Behar (office manager) and Socorro Lomas (Senior Administrator, Puente Lead) ran 26.2 miles at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. Even after suffering a knee injury on mile 20, they pushed through to the finish and earned their shirts and Tiffany necklaces. Way to inspire, Warriors!

Spirit Days!
It’s Homecoming Week! Do you know what that means? Spirit Days all the time! This week, the students were encouraged to show their school spirit so that they can rack up points for their classes. Monday was Snapbacks versus Beanies. Students showed their support of their favorite headwear! Tuesday was 80’s day. Bring on the neon and the jogging shorts! Wednesday was Pink Wednesday. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students decked themselves out in all the pink. Thursday was the day that all the closets blew up! All students wore things that they found at random, not caring whether or not the clothing matched! Friday was the Entrance of the Emerald City! Students wore green, green, and more green to show support for the city! Seniors lead spirit points at 728, Juniors at 629, Sophs at 369, and Freshman class has 352. 
80's Day Done Right

Wizard of Oz

Homecoming Rally
Touted as one of the best rallies we've had in years, the homecoming rally was energetic, fun, and well received by all. Students celebrated being Warriors, candidates for King and Queen put on amazing and hilarious skits, the choir sang a gorgeous version of Over the Rainbow, Dance 3 went Easing on Down the road... It was a great day! 
Dance 3

Homecoming Football
Attendance was great, spirits were high- The Star Spangled Banner and the Alma Mater were sung by our Madrigals and alumni choir members, then the Warriors fought hard, eventually falling to the Northgate Broncos.

All the really great pictures courtesy of Carolyn Moore

One Night in the Emerald City

From the game on Friday night, to the dance floor the following night, students and alumni were invited to come home. The students enjoyed going to the gym, where our ASB Leadership class had decorated it to look like the city of green! Dancing, photo booths, and an abundance of food kept the students entertained for the night. Congratulations to our Homecoming Court also!

F     Freshmen Lord and Lady: Steffany Solorio and Dylan Hatch
·         Sophomore Duke and Duchess: Marcia Segovia and Tamim Omari
·         Junior Prince and Princess: Michael Mendoza and Vianca Hernandez
·         Senior King and Queen: Patrick Valencia and Nargis Safi

and finally... Cross Country Updates
Our Cross Country team is at the top of the charts! There are two other school tied for first with us, but these are merely details that will be resolved at the league meet this week.  Ygnacio Valley, College Park and Clayton Valley are in a tie for first place! Let’s Go Warriors! Train hard, and run harder!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Warriors OctoberFEAST-ing

Ygnacio Valley High School
Good NEWS Letter 
October 20, 2013

This week our Warriors served the greater good in a couple of different ways, striving to make a difference and "make the world a better place." Starting with the Interact club- the club traveled out to Cambridge Elementary earlier this month to repaint a very faded United States map on their playground. The club donated the paint and supplies to get the work done along with the generosity of our Concord Rotary Chapter, and the school playground looks young again! 

Then later this month a group of volunteers from several different student groups, including HOSA, marching band, and athletics all converged on Ygnacio Valley Elementary school to help monitor their Monster Mash dance. Fun times and community service! 

This week marked a couple of key victories for Warrior Athletics. Girls Volleyball beat Berean Christian on Tuesday, Cross country boys trounced Clayton Valley Charter High School, and Ladies Tennis beat Berean Christian on Thursday. 

Sophomore Jorge Bernabe-Velazquez finishes 2nd overall
Warriors for the CAUSE
 On Thursday, Warriors were encouraged to wear purple in honor of Anti-Bullying month and in support of our LGBT students.
Renaissance Leadership teacher Kelly Cooper with Senior Amec Lujan

Senior Nargis Safi with ASB Leadership teacher Corissa Stobing

Advanced Guitar Rocks the House
Thursday marked the first guitar concert of the year, with the advanced guitar class playing acoustic tunes for a good crowd. Geoff Carter, the vocal music and guitar instructor, could not have been more pleased with their performance. " I am so proud of my guitar class- they KILLED it at their recital tonight. Really great playing / appreciative parents / students asking if they can add the class @ 2nd semester / amazing!... My new partner in crime, Zachary Pattison is racking up awards with the Marching Band & resident Warriorette on Steroids, Kelly Krauss Cooper, is back at the helm of the ENTIRE YV Dance Program. Could it be??? Is YVHS having . . . a Performing Arts RENAISSANCE??? Only one way to find out: come check out the show, people!! YV PA Alumni: time to reconnect with your legacy." (from his facebook post)

Guitar students practicing session

 After School Program Leaves the lights on
The YVHS CARES after school program had a showcase event Thursday of all of their programs, highlighting the Warrior Chef (with some outstanding salsa with corn and quinoa), the Breakdancing club, Pay it Forward, and the new step team, the Concrete Crushers. (See their performance HERE )The after school program, under the direction of Allyn Monzon and Sonia Contreras, provide outstanding enrichment for our students from 3:30 up to 5:30pm, including tutoring and these high interest programs. 

Golden Warriors Tear Up Santa Cruz
The Golden Warrior marching band made another outstanding appearance and the annual Santa Cruz Festival, and for the first time in at least 4 years, the Color Guard took home a first place trophy. Led by senior Danielle Tortolani, the Warrior ladies could not be more thrilled (or deserving) with their success. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Warriors RockTober

Ygnacio Valley Good Week Newsletter

October 13, 2013

Let There be LIGHTS        

It has finally been decided! Ygnacio Valley, by fall of 2015, will be able to play under permanent lights! The decision was made on Wednesday night in the much-delayed final vote, and the Warriors will be able to play under the lights that we've always dreamed of. Ygnacio Valley would like to thank the Boosters for their tireless work, Mark Tran, the AD for his endless campaigning, responding, research and work, students, and staff, and of course the neighbors of Ygnacio Valley, for being very patient and deciding what was best for the future of YV. 
Ygnacio Valley 2013

Ygnacio Valley 1967

Breast Cancer Awareness Banner and Pink Football Game

Renaissance Leadership has been working on a banner for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With the banner traced and colored in, students and staff and former staff were able to put their pink painted hands on the banner for themselves and for those that they honored, loved ones who have fought or are fighting Cancer. We have several survivors on staff who all came out to contribute, including Ms. Sharon Thompson (7 year survivor), Ms. Laura Hallberg (6 year survivor), and Mrs. Trina Reilley, (10 year survivor) Joining the event were also former staff members and survivors Kari Reed (2 years) and Sandy Spaulding. Many loved ones were honored. The canvas was generously donated by the Tortolani Family. It is now hanging on the tennis court fence. 

On Friday, the Warriors wore all pink for the football game versus Concord High School. The Warriors were encouraged to wear pink to the game, and players were taped in pink tape, to show support as people fight against breast cancer. Tuesday's Volleyball  game against College Park High School will also be a Paint it Pink game, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Cross Country has a Meet to Remember

Ygnacio Valley’s Cross Country team had an incredible on Wednesday. Running against three other schools, YV was looking for a boost. Jorge Bernabe-Velazquez decided to step in for the roll. Running the fastest time in YV history, and coming in third overall in his very first race... as a Sophomore! The boys edged out all three opponents. Congratulations to Jorge and the entire Cross Country team. Look for great things in the meets to come! 

Homecoming Reveals the Emerald City

On Friday, the Ygnacio Valley campus was covered in Tin Men, Cowardly Lions, Scarecrows, Wicked Witches, Good Witches, and Dorothys. When students asked what this was for, they were told, “Come to the quad at lunch and find out.”  The wait was over.  The homecoming theme was revealed as The Wizard of Oz- This is the 75th Anniversary of the Classic Movie Release, and it is timeless as ever. Looking out among the quad, you could see the excitement- ready to head to Emerald City for Homecoming October 26th. 

United Mt Diablo Athletic Foundation
This year marked year 7 for the UMDAF 5K fundraiser, and another great year for the Warriors to participate in the fun and the cause. The morning was divided into two parts- a competitive race with about 160 runners, and the fun run, with more than 200 runners. Representatives from all six high schools were there, with participants from may different teams and playing seasons working to raise money and show appreciation for the foundation that works so hard to keep our sports going. 
YV sports med taking care of their own

YV Cheer at the finish line

Athletic Director Mark Tran and cutie patootie Katie (5)

ASB Leadership Director Corissa Stobing, husband Chuck and her twins Kieran and Thoryn

Principal Stephen Brady and Boosters Paul Kitchell, Deb Heinzmann, and Sherry Leonard

Athletic Trainer Kelly Cooper and kids Aidan (6) and Leah (4)

Sports Medicine keeping everyone safe

YV Current and Former staff finishing strong

Columbus Day Parade brings out the Golden Warriors
The YVHS Golden Warriors marching band made a stellar appearance at the annual Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade. The band looked outstanding in their dress blues and performed for a solid crowd on a beautiful day in San Francisco. 
Color Guard captain Danielle Tortolani

Drum Major Andrew Buscemi

Kayla Samuels is excited!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

OAK-Tober Kickoff! (Go A's)

Good Week Newsletter

October 4, 2013

ASB and Renaissance attend the AREA A Leadership Conference

Our very own ASB Leadership and Renaissance representatives took a trip to Sacramento this week for a leadership conference. The student leaders took great pride in representing YV at the conference and getting inspired with new ideas through networking and collaboration. With plenty of activities through the day, the students were well entertained. From the experiences that the they had, they promise to have a great Homecoming Rally, coming up in just a few weeks!

Be Aware of Things That Matter

Warriors! It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  And YV is joining the fight against breast cancer. We are selling Breast Cancer T-Shirts for 10 dollars. All month long the shirts will be sold, showing that Warriors too want a cure for Breast Cancer! Contact the treasurer's office to reserve yours today!
Also, the Renaissance class has created a canvas with a giant pink ribbon, which will be hung in front of the school. If you know someone who has had breast cancer or is currently fighting it, we invite you to put a handprint on the ribbon and show how you care. Ribbon signing will be Tuesday October 8th after school in the quad.

Stop Bullying at YV

Ygnacio Valley! It is also Anti-Bullying Month! YV wants to put an end to bullying! If you or someone you know is being bullied, TELL SOMEBODY. There are people who care all around and want you to have a good school experience. Did you know nearly 160,000 students in the US skip school because of bullying! Let’s decrease that number -it starts with us.
Girls Volleyball takes First Win

Girls Volleyball took home their first win Tuesday against Mt. Diablo High School. Winning three sets to Mt. Diablo’s one, both JV and Varsity went home with plenty of skip in their step. The girls refuse to let this be their only win of the season, however. With a few more weeks to the regular season, they look to make themselves known as a force to reckon with.

Golden Warriors take home Silvers

On Saturday, the Golden Warrior Marching Band took a trip to Antioch High School for their first official band review! Arriving early in the morning so they could get on the route by ten, they glided through the streets, showing exactly what they were made of. Afterwards, the band went to In-N-Out to enjoy some burgers and shakes, all the while getting some face paint on. Almost the entire band was covered in face paint, screaming at the top of their lungs at awards. The band and Color Guard took home 2nd place trophies, vowing to win 1st in the upcoming Columbus Day Parade!

Ed Academy trip to San Francisco

Wednesday, our Education Academy took a trip to San Francisco, so they could take a tour of San Francisco State University. They had a chance to drop in on a couple classes, to live like a college student. During the tour, the Ed Academy looked in on a lot of college activities, seeing what clubs were on campus, and what SFSU was all about. Afterwards, the students and staff enjoyed a nice pizza meal on the campus. A great way to end the day.