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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oh the Weather outside is FRIGHTFUL

Warrior Weekly
December13, 2013
By: Devin Rader (with some help from Ms. Cooper)

Mads Sing for Alzheimers
Last Sunday, our Choir and Madrigal Group had the opportunity to sing for Alzheimer's patients. These people were very happy to have good tidings during the holiday season, with songs sung that invited Christmas and Hanukkah. The groups also did a few songs that were sung in the fall concert and All District Choral Festival. “It’s great to look back and see what we have done. It reminds us of a couple funny things that happened along the way,” said Nicolas Hutchins, who is in Madrigals and Choir, singing bass for both groups.   

One Act Plays
The Drama club had been working long and hard on the One Act plays that they had since early in the year. On Friday, the One Act plays featured all of our very talented performers. “Superhero Support Group” tells the story of a few superheroes that had enough of the world they lived in. A Doctor had promised them a solution to their problem, but at what cost? Full of wannabe superheroes, this one act was full of hilarity and tears. The next one act, named “Twitch” tells the story of Nancy and Don, a young couple from a small town. They lived a relatively normal life, when their neighbors suddenly disappear without warning, and are replaced by a strange new couple. Nancy detects something “off” about the couple, because she thinks that their new neighbors watch their every move. They act normal except for a twitch that happens sometimes with their new “friends.” Promised to confuse you till laughter, it was a great thing to see. The last one act was called “Promaggedon” and tells the story of four normal teenagers, Gil, Alexis, Dot, and Theo, who experience a nuclear war on their Junior Prom night. Trapped in the school’s basement, they have only each other too keep company. Secrets come out of all the teenagers, even some that have been kept for years. Soon they figure out that all of them aren’t as normal as they seem. These One Act plays were hilarious to watch, and we can’t wait to see what happens in the coming months with more Drama productions.

Matt Tortolani and Claire Rader in 'Twitch'

Winter Wonderful Concert for Band and Orchestra
Thursday, the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and String Orchestra, had the opportunity to spread some holiday spirit of their own. With Mr. Pattison leading the way, the band and orchestra performed a variety of holiday magical songs. String Orchestra strummed out a very good four sets of songs. Following the Orchestra was our Wind Ensemble, which performed a group of great holiday favorites. Ending the Concert was the Jazz Band, which swung its way into the hearts with a group of songs that got everybody swaying. Special thanks to the groups for putting in the time and hard work to make this Concert a complete success. “It’s great! I love it! It’s always awesome to play in the band and hear how far we have come with the songs,” says Bassoon player McKenna Duncan. Thank you band and orchestra! Way to kick off the break!

Carols by Candlelight
Parents! Teachers! Students! Staff! Alumni! Come one; come all to the annual “Carols by Candlelight” event on Monday and Tuesday held in the Multi-use room. This event includes members of our Choir, Madrigals group, Dance 3 class, and a few feature soloists. Tickets are five dollars at the door or if you want a ticket early, they are on sale if you buy one from the members of Choir! They are still five dollars, but if you get in early enough, you can get great seats! It’s going to be a great Carols this year, so come to YV next Monday and Tuesday! Also as an added bonus to the alumni of Ygnacio Valley High School, please join us for the final carol of the night. If you went to Ygnacio Valley, and joined our Choir or Madrigals program at some time, you know exactly what the last song will be.

Warrior Cross Country Team Works for Walnut Creek Marathon
The Warrior Cross Country team was out on the streets of Walnut Creek Saturday, bright and early, to cheer on fellow runners at the Annual Walnut Creek Half marathon. They manned a water station and passed out water to runners as they cruised by. 

Education Academy Juniors Gear Up to Build a School
The Education Academy Juniors were just handed their large semester project and got straight to work- the task? In groups of four, you are to design a comprehensive high school. With a 90 million dollar budget, students need to come up with building plans and measurements, as well as the school vision, mission statement and staffing procedures. Good luck future educators! 

Health Academy gets a visit from an alum
 Daniel Rosso came into the Health Sciences class and talked to students about his decision to pursue a career in the health care field after graduating from Ygnacio Valley HS.  He talked about his experience as a Paramedic and encouraged many of the students to pursue a career as a Paramedic because of the opportunity that this career provides to help others.  

 Classroom Snapshot... Ms. Weintraub- Biology
This week Warriors in Biology class were fine tuning (knee slap) their microscope skills, learning how to handle the equipment and pull a microorganism into focus.A skill our budding scientists will indubitably use in the future!

Grad Night E-Waste Fundraiser
Wait!! Before you throw out that old tv, computer monitor, electronic toy... The Grad Night committee has put together an e-waste event at YV for March 1st- hold on to it and deposit your e-waste then! All proceeds go towards production costs for Grad Night 2014! 

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