February 7, 2014
by Devin Rader
This has been an outstanding week at YVHS, with so many programs shining, it is hard to keep up!
Open House Showcase!
Thursday February 7 was our annual Open House for Ygnacio Valley High School! Parents and students of YV and also the surrounding middle schools were invited to see what kind of teachers, clubs and programs were being offered at YV. In the Multi Use room, we had our performing arts department, featuring our Jazz Band, Guitar, Madrigals, Improv Team, and Dance programs, with a preview special number from this year’s musical, Legally Blonde. We also had an outstanding poet read her work in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Keosha Figg is part of the After School Program, and she brought the room to reflection begging teenagers of color to think before they act, reflecting on what Dr. King meant about his dream. There was a fabulous art walk by the fine arts department as well featuring photo, standard art, and ceramics. If you didn’t attend the arts showcase, you were free to roam the school, talking to teachers and visiting various departments. It was a great night and the students and parents got a very good chance to learn about the school and the faculty.
On Friday, the YV Music Boosters were able to bring in a professional Improv team! These Act-letes, as they preferred to be called, put on a wacky show that had everyone clutching their stomachs because they were laughing so hard. The boosters were able to raise a lot of money to provide for the instrumental music program. This was a big step in the right direction, because the music program is looking at going on their annual band trip next month down to Disneyland! Way to go Band Moms!
Boys Soccer Clinches NCS Berth
Yes you heard right! Ygnacio Valley’s Boys Soccer team are LEAGUE CHAMPIONS and on their way to NCS for the third year in a row. The first three-peat in school history! Way to go Warriors! Looking forward to many watching your climb in the NCS Championship! Congratulations to our coaches, Rocky Gagliotti, Bijan Sadeghy, and Head Coach Cesar Chavez. What a legacy you are building!
|Photo courtesy of Max Preps|
Hamlet for Health Academy
Friday, our Health Academy program went to see Hamlet, performed by the Diablo Valley College Theater department! With many of the senior class reading Hamlet, seeing it on stage is a very big bonus to understanding the story and how it is written. DVC took a fresh take on the play, interpreting it a bit differently than convention has called in the past, bringing Hamlet to his knees with the question of whether his was a fall into madness and paranoia, or if his uncle was actually to blame for the King's death... It was a wonderful interpretation, and really brought the work of Shakespeare to life for the seniors.
Leadership Development Day
On Thursday, our award winning ASB Leadership program hosted over 300 middle school students for a Leadership Development Day. Our Warriors helped facilitate the middle school leaders in a variety of activities to increase their understanding of the great responsibility they have to increase participation on campus, to provide for safe and positive outlets to the student body, and to represent their schools positively at all times. What great examples our own ASB class provide, and it was a successful day for all.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to share the love with the annual Love Show! This is an important fundraiser for our Spring Musical, and features performances from the Madrigals, Dance, Drama, and Guitar, and a fantastic art walk gallery display by our Fine Arts department, you don’t want to miss out on this exciting event! The show will be next Thursday 7:30pm. Bring your "person of interest" and enjoy the show!
Ongoing Fundraiser at Sports Basement
Don't forget to mention Ygnacio Valley High School when you shop at Sports Basement - you get 10% off your purchase and YVHS will also get 5% back!