Students of the MONTH

Friday, April 3, 2015

March Part 2

Boy's Volleyball Returns!
Boys Volleyball has made a comeback on the YV Campus after a hiatus of not having a team. The team is revitalized under the knowledgeable direction of Jason Cisler, parent to Senior Josiah Cisler. Jason is no stranger to volleyball, and still plays competitive beach volleyball in his free time. The boys are enthusiastic and though most of the team has never played before, they are learning fast and have won their first game in a set against Mt Diablo! 

The second best part of the game? The after party. The fans and the boys tend to stick around and keep playing, building community and just proving once again that YV is a special place.. where no one wants to leave. :) 

YV's Health Academy Speakeasy
The Health Academy brings learning to life by creating a Speakeasy! Students learned about Prohibition and life in the 20's and then created an underground speakeasy, complete with passwords and games; only to be broken up by a police raid, led by our own SRO Officer Murtaza Ghaznawi. What a great learning experience! 

YV Drama learns the art of Illusion
Drama teacher Samantha Hopper brought in a specialist (Magician Joseph Schneider) for a lesson to the drama class about illusion and sleight of hand. 

Health Academy Seniors Take in Cal Science
Seniors were treated to a trip to Cal Science Academy, taking in exhibits and refreshing their knowledge of Zoology and Ecosystems. A great day out for the academy as the year winds down! 

All District Music Festival
The musicians converged onto Warrior Territory for an outstanding collaboration and blending of sounds, the All District Music Festival. The gym was packed to the gills as musicians from across the district came in and played wonderful music together. A treat for everyone involved, and just more proof of the talent not only at our own school, but in the community. 

Annual Vocal Music Pops Concert
Mr Geoff Carter put together another great concert, this one treating audiences to the current and favorite pop hits of the times, featuring songs by the BeeGees, Straight No Chaser, Jason Mraz and more. 
Catch some great clips HERE! 

Don't Stop the Music

Dust in the Wind

American Honey

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March Part 1

So much happened in the swift month of March, this update might take a few entries! 

BDTW greets Warriors in the morning 
The Breaking Down the Walls club took it upon themselves to greet the Warriors one fine March morning, taking inspiration from a beloved student, Mario, who can be seen out there everyday, greeting early Warriors (by name!)

What a great surprise and start to the day! 

Musical Gears Up
The Warrior performers for this year's spring musical are getting ready for opening night, for the '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', a hilarious musical comedy that takes place at a middle school spelling bee. The cast, comprised mostly of seniors, have been been working hard to get into character , learn music and choreography, and perfect their show for audiences to start enjoying April 17! 

Under the music direction of Mr. Carter and Direction of Ms. Cooper, the cast is creating an amazing show for the community. 
The cast was treated to a guest director for a day, the Artistic Director for Berkeley Playhouse, Daren A.C. Carollo, who has directed this show before, and he worked with the Warriors on character development. 

Don't miss this fantastic show!! 

Amazing Alums
Not only did Officer (former SRO) Mike Jaime earn an Officer of the Year nod, but in the same year, Deputy Sheriff alum Shawn Slous (class of 93) was honored as Officer of the year as well! 

And another
Not only did Mario Jose (Class of '06) join Pentatonix, he was surprised by the group when in Chicago for their tour he was asked to OPEN for them!! His heartfelt rendition of 'Hallelujah' was "one of the best I've ever heard", according to band mates. 

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