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News from VHS

9/22/17

Hello VUSD Families,

As you probably remember, VUSD has been evaluating our school start times with the intent to create optimal learning environments for our students. Significant research shows that the circadian rhythm (or sleep cycle) for humans changes during the adolescent years. While young children typically are naturally wide awake early in the morning, teens biologically struggle with waking early, regardless of the time they go to sleep. Research shows that aligning school start times to better fit students' biological rhythms results in improved student performance and success.

VUSD has been evaluating school start times for over two years. This evaluation included: 

  • reviewing extensive research
  • recommendations from health organizations like the National Sleep Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • school district transportation 
  • cost analysis
  • feedback from principals
  • polls for students, parents and teachers

The VUSD Board of Trustees have taken all of these into careful consideration and have voted to adjust school start times for the 2018-19 school year. In the year to come, we will work with VUSD staff, City Coach, athletics, Vacaville Police and Fire and other community organizations in preparation of these new times. We understand that this positive change for student learning requires some adjustments for our families and community partners. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in fitting our educational system to meet students' needs.

More information about school schedules for 2018-19, research, articles, legislation, health tips and news on later school start time can been found here.

 

Hola VUSD Familias,

 Tal vez recordará que nuestro distrito ha estado evaluando los horarios de inicio de nuestras clases con la intención de crear ambientes de aprendizaje óptimos para nuestros estudiantes. Ha bastante investigación que muestra que el ritmo circadiano (o ciclo del sueño) para los seres humanos cambia durante los años de la adolescencia. Mientras que los niños pequeños suelen estar naturalmente despiertos temprano en la mañana, los adolescentes biológicamente luchan con despertar temprano, independientemente de la hora que se van a dormir. Las investigaciones demuestran que la alineación de las horas de inicio de la escuela para adaptarse mejor a los ritmos biológicos de los estudiantes mejora el éxito de los estudiantes.

El Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha estado evaluando las horas de inicio de clases por más de dos años. Esta evaluación incluyó:

• revisar extensas investigaciones

• las recomendaciones de organizaciones de salud como la National Sleep Foundation, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Academia Americana de Pediatría

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha tomado todas estas consideraciones y ha votado para ajustar las horas de inicio de la escuela para el año escolar 2018-19. En el próximo año, trabajaremos con el personal de VUSD, el autobús de la ciudad (City Coach), el atletismo, la Policía y los Bomberos de Vacaville y otras organizaciones comunitarias en preparación de estos nuevos horarios. Entendemos que este cambio positivo para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes requiere algunos ajustes para nuestras familias y socios comunitarios. Agradecemos su disposición a trabajar con nosotros para adaptar nuestro sistema educativo a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

 Más información sobre los horarios escolares para 2018-19, la investigación, los artículos, la legislación, los consejos de salud y las noticias sobre la hora de inicio de la escuela más tarde se puede encontrar en: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times

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9/22/17

Know the Signs Suicide prevention
Suicide prevention, awareness and knowing where to find help are key to keeping all kids in our community safe. Take a moment and check out these resources for families and students.

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9/22/17

VACAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

HOME OF THE BULLDOGS

Monday September 25, 2017

2nd Period PAWS

 

Today in historyNovelist William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He spent much of his youth in Oxford where his father was employed as the secretary and then business manager for the University of Mississippi.

 

**STUDENT RECOGNITION**

Congratulations to Valeria Gastelum, this week's Student of the Week! Mr. Azurdia and Mrs. Ferrante nominate Valeria for her constant determination to excel academically and for strong her leadership qualities both in our classroom and around our campus. Keep up the great work Valeria! J

 

Anna Gagnebin is this week's Senior of the Week! Nominated by Madame Endicott, Anna always strives for excellence and for being the best French Club president!

 

**MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY **

Here’s a tip for 7 ways to practice Self-Care:

•Take time to find the activities that make you happy

•Take time to yourself, away from others

•Remind yourself that this too shall pass

•Write a list of things you are thankful for

•Do something that inspires or motivates you

•Turn off your phone for a day

•Ask for help if you need it

 

**ANNOUNCEMENTS**

Hey bulldogs! Not fond of your yearbook picture? No worries because Wednesday, September 27th is Picture Retake Day! Students in 9th through 11th grade can go by the Little Theater during lunch to have your photo retaken. -Sullivan

 

Hey bulldogs! This week is Club Fair! Campus clubs are the lifeblood of Vaca High. With so many diverse interests and cultures and passions represented, there is definitely a club out there for you! Come out to the Quad during lunch all this week to explore what our more than 50 clubs have to offer, and enjoy treats and music as you discover your niche! See you there!

 

Juniors and Sophomores: The PSAT is a practice test for the college entrance SAT test.  This test is given at Vaca High only once a year.  This year the test will be held on Saturday, October 14th.  The cost is $25.  Checks made payable to VHS or exact cash will be accepted.  Come in the counseling office before school, at lunch or after school.  Sign-ups will end on Friday, 9/29.  Sign up EARLY as we only have a limited number of tests available. - Garcia/Loustaunau

 

Seniors and Juniors – The A.S.V.A.B. (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be held on October 10th in the Library from 8 A.M – 11:00 A.M.  The test includes sections on mathematics, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mechanical comprehension, and electronics.  Sign up in the library with Mrs. Torres

 

The Navy will be in the College, Career and Tutoring Center (CCTC) during PAWs Tuesday, October 3 to discuss educational opportunities, benefits, and pay/allowances available. Interested students must sign up in the CCTC by Friday, September 29. Limited spots are available and pizza will be provided!

 

**CLUBS * SPORTS * MEETINGS * ETC*

Emergency meeting of the Art Club TODAY at lunch in room 35 to prepare for the Club Fair. –Renzi

 

Boys basketball TODAY at lunch in the gym.  All interested boys need to come by and sign up.  Meeting starts at 12:30 and will go till about 1250. -Coach Kamman

 

Interested in joining the Hiking Club? Please join us for an informational meeting at lunch on Tuesday 9/26 in Room 40. –Richardson

 

Dog Pound meeting Wednesday September 27th during lunch in room E4! –Branaugh

 

**SUPER SATURDAY**

The next Super Saturday is October 21, 2017. Sign up early in the counseling office to ensure that the class you would like to attend is offered.  Classes: Int Math 1 & 1/English 11, Eng 12 ERWC/Eng 10XL, VOLA (at WCW), Int Math 3/Pre-Cal, Int Math 2/AVID, Drama, ASL 2, ASL 1, Drill Team (at Jepson), AP Lang & Comp, AP Lit Office Hours/Seminar.

 

**IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER**

October 5 * Parent Conferences

October 5-6 * Minimum Days

October 14 * PSAT

 

**BULLDOG SPORTS SCHEDULE**

SPORT

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

PLACE

TIME

Fresh Volleyball

Saturday

Sept 23

Stockton Classic

Stockton

TBA

Girls Tennis

Monday

Sept 25

Napa

Vacaville

3:30pm

F/JV/V Volleyball

Monday

Sept 25

Vintage (F/JV/V)

Vintage

4:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Tuesday

Sept 26

MEL Tournament 1

Winters

2:30pm

Cross Country

Wed

Sept 27

MEL Center Meet (All)

Alston Park

3:30pm

Girls Tennis

Wed

Sept 27

Wood

Vaca High (H)

3:30pm

F Volleyball

Wed

Sept 27

American Canyon (F)

Vacaville

4:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Wed

Sept 27

Granada Tournament

Poppy Ridge

3:30pm

JV/V Volleyball

Wed

Sept 27

Armijo (JV/V)

Vacaville

5:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Thursday

Sept 28

Napa

Kennedy

3:30pm

Girls Tennis

Thursday

Sept 28

Vanden

Vanden

3:30pm

Freshman Football

Thursday

Sept 28

Miramonte

Orinda

5:00pm

JV/Varsity Football

Friday

Sept 29

Bye (No Game)

 

 

Cross Country

Saturday

Sept 30

Nike Portland XC (Top 7)

Portland Meadows

TBA

JV Volleyball

Saturday

Sept 30

Stockton Classic (JV)

Stockton

TBA

 

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9/21/17

VACAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

HOME OF THE BULLDOGS

Friday September 22, 2017

1st Period PAWS

 

Today in history… On September 22, 1776, American patriot Nathan Hale was hanged for spying on British troops. As he was led to the gallows, Hale’s famous last words—inspired by a line from Joseph Addison’s popular play, Cato, reportedly were—”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Hale allegedly spoke these words to British Captain John Montresor, chief engineer of His Majesty’s Forces in North America and aide-de-camp to British General William Howe, while the preparations for his hanging were underway.

 

**ANNOUNCEMENTS**

Hey bulldogs! Not fond of your yearbook picture? No worries because Wednesday, September 27th is Picture Retake Day! Students in 9th through 11th grade can go by the Little Theater during lunch to have your photo retaken. -Sullivan

 

Hey Dogs! Blood Drive forms are due today in room 52 or the office! Every donation has the potential to save 3 lives! Make sure you get those forms in today! –Sullivan

 

Hey bulldogs! Next week is Club Fair! Campus clubs are the lifeblood of Vaca High. With so many diverse interests and cultures and passions represented, there is definitely a club out there for you! Come out to the Quad during lunch all next week to explore what our more than 50 clubs have to offer, and enjoy treats and music as you discover your niche! See you there!

 

Hey Dogs! Are you 16 or older? Are you interested in saving lives? Sign up for the Blood Drive on September 26th! Forms in room 52 and the front office! –Sullivan

 

Hey Bright 10th, 11th and 12th Graders--Now's the time!  CSF applications are due to room E-8 by 3pm TODAY 9/22.  We cannot accept late applications. ~Knabe

 

Do you have a pet you would like featured in 2018 Yearbook? Stop by Room 33 to sign up to have a picture featured. Please note that pets are NOT allowed on campus and all pictures will have to be taken by the owner off campus J -Wildgoose

 

Juniors and Sophomores: The PSAT is a practice test for the college entrance SAT test.  This test is given at Vaca High only once a year.  This year the test will be held on Saturday, October 14th.  The cost is $25.  Checks made payable to VHS or exact cash will be accepted.  Come in the counseling office before school, at lunch or after school.  Sign-ups will end on Friday, 9/29.  Sign up EARLY as we only have a limited number of tests available. - Garcia/Loustaunau

 

TODAY is the deadline to register for the Oct. 28th. Register online at www.actstudent.org – Counseling

 

Attention Juniors and Seniors, UC San Diego and USC (University of Southern California) will be coming to present during PAWS in the College, Career, and Tutoring Center. UC San Diego will be here on Monday September 25 and USC will be here Thursday September 28! If you’d like to attend, please sign up in the College, Career and Tutoring Center with Ms. Wendy by Friday September 22nd!

 

Seniors and Juniors – The A.S.V.A.B. (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be held on October 10th in the Library from 8 A.M – 11:00 A.M.  The test includes sections on mathematics, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mechanical comprehension, and electronics.  Sign up in the library with Mrs. Torres

 

Do you have a resume? If so, does it stand out enough to get the attention of a potential employer?  Resumes play an important part in the job search process.  Join us for a quick workshop on how to compose a resume that reflects your strengths and talents during PAWS (10:50 - 11:20), Tuesday, September 26 in the College, Career and Tutoring Center CCTC). Interested students must sign up in the CCTC TODAY.

 

The Navy will be in the College, Career and Tutoring Center (CCTC) during PAWs Tuesday, October 3 to discuss educational opportunities, benefits, and pay/allowances available. Interested students must sign up in the CCTC by Friday, September 29. Limited spots are available and pizza will be provided!

 

**CLUBS * SPORTS * MEETINGS * ETC*

Drama Club needs more people to audition for its fall production of The Crucible! Auditions are today after school. If you’re interested in being a part of the play, please come by room E5 to pick up an informational packet. Hope to see a lot of you there! –Mitchum

 

Boys basketball meeting Monday September 25th at lunch in the gym.  All interested boys need to come by and sign up.  Meeting starts at 12:30 and will go till about 1250. -Coach Kamman

 

Interested in joining the Hiking Club? Please join us for an informational meeting at lunch on Tuesday 9/26 in Room 40. -Richardson

 

**SUPER SATURDAY**

The next Super Saturday is October 21, 2017. Sign up early in the counseling office to ensure that the class you would like to attend is offered.  Classes: Int Math 1 & 1/English 11, Eng 12 ERWC/Eng 10XL, VOLA (at WCW), Int Math 3/Pre-Cal, Int Math 2/AVID, Drama, ASL 2, ASL 1, Drill Team (at Jepson), AP Lang & Comp, AP Lit Office Hours/Seminar.

 

**IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER**

October 5 * Parent Conferences

October 5-6 * Minimum Days

October 14 * PSAT

 

**BULLDOG SPORTS SCHEDULE**

SPORT

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

PLACE

TIME

JV Football

Friday

Sept 22

Pittsburg

Pittsburg

4:30pm

Varsity Football

Friday

Sept 22

Pittsburg

Pittsburg

7:00pm

Fresh Volleyball

Saturday

Sept 23

Stockton Classic

Stockton

TBA

Girls Tennis

Monday

Sept 25

Napa

Vacaville

3:30pm

F/JV/V Volleyball

Monday

Sept 25

Vintage (F/JV/V)

Vintage

4:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Tuesday

Sept 26

MEL Tournament 1

Winters

2:30pm

Cross Country

Wed

Sept 27

MEL Center Meet (All)

Alston Park

3:30pm

Girls Tennis

Wed

Sept 27

Wood

Vaca High (H)

3:30pm

F Volleyball

Wed

Sept 27

American Canyon (F)

Vacaville

4:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Wed

Sept 27

Granada Tournament

Poppy Ridge

3:30pm

JV/V Volleyball

Wed

Sept 27

Armijo (JV/V)

Vacaville

5:00pm

Girls Golf-Varsity

Thursday

Sept 28

Napa

Kennedy

3:30pm

Girls Tennis

Thursday

Sept 28

Vanden

Vanden

3:30pm

Freshman Football

Thursday

Sept 28

Miramonte

Orinda

5:00pm

JV/Varsity Football

Friday

Sept 29

Bye (No Game)

 

 

Cross Country

Saturday

Sept 30

Nike Portland XC (Top 7)

Portland Meadows

TBA

JV Volleyball

Saturday

Sept 30

Stockton Classic (JV)

Stockton

TBA

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9/18/17

Good afternoon,

 

Listed below are the classes being offered for our October 21, 2017 Super Saturday.

 

Please sign up early to ensure that the class you would like to attend is offered.  If there is a class you would like included but is not listed, please contact your teacher.

 

Desiree Nothstine

Super Saturday Admin

 

 

Teacher - Class Offered

 

Azurdia, Jon - Integ. Math 1 and 2/English 11

 

Ferozepurwalla, Behnaaz - English 12 ERWC/English 10XL

 

Hudson, Connie - VOLA (at WCW)

 

Kellerman, Theresa - Integ. Math 3/Pre-Cal

 

King, Tiffany - Integ. Math 2/AVID

 

Mitchum, Jeff - Drama

 

Nakano, Alyssa - ASL 2

 

Neff, Tina - ASL 1

 

Neitz, Michelle - Drill Team (at Jepson)

 

Sullivan, Anna - AP Language & Composition

 

Van Buskirk, Sarah - AP Lit Office Hours/Seminar

 

 

September 23, 2017

 

Bowley, Ariel - Chemistry

 

 

October 14, 2017

 

Fickes, Chris - AP Chemistry

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8/17/17

It's Teacher Tuesday!

Teacher Mr. Lee
Corey Lee is a tremendous asset to VUSD and Vacaville High School. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Mr. Lee gives of his time to get involved with every aspect of bulldog life whether it’s coaching tennis, being an integral part of our student council, or supporting our staff with their technology needs. Mr. Lee worked tirelessly this summer by participating in numerous activities and training opportunities including AVID Summer Institute, cheer camp, the student council retreat, Professional Learning Communities Institute, not to mention that he was on campus frequently helping to ensure a smooth start to the school year. Thank you Mr. Lee for your dedication to the VUSD & Bulldog family!

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Hurricane Harvey Relief

STUCO and AVID have adopted Null Middle School in Houston, Texas to assist them in trying to rebuild their school for their students. NMS is an AVID school (like us) and we encourage you to assist us in meeting their immediate needs for the success of their students.

 

Feel free to drop things off in Ms. Farina's or in Ms. Sullivan's rooms 4 and 52.

 

Supplies will be shipped out next week to our point of contact Ms. Sims, AVID Coordinator at NMS.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

PSAT

The PSAT is being given on Saturday, October 14th at Vacaville High School.

The cost is $25.

Sign up in the Counseling Office.

October 21, 2017 Super Saturday List

Teacher - Class Offered

Azurdia, Jon - Integ. Math 1 and 2/English 11

Benham, Matt - English 9 & 10

Carmona, Jacklyn - Integ. Math 1 & 2

Ferozepurwalla, Behnaaz - English 12 ERWC/English 10XL

Hudson, Connie - VOLA (@WCW)

Kellerman, Theresa - Integ. Math 3/Pre-Cal'

King, Tiffany - Integ. Math 2/AVID

Mitchum, Jeff - Drama

Nakano, Alyssa - ASL 2

Neff, Tina - ASL 1

Neitz, Michelle - Drill Team (@Jepson)

Rodrigues, Julie - Spanish 3

Sullivan, Anna - AP Language & Composition

Van Buskirk, Sarah - AP Lit Office Hours/Seminar

 

 

September 23, 2017

Bowley, Ariel - Chemistry

Rodrigues, Julie - Spanish

 

September 30, 2017

Rodrigues, Julie - Spanish

 

October 7, 2017

Rodrigues, Julie - Spanish

 

October 14, 2017

Fickes, Chris - AP Calculus

Rodrigues, Julie - Spanish

Parking Information for Students

All student drivers are required to complete the Parking Pass Request Form to park on campus for the 2017-2018 school year. Click on the link below and complete the form. Parking passes will be distributed after school at a time to be announced in the bulletin. After parking passes have been distributed, students will not be permitted to park on campus in the student lot without having a parking pass hung from the rear view mirror or displayed in clear view on the dashboard. Parking will continue to be first come, first serve; having the pass does not guarantee that you will get a parking spot.  Students are reminded that designated student parking is on the east side of campus in the main parking lot and near the stadium. Students are not permitted to park in visitor’s parking or on the west side of campus. Students can register up to 2 vehicles but will only receive one parking pass. Failure to comply with these regulations could mean the loss of driving/parking privileges at Vacaville High School.

 

Parking Pass Request Form

VHS Spirit Gear Store

Please check out our new Vaca High Store:

http://varsityshop.com/vusd_vacaville_high_school/

 

This is your one stop shop for Spirit Gear.  Go Bulldogs!

Bulldog Groundbreaking Celebration

Check out Vaca High's Lip Dub!

 

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We are proud to announce that the Vacaville School District and Vacaville High School have been recognized by the AP College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

 

To find out more about this honor, click here.  The complete 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.

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