Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Springing into... Spring

 Soccer Advances to Playoffs- 
YVHS hosts both Girls and Boys games
 Our soccer program finished strong again this year under the direction of program coordinator Cesar Chavez and his team of coaches, bringing both our boys and girls programs to the NCS playoffs. In Round 1, hosted by YVHS, the girls faced off against the touch Las Lomas team, losing a heartbreaking but fierce battle with the Knights 4-3. The boys hosted Miramonte HS, easily besting the Matadors 4-0. 
The boys went on to play Round 2, losing to Campolindo in overtime, 2-1. 

An incredible season by both teams! Congratulations! 

Senior Karla Ramos Leaves her Mark on History
Karla Ramos, in her senior year playing soccer for the Warriors, upended a previous season goal scoring record, once held by Jonathan ('Tata') Ayala, who had set the record the previous year with 33 goals in the season. Karla surpassed that number before the regular season ended, finishing with a total of 35. Congratulations Karla!! 

Performing Arts Presents the 3rd Annual Love Show
The Madrigals, Drama Club and Dance 3 class collaborated once again to present the sounds of the "season" with the Third Annual 'Love Show', featuring some outstanding highlights including Conor Boal, Kayla Samuels and Rhyndyl Sardina singing a bluesy version of 'Toxic', the MadMen singing about the 'Game of Love', and the Drama Club running through their top 5 Love Scenes from the movies... with little plot twists. Dance 3 took us through all of the stages of love with some outstanding student choreography, and the whole show wrapped up with a rare performance by Mr. Carter on guitar and vocals, and Ms Cooper on piano and harmonies for their favorite musical theater piece, 'Falling Slowly.' Congratulations to these programs for an excellent performance! Stay tuned for more info about the upcoming Pops Concert, Next week March 12th and 13th. 

Madri-Gals sing for the Love Show*-/
WE Day for the Warriors
Our Raising for Relief clubs were treated to an amazing day honoring and inspiring service in teens, a day called WE Day, put on by Free the Children, where guest speakers and performers ranged from Colbie Caillat, to Joe Jonas, to Kid President! We day was organized to help inspire teens to care about social issues and put those concerns into action. Our Raising for Relief club fed the homeless this year, gathered clothes for the needs, and more, and they had a great time at this outstanding event! 

Baseball Starts off The Season with Fireworks
Ok, not literally. That's illegal in this county. However, the Warriors started their season with a win over Hercules, and promptly moved forward, going into Wednesday's game at Hercules with a 3-1 record. Congrats to the team and to coach Sean Morrison for leading the team into a great beginning! 

Dance 3 Takes on The Circus... and Newsies! 
Dance 3 headed to the city first to take in some lessons in the circus arts! The dancers were treated to lessons in juggling, circus biking, aerial silks, static trapeze, and Flying Trapeze. 8 of the Warriors ended the day with a catch! Pretty amazing trip is how it was described by the group, but they weren't done there. Back on Bart to head in to the Orpheum, where the group took in the Broadway sensation 'Newsies!' Dance 3 has always been host to a large amount of male dancers, having 12 in the troupe this year, and this musical features mostly high school age professional male dancers- the show was inspiring to all, high energy, and so much fun! 


And Speaking of Dance
The Warriors are getting a new dance studio! It's coming together quickly, with new mirrors and ballet barres in the room... only step left is a sound system! Time for some more grace training, Warriors! 

Amazing Alum News
Mario Jose, Class of '06, has been singing up a storm since he left Warrior Territory, auditioning and making tv auditions for American Idol, singing on X Factor, teaming up with John Legend and more, and now- he has just been added to the Pentatonix tour! 

Congrats Mario, and Warriors be on the lookout soon for an interview with this outstanding alum! We are so proud of you! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Warriors Blazing Through the Winter

Our Band Director, Zach Pattison, in his second year at YV took the Golden Warrior Marching Band to New Orleans for a week of fun, food, and hours and miles of marching!! The band members came back exhausted and happy, with memories that will stay with them forever. 

Says our Drum Major, Junior Claire Rader, "(My favorite parts)- The music that was everywhere there was fabulous. I loved walking around and hearing it. Marching was really fun because we got to see a whole different side of the town. And the sights were fantastic. There was always something new to do and look at. I loved it all." 

Congratulations to Marching Band on the end of an amazing season, and to Mr. P for creating these memories for our Warriors! 

Renaissance Leadership gets Inspired

Ms. Cooper and the Renaissance Leadership students were given the opportunity to participate in this year's CARE Conference, presented by Jostens. The Warriors were treated with the keynote speaker, Mike Smith, who continued his inspiring message of service and giving back that they heard when he came to speak the week before at YV. They they participated in breakout sessions about school climate, culture, student recognition and more.

ASB attends the SAFER INTERNET DAY at Facebook

On Tuesday, February 10 several students attended Safer Internet Day on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park. Safer Internet Day is a worldwide event that is held in over 100 countries. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were the keynote speakers, and talked to the students about internet safety and responsibility. Kamala Harris explained, “We have a right to be a voice and stand up for the voiceless. Students were treated to several panels with topics ranging from internet trolling and bullying to using social media to promote advocacy. It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for the students involved. They also really enjoyed the unlimited snack room the Facebook employees have access too! The students left with a greater understanding of social media and personal responsibility and several great ideas to use social media to promote social change!
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Education Academy Takes in Sonoma State

The Warriors took their Ed Academy sophomores, for an EOP  (Educational Opportunity Program) workshop and a tour of the campus. The students were treated to talks from current SSU students, who showed them around a bit and said some encouraging words about college life to the Warriors. It was a great trip.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Warriors Territory Heats Up

Selfie Stick! 
It's a hot winter, at least in terms of activities and exciting happenings 
on campus here at YVHS!

Academic Luncheon
Warriors were treated to an early release from 6th period and a free lunch celebrating some academic successes! Over 200 students were invited to partake of this fun event, provided through Allyn Monzon and our amazing After School Program, in collaboration with Renaissance Leadership. Students honored met one of the following criteria:
  • Honor Roll for Spring Semester 2014 (3.5 and up) 
  • Principal's List for Spring 2014 (4.0 and up) 
  • GPA improvement of .5 or better from Fall '14 to Spring '14
  • GPA improvement of 1.0 or more from Fall '14 to Spring '14
These students were also honored at the Fall WOW assembly and were given rewards cards that they were encouraged to use in each of their classes, for things including extra credit, a homework pass, early release for lunch, and more. 
Congrats Warriors! We are proud of you! And Keep up the great work! 

ASB Hosts Leadership Development Day with over 200 Middle Schoolers
Middle School Leadership students made the trek to their award winning *6 years running of Excellent California Leadership Program Awards* high school counterpart, to participate in a great day of activity, challenge, and a positive motivating message to bring back to their schools. 

Warriors Treated to Mike Smith Live! 
Students were treated during CAHSEE week to a motivational speaker by the name of Mike Smith, a young midwestern grad who is the CEO for two non-profit companies with partnerships with Red Bull, Jostens, and Tilly's, including a philanthropic movement called Skate for Change, where young skateboarders get together with backpacks full of supplies, water, and food and distribute them to the local homeless.
Mike came to YV to bring a message- What will be your legacy? 

Alums back to Dance
Dance 3 has been treated to some amazing guest teachers- their older counterparts! Several dancing grads have come back to treat the dancers to master classes, bringing back what they have learned since leaving a Warrior, and letting the kids know what about the YV experience helped them in their dance pursuits. Guest teachers have included Steve Sese ('08 grad) who is graduating from SF State in May and has been dancing with several crews; Amec Lujan and Jesus Lizarraga ('14 grads) who currently dance and compete with Chapkis, and more. #AlwaysaWarrior

Amec and Jesus back on stage with Cooper for Warmups

New Voice at Basketball Games
We have a new emcee at our basketball games, though you wouldn't know it from his seasoned attitude and easy manner in pumping up the crowd! Sophomore Jacob Samuels stepped into the role when his dad was slated to announce the games- he expressed his interest in the role and he has been awesome for the game atmosphere! Look for more great things in the future from this young Warrior!

Former YV Resource Officer Earns Officer of the Year nod! 
Former Warrior SRO Michael Jaime received the prestigious City Police Officer of the Year Award for 2014. Officer Jaime is now working on the homeless unit and continues to come to YV to help when he can. Congratulations!!! #Alwaysawarrior #Youcan'tleave

Friday, January 23, 2015

Back in the Saddle!

Winter Madness
(In a good way) 
First off, to our followers, we apologize for the lapse in coverage- YVHS has been doing some outstanding things this winter, but one of them has not been the Internet. So we are hoping to catch up and stay up after this week! 

Now, in Warrior Territory, we celebrated the holidays in a ton of different ways. The halls were adorned with cheer and the skies were clear, scarves are out, boots strapped on, and winter is upon us. Here are some of the things happening in the winter months at YVHS. 

Winter Spirit Week
Our ASB Spirit Commisioners Michael Mendoza and Josiah Cisler put together a fun week for winter spirit week- with students encouraged to bust out their craziest socks, winter hats, holiday colors and of course, the sweaters you only wear once a year. 

Eren Tugcu and ASB Teacher Corissa Stobing sporting the holiday sweaters

Warrior Jam
ASB put on our annual Warrior Jam event, where students come out to meet this year's basketball teams, our own version of Midnight Madness. Prizes are given, a three point and free throw contest, and of course the ever-popular Staff/Student basketball game. This year's game was light on the ladies of the Warrior Staff, and for this reason we believe, the staff lost to the students for the first time in this blogger's recollection. Next year, Warrior fans. The comeback will be huge. 
Kimmel Sadat (12th) and Mark Tran, our AD go head to head in a free throw contest.
Tran dominated. Of course. Unbiased opinion obviously. 

Carols by Candlelight
Our 27th Annual Carols by Candlelight was a huge hit thanks to the hard work of the wonderful performing artists! Concert Choir, Madrigals, Guitar, and Dance 3 all performed holiday hits and standards, and the audience was treated to homemade cookies as well! This is a tradition and a favorite, and many arts alums came out to show their support and love for the staff involved - Mr. Carter our vocal music director, at the helm of this wonderful tradition for the last two decades and counting, and his counterpart Ms. Kelly Cooper, running the dance program side of things. What a great event, and thank you to all for attending! 
MadMen give it to us Country Style

Winter One Act Plays
The Drama Club (and class!) once again produced some outstanding one act plays for our English classes to enjoy, and our evening audience on Wednesday the 17th as well! Directed by Ms.Cooper and Ms. Hopper were two short comedies - Office Rumors and Detective Story. The third play was longer, called the Fourth Wall, and directed by Rachel Gephart, our resident stage manager! The Spiegatorium was packed to the brim, reminding us thespians that our next YVHS project REALLY needs to be a theater. What do you think Warriors? Can we get that going? 
Wall to wall audiences for Winter One Acts. Time to expand.

Audiences were delighted and the actors did a wonderful job of pulling these together! 

The One Act Cast. Plus Special Emcee Guest Leah Cooper (5) 

Hall Decorating 
Our Annual Club Hall Decorating contest brought out some great new themes this year, and clubs worked hard to deck the halls of YV and put us all in the holiday spirit! The winning hall received a pizza party, and this year's winning hall was Nightmare Before Christmas, by our brand new Breaking Down the Walls club and the Art Club! (obviously artists--- the decorations were amazing!) 

Senior Breakfast
Our incredibly busy (and state recognized) ASB put together yet another event this week, our annual Senior Breakfast. Seniors were treated to a fresh cooked meal by the senior teachers, playing board games while waiting, in pajamas, and sipping orange juice. They were then serenaded by the same teachers with some interesting carols. Some surprises all around, including Principal Stephen Brady's impressive baritone! What a great time for the class and a great send off tp Winter Break! 
Just Dance Battles

Senior Breakfast highlights

Mid-Month Madness is Back
Staff went back to some sweet traditions from the Principal Sheila Walker days, and that included MidMonth madness staff bonding! Nice for the Warriors to see each other outside of the copy room and be reminded of our human-ness. Yay for staff bonding! 

Raising for Relief Club
Run by Co-Presidents (Seniors) Ariana Whitmarsh and Kayla Samuels, the Raising for Relief Club put in their charity efforts this Winter with a successful canned food drive, and by getting together and cooking for the Winter Nights shelter! What a way for our Warriors to spend their holiday break! #WarriorProud

Spotlight On- ART- with our own amazing NATHAN VASARHELY
If you ever have a chance to walk down the 600 wing, you may be treated to some of the outstanding projects that Mr. Vasarhely has his class focusing on. We wanted to take a moment to talk to Mr. V about what the classes were working on with these outstanding tile renderings of John Wayne.

"In my Art Design, Art II, and Advanced Art classes, we were focusing on high contrast imagery. As a source of inspiration we first looked at a street art documentary, "Exit Through The Gift Shop." This doc focused on the stencil art of Sherpard Fairey (OBEY) and Banksy. As an introductory project we collaborated on these John Wayne posters as a class. Collaboration is an important aspect we were working on this first quarter. First, I made screenshots of several images that I then copied and pasted into Photoshop. I then changed the image size and adjusted the threshold to transform the images into high contrast black and white. After I made a grid of the image with one inch squares. Each student was then responsible for three little squares, that they transcribed onto larger 8 in. squares using a quadrant system. After creating a contour drawing, they started collaging down the black and white areas using magazines. I call each grid a mini abstract piece of artwork. What we do at the end is piece each square together as a puzzle. (This is done with a number/letter combination set forth at the beginning of the process.) ---- The grid system is taken from the portraits created by artist Chuck Close. Since much of the imagery from many modern street artists is taken directly from popular culture, we mimicked that with each classic John Wayne character.

Rooster Cogburn - "Tue Grit"
Captain Nathan Brittles - "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" ----- "Actually where I got my first name; My dad is a big JW fan"
Ethan Edwards - "The Searchers"
Tom Doniphon - "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

Clearly not John Wayne, but a similar process was used in creating Frankenstein with a different medium