Students of the MONTH

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Warrior Territory

Football continues the good fight
Our Warrior football team continued their pre-season, losing a couple of one point heartbreakers. Never letting up, the Warriors continue to work on the finer points of the game and getting ready for the regular season. Last week, the Warriors soundly defeated Skyline High School, with a final score of 60-26. The regular season starts this week when the Northgate Broncos come to this side of Oak Grove for a matchup. 

The JV team deserves a huge high five and kudos as well, as they have begun their preseason by being UNDEFEATED, also winning over Skyline this week. Congratulations to the players and head coach Roger Cabriales on their streak! (don't talk about a streak. No jinxing) 

Sports Medicine continuing care to our athletes

Freshman Tailgate with the Link Crew and ASP
The freshman class was invited to an outstanding tailgate event with our Link Crew Leaders, sponsored by our CARES After School Program, led up by Allyn Monzon. ASP provided grilled hot dogs and snacks and drinks for free to the freshmen, and then all were encouraged to support the frosh football team in their game against Antioch High School. Great time! 

Military Monday- in Dance Class
Our local Marine recruiting center took time to give the dancing Warriors some PT, under the direction of Staff Sergeant Ken Rick and PFC Hartman. The Warriors walked away inspired and very very sore. 


Senior Picnic
Seniors were treated to a day in the park for Senior Picnic, organized by Senior Class President Viviana Hermosillo and the ASB Leadership class. For the day, seniors were bused over to San Ramon, to the Little Hills Recreational Park, where they played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee, they rock-climbed, swam, and had contests for cannonballs. Lunch was served and some games were organized. It was a great day for all! 


Health Academy has a team building day
To create a more cohesive group, the Health Academy took their students to Tilden Park, fo a day of team building with facilitator Patrick Moore. Patrick took the students in groups and had them problem solve different issues together, and the students were forced to make decisions and be creative with solutions by working together across grade levels. It was a great day for these future health care workers, and a reminder that even in patient care, they will be working in teams. These life skills are vital to their success! 

Cross Country has their first Meet
and they nailed it! Congratulations to our JV Cross country runners for winning their first meet this year, and a big congratulations to our Varsity runner, Jorge Bernabe Velazquez, who earned a third place finish at this meet. Look for big things from that one! 


Career Transitions Course Learns about Success

The Career Transitions classes have been learning all about Success and what success looks like to different people.  At the end of the unit they created their own definitions of success, which were posted all around the classroom to remind students WHY they should try their best! 

Health and Education Academies to Cal Shakes
Both of our outstanding academies enjoyed some Shakespeare in the park last week when they took in Cal Shakes production of King Lear. The dark tragedy was brought to life by this outrageously talented cast, and the students enjoyed seeing the language make sense through the interpretation presented. After the play, the actors came back on stage for a Q & A session, where students asked questions about rehearsal process, stage blood, the difference in their choices whether the show is at nighttime or a matinee, and more. What a great production! Don't miss it! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getting into the WORK.

Classes have settled in and settled down to some real work now here at YVHS, and we have had some amazing events to start the year! Let's take a peek... 

Fall Sports are Up and RUNNING
Our fall teams are striving towards great seasons, with athletes working hard in tennis, volleyball, football, cross country and cheer. Not to mention our outstanding competitive marching band! 

Football started off with a bang, in new black uniforms with the throwback Columbia blue and gold, on a brand new turf field that was replaced over the summer. Looking great, the Warriors fell in their first game, but went on to defeat Elsie Allen the following week. The team has struggled a bit with some turnovers, but work hard and never quit when they're down, fighting back until the last seconds of each game. All three teams have seen success this season, and play their last pre-season game this week, with Freshmen football enjoying a bye week, while JV and VAR face off against Skyline at home this Friday. GO WARRIORS. 

Volleyball has some new coaches helping them out this year, and the team has gotten off to a great start, with a recent win over Mt. Diablo last week. 

With the start of sports, Sports Medicine has made their way to the fields as well, serving internships helping our sports teams with injuries, injury prevention, and game management. 

Sports Med Alumni giving back

The New Sports Med Team

Marching Band
Our Golden Warrior Marching band has had a busy season already, with appearances at the football games, performances and competitions at the Annual Walnut Festival and the Antioch Band Review. Most recently, the band competed in Antioch at the Band Review and with a large new group of Freshman musicians, the band rallied and scored a third place win! (They also earned a third place win at the Walnut Festival) Congratulations Golden Warriors, and congrats to Claire Rader our Drum Major and Zach Pattison our Band Director! 

Golden Warriors performing at the Welcome Back Rally
 ASB Puts on an Amazing Welcome Back Rally
The ASB Leadership class worked hard and pulled together a welcome back sensation in basically four short days, with a Music Festival Theme. Posters were hung (though the newly painted slick walls rejected them quickly) and skits performed, so that all Warriors got back in the swing and the mood of the Warrior Spirit. 

Prep time- the senior poster

Sophomore Erica Stevenson sings for the crowd


Wednesday, September 9, 2015


The new school year at YVHS has started in a fresh new way, 
and the Warriors are feeling the love and pride early on. Let's take a look...

First and foremost... Here's to our new Principal!! 
(and the crowd roars) 
That's right, Efa Huckaby, who served as a vice principal for YVHS for 7 years, accepted the position to come lead the charge as we head off in new and exciting directions in Warrior Territory! Staff, students, alums and parents have all chimed in with their support, excitement, and thanks to the district for this outstanding hire. 
We're looking at you Mr. Huckaby! #alwaysawarrior

Link Crew Preps for the Class of 2019
Shirts are ready.. even for the coordinators kids- future warriors! #startthemearly
Under the direction of coordinators Nathan Vasarhely, Erica Huie, Kelly Cooper and Corissa Stobing, the Link Crew leaders broke off from their summer early to come in and get trained to run activities with the crews on the first day of school. Armed with new curriculum, leadership skills, and a reminder to Go Big, the leaders were excited to welcome the class of 2019 on Sept 25th! 

Leaders taking a Krispy Kreme break during training

YV Staff working on Culture and Climate with the incomparable Phil Boyte
In preparation for a new school year, Principal Efa Huckaby brought in the big guns to help prepare staff and talk about campus climate and culture. Phil Boyte is coincidentally the founder of Link Crew, and has written several books about a variety of subjects, with his latest project about this subject in particular. What a great start to the year for the staff to get energized and re-focused! 

Pimp My Ride ASB! 
Our amazing ASB Leadership class starts school spirit off right with a car paint party, painting student and staff cars to get the word out in the community about sweet Warrior Pride. Keep looking for great things to come from this award winning program, under the direction of Corissa Stobing! 

AND NOW... Let's Go. Week of Welcome
This year, YVHS staff worked diligently to prepare a unique experience for the Warriors in their first week back, with the goal being to prepare the campus for a positive and productive environment, where goals are set, and expectations are laid out from the beginning. Warriors are given the tools to success from the get go, and we hope that this fantastic opening leads to an amazing year for everyone! 

So to begin- 
Class of 2019! Welcome to YVHS! 
The freshmen were escorted to the gym for some team building, inspirational messages, and some small group time with their upperclassmen leaders, to build connections early on and start them on the right foot. Thank you LINK CREW! 

Then it was time to party- CARNIVAL! 
The amazing cafeteria staff, led by Joyce Hsi, our food services coordinator, put on a FREE BARBECUE for every staff member and student! Then the big games came out, and students were treated to some slides, some jousting, sumo suits, and more, while vendors and services, like our outstanding After School Program, led by Allyn Monzon came out to educate all about what was available to them. 

Lunch for EVERYONE! 

Allyn Monzon talking up the ASP
Day 2 Week of Welcome
For day two, Warriors participated in workshops to learn about the Warrior Way, how to get into Google Classroom and their Homelink accounts, teambuilding by Class, and Commitment to Graduate, in cooperation with Jostens. 

Getting technology-trained
Class of 2016 (on our new turf field!) 

The class that plays together, stays together

New Warriors- Class of 2019

Freshmen try them on for size

Not too far off!! Coming soon to a stage near you...

Class of 04 alum USMC Sergeant Jose Ayala and
Class of 05 alum Alison Swick of KTVU came to talk to the Warriors
about their path to graduation and beyond. 
Day 3- Week of Welcome
Day 3 the Warriors were treated to an outstanding motivational speaker, Kevin Laue! The first NCAA Division I basketball player with one arm, Kevin had a great message about not making excuses, ignoring so-called limits, and how to make a difference in the community. He then called out Principal Efa Huckaby for a little one on one. Huck got a huge shot off in the beginning, and then was swiftly put away by the fantastic ball player. 


Day 4- Week of Welcome
Warriors visited all of their classes on this day and did some team building in each, getting to know their classmates and teachers, and getting a good feel for the Warrior family. 
At lunch, teachers held their first Lawn Chair Friday, holding court over the quad in their chairs, and celebrating each other and the campus community after a busy week! 

Math teambuilding- solving engineering problems with spaghetti and marshmallows, naturally!

Lawn Chair Fridays! 

And that is just week 1...