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. 

Check out the story at

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