Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome Back Week

Sept 8-12
This was the first full week of school and classes, and Warriors spent the week showing their Warrior Pride with spirit days, music lunchtimes, and getting ready for Friday's ASB Welcome Back Rally. 


Welcome Back Rally
With the theme of 'Game Shows', the ASB class took the rally and made a great event for the Warriors to get excited about the year with. Highlights included a minute to win it game between Freshmen and Sophomores, where our 9th grader showed us how to quickly and efficiently unroll toilet paper, easily taking the victory from the Sophomores. The Seniors and Juniors competed in a So You Think You Can Dance competition, where they had to test their knowledge on how to do the Dougie, the Wobble, the Bernie, and more... 

Dance 3 closed the rally with their performance inspired by Dancing with the Stars, doing the Jive and the Samba. 

First Cross Country Meet for the Warriors
 The Warriors converged on Newhall Park to compete in their first meet this season, coached by Elizabeth Frazier. The number one runner for the Warriors was sophomore Jacob Samuels, seen below in the middle with teammates Sophomore Grant Kamita and Senior Andrew Hayes. Congratulations Warriors on a strong finish! 

The Golden Warrior marching band competed at the Walnut Festival this weekend, and  the Warriors TOOK THE TITLE!! Led by Zach Pattison, in his Second Year as a Warrior, the Marching band AND the Color Guard both took home the Championship Nut- See their celebration HERE- Congratulations Warriors!!
Golden Warrior Marching Band at the Walnut Festival
Class of 1974 Meets for their 40th Reunion! 


Friday Night Lights

Week 2 down, not that we are counting! It's been a great week of celebration- let's recap!

Former YV Vice Principal, Rianne Pfaltzgraff, as new Principal of Concord High School, accepted an ice bucket challenge in front of her student body, fully suited, and then told our own VP, Mr. Efa Huckaby, to accept the challenge as well. For the cause of donating money and raising awareness for ALS, (Lou Gehrig's disease), Mr. Huckaby likewise went out in his shirt and tie in front of the Warriors and accepted the challenge without flinching. Check out the video HERE! Way to go, Mr. Huckaby!

Huckaby a little cooler after Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness


The football team has a strong frosh line and is back in business! They played their first game against Livermore. They took pretty good hits and unfortunately did not win this one, but they will be back for more this Thursday against Madison Park Academy! Come out and support the team!

You know who else is out there and ready? The Sports Medicine Team! Comprised of 40 senior health academy students, this group is getting trained in caring for athletic injuries and the prevention of further injury. 

Led by Head Trainer, Kelly Cooper, the Sports Med Team is ready to work!

The Link Crew with the collaboration of Allyn Monzon and the CARES After School Program threw a successful first freshman event, our annual tailgate party! All freshmen were treated to hot dogs, snacks and water, and then encouraged to go watch our first JV and Varsity games of the season! Thanks for a great event Warriors!!

Friday Sept 5th 2014
Marked a great day in Warrior Football history, as the Warriors took on the Bears from Mission San Francisco, in the first football game under the permanent stadium lights. The Warriors took the opportunity to show their appreciation for staff on campus by asking a staff member to wear their jersey all day, and walk them out on the field that evening. The Alumni and Athletic Boosters hosted an alumni reception and a field dedication party, as the stadium was renamed the Coach Richard Ryan Stadium, after the first YV football coach, Dick Ryan, who was present at the ceremony. Coach Puentes led the team to their first victory of the season, 18-14, and the Warriors enjoyed the alumni visits and support from all years of YV history. It was a night for the books! 

Senior Sunrise
This year marked the second annual senior sunrise, hosted by the ASB Senior Class Officers, where seniors came to school extra early to enjoy time together, have some breakfast, and mark the opening of their senior year. The senior year will close in June with the Senior Sunset... and a lot of fun in between! 
 First Annual Family Day for Education Academy
Saturday Sept 6th marked the first annual family fun day with the Education Academy, led by Thatcher Palmer. The Academy invited families to come out and play and barbecue together, and the event was a great succcess in starting the year off right. 


Monday, September 1, 2014

It's a New Year Warriors!

Warrior Good News
Week 1
August 25

Aaaaaaaaand we're off!! Warriors are back and ready for a brand new year- Students came onto campus Monday with bright eyes and new goals, and were greeted with a new first day of school, revamped and designed by a committee of teachers and administrators with the goal of starting the year off right, getting the students welcomed and acquainted, and creating a culture of community on campus from day 1! 
The freshmen were brought into the gym for the traditional Link Crew orientation, beginning with the entire class and the link crew leaders with some ice breakers and first day of school inspiration, and then they broke off into smaller groups of 10-12 with two upperclassmen link crew leaders each with them, and the groups worked further into teambuilding and getting to know each other, creating a small community of welcome and comfort. They ended their journey back in the gym with further inspiration about how to make the most of your year (INVEST in each day Warriors!) and then joined the rest of the school for an extended lunch period. 

Class of 2018 ready to go!!

Link Crew Leaders doing their own team building

Link Crew Leaders After their Hard Work!

The rest of the Warriors were brought into classrooms for workshops given by teachers about RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and COMMUNITY. They were then given a huge treat with a guest motivational speaker, Laymon Hicks, all the way from Florida, who gave the message that if they want something, they need to get up and go get it, not letting distractions take them away from what's important to them. While the day was definitely a break from tradition, the Warrior Team is hoping that this new tradition will be a step in a great direction on campus. 

New Year- New Flooring! 
The old weight room behind the gym has been re-floored, and after 50 years of having a successful and productive dance program, we are finally going to have a beautiful Dance Studio! The room should be ready by the second semester, with painting, sound, mirrors and ballet barres still needed to complete it, but the room is going to be an amazing addition to an already thriving performing arts program! Ms. Cooper, the dance director, couldn't be more excited about the space, and what it means for the program in terms of growth and commitment. Go WARRIORS! 

This Friday will mark the first Football game under the new lights, as the Warrior football team takes on Mission San Francisco! The stadium will be getting dedicated to Coach Dick Ryan approximately 7pm, who was the first Football Coach for the Warriors back in 1962. Come out and celebrate this landmark event! Kickoff is at 7:00. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don't call it goodbye...

The end of the year activities have kept us hopping! It's unbelievable that tomorrow we say 'good luck' to our class of 2014. Lets catch up on the last two weeks in Warrior Territory.

May 21- Dr Victor Rios
Dr. Rios, a renowned motivational speaker whose own story is inspiring, came and gave two assemblies for our warriors, and then one for the staff. His message was one of listening to your heart and never letting your fate be determined by where you start in life. It was a beautiful and inspiring gift for the students to hear him speak. 

May 23- Dance Show
The Annual Dance 3 show was a great hit and a lot of fun for the dancers to showcase their own choreography on stage. Their pieces ranged from Broadway to lyrical, jazz to hip hop, and the dancers shined as they displayed their creativity they've cultivated throughout the year. 

May 27- Performing Arts Awards night
YV's own version of the Tony Awards was a third annual success! Each discipline performed some of their works from the year, and students were honor for their years in the advanced programs, for their dedication, and for excellence. The perpetual awards will go into banners that are hung in the multi use room- Singers of the Year Nicolas Hutchins and Danielle Tortolani, Musician of the Year Andrew Buscemi, Dancer o the Year Audrey Boer and Amec Lujan, and Performer of the Year Danielle Tortolani and Mckenna Duncan. 

May 28- Spring One Act plays
The drama club pulled together two outstanding one act plays for spring performances, and raised money for the program next year. The club has been very successful this year and looks forward to continued work and meeting new goals next year. 

June 3- Senior Awards night
Seniors and their families were invited to celebrate their successes and honors with awards and scholarships at senior awards night. Scholarships were awarded to many students from the Rossmoor Foundation, the Rotary Club, the class of 1976, the PTSA, John Muir Health, the Timothy Washington Memorial Foundation, and the Better World Scholarship. Our outstanding seniors were honored with the Top Ten being given medals, and some seniors who go above and beyond and maintain their GPA were given the Presidential Certificate of Achievement with a letter from President Obama. It was a wonderful night and our seniors make us proud! 

June 6- Goodbye Rally
The ASB leadership class treated the entire school with a wonderful Moving Up and Goodbye Rally, with skits, performances and the Golden Warrior and Athlete of the Year awards. Golden Warrior Scholars were Daipeng Yang and Shannon Kitchell, (GPA's of 4.33) Citizenship went to Hannah Curtis, Leadership to Aaliyah Minor, and the Golden Warrior is Stephanie Martinez. 

And then later... Senior Sunset
That evening ASB coordinated our first ever senior sunset and more than 200 seniors arrived to watch it together as the sun set on their high school careers. Next up- graduation! 
Alumni Events 
Our alum have been busy too! Just this weekend marked th graduation and life events of so many- here are just a few! 

Earlier this year we highlighted musician alum Adam Schuman- he just got married! Congratulations Adam! 
Along with Haley Rader
Greg Hanks
And Emerson Croxton
And congratulations to some college graduates, including 
UCLA grad Steven Lam
CSU Stanislaus Katie Mitchell

UC Davis William Quach (in less than 4 years!)

And UC Santa Cruz - now licensed to practice dentistry, Dr Melanie Reyes Gaglioti! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ramping up in May

Warrior Weekly
May 19, 2014
 As May marches on, May ramps up with events and celebrations for the end of the year. Here's what has been going on in Warrior Land for the last couple of weeks. 

YVHS Swing Dance!
The Jazz Band’s long hours were not wasted Friday night in the YVHS Annual Swing Dance. With a bunch of old timey swing tunes, slow songs, and plenty of swing dance experience, the energy was high and the Jazz was great. (Who are we kidding? Jazz is always great.) Special thanks to the YV Jazz Ensemble for putting in so much work to supply the dance with a great two hours of music! Can’t wait for next year’s dance!

Senior Game for Lacrosse Ends in a Great Win
With the final home game for the Girls Lacrosse team, the seniors were eager to score big for their final home crowd! And they did just that, winning the game against Alhambra 11-6! Congrats to the team for giving the crowd a great game to watch! To the seniors, you will be missed next season! Great job Warriors!

Boy’s Baseball Win feeds NCS Hopes
The YV Baseball hoisted a whopping win over the Mount Diablo Baseball team, 9-1. With this win, the boys had hoped to increase their chances in being selected for the upcoming NCS Playoffs. Nineteen teams competed for sixteen spots, and unfortunately, the Warrior season ends on that win, as they will not be advancing. Congratulations to the team on a great season, and to coach Sean Morrison on another respectable finish. 

Vincent Ly Awarded John Muir Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Vincent Ly for being awarded a $4000 scholarship by John Muir Medical Center! Vincent volunteers at the Medical Center, and is a senior in our health academy, volunteering hundreds of hours for our athletes as part of the sports medicine program as well. He will be using that money to help subsidize his education pursuits next year at UC Irvine. Go Anteaters!

Room 509 Quilt

Room 509 is a Special Needs class. Our main teacher, Mrs. Hepner-Martinez, broke her wrist in January and we have missed her dearly. The class decided to make a quilt for  her as a Math problem. They worked on it for two weeks in April during math class, with the students learning how to sew by hand iron + sew a button on; all life skills. Each student decorated a 10x10 square with hand prints or a family crest. The staff bound it together during spring break. We are very proud of the finished product + we hope she loves it.

Multi Cultural Show
The CARES After School Program put on an outstanding multicultural show last Friday, featuring dances in the latin genre, Middle Eastern dances, Tahitian and Polynesian dancing, and more. The turnout and support were great, and YV's multiculturalism was celebrated well. 

Rossmoor Scholarship Winners
This year, Ygnacio Valley had more Rossmoor honorees than any other high school in the area, with a whopping 8 students receiving scholarships from the generous organization. 
The students and Mrs. Santos, our College and Career Advisor, attended the Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation awards ceremony last Sunday and each student received $3000 or more in scholarship funds. The recipients were Marissa Sozzi, Annalisa Romero, Isabella Romero, Daniel Pardo, Stephanie Martinez, Daipeng Yang, Vincent Ly, Jennifer Ly and Stephanie Martinez. Congratulations Warriors! 

Two Warriors Honored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education with Scholarships and Awards
Two YV students were given $250 scholarships from the CCCOE for their excellence in their respective ROP programs. Malena Martinez was honored for her contribution in ROP Sports Medicine, having volunteered more than 100 hours to our YV sports teams and competing at the State Leadership Conference for Sports Medicine. Eddie Maldonado was honored for ROP Teaching, after serving an internship his senior year for Cambridge Elementary School.
Congratulations Warriors!

A Walk on the Moon - 2014 Junior/Senior Prom
A great time was had by all this year at the Prom, where students took Charter buses to the Chabot Science Center in the Oakland Hills. The venue was beautiful, and the dresses were gorgeous. Congratulations and thank you to Ms. Stobing and the ASB Leadership Senior Class Officers for putting on this wonderful event! 

YV Warrior Sarah Jones Earns 5th in the Nation Title with Club Rugby
YV Sophomore Sarah Jones competed with her Club Rugby team and the team is now ranked 5th in the Nation! Congratulations to the Jones family!