Thursday, May 14, 2015

April Flew By!

Here is what has been happening in Warrior Territory since we last checked in- hold onto your seats- it's been a wild ride! 

All Abilities Dance Hosted by Combined Leadership Classes
The ASB and Renaissance Leadership classes got together to host a day Black Light Dance for all of our students with special needs. They had a snack bar, great music, and best of all, a great time. What a fantastic new tradition to start here at YV! Kudos to Luke Ryan, a senior in ASB, for spear heading the event! 


Sophomore Julie Day with her Aide Michelle

Health Academy Take the State Leadership Conference

The health academy took its students to the State Leadership Conference in Sacramento last month to compete in a variety of events involving health related topics. Students attended workshops and met with healthcare professionals throughout the event, and the Warriors brought home some high accolades! 

Seniors team up for planning
Hosa Bowl team prepping for Round 2
HOSA bowl team earns top 10 nod!
Seniors Ariana Whitmarsh and Kyedda Gabuat final in Job Seeking Skills
YV Health alums place high in their events! (Competing for John Muir Health)
Excitement at awards night
ASB Goes to CASL
Our student leaders converged at the Annual California Association for Student Leaders, where YV was once again awarded OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM for the state of California for the 6th year in a row! (Congrats to Corissa Stobing!!) They attended workshops, TAUGHT workshops, and were reinvigorated with new ideas and new connections with fellow leadership students. Way to go Warriors!

CASL Delegates from Ygnacio Valley

Senior Casey Hall Presents

Warrior Delegates at CASL

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee = A HIT!! 
Warriors took to the stage for our annual Spring Musical, and the musical comedy was a huge hit! Audiences roared as the Warriors used their music, dance, improv and acting skills to pull together a difficult and wonderful show. The show ran for 2 weeks to great crowds, and guest spellers included parents, students, alums, admin and teachers. It was an outstanding performance each night! All but two performers on stage are SENIORS so the closing of this show was bittersweet. 

Magic foot featuring Danny Gonzalez as William Barfee

Opening Number

The tear jerking "I Love You Song" featuring Erica Stevenson, Claire Rader and Josiah Cisler

Vice Principal Thom K. guesses at the next word

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.