GOLDEN BEAR GAZETTE
A monthly newsletter of Temecula Valley High School
Designed for Golden Bear Parents
Winter Time at Temecula Valley
Good afternoon, I hope this monthly edition of the Gazette finds you looking forward to the holiday season. This is a special time for families and an opportunity for celebration, reflection, and to point towards a new year - we will be ringing in 2020 before we know it!
I have been so impressed by our students' focus and drive this past semester. There are still a few weeks left in the semester, but I know that we will have a strong finish and will have much learning to celebrate!
Thank you for your well wishes and encouragement to our staff over this past semester, but I do want to express my appreciation for the strong parental support we have at Temecula Valley High School - it is one of our most Golden defining qualities as a school. A wonderful example of parent support is the Temecula Valley Golden Regiment's (the band) parent support group. During performances (and during the football halftime shows) they are a mighty crew running equipment on and off the field. This is only a very small portion of what they do, but it is an incredible visual reminder of the work so many of our parents do to ensure that our programs school wide are exceptional! If you haven't thought about how to be involved in the life of the school, consider doing so in 2020.
TVHS is currently in the process of formalized reflection, within the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Focus on Learning (FOL) Self Study. The accreditation process is just as valuable as the accreditation itself. Our school has been carefully reviewing 5 criterion areas of focus: Vision; Instruction; Curriculum; Culture; and Assessment. Before we close out second semester we will be setting our Action Plan in motion for the next 5 years. Parents will be playing a vital role in reviewing our self study and accompanying action plan in order to provide additional input and feedback.
It'll be another Golden Year to be a Bear!
Visual and Performing Arts
Dancing with the Bears took place during the middle of November. It was a huge success! Alliance, TV's Advanced Dance team, put on a showcase that crossed into other clubs and activities on campus and included members from football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and more! It was a great way to build bridges between the performing arts and athletics.
Also, we have a number of upcoming VAPA events in the month of December:
- Little Bear Dance Camp 12/6 - camp for TK-8th grade students to come and dance with our dance team members
- Improv Team in the PAC 12/6
- Valley Fusion Winter Dance Show 12/13 - show put on by TVHS and GOHS dance teams
- Winter Music Concert 12/17 - all music groups on campus (band, choir, orchestra)
Counselors will be capping off semester one with classroom visits for whole-class counseling sessions covering various topics, including but not limited to, study skills, self advocacy, growth mindset, and cyber bullying. After a couple months of college applications, FAFSA completion and all the other high intensity college application season to-dos, our counselors are looking forward to visiting classrooms.
In other news, our counselors have led all 9th graders through their four-year plans and interest surveys. Also, Dr. Warren is currently reviewing ASVAB results with our juniors.
AP Exam Update: Exams have been ordered. For all the latest news regarding AP exams, please follow us on Twitter @TVHSbearsinAP.
Parking on Campus and at Ronald Reagan Sports Park
Parking has been modified at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park. The modifications will restrict some areas of parking for some of our students who park their car at the park. Enforcement of the restrictions will occur the first day back of school 2nd semester. Please note that students can continue to park at the park - please see the city issued flyer (shown below) for parking regulations. The school's aim is that every student who wants a spot on campus has the opportunity to have one. In order to provide additional spaces we have carefully evaluated our existing parking plan and continue to create more parking as the need arises. We have not had to turn any student away. To ensure that we have a spot for you on the first day back, please purchase your parking spot for the pro-rated 2nd semester cost of $27.00 by December 18th at 3:00 P.M. Application forms can be collected and returned to the school bookkeeping window. The parking fees are utilized for student activities and costs associated with maintaining the student lots. If there is a need for financial assistance please contact the principal. Thank you,
Golden Bear Foundation Grant Winners & Scholarship Announcement
The Golden Bear Foundation's fall grant winners are: Air Force JROTC, Yearbook, ASL Honor Society, Mock Trial and Field Hockey. Each of these groups received a check for $500. Giving money to TVHS clubs and sports is one of our very favorite things to do. Actually, it IS our favorite thing to do!
Speaking of giving money away - did you know that next spring the Golden Bear Foundation will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to Dollars for Scholars applicants? To qualify, seniors need a minimum 3.0 GPA and a total of at least 200 service hours (cumulative total from all four years). Apply through Dollars for Scholars. Good luck!
English Learner Advisory Committee
Our last ELAC meeting was held on 11/20. We are working closely with staff to ensure that our English Learners receive and understand school messages including notifications of events, clubs on campus, and other extracurricular activities. We discussed re-designation procedures. If your student qualifies for re-designation you will be notified by a School Counselor. Our English Learners will be participating in the Run/Hide/Fight training separately to ensure they fully understand what to do during an emergency situation. If you are interested in becoming an ELAC officer please let us know. Join us during our next ELAC meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00pm. During this meeting our School Resource Officer will be sharing information about vaping.
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Academic Pins for Excellence
At the beginning of November, the ASB team distributed over 2,500 ACADEMIC PINS to all of those Golden Bears that earned a 3.0 or better on their Progress Report for the first 9 weeks of school. We were so excited to see the sheer number of students that succeeded academically. It’s also very exciting to see all of the students wearing their pins on backpacks, lettermen’s jackets, and bags. The enamel pin is merely a trinket, but it represents something so much larger … effort, hard work, dedication, and success. Students should be very proud to show off their accomplishment.
At the end of each of the 3 grading period, ASB distributes a unique pin. Students have the opportunity to earn one of each throughout the course of the year. The second pin will come out at the beginning of January after Report Card grades close. In addition to the academic pins, at each grading period students can earn the coveted IMPROVEMENT PIN with a 0.5 or better improvement of their overall GPA from one grading period to the next. It is not an easy task by any means. Only about 300 Improvement Pins are distributed each time making them the rarest of all. Congratulations to all the students who earned a pin this month. Look for Round 2 in January.
Opportunity to Support
Dear Community Members,
Temecula Dollars for Scholars®, formerly known as Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Temecula Valley, is excited to kick off over 30 years of helping our local graduating seniors make their dreams of a higher education become a reality. We need your help! Without your support, some of our finest high school graduates from Chaparral, Great Oak, Temecula Valley, Rancho Vista, Susan H. Nelson, and Sparkman Alternative may not have the means to attend college. Tuitions at local community colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California systems have risen over 50% in the past several years. These fees, combined with increases in room and board, books, and other student expenses can be extremely cost prohibitive. Together we can financially assist our local graduates.
The advantages of giving a scholarship through Temecula Dollars for Scholars® are:
Community Visibility – Our awards night presentation is attended by Temecula community leaders, school officials, students and families.
Investment Return – Invest in something that will grow exponentially in the future.
Personalized Scholarships – Give a scholarship in your name or the organization of your choice.
Joint Effort – Let us do the legwork and paperwork while you receive the credit.
Scholarship Resources – When students apply for your local scholarships, our parent organization,
Scholarship America, connects the students to thousands of national funding opportunities.
Tax Deduction – Temecula Dollars for Scholars® is a tax exempt organization under IRS 501(c)(3).
Matching Scholarships – Many universities and colleges match scholarships given through Dollars for Scholars
Make this your opportunity to show your commitment to the youth of our community. To ensure accurate matching of students to your criteria, complete the pledge sheet located on web page http://www.temecula.dollarsforscholars.org/index.php?section=chapterWebsite&action=main&fwID=2038 and email it to email@example.com or mail it in before December 14, 2019. Payment can be sent in with the pledge sheet but must be received before the recipient selection process begins in March of 2020. Your participation in this program is truly rewarding for so many of our 2020 graduating seniors.
Promoting Career Awareness during Industry Partner Career Day
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department hosted the 3rd annual Industry Partner Career Day at Temecula Valley High School on November 21, 2019. Jenni Huter, Work Based Learning Facilitator and Maryann Edwards, CTE Coordinator for TVUSD partnered with TVHS CTE Staff to create an event in which students heard from industry and business partners from the community as they shared their career pathway experience and advice for students planning to enter various industry sectors. This career awareness offered CTE students guidance to better prepare them for workplace expectations and equip them with the knowledge necessary to make informed career decisions for their future. What better way to do this than to hear from the experts.
TVHS CTE students listened to industry professionals in the fields of Digital Media (Justin Lawler, The Creative Bar), Engineering (Ryan Deeds, Lock and Alert Electrical, Jazmine Lacea/Teresa Moya, Abbott Vascular), Healthcare (Carla Yriqui, Picasso Dental Care, Jake Vinocur, TV Hospital), First Responders (Todd Gooch, Riverside Fire), Information Technology (Kam Uli, Abbott Vascular, Steven Burns, Cisco), Automotive (Jeff Davy, Devious Customs, Dom Long, Temecula European Auto), Culinary (Kevin Templeton, Barley Mash,Chef Marlene, Pechanga), Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation (Kimberly Adams, VTV), and Social Media Marketing (Brandi Bemoll, City of Temecula). Students got a behind the scenes look at what types of academic knowledge, soft skills, and technical skills they might need to be successful in a particular career.
Jenny Hughes, Career Education Outreach Specialist at MSJC moderated a panel discussion. During the event, industry partners shared information about how they got into their current career, day to day job responsibilities, challenges, and advice on entering the field. They talked about the importance of employability skills and making sure that you truly have a passion for your work. After the advisory panel session, students had an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Then at the end, students were provided time to come up and speak more closely with the industry experts. This event was one example of the ways in which CTE pathway educators, local industry/business, and post-secondary education partners are working together to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in high wage, high demand, and high skill jobs and explore what their career and post-secondary options are. Each person journeys to their career on a different pathway and by exploring career and college options through CTE pathways, students are taking their first step on the pathway toward their own career goals. We would like to thank all who participated in this event to make it a success for our students.
African American Parent Advisory Council
Our 1st African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) meeting was a success. We had over 60 participants in attendance. The emphasis of AAPAC is insuring that all our Bears are supported. Several parents were interested in being a member of the AAPAC leadership team. The leadership team met this past Tuesday to discuss the council’s next steps including ideas for our Inspire forum for students which will be held on January 23. We will be sending out information regarding our next AAPAC meeting soon.
Emphasis on Unity
Greetings Golden Bear Families,
It has been an incredible fall athletic season. I am thrilled to announce that our varsity football team registered the highest GPA for all football teams in Riverside County. They also brought home the City Football Championship. Their success continued through South Western League play to win the first league title in 19 years. The Golden Bears rolled into the Div XII CIF playoffs and then battled their way into the finals to claim the first CIF title since 1991. They are now in the hunt for a State Championship beginning at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.
Winter sports are heating up but it’s not too late to find a spot in non-cut sports like girls water polo and wrestling. Soccer may also have a few spots left on their developmental teams. If would like information on winter or spring sports please refer to the athletic page on the TVHS website. If you have specific questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org