Spartan Weekly Update 9/11
Week At A Glance
See What's Happening This Week
Block Schedule - Odd Day
PFSO Meeting 7pm Library
Freshman Class Elections
Block Schedule-Even Day
Freshman Class Elections
Boys Basketball Tryouts 6pm Gym
Block Schedule-Odd Day
Block Schedule-Even Day
STUDENT PICK UP AND DROP OFF
- If possible, please drop off your student along Taft Ave. or Nichols Ave. near the campus as traffic in the parking lot as drop-off lanes will be congested BEFORE SCHOOL AND AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.
- Please be patient and follow the directions of our staff who are directing traffic and helping students safely enter campus.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Orange Unified School District continues to strive for high overall student attendance rates. Student attendance has a profound impact on student success, funding, and resources. Our theme is "We Champion Attendance." Let's all work together to keep our students in school, attending their classes, and working towards their educational, career, and life goals!
To learn more about addressing chronic absenteeism, please visit www.attendanceworks.org
This week is National Arts in Education Week.
National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.
The Parent Project - OC Sheriff's Department
The Parent Project is a 10-week course, facilitated by the Orange County Sheriff's Department which offers parents "concrete, no-nonsense interventions, and solutions to reduce and manage problematic behaviors" often found in strong-willed teens. Classes start September 11, 2023.
This course is open to the public and free to attend. To learn more about the Parent Project, please visit parentproject.com
Bell Schedule 2023-2024
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5-Star Students Program and Student APP Download
This year we will be using the 5-Star Students program at VP to help students increase their involvement on campus and hall passes. Students can earn points for attending events and participating in activities. More information will be shared about this app next week!
College Application Parent Night Sept. 25 @6pm
The VPHS Counseling Team cordially invites parents and students grades 9-12 to learn more about postsecondary education and the college application process. This event will be held Monday, September 25th from 6pm to 7pm in the PAC. Topics include:
- Community Colleges
- Private Schools
- Out of State
- Common App
Interested in Attending? Click HERE to RSVP
New Counselor Assignments & Contacts 2023-24
SCC Early College (Dual Enrollment) Classes available Fall 2023
Are you interested in taking college courses while in high school, earning dual credit, or exploring careers?
Need help filling out the Special Admit Form and looking for classes? Visit sccollege.edu/earlycollege
Our SCC Representatives are on campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to answer questions and help! See the available courses below.
Morning MATH SUPPORT available Monday through Friday
Need help preparing for an exam or completing an assignment in your Math class?
- Double Zero Period Room 213 - 7:35am - 8:24am
- Zero Period Room 206 - 8:30am - 9:20am
- Students are welcome. Teachers can also make recommendations for students to attend.
- Take advantage of this opportunity!
Homecoming 2023 A Night Under The Spotlight
A Night Under The Spotlight Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 7-10 pm on campus. Ticket sales start on Wednesday, September 13th. The flash sale is for ASB Card Holders ONLY! TIcket prices are as follows:
September 13th: Flash Sale $40 ASB Card Holders ONLY
September 14-15th: $45 with ASB and $50 without ASB
September 18-29th: $55 with ASB and $60 without ASB
October 2-6th: $65 with ASB and $70 without ASB
October 7th (Tickets will be sold at the door): $80
All students attending the Homecoming Dance need to fill out a Dance Contract. Students bringing non-VP guests need to complete their Dance Contract AND a Guest Contract. All Guest Contracts need to be submitted to Mrs. Vandercook for approval BEFORE you purchase your ticket. QR codes are posted below.
Spartans Host Fall Sports Assembly
Written By: Alex Tran
On September 1st, Villa Park High School held our seasonal fall sports assembly. During 2nd period in our gym, fall-season sports dazzled their classmates with the dance skills taught to them by Villa Park’s dance team. While the assembly is recreational, there's no doubt that there are certain competitive elements. In fact, all fall sports teams compete for a "Best Dance Award" judged by a panel of three teachers; this year’s winner is girls volleyball and cross country. Sports assemblies, especially in the fall, are Spartan traditions celebrated by many. It’s a wholesome moment where all students come together and center around sports and community.
Class of 2024 Senior Store Gear Available Through September 15th
Senior spirit wear is available for the next 2 weeks. We have t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and yard signs available.
This is a fundraiser for GradNite, Baccalaureate, and other Senior Graduation activities. Orders close 9/15, so get those orders in TODAY!
Join VPHS PFSO for 2023-2024
Have you joined the PFSO yet? Love to hit 777 on the slot machines? We want to hit our goal of 777 members this year!
The PFSO is made up of volunteers working together to support the faculty, staff, and students of VPHS. Your $10 annual donation makes a world of difference in community life here at VPHS. Whether you have the time to roll up your sleeves and volunteer with us, or this $10 donation is the biggest commitment you can offer right now - we’re thrilled to have you! Here are just a few ways the PFSO gives back to VPHS:
- Teacher grants for classroom supplies
- Campus beautification
- Senior scholarships
- Teacher appreciation goodies & events
- Grad Night & Baccalaureate
- and so much more!
Every family that joins also receives a VP Spartans decal sticker, so we hope you’ll take this opportunity to show your Spartan pride and join today!
Our first PFSO Meeting will be Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm in the VPHS Library. We hope to see you there!
Introduction Of Our Student Board Member
Yesterday night, our Student Board Member, Alexander Tran, had the opportunity to represent Villa Park High School at the Orange Unified School Board of Education’s meeting. His attendance, along with that of four other student representatives from Orange Unified High Schools, is exemplary of student leadership and empowerment. Alexander is a junior and hopes to maximize this experience in hopes of learning more about our political systems. Student Board Members are either appointed or elected by their high school’s Associated Student Body and attend the Board of Education’s monthly meetings, among other community events.
Meet the Staff
Jessica Ringler-Math Teacher
Written by Marianna Mendoza
Jessica Ringler is a mathematics teacher here at Villa Park High School. Raised in Michigan, Mrs. Ringler attended Western Michigan University and majored in mathematics. Teaching at Villa Park High School was, in fact, Mr. Ringler’s first teaching job ever. Since then, her ties to the student community here are as strong as back home, and for two years she served as an ASB advisor. In her free time, Mrs. Ringler enjoys traveling and raising her two-year-old son. Her favorite moments at Villa Park are working and joking around with her students, forming life-long memories.
Shari Scott-Sawyer-Activities Director
Written by: Marianna Mendoza
Here at Villa Park High School, we take great pride in our staff and faculty. Our Activities Director, Shari-Scott Sawyer, is by no means an exception. Throughout her 2 years here, Mrs. "S", dubbed by her ASB students, has greatly contributed to the Spartan spirit. Graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mrs. S found her passions in both health, activities and education. When combining these interests, Mrs. S became a high school Health Teacher and Activities Director. Her love for education extends well beyond the classroom and into the physical world by teaching Zumba. During her time here, Mrs. S’s favorite experience has been helping her ASB students grow and mature into the leaders that they are.
Sports A Week in Review
Written by: Trinity Laurenson-Aumua
Our Villa Park girls varsity tennis team played two games this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday’s game versus Troy was a close match with scores of 10-8, leaving Troy with a loss. Thursday’s game against Orange Lutheran ended with a final score of 6-12, with Orange Lutheran taking the win.
Our varsity girls volleyball team played their last preseason game before going into league starting next week. Thursday’s game against Irvine ended with a loss of three sets, setting the final score to 0-3.
Boys Water Polo
The varsity boys water polo team prepares for their upcoming two-day tournament at El Dorado High School, taking place this weekend on Friday and Saturday.
Our varsity football team had a bye week, allowing them to prepare for the following game against Eastlake this Thursday at Fred Kelly Stadium.
Girls varsity golf played two games this week against Esperanza and El Dorado, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. They pulled off an amazing win with a final score of 290-280 versus Esperanza.
Follow VPHS Teams on Social Media!
Please check out the VP Sports schedule for the latest game schedule, results, and events.
If you are on Instagram, follow our teams to stay updated on game results, schedules, and other team-related events:
Student Newsletter Team
Meet Alex Tran
Greetings! My name is Alexander Tran, and I’m super excited to be this year’s student coordinator for our weekly Spartan Newsletter. If you’re not familiar, I had the opportunity to work alongside Mrs. Scott-Sawyer and Mr. Pongco on last year’s newsletter publication. Learning from those experiences, I’m proud to spearhead Villa Park’s first student-led editorial team. If you’d like to know me better, you're not missing out on too much. Besides being in the 11th grade, I’m currently the Student Board Member for Villa Park High School and am fairly active with Interact Club and Model United Nations. In regards to my career and academic interests, working in a legal or policy-oriented job would be ideal. After high school, I’d like to attend college somewhere on the East Coast; Dartmouth or Georgetown would be cool, and in the case that I graduate, followed by law school. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, and listening to music while going on walks. Not to mention, I also love learning new vocab and expanding my lexicon; my favorite word: fiduciary. Just like the fiduciary
duty I have to you, the reader.
Meet Trinity Laurenson-Aumua
Hi! I’m Trinity Laurenson-Aumua and I’m this year’s ASB Commissioner of Community Relations. This is my first year with ASB, and I’m thrilled to write for our school’s newsletter. In addition to ASB, I play for the school’s Freshman/Sophomore Volleyball Team. After highschool, I’d love to attend my dream college, UCI, including their highly-regarded medical program. Working in the medical field, more specifically being a pediatrician or pediatric nurse, is a definite passion of mine. When I’m free, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and watching sports with my dad. With this, some fun facts about me: I love to play the guitar, I’m deeply rooted with my Samoan culture, and I love baking with my mom.
Meet Marianna Mendoza
Hi! My name is Marianna Mendoza, or you can call me Mari, I am a senior currently serving on ASB as commissioner of community relations, Spanish Club as vice president, and a proud member of Key Club. Through involving myself I've had the chance to engage in various community service activities, contributing to causes close to my heart. And especially serving as the Commissioner of Community Relations in ASB has been a remarkable journey, allowing me to bridge connections between our school and the wider community. Beyond my extracurricular commitments, I am passionate about forensic psychology and aspire to pursue the rest of my academic career at University of California, Irvine (UCI). More so, I’m an avid reader, diving into various genres, currently Almond by Sohn Won-pyun and Tell Me How to Be by Neel Patel are my favorite books! Reading has always been a safe place for me and gives me the opportunity to explore different perspectives. I’m also an avid painter, I find it as an outlet for creativity and it gives me a peace of mind. I have many apriation for this school year, but most importantly I hope to further engage with my community and create a space in which all students get more involved!
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