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May 2017

Mrs. Burroughs and Outstanding SAHS Spanish Language Students

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SAHS Spanish Students win National Recognition and College Credits

We are so proud of our San Antonio Spanish Language students some of whom placed among the top in the nation on the National Spanish Exam and others who earned 4 units of UC and CSU transferable credits by taking a credit by examination offered through Santa Rosa Junior College.

The National Spanish Exam is a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish. Over 157,000 students in the United States took the exam this year with San Antonio High School students earning national recognition. Our students not only did exceptionally well, but they did so in the most challenging category, the Bilingual Category. Under the instruction and guidance of Mrs. Burroughs, our students did better than many of the private schools in the area and across the United States. Here are the results:

National Spanish Exam

Medal Winners:

Lupita Zaragoza: Level 4 - Silver Medal

Omar Lopez: Level 1 - Bronze Medal

Sam Pleitez: Level 1 - Bronze Medal

Honorable Mention:

Lisette Garcia

Luis Chavez

Vili Valencia

Additionally, several of our San Antonio High School students took the Credit by Exam test offered by Santa Rosa Junior College. Mrs. Burroughs dedicated a unit to prepare students for the test, and Mr. Jamerson helped students with the co-enrollment registration. Here are the three students who scored high enough to receive four college-level, transferable credits for Spanish 1:

Spanish 1 Credit by Exam

Kenny Bernal

Lupita Zaragoza

Diego Vazquez

The hard work and scholarship displayed by these students is an inspiration to us all!

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Parent Portal for Aeries Online Gradebook

Aeries Parent Portal

Attention parents of Petaluma school district students. The school year is coming to an end, but there is still time to check your student's grades and encourage them to finish strong.

You can access your Aeries Parent Portal to keep up with your child's progress by doing the following:

If you don't have an account or haven't created one, you can create one once you get to the Aeries Homepage. To set up an account:

  • Click on Create New Account.
  • Select Parent.
  • It will then prompt you to put in your email address and create a password.
  • A verification code will then be sent to your email. Log in to your email and follow the directions in the Verification email from Aeries.

Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Mother's day is celebrated on various days in other parts of the world although usually in March or May.

The holiday was founded by a women named Julia Ward Howe in 1870 to honor the mothers of soldiers lost in war. Today, it is celebrated the second Sunday in May each year. It is the third largest retail holiday in the United States with Americans spending a total of 2.38 billion dollars on gifts such as flowers, jewelry or a special meal out.

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Summer Birthdays!!!

We want to wish a VERY happy birthday to our San Antonio family members who are having birthdays this month and during the summer.

May Birthdays

May 11: Brianna Bugarin

May 16: Ian Emerson

May 22: Edgar Luna Lozano

May 23: Christian Garcia

May 26: Marissa Ochoa-Ledesma

May 27: Nancy Amador-Celedon

May 31: Russell Gongora

June Birthdays

June 5: Cecilia Garcia

June 6: Ulises Salgado-Bernal

June 8: Joseph Everhart

June 13: Yatza Antunez Palomares

June 14: Bradley McCullough

June 16: Nikki Jackson

June 20: Alexis Ceja and David Garcia

June 21: Orion LeGore

June 29: Adolfo Gonzalez

July Birthdays

July 13: Dustin Arango

July 18: Kylee Cecchini Haynes

July 19: Rebecca Lofton

July 24: Kyler Adams

July 27: Victoriano Calvillo-Ojeda

July 28: Clara Siva

August Birthdays

August 5: Rily Romano

August 9: Alberto Gonzalez

August 14: Esteban Ollervides Nanez

August 17: Jose Fernandez

August 24: Jafet Azpeitia

Kelly Carmona - Our student of the Grading Period!

We are excited to announce our Student of the Grading Period, Kelly Carmona. Maria Contreras sat down with Kelly and asked her a few questions about school and her motivation for academic success.

Q: How does it feel to be student of the month?

A: I feel accomplished for all the hard work I have put into to receive this award.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My sister, Diana Carmona she inspires me to keep pushing and to not give up.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: My favorite subject is study skills because I get help from Ms. Jackson and Mr. Carhart.

Q: Are you planning on going to college?

A: I will be going to school after high school graduation, just not an academic school. I want to become a barber, so I will be going to barber school.

Q: Do you like San Antonio?

A: Yes. San Antonio has helped me in many ways. It has helped me grow as a person and learn from my mistakes. It has helped me be the person I want to be.

Fun Facts for May

May is:

  • national blood pressure month
  • the official month of the egg
  • mental health awareness month
  • the precious gem emerald's birthstone month
  • named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility
  • a month in which no United States president has ever died
  • is now a popular month for marriages, but used to be considered bad luck
  • is similar in weather to November in the Southern Hemisphere

San Antonio High School Teacher Spotlight

For the month of May, leadership student Ivan Lezama interviewed our awesome science teacher Mrs. Morilla!

Q: What school did you go to?

A: I went to the University of the Pacific located in Stockton, California, and I studied Biological Science.

Q: What motivated you to be a teacher?

A: I had a lot of friends who became teachers, and I wanted to share how much I liked science with students.

Q: Did you always want to be a science teacher?

A: No, not always. I actually wanted be be a pharmacist, but I decided to be social and be around students.

Q: Why did you choose San Antonio?

A: I love the small classes and great staff like Mr. Carroll. Also, I like to help students who appreciate it.

Q: What's your favorite part about San Antonio?

A: I like the newsletter because I get to be a part of it this month, and I like that I get to know both my students and the staff well because this is a small school.

Q: What class is your favorite class and why?

A: That's hard. I think it would be my second period class because it's the biggest class, and it has a large variety of personalities.

Angel Island

One of the highlights of the 2016 - 2017 school year was our trip to Angel Island on May 12. Nearly all of the students and staff took part in this awesome day.

We first took a school bus down to Tiburon where we boarded a ferry to cross over the bay to Angel Island. Once there, we were given a guided tour which consisted of hiking part of the island to see incredible views, and historic buildings. We learned a lot about the history of the island -- it's use during the Civil War (a high point was when we were able to fire a cannon used during the Civil War) and how later the island became a place to hold and process immigrants from China and Japan.

After a picnic lunch on the island, we headed back to school. We want to especially thank the Angel Island Conservancy for making this trip a reality for the students and staff of San Antonio High School!

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Warm Springs Fish Hatchery Field Trip

On May 19th, San Antonio High School students in Mrs. Morilla's Biology and Physical Science classes took a field trip to the Warm Springs fish hatchery at Lake Sonoma to release the fish they had hatched and grown over the last six weeks.

The students learned a lot of interesting things about fish such as how they swim from the hatchery to the Russian River, then out the the Pacific Ocean where they stay for a couple of years so they can grow. The students also learned that in mid February they could go fishing with a sibling, and if they catch a fish, they can take it home for dinner.

It was a fun and educational field trip, and the students are very grateful to Mrs. Morilla for putting organizing this experience for them.