Principal's Message

September 2020

Gratitude from Gray and Team

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.—Without question during these unique times that we are asked to make our new norm, I want to thank all of our scholars, families, and staff for their undeniable patience and understanding as we make distance learning work for all. I am truly grateful to work in such a great school community. We will continue to work to make this experience better each day and one day a time. From all of us, we express our deepest gratitude for being able to serve you all.

From Technology Integration Services (TIS)

Do you need Tech Support?

Do you need a Chromebook?

  • Please come to the AHS library Monday-Thursday between 12:45-2:45 pm to pick up a device. Please bring your id (it can be an old one) or current schedule and don't forget your mask!

Do you need a Hotspot?

For more help from TIS, please check out their District webpage.

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Updates from the SLCs

Future Leaders for Social Change

Future Academy teachers and students have been getting to know each other via zoom and welcoming in the new freshman class. Each new member of the cohort will be receiving a copy of Not a Genuine Black Man later this semester and each one has been paired up with an upperclassman mentor. Soon, they will begin learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in their English classes.

Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine had a successful Strong Start with 70 freshmen scholars and another 16 upperclassmen offering tips and tricks for distance learning/life in high school. Additionally, Health and Medicine students participated in a number of summer learning opportunities including the Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program, the FACES for the Future Coalition, Pilot City Internships, and the Orthopedic Trauma Institute Program and UCSF. While some of the participants gained more universal knowledge of professional skills, resume building, presentation skills etc. to better prepare them for college and career, others had a more immersive experience in the innovations, professionalism, and communication in the health and medical field.

Tech Links

Tech Links Welcomes the class of 2024 and is very proud of their ability to to transition into high school. Tech Links has created some very cool masks to distribute the scholars. We are working on the details for the distribution.

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We've made it through 2 weeks of school and scholar participation has been excellent! Our Teachers are safe and well! We have 2 brand new 3-D printers up and running and pounding out designs! Our maker Space is an ongoing ever evolving space with strides being made every day towards improvement and accessibility both physically and "at a distance"! TREND delivered the first batch of 3-D printed Mask-Straps available for faculty & staff to take upon checking in at the entrance. Great response from staff so far regarding them! We have plans to print a second size of mask-strap, and will be exploring printing and distributing other PPE gear for faculty & staff both here at AHS and at the district.

“We are learning and growing together as every day passes, in this new and uncharted territory. It won’t be easy; There are going to be some uncomfortable moments…”

-Donna Victoriano

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Student Transit Pass Program

The Student Transit Pass Program (STPP) provides free youth Clipper cards to eligible middle and high school students in Alameda County which can be used for unlimited free bus rides in their area (on AC Transit, Union City Transit or LAVTA Wheels), as well as a 50 percent discount on BART trips and youth discounts on other transit systems.

Check out the AHS website for more information!

Updates from our Departments

Counseling and Career Center

Counselors have been busy helping to make sure all students are in the appropriate classes. Arroyo High School counselors strive to assist students in achieving success in all aspects of their lives. Counselors get to know their students in grade nine and remain involved with them throughout high school, providing individual, ongoing guidance on academic, personal, extracurricular, and post-secondary options.

Please visit our web page for the latest updates.


Mr. Schneider, the Arroyo High Teacher Librarian, has been working with his colleague Ms. Marks of the San Lorenzo High Library and Kirstin Mandalay, Young Adult Librarian of San Leandro's Manor Branch, in order to get resources for students while we are in Covid Shelter.


Physics scholars have been engaged and seem to be doing really good work. The turn-in rate for assignments so far has been excellent. Also scholars in other science classes show up early or stay behind in class Zoom meetings to have one-on-one conversations with teachers. It has been amazing to form some of these deeper connections despite not being able to see them physically in the classrooms.

From the Desk of Athletics and Student Activities


While athletics are temporarily on hold, rest assured AD Waranoff is hard at work behind the scenes. The Athletic Boosters will be hosting a Q & A with Mr. Waranoff soon.

Please stay up to date by visiting the Athletics website often.


While the start of the '20-21 school year is something we have never experienced before, it will be unique. Our Don family is strong and we will get through this together. Our activities will have a different look, but rest assured our priority is to still have fun and show our spirit even at a distance. Make sure to get involved, meet new people, and try new things. Don't forget every Friday we wear our red and black with pride. Make those memories to last a lifetime.

For seniors who did not receive a cap and gown packet from Jostens during materials pick up, please reach out to Ms. Rodrigues at

You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter at (arroyohs) and Facebook (Arroyo Dons Student Life) for current and up-to-date information. Don Pride Always!