Golden Bear Gazette
A monthly publication for TVHS parents - February 2020
From the Principal's Desk
Welcome Back! We are well within the spring semester, yet it is always deeply rewarding to look back over the last semester and see all that our students have accomplished. My mind travels to the excitement of our athletic victories, the on-going development of our viticulture, olive orchard, and hillside restoration project. We have also experienced nationwide notoriety within our CyberPatriot (cybersecurity) team, and our students have demonstrated overall outstanding scholarship. It has been a Golden Year to be a Bear.
That being said, as I have shared in email communication and through our robocall system, last semester, and even into this semester, our school experienced hate incidences on campus that have left students feeling, understandably, unsafe. I know that you share my sentiment that we are deeply concerned about this behavior motivated by hate, and want to eliminate all hate incidents. Student safety has always been and will continue to be the highest priority on campus.
For this reason, on Tuesday, February 25th parents are invited to a forum in the school's Multi Purpose Room. The purpose of the event is to spread awareness of hate incidences, learn what our school has done to respond, and allow parents an opportunity to provide input in order to develop a proactive approach to further promote a campus of compassion, empathy, and unity. The parent meeting will begin at 6:00 P.M. If you will be attending please send me an email in order that I may have an approximate number of attendees.
On this front, we will continue to offer students and staff opportunity for input and decision making. I am very excited about the opportunity to build our connections as a Golden Bear Family!
TVHS has an Engineering program designed to bring forth students' imaginations in product innovation. The three-year CTE pathway begins with Introduction to Engineering Design, then leads to Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, and finishes strong with Engineering Principles. These courses teach Revit Software, Autodesk Inventor, utilize a CNC Mill to develop 3D models, and robotics. Our Engineering Principles students recently completed a professional capstone project demonstrating their skills in engineering planning, design, and construction. They also did a wonderful job in communicating their ideas the evening of the presentation. Further, these high performing students will also be afforded the opportunity for business partner apprenticeships.
The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority at Temecula Valley High School. At 11:10 AM on Wednesday, January 29 we conducted a school wide lockdown drill. We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our staff and students know what to do in an emergency. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.
We are pleased with the outcome of today’s drill and feel reassured that our safety plans can be implemented effectively by our staff. Thanks to our teachers, administrators and support staff we were able to confirm that every room was secure in approximately 7 minutes.
Please talk with your student about the drill. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students feel safe.
Parent Teacher Student Association
TVHS PTSA is having a fantastic year, and that’s thanks to you!
Here are our upcoming events:
Students – have you been racking up those hours serving the community? You may be eligible for the Presidential Service Award! Presidential Service Awards applications will be available in the College and Career Center by mid-January and are due back to the College and Career Center by no later than 2:30 P.M., Friday, March 20, 2020. Qualifying hours must be accrued between March 20, 2019 – March 20, 2020, and applications must be verified by the College and Career Center for Service Awards to be processed.
Win Disney Park Hopper Passes from TVHS PTSA! We are 31 members away from giving away three tickets to Disneyland! For one $12 membership not only are you supporting students at TVHS, but you could also walk away with three park hopper passes! Join today via TOTEM: https://jointotem.com/ca/temecula/temecula-valley-high
Golden Bear Athletics
In Golden Bear country we are very proud to have true scholar/athletes. All of our fall sports had over a 3.0 GPA and football, boys cross country and boys water polo were honored at a recent school board meeting for having the highest GPA in Riverside County.
Southwest league competition is wrapping up and the Golden Bear winter teams are battling for a playoff berth. The wrestling team clinched it's 33rd consecutive league title and is in a great position to win back to back CIF titles. Girls soccer is 6-1 and still in the hunt for a league title. Boys soccer is 2-2-4 and with two games left still has a shot at qualifying for CIF. Girls water polo is in the midst of the carousel and with two wins could still take third and earn a playoff spot. Girls basketball has improved greatly this season and has closed the point margin with all league opponents. Boys basketball is 4-3 in SWL play and with 3 games remaining is still control of their postseason destiny. Spring sports are beginning soon and there is still time to join a team. Track and field is a non-cut sport and with numerous events, every student could find a spot. Please find more information about spring sports on the TVHS athletic website: https://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/domain/11894
All events can be found on the TVHS athletics page or on the link: https://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/domain/11894
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Our last ELAC meeting was held on January 29. Our School Resource Officer, Curtis Kennedy, shared information on vapes. His presentation was extremely informative. He showed us different types of vapes including liquids used in vapes, the effects of using vapes, and discussed, unfortunately but accurately, how widespread vaping is within Temecula.
Our students will begin taking the ELPAC exam on 02/03/2020. It is important that our students come to school fully rested and try their best on the exam. Their results will drive their placement into certain courses. In addition, we have scheduled a field trip for our students and parents to visit University of California Riverside and California State University San Bernardino on 05/13/2020. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. Our next ELAC meeting is scheduled for 02/26/2020 in our Library.
The Counseling Department has been busily preparing for the business of 2020-2021 school year by running our students grades 9-11 through the Course Selection process. We encourage parents/guardians to sit down with their student Bears and review the course options that will help them fulfill their path to College and Career readiness. Freshman students are already meeting with their counselors this week - sophomores are next.
If interested in Dual Enrollment, students must turn in a D/E Interest Form to counseling by February 28 and complete the MSJC Application and Online Orientation by March 20.
College and Career Fair
Be on the lookout for our College and Career Fair on Feb. 11 during lunch. Over 20 participants from local colleges, military, dental, and auto schools will be here. We will also have representatives from Job Corp and some out of state colleges (that have rolling admissions) will also be in attendance. So, Seniors . . . this is a good opportunity if you're still in decision-mode regarding your post-high school plans.
Seniors - IMPORTANT!
Seniors must have their community service hours turned in by May 1.
In order for a Senior to receive a Green Cord they must have at least 300 community service hours completed and turned in by the deadline of May 1 as well.
Thinking about MSJC?
Please see Mrs. Sanchez in College & Career Center (room 207) to get on the interest list. Applications and online orientation must be completed to participate in Eagle Day at MSJC - Menifee campus (Temecula campus will not be open until Spring 2021).
African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC)
Our AAPAC Leadership Board is assembled. They will be meeting on Thursday, 02/06/2020 to review bylaws, mission statement, and determine our next steps. Please complete the survey that was sent to all AAPAC parents in order that the board can review the results. If you are interested in serving in a leadership position or assisting with any aspect of AAPAC please contact Mrs Hernandez or Mr Gadsden.
Golden Bear Foundation
TVHS Spring Bingo Night is Feb. 22!
Grab your daubers, Bingo night is around the corner! Bingo is a super fun way for any team or club on campus to earn money. They earn for every single ticket they pre-sell, and they can bring items to be raffled off during the evening. Plus, there's a $200 bonus for the team or club that has the most pre-sale tickets. To buy a Bingo ticket, contact the Parent Support Group of your favorite club or team on campus. Pre-sale ticket orders must be turned in to the Golden Bear Foundation by Thursday, February 20th. We'll see you at Bingo!
ASB - Golden Bear Welcome and Spring Expo
There’s always so much going on in February on campus. It’s that perfect spot in the year where we’re getting set for all the end of the year activities, celebrating Black History Month, putting on our annual talent show, practicing for the many performances and showcases in early Spring, AND preparing for the next school year. It’s happens so fast and we’re always thinking to the future, but right now students are beginning to choose their classes and decide what activities, athletics, and clubs they’re going to be a part of for the next year. Auditions for many of these groups happen before Spring Break including ASB, drama, dance, band, and cheer. Yes, it’s early, but we’re so looking forward to it all that we can’t contain ourselves. We bring this up because we don’t want any of our Golden Bears to miss opportunities. As we roll into February there’s a couple things that they can do to ensure that you’re on top of signups.
1. On Wednesday, February 19 at 6PM we welcome future and current Golden Bears to the Big Gym for our Golden Bear Welcome Spring Expo. EVERY club, athletic program, activity, and class will be represented by staff and students to answer questions about what each program entails and why you should join. We invite you to attend and to find out more.
2. Students should listen for ANNOUNCEMENTS and pay attention to signups, tryouts, and auditions. All tryouts for classes take place prior to Spring Break. They’re right around the corner.
One of the greatest differences that distinguishes high school from other grade levels is the amount of activities and groups to get involved in. We have amazing classes and academic opportunities here at TV, but we also have so many places for our Golden Bears to engage their passions. We’d love to see you on February 19 at the Spring Expo.