Week of October 4th, 2021

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Fri, Oct. 8th- End of Quarter
  • Mon, Oct. 11th- Staff In-Service Day- No school for students
  • Tues, Oct 12th- PTSA Meeting via Zoom

Events this Week

  • Volleyball Thursday, Oct.7 @ 4 pm. Home vs. Benicia
  • Football Friday, Oct. 8 @ 4:30 pm. Away vs. Mt. Diablo High

Hispanic/ Latino/a/e/Latinx Heritage Month

We at YVHS want to celebrate our students and families of Latinx heritage in this special month. We will be recognizing in classrooms and schoolwide various activities and functions that pay tribute to the Hispanic culture which makes YVHS an amazing school that truly celebrates its diversity.
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This Week: William Archila Poet and Writer from El Salvador

William Archila is a Latino poet and writer. Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador in 1968, Archila immigrated to the United States in 1980 with his family. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon. Archila is the author of The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (Red Hen Press, 2015), winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Art of Exile (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009), which received a 2010 International Latino Book Award.

The Line

William Archila

I watch them climb the wall,
stumble over tarnished coils
under hills scorched in dry heat,
shriveled up like stone. I remember
I jumped a barbed wire fence —
ropes of bristling spikes nailed
against the bark of a tree ―
and found a small wooden cross
tilting on the highway shoulder.
I know the body was not shipped
back to the family, given a funeral,
news never reached the father
before he wandered the border towns
seeking his son, his wife
covering her face with an apron.
The small screen flickers, displays
twenty men shackled, single-file
boarding a bus at daylight.
I often wonder about the father
too exhausted to sleep, scuffing
for miles, his journey erratic
as if he does not want to arrive,
the earth below his feet raspy
like ashes. The line stretches
across countries, the entire
length of the continent, always
pulling me to the hour I crossed
the border like a full moon
that rises over rooftops,
my back wet, the blades of the chopper
blasting wind & falling rain.

Diablo Valley College (DVC) UNdocu-Tackling Toughest Questions on Immigration and How it affects Undocumented Students

Dear YVHS Families,

The YVHS Social Justice Club, the DVC DREAMers Alliance, and DVC Professor Frank Ortega want to take the opportunity to share with you that DVC DREAMers Alliance is collaborating with PTSA and the YVHS Social Justice Club in order to answer questions students may have about immigration, DACA, Dream Act, or other related issues surrounding this topic. Our ultimate goal is to provide accurate information to all affected directly, to all allies, and all interested in learning how to continuously support our students. Students are not required to participate but all submitted questions will serve as collected information to best present answers to the school.

The students will have the option of accessing the link through their Google Classroom, access to a QR Code from printed flyers located at the end of the wings, and in their teacher's classroom, the deadline to submit their questions is Friday, October 8th, 2021.

If you should have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jenny Guirola- Garcia directly at (925) 685-8414 extension 3610 or at guirolaj@mdusd.org

Thank you,
Mrs. Jenny Guirola- Garcia
YVHS School Community Coordinator

YVHS Parent Volunteer Sign Up

We are asking for additional help if you could spare a day, a morning/afternoon, or even a few hours to help where needed. Just as you would see parents volunteer for classrooms in the elementary school, we are asking for parent volunteers for various areas such as hallway monitoring, front office help with students support, giving tardy passes, our wellness center, additional support at lunch, and numerous other areas. If you are interested in helping our YVHS community, please sign-up below. Volunteers do have to be cleared through the volunteer process which can be accessed at the MDUSD Volunteer Instructions below.

English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ygnacio Valley High School's English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) is comprised of parents, staff, and community members and is specifically designed to advise and collaborate with school officials on English Learner program services. We welcome you to join us!

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

October 7, 2021

11am - 12pm

Via Zoom

Spanish Translation will be provided

( An invite will be sent to the families of students in the English Learner Program through ParentSquare on Wednesday, October 5th. )

CLICK on YVHS ELAC to visit our page.

PSAT Tests are coming!

Juniors: The PSAT will be held at our school on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

You can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship as well as other scholarships and recruitment from colleges and Universities. Tickets will be $25 and there is a limited supply of free tickets for students who qualify financially. Tickets will be on sale at the treasurer's office starting next Wednesday, September 8th. Don't miss out as space is limited. Click Here for more information on our Website: College & Career Resources

Filipino American History Month

YVHS also celebrates through schoolwide various activities and functions that pay tribute to Filipino/x American History with our students and families. Let's celebrate their culture, art, and many contributions to the U.S.

Did you know?

Filipino Americans are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation and the second-largest ethnic group in California.

Learn more

Art Museum https://asianart.org/cultural-celebrations/celebrate-filipino-american-history-month/

Natural History Museum https://nhm.org/stories/filipino-american-history-month

Little Manila Rising – Stockton: After school programs, dance, health assistance and martial arts.

Filipino Americans of Northern California – Sacramento, East Bay & Beyond: Community resources, scholarships and workshops.

Philippine National Day Association – Sacramento: Youth leadership, scholarship opportunities and mentoring.

Asian Resources – Sacramento: Youth employment resources, support services and workshops.

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This Week- Chromebook Distribution and Insurance Form

Parents and Families,

We have distributed Chromebooks with their charger this week. The Chromebooks have been assigned to the students account and will require them to bring them to school each and every single day.

Students will be required to care for their Chromebooks, however we recommend that families take advantage of this low-cost insurance that will cover for damage and loss if those occurrences should happen. The insurance is approximately $21.95 for the entire year.

The school district technology form for all parents to sign for acknowledgment and Device Liability - Responsibility Checkout Form has been sent out for parents and students to review and sign.

Please see the Parent/Student Chromebook Handbook, and the Insurance Information below

Parents, we are seeking your feedback! We want to know how our school technology can support you. The purpose of the surveys are to gather information on technology access, skills, and our school's technology environment. They will also provide insights into the impact of Chromebook 1:1 programs and technology initiatives as well as help with qualifying for funding opportunities.

Parent Technology Survey
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Tardy Policy Now in Place

Tardies will be now be in effect for all students. This has been explained to all students in their classrooms.

At 10 period Tardies, students will be given a 30 minute after school detention. Students will be notified in their 6th period classes on Mondays if they have exceeded the 10 period Tardy Rule. They will have an opportunity to serve their detention either Tuesday or Thursday afterschool from 3:40 - 4:10pm

We ask for your support in this process by monitoring your student's attendance from the Aeries parent portal or homelink and speaking to them about being in class on time. Thank you for your support.

MT. DIABLO C.A.R.E.S. Study Hall

  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:45PM-5:30PM
  • Location: Library
  • Free food and snacks are served in the cafeteria right after school
  • Teachers and textbooks are available every day for assistance with homework
  • Tutoring slips are available for proof of attendance

Stop by Room 702 if you have any questions.

YVHS celebrates LGBTQ+ Month

At YVHS, diversity, and inclusion is a way to build community and a welcome for our students and their families.

LGBTIA+ History Month was created in 1994 by a high school history teacher in Missouri named Rodney Wilson. The month of October was initially chosen to include:

  • National Coming Out Day on October 11
  • Anniversary of the first LGBT March on Washington on October 14, 1979
  • Spirit Day on October 21, 2021. This day aims to create awareness for the bullying and harassment that the L.G.B.T.Q community faces. Wear purple to show solidarity to our LGBTQ+

Resources for LGBT Youth and Friends/Supporters

Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBT youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their LGBT children are protected and supported.

Direct Online and Phone Support Services for LGBTQ Youth

  • The Trevor Project has several direct online resources specifically for LGBTQ youth:
    • Trevor Lifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
    • TrevorChat is a confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7, at trevorproject.org/get-help-now/.
    • TrevorText is a confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7/365, by texting START to 678678.
    • TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24 available at trevorspace.org
  • Q Chat Space is a bully-free online community of LGBTQ teens that can chat with other LGBTQ teens and trained staff from LGBTQ centers around the country.
  • Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.
  • National Runaway Safeline is a federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, available 24/7/365, providing access to resources and listening professionals.
  • The Validation Station is a free texting service that sends daily gender-affirming and uplifting text messages to trans and non-binary youth in lockdown.
  • Trans Lifeline Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people located all over the US and Canada, for trans and questioning callers.
    • You can call Trans Lifeline Hotline at 877-565-8860
  • The LGBT National Help Center offers a talk line and weekly chatrooms for youth, providing confidential peer support, information, local resources, and community.
  • True Colors United has created an online COVID-19 Action & Resource center providing the most up-to-date resources for youth and adults experiencing homelessness. They include resources for folks working in the field, advocates making a difference, and young people looking for help.
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Student Actionexternal icon
    As a student, you have the power to make a change in many ways in your school and community.
  • Genders & Sexualities Alliance Networkexternal icon
    GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.
  • HealthyChildren.org: Health Concerns for Gay and Lesbian teensexternal icon
    Information for LGBT teens on sexual activity, substance use, mental health, discrimination, and violence.
  • It Gets Better Projectexternal icon
    The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.
  • Q Card Projectexternal icon
    The Q Card is a simple and easy-to-use communication tool designed to empower LGBTQ youth to become actively engaged in their health and to support the people who provide their care.
  • Q Chat Spaceexternal icon
    Q Chat Space is a digital LGBTQ+ center where teens join live-chat, professionally facilitated, online support groups. Also available in Spanish (disponible en español).
  • Stomp Out Bullying: Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Communityexternal icon
    Schools should be a young person’s primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. High school can be challenging for any student, but LGBTQ youth face additional obstacles of harassment, abuse, and violence.
  • The Trevor Project: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention external icon
    The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Community Resources

From MDUSD's School Counselors

Our counseling team is pleased to share their Mt. Diablo Unified School District Counseling Corner Newsletter for the 2021-22 school year as well as the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) In the Loop!

The SEL In the Loop will be shared the first Friday of each month and the Counseling Corner Newsletter the third Friday of the month via the Superintendent's Weekly Updates. These newsletters share relevant tips and resources to support, engage, and connect students and families TK-12. These newsletters and other resources can also be found at our MDUSD Counseling page, which is under the Parent Portal tab on the district website.


Due to waivers provided by the USDA, all students can eat at no charge this school year.

To ensure that your school receives accurate funding and you are qualified for various public benefits, like the P-EBT card, please submit an Alternate Income Form and submit it to the school's main office.

How does this support YVHS?

  • free testing such as PSAT and AP
  • additional funding to the school from State & Federal government
  • targeted donations to YVHS from local foundations

Alternative Income Form English

Alternative Income Form Spanish

For more information, go to the Food and Nutrition page on the MDUSD website.

Your school office has this form also. Contact your school office with any questions at (925) 685-8414.


*If your student has an allergy, please complete this form and send it to our main office or email it to vickroya@mdusd.org.

*If your student has dietary (ie., vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.) or religious restrictions please email vickroya@mdusd.org. Include your name and relationship to student, student's school, student's name, teacher, and requested accommodation.



The new protocols are as follows:

- testing is ONLY for MDUSD students/staff and athletes will have priority

- preregistration online is no longer required

- for the safety of those on our school campuses, staff/children with notable active symptoms (congestion, fever, vomiting) will be turned away and should be seen by your health provider or at one of the locations noted on the MDUSD website under "Other Testing Locations"


College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Northgate High School: 3 - 6 pm

Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3 - 6 pm


College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School: 3 - 6 pm


Concord High School: 3 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3:30 - 6 pm


Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm


Northgate High School: 3 - 5 pm

SATURDAY - For all families

Concord High School - Testing offered by PMH Labs - 8 am - 2 pm

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New COVID Exposure Charts

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We have a new COVID exposure chart from the County. Please see this chart as notifications are sent for COVID cases. Thank you for your support.
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YVHS Bell Schedule 2021-2022

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Ygnacio Valley High School

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