October 1st, 2018 Newsletter
Valley Oaks School
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. With this, my fourth year at Valley Oaks, I look forward to continuing with the work we began last year and watching the students thrive in this amazing school. I am incredibly proud of our outstanding faculty, the challenging and rigorous curriculum we provide and the unique opportunities available to our students. Valley Oaks has received top ratings from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and our students are accepted into colleges and postsecondary programs all over the country.
To read the full letter, click HERE.
Digital Portfolio Meeting
Instructions for the Digital Portfolio are on our school website as is an example of a Digital Portfolio thanks to our college prep senior, Marissa Barredo. Thank you, Marissa!
Thanks, Sophia (pictured front right), for smiling for the camera!
Principal's Honor Roll
Spring Semester 2018:
April Adelman (see photo above)
Congratulations to our Principal's Honor Roll students!! To read the requirements for the Principal's Honor Roll click HERE.
Bright News! student
for mid-August to mid-September:
Spring Semester 2018:
Mikayla Galbraith(see photo above)
Congratulations to our Honor Roll students! To read the requirements for the Honor Roll click HERE.
Photos of all our Honor Roll students are posted in building #1. Be sure to check it out!
April's VOS Logo Sweatshirt
Jacob Cafiero, new 12th grader:
Jacob came to us from Casa for two reasons. Firstly, he wanted to try and graduate early (he is on track to graduate in December!) and secondly, he wanted more flexible hours so that he could work.
Jacob prepares orders at Kalabrand Music Company, his first job. He grew up in Petaluma and heard about VOS from his brother who almost transferred here from St. Vincent's.
After graduating, Jacob will attend SRJC for the spring and then he hopes to move to Monterey for school and work while living with his brother. His hobby is computer science and his goal right now is to have a career in computer 3D modeling for gaming. We are so proud Jacob!
We are so happy to have Ms. Kesseru start this year as our new English teacher. She has been teaching for many years but she has not always been a teacher! Growing up in the 60's in Braddock, Pennsylvania there was much violence and unrest. Her dream there as a teenager was to become an artist and move to California. Although it took her three tries to finally move permanently to California, she did it! She also became a glass sculpture artist and studied in England for two years. Her hobby in her youth was windsurfing on the East Coast in Maryland where she and her husband built a house from scratch on a lovely country property with a creak. In Maryland, she worked as a contractor for the Navy at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Later, as a mother of 3 boys, she and her sons took up the hobby of gold mining in Quincy in the Sierras! For 14 summers they did gold mining with a friendly team of old-timer experts and have collected many nuggets!
Community Service Highlight:
Minna Stess, 7th grade
Here Minna is holding a certificate she earned from California Senator Joel Anderson, on August 25th, for teaching skateboarding to underprivileged girls in San Diego. Minna earned half of her semester's required community service hours. Good Job, Minna! Minna is preparing to qualify for the Olympics! She leaves for two weeks soon to compete in China! We are so proud of Minna!
Please contact Ms. Abelli-Amen if you would like to get some/all of your community service hours working in our school garden. She also has some other tasks you could do to assist her.
If you have already done or plan to do a substantial amount of community service (over 25 hours) between January and November, please consider filling out the Prudential Spirit of Community awards application HERE. There are three levels of winners: 1) earn just the certificate/award as a school winner, 2) earn $1,000, as a state winner, & 3) as a national winner, earn $5,000 + $5,000 for your favorite charity!
Michael's project involved calculating the percent change in weight of 6 large model cars placed in a wind tunnel that he built with a shop vac and plexiglass box. The judges gave him 2nd place.
Please see all of these hard working students' projects, and the students not pictured, on our Virtual Science Fair slideshow HERE.
Project-Based Learning Highlight:
Please click HERE to watch.
Sophia is also continuing to earn elective credit with her Dominic in the Goal Setting Course. One of her goals is to teach Dominic to lie down on command! She has already made great progress!
Contact Mrs. Parker if you'd like to do the Goal Setting Course.
Group Work Outs happen approximately every other Friday from 2:30 - 4. PE students attend once every month but are invited to attend all of the Group Work Outs. Students are encouraged to exercise at their own pace and to make goals for improvement.
Pictured here from left to right is our art teacher, Ms. Garcia, our math/English teacher, Ms. Abelli-Amen, our school counselor, Mr. Jamerson, & our English teacher, Ms. Kesseru.
Back to School Night!
Important Dates for October:
10/15/18, Monday: Staff Development Day - All teachers will be at a training. There will be no school appointments this day. The office will be open. When Monday students meet with their teachers on 10/8/18, teachers will either reschedule their appointments with students or give students 2 weeks of work.
10/19/18, Friday: Group Work Out for Group #2 PE students
1/31/19, Friday: This is the last day for seniors who want to participate in the Alt. Ed.
Graduation Ceremony at Lucchesi Community Center on May 29, 2019, to
order their cap and gown.
Important dates for the entire school year can be found on our school website calendar.
Stay Tuned for Our November 1st Newsletter!
Valley Oaks School
Location: 540 Vallejo Street, Petaluma, CA, USA
Phone: (707) 778 - 4792