Welcome Back 2022-2023

SANTA SUSANA HIGH SCHOOL

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WELCOME BACK

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and taking the time to relax and recharge. We are preparing for the upcoming year and can't wait to see students and staff in the next couple of weeks. This newsletter will be a quick reference for information regarding orientation week that we are planning around the Hamilton inspired quote, "Not Throwin' Away Our Shot!" The following information provides the dates and times of orientation, as well as other important information to prepare for the school year. More information will also be shared during the 9th grade orientation presentation and classroom presentations at the start of the year.


Our staff is looking forward to helping students demonstrate their Scholarship, Skill, Honor, and Service in striving to do their personal best.

Orientation Week

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Important Information

  • Aeries data confirmation to be completed by parent/guardian prior to Orientation Day (directions below).
  • Library fines cleared.
  • Students will need to be present to participate in Locker Selection. Students unable to attend their scheduled time, may attend a later date listed or the first day of school.
  • New devices will be distributed to students (bring old SVUSD ID card if you have it).
  • To avoid long lines, students and families are encouraged to access the online store to preorder materials (details below).

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

Friday, August 5th (8:30 AM - 12:15 PM)


  • Please park (or drop off) in the lower lot off of Sequoia. Pick up is there as well.
  • All students should be dropped off in the student lot along Sequoia Avenue.
  • Students will check in near the PAC to determine the group they are in for the day.
  • See screenshot of map below for parking, check-in location, and more.


8:30-8:45

Student Check-In (PAC Quad at the windows on back of the MUR)

8:45-9:15

Parent Presentation in the PAC

8:45-9

Student Welcome Rally

9:15-11:40

Student Stations with their assigned groups

Stations include: ASB Store/Lockers, ID Pictures, New Device Checkout, Activities

11:45-12:15

Student Presentation in the PAC

12:30

Student Pickup (Sequoia Parking Lot)

12:30-2:00

If applicable: ASB Store, Unfinished Stations, and Counselor Meetings

12:15-1:00

Kona Ice will be available for purchase from the food truck

SENIOR ORIENTATION

SENIOR ORIENTATION - Wednesday, August 3rd (8:30 AM - 11:30 PM)


All students should begin the day by getting dropped off, or by parking in the student lot along Sequoia Avenue.


  • Please arrive during the scheduled times based on your last name. Please go to the PAC quad to check in upon arrival.


    8:30-8:50 - Pick up schedules at the lunch windows in the PAC quad.

    9:00-9:15 - PAC presentation

    9:15-11:30 - Stations

    10:00-11:30 - Counselors available for schedule conflicts (make an appointment after PAC)


    Stations:

    • Locker in front of 300's building

    • ID Pictures and Device Pick up in MUR

    • ASB Store & Preorders

    • Clear holds

    • Schedule Conflicts in Counseling Office


    12-1 Complete any unfinished station items

    JUNIOR ORIENTATION

    Thursday, August 4th (8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)


    • All students should be dropped off in the student lot along Sequoia Avenue.
    • See screenshot of map below for parking, check-in location, and more.
    • Please bring your lock from last year.


    Please go to the PAC quad to check in upon arrival.


    8:30-8:50 - Pick up schedules at the lunch windows in the PAC quad.

    9:00-9:15 - PAC presentation

    9:15-11:30 - Stations

    9:30-11:00 - Counselors available for schedule conflicts (make an appointment after PAC)


    Stations:

    • Locker in front of 300's building

    • ID Pictures and Device Pick up in MUR

    • ASB Store & Preorders

    • Clear holds

    • Schedule Conflicts in Counseling Office


    12-1 Complete any unfinished station items

    Sophomore Orientation

    Thursday, August 4th (11:30 AM - 2:30 PM)


    • All students should be dropped off in the student lot along Sequoia Avenue.
    • See screenshot of map below for parking, check-in location, and more.
    • Please bring your lock from last year.


    Please go to the PAC quad to check in upon arrival.


    11:30-11:50 - Pick up schedules at the lunch windows in the PAC quad.

    12:00-12:15 - PAC presentation

    12:15-1:30 - Stations

    12:30-2:00 - Counselors available for schedule conflicts (make an appointment after PAC)


    Stations:

    • Locker in front of 300's building

    • ID Pictures and Device Pick up in MUR

    • ASB Store & Preorders

    • Clear holds

    • Schedule Conflicts in Counseling Office

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    MAKEUP ORIENTATION DAY - AUGUST 9th

    Students who could not attend their assigned orientation day are encouraged to attend the Make-up Day.


    9:00am-11:30am & 1:00pm-3:00pm

    Various stations will be open and available for students; including Orientation Packets, Lockers, and ASB Store.


    Note: Make-up ID pictures will be scheduled during the fall semester of the school year.

    AERIES - DATA CONFIRMATION

    Aeries is the primary tool of communication. It is required that all families complete the data confirmation in the Aeries portal before Welcome Back Orientation.


    When updating contact information it would be helpful to use a cell phone number as the primary number. This will allow you to receive the text messages the school will frequently send out. Click LINK for directions.


    DIRECTIONS FOR COMPLETING DATA CONFIRMATION IN AERIES


    There are a few new changes that we would like to bring to your attention.


    1. The Income section has been added back to the Data Confirmation process. If families do not feel comfortable answering the Income questions, they are able to “Confirm and Continue” on the Income section without answering the questions. There is an explanation paragraph to help families understand why the district is asking for this information.


    2. There is a new authorization to confirm knowledge of our SVUSD “Anonymous Online Tip Form” available at http://bit.ly/svusdanonymoustip


    3. There is a new authorization for us to “Share Contact Information with Select District Service Providers” such as Cornerstone and O’Connor Brothers.

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    PREORDER MATERIALS

    It is strongly encouraged that students take the time to preorder items online (link below). The online store will be open for preorders from July 23-July 30. This will help students avoid long lines in the ASB store during Orientation Day. Items, pricing, and directions for online purchase can be found on the ASB Flyer. Please bring the printed or digital receipt and bring it with you to Orientation.


    Materials to consider include:

    Lock, PE clothes, ASB stickers, spirit wear, and yearbook. Please note that you do not need to purchase PE clothes for Yoga in the ASB store but you do need appropriate yoga attire.

    CLASS SCHEDULES

    PRELIMINARY SCHEDULES

    On orientation day students will receive their preliminary schedules that will not include teachers and room numbers. If there are any of the issues listed below the student should see their counselor during orientation day. On orientation day, an assistant principal will be available to help students make appointments with the counselor if one of the issues below exists.


    1. Missing a period (student does not have a minimum of six classes)
    2. Missing a core class/graduation requirement.
    3. Duplicate classes.
    4. Changes specifically due to completing summer school.


    FINALIZED SCHEDULES

    Final schedules that includes teachers and room numbers will be released in Aeries on Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 PM.


    Schedule changes requesting specific teachers or periods cannot be honored.

    FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE

    The first day of school is on Wednesday, August 10th. Finalized schedules that include teachers and room numbers will be available in Aeries on Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 PM.


    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY BELL SCHEDULE

    Period 0 ~ 7:15-8:25 (No Class on First Day)

    Period 1 ~ 8:30-9:30

    Period 2 ~ 9:35-10:35

    Period 3 ~ 10:40-11:40

    Period 4 ~ 11:45-12:45

    LUNCH ~ 12:45-1:20

    Period 5 ~ 1:25-2:25

    Period 6 ~ 2:30-3:30

    Period 7 ~ 3:35-5:35 (Wednesday)

    Period 8 ~ 3:35-5:35 (Thursday)


    Note: Period 0 will begin meeting on Thursday, August 11th. See link below for Friday's bell schedule.

    Carpool

    If you live outside of Simi Valley and would like to be on a carpool list, please complete the following form. This is not organized by Simi Valley Unified but is a resource for families should they choose to use it.

    MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

    Any medications, prescription or over-the-counter, that the student is required to take during the school day must be kept in the health office and needs to be accompanied by the required medication form signed by a doctor and the parent/guardian.


    Prescription medications must be in a prescription container with the name of the student, doctor, the date ,the type of medication contained therein, and how often the medicine is to be given. No medication, prescription or over-the-counter, including aspirin, will be administered without written doctor’s orders and written parent consent.


    NO MEDICATION OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ASPIRIN OR OTHER NONPRESCRIPTION DRUGS) MAY BE CARRIED BY STUDENTS ON CAMPUS! (Inhalers and Diabetic Pens can be carried by students ONLY if a doctor’s note is submitted to the health office.)


    If you have any questions, please call the health office. (805) 520-6800 ext. 3721

    Remind App

    The Remind app is intended for the student body. Please sign up for the Remind "reminders" by joining your class. You do not have to download the app but can sign up to get text messages. This system has been very helpful and we use it on a regular basis. While it is not required, we do recommend that students join if possible. Please text @ troubthe number
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    PTSA: Help Needed

    SSHS PTSA will be welcoming our wonderful SSHS Teachers and Staff back with a breakfast on Tuesday, August 9th. We are looking for donations to be dropped off in the main office between now and Monday, August 8th. Please click on the button below to review available time slots and to sign up. Thank you!

    SSHS is welcoming 8 new teachers this year and we would like to provide them all with welcome baskets. If you would like to contribute, please click on the button below to review needed items and to sign up. Thank you!

    SUPPORT THE PTSA


    MEMBERSHIP

    Great schools have a connected community. By becoming a member of the PTSA, you are supporting the connectedness that helps make Santa Susana HS a great place to learn and grow. Membership is $7.00. Families can join using the MEMBERSHIP SITE. Please stop by the office if you need an envelope to join with cash or check. PTSA representatives will also be available during Orientation Day.



    NO FRILLS FUNDRAISER

    In lieu of selling candy, cheesecakes, or holiday treats, the PTSA has decided to hold a No Frills Fundraiser. In other fundraisers the school gets a small percentage of total sales. With a No Frills Fundraiser the students don't have to sell anything and the school doesn't have to give up a large percentage of the sales to a third party. Donations are 100% tax deductible.


    Programs that are supported by the No Frills Fundraiser include:

    • Red Ribbon Week
    • College Scholarships for Seniors
    • School Beautification
    • Triumphant Troubadour Awards
    • Reflections Music, Art, and Literature Program
    • Staff Appreciation


    • Honorary service awards


    • Pi Day


    • And more...


    NO FRILLS FUNDRAISER - DONATE ONLINE OR preferred you can send a check payable to SSHS PTSA to to office in an envelope marked PTSA No frills fundraiser.


    Questions or suggestions can be directed to the PTSA President, Dawn Patrikian.

    Presidentsshsptsa@gmail.com

    Booster information

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    IMPORTANT DATES

    Aug 3-5 Orientation Week (details below)

    Aug 10 First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year

    Sep 1 - Back to School Night

    Sep 5 Holiday - Labor Day

    Sep 26 Holiday - Rosh Hashana

    Oct 5 Holiday - Yom Kippur

    Nov 8 Staff Development Day - No school for students

    Nov 11 Holiday - Veterans Day

    Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

    Dec 19-21 Finals (12:20 Dismissal)

    Dec 22-Jan 8 Winter Break

    Jan 9 Teacher Prep Day - No school for students

    Jan 10 Staff Development Day - No school for students

    Jan 11 School Reconvenes -- Spring Semester begins

    Jan 7 Senior Picture deadline for Yearbook (details below)

    FREE MEALS

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    UPCOMING EVENTS FROM THE CCC

    Below are a few upcoming events to calendar from our College and Career Center.

    CLUB AND COMMUNITY FLYERS

    IMPORTANT CONTACTS

    SSHS ADMINSTRATION

    Mrs. Aimee Spurbeck-Boian - Principal

    Mrs. Melody Dennert - Assistant Principal

    Mr. Layton Spracklen- Assistant Principal

    Mrs. Teri Hypes - Office Manager


    SSHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

    Ms. Devyn Thompson - Last Name A-D

    Mrs. Lisa Hotz - Last Name E-K

    Ms. Shannon McCabe- Last Name L-Q

    Mr. Shawn Trowbridge - Last Name R-Z

    TBD- College and Career Counselor

    Mrs. Sue Petralia - Student Registrar

    Mrs. Amanda Sarfaty - Counseling Secretary

    GET CONNECTED

    We will use Social Media to share news, pictures, and information about how our students are displaying Scholarship, Skill, Honor, and Service around campus.


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