Thor's Report

September 11th, 2022


Homecoming Week is a special time across the country for high schools, colleges, and universities. Valhalla is no exception to this. We have rich tradition lasting over 48 years and many of our alumni are still in the community with their own children part of the Orange Nation. There will be lots of activities this week culminating in our Homecoming Football game where your Norsemen take on the Sultans of Santana with fireworks at halftime and the crowning of the Homecoming Court. The HOCO dance will be Saturday evening at the school. I am looking forward to a great week and hope to see all of you on Friday!

-Mr. Johnson

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Orange Nation Community -

Homecoming 2022 is next week! We are very excited to celebrate our amazing school through a series of daily spirit events and wanted to let you know that on Friday 9/16 we will be shooting off 3 minutes of fireworks at the halftime of our football game. Also, from 7-10 PM on Saturday 9/17 we will be having our dance outside on our campus.

Thanks for being our neighbor since 1974!

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!?

This year's homecoming football game is on Friday, September 16th against Santana High School. Kick-off is at 7:00 pm. Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime along with a fireworks display!

Loss of Privilege (LOP)

Attendance and behavior are a priority at Valhalla High School. There is a direct correlation between student achievement, behavior, and attendance. Every day missed is a lost opportunity for students to learn. In addition, students who are assigned detention or other consequences for school violations must fulfill their consequences.

Students are placed on the LOP list if they have:

  • more than 10 period truancies (There is a difference between an ¨explained¨ absence [called in by the parent so the student is not truant but still requiring under California Ed Code that we ask students to attend school to ¨make up” the attendance time] and a truancy [student should be in school and either willfully does not attend or there is no parent contact to the Attendance office within 72 hours of the absence].

  • failed to serve assigned detention(s)

  • had a significant behavior incident or has excessive tardiness as discussed with you by an Administrator

NEW Tardy Policy

It is important for your child to be on time to class. Students miss out on vital information and instruction when they arrive tardy to class. Starting this week, students tardy to class 3 or more times in a week will be assigned lunch detention.

Please impress upon your student the importance of arriving to class on time.

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Summer 2023 Travel Opportunities for Students

Do you dream about your child having the opportunity to travel the world? This is their chance! Come to our informational meeting on 9/28 at 6:30 PM to learn more about my upcoming 2023 trip to Italy and Greece. Make sure you RSVP to the meeting here:
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We have Six Counselors!

If you haven't had a chance to see the counselor caseload breakdown yet for the 2022-2023 school year, please take a look. Most students will remain with their same counselor, but there have been a few shifts.

The counselors' alpha breakdown by last name is as follows:

  • A-Ba: Mrs. Kissel
  • Be-F: Mrs. Watt (formerly Feltch)
  • G-Kh: Mrs. Ruiz
  • Ki-N: Mrs. DeFoney
  • O-Sh: Ms. Ziegenbein
  • Si-Z: Ms. Holechek

College and Financial Aid Help

Starting this Wednesday, the counselors will be offering weekly college and financial aid help on Wednesdays during lunch. Students can drop by and ask questions, get their applications reviewed, etc. We will also be kicking off Workshop Wednesdays this week. Every Wednesday during 6th and 7th period, we will offer a workshop to help students with their college applications or career preparation. This week's topic is the UC Application. We will walk through the application, provide tips, and help them navigate elements they commonly struggle with. Since we are offering opportunities during both 6th and 7th period, students should attend after they are out of school. We would love your support in encouraging seniors to attend!

Join the California Scholarship Federation!

Hello parents! The CSF fall application cycle is starting! We are doing the applications differently this year. Instead of it being a digital application, the process will take place on paper. The color-coded applications (green for juniors and blue for seniors) will be in Mr. Wall's room (101). Applications are due Wednesday, September 21 at 3:30 pm.

If your student has a question about the application process, there will be three meetings in Mr. Wall's room (101) where they can ask for guidance:

  • Tuesday, September 13 at 3:40 pm
  • Wednesday, September 14 at lunch
  • Thursday, September 15 at 8 am

This application cycle is only open to current juniors and seniors.

Completing a Survey Gives Valhalla $$$

You may have received a link to the Annual Family Information Form (AFIF) from the district office. The information collected through the AFIF brings additional funding to Valhalla - which allows us to have additional elective courses, reduce class size and support the many amazing programs we offer our students.

Please take a moment to complete the Annual Family Information Form, click HERE, so we can continue Valhalla's tradition of excellence.

Students can purchase insurance for their Chromebook!

The Grossmont Union High School District offers an optional Chromebook Protection Plan to students and families. The plan may be purchased yearly or in a multi-year offering at a discount. Students/parents that do not opt-in to the warranty program shall be responsible for fines equal to the current replacement cost of the materials and/or parts.

All plans must be purchased from the Finance Office or WEBSTORE by September 23rd. New Students have 30 days to purchase a plan.

We are still accepting members

What is a PTO, you say? PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. We are the awesome group of parents who volunteer our time to work closely with Valhalla staff. We serve the community of Valhalla~ YOU and YOUR students!!

Why should I get involved in High School? My kids are old now.

  • Academic Achievement and Good Behavior: Studies show that students whose parents are involved in their education tend to do better academically and in their behavior.

  • Communication: High Schoolers don’t always share what happens at school. Involved parents know what happens.

  • Maturity: Kids brains are still developing, and they can benefit from our guidance.

  • Last Time: High School is the last place you will have the ability to participate in your child’s schooling

  • Making the Community Better: Supporting the school will benefit the entire community.

What Does PTO Support

  • Support Various Programs at VHS

  • Sponsor/Organize Baccalaureate for Seniors

  • Facilitate/Organize Grad Night for Seniors Scholarship Awards for Seniors (8 total)

  • Volunteer at School Events

  • Hospitality Luncheons for Staff

  • Donations to Counseling, i.e. Relaxation Room, Snacks for Testing

  • Support the school with Safety and Safety Week

Support the school by communicating with administration and staff


Best Part: 100% of your donation stays at Valhalla!!

Parent Teacher Organization

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