As we reflect on the first part of the school year, we have much to be proud of. Here are a few highlights I wanted to share:
- Congratulations to our Knights for being the "Word Series" Division III Champions! Our students mastered over 8,000 vocabulary words to come first in our division.
- Our Engineering students enjoyed a field trip recently to the Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento and had a great time.
- We had nearly 40 students attend the college and trades fair last month where there were over 60 colleges and trades represented. Emma Marsden & Anthony Diaz were both attendees who had their names drawn to win a gift card for attending. Congratuations!
- We had 18 students receive a PROP (People Reaching Oustanding Potention) Award, and they were acknowledged with a visit from Mr. Buescher with a presentation of the award and a gift card. Those students are: Kimber Coultrup, Destiny Eikenberry, Gabriele Pasquarella, Elizabeth Tetzlaff, Brenden Tyler Tonn, Joshua Kim, Ysabelle Gologyogo, William Cornwell, Jude Whaley, Cayden Coppock, Dylan Kunkle, Samantha Abelon, Cailei Caldera, Gabby Caliz, Brooke Maurice, Benny Garcia, John Long, Sarah Rothstein. Congratulations to these special Knights!
- In the past few months, our student body has formed 20 different clubs. Creating or continuing a previously existing club involves a great deal of paperwork and planning, and we are very proud of our students for driving the amazing extra-curricular opportunities we offer at Buckingham!
As we look forward into November, I would love to invite everyone to join our Noche de los Muertos event this Friday. There will be food, games, and entertainment! SHIELD is hosting a Holiday Vendor Fair in our parking lot on Saturday, 11/5 that I would encourage you to attend. We are also looking forward to our Drama Club's "Knight of Hilarious One Acts" on November 18 and 19. This will be their first show on our very own stage.
Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter.
- November 4: Noche Fest (4:30-9 PM)
- November 5: Vendor Fair (10-3)
- November 11: Veterans Day Holiday
- November 18 & 19: Drama Club Presents A Knight of Hilarious One Acts (2:00 PM & 7:00 PM)
- November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
- November 17: Fall Sports Banquet (6:30-8)
- November 30: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony (5:30-6:30)
- December 20-22: Final Exams
- December 22: Last day of 1st semester
- December 23-January 8: Winter Break
See our Google Calendar for more details.
Breaking Down the Walls Reflection
What was your favorite part of the day?
-“...being able to meet and talk to some really cool people.”
-“The questions. Everyone was extremely respectful and quiet.”
What surprised you about today?
-“I thought that I would hate it, but it was fun and somehow fulfilling.”
-”There are a lot of students going through similar, tough situations. You are not alone.”
What would you say if someone asked you what Breaking Down the Walls is all about?
-“It’s a life changing experience that helps you get to know your peers”.
-“It’s a bonding experience and allows you to get real. It’s a safe space.”
9-12th Grade students: Here are your college and career updates
10th Grade: School counselors are looking forward to presenting to all 10th grade students in English with information related to the following: What to focus on this school year, university admissions requirements, campus resources, and more.
AP Students and Families:
It is time to sign up for AP exams which will take place in May. We are offering our students 7 different Advanced Placement exams this year at Buckingham:
AP Calculus AB
AP English Literature
AP Environmental Science
AP Computer Science
Please look over the AP exams being offered. Students should discuss with their parents and teachers what test(s) they will be taking. ** The exams are $97.00 each. **
Please fill out the following AP Interest Form whether you plan to take an AP exam or not, it needs to be filled out by ALL AP students as soon as possible.
Once you have filled out the form please plan to have your payment turned in by the payment deadline November 10, 2022. Please make checks payable to BCCA. The AP program has very strict deadlines that we need to adhere to, and the time has come to make a decision on which tests you want to take. To help you prepare for the exams, look over the study materials offered online at collegeboard.com and decide which ones you will be using to study for the AP exam. Experience tells us that those who spend considerable time using the study aids and taking practice exams are more likely to achieve that passing score - these tests take practice.
Here is the list of scholarships; we encourage you to apply!
We encourage you to attend our College Application Workshops to receive support with any of your college applications or UC Personal Insight Questions.
After School Support
Coach's Corner is an after school program that is available for any student who would like some extra support for classes or just would like a quiet place to study. It is available every Tuesday from 3:45-5:00pm in Room 16. All students are welcome to attend!
Additionally, there is after school math support in room 4 on Wednesdays from 3:30-5.
Child Nutrition Update
Students continue have access to free breakfast and lunch every day with meal service in the MPR. There have been some delays with the kitchen opening, but we are incredibly thankful to the Child Nutrition staff for the flexiblity and continuing to serve our students with amazing food. I would like to say a special thank you to our new kitchen manager, Ms. Mariko Gentry for her patience and support. At our recent Breaking Down the Walls Event, she ensured that we had plenty of pizza for all of our participants in the workshop.
Congratulations to our Fall Sports teams and all of their accomplishments this season. It has been inspirational to see our student-athletes play the sports they love and achieve academic success as well! Our Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Boys Soccer and Varsity and JV Cross Country teams showed outstanding sportsmanship, camaraderie and athletic skill so great job to them. They also joined in the October Breast Cancer Awareness Month by having Pink Out games and highlighting the need for further research to crush cancer! Our Cross Country teams participated in the 74th Annual Mt. Sac Invitational in Southern California with thousands of other student-athletes and had a great time. A special shout out to our Seniors of each team who displayed such great leadership, commitment and passion to their teams! Thank you to our coaches, parents and staff for your constant support of our student-athletes!
Basketball season is gearing up and we are excited for the winter season. Students can participate in the tryout process by having a completed VUSD sports physical. Please see the team pages and check your Parent and Student Square for the details!
Great news Knights, all VUSD students are now enrolled in a Solano County Library Card! Student Access Cards give VUSD students the ability to check out up to 3 books at a time, audiobooks and eBooks with no overdue fines, computer and study room access and free online tutor.com homework help just in time before the end of the semester!
Go to the Solano County Library and checkout materials using VAC+Student ID (example VAC1234567).
Use the Solano County Library link in your Clever Portal to access the online catalog to put books on hold, access audio / eBooks and get online homework help. Your username is VAC+Student ID and your password is your last name.
The Buckingham SHIELD is our parent advisory group. Participation in this group will allow you to serve our students and staff and have a direct impact on the quality of your student's educational experience. SHIELD is also the place to share your great ideas, talk with our admin team, ask questions, and learn up-to-date information about what is happening on campus. Agendas and guest speakers are typically shared in advance via text/email and/or the SHIELD Facebook page. One of our main tasks is fundraising events to provide funds for student activities, scholarships, teacher grants and other school related projects. The SHIELD parent group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM.
SHIELD PARENT GROUP Meeting Nov 8th at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Everyone is welcome to come to the SHIELD PARENT GROUP meeting. We are on Zoom this month so anyone who cannot easily come in person can join this meeting. Find out about what is happening at the school from our Principal Mrs. Working. Share your ideas or just listen to what is happening in Buckingham. SHIELD coordinates fundraisers, student activities, gives out grants, scholarships and works with the school administration.
See the flyers below for information about our current fundraisers as well as our upcoming events.
If you have any questions or would like to join SHIELD, please send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sober Grad Night Update
Sober Grad Night updates:
Unfortunately, Due to lack of ticket sales, we are postponing the spaghetti feed fundraiser. We are hoping to reschedule after the first of the year, so please watch for updates.
We need all of our seniors to get registered for sober grad night…the sooner you register, the sooner we know how many seniors to plan for so we can ensure the best night for you!
Here’s the link!
Please see the link below for our See's Candy Fundraiser. No candy to deliver, just share the online store and let Sees do the rest!
Lastly, we need parents to volunteer and support our committee to plan and execute the sober grad night event.
Please contact Amy Fabi (707) 439-1371 , Noemi Belamide (707) 628-8004 or Michelle Sausedo (925) 451-1005