Week of November 14th, 2021

Message from the Principal

As we look ahead to this week, we are fast approaching Thanksgiving break which allows us all a moment to pause and have some gratitude for our school year up to now. Knowing the many challenges and uncertainties we faced back in August as we returned from Online Learning and the pandemic, I can sincerely state that we have much to be thankful for.

We are thankful for our amazing students who have returned to school after an 18 month time away from school and are doing their very best to adjust back to school on a daily basis.

We are also thankful for our tremendous Teachers who work hard daily ensuring our students have support daily and promote learning through engaging lessons and care.

We are grateful for our office support staff who are supporting students in numerous ways with work permits, Chromebooks, textbooks, attendance, providing a wellness center, and so much more. Lastly, I am so thankful for our Parents and our YVHS community who continue to make it possible and happen each and every day during this return to normal with students back in school. As your YVHS Principal, I want to personally say Thank You, to all of you, for everything you have, overcome, and given for our YVHS Family. I wish all of you a warm and thankful Holiday week.

YVHS PTSA: Thank you Teachers and Staff

Dear YVHS Families,

PTSA is grateful to the YVHS teachers and Staff for all their work and dedication. as a token of gratitude, we would like to demonstrate a token of appreciation to our teachers and staff with light breakfast treats on Wednesday, November 17th from 7:30 am- 9:00 am. Help us make this day special for our YVHS teachers and staff by signing up. Please contact Mrs. Jenny Guirola- Garcia at (925) 685-8414 extension 3610 or email at guirolaj@mdusd.org Non-perishable items may be dropped off by November 16th at the Main Office.

Also, you may log in and sign up through ParentSquare.

Goo YV!

In gratitude,

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Reminder: School Thanksgiving Recess Nov. 22- Nov. 26 (NO SCHOOL)

Celebrating Diversity and Student Voice

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Native American Heritage Month

November is the time to rejoice in diverse and rich cultures, histories, and traditions and to appreciate the great contributions of the Native Americans. This month allows us to spread awareness about tribes or to educate people about the various challenges faced by the Native Americans in the past and today.

Throughout this month, we commit to keep on supporting Native American tribes and let the world know about their sacrifices by sharing, learning and honoring their history.

Please find some of the following resources and information to learn more about the Native peoples.





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Friends of YVHS Tennis Program - Cleans Up Courts

Friends of Ygnacio Valley High School Tennis Program, volunteers their time and labor in support of our YVHS Tennis program. Members cleaned and used leaf blowers on the courts as well as adjusted some nets at our YVHS Tennis Courts.

The friends group will be creating a donor's choose to support upgrades for the program. One member's business, East Bay CPR will donate the first $ 50 with a match by Dick's Sporting goods. Members also donated boys and girls court Tennis shoes.

A big thank you to the Friends of the YVHS Tennis Program.

2nd Quarter Progress Reports

We only have 4 and 1/2 weeks until the end of the semester. Time is short! Parents should be reviewing their student's grades at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student's teachers to ask questions and how you can help at home. Finals week will be December 13th where many students will be submitting semester projects and taking final exams. Its best to have students do any make up work now as opposed to trying the very last few days. Parents can continue to check grades and attendance at the Aeries Parent Homelink.

Support our ART Department's DonorsChoose Project

Mr. Remer's Art class:


Mr. Alejandro Larios' Ceramic class followed: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/sculpting-something-amazi:


Thank you so much for the 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.

Connect with the YVHS Career Center

Have questions about Naviance, colleges, scholarships. FAFSA and more? Contact Mrs. Janine Santos at santosj@mdusd.org or visit the YVHS College and Career Resources page for more information.

Academic Counselors are available to meet with you or are just a phone call away if you have any questions regarding high school credits, schedules, or other academic support programs avaialable at YVHS. Please visit the YVHS Academic Counselors page for more information.

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.

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YVHS Wellness Center

The YVHS Wellness Center is a safe and welcoming space for all students and we collaborate with the counseling department and Contra Costa Mobile Clinic to provide support services for students. We offer direct services, prevention, and education for students (which may include one-to-one counseling, health classroom presentations, workshops, and school-wide events). In addition, we collaborate with the Academic Counseling Team and community-based organizations to support the specific Wellness or academic needs of our students.

WC Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00am to 4pm


The Wellness Center (IC-4) is located next to the library

Contact Wellness:

Wellness Center Coordinator

Elise Mejia mejiae@mdusd.org

Wellness Center Line (925) 685-8414 Ext. 3656

School Community Coordinator- Wellness Intake

Jenniffer Guirola- Garcia guirolaj@mdusd.org

Wellness Center Line (925) 685-8414 Ext. 3610

How do I refer a student to the Wellness Center?

Anyone can refer a student to the Wellness Center by contacting the student's Academic Counselor or the Wellness Center.

Students seeking support are always welcome to drop in and request services. Parents, Guardians, or adults from outside our campus, we please ask to check in the main office prior to coming into the WC.

Please see Wellness Center Q&A HERE

Community Resources

Contra Costa County of Education presents

2021-22 Family and Community Engagement Series - Webinars and Workshops

On November 16 and 18 we will host our first interactive workshops for parents/families: Parenting During a Pandemic. We will utilize break-out rooms for small group conversation and engaging activities. Sign up today as space is limited!

Tuesday, November 16; 6:00-7:30 PM (English)

Thursday, November 18; 6:00-7:30 PM (Spanish)

No cost to attend; pre-registration required.

Click on the flyer image or visit the registration page for more information.

Workshop Registration (English)

Workshop Registration (Spanish)

View our save-the-date flyer for all of our 2021-22 webinars and virtual workshops.

C.O.P.E Family Support Center

From October through December, C.O.P.E will be hosting a series of Parent Support and Education Classes covering such topics as:

  • Stepping Stones Program (for parents of children with disabilities)
  • Parenting Seminars for Black Families
  • Family Transitions Positive Co-Parenting
  • Supporting Father Involvement

For more information and registration of Parent Support and Education series


*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

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

Please click on the button in order to have access to the bell schedule

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Jonathan Pike


Ygnacio Valley High School

"Students First, Learning Always"