Valley Oaks Update

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Welcome to the Spring Semester!

Greetings to our Valley Oaks Families and Friends,

We are already well into the 2nd semester of the school year and things are indeed moving quickly. We have already enjoyed watching five of our seniors ‘Ring the Valley Oaks Graduation Bell’ and that is just the beginning. It is incredibly rewarding for us to acknowledge our graduates in the lovely, intimate ceremony that our amazing teachers have established. As we move through the end of Winter and into Spring, we will be quite busy here at Valley Oaks. Upcoming events and activities include California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), our Spring Garden Work Party, Open House and of course our end of the year senior graduation at Lucchesi Community Center on Wednesday, May 31. As always, it is a pleasure to work with your students, watch them grow and mature and then, sadly, say goodbye as they move on to conquer their next chapter. Stay dry and looking forward to seeing you at our Spring Garden Work Party!

Ms. Lofton,


Important News from our Secretary, Mrs. Shew

Mrs. Shew reminds us that the school Office Hours are as follows:


Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More Important News from our Counselor, Mr. Jamerson

Are you interested in a summer internship? See the list below and click on the link if the program sounds interesting to you.

Pepperwood Preserve TeenNat Internship Program

Deadline: April 7

Sonoma State High School Summer Internship Programs

Metropolitan Transportation Commission Internship Program

NASA Internships for HS Students

Girls Who Code

Buck Institute for Research on Aging Summer Scholars Biology Research Immersion Program

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

Science Internship Program @ UCSC

SMASH-Summer Math & Science Honors Academy

Upward Bound Math & Science Program, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT)

Digital Learning TechTeens @ California Academy of Sciences

Deadline: April 2

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Leadership Programs

Microsoft's DigiGirlz High Tech Camp

Summer Marine Lab Experience for HS Students @ USC

Summer Engineering Seminars @ Santa Clara University

You will find lists of other opportunities focused on science & engineering for HS students here:

  • Pathways to Science

    (Searchable database of opportunities)

  • You STEM


    (Local, mostly free opportunities in Bay Area)

  • RIT Co-op/Internships & Summer Research Opportunities


    (Summer research opportunities throughout U.S.)

  • Internships (Paid & Unpaid) You will find Stanford-sponsored internship programs for HS students here:

    Petaluma Health Center News

    Students: Do you need to make an appointment at the Health Center on the San Antonio Campus? Well, it's just gotten easier! Simply fill out the Google form that pops up when you click on the following link, fill it out and submit. It's that easy!

    Honor Roll Students

    Congratulations to the following students who made the Honor Roll for Fall 2016. They include: Deborah Arango-Carreno, Preston Ashton, Ariana Barajas, Stefani Barajas, Marissa Barredo, Adeline Bender, Jacob Buol, Marisa Buol, Elias Clough, Raquel De La Cruz, Halie Dodane (Smiley), Erin Doherty, Alexis Dundas, Evangeline Foote, Brandon Hill, CeCe Illingworth, Leila Jacobs, Felipe Jimenez, Devin Jones, Kira Kimberly, Tommy Koreen, Stephanie Ladd, Nicholas Matteri, Michelle Mendoza Munoz, Lillie Montplaisir, Althea Patchett, David Phillips, Shayla Reposa, Gina Salvato, Ethan Schwebel, Julia Sherman, Alex Slater, Giselle Soto, Delaney Teague, and Reina Villarreal.

    Upcoming Events

    Mark your Calendars

    Informational Meeting - Monday, April 10th - Please contact Trisha Shew before attending.

    Garden Work Party - Tuesday, April 11th - The VOS community will be enjoying food and doing gardening work on campus. Please contact Trisha Shew before attending.

    CAASPP State Testing - Monday, April 10th through Friday, April 14th - No appointments this week.

    Informational Meeting - Monday, May 8th - Please contact Trisha Shew before attending.

    Open House - Tuesday, May 11th - Please join us at 6:00 pm.

    Student Appointments - Monday, May 22nd through Friday, May 26th - Last student appointments of the year.

    8th Grade Promotion - Tuesday, May 30th, 2 p.m. - 8th Grade Promotion

    High School Graduation - Wednesday, May 31st -Breakfast at SAHS, Multipurpose room, 8 a.m.; High school graduation practice at Lucchesi Park, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Graduation ceremony, Lucchesi Park - Graduates arrive by 6 p.m. and ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

    Important News for Seniors

    Valley Oaks School

    (707) 778-4794



    Cap & Gown Order

    Graduation: May 31, 2017

    Cap & Gown: Order your cap/gown/tassel through between Aug. 22, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017. Orders will be delivered to VOS in May for graduation.

    Graduation Announcements Order your graduation announcements through between Aug. 22, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017. There are 59 choices that range in price.

    Catered Senior Breakfast

    Where: San Antonio High School

    When: May 31, 2017

    Time: 8:00 a.m.

    ALL STUDENTS are required to attend GRADUATION REHEARSAL in order to walk:

    Where: Lucchesi Community Center

    320 McDowell Blvd. North

    When: Wednesday, May 31

    Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Graduation Date & Time:

    May 31 at 7:00 p.m.

    (Graduates must arrive by 6:00 p.m.)

    Graduation Ceremony Location: Petaluma Community Center

    320 N. McDowell Boulevard

    Note: Due to limited space at Center, tickets are limited to 6 per family;



    Please print your graduate’s name exactly how you want it printed on the diploma and return this portion to the school secretary today.

    First Name __________________________________________

    Middle Name (optional) ________________________________

    Last Name(s) _________________________________________

    About Us...

    Valley Oaks School is a fully accredited school for students grades K-12 that delivers the curriculum through the independent study format.