Spartan Weekly Update 10/23
Week At A Glance
See What's Happening This Week
Block Schedule - Odd Day
Block Schedule - Even Day
Student of the Month Recognition Lunch
Block Schedule - Odd Day
Topping Out Ceremony 4 pm RSVP
Block Schedule - Even Day
Saturday School 8-12 pm Room 205
Campus Cares Recap
Thank you to all our amazing Villa Park High School students who spent Sunday beautifying our campus! In total over 100 students from five activity groups, 13 athletic teams, and 32 clubs worked on five different projects and earned over 400 service hours! Together, we were able to:
- Plant beautiful rose bushes in front of the counseling center
- Honor our Villa Park alumni and supporters with a thorough cleaning of the memorial bricks
- Coat the tree rings in the center of the campus in true Spartan blue!
- Prepare the ground behind the PAC for the upcoming November turfing
- Make the T-buildings at the back of the campus pop in spirited black and blue!
A Special Spartan Shout Out to the following individuals and businesses who supported this amazing day:
- Robert Frackelton, president and CEO of Reeve Store Equipment Co. for his organization, amazing supply donation, and swinging a mean pickaxe!
- Jeff McCabe, owner of One Way Painting for his team’s outstanding oversight and direction in painting the T-buildings!
Equally worthy of mention are 9th grader Jolinna Yniguez and 11th grader James Falk who both worked for a full six hours on Sunday!
Congratulations to 11th grader Kaelyn Do, our winner of the $50 student gift card raffle! We will bring your gift card to you in the coming days.
Our pizza party contest winners will be announced next week!
Interested in being the voice for beautification and positive change on our campus? How about doing so while earning valuable service credit hours and a gift card to a merchant of your choice? Stay tuned for our upcoming Campus Care project contest!
Written by: Alex Tran
Last Sunday, campus beautification was held in conjunction with PFSO and other members of our community. Students, in particular club members and athletes, turned out in large numbers. This is what our Student Board Representative and Interact Club Secretary, Alexander Tran, had to say: “This was a great opportunity for all of us to work alongside each other and contribute so much back to the campus we call home”. ASB President Thalia Nasr also contributed her positive thoughts: “Last Sunday was a great success! We Spartans came together as a group, had fun, and all the while we did our part as student leaders”. Campus beautification involved all students from varied interests and backgrounds coming together to make their campus and community a better place. Thank you to the students and parents who were able to volunteer their time on Sunday!
Villa Park Named Advanced Placement School Honor Roll
Villa Park High School recognized for student success in Advanced Placement while broadening access.
Orange, California -- College Board announced that California, Orange Unified School District, Villa Park High School has been named to the Advanced Placement Program (AP) School Honor Roll, earning BRONZE distinction.
The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflects a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
Villa Park High School had 43% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 31% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 18% of seniors who took five or more AP exams!
The VPHS AP Program:
- 30 Courses offered
- 60 Sections taught
- 24 Different teachers teaching AP sections
Principal Dennis McCuistion says, "The Villa Park High School Bronz Honor Roll AP program is a shining example of our commitment to academic achievement and the pursuit of excellence. It equips our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to excel in higher education and beyond. We are proud to have such a robust and dynamic AP program within our school, and we look forward to seeing the continued success of our students as they embark on their educational journeys."
Class of 2024 Scholars with Distinction
Villa Park High School would like to recognize the following students for being named Scholars with Distinction. This achievement is earned through student performance on California Standardized Testing (SBAC), which takes place during the Spring semester. These 124 students, representing the top 25% of seniors, were able to score "Proficient or Advanced" in both English/Language Arts AND Mathematics. For graduation, these seniors will be given a special cord to distinguish themselves as VPHS Scholars of Distinction. Congratulations to all of you!
We are just 91 memberships away from reaching our goal of 777! We need your participation today to make it across the finish line. Bonus: We have an anonymous donor donating up to $1,000 with a per member donation match, so please join today through this link.
With your support, the Villa Park High School Parent Faculty Student Organization (PFSO) brings parents, families, community leaders, teachers, and staff together to do great things for the VPHS community. Beyond our dedicated volunteers, all of these offerings take a great deal of time, talent, and treasure. With just $10 and a few moments of your time, you can help ensure another excellent year for our Spartans.
Let's do this!
VPHS PFSO President 2023-2024
SCC Application Workshop Nov. 8 or Nov. 9
Meet with a representative from SCC in the Library to complete the required FREE application to the college. You are eligible to participate in the Early Welcome Program in April 2024 for priority registration by attending the workshop and completing your application for Fall 2024.
This invitation is open to the Seniors (Class of 2024).
AP Exams Schedule and Order Form
Spartans in AP courses, please make sure to check out the AP Exams schedule for Spring 2024. Click on the link below to view schedule information, pricing for exams, and instructions on how to place an order to purchase AP tests. Questions? Please contact Mr. Simons at email@example.com
New Counselor Assignments & Contacts 2023-24
AVID Hosts VPHS Staff Panel
The library hosted an awesome event for @vphsavid on Friday (10/20) - two periods of staff panels answering questions about their college experiences. AVID students asked our staff panelists questions about everything college from finances to partying and everything in between. Our staff panelists had such a variety of experiences (community college, state universities, private colleges, out of state) and the students asked truly thoughtful questions. It was a great event for everyone- thank you Mrs.Werner for planning it, our staff for sharing your experiences, and our VP AVID students for being so engaged.
Morning MATH SUPPORT available Monday through Friday
Written by: Alex Tran
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week
Our VP Community we will be holding our annual Red Ribbon Week next Monday through Friday. Our campus will be decorated in red to educate students about the dangers of drugs. To increase student participation, a spirit week and lunchtime games will be held. See the schedule below:
Monday: “Drugs are Bums”; dress like actor Adam Sandler. That day’s lunchtime game: guess the amount of candy in a jar.
Tuesday: “Team Up Against Drugs"; rhyme without reason; dress up in pajamas or “rapping attire”. Tuesday’s lunchtime game: musical chairs.
Wednesday: “Freedom from Drugs”, Wear white or blue. That day’s lunchtime game will be a water balloon toss.
Thursday: “Put a Cap on Drugs”, Wear your favorite hat. That day’s lunchtime game: tug of war!
Friday: “Proud to be Drug Free”, wear red!
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Support VPHS Vocal Music 2023
Please help Villa Park High School's award-winning vocal music program reach their fundraising goal! We are responsible for raising funds for our annual operational costs which runs between $25,000-$30,000 per year. Donations help us offer a quality music program for all students. Your support will have a direct impact on student learning in the classroom and growing their individual skills.
Your donations will help us continue to pay for our staff accompanist, instrumentalists, sheet music, facilities rentals, transportation, critical sound needs, festivals, instructional materials, etc. It will also help contribute to our acoustic shells campaign as part of our PAC stage updates.
Thank you for your support
Meet our Staff & Students
Ruby Garcia - Spanish Teacher
Written by Mari Mendoza
Ruby Garcia, a dedicated Spanish teacher at VP, embarked on her educational journey at Ontario High School in Chino, California. Ruby's pursuit of knowledge led her to Chaffey Community College in Chino, where she spent two years before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Spanish, along with teaching credentials, and she is currently working on her master's degree in counseling at Concordia University. Prior to joining VP in August 2022 as a Spanish teacher, Ruby worked in the Corona-Norco School District. Her favorite memory at VP is the gratifying experience of engaging with her students towards the end of the class. As a fun fact, Ruby shared that in 2018, she had the remarkable opportunity to teach in China, broadening her cultural and teaching experiences.
Susie Kim-Commissioner of Special Events
Written by: Mari Mendoza
Meet Susie Kim, a dynamic individual who has been an integral part of her school's ASB team for the past two years, serving as the Special Events Commissioner. Susie's dedication to creating unforgettable experiences for her peers became evident as she began planning this year's homecoming festivities. It took her a mere two months, from conceptualization to execution, to bring her vision to life. What makes Susie truly passionate about her role is the joy she derives from witnessing the overwhelmingly positive reactions of her fellow students. Beyond her ASB involvement, Susie is an active participant in cheerleading and holds positions on the boards of both NAMI and Interact club. Her favorite memory to date is the experience she had at the Orange County Leadership (OCL) camp, which further fueled her drive for leadership. And when she's not orchestrating events or engaging in her various extracurricular activities, you can find Susie unwinding at the beach, indulging in her love for beautiful scenery.
Freshman Football Remains UNDEFEATED!
Congratulations to the Freshman Football Team who is 9-0 overall, 2-0 in league! They play next Thursday at Brea for the right ti be the outright undefeated champions!
Sports A Week in Review
Written by: Trinity Laurenson-Aumua
This week our girls golf team had an excellent team member with a record this past season that qualified for the North Hills League CIF preliminaries and finals; this outstanding player is Carol Faafoi. Congratulations on behalf of the school on this amazing achievement.
Continuing on with our girls tennis program, this week our teams went against Canyon High School and Foothill High School. Tuesday's matches for junior varsity took place here at Villa Park against Canyon, resulting in a loss with a score of 3 to 15. As well, the varsity girls tennis team traveled to Canyon High School, losing 8 to 10. On Thursday, the program went against Foothill High School. The junior varsity team played here once again, losing by 0 to 18. The varsity girls tennis team went to Foothill, resulting in a loss of 5 to 13.
In addition, Villa Park High School's boys water polo program went against Canyon on Tuesday. The junior varsity team played a close game yet fell short, ending with scores of 5 to 6. The varsity boys water polo team also lost, with results of 4 to 16. This Friday and Saturday, our boys varsity water polo team will be playing in the Steve Pal tournament. Good luck, Spartans!
This Thursday, our varsity girls volleyball team traveled to South Torrance High School to play in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Unfortunately, the girls lost with a score of 0 to 3, ending their CIF journey. We are proud of the hard work of our varsity volleyball team!
Adding to Thursday's sports-filled schedule, our freshmen football team hosted Yorba Linda High School's football team. The boys managed to continue their ongoing undefeated season, winning 28 to 0. Great work, freshmen football! Our junior varsity team traveled to Yorba Linda, taking their first loss with a final score of 7 to 35. Our varsity boys football team will be hosting Yorba Linda this Friday. Good luck, Spartan football!
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Free and Public Education Notice
Section 5 of Article IX of the state of California constitution guarantees students a "free public education". Any requests financial requests from coaches or teachers shall be donations and therefore not required to participate.
Villa Park is a public school, which means we offer a free public education. Any fees attached to events, such as field trips, are requested as a donation from families. Your child will not be excluded from the event if you are unable to donate for a school day field trip or program.
Villa Park High School Assistant Principal | Curriculum & Instruction