PioneerGram

May 2, 2021

Greetings Pioneer Families, I hope all of you have had a fantastic weekend! This week we will be administering the CAASPP test to all juniors, in the morning, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All students will meet for class virtually on those days during the afternoon cohort time, from 12:35 pm to 3 pm. Tomorrow is a normal late start day at 9 am, with in-person students on campus at 9 am, and virtual students meeting online at 12:55 pm. The PioneerGram has details on all of our schedules for you.


Seniors! We are so excited this year to celebrate all students committed to pursuing an education beyond high school. Whether you plan to attend a community college, a 4-year university, a certification program, the military, or any other education past high school, Reach Higher Decision Day will be a wonderful opportunity to recognize the hard work of our graduating students. We will be having a quick walk-up event on Tuesday, May 4th, from 10:30-12:30 in the front parking lot, where students can stop and take a picture in front of the school, wearing a shirt, hat, or other swag representing their commitment after graduation. We would greatly appreciate your input by answering the survey, located in the PioneerGram, as we start the planning process. Contact Mr. Baxter if you have any questions.


Yearbooks are still available for purchase, but supply is running out! You can visit the Jostens website to order your copy today. Please note that the yearbook will be available for pick-up in late July, and can also be delivered to your house for an additional purchase at the Jostens website. Here is the link to order your yearbook: link The last day to order yearbooks for home delivery is this Friday, May 7th. The last date to order a yearbook on Jostens.com is June 30th, or when we sell out...and we expect to sell out. So order today to ensure that you get a copy of this year's yearbook!


SVHS PTSA is holding it's last Association Meeting for the year on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00pm on the Zoom on-line meeting format. Anyone wishing to attend, Please R.S.V.P. to Krista Chen, at Krista@digikata.com, to receive the meeting link. We hope to see you there!


Please make sure to read the entire PioneerGram, as we have information on our schedule this week, our Reach Higher event for Seniors, updates on AP testing, tutoring, a Senior class fundraiser at Mod Pizza this Thursday, registering for summer school, Mental Health Awareness Month, our Spring Choir Concert, joining the SVHS Dance Team, joining Choir for the 2021-2022 school year, College and Career Center updates, a Moorpark College registration event for Seniors, joining the Red Cross Club, joining the EcoAction Club, the SVHS Virtual Student Art Gallery, the Simi Valley Youth Council Multicultural Festival, meeting with counselors, athletics, work permits, and so much more! Thank you, and have a great evening!

State Testing Information And Updates - CAASPP

  1. Only 11th and 12th grade students will be participating in state testing. 9th and 10th grade students will not participate on any of the marked testing days.

  2. All 5th and 6th period instruction will be virtual on testing days. Both A and B cohorts will be in the afternoon VIRTUALLY during testing days.

  3. Only Juniors will be testing in the morning this week.

  4. Below you will see the schedule for this week.

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Upcoming Dates To Calendar

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MAY 4 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

MAY 4 - Moorpark College Registration Rocks Registration Rocks

MAY 5 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

MAY 6 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

MAY 6 - Senior class fundraiser at Mod Pizza

MAY 7 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

MAY 10 - State Testing Groups 12th Grade only - CAST during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:55 - 3 pm)

MAY 11 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAST during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

MAY 14 - Spring Choir Concert - 7 pm - Click on this link to buy tickets!

MAY 18 - (9th-11th Grades) Volunteering, Summer Activities, and Internships - 5 pm - tinyurl.com/zp0275t0

MAY 31 - Dance Team applications due - Application Link

Our Schedule This Week

School starts at 9 am tomorrow (Monday is our late start day).


This week we testing 11th grade students Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 11th grade testing students will test during the A time in the morning (in-person, or virtually), and then all students will be attending their regular classes VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 to 3 pm). This will be the schedule format we use when we test on 5/4, 5/5, 5/6, 5/7, 5/10, and 5/11 for CAASPP. 9th and 10th grade students will not be participating in any state testing this year.


Mon: Per. 6

Tues: Per. 5 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

Wed: Per. 6 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

Thur: Per. 5 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

Fri: Per. 6 - State Testing Groups 11th Grade only - CAASPP during A time - all students attend class VIRTUALLY during the B time in the afternoon (12:35 - 3 pm)

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Seniors...Reach Higher is THIS Tuesday!

We are so excited this year to celebrate all students committed to pursuing an education beyond high school. Whether you plan to attend a community college, a 4-year university, a certification program, the military, or any other education past high school, Reach Higher Decision Day will be a wonderful opportunity to recognize the hard work of our graduating students. We will be having a quick walk-up event on Tuesday, May 4th, from 10:30-12:30 in the front parking lot, where students can stop and take a picture in front of the school, wearing a shirt, hat, or other swag representing their commitment after graduation. We would greatly appreciate your input by answering the following survey as we start the planning process. Contact Mr. Baxter if you have any questions.

Click here to sign up.

Thank you,

The SVHS Counseling Team

AP Exams And Alternate Dates

As you know, the College Board has given us options as a school to register for alternate exam dates. Most of the AP exams now have an alternate exam date option. Please check your school email for an email and attachment you received last week form Mr. Baxter. If there is a date next to the highlighted exam, this is now an option for SVHS students. To request the alternate exam dates, log into your Total Registration account and click on "Request Alternate Date for Exam" at the bottom of the screen. There is no additional fee if you choose the alternate date, and your request to change the date will be automatically approved.


A few exams do not have an alternate exam date option and must be taken on the date currently assigned. Those exams are Calc AB and BC, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics.


Contact Mr. Baxter if you have any questions.

Senior Shout Outs!

Hello Class of 2021! We want to celebrate YOU with a Simi Valley Senior Shout Out.

A Senior Shout Out is a social media post that honors your accomplishments during high school and commemorates your post-graduation decision. This post will be shared on social media, on your high school's website and possibly with local media outlets (such as local TV news stations) for your family and friends to celebrate you!

To be featured in this congratulatory message, all you have to do is fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/gaXLDa5WxqAqBM7X6.

The Google Form will ask you to:
1. Select your favorite slide for your Shout Out and delete the remaining options. (Make sure you pick the slide for the school you attend.)
2. Type your future plans after graduation (work force, college, military, trade school, etc.) or type your proudest or greatest moment in high school.
3. Type your FULL name (it will depend on the slide you choose).
4. Insert your favorite picture. The picture MUST be school appropriate and should only show you, no additional people in the picture. Your senior portrait will work great, but you can choose something else as long as the picture is clear (not pixelated), was taken in the last year, and is appropriate.

Attach your completed slide into the Google Form and Submit. All Senior Shout Outs will be posted during April, May, and possibly June on social media and your high school's website.


If you have any question, please contact: College & Career Center, Mrs. Jen Gast (jennifer.gast@simivalleyusd.org)

Seniors, Order Your Caps & Gowns This Week!

Caps and gowns are still available! You may visit Jostens.com, or call 1-800-JOSTENS with any orders or questions.

Tutoring - Come Get Help With Your Classes!

Free tutoring for all Pioneers! We will have tutors available every Wednesday, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm. We are here and waiting to help you. Join by clicking this link: bit.ly/Pioneertutoring

Senior Class Fundraiser!

This Thursday, May 6th, come to Mod Pizza and support our Senior Class! All you have to do is give the flyer to the Mod Pizza staff and they will donate a portion back to our Senior Class. Thank you for your support!

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

We are pleased to announce that enrollment for Simi Valley Summer School 2021 is now open and will close on May 28th. This year, Simi Valley Summer School will again be hosted by Learn4Life/Vista Real Charter School. All Simi Valley Summer School programs will run from Tuesday, July 6th to Friday, July 30th.


High School Summer School will be held at Royal High School (1402 Royal Avenue). The day will be broken into two periods. Period 1 runs from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and Period 2 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. At the high school level, summer school is designed mostly for credit recovery but some "get ahead" classes are available. Please talk with your school counselor for eligibility and course approval. Please refer to the website below for more information.

For more information about all of our Summer School programs, please go to http://simivalleysummerschools.weebly.com. Thank you and we can’t wait to see you this summer!

Be Part Of Mental Health Awareness Month

Hello Pioneers! The Wellness Club is putting on a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month. We encourage you to participate in our Spirit Week from May 10th-14th and Self-Care Bingo throughout the month of May! Visit our Instagram @svhswellness or our SMHW website for more information and resources, including a chance to be entered into a raffle to win prizes!

Spring Choir Concert

Make plans to join our Spring Choir Concert on Friday, May 14th, at 7 pm. The concert will be virtual, and feature Vocal Jazz Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Senior Soloists!


Tickets are $10 for individuals, or $18 for a household. Click on this link to buy tickets!


Thank you for supporting Simi Valley High School Choir!

Join the SVHS Dance Team!

Dance team auditions are coming up! Fill out the online application at http://www.jenchristmanproductions.com/svhs-dance-team.html by May 31st. Don't miss the chance to be a part of the SVHS Dance Team legacy - now offering 4 levels in all styles!

SVHS Choir Auditions 2021/2022

Are you interested in joining choir for the upcoming school year? We have three levels of choir for all of our students:


Vocal Ensemble (Intermediate) and Vocal Jazz (Advanced) require a completed Google form and an audition. For information about these two choir classes you can visit: www.simihighchoir.com


Concert Choir (Beginner) requires NO auditions - just ask your counselor to enroll you!


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wescamillo: brittney.wescamillo@simivalleyusd.org

College And Career Center With Mrs. Gast

Attention Seniors: The Universal Scholarship - All applications must be submitted by THIS Tuesday, April 20th! Over 20 opportunities from local organizations, clubs and individuals to earn money for college tuition and expenses. Join the College and Career Center Google classroom to view, complete and submit the application! Class code veg7g6a


Hey students, make sure to join Mrs. Gast's Google classrooms by grade level:

Class of 2021, Class Code: veg7g6a

Class of 2022, Class Code: 3gl3yhs

Class of 2023 and 2024: Class Code: edrbwgz


Here is a link to Mrs. Gast's weekly newsletter with information from the College and Career Center: https://www.smore.com/1q7eg-svhs-ccc-news


You can make an appointment to speak with Mrs Gast via Zoom: https://calendly.com/jennifergast-counselor/15min?month=2021-01


Jennifer Gast, M.Ed.

805-577-1400 Ext. 6809

Jennifer.Gast@simivalleyusd.org

Moorpark College Raider Registration - Registration Rocks!

Moorpark College will be hosting Registration Rocks for Simi Valley High School students on May 4th at 8:30 am. This event is for seniors who plan on attending Moorpark College in the fall of 2021. There will be counselors, counseling assistants, success coaches, and staff available to help you with the registration process. This event is not mandatory. Please sign up by clicking on the Registration Rocks link below, and fill out the Google form. Mrs.Gast will send out the zoom link the day before the event.

Registration Rocks

Join The Red Cross Club!

Are you interested in being better prepared for emergencies? Join the Simi Valley High School Red Cross Club so that you can help ensure that you and your environment are ready for any situation that may challenge your safety, and the safety of others! Join the club's Remind by texting @DH33D2 to 81010, or contact them through Instagram: @REDCROSS_SVHS.

Join the EcoAction Club!

Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Would you like to help save the

planet? Then, EcoAction is for you! Join us in making our planet and community a safer and

healthier place to live. If you are interested, you can DM @ecoaction_svhs or email

s.narayanan191374@simivalleyusd.org.

SVHS Virtual Student Art Gallery

This month, our Gallery prompt is in collaboration with the Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center’s Multicultural Festival, an online festival and celebration to recognize the diverse backgrounds that make up our community. Create an art piece showcasing something from your culture or heritage. In the description, let us know what your creation represents and what it means to you. This month, all SVUSD students are encouraged to participate. Please list your SCHOOL and GRADE LEVEL in your post! Each user can upload up to 4 pieces this month.


The SVHS Virtual Student Art Gallery is a public Padlet wall where students can express themselves and practice self care through visual art. Creating art is a great way to relax, manage stress, and boost your confidence, especially now during the pandemic. The purpose of this page is to promote wellness and help students connect with each other online by creating and viewing art together. Each month, a prompt will be posted to inspire and guide students’ creations. Students will have a whole month to upload an image of their work to the Padlet wall for each prompt. You don’t have to be an artist to participate- the purpose of this page is to create, share, and view art for fun.


The Padlet wall can be accessed here: https://padlet.com/suzob/hk84px8ok2wylf3b

Simi Valley Youth Council Multicultural Festival

The Simi Valley Youth Council is doing a virtual Multicultural Festival, where people can submit cultural artwork, traditional recipes, ethnic attire, and more to showcase their heritage and promote inclusivity. Please see the flyer to the right for more information on this event that celebrates diversity!

Meet With Your Counselor!

Would you like to meet with your counselor? Counselors are available to meet with all students virtually by appointment. Go to this page www.svhs.simivalleyusd.org/Counseling and click on your counselor to set up a meeting. Here is a link that introduces our counseling department to all of you: https://youtu.be/5FA5CRL1-qk

ATHLETICS

The CIF flyer below contains information regarding sports seasons, sports allowed by colored tier, and links to guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. For up-to-date information about sport-specific guidelines and COVID-19 modifications, please visit our Pioneer Athletics website: https://svhs-simi-ca.schoolloop.com/athletics


If you have any questions please contact our Athletic Director, Mrs. Cardona: joelle.cardona@simivalleyusd.org

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Work Permits/Work Experience

In need of a work permit? Visit our Work Experience website for information on work permits, job opportunities and other helpful resources to assist you in your job search.


Please drop off your complete work permit application packet in the Main Office. Approved work permits will be processed and available for pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Work Experience Office (Room D-8). A work permit will only be released to the student to whom it was issued.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Van Boven at: dalila.vanboven@simivalleyusd.org

Guidelines For Visiting Campus During Distance Learning

Students and families, please follow our guidelines for visiting campus during these times of distance learning and COVID-19. Visitors should check in at the main office, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing at all times. Any business that can be completed by email, phone, or Zoom should be done in order to limit the risk of exposure and keep everyone safe. Before deciding to come to campus, please call or email the person you need to meet with to see if your business can be handled without having to visit in-person.

PTSA Information And Links To Forms

New PTSA social media accounts! Please follow us on one (or more) of the accounts below:

Facebook: Simi Valley High School PTSA

Instagram: simihighptsa

Twitter: @PtsaSimi

GMail account: ptsasimihigh@gmail.com


Please help us get to our MEMBERSHIP level last year, which was over 600 members. Here is the link for our PTSA's new account on Totem, which can be used for on-line payment for memberships and donations:

Join Simi High PTSA - Totem


This is also an easier form for those family members who would like to volunteer:

Simi High PTSA Volunteer online form

Equal Opportunity / Non-discrimination

The Governing Board of Simi Valley Unified School District is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.