VILLA SPARTAN SPIRIT PARK HIGH SCHOOL Parent•Faculty•Student Organization V O L U M E 2 0 1 1 / 2 0 1 2 . 3 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1 CALENDAR: 11/2: College Night Principal’s Message 11/5: Spartan Hello Spartan Families, Classic Fundraiser Ready or not here it on Tuesdays in room T-22 from end of the day it all adds up to 11/5: SAT comes…. With the Holiday 3-4. Most of our teachers have a great contribution of care Season creeping up on us, it also set times that they make and love for our students, 11/8: Vision & becomes easy for us to take themselves available for school, and community. Hearing Screening our eyes off the prize. I urge students to come in for As always our door is 11/8: PFSO you to work with your child additional support. open so please do not hesitate and help them keep their Keeping our eyes on the to contact us. Meeting focus. On our end, we have prize also includes recognizing 11/11: Veteran’s funded several opportunities the tremendous efforts of our Have a great fall season, Day Holiday to help your child stay PFSO in raising funds, focused. Tutoring is available supporting programs, and 11/17 Senior BBQ Mondays and Wednesdays assisting us in many ways. Ed Howard, 11/21—25: from 3-4 in the library. This group of selfless Principal Thanksgiving Credentialed teachers are volunteers should serve as a there to assist. NHS offers model of community. Their Holiday peer to peer tutoring on consistent effort is a necessity 11/30: Deadline for Tuesdays and Wednesdays and their work makes us strong. UC and CSU from 3-4 in room 215. EL It may seem like small tasks or students can receive tutoring limited involvement, but at the applications 12/10: ACT 12/20 —1/6: Winter Break 12/31: Deadline to turn in Fresh ‘n Easy Spartan Classic Fundraiser: receipts Dinner, Casino, and Auction Saturday, November 5 6:00 to 11:00pm Astor Classic Event Center 1563 Babbitt St., Anaheim Money raised goes to support OUR School and EVERY Student at VPHS (see pages 3-4 for more information) Villa Park High School Parent Faculty Student Organization (PFSO) 18042 East Taft Avenue Villa Park CA 92861 firstname.lastname@example.org NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 2 PFSO President’s Message Fall is here, the holiday Please contact Linda Schafer around campus. The next meeting is season is just around the (email@example.com) if you are able Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30am in corner, and the PFSO has to help (7:00am – 3:00pm). Thank the teacher’s lounge. another busy month you Linda for all your work! Read the Spartan Spirit Newsletter ahead. each month. Thank you to Daveen PFSO DIRECTORY Meyers, Editor, for all her work SPARTAN CLASSIC FUNDRAISER The PFSO Directory is at the putting together an interesting and The major fundraising event for print shop and will be mailed to all informative newsletter! Villa Park High School is the annual PFSO members this month. Thank Spartan Classic on Saturday, you to Kathe Ewing who has been Check out the VPHS website for November 5. Please plan to support compiling all of the directory lots of important information: the school by attending the Dinner information since August! Great www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/vphs/ and Casino Night. Join Mr. work! Howard, staff, and parents at this fun Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and event.Caption describing HOMECOMING a relaxing week off! picture or graphic. Many thanks to the Spartan Thank you to Donna Greenwald Classic chairmen, Karla Kjellin-Elder and Lisa Oakes for organizing the Karen Adnams and Amiee Howard and Booster volunteers and refreshments for the PFSO President Liaison, Lori Leahy for their many fun Homecoming Dance. hours of work on this huge event. STAY INFORMED VISION & HEARING SCREENING Attend the PFSO meetings. First All sophomore students will go on the agenda each month is our through vision and hearing screening Principal, Activities Director and at school on November 8. student leaders. They update us on Volunteers are needed to assist. the activities and events going on The VPHS Chapter of FREE MONEY! Future Business What do we mean by Leaders of America has two collection ‘Free Money’??? drives in process: Some of the businesses that we regularly shop at will donate a portion of your purchase amount to VPHS! It costs you NOTHING! BUT VPHS GAINS $$$! Please Help Us Earn FREE MONEY! In partnership with the Lion's Club of Or- From now until December 31, 2011, VPHS PFSO can ange, they are collect- earn money for every receipt of $20 or more ing eye glasses for from Fresh & Easy Markets. Simply bring receipts those in need around to the VPHS office. the world. Nearby locations: In partnership with Working Wardrobes, 1803 E. Chapman (Tustin /Chapman) they are collecting gently worn professional 440 S. Anaheim Hills Rd (Nohl /Anaheim Hills Rd), clothing, shoes and ac- 146 E. Main St. (Main & Chapman) cessories, including belts, jewelry purses, ties and To register for Ralph's, simply go online to shoes. Both men and Ralph's.com, under Community Contributions women’s items are needed. To sign up for Vons, go online to escrip.com. Both can be delivered to R-3, the classroom of the club's advisor, Theresa Hagelbarger. Please contact Julie Tibbets for any questions: 714-639-9857 Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 3 NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 4 NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 5 Academic Bulletin Important Testing Dates SAT Reasoning/Subject Test is Saturday November 5th and Saturday December 3rd. Additional in- formation is available online at www.collegeboard.com and in the counseling office. ACT Test is on Saturday, December 10. Important College Information University of California and California State University applications are due on/before November 30th, 2011. More information can be found at www.csumentor.edu and www.ucop.edu. Financial Aid application can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov for all types of aid including loans, grants, and other scholarships. FAFSA window opens January 1, 2012 and deadline is March 1, 2012. Official transcripts MUST be ordered via Docufide at www.docufide.com. Prospective College Athletes need to make sure to register for the NCAA clearinghouse at https:// web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/. Counseling Activities PSAT Parent Night is December 12th at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center. More information to follow. Seniors can make an appointment with their counselor if they need help with college applications. Up-to-date information can be found on our school website at www.orangeusd.org/vphs and make sure to sign up for LISTSERV to receive important information right to your email. Up-to-date infor- mation can be found on our school website at www.orangeusd.org/vphs and make sure to sign up for LISTSERV to receive important information right to your email. OUSD College Night Nov. 2 6:00 - 9:00pm Orange High School Gymnasium 525 N. Shaffer St., Orange Over 50 Colleges / Trade Schools represented CSU UC Private Schools Trade Schools Community Pomona LA USC DeVry Colleges Fullerton Santa Barbara Chapman FIDM Santiago Canyon Long Beach San Diego Mt St. Mary’s Everest Orange Coast Los Angeles Irvine U of San Francisco Paul Mitchell Irvine Valley U of Pacific Westwood Santa Ana NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 6 Get to Know our Staff Tom Fox Jeff Morgan Director of Athletics Director of Activities As a varsity high school basketball As a high school student, Jeff Mor- player, Tom Fox ended his last high gan ran track and cross country and school basketball game with a 4 played basketball. He recalls being point play – scoring and then making voted „class clown.‟ “I was goofy,” two free throws. Little did he know at he exclaims. “I got good grades, but the time that this exciting ending was I was full of energy.” That level of really a beginning! energy is now channeled into a full Tom entered college as a pre-law student and was doing array of exciting activities at Villa some coaching. He recognized how much he enjoyed coaching and Park High School! As Director of Activities, Jeff oversees the danc- viewed teaching as an extension to coaching. He decided to make es, assemblies, clubs, ASB activities, and more. If that weren‟t education his career. He has now spent over 25 years in education enough to fill the day, Jeff also teaches three Spanish classes. “I like with 13 of those years at Villa Park High, first as a social studies balancing the two. I love being in the classroom,” he explains. teacher, and is now in his 8th year as our Director of Athletics. In Jeff was inspired to become a teacher by some of his own addition, with a Masters in Education and 5 years of experience teachers. He felt teachers had a great impact, and he wanted to do serving as a Dean of Discipline at a private school, Tom frequently the same. After completing his student teaching at VPHS, Jeff ob- steps in and helps Ed Howard and the assistant principals in admin- tained his teaching credential five years ago. He is currently continu- istrative support. ing his own professional development as he is working on his Mas- While being the director of athletics, Tom makes sure to ters in Education Administration. support all the school‟s extra-curricular programs. He does so be- As Director of Activities, Jeff works with ASB and his office cause he demonstrated the importance of involvement when he is the clearinghouse for the 37 clubs on campus. “I encourage kids earned his Master‟s degree. In his master‟s thesis, he demonstrated to get involved in as many things as possible when the first come to the connection between academic success, graduation examination high school.” He believes students will find their interests and skills scores, and involvement in at least one sport. He is especially and they‟ll enjoy high school a lot more. He especially supports stu- proud that Villa Park High offers 22 athletic programs that collec- dents taking advantage of the many opportunities on campus as a tively involves close to half the student body. Moreover, many of the way to develop life skills. programs are growing. “With fall programs, we have over 140 stu- Jeff perfected his Spanish language skills when he studied dents in marching band. We have more kids in cross country than in Madrid for over a year. He also enjoyed traveling around Europe last year – we need another bus for every meet,” he commented. for a summer. He was married last summer to his college sweet- As a result, Tom feels VPHS students are prepared when they heart. His wife, Jamie, is a first grade teacher in the Savannah graduate. “They are ready for what‟s next in their lives,” he says school district and is also working on her masters. Jeff is also two confidently. time champion of the VPHS Dancing with the Teachers competition Off campus, Tom and his wife are empty nesters as their – his energy shining in yet another capacity! “I am going for a three- 22 year old son is in college. They enjoy traveling including a Medi- peat this year! Don‟t miss it!” he claims. terranean/European cruise during last summer. VPHS is fortunate to have two dedicated professionals like Tom and Jeff overseeing our athletics and activities. NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 7 Advice from our Experts Collectively, our administrative staff 2) Get Your Student Involved has close to 100 years of teaching and Both Rebecca Roberts, Assistant administrative experience! They have Principal, and Jeff Morgan, Director of seen thousands of students walk Activities, encourage parents to help through school halls with the goal of Great Quotes: their student get involved in school ac- seeing these students graduate and tivities. Mr. Morgan feels that outside prepare for adult life. With all of this activities make school days more fun Who Said It? experience, what advice does our ad- and help students develop valuable life ministration have for parents to help skills. Dr. Roberts recognizes the indi- their high school student? That single viduality of each student. She recom- question to each of our administrators mends that parents help students iden- Based on the advice given, and directors brought heartfelt respons- tify what they are interested in and then es that can be summed up as follows: who do you think made these support them in those areas. Both also great quotes? see involvement as a way to help stu- Be involved…to a point dents feel a part of a social group and Email your guess to: Get your student involved the school overall. email@example.com Develop an open line of commu- by Nov. 15 nication 3) Develop an Open Line of and be eligible to win a Communication $10 gift certificate to Bagel Me. 1) Be Involved…to a Point Justin Stanfield, Assistant Princi- Tom Fox, VPHS Director of Athlet- pal, suggests "First, listen to your stu- The answer will be published in ics, sums this up by advising parents 'to dent. Second, talk to them." Tom Fox the next issue of be active participants' in raising their added to this point commenting, "Don't the Spartan Spirit. kids but acknowledges that a parent fight it, work with them." Both feel that needs to balance this without an open line of communication allows Hint: „intruding.‟ Ed Howard, VPHS Princi- students to be more comfortable ap- Ed Howard did not say either... pal, encourages parents to help their proaching parents when there's a prob- student build confidence, especially lem. It also helps students learn how to Quote #1: through self-advocacy. “High school is communicate with adults and prepare "When upset, before you speak, a place where students should learn to for adulthood. think: is what I'm going to say stand up for themselves,” he points out. going to push my kid away or Tamette Rappa, Assistant Principal, These points provide great rein- continued on this point. She recom- draw them in?" -------- forcement for parenting teenagers. Be- mends parents provide encouragement ing involved, helping students to be Quote # 2: and support, suggesting that parents involved and communicating with your ask themselves, “What can I do to help "Some day, you will look back at teen is a strong foundation for positive this and say, 'your parents were them?” and adds, “there‟s a time to step relationships within a family and in and there‟s a time to have kids be right.' " ----- throughout life. proactive." NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 8 Spotlight on our Students The Club Corner With nearly 40 clubs on campus, opportunities abound for students to develop special interests and make a positive contri- bution to the campus and community. Each club has a club advisor who is a teacher on campus. A 'club rush' is held one day during lunch at the beginning of the school year to allow students to learn about the various clubs and sign up. Two additional 'club rush' events allow the clubs to sell food during lunch as a fundraiser. While the Spartan Spirit will highlight some club activities in each issue, we hope you will encourage your student to participate in a club they are interested in. A list of clubs is available in the Activities office and most of the clubs welcome new members year round. Club Impact Club Impact has about 20 members who help to raise aware- ness about drugs and alcohol to kids before they enter high school. The members attend a series of training sessions before or after school that are conducted by Orange County Sheriff's Department. This training prepares them to make presentations to the middle schools and other organizations. Club meetings are held every Tues- day before or after school depending on the members' schedules. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Dra- The club also collects presents for foster kids in December and partic- ma Dept. for the outstanding production of ipates in the Villa Park Boat Parade. New members are still welcome Dracula. Pictured above is Andrew Mackintosh, to join. Kudos to these students for taking an active role in a drug-free environment. Students interested in joining Club Impact should con- playing the role of Jonathan Harker and The tact the club advisor Mr. McElroy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brides: Michele Sams, Bree Fowler, Madorie Boglin, and Lesley Gonzalez. National Beta Club National Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achieve- Photography by Carol Rammelsberg. ment, character, service and leadership and is open to all freshmen and upper classmen with a GPA of 3.0 or above. As a national organ- ization, members are eligible for regional and national scholarships and leadership development programs. One of their ongoing campus activities is called VPHS Thinks Big where they invite a teacher to address the students about something they are passionate about or something that made a difference in their lives. The club meets at least once a month and holds about two events a month. Interested members should contact club president, Yash Patel at email@example.com or the club advisor Ms. Carlton at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 9 Senior Class Update Parents should have received your student’s graduation status report in the mail. If you did not receive the report, it is also available on Parent Portal. Your student should also have met with their counselor to discuss their graduation requirements and post-high school plans. Ask them about it! The applications for the Cal State and University of California schools are now available on line. If your student wants to attend, they should be working on their applications now. Applications can be submitted during the month of November. The deadline to submit is November 30th. Applica- tions for most other universities are also available now. Senior portraits should have been taken. Don’t miss out on having your portrait in the yearbook. If you have not taken your Senior Portrait, contact PSS Imaging at pssimaging.net for information. Parent ads for the yearbook are due no later than December 10th. Please submit order form and photos by November 12th and get $50.00 off. Plans are underway for your Senior’s final event of their high school career – Grad Night 2012! This year’s event will be held at Disneyland on June 14th. Please join us on Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (next to the Cafeteria) for a Grad Night 2012 organizational meeting. We hope to see you there. Click Below for Grad Night Info: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/vphs/registration/pdf/brick.pdf http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/vphs/registration/pdf/grad_night.pdf NOVEMBER 2011 PAGE 10 Study Habits that Work! Let‟s face it. Not everyone likes pineapple and #2: Mood jalapeno on a pizza, and not everyone looks good We‟re not supposed to drive when we‟re upset or in loud colors such as fuchsia or tangerine. So impaired because our minds won‟t be on the road. So why should it surprise us that not everyone bene- why should we waste a single minute of our precious fits from the same method of studying! Good test- time studying when we still need to process our feel- takers are those who have found the learning ings about an event that is upsetting or tragic? If styles and methods that will work for them. Good you‟re upset, call a friend, paint a picture, write a po- study habits are often overlapping. There is no em, or take a walk. Don‟t bother working on stoichiom- single cure-all to help every student to ace that etry problems. Save those for a time when you‟re feel- test. Students who do succeed may do so by em- ing more relaxed or, at least, less distracted. ploying a combination of habits and, more im- portantly, by applying them consistently. Encour- #1: Teaching age your child to read the strategies from the list Finally, the number one way to verify that a concept below. Then set a time frame of one month for is understood is to practice teaching it to someone your student to implement them. Make a date to else, preferably someone who isn‟t already knowledge- share your results. Not only will better study habits able of the subject. Teaching the subject to another help a student to do better in school, but ap- party raises the stakes: it‟s not just you and the mirror proaching this process together can strengthen a anymore. An audience strengthens long-term memory parent-student relationship. by suggesting to the brain that this information is so important it‟s worth sharing with another human being. #3: Pacing Of course, it might take you a couple of tries (or a cou- This study habit applies to everyone, hands ple of people) before you‟ve got it all down, but thank- down! To perform well on a test, students should fully that‟s what friends and family are for, supporting begin reviewing the material as far in advance as us! possible. More study sessions (10-20 minutes each) mean more recovery between study ses- Contributed by Janelle Strickland, VPHS Grad sions, and recovery is highly linked with retention. and Director of Innovate Learning Center Our brains perform extraordinary feats whenever we are at rest, so the more resting periods we can allocate between study periods, the easier it be- We’ll explore the different types of learners in the next two issues of comes to retain the information. Cramming, of the Spartan Spirit course, produces the opposite results. Fewer re- covery periods can lead to less retention and poorer performance on tests.
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