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                                    ScottS Valley HigH ScHool Parent club
                                    Proudly Supporting our Students, Teachers, Staff and Families since 1999
                                    Liz Pennington, Editor, ejpenn@sbcglobal.net



 Parent Club HigHligHts                                                            november Calendar

 W        ith the busy back-to-school weeks past, the change of
seasons is upon us. As I write this, we are in the midst of some of
                                                                                   Nov 3: FC Texas Holdem’ -
                                                                                   Community Center
                                                                                   Nov 5: Cabrillo College Career
the best weather California has to offer and I hope you all have the
opportunity to take advantage of the warmth and changing colors in                 Night 2007 at Cabrillo, 6-8:30
the coming days.                                                                   Nov 6: IB Sophomore Parent Night
   In keeping with the theme of giving thanks this month, I would                  6:30-8:00
like to recognize Debbie Connell and Millou Rose for their hard
work in coordinating and executing the Comedy Sportz Night and                     Nov 8: Parent Club General
to everyone who attended. Your support was greatly appreciated. We                 Meeting, 7 p.m. in the
continue to seek out various means of raising funds. Opportunities                 Teacher’s Lounge
for low investment, high return events are increasingly difficult to
find and require very high volunteer commitment but we are open to                 Nov 12: No School
suggestions. Merchandise sales by students, while lucrative, are not a
winning strategy at the high school level. The simplest way parents                Nov 15: Sophomore Parent
can support the programs at the high school is through donating to the             Night, Counselor’s Present
Parent Club, volunteering and registering for escrip/Nob Hill/Scotts               Academic Planning and College
Valley Market cards.
                                                                                   Requirements
  Regarding membership, we currently have approximately 300
members of the Parent Club, which is about 40% of the families at the              Nov 20: 12 Week Grading Ends
school. Increasing that number by 100 at the basic $35 level represents
8% of our grant budget for the year and would enable us to fund such               Nov 21-23: No School
requests as we did in 2006-2007 for graphics software, calculators for             Nov 27: Grades Due 3:00 p.m
the Math department, drama production and DNA lab equipment
for biology .                                                                      Nov 28: Eligibility Declared
   Your membership and donations to the Parent Club are tax
                                                                                   Nov 29 &30: Counselor
deductible and go directly to the school; there are no fees deducted as
is required of PTAs.                                                               Presentation to all Freshmen
   SVHS has received $3000 since July in the escrip, Nob Hill and
                                                                                   in P.E. Classes
Scotts Valley Market programs combined, which is a dramatic increase               Nov 30: Progress Reports
from two years ago. But, there is lots of room for growth! To give you
                                                                                   Mailed to Homes
an example, there are 70 active Nob Hill members, resulting in $250-
$300/month for SVHS; at the same time, there are another 75 members
who are inactive. So, please consider registering for the programs, and
remember to use your cards--it’s a painless donation to SVHS! And,
although it is “free” money, a significant amount of work goes into
coordinating the programs, and I would like to express appreciation to
Gabrielle Garrett and Susan Negro for pulling it all together.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Carol Weisenstein, 2007-2008 Parent Club President                                                                    1
PrinCiPal’s message

Dear Parents, Students, Community,
  With only two months underway, the momentum of the year is already racing along!
Thanks so much to all the generous parents who donated supplies, paper, and other
goods to our teachers at Back-to-School Night! The turnout of parents and students was
inspiring. And speaking of incredible turnouts, this year’s Nightmare Haunted House
not only earned a very impressive rating (see http://www.hauntedbay.com/reviews/
SVHS2007.shtml), with only a three day run, the Nightmare spooked a record number
of little goblins. And the profits go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Congratulations Nightmare Crew!
  All students are required to conduct 60 hours of community service, in order to fulfill graduation
requirements. While this requirement is often perceived as a challenge to students, our students rise to this
challenge in the scope and variety of contributions that they make to their community. Some students weigh
into this process that they accumulate far more than minimum required number of hours. One restriction we
apply is a limit of 15 hours towards the same purpose. This limitation is designed to insure that students are
engaged in a variety of experiences. If your student is challenged in identifying community service projects,
have them check by the Career Center. We post a variety of pre-approved projects and have suggestions on
other possible projects to get started. If your student has not yet gotten started on Community Service, the
Career Center is a great place to begin. And IB students have 150 hours of a combined Community-Action-
Service. See Mr. Crawford for more details on this requirement.
  Have you been infected with Falcon Fever yet? Falcon Spirit has been steadily growing this year. And you
can join in at the wind down of the Fall Season sports. Our Falcon athletes have been turning in incredible
performances in Cross Country, Ladies Tennis, Ladies Golf, Ladies Volleyball, and Football. November brings
playoffs and end-of-season tournaments. Put on your Maroon and Gold and join the excitement!
 Is the family car getting a little weary? Check out the raffle opportunity to win a brand new 2007 Subaru
Outback. Tickets are on sale from Falcon Frenzy club members, or in the office. Get yours before the
November 12 Drawing! There are a limited number of 12,750 tickets that will be sold.
  This month of school has been marred by numerous serious student illnesses. While we hope such illnesses
never befall any of our students or parents, life has a habit of providing such challenges. Typically, when a
student is absent due to an illness, teachers allow as many days as the students was absent to make up the
work. But your student can keep up by checking the teacher’s homework website, or communicating with
the teacher via email to get assignments. These strategies will reduce your student’s recovery time upon
return to school. Under more serious illnesses, short-term independent study may provide an alternative.
A specific request and Doctor’s requirement for extended absence is required. Under the most serious and
extended illnesses, Home and Hospital will provide for a certificated teacher to deliver and assist in providing
instruction. We take your student’s success as our priority. Regular attendance is the most likely path towards
achieving success. Please join us towards this endeavor.
  November will bring some important events to anticipate and participate. Career panels will engage Juniors
to explore and consider career options during U.S. History and HOTA courses. The Parent’s Club will sponsor
“Myths about Getting into College on November 1. Cabrillo College and Career Night planning is underway,
as well as Counselor’s 10th grade counseling events for students and parents. CORE is a new program to be
launched this year in lieu of NCBI. CORE is a program geared to increase our student’s respect and tolerance
for diversity. This program is delivered to Freshman and Juniors. A summary of information will be sent home
soon. For more information, contact Kelly Reiner or Jon Tiffany for a program overview. And just as we close
for the Thanksgiving holidays, the second 6 week grading period closes. Eligibility is announced following
Thanksgiving. The imperative for your students to keep up on their studies remains a priority.
 So hang on tight, as the summer gives way to fall and closes in on winter, there is as much happening as ever.
Honored to be your Principal,
Gregg Gunkel

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grad nigHt 2008 Committee

                  We welcome more
                  parents to join the 2008
                  Grad Night Committee.      The following families contributed to
                                             the PALACE Art Paper Drive at Back
                  If you are interested,     to School Night:
                  please join us in the
                                             Rita & Kyle McKissick
                  teacher’s Lounge at 7 pm
                  on November 5th, 2007.     Beth Clayton & Peter Gross
                                             Mary & Marissa Hollmann
Hope to see you there!
                                             Mark, Kelly, Melissa Stone
Questions?
Email Suzy Quinn at suzyquinn@comcast.net    Karen Enos & Emily Moyers
or Kim Mindling at kmindling@gmail.com       Sharon & Gianna Bargetto
                                             Linda & Michael Benko
                                             Charlotte, David, Nick & Monica Multer
safeway Contributions uPdate                 Jenna, Jordan, Kylie & Joey Cianciarulo
                                             Laura, Terry, Kelsey LaPorte
SAFEWAY Corporate Year-to-Date               Michelle & Alexis Bensky
Contributions from All Supporters to         Christine & Evan Hilton
Scotts Valley High School:                   Gary, Gretchen, Nicole & Kirsten Schmitt

$5,114.42 from Jan. 1 to                     Sandra & Trevor Arriola

July 31, 2007                                Kristen, Brett & Bonnie Costa
                                             Margot, Joe & Marissa Carlisle
Thank you Safeway and                        Lori, Arria, & Reza Dabir
to all of the supporters
                                             Bethany Kilzer
who use their card
                                             Rianda, Dave & Jeff McClure
everytime they shop!
                                             Emilia Murray & Josh Potter,
                                             Liz, Kailey, Andrey Payne
                                             Teresa & Katilyn Engel
                                             Kim, Carl & Claire Mindling
 Using your Nob Hill and                     Shannon, Stephen & Andrew Dix
 Scotts Valley Market Cards                  Debra & Ramsey Williams
                                             Michelle & Joshua Osborn
 are also great ways to raise
                                             Elizabeth, Sophie & Katie Poser
    funds for the school!                    Erika, Matt, Keith & Kathleen Frost




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College and Career
Night 2007 November 5
           Monday,

Meet College Representatives                                   6:00-8:30pm
in the Gymnasium, Building 1100
from 60 public, private, and out-of-state colleges
and universities.
5:30-7:00pm Campus tours led by members
of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Meet in the gym lobby.

Bring Your Career Questions
to the Library, Building 1000 &
Student Center, Building 900
Instructors, counselors, and representatives
from academic, career and ROP programs will
be available.

Financial Aid Presentations
in the Library, Room 1051 (2nd floor)
Workshops will be presented in the library
(2nd floor) on the half hour by Cabrillo College’s
Financial Aid staff.

Which Career is for You?
Take a 10-minute survey in the Library to help
determine your area of interest!

Parking
Parking is available in student parking areas.
Please do not park in staff, handicap or red zones.

Food and Drink
The Cafeteria (Bldg. 900) will be
open until 7:30p.m. for your convenience.
                                                      For more information call: 477-5650
                                                      Para informacion en español llamar al: 477-3508
Cabrillo College warmly thanks                        For College Rep information: 434-3430
Community Printers for their generous
donation of the printing of these flyers.               www.collegecareernight.com
                                                      www.collegecareernight.com
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                                                                                                                                          and Career 2007”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ¡Preséntense con los representantes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Más de 60 universidades públicas y privadas, de California
6:00-8:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                           y otros estados!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:30-7:00 Visitas al campus guiados por miembros de
Cabrillo College                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society” se iniciarán en el
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vestíbulo del gimnasio.
www.collegecareernight.com
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edificio 1000, Biblioteca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edificio 900, Centro Estudiantil
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                                                                                                                                                        is proud to organize                                                                                           The Santa Cruz County
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                                                                                                                                                        and host College and Career Night                                                                              Regional Occupational
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                          asb clubs & meeting times
CLUB NAME                                             FACULTY ADVISOR             MEETINGS
ASB Student Government                                Dayna Fisher                SG: 5th Period Room C302
Art Club                                              Nicole Bommarito            Mondays at Lunch Room E102
Animae Club                                           Marilyn Kirkham             Tuesdays at Lunch Room C703
Applied Science Club                                  Mike Hanson                 Fridays at Lunch Room C604
California Scholarship Federation                     Richard Salome              3rd Tues of the Month
                                                                                  Room C509
C.O.R.E. Connect/Open Minded/Respect/Empathy          Kelly Reiner, Jon Tiffany   Thursdays at Lunch Room C211
Cooking Club                                          Ann Freeman                 E/O Monday at Lunch
                                                                                  Room C705
Cycling Club                                          Stella Carey                Fridays at Lunch Room M12
Disc Golf Club                                        Jamie Tuckey                Fridays at Lunch Room C702
Drama Club                                            Karin Babbitt               Must be enrolled in class 2nd or
                                                                                  4th Period
Falcon Fever – PEP Club                               Marilyn Kirkham             Thursdays at Lunch Room C703
Fellowship of Christian athletes                      Naomi Lyall                 Tuesdays at Lunch Room C602
Friday Night Live                                     Katie Press                 Thursdays 3:15-4:15 Room C109
GSA/UTD Gay Straight Alliance, Unity thru Diversity   Kelly Reiner                1st & 3rd Mondays at Lunch
                                                                                  Room C211
Interact Club                                         Suzanne Herzman             E/O Monday at Lunch in
                                                                                  Room C701
International Club                                    Rosalyn Peck                E/O Monday at Lunch Room M11
Literature Club                                       Suzanne Herzman             E/O Tuesday at Lunch
                                                                                  Room C701
Math Club                                             Richard Salome              Thursdays at Lunch Room C509
Mock Trial Club                                       Jon Tiffany                 Sundays at 5:00 in Room C212
Music Club                                            Kent Kurrus                 Mondays after school in
                                                                                  Student Union
Ocean Minded Club                                     Jamie Tuckey                E/O Friday at Lunch C702
Student Athletes of SV                                Jared Norman                E/O Tuesday at Lunch
Tennis Club                                           Katie Press                 1st Friday of the Month @ Lunch
                                                                                  Rm C109
Thespian Society                                      Karin Babbitt               Tuesdays at Lunch E201
Video Productions Club                                Karin Babbitt               Must be enrolled in the class
                                                                                  3rd Period
Yearbook Club                                         Emily Brandt                Must be enrolled in the class
                                                                                  2nd Period
Young Republicans Club                                Naomi Lyall                 Thursdays at Lunch Room C602

* E/O: Every Other
** SG: Student Government Class




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 greetings from tHe svHs library!
  Things are winding down from the beginning of the school year rush so we can breath and let you know
a little bit about what is going on at the library. Two librarians are here to serve your students, teachers
and staff at SVHS. The morning librarian is Donna Potts and the afternoon librarian is Cathi Miezio.
  We are currently in the midst of clearing prior year text and circulation from student’s accounts. All
students were told as they checked out texts for this year if they still had texts on their accounts from
previous years. We also sent out a bill at the end of September to their home address if the account still
remained open. Announcements have been made periodically and if I see the student in the library, I let
them know. We still have 61 students with balances due. Those students will not receive a progress report
or be able to participate in extra-curricular activities. If this has happened to you, please give us a call or
ask your student what is going on? We need the texts and circulation books back for other students.
  As of the end of September, we have over 6,500 books in our collection with about 300 items being
checked out per month. This is in addition to the over 40,000 texts and other teacher materials that we
account for. We have more classes coming in to use these materials for project research. The library is a
happening place.
  We have created two wish lists, one at Borders and one at Bookshop Santa Cruz. This is a wonderful
way for parents to help us increase our collection with newer, more exciting reads that our students like.
Please ask at either information desk and the salesperson can help you with your selection. Your students
and the library staff thank you.
 We also have two fabulous parents who come in for a couple
hours each week and help out. A BIG thank you to Lisa
Thygeson and LeeAnn Boland. The other parents we have on
our volunteer list please forgive us for not contacting you yet.
As we related, things are winding down and we would love to
have more help. Expect a call sometime soon.
Thank you!
Donna and Cathi


    A warm thank you to those who provided a               THERE’S STILL TIME
  fabulous spread for October monthly treats for           TO WIN A SUBARU!
  the teachers and staff– Linda Benko, Kathy
                                                           The Falcon Fever club mission
  Bothman, Margot Carlisle, Karen Enos, Donna
                                                           is to get our community more
  Gagne, Deanne Gjerstad, Beth Gross, Corinne              involved in our high school
  Jennings, Caroline Mann, Charlotte Multer,               functions, musicals, plays and
  Julie O’Brien, Jill Palmer, Elizabeth Poser and          increase our fan base for Scotts
  Lisa Thygeson.                                           Valley High School. This year, the club will be
                                                           hosting our participation in a county
  You are awesome!                                         wide fundraiser.
                                                           Santa Cruz Subaru is giving away a
                                                           new 2007 Outback on November 11th.
                                                           ASB will be selling tickets beginning on October
Opens the day after Thanksgiving.                          10th through November 4th. Tickets are $5 each or
We will have trees, wreaths, school                        a book of 6 for $25.
ornaments and community service
opportunities for our students.
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svHs Parent Club
P.o. box 66846
sCotts valley, Ca 95066




                                     Parent Club Board and Support Positions
President                             Secretary                                    Escrip (Safeway)
Carol Weisenstein                     Julie Ebert                                  Gabrielle Garrett go2garrett@sbcglobal.net
cweisenstein@mindspring.com           ebertjb@sbcglobal.net
                                                                                   Nob Hill & Scotts Valley Market Cards
Vice President of Academics           Parliamentarian                              Susan Negro
Suzy Quinn                            Joe Childs                                   snegro@bayfed.com
suzyquinn@comcast.net                 rjchilds@comcast.net
                                                                                   Web Communication
Vice President of the Arts            Volunteer Coordinator/Email Communications   Penny Houseman
Darshana Croskrey                     Charlotte Multer                             pennyh@ix.netcom.com
darshana@pacbell.net                  charlotte@multer.com
                                                                                   Newsletter Editor
Vice President of Public Relations    Grad Night                                   Liz Pennington
Elizabeth Hammack                     Kim Mindling                                 ejpenn@sbcglobal.net
eahammack@sbcglobal.net               kmindling@gmail.com
                                      Co-chair                                     Website
Vice President of Fundraising         Suzy Quinn                                   Michaela Smith
OPEN                                  suzyquinn@comcast.net                        Michaela@CambridgeManhattan.com

Treasurer                             Hospitality                                  Bake Sales
Melissa Ross                          Kathy Bothman                                Elizabeth Walch
melissajross@sbcglobal.net            ktbothman@comcast.net                        walchfamily@sbcglobal.net
                                      Margot Carlisle
                                      margotcarlisle@sbcglobal.net                 Landscaping Committee Chair
                                                                                   Sue Dalis
                                                                                   smdalis@sbcglobal.net

				
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