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Amador Valley High SchoolMain Office
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Principal - Bill Coupe
Pleasanton Unified School District
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Help for Amador Valley High School and Walnut Grove
The family of an AVHS junior and Walnut Grove
student recently lost their home and all possessions
in a fire.
The family has moved into temporary housing in a
furnished, suite-type hotel with a kitchenette, and is
very grateful for the outpouring of support the
community has provided!
There is still opportunity for you to help. If you would
like to contribute as they are trying to meet basic
needs, please drop off cash or gift card donations
(such as Walmart, Target, Safeway, Trader Joe's, or
Kohl's) to the Walnut Grove front office.
The Magic Of Music 4th Annual Fundraising
The Amador Valley High School Band and Colorguard
will hold The Magic of Music 4th Annual Fundraising
Gala, "The Great Gatsby" A Celebration of the Roaring
20's, from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at
The Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, 7050 Johnson
Tickets are $75 per person. The elegant evening
includes champagne, Speakeasy beer, a three-
course seated dinner with wine, live and silent
auctions and dancing to the sounds of the talented
musicians of the Amador Valley High School Jazz
The music, the cocktails, the food, and Gatsby will set
the stage for this lavish party. The Roaring '20s comes
to life. Let us take you back to the time when
extravagant parties were the norm, the Jazz Age was
in full swing, Prohibition was in effect, people danced,
lights glittered and unbridled romance was in the air.
This event is the only major fundraiser of the year for
Amador Valley High Schools four concert bands, two
jazz bands, winter percussion and colorguard. Your
attendance and participation are crucial to its
success. Proceeds will be used to meet the ongoing
needs of the band program in areas such as
instruments, uniforms and equipment.
Funds raised this year will also help fund
transportation costs associated with marching in the
London, England New Year's Day Parade on January
1, 2009. The band will march through London in front
of a live audience of over 500,000 and of millions
worldwide via televised coverage. This is a great
honor and the band is proud to represent Pleasanton
and the Bay Area.
The Amador band now has over 200 members and
has more than doubled in size during the last seven
years. Band is now the single largest student activity
on campus. A record number of students from
Amador's Music Department were selected this year
for local, regional and state honor bands.
For event information, call Dianne Jones, event chair
(925) 426-5662 or Amador Valley High School
Director of Bands Jon Grantham (925) 462-6196.
For ticket information, Paulette Callahan (925) 846-
8957. A reservations form can be found at the "Magic
of Music" link on the Amador Valley High School Band
Drama for Darfur
Advanced Drama presents Mini Musicals in their
Darfur Project on Friday, April 18th, 7:30pm.
We'll be performing on Second Stage, in the MP, and
there is no admission. All donations will go directly
toward Darfur Relief. (You will be able to make
checks out directly to the selected agency for relief.)
Advanced Students have been developing mini
musicals that are sure to please. Each musical is a
story that uses music from Broadway shows . . . but
with different lyrics! We have a bevy of pieces ranging
from "ALL's WELL THAT SQUEAKS WELL"
and "SPUDNIK." So come and enjoy an evening of
entertainment and be able to help out people in
need. See you at the theater!!!
"Make A Difference" Award Nominations Due April 16th
Nominations for the Tri-Valley SELPA "Make a
Difference" awards are due April 16. The
program was established to celebrate the special
education youth throughout the community and
provide an opportunity for families to acknowledge
and honor individuals who have gone "above and
beyond" to make a difference in the life of their special
You can nominate anyone in the community--teacher,
aide, counselor, tutor, librarian, coach, doctor, physical
therapist, resource specialist, scout leader, mentor,
program specialist, community volunteer, school
administrator, bus driver, or interpreter. Call 426-9144
for a nomination form or visit www.trivalleyselpa.
org. The "Make a Difference" awards ceremony
will be held Wednesday, May 14.
Volunteers Needed For Special Olympics
For the fifth consecutive year, Amador Valley High
School Athletic Boosters are the host for the Special
Olympics East Bay Regional Basketball, Track, and
Volleyball tournaments. This is an great opportunity to
experience competitive athletics at their purist and
most inspiring level.
The Basketball Tournament was held March 29 - 30.
Track and Volleyball will be held on Saturday, May
3, at Amador Valley.
Volunteer registration for track and volleyball will begin
now. To volunteer, send an email to avboosters@c
omcast.net with your name, address, phone
number, age is under 18, email address, group you
are with, days and times you can work. Shifts are
available on Saturday (7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or
(noon to 5 p.m.).
Class Of 2009 Parents - Meeting On May 7th
While we still have a little over a year before our
students will be graduating, we are already beginning
to start planning events to make our students' senior
year memorable. Parents interested in helping with
Senior Activities are invited to attend a planning
meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm in the
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss theme
ideas, outline the various committees that will be
needed and establish a Senior Activities Coordinating
team. For those of you who are hesitant to attend this
meeting because you don't know whether you'll have
the time to help out next year, don't worry.
Although we'll happily accept any offers to chair
committees, we will not be asking everyone to sign up
now for a committee. We want to share the
information we have about Senior Activities and ask
you to share your ideas.
Ann Martin and Gina Carter - Acting Co-Chairs Class
of 2009 Senior Activities
You can access information about 2009 Senior
Activities, meetings, etc. via Amador Valley High
School PTSA website (link) or by going directly to: http://www.amadorvalleyptsa.org/Class
_of_2009/Activities.html To access the web-site
use password "2009".
SENIORS! Don't miss this year's Grad Nite and Senior Breakfast.
SENIORS! Don't miss this year's Grad Nite and Senior
Breakfast. To print and view the grad nite consent
forms click here. You can also go to
m for forms and information. Senior fees go from
$150 to $170 on May 1st so get your forms
and fees in today!
Help Boosters To Fund Much Needed Stadium Sound System Improvement
Let's continue that great Amador spirit and show that
with an "All In" attitude we can make a difference in the
lives of our students.
At this year's Purple and Gold Gala, we announced the
2008 Fund a Need segment which will support the
purchase of additional equipment to improve the
sound system for the Amador football stadium. This
sound system will benefit the Class of 2008 seniors
at graduation which will be held at Amador.
Additionally, all sports, band members, clubs and
student body organizations that utilize the stadium will
benefit from the state of the art sound system.
At the Gala we raised over $5500 for this effort. We
would like to now open up the request for additional
donations to our entire Amador Booster and parent
base. Please consider donating $50 or $100 towards
this worthwhile cause. Checks can me made payable
to AVHS Boosters and sent to the attention of Sally
Parsons at 3232 Arbor Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
For your tax deductible donation you will receive a ball
point pen with the "All In for AVHS" logo.
Amador Drama Students "Radioactive" This Weekend
Amador drama students were practically "radioactive"
this last weekend at the Ohlone Competition. We took
the limit of 24 entries,12 entries made finals and of
those finalist, 6 entries placed!
With 25 Bay Area schools keeping the competition
fierce, congratulations go to all Amador competitors
who worked hard on their pieces and made Amador
Finalists and those awarded were as follows:
Courtney Freitas and Kelsey O'Leary . . . AS YOU LIKE
IT scene Leah Gum and Kelsey Milano . . . ANTIGONE
scene Matt Smith and Felicia Dana . . . BABAROUCHE
scene Hanna Pitz and Hans Probst . . . ANGELS IN
AMERICA scene Matt Smith and Alexe Theodore . . . I
WILL GO QUIETLY dance Taylor Woolsey . . . DIN DAA
Finalists and placed:
Juliana Ohlmeyer...ROMEO and JULIET monologue
(CLASSICAL DRAMATIC) 3rd place
Monica Jurik . . . IT'S MY GAME monologue (ORIGINAL
MONOLOGUE) 3rd place
Haley Coughlin . . . TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
(CLASSICAL HUMOROUS) 3rd place
Effie Gonis . . . ELECTRA monologue (CLASSICAL
DRAMATIC) 2nd place
Mindy Zuckerman, Steven Sobzak, Leah Gum, Brent
Freitas, Tarryn Cooper . . . AVENUE Q (MINI MUSICAL)
Amy Martin & Brent Freitas . . . THE DEATH OF
ZUKASKY scene (CONTEMPORARY HUMOROUS
ENSEMBLE) 1st place
Thank you to everyone for their support.
Earth Day is April 22nd!
Support Amador Valley PTSA's efforts to recycle used
electronics equipment and reduce the electronic
waste being dumped into our local landfill. Our
recycling partner, CartridgesForKids.com is paying .50
to $80.00 for cell phones, depending on the model!
They are also accepting the following items:
- Video Game Consoles (please include any and all
- Digital Games (please include case)
- Digital Cameras
- Empty Inkjet Cartridges
- Empty Laserjet Cartridges
- Laptops (please include power cords)
- PDAs/Palm Pilots (please include all accessories)
- iPods (please include all accessories)
PLEASE DO NOT SEND TONER BOTTLES OR
TUBES, INK REFILLS, OR EPSON INK JET
CARTRIDGES! THESE ITEMS CANNOT BE
Drop off your recyclable items in the AVHS office and
earn cash for the school!
PTSA Elections And Opportunities
PTSA is meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at
7:00 p.m. in classroom G1 back by the Multi-purpose
room - there is parking in the back lot off Del Valle
Parkway. We will be serving assorted cookies
specially prepared by the Amador Independent Living
Skills Class. The class is baking and selling cookies
to learn life skills and support some of their activities.
If you would like information about how you might
order some of these delicious treats for yourself or a
group, please e-mail, jsmith@p
We will elect the 08/09 officers at the meeting, but
don't worry that you will be recruited into a job by
attending! We do have volunteers for all board
positions (although we welcome nominations from
the floor). There are still plenty of chair and committee
positions open though, so you have an opportunity to
get involved with this dynamic group to make Amador
an even better community for our students and
Volunteering with PTSA is a great way to meet people
and find out what is happening at school. We have
opportunities for a variety of interests and time
availability. Are you interested in looking at grant
requests, the Reflections arts program, hospitality,
Escrip, student wellness and/or environmental
programs? If you would like more information to get
involved in those or other areas, this year or next,
please contact PTSA President, Mary Holmberg at m.holmberg
Star Testing Schedule
Dear Amador Valley High School Parent:
For five days, April 28-May 2, students will be taking
the STAR Achievement Tests. As you probably already
know, the Academic Performance Index (API) for
Amador Valley High School is based upon the STAR
results in the following subject areas: Reading,
Mathematics, Language, Science, and Social Studies.
Due to the importance of these tests, Amador Valley
will implement a special testing schedule on April 28,
29, 30, May 1, and 2. The STAR tests will be given
during a special testing period beginning at 8:14 and
will take place in your student's 2nd period class.
First period classes will only meet on Tuesday, April
29 and Thursday, May 1 from 7:00 - 8:08.
Our students will follow a modified schedule for
periods 2 thru 7 for the five testing days (schedule
enclosed). During testing we will not have a
Collaboration Wednesday; testing will begin at 8:14
on all days.
Since seniors do not take the STAR Tests, seniors will
begin school each day of testing at the conclusion of
the testing period.
Make-up testing will take place on Monday May 5 and
Wednesday May 7.
Our parents play an important role in Amador's
academic success. Please take a moment to speak
to your student(s) concerning the importance of
this "high stakes" testing program. It is our
expectation that all students will put forth their best
effort. It is also extremely important that your student
gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast
on the test days. Students should bring at least two
Number 2 pencils.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
me at your earliest convenience.
All tests begin at 8:14 AM
Students report to their 2nd period class for all tests
*ALL SENIORS report to their classes after testing
Monday, April 28
All 9th, 10th , 11th graders only
English Language Test
- Test: 8:14 - 11:14
- 2nd: 11:29 - 12:27
- Lunch: 12:27 - 1:03
- 4th: 1:08 - 2:06
- 6th: 1:12 - 3:09
Tuesday, April 29
All 9th, 10th, 11th graders only
(if currently taking Math)
- Test: 8:14 - 11:14
- 3rd: 11:29 - 12:27
- lunch: 12:27 - 1:03
- 5th: 1:08 - 2:06
- 6th: 2:12 - 3:09
Wednesday, April 30
All 9th, 10th, 11th graders only
(if currently taking Science)
- Test: 8:14 - 10:24
- 2nd: 10:39 - 11:54
- Lunch: 11:54 - 12:30
- 4th: 12:35 - 1:50
- 5th: 1:56 - 3:09
Thursday, May 1
All 10th, 11th graders only
Social Science Test
- Test: 8:14 - 10:24
- 3rd: 10:39 - 11:54
- Lunch: 11:54 - 12:30
- 5th: 12:35 - 1:50
- 7th: 1:56 - 3:09
Friday, May 2
All 10th graders only
10th grade Science Test
- Test: 8:14 - 10:24
- 2nd: 10:39 - 11:13
- 3rd: 11:19 - 11:53
- 4th: 11:59 - 12:33
- Lunch: 12:33 - 1:09
- 5th: 1:14 - 1:48
- 6th: 1:54 - 2:28
- 7th: 2:34 - 3:09
1st Period - All Students
Tues. 4/29 and Thurs. 5/1
State Champions On The Way To Washington
The Amador Valley "We the People" competition civics
team is working hard preparing for the national
championship in May in Washington, D.C. Not only is
the team practicing their presentations, they are also
raising money to fund the trip--a goal of about
$50,000! Please consider helping this outstanding
group of students by making a donation to AVHS We
the People and mail c/o Amador Valley High School,
1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
To hear more about the program, watch for team
members on this month's Your Schools show on
Community Television Channel 28.
Members of the 2008 competition civics team are
Vincent Buscarello, Joel Detweiler, Stoney Glover,
William Grau, Margaret Haupt, Kristyn Hayashi,
Genevieve Hoffman, Pooja Jaeel, Udani
Kadurugamuwa, Teresa Machado, Erica Miranda,
Sarah Moellering, Lanz Nalagan, Joshua Pann,
Shannon Parker, Jeysree Ramachandran, Devi
Santhosh, Kevin Sasek, Alex Schlick, Ryan Seams,
Amaan Shaikh, Siddarth Somanathan, Connie Sun,
Kristopher Tayyeb, Corrine Tu, Alan Wang, Terri Wang,
Tony Wang, and Curtis Wong. The team is coached by
New Scholarship Offerings For Graduating Seniors!
Two new scholarship offerings are posted on the
scholarship web-site. The Tom Peters Memorial
Scholarship and scholarships from the Pleasanton
These funds are from the local community for local
graduating seniors. Do not let them pass you by!
Come check out the board- request applications
and get writing!! Pay attention to the deadlines!
Check out all the scholarship offerings by going to www.Amadorv
alleyptsa.org and click on scholarships.
While most scholarships are for Seniors only there
are a few for Juniors as well
If your student is awarded any of scholarships
PLEASE let us know so we can judge how successful
this program is. I know the number of applications we
are handing out is up this year- hope the financial
support is as well!!! Any earned scholarship cal also
be announced at "the Donnies" in May.
Haugen Character Award Announced
The Pleasanton Community of Character
Collaborative has established an award to recognize
Pleasanton citizens for their involvement in
addressing community issues.
The Juanita Haugen Community of Character Award
will recognize citizens who consistently display
sensitivity to relevant social issues and exhibit the
kinds of behaviors the Collaborative advocates:
Responsibility, Compassion, Self Discipline, Honesty,
Respect and Integrity.
The award is named in honor of longtime Pleasanton
Unified School District board member Juanita
Haugen, also a co-founder of the Pleasanton
Community of Character program. The first character
award recipients will be announced May 29 at the
Community of Character Collaborative Celebration at
the Hilton Hotel in Pleasanton.
The Collaborative is seeking nominations for the
award. Anyone wishing to nominate a person who
has demonstrated a commitment to quality volunteer
work in the community may pick up a form at the
PUSD District Office, 4665 Bernal Avenue; the
Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce office, 777 Peters
Avenue; or at www.com
The deadline for submitting nominees is May
1. Forms may be turned into the Chamber office
by mail or fax at 925-846-9697 or to the school district
office by mail or fax at 925-426-7146. The nomination
form is also available here.
The Community of Character Collaborative is a non-
profit organization of volunteers working together to
create a Pleasanton community culture built on
values, goodwill, and community-accepted traits of
Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honesty,
Respect and Integrity. This volunteer committee is
jointly supported by the City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton
Unified School District, Pleasanton Chamber of
Commerce, and various service and faith
For more information, visit www.com
Food Pantry In Pleasanton
Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton has opened a food
pantry for Pleasanton families. Starting March 6, open
pantry hours are on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Drive,
Pleasanton (next to Club Sport). For food pickup at
other hours, please contact Jay Scott at 925-227-1301
ext 13. For information on the food pantry, contact Kim
Chew at 925-426-2492.
La iglesia, Valley Bible Church, abrira una despensa
para las familias de Pleasanton. Las horas de
despensa seran Jueves de las 6:30 a las 8:30 p.m.
en la iglesia Valley Bible Church , localizada en 7106
Johnson Drive, Pleasanton (a un lado del Club
Sport). Para recoger comestibles a diferentes horas,
favor de comunicarse con Juan Argo al tel�fono 925-
227-1301 Ext. 26.
15th Annual Senior Academy Awards (The Donnies)
On Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Amador
Theater, seniors and their parents are invited to the
Senior Academy Awards (also known as "The
Donnies") This exciting evening honors the
achievements of our graduating seniors. Students will
be presented with awards, scholarships, and special
recognitions in a variety of academic and athletic
areas. Save the date because this is an event you will
not want to miss!
Parents of seniors who will be recognized will receive
a printed invitation in the mail by mid-May; however, all
seniors are welcome to attend! Many of the awards
are kept a secret until that night, so if you receive an
invitation in the mail, be sure to attend! In true
Hollywood fashion, this gala event calls for semi-
formal dress for the award recipients. For more
information, please refer to the upcoming Senior
Newsletter or contact Martha Acebedo, in the
Counseling Office, 461-6120.
Amador Team will represent US in Global Community Essay Contest
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has announced that a team
from Amador Valley has been chosen to participate on
behalf of the United States in the 2008 Junior 8
competition in Japan in July. The team consists of
students Manogna Manne, Avani Jariwala, Jamie
Vellinger, and Matthias McCoy-Thompson.
Junior 8 ("J8") is the youth event linked to the G8
Summit and is sponsored by UNICEF. The J8
program provides free, multi-lingual resources on
topical global issues to teachers and students
worldwide, and enables young people ages 13 to 17
to become involved in the topics that concern the G8
countries and the broader global community. Drawing
from their knowledge, understanding and
perspectives of these global issues, student teams
compete via an essay contest and optional media
presentation for the opportunity to represent their
country at the J8 Summit.
Amador Valley High School's winning delegation, the
Volens et potens, comprises members of the school's
World History classes taught by Mr. Chris Murphy. The
Volens et potens' winning entry presented the
delegation's specific recommendations in relation to
key global issues: Global Warming and Climate
Change; Poverty and Development; and Child Survival,
Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS. The winning essays
were chosen based on originality of ideas, ambition of
recommendations, pragmatism, coherence and
grasp of the issues.
Information regarding the 2008 J8 Summit can be
found at www.j8summit.com.
Petition To Use Instructional Materials Funds
The Pleasanton Unified School District is filing a
petition with the California Department of Education
asking to use Instructional Materials Funds
Realignment Program Funds (IMFRP) to purchase
geometry textbooks for use in middle school by
students who have completed Advanced Algebra I by
the end of their seventh grade year. The textbook (Holt
Geometry Student Edition) is approved by the state
and is aligned with state standards. Pursuant to
Education Code sections 60421(d) and 60200(g),
there will be a public hearing regarding this petition at
the April 22 meeting of the PUSD Board of Trustees.
This is an official notice of the public hearing. For
questions or further information, please contact Dr.
Charles Young, Director of Secondary Education,
@pleasanton.k12.ca.us or 925-426-4330.
California State PTA Announces Reflections Winners!
Amador Valley junior, Alana McConnell was given
an "Award of Merit" from the California State PTA
Reflections Art Program for her black and white
photograph entitled "Just Listen."
Established in 1969, the national PPTA Reflections
Program challenges students to use their creativity
and critical thinking skills in order to create art that
supports a specific theme. The Theme for 2007-08
was "I Can Make A Difference By . . ."
Students can create an original work of art from one of
six categories: literature, musical composition,
photography, and visual arts. Student's artwork
advances from the school level to Council (all PTA
schools in Pleasanton) then to the district level
(Alameda County) and then the state and national
The Amador Valley PTSA would like to encourage
students to participate in this worthwhile art program.
The theme for next year is "Wow!" Feel free to get
started now, the November 5th deadline has a way of
sneaking up on you!
For additional information about the PTA Reflections
program or to see the photographs and artwork from
Amador Valley students that advanced to the Council
level, then visit the Amador Valley PTSA website at: http://www.amadorvalleyptsa.org/reflections.html
PTSA does have volunteers willing to help with the
Reflections program next year, but no chairperson.
This wonderful event will not take place unless
someone is willing to step up and lead the program.
Reflections happens during the fall. If you would like
to learn more about what is involved, please contact
either current co-chair, Ann Martin, email@example.com, or Suzanne Young, suzanneyo
Parent Education Classes In April, 2008
1-2-3 Magic: Discipline for Children Ages 3-9
Class meets: Sat April 26, 2008, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Hearst Elementary School Multipurpose Room
Instructors: Cliff Crain & Liz Hannigan, co-directors
of the Center for Creative Living
Baby Sign Language
Class meets: Tuesdays 4/22-5/27/08 6:00-7:30
p.m. Horizon High School Room 801
Instructor: Mary Ann Walker, Prenatal/Maternity and
Choices: Planning for Career Success After High
Class meets: Wednesday, 4/23/08 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Amador Valley High School Library Computer Room
Instructors: Julia Jones, Career Education
Specialist, Dublin High School, Jennifer Roush,
counselor, Foothill High School
Parenting Tools for Positive Behavior change
Class meets: Thurs 4/3-5/22, 2008, 6:30-8:30
p.m. Harvest Park Middle School Room A-1
Instructor: Tom Dozier, owner and primary
instructor for Guaranteed Parent Training
Parenting With Love & Logic
Class meets: Tues 4/1-5/6, 2008, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pleasanton Middle School Room 203
Instructor: Jennifer Roush, counselor at Foothill
High School, certified Love & Logic Parent Instructor
Passport to Pleasanton - Multicultural Faire
Class meets: Saturday, April 25, 2008 10:00 a.m.-
2:00 p. m. Harvest Park Middle School
Instructors: Sponsored by Pleasanton PTA Council
with PUSD & Amador Valley Adult School
Ready or Not, Here We Come! Preparing Your
Child for Kindergarten
Class meets: Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:30-8:30
p.m. Hearst Elementary School Library
Instructors: Heidi Burton & Robin Treto have taught
preschool, kindergarten, and first grades here in
Class meets: Wednesdays, 1/9-6/18/08 9:30-
11:30 a.m. (no class 3/26/08) St. Mary's & St. John's
Egyptian Coptic Order, 4300 Mirador Dr. Room 5.
ONGOING CLASS: JOIN ANYTIME!
To Register: Call the Amador Valley Adult School at:
For More Information: Visit us online at: www.
Parents, if you would like to know what's happening at
Amador Valley, then check out the "daily bulletin" at http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/amador/bulleti
n.htm. This information is read during 3rd period,
and keeps student's (and parents) informed about
upcoming meetings, test schedules, spirit rallies,
sporting events, and so on.
A Safety Reminder
There have been quite a few instances of car break-
ins over the past several weeks in Pleasanton. Some
of these have occurred in school parking lots during
evening events/meetings. Remember not to leave
items such as purses and laptops in your cars when
parking at schools, shopping areas, and gyms. Take
belongings with you or lock them out of sight in the
trunk. Report any suspicious activity to the police.