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2nd Quarter Progess
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November 14, 2013
Dear Parents and Students,
As we approach the winter break, even considering the numerous challenges we faced, we have had “smooth sailing” thus far during the 2013-2014 school year. We continue to successfully navigate around the final stages of Measure A construction and we are making a concerted effort to implement the new Common Core Standards.
I am pleased to announce that a record ten Valencia seniors including Collin Amano, Chad Atalla, Simran Chada, Brian Chu, Daniel Hamidi, Brandon Kao, Brian Lin, Garrett Lin, Aaron Patel, and Mayher Uppal, have earned qualifying scores (2230) on the October 2012 PSAT test for the honor of Semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) in the fall of their junior year.
The National Merit Corporation names 16,000 Semifinalists representing the top ½% of the 1.5 million-program entrants in the fall of 2012. Representing less than one percent of each states’ high school seniors, National Merit Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state. Qualifying scholars have the opportunity to advance to the actual cash awards given as Merit Scholarships by the universities they ultimately attend.
In addition Seniors Allie Guerrero, William Fletes, David Lepore, and Joshua Lopez earned qualifying scores for the National Hispanic Recognition Program and senior Brent Conley earned a qualifying score for the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Twenty-three additional students including Andrea Bae, Ryan Borden, Todd Chou, Billy Fletes, Ricky Gleiser, Allie Guerrero, Christian Hong, Harrison Hsueh, Jessica Hu, Nic Jackson, Lisa Jian, Nadaa Kenange, Tanvi Mamtora, Ryan McLaughlin, Angeline Nam, Anna Nguyen, Michelle Nguyen, Neera Patel, JJ Sahabu, Neil Shah, Nikhil Shah, Deszra Shariff, and Mark Walker earned qualify scores (2030) for the 2013 National Merit Commended Student Program. Commended Students placed in the top 5% of the 1.6 million entrants in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
We are very proud of our students and their achievements. We are also proud of our teachers and staff and the role they have played in the development of the outstanding academic program here at Valencia High.
Valencia’s highly-successful Chemistry Program continues to be recognized as one of the premier science programs in Orange County. The California Department of Education recently released results for all Content Standards Tests (CSTs) administered last spring. Eighty-eight percent of Valencia’s Chemistry students scored “Advanced” or “Proficient” which means they passed the test.
Throughout California, only 40 percent passed, while 57 percent passed in Orange County, and 73 percent passed in the PYLUSD. Only two high schools in Orange County had a higher pass rate (by one percent) than Valencia. In addition, Valencia’s Physics students had the seventh highest pass rate among Orange County high schools. These two performances established VHS as one of the top science high schools in Orange County.
On the athletic front, Valencia experienced a successful fall season of sports highlighted by Boys’ Football and Water Polo and Girls’ Tennis, Golf, and Cross Country. Girls’ Tennis was Empire League Co-Champs and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the CIF Playoffs where they lost to Beverly Hills High School 11-7. The other four sports teams mentioned above were Empire League Runner-ups. Girls’ Golf finished the season ranked ninth in Orange County.
The five major construction projects on campus are soon to be completed. The Memorial Garden is completed except for some replacement landscaping. Bradford Stadium is completed except for some cosmetic screen work and fencing. The air conditioners for the auditorium are scheduled to be set by helicopter on November 27, and hopefully will be functional soon. The new Orchestra and Science classrooms in the southwest parking lot are scheduled for completion between winter break and the end of the first semester.
As I posted on our website in early October, I regret to inform you that the parent-sponsored, on-campus Grad Night Celebration, traditionally held for seniors after their commencement ceremony in June, will not take place this year. Instead, the Valencia ASB will be sponsoring a Grad Night Celebration at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. after the commencement ceremony on June 11. The cost has yet to be exactly determined; but, we anticipate the total cost per student to be 30-40 percent less expensive than the traditional celebration.
This will probably be my last message prior to winter break. Keeping that in mind, I wish everyone a healthy, happy, and restful holiday season.
James E. Bell, Principal
Valencia High School
"HOUR OF CODE"
Rooms 805, 806 & the library are open before and after school for students to participate in coding activities.
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