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Principal's Message

Welcome to Valencia High School

 

 


 

April 21, 2014

 

 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

I would like to welcome everyone back from spring break.  I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break and are ready to tackle the remaining eight weeks of the 2013-14 school year.  For multiple reasons, this portion of the school year always seems to be the most challenging for both students and teachers.

 

As public schools transition from No Child Left Behind and STAR testing to the implementation of the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced test, standardized testing will be greatly curtailed, however not eliminated, for thisyear alone.  Juniors will be participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) English and math exams on April 23 and 24.  On those same two days, sophomores will be participating in the No Child Left Behind science exam.  There will be no special testing schedule on these days as in the past.  Some high schools in the State, including two in the PYLUSD, will be piloting portions of the new Smarter Balanced test in order to “work out the bugs” for full-implementation in the spring of 2015.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams commence on Friday, May 2, and will conclude on Friday, May 23.  Advanced Placement (AP) Exams commence on Monday, May 6, and conclude on Friday, Mary 16. AP alternate exams are schedule for May 21 through May 23.  This year, we will be administering 325 IB Exams and 1458 AP Exams for a total of 1783 college-level exams which is a record high for Valencia and the PYLUSD.

 

I am please to announce that Valencia’s auditorium now has heating and air conditioning.  I am confident that the AC will be greatly appreciated as we approach the various performances and ceremonies that mark the close of the school year.  Preliminary plans have been discussed to use remaining Measure A funds to refurbish the interior of the auditorium.  This work is scheduled to commence June 1, 2015.  The new orchestra room and state-of-the-art science lab, located on the southeast corner of the campus, are completed except for some final details.  These two facilities will be ready to be occupied next fall and possibly before the end of the current school year.

 

Another season of academic competition has come to a close and Valencia’s Academic Decathlon, Chemistry Olympiad, and Science Olympiad teams continued to excel.  The Academic Decathlon team finished first in Division 1 in Orange County for the third time in six years.  The Chemistry Olympiad team finished second in Orange County after finishing first the past three years.  The Science Olympiad team finished fourth in Orange County and only one point out of third.  This is the sixth year out of the past seven years that Valencia has finished first in Orange County in the combined results of these three major academic competitions.

 

University letters of acceptance are currently being sent to our seniors.  Early returns indicate that this will be another banner year for Valencia seniors.  Senior Tigers have already been accepted to a multitude of prestigious universities including Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and MIT.  Once this process is completed, rest assured that the final results will be posted on our website.

 

Sincerely,

James E. Bell, Principal

Valencia High School



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