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Vol. 80, No. 2 

Valencia High School

(714) 996-4970

April 2014

Principal: Jim Bell

PTSA President: Marcia Garten

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Counseling Corner
PTSA Scholarship
Chemistry Olympiad
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Valencia HS 


4th District PTA


CA State PTA


National PTA





desk calendar



May 1 

Current Drug Trends

(Adults only)


May 7

Chipotle Fundraiser 

Principal's Message


Dear Parents and Students,

Mr. Bell


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 this year 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.



James E. Bell, Principal

Valencia High School

Superintendent's Message:
Doug Domene

Dear PYLUSD Community,


Like many may know, I have always been a huge music fan. As a matter of fact, my father was a singer - a crooner in the style of Frank Sinatra. I might add that he was really very good.


Often, as I think about our school district and the tremendous team of people who make it work so successfully, I again think of music.   I see the PYLUSD and all those who support it in our community as one colossal orchestra. And in this orchestra, each of you contributes something irreplaceable to the melody, the rhythm, and the sound.


It gives me great pleasure and pride to say that it is a spectacular orchestra indeed! Every sacrifice of time, vision, energy, and financial support is appreciated and valuable.


This year we launched our five-year strategic plan for our school district, and we found it very fitting to entitle it, the "PYLUSD Advantage." This advantage that our district demonstrates and enjoys comes from the harmonious collaboration of school leadership, classroom education, school support teams, and actively engaged community members. I wholeheartedly believe that we offer everything a family could want in an educational experience right here in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Let me share a few highlights:

  • We posted the second-highest pass rate of any Orange County school district on Advanced Placement exams over the past three years.
  • We have recently invested $600 million-plus in school renovations including equipping every classroom with interactive technology.
  • We offer career-minded academies at all comprehensive high schools.
  • Our district comprises 28 National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished Schools.
  • 95% of our high school graduates attend a college or university.
  • Over 9,000 of our district students participate in our highly-acclaimed music program.
  • Our seniors have received more than $10 million in scholarships each year.
These results are exceptional, and yet they represent just a note or two of the excellence and achievements that our schools represent. Like a great symphony, this community works in unison to support education.   That's a gift, a gift that I never take for granted. As my father would say, "Keep your vision in focus; find the magic in serving people; make a very special kind of music; and thank the people who make it happen." For that, I wish to say to all of you, "Thank you, PYLUSD Community, for supporting our schools and for preparing our students for success now and in the future."



Doug Domene, Ed.D.


VHS PTSA President's Message:
Thank you to all the amazing Valencia PTSA members and volunteers who have made this spring a great success.  We have had many new Parent Nights and events.  Here's a brief update,
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  • Kaplan Practice Mini SAT/ACT test and a Princeton Review Mock SAT session, managed by 1st VP Mary Lepore, were well attended.
  • Free Parent and Student series...  
    • With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation presentation for suicide prevention through mental health education,  
    • Consumer Credit Counseling of Orange County presented the following two events:
      • The Wise Use of Credit, gave students an overall view of the world of credit cards and credit scores. Topics included: the difference of debit and credit, establishing good credit, APR, grace periods, late/over-the-limit fees, credit reports, the price of having good or bad credit, and the perils of overextending yourself.
      • Leaving the Nest, covered budgeting; filing taxes for free, upfront and hidden expenses when renting an apartment, finding the right roommates, living expenses and identifying needs and wants.
Upcoming free Parent Only events presented by the Orange County Sheriff's Office:
    • Internet Safety, Thursday, April 24th, 7-9pm VHS Library, this presentation educates parents and teachers about internet safety, what occurs on the internet and student's phones, and what students have access to.   
    • Current Drug Trends, Thursday May 1st, 7-9pm VHS Library, this presentation comes with a "road show" that contains drugs, paraphernalia, weapons, storage containers, and other miscellaneous items that have been confiscated from students at local schools. It also covers the most up-to-date trends involving adolescents. 

Thank you for your membership and support for our fundraisers, Angels Night, Cinema City Movie Tickets, Tanaka Farms and Ralph's. See below for information for the Annual VHS PTSA $500 Senior Scholarships.


We wish all Valencia High School families a wonderful rest of the school year and a great summer!


Marcia Garten

2013-2014 VHS PTSA President

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Current 12th grade students

- All seniors must maintain passing grades in order to ensure graduation. Seniors must also complete all community service hours by May 1, 2014 in order to walk in the graduation ceremony.  


Now is the time for seniors to start applying online if they plan on attending a community college in Summer 2014 or Fall 2014:


Cypress Community College-

Fullerton Community College -

Orange Coast Community College-

Mt. Sac Community College-

Santa Ana Community College-

Santiago Canyon College-


Seniors who have been accepted into CSU's, UC's or Private schools must maintain grades of "C"s or better this final semester. Also, please be sure to follow the school's guidelines/ deadlines for submitting final transcripts and SAT scores. 

Seniors: Sending Final Transcripts to Colleges/ Universities

If you would like the counseling office to send your student's final 8th semester transcript to the college or university your student will be attending in the fall, please send them to the counseling office with an envelope stamped and addressed to the college they will be attending with the student's name written on the inside flap. No return address needed, the counseling office will label with Valencia's address.


Current 11th grade students

- Grades, grades, grades. This will be the last semester that grades count for college. This is also the last summer school offering to make up credits for failed courses. If a junior is planning on attending a 4-year college or university after graduation please log on to to register for SAT exams. Juniors should also begin researching colleges and majors. Please visit to view majors offered at community colleges, UC's and CSU's. 


Current 10th grade students

- Focus on getting good grades. Attend PCHS online summer school to make up a "D" or "F" grade in a college prep class. Take a PSAT prep course. You will be taking the PSAT in October 2014. The PSAT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Competition.  


Current 9th grade students

- Focus on getting good grades. Consider taking the PSAT in the fall for practice. Remember, four-year universities do not accept "D" grades. "D" or "F" grades need to be made up through PCHS online summer school. 




The summer season is the perfect time to take care of meeting the 40 hour community service graduation requirement.  Also, consider visiting potential college campuses.


If nothing else, consider taking an SAT or PSAT prep course to gear up for the upcoming year. 




If your senior son or daughter submitted the FAFSA: 


Verify that all of the data on the SAR (Student Aid Report) is accurate. Submit updates at Revise student and parent SAR data with final 1040 tax numbers, if necessary.


If your senior son or daughter submitted the CAL GRANT:


Using WGS (Web Grants for Students), students can see their Cal Grant application status, confirm and update their postal and e-mail addresses, provide the required high school graduation confirmation once they graduate and change their college of attendance. WGS can be accessed 24/7 and is an easy and efficient way for students to stay on top of their application and, if awarded, their Cal Grant award. To establish a WGS account, students should go to and follow the instructions.




The Counseling Office publishes a monthly Senior "Scholarship Bulletin" throughout the spring with the application criteria and due dates for each scholarship available to Valencia students. Community groups and private businesses are looking for students who have proven their potential for college success with a strong academic performance in high school. Earning good grades is the best way to ensure success in the search for college scholarships.


Generally speaking, the critical period for scholarships are the months of April and May. During these months students should plan on checking the Scholarship Bulletin in their senior classes or in the career center weekly for scholarships they may be eligible for. All scholarship applications are available in the career center, which is open during break or lunch. The Valencia Counseling Office can provide families and students with all the information and help they will need regarding scholarships.




   AVID students visited Cal State San Marcos on April 8 and April 10.  Students were able to tour the campus with a CSUSM student as their tour guide.  This was a new experience for all AVID students as this was the first time the AVID program visited CSUSM.  


Counselors Information


Mrs. Douglas- A-D & ELD             

Mr. Stanley- E-J & IB students       

Ms. Latorre- K-Q & Val Tech students  

Mrs. Nasouf- R-Z & AVID               

Mr. Ortega- HOUSE & SWAS students 


Valencia High School PTSA

    The VHS PTSA is very pleased to be able to award scholarships of $500 each to selected graduating seniors.  There is no GPA requirement to be eligible for this scholarship.  All seniors who are graduating in June 2014 and who are current VHS PTSA members are eligible to apply. 

     If you are not a current PTSA member you can become one by completing a membership envelope (available in the Administration office), enclosing $7.00 and returning it to the Administration Office.  PTSA membership must be in the student's name to be eligible for a scholarship.

Application deadline:  May 5, 2014

For questions about PTSA membership or Senior Scholarships, contact Susan Guerrero at  




 The International Chemistry Olympiad


Congratulations to Valencia seniors Collin Amano, Nikhil Shah, Chad Atalla and Lisa Jian for obtaining a second place team score among the forty-one competing county high schools in the first round of the International Chemistry Olympiad Competition. This is the fourth consecutive year that Valencia's team has finished either first or second in this competition. No other county school has had similar success.


All four of these students will be honored at the annual American Chemical Society's high school awards dinner at the University of California, Irvine on May 19. 


Additionally, Lisa Jian individually qualified for the second round of the competition. That competition will be at Vanguard University on April 26. Eleven students from other county schools (Troy(2), University, Sage Hill, Canyon, Edison, Beckman(2), Northwood, Mission Viejo and Corona Del Mar) were also invited. She will be among approximately 1,000 students from across the nation who will take this exam on that date at various sites throughout the country.


The top twenty scorers in the nation on the second round test will be invited to attend two weeks of study camp at the Air Force Academy in early June. The top four at that camp will represent the U.S. against over 70 different countries at the International competition held in Hanoi, Vietnam this July.


Thank you to the students and parents who give generously of their time and resources to support the Valencia High School PTSA.
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Please visit the PTSA web pages of the VHS website for additional information about PTSA meetings, events, prior/related newsletters, and a complete list of Board Member information. If you change your email address, please notify me so that you will continue to receive Tiger Tales.

Marcia Garten 

VHS PTSA President

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Cary Johnson, Director, Educational Services (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Executive Director, Instructional Support (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Cary Johnson, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101