Interim Principal: Kathy Summers - ksummers@newtechhigh.org
Assistant Principal: Riley Johnson - rjohnson@newtechhigh.org
Academic Specialist: Peter Abboud - pabboud@newtechhigh.org
Parent Bulletin Coordinator: Ramon Baeza - rbcalderon@newtechhigh.org

Parent Club Leaders: ppc@newtechhigh.org
Susan Bouwer, President - sbnv@att.net
Beth Fitzgerald, Vice President: beth@fitzgeraldonline.com
Sherill Goyot, Secretary: sherellguyot@aol.com
Peter Mylnar, Treasurer: pwmp@comcast.net
Robert Vega, Latino Community Representative:
robertvega67@yahoo.com
Marylene Gray, Latino Community Representative: marygray777@att.net
Lady Bruce Jamison, Volunteer Coordinator: junktheillness@gmail.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Message from the Principal

Hello Everyone,

It hardly seems possible that September is coming to a close.  These first few weeks of school have certainly been exciting ones and have passed quickly.  Students and staff are settling into routines and the first grading period will end Friday, September 19th.  Progress report grades will be processed and sent home late into the following week.  This would be a good time to sit down with your son or daughter and check in on Echo to see how they are doing. Mr. Keeler is completing the process of setting up Echo accounts for all parents new to New Tech High.

SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, October 6th is our Fall Parents on Campus Day.  Please join us from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for the entire day or for any part of the day you are available.  If your child is shy being shadowed by you, we can pair you with another student.  You may choose to shadow a student any portion of the day or choose from the workshops we will have available.  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit classrooms and learn about the innovative programs offered here at New Tech High.  Look for the agenda in the next Parent Bulletin.

Thank you to all who have contributed to our Family Giving program this year. We are off to a great start,  and are so pleased that we have so far received $25,000 from families in just a few days. Our goal to meet is $150,000 and our average request is $1,000 per family, but no amount is too large or too small.  You help keep New Tech truly on the cutting edge of offering a high tech, personalized education for all students that prepares them for college and the careers of the future.

I look forward to seeing you at Parents on Campus Day!

Fondly,
Kathy Summers, Interim Principal 

Biweekly Donation Request

As we enter Cold and Flu Season we are in need of some related supplies; top of the list are tissue paper and medical thermometers. Please bring your donations to the office. We thank all you for any donations you could provide

Notice of Jury Duty: The Trial of Creon

Consider your duty as a citizen of the New Tech community by serving as jurors in the criminal trial of King Creon, ancient Greece's mythical king of the city of Thebes! Sophomore World Studies students will try Creon for behaving contrary to the laws of nature in the punishment of his niece, Antigone, for defying his authority. One team will serve as prosecutors, and another will defend Creon. Students will call characters from Sophocles's play Antigone to the witness stand, along with political philosophers such as Plato and Voltaire. As is the case in a real court of law, no familiarity with the fact situation is expected, nor will you need to engage in any preparation. Just come and help us assess students' ability to use evidence to make their case.


Trials take place over the course of three days, with two trials scheduled for each of the following class periods:

Wed., Oct. 8
8:00 - 9:29am
9:43 - 11:12am

Thurs., Oct. 9
8:00 - 9:29am
11:16am - 12:45pm

Fri., Oct. 10
8:00 - 9:29am

If interested, please email Ms. Anne Vallerga (avallerga@newtechhigh.org) and/or Mr. Tom Serene (tom.serene@newtechhigh.org) to sign up for a jury. Let us know specifically which class(-es) you can attend. Thanks for your consideration!

Penguin Parent Club UPDATE

Hi New Tech Parents!
The new Penguin Parent Club Board is looking forward to a fun year supporting our amazing kids and the things they do at New Tech! We have a couple of really important jobs to fill, so if you can help us in any way, please come to our First PPC meeting on Thursday, September 18 at  6:30PM in the Cyber Cafe. Learn about our budget and how you help support our teachers and students through service and fundraising.  Speaking of fundraising:

The Golf Tournament needs a Coordinator!  We had an awesome coordinator for the Golf Tournament, but she was elected PPC President (ahem) last spring, so now we need someone who can take over from yours truly. If you are interested in coordinating or helping with the Fall Folly or Winter Wing-Ding (our New Tech Golf Tournament) including the celebration dinner and the fundraising auction, please contact me, Susan Bouwer, sbnv@att.net or call 707-666-3606.

La Strada dell' Arte needs Coordinators!  La Strada is our biggest Fundraiser and community outreach event of the year!  We need a team of bright, motivated go getters to plan and organize.
There are committees for every interest:  Artists, Booth, Raffles, Auction, Food, Venue, Volunteer organization.  Join the team and make this event fun for everyone!  Please contact me, Susan Bouwer, sbnv@att.net or call 707-666-3606 if you are interested in coordinating or helping out.

Proceeds from PPC fundraisers enrich teachers, students and our school:
$5000 towards chemistry, lab equipment and art supplies
$5900 towards field trips and off site activities
$6700 towards campus improvement; facilitating school business and student success programs
We provide each faculty member with classroom funds

Please help us make these events successful for next year's teachers and students by volunteering. Email the Parent Penguin Club if you are interested – sbnv@att.net or call Penguin Parent Club President Susan Bouwer at 707-666-3606.

If you're still reading this,  Thank you so very much,
Susan Bouwer
PPC President
sbnv@att.net
707-666-3606

Super Saturday Academy Dates

Super Saturday Academy will be starting soon! Super Saturday Academy is a way in which students can make up any absence. If you want to have perfect attendance this is one way ensure it. Here are the dates:
 October 4th & 25th
November 15th
December 6th
January 24th
February 7th & 21st
April 11th & 25th
May 2nd & 16th

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Magnum Cum Laude Wine Auction Needs Volunteers

Attention all parents, the Friends of New Tech are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways with the Magnum Cum Laude Napa Wine Auction.  The online wine auction is just under two months away, and there is many ways you can get involved and support this great effort.  Please check the flyer below for more information or contact Michele, at michele@friendsofnewtech.org or 707-261-0961.  Thank you and we can't wait for this year's auction to be a big success!

Riley Johnson, Assistant Principal



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The California Seal of Biliteracy.

The criteria for this year has been changed and no longer includes CST scores.  Please review these changes.This program is open to all graduating seniors who meet both the state’s and the district’s established criteria to receive this award.   

All required criteria must be met.  Applications must be received in the Office of English Language Learner Services no later than February 12, 2015. District Website Link for Seal of Biliteracy:  http://www.nvusd.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1352971102407

College Visits


Dear students,
Please take advantage of the upcoming events. You have received an "email invitation" to these events through Naviance in "Family Connection." 
Please make sure to be logging on to Naviance regularly!  In the meantime, please add these events to your calendar!
These college representatives will be sitting at the "Cyber Cafe" during your lunch time. Please take advantage of their presence to learn about their university and to ask about "college admissions requirements."

College                  Representative                Date               Time     
University Of            Joshua Stevens        Mon September   11:30 AM
Colorado                                                        8, 2014  

University of Jose Magno             Tue September 12:30 PM
Hawaii at Manoa   Admissions Counselor     9, 2014

The University           Kyle Turner            Thu September    12:30 PM
of The Pacific                                                11, 2014

Dominican Joshua McCay Fri September     12:49 PM
University of                                                 12, 2014
 California                            

Concordia                       Mai Vu               Fri September    12:49 PM
University Irvine                                           12, 2014

Linfield College         Joseph Marlitt         Mon September  12:30 PM
                                Admission Counselor    15, 2014

CALIFORNIA           Wesley Fanelli        Tue September 12:49 PM
COLLEGE OF                                                16, 2014
THE ARTS

The Evergreen        Chira Songtantarak      Wed October     12:30 PM
State College          Admissions Counselor    15, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Message From The Principal

Hello Everyone,

Please mark your calendars for  Back to School Night, which is Monday, September 8th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Welcome BBQ has been rescheduled for Monday, from 5:30 - 6:30. It will be hosted by the Penguin Parent Club, so bring your picnic blankets and appetite to New Tech High a little earlier than planned. Childcare will also be provided at no cost during Back to School Night.

You will follow your son's/daughter's schedule of classes. The time you spend in each class will be 8 minutes, so there will be no time for individual conversations with the teachers. Should you desire a meeting with a teacher, please email them for an appointment.

See you Monday; I look forward to meeting you.

Fondly,
Kathy Summers
Interim Principal

Weekly Donation Request

New Tech High is requesting reams of paper for printers. Plain white 8 1/2x11 sheets. For every two reams of paper parents receive one hour of parent hours. Please bring any donations to the office. We appreciate any and all donations that you all provide.

PPC Update


Picture Day has been rescheduled for Monday, SEPTEMBER 8

Hi New Tech Parents!
The new Penguin Parent Club Board is looking forward to a fun year supporting our amazing kids and the things they do at New Tech! We have a couple of really important jobs to fill, so if you can help us in any way, please come to our First PPC meeting on Thursday, September 18 at  6:30PM in the Cyber Cafe. We will be talking about how the PPC supports our teachers and students through service and fundraising.  Speaking of fundraising:

The Golf Tournament needs a Coordinator!  We had an awesome coordinator for the Golf Tournament, but she was elected PPC President (ahem) last spring, so now we need someone who can take over from yours truly. If you are interested in coordinating or helping with the Fall Folly or Winter Wing-Ding (our New Tech Golf Tournament) including the celebration dinner and the fundraising auction, please contact me, Susan Bouwer, sbnv@att.net or call 707-666-3606.

La Strada dell' Arte needs Coordinators!  La Strada is our biggest Fundraiser and community outreach event of the year!  We need a team of bright, motivated go getters to plan and organize.
There are committees for every interest:  Artists, Booth, Raffles, Auction, Food, Venue, Volunteer organization.  Join the team and make this event fun for everyone!  Please contact me, Susan Bouwer, sbnv@att.net or call 707-666-3606 if you are interested in coordinating or helping out.

Proceeds from PPC fundraisers enrich teachers, students and our school:
$5000 towards chemistry, lab equipment and art supplies
$5900 towards field trips and off site activities
$6700 towards campus improvement; facilitating school business and student success programs
We provide each faculty member with classroom funds

Please help us make these events successful for next year's teachers and students by volunteering. Email the Parent Penguin Club if you are interested – sbnv@att.net or call Penguin Parent Club President Susan Bouwer at 707-666-3606.

Monday, September 8th:  Back To School Night.  Please join us from 5:30 - 6:30 for a Hotdog BBQ, hosted by the Penguin Parent Club. Bring a blanket and picnic on the grass!  We are looking for 2 gas grills for the Hot Dogs and 2 grill masters to make the dinner delicious!  If you are able to bring a BBQ and/or help cook please contact me, Susan Bouwer, sbnv@att.net or call 707-666-3606.

If you’re still reading this,  Thank you so very much,
Susan Bouwer
PPC President
sbnv@att.net
707-666-3606

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Earthquake Update

Hello Everyone,

It is with great pleasure that we invite New Tech High students to return to school tomorrowAugust 27th. Our school site has been inspected by architects and structural engineers and found to be safe for our students and staff.  We have some minor repairs, which will be addressed throughout the next few months.  Our schedule for the remaining week will be as follows:
     Wednesday -- Regular Wednesday schedule with periods EF, 1, 3, 5, and 7
      Thursday – Regular Thursday schedule with periods EF, 2, 4, 6, and Advisory
     Friday – Regular Monday schedule with periods EF, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
     Next week we will resume our normal daily schedule. 
     Picture Day, scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled, with a date TBD.

As you are aware, our Parent Connection Night was postponed.  We will notify you when it has been rescheduled and look forward to seeing you there.

Kathy Summers
Interim Principal

School Back in Session on Wednesday, August 8/27

Dear New Tech Families,

Thank you for your patience as we inspected to ensure that our school is safe. We are pleased to announce that school will be back in session beginning on Wednesday, August 27th. We look forward to our students returning to school and hope that you are all well. See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 25, 2014

No School on Tuesday, August 26th

Dear New Tech Families,

Due to the earthquake, there will be no school on Tuesday, August 26th. We will keep you posted regarding Wednesday.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Updates After Earthquake



Dear New Tech Families,

Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors who have been affected by today’s earthquake. Our community is responding together and we are working with the City and County to ensure a coordinated response.

Our first priority is the safety of our students and staff.

Our facilities teams immediately began to evaluate the status of our buildings this morning. Professional engineering staff are still working on that evaluation. We will allow students to return to classrooms only when we can verify that the classrooms are safe. 

With that goal in mind, we will NOT have school for students on Monday at any Napa Valley Unified School District schools. We will make a determination about Tuesday’s school day on Monday, and will announce that at 1 p.m. on Monday. 

Parent Connection Night, originally scheduled for the evening of Monday, August 25th has also been canceled. Please be on the look out for updates from us via Robo-calls, the website, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Message from the Principal

Dear New Tech Parents,


The 2014-15 school year is off to an exciting start.  I want to thank the parents and students who have stopped by to welcome me to the New Tech High Family.  Our first day of school was picture perfect.  Students and staff participated in activities that reunited returning students, welcomed new students, involved all in team building and got all of us fired up the the new school year. We ask all New Tech parents to contribute 15 hours of service to our school.  For more information about the opportunities to get involved and volunteer, Parent Connection Night is the place to start.


I look forward to meeting more of you at the two events listed below.


Monday, August 25th:  Parent Connection Night.  Please join us from 5:30 - 6:30 for a Hotdog BBQ, hosted by the Penguin Parent Club.  Bring a blanket and picnic on the grass. Learn all the ways you can meet your 15 volunteer hours, that so richly enhance our school.  If you have some favorites, you will be able to sign-up on the spot!  This will be followed by the first Penguin Parent Club meeting and a short training on how to use Echo. Childcare will be available.  If you are unable to make it for the BBQ, the Parent meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.


Monday, September 8th:  Back to School Night.  There will be an optional Echo Training session from 6:00 - 6:30 pm.  You are encouraged to bring your own computing device if you have one.  Back to School Night will officially begin at 6:30 pm in the Cyber Cafe.  You will meet all of your child’s teachers and learn information for this year.  

Communication with you is very important to us.  Stay connected in the following ways --
The New Tech Parent Bulletin is published twice a month.  We use a “Robo-Caller” that sends a phone call and an email to you, letting you know that it has been newly published.  If you don’t receive these calls or emails, please contact Mrs. Cherrington, our Registrar/Attendance clerk and update your contact information.


Follow us on Twitter.  Twitter is informal and fun, and notifications go straight to your cell phone.  For anyone without internet or email, Twitter is a great substitute.  Twitter is published every time the Parent Bulletin is published.


Follow the school @New Tech High
“Like us on Facebook to get current information about our school and our students.


We have Dell Netbooks available for students who need them.  Your students can sign up for a netbook in the office.  Once the student and parent have signed the contract, we will begin the process of setting up a netbook as a loaner for the entire school year.


I am looking forward to seeing you at Parent Connect and Back to School Nights.


Fondly,


Kathy Summers
Interim Principal

California Scholarship Federation Membership Drive

CSF will be holding a membership drive for New Tech students from August 25 – September 5.  Membership is based on last semester's report card.  Students in grades 10-12 qualify for membership in CSF by earning a prescribed number of points each semester.  Membership applications will be available in the office.  Students will then calculate their points and submit a copy of last semester's report card. 

CSF recognizes academic excellence and is the oldest honor organization in the state.  They currently have chapters in over 1600 high schools and middle schools.  Students who qualify for Life Membership (Sealbearer) are recognized at graduation with a gold seal on their diploma, the life member pin, and a notation on the transcript that is sent to colleges and universities.  It is an additional honor to be added to the academic resume. 

This is a great opportunity to honor our top students for their outstanding academic performance, so   be sure to have your student pick up a CSF Membership Application in the office between August 25 and September 5, to find out if they qualify.   ABSOLUTELY no applications will be accepted after September 5.

Access Options

Wondering what options your student has during Access on Thursdays? Click here to see a list of what's available. The link to this document can also be found under "Important Links" on the left side of the parent bulletin. 

New Tech Social Media

"Want to stay connected with New Tech High School?  We have a wide variety of social media outlets in which we share valuable infomation, display school culture, and highlight examples of student learning.  In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we will be using Remind this year!  This a great platform to get important messages sent directly to you phone without having to share your number."




Ride Sharing


Is anyone interested in Ride Sharing? Since we are not in any particular district, I imagine there are plenty who wish they had someone nearby, sometimes or all of the time, to hitch a ride with.

Please let us know if you are willing to drive or need a ride. We are a progressive school. Let's carpool!
Possible pick up-drop off locations:

North Vallergas
Nob Hill
Raleys
Carneros
Salvador

Please let us know. This will only work if you help us!
Stephani Stephenson
707-318-3786