Principal: Riley Johnson -
Assistant Principal: Susan Miller-
Academic Specialist: Anne Vallerga -

Parent Club Leaders:
Susan Bouwer, President -
Beth Fitzgerald, Vice President:
Sherill Goyot, Secretary:
Peter Mylnar, Treasurer:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Message from the Principal

Can you believe we have made it to Thanksgiving?!  Life at New Tech High continues to be exciting.  Last week was an awesome week with a lot of action on and off campus.  This week, that has continued:

  • Political Studies students got feedback from Napa County assessor John Tuteur and gave feedback to one another on ideas for getting more citizens engaged in the voting and campaign process.
  • Creative Studies students shared their "This I Believe" artwork and performances to a packed house of friends and families.  Thank you all that came out!

We have just 3 and half weeks left in the first semester!  Please make sure you are checking with your students to see their progress on both their academics and value-added (internship, service, etc) opportunities here at New Tech High!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!


Principal Johnson

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive!

From now until Dec. 18, we're collecting new and used pairs of shoes of ANY type, in ANY condition to be donated to people around the world via the organization Soles4Souls. Don't throw old shoes away! Even the worst pair can be refurbished and contribute to the livelihood of someone in an impoverished country.

Bring your pairs of shoes to the New Tech front entrance (look for the box just past the doorway) anytime between 8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday. This is a city-wide effort - our goal is to collect 150,000 pairs!

New Tech students who write their name on the bottom of pairs they donate will be entered into a drawing for a brand-new pair of "penguin purple" Converse!

Olive Oil Fundraiser!

Service Trips to Central America: For the third year, New Tech is sending a team of students to Nicaragua to volunteer in elementary schools for impoverished and orphaned children through the organization This year we're expanding our efforts by sending 2 simultaneous teams, one to Nicaragua and the other to Outreach's founding school in the Dominican Republic.

Just in time for the holidays: To help raise funds, students are selling cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil from Ternero Farms, a small family business that sells out every year. The oil won the gold medal in this year's California State Fair, and sells for $15 a bottle. Ask the office how to get your bottles today!

This dream won't be possible without your support! If you'd like to make a direct donation to the Nicaragua team, click here. For the DR team, click here. THANK YOU for making this amazing opportunity possible for our students!

Monday, November 16, 2015

NTHS Community Scholarship Application

Senior Families,

The 2015-2016 NTHS Community Scholarship application is open.  This year we have gone digital and applications are due on Thursday, December 17th by 4:00 pm.  In addition to the digital application, there is a hard copy verification form that must be signed by parents/guardians.  Below you can find a link to the application and the verification form can be picked up by students in the office.

NTHS Community Scholarship Application

NTHS Community Scholarship Verification Form

Thank you,

NTHS Scholarship Committee

Open Enrollment Ends November 30th!

We have had a great recruitment period here at New Tech High!  The end of open enrollment is almost upon us.  Interested 8th grade families have one more opportunity to attend a Parent-Student Information Night here at New Tech on November 19th at 7:00 pm.  More information about open enrollment can be found at:

Higher Education Day

It is that time of year!  Last week, all New Tech High Seniors participated in Higher Education Day.  They were able to visit over 15 state, private, and out of state universities in the morning.  Afterwards, we returned to NTHS to work on college applications and answer any need to knows.  This group of Seniors is setting the stage for a culture of excellence when it comes to creating a #collegegoing culture.

The Road to Success at New Tech High

Napa Valley Film Festival

Last Tuesday, nearly all of the New Tech High student and faculty were able to attend the Napa Valley Film Festival.  Students were able to see two documentaries, as well as, hear from and see the stars of the films on stage.  What an amazing opportunity!


Join us for the November Parent Penguin Club meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm in the Cyber Cafe. At this month's meeting, we will discuss La Strada dell' Arte Street Art Festival (to be held on April 30, 2016) as well as regular business. Mark your calendar to attend the November meeting if you want to be part of this fun and lively New Tech tradition.

Positive Behavior Team Looking for Parent Representatives

New Tech Parents, 

Are you interested in supporting the culture of Trust, Respect, and Responsibility at NTHS? Consider joining the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Team. The PBIS Team meets monthly to develop and implement positive behavior reinforcement systems, and behavior guidelines that focus on restorative practices. The PBIS Team is interested in including parent voices and perspectives in our work, and welcomes your input. If you are interested in being a parent representative on the PBIS Team please call or email Susan Miller, 707-259-8557 ex. 1685 or

Wanted Winter Formal Help Needed!

Parents that have extra time and are feeling the early holiday fever have no fear! The theme for Winter Formal this year is Winter Wonderland! Donations that are needed at the moment are; empty wine bottles, corks, boxes, one white (preferably new) king size sheet, wrapping paper (non-christmas related) and tires (all shapes and sizes, we'll be making snowmen!) There is also a borrow list as well; old (vintage, wood) ladders, christmas lights, any directions that resemble a white christmas theme. 
Contact Maddy Wert ( about helping with everything from painting to building to donating with this years Winter Formal. Maddy knows that this is late notice, but any help is the best help!

Thank you so much. :) 

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Hub!

The HUB 

New Tech High’s after school program is held every Monday thru Thursday from 3-5 pm. Lot’s of new events happening this semester: CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR

For more information please contact Denise Plowman

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Message from the Principal

We have reached the end of the second grading period!  It is amazing how fast this start to the year has been for us at New Tech High.  Currently, there are some amazing projects happening in your student's courses:

  • Digital Media students are creating murals to be exhibited throughout the school.
  • Chemistry students are exploring how atomic structure helps explain our past, present, and future.
  • World Studies students put Creon on trial from the play Antigone, as well as, are writing college readiness assessments on his guilt or innocence.
It is also exciting to note that we are in the midst of the open enrollment period.  During this time, interested 8th grade families explore whether or not New Tech High is the right place for their students.  We have had student ambassadors visit every middle school and our hosting our Parent-Student Information Nights on November 4th, 9th, and 19th (with our first on October 27th).  All interested families must attend one information night.  Recruitment tours and information on applying can be found at  The open enrollment process and applications must be completed by 4 pm on November 30th.

We have some amazing things happening in the upcoming weeks here at NTHS:
  • The New Tech Wine Auction begins today, October 30th and runs through November 8th.  Share with your friends and find out how to bid at
  • All students will be attending the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 10th.  They will be screening two documentaries with a chance to hear from the actors and filmmakers.
  • All Seniors will attend the University of California college fair on this same date.  Students will interact with over 15 colleges from around California and out-of-state.
  • Juniors will begin the interim CAASPP in November to prepare for the spring administration of the new Common Core assessment.
As a reminder, students have no school on November 11th.  Thanks for everything you do to make New Tech High the best place to be!

Mr. Johnson

New Tech Wine Auction is Here!

The 2015 Napa New Tech Wine Auction is finally here.  

This year's online wine auction will run from today through November 8th.  Please take the time to share this year's auction with your friends and family that might be interested in bidding.  We have amazing lots and the proceeds will go directly back to impact the students of New Tech High.  Visit the website to sign-up to bid and see the lots:

South Korean Documentary at New Tech High

We were blessed to have the South Korean Education Broadcasting System here shooting a documentary.  The crew interviewed parents, students, and shadowed what project-based learning looked like at New Tech High.  We were chosen as one of four global locations for this documentary on how to reform education.

College Application Season is Here

College Application season has arrived for Seniors.  Students can meet with Mrs. Martinez for personal one-on-one guidance.  We will have a college application workshop for students during school on November 10th and a workshop for parents and students at 6 pm on November 12th here at New Tech High.  Below you will find some helpful resources in navigating the process (these are a great headstart for Junior families as well):

Penguins Compete at NorCal Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

On last Saturday, old rivals met once again in the finals of the NorCal Ultimate League Invitational tournament. Vintage and New Tech won 4 games each to reach the finals setting up the matchup which has become commonplace in this tournament. These 2 teams have matched up for the championship in each of the 4 tournaments that have been held. Vintage defended its spring tournament championship with a 10-8 victory over New Tech. 

In earlier games, New Tech defeated Bellarmine (San Jose) in the semifinals while Vintage knocked off the third place finisher, Da Vinci Academy (Davis). Spirit Award winners Casa Grande and Spirit Award honorable mention El Cerrito finished 5th and 6th respectively. Napa High and Sebastopol withdrew after quarterfinal losses to New Tech and Bellarmine respectively. New Tech’s second team won the consolation bracket with wins over Bitney Prep (Grass Valley) and Da Vinci’s second team. Archbishop Hanna showed great sportsmanship and effort during their consolation game with Sacramento New Tech.


American Studies Examines Immigration

American Studies students examined complex immigration issues throughout the United States history and interpreted their findings through artistic expressions.  Also, junior Nabor Camarena's letter to the editor was featured in the Napa Register.

Spirit Week Highlights

We had an amazing Spirit Week here at New Tech High.  Check out the slideshow below for some of the highlights:

Film Festival Chaperones Needed

We are looking for parents to chaperone the all school Napa Valley Film Festival field trip on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  If you're interested, please add your information to this google doc or send it to  Thank you!