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

Parent Club Leaders:
Susan Bouwer, President -

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.


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

Please let us know. This will only work if you help us!
Stephani Stephenson

CAHSEE Testing Information

Dear New Tech Families,

Please see the information linked below about the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). High school students in California are required to pass this test in order to receive a high school diploma. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Principal's Message

Dear New Technology High School Families,
It has been my pleasure to work with your students these past three years. I can honestly say that I was blessed to have experienced my dream job at New Technology High School. I have been offered a position with San Rafael City Schools as their Director of Teaching and Learning 9-12, and have decided to accept the challenge. My last day at New Tech will be Wednesday, July 30th. You are invited to a meeting on Monday, August 4th with Dr. Patrick Sweeney, the NVUSD Superintendent, and his team to discuss the transition timeline and process for finding a new Principal, and to get your questions answered. The meeting will take place at New Tech at 6:00 pm.
Thank you for having been a part of my life. Your students have been an inspiration that I will never forget. Feel free to stay connected through my professional Twitter account @RustyClover.
Warmest Regards,

Michelle Spencer

NVC Classes & Important Dates

Incoming Juniors and Seniors should seriously consider signing up for a Napa Valley College class for the Fall. The first day of high school walk-in enrollment at NVC is July 29th. Juniors and Seniors are strongly urged to go to the college and register for classes on the first day of registration! YOU MUST FILL OUT YOUR NVC HIGH SCHOOL CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT FORM FIRST.  Drop off your college forms at New Tech any time to be signed off by the Registrar. 

Here is the list of Napa Valley College classes being offered on our campus:
ADMJ120 Admin Justice Mon 3:30-4:45 (Hybrid)
CFS 140 Child & Fam Services Tues 3:30-6:20
COMS100 Computers Tues 3:30-4:45    (Hybrid)
PSYC 120 General Psychology Wed/Fri 9:30-10:45 am
COUN100 College Success Time & Day Tues/Thurs 3:15-4:20
MATH 106 Pre-Calc Tues/Thurs 1:10-3:25

School Business Day is Thursday, August 7th. Its important that you attend, because you will pick up important start of the year paperwork. Bring your computers!
9th grade at 9 am
10th grade at 10 am
11th and 12th gradees at 11 am

First Day of School is Tuesday, August 12th at 8:00 am. You will get your class schedule on the first day of school.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thank You to our Donors!

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Family Giving program this year!

Family Donors
Salvador & Marina Almanza
Martin & Yolanda Alvarez
Herbert & Evangelina Arevalo
Alexsander Astafyev & Zamira Yernajarova
Roy & Sue Barush
Ellen & Aaron Beller
Lynda Bergner
James & Terra Borges
Ben & Ivania Borja
Richard & Susan Bouwer
Dan & Lesley Breitbach
David Briggs
Keith & Michelle Burhorn
Nabor & Raquel Camarena
Tammy Carson
Garry Carter & Catherine Banister
Donald Clark & Julie Nord
Brian & Diane Cline
Darin Cravea & Ellen Almeida
Christina Crowell
Michael & Maria Cunningham
Eric & Michele Dahlberg
Francis & Eileen Davin
Joe DeFur
Carolyn DeFur
Adriana De Haro
John & Penny Dinsmore
Martin & Lisa Disalvo
Tim Dolven & Mandy Masciarelli
George & Rian Dom
Lana & Thomas Dudum
Michael & Jennifer Emanuel
Anita Erhard
Alex & Maria Fernandez
Kevin & Beth Fitzgerald
Andrew Budnyj
Francisco  & Martha Garcia
Bryan & Darleen Gardner
Lisa Cort & David Goldman
Jorge & Diana Gonzalez
Jim & Cathie Gordon
Michael & Christina Gyetvan
Anthony & Tracy Hansen
Mona Lea & Steve Harrington
Jennifer & Hansi Jakoby
Don & Kathleen Haugen
Dr. Robert Heying & Christina Zoppel
Duncan House II
Donald Huddleston
Misha & Elizabeth Hudnell
Paul Sr. & Dianne Jackel
Nick & Crystele Kammerer
James & Courtenay Jory
David & Elaine Kearney
Jeffrey & Cheri Keene
Laura St. Leger-Barter
Kelly Kisabeth
James Kisiel
Martin Suarez & Miriam Ladrigan
Randi Kulstad
Jason & Jacqueline Loeks
Miguel & Rosalia Lopez
Richard & Julie Lovie
Gordon & Karen Lustig
John Mackenzie
John & Betty Mahaffey
Suzanne & Richard Meigs
Eric & Annie Mercier
Frances & Lawrence Turner
Michael & Giulietta Miller
Jeffrey & Susan Moore
Robert & Wendi Moore
Garret & Kim Murphy
John & Julie Murphy
Richard & Angela Walker
Julie Neely Callanan
Anthony & Stephanie Nichols
Timothy & Sandra O'Dea
Kimberly Lynne Yates
Bryan & Kim Owen
Elena Piazzisi
Claudia Malo
Robert & Vhea Poppe
Mark & Elizabeth Potter
Daniel & Jan Quade
Luis & Ana Rangel
Rick & Katharine Ratliff
Kevin & Dawn Rhodes
Lee Richardson & Pam Reeves
Ferlin & Aileen Ruiz
Gino & Leticia Salmeri
Suzanne de Wit
Christina Evitt
Jenna Valle
Barry & Tracy Schuler
Brett Self & Tracy Reeves
Bernard & Sheila Shaw
Adam Shawley
Brian & Samantha Shelden
Jack Shnell & Alison Cuthbert
Adam & Erin Simms
Rafael Solorio & Haide Vasquez
Deann & Stace Stanley
James & Cara Stonecipher
Andrew & Jeanne Szmidt
Oscar & Irma Toscano
Frances & Lawrence Turner
Eric Uhrenholt & Summer Mondeau
Hector Vargas
David & Maria Velasco
Robert & Margie Vigil
George & Sharon von Klan
Vanessa Waddy
Mark & Lesley Walder
Vince & Julie Waters
Ernie & Irit Weir
Chris & Hilary Wendel
Gary & Denise Wilbanks
Henry & Kim Williams
Mike & Melissa Witek
Kimberly Yates
Community Contributions
NTHS Staff
Timothy & Shanna Rodgers
Dorothy Lind-Salmon
Barbara Nemko
Florence Eaton
Peg Maddocks
Rick Jones
Chuck McMinn
Napa Valley Bike Tours
Wells Fargo
Round Pond Winery

Fiesta to Support Summer Service-Learning Trip to Nicaragua!

Please join New Tech parents, staff and community to celebrate and send off 17 students participating in New Tech's first-ever international service learning trip!  This is the group's final fundraiser before traveling to Nicaragua on June 20 to spend a week working with disadvantaged children in a school for orphans with the nonprofit Outreach360. We hope this opportunity becomes an annual event for New Tech students!

4:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, June 7
1571 Silver Trail, Napa
Light appetizers and beverages will be served
$30 per person or $250 for a group of 10 (cash or checks, made out to NTHS ASB with "Napa to Nicaragua" in memo, delivered to school office)

Email Beth Fitzgerald or Anne Vallerga for more details!

Advanced Art Student Showcase

Come to the Advanced Art student showcase

May 30, 2014 from 4 - 5:30 PM

This years Art show will be held at St Claire Brown Winery 
850 Vallejo St, Napa, CA 94559

The student artists will be across the street in the barrel room showcasing their portfolio work.

Come mingle with the artists and see the beautiful design the Winery will be developing over the next couple years.
It's right around the corner from New Tech High!

Look Up

To New Tech Students, Families and Friends,

Nearly 39 million views in less than a month.  Please watch this video and "Look Up".

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Next Year's Calendar and Schedule

For returning parents and students,

Here is important information about the 2014-15 school year, which begins on Wednesday, August 12th:
Please note that we have altered the Bell Schedule for next year, including the elimination of Late Start Fridays and Friday Sessions. Instead we will have a singleton "Thursday Session" and seven minimum days. Our school day will continue to run from 8am until 3:00pm, but the reconfiguration will allow students to take up to seven classes instead of just six. We are confident this new design will provide our students with maximum access to the courses they desire, and the enrichment and support that they need.

Principal's Message

The end of the school year always sneaks up so quickly~ it's hard to believe that June 4th, our last day, is almost here.

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our La Strada Street Art Festival last weekend. It was such a fun event for our community and such a success! Thank you to the amazing and hard-working parents who put the entire thing together. The art, the booths, the food, the music, and the activities were all wonderful.

Some of your students may have been hearing information about next year's "bell schedule" and changes that are being made. Yes, it's true, next year we will have a seven period day, but the day will last the same length as it does this year, from 8 am until 3:00 pm. And next year we won't offer three "Friday Sessions" rather we will offer one "Thursday Session." For a full explanation of the changes, and the rationale for changes, please see the post above called "Next Year's Calendar and Schedule."

Our Spring Awards ceremony will take place on May 30th from 8:15 until 10:00 am. Please watch for a phone call and/or email personally inviting you to join us at the awards ceremony if your student is receiving an award! And if you get that call, please keep it confidential, we want our student awardees to be surprised!

An all-school community service event, called "Tech Lends A Hand" will take place on June 2nd. Your student will meet at school and then spend the day off site, in the community, doing volunteer work with their Advisory class. Please be sure that your student arrives on time or early to school on June 2nd!

Senior parents, I'll see you at the Senior Scholarship night (5-28), Senior Breakfast (6-04), and Graduation (6-04). And I'll see your students in their fancy prom fashions this Saturday!

Sincerely, Michelle Spencer

Prom Clean Up

Prom is May 17 at Kennedy Golf Course in Napa. The students need help with set up and clean up. Set up is from 5-7pmand clean up is from 11pm-12:30.

If you can help, please email Nancy Hale.

BioFitness Presentations

The BioFitness Classes are presenting on May 28th and 29th.  Students will be pitching their designs/inventions to a "shark tank" style panel.  We need some panelists for each day to question and offer feedback to our student groups.  If you are interested, please sign up on this form.   

Mrs. and Mr. Wolf

Communication Studies Romeo and Juliet Performance

The 9th Grade Communications Studies Class will be performing Romeo and Juliet on Thursday May 29th at 7 PM in the NTHS Cybercafe.
We hope you can come join us in this free community event.

We are in need of costumes as the students want their performance to be set in the original Italian Renaissance. If you have some costume pieces we could borrow it would be greatly appreciated.

Please bring any costume pieces to Room 3 or drop off in the office with your name and contact attached for a prompt return.

It's Official!

The votes are counted and the results are confirmed: The Penguin Parent Club has new officers for the 2014-15 school year.
Susan Bouwer is the new President, Beth Fitzgerald is the Vice President and Peter Mlynar will be Treasurer. New positions for this next year will be filled by Lady Bruce Jamison as Volunteer Coordinator and Robert Vega and Marylene Gray as Latino Community Co-Members. The position of Secretary is still vacant. If you are interested in participating as Secretary for the Parent Club, please contact Susan Bouwer at:

Their terms begin in June and they will be busy planning over the summer break.

We can all look forward to a great 2014-15 year with these new officers at the helm.
Congratulations to all and thank you to all parents for all you do at New Tech High.

Grad Nite Party Ticket Sales

Seniors: With graduation getting closer, remember to buy your tickets online to Napa Grad Nite, an all-night party, on June 5th from 9pm-5am, at Discounted to $50 in advance and includes food, games, dancing, casino, hypnotist and more! Be sure to like us on Facebook for giveaways and to win prizes.

Tickets available on-line or at the Tech High office.

Puente Voter Registration Workshop

My name is Vanessa Aguiniga and I am a Puente Student at NVC. With the Statewide Election coming up, and group of my Puente classmates are hosting a voter registration workshop. We want to encourage high school and college students to get involved and get thier voices heard. We will be inviting local candidates to show thier support. Please spread the word to your students. We hope to have a successful outcome. Please consider adding this info to your daily bulletin.

Thank you for your time.
Vanessa Aguiniga
Puente NVC