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:
Robert Vega, Latino Community Representative:
Marylene Gray, Latino Community Representative:
Lady Bruce Jamison, Volunteer Coordinator:

Friday, October 9, 2015

Join us this weekend for a musical production!

Prospective Students - Tour New Tech!
Open enrollment offers students and parents choice in the schools they attend for elementary school and for secondary (middle and high) school. NVUSD will accept Open Enrollment elementary and secondary applications now through Nov. 30, 2015.

New Tech High offers a series of recruitment tours for interested families to learn more! Find out more about them here.

Make your family giving donation today! 
This year's goal is for ALL New Tech families to make a donation to help support our great programs! Click the flyer below to learn more!

Penguin Fair Follow-up
Two weeks ago, the Friends of New Tech (FONT) and Penguin Parent Club (PPC) hosted the first annual Penguin Fair, a fun, free community event. We loved seeing current and prospective families, community members, staff and alumni. Guests enjoyed a complimentary gourmet hot dog bar and activities for all ages. Thanks for helping us celebrate New Tech - and for your support! $3,755 was raised from generous giving at the Penguin Fair. Many families don't realize that the incredible field trips, technology, college prep and other resources are funded by donations. If your family hasn't had the chance to contribute, it's not too late! 
Please visit or stop by our front office to make a donation! Every dollar counts!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Tech Frisbee Tournament Donations Needed

Hello New Tech Parents,
On Saturday October 24th, New Tech will be hosting the Fall Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.  There will be 12 teams competing from all over Northern California.  The tournament will be held at Redwood Middle School with games from 9am until 4:30pm.  

What we need:
Water and snack donations (snacks must be packaged, i.e. granola bars, trial mix, etc).
Pop-up Canopies
Ice chests
Parent volunteers

Any questions or offers for help can be sent to Coach Wolf (

Tom Wolf, M.A.
Biofitness/Physical Education/Health Teacher
New Tech High
920 Yount St. Napa, CA 94559
(707) 259-8557 ext. 2030

Family Info Night: Service Trips

Over the last two summers, New Tech partnered with Outreach360 and sent teams of student volunteers to Central American to spend a week working in a small school for impoverished children. This year, teams will travel to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic during Spring Break (March 19-26). 

If your student is part of this year's service club, please join us for Family Info Night on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 5:30pm (Room 5) to learn important information related to the trip, funding and more. Please be there if your student plans to participate!

Contact Nancy Hale or Anne Vallerga with any questions.

Field Trip Chaperones Needed!

We're in need of one field trip chaperone on Monday, October 19th, and two field trip chaperones/ideally also drivers on Tuesday, October 20th.  We'll be going to Alston Park for a guided hike and acorn collecting with the Napa Resource Conservation District.

Here are the field trip times on each day:
Monday 10/19 (our afternoon class) - 1 chaperone needed
Leave school around 11am
Arrive to Alston Park around 11:20am
Leave Alston Park around 1:30pm
Return to school by 2pm

Tuesday 10/20 (our morning class) - 2 chaperones needed, ideally also able to drive students 

Leave school around 9am
Get to Alston Park around 9:30am
Leave Alston Park around 12:15pm
Return to school around 12:45pm

If you can join or drive, please email Ms.Wolf at  Thank you!

PSAT for All 10th/11th Graders on October 14th

All Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 14th here at New Tech High.  We able to provide all students the opportunity to take this important college readiness assessment thanks to the support of the Friends of New Tech!  Here are some helpful links on preparing for the PSAT:

How to Get Ready for PSAT
Strategies for the PSAT

Parent Club Meeting Next Thursday!

The Penguin Parent Club invites you to the October 15th meeting in the Cyber Cafe. Meeting begins at 6:30pm and lasts approximately one hour. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, hear the latest school news, and join the fun of making every New Tech event a blast. See you there!

World Studies Panelists Needed for 10/13, 15 & 16

Please consider your civic duty by serving as a juror 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 breaking his law. 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 and thoughtful characterization to make their case.

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

Tues., Oct. 13
8:00 - 9:29am
AND/OR 1:31 - 3:00pm

Thurs., Oct. 15
8:00 - 9:29am
AND/OR 1:31 - 3:00pm

Fri., Oct. 16
8:00 - 9:29am
AND/OR 11:16am - 12:45pm

If interested, please email Ms. Seveska ( and/or Mr. Serene ( to sign up for a jury. Include "Creon Jury" in the subject, and let us know specifically which class(-es) you can attend. Thanks for your consideration!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Message from the Principal

Can you believe we have reached the first progress report?!  It is amazing how fast this school year is going, but it if the saying is true, time flies when you are having fun.  Projects are in full swing right now!  Here are some highlights of what has been happening in classes:

  • BioFitness: 9th graders just presented their plans for a community event that focuses on educating the public on relevant health related issues.
  • Chemistry: Students are working on prototypes for building sustainable solar ovens.
  • American Studies: 11th graders completed their first College Readiness Assessment (CRA) of the year focusing on the role of investigative journalism throughout U.S. national policy.
  • Spanish: Students are creating bilingual marketing videos to help educate and recruit Spanish speaking students and families to New Tech High.
  • Political Studies: Seniors went above and beyond creating a documentary adaptation of the play Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz.

As you can see, there is some amazing authentic learning happening at New Tech High!  As well as this, I would like to personally invite you to a couple of upcoming events here on campus:
  • Coffee With the Principal: Our first monthly Coffee With the Principal will be next Monday, September 21st from 10 am to 11 am.  I invite all parents and guardians to stop in and spend some time with me.   This will be an informal gathering, where you can ask the questions that are pressing you.
  • Penguin Fair: We are excited to announce the first annual Penguin Fair!  Please come celebrate this community sharing and giving event next Friday, September 25th, from 4 pm to 7 pm here at New Tech High.  This will be a great casual event for you to spend time with other members of our New Tech family, continue to learn more about how to get involved, and partake in some interactive student-led activities.  It is free and all are welcome!
Again, I thank you for all the support you give our students and we are excited to constantly be building upon the culture of excellence we have here at New Tech High!


Riley Johnson
Principal, New Tech High

Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month Events Start September 11th

¡El Mes de La Herencia Latina en el Valle de Napa
Eventos Comienzan el 11 de Septiembre!

Visit these websites for a calendar of more than 25 events:
Visite estos sitios para tener acceso al calendario de eventos:

Click here to download a bilingual calendar of events for printing.
 Haga clic  para descargar y imprimir un calendario bilingüe

Attend a Proclamation of Latino Heritage Month
Asista a una presentación de Proclamación del Mes de la Herencia Latina
Estas ceremonias son cortas y muy inspiradoras.  Traiga su familia y amigos.
Proclamation ceremonies are short and inspiring.  Bring friends and family!

Request Latino Heritage Month Materials to share
Pida los materiales del Mes de la Herencia Latina
Sharing our post cards, flyers, and calendars supports all the groups hosting events.
El compartir nuestros materiales apoya a los grupos que han planeado eventos.

Please thank groups hosting events and thank sponsors:
Dele las gracias a los organizadores de eventos y a los patrocinadores.
Napa Valley Vintners, Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center, 
Napa Valley Education Foundation, Congressman Mike Thompson,
Napa County Supervisors Alfredo Pedroza & Brad Wagenknecht,
St. Joseph Health-Queen of the Valley, Napa Valley Unified School District,
Napa County Library, Agricultura Safety Training, Napa County Hispanic Network,
Richard Ybarra, Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Monica Monge-Chávez.

We appreciate your support
Agradecemos su apoyo

Miembros del Comité de la Herencia Latina

Bring the whole family to the first annual Penguin Fair!

AND… we need your help with our Creative-Hot-Dog-Potluck!

FONT is supplying our favorites dogs with bun: Mid-western Brats, Yummy Veggie Dogs, Linguica, Hebrew Nationals, Jersey Shickhaus, Griddle Franks!


Mustard • Kraut • Relish • Ketchup • Shredded Cheese • Chili • Pickled Anything • Spicy Stuff • Veggies • Chips • Salsas • Guacamole • Onions • Cheese  • Potato Salad • Cole Slaw • Green Salads • Veggies • Whatever might be tasty on a dog!

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2015 Penguin Fair!

Panel and Garden Volunteers Needed

Health/Wellness Panel Needed

Biofitness students are designing a healthy hometown community event.  We're seeking panelists with a background in health, nutrition, wellness, or physiology to view their plans and provide feedback on September 16th and September 17th before the final community event which takes place on the evening of September 30th at New Tech High School.  Students are focusing on a range of topics including reducing childhood obesity, encouraging healthy cooking, and reducing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

Date: September 16th & September 17th
Time: Biofitness Class period 3, 4, 6 or 7
Location: Meet in Room 10
Please contact Tom Wolf at

School Garden Service Day - Sunday, September 13th 9am - 1pm:
Our first School Garden Service Day will take place on Sunday, September 13th from 9am - 1pm.  The objective on this date will be to prep future planting areas, and complete other outdoor campus beautification projects.  Students are invited to earn "school service hours" for participating.  We're seeking 4-5 parent volunteers to assist Ms.Wolf in chaperoning this school service event, a bonus if you're willing to bring your garden gloves and a shovel to dig in with us!  We also welcome snack donations and non-plastic bottle beverage donations for student volunteers. If you're able to participate in this event, please email Ms.Wolf at, or bring donations directly to the staff work room (room adjacent to the staff lounge) and label for Ms.Wolf.

New Tech Ultimate Frisbee Teams Need Coaches

Hello Parents,

I'm excited to coach the frisbee team for a 3rd year this year.  We have over 50 students signed up, also excited to participate!  The only problem is that there is only 1 of me.  We need (at least) 2 parent coaches to oversee 2 of the 3 New Tech teams.  If you have an hour and a half after school one day a week and want to support the team, please contact Mr. Wolf (   No experience with frisbee necessary and Mr. Wolf will have practice agendas and ideas for you to implement.  Our tournament is on October 24th so your services would be needed through then.  We start again in March for the spring season if you are interested.  

Thanks in advance, 
Mr. Wolf

Free or Reduced Lunch Applications - Deadline Extended

New Tech High parents,
Your student may qualify to receive healthy meals free or at a reduced price. Even if you think your family may not qualify, please complete the application.  THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPT. 25 - OUR SCHOOL COULD WIN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS!
How to do it:
1) You may still have the paper application that was sent home in your student's Back to School packet. If so, please complete it and turn it in to your school office. One form works for all your NVUSD students.
2) If you don't have the application, you can either ask for one at your school office or download and print one here. Again, complete it and turn it in to your school office.
3) If you'd like to complete the application online, click here. Note: on Step 1 of the online form, you must select "None" for the Benefit Type.
Call Food Service at (707) 253-3541 with any questions.

CAASPP Data Released

Last Spring, the Juniors were part of the first cohort of students to take the new CAASPP assessment for the state of California.  The CAASPP Smarter Balanced assessment replaced the former STAR assessment.  As part of this baseline year, 70% our Juniors met or exceeded the standard in English Language Arts (nearly 15% higher than state average) and 31% of our Juniors met or exceeded the standard in Mathematics.  You can find out more about the CAASPP assessment by visiting the NVUSD website linked here.

Healthy Hometown Fair, You're Invited!

On the evening of Wednesday, September 30th from 5pm until 6:30pm, the Biofitness Students of New Technology High School will be bringing to life the Healthy Hometown Fair!  Students will help make meeting county health initiatives fun, informative and engaging for community members who attend.  Please join us at this event, open to the community, and help us by sharing this invitation with people you know.  Thank you, we hope to see you there!


THE HUB is Open and looking for ideas.

The HUB is an after school program here at New Tech.  The hours are Monday thru Thursday 3:00 pm until 5 pm
The HUB is open to students from other schools if they have completed the proper permission slip.
The goal is to have a safe, beneficial place for kids to come after school.  We are looking for ideas for workshops or activities during the HUB please email me with any questions or ideas
Coming up

Thursday September 24 photography workshop given by Lenore Erickson
Thursday September 24 and October 1 workout expert Stephani Stephenson  will be in the Fitness Center doing some fitness plans and circuit training
Thursday October 29, and Thursday November 12 College Readiness workshop with Heidi Hamler

I am looking forward to your thoughts and ideas regarding the HUB.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Message from the Principal

International Service Trip 2016

New Tech students are already planning the 3rd annual service trip to Central America through Outreach360! Do you have a student who is learning Spanish, wants to experience a new culture and serve others through volunteering? Students will spend the week of spring break (March 19-27, 2016) in a Central American country teaching grade-school children. Weekly meetings are held in Room 5 at NTHS during Friday lunch break. Interested students must attend all meetings and be committed to fundraising and planning as team before the actual trip. For more info, contact Nancy Hale or Anne Vallerga


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