Interim Principal: Kathy Summers -
Assistant Principal: Riley Johnson -
Academic Specialist: Peter Abboud -
Parent Bulletin Coordinator: Ramon Baeza -

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:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Message from the Principal

Hello Everyone,

We are three weeks into spring semester and New Tech is thriving.  Our school community is settling in and seniors are looking at the finish line.

We have some exciting events coming up!

Movie Night:  Friday, January 24th Guardians of the Galaxy is playing at New Tech’s Movie Night, from 7 - 10.  Cost to join in the fun is $4 and food, snacks and popcorn are included.

Super Saturday:  The first Super Saturday of the spring semester is this Saturday, January 25th, from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm.  Students are encouraged to come and to get additional assistance in getting their school work done.

School Dance:  There will be a dance at New Tech, Friday, February 6th from 7 - 11.  The theme for the dance is “Valentine/No Valentine.”  The cost is $5 and food and snacks will be available.  We are still in need of chaperones.  If you are interested, contact Kimi Meigs at kmeigs

Mock Trial:  It is Mock Trial season again.  Trials begin next Tuesday evening at the Napa County Courthouse, 1111 - 3rd Street, 2nd Floor.  Our students will be competing January 27th against Napa, February 3rd against Vintage, February 17th against Justin and February 24th against Sonoma.  If you haven’t ever been to one of these competitions, I encourage you to go. It is exciting to see our students thinking on their feet and responding knowledgably and articulately in a court of law.

Internship:  As many of you may have heard, Jessica Gaul, who has overseen our Internship program has accepted a new position as the coordinator of College and Career Education for Napa Valley Unified School District.  At the end of January, she will relocate her office to the District Office.  What does this mean for us?  Andrew Biggs, our government and economics teacher,  will be filling in the gap for the rest of the year.  Jessica will continue to be a resource to us as we make this transition.  We are thrilled that Andrew has not only accepted the challenge, but is truly excited about it.  Andrew communicates well with the students and we have every confidence that the Internship program will continue without a hiccup.

State of the School:  We have very busy groups who help finance New Tech’s educational programs;  Penguin Parent Club, Friends of New Tech (FONT), which encompasses Family Giving, and New Tech staff.  As New Tech families, you contribute to these groups and trust them to allocate the funds.  Please attend the State of the School meeting, Monday, February 9th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the the Cyber Cafe and find out what your donations have supported in the past and what the allocations are to support this year.

Volunteers Needed:  La Strada and the Penguin Parent Club Annual Golf Tournament are right around the corner.  

Until next time… always ….it’s a great day to be a penguin.

Kathy Summers
Interim Principal

PPC News for Parent Bulletin

Penguin Parent Club News

Hi New Tech Parents!

Thank you to all who have volunteered to coordinate PPC events and fundraisers.  We are still looking for some wonderful organizers for upcoming events and committees. 

Our annual Spring Golf Tournament has volunteers ready to swing into action but we are still in need of one enthusiastic person to coordinate the event.  No golf experience necessary! The post tournament party is for golfers and non-golfers alike!  Bring you ideas and enthusiasm to the Golf Tournament Kick-off Meeting February 5 at 6:30 at New Tech.

We had an exciting meeting last week where we approved grants to the BioFitness class for a month of Rockzilla membership for each student and for the Seniors to spend a fun and no-cost day together before graduation. 

You can join us Thursday Mornings between 8AM and 9AM at Ritual Roasters in the Oxbow Market for coffee.  We are getting to know each other and talking about our kids (probably too much).  It's a fun and relaxing morning. 

Our next PPC Meeting will be on February 19 at 6:30.  Please join us in supporting the causes at New Tech that you care about!

Thank you for your time and commitment to our students at New Tech.

Susan Bouwer
PPC President

10th Grade CAHSEE Testing - February 3rd and 4th

Dear parents of sophomore students,

Tuesday, February 3rd and Wednesday, February 4th is the 10th grade California High School Exit Exam administration. Students are required to pass the Exit Exam as a requirement for a high school diploma in the state of California. This will be the first time that your students take the Exit Exam, and we are confident that they can pass after the first attempt with a little support from home!

  • Please be sure that students come to school on time for both of the testing days. Schedule doctor appointments and other obligations outside of the school day.
  • Make sure that your student is well rested and eats breakfast.
  • Remind your student that this is an important test and encourage them to do their best!
  • Ask your student to review some of the Exit Exam prep materials found here.

If you have any questions, please email Peter Abboud, Academic Specialist at

Target Red Card

Do you have a Target Red Card? Did you know you can sign up to donate 1% of your Red Card purchases to a school of your choice? Go to and select New Technology High School! 

NAEP Testing

Dear Families of 12th Graders,

This year, all of the seniors will be participating in NAEP testing on Thursday, February 12th in their regularly scheduled Political Studies class. Please see the letter below for more information.

Please feel free to contact me at should you have any questions.

Peter Abboud
Academic Spcialist

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Message from the Principal

Hello New Tech Parents!

Happy New Year!  It is great to be back at school after three weeks off.  The students and staff have returned refreshed and ready to tackle spring semester.

Due to the earthquake, we had cracks in the sheetrock throughout the school. We came back to a school from winter break where not only the damage was repaired, but most of the school had been repainted.  It has been a wonderful gift to return to a school in pristine shape!

Upcoming Events:

New Tech High School Financial Aid Night:  Find out about money for college and how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Wednesday, January 14th in room 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This is an event for seniors and parents.  Seniors have been given a flyer with information about what they will need to bring.  This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about how to pay for college.

Information Nights:  If know of any families with students who will be the class of 2019 and are interested in learning about New Tech High, we will have four information nights: Thursday, January 15Tuesday, January 20Thursday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 28. We will begin each night at 7:00 pm.

Once again, I would like to tell you what a pleasure it has been for me to be at New Tech High.  This is a great school and I am proud to be a part of it, if only for a short period of time.

As always, it is a great day to be a Penguin!

Until February,
 Kathy Summers, Interim Principal

Parent Volunteer Opportunity.

Without parent volunteers the HUB is not possible!
Have you been live scanned fingerprinted for NVUSD already?  If not, do it now and receive 5 volunteer hours.
The HUB is in need of Volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00. There are one hour and two hour shifts available. Bring your gym clothes and work out in our Fitness Center while you are completing your volunteer hours.  If you don't feel like working out, you can work on your laptop or maybe read a book.  Please email Denise Plowman at or call the front office at 259-8557 if you would like to sign up or ask any questions.  

Thank you!

La Strada dell'Arte

Acompañenos a la junta para planear la sigiente  La Strada dell’ Arte el 21 de Enero de las 6:30 pm -8:00 pm. La junta sera en New Tech High.
Este año el Festival de Arte se llevara acabo el Sabado 2 de Mayo. No te pierdas el evento mas colorido del año.
Para mas informacion, contacte a Amy Walcker en


Wednesday, January 21: La Strada dell' Arte Street Art Festival Meeting

Join us at New Tech High on January 21st from 6:30-8pm for the next La Strada dell' Arte planning meeting. This year's Art Festival will be held Saturday, May 2nd. Don't miss out on the most colorful event of the year! For more information, contact Amy Walcker at

Emergency Supplies Donation Needed

Attention New Tech Families, as we continue to make sure that our school is as prepared as possible, we are looking to update our classroom emergency supplies.  In order to do so, we need your help!  Please take a look at the attached Google Doc to see if you are willing to donate any of the necessary supplies for our emergency kits.  There is a place for you to mark your name next to the item(s) you contribute!  Thank you for all you do and if you have questions, please contact Mr. Johnson (

CSF Membership Drive

The New Tech High Chapter of the California Scholarship Federation will be holding a membership drive for spring semester, 2015 grades. 

Membership applications will be available in the office January 12 - 23.  Students in grades 10-12 qualify for membership in CSF by earning a prescribed number of points each semester.  Students will calculate their points and submit a copy of last semester's report card.   Applications must be submitted by the end of the day on January 23.  No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

To graduate with CSF honors a student needs four semesters of membership based on grades earned in 10th through 12th grades, with one semesters based on senior year grades.  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 January 12 and 23rd. 

CSF will need a new membership coordinator next year.  This is a great volunteer opportunity, and can be done primarily from home.  If you are interested in this position or have any questions please contact the CSF Coordinator at 

Winter Formal “Midnight in Paris” Thank You!!!

Thank You to our Wonderful Parents & Teachers chaperones!
Thank You to our Very Generous Parents who donated French foods, pizza, chips, desserts & drinks!
Thank you to our Awesome Master Decorator Annie Mercier for creating ordinary spaces into a Magical “Midnight in Paris”!
Thank you to our Wonderful Parents who donated the French 15 foot Eiffel Tower,  & the specialty Eiffel Towers that adorned the tables and booths!
Thank You to 2 Very Generous NT Parents, Susan Bouwer, & Carolyn Defur for their ever helping hands, and going the extra mile by coming back during & after the dance offering their SUV’s to the already 2 SUV’s, to haul everything from the Venue within one half hour!
The DOA (Director of Activities) Winter Formal Committee

Chaperones Needed for Field Trip!

New Tech High students will be going to the California Academy of Sciences on Friday, February 27th and we need parent chaperones! We would need you at the school by 8am and we would be back from San Francisco by about 2:00. If you are available and interested in chaperoning, please contact Peter Abboud at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Message from the Principal

Hello Everyone,

This is a busy time, as 2014 and the first semester roll to a close.  Please read below for interesting New Tech High news!

Friday, December 5th:  It's time for the annual Winter Formal, from 7 – 11 pm.  This year the event will be held at the Wine Train Commissaryoverlooking the Napa River.  Should be a great time for all!

Saturday, December 6th:  This is our last Super Saturday Academy of the Fall Semester.  Encourage your students to come, so they can prepare for the assignments due the last week of school.

Friday, December 12th
·      Last School Day for Fall Semester 2014
·      Annual No Talent Talent Show from 10:15 – 11:40 am.  Please come see the talent at New Tech!
·      All school potluck feast.  Students have been assigned, by Advisory Class, categories of food to bring to share.  The Penguin Parent Club will be providing the decorations, plates/forks/napkins and drinks.  Thank you to PPC!

Fall Semester Grades are due to our Registrar Wednesday, December 17th and you should receive the Fall Semester mail out which will include your student's transcript and other school news.

As many of you may be aware, we have three expectant moms on our staff.  Our counselor, Mrs. Martinez left for maternity leave November 17th, Mrs. Winegarner will start her maternity leave beginning December 12th , and finally Mrs. Wolf will begin her maternity leave on February 23rd.  I am working with the District to insure that we have qualified substitutes during the maternity leave times.

As this semester comes to a close, I would like to thank the entire New Technology High community for your support and kindness during this time of change.  Despite the changes, New Tech High has continued to thrive.  We have been selected as a National Demonstration Site for the New Tech Network and as a national filming site for instructional videos.  We are honored and proud to be among the few sites in the nation to have these accomplishments on our school resume.

Have a great winter break.

As always, it is a great day to be an Penguin.

Kathy Summers
Interim Principal

Panelists Needed

As the semester comes to a close we aren't slowing down! We still have a lot of events that we need panelists for and we'd like our New Tech parents to participate. We have a wide variety of topics to cover like a debate over fracking on the 5th, to immigration presentations on the 9th and 10th and Spanish poetry slams on the 10th! (We'd prefer bilingual parents for the spanish presentations) If you are interested contact Carolyn Defur at 

La escuela necesita padres que hablen español para las presentaciones en las clases de español. SI usted quiere acumular horas de voluntario esta es una forma muy facil. Si tiene preguntas o se quiere registrar mande un correo electronico a Carolyn Defur a

La Strada dell' Arte Street Art Festival Volunteers Needed!

Parent and community volunteers are needed for the site planning committee of New Tech's most popular community event: La Strada dell' Arte! Your help is needed to bring this lively and colorful production to life by May 2, 2015.

Calling all safety-conscious volunteers willing to swing hammers, secure electrical cords, and negotiate the placement of everything from tents to luxury outhouses.

If site planning isn't your gig, many other volunteer positions are still available! Contact Amy Walcker for more details at

Host An Exchange Student in the Spring!

New Tech Families,

Are you interested in possibly hosting an exchange student for the Spring semester?! We have one male student and one female student in need of a host family for the Spring.  If you are interested or know a family that might be interested, please have them contact Riley Johnson at  Thank you!

Spring NVC Registration

These are the classes we have on our campus for spring, you can sign up at the college beginning on January 6th and the classes start on Wednesday, January 21st. In order to get into the class you want you need to sign up on the first day so you can get a seat as college students can sign up too and they can sign up now! You can also sign up for classes on the college campus as long as they are not held during your high school daily schedule.

You must fill out a High School Permit to Attend form to sign up for classes each semester. Be sure to get your form filled out before you leave for winter break as it needs to be signed by Ms.Summers before you take it to the Admissions Office at NVC. You will need to have 12 units completed for your graduation requirements. You can start taking college classes when you are in 10th grade.

ADMJ-121: Intro to Criminal Law - Monday 3:30-4:45pm Miraglia room 5
BUSI 143: Entrepreneurial Business Plan - Monday 3:15-4:20pm Monahan room 3       
CFS 120: Child Development - Tuesday 3:30-6:20 pm Chiabotti room 4
CISA 101: Computer Info Systems - Tuesday 3:30-4:45 pm Klemz room 13
DART 130: Intro to Digital Imaging - Tues/Thurs 3:15-5:30 pm Stalker room 14
HUMA101: American Mind 2 - Tuesday 3:30-6:20pm Wood room 6 
HUMA113: Chicano Studies - Wednesday 3:15-6:00pm Hagedorn room 3
MATH 108: Trigonometry - Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:45 pm Harrow room P3

Here is a link to the college schedule of classes and I am attaching an electronic copy of the form for you as well:

2014 Magnum Cum Laude Wine Auction Results

We are pleased to report the Magnum Cum Laude Wine Auction raised over $20,000. Final accounting is still in progress -- we anticipate the net revenue to be over $18,500! 

THANKS to all the wineries and New Tech families & friends who supported the auction with donations and bids!  

The money raised will go to support The Hub, classroom supplies, field trips, and other activities that make New Tech special. 

We are grateful to the hard-working team of VOLUNTEERS who devoted many hours over the last four months to ensure the auction was a success:

Elaine Kearney
Eric Mercier
Jim Gordon
Dave Kearney
Carolyn DeFur
Jim Tubridy
Frank Gullum
Riley Johnson
Pam Tuthill
Annie Mercier
Lesley Walder
Eric Dahlberg
Garrett Murphy

Join the Magnum Cum Laude Team; join the fun. If you are interested in volunteering for next year's auction -- planning will start soon after the new year -- please contact us at Help us support New Tech students and staff!

George Dom, Co-Chair
Michele Dahlberg, Co-Chair 

American Studies Presents Macbeth next Tues/Wed at 7:00pm

American Studies Presents:

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Performed in the Cyber Cafe at New Technology High School. It will be held December 9 and 10 @ 7:00 pm. It's free so we hope to see you there.