Elective Rush

By: Lachlan Shon

On February 5th, 2018, Valencia High School’s Elective Rush offered all the different classes students may consider joining for the 2018-2019 school year. The classes that had tables included, but were not limited to: Yearbook, TigerTube, El Tigre, Comedy Sportz, Ceramics, Cheer, Cyber Patriots, Preschool, and more. There were 13 electives represented. Both students and teachers were out recruiting and educating students about their perspective electives.

Junior Ana Nguyen stated,“Elective rush is important because it gives students a chance to take themselves out of the normal mindset of school.”

Likewise, Mr. Dwight Osborne projected that he was “glad that Valencia is promoting this and getting the students to come out and get involved.”

Mr. Jeff Louie, Activities Director, also outlined the purpose of Elective Rush “it allows for students to get more information on the different electives that are offered at Valencia. It also allows for teachers to promote the different programs that are being delivered to at school.” He also commented that, “students may not be sure what kind of path they want to set themselves for later in life. Elective Rush presents the various electives students may take that could increase involvement in school and develop later life skills.” Louie firmly believes that Elective Rush may expand in the future “as long there is interest which is ultimately driven by the students’ demand for such activities and classes to take place.”

Registration for 2018-2019 School Year Begins

By: Evan Chase

Registration Cards
Photo by: Diana Corona

Tuesday, February 6th is registration card day. The cards were distributed to each first period class during the day, to be used to articulate the student’s desired curriculum for the upcoming year. The A-G requirements are still guidelines that students need to follow in order to graduate and be compliant for college readiness.

This year’s juniors will get the chance to meet one-on-one with their counselors from February 6th until March 9th for an opportunity to discuss their future goals as well as college information. Details on the upcoming SAT and ACT tests will also be addressed.

As for the current freshmen and sophomores, entire classes will be able to meet with their respective counselors to talk about summer school and whether or not they are on track to graduate. Meeting days for sophomores will be from Monday, March 19th thru Friday, March 23rd. Freshmen will be scheduled the following week from Monday, March 26th thru Friday, March 30th.

Dedicated Secretary

By: Brendan Munoz

Claudia Serna, the Principal Secretary of Valencia, has been a tiger for well over twelve years. She first arrived at Valencia in hopes of obtaining the Counseling Secretary position in 2005. After three successful interviews for the secretary position, which included the Principal and Assistant Principal, Serna was offered the role.

Now, after successful promotions, she is currently tasked with scheduling Principal Yaung’s day, assisting Office and Support Staff, and answering parent inquiries. Serna primarily spends her time managing Valencia’s budget, preparing payroll documentation,and ordering supplies for the school. She regularly interacts with students as well, whether it be for teacher deliveries or for those interested in scheduling appointments with Mrs. Yaung. 

These responsibilities of course come with their fair share of challenges. Finding the time for everyone taxes her the most. “Every person matters, modeling patience and setting the time aside to listen is important,” stated Serna. This method of prioritizing those who need her help is what has led Serna to her success as Principal Secretary.

Aside from the various challenges that her position entails, Serna has relished in her experiences here at Valencia. She disclosed that the most fulfilling parts of her job are “The opportunity to share kindness and the opportunity to work at a diverse campus such as VHS.”

Photo by: Makenna Thomsen

With the recent change in executive staff at Valencia, Serna has also found a new opportunity to grow and learn. By maintaining a positive attitude towards the adjustment, Serna remains focused on aiding Valencia’s administrative team.

What is El Tigre?

This course offers students the opportunity to compose, edit, create, and evaluate their product in a form of media. This media will ultimately become a magazine or other form of publication. El Tigre is a course in writing, and photography, design, editing, and marketing. Students will learn and practice these skills as they produce the VHS school magazine, El Tigre, every semester. The course does require students to be self-directed in accomplishing the following, but not limited to – deadlines, some after school hours, marketing contacts via email and phone. Joining El Tigre is a way to connect to your school and document its historical and noteworthy progression. We work as a team, accomplishing all tasks as a unit and making sure everyone has a hand in the magazine’s achievements.  Remember, once a tiger, always a tiger!