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There are a few yearbooks left to purchase - $55 cash only - in Room 309.  We are almost sold out!

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 6/18/18




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This is just a friendly reminder that this Thursday and Friday (6/21-22) are Planning Day Bell Schedules with classes letting out at 1:17pm on both days.

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 6/18/18




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Yearbooks will be passed out during 7th period on Thursday, June 14th.  Students with pre-ordered books will be released to attend a distribution party during 7th period! 

  • Cookies
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Sign Your Friends' Yearbooks!
  • Music

If you haven't purchased a yearbook, there are still a few available for $55 cash only in Room 309.  Once they are gone, they are gone...

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 6/11/18




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The first annual 8th Grade Promotion Dance is Friday, June 15th from 6 - 8 pm.  PTSA is helping to sponsor this dance, so all you need is a signed permission slip and school ID to get in.  Please turn in the signed permission slips Monday - Wednesday (June 11-13) next week at lunch.  It is a Blackout Dance, so wear black! The permission slip is linked below.

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 6/8/18




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Please see the attached PDF for the latest issue of the Viking Voice!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 5/21/18




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Less than 200 yearbooks left!  Order yours today!

Over the next few days, the cover of the 2017-2018 yearbook will slowly be unveiled. To see the reveal, you can find the display in the mall to the right of the stage. Every day different sections of the cover will be revealed until the end of next week where it will be fully revealed.  As a reminder, Friday, May 18th is the last day to preorder a yearbook online. Your yearbook staff will be throwing a distribution party in June that you won’t want to miss! It will be only for those who have purchased a yearbook.

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 5/3/18




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Update: Deadline to turn in the opt out letter to your student's 7th grade Science teacher is Monday, May 7th.

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The Family Life parent preview for 7th grade parents will be next Thursday in Mr. Morita's room 311 from 1:30 - 3:00.  There will not be any permission slips for students to participate in this unit, however the attached letter explains the procedure if you'd like your student to opt out of these lessons.  If you'd like your student to miss a portion of the class, just indicate what you'd like them to miss and we will be able to accommodate them.  Let us know if you have any questions.

 

Mr. Morita

Miss Ampil

Mrs. Catron

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 4/27/18




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Calling all 7th graders!  Are you interested in being a mentor for the new 6th grade students next year?  If so, be a WEB Leader! WEB leader applications are now being accepted. Applications are in the office or linked here on School Loop. Please be sure to fill them out and have them returned to Mrs. Black in room 317 by Friday, May 11th.

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 4/25/18




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The World Fit Walk starts Monday, April 30th and runs for 6 weeks until Friday, June 8th. Students can login to the World Fit site and log their physical activity each day during the 6 weeks. Students with the most miles will be able to attend an award ceremony with an Olympian, receive a certificate, and possibly a medal. More information about World Fit is linked below.

 

Start logging in your physical activity on Monday, April 30th:

 

 

  • Login at: http://worldfitactivities.org/account

  • Username: lunch #

  • Password: first and last initial plus “wfw18”

Example: John Smith = jswfw18

 

Log your activity from home every night!

 

 

World Fit Objectives

  1. Promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle to children in schools.

  2. Provide students with Olympian and Paralympian mentors.

  3. Encourage students to walk, socialize and engage in healthy competition.

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 4/20/18




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Please see the attached flyer for information about the upcoming musical performance of Cinderella by our Vikings at the Rose Theater. See you there!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 4/19/18




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Attention all 8th grade students interested in Freshman football. There is an informational meeting May 1.  Please see attached flyer.  

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Posted by: Dana Palmer
Published: 4/18/18




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Please see the attached information about the upcoming Edison HS Dance Auditions! 

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 4/16/18




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Some of our very talented MIT students compete yesterday for $500 and a spot to play downtown Tuesday Nights. Gavin/Colin/River's band, Ecstatic, got third place and the chance to go to the finals on May 1st.  Way to go, Vikings!

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 4/11/18




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Good Afternoon Viking Students and Families!

I hope that you all had a great week off and are well rested and ready for a great last few months of the school year. I'm sending this out tonight to bring clarity to some important upcoming events towards the end of the 2017-18 school year: Distinguished Honor Roll recognition and 8th Grade Promotion.
 

I made the decision to change the manner in which students who earn the Distinguished Honor Roll are recognized at the beginning of the year for a few reasons: I had numerous conversations with students with great grades (3.6+) that were told they weren’t “good enough” to attend the trip; the trip to Knott’s was during the instructional school day but did not provide any education value for students; while some students were legitimately sick, we received myriad parent phone calls for students that happened to be “sick” on the day of the event (in fact more than 10% of our population was out that day. I have worked alongside our student leaders in ASB to gather feedback from all students about what they wanted to celebrate their accomplishments within the parameters of honoring the school’s instructional minutes while also keeping the celebration on campus. Their collaborative, and creative, solution recognizes the academic achievement of our Distinguished Honor Roll recipient for their efforts in the classroom during the 2017-18 school year. Please click the following link for a great video that was produced, directed, and edited by our ASB student leaders (https://youtu.be/ELWSCkJN-sY). The Distinguished Honor Roll event will be held on May 31st from 1:30-3:00pm on the Sowers MS campus. We hope it’s lots of fun for all those in attendance!
 

Also, I firmly believe that the transitions our students make from 5th - 6th grade and 8th - 9th grade are very important milestones for students that must be supported and celebrated. However, the culminating K-12 academic celebration for our students will not occur until they graduate from high school in a few years. That being said, I have come to appreciate the desire of families to be able to attend end of year celebrations/traditions at both elementary and middle school. As such, this year Sowers will be piloting a later start date by 30 minutes to allow families to take part in these events. Start time for promotion on June 22nd will be 2:30pm.
 

That's all for now. Have a great rest of the week and… Go Vikings!


John Ashby, Ed.D.
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 4/9/18




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Show Choir auditions are on May 8 & 9 in room 208! You only have to audition on one of the days and you get to choose which day you want to come audition. We offer two show choir classes for 7th & 8th graders: Girls Show Choir and Mixed Show Choir. We also offer Viking Concert Choir but you do not need to audition for that class. The auditions are for the Show Choirs only. Your elective card has the description for these classes.

 

Even if you are not currently in choir, I would still love to see you at auditions. Attached is a form with instructions and tips on how the audition works. Please fill out the 2nd page and return that to me or the front office by April 30th. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (rtan@hbcsd.us). I look forward to seeing you all there!

 

-Mr. Ryan Tan

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 3/29/18




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Have you ordered your yearbook yet?  It is your last chance to get this year's memories for $50.  On April 1st, the price rises to $55!!  We have already sold 66% of our total amount, so make sure you don't miss out!

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 3/27/18




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Please join us at the HBUHSD STEAM Fair held at Fountain Valley HS on April 28th from 10 am - 2 pm.  See flyer for details.

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 3/26/18




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Please see the attached PDF for Spring 2018 issue of The Viking Voice. Go Vikings!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/23/18




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Our Aloha Luau Spring Dance is on Friday, April 13th from 6 - 8 pm.  Tickets will be on sale 4/9 - 4/12 during both lunches.  The ticket price includes entry and food for $10.  Early bird price of $5 on 4/9 and 4/10.  You must have a signed permission slip and your school ID to purchase a dance ticket.  The permission slips are available in the office or linked below.  Don't forget to wear your Hawaiian gear.

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 3/23/18




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Good Morning Sowers Families-
I implore you to take 10-15 minutes to give us feedback on how we are doing here at Sowers on a variety of topics. A hard copy survey was sent home with all students last Friday. There is also an option to complete the survey online at the following link: 

 

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/huntington/5125981289/surveys

 

I'd like to extend a big thank you to the families that have completed the survey either online or turned in the hard copy to the office! Here are our current numbers on both methods...

  • 75 online surveys completed
  • 22 hard copy surveys received

Unfortunately, these totals represent approximately 8% of our total population at Sowers. In order for the school to truly serve the community it is important that feedback is received before March 30th when the survey window closes. So if you haven't had the chance to take it, please do so as soon as possible. 

 

Thanks so much for your feedback, participation, and continued support. Go Vikings!

 

John Ashby
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/23/18




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Greetings Sowers Community,
 
Do you play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, or sing? Then we want you on the MIT stage! The Music Industry Technology auditions for the 2018-2019 school year are coming! MIT is a commercial music program where students learn popular music in a classroom setting. If you want to see what this class is all about, please come to the HB Art Center on Main Street this Friday evening March 23. We are performing our Roots of Rock show at 7:00pm in the parking lot of the Art Center.
 
Attached to this email are the application, information about the program, and the audition materials and requirements. Applications are due in mid April and auditions are May 10 at Sowers. 
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to respond.
 
I'm looking forward to seeing you at auditions. Please share with any incoming 6th graders at Moffett, Hawes, Eader, Peterson, or any other local musician who may be interested in our superior music programs at Sowers.
 
Mrs. Ivey, Mr. Tan​
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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 3/23/18




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Please see the attached state testing schedule for this year. The testing window is from April 9 - June 1st. The CAASPP will be delivered to all students in their CORE class, while the CAST is a science specific test that will be given to only 8th graders in their science class.

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/22/18




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The soccer games scheduled for Thursday 3-22-18 will be played on Monday 3-26-18.

 

Thank you.

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Posted by: Dana Palmer
Published: 3/21/18




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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/19/18




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Girls' Soccer game will be cancelled today both levels 6/7 and 8th grade teams today Thursday March 15th. Games will be rescheduled for next Tuesday March 20th home at Sowers Field. 6/7th at 3:30 and 8th at 4:30.

 

We will have our next practice Monday the 19th at 3pm. 

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/15/18




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Please see the attached for information about an upcoming event for 8th grade families headed to Edison next year.

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/14/18




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Sowers' Music Industry Technology Class is having our annual Roots of Rock concert on Thursday, 3/14.

We have two identical concerts: 5pm & 7:30pm at Dwyer MS Auditorium. Tickets (w/ assigned seating) are $15 each and they can be purchased on www.sowersmusic.seatyourself.biz. HBCSD students get 50% off at the door. Hope to see you all there!

 

 

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/12/18




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From the our Health Desk: 

 

Attention Sowers Families... 

 

Has your 6th grader gotten a TDAP booster shot? All 7th graders are required to get a TDAP booster shot before starting the 2018-2019 school year in the fall. Feel free to contact our Health Aide with any questions: 714-962-7738 x5086

 

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/7/18




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Please see the attached PDF for information about the first LCAP Community Meeting to be held on March 22nd. Your input is appreciated!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 3/1/18




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Pennies for Patients is a fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that takes place every year in schools.  By collecting these donations, LLS has found effective cancer therapies that, over the last 50 years, has increased the leukemia survival  rate from 3% to 90%.  Let's help support the cause and donate to your first period class box or grab a donation box of your own.  If our school raises at least $1000, the classroom who brings in the most donations will receive a class prize. More information is linked below.

 

Donation drive runs from February 19th - March 9th.

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 2/15/18




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Join us tomorrow (2/15) at First Class Pizza (18671 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley) and support our Sowers Surf Club & Team! 

 

The much anticipated silent auction is ON! Come see the awesome items you could be taking home: a Brett Simpson surfboard; Volcom backpack and modern surf bag; Electric glasses, T-Shirt, and watch; Hurley wetsuit; "Rooka" backpack; and tons of other fun items! Bidding closes at 6:45pm!

 

Plan to come hungry as 15% of food purchases will benefit the Sowers Surf program. 

 

Newly designed Surf Club sweatshirts will make their debut and be available to pick up at the fundraiser (free for members, $30 for non-members). Bring your friends because everyone is invited! See you there!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 2/14/18




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Hello to all 8th Grade Families!

The Huntington Beach Union High School District is offering Open Enrollment through March 30th.

 

If you reside in the boundaries of the district and want your student to attend a school other than your home high school, visit their webpage at www.hbuhsd.edu and click on Open Enrollment.

 

If you reside outside of district boundaries, but would like your student to attend a high school in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, they will begin accepting applications on February 20th. For more information visit their webpage at www.hbuhsd.edu and click on InterDistrict Transfers.

 

If you have any questions about these processes at the high school district, please contact their Educational Services Department at 714.903.7000.

 

Go Vikings!

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 2/13/18




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Hello Sowers!

We are doing Cinderella (in partnership with APA's musical theater department) for this year's musical. Auditions are Thursday, 2/15 from 1:30-4:30 in room 208. Rehearsals are projected to be on Tues 3-5, Thurs 130-5, and some Fri 3-5. Performances are on April 24, 25, & 26.

 

You need to prepare 1 song (out of 3 choices) for the audition and we will teach you everything else at the audition. The song information (pdf & mp3) are attached along with a flyer and form you need to fill out and bring with you to the audition. Hard copies of the flyer and form can be found in room 208.

 

Best,

Ryan Tan

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Posted by: Ryan Tan
Published: 2/8/18




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We will have 6th/7th Boy's and Girl's tryouts Tuesday February 20th and Wednesday February 21st at 3pm.

 

8th grade Boy's and Girl's Tryouts on Thursday February 22nd at 3pm. 

 

Tryout Requirements:

"MUST" have signed permission slip to be able to participate in tryouts that was given out at the mandatory meeting Thursday February 15th

 

-Cleats, chin guards, Sowers PE gear, ball.

 

Any other concerns or question please contact Coach Crooks or Coach Johnson.

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Posted by: Jeff Crooks
Published: 2/7/18




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Boy's and Girl's soccer tryouts next week Thursday Feb. 15th in room 402 right after school. It will be a quick 10 minute meeting to discuss tryouts for the upcoming season. Please see Mr. Crooks or Mr. Johnson if you have any questions.

 

 

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Posted by: Jeff Crooks
Published: 2/7/18




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National No One Eats Alone™ Day teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day for students who feel socially isolated. This program was created by Beyond Differences and is organized by students.  Over 2000 schools in the United States will be participating during school lunches on Friday, February 9th. The Sowers Middle School leadership students have organized the day, so watch out for more information throughout the week or check out the flyer, website, or commercial (made by Leadership students) link attached.  

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Posted by: Mrs Black
Published: 2/2/18




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Join us February 15th from 4-7 pm at First Class Pizza (18671 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley) and support our Sowers Surf Club & Team!

The much anticipated silent auction is ON! Come see the awesome items you could be taking home like a Brett Simpson surfboard, Volcom gear, and tons of other fun items! …..   Bidding closes at 6:45!

Plan to come hungry as 15% of food purchase will benefit the Sowers Surf program. 

Newly designed Surf Club Sweatshirts will make their debut and be available to pick up at the fundraiser (free for members, $30 for non-members). Bring your friends because everyone is invited! See you there!

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Posted by: Brett Mouw
Published: 1/31/18




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!!Attention 8th Grade Families!!

 

Please see the following PDFs for information about the upcoming Edison Charger Night on February 6th and the Edison Distinguished Programs Night on February 21st.

 

Go Future Chargers!

 

John Ashby
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 1/29/18




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Great job to all of our students who submitted a piece to the PTSA Reflections!! Check out the video of the awards event from last week. 

 

Go Vikings!

John Ashby
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 1/22/18




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Please see the attached for online bike registration information with HBPD.

 

John Ashby
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 1/16/18




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Please see the attached PDF for information about joining the Sowers National Junior Honor Society! Complete the application and return to Ms. Catron by Thursday, February 15th. 

 

Go Vikings!
John Ashby 

Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 1/12/18




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Do you want to recognize your student in the yearbook this year?  All personal ads are done through an outside vendor at The Yearbook Company.  Attached is all of the information you will need to place your personal ad to your favorite student. 

 

Last Chance Deadline is Thursday, February 8th!

 

And, don't forget to order your yearbook from Jostens!

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 12/15/17




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*  Early Bird Sale: $50 - MUST order by 3/31/18. Final date for personalization is 2/9/18.


*  Regular Price:  $55 - Starting on 4/1/18.  Final date to order online is 5/18/18.

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Posted by: Monica Nash
Published: 12/4/17




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Please save the date to check out the HBUHSD STEAM Fair to take place on April 28 from 10am -2pm at Fountain Valley HS. 

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 12/1/17




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Please see the attached PDF for the second Viking Voice issue of the 2017-18 school year. 

 

Happy November Vikings!

John Ashby
Principal

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Posted by: John Ashby
Published: 11/7/17