Weekly Newsletter


Ann Sobrato High School
March 13, 2017

Bell Schedule Pilot
As a staff we continually review our bell schedule to best meet the needs of the students and school. In Fall 2013 we adopted a four-day block schedule and the feedback from students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. However, there are still challenges and we are exploring options to alleviate them next school year. Before we make any decisions we will be changing the class order the weeks of March 13 and March 27.

03/14 – 03/17:

  • Periods 2/4/6 meet Tues/Thurs
  • Periods 1/3/5 meet Wed/ Fri 

03/28 – 03/31:

  • Periods 2/4/6 meet Tues/Thurs 
  • Periods 1/3/5 meet Wed/ Fri 

All start and end times remain unchanged, only the class order will be different form the normal 2016-2017 schedule. Click here for the Pilot Block Bell Schedule.

Some examples of benefits include balanced weekly instructional minutes among class periods and student athletes will not always miss the same classes in the afternoon

We appreciate our staff and students’ flexibility and openness to continuous improvement. We will evaluate the effectiveness after the trial period is completed.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
The CAASPP encompasses the online Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and the California Science Test (CAST) pilot, for all 11th graders. Click here to view the MHUSD notice to parent/guardians regarding the CAASPP assessments and the testing window dates.

Ann Sobrato High School’s Sadie Hawkins  Dance
Friday, March 24, 2017
7:00 to 10:00 pm
at Gilroy Gardens

$40.00 with and ASB card/ $45.00 without an ASB card

Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, March 23rd at 3:30 pm.  Purchased tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.   Ticket required for entry. No tickets sold at the door.

Get your forms here:
Sadie Hawkins dance permission form (for all Sobrato students)
Mardi Gras Guest Pass application (for all non-Sobrato student guests)

From the ASB Office:
Seniors may begin ordering their 2017 Graduation tickets and preferred parking tickets now in the ASB Office. Graduation tickets are limited to 10 for each graduate; the first five tickets are free and each additional ticket (up to five additional) are $5 each.  Additional tickets beyond the limit of 10 may be requested; if there are additional tickets available, they may be purchased on June 6th.  Free parking will be available to everyone; Preferred Parking tickets may be purchased for $10.   Order forms have been sent out electronically to each Sobrato senior. The deadline to order is graduation tickets and preferred parking tickets is April 21, 2017. Please contact the ASB Offce for more info.

After School Math Help!
Monday-Thursday 3:15 to 4:15 in Room C015
Staffed by a Sobrato math teacher each day.  Come and get help in any math subject.

From the Counseling Office:

  • Career Expo was a big event on campus! Thank you to all the students, staff, and parents who helped during this project. Plans are already underway for next year. Counselors will focus on student requests to ensure they get their presentation picks next year even if we have cancellations as was the case this year. Thank you again to everyone who helped during this year’s Career Expo.
  • Credit Recovery Classes – students taking credit recovery have a Spring due date to complete these courses. After school support is available on Tuesday and Thursdays in room C011 until 4:45pm. Please encourage all students taking these courses to track their time wisely over the next two months in order to receive credits needed for graduation or D clean ups.
  • Seniors, do not forget to complete your CSS Profile if you are applying for private schools that request it. All seniors should have completed their FAFSA by March 2, 2017 to be eligible for financial aid but it is not too late, you can still complete your FAFSA today, it will just not be considered in the priority round.
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors are steadily coming in. Students are welcome to visit David de la Cuesta for help with scholarships, their Naviance accounts, and to receive other scholarship opportunities.
  • Seniors that applied to four year colleges, please watch your emails and portals to make sure you meet all your deadlines for the colleges. Make sure you send your SAT and/or ACT scores to all of your schools by their deadlines. Check with your counselor if you need help:)
  • Juniors, start thinking about signing up to take the SAT and/or ACT in the new year. Most students try both tests to see which they prefer and then take their favorite 3 – 5 times to get a great score during their junior year. It is an important test for college admissions, make sure it is an accurate reflection of your knowledge!
  • Tutoring – is FREE in the library Monday – Thursday, from 3:15pm – 4:15pm.
  • Justice for All Award Contest – this writing contest is open to all students currently attending high school in Santa Clara County.  Three scholarships totalling $1800.00 will be awarded.  For more information about this contest, please send your students to Mrs. Atkins in the Counseling Center.

From the Sobrato Athletics Boosters:
Our next meeting is Monday, March 20th at 6:30 in the Library. Don’t’ miss this opportunity to provide input on the equipment, uniforms and other items your student’s teams need. Fundraising to follow.

Congratulations to the JV Softball team for winning the Circle of Champions Tournament in Salinas this past weekend. They beat Live Oak in the championship game. Way to go girls!

Come out and support your Bulldogs this week.

Don’t forget to buy your ticket to the South Valley Wine Auction, Athletic Boosters biggest fundraiser of the year. Come enjoy an evening of food, wine and fun, while supporting our athletics programs. http://www.southvalleywineauction.org

From the Sobrato Home & School Club:
Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 8:15 am in the conference room near the front office.  All are welcome, hope to see you there!

Do you shop at Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate to the Ann Sobrato Home & School Club every time you make a purchase? This service is called Amazon Smile and it’s very simple to sign up.

Click on our unique Charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3591962 to sign up your existing  Amazon Account. After that, just enter the Amazon site through SmileAmazon and you will be earning money for Sobrato’s Home & School Club. It couldn’t be easier!


From the Sobrato Music Association:

  • Join us for a District-wide band concert with performances by the Sobrato, Live Oak, Martin Murphy, Britton, JAMM bands. Admission is free.  Food items are available for purchase.  Enter a raffle drawing to win a weekend RV trip from Family RV!  Click here for more info.
  • Test drive a Ford and earn $20 for the Sobrato Marching Band! Saturday, March 25th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Click here for more info.

Career Expo Day Presenters:
THANK YOU to the wonderful volunteers from our Morgan Hill community who shared their time, knowledge and expertise with our students during the Second Annual Career Expo last Monday, March 6th!

       Aarian Davis – Medical Vets hospital
       Alaina Roberts – Business Operations and Planning Coordinator
       Albert Escobar – Animal Control
       Amer Safadi – Dentist
       Amy Jensen – Sakata Seeds/seed manager
       Amy Steinberg – Artist
       Bernice Aguilera – Social Services for at risk youth
       Bev Stenehjem – HR for Mission Bell Cabinetry
       Bill Murphy – Wildlife management
       Bob Benevento – Sales & Service Lobo Enterprises
       Brian Cooper – Rocket scientist
       Brian Dady – Field Service Engineer
       Brittney Sherman – MH Chamber of Commerce/Member & Community Relations Director
       Caitlin Jachimowicz – Lawyer, MH City Council
       Casino Fajardo – Construction Management
       Cassie Witthaus – Director of low income housing
       Christine Taylor – Chiropractor
       Christopher Broaddus – Vintner/wine maker
       Cinda Meister – Booksmart – business owner
       Cristen Bonz – Sakata Seeds
       Dan Newquist – R & P Financial Planning
       Dani Nelson – Cosmetologist
       David de la Cuesta – Small Business Owner
       Debbie White – VP, Human Resources and Administration
       Dharmendra Modha – IBM Chief Scientist
       Dillon Davis – Parks and Recreation
       Doug Klaus – Electrical Engineer
       Dwight Good – Fire Marshal
       Francine Giusti – Sakata Seeds
       Gene Guglielmo – Guglielmo Winery / Vintner
       Hannah Tool – Financial Journalism
       Jacqui Duong – Judge
       Janet Burbach – Santa Clara County Farm Bureau
       Jason Beach – Chef
       Jeff Brandon – MH Police Department and MHUSD SRO
       Jenna Spark – Santa Cruz sheriff – deputy
       John Anyosa – Program coordinator for youth mentoring
       John MacIntosh – Sales Computer Engineer
       Julie Willey – Electrical Engineer
       Justin Field – Cattle Rancher / Auctioneer
       Karen Stoneham – Artist
       Kathy Kinney – Insurance Agent/Owner
       Kathy Sullivan – Nurse
       Kimberly Beare – Communications
       Klein Nguyen – Coaching, presentation, building partnerships
       Kylie Carreras – Home Health Case Manager
       Lesley Miles and Charles Weston – Architect
       Linda Zimmer – Coldwell Banker / Real estate
       Marc Mullen – Water industry
       Maria Mancias – Elementary school teacher
       Mario Banuelos – SJ City planning
       Marty Cheek – Morgan Hill Life / Newspaper Editor
       Matt Van Dyke – Homeland Security FBI
       Michael Aliamus – Communications Engineer
       Mike Fisher – Facilities Manager
       Natalie Prcevski – Solutions Engineer Manager
       Nicole Yates – Police dispatch
       Patti Ansuini – Author
       Pete Solomon – Construction Foreman
       Peter Anderson – Principal Engineering Geologist
       Phong Do – Deputy Public Defender
       Rob Witthaus – Field Biologist
       Ryan Witthaus – Field Biologist
       Sgt Bryan Winterstein – USAF/ Cryogenics
       Sally Miller – State of California, Dept of Food and Ag
       Sean Knudsen – Firmware Engineer/Nevro
       Staff Sergeant Blas – Marine Corp
       Steven Rhoads – Senior Firmware Engineer
       Tim Paulus – The Ford Store

Upcoming Parent/Community Meetings:
Grad Night Committee – Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm in the Admin Conference Room
Sobrato Music Association – Monday, March 20 6:00 pm in the Band Room
Athletics Boosters – Monday, March 20 6:30 pm in the library
Home & School Club  – Tuesday, March 21 8:15 am in the Admin Conference Room

Be sure to check the calendar on our website for other upcoming events!
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