Parent Newsletter

Ann Sobrato High School
October 14, 2019


Dates to Remember

  • Monday, October 14 – Friday bell schedule
  • Monday, October 14 – Naviance Parent Training, 6:00-7:00pm, Library
  • Wednesday, October 16 – PSAT bell schedule (click here)
  • Thursday, October 17 – The Great California Shakeout earthquake drill
  • Thursday, October 17 – Cash for College Workshop (@ LIVE OAK), 6:00-8:00pm, Live Oak Library (info)
  • Friday, October 18 – College Day bell schedule (click here)
  • Saturday, October 19 – 1st Quarter Report Cards posted to Aeries at 12AM
  • Monday, October 21 – Day of Respect bell schedule (click here) - learn about our keynote speaker here!
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday bell schedule (No Advisory class)
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Cash for College Workshop (@ SOBRATO), 6:00-8:00pm, Sobrato Library (info)


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In recent weeks' Advisory lessons we introduced our students to CharacterStrong, a curriculum designed to promote positive interactions and relationship skills.  The program's signature CharacterDare process puts students into action, challenging them to impact their relationships.  Each time a new student dare is announced, we will share it here in hopes you will discuss it with and/or model it for your child.  We also invite you to participate in a Family Challenge! 


  • Grade 9: "Small Moments" - See how many positive interactions you can make in between classes.  Include smiles, hellos, high fives, and compliments!  Be intentional to spread kindness throughout your school and make the passing time a place people feel welcomed and encouraged.
  • Grade 10: "Who Are You?" - Learn a new name and use it today. Taking the time to learn someone’s name and then using it when you see them is a simple yet powerful way to treat people like they are important and make them feel valued.
  • Grade 11: "Phonetiquette" - Each time you get a text or phone notification today, wait at least one minute before you respond and realize that you do not NEED to respond right that second. Manage your impulse to check right away. Be thoughtful in your responses. Take a minute to think about what your ideal self would say before you respond, or to pause before you post.
  • Grade 12: "Table Trash" - Near the end of lunch, go to a nearby table and offer to take anything that people are ready to throw away. Don’t throw away others’ food before they are finished, but offer to grab anything that is garbage. You can start with your own table. For an additional challenge, the next time you go out to a restaurant for a meal, clean up the entire table before the busser can come clean it for you.


"Take a Hike" - Search for hiking or walking trails in your area and pick one you haven't tried before.  Even if it's just walking around the block, get some family fresh air and keep technology or distractions at home.  See if your children want to come up with the topic or theme of the conversation while you walk.



College & Career Center News

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  • SENIORS - Scholarship support is available in the Counseling Office every Wednesday and Thursday.  Mr. de la Cuesta  can assist with any scholarship questions or searches you need help with on these days.  All students filling out the Ann Sobrato High School Common Scholarship Application can find it on Naviance and Sobrato's website.  Be ahead of the game - If you have a senior student, remind them to fill it out soon and make sure they've already asked for letters of recommendation.
  • College brochures and information arrive in the Counseling Office daily.  All students are welcome to visit and view these materials during normal school hours.  If your student is still considering various colleges, these materials might be your first step toward making a decision.



LAST CALL FOR OUR FALL TRAININGS!  Come learn how to use Naviance to support your student's college and career goals.

  • Monday, October 14 – Naviance Parent Training, 6:00-7:00pm, Library



Thursday, October 17 6:00-8:00PM Live Oak High School Library
Tuesday, October 22 6:00-8:00PM Sobrato High School Library

Please drop in anytime between 6:00-8:00PM.  The process will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.


If your student is planning to participate in a Winter sport, be sure to get their sports physical and complete the online registration before the end of the month.  Winter sports tryouts begin on Monday, November 4th.  Teams include Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Wrestling. In order to tryout, you must register in advance and upload your current & completed physical form on  Questions?  Contact the coach for your sports team or your Athletic Director Lawrence Crawford (408-201-6240 or 


Protocol for absences of 5+ days

Class attendance and participation is so important to student success and we appreciate your support in ensuring students are present and ready to learn. However, we understand that circumstances arise requiring students to be absent. When a student is absent 5+ days, a short-term independent study contract is issued. Last year, MHUSD transitioned to electronic contracts. Students are asked to notify the school office at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of a leave of absence of 5+ days. Although emergencies arise occasionally, 2 weeks’ notice whenever possible ensures the teachers have time to prepare assignments and fill out the contract. Thank you for your assistance! As a reminder, to be in good standing for extra-curricular privileges, a student must have a 90% attendance rate.


Since last spring, a section of our student parking lot has been blocked off as a result of damage to some of the solar panels.  Due to the high demand for school construction contracts in summer months, the work has been delayed and is scheduled to begin the week of October 21st.  Structural work will take a few weeks.  Please be aware that, during construction, some spaces may be unavailable in order to accommodate the steel and cement delivery trucks.  We appreciate our students' flexibility and safe driving around the construction area.

Student Enrichment OpportunitieS


SEMI High Tech U is a 3-day program (November 5-7) focused on teaching the fundamentals of electronics, statistics, solar technology, semiconductor manufacturing, microchip logic, and more.  Organizers are seeking 40 Bay Area students ages 15-17 who have the potential to do well in STEM-related careers and enjoy problem solving and working in teams. Deadline to apply at : October 21.  Click here for the flyer. Questions? Contact Michelle Cotta at 408-943-7989 or



The CABE Project 2 Inspire Fall sessions have begun and will continue through December. The sessions are for parents and cover the Educational System in the US, how to advocate for your child, how to guide your child to attend college, and provides leadership training as well.  It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to network.  MHUSD is hosting sessions at 5 sites at different times/dates.  ANY parent from any school can attend any of the sessions if interested.  Click here for the flyer.  ALL SESSIONS ARE IN SPANISH.  However, If there is enough interest to have sessions in English, more may be added in the Spring.  To indicate your interest in English sessions, please contact Sobrato Community Liaison Cheila Urbina at


Mr. Chambers and the Sobrato Marching Band & Color Guard had a busy weekend!  After keeping our crowd energized at Friday night’s football game, they competed in the Western Band Association’s Gilroy Garlic City Classic on Saturday and earned 2nd place overall in the Class 1A division and 1st place in percussion!  Check out their performance here and award ceremony here.  We wish them luck as they travel to San Francisco today to compete in the Fleet Week High School Band Challenge!


We were thrilled to be able to host our Homecoming football game under lights on Friday night, but it couldn’t have happened without a lot of effort.  Thanks to: MHUSD for their financial support, Athletic Director Coach Crawford for his persistence in finding an alternate portable light vendor when our contracted vendor backed out a couple of days before the game, and the MHUSD Maintenance team, AP Guinane, and Coach Gonzalez for assisting with the setup of the 15 portable lights and sound.  It takes a village!


The Homecoming Dance was an epic event!  Our gym was unrecognizable, transformed into a Hollywood-themed extravaganza complete with an outdoor sky spotlight, elegant ballroom decor, dessert buffet, chocolate fountains, and photo booth.  Congratulations to our Leadership students, ASB Director Ms. Rasley, and ASB Bookkeeper Ms. Baynes on the highest attended dance in Sobrato history - 600 guests!


Home & School Club



Upcoming Parent/Community Meetings

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  • Ag Boosters – Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00pm in Room E114
  • Home & School Club – Thursday, October 17 at 8:15am in Office Conference Room
  • School Site Council – Monday, October 21 at 6:00pm in Office Conference Room
  • Athletic Boosters – Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm in Library
  • ELAC – Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00pm in Room E108
  • Grad Night Committee – Monday, November 4 at 7:00pm in Counseling Office
  • Sobrato Music Association – Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00pm in Band Room

Be sure to check the Sobrato website and calendar for other upcoming events!

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