State Bound!
Regional Semifinalists
Congratulations to the Lady Raider basketball team on their wins against Winnsboro and Alba Golden in the regional tournament!

The girls 3A state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The

 Lady Raiders will take on the Rockdale Tigers on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets will be on sale at the Sunnyvale Schools Building (administration - 417 E. Tripp Road)  Tuesday March 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be sold for $12 each.  The winning team will play in the final game on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

 There will be a spirit send off for the team on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at SHS.  We encourage our community to come out in support for this send off celebration. 

 The RABC spirit trailer will be open on Tuesday morning at the football stadium from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Cash or checks only will be accepted.

Congratulations Lady RAIDERS!


Varsity Boys' Soccer Game Rescheduled
The boys' soccer game scheduled for Saturday, February 28th vs. Community has been cancelled.
The match is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 3rd at 5:30 p.m. 

 Please be sure to mark your calendars for the very important 8th Grade Parent meeting on March 4th at 6:00 in the high school cafeteria. 
The Course Description Guide for next year's Ninth Grade students can be viewed here
for all who are interested in looking though the ninth grade course offerings.
If you have any question, please contact Mrs. Reynolds at the high school.

Play-off T-shirt Information
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Play-off T-shirts are on sale for $15.  Stop by SHS office or pick one up from Mrs. Coach Softley.  Adult and kids sizes while supplies last.

Project Graduation clip art Project Graduation Kicks Off for Class of 2015

Sunnyvale High School has joined with high schools across the nation in helping to keep our students safe following graduation by participating in Project Graduation, a nation-wide initiative. This event is affiliated with, and endorsed by Sunnyvale ISD. The event is entirely coordinated and sponsored by parent volunteers.

How is Our Community Taking Part?

Sunnyvale parents and community members sponsored the first Project Graduation for the Class of 2011. Each graduating class' parent committee has expanded on the foundation they set. The event is slated to occur at Bowl-a-Rama in Rowlett from 11:00 p.m. to 5 a.m. on June 5th- graduation night. We feel students will embrace the opportunity to make a conscious decision to eliminate alcohol from their graduation celebration. We, as a school district, want to encourage those commitments. 

For information on how YOU can help, please click here. For further information on Project Graduation, please click this link.

Project Prom

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Attention SHS Parents:  Have Coffee with Mr. Sterling
Mr. Sterling has "Coffee with the Principal" each Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. Any SHS parent is welcome to come and meet with him. 

Band Members Achieve at Solo and Ensemble Competition
Congratulations to the following Raider Pride Band and Strings members who performed at the UIL Region 3 Solo and Ensemble competition recently:

Sophie Deshazo, Flute Solo, 1st Division Rating
Aleah Fredrickson, Flute Solo, 1st Division Rating
Sophie Hanson, Flute Solo, 1st Division Rating
Ashley Rivera, Flute Solo, 1st Division Rating
Vivian Tang, Oboe Solo, 1st Division Rating and State Qualifier
Ruby Cherian, Clarinet Solo, 1st Division Rating
Michael Flores, Clarinet Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Claire Salser, Clarinet Solo, 1st Division Rating
Mitchell Belz, Alto Saxophone Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Seth Fredrickson, Alto Saxophone Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Andrew Miller, Alto Saxophone Solo, 1st Division Rating
Elise Norlie, Alto Saxophone Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Kelsey Pormasdoro, Alto Saxophone Solo, 1st Division Rating
Margaret Dasari, Baritone Saxophone Solo, 1st Division Rating
Mixed Clarinet Quartet, Matt Le, April Pate, Claire Salser, Jacob Miller, 1st Division Rating
Mixed Clarinet Quartet, Michael Flores, Jacob Miller, Kayla Pormasdoro, Vinni Swad, 1st Division Rating
Saxophone Quartet, Gabrielle Allen, Mitchell Belz, Margaret Dasari, Nicholas Nguyen, 1st Division Rating
Saxophone Quartet, Margaret Dasari, Seth Fredrickson, Andrew Miller, Austin Norsworthy, 1st Division Rating
Woodwind Quintet, Ruby Cherian, Justin Collins, Sophie DeShazo, Lilly Kirby, Vivian Tang, 2nd Division Rating
Saxophone Trio, Nicholas Nguyen, Elise Norlie, Kelsey Pormasdoro, 1st Division Rating
Flute Choir, Sophie DeShazo, Aleah Fredrickson, Sophie Hanson, Arianna Lopez, Haley McDermett, Ashley Rivera, 1st Division Rating
Daniel Marino, Trumpet Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Lincoln Fitzgerald, Horn Solo, 1st Division Rating
Ryan Green, Horn Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Lilly Kirby, Horn Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Paul Baker, Trombone Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Brass Sextet, Paul Baker, Alan George, Daniel Marino, Kali McDermett, Jack Moore, Adriana Palomo, 1st Division Rating
Brass Sextet, Clayton Beard, Lincoln Fitzgerald, Eric Kantorek, Aiyeem Kelton, Grayson Hawkins, Tai Tran, 2nd Division Rating
Brass Sextet, Mitchell Belz, Jacob Bradford, Ryan Green, Grayson Hawkins, Logan Jacobs, Mitchell Schlegel
Nyssa Kantorek, Marimba Solo, 1st Division Rating
Joel Philip, Marimba Solo, 2nd Division Rating
Percussion Ensemble, Ryan DeShazo, Jimmie Henson, Jacob Clements, Lydia Phillips, Michael Marino, 1st Division Rating
Percussion Ensemble, Josh Alder, Joel Philip, Nyssa Kantorek, Dayne Ramirez, Colton Nash, Zander Thompson, Matt Flores, Le-Minh Pham, 1st Division Rating
Lydia Phillips, Violin Solo, 1st Division Rating and State Qualifier

SHS Powerlifters Place in North Forney Meet 
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Congratulations to the girls' powerlifting team who competed in North Forney this past weekend. Adrienne Kellogg won her weight class with a total of 545 lbs.
 In men's powerlifting, Wade Cookston took 2nd place lifting a 1, 605 lb. total. This broke the Sunnyvale record and qualified Wade for the state powerlifting meet.  Congrats, Wade!
Cody Coldwell placed 5th in his weight class with a total of 1,195 lbs.


TMEA All-State Choir Members
Congrats to:
Senior, Miriam Easo
Sophomore, Jadee Hankins
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They have been selected to the inaugural Small School Choir, conducted by Z. Randall Stroope.  This group will perform at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February.

Six Named to All-State Band
Congratulations to the following Raider Pride Band members, who were d to the ATSSB All-State band on Saturday January 10th, at the area auditions at Argyle High School:  

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Ruby Cherian, 12th grade Clarinet, 3rd time placement Concert Band
Kelsey Pormasdoro, 9th grade Alto Saxophone, 1st time placement, Concert Band
Jimmie Henson, 11th grade Percussion, 2nd time placement, Concert Band
Daniel Marino, 11th grade Trumpet, 2nd time placement, Concert Band and Jazz Band
Margaret Dasari, 12th grade Baritone Saxophone, 1st time placement Jazz Band
Ryan DeShazo, 11th grade Percussion, 2nd time placement Jazz Band.
These students will be going to San Antonio on February 11th-14th to represent SHS at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.  This is the highest level of achievement for band students across the state of Texas.

DeShazo Named to Prestigious Drum and Bugle Corps

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Congrats to Raider Pride Band percussionist Ryan DeShazo. Ryan recently auditioned for the renowned Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in anticipation for the 2015 DCI (Drum Corps International) season. Based in Austin Texas, Genesis has won the bronze medal in open class competition for the past two years. Ryan will be playing snare drum for the Genesis drumline this year and will be traveling nearly 10,000 miles during the summer, with 18 competitions across the United States. This is a high honor as Ryan is the first Sunnyvale Band member to make one of the DCI groups which are comprised mostly of college and high school talent. Congrats, Ryan!

SHS History Day Results 
Congratulations to the SHS students whose projects placed in the SHS History Day presentations.  The presentations earning 1st and 2nd place will advance to the regional history competition. Representatives from Texas A&M Commerce and Eastfield College judged the projects and awarded the following:
First Place:
--Documentary, Jackie Robinson:  A Game Changing Legacy 
Leah Jeemon, Lydia Philip, Maysa Mustafa, Ben Philips 
--Exhibit, The Legacy of the Boston Tea Party
Bismi Kurien, Kezia Mathai, Thien Nguyen, Michael Wartberg 
--Performance,  The Leadership and Legacy of Nixon and Kent State
Madison Armstrong, Blanca Paloma, Michael Paul Flores, Kristen Schabel, Alex Hanson 
--Website, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone: The Legacy of Women's Suffrage
Josna Gigi, Angel Alexander, Rachel Joseph, Christin Sajan 
2nd Place:
--Exhibit, The Hudson River School: Leading an American School of Art
Alina Vanphayboun 
--Website, The Statue of Liberty Legacy
Denissa Babu, Shelmy Thachet, Natalie Hanson, Sachin George
Honorable Mention:
--Exhibit, Madam C.J. Walker
Julie Nguyen, Grayson Hawkins, Lisa Evans, Kim Nguyen
--Exhibit, The Legacy of Jack the Ripper 
Jared Priolo, Allison Burton, Michael Shevland, Madison Rawlinson, Stephanie Figueroa, Anthony Purl
--Performance, Corrupt King Henry
Carley King Adrienne Kellogg, Brant Taylor, Taylor Wayne, Bria Johnson,  Maddie Collins
--Website, The Impact of the Assembly Line 
Bailey Miller, Jessica Dewey, Malorie Layton, Nicholas Nguyen, Gabrielle Allen

Reflections Entries Advance to Regionals
Congratulations to Chaeni Shin whose Reflections visual arts entry received the Award of Excellence and advanced to the regional-level judging level. 

SHS Band Members Make All-Region
On Tuesday, December 8th, 2014, SHS Band members auditioned at Kemp HS for the ATSSB Region 3 Band and area qualifying contest. The Raider Band had an amazing showing for Sunnyvale with 33 students making region and an incredible 22 area qualifiers.  These 22 band members will move up to area auditions at Argyle HS on January 10th, 2015.  Congratulations, Raider Band!
Sunnyvale HS Region Band Members and Area Qualifiers
Sophie Deshazo, 5th Flute Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Sophie Hanson, 2nd Flute Concert Band
Vivian Tang, 1st Oboe Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Ruby Cherian, 1st Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Michael Paul Flores, 4th Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Matthew Le, 4th Clarinet Concert
Jacob Miller, 10th Concert, Area Qualifier
April Pate, 13th Clarinet Concert
Kayla Pormasdoro, 9th Alto Sax Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Claire Salser, 5th Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Vinni Swad, 3rd Bass Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Mitchell Belz, 3rd Alto Sax Concert Band
Seth Fredrickson, 3rd Alto Sax, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Nicholas Nguyen, 4th Alto Sax Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Elsie Norlie, 2nd Alto Sax Concert
Kelsey Pormasdoro, 2nd Alto Sax, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Gabrielle Allen, 3rd Tenor Sax Concert
Margaret Dasari, 1st Bari Sax, Symphonic, Bari Sax ATSSB All State Jazz Band
Logan Jacobs, 5th Trumpet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Daniel Marino, 1st Trumpet Symphonic, Trumpet ATSSB All State Jazz Band
Kali McDermett, 5th Trumpet, Concert 
Lincoln Fitzgerald,  6th Horn, Concert, Area Qualifier
Lilly Rivera, 1st Horn Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Paul Baker, 1st Trombone Concert, Area Qualifier
Jacob Bradford, 3rd Trombone Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Jack Moore, 2nd Trombone, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Grayson Hawkins, 4th Euphonium Concert, Area Qualifier
Tai Tran, 5th Euphonium Concert, Area Qualifier
Alan George, 6th Tuba Concert
Jacob Clements, 2nd Percussion Concert, Area Qualifier
Jimmie Henson, 5th Percussion Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Michael Marino, 1st Percussion Concert, Area Qualifier
Lydia Phillips, 7th Percussion Concert
Ryan DeShazo, 1st Chair Drumset, ATSSB All State Jazz Band

FFA logo FFA News
Congratulations to the FFA and Jr. FFA members in their impressive showing at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  The following students placed with their rabbits:
--Bailey Gleaves-1st with her Broken Holland Lop Sr. Doe
--Dylan McKay-4th with his Solid Holland Lop Jr. Buck
--Molly Moss-1st with her Otter Netherland Dwarf Sr. Doe, 2nd place with her Black Netherland Dwarf Sr. Buck
--Sara Quintero-8th with her Solid Holland Lop Jr. Buck
--Maria Ray-1st with her Red Mini Rex Sr. Doe
--Lari Jo Westwood-2nd with her Otter Netherland Dwarf Sr. Doe
--Brantly Baker-3rd with his Solid Holland Lop Jr. Buck
--Katelyn Carter-1st with her Opal Rex Jr. Buck, 1st with her Opal Rex Jr. Doe, 3rd with her Broken Mini Rex Sr. Doe
--Karis Finch-1st in class with her Broken Holland Lop Jr. Buck
--Kylie Foster-1st place with her Japanese Harlequin Sr. Doe, 1st place Magpie Harlequin Sr. Buck, 1st place Magpie Harlequin Jr. Doe, Harlequin Best of Breed, Harlequin Best Opposite of Breed, 1st place Otter Netherland Dwarf Sr. Buck, Netherland Dwarf Best of Group, Netherland Dwarf Best of Breed, 1st Runner up Best of Show (beating more than 800 rabbits.)
--Colby Tyndall-3rd with his Solid Holland Lop Sr. Doe 


ACT / SAT Mock Exams:
SHS will be offering mock exams for the ACT & SAT. Please click on the link to learn more information about the mock exams. Students can register for one or both if they would like to. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mitchell. Click the link to sign up for the mock exams (

Test Dates:
SAT - February 25th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ACT - April 11th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost - $10 per mock exam

2015 College Tour Bus Trip:
Save the date for the 2015 College Tour Bus Trip, June 8th - 10th. More information will be coming in the near future.
PrepMe Test Prep:  We have a great resource available to all students at Sunnyvale High School to assist students as they prepare for standardized exams. We received a SEF Grant for PrepMe software in Naviance. PrepMe is a test prep program that students can use as they prepare for the ACT and SAT exams. Students can use the PrepMe program multiple times for ACT or SAT throughout the year. I have attached a document on my website that will help you complete the steps to get started with your test prep process. This is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of, and we are excited to offer this program to all high school students.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mitchell at

Scholarships: The list of scholarships has been updated in Naviance. Please take the time to check out the scholarship list and see if you qualify for any.