District-Wide Early Release
SISD will follow the early release schedule on Friday, December 19th. Please plan accordingly and ensure that your Raider is picked up on time. Buses will run on the early release schedule.

SES: 12:30 p.m.

SMS: 12:35 p.m.

 SHS: 12:45 p.m.


Winter Break, December 22nd - January 5th
SISD will be closed December 20th - January 5th in observance of the Christmas Holidays. Classes will resume at the regular time on Tuesday, January 6th. Buses will run on their typical schedule on January 6th.


SHS Students of the Month
Congratulations to the November students of the month:
Freshman - Jessa-Claire Miller
Sophomore - Priya Raju
Junior - John Bruszer
Senior - Sandra Cherian

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

Lady Raiders, Tournament Champs

The Lady Raiders basketball team competed in the Canton Tournament this past weekend and won the championship by defeating Canton, 48-32.
Bria Johnson and Grace Goodhart were both named to the all-tournament team. 
The JV team received 4th place in the tournament, as well.
Great job Lady Raiders! 

District 6-3A Football All-District 2014
Congratulations to this outstanding list of Raider Football players who have been named to the 2014 All-District Team! Awesome job, Raiders!
MVP - Abdul Khalaf
Newcomer of the Year - Trey Sterling        
Offensive Lineman of the Year - Wade Cookston
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Evan Adrian

                 Offense                     
2nd Team Quarterback - Patrick Spera
Honorable Mention Quarterback - Caleb McDill
1st Team Receivers - Lawson Ayo, Cash Goodhart
2nd Team Receivers - Colton Troutman
Honorable Mention Receivers -Taylor Wayne
2nd Team Tight End - Zander Thompson
1st Team Fulback - Conner Mears
Honorable Mention Fullback - Beau Bryant
1st Team Offensive Line - Caleb Beard, Jim Threet
2nd Team Offensive Line - Alex Cortez
Honorable Mention Offensive Line - Michael Sheveland
1st Team Kicker - Corey Crenshaw           

Defense
1st Team Defensive End - Baldwin Nweke           
2nd Team Defensive End - Ryan Bailey
Honorable Mention Defensive End -J ordan D'Silva
1st Team Outside LB - Hunter Allen, Conner Mears
1st Team Inside LB - Garrett Ferguson
Honorable Mention Inside LB - Curt Fitzgerald, Jose Castillo
1st Team Cornerbacks - Matthew Pettway           
2nd Team Cornerbacks - Mazen Radaydeh           
2nd Team Safeties - Joel Ennin 

Academic All-District
Joey Rosato
Lawson Ayo
Mazen Radaydeh
Patrick Spera
Cash Goodhart
Corey Crenshaw
Colton Troutman
Hunter Allen
Jon Ennin
Caleb Mcdill
Conner Mears
Curt Fitzgerald
Jose Castillo
Joel Ennin
Jason Vandiver
Abdul Khalaf
Zander Thompson
Beau Bryant
Jordan D'Silva
Evan Adrian
Caleb Beard
Michael Shevelend
Nolan Fansler
Jim Threet
Wade Cookston


13-14 SHS and SMS Yearbook Distribution 
SHS students will receive their 13-14 yearbooks during period 4B on Thursday, November 20th.

 SMS students will receive their yearbooks during lunch on Friday, November 21st. 


Alumni who wish to pick up their books must come to the school to do so (parents or siblings can also do this for them but they must do this in person or contact SHS to make arrangements to do so).

Please note that the school district will be closed for Nov. 24-28. Yearbooks will not be available for pick up during this time.

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Any student who feels that he or she should have received a book should email the following information to emily.vanek@sunnyvaleid.com:
1. Name, grade and contact information.
2. Receipt from your order or cancelled check from purchase (should be from 2014).


Are There Extra Yearbooks?

The yearbook staff has a very limited supply of extra 13-14 yearbooks. Parents or students who would like to order one may complete this form. These yearbooks will be distributed after WINTER BREAK in JANUARY and will cost $55.00 upon receipt of payment. Please click here to sign up for a possible copy of the book.

NHS Leads SHS in Annual Salute to Veterans 
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The SHS chapter of the National Honor Society honored local Veterans with their annual Veterans Day ceremony last week. The SHS campus paid tribute to over 50 veterans that the annual event, which was led with keynote speaker Mr. Travis Waddell.
 
Special thanks to NHS Adviser Kris Williams for her leadership of the event.



Fall Semester Exam Schedule
There will not be an open campus during this testing. Core classes do not have exemptions. 
Exam schedule may be viewed here.

SHS Students of the Month
Congratulations to the October students of the month:  
Bobby Abraham, Andrew Miller, Adriana Palomo and Kelsy Porsadoro.


Volleyball All-District Awards
Congrats to the following Lady Raiders:
Hitter of the Year - Kinsley Troutman
Blocker of the Year - Lauren Brown
Newcomer of the Year - Paige Hawkins
1st Team All-District - Leslie Berry, Caitie Wells
2nd Team All-District - Amanda Farr, Barbara Forman
Honorable Mention All-District - Cassidy Williams
Academic All-District - Leslie Berry, Amanda Farr, Lisa Evans, Lauren Brown, Barbara Forman, Caitie Wells, Paige Hawkins, Cassidy Williams


Raider Football: District Champs!
District champs 14
Congrats to the Raider football team on their outstanding 10-0 season! The team made history as they became the first SHS team to be named district football champions! We are so proud of our team and coaches!

Garage Sale BPA Donations Needed!
Thank you to all who have already given. We are still accepting donated items! If you have any questions, contact Jessica.le@sunnyvaleisd.com or Sachin George, the BPA President, at 469-236-9515
 
Who:  The SHS BPA! BPA stands for Business Professionals of America. 
 
What: Garage Sale Donations! We need donations that we can sell in a garagesale! You can donate any item such as clothes, money, toys, etc. 
 
When: ASAP! We will pick a date for the garage sale once we get enough donations, that’s why we need you!

Where: You can donate items in the front office, or you can contact Mrs. Le, the BPA Advisor, to come pick it up! You can contact her at Jessica.le@sunnyvaleisd.com

Why/Purpose: To fundraise for a competition that takes place on January 17th. It is $25 for each member to compete. There are 68 BPA members, so BPA needs $1,700 to compete! Help students kick off a career in business!


Be The Difference Maker
Please take a moment to check out Mr. Sterling's latest blog.

CHOIR FUNDRAISERS KICK OFF
SHS Choir is once again offering poinsettias for Christmas.  Please place your order here. Delivery will be sometime the second week of December.
 
Now: Raider Express Cards are here! Get yours for only $15 from a choir member!
Choir Express Card

FFA logo FFA News
Congrats to everyone who competed at the Winter Buckle.  
Kelton Starnes placed 4th with his market goat.
Nicole placed 5th with her market goat.
Brant Taylor placed 1st with his shorthorn heifer.
Kaily Graham placed 2nd with her shorthorn heifer.
Reid Finch placed 3rd with his shorthorn heifer.
Jake Geer placed 3rd with his red angus heifer. 
 

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS UPDATE
 

Alumni Panel Advises Seniors
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Alumni from the Class of 2014 advised the Class of 2013 about the ups and downs of going to college in a special program coordinated by the College and Career Center.
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 clark.mitchell@sunnyvaleisd.com.
  

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. 

 

Financial Aid Presentation: SHS will host a Financial Aid Presentation from a representative from University of Texas at Dallas (a general presentation, not one geared towards UTD, specifically). The presentation will be talking about the ins and outs of the Financial Aid Process. The presenter will be a great resource for parents and students to ask specific questions. The presentation will take place on Thursday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the SHS cafetorium.