Message from the Principal Un Mensaje de Nuestro Director



Message from the Principal Un Mensaje de Nuestro Director
Winter 2013
Message from the Principal
Un Mensaje de Nuestro Director
“The qualities of a great man or woman are vision,
integrity, courage, understanding, the power of
articulation, and profundity of character."
~ President Dwight Eisenhower (1953)
“Las cualidades de un gran hombre o mujer son su visión,
integridad, valor, comprensión, el poder de articulación, y
profundidad de carácter." ~ Presidente Dwight Eisenhower (1953)
“Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our
insistence on hard work and personal responsibility,
are constants in our character.” ~ President Barack Obama (2013)
For 24 years, I served our community as history and political
science teacher. Events like the recent Presidential Inauguration
were always inspiring. Students and I would analyze a president’s
speech and compare it to addresses from former presidents.
I read an analysis of President Obama’s recent address that
identified key words in the president’s speech. People, time,
together, freedom, citizens, equal and journey were the words
used most often. The political analyst examined the meaning of
each word and the implications for our nation.
These words made me think of Aloha High School. What are
the key words for students, parents and teachers, as we define
our direction as a school and community? A book I am reading
provides a wise direction. How Children Succeed: Grit,
Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, authored
by Paul Tough, explores the role of schools in our society. The
author asks, “What are the most important skills we must nurture
within our children?”
Some educational experts point to intelligence, as measured
by standardized testing and academic achievement. Tough
counters that academic knowledge, though important, is
secondary to character traits such as grit, curiosity, perseverance
and self-control. If we accept Tough’s premise, it is imperative to
consider how we teach these character traits. There are no easy
answers but this is our mission.
This ideal necessitates a recipe including high academic
expectations, discipline, passionate teaching and opportunity
for all. It also requires a dynamic and supportive partnership
between families, local business and school personnel. We are
in the midst of a challenging journey. I am hopeful and confident
that our dedication to nurturing character traits within our young
people will help us realize the greatness articulated by Presidents
Eisenhower and Obama.
Thank you for your support and Go Warriors!
Ken Yarnell
“Nuestra celebración de iniciativa y empresa; nuestra insistencia
en trabajar duro y responsabilidad personal, son constantes en
nuestro carácter.” Presidente Barack Obama (2013)
or 24 años, eh servido a nuestra comunidad como maestro de
historia y ciencia política. Eventos recientes como la Inauguración
Presidencial eran siempre inspirador. Alumnos y yo estudiábamos
el discurso del presidente y lo comparábamos con discursos de
presidentes anteriores. Leí un análisis del discurso reciente del
Presidente Obama que identifica palabras claves de su discurso.
Personas, tiempo, juntos, libertad, ciudadanos, igualdad, y camino
fueron las palabras que uso con más frecuencia. El analista político
examino el significado de cada palabra y la implicación para nuestra
Estas palabras me hicieron pensar en la Escuela Preparatoria Aloha.
¿Cuáles son las palabras claves para nuestros estudiantes, padres
y maestros, mientras definimos nuestro camino como una escuela
y comunidad? Un libro que estoy leyendo da una dirección sabia.
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power
of Character (Como los Niños son Exitosos: Determinación,
Curiosidad, y el Poder Escondido del Carácter) por el autor Paul
Tough, explora el papel de las escuelas en nuestra sociedad. El
autor pregunta, “¿Cuáles son las habilidades mas importantes que
debemos alimentar dentro de nuestros niños?”
Algunos expertos en educación apuntan hacia la inteligencia,
medida por exámenes estandarizados y logro académico.
Contadores difíciles que indican que el conocimiento académico,
aunque importante, es secundario al los rasgos de carácter como
la determinación, curiosidad, perseverancia, y autocontrol. Si
aceptamos la premisa de Tough, es imprescindible tener en cuenta
la forma en que enseñamos estos rasgos de carácter. No hay
respuestas fáciles pero esta es nuestra misión.
Esté ideal necesita una receta que incluye expectativas académicas
elevadas, disciplina, enseñanza apasionada, y oportunidad para
todos. También requiere una asociación dinámica y de apoyo entre
familias, negocios locales, y el personal de la escuela. Estamos en
medio de un camino difícil. Tengo la esperanza y confianza de que
nuestra dedicación en alimentar estos rasgos de carácter dentro de
nuestros jóvenes nos ayudará a entender la grandeza articulada por
los Presidentes Eisenhower y Obama.
¡Gracias por su apoyo y Vamos Guerreros!
Ken Yarnell
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Westside Community Church
Creates Principal’s Care Fund
Westside Community Church donates $12,000 to AHS
Principal's Care Fund. This generous donation will be
used to help our families in need to cover costs relating
to ACT/PSAT and AP testing, college applications, AHS
activity and athletic fees and basic supplies to the AHS
pantry. Thank you to Gabe Kolstad, Mike Martindale,
Bruce Thom, Darren Harmon, Wallace Latimer and the
Westside Community congregation.
students by taking on many dares including dressing like
superheroes, getting a tattoo, singing karaoke, dressing
like a baby for the day, bleaching hair platinum and more.
Principal Yarnell pierced his ear completing the final dare!
In addition to the Dare to Care donations, Aloha
leadership students raised money by selling 100 holiday
trees, Warrior tree ornaments, and Dare to Care t-shirts!
Warriors brought in non-parrishable of food that went to
the families and to stock our AHS food pantry. Thanks to
the efforts of our student body, staff and many parents,
we were able to give a great holiday to our families as
well as some gifts to our own homeless teens. Thank
you to the Aloha Family and EVERYONE who gave of their
money, time and talents to make Holiday Sharing such a
Rose Festival Warriors
Best of luck to Jennilyn Vowell and Rachelle Youngs.
These two wonderfully accomplished young ladies are
finalist for the Westside Rose Festival Court. Aloha has a
strong tradition with the Rose Court since it was opened
up to Westside contestants. Jessica Hua served on the
Festival court in 2010 and Jasmine Osborn was a finalist
in 2012.
Freshman Elections
Winter Formal was a hit!
Warriors enjoyed a dressy evening in old Hollywood
style at the Bossanova Ballroom. Five hundred students
danced the night away to DJ OG ONE, played a variety
of games and took fabulous photos. As always, our
students represented themselves in Warrior fashion.
The staff of the ballroom said this was the classiest and
best high school event they had ever hosted. Way to go
Warriors! Thank you to AHS Leadership for their excellent
preparation and implementation of the event and to our
chaperones for being part of the successful evening.
January was an exciting month for the class of 2016.
Eight wonderful students ran for the offices of Freshman
President and Vice President. Candidates completed
a rigorous application process which included being
interviewed by an administrator, campaigning and
presenting their campaign speech to their classmates.
The eight candidates came from diverse backgrounds and
offered the student body an array of perspectives. The
campaign speeches were extraordinarily well thought out,
sincere and provided the freshman class an opportunity to
participate in the democratic process. Equally impressive
was the freshman audience who respectfully listened to
the candidates and thoughtfully cast their vote.
Warriers in the
$5500 for Dare to Care
Holiday Sharing was a huge
success! After a few weeks of
dares and donations, AHS Dare
to Care brought in $5500 for our
own homeless teens, 22 future
Warrior families and 3 Sparrow
families. Our staff inspired our
Congratulations to Freshman Class President Saitoti
Meekisho and Vice President Oralia Funez Mojica.
We are extremely proud of all of the candidates and
encourage them to continue to lead and influence others
at AHS for years to come.
Aloha High School • 18550 SW Kinnaman Road • Beaverton, Oregon 97007
Jam the Gym 2013
AHS Marketing jammed the AHS Gym with fun, pizza, posters and basketball. Jam the Gym is an annual contest
between cross town basketball rivals. This January our Warriors took on the BHS Beavers. The crowd had a
great time cheering on their Warriors in their green Jam the Gym t-shirts, eating Godfather’s pizza and watching
the Analanis and Cheer team performances. Gannon Hess won $250 in a shoot-out contest and a lucky winner
took home $65 in a 50/50 raffle. Although our Warriors played hard, the Beavers came out on top 47-39.
Thank you to Godfather’s Pizza for their sponsorship. Proceeds of the event go to fund the marketing class’ field
trip and business conference in Sun River.
Basketball Tradition
Do you have your Basketball poster yet? Stop by Marketing
or the Athletic Office for your copy. Thank you to Curt
Sell Designs for working with the marketing class and
basketball team in creating this popular keepsake. Nate
and Nick Christopherson,
Givon Green and David Choi
worked with our wonderful
community supporters: Ace
Hardware, Bales Thriftway, Les
Schwab Tires, Dr.s Samuel and
James Mattson, Oregon Photo
Art, Hans on Consulting, Acme
Construction & Supply Co. and
Best of Szechuan Restaurant to
support our basketball program.
Athletes of the Month
Congratulations to Justin Hua-Boys swimming and Katie
Newton-Girls basketball for being selected the December
Athletes of the Month!!!
Katie Newton - Girls Basketball
Katie Newton is a multi-talented
young lady. She is a three sport
athlete – soccer, basketball and
softball. This season she is averaging 10 points per
game and is the third leading scorer, our only senior,
a fierce competitor and a leader on and off the court.
Katie is an outstanding leader at AHS. She has played
an integral part in the Holiday Dare to Care program and
the successful Winter Formal. Katie is also an academic
leader participating in our vigorous marketing program,
AP classes and holds a 3.9+ GPA.
Justin Hua- Boys Swimming
Justin is a Junior and has come out this
year with a fire in his belly. He is swimming
with a mission in mind and letting nothing
hold him back. Last year Justin finished on
a high note and made the finals in the 200
Freestyle at the District meet. In that final
he beat his personal best by more than
4 seconds. A great way to end a season but he decided
he was going to start the new season with a vengeance.
He swam the first meet against Jesuit with incredible
intensity. He was determined to not let powerhouse Jesuit
intimidate him. Not only did Justin finish first in the 200
but he beat his last year’s best by more than 5 seconds.
He is using his leadership skills to motivate those around
him, especially his relay teammates. Justin’s will to prove
something to himself motivates those around him. In and
out of the pool Justin has a great work ethic and shows
constant improvement. He is an outstanding student with
an AP loaded schedule and carrying a 3.8 GPA. Justin is
a true Warrior.
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Athletic Achievements
Kiana Wood signed with Central Washington University.
She received a full ride softball scholarship to Central
Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. This is the very first
full scholarship that CWU has ever awarded. We are so
proud of her!
Aloha Lacrosse player Sam Klingsporn will begin his
college career as a Panther. Sam signed with High Point
University - a D1 private school in North Carolina. Well
done Sam!
Congratulations to Thomas Tyner for his selection to the
US Army All American Bowl on Saturday, January 5th 2013
in San Antonio, Texas. Thomas will start his college career
as a Duck at University of Oregon.
Warrior Wrestling
Kiana with Coaches Reynolds and Robinson
Congratulations to Brayden Kearsley for his selection
to the Semper-Fi All American Bowl presented by the
US Marines on Friday January 4, 2013 in Los Angeles,
California. Brayden declared his intent to play for Brigham
Young University in the fall.
The 2012-13 Aloha Warrior wrestling season is open and
the Warriors are off and running. The team started the
season by winning the Bill Mims Invitational at Centennial
High. That was followed up by a runner-up finish at the
Glencoe 10th Annual Tyler Smyre’s Invitational and a
3rd place finish in the 16 team Liberty Rumble. The
team finished with an over-all record of 6-3 at the tough
Northwest Dual Tournament and was 3-0 at the Aloha Dual
Challenge. The team season dual record is currently at 155. Great job Warriors. Our team will face rival Southridge
for the Metro League title. Come out and cheer us to
Scholastic Art Regional Awards
Silver Key Awards:
Aloha students did very well this year at the
Scholastic Art Regional Awards. Last year AHS was
honored with 10 awards. This year they received
36. Nine gold key students will be moving on to
nationals. This year around 10% of the students
who submitted in the region were honored with
awards. Gold key work will be shown in Portland
galleries next month. Keep an eye out on AHS
Aloha High School Facebook page for show
Ryan Doss - 1 digital art award
Jenna Rostad - 1 fashion award
Jenna Rostad - 1 sculpture award
Lauren Hurrle - 1 design award
Lauren Hurrle - 1 art portfolio award
Kariyma Murphy - 1 art portfolio award
Gold Key Awards:
Alyssa Baldwin - 1 photography award
Robert Chapman - 3 photography awards
J. Garmodeh - 1 design award
Nate Jackson - 1 drawing award
Kariyma Murphy - 1 design award
Sam Wrigglesworth - 1 art portfolio
Sam Wrigglesworth - 1 photography portfolio
Honorable Mention:
Alyssa Baldwin - 3 photography awards
Jared Cambell - 1 digital art award
Robert Chapman - 5 photography awards
Kiana Crossley - 2 photography awards
Ryan Doss - 2 designs & 1 digital art
Hannah Kaye - 1 painting award
Maggie Mackenzie - 1 photography award
Ruben Matias - 1 drawing award
Kariyma Murphy - 1 design award
Stephens Taranop - 1 photography award
Samantha Wrigglesworth - 1 drawing award
Darwin Mendyke - 1 drawing award
Aloha High School • 18550 SW Kinnaman Road • Beaverton, Oregon 97007
Into the Woods Coming in April!
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red
Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye?
A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed
characters in James
Lapine and Stephen
Sondheim's fractured
fairy tale. When a Baker
and his Wife learn
they've been cursed
with childlessness by
the Witch next door,
they embark on a quest
for the special objects
required to break the
spell, swindling, lying
to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and
Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish
is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of
their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous
results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the
style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson
about community responsibility and the stories we tell our
Marching Band
For their final competition of the season the Warrior
Marching Band traveled to Auburn, Washington. There
the band placed 4th overall, with sub scores of 2nd in
percussion and first in parade marching! In addition, the
band leaders Dacia Fugere and Vesper Stevens earned
"best drum major" awards!
Synergy ParentVue coming in February!
ParentVue is a web portal that allows parents and guardians
to view their student’s calendars, attendance, schedules,
report card, school information, emergency contacts and
other information. Other features such as conference
information and course history will be available next
school year. Gradebook access will also be available next
school year.
ParentVue can be accessed from any Internet connected
device with a current web browser. Apps for both iOS and
Android smartphones are available. The ParentVue portal
will be activated in February 2013. Access to ParentVue
requires a username and password, which parents/
guardians set up with an Access Code. Welcome letters
containing the Access Code will be emailed to parents/
guardians by February 26, 2013.
Stand For Children Beaverton
Chapter Kick-off
The Stand for Children Beaverton Chapter will host a kickoff event on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
at Beaverton High School's lower cafeteria, 13000 SW
2nd St., Beaverton. Stand for Children is a grassroots
membership lobby whose mission is to ensure that all
children, regardless of their background, graduate for
high school prepared for, and with access to, a college
The only chance to prevent unacceptable cuts is for
parents and community members to take action, both
locally and in Salem, and improve the funding prospects
for the next several years. To learn more about how you
can help, join Stand for Children at the Beaverton chapter
kick-off. For more information, visit or
contact Emily Nazarov at [email protected] or 503-5608893.
SAVE THE DATE: Budget Listening & Learning
Session - February 12, 2013
Please join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:30
p.m. at Beaverton High School in the commons, 13000
SW 2nd St.., Beaverton for a District Budget Listening &
Learning Session.
The session will include opening remarks by Superintendent
Jeff Rose and a Budget and Funding Update by Chief
Financial Officer, Claire Hertz, and a panel will answer
questions from the audience. For meeting information
and budget updates, please visit
The Beaverton School District recently experienced
a painful round of layoffs and transfers that created
challenges for our students and teachers. Unfortunately,
the most recent state funding forecasts for the upcoming
biennium will force the District to make further cuts that
will impact our kids' education even more severely than
Aloha High School • 18550 SW Kinnaman Road • Beaverton, Oregon 97007
Noche de Información
Importante Para
Familias Latinas
14 de Febrero de 2013
Escuela Preparatoria Westview
6:00-8:45 pm
Todos los padres y estudiantes de primarias,
secundarias y preparatorias están cordialmente
invitados. Información sobre Recursos Comunitarios
y Escolares, acerca de la universidad, cómo obtener
ayuda financiera y becas para la Universidad,
actividades y mucho más.
¡Habrá cuidado de niños (por favor sólo niños
de 2 años en adelante) y un pequeño refrigerio!
Por mas información: Ana Bermudez Santos
(503) 259-5227 o Maria Rubio (503) 591-4643
Latino Parent Night
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Westview High School 6:00-8:45 pm
Parents of Elementary, Middle and High
School students are welcome.
The night will begin with an extensive
resource fair and include workshop
sessions on a variety of topics. All
information will be in Spanish.
Snacks and Childcare Ages 2+ provided!
Information contact: Ana Bermudez
Santos (503) 259-5227 or
Maria Rubio (503) 591-4643
Dates of Interest
Latino Dance 8:00 pm
Winter Sports Dessert 6:00 pm
Progress Reports
Sprint Concert 7:00 pm
Booster Club 7:00 pm
First day of 2nd semester
511th Grade College
Planning Night @ WHS
7:00 pm
12BSD Budget Listening
Session @ BHS 6:30 pm
Spring Choir Concert 7:00
No School - Presidents Day
19Academic Planning Night
6:30 pm
Booster Club Meeting
7:00 pm
19-20Autotech – Mandatory parent
meeting and placement exam
7:00 pm
Choir Concert 7:00 pm
25-29 Spring Break
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