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Lynbrook High School  | March 2018

Dear Lynbrook Community,

It is March and we are well into the second half of the school year.  March is full with Job Shadow events, March Madness fun, state testing, junior prom, concerts, athletic events, and the steady stream of learning. April is an exciting and challenging month for seniors. It is college acceptance and rejection season. Parents, here is an article from Psychology Today Helping Your Child Deal With College Rejection & Acceptance that you may find helpful at this time. Spring Break is April 16-20, 2018. Every student should plan some downtime. May is packed with senior activities, summer and after high school planning, AP exams, and the final push toward finals. This year graduation is June 1. 

Guidance counselors are working with students to plan their classes for next year.  For more information on the course selection process, visit  the guidance department's web page with all of the dates and details.

Lynbrook is a dynamic environment of respect and achievement, where students and staff are hungry to learn about the world and strive to be better people. We want to be our best to make the world a better place for all. Take time to read about the highlighted events in this issue of the Viking Voice. There are links to articles that zero in on current issues our students and families may be facing.  

May your springtime blossom with new opportunities to grow and learn. 


Mrs. Maria Jackson

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced Test) March 26-30, 2018

Students and parent should understand that there is a link between high school testing and college readiness. (Click here for more information)

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments in English language arts//literacy and mathematics are March 26-30, 2018.  The CSUs will use the CAASPP results to determine a student's Early Assessment Program (EAP) status.   

  • CAASPP results that include EAP status are sent  in mid to late August.
  • EAP status for English and mathematics is located on the right side of the CAASPP Student Score Report. 
  • Students should review results and keep their CAASPP Student Score Report records in a safe place. Students may need to provide results to CSU admissions or participating CCC’s upon request.  
  • The CSU and CCC will automatically receive CAASPP results if students authorized the release of their results

IMPORTANT: In order for colleges to automatically receive CAASPP results, students must authorize the release of their results by marking the release button at the end of the CAASPP assessment for English language arts /literacy and math (the authorization must be done for each one separately. Students that mark the “Do No Not Release” option at the time of the assessments will be required to submit their results to the CSU or participating CCC at a later date.

Construction Update! Weight Room & Dance/Fitness Studio Field House Addition to be completed this spring

The first phase of building is almost complete. The new Weight Room & Dance/Fitness Studio will be completed in April.  A dedication ceremony is in the planning stages and the date will be announced soon. 

The new ASB Den and ASB office will be moved to room 006 and 005. Renovation will begin in April and the completion target is June 1.

The demolition of the cafeteria, quad and cove will begin in June after school is out.  For more about the construction at Lynbrook, click here. 

Events & News



Two LHS Seniors among 40 Regeneron STS Finalists

Rohan Mehrotra and Advait Patil attend the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13. Click here to view more.

Funky Monkeys Team 846 on to championships in Houston, TX

LHS @team846 Robotics win Hub City Regional! After the qualifying rounds, they placed fourth out of 42 teams. In eliminations, they teamed up with Team 1619, Up-A-Creek Robotics, and Team 4610, BearTecs, to defeat every opposing alliance. 

LHS Mock Trial moves on to State

LHS Mock Trial Team defeated Willow Glen HS in the final round of the Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Tournament on 2/13. They won the right to represent Santa Clara County in the State Finals to be held March 16-18 in Orange County.


One athlete. Two sports. One season.

A Herculean task? Absolutely. A hectic schedule? Definitely. But an impossible task? Not for these athletes, who have achieved the feat of playing two sports in one season. They all agree that with focus and dedication, they can tackle the barriers of homework, time management, family time and expectations.


Viking Wrestling wins championship

Lynbrook was awarded the SCVAL El Camino League Wrestling Championship on Saturday, February 10 at league finals. Kennedy Miedema moved on to State finals. David Heydinger, Hayden Ito, and Logan Stormo competed at CCS. 

14 Lynbrook students chosen for County Honor Band

Local music teachers, in order to promote and celebrate outstanding young musicians, founded the Santa Clara Honor Band in 1952. The following 14 Lynbrook students are among the 102 outstanding musicians in the county.

Shannon Liu,  Flute
Emily Du,  Flute
Eileen Tzng, Flute
Matthew Tran, Oboe
Kelly Lin, Bb Clarinet
Bill Zhu, Bb Clarinet
Davin Tjong, Euphonium
Jenny Wang, Bb Clarinet
Tiffany Tian, Bb Clarinet
Kiran Manikonda, Bb Clarinet
Iryl Tan, Bass Clarinet (principal)
Michael Yang, French Horn
Daniel Roh, Trumpet
Aaron Yen, Percussion

Girls Varsity Basketball has a great season

"After struggling to a 2-10 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League record only a year ago, the Vikings finished this regular season as SCVAL El Camino Division co-champions with Saratoga, as the two teams had identical 11-1 records. Lynbrook also ended the regular season with a five-game winning streak." (Read more in the Mercury News)

Big games from Lynbrook stars can't fend off Leigh

To say the Lynbrook High School boys basketball program is going to miss Andrew Destin and Andrew Chang next season is an understatement of major proportions. Together, the dynamic Vikings duo helped Lynbrook go further than it had gone in 18 years when it reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs last week.

Read about Lynbrook Drama's big wins at Lenea in issue 5!


Epic Issue 5, 2018

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Something to Think About

Researchers find cancer-causing chemicals in bodies of teen vapers

They're promoted as a safer way to use tobacco - e-cigarette use is called vaping - and as a way to quit smoking. But public health groups, the surgeon general's office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worry about evidence that vaping can get teens addicted to nicotine, and will lead them to smoking cigarettes.

How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping

Get Their Perspective Instead of leading with facts, consider starting with genuine curiosity. Setting judgment to the side, ask, "What's your take on e-cigarettes?" or "Do you know kids who are vaping?" or something along those lines. Finding out what adolescents already know and think about vaping, or any other hazardous behavior, does two things at once.

How Parents Can Help Kids Navigate the Pressures of Their Digital Lives

In the same way that different teenagers need different types of social support from their parents, they need different types of digital support, as well. If your teen seems irritable or overwhelmed by social media, pay attention to what specifically is causing those feelings.

Social support: The most overlooked self-care routine 

I began feeling pretty out of it when I was 18. I had just started college after moving away from a tight-knit friend group in my hometown and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I'd come back from class, stuff my face with junk while binge-watching Netflix, and consciously try to shut out the world.



How to Talk to Young People about Gun Violence and Mass Shootings

Note to Parents/Family Members Because the issue of gun violence and mass shootings is in the news so frequently, young people are aware of and talking about it, which makes it something critical to discuss. However, it is a sensitive, scary and potentially painful topic.

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