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YLHS 10th Anniversary Photos

At the end of second period today, students and staff took a photo in celebration of the 10th anniversary of YLHS. Click to see the student and staff photos! Help us celebrate a decade of running with the STAMPEDE! Go Mustangs!!
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Yearbook Senior Ads Discount until October 23rd

Would you like to purchase a senior ad for your graduate? Early bird specials are now taking place until October 23rd. Senior Ads must be turned in by December 18, 2018. Space is limited. Don't miss out. If you have any questions, please contact The Yearbook Company at 951-274-9561. Click for a handout with details.
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Welcome Back Message from Principal Flynn

Dear “Mustang” Families. Welcome to the 2018-19 school year and the celebration of Yorba Linda High School’s 10th anniversary. The district and school site staff have been preparing the welcome back 1850 students on Tuesday, August 28th.  All students should start arriving about 7:20 a.m. to pick up their current class schedules in the center quad and move to 1st period before the bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  There will be no “zero” period class on Tuesday. ----click above to continue reading----
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YLHS 10yr. celeberation

Did you know we are celebrating " A Decade of Running With The STAMPEDE!!"

August 28 - Opening Day Picture
October 19: 10 year Ceremony AM
October 19: All-Class Gathering at Homecoming Game
December 10: Happy Bday YLHS Lunch Celebration!!
March: YL WASC Challenge
June: YL Graduation!
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Gradnight 2019 Fundraiser, Panda Express, Tuesday, August 14th

Hi Mustang Families! Please come out and support Grad Night 2019 at Panda Express on Tuesday, August 14th from 10:00am to Close. Dine in or take out, just present the attached flyer and Panda will donate 20% of your transactions to our cause! Every little bit will help our seniors have a fun, safe and memorable grad night! Thank you for your support!!
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YLHS Graduation Ceremony now on YouTube

Mustang Families! Our 2018 Yorba Linda High School graduation ceremony is now posted on YouTube. This is our "preliminary" lower-quality version of the ceremony. PYLUSD District employees will be providing a higher quality version over the next few days that we will post in place of this version. Thank you to the dedicated district employees who worked countless hours to make this seven-camera, social media-enhanced version of our 2018 graduation possible.
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YLHS Graduation Live Stream

A reminder that our graduation live stream is less than three days away. This year, the live stream will feature a raised platform for graduates, multiple cameras, and live social media postings. This should be by far our best live stream yet. Click on the title above for a link to the Live Stream page, and remember to use the hashtag #YLHSGRAD2018 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
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Theater Honored at the Spirit of Macy Awards!

At the Spirit of the Macy Awards, Yorba Linda High School's students received 18 individual trophies, 5 medals, and 2 Show Awards! Hello, Dolly! was one of 22 schools asked to perform at the awards ceremony and was fortunate enough to win "Performance of the Day." The casts competed against 55 other high schools in Orange County. The students also won the Starlight Award, which is the award for "a school that showcases itself by bringing to life the story through wonderfully crafted characters and classic musical storytelling." Click for more information.
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AP Students Survey Results

This year, over 900 students took the annual AP Student Survey. Click for a summary of the results from that survey. This information is designed to assist potential AP students in making good choices with regard to AP courses. Thank you to all AP students and teachers who made this survey a success.
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Senior Awards Belated Wrap Up

Senior Awards 2018 - was a terrific event recognizing over 200 of our seniors for earning $5.1 million dollars in scholarships and grants. 76 students were recognized with department awards. Pictured are Mustangs of the Year 2018 - Mikayla Buscaino and Nathan Yi. Click for a list of our 2018 award winners.
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Student, Parent, and Staff Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017-2018 YLHS student, parent, and staff surveys conducted in April 2018. Click to read the summary results for all three surveys. School staff and administrators will be using the results from these surveys to assist in planning for the upcoming school year, to spotlight areas of improvement, and to help in writing our future WASC report. Click for results!
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Culinary Arts Fundraiser, Breakfast Burritos for the Staff

Today, was Culinary Arts breakfast burrito day for our staff! For the low price of $6.00, Culinary Arts teacher Jenny Messick and her students provided customized breakfast burritos, a beverage, and a yogurt parfait desert. Staff were treated to excellent food by these talented students! Click for photos from the event.
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YLHS 2018 Graduation Staging Upgrades

Big news! The entire "visual" system at Shapell Stadium is being upgraded for graduation, including the addition of I-Mag video screens, 16" elevated side-stages for students to receive their diplomas, multi- camera live stream (that we will archive on YouTube for later viewing), customized stage backdrop for each school, etc. The district has really upped their game to deliver an improved graduation experience for our Mustang families. Click for more info!
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7th Annual YLHS Art Show, Wednesday May 23rd, 6 to 8pm

If you like artwork, you won't want to miss this. The 7th annual YLHS Art Show opening night reception will be Wednesday, May 23rd from 6pm to 8pm. See student artworks in the areas of Animation, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Pottery, and Graphic Design. Come join us as we admire excellent student artworks!
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Building Resilient Families

Yorba Linda High School has partnered with the Orange County Health Care Agency to provide transition support for all 9th grade students and families. Tonight, May 10th, from 6-7p.m., you are welcome to attend an interactive presentation and discussion on Building Resilient Families. Parents will learn about how stress can impact the family and the importance of open communication and problem solving, firm boundary-setting, and connecting with their teenager despite life's busy schedules and demands. Hope to see you tonight in our school's library! Click for more information.
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YLHS Wins US News Silver Award for 2018

Once again, YLHS was voted among the nations best high schools for 2018 by US News and World Reports. YLHS was among the top 1,000 high schools in the nation (#976), among the top 200 high schools in California (#168), and the #1 high school in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District! Click for a link to our district page on the US News website. You can then click on "Yorba Linda High" for our detailed profile information. Congratulations to students, staff, parents, and our entire Mustang family.
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YLHS Jazz Band Shines at Reno Jazz Festival

Mustangs!   Wanted to let you know how proud I am of the jazz band kids!!   The YLHS Jazz 1 band came in 3rd in their division out of 18 bands from all around the US, Canada, & Australia who were in attendance at the International Reno Jazz Festival!   Solo awards went to Michael Frelly, Trumpet; Natalie Suvarnashuddi, Alto Sax; Jessica Gutierrez Tenor sax; & Nathan Sakaria Bari Sax.  We also took some time to visit Manzanar (Japanese-American Relocation Camp from World War II).   Like Always kids represented Yorba Linda High Very Well!   Go mustangs!!   --Mr. Garcia
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YLHS Track Athletes Sign To Colleges

Hello Mustangs, I wanted to share some exciting news. Two of our track athletes, Sarah Heckel and Lauren O'Banion, have signed to continue their athletic careers at the next level. Sarah will be competing for Boston College in the fall, while Lauren will take her talents to the University of Utah. If you have either of these ladies in class or see them on campus, please congratulate them for their hard work and achievements. --Mr. Gomez
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Staff, Student, and Parent Surveys, now through April 20th

Mustang families. Now through Friday, April 20th, we are having our annual YLHS Staff, Student, and Parent surveys. This is your opportunity to help make our school a better place for everyone. Results of this survey are used for our WASC accreditation report and by our school leadership team. Staff and Students should have already received a survey link in their PYLUSD Gmail. Parents and guardians will receive a survey link using their Aeries email address by 3:00pm April 10th. Please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this important survey. Please contact deliot@pylusd.org with any questions or issues. Your opinion matters!
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YLHS Students Design Yorba Linda Days Car Show T-Shirt

Please help me congratulate Alfredo Apolinar and Eloïse Barret Legrand who were recognized at the Yorba Days Car Show this past Saturday. They designed and produced the t-shirts for the car show participants. They worked directly with Solesbee auto crafts and Monticreative to showcase their screen printing skills.
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Baseball Team Hosts Placentia Pony Champions League

Hello Mustang Families. Once again I am very proud of our baseball players and had to share... This past Sunday we held our annual baseball game with the Placentia Pony Champions League. The PPCL is made up players with disabilities who love to play baseball. What a blast it was for all to host these players again. This Sunday reminded us that baseball is "just a game." I hope you enjoy just a few pictures. Coach Matt Stine.
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All PYLUSD schools are open, including YLHS

From the PYLUSD Website:

"On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) administrators were made aware of a series of rumored social media threats. Immediately following, District administrators contacted local law enforcement, who then swiftly launched a thorough investigation.

Late Thursday evening, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) determined that there are no credible threats to any PYLUSD school. All PYLUSD schools are open and will observe their respective, normal schedules today, March 9, 2018. Please disregard any sources stating otherwise."
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Song Places at Nationals in both Anaheim & Orlando!

Song does it again! Congratulations to varsity song for their terrific showing at NDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. The team was a finalist in both the pom and jazz categories, and they ended up placing 4th in jazz. This was YLHS's first time ever attending this competition, and finished 4th place competing against the top teams from all over the country. Great job Mustangs!
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Mock SAT/ACT test March 24th

To get you ready for your upcoming SAT/ACT, Yorba Linda HS PTSA and C-2 Education are joining force to have our last Mock test of the year on March 24, 2018. The cost is $20.00 Click for a flyer.
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PYLAA Annual High School Art Competition

Congratulations to the winners in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Art Association (PYLAA) annual high school art competition. Students are in my AP Studio Art - Drawing/Drawing & Painting class. Students are; Fiona Hsu - First Place, Camey Liu - Second Place, Natalie Zhou - Third Place, Krystal Mejia - Honorable Mention, Zachary Nimomiya - Honorable Mention. Please offer your congratulations if you see them! --Mrs Carson
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Future Business Leaders of America

YL FLBA Rocks at Competition! Yorba Linda High School Future Business Leaders of America have represented YLHS at various competitive conferences, coming away with achievements that will make all Mustangs proud. On February 10th 2018, 33 members of our chapter competed in events such as Introduction to Business, Business Communications, Economics, Impromptu Speaking, Public Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Global Business and more. Click for a list of all the students that placed in the top 10 in each of their events.
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National Merit Finalists

Yorba Linda has 2 National Merit Finalist, Shawyun Foroushani and Melody Tang.
Out of 1.6 million students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT, only 15,000 were selected as finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program determines approximately 7,500 Finalist who will receive scholarship offers. Congratulations YLHS Mustangs Shawn and Melody for your academic excellence!
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Mustang Business Academy Applications Due Feb.16th!

Yorba Linda High School's Mustang Business Academy applications are due tomorrow! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hai at shai@pylusd.org or 714-986-7500 extension 14511. Click for more information on how to apply for the Mustang Business Academy pathways.
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Academic Decathlon (OCAD) Awards

Congrats to the 2017-2018 YLHS Academic Decathlon team on a great season! The Mustangs worked hard and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Click to view our award winners.
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Science Olympiad Shines!

Congrats to YLHS Science Olympiad on a successful season! We earned the 2nd most medals. Blake Han and Yihong Sun earned a 5th place medal in the Helicopter event and Dhruv Chaddah and Ryan Lowery earned a 5th place medal in the Optics event.
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Graduation Order Day, Thursday February 8th

Graduation Order Day! Thursday, February 8th During Break & Lunch. All Students who order on this day will receive a FREE 2018 Mini Tassel Key Ring! (while supplies last). Visit socalgrad.com for more information. Click for a flyer.
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Miss Placentia and Miss Yorba Linda Scholarship Pageant

Congratulations to Yorba Linda High School student, Bella Vino (12th) for being crowned Miss Placentia 2018 and YLHS student, Paulina Dole (9th), earned the title of Miss Placentia's Outstanding Teen. The Miss Placentia & Miss Yorba Linda Scholarship Pageant took place Saturday, February 3 at the VHS Auditorium. Click to visit the OC Register Article.
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Senior Luke Wilson honored as an Athlete of Character

Congratulations to senior Luke Wilson for being honored as an Athlete of Character. The Orange County Athletic Directors Association held its annual “Athletes of Character” awards Monday night during a dinner at the Anaheim Convention Center. Thank you Luke for representing YLHS so well!
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Grad Nite Fundraiser Feb 3rd through Feb 8th

Grad Nite Fundraiser is for a whole week at Wise Guys Pizza ! Starting February 3nd through February 8th, you can support your YLHS Seniors by purchasing food from Wise Guys Pizzeria! Day or Night, our fundraiser runs all day for 5 days! Please print out this flyer!
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Mustang Business Academy Applications window Now Open! Due by Feb 16th.

Students interested in participating in the Business Management or Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management pathways at YLHS please complete the application before the February 16th 2018 deadline. Don't miss your chance to join our growing program! The application process can be found on the MBA website! Contact Ms. Hai at YLHS if you have questions about the program or process.
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Yearbook Senior Ad, late submissions by January 16th.

This is a special announcement for parents of Yorba Linda High School seniors. Even though the final deadline for submitting your child's yearbook recognition ad has passed, there is a limited amount of ad space still available. So if you are still interested, don't delay, please submit your ad as soon as you can. We don't want you to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recognize your child. We can accept any late ad submitted up until January 16th. For more information, please visit www.TheYearbookCompany.com.
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PTSA and California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser 12/11-12/14

Please come support YLHS PTSA with a Dine-out event at California Pizza Kitchen at the Brea Mall. They will donate 20% of sales back for dine-in, take out, and catering orders from Monday, Dec. 11th through Thursday, Dec. 14th (All day long). Just download the attached flyer, do your holiday shopping and have a great meal!
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YLHS Softball is selling Popsockets.

YLHS Softball is selling Popsockets. What's A PopSocket? A collapsible grip and stand for your phone that lets you show off your style, whenever you want, however you want. They are in stock and available now. See any YLHS Softball player to get your custom "YL" popsockets. Available in either a white or black base. $10/each
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YLHS featured in Orange County Department Of Education Video

The Orange County Department of Education recently had a video crew visit YLHS and other schools in the PYLUSD District. YLHS students, staff, and campus are featured heavily throughout the video. The video even includes some great drone footage of the YLHS campus. Click to visit the OCDE website.
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AP & Honors Information Night

Can you believe it? It is almost time to begin planning for your child’s first year in high school. We have a special evening planned to provide you with important information regarding our Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Program. In 2016-17 school year, YLHS students earned a 90% pass rate on AP exams for nearly 1,000 exams taken! If you are interested and would like to know more about the our Honors and AP Programs, please attend our AP information night on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. (click for flyer and PowerPoint presentation)
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2017 YLHS Mustang Business Expo

Last Thursday, approximately 130 Yorba Linda High School seniors participated in a business expo competition where they presented their business pitch to over 20 judges from the Yorba Linda community. Students worked for over a month developing their business idea, creating prototypes/visuals, researching the market/industry and crafting their business pitch. Click to read the full article, and see the results.
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OC Varsity: Yorba Linda shows its resiliency entering the playoffs

Adversity has been mounting for weeks for Yorba Linda’s football team. But through all the injuries, Yorba Linda (7-3) continued to compete and enters its CIF-SS Division 7 first round playoff game at Monrovia (4-6) on Friday with momentum. Monrovia went 4-0 to capture the Rio Hondo League. Click to read full article.
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YLHS Legacy Wall Winter Deadline, December 22nd.

Hey, Mustang Families! The winter deadline, on December 22nd, to purchase a plaque is approaching quickly. If you would like to represent your family, student(s), or business, on the Legacy Wall, located in the front office, check out the flyer attached. The Legacy Wall is a great way to commemorate your time and dedication at YLHS, as it will stay up forever! If you have students that have graduated or are future students you can also order ahead. The sooner the form is returned the higher the plaque will be on the wall. All proceeds support students on campus. Click for a flyer.
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Taste of YLHS, Saturday, November 4th, 5pm to 8pm

You are invited to attend our second 'Taste Of YLHS'! Your $10 pre-sale ticket gets you an evening of delicious tastings from over 20 local restaurants as well as top notch entertainment from our students! Buy your tickets today from any leadership student. Tickets are $12 at the door. Click for a flyer.
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Brothers Reunited

I wanted to share with you a special moment that happened yesterday at the freshman football game. Pat Wren, Colin Domene, and Brian Fortenbaugh helped orchestrate a reunion of two brother's. Thursday afternoon, right before kickoff of the freshmen football game vs. Canyon, Pat Wren called out his captains. This every game occurrence does not usually take more than 30 seconds, but when Coach Wren called Edward Arciniega and his brother ( Army Specialist Matthew Carter) as a captain, the moment became quite special. Unbeknownst to Arciniega, his brother who had just flown home after spending ten months fighting in Mosul, Iraq, was right behind him. After a look of confusion, Arciniega turned around, saw his brother and the two embraced. Click to see the video on our Facebook page. --Mr. Kemp
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Canned Food Drive

I wanted to say thank you again for all of your support last week during the Canned Food Drive and Spirit Week! I found these pictures and wanted to show you our collection progress over the last 4 years. I am so proud of our kids! -- Mrs. Runge
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Rolling Rally today before Lunch

Today we had a rolling rally where the band, color guard, cheerleaders, and football players walk through the hallways on campus, and end with a lunchtime rally in the quad. Attached are a few images from that rally.
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Staff dressed in USA gear

Today was USA dress up day at YLHS, were students and staff dressed up in their best USA themed clothing. Here are some staff members decked out in their USA gear. Click to see a larger image.
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Disney Dreamers and Doers Application due October 13th

The Disneyland Resort is looking for outstanding Orange County high school students to participate in the Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program! This recognition program celebrates the power of possibility and honors students who are taking action to improve their communities and schools through four focus areas: Strengthen Communities, Think Creatively, Conserve Nature and Live Healthier. August 9 through October 13, 2017, applications for the 2017-18 Dreamers & Doers program will be available on the Disneyland Resort Public Affairs website. Click for a link to the online application page!
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PSAT at YLHS on Saturday, October 14th

The PSAT will be held at Yorba Linda High School on Saturday, October 14, 2017
from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 – Purchase at the Yorba Linda High School Activities Office no later than Friday, September 29, 2017. Click for an info flyer.
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It's never too late to join PTSA.

Stop by the office for a membership envelope or click on the link for the membership form. We still have umbrellas and bags to give away! Include your cell phone number to make arrangements to receive our fun incentives. Completed forms and envelopes can be turned into the PTSA box at the front office."
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St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church Oktoberfest, September 22 - 24, 2017

Hi Mustangs! Are you looking to participate in a FUN community event? Looking to gain some volunteer hours? Well it's time for the annual St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church Oktoberfest!! With the event just 1 weekend away we are looking for *VOLUNTEERS* to help this fabulous event come to life. Think you can help?? Click on the link below to check out what spots we have available and sign up for a time that best fits your schedule. http://bit.do/oktoberfest2017 Contact: volunteer4thefest@gmail.com
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Back to School Night, Wednesday September 13th

Please accept this as a personal invitation to our Yorba Linda High School Back-to-School Night, September 13, 2017! This will be an opportunity for you, as parents, to follow a daily schedule of your son/daughter and to meet personally with each of his/her instructors. Click for handout.
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