• August 2016
    Parent 2 Parent Newsletter 
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Canvas Welcome

Santa Ynez High School is proud to announce that beginning this year, our students will be using the Canvas Learning Management System to manage their school work. With Canvas, each student’s assignments and grades will be available 24/7 through an app on their phone or tablet or through a browser on a desktop or laptop computer at school or home. Students—and their parents through a Parent Observer account—will be able to view a calendar of all their classes and when assignments are due; when they click on those assignments, they will be able to access the materials and instructions and download them or, depending on the assignment, complete the entire assignment online. When a teacher assigns work that can be completed entirely online, students can complete the assignment, submit it, and have it graded and returned to them all paperlessly. Students will be able to message their teachers and receive notifications and reminders about upcoming due dates, missing assignments, and a whole lot more. Many colleges and universities across the country--including Harvard, Stanford and some of the University of California campuses--are adopting the Canvas LMS, and Santa Ynez High is excited to be joining this dynamic education community. To take full advantage of the new system, students should have a smartphone, tablet or laptop that they can bring with them to school. Instructions about logging into their Canvas accounts can be found here and will also be provided during homeroom on August 11. Instructions about creating a Parent Observer account can also be found here. It's an exciting time to be a Pirate!

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 Welcome to Santa Ynez
Valley Union High School
 Distinguished School Best2015
Newsweek 2014   daily beast
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School was founded in 1896 and is located in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley--a quaint, rural community just inland from the wild and beautiful central California coast. SYVUHS enjoys a long and rich tradition of excellence.  With only 1,000 students enrolled, our pristine, park-like campus may be small, but our hard-earned reputation for success is widely recognized.  Whether it be in academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, occupational arts, agriculture,  community service, or any other endeavor, our students have historically excelled. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is proud to be among the highest-achieving high schools in Santa Barbara County, but we don't rest on our laurels. Our faculty and staff actively practice innovative teaching with the goal of preparing our students to meet the uniquely unprecedented challenges of learning in the 21st century.
Welcome to our website. Most of what you need to know about Santa Ynez High School can be found here, but if you find we've missed anything, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Go Pirates!
Mark Swanitz
Class of '85 
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