With the beginning of April upon us tomorrow, excitement fills the air as we gear up for an important week in our academic journey - the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing for our 11th-grade students.

Beginning on April 1st, our 11th graders will embark on a journey of assessment as we come together to "GO FOR THE GREEN." The green represents those students who have met the standards that are assessed within each test they will take. Our goal is for all students to meet or exceed the standards within each test. These tests not only measure academic proficiency but also provide valuable insights into individual strengths and areas for improvement.

We want to take this opportunity to assure both students and families that we are here to support and encourage each and every one of our students throughout this process. It's a chance for students to showcase their hard work and dedication, and we believe in their ability to rise to the occasion. We want to encourage all of our students to DO THEIR BEST as they approach the next week and a half.

To our students: Remember, these tests are not just about scoring points but about demonstrating your knowledge, skills, and talents. Approach them with confidence, knowing that you've been equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed.

To our families: Your continued support and encouragement are invaluable. Together, we can create an environment where our students feel empowered to reach their fullest potential.

We will be on a special block schedule (see below) and you will also find the schedule of tests that we will be taking over the next several days. Finally, we have included a list of incentives that our 11th grade students can enjoy their Senior year if they meet or exceed the standard. We cannot emphasize enough that all of our students play an important role in the future of our campus and the success we find together.

As we embark on this testing period, let's embrace the opportunity it brings for growth, learning, and personal development. We're proud of our students and look forward to celebrating their achievements. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Newsletter Highlights

Student Highlight

Rotary Student of the Month - Orion Gordillo

This month we recognize a student who has overcome significant challenges.  Orion is currently a Senior at Sonora and has distinguished himself as a very thoughtful and insightful young man, driven by his own internal struggle that has marked his high school career.  He is truly someone whose presence radiates resilience and determination. His journey has been marked by triumph over adversity, a profound love for science, and an unwavering commitment to helping others.

Orion's story is not one of ease or privilege. Throughout his high school years, he has battled with mental health challenges that led to three hospitalizations, one during each of his first three years at Sonora. Yet, instead of succumbing to despair, he emerged from these experiences with a newfound understanding of himself and a deep insight into the importance of mental health and self-care.

Rather than letting his struggles define him, Orion embraced them as catalysts for growth. He learned to prioritize self-care, integrating it into his daily routine with meticulous attention. Through therapy, self-reflection, and a supportive network of people around him, he found the strength to navigate through the darkest of moments and emerge stronger on the other side.  While many of his thoughts were centered around self-criticism, he has done the work to understand and navigate how to work through those thoughts and come to a much healthier outcome.  In his reflection on that time, he is able to recognize the choices he made and how he was finding solace in the wrong things.  Those decisions are a part of his story but do not define his future.   

But Orion's journey doesn't end with his own healing. Driven by a passion for science and a desire to make a difference, he has dedicated himself to helping others, particularly in the realm of academics. As a tutor, he generously shares his knowledge and expertise, especially in the field of Science, where his enthusiasm knows no bounds. Whether it's unraveling the mysteries of biology or decoding the complexities of chemistry, Orion's guidance has become a beacon of light for his peers.  He is a valued Teacher’s Assistant in our Science department, going above and beyond to assist underclassmen who may be going through their own struggles.  It is through these connections that Orion has found his passion and his purpose.  

His fascination with science is more than just academic. Orion dreams of delving into the realm of biochemistry, intrigued by the profound impact that small changes can have on the world around us. He envisions a future where his research contributes to a deeper understanding of the intricate mechanisms of life, paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries that can revolutionize medicine and beyond.  He plans to attend Humbolt State, where he will continue his journey in the Sciences.  

His struggles and triumphs have been supported by those around him, especially those who see his potential and have held a mirror up to him to help him recognize how great a future he can have.  He points to specific people, like English teacher, Laurie McGee, who have cared for him, supported him, and given him hope that he can overcome life’s challenges.  These people have come alongside him to be there for him when he feels alone and in despair.  He is thankful to his supporters as he no longer allows solitude or loneliness to define his relationship with others or with himself.    

Through his journey, Orion Gordillo is a testament to the power of resilience, compassion, and determination. Despite facing formidable challenges, he has emerged as a beacon of hope and inspiration for those around him. With his unwavering dedication to science, his commitment to helping others, and his profound appreciation for the healing power of relationships and therapy, Orion is poised to make a lasting impact on the world, one small step at a time.

FACE at the Hess Games

The FACE program was invited to attend a revival of the Hess Games at Troy High School. The games were originally started in memory of a Special Education Teacher at Troy, Mr. Rich Hess. In this year's iteration, the students were all full participants in a variety of activities designed to engage students in a fun way. Among the variety of sports, there were opportunities for the students to socialize with their peers. At the end of the games, the two programs united for a full group photo and look to keep traditions alive with an invitation to Sonora's end of the year Best Buddies Carnival. 

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Attendance Counts!

Tardy Policy

Arriving at each class on time will continue to be a priority for our staff in the second semester. We want all students to understand the importance of arriving to school and class on time, every day. In addition to implementing the tardy policy below, we will also be implementing random tardy sweeps throughout the semester to encourage punctuality and remind students of the importance of being on time to ensure the opportunity for academic success. Please see the policy below as written in the Student Handbook (pg 21):


All students are expected to be in their scheduled class each period by the time the tardy bell rings.  No students are to be in the hallways after the tardy bell rings, including those who have athletics sixth period or who have an open period at any time during the day.  Students are also not to be sent on errands without an appropriate pass from the teacher.  Students without passes will be sent back to class.

Consequences For Tardies

-Tardies 1-4: teacher-assigned consequences and parent contact by teacher

-Tardy Report by APSS: 5 or more tardies will result in a detention

Click Here to Report an Absence

Raider Athletics

Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week: Eleanor Taylor and Alexsay Nazaroff. Ellie PR’d in the high jump, clearing 4’6”. The jump earned her first place at the meet. Alexsay won the 200 meter, finished 3rd in the 100 meter and anchored the 4x400 meter relay helping the group to earn a comeback victory on the home stretch. Great job to both of our Athletes of the Week!

Swim and Dive

Boys and Girls Raider Swim defeated Buena Park on Wednesday. Raider Girls Swim was led by Mayu Yager who continues to dominate in the pool.

Boys Volleyball

Raider Boys Volleyball earned a huge victory in a thrilling match against Troy High School. The match went 5 sets and the Raiders were able to defeat the Warriors 16-14 in the final set to earn the victory. Travis Kaufman led the way in kills and some clutch serving by Banner Garcia helped Sonora earn the win.

Boys Golf

The golf team earned a victory over Buena Park this week. They are now 1-1 in league and are facing a big week as they compete with Fullerton and Troy next week.

Boys Tennis

It was a tough week for Boys Tennis as they fell to Fullerton and Troy. The boys look to rebound next week when they take on La Habra. Go Raiders!


Raider Softball fell to Sunny Hills to open the week. Brooke Piwowar led the offense with a 2-run homerun to take the lead in the 5th inning. 

Track and Field

Boys Track and Field had a great quad meet on Wednesday earning the top spot in the meet as they edged out Fullerton at the end. Raiders were led by strong performances from Joshua Isip and Alexsay Nazaroff. Raider Boys Track and Field will be competing at League Finals for the Back to Back Freeway League Championships. Girls Track and Field finished 3rd overall despite strong performances from Camila Padilla, Ellie Taylor and Samantha Myers.


Raider baseball earned a huge Freeway League victory over Sunny Hills on Thursday 4-2. The Raiders fell behind early but took the lead in the 4th inning and closed out the win. Caleb Orr earned the save going 3 innings and allowing 0 runs on 1 hit. The Raider offense was led by Senior Captain Adam Tigner who went 3-4 on the day.


ALL Sports Including Cheer, Dance, JROTC, & Band Must Register

1) Go to homecampus.com/login

  • Please use the following Handout to help guide you through the Athletic Clearance process.
  • Create an account and complete all sections: Watch the VIDEO for detailed instructions.
  • **Very Important** Choose “Sonora” (CIF-SS)” on the list and the School Year "2023/2024".

2) You must upload Page 4 of the PHYSICAL FORM

Downloadable Physical Form

  1. Print & Fill Out the Physical Form for your visit to the doctor.
  • Only the signature from an MD, DO, or PA will be accepted. Signatures from Chiropractors and Nurse Practitioners are NOT accepted.
  1. Page 4 of the Physical Form must then be uploaded to Home Campus.
  2. There is no form under the signed Confirmation Page. Please skip that and go back to upload the form at the end of the process.

 3) Once you have completed the signatures and uploaded the physical form on Home Campus, Print out the Confirmation Page from homecampus.com/login  

  • Print & Complete (Both parent & student signatures are required).
  • Please be advised that each sport/activity must be listed at the top of the page in order to be cleared for that sport during the 2023-24 school year.
  • Go back into Home Campus and upload the Confirmation Page into the Signed Confirmation Page Form

You are not cleared until you receive a clearance email from Home Campus. Our Admin team must review all submissions prior to your student-athlete receiving clearance. You may follow the status of your clearance on the Home Campus website. 

If you have questions, please contact Mrs, Crail, Assistant Principal, at [email protected]

Mark Your Calendar


Nominations for 2024-25 year are open! The following PTSA Board Positions are open: 


Executive Vice President



Vice President of Membership


If you’re interested please reach out to us via email @ [email protected]

Election meeting will be held Monday March 25, 2024

Our Next Late Start is Wednesday, April 10th!

Master Calendar

Aeries Parent Portal

Stay connected with your student's progress, check daily assignments, and communicate with teachers by logging on to the AERIES Parent Portal. Click on the image below to access all of the important information you will need for the 2023-2024 school year.

Staff Spotlight

Last Friday while our students enjoyed a day off, our staff gathered for a day of Professional Development where we were able to reflect on the journey of this school year, plan for the remaining days, and look to the future for what is to come. In addition, we recognized and honored our two retirees who will be moving on at the end of the year.


Click Here for the FJUHSD March Newsletter

Community News

The City of La Habra is now offering CPR & First Aid classes at the La Habra Community Center once a month on Saturdays. The three-hour class is open to ages 12+ years, and the cost to attend is $32 per person. The class will include training in infant, child, and adult CPR and AED, as well as Standard First Aid. Participants who complete the class will receive a two-year certificate in CPR B and Standard First Aid. This class is generously partially subsidized by the City of La Habra to help ensure our residents stay safe. Pre-registration is required. Sign up online, in person or by phone at the Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., 562-383-4200.

Classes will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • February 10th
  • March 16th
  • April 13th
  • May 11th
  • June 8th

2024 #LaHabraRaces

The #LaHabraRaces are back for 2024 -- that means the 5K Walk/Run, 1K Kiddy Run and 50-YD. Diaper Dash! The event will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the La Habra Marketplace shopping Center, 1641 W. Imperial Hwy., (between Famous Footwear & La Habra Modern Dentistry). Registration includes #LaHabraRaces medal, t-shirt, bib number, goodie bag, and entry to the pop-up farmer's market. There also will be vendor booths and the Mobile Children's Museum. This year's theme is "Olympics - Family Race for the Gold" so dress in Olympic attire that represents the country of your choice.

Fees are as follows:

  • 50-YD. Diaper Dash (3-5 yrs.) - $15 (thru 3/1/24) $20 (starting 3/2/24)
  • 1K Kiddy Run (6-9 yrs.) - $20 (thru 3/1/24) $25 (starting 3/2/24)
  • 5K Walk/Run - $30 (thru 3/1/24) $35 (starting 3/2/24)

Medals will be awarded to the top three male & female 5K runners, the top 3 male & female 1K runners, largest group, largest school group, most Olympic dressed group, and the most Olympic dressed individual.

And all kids participating in the 50-YD. Diaper Dash & 1K Kiddy Run will receive FREE Black Bear Diner, Chick-fil-A, and Canes Chicken Fingers meal coupons.

Registration for this year's #LaHabraRaces will be online only. Click here for the link to register.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, please click here for more information and the vendor application.

If you are interested in being a sponsor at the event, please click here for more information and the sponsorship application.

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