We hope this message finds you well and filled with the same positivity that was felt throughout our campus during our annual Open House event. It was an evening dedicated to showcasing the spirit and extraordinary talent that defines our school community.

The event was a tremendous success, bringing together students, parents, staff, and community members to celebrate the wide variety of experiences that make Sonora High School truly special. Throughout the event, prospective students and parents were treated to a showcase of outstanding student performances, a heartfelt journey down memory lane by our student leaders, and engaging conversations with our dedicated students and program leads.

The evening kicked off with awe-inspiring performances by our incredibly talented students. From musical acts to dance routines, the gym was alive with the energy and passion of our young performers. Their dedication and skill remind us all of the remarkable artistic talent within our school community.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Open House, from the performers who captivated us with their talents to the organizers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Sonora High School's Open House was not just an event; it was a celebration of community, talent, and the shared journey that continues to make Sonora the place to be!

Thank you for being an integral part of the Sonora High School family. We look forward to many more moments of celebration and connection in the days and years to come.


Newsletter Highlights

Student Highlight

Rotary Student of the Month - Jayden Aguirre

Last week, Mr. Jayden Aguirre was named as Sonora High School’s Student of the Month for the La Habra Rotary Club.  Jayden truly is the epitome of a student who has thrown themselves into everything they possibly could in high school.  From the moment he first stepped on campus during the summer of 2023, he jumped right in as a leader on campus, seeking to bring excitement and school spirit before he even started his first day as a Freshman.  Last summer each District school hosted what we call Summer Bridge to provide a weeklong opportunity for incoming Freshmen to come to campus, learn about our culture, meet leaders on our campus, and understand the basic processes of student life on campus.  Typically, we would employ our more seasoned veteran student leaders to be in front of this group of squirrely Freshmen.  Instead, here was Jayden, an unknown commodity, eagerly volunteering to be on the microphone, serving as the MC for the event, teaching his peers about what it means to be a Sonora Raider, even before he had the opportunity to really understand what that meant for himself.  

This is a perfect example of what influence and change Jayden has made in a very brief time on campus at Sonora High School.  He has the courage to put himself out there, not taking himself seriously, and doing everything he can to get the entire student body excited about activities, athletics, and being on campus.  Since that time in the summer, Jayden has helped to lead an exciting first day of school event, lead the opening of Back to School Night, multiple school-wide assemblies, numerous lunch rallies, and even led prospective families and students last night for our Annual Open House.  In short, any time we have the opportunity to have a student-led event where we need students to be excited and have the courage to lead large groups of students or parents, Jayden is our man.  Our desire in those opportunities is to share who we are and lean into the gifts and talents of our students.  It has been evident from day one on our campus that Jayden possesses an inner confidence that is rare for a student of his experience, and it is inspiring to other students and adults on our campus.  He is uber-positive, always willing to give a constructive comment, an encouraging reminder, or recognize the strengths of others.

In addition to his commitment to sharing his love for Sonora High School, Jayden has thrown himself into every opportunity to be the epitome of a well-rounded student. He is a Pre-IB student, boasting a GPA in his first semester on campus of 4.57.  In addition, he is a member of our ASB Leadership, Freshman Director of Key Club, Officer of the Food Drive Club, and a member of Fashion Club and Mecha, while also demonstrating his athletic talents on the tennis court.  Outside of school he also dabbles in improv, which he has been doing through Stagelight for the last five years.  Needless to say, he is a busy young man.  With all of those commitments, he has also been instrumental in recruiting future Raiders to our campus, helping to guide student-led tours of prospective families every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon which began in October and continues to be a part of our strategy up until last week.  

Despite his busy calendar, there is a sense that he can’t get enough of high school life, always searching for a way to make a difference in the lives of others, willing to put himself out there to demonstrate how much he cares for people and to spread kindness.  He shares that his inspiration comes from his parents, getting his sense of humor from his dad, and his caring nature for others from his mom.  They both have clearly poured into him and instilled in him the qualities that we would love to see in our own children and the students we serve every day.  

Jayden’s future is very bright and I, along with the rest of the Sonora community, are excited to be in the front row to witness all of his future successes.  This is only the beginning of his journey and as he grows and matures, we hope that his love for others and serving the greater good continues, one lunch rally at a time. 

Face Program - Garden Fun

Our FACE program continues to provide opportunities for our students to gain functional experiences that give them diversity in their learning program. One such opportunity is the adult transition activity to work in a functional garden. It is so exciting to see the faces of our students when they see the fruit (or vegetable) of their labor. Below you see our students pick fresh vegetables to display at Open House. Way to go...we are proud of you!

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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

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Raider Athletics

Girls Soccer

Lady Raider Soccer battled through a couple of tough matches last week. Trying to bounce back, suffered a loss at La Habra and followed up with a 2-1 loss to Sunny Hills in overtime. The ladies are definitely finding some rhythm and toughness, but have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.  

Boys Soccer

Raider Boys Soccer earned a hard-fought victory over La Habra 1-0 on Tuesday. It was an amazing win for the Raiders as they continue to improve throughout the season. Unfortunately, they followed up with a loss to the Lancers of Sunny Hills on Friday.


Raider Boys Wrestling defeated Troy 61-18 on Thursday night to set up a Freeway League title match against La Habra on Tuesday night. Raider Girls Wrestling rebounded nicely with a 42-30 victory over the Troy Warriors. They look to close out their league season with a victory over crosstown rival La Habra. Come on out and support Raider Wrestling at 5:30 pm on Tuesday!

Girls Water Polo

The Lady Raiders continue to show improvement in the water as they learn to play together. Unfortunately, they fell to Troy 16-8 on Wednesday. This week they face crosstown rivals, La Habra on Tuesday afternoon.

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball continues their dominant play by beating Troy on Tuesday, 59-40, and following up with a big win against the Highlanders on Friday, 50-40, in front of a packed house. The Lady Raiders host Sunny Hills tomorrow and seek to avenge an earlier loss this league season.

Boys Basketball

Boys basketball had a tough week, falling to Troy in a very close match-up with Troy, 54-53. They followed that up with an unfortunate showing against a very good Highlander team and lost 60-46 in front of a rowdy Raider crowd that brought the energy from the beginning to end.


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

Our Next Late Start is Wednesday, January 24th!

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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

Assistant Principal - Mike Lee

Mr. Mike Lee is currently our Assistant Principal of Pupil Services, after beginning his tenure at Sonora as the Assistant Principal of Student Affairs in the Fall of 2021. Much of his time and responsibility is built around our special education programs and supporting students to ensure they are getting the assistance they need to be successful. He truly has a heart for ALL students and does an excellent job at building relationships with families to create a partnership for student achievement. We appreciate the level of care and attention that he gives to our students and the programs that support the learning for students.


Click Here for the FJUHSD January Newsletter

Community News

Two Schools, One Community

In addition to our student, Jayden Aguirre, La Habra High School was also fortunate to have a student recognized for their contribution to school spirit. Congratulations to Senior, Jayden Valencia, for her recognition, and thank you for your contribution to our community.

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