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2023 Welcome Message

Dear SYVUHSD Community, 


Welcome to the 2023-24 school year. At SYVUHSD, our mission is to provide a rigorous and broad academic experience that connects and engages the social, emotional, and physical needs of every student in a positive and supportive learning environment. We are focused on creating engaging learning opportunities for all students, both inside the classroom and through our many extracurricular activities. Our dedicated staff are here to support you and your students during their high school journey with us.


I am pleased to announce Mitch Torina as Interim Principal. Mr. Torina comes to us with 25 years experience in education and a background in counseling and administration. Mr. Torina is already familiar with our staff, students and campus, having served as a substitute administrator for us last year. While our search continues for a permanent principal, I am excited to have Mr. Torina help us get the new school year off to a great start.


I am also excited for the changes in our administrative team this year, with Vice Principal Victoria Martinez overseeing Refugio High School and Counseling Services, Vice Principal Jasmine Day in charge of Student Services and Vice Principal Peter Haws overseeing Athletics and Curriculum. Together, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all while building the skills necessary to ensure that every student graduates prepared for success in their future endeavors.


I look forward to a safe, positive, and memorable school year for all our students. 



Andrew Schwab 





******************************************************************************************************************************************************Estimada comunidad SYVUHSD,

Bienvenido al año escolar 2023-24. En SYVUHSD, nuestra misión es proporcionar una experiencia académica rigurosa y amplia que conecte y comprometa las necesidades sociales, emocionales y físicas de cada estudiante en un ambiente de aprendizaje positivo y de apoyo. Estamos enfocados en crear oportunidades de aprendizaje atractivas para todos los estudiantes, tanto dentro del salón como a través de nuestras muchas actividades extracurriculares. Nuestro personal dedicado está aquí para apoyarlo a usted y a sus estudiantes durante su viaje de escuela secundaria con nosotros.


Me complace anunciar a Mitch Torina como director interino. El Sr. Torina viene a nosotros con 25 años de experiencia en educación y experiencia en consejería y administración. El Sr. Torina ya está familiarizado con nuestro personal, estudiantes y escuela, habiendo servido como administrador sustituto para nosotros el año pasado. Mientras continúa nuestra búsqueda de un director permanente, estoy emocionado de que el Sr. Torina nos ayude a comenzar el nuevo año escolar.


También estoy emocionado por los cambios en nuestro equipo administrativo este año, con la subdirectora Victoria Martínez supervisando Refugio High School y los Servicios de Consejería, la subdirectora Jasmine Day a cargo de los Servicios Estudiantiles y el subdirector Peter Haws supervisando el atletismo y el plan de estudios. Juntos, estamos comprometidos a proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro para todos mientras desarrollamos las habilidades necesarias para garantizar que cada estudiante se gradúe preparado para el éxito en sus esfuerzos futuros.


Espero un año escolar seguro, positivo y memorable para todos nuestros estudiantes.



Andrew Schwab




Andrew Schwab joined the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District as Superintendent in July of 2021. He was previously with the Union Elementary School District in San Jose, CA, where he served as the Associate Superintendent of Learning & Innovation since 2014. Andrew began his career in education as a computer technician at Le Grand Union High School District. He entered the classroom as a high school ROP/CTE teacher in 2008. In 2011 he started the first one-to-one high school iPad program in Merced County.

Andrew has a diverse background in organizational leadership, instructional innovation, facilities planning, community engagement, budget oversight, and professional development. He is an instructional innovator who leads collaboratively, with integrity and a focus on doing what is best for students. Andrew is committed to the development and support of the whole child, both social and emotional wellness and academic and extracurricular achievement.

Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University and his master’s degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. Prior to attending HSU, he served in the United States Army and the California Army National Guard as a Self-Propelled Field Artillery Turret Mechanic. A lifelong learner, Andrew is currently pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California.

Andrew Schwab
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To contact the Superintendent's Office:

Terry Westfall
Assistant to the Superintendent
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