Dear Sea King Families, 

I hope you and your family are taking the opportunity to rest, relax and enjoy Super Bowl weekend! We are so lucky to have these beautiful days. On February 11th, Dr. Cherniss sent out his Friday message with important shifts in our daily symptoms screening, updates in the district COVID dashboard, and exciting UC acceptance data from the Class of 2021. Check out the amazing UC outcomes for our Sea King Class of 2021!

Beginning on Monday, while daily symptom checks are still required, the district will be shifting to an at-home screening model. Please complete the daily symptoms check each morning, prior to arrival at school. Students will no longer be required to show their green screen upon arrival at school. Students experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should continue to stay home while sick and have a COVID test done. The daily symptom checklist for Covid can be accessed here.

Live from 205 aired its first-ever Elective Fair episode on Friday showcasing many of the classes offered at PVHS. This was a great opportunity for students to tune in and listen to what teachers and students have to say about the different options available at PVHS. Students were able to hear from the Sciences, Math, World Language, Art, Social Sciences, and many more departments. The second Live from 205 episode will air on Tuesday, February 15th with even more options being featured. Then on February 16, many of these electives will host tables in Sea King Park at lunchtime for students to learn more about these classes and get questions answered. Please encourage your students advantage of this opportunity as they think about their course selections for next year. I would also like to give a special shoutout to our amazing Live from 205 students for their work on this project under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Beaucar! Thank you to the Live from 205 team for all they do to keep our Sea King family informed and entertained!

Earlier this week, information was sent to all families with students in grades 9 and 11 regarding the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) which will be completed at PVHS between February 16th-25th. Students will complete the survey through English classes on a designated day during the established timeline. CHKS is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. State regulations require “passive” consent in grades 7 through 12. Families who would like to opt their students out of the survey should complete the CHKS opt-out form prior to the deadline on February 15th. (CLICK HERE FOR OPT-OUT FORM). Opt-out requests must be received by Tuesday, February 15th at 3 pm. CHKS data is important for us as a school community to understand the social-emotional needs of our students and gather feedback on how we are creating a connected, safe campus for all. Please contact me at with any questions regarding the CHKS survey at PVHS.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of our Sea King community. It is an honor to serve as the principal to our PVHS students, faculty, staff, and families. Have a wonderful week Kings!


Dr. Trista Ramirez
PVHS Principal (Interim)
Next Week at a Glance

Monday February 14th
  • B-Day
  • Winter Formal tickets continue on sale this week at the student store! Tickets are $110 with ASB and $125 without. Make sure to fill out your permission slip or guest pass and bring them to the student store when you buy your tickets. Permission slips can also be found at the student store and in the main office.
  • PV Elite starts again this week! Check with your Math, English, or Science teacher for more information

Tuesday February 15th

Wednesday February 16th

Thursday February 17th
  • A-Day
  • AVID Parent Information Night for Incoming 9th Graders at 6:30pm in the MPR

Friday February 18th
  • B-Day
  • Remember the Tritons Walk during 6th period to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Make sure you sign up in advance and see the flyer below for more information
Student Spotlight
Palos Verdes Science and Engineering Fair 2022 

At the 20th annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Science and Engineering Fair, PVHS had 78 Science Research students competing with 52 projects. Student projects varied in range from Computational Biology and Plant Sciences to Robotics and Environmental Engineering.  All researchers are commended for their hard work and dedication to their chosen topic and to the field of research.

Category Awards

Animal Sciences
1st Place-Gia Bohorquez
2nd Place-Rohan Gianchandani
3rd Place-Angelina Lazar

Behavioral/Social Sciences 
3rd Place-Milana Herrera

Biomedical Engineering
1st Place-Andreas Tempereau
3rd Place-Christine Xie

1st Place-Angel Shen
3rd Place-Peter Chang

Computational Biology & Bioinformatics/Robotics & Intelligent Machines/Systems Software:
3rd Place-Jenna Chow

Earth & Environmental Science
3rd Place-Ava Simpson

Energy: Sustainable/Environmental Engineering
2nd Place-Hayleigh Liu
3rd Place-Ty Sorenson, Christopher Lachowicz & Cole Vranich

Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Engineering Mechanics
1st Place-Adela Riggs

Mathematics & Physics
2nd Place-Anthony Yoon

1st Place-Ava Chessmore & Kami Fuchs

Plant Sciences
3rd Place-Connor Mackey

Special Awards

NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Plant Award
Gray Rappoport
Alina Montalvan

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
Gray Rappoport
Hayleigh Liu

Stockholm Junior Water Prize Awards
Jenna Chow
Gray Rappoport
Adela Riggs
Hayleigh Liu

American Meteorological Society
Connor Peters
Sophie Sun

Mu Alpha Theta Awards in Mathematics
Anthony Yoon

United States Air Force Awards
David Maemoto
Naomi Kao & Asha Timm

USC Women in Science and Engineering
Hayleigh Liu

Yale Science and Engineering Award
Jenna Chow

Projects Advancing to LA County Science and Engineering Fair in March

Gia Bohorquez
Andreas Tempereau
Adela Riggs
Anthony Yoon
Angel Shen
Jenna Chow
Hayleigh Liu
Alina Montalvan
Christine Xie
Ava Simpson
Connor Peters
Naomi Kao & Asha Timm
Sophie Sun
Congratulations to Eugene Lee for qualifying for the AIME, American Invitational Mathematics Exam, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Eugene took the AIME, a challenging competition offered to those who excelled on the AMC 10 and/or AMC 12, this week -- a 15 question, 3-hour examination where each answer is an integer number between 0 to 999.  Congratulations to Eugene for this great achievement as we excitedly wait for his results.
Congratulations to the PVIT VEX Robotics teams for their great competition this weekend in Long Beach. All four teams had been working non-stop for weeks, at lunch, after school, and on weekends to prepare for this year's game, Tipping Point, which requires robots to pick up big round goals, gather rings to put on posts in the goals and finish the match by driving up a ramp while carrying goals and parking the robot, hopefully in tandem with another team's robot, on a seesaw-type of platform. If it sounds difficult, it is!, but our teams performed extremely well. All four teams made it to the elimination rounds, and team 62019Z finished as Tournament Champions, led by team captain Kylie Welcher, with driver Connor Peters, programmer Ransom Liu and teammate Emily Lee, which qualifies them for the State championships. In addition, Ransom's amazing autonomous programming code to make the robot drive itself and perform tasks without human intervention ranks their team 15th in California (out of 300+ teams) and 113th in the World (out of thousands) for Skills. Congratulations to all the VEX Robotics students!
On Saturday PVHS Chinese teacher Mrs. Wei hosted a virtual Dumpling Night for all PVPUSD families. The event was a huge success attended by families TK-12, community members, PTSA, and staff. They all did a great job and had fun! Thank you Mrs. Wei for organizing and hosting this event!
General Information
Winter Formal 2022

PVHS ASB is thrilled to host, Winter Formal 2022: “Viva Las Vegas.” Tickets are now on sale in the Student Store for $110 with ASB and $125 without ASB.
Winter Formal will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the O.C. Hangar, 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA

The Winter Formal is a semi-formal event. Guests are invited to attend with or without a date and is open to all grades! Guest passes are available in the main office and student store for outside guests to attend with a current PVHS student. Permission slips for all students can be found here.

Entrance to formal will begin at 8:00 sharp. The doors will close at 9:00 p.m. and students are free to leave any time after 10:00. Once students exit the venue they may not come back in. Upon check in, please note that students must provide Student ID and one of the following:
  • Proof of Vaccination
  • Proof of negative Antigen* test taken within the last 24 hours (home tests are acceptable)
  • Proof of negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours
  • Proof of testing positive within the last 90 days, but required quarantine time has passed.
Formal will include food, dancing, gaming stations, tattoo artists, and more! We are so excited to have an in-person formal this year! Please note that masks are mandatory inside but optional when outside! If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Maxfield at
Tutoring Opportunities

PVPUSD is offering FREE virtual tutoring with a company called Air Tutors. 
Students may receive up to two hours in ELA and/or Math each week. Please use the link below to register your child. However, if your child already has an Air Tutors account from the summer program, Jumpstart, when registering, they will be redirected to the login page (and they can "sign in with Google").

Once you select the times that might work for the session, Air Tutors will group students by grade level and subject. After schedules have been set by Air Tutors, the sessions will appear on the Air Tutors calendar and you will receive a notification via email and or text. 

If you have any questions, please reach out directly to air tutors at or  800-211-1986 
PVHS COVID Positive Reporting Form

To streamline communication for COVID case reporting, we are asking families to fill out the form below if their students test positive for COVID. This will also be a way for us to respond much more efficiently and effectively to our students and families.

Please click the linked form below to notify us of your PVHS student's positive results.

A PVHS administrator will be in touch with the family regarding the next steps after completing the form.
PVPUSD COVID Testing Information

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District continues to offer testing to PVPUSD STUDENTS and STAFF only. Regular Testing Hours from 12:00 p.m. with the last test at 4:45 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but students do need to register in advance. For further information regarding the district testing program, click HERE.
Counseling Office Updates

Scheduling for the 2022-2023 School Year

PVHS families will receive scheduling materials in the mail this week for your students to pick their classes for the 2022-2023 school year. Please review the enclosed information carefully. Included in this packet are: 
  1. Cover letter with instructions which includes the teacher's recommendations for next year's classes in English, Math, and Foreign Language
  2. Scheduling Worksheet
  3. Aeries Course Request Instructions (to be done on the Student's Aeries Portal)
  4. Four-Year Plan Worksheet

Please support your student(s) by reviewing these materials with them. The Aeries window will be open for students to enter their course requests until Sunday night, February 20th. Once students have completed inputting their course request, they must submit their Scheduling Worksheet and Four-Year Plan Worksheet to their counselor's box in the Counseling Office. Parent/guardian signature is required on both forms.

Elective Fair: February 15th & 16th

On February 15, Live from 205 will air its first-ever Elective Fair showcasing many of the classes offered at PVHS. This is a great opportunity for students to tune in and listen to what teachers and students have to say about the different experiences in their classes. You will hear from the Sciences, Math, World Language, Art, Social Sciences, and many more departments. On February 16, many of these electives will host a table in Sea King Park at lunchtime for you to walk around and learn more about these classes and get questions answered. Take advantage of this opportunity as you think about what classes may interest you for next year!

Sophomore Guidance Lessons: February 14th and 15th

Sophomores will receive their Guidance Lesson in their English class on February 14-15. This presentation focuses on beginning to think about post-secondary planning, the four-year plan, how to begin thinking about college, college and career goals, as well as discussing Junior year. Counselors will meet with Sophomore students and their parents/guardians during the month of March via Individual Meets to review the Sophomore Packet which includes the student's transcript, high school graduation requirements, college subject eligibility, four-year plan, schedule for Junior year, and more. The parent/guardian will have the opportunity to sign up for the individual appointment following their parent presentation. 

Sophomore Parent Presentation: February 16 at 8:30 & 5:30

Following the Sophomore Guidance Lessons 10th-grade students receive, the parent presentation mirrors much of this information. Parents will be provided will an introduction to post-secondary planning, the four-year plan, helping your student think about their college and career goals, supporting their child toward high school graduation and college entrance eligibility, and more. There are two essential components of the Sophomore Counseling Program: 

  1. Group Presentation: Provides general information pertinent to all students. There will be two group presentations offered, but please only attend one. Due to the current state of COVID, we will hold these meetings virtually via Webinar.
  2. Individual Meeting: Each student and their parent/guardian have the opportunity to sign up for a 15-minute counseling meeting with their counselor at the conclusion of the group presentation. Parents/guardians must attend one of the group presentations to access a link to schedule the individual meeting with their counselor. 

Please see below to register for one session only. Both sessions will cover the exact same information.

Wednesday, February 16 at 8:30 AM:

Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30 PM: