Dear Sea King Families, 

It was a beautiful Southern California weekend and I hope you and your family had an opportunity to enjoy, rest and relax. On February 4th, Dr. Cherniss sent out his Friday message with some important information regarding school start times and bell schedules, COVID updates, and the California Healthy Kids Survey.

With the decline in the COVID positivity rates, the district will now shift to full adherence to the LA County DPH public health order regarding masking at schools. Universal masking with some appropriate type of face covering is still currently required for both indoor and outdoor settings on the school campus. Exceptions include when actively eating or drinking and in outdoor settings where physical distancing can be reliably maintained.  It is strongly recommended but not required that students wear upgraded masks which at a minimum are well-fitting, non-cloth masks of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

PVHS students in grades 9 and 11 will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) 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.  Detailed information about the survey will be emailed to all 9th and 11th-grade families later this week. This will include instructions on how to opt your students out of the survey should you not want your students to participate. 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.

Our final incoming 9th-grade principal's forum will be held this Tuesday, February 8th, beginning at 6:30 pm via a Zoom webinar. This is an amazing opportunity for incoming families to learn about all PVHS has to offer including our academics, signature programs, athletics, and extracurriculars. If you know future Sea King families that may be interested in this event, please pass along the information. Registration for the webinar can be found at this link.

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 7th
  • A-Day
  • Winter Formal tickets are on sale starting today 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.

Tuesday February 8th

Wednesday February 9th
  • Late Start A-Day
  • Project Runway tryouts at 3pm in the MPR
  • Junior Parent Presentation at 5:30pm Click here to register

Thursday February 10th
  • B-Day
  • PVPUSD Science Fair. Good luck to all of our students participating!
  • Project Runway tryouts at 3pm in the MPR

Friday February 11th
  • A-Day
Student Spotlight
Using problem solving techniques, students in AP Psychology attempting to build spaghetti towers. Afterwards, they discussed the techniques using psychology terms. Fun was had while showing understanding of concepts!
The Point newspaper staff published their fourth issue this past Friday! Make sure to pick one up from Room 414 or check it out online at

If you're interested in joining the newspaper staff next year, reach out to Mrs. Mindicino or your counselor!
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 [email protected]
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 
[email protected] or  800-211-1986 
Teacher Office Hours

Our teachers have begun to offer office hours to support students who are out of class and need assistance with catching up on their assignments. The office hours will be conducted virtually for a designated hour Monday - Thursday.

Please click HERE to view the schedule for our participating teachers' office hours.

These teachers will be notifying their students of their established schedule and meeting links in their Google classroom. This program is currently established to run through February 11, 2022. I hope our students will take advantage of this opportunity to receive additional support and assistance from our teachers.
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.

Junior Parent Presentation: February 9th at 5:30 pm

Following the Junior Guidance Lessons 11th-grade students receive, the parent presentation mirrors much of this information. Parents will be provided with an introduction to beginning preparations on supporting their child with post-secondary planning, researching colleges, the application process, and what to expect in the coming months leading up to summer and your child's Senior year. 

Due to the current state of COVID, we will hold these meetings virtually via Webinar. Please see below to register:

AVID Presentations: February 9th

Counselors will visit all AVID 9-12 grade classrooms to visit with students and discuss their course planning and pathway for the next school year. Counselors will work with students on their scheduling worksheets and answer any questions students have.

Elective Fair: February 11th, 15th & 16th

On February 11 & 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: