January 10th, 2021 
Dear Sea Kings,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a restful break and a great first week of second semester. See below for details on all things happening at PV High!


Allan Tyner, Ed. D 
Student Spotlight

Sarah Park, a 10th-grade bassoon player in the PVHS Orchestra, has made the 2021 All-State Wind Symphony. There are 3 All-State Bands and the Wind Symphony is the top band. It's an enormous achievement for a 10th grader. The Festival is being held virtually this year, but it's still something nice to look forward to and the entire PVHS Music Department is super proud of her. 
Regeneron released its list of the nation's top 300 scholars from their Science Talent Search (STS) who were selected for their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists. John (Beom Joon) Kim, PVHS Senior, was selected for his project titled "Flexible, Water-Resistant, and Biocompatible Medifoam and URGO-Based Resistive Random-Access Memory for Skin-Wearable Healthcare Devices".  The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides students a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and novel discoveries of young scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to global challenges. Congratulations John!
Congratulations to Ripley Uyeda who signed over break to play tennis at Endicott College in Massachusetts next year. Great job Ripley on this huge accomplishment!
Activities Updates

Seniors! Make sure to check the Class of 2021 webpage for information about ordering graduation regalia and more!
Counseling Office Updates

Senior Students:
Congrats on making it through your first semester of senior year! Some of your colleges may now require that you send them a midyear transcript, but not all colleges require it. We recommend checking your common app list or your college student portal to see if a midyear report is required. 

To order midyear transcripts please go to your counselor's senior google classroom to access and submit the midyear transcript form. Your counselor will be submitting midyear transcripts the week of January 18th, as soon as transcripts are finalized. If you have questions or need help please contact your counselor directly. 

Sophomore Students: The counselors will be hosting a virtual webinar for all sophomore students on Wednesday, January 13th at 1:30pm. This lesson will cover important topics such as how to protect your mental health during virtual learning, how to stay motivated, setting long-term goals, postsecondary options, college admission testing updates, scheduling information for junior year, and more.  

To register for this webinar please sign up here: 

Please note this webinar is for students only.  

Sophomore Parents Save the date for January 20th at 5:30pm. Virtual meeting registration details coming soon.

Attention Freshmen Students: Due to the overwhelming response the PVHS counselors have scheduled a second lunchtime meet and greet with the PVHS counselors on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:30 pm. This is a group meeting for freshmen students only. At this meeting we will review graduation requirements, college eligibility requirements, and other important information with you. It will cover the same information as the January 6th meeting so please do not sign up to attend if you already attended the first meeting as space is limited. Students- please use your PVPUSD email and click on this link to sign up for the meeting 

Following this event, we invite all freshmen to sign up for an individual appointment with their counselor so we can get to know you better and answer any questions you may have about high school!  

All Students: Would you like to meet with your counselor to discuss academics, college interests or personal issues? We are here to help! Click below to make a virtual appointment with your counselor at a time convenient for you.  

  • Visit our PVPUSD Families Connected page for recent PVPUSD parent education videos and a wide array of free youth wellness resources. 
  • For social-emotional support during this time when our families are struggling with loss on many different levels, we encourage you to visit the SBFC Coping with Grief page for insight and resources. 
  • To help bring down the stress level in your home during distance learning, we invite you to check out the resources on the updated SBFC Coronavirus Support page and Mindfulness Parenting page.
  • To support your teens with education and inspiration that will help them stave off drug and alcohol use, please visit the newly updated SBFC Vaping Facts for Teens Page and Opioid Awareness Page. Here are some recommended activities to empower you and your teens:
  • Watch the full video of our Vaping Prevention Tour with Alex Gray with your teen and discuss the facts shared on the page. 
  • Watch the Opioid Prevention videos together and alert your teen to the trending issue of Fentanyl. 
  • Visit the SBFC Virtual Teen Center, a resource created by teens for teens, for more information and videos to help youth connect and destress in healthy ways.
  • If you are a parent or caregiver looking to connect with support and information, visit the free weekly virtual Families Connected Parent Chat. The group is moderated by Dr. Moe Gelbart of the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center and focuses on various social-emotional wellness topics.
Next Week at a Glance

Monday January 11th
  • A Day

Tuesday January 12th
  • B Day
  • Attention all Club presidents! There will be a meeting via zoom on Tuesday at 12:30 to review information for spring club rush. Make sure to check your email for the link and more information
  • Future Sea Kings! Join Dr. Tyner virtually during our first Principal's Forum at 2pm specifically for our Private School students and families. He will share with you all of the wonderful things we have to offer at Palos Verdes High School. From our strong academic classes, winning athletic programs, focus on student wellness, and more, you can be sure to learn what life as a Sea King is all about. Click here to register.
  • College Essentials Toolkit Series #1 at 6:30pm: The State of College Admissions, 2021 College Edition. Keynote Speaker: Arun Ponnusamy, Collegewise's Chief Academic Officer and host of the Get Wise: College Admissions Explained podcast, will share the latest on what we know to be fundamentally true about admissions—many things have changed, but many things have stayed the same. We’ll also discuss an education landscape that does remain in flux and examine how that impacts high school students. He'll separate fact from fiction as he gives parents and students the information they need to make critical upcoming decisions. There will also be a Q&A segment. We hope you’ll join us as we begin moving forward together! REGISTER HERE

Wednesday January 13th
  • All Period Day. Click here for the bell schedule.
  • This Wednesday on January 13th at 12:30 pm, Science National Honor Society is hosting Michael Rokaw, the Director of Programs at Virgin Orbit Space (VOX), for its third guest speaker event (a full description and meeting code can be found on our google classroom - class code: cmqruk6). If you have any questions, feel free to email snhs.pvhs@gmail.com.
  • Drive-thru textbook pick up for students with the following English teachers: Kostrencich, Mogilefsky, Olson, Emery, Larkins. There will be no walk-ins allowed at the library for pick-up or return until January 19th. All textbook exchanges will happen only during the designated Wednesday timeslots in drive-thru format. Please enter through the back gate off of Epping Road.
  • Freshmen Counseling Meeting at 12:30 pm. See Counseling section for more details
  • Sophomore Counseling Meeting at 1:30pm. See Counseling section for more details

Thursday January 14th
  • A Day
  • PVPUSD invites parents to join us at 6pm for this important discussion focused on talking with your kids about race and racism. Please view the flyer below for webinar details. Registration for the event is required. The webinar will be recorded and posted at pvpusd.net/parented/ for later viewing. Register for the event at https://bit.ly/3hSKJPe

Friday January 15th
  • B Day