January 17th, 2021 
Dear Sea Kings,

See below for details on all things happening at PV High! Don't forget that this week has a different schedule because there is no school on Monday. See the calendar section below for specifics about each day's schedule.


Allan Tyner, Ed.D. 
Student Spotlight

Abbie Maemoto, senior, participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year 2020 program and was a top fundraiser raising over $80,000 for cancer research. With her experience in cancer research, she wrote a children's book titled "What is so Special About an Unspecialized Cell?: A Stem Cell's Journey" illustrated by PVHS alum Seven Smith-Mercer. Visit Amazon where partial proceeds will be going back to LLS and the Students of the Year program. http://ow.ly/YCRR50CZGcn

Dear Sea King Families,

The school year of 2020-21 has proven to be a unique one but a year that will make history and what better way to capture all that you have endured than with the purchase of the Triton Yearbook. Especially for this year like no other, we have extended the $140.00 price of this year's book, but only for a limited time.  This year we will need to confirm all yearbook sales by February 20th. After that date, there will be no guarantee of yearbook availability. In this unsure and unusual time, we cannot gamble on sales at the end of the year nor can we rely on sales history. Do not miss this chance to purchase your yearbook.

We would love for you to be the owner of this book at the end of the 2020-21 school year so take action NOW!

Activities Updates

Graduation regalia, announcements, class rings, letterman jackets, and more are now available to order at https://www.moongradservices.com/ or by downloading THIS BROCHURE and THIS ORDER FORM. 

Please note that if you would like to order the Basic package, which includes cap, gown, tassel, and medallion, the cost is $40 plus tax and processing fee.
You can find this in two spots. 
  • On the website: The cap and gown unit is listed on page 2 of the “Individual Items” and 
  • On the brochure: The cap and gown can be found in the green section labeled “Senior Pride.” If you purchase this package you will get to keep the gown, the tassel, the cap, and the medallion. 

Students may also use a loaner gown, cap, medallion, and tassel at no cost to the student. The cost of using the loaner gown and cap is incurred by the school. To use a loaner gown, cap, tassel, and medallion, simply fill out THIS FORM by February 15, 2021. If you use the loaner gown, you will need to return the gown, cap, tassel, and medallion after the graduation ceremony.

Please continue to check the Class of 2021 website for additional information and updates throughout the semester.

If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Maxfield at maxfieldj@pvpusd.net
Attention all students! Make sure to check the PVHS website this week for an updated list of club meeting days, times, and links to meetings. Stay connected and join a club!
Interested in being a Red Tide leader? Email Mrs. Maxfield at maxfieldj@pvpusd.net for the link to the info meeting on Tuesday at 12pm
Counseling Office Updates

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.  

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. 
Attention Sophomore Parents:

The counselors will host a sophomore parent webinar on Wednesday January 20th at 5:30pm. At this presentation we will review important information relating to graduation requirements, college requirements, admissions testing, post-secondary options, and planning. We will also be discussing the upcoming Sophomore Counseling Meetings that will be held throughout the month of March. 

At the sophomore counseling appointments, sophomores and their parents will have an opportunity to schedule an individual meeting with their child’s counselor to review course planning for junior and senior year as well as to plan for post secondary options. Information on signing up for these meetings will be reviewed at the parent presentation on January 20th.

We hope you can attend the webinar presentation! To register for the webinar click here: 

Attention Freshmen!

The counselors really enjoyed meeting our Freshmen during our lunchtime meet and greet lessons. If you were unable to attend the meeting we recommend reviewing this powerpoint that details important information regarding graduation requirements, what colleges look for, and how to get involved in activities. 

We now invite all our freshmen to join their counselors google classroom where you will find helpful links and resources to help you navigate high school. 

You should have received an invite to join your counselors google classroom but just in case below are the join codes by counselor:

Paula Stapleton (A-Da): buy6srj
Megan Lichter (De-H): junewsg
Kristen Nelson (I-Mc): bafumfu
Merika McHugh (Me-R): 44xh62f
Heidi Shulman (S-Z): 6y2r64s
SoCal ROC Spring semester online courses begin Monday, February 8th! Earn high school elective credits while learning valuable skills and exploring a career in graphic design or the medical field. Courses are FREE for high school students! Contact your Career Guidance Specialist for more information and to enroll - Rocio Pineda-Contreras at 310-224-4240 or rpcontreras@scroc.k12.ca.us.

  • 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.
College and Career Center Updates


Hear the latest key insights on the following and more:
  • COVID-19’s sweeping impact on college admission testing
  • Test-date disruption and alternatives to traditional test-sites
  • How colleges are responding now and what is unresolved
  • Making the best choice between the SAT and ACT
  • The role of test scores in different admissions contexts
  • Making sense of the subtlety and variety of testing policies
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing
  • Finding the optimal timeline for your testing and test prep
  • Scope of test prep and expectations for improvement
  • PSAT – what it is and how best to interpret/consider the score report 

The PVHSCCC is happy to offer the opportunity for students in the 10th and 11th grades to take an online, FREE, full-length practice SAT and/or ACT. The test results are invaluable in helping students and their families understand which test might suit the student best, as well as provide the chance to determine an ideal testing and tutoring plan if desired. These practice tests are also a great opportunity to do just that… practice taking a college entrance exam!

DATES & TIME – Pre-registration is required!

Registration deadline is TWO WEEKS prior to each practice test.

SAT: Saturday, February 20, 9:00 AM (PST) – Deadline to register: February 5th!

ACT: Saturday, March 6, 9:00 AM (PST) – Deadline to register: February 22nd!

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Mrs. Lewis or Mrs. Hoffman in the PVHSCCC? 

Drop in for an OPEN Q & A FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS & SENIORS on WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20TH @ 12:30PM. All parents are welcome, but we’d love to hear from 11th & 12th grade parents!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday January 18th
  • No school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday January 19th
  • A Day
  • Future Sea Kings! Join Dr. Tyner virtually during our second Principal's Forum at 9am. 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 #2 at 6:30pm: Navigating College Admissions Tests. Presented by: Torsten Sannar - Compass Education Group. Please join other families for a thoughtful and pragmatic discussion of college admission testing that will be useful to students & parents alike. REGISTER HERE

Wednesday January 20th

Thursday January 21st
  • A Day

Friday January 22nd
  • B Day