Volume I Issue 26 ~ March 17th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
Ms. Varela's AP US History class worked in cooperative learning groups to practice their critical thinking skills. Students watched video clips, read documents, and worked together to answer higher level thinking questions about life in America during the 1950's.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Baseball beat Redondo in the El Segundo Tournament 17-16 in extra innings.

Softball lost to El Segundo 10-9 in a close battle but beat San Juan Hills 7-1.

Boys Volleyball lost to Mira Costa. The boys are on the road Tuesday vs. Redondo.

Boys golf is currently undefeated after playing Redondo. They are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in league. Highlights include Alex Mizrachi who shot an even par 36 and Matthew Kang who shot a 38.

Boys Lacrosse beat Sierra Canyon 10-3 and Westlake 17-3. They play at home on Tuesday at 3:30pm.

Girls Lacrosse continued their winning streak with a huge rivalrvy win over Redondo 10-8. They also beat Mira Costa 18-8.

Swim beat West Torrance with the girls winning 90-78 and the boys winning 108-62. Both the boys and girls also beat North Torrance.

Boys Tennis lost to Mira Costa in a close game that was 9-9 and only losing by total games 77-72. Great job Sea Kings! 
3. Activities Spotlight
It's March Madness here at PVHS and ASB is hosting a month long basketball tournament at lunch. The first round of games were played this week. What is different about this tournament though is the focus on kindness and the principles found in John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. As we March into Kindness, students and programs will continue to be recognized and acknowledged for their positive behavior and sportsmanship. Stop by the gym next week at lunch to check it out!
4. Chinese Spotlight
Twenty-five Chinese students from PVHS and PVIS went on a field trip together to Ranch 99-the most popular Chinese grocery store at San Gabriel Square Shopping Mall. Students had the opportunity to buy something such as Chinese candies, tea, Boba, or other snacks. During lunch students had Dim-Sum and tried to manage to use chopsticks to eat. They enjoyed a variety of authentic Chinese dishes such as Shaomai, Spare Ribs, Chaoshao Bao, porridge, Fried rice and Fried noodles and even got to practice their Chinese when ordering.

Students then headed to Huntington Library. In the Chinese Garden, known as “Liu Fang Yuan” or “the Garden of Flowing Fragrance” with Suzhou-style landscape design, students strolled through pathways, bridges and pavilions, amazed by carefully selected Chinese plants and blooming flowers, laughed their reflection in the lake and jumped around the artificial waterfall and posed on rocks from China’s Lake Tai.

As a reflection of the trip, almost all students said, “It was so meaningful and fun!” Students even brought home Roasted Duck for dinner. Yum!
5. College and Career Center
The College and Career Center hosted their 4th session of the College Essentials Toolkit Series, this time focusing on helping students find what's best for them. Students and families had the opportunity to hear about international colleges, colleges in different regions of the USA: small, private liberal arts colleges, large research universities, "Big Sports" PAC12 schools to "Faith Based" schools. Thank you to Loyola University Chicago, University of Oregon, Dickinson, TCU, and UCD for all participating in this event!
6. Math day at the beach
Six students from Math Honor Society represented PVHS at Math Day at the Beach. This problem-solving festival,  held at CSULB, draws 50 of the top math schools in Southern California to bring together high school students who want to have fun with math and enjoy the camaraderie of university students and professors. The individual and team rounds proved to challenge the students while providing an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of math. Participating: Curtis Liu, Aaron Guo, John Kim, David Maemoto, Noah Lin, Abbie Maemoto.
7. Fine Arts Spotlight
This week Mrs. Warren's drawing and painting class got the opportunity to interact with the Food for Thought truck. This truck has traveled all over the coast of California and is a mobile graphic design studio. Their mission is to continue to create public spaces that bring communities together. Students were able to interact with the truck, ask questions to the organizers, and more.
8. PVIT Spotlight
The PVIT First Robotics team competed in the LA North Regional event this weekend in the "Destination: Deep Space" competition. In this year's game, the robots race to place hatch panels on their rocket and cargo ship and load valuable cargo for transport off the planet. The team worked 4-7 days per week during the 6-week build season, and now are putting their design and engineering to the test -- how will they fare competing in alliances against the other teams? These students experience the real life engineering challenges of design, build, test, failure, troubleshoot, fix, test, failure, troubleshoot, fix, etc. 
9. Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Tyler Imbach for winning the Daily Breeze Boys Athlete of the Week. Imbach went 6 for 7 at the plate in two games last week with two home runs and seven RBIs. He was 3 for 3 with three RBIs in a 4-1 win over Carson and 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs in a 7-0 win over North Torrance. 

He was also named Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week. Congrats Tyler on all of your hard work paying off!

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10. Next week at a glance
  • Boys Golf @ Walnut Tournament

  • Boys Swim @ South Bay Invite
  • Boys Golf @ Torrance
  • Lacrosse vs. La Costa Canyon
  • Volleyball @ Redondo


  • Informational Parent presentation on at 8:30AM in the MPR for parents of incoming freshmen. The purpose of this presentation is to support you and your student in acclimating to our school and its various programs. At this presentation the counselors will review freshmen course selections and program overviews. You will also receive a copy of the PVHS educational planning guide. If you are unable to attend the presentation will be available on our website www.pvhs.pvpusd.net under the counseling office tab and the educational planning guide will be given to your student at their intermediate school orientations later this month. 
  • Girls Swim @ South Bay Invite
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Agoura
  • Softball @ Mira Costa
  • Baseball @ Mira Costa
  • Golf @ Chadwick
  • First night of the Choreo show at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance at 7pm. Don't miss it!

Thursday :

  • Golf vs. Torrance
  • Softball vs. Serra
  • Boys Tennis @ Redondo
  • Final night of the Choreo show at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance at 7pm.
  • Drama's annual Dessert Theater in the MPR at 7pm!

Friday :
  • Boys Tennis All American Tournament
  • Baseball vs. Costa
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Chaminade
  • Girls Lacrosse @ Peninsula

Save the date! Our spring evacuation drill will take place on March 29th.
Be on the look out for more details in the future.

Health and Wellness

Each week, one of our community partners, Dr. Moe Gelbart generously volunteers his time to provide information for our community related to wellness. Dr. Gelbart is the Executive Director of Thelma McMillen Center in Torrance.


I have written about marijuana use and myths in previous columns. Because of changes in attitudes in our present society, as well as changes in law, there is a concern that marijuana will become commonly accepted and thought to be harmless. I believe this is an extremely dangerous position to take, especially for teenagers. In general, marijuana is potentially very harmful for teens, as is any drug or alcohol. I have discussed in the past the details of the developing teenage brain, how it is constantly being shaped until the mid 20s, how fragile and vulnerable it is to drugs and alcohol, and how the pleasure centers can become totally focused on substance use and ignore other forms of positive reinforcement. This can lead to dependency in the worst case, or to poor decision making leading to unintended negative consequences.

In the 15 years we have had an Adolescent Treatment Program at the Thelma McMillen Center, marijuana use among teens has been the most consistent problem, and among the most difficult to treat. The internet has made kids “experts” in marijuana, although they only seek to confirm their positive views. They can argue the benefits of marijuana, the health benefits (not accurate), the fact that it is natural, the belief that people smoked it in the 60’s with no ill effects, the belief that it is safer than alcohol, and on and on. The legalization in many states, including California, has only strengthened their resolve that it is safe and beneficial, and the belief that physicians can prescribe it for medical use further strengthens their resolve, and makes it more difficult to convince them otherwise.

The medical use of marijuana is highly misunderstood and over-exaggerated, and people spinning signs outside of shops or delivering marijuana is not medical marijuana as advertised, nor does spending $50 for a medical marijuana card make it legitimate, even if a physician’s name is attached to it. The rise of cannabis related products, some over the counter, and endorsement by celebrities and athletes further tantalize the teenager into believing marijuana is harmless. There are, however, serious risks.

To begin with, it is the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana that provides the euphoric feeling. Interestingly, true medical marijuana consists of cannabidiol (CBD), which does not get one high, and is not appealing to teens. Today’s marijuana has incredibly high concentration of THC levels, sometimes ranging from 40 to 80 percent THC. For relative comparison, top shelf marijuana found in shops contains about 20 percent THC, and marijuana smoked in the 60”s was less than 10 percent THC. Marijuana concentrates with high THC levels are known as oil, wax, honey oil, budder, butane, dabs, black glass, and errl. It is ingested by smoking, and infusing in food or drinks. Vaping has become an increasingly popular method of use, as it is smokeless, odorless, and easy to hide. It is also a method to provide high THC concentrated marijuana.

Recent studies have shown that the use of high concentrated marijuana has led to very significant psychological and physical issues and problems. We know that marijuana can cause paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, and hallucinations. There has been a dramatic rise in emergency department visits related to the drug, for physical issues like elevated heart rate and blood pressure, as well as cannabis induced psychosis (CIP). Teens who use marijuana increase their chances of developing a mental disorder by 4-12 times. Regular use of marijuana is related to the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or PTSD.

We have treated kids who have vaped high concentrate marijuana one time, and wound up in the emergency room in critical condition. Studies published in JAMA Psychiatry journal show that cannabis use during adolescence is associated with an increased risk of developing depression or suicidal behavior in young adulthood, even in teens with no depressive symptoms prior to starting use.

As is often the case, the most important tool a parent can have is knowledge. Newer studies examining the effects of high concentrate THC marijuana are indicating many more physical and psychological problems than was previously recognized. It is important to dispel the myths that teens believe in regards to the safety of the drug, and to have a firm stance and belief in trying to curb it’s use among adolescents.

At the Thelma McMillen Center, we started out treating dependency issues, but quickly realized that just as important a contribution we could make was to very early intervention. Many parents I have worked with, whose children are in long term treatment programs wish they had taken a stance as soon as they learned their child was experimenting with marijuana.

Remember, if you have issues you would like to see addressed, please email me at askdrgelbart@gmail.com.

Moe Gelbart, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center
General Info
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School (PVPSS) high school program will once again be available for all students entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall. The program will take place on the Palos Verdes High School campus June 17 – July 25, 2019.
Online registration for classes will begin at 7:00 pm on each of the following nights:
Tuesday, March 19, for incoming Seniors
Wednesday, March 20, for incoming Juniors
Thursday, March 21, for incoming Sophomores
Monday, April 15, for incoming Freshman
Visit our website at  www.pvpss.com  for additional information.  
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