Volume I Issue 11 ~ November 11, 2018
1. Academics Spotlight
While you might not think that Escape Rooms have a lot to do with U.S. History, that's exactly what Mrs. Driver's students were doing. Students had to work in teams to answer trivia questions about history facts. Each correct answer gave them part of a morse code that they had to use to solve the larger puzzle at the end. Students enjoyed the competition and learning with peers as well.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Football beat the number one ranked Aquinas in the Quarterfinal game 12-7. The Sea Kings advance to the Semi Finals Friday at Citrus College versus Glendora.

Both Boys and Girls Cross Country teams took 2nd in the CIF Prelims Friday morning. The team will advance to the CIF Championship next weekend. Good Luck!

Girls Golf's Meg Yoshida and Keira Wang wrapped up their season at the So Cal Championship on Friday. Meg finished 43rd and Keira finished 50th. Great job to all of our players and coaches this season!
3. Activities Spotlight
You might recognize Nia Peeples from her roles in The Young and the Restless, Fame, or even Pretty Little Liars, but on Friday she was just another Sea King. The actress stopped by the mindfulness class to talk about staying true to yourself and always staying positive before stopping by our Drama classes. She answered many questions from our students and even went through some acting exercises with the class. Thank you Nia for coming to PV High!
4. College and Career Center
Our CCC hosted a CSU Apply Workshop this past week for all of our seniors. Seniors could sign up online through Naviance and classes like AVID brought all of their students to hear the presentation. Students learned details about the application process, financial aid, and next steps.
5. Music Spotlight
The PVHS Music Department hosted their annual Fall Music Recital. This performance annual coincides with Veteran's Day and works to fundraise for our troops. Our students played a beautiful collection of current and classical songs under the direction of Ms. Shellie Parkinson.
The PVIT Solar Cup team drove to the Three Valleys Water District facility with an empty trailer and drive home with a completed wooden boat! The team obtained a sponsorship by the West Basin Water District to participate in Solar Cup, an engineering competition where students build, test, and race a solar powered boat. The team will continue to finish the water vessel and tune the electronics for the boat until the competition at Lake Skinner in May. Pictured center (L-R): Justin Reyes, John Kim, Andy Kim, Noah Bernstein, Charlie Simpson, and Kyle Kan.  
7. MUN
Our Model United Nations team competed at the annual UCLA Conference last weekend. Among a thousand students, our students worked hard on their causes and represented PV High well. They were well spoken, well researched, and did wonderful jobs representing their countries beliefs. Great job everyone!
8. Korean Newsletter
Joanna Choi and Nikolas Tempereau published the second edition of the Korean Newsletter. They focused on language, culture, and activities that our Korean students have been participating in during class. Click here to read the latest issue.
9. Student Spotlight
On Tuesday PVHS photo students traveled to San Francisco for the day, having many photo opportunities to take in the culture and sites of an amazing city. Students got to experience great food in Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and Market Street. The Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and Haight Street were other locations visited on their excursion. It was a great day with many smiles and good photos.
10. Next week at a glance
  • No school! Happy Veteran's Day and thank you to all of our service men and women!

  • The Sea King Sustainability Committee will meet at lunch in the library. Students, staff & community members welcome. Help us make a lasting difference!

  • Stop by the library at lunch for another one of our lunchtime series, Information Insight: Career Q&A. Ms. Cherie Hudson will be joining us to talk about her career as a School Social Worker and the value in building professional relationships and saying YES to opportunity.

Thursday :
  • Run-Hide-Fight curriculum will be taught to all students in 2nd period classes. To preview the content click here

Friday :
  • Minimum B Day
  • BTC/ASB are collecting items to support Packages for Patriots, a non-profit organization dedicated to support the courageous men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces., in honor of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. Please donate the assigned items given in your English class by November 16, 2018. 
  • CIF Football Semi-final game at Citrus College versus Glendora. To help our Sea King family celebrate, we are taking $5 off the new t-shirts at the student store. Long sleeve and short sleeve on sale. Hurry in and get your logo shirts for this week’s game!

Have a great Thanksgiving break Sea Kings!
See you all on Monday November 26th!
Health and Wellness


Parental concern about drug use is almost universal, and the topic of whether or not to drug test one’s own child is a consuming dilemma. Parents major concerns regarding drug testing include lack of knowledge about what is available, what to do if the tests are positive, and most importantly, how does drug testing interfere with the relationship, and the strong desire to maintain trust. The other concern I hear most often is what should the timing of drug testing be, ie, is it done after one suspects a problem, or is it a preventative measure? Although opinions vary, I believe drug testing is a valuable tool for many reasons. Urine drug testing kits are readily available in your pharmacy, or on the internet. Most of these test for a panel of drugs, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates, benzodiazepenes, cocaine. Many of the synthetic and club drugs will not show up, and require sophisticated, and expensive testing. I recommend testing because it goes a long way to removing questions or doubts, and if test results are negative, a parent can much more easily dispense with their suspicions, and probing questions.

One of the main benefits of drug testing is that it provides a reasonable and built in excuse for your child to refuse temptation or peer pressure to use, and saying “no, I can’t, my parents will test me when I get home” is clearly understood. If framed in a positive manner, ie, “I just want to do this so we can get this concern out of the way and not be bothered by it”, most kids will not protest too much. If a request produces great anger, resentment, and refusal, that may be a sign that there is something to hide.
When should one consider testing? The clearest answer is if there is concern or suspicion of use, obviously. It is a much more difficult decision if one is trying to use it as a precaution or preventative measure. If you have a good relationship with your child, if they talk to you about the pressures of use in the community, then you can discuss the issue with them. Letting them know that your relationship, trust, and communication is of utmost importance, allow them to have a voice in the decision. When there is any suspicion or concern, drug testing is a good tool.

If you decide to test, there are some important considerations. Testing should be random, and not announced. It can and should be linked to those times that you are especially concerned. Know that some substances, like alcohol, cocaine, meth clear the system relatively rapidly, within 1-3 days, while marijuana, which is stored in the fat cells, will stay in the system and continue to test positively for 30-60 days. You need to have a strategy for positive test results – what will you do? Having this in place will lessen anger and battles that may result. Finally, be aware that results of drug testing can be inaccurate. There are a small percentage of false positives, or substances which may trigger a positive test that are not drug related. The percentages of these are small, but they do exist. More significant issues involve tampering with tests. If your child is having a problem, then the desire to hide it from you will be great. Teenagers have vast availability of resources aiding them in covering up their use, including ingesting substances, diluting, or even using someone else’s urine. When you are dealing with this level of deception, then it is best to consult a professional and decide upon a course of assistance.

Please know that the Thelma McMillen Center provides free drug testing for teens, and if results are positive, provide resources to parents. In summary, I believe drug testing is a useful tool to both lower anxiety among parents, provide a built in excuse for teens, and ultimately to build trusting relationships.

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
In January 2016, California adopted a new law covering comprehensive health education in public schools, Education Code Sections 51930‐ 51939 (AB 329) called the CA Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). Students in intermediate and high school must receive comprehensive health education and HIV prevention education from trained instructors. Each pupil shall receive this instruction at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. Here are some facts about the CHYA.

Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is recommending the following steps to take toward initial, immediate compliance, with future consideration of a complete textbook adoption with the release of the new Health Education Framework in 2021:
1.    Selecting curriculum to cover CA Healthy Youth Act requirements (Board of Education approval process)
2.    Determining who will teach the curriculum and in which grades
3.    Scheduling training, parent education events, and public review of curriculum/opt-out procedures

LACOE strongly encouraged us to use the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group curricula review as a starting point, as they were charged with grading a subset of comprehensive sexual health education curricula for alignment and compliance with the CHYA.

Five of the districts in the South Bay Consortium have selected the same resource, while the others are just beginning this process. Administrators across the greater South Bay have continued to communicate with each other as we move collectively forward towards legislative compliance. PVPUSD will coordinate with LACOE to present information to the Board of Education and entire parent community about the changes.

If you are interested in participating in this Health Task Force work, please complete the following form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=alG_LzE4eUS6iIMJfbVyeR3BiGtsvk5NgKNhK9rVDgpUOEUxVzBNUUxYVzhLRVA4QUJMWkNYOVAzNi4u
600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 ~ 310-378-8471 ~ pvhs.pvpusd.net