Volume I Issue 33 ~ May 12th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
Biology Honors students participated in the Amgen Biotech Experience. This is a unique 3-week laboratory experience where students not only learn cutting-edge science, but also develop lab skills that will benefit them in the college years ahead. Thank you to the Booster Club for continuing to sponsor such an important unit that benefits our students!
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Lacrosse lost to Loyola in the LA Championship game 12-6. Congratulations boys on all of your hard work this season and great job!

Huge congratulations to the girls lacrosse team who took home their third LA Championship title by beating rivals Redondo, 13-9. The girls then went on to play St. Margaret's for the Southern Section Championship. Congratulations girls on a great season!

Congrats to our PVHS surf team members Briggs Peus, Trevor Khan, and Lucas Barajas for advancing to the next rounds. 
In Women’s shortboard best in bay league finals had Gabby Wapner placing 6th and Kelsie Grant finishing 3rd best in the South bay. Congratulations Sea Kings!

Boys Tennis lost to Harvard-Westlake 14 - PV 4 in the Open Division semifinals. PV will return to action next Friday in the state Regional competition.

Congrats to the following track athletes who competed at CIF:

Samantha Steman finished 2nd in CIF in the 3200 with a lifetime best of 10:45 for the 2 mile race. She also advances to next week’s Masters Meet!

Ryan Echeverria becomes the first ever Sea King to run a lap in under 50 seconds. 49.64 for 5th place in CIF 400m

Maya Whitcomb finished 9th in CIF 400m

Nate Lantz runs a 4:16 mile to take 4th in CIF, Will Teets took 9th

Savannah Scriven took 6th in the 1600m at the CIF track championship.

Great job to all our athletes!
3. Korean Spotlight
Last Friday, we had 77 students and teachers from SAWL high school. This is their 3rd visit and they had a great time on campus visiting classrooms, meeting new friends, and learning about school in America. They even performed a traditional fan dance at lunch for our students. Thank you to all of the staff who made this experience happen for our students!
4. Science Honor Society Spotlight
Science National Honor Society members volunteered at Cornerstone Elementary for their annual Science Night. Our students enjoyed showed the younger students a bit of chemistry as they helped them make slime!
5. Friendship Club Spotlight
The PVHS Friendship Club participated in the annual Friendship Foundation Friendship Carnival on Sunday, April 28 at Chevron Park in El Segundo. Food, fun, and friendship were the themes of the day. Club leaders Gaby Gomez, Grace Drawer, and Emmy Rener were on hand to sponsor the PVFC t-shirt tie dye table. The club would like to thank the PVHS families that attended the event and helped us raise money to support our annual Disneyland trip later this month. Friendship Club meets every Tuesday at lunch in our Life Skills Center and always welcomes new members. If you would like more information on how to get involved with the Friendship Foundation, visit  http://www.friendshipfoundation.com/join-as-volunteer/ . If you would like to support the club's trip to Disneyland, please contact advisor Allyson Klabe (klabea@pvpusd.net)
6. PVIT Spotlight
The PVIT Space team launched a high altitude science balloon to the edge of space, and recovered it 80 miles away in the Mojave desert. Months of works went into preparing the aerial vehicle, payload, and experiments for flight. The long, 16-hour day started with running last minute flight predictions to find a suitable and accessible landing spot, launching to near=space at 100,000 feet, 4 hours of tracking using GPS with a SpotTracker and a ham radio, and then a one-hour hike to recover the frame and equipment. 
Congratulations to the dedicated team for finding the frame and equipment in the Mojave National Preserve, which was literally like finding a (GPS-tracked) needle in a haystack! Thank you to engineering 
mentors Joel Farrier, Mike Norris, Steve Wollman, and Alex Rusich for assisting the students on this great project.  
7. Library Spotlight
Faculty members were invited to beta-test the library’s new original Breakout Box game (similar to an Escape Room) based on George Orwell’s 1984. Teachers helped each other solve a series of content and theme-based puzzles and then provided feedback to Ms. Brockman to tweak anything before finalizing the game to offer to sophomore English classes. Breakout Box games utilize critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving, promoting resilience and team work. The library’s boxes were generously funded by the PVHS PTSA, and are utilized by English, History, SpEd., AVID, World Language, and students participating in Library Club activities.
8. Boeing Internship Spotlight
Congratulations to our 2019 Boeing interns. These students, chosen through a highly competitive process, will spend the summer mentored by a Boeing engineer, learning about aerospace engineering, satellites, large defense contractor companies, and the working world. Congratulations to Jacob Hageman, Michaela Lee, Erin Magid, Anton Lok, Jason Lee, and Frankie Moore who are shown here on “signing day”. 
9. Student Spotlight
NexxGen News is a national news program, similar to Channel One. They are working with Live from 205 to give students an opportunity to produce stories on a national level. The first of these opportunities came for Junior and Live from 205 Anchor, Gabriella Rudy. To watch her national debut, click the link below. Great job Gabby!

10. Next week at a glance
  • AP Testing continues this week! AP Biology and Physics C test today.
  • Golf @ CIF Team Finals
  • Last week to buy your prom tickets! Make sure to stop by the student store ASAP and avoid long lines later in the week. Tickets are $115 with ASB and $125 without. Click here for a parking map or see below for the flyer with more information.

  • AP Calculus AB, BC, and Human Geography


  • AP English Language and Macroeconomics
  • Interested in playing athletics during college? Come to this presentation by Speaker Mark Leinweaver of PERFECT PLAY-CEMENT. He is an MLB Agent who educates parents, students and coaches on how to best approach the college selection “recruitment” process starting with a simple, realistic and logical plan to try to play at the next level. This event is 7pm in the gym.

Thursday :

  • AP Comparative Government and Politics, World History, and Statistics
  • Golf @ Individual Finals
  • Tennis @ Individual Finals

Friday :
  • AP Music Theory and Computer Science A
  • Tennis @ State Regionals
  • Track @ CIF Masters
General Info

Attention Seniors!

You are required to send a final transcript to the college you are attending in the fall. The final transcript order form is available at the front of the counseling office. Please check to make sure your college will accept electronic documents via your Naviance account. 

If you are attending a college that does not accept electronic documents you MUST provide your counselor with a stamped and addressed envelope to mail the transcript. If you are unsure follow the directions or stop by and see your counselor. Final transcripts must be ordered by graduation. 
Senior NCAA and NAIA athletes please check with the counseling office to make sure your name is on our list for final transcripts to be sent to the eligibility center.

Attention Junior Athletes!

If you are planning on playing a NCAA Division I or II sport in college you will need to order a transcript to be sent to the eligibility center, so please pick up a NCAA transcript order form at the front of the counseling office. 
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.


In our last columns, I discussed the various types of anxiety disorders, and what the signs and symptoms to look for are. As an essential reminder, anxiety is the most common form of mental health issue, and also the most treatable. Since we all experience anxiety of some sort, at some times in our lives, we tend to dismiss it as a problem. As I have pointed out, when our children suffer from significant anxiety disorders, it becomes quite disabling and problematic. Following are some ways to understand and cope with anxiety.

First and foremost, accept the anxiety as real, accept the concerns your child feels as real, and don’t judge or minimize their feelings . Communicating to them that “it is no big deal” will not make them feel better, just make them less likely to talk to you about it. At the same time, encouragement and support is essential. If you have had personal experience with anxiety, you can tell them about it, so that they don’t feel so unique. . Whether learned or genetic, anxiety disorders of childhood usually have roots to an adult with a history of anxiety. If their anxiety is causing them to make major life changes, ie, not going to school, not socializing, not partaking in events, not sleeping, then consider getting professional help for them. As stated, anxiety is disabling, but also quite treatable.

Understand the connection between stressors, perceptions/thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations: Anxiety is a combination of environmental stressors, perceived stressors, unrealistic and exaggerated thoughts, and physical reactions. Breaking the cycle of anxiety can occur at any of those points. We can change our environmental stressors. We can learn to breathe deeply, learn relaxation training, learn mindfulness exercises to calm our physical reactions. Finally, we can adjust and change our cognitions and thinking patterns to “dilute” the anxiety producing thoughts. An easily learned clinical tool is called “thought stopping”, where one learns to recognize feelings of anxiety, identify unrealistic thoughts, attain a state of physical relaxation, and change the thinking pattern. The ultimate result is lowering of anxiety.
Practice mindfulness, relaxation, guided imagery. Learning how to bring the body and mind into a state of calm is an essential tool in dealing with anxiety. It allows one to have a sense of control of the problem, and provides a tool that is accessible at any time. Guided tapes and training are readily available on the internet. With practice, one can calm the body and mind down in only seconds. In guided imagery, we can imagine ourselves in a safe and special place.

Learn how to change the negative self talk. Anxiety is a result of a cascade of unrealistic negative thinking, which often feeds on itself and turns into catastrophic thinking. It generally
relies on what we call all-or-none thinking, usually involving self-judgmental words including “should”, “always”, “never”, “have to”. Learning how to identify these negative thinking patterns, and changing them, is the core of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Success can often be achieved in 6-10 sessions with a professional skilled in CBT.

Distract yourself. When experiencing anxiety, one cannot get away from the thoughts or feelings. Relief can sometimes be found in distraction, like listening to music, writing feelings down, engaging in a physical activity (run, pushups, jumping jacks), deep breathing. The producers of the movie Angst suggest putting ice cubes in your hand. This focuses your attention away from the fear and onto the freezing sensation.

Try to confront the fear. This is very tricky. When one experiences anxiety over a particular situation, and then avoids or flees from the situation, the feelings of anxiety will most likely reduce temporarily. However, the anxiety disorder will actually strengthen, as the reduction reinforces the avoidance. The difficult part is that being pushed into the fearful situation will also increase the anxiety. Learning how to face your fears with tools of controlling your body and your thinking will eventually lead to a more realistic understanding of the situation and reduction in anxiety. When the anxiety is severe, it may require some professional help. Gradually exposing oneself to the fearful situation is known as Exposure Therapy.
Praise and reward all attempts at confronting fears. If your child makes an attempt to deal with their perceived fears and threats, provide encouragement and care for their courage, and for the process. Dealing with anxiety is often a series of small incremental victories.

See a professional. If anxiety persists, see a physician to rule out any physical or medical problems which may be causing the anxiety. When anxiety is severe and disabling, medication is sometimes indicated to break the cycle, and can be best determined by a child psychiatrist. As stated, Cognitive Behavior Therapy is evidence based treatment for anxiety disorders.

I have mentioned the movie Angst. If you have a chance to see it, you will gain a great deal. The website angstmovie.com is filled with great information, videos, and resource materials. Remember, anxiety is very common, can be disabling, and is very treatable.

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
600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 ~ 310-378-8471 ~ pvhs.pvpusd.net