Volume I Issue 36 ~ June 2nd, 2019
1. Class Competition
Our last class competition assembly of the year was held on Tuesday. Classes competed in a pie eating contest as well as many other contests. It was close but the Seniors ended up as the winning class! Students also saw the debut of this year's lip dub. You can view it here PVHS Lip Dub 2019
2. Student Spotlight
Bradley Knoblauch earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36! Only two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top score. Great job Bradley!
3. Athlete of the Year Banquet
Palos Verdes High honored its top athletes at our Athlete of the Year Banquet on Thursday. PV had a successful year in athletics winning CIF Championships in Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country and Boys Doubles Tennis. Additionally, our Girls Lacrosse Team won the LA County Championships. All of our Varsity teams qualified for the CIF playoffs this year. Great job Athletics!
4. Chess Tournament
The Library held the second annual Chess Tournament this week and last. Twenty players participated in the lunchtime competition. The final match on Wednesday was played by Ronan Volman (9) and Matin Razepoor (12); the match, played with oversized pieces, lasted over an hour and a half, finally ending in a stalemate. The two finalists returned Thursday and Friday to play the deciding match. After two days of play, senior Matin Razepoor, last's year's finalist, emerged as the champion. Congratulations to Matin! Congratulations to Ronan, and semi-finalists Hudson Wesley and Grady Schmidt, and all those who entered and played. We look forward to next year's tournament.

5. Yearbook Distribution
On Wednesday, the Triton Yearbook staff distributed the 2019 yearbook to 1400 students inside the gym and celebrated with music, candy and steamers. Earlier in the week, the Triton won the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award for 99 percent of coverage of the student body three times or more in the book and making all deadlines. Great job Yearbook!
6. Solar Boat
Congratulations to the PVIT Solar Cup team for their successful competition last weekend. The Solar Cup team raced and camped at Lake Skinner where skippers Charlie Simpson and John Kim piloted the Sea King boat to a 2nd Place Veteran Central and Bay Region Endurance Race award.  Thank you to the West Basin Municipal Water District for sponsoring our team in this fun, challenging, and extremely well-run competition.  
7. HSA Breakfast-Dana Otero
Dana Otero was recognized at the PTSA Honorary Service Awards breakfast for receiving the CA State PTA Scholarship and PVP Council of PTA's Scholarship! Great job Dana!
The Rocketry team competed at the Team america Rocketry Challenge National Finals after finishing in the top 100 teams in the country with a strong qualifying score. The students traveled to Manassas, VA to compete with students from all over the country to fly three raw eggs to 856 feet and return to them to the ground, unbroken of course, within 43-46 seconds, aiming for accuracy while taking into account weather variability. Congratulations to the team which ranked 66th out of the original 840 teams nationally.

9. Battle Bots
The BattleBots teams took their internal competition to All Access to compete in a custom-made field, complete with "PVIT BattleBots" side boards. The teams and friends enjoyed watching the bots attempt to smash and annihilate each other until the last one standing, or running, was the winner. A special "thank you" goes out to Dave Agar and All Access for providing the field and venue to allow our Battlebots to compete.   
10. Next week at a glance
  • Zero Period Final and All Period Review

  • Minimum Day: Period 1 & 2 Finals


  • Minimum Day: Period 4 & 3 Finals
  • Graduation Rehearsal 12:30pm
  • Graduation Ticket Distribution 3pm

Thursday :

  • Minimum Day: Period 5 & 6 Finals
  • Last Day of School
  • Graduation at 6pm in Sea King

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.

Textbook turn-in time is NOW . All AP textbooks, senior textbooks, and textbooks and core novels students are not  actively  using must be turned in no later than Wed. May 29th.  ALL textbooks  must be turned  before  the final for the course they correlate with.

The library needs YOUR HELP . Student and adult volunteers are needed for textbook intake June 3-6. (Students can use this for CSF service hours). Sign up here: tinyurl.com/textbookvols  We have roughly 8,700 textbooks to collect. WE NEED HELP. All and any time you can give us, please do. Keep showing up and we will gratefully put you to work!

Students, keep track of what textbooks you still owe; use Aeries to do it! Visit  seakinglibrary.com/textbooks  and open "Aeries Self-Monitoring"

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.


Maneuvering through the challenges of adolescence has many difficulties and stressors. Issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity often bring a host of internal anxieties and confusion, and being seen as different in any way can lead to serious stigmatization amongst peers. For full disclosure, I am not an expert in LBGTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Questioning) issues, but this is an essential topic and in this article my hope is to share with our community the basics. If your child or family needs professional assistance with concerns related to LBGTQ, Know that there are great resources and very qualified professionals that can provide support.

Among adolescents ages 18-19, just under eight percent of females and just under three percent of males identify as homosexual or bisexual (source: HHS.gov), and 0.7 percent of the population ages 13 to 17 (source: ) (While many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents are happy and thrive during their teenage years, however, many feel isolated, ashamed, and afraid of being discovered that they are different. As a result, they may face significant psychological and social issues. While in most issues of conflict, children have support and understanding of their parents, many LBGTQ youth may feel they have to keep their feelings hidden from their families, and when they are known, often do not feel or get any support. This complicates and intensifies the psychological issues.

As a result, LBGTQ teens have higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and are often the recipients of severe bullying. Some of the facts include:

· 77% of LBGTQ teens have admitted to depression
· 95% have trouble sleeping
· 70% have experienced feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
· 26% say they don’t feel safe in schools, and only 5% feel supported by school staff and teachers.
· 67% have heard negative comments from their own families
· 73% have experienced verbal threats, and have experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation.

Knowing how to be available, present, and loving to your child when they have the courage to let you know about their sexual orientation or non-conforming gender identity is essential. For many, “coming out” and breaking the news to their parents is extremely frightening, yet at the same time acceptance and support are the most helpful things a parent can do. For many parents, this area is more confusing than most, and parents often feel helpless and uninformed, but letting your child know that you love them, you will support them regardless of your own fears and confusion, are often monumental for the child. Should your child express themselves to you, some suggestions are:

· Educate yourself, and learn the facts. There are excellent LBGTQ centers in Los Angeles that have resources, reading materials, and parental workshops. Acceptance and love of your child is first and foremost, and if your own feelings are interfering, make sure you get support for what you may be going through, and professional help if needed. Do not project your fears and difficulties onto your child. As difficult as this is for you, it is more difficult for them, and they need your help, and need to know you are there for them.

· Embrace your child. This is not just a phase that will pass, nor something that needs to be “cured”.
· Stay aware for signs of depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. These may be expressed directly, or may be subtle, with symptoms like isolation, sense of hopelessness, fear of engaging in social activities, decline in grades, use of drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

· Look for incidents of bullying, either directly or through social media. Be an advocate for your child if you see signs, and help stand up for them with school personnel, or with other parents.

· Consider advocating for your child’s rights and feelings, and get involved with other parents doing the same thing. Our community has great resources of parents helping each other to make sure they have the tools to help their children. Do not stand quietly while friends joke or judge about LBGTQ issues, and let others know you will not tolerate that.

· Help them learn about healthy relationships, even if they are not going down the road you have envisioned for them. Letting them know about respect, healthy dating, and self-protection is important.
While this could be a difficult time for your child, and your family. It is your duty to provide love, caring, education, and support. Know that you are not alone.

Our community has many great resources, and outstanding experts available to provide guidance and care. A good place to start is with www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org, which has articles, parental blogs, and resources.

They also have a page for parents of LGBTQ+ youth: https://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org/lgbtq

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
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