Volume I Issue 24 ~ March 3rd, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
Mrs. Palosarri's Pre-Calc with limits class worked in cooperative groups to learn about sequences and series. Students worked through notes and practice problems as team and finished the class by matching the correct equation to the sequence listed. Student were thinking critically about each problem and working as a team to solve the answers.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Softball lost 6-2 to South and 4-3 to San Pedro. Rachel Allen hit a 3-run home run in the 7th inning.

The Varsity Boys Golf team played in their first tournament of the year and finished in 6th place out of 19 teams. The Boys edged out cross town rivals, Peninsula, beating them by 6 shots. The Sea Kings finished the tournament with a stroke total of 333. Leading the Sea Kings was a 78 by Will Jandro, 80 Matthew Kang, 83 Pallav Chaturvedi and a 92 by David Perelmuter. Nice Job Guys!!!

Congratulations Kyle McCann, Niel Randall, Brandon Clark, Luc Charbonnier, Birk Swan, Cole Clinton, Jake Jellison, Brad Sharp & Michael Nagy for making the pre-season 2019 US Lacrosse/MaxLax LA players to watch list. The boys beat Mira costa 18-5 in their season opener.

Boys Tennis competed in the Bay Area Classic Tournament. Highlights include Tristan Messerli 6-2, Ben Jorgensen 6-2, Sebastian Schoepke 6-2, Wolfie Weiss/ Sean Holt 6-4 & Kai Teshima/Nik Tempereau:6-4. Great job boys!

Boys Volleyball beat both El Segundo and Servite in 3 sets.

Track and Field beat El Segundo. The girls team won 61-58 and the boys team won 109-17.

Boys Basketball lost to Granada Hills 59-55 in the State Regional competition. Congrats to all of the players and coaches on great season.
3. Human Rights Week
PVOW, GSA, and CARE student groups sponsored Human Rights Week on campus. The message this week was all about inclusion and acceptance of all students. The student organizations held a feminine hygiene product drive to help a local organization, San Pedro Women's Shelter. Students were also able to sign the pledge or participate in lunchtime activities aimed at connecting our students together.
4. Model United Nations
Model United Nations competed at the Laguna Hills conference. The team had 4 students win awards for outstanding delegate:

Peter Chelebian
Isabella Hutcheson 
Sarah Liu
Morgan Mitchell

Congratulations to all of our students who attended and good luck at the Berkeley conference this weekend!
5. Athletic Speaker
The softball team hosted a lunchtime event for all of our athletic programs, with guest speaker Katie Cheadle who lead a discussion on the "Mental Game" dedicated to giving athletes the tools, resources, and time they need to enhance their game through the integration of Sports Psychology. This workshop helped high school athletes in dealing with the stress, challenges, and pressures that come with being a student athlete. Katie played softball at the University of Georgia and UC Berkeley and is dedicated to helping individuals and teams reach their highest potential through the integration and practice of mindful awareness and intention. Thank you to Katie for coming out and speaking to our athletes on such a meaningful topic.
6. Photo Spotlight
PVHS students Caroline Turnbull, Erin O'Connor, and Alexandra Zarchy, as part of the High Schoolers 4 Her, a feminist organization based in Palos Verdes, challenged themselves to break stereotypes, educate, and make people aware that there is more than being pretty and handsome. These girls have used their artistic strengths through writing and photography while working with PVHS students to present a project that challenges all of us of our own biases and stereotypes. The show titled "Body Positivity" was open for only one night but will travel for exhibition at PVHS in March. Congratulations to the girls on this milestone project. 
7. Music Spotlight
PVHS music students participated in the annual Harmony Concert last Sunday. The Harmony Concert combines students from both PV High and Peninsula High to play together as one hill.
8. National Finalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program has awarded Youngeun Kim and Dylon Shiao as Finalists. The two students were chosen from over 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide. Congratulations to both of these students on this outstanding academic achievement.
9. Student Spotlight
PV High senior Daniella Vincent won this year's annual speech contest hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Lions Club held on February 20. Speaking on the topic "Freedom of The Press; What Does It Mean?" she will now represent the local club in the next round of competition to be held on March 5. Daniella is pictured here with John Letcher, coordinator of the club contest, Ken Blackwood, Lions District Governor, Tina Tsai, Governor's administrative assistant, and K. C. Skogh, Lions Zone C Chairperson.  
10. Next week at a glance
  • Happy Staff Appreciation Week!
  • Boys Golf @ West Covina

  • Blood Drive 8:30am-2:30pm in the MPR. Make sure to sign up and get a parent permission slip from the Main Office.
  • Boys Golf @ West
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Harvard Westlake
  • Boys Volleyball @ South
  • Baseball @ El Segundo Tournament
  • Softball vs. Mary Star


  • Boys Lacrosse @ Redondo
  • Last day to register for an AP test! Click the link below to register.

Thursday :

  • Girls Lacrosse vs. Glendale
  • Baseball @ El Segundo Tournament
  • Golf vs. West
  • Softball vs. Pola
  • Comedy Sportz vs. Teachers 7pm in the MPR

Friday :
  • Boys Tennis @ Stanford Classic Tournament
  • Baseball @ El Segundo Tournament
  • Boys Volleyball vs. Servite

Dont't forget! Sunday March 3rd is the last day to sign up for AP tests before there is an added late fee.

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.


The incidence of eating disorders among teens is rapidly increasing, and the dangerous and harmful effects of suffering from these problems are among the most significant risks our teens face. In the past few columns, I have identified the various forms eating disorders take, the data in regards to them, and some of the factors which are the root causes for developing such a devastating problem. In this article, I will focus on how to recognize the problem in your teen, what are some of the signs and symptoms, and where to turn for assistance.

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms. The most obvious, and primary symptom your teen will initially exhibit is obsessive concern with their weight and food intake, and great attention to weight loss, dieting, and over control of what foods they will eat. They will begin to eliminate foods they are willing to eat, be uncomfortable eating around others, will skip meals, will eat very little of what is offered to them, and will be clued in to all the dieting fads, often experimenting with one after another. They may become obsessed with the health value of various foods.

It is important to remember that eating disorders are really about the obsession of weight and food, and the behaviors related to food intake are the behavioral manifestations of those obsessions. They will constantly monitor their weight, and have extreme concern with their body size and shape, often checking themselves out frequently in the mirror. Their comments about themselves will be extremely negative, and they will magnify even the slightest impairment. Their mood may change, and they will become increasingly sad, depressed, anxious, ashamed, and sink into feelings of very low self-esteem. They tend to isolate, and no longer want to be around friends that they used to see. They will counter your expressions of concerns by convincing you that they are actually being healthy in their approach. As the problems progress, they may skip meals, or you may notice that they have discarded their food when you are not looking. They very well may make frequent trips to the bathroom. They may take up an obsession with exercise as a form of “health” or weight control, fearing about even missing one day.

As parents, we can be seduced, at first, thinking our children are going down a healthy road of exercising, eating healthy, and taking care of themselves. However, the quality of their choices, and the obsessive nature of their thoughts should be clues that something may be amiss.

Physical Symptoms. Weight loss, and/or weight fluctuations will be the most noticeable signs you will see from your child. They will suffer abdominal pains, stomach cramps, menstrual irregularities, and feelings of fullness or bloated. Binging and purging will result in dental problems, cuts and calluses on the hands/fingers, both related to excessive vomiting. They will experience dry skin and hair, brittle nails, thinning hair, and muscle weakness. They can become dizzy and have fainting spells, and are frequently fatigued. They will experience sleep problems, dark circles under the eyes, and poor wound healing. As the problems progress, the physical symptoms become worse, and certainly frighten most parents. The effects of eating disorders appear extremely dangerous, because they are extremely dangerous.

Steps to Take. If you suspect your child is developing an eating disorder, it is essential to lovingly confront them with what you are observing, to let them know how concerned and fearful you are for their well being, and to get them qualified help as soon as possible. A visit with a pediatrician, especially one that is knowledgeable in eating disorders, is mandatory. Lab results can confirm concerns and help determine how progressed the problem is. It is also essential to consult with a mental health professional who has expertise in eating disorders.

Do not hesitate to question someone’s experience and qualifications. An experienced clinician will have a team of specialists they consult with, including dietitians, psychiatrists, physicians, and treatment programs when necessary. If your child’s problems are in the early stages, they will benefit from uncovering the underlying issues related to their problem. If the eating disorder has progressed significantly, they will likely need a team approach to care. At that stage, the most important aspect is that they be medically followed and monitored.

As always, information is the key. The more you know, the more you can try to either prevent a problem, or recognize it in its early stages. It is important to take the matter very seriously – eating disorders are not just a phase, are not just a harmless choice.

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
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