Volume I Issue 14 ~ December 9th, 2018
1. Academics Spotlight
In Mr. Warren's AP Physics C class, students learned about the principles of gravity while playing the bowling ball game. This game helps to demonstrate work due to gravity and gravitational potential using a pendulum model. If you let the bowling ball fall, it will not hit you...don't flinch! Students then used formulas to explain the different scenarios.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Basketball competed in the Artesia Tournament with a 74-47 win over South Gate and a 76-70 overtime win versus Wilson. Their current record is 9-1 and they play on Tuesday at home at 7pm.

Girls Basketball started strong beating El Segundo, Sage Hill, Corona del Mar, and Laguna Hills. The girls are ranked #13 in their division.

Boys Soccer beat San Pedro 4-0 to bring their record up to 2-1-1. The boys will compete in the UCSB College Showcase this weekend.

Girls Soccer beat West 2-0 and Beverly Hills 3-0 in two home games this week. Despite the pouring rain or freezing cold, our girls pulled of two impressive victories to add to their stats.

Girls Waterpolo beat Long Beach Poly 15-9 and St. Lucy's 12-7.

Girls golf was also recently recognized by the Daily Breeze. Sophomore Meg Yoshida was named Daily Breeze player of the year and Coach Ray Rivera was named All-Area Girls Golf Coach of the year. We are so proud of both Meg and Coach Ray. Meg is the first PVHS girl golfer to ever win this award.

To read the articles click here or here .
3. Photo Spotlight
This year several PVHS students were juried into the annual Peninsula Library, "Art in our Library" art show. Photo student Jack Padian and Photography Teacher Kristy Jimenez both took Honorable Mention Awards in the show. 
The show is on display in the Library Lobby areas through Dec. 29, 2018. 

Congratulations to all PVHS photo students! Shown here are students McKinley Pieper, Isabella Dileva, Jack Padian, and Sal Russo.
4. Music Spotlight
Our Jazz Band performed in their Winter Concert this past Friday. This annual tradition is a favorite for students, parents, and community members. Hosted by two of our students, the jazz band played classic songs for the audience to enjoy.

Make sure to check out the Orchestra concert next Friday night at 7pm.
5. CSF Spotlight
The PVHS CSF once again sponsored their annual Toy Drive to benefit the students of Murchison Street Elementary School, donating several hundred new toys and books.  Murchison Street Elementary School, a public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District,  serves over 500 students in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. Most of their students are immigrants or the children of immigrants and have limited resources. In addition, the majority of the students live in public housing and come from low-income families. As a result of their financial situations, many of them have limited opportunities and this has a tremendous impact on their education.

The Christmas Store is an annual event at Murchison and provides all students with an incentive for sustained effort and citizenship. During the holiday season students receive Christmas dollars when they are caught doing a good job. All students have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Store and select a toy and book. For  many students,  the toy they receive from our Christmas Store may be the only one they receive during the holiday season.
CSF would like to thank all its members, non-members, and PVHS staff that supported their annual toy drive to make this holiday season a special one for the students of Murchison Street Elementary.  Happy holidays!
6. Video Production Spotlight
The PVHS award winning and national recognized broadcast journalism program, Live from 205, hosted their live show on Friday. Mr. Vela and countless students have grown and shaped the program since PVHS re-opened in 2002. The team produced their 700th show which included highlights from academics, athletics, activities, and the arts. Live from 205 is a signature program at PVHS that continues to excel each year. To watch the 700th show and more, click here .
7. MUN Spotlight
The Palos Verdes Model United Nations team represented France and Colombia in both Novice and Advanced Committees. Alice Min won a commendation for representing France in the World Bank Committee. This is our first award of the season and we are very proud of her.
8. Club Spotlight
On Monday, the PVHS Creative Writing Club enjoyed cookies and conversation at a roundtable with guest speaker and PVHS Alum  Lorri Horn , author of the Dewey Fairchild Series, and winner of the Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade School and Friendship Book of 2017. She talked about creative inspiration, the choices she made with characters in her book series, and how she first got her work published.   
9. Student Spotlight
AP Psychology students brought baby fever to PV high as their annual "Flour Baby" project took place this week. AP Psych students participated in a week long project that had our students understanding just how hard it is to be a parent. From selfies in the middle of the night, to finding a baby sitter for practice after school, our students were able to relate curriculum to real world experiences. This PV high tradition is looked forward to every year by psychology students and will be for years to come.
10. Next week at a glance
  • Girls Basketball @ Segerstrom Tournament

  • Girls Water Polo @ Redondo
  • Boys Soccer vs. Centennial
  • Girls Baskebtall vs. Centennial
  • Boys Basketball vs. Centennial

  • College Testing Info Presentation for all 9th-11th graders at 8:30am in the MPR. Students and parents will also receive PSAT scores back. For more information click here.
  • Girls Soccer @ Mater Dei Tournament
  • Girls Basketball @ Segerstrom Tournament

Thursday :
  • Class Comp and adjusted bell schedule. Click here to find the details on the bell schedule this day.
  • Girls Basketball @ Segerstrom Tournament
  • Girls Soccer @ Mater Dei Tournament
  • Girls Water Polo vs. Mira Costa

Friday :
  • All Cap and Gown orders at due today! Click here for the order form.
  • Boys Soccer @ Mira Costa
  • Girls Water Polo vs. Mira Costa
  • Girls Basketball vs. Mira Costa
  • Boys Basketball vs. Mira costa
  • Orchestra Concert 7pm in the MPR

Health and Wellness


Adolescent suicide has become a national health crisis. Although it is difficult to talk about, and most of us would like to act like it doesn’t exist, knowing some of the causes, risk factors, and ways to get help can save tremendous distress, and even lives. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that it is the second leading cause of death among youth, ages 15-19. In 2016, 2,061 adolescent suicide deaths were reported, accounting for 18% of all reported deaths in this age group. Males are much more likely to die by suicide, by almost three times as much as females. While females have higher incidence of suicidal ideation and behavior, males are more likely to carry out the acts. Almost 20% of teenagers have contemplated suicide in the last year. The causes and risk factors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Mental health issues are clearly related to such thoughts. 20% of youth have a significant mental health issue, including depression and bipolar disorder which are most commonly associated with suicidal threat.

Other psychological disorders are also related, including anxiety, conduct disorders, substance abuse, post traumatic stress, and eating disorders. When these problems are combined with external circumstances for teens, they often feel overwhelmed. Interpersonal losses, disciplinary problems, school failures, conflicts with peers, and bullying can lead to a sense of hopelessness. Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and significant and serious family issues, like physical and sexual abuse, are high risk factors. Children who have gender identity or sexual identity conflicts are at high risk, with LBGT adolescents having the highest rates of suicidal ideation.

Suicide is a relatively rare event, and difficult to predict, but there are some warning signs. As listed by the American Psychological Association, these include:

1. Talking about dying or suicide. Any mention of such thoughts should always be taken seriously, and evaluated.
2. Recent Loss. Including death, divorce, separation, break up.
3. Change in personality: withdrawn, anxious, irritable, indecisive, apathetic. These can be indicators of problems other than suicidal thinking.
4. Change in Behavior: can’t concentrate, perform routine tasks
5. Change in sleep patterns: insomnia, too much sleep
6. Fear of Losing Control: acting in erratic or self harming ways
7. Low self esteem: feeling worthless, shame, guilty, self hatred
8. No hope for the future: sense of hopelessness and no ability to see things getting better.
9. Inability to experience pleasure: especially from events which used to be fun
10. Giving away prized possessions
11. Prior suicide attempts
12. Increased drug or alcohol use
13. Preoccupation with Death and dying.

I know that the issue is overwhelming and daunting. Knowing the risk factors and recognizing warning signs can definitely reduce acting out. In the next article, Part II, I will discuss preventive measures parents can take, as well as specific actions to take if you have concerns. The most important is to take all verbalizations or signs as very serious, and to immediately seek professional, therapeutic evaluation and help. Thinking that these thoughts will pass is not a good strategy. Proper assessment and treatment is essential.

If you have concerns, do not be afraid to talk to your children, and ask them how they feel. Parents sometimes think that bringing up these issues can put thoughts in their children’s heads – instead, it is a message and assurance that someone cares, and will give them the opportunity to talk about their problems.

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
Attention all students! We want your feedback! Click the link below to help give input on the future school calendar year. This is a short survey and your feedback matters!

The PVPUSD calendar is a negotiated item with our union partners. As such, discussion on the calendar is confidential and requires collaboration. To that end, we value the input of all stakeholders with the most important stakeholder in our schools being our students. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback by completing this calendar survey. These survey results will inform the Board of Education and administration for the 2019-2020 school year.   
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
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