Volume II Issue 12 ~ November 17th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
Ms. Pavelka’s sophomore honors English classes dive into active analysis of Shakespeare using gimmicks to perform the “All the World’s a Stage” soliloquy and artwork to illustrate literary devices found in Julius Caesar. These projects allow for collaboration and creativity while embracing some of the larger themes found in the text. The active involvement assists with long term learning.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Water Polo lost to Foothill 10-9 in double overtime of the CIF Semi-Final competition. Congratulations to all of our players and coaches on a fantastic season!

Girls Golf finishes in 5th place at today’s SoCal Regional competition. Congratulations girls on a great season, highlighted by a CIF Championship!

Boys Cross Country took 3rd place in the CIF division 3 preliminary race and the Girls team took 2nd place. Both teams will advance to next week’s championship.
3. Chuck Miller Grant Winners
Congratulations to our 2019 Chuck Miller Teacher Grant recipients!

Ms. Brockman: Virtual Reality an Enrichment Reality
Mr. Kilpatrick: Life Skills Center Vocational Program
Mrs. Kuhn: GMO Detection in Foods
Mrs. Maemoto: Biology through Engineering and Design

Thank you for your continued creativity and planning to support the learning needs of all students!
4. Signing Day Spotlight
Congratulations to the following students who participated in the National Signing Day this past week. These athletes have committed to not only continuing their academic careers, but their athletics ones as well.

Dylan Bartlett Soccer Santa Clara
Kai Brady Tennis UCSB
Brianna Bugle Soccer CSU Fullerton
Ariel Campbell Volleyball American University
Katelyn Chekian Volleyball Puget Sound
Brandon Clarke Lacrosse Mt St Mary's College
Cole Clinton Lacrosse Sacred Heart University
Anna DeLeon Soccer Florida
Aubrey Fixen Lacrosse Embry-Riddle (FL)
Peter Fullerton Baseball Brandeis
Megan Gormley Golf Georgetown
Sean Holt Tennis USC
Tyler Imbach Baseball University of San Francisco
Addison Kostrencich Softball Long Beach State
Nicole Mabry Softball Bucknell
Alyssa Padron Soccer UC Davis
Joey Quinn Lacrosse Colorado Mesa University
5. AVID Spotlight
The AVID Program went on Central Coast college tour. On Thursday they toured CSU Channel Islands and Cal Poly SLO. On Friday they toured UCSB. They learned a lot about what kind of college experience will fit them best. And of course, no AVID experience would be complete without taking Focused Notes.
6. Knitting Club Spotlight
Knitting happens in the library every Thursday at lunch and the start of 3rd/6th in the library, but the materials are always available to students throughout the school day all week long. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. Students are welcome to drop by to start their own project or to stitch a few rows on the ever-growing community project. Knitting is a great FLOW activity, meaning a state of being totally absorbed in a project or activity. Flow-state is associated with wellness benefits such as a focus on the present moment, personal control, satisfaction, an altered sense of time, and purposefulness. The yarn, needles, and support are always ready and waiting at the library, come see what you can create. For more information on the benefits of knitting, visit:  https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/lisas-list-knitting-mental-health/
7. Mock Trial Spotlight
Congratulations to the PVHS Mock Trial Team. The team completed in three competitions on November 4th, 12th and 14th. Sea King students expertly performed every role of a simulated criminal trial, including the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys. Defense Team Black earned the chance to compete in the second round, an honor not achieved in a while for the program. Thank you to Chloe Slome for her excellent leadership and to parent-coaches Mr. Baumann and Mr. and Mrs. Slome. 
8. Human Rights Coalition Spotlight
The PVHS Human Rights Coalition, lead by GSA, CARE & PVOW, delivered donations to My Friends Place. My Friends Place provides services to young people experiencing homelessness.  This was a great experience for all of our students who participated.
9. Student Spotlight
Kylie McElroy, Kamal Baker, Sofia Yaymovych, Sammy Levine, and Nikole Rugnetta are a group of AVID juniors who took their community service project above and beyond. Initially, they made sandwiches and brought them to the homeless on streets of LA. Then, as they passed out sandwiches, they asked what else they could do. The people told them that they needed warm clothes, blankets and water. So, they organized a school wide drive and brought the donated supplies to people who need them most. They also came up with a name that encompasses their mission, Sea King Kindness. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sea King Kindness Drive. Your support is much appreciated!

10. Next week at a glance
  • PVHS Top Chef competition at lunch in the Library
  • Girls Basketball @ Crescenta Valley

  • PTSA general meeting at 9am in the MPR. All are invited to join!
  • Girls Water Polo @ Santa Monica
  • Boys Basketball vs. Chadwick
  • "Navigating the College Admissions Tests" presentation sponsored by the CCC at 6pm in the MPR. Open for all students and parents!


  • Last day to drop off items for our Packages for Patriots drive!
  • Capitol Convoy info meeting at lunch in room 319 for any students interested in attending

Thursday :

  • Girls Water Polo @ Culver City
  • Soccer vs. Loyola
  • Comedy Sportz @ 7pm in the MPR

Friday :
General Info
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