Volume II Issue 13 ~ November 24th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
AP Capstone Research students submitted formal Proposals for their 6-month research projects. Students will conduct original research that inquiries such as:

  • How color affiliation is connected to the brands an individual uses and how that connection can be used for advertising purposes.
  • How television comedy has had an influence on individual bias and how the jokes (on tv) have affected social interactions.
  • How the economy of coral reefs, driven by tourism, has positive and negative effects.
  • How the amount of production of sustainably grown foods compares to the production of farm grown in a homogenized field.

After students collect their data, they will write an extensive essays as well as give a formal presentations and defense of their research. We are extremely proud of these AP Capstone Research students, many of whom are on track to earn AP Capstone Diplomas. Good luck Research students with your projects!
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Basketball started the season with two back to back wins. First beating Chadwick 89-33 and then versus South 62-42.

Girls Basketball opened the season with a 52-37 win versus Crescenta Valley. Good luck to the team in the Corona del Mar tournament!

Girls Water Polo lost to Santa Monica in a close match of 11-9.

Boys Cross Country took 5th place in the CIF Southern Section Championships and the Girls team took 1st place and are now the CIFSS Division 3 Champions! Both teams will move on to compete at the State Cross Country Meet this week. Good luck and great job!
3. PVIT Spotlight
Congratulations to our VEX Robotics team 62019A for winning Tournament Champion and the Design Award at last week's McBride High School tournament. At one point, it was PV vs. PV with both PVIT VEX teams in the semi-finals match, but the freshman team came out ahead, partnered with Chadwick's team and ultimately won the tournament. Both teams had impressive autonomous software to gather, move, and stack plastic cubes without any human intervention, and also could make tall, tightly packed towers of 8 cubes each, side by side. 
Congratulations to Tony Cha, Nick Cosgrove, drive Elijah Huang, Joseph Calvagna, and team captain Kylie Welcher for the win and for qualifying for the State Championships in March. If you want to see all three impressive PVIT robots in action, come to the PVHS/Rolling Robots VEX Robotics tournament on Sat, Dec 14 in the PVHS gym! It is certain to be a great event with Peninsula High and Miraleste Middle School also competing!
4. MUN Spotlight
This weekend MUN represented France and the Philippines at UCLA for a two day conference. All the students did a wonderful job. William Sasaki and Floyd Stott won Honorable Mention. Ryan Hetchler won a Verbal Commendation. Excellent job to all of our students who competed!
5. Yearbook and Journalism Spotlight
Eight Triton Yearbook leaders and members from our student newspaper The Point, ventured to Washington D.C. for the Fall National High School Journalism Convention with 6,000+ participants with Dr. Tyner, Mrs. Mindicino, and Ms. Pavelka. Student photojournalists explored the monuments on bikes, created a television broadcast news show at Maryland School of Journalism, they engaged in a one-on-one interview with dual Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, and experienced the Newseum before it closes next year. Yearbook writers and photographers competed in National Media Contests, honed skills in writing and design workshops and visit universities on Saturday. The team was proud to meet with alumnas Rose Hayden (‘14) who graduated Georgetown University and is completing her first year at Georgetown Law School and Rachel Paik (‘19) who is attending George Washington University. We are proud to represent Palos Verdes High School at this journalism event, Go Sea Kings!
Additionally while there, the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association awarded Best of Show to the Triton Yearbook 2019 “that’s our NATURE.”  Congratulations  to the Triton Yearbook 2019 Editors-in-Chief Hana Meroth, Malia Shitabata, Judy Yamaguchi, Grace Drawer and Megan McCallister, senior editors, editors and staff for this accomplishment. 
6. Packages for Patriots
To get in the Thanksgiving spirit, our Sea Kings worked with BTC to organize and gather items during our Packages for Patriots drive. We were able to get 8930 items donated that will be sent to our troops overseas. Congratulations to Ms. Secrist’s class who donations over 1300 containers of Cup of Noodles. Thank you to everyone for your kindness, generosity, and willingness to help others!
7. CCC Spotlight
The CCC hosted a presentation for students and families discussing college testing with Torsten Sannar, the Managing Director for Compass Education Group. He shared his insights on topics such as
the SAT or ACT: Making your best choice, Understanding PSAT scores and what they project, Test scores’ role and weight in college admissions, Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely, Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing, The relevance of Subject Tests at competitive colleges, Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep, and more. Thank you to all of our families who attended and the CCC for hosting such an informative event!
8. Comedy Sportz Spotlight
It was a leadership showdown Thursday night when Live from 205 and Red Tide took on our Comedy Sportz improv team. The MPR was packed and the audience was laughing the throughout the entire performance.
9. Student Spotlight
This past Monday the title of Sea King Top Chef was awarded to Caroline Pack for her vegan caramel peanut chocolate bars. Congratulations to Caroline and to Michael Kapono Mizuguchi who earned an Honorable Mention for his Spam Bites. Participating students and faculty brought their dishes in to be judged and to share their talents and some good food with their peers. Heartfelt Thank Yous go out to our panel of judges: Gabby Rudy, our student judge representing the PVHS student body and Ms. Varela, our world-traveled foodie and Teacher of the Year represented the staff as the faculty judge. PVHS 2009 alum, Natalia Arancio, who runs her own catering company in Huntington Beach, Lytle Catering, came to judge, as did Christina Lin, PVPUSD’s Director of Food Services, and Terreanea’s Nelson’s Chef de Cuisine, Efren Ruano. Why a cook-off? We all love food! Food brings people together and the library’s Sea King cook-off does just that. It gives students and staff the chance to highlight their talents and passions for cooking and baking, supports the standards-based “maker” mentality, and is an opportunity to share, taste, and celebrate together.

10. Next week at a glance
Happy Thanksgiving Break!

We are thankful for all of our Sea Kings, their families, and our amazing community that makes
PV High such a great place!

Hanging around town during the break? Make sure to stop by during Alumni Weekend on the 29th and 30th. See below for more details.
General Info
All students in grades 9-11 interested in the Galapagos Islands Research Expedition should attend student informational meetings on Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th at lunch in Room 210. 

We have expanded our field research program to include island conservation stewardship and direct fieldwork involving invasive species. The program is now part land-based and part yacht-based so student researchers can be immersed in island culture and experience the flora, fauna and geology that different islands have to offer — all at a reduced cost from previous years! 

To learn more about this unique research adventure and the specific itinerary, and to get application materials, please have your student attend one of the lunch meetings. A parent meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm in Room 210. Please contact Mrs. Munoz at munozj@pvpusd.net with any questions.
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