Volume I Issue 15 ~ December 16th, 2018
1. Academics Spotlight
Marine biology students got to get up close and personal this week during their squid dissection lab. Students were able to dissect the squid, label it, and identify different parts of the squid body and even identify whether the squid was male or female. Great job everyone!
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Basketball beat Centennial 66-21 but lost to Mira Costa 45-42. The boys play Tuesday at home versus Mary Star.

Girls Basketball lost to Rosary Academy but won in their game against Canyon High School. Good luck girls in your tournament over Winter Break!

Boys Soccer beat Centennial 4-0 and lost to Mira Costa 4-3 in a tough game.

Girls Soccer beat Tesoro 1-0 but lost to Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and Los Alamitos in the Mater Dei tournament.

Girls Waterpolo lost to Mira Costa and Redondo this week in two hard fought bay league competitions.

Our golf team began competition this week against Mira Costa. The Sea Kings lost but look to continue a great season with huge waves.
3. Class Competition
Our first class comp was a huge success on Thursday thanks to our ASB. All four classes and over 1,600 students and 100 staff members came together in the gym for the first of our annual class competitions. From the student teacher dance off, holiday sing a long, donut on a string eating contest, and hula hoop rock paper scissors, the battle was intense and hard fought by all . In the end the seniors were crowned the champions and won the assembly. Thank you ASB for all of your hard work in making this such a great day for everyone!
4. Music Spotlight
Our Spring Wind Ensemble and Orchestra performed in their Winter Concert this past Friday. Directed by Shellie Parkinson, our music students showed off their talents from violins, cellos, and even the piano. This event was a great way to continue spreading the holiday spirit with family, friends, and the community.
5. Cultural Demonstrations
Our local French pastry chef, Patrick, did a delicious demonstration and tasting of the bûche de Noël, the traditional French Christmas Yule log cake. 

All French students were given the opportunity to decorate and taste the bûche de Noël.  Now, Patrick has challenged us to make one over the holidays and send him a photo that he will feature at his bakery, Desserts by Patrick. This cultural experience was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about traditional French cuisine and the french culture.
6. National Honor Society
About 165 students participated in The National Honor Society’s 14 th  annual walk to support The Painted Turtle Camp. The Painted Turtle Camp is a place where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 90 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood.  
7. College and Career Center Spotlight
It was a packed house at the College Admissions Testing 101 information session hosted by our College and Career Center. The event also included special guest speaker Adam Ingersoll, co-founder of Compass Education Group. Keep checking the daily bulletin or stop by the CCC for more information about upcoming events sponsored by the CCC.
8. Tradewinds Spotlight
This weekend the Tradewinds Literary Magazine staff and adviser Ms. Pavelka, submitted its newest publication to the printers. The 24 page issue is full of original poetry, artwork, short stories, haikus and photography from our student body. Fifteen staff members worked diligently to format, copy-edit and perfect this publication. On January 30, the Tradewinds staff and members of the student body will perform live during Slam Poetry Nite in the OAR from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and seating is limited. Don’t miss it!
9. Student Spotlight
If you have been on campus this week then you might have seen some recent decorations on the hallway walls. Students took the week to create visually stunning and 3-D works of art using just tape. The creativity and innovation from our students is displayed on nearly every corner and wall of the school. Make sure to walk through and check it out this weekend before they come down next week. 
10. Next week at a glance
  • This week is our Winter Spirit Week starting with Merry Monday! Make sure to wear PJs to school
  • Girls Soccer @ South Tournament

  • Tacky Tuesday means make sure to wear your ugly holiday sweaters to school!
  • Boat Races today! Extended lunch bell schedule. Click here for details.
  • Boys Basketball vs. Mary Star

  • Winter wonderland Wednesday, wear white!
  • Girls Water Polo @ Brea Olinda 3pm

Thursday :
  • Thursday is a day to sleigh so deck out in your best holiday gear!
  • Boys Soccer @ South Tournament
  • Girls Water Polo @ Huntington Beach
  • Comedy Sportz Alumni match at 7pm in the OAR

Friday :
  • Flannel Friday!
  • Boys Soccer @ South Tournament
  • Minimum day bell schedule. Click here for details.

Health and Wellness


In last week’s column, I presented warning signs and risk factors related to Teen suicide. This is, obviously, a very serious topic. Today, we’ll look at some of the things parents can do to make a difference, and to minimize the risks.

1. Knowledge is the first step. Knowing warning signs and risk factors is essential. Issues of depression and anxiety need to be taken very seriously. Warning signs do not mean your child will attempt to harm themselves, but should not be ignored. Their feelings need to be taken seriously, and not dismissed as a passing thoughts or need for attention.

2. Communication with your child is essential. Interacting positively, including compliments, positive feedback are preventive tools. Even if they are not talking about problems, stress, fears, anxieties, you should pay close attention, and be aware of the stresses and difficulties they may be going through – eg, breakups, school problems, bullying, medical problems, peer pressure – and talk to them about how they are feeling. Avoid grilling them, and listen to how they feel. Active listening from a concerned, caring parent will make the child feel understood and cared for, and feel like they are not alone in their distress.

3. Take all threats seriously. The first level of suicidal thought is called “ideation”. At this stage, teens may just be contemplating harming themselves as a way of coping with their problems. It is important to listen non-judgmentally, and provide love and support. Do not tell them that “they don’t mean it” or that it is “crazy or ridiculous”. Let them know how much you care about them, that you will help them find solutions to their issues, and that most problematic things are temporary. It is also important to seek professional help right away. You can contact your pediatrician or school counselor for a referral to a licensed mental health provider who specializes in adolescents.

4. Share your feelings with them. Let them know that it is normal to have fears, depression, and sadness, and that sharing these thoughts and feelings often help provide a different, and more positive perspective. Options can reduce a sense of hopelessness.

5. Appropriately monitor your child’s whereabouts, and social media communications. Teens frequently utilize social media to express their concerns and thoughts. Be aware of their friends, coaches and communicate regularly with other parents in the community. Very often, children will tell parents about what their friends are thinking or doing.

6. Drugs and alcohol are serious issues, and related to self-harm. All and any use is risky use, and should be addressed. You may not be able to prevent your child from experimenting, but I believe it is essential that they know where you stand, and that you maintain a zero tolerance attitude.

7. If you keep guns at home, store them safely, and consider removing them if you are aware of a pending crisis. Suicide from firearms among youth topped a 12 year high in 2013, with most of the deaths involving a gun belonging to a family member. These deaths may have been prevented if a gun was not available.

8. Help lower any stigma associated with getting mental health treatment. Let them know that it is a positive step, and does not mean they are “crazy”. Help them understand the value of therapy, and medication if needed. Let them know that getting help is a process, and is not accomplished immediately. Assist them in not being too hard on themselves, or not having unrealistic demands or expectations.

9. Encourage your child not to isolate themselves. If you have concern, or if they have verbalized thoughts of self-harm, do not leave them alone until you have had an evaluation by a professional. Follow the professional’s recommendations and guidelines.

For those parents who have to deal with suicidal feelings with their teens, it is incredibly frightening. Knowing what to look for, and taking proper actions, is the best thing one can do to avoid a tragic outcome.

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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