Volume I Issue 21 ~ February 10th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
PVHS Korean and Chinese classes celebrated the Lunar New Year this past week and welcome the year of the pig! Students learned about the lunar calendar, gave presentations about the holiday, and enjoyed traditional food together.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Boys Basketball beat Westminster in the first round of CIF playoffs. The boys play at home on Tuesday against Eisenhower High School at 7pm.

Girls Basketball beat Lancaster and Saugus in the first two rounds of CIF playoffs. They play Santa Margarita on Wednesday.

Boys Soccer traveled to Santa Barbara and brought back a 1-0 victory in the first round of CIF. They lost to Edison at home in the second round. Great job to all of our players and coaches on a fantastic season!

Girls Soccer lost to Long Beach Poly 3-2 in the CIF competition. Congratulations girls on a well played season!

Girls Waterpolo Crescenta Valley 18-6 but lost to Riverside Poly 7-4 in a close game. Good job girls on your successful season!

The PVHS surf team beat Torrance 89-38.
3. National Honor Society Spotlight
Over 100 Sea Kings were inducted into the Palos Verdes High School chapter of the National Honor Society this past week. These Sea Kings have achieved outstanding academics and participate in . many community service events including peer tutoring. Congratulations to all of our students and thank you Mrs. Secrist for organizing such a special evening!
4. Counseling Spotlight
The counseling department held sophomore parent presentations covering valuable information regarding  high school graduation requirements, post-secondary options and college admission.  They were able to answer many parent questions and connect with our parents to help support them over the next 2 years.

If you missed the presentation, a copy of it can be found here .
5. College and Career Center Spotlight
The College and Career Center kicked off the College Essentials Toolkit Presentation with keynote speaker: Arun Ponnusamy from Collegewise. There was a packed house to hear him speak about College Admissions, Fact vs Fiction. He also spoke about the importance of finding the right fit in colleges.

Don't miss the next speaker in the College Essentials Toolkit series on February 19th focusing on everything you MUST understand about the UC's, Cal States and the 2 year Community College. ALL grades, students & parents welcome!
6. Activities Spotlight
Winter Formal was a huge success with over 800 students dancing the night away at the Hangar at the OC Fairgrounds. Students enjoyed dancing with a great DJ, appetizers, dessert stations, and more entertainment!

Thank you to Mrs. Maxfield and ASB for coordinating and organizing such a fun dance for all of our students.
7. Premier Print Award Spotlight
The Premier Print Award (PIA) goes to those firms who demonstrate a unique ability to create visual masterpieces. Chosen from thousands of entries, each represents the unique partnership between designer and printer, need and creativity, technology and craft.  Congratulations to the Triton Yearbook for this honor which was presented on Thursday, January 31 to the Triton Yearbook publication team, Principal Dr. Tyner and Adviser Ms. Susan Pavelka by the Printing Industries of America with Principal Parters: Kodak, Konica Minolta, Xerox, Ricoh, Domtar, EFI, IPW and Federated Insurance.
8. Music Department Spotlight
In honor of the Grammy's this weekend, PVHS Music students were asked to be a part of the Grammy in the Schools LIve event up in Hollywood. Mrs. Parkinson took over 50 music students to hear from up and coming artists to talk to the students about the music industry. This once in a lifetime opportunity is something that our Sea Kings will always remember.
9. Student Spotlight
Hana Meroth is now a Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Regional Finalist for the 2019 class and is moving to the next round of the selection process! Hana advanced because she is making a positive impact in our community.

Hana was among 1,896 Semifinalists who were selected from over 95,000 initial applicants and is now one of just 251 students who have moved to the final selection phase, regional interviews. After these interviews are conducted in mid-February, 150 of the Regional Finalists will be designated as Coca-Cola Scholars in March and will each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be used at the student’s college of choice.
10. Next week at a glance
  • No School in honor of President Lincoln's birthday!

  • Project Runway fashion show at 7pm in the MPR. All proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $15 or $30 for VIP tickets.
  • Boeing Summer Internship Meeting for all current Juniors and their parents in the CCC at 6pm.
  • Boys Basketball CIF HOME game – 2nd Round – Tuesday, February 12 – 7pm vs. Eisenhower High School. EVERYONE (including ASB card holders) must purchase a ticket. Prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults. CIF Rules Apply: No league or faculty passes honored at these games


  • Project Runway fashion show at 7pm in the MPR. All proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $15 or $30 for VIP tickets.
  • Girls Basketball @ Santa Margartita

Thursday :
  • Boys Basketball CIF Quarterfinals

Friday :
  • Girls Basketball CIF Semifinals

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.


Among the most frightening, and dangerous mental health issues teens struggle with are eating disorders. The problem is wide spread, and I hope to be able to share the basic facts, statistics, causes, and strategies for coping in this and future articles. The different types of eating disorders include Anorexia, Bulimia, Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Orthorexia and Binge Eating.

Facts: The incidence of eating disorders is generally growing, and disproportionately affects teenagers. While most prevalent in ages 12 to 25, children younger than 12 are at danger, especially due to health issues that can be caused by refusing to eat at such a young age. Following are some alarming facts:

* 40-60% of elementary school girls (6-12) are concerned about their weight.
* In High School, 44% of females and 15% of males have attempted to lose weight
* 15% of female teens have disordered eating
* 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
* 9% of 9 year olds have vomited to lose weight
* Cases of anorexia nervosa among girls 15-19 have increased every decade since 1930
* The incidence of bulimia in women has tripled since the 90’s
* Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a result of an eating disorder.
* The mortality rate of those that suffer from anorexia is 12 times higher than the death rate for all other causes of death

Types of Eating Disorders: In general, eating disorders constitute an unrealistic and all-consuming fear related to weight gain and the desire to be thin. They are fueled by early trauma, personality issues, psychological factors, genetic components, and very much driven by social media. The causal factors will be addressed in detail in later columns.

Anorexia. There are two main types of anorexia, both characterized by fear of weight gain and abnormal eating patterns. In the restrictive type, the teen aggressively limits food and caloric intake, effectively starving the body of the nutrition and calories needed. They feel an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and are blind to the seriousness of their weight loss. Their body self -image drives their self-worth and self-confidence. The other type of anorexia is the binge/purge type, in which they purge after they eat, causing an additional set of health problems. A teen may have an atypical anorexia, where they may be overly concerned with weight and food intake, but may not be severely underweight.

Bulimia. The most common form of bulimia is the binge and purge type, whereby the teen eats a large amount of food in a short time, with an accompanying sense of lack of control around their eating. They then compensate for their behavior, and intense fear of gaining weight by things like excessive exercise, use of laxatives or diuretics, periods of fasting, and most commonly self-induced vomiting.

Binge Eating Disorder. This problem is different from bulimia in that the teen does not compensate for their binge eating. It is characterized by a sense of uncontrollable excessive eating, followed by feelings of shame and guilt. Criteria for the disorder is the behavior occurring at least once a week for a period of three months. The compulsion to eat often results in the teen eating in secret and eating when they do not feel hungry.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). With ARFID, the teen begins to limit his/her range of preferred foods, which become less and less and narrower over time. It usually results in dramatic weight loss. They become obsessively picky eaters, though they are not driven by body image fears of fears of gaining weight.

Orthorexia. This problem is similar to, and has elements of ARFID. The teen develops an unrealistic and compulsive concern about the health of food ingredients, and eat only limited and narrow food groups that they deem as healthy or “pure”. The teen will cut out an increasing number of food groups, and the thought of food selection will be obsessively considered throughout the day.

As I mentioned, there is much more to learn about signs, symptoms, causes, and therapeutic approaches, hopefully to be covered in the columns to come. In the meantime, the most important thing for a parent is to be aware of their child’s thinking and behavior surrounding food and body image, and to get them help if there is any concern. Food restrictions and purging carry extremely dangerous physical consequences, and if one has concern, they should seek out knowledgeable pediatricians and/or mental health professionals.

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
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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