Volume I Issue 34 ~ May 19th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
After a year of preparing and studying, AP testing finished this past week for our students. 700 students took over 1400 tests over the 2 week period. Students from 9th through 12th grade challenged themselves throughout the year and this was the culmination of all of their hard work. Some of our students even took advantage of the Mindfulness Room before taking their AP test to make sure they were calm and prepared. Congratulations to all of our students who took an AP test over these past two weeks!
2. Athletics Spotlight
Congrats to Briggs Peus who placed 4th overall in the men’s shortboard Allstar bay league finals! 

Boys Tennis competed in the SoCal Boys Regional competition against Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines won 4-3 but Kia Brady and Sean Holt will continue next week in CIF doubles play. Great season PV!
3. Athletic Speaker Spotlight
Mark Leinweaver came to speak to our student athletes and their parents on finding the right fit for our college-bound student-athletes. His philosophy focuses on important decision making factors such as finding the right student body size, proximity from home, desired field of study, and more. Thank you Mark for sharing this valuable information with our community.
4. Science Spotlight
Steven Davis and Anton Lok, Juniors, competed in Phoenix at the INTEL International ISEF fair. Over 1800 student scientists from 80 countries competed. They placed 3rd in their category and earned a $1000 cash prize for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all of the teachers that have helped to support them and congratulations on this huge accomplishment!
5. AVID Spotlight
Our AVID program is one of the biggest programs we have on campus and they celebrated their annual banquet this week. The AVID banquet is a chance to honor and highlight the work that all of these students do. This banquet honored 49 seniors graduating from the program with over 200 students, teachers, AVID tutors, PVHS staff and more celebrating their accomplishments. Awards were also given for each class. Congratulations to all of our students and AVID family!
6. Prom Spotlight
600 Sea Kings danced the night away under the stars at Prom yesterday at the Wallis Annenberg building in Exposition Park next to USC Students got to enjoy sweet treats, air brush tattoos, photo booths, and more with their friends all while dancing and having fun. Thank you ASB for all of your hard work in putting this event on for our students!
7. PVIT Spotlight
Congratulations to the PVIT Underwater ROV team who took 2nd Place at the MATE Regional competition in Long Beach. Long hours of designing, building, and practice with a technical report and oral presentation earned this outstanding recognition, missing 1st place by less than 2% in points.
The team built their underwater robot, the Water Beetle, to explore freshwater river, dams, and lakes in the Great Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee.
8. CSF Spotlight
The California Scholarship Federation, or CSF, is a state-wide organization that honors outstanding high school students for their academic achievement. A Gold Sealbearer, or Life Member, is a student who has been an active member for at least 4 of the last 6 semesters of high school (membership using sophomore, junior and senior grades). This year CSF graduates approximately 115 Sealbearers, with 43 earning Highest Honors.  On Monday, CSF honored those seniors with its annual Sealbearer Banquet held at the Torrance Marriott. Students were recognized by their peers, families, and faculty for their academic
achievement. CSF would like to especially thank Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss, Board President Linda Reid, Board Member Megan Crawford, Principal Dr. Allan Tyner, and faculty members Christina Varela, Michael Swatek, Cecilia Remeta, Lorraine Loh-Norris, and Ashley Brockman for attending and supporting the event.  
9. Student Spotlight
Heather Schroeder, Junior, sings back up and plays bass in a band called Leather Jacket Odyssey. They sing classic rock songs from artists like Journey, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Queen, and more. Heather is also a member of the Jazz Band 1 on campus. Keep up the great work Heather!
10. Next week at a glance
  • Senior week is this week! All seniors come out to the class photo at 10am in the stadium!
  • Come to the library at lunch all week to see Sea Kings compete in the 2nd annual PVHS Chess Tournament. Competition begins on Monday, May 20. Finals will be Wednesday, May 29th!

  • I declare day! Seniors make sure to wear your college gear to school today and bring sweatshirts/t-shirts to swap in Sea King park at lunch. 
  • Cap and Gown distribution at lunch. Make sure you have cleared all of your obligations!
  • Tennis CIF Individual Championship


  • Tennis CIF Individual Championship

Thursday :

  • Disneyland Trip for Seniors!
  • Musical Theater Showcase in the MPR at 7pm

Friday :
  • Minimum B-day and Pajama day.
  • Link Crew Applications due today to room 316!
  • Orchestra Concert 7pm in the MPR

Happy Memorial Day Sea Kings! No school on Monday May 27th!
General Info

Attention Seniors!

You are required to send a final transcript to the college you are attending in the fall. The final transcript order form is available at the front of the counseling office. Please check to make sure your college will accept electronic documents via your Naviance account. 

If you are attending a college that does not accept electronic documents you MUST provide your counselor with a stamped and addressed envelope to mail the transcript. If you are unsure follow the directions or stop by and see your counselor. Final transcripts must be ordered by graduation. 
Senior NCAA and NAIA athletes please check with the counseling office to make sure your name is on our list for final transcripts to be sent to the eligibility center.

Attention Junior Athletes!

If you are planning on playing a NCAA Division I or II sport in college you will need to order a transcript to be sent to the eligibility center, so please pick up a NCAA transcript order form at the front of the counseling office. 
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.


Maneuvering through the challenges of adolescence has many difficulties and stressors. Issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity often bring a host of internal anxieties and confusion, and being seen as different in any way can lead to serious stigmatization amongst peers. For full disclosure, I am not an expert in LBGTQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Questioning) issues, but this is an essential topic and in this article my hope is to share with our community the basics. If your child or family needs professional assistance with concerns related to LBGTQ, Know that there are great resources and very qualified professionals that can provide support.

Among adolescents ages 18-19, just under eight percent of females and just under three percent of males identify as homosexual or bisexual (source: HHS.gov), and 0.7 percent of the population ages 13 to 17 (source: ) (While many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents are happy and thrive during their teenage years, however, many feel isolated, ashamed, and afraid of being discovered that they are different. As a result, they may face significant psychological and social issues. While in most issues of conflict, children have support and understanding of their parents, many LBGTQ youth may feel they have to keep their feelings hidden from their families, and when they are known, often do not feel or get any support. This complicates and intensifies the psychological issues.

As a result, LBGTQ teens have higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and are often the recipients of severe bullying. Some of the facts include:

· 77% of LBGTQ teens have admitted to depression
· 95% have trouble sleeping
· 70% have experienced feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
· 26% say they don’t feel safe in schools, and only 5% feel supported by school staff and teachers.
· 67% have heard negative comments from their own families
· 73% have experienced verbal threats, and have experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation.

Knowing how to be available, present, and loving to your child when they have the courage to let you know about their sexual orientation or non-conforming gender identity is essential. For many, “coming out” and breaking the news to their parents is extremely frightening, yet at the same time acceptance and support are the most helpful things a parent can do. For many parents, this area is more confusing than most, and parents often feel helpless and uninformed, but letting your child know that you love them, you will support them regardless of your own fears and confusion, are often monumental for the child. Should your child express themselves to you, some suggestions are:

· Educate yourself, and learn the facts. There are excellent LBGTQ centers in Los Angeles that have resources, reading materials, and parental workshops. Acceptance and love of your child is first and foremost, and if your own feelings are interfering, make sure you get support for what you may be going through, and professional help if needed. Do not project your fears and difficulties onto your child. As difficult as this is for you, it is more difficult for them, and they need your help, and need to know you are there for them.

· Embrace your child. This is not just a phase that will pass, nor something that needs to be “cured”.
· Stay aware for signs of depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. These may be expressed directly, or may be subtle, with symptoms like isolation, sense of hopelessness, fear of engaging in social activities, decline in grades, use of drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

· Look for incidents of bullying, either directly or through social media. Be an advocate for your child if you see signs, and help stand up for them with school personnel, or with other parents.

· Consider advocating for your child’s rights and feelings, and get involved with other parents doing the same thing. Our community has great resources of parents helping each other to make sure they have the tools to help their children. Do not stand quietly while friends joke or judge about LBGTQ issues, and let others know you will not tolerate that.

· Help them learn about healthy relationships, even if they are not going down the road you have envisioned for them. Letting them know about respect, healthy dating, and self-protection is important.
While this could be a difficult time for your child, and your family. It is your duty to provide love, caring, education, and support. Know that you are not alone.

Our community has many great resources, and outstanding experts available to provide guidance and care. A good place to start is with www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org, which has articles, parental blogs, and resources.

They also have a page for parents of LGBTQ+ youth: https://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org/lgbtq

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
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