Volume I Issue 23 ~ February 24th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
PVHS Korean class students went on a field trip to the Korean Education Center and the Koreatown Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. This learning experience gave students hands on experience being a part of the korean culture. Students were able to participate in learning drums, K-pop dances, and enjoying tasty foods. It was a wonderful day filled with learning and fun for all!
2. Athletics Spotlight
Baseball beat South 7-2 but lost to Santa Monica 6-3. The team is now 1-2.

Softball beat Banning 9-7 with a grand slam by Addison Kostrencich and a bases clearing double in the 8th inning by Rachel Allen to score the game winning RBIs.

Boys Volleyball lost to Loyola 3-0. They also beat El Segundo and Granada Hills, advancing them to the semifinals of the Redondo Classic. They lost to Los Alamitos and finished the tournament in 3rd place.

PV hosted a very successful Track and Field Invitational on Saturday. Over 500 athletes from 12 schools came to participate. The Sea King's highlights were some strong performances in the relay events.

Our boys swim team beat South 107-63 and the girls lost in a close race 86-84. Will Criley earned the first CIF consolation time in the 50 free with a time of 22.57.
3. Remember the Tritons Walk
Be the Change hosted the annual Remember the Tritons memorial walk and Sea King Carnival on Friday. This community event raises money for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, Pediatric Sarcoma Research to honor PVHS alumni Brian Booth who lost his life to Ewing Sarcoma in 2012.  

We have since expanded this cause to include all Sea Kings who have tragically lost their lives while in high school. With over 300 walkers, PVHS was able to raise $18,000 to donate to the Jonsson Cancer Center. Thank you to BTC for hosting this event and all of the participants!
4. Japanese Exchange Students
This week over 80 Japanese students from Saitama Sakae High School visited PV High to see what life as a Sea King is all about. These students got to meet with our student leadership groups to learn about each other's culture and experience what school is like for American teenagers. Our students tried Japanese treats and learned how to make traditional origami. This was a great experience for everyone involved and is a tradition that we look forward to every year.
5. Science Fair
Our science research students participated in the annual Science and Engineering Fair. With the help of Mrs. Munoz, students go through the steps of a research cycle methodically on a specific topic of their choosing. 

13 projects will advance to the LA County Science Fair right before Spring Break and one project was chosen to go straight to the Intel ISEF competition.

Great job Sea Kings!

Category Awards
Behavioral Sciences
2nd place-Charlotte Tight

1st place-Francesca Ramos
3rd place-Tina Li

1st place-Abbie Maemoto
3rd place-Chloe Lendi, Lily Tessler

1st place-Steven Davis and Anton Lok
3rd place-Wesley Park, Toby Park, Aidan Forsey-Smerek

Environmental Engineering
2nd place-William Jiaheng Wang
3rd place-Eric Kim and Sam Mendel

1st place-Gavin Peters
3rd place-Chen Filler

Physics and Space Science
2nd place-Andrew Wang

Special Awards
American Meteorological Award
Adela Riggs

Association of Women Geoscientists
Mari Shigekawa

NASA Earth System Science Award
Andy Kim

NOAA Taking Pride in the Planet Award
Gavin Peters

Society for In Vitro Award
Chen Filler

US Air Force Award
Chen Filler

Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Abbie Maemoto
Emma Chang

6. Comedy Sportz
Comedy Sportz took to the stage last week with an in house competition. This improv show had all of the new improv players participating for the first time. It was a hillarious event that had the audience laughing the whole time. Make sure to stop by their next show!
7. Music Spotlight
The music department, under the direction of Ms. Shellie Parkinson, hosted their annual Honors Concert featuring members of the Tri-M Honors Music Society. These students picked their own music and played songs from Beethoven, Chopin, My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, and more. Congratulations to all of their students for their hard work on this amazing performance.
8. Reflections Spotlight
Ashley Chon was honored with 1st place of the districtwide reflections competition sponsored by our PTSA. Ashley's painting (pictured here) was titled "Picturing Heroines" and was inspired by women in the past and present and how those women shaped society today. Great job Ashley!
9. Student Spotlight
Our student spotlight this week goes to Steven Davis and Anton Lok. Their project titled " Design and Engineering of a Cam-based Infinitely Variable Transmission for Automotive Use" took first place in the engineering category and were the overall science fair winners from PVHS. Both students will represent as Sea Kings at the Intel ISEF fair, a national competition, in Phoenix in May. Great job Steven and Anton!
10. Next week at a glance
  • Human Rights week starts today! Help GSA, PVOW, and CARE collect feminine hygiene products all week to donate to the Rainbow Shelter in San Pedro.
  • Boys Golf @ West Covina

  • PTSA Meeting at 9am in the MPR. All are welcome! We are hosting Kim Girard, a College Transition Coach and dynamic and engaging speaker. Kim is a speaker, trainer, and workshop presenter for various topics relating to college transition, for both teens and parents. This is a not to miss chance for parents of Seniors...and Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen! 
  • Softball vs. South


  • Boys Lacrosse @ Mira Costa
  • Boys Volleyball vs. El Segundo
  • Softball @ San Pedro
  • Track and Field meet vs El Segundo

Thursday :

  • Boys Golf vs. Chadwick

Friday :
  • Boys Tennis @ Stanford Classic Tournament
  • Baseball @ El Segundo Tournament
  • Boys Volleyball vs. Servite

Dont't forget! Sunday March 3rd is the last day to sign up for AP tests before there is an added late fee.

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.


In my last column, I presented data on how prevalent eating disorders are among teens, and what the different eating disorder diagnoses are. It will be helpful to understand what are the causes and risk factors associated with eating disorders, and what are some of the signs and symptoms to look for. As with all mental health issues, the more knowledge parents have, the more likely they are to take preventive measures, as well as recognize problems in their early stages. Naturally, early prevention and intervention reduce potential harm significantly.

Risk Factors: Risk factors for eating disorders fall into biological, social, and psychological categories. Genetics play a role, and if a teen has a close relative with a diagnosed eating disorder, their risk for developing such a problem is greater. In the same vein, if there is a family history of significant mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction, it may predispose the teen for developing an eating disorder. Psychologically, the trait of perfectionism is a leading cause for ED. When teens experience unrealistic high expectations, and are faced with prospect of needing to control the outcome of things, they often transfer those unrealistic expectations to trying to control their food intake or appearance.

Along with perfectionism comes the need to control, and trying to control results when one does not have control of all the factors leads to frustration, anxiety, and a distorted attempt to control certain things like food intake and body weight. Body image dissatisfaction and distortion is a significant factor in unhealthy use of food to achieve unrealistic results. Social risk factors are numerous, and grow daily with teen’s devotion to social media. The internet is filled with messages to teens regarding “the ideal body”, often unrealistic and unattainable. A Stanford study found that 96% of young eating disorder patients admitted they learned about purging and weight-loss methods from the Internet. There are extremely dangerous websites for teen girls, Pro-Ana (for pro anorexia) and Pro-Mia (for pro bulimia), which provide “thinspiration” for girls, accompanied by photos of bony-thin fashion models, along with advice about losing weight, being thin, attracting male attention, and other destructive suggestions.

As an example, here are the “Thin Commandments” from one of the websites:

1. If you aren't thin you aren't attractive.
2. Being thin is more important than being healthy.
3. You must buy clothes, style your hair, take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make
yourself look thinner.
4. Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.
5. Thou shall not eat fattening food without punishing oneself afterwards.
6. Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly.
7. What the scale says is the most important thing.
8. Losing weight is good/gaining weight is bad.
9. You can never be too thin.
10. Being thin and not eating are signs of true willpower and success

Powerful, and painful messages, aimed at vulnerable teenagers.

Another risk factor, closely associated with social media, is bullying and cyber bullying. 60% of teens with eating disorders reported that bullying contributed to the development of their problem. The anxieties faced by teens as they post pictures of themselves on line, fearful of how others will respond, is so overwhelming that they often will take hundreds of photos before they are willing to post the perfect one. Once a teen forms a negative body image, they may strive in unhealthy ways to achieve what the media portrays as the ideal body.

There are more subtle societal factors, such as constant bombardment in the media of photo-shopped perfect figures among teen celebrities, and advertisements designed to manipulate purchases to make one look “better”. The attitude that parents demonstrate towards weight plays a significant role in how a teenager feels about themselves physically. While most of us as parents understand the need to avoid direct criticism of our children’s weight or eating habits, we are conflicted about trying to help them feel and stay healthy while at the same time maintaining their self-acceptance and self-care. Very well meaning parents will ask their child “do you think you really need to eat that piece of cake”, not knowing that it may have a devastating effect on the self-image.

There are also powerful messages parents give off without realizing it. I believe this is especially true when the fathers of young girls are unaware of the impact of their comments about another person’s appearance. Remarking on the beauty or body of someone on TV, at the beach, or somewhere else, either positively or negatively, will be absorbed by their teenage daughter, and often lead to unrealistic self-expectations.

Interestingly, most experts agree that ultimately eating disorders are not really about wanting to be thin, but rather, expressions of underlying issues of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Controlling food intake is a way of managing internal pain, emotional discomfort, and trying to control. Although the vehicle for the problem is food - restricting, purging, etc,- the main issue is of control, and obsession of thought. The teen with eating disorder is constantly thinking about their body and their weight, and what they are eating. It becomes a round the clock obsession which greatly impairs normal functioning.

In our next column, I will address the signs and symptoms, what to look for, and what steps to take if you are concerned about your teen and eating disorders.

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
A note from the district office regarding assessments:

PVPUSD is committed to educational excellence through continuous improvement in the areas of instruction. This year, in collaboration with administration and teachers, schools will employ a variety of formative assessment measures that are designed to have minimal impact on classroom instructional time and will provide needed information that will guide the improvement and refinement of classroom instruction. Students will interact with a range of sample question types to from Interim Assessment Blocks to assist our students in their preparation for state and college testing. The California Department of Education has additional information regarding the Interim Block Assessments at  https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/sbacinterimassess.asp.

Understanding the degree to which our students are learning will provide our teachers with data to evaluate and inform their instructional practice in order to reach our goal of moving each student towards mastery of grade-level standards and content skills. The utilization of assessment data will allow teachers to collaborate across and within schools to formatively align practices and to ensure equity of achievement for all students. This ongoing work will also serve to drive our District's continued professional development in the area of instruction and to help to create increased common experiences for our students across all our sites. 
While these formative assessments are not subject to opt-out requirements as this information is not reported to any state database, we will provide opt-out-out options which can be reviewed at  https://www.pvpusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=376328&type=d&pREC_ID=
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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