Volume I Issue 8 ~ October 21, 2018
1. Academics Spotlight
The PVIT VEX team attended their first competition of the season last weekend. They are excised to prepare for their next competition on our home turf at PVHS on December 1st. All are welcome to attend.

We also want to recognize Francesca Ramos whose name was mistyped in our last edition as a National Hispanic Scholar.
2. Athletics Spotlight
PVHS continues to be undefeated in Bay League after defeating Leuzinger 36-0 on Friday. The Sea Kings finish off regular season play this Friday at home versus rivals Peninsula. The game starts at 3pm at PVHS.

Cross Country competed in the Mt. Sac Invitation on Friday. The Boys took third place in the sweepstakes race and the Girls took first place.

Girls Volleyball defeated Los Osos in the first round of CIF Playoffs. The girls finished with a loss to Corona Del Mar over the weekend. Great job girls on a fantastic season!

Girls Tennis defeated Redondo 17-1 and play at Peninsula on Monday for the Bay League Championship.

Great day for Girls Golf at the Ocean League Finals. Megan Gormley wins the league title with a 4-under par, 68. Meg Yoshida was 3rd and Keira Wang 4th.

Boys Water Polo lost a close game to Mira Costa 8-7. The Sea Kings will close out regular season play with a game at Peninsula on Monday.
3. Activities Spotlight
Our October Spirit Month continued with Career Week last week. The CCC worked in conjunction with the Library to provide opportunities for our students to learn about different careers. Three different guest speakers came to PVHS during lunch to talk to our students about careers in finance, environmental design, and more.
4. Road Trip Nation
Continuing with our Career Week, the College and Career Center in conjunction with The Princeton Review and RoadTrip Nation hosted a "Best Fit" night. This presentation focused on finding the best fit college and career for our students. RoadTrip Nation is in their 12th season on PBS and e mpowers individuals to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Through a public television series, online resources, and an educational curriculum, Roadtrip Nation helps career-seekers connect to real-world professionals and discover pathways aligned with their interests.
5. The Point Volume 2
Our student run newspaper released their second issue last week. Point students are always trying to find ways to be innovative or creative and the issue was no exception. The front page has a QR code that can be scanned with your phone camera and a link to the Homecoming photo gallery will pop up. Make sure to check out the issue if you have not already!
6. Marching Band
Marching Band debuted their field show at the home game last Friday. Their show titled "The Music of Billie Joel" featured solo by senior Yoshi Sakka and a debut on the drums for one of our exchange students Emilio Orelano. The marching band is led by drum major Wesley Park and director Shellie Parkinson. They will perform their field show again next week during the halftime of the PV vs. Pen game.
7. Club Rush
PV High is all about student connectedness and ASB hosted our annual Club Rush during lunch last week. With more than 80 clubs to choose from, our Sea Kings were anxious to get involved and participate in an activity on campus. If you missed Club Rush and still want to join stop by the ASB room to get a full list of clubs and meeting times.
8. Student Spotlight
Sea King's dominate South Bay Scholastic Surf Series Kick-off Classic by placing in all divisions. Trevor Khan bringing home a longboard championship, Rodney Buck 3rd in longboard, Briggs Peus 3rd in short board and Savannah Scriven representing the women by placing in both short and longboard finals. Go Sea Kings!
9. Skechers Walk
Join PEF for the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 28.
This money raised directly funds vital programs and resources for all of our PVPUSD students in K-12th grades.
If you are not able to make it on the 28th, you can sign up as a "virtual walker."

And for our Sea Kings, if we get 250 registered walkers by Monday, we will give away 4 parking spots in the main lot to four lucky winners.

If we get 350 registered walkers by Wednesday we will give away front row at PV v Pen for 3 lucky winners and their friends.

And if we get 400 registered walkers by Friday we will unveil a Big Surprise for all of our students!

Click here to register now.

See you at the walk on Sunday!
10. Next week at a glance
PTSA General Meeting this Tuesday at 8:30am in the MPR!

  • All Reflections Contest entries due to the Library by today!
  • Tennis @ Peninsula

  • PTSA General Meeting 8:30am in the MPR. All are welcome to attend!
  • Water Polo @ Peninsula
  • ASB Fundraiser @ Pedones

  • Girls Volleyball Quarter Finals
  • Drama Assemblies during English classes

Thursday :
  • Drama Assemblies during English classes

Friday :
  • PV vs. Pen Game at 3pm at PVHS. Early Dismissal for all students. See below for the bell schedule.

700-755      Zero Per       55 min
755-800      Passing         5 min
800-933      Per. 4         93 min
933-940      Passing         7 min
940-952      Nutrition      12 min
952-1125     Per. 5         93 min 
1125-1155    Lunch         30 min
1155-1202    Passing         7 min
1202-135     Per. 6         93 min

  • Opening night of drama's performance of "A Mid Summer's Night Dream". The show runs from October 26th-28th and November 1st-4th. Tickets are available at the student store and online at www.pvhsdrama.com. Get yours before they sell out!
Health and Wellness


At a recent parent support group that I run, the topic of children lying about vaping and drug use came up. At the first experience, parents were greatly saddened, concerned that they could no longer trust their children, and feeling a certain sense of innocence slip by. It was an experience that, not surprisingly, was commonly shared by most. The group came to understand not to take such truth challenged communications personally. When it comes to behaviors teens know they should not engage in, ie, alcohol use, drug use, vaping, excessive gaming, etc, they will not tell the truth. It is important for parents to understand, accept, and expect this, and to remain vigilant to warning signs. Being told what we want to believe feeds our denial needs, and temporarily calms our anxiety, but it is not good in the long run.
For starters, for example, you find marijuana or vaping device in their drawers, or back pack. What is the first thing your child will say to you? “it’s not mine!”. This is a reflexive response, rooted in their DNA, that all kids say. Mark this down: IT IS ALWAYS THEIRS. They are never carrying someone else’s drugs or paraphernalia. When you walk into their room, and catch them smoking marijuana, or vaping, what is the first thing they will say to you? FIRST TIME! It’s the first time I ever used, and you caught me. Of course, when you catch them again, sometime later, you will probably hear: “Oh no! The second time I ever used, and you caught me again”. Of course, almost all the time, this is not true.

What are some of the myths they would like us to believe? Among the most common are;

1. It’s only beer. The reality is that a 12 ounce can of beer, a 6 ounce glass of wine, and a 1 ounce shot of liquor, all have the same amount of alcohol/ethanol content, so that drinking six beers is the alcohol equivalent of 6 shots of vodka.

2. Everyone drinks and uses. It may feel that way, but the reality is that not all teenagers drink alcohol or use drugs. In fact, the data in the South Bay shows that 4% of 7th graders, 25% of 9th graders, and 42% of 11th graders reported using alcohol or drugs in the past 30 days. (interestingly, for 9th and 11th graders, our data is higher than the state averages). In regards to marijuana use, the data shows that 13% of 9th graders and 27% of 11th graders in the South Bay reported using marijuana in the past 30 days. To a child who is experimenting, it may feel like everyone is because they often spend their time with others who are similarly experimenting, but the truth is that not everyone uses.

3. It’s only marijuana. Teens who experiment with marijuana become “experts” in what they perceive as the harmlessness of the substance. They study the internet, and find articles to confirm their biases. I constantly hear things like, “it’s a natural herb and harmless”; “everyone used it in the 60’s and nothing happened”; “it’s not addicting”;“it’s legal, so it can’t be bad for you”.

These are myths. The reality is that marijuana is very dangerous, very harmful, and especially so on the young, developing teenage brain. It interferes with concentration, memory, drive, and motivation. The potency of marijuana today, that is the THC levels, is significantly higher than it was years ago, and therefore more damaging. There are methods which make the potency even greater. (I will go more in depth in a future column on marijuana and the problems related). In our treatment program, for both adults and teens, we see that marijuana is both addicting, and leads to other drug use as well. The notion that it is a harmless, natural substance is a myth.

Knowing the myths surrounding teen age substance use is a major tool in increasing awareness, and being prepared for early intervention when needed.

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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