Volume I Issue 29 ~ April 14th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
What is the best way to learn about the Vietnam War? In U.S. History classes PV High's own security guard Richard came to talk to the students about his experiences serving our country in Vietnam. He shared personal stores and answered student questions, giving our students a glimpse into the textbook from one of our own Sea Kings.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Baseball lost to Redondo 2-1 in a close and hard fought game.

Softball beat Serra 11-1 but beat Mira Costa 8-2.

Boys Volleyball lost to Mira Costa in a 4 game match.

Boys Lacrosse defeated foothill 16-4. .

Girls Lacrosse lost to Westlake Village in a close game of 21-17 and Foothill 19-6.

Swim hosted Mira Costa at home for their annual dual meet.

Boy’s Varsity Tennis played hard this week against two highly competitive teams. The Mira Costa match ending 9-9 but losing in total games. The team came back from behind to win 10-8 vs. Palisades! They play Redondo at home Tuesday and Pen away on Wednesday. 

Softball defeated Peninsula HS 12-10 on Wednesday. Niki Mabry, Hannah Allen, Brooke Steibel, Rachel Allen, Amanda Treatch, and Ellen Hubbard all made game winning runs to seal the win for the Sea Kings. 

Track and field competed at the Stanford Invitational.
3. LA County Science Fair
Over 835 students from grades 6-12 competed at the 69th Annual Los Angeles County Science And Engineering Fair this weekend. PVHS students competed in the Senior Division of the fair. Results and Special Awards are as follows:

1st place 
Abbie Maemoto- Plant Biology and Physiology
William Wang-Environmental Management

2nd place
Andy Kim-Animal Biology
Gavin Peters-Ecology

3rd place
Andrew Wang-Earth and Space Sciences
Chen Filler-Microbiology

Honorable Mention
Laura Gong-Environmental Management

Andrea Lin-Animal Biology
Jackson Karlitz- Animal Physiology
Tina Li-Biochemistry
Jessica Bahny- Biochemistry
Mari Shigekawa-Earth and Space Sciences
Aidan Forsey, Toby Park, Wesley Park-Engineering Applications

Special Awards
William Wang-Stockholm Junior Water Prize and America Vacuum Society Award, Sweepstakes Finalist Senior Division
Abbie Maemoto- US Air Force Award
Andrew Wang-Office of Naval Research Award
Laura Gong-Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls Award ($1500 cash prize)

Six Researchers are Advancing to CA State Science Fair in April 
Abbie Maemoto, William Wang, Andy Kim, Gavin Peters, Chen Filler, Andrew Wang
4. Diversity Week
The Be the Change leadership group hosted Diversity week to focus on the inclusion and acceptance of all students on campus. Students had the opportunity to participate in making diversity friendship bracelets or filling out the diversity map. The World Language department hosted their annual food fair to allow students the chance to experience food from a different culture. The week culminated with the Day of Silence, honoring and promoting the inclusion of our students who are LGBTQ+. Over 100 students and staff participated in the unity circle together to show support for all of our sea kings.
5. Drama Spotlight
PVHS Drama's spring musical opened this weekend debuting their production of Footloose. There was a packed house all weekend long to watch our students sing, dance, and perform. Between the clothes and the music, it seemed as if the whole MPR was transported in time back to the 80s. If you missed this weekend there are still shows this week so don't miss out!
6. Challenger Basketball Game
As a part of Diversity Week, a favorite Sea King Tradition is our annual Challenger basketball game. This game highlights all of our amazing students with special needs as they participate in friendly basketball game. Students signed autographs at nutrition and were cheered on during the game by a packed gym of family, friends, teachers, and other students.

Thank you to everyone for making this event such a success and a memorable day for all of our students.
7. MUN Spotlight
Model United Nations competed at the USC conference over spring break. All of our students spent long hours researching and preparing for this prestigious competition. Congratulations to Amyrah Doty for winning a research award!
8. PVIT Spotlight
Congratulations to all four PV High TSA/TEAMS competition teams for qualifying for the TSA National competition. With this being our second year holding the competition on campus sponsored by Science National Honor Society and PVIT, PV has proven to have outstanding math and science students with results like this. In addition, the team made up of 11th and 12th graders was ranked 1st overall in California, and 2nd OVERALL in the United States! The teams competed in three areas -- an essay, a collaborative multiple choice exam, and a design and build task -- to test their knowledge and problem-solving skills on the topic of "The Engineering Brain". The students will now prepare for the national competition held in Washington, DC at the end of June. All PVHS students are invited to join the TSA/TEAMS competition next year when we hope to field teams.
9. Student Spotlight: Hockey
Chris Emery, Senior and Jacob Hageman, Junior both play Tier 2 Hockey for the Anaheim Jr Ducks. (Pictured to the right) 

Chris is on the U18AA team and they have just won back to back California State Championships and will be headed to San Jose over spring break to compete in the 3A division for the National Championship. The U18AA team is currently ranked 16th in the country and have won 50 games this season.

Jacob is on the U16AA team and went to Plano, Texas over spring break to compete in the 3A division for the National Championship. The U16AA team is currently ranked 33rd in the country and have won 38 games this season.

Both teams have competed throughout California and traveled to tournaments in places such as Phoenix, Blaine MN, Detroit, MI and more!

Pictured to the left are sophomores Juliette and Justin Koepke.

Justin competed at the prestigious USA Hockey High School “National” Championship event this year in Cleveland, at the California State Champions. The team was one goal short of third place and ended up a respectable 9th in the nation. 

Juliette has been training hard and competed for “Team Pacific” In St. Louis, in “America’s Showcase” as its youngest member. Juliette was selected by USA Hockey as one of 18 High School All Star Girls to represent the Pacific District - Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Nevada and California. Juliette was also a member of the International Hockey Training Institute (“HTI”) Team this past summer where she trained with some of the best girls in the world at HTI north of Toronto last summer before heading off with various events in the US with that team.
10. Next week at a glance
  • This is the last week of CAASPP Testing for Juniors in English classes. Good luck Juniors!
  • School Site Council Meeting 3pm in the library
  • Surf State Finals

  • Track and Field vs. Peninsula
  • Tennis vs. Redondo
  • Softball vs. El Segundo
  • Boys lacrosse vs. Loyola


  • NCAA Signing Day during nutrition in Sea King park!
  • Tennis vs. Peninsula
  • Swim vs. Peninsula
  • Baseball vs. Leuzinger
  • Girls lacrosse @ Mira Costa

Thursday :

  • Boys lacrosse @ Oak Park
  • Baseball vs. Serra
  • Volleyball vs. Leuzinger
  • Drama's production of Footloose starting at 3:30pm

Friday :
  • Volleyball @ Redondo Tournament
  • Track and Field @ Mt. Sac Invitational
  • Baseball @ Leuzinger
  • Softball vs. Redondo
  • Girls lacrosse vs. Peninsula
  • Tonight and Saturday are the final nights of drama's production of Footloose. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Save the date: Choreo and Intermediate dance auditions will be held April 23, 24, & 25, 2019 in the lower dance room from 3:30-5:30 in the lower dance room.
Application and information is located on the PVHS website. 

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.


Amongst parents I work with, one of the most consistent complaints and concerns revolve around screen time, video games, and the battle over the cellphone. Like much that technology has to offer, there are benefits and consequences of progress. I compare it to nuclear power, which when used properly, it can light up a city, and when used inappropriately, can blow up a city.

The power of the smartphone is astounding. It seems hard to believe, but the handheld device our children have today is more powerful than all of NASA’s combined computing power in 1969 when they put a man on the moon. What is it that is so appealing, and hooks children’s attention? I am most struck by the appeal to any age child. Even a 5 month old infant is instantly drawn to a screen, and is fascinated to manipulate it. Whether intentional or not, the developers have created a crisis for countless children and families.

One level of appeal is certainly neurological. As other columns have pointed out, the brain develops in a pattern that during the teenage years, high energy, low effort activities are neurologically appealing. Engaging in such activities is pleasurable, and is accompanied by neurotransmitter release of dopamine, the “pleasure hormone” in the brain. Teens, as well as adults, seek out this pleasurable feeling in their activities, though adults have developed more logic and judgment to mediate the desires. For many teens, the pleasure they feel engaging in screen time and video games cannot be matched by most other activities, and with this reinforcement, they continue to seek it out.

Another factor is that gaming and screen time is never ending, and insatiable, unlike many other activities which have a beginning, middle, and finally a closure. As a simple example, eating a delicious piece of cake produces a dopamine pleasure experience, but when the cake is finished, the experience is finished. This is never the case with video gaming, and the opportunity for reinforcement is always there. As Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “pulling the plug in the middle of a video game is a bit like yanking a half-eaten doughnut out of someone’s hand”, leading to the resistance parents experience.

While there may be some controversy as to whether video games can lead to a true addiction (it is not an official psychological disorder), there is no doubt that children become obsessed with their screen time, and battle any attempt to curb it. There is also no doubt that too much screen time has negative consequences. Here are some of the concerning signs a parent should look for:

· More than the number of hours one plays, it is more important to examine how gaming is interfering with social relationships, school performance, mood, and “normal” development of usual skills.

· Does the child sacrifice activities, such as sports, clubs, to play computer games. If he continues to spend time in spite of negative consequences, there is a problem.

· Effect on grades is always a significant sign of a problem. I have worked with students who have been admitted to the top universities, who then spend all their time gaming and have to leave school.

· Excessive screen time may be a coping mechanism for dealing with depression, anxiety, or low self esteem.

· Too much time in front of a screen leads to a sedentary lifestyle, and increases health concerns including weight gain.
· Concentration and attention can be effected, and children who spend too much time on video games can become less interested in reading.

· Many of today’s video games are focused on violence and aggression, and there is belief that engaging in these games increases aggressive tendencies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines on screen time for children, which includes
· No hand held devices or video games until 13 years old.

· Introduce cell phones, IPads, at 13, allowing up to 2 hours a day of use, and 30 minutes a day of non violent video games.

I would recommend the following for dealing with excessive video and screen time

· Familiarize yourself with the expert guidelines. While they may seem extreme, they are enforceable is you are consistent and start early.

· Avoid the temptation to use screen time as an “electronic babysitter”. Yes, your child will be quiet, and well behaved, and you will be able to get things done, but you may be developing a pattern you will not be able to break.

· Have clear and consistent boundaries about game play, and make sure both parent are on the same page and enforcing the limits.

· The earlier in life you are clear and set rules, the more likely your children will comply. Having said that, it is never too late to implement strong guidelines – just be prepared for a bit of a battle.

· If your child continues to use despite significant negative consequences, consider seeking out professional help from a mental health professional who specializes in teens, and understands addiction.

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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