Volume II Issue 3 ~ September 15th, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
This past Friday was the second major Chinese holiday, “Mid Autumn Festival” with a nickname “Moon Festival”. Mrs. Wei's Chinese students were able to celebrate this important Chinese cultural tradition by giving presentations, sharing typical Chinese dishes, and celebrating with their peers.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Football is now 3-1 after a 22-6 victory over Madisen. The team plays at Culver City on Friday.

Boys Water Polo beat Laguna Beach 7-5 in an exciting overtime win and lost to Harvard Westlake 13-4.

Girls Volleyball beat El Segundo in 3 sets. The girls play at home next Tuesday versus Mira Costa.

Girls Golf defeated Troy 190-198. Keira Wang had one eagle and one birdie to lead all golfers with a 1 under par 35. Other lead scores included Kiyomi Komatsu 37, Frances Kim 38, Meg Yoshida 40, Tiffany Chang 40. The girls are now 3-0 in non league.  

Girls Tennis defeated Corona del Mar 13-5. Parker Fry and Caroline Tenny swept the singles competition and Mari Shigekawa and Chloe Blakey and Rachel Post and Mia Dellovade dominated the doubles competition. Great job girls!

Cross Country competed at the Iolani Invitational this past weekend. Girls Varsity won and took the victory over Dana Hills and College Park.
3. National Merit Finalists Spotlight
Congratulations to seniors Alexis Dugel, Morgan Farrier, Bradley Knoblauch, Phoebe Lai, Anton Lok, Sophie Munro, and Samantha Steman for being selected as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

This accolade is no small feat and is a testament to all of their hard work and outstanding academic accomplishments over the past 3 years.
4. PEF Spotlight
Congratulations to the newest PEF High School Ambassadors who were selected to represent PV High: Griffin Puhl, Abbie Maemoto, Kaylin Lee, Grace Hodges and CJ Haddad.These exceptional students will help spread awareness about PEF and the important impact it has on the high school level. The vital contributions from school families fund teacher positions, the College and Career Center, academic/wellness counselors, STEM programs, the High School Science Fair, Parent University and senior scholarships.
5. PVIT Spotlight
Our annual PVIT open house was a packed event last weekend. All 14 teams were able to present their team information to prospective PVIT members as well as show off drones, robots, and more.

We are so proud of all of our students who participate in the PVIT program and all of the hard work and time that they dedicate. Thank you to all of our staff and mentors as well who help to make PVIT a world class program!

Interested in joining PVIT? Contact Mrs. Loh-Norris or Mr. Warren.
6. Yearbook Spotlight
The Triton Yearbook designers and editorial board is already hard at work researching trends for the 2020 publication. From Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon the team collected inspiration, collaborated, and created original theme-driven modules for layouts. Leaders also competed in Minnesota at the Invite-Only Design Workshop with five other top competitive yearbook publications from Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas. The Triton team is proud to represent Palos Verdes High School at this venue. 
7. Staff Spotlight
Congratulations to Mrs. Varela who was named this year's Teacher of the Year. This award is voted on by all of the teachers at PV High. Mrs. Varela has been a Sea King for 16 years and is a member of the Social Science department. She has taught US History, APUSH, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. She is also the advisor of PVOW, CARE, and GSA clubs on campus. Congratulations Mrs. Varela on this amazing accomplishment!
8. Library Spotlight
The library was busy all week! On top of beginning core novel checkouts to the English classes and hosting students for studying, doing homework, downtime, and playing board games (we had an epic game of Catan going Thursday), we hosted multiple classes for reading advisory activities and academic research. 
Ms. Secrist's English freshman classes came in to "speed date" books to find their perfect match for their first-quarter free reading books. Students moved from table to table in five 8 min. rotations, sampling starred reviewed, nominated, and award-winning books. The featured books represented an array of genres and depict diverse characters. Students rated each genre and the books they sampled, and many walked away with a checkout.
Ms. Mogilefsky's juniors came for book talks and selected books titles for their first-quarter literature circles. Ms. Pavleka's English 2H classes utilized the library's ebooks and databases (generously funded by the Booster Club and PTSA) to conduct research for their upcoming debate utilizing the summer reading books  Dear Evan Hansen  and  Just Mercy  as the anchor texts. Ms. Remeta's Spanish classes came in to utilize the library's ebooks and databases to research Spain and Spanish-language literature and authors.
There's always lots happening in the library! Thank you to all the parents who donate through PTSA & Boosters who make it possible! Knitting starts up again this Thursday at lunch, and keep an eye open for the Library Club's first activities of the year! October 14-18 we'll be hosting a Cardboard Creativity Challenge, make sure to join in!
9. Student Spotlight
Jacob Trujillo, a freshmen at PV high, competes in high level BMX competitions. Jacob recently won the Nationals competition in California and will go on to compete at the state finals next weekend. Good luck Jacob!
10. Next week at a glance
Monday:
  • Girls Tennis @ Arcadia

Tuesday:
  • Girls Golf vs. North
  • Girls Volleyball vs. Mira Costa

Wednesday:

  • Senior Parent Presentation 8:30AM in the MPR . Attention senior parents, counselors will be reviewing important information regarding the college admissions process including how to utilize Naviance, requesting letters of recommendation and admission testing. This information is also being presented to all seniors student in a senior guidance lesson. For those parents unable to attend the presentation it will be posted on the PV High website under the counseling office parent presentation tab. 

Thursday :

  • Club Rush at lunch
  • Girls Golf vs. North
  • Boys Water Polo @ South Tournament
  • Out of State COLLEGE FAIR 6:30 pm in the MPR. Learn about and meet with out-of-state colleges providing wonderful opportunities for our California students! Prior to the fair, a short presentation and introduction of each of the almost 40 institutions will take place. Freshmen – Senior students and parents are encouraged to attend! Take advantage of meeting and speaking with admission reps who read (or one day might read) your application!

Friday :
  • Boys Water Polo @ South Tournament
  • Cross Country @ Woodbridge Invite
  • Football @ Culver City

Don't miss out! The AVID Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, 9/21 from 9:00-11:00 AM in the covered lunch area. In honor of International Peace Day, our theme is Peace, Love and Pancakes. Tickets are on sale for $10 in the AVID classrooms. They will also be available for purchase at the event. We hope to see you there.
General Info
Palos Verdes High School Community,
 
I would like to update you about work the District is doing regarding our facilities. Almost all our buildings are at least 50 years old. While our Maintenance and Operations team does a great job keeping them looking good, significant infrastructure work needs to be done at almost every site including electrical capacity and wiring, updated plumbing and bathrooms, roofing, data communication wiring, etc. 
 
Here at PV High we established a site facilities team last Spring, 2019, made up of teachers, parents and staff in order to provide input on our school’s facility needs to the district wide Facility Advisory Committee. As a result of this work some of our top priorities here at Palos Verdes High school are
- A HVAC updates/installation
- B Transformation of the MPR to a more usable Performing Arts Center space
- C Perimeter fencing
 
We’re making progress, and I will keep you updated as discussions continue. I am very glad that site input has been asked for on multiple occasions and I am hopeful that we reach a solution soon about how we can repair and upgrade our facilities. And, as always, thank you for your support of our students. 

Dr. Allan Tyner
600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 ~ 310-378-8471 ~ pvhs.pvpusd.net