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October 22, 2017
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We are getting down to the wire - the Annual Skechers Walk is next Sunday, October 29th. So far our PVPHS Panther team has only 115 members. Our goal is 500! The registration fee / donation is $30/walker, and is TAX DEDUCTIBLE !
Remember,  It is the number of walkers that counts, not the amount donated.    Yes, you can register your entire family AND your dog. Any "thing" (person, animal) can register. You don't even have to show up on 10/29 (although we'd love to have you!) -- you can sign up to walk virtually  and stay in your pajamas and think about all the good you've done!

Then click on "Join Team" in the upper right corner and fill out the form as a new or a returning participant.  Make sure that you identify Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation as the one organization you support.   
WE NEED EVERYONE TO SIGN UP! Our Skechers committee has come up with the following incentives:
At 350 Walkers - There will be a Vaseline-covered slide at the Pep Rally on November 1. Mr. Kuykendall, Mr. Wanmer, and two of our coaches will compete! 
At 450 Walkers - Several of our teachers will get pied in the face at the Pep Rally on November 1

At 500 Walkers - Mr. Kuykendall and Mr. Wanmer will compete in the Cockroach in the Mouth Competition at the Pep Rally on November 1! 

And if Pen and PV hit a combined 1100 Walkers - Mr. Kuykendall and Mr. Park will each take a pie to the face during halftime at the Pen/PV football game. 
We've got you covered. Just complete this SKECHERS REGISTRATION FORMand bring it to the Pen High Main Office by Wednesday with your cash or check.
It is always a thrill to walk on campus the Monday morning of Homecoming Week and be transported into another world. The ASB students have been working for weeks in a secure location creating the props, signs, videos, etc. to bring their top-secret theme to life. All will be revealed when the students and staff walk on campus tomorrow morning!
Each day during lunch this week there will be activities and performances in the amphitheater. Our Panther family will not want to miss these memorable Homecoming activities!
On Monday, we'll introduce the Homecoming Court.  Panthers can vote for their grade level princesses and princes, as well as for Homecoming Queen and King.  Here are the links, which will be open until this Thursday, October 26th at 11:15 am.  Students need to enter their last name and their student ID number, which can be found on their ID card.
Throughout the week, Homecoming Dance and Carnival tickets will be on sale in the Student Store.  Dance tickets are $17 with ASB and $22 without ASB. This dance sells out every year, so don't wait to purchase your tickets!
Here's the plan for the week:
Monday, October 23
In addition to the introduction of our Homecoming Court, Choreo Company and Co-ed Choreo will perform
Tuesday, October 24
We'll have performances by JV Song, JV Cheer, Pep Flags, Advanced Dance and Varsity Song

Wednesday, October 25
There will be performances by Varsity Dance and Marching Band, and our second annual Teacher/Staff Lip-Sync Contest
Thursday, October 26
Look forward to a homecoming-themed class competition and a performance by  Varsity Cheer
Friday, October 27
A jam-packed day!  Carnival - Football Game - Dance
Food and fun spirit items will be available for purchase during the carnival which will be from 1:07 pm until 2:45 pm. on Friday  These items may only be purchased with carnival tickets. Tickets are $1 each and available at the Student Store all week and throughout the carnival. During the Homecoming Carnival, our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade level princesses and princes will be announced.  
Our Homecoming Football Game vs. Morningside HS starts at 3 pm. 
All PVPUSD Elementary School and Middle School students can get into this game for free!  Spread the word! During halftime of the game, we'll honor our senior girls on Homecoming Court and crown our Senior Princess and Homecoming Queen.
The Homecoming Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 pm. in our gym. During the dance we'll have an exciting performance from Co-ed Choreo and we'll honor our senior boys on Homecoming Court and crown our Senior Prince and Homecoming King.
Students need to bring their student ID's to the dance!  Don't forget them  
The rules for the dance are the following:
Dress Code:   Undergarments must be covered at all times. Tank tops must fit snugly on the sides and top. No "bandeau" tops may be worn. No strapless tops. Midriffs may not show. Skirts/shorts must completely cover the rear end. No swim suits may be worn; outfits that resemble swimsuits may not be worn. Spandex may only be worn underneath other garments. See-through or sheer material may not be worn. Tops may not have holes. Gentlemen must wear shirts at all times and must keep pants and shorts at the waistline.
Students in violation of the Dress Code will not be allowed to enter the dance and students found to be in violation of the Dress Code FOLLOWING entrance to the dance will be removed from the dance. Students not permitted to enter the dance or who are asked to leave due to inappropriate attire will not be given refunds.  Lewd and lascivious dancing will not be tolerated. Students dancing inappropriately will be asked to leave the dance and will not be given refunds.
Students attending this dance promise not to break the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Code of Conduct, especially concerning violence and the consumption of alcohol and drugs. Students must have a CURRENT ('17-'18) school ID with them. The doors to the dance will close at 8:30 pm, so students may not enter the dance after that time. Once students leave the dance, they may not return. Students who attend a high school other than Peninsula, Palos Verdes or Rancho Del Mar may only attend the dance if they have turned in a completed and approved Guest Pass to the Student Store PRIOR to the day of the dance. Students who lose their dance tickets will not be issued a replacement.
A big thanks to our ASB, who has worked for weeks creating the decorations around campus and planning all of these memorable activities!
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is continually seeking ways to increase student achievement and the overall student, parent, and community experience at the school. This year, PVPHS is gathering information in this survey that is specifically geared towards the upcoming WASC visit in March of 2018. The information gathered by this survey will be used to identify strengths, areas of needed growth, and help guide school wide goals. The survey should take about 5 minutes and all answers are anonymous. If you have any questions about the survey or how the data will be used, please contact Associate Principal Katie Clovis at or (310) 377-4888 Ext. 672. Thank you for your participation in the process. The survey will be available until next Saturday, October 28. 

Mr. Doctor and his choir students entertained us at lunch last Thursday. They set up their microphones and keyboard in the S Building's north quad and wowed us with their beautiful voices. Asked why they chose to sing in the quad and not on the amphitheater stage, Mr. Doctor replied, "Great acoustics!" - and he was right!
In the  next couple of weeks, there will be several more opportunities to hear the Pen High music department:
  • Wednesday, Oct 25th - the Music Department will host the Intermediate School String Orchestra Invitational in the Fieldhouse. Rehearsal 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Concert at 5:00 PM, until 5:45 PM. Free!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1st  -  the Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Bands will perform in their first concert of the school year in the PAC at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door - $10 for adults and $5 for students.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2nd - Mr. Doctor and his choir students will perform a Choir Festival Preview Concert for their parents in S-33 at 7pm.
Unified Sports is a fast-growing initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Playing unified brings people together and breaks down stereotypes. In last week's collaboration with the Pen High baseball team, our Skills for Independence students wore baseball jerseys, paired up with players, and competed in a mini-game using some adaptive equipment. Coach Bowles announced each player up to bat and gave a running commentary of the action on the field. A parent volunteer played music, adding to the energetic atmosphere. Special thanks to Special Education teacher Betsy Fujinaga and PVPHS Baseball Head Coach Brian Bowles for arranging such a joyful and memorable event!  It was an awesome culminating activity to a week full of lessons about motion, baseball and the World Series. 
The PTA Reflections Art Program is proud to share that over 50 art entries were submitted this year. Thank you to teachers who provided encouragement to students to participate and to the student artists who were willing to share their interpretations of this year's theme, "Within Reach". On November 2, our artist participants will be recognized at a lunchtime reception in the school library. The student entries will be on display all week in the library to inspire all of you to participate next year! More details regarding the luncheon will be sent out soon.  
The next PTSA meeting will be this Tuesday, October 24th at 8:45 am (social) and 9:00 am (meeting) in the PVPHS Library. Dr. Kim Fricker, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, will discuss the implementation of the latest California laws regarding diversity in the curriculum. In addition, PVPHS's Head Librarian, Silvia Gutierrez, will present her upcoming program promoting student wellness in the PVPHS Library. As always, breakfast items will be served. The agenda for the meeting is HERE. All are welcome!
To those who may be wearing costumes to school on October 31, please be sensitive to the fact that Peninsula High School is a culturally diverse community. Let's have fun, but let's be respectful.
· No masks may be worn; faces may not be covered.
· No weapons of any kind, or toys that resemble weapons.
· No costumes with wheels (skates, skateboards, etc.).
· No projectiles (silly string, water guns, balloons filled with anything).
· No drugs or alcohol references or overtones.
· No costumes that may be offensive to any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic status.
· Boys must wear shirts.
· Undergarments may not be visible.
· Clothes must be of appropriate length.
· No bathing suits may be worn.
· Shoes are required.

Students who do not abide by the Halloween Dress Code will be subject to immediate disciplinary action. The Halloween Contest Costume will take place at lunch, on October 31.
On Saturday, October 14th, our PVPHS Model United Nations team competed in their second conference of the year at Cerritos High School. This is an invitational conference and is designed as a training, instructional conference for new delegates, but at a highly competitive level. Over 25 schools and 1500 delegates from top-tier MUN programs were invited to attend. Our students came in with great speeches, caucusing skills, comments, and questions and left with 20 individual Delegate Awards for Excellence! Congratulations Panther delegates and thank you to the student advisors, Kelly Van Boxtel, Grace Whitten, Lucie Abele, and Roopsha Chatterjee for leading the team!
Delegate Awards for Excellence went to
Lezhi Deng 
Judy Dominguez 
Abby Shane 
Sydney Choi 
JJ Abele 
Shuya Qiao 
Fiona Yang 
Kaylen Ng 
Shivani Jain 
Marcus Kim 
Summer Hasama 
Cici Wei 
Justin An 
Joshua Bae 
Evelyn Hasama 
Eujin Oh 
Natalie Wong 
Rianne Aguas 
Aishani Ramireddy 
Anish Ramireddy
Last weekend, 17 Peninsula debaters and speech contestants attended the CSU Fullerton High School Invitational while another 8 debaters competed in the Heart of Texas at St. Mark's School of Dallas. 

At Cal State Fullerton, Samantha Liu finished in first place in varsity humorous interpretation. Jessica Brunnenmeyer finished fourth in varsity oratorical interpretation and Allison Yi finished fourth in novice oratorical interpretation. 

In parliamentary debate, Mei Johnson and Michael Wagreich reached the semifinal round (top 4) and Michael was sixth speaker. 

In varsity policy debate, Kristen Lu and Melissa Qin and Neil Feldman and Moon Sung Gwak each reached the semifinal round. Kristen was fourth speaker, Moon sixth speaker, and Neil eighth speaker. In novice policy debate, Nathan Wang finished in first place, competing as a hybrid entry with a student from Damien High School. Jackson Frankwick and Dylan Michalik reached the semifinal round and Will Brach and Ashley Yoon reached the quarterfinal round. Will was top speaker, Dylan second, Ashley third, Jackson fifth, and Nathan sixth. Nathan won all eight debates and is now undefeated after twenty-three policy debate rounds with three different partners at four tournaments. 

At St. Mark's, Atul Jalan and Brian Kong reached the octafinal round (top 16) in policy debate and Julian Anderson and Kevin Sun reached the double-octafinal round (top 25). For reaching the octafinal round, Atul and Brian received a bid to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky in April. 

Pen High students show off their swag from the 
Cal State Fullerton High School Invitational
On any given day, while students are driving to and from campus, I see teens driving other teens, using cellphones, and often driving too fast. I do worry about safety, so following is a reminder for teen drivers.

Teens with a provisional license are allowed to drive alone, but must follow certain restrictions. For the first 12 months (or until the age of 18), they may not drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Some exceptions are granted.) They also may not transport passengers under 20 unless accompanied by a licensed driver age 25 or older. Teen drivers and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts. Drivers in California may never use a hand-held cell phone or text while driving, and drivers under 18 are prohibited from driving and using a cell phone, even when equipped with a hands-free device. You can get more information about teen driving rules HERE on the DMV website.

Contact Associate Principal Toombs
Many of our ELD students will be taking the Houghton Mifflin Reading Inventory(HMRI) assessment exam this Tuesday, October 24 during 2nd period in room P105. This assessment, required by both PVPUSD and the California State Department of Education, is used to help determine a student's readiness for reclassification to Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). Students will be excused from 2nd Period Tuesday and should report directly to P105 at the start of the period. If you have questions or concerns regarding the HMRI assessment, 
please contact Ms. Voegtlin at 310 377-4888, ext 705
SCROC is now enrolling for its 2nd quarter 9 week classes - Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc), Banking and Financial Services, and Business Entrepreneur. Classes begin November 6th. Come to the Counseling Office to sign up to speak with a SCROC counselor. The deadline for enrollment is Thursday, November 2. 
Last week the Counseling Department hosted an orientation for parents of freshmen students. This presentation covered an overview of our department, how students can contact their counselors, graduation requirements, Naviance, and much more. For those of you that were not able to attend, you may view the PowerPoint through this link: Freshmen Parent Power Point Presentation
Please remember to sign in with Mrs. Jo in the Counseling Office on Thursdays between 10 am and 2:30 pm.  
Contact Mrs. Arico
Visit the CCC Website

Colleges visit the CCC during the fall to share information with students and the CCC. Check Naviance or the CCC website to view the list of colleges booked to visit PVPHS. Students sign up on Naviance and must read the College Rep Visit Procedures found on the Naviance homepage. Students, please remember: Teacher permission is required for attendance during class time and must be requested 48 hours in advance. Contact Julie Arico with any questions.
Applications will be due for the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership program in early November. Former HOBY student leaders will hold an informational meeting on Monday, October 30 at lunch in the CCC. Applications will be available at that time. To learn more about HOBY, visit

FAFSA is now open. We will be having a "How to Fill out the FAFSA" presentation this Wednesday evening, October 25th, at 6:30pm in the PAC.

Are you planning to apply for financial aid at a private college? If so, you need to know what the CSS Profile is, when it is due, and who requires it. For helpful videos explaining the CSS Profile visit: or Khan Academy.

Thank you to our current Athletic Booster Club members for your continued support of PVPHS Athletic Programs. Your support does not go unnoticed! 
ABC Membership online registration is quick and easy. 
Register today by visiting
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30pm . ABC Meeting. CCC. Please join us! It's a great place to find out what's happening in the world of Panther sports! Special guests include Pen High fall sports team captains.
Friday, December 8, 11am . Fall Boutique in the Pen High gym - Holiday shopping at its best. Vendors include: Olive Oils, GUS Vintage, Mrs. Tovie's Toffee, Andrea Bowman by Andi B (purses, accessories, sheet sets,) Baby Jade, Stella and Dot (fashion jewelry & accessories,) Charter Oak Preserves, Sweet Sugar Bath, Pampered Chef, Alpaca By Karim (sweaters, sterling silver jewelry), Helle Catallo, Classy Chargers, Got Purseonality (Purses from $20-$200 and up), Den's Japanese Tea, PTSA and ABC Panther gear, plus more! 
Saturday, March 17, 2018, A Black & Gold Affaire at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The biggest fundraiser of the year for Peninsula athletics! Interested in helping on a committee? Contact Christina Britt at
Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on our Panthers 
at these games against PV - admission is free!
Girls' Tennis - Monday against Palos Verdes @ 2:30pm 
Girls' Volleyball - Tuesday against Palos Verdes @ 4:30pm 
Boys' Water Polo - Wednesday against Palos Verdes @ 3pm
Football - Friday against Morningside @3pm
Admission to the Homecoming football game is $8 
($4 for children 12 and under, free for PVPHS students with ASB, 
and free for PVPUSD intermediate and elementary students)

Remember the Titans!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Period 0: 7a-7:55a 
Period 1: 8a-8:53a 
Period 2: 8:59a-9:52a
Panther Time: 9:52a-10:10a 
Period 3: 10:15a-11:14a 
Period 4: 11:20a-12:13p 
Lunch: 12:13p-12:48p 
Period 5: 12:54p-1:47p 
Period 6: 1:52p-2:45p 

Period 0: 7a-7:55a 
Period 1: 8a-8:53a 
Period 2: 8:59a-9:52a
Period 3: 9:58a-10:51a
Period 4: 10:57a-11:50p 
Lunch/Assembly: 11:50-12:47p 
Period 5: 12:53p-1:46p 
Period 6: 1:52p-2:45p

(Afternoon Assembly) 
Period 0: 7:10a-7:55a 
Period 1: 8a-8:45a 
Period 2: 8:51a-9:42a 
Period 3: 9:48a-10:34a 
Period 4: 10:40a-11:25a 
Period 5: 11:31a-12:16p 
Period 6: 12:22p-1:07p 
Lunch/Carnival: 1:07p-2:45p

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Have a great week!tracks 
Brent Kuykendall