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     May 28, 2017
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Eighteen Peninsula High juniors have scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the nation.  AS a result, these students are invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Congratulations to the following Panthers:
Christopher Alon
Yumeko Aguilar
Riley Beilke
Raymond Beverly
Alyssa Bustos
Leslie Castro
Christine Cervana
Payton Chi
Grenier Harmont
Duncan Hoard
Alexa Jones
Alexander Kessaris
Andrew Lai
Abigail Sedillos
Brady Sedillos
Erika Williams
Zoe Willoughby
Elise Zimmerman

In what is the fulfillment of a long-held vision, Peninsula High proudly opened the Bradbury/Smith Gallery, a permanent gallery on our campus for the showcasing of our students' and community art.   Peninsula High has a long history of excellence and innovation in the visual arts, and the Bradbury/Smith Gallery honors that tradition and reflects our ongoing commitment to the visual arts in our learning community.  The gallery will allow our Visual Arts Department to host a variety of juried, topical, and media-based, and experimental shows through the year. Perhaps more important, it will allow for our students to interact with a gallery and art on a daily basis. As our gallery expands to include not only the exhibition of their work, but also real-world experience in roles as curator, preparatory, and critic. 
Five Panthers were acknowledged in the Freedom 4U Photo Contest. Congratulations to:
Claire Litchfield, 1st Place - Computer Manipulation
Anthony Nuber 2nd Place Creative Shutter
Matthew Kim - Honorable Mention - Computer Manipulation
Jason Carino - 2nd Place Landscape
Kaylen Ng - Honorable Mention in Landscape
Thank you Service Learning Leadership for organizing Friday's awesome blood drive. Thank you panther family! We did the work and volume of a full day's blood drive on a minimum day. 150 people came through our drive, and we are thrilled. Thank you UCLA blood and platelet Center in partnership with Service Learning Leadership
Last week I shared that Penhi Drama received two Jerry Herman nominations.  In addition to this great news, Penhi Drama has been invited to perform a scene from the Music Man on stage at the awards ceremony.  The awards, hosted by KABC7 Entertainment reporter George Penacchio, will take place Monday, June 5 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  Click HERE for more information about the show, or to purchase tickets. 
On May 23rd the annual Project Ego Awards Banquet was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club .  The Project Ego class of 2017 successfully completed the year-long program, which included a ropes wilderness challenge at UC Irvine.  At the banquet, the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary club presented over $20,000 in scholarship money to these deserving students.  Thank you to Project Ego coordinator and Peninsula High counselor, Kelly Baranick, for her commitment and passion for this program.  We couldn't be prouder and want to congratulate our Project Ego class of 2017:
Babatunde Adeoye
Courtlyn Foster
Brianna Garcia
Jenevieve Ghaly
Manal Gill
Erik Hauschildt
Cameron Hosmer
Sally Ishizawa
Austin Jacks
Jeffrey Jimena
Muneeb Khan
Gabriel Lamas Fernandez
Maverick Marcellana
Mia Martinez
Natalia Moreno
Rhianon Prine
Christopher Vallejo
Project Ego Class of 2017
On May 25, five Peninsula High students were selected as 2017 Teen Service Awards from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Coordinating Council.  The honorees were invited to a lunch where their nomination letters were read.  They received commendations from local, state, and national legislative representatives and a $300 prize from the Coordinating Council.  Congratulations to Naomi Akiyama, Emma Sams, Emily Schluper, Jonathan Schmidt, and Kate Skaff.  
In addition, each year the Coordinating Council honors one volunteer organization and this year they honored our Athletic Booster Club.  Wendell Yoshida, Steve and Ceci Watts (Co-Presidents) were on hand to accept the award. 
Matthew Barri (10th grade) has been accepted to attend Grammy Camp this summer on the campus of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, focusing on the Electronic Music Production career track. This unique summer program brings together youth with outstanding artists and music Industry professionals.  Only 119 talented high school students from 104 U.S. cities and 29 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the13th annual GRAMMY CampĀ®program.  More information about this program is HERE. Matthew will also be DJ-ing during the Palos Verdes Fair's Teen Night on June 9.
Thursday, June 1st - Tri-M Scholarship Concert,  PAC, 5:00 PM, ticket price will be $5 for non TRI-M members, Free for the TRI-M members attend for free!
Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd -  PVPHS Choir Spring Concert, Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 7:30 PM.
Tickets are available at - Presale: $8 for students and $10 for adults. If seats are still available the night of the show, at the door: $12 for students with student ID and $15 for adults
Annual Music Banquet: The Music Department held their annual awards banquet this past week. Mr. Steiner and Mr. Doctor presented over 60 awards to music students from Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Marching/ Concert Band, and Color Guard.   F ourteen music students were honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Attention all students who are signed up to take an online summer school history class through PVPSS there is a mandatory meeting at PVHS on June 6th at 1pm.  All students must attend.  If you have any questions please contact PVPSS at
On Wednesday Evening, students who participated in Capital Convoy had an opportunity to share their experience with the Board of Education.
Jason Phillips Speaking to Board
Earlier in the week, students shared their experience at Capitol Convoy with the PTSA.
Kai Kato, Claire Easton, and Sydney Bombardekar at PTSA Meeting Sharing Their Capital Convoy Experience
Registration Volunteer sign-ups are now available!  Follow the link below to sign up for your favorite registration job.  Never volunteered to help with registration??  Welcome, we would love to have your help.  Over 100 panther parents volunteer each fall!  
Click on this link  to sign up.  Make sure to include your first and last name and click SAVE after you have chosen your spot.  
Junior and senior registration times are in the morning and sophomore and freshmen registration time is in the afternoon.
When you sign up to volunteer, your child will receive a wristband to enter the Registration Day Fast Pass line.
If you are a PVPUSD employee and would like to volunteer, please email Nancy Shafer at .  We have spots at registration that can only be filled by district personnel and would love your help!
Registration Day is Monday, August 21 and Late Registration is Monday, August 28 (the first day of school).
Help Us Deliver a Culinary Adventure as a Tribute to Pen's Teachers and Staff
Do you love to cook?  Do you like to cook?
Do you have a favorite restaurant you can order from?
The PVPHS PTSA International Luncheon is approaching and we need your help.  This event is a favorite tradition for all Peninsula teachers and staff (over 230 people) and you can help us say thank you as we provide an amazing international end of the year spread.  
What we need:  
  • Main Dishes:  10-15 hearty servings of your favorite "international" dish (Italian, Persian, Greek, Asian, Mexican, Indian, etc...) American food would also be great...Texas chili, Louisiana Jambalaya, Southern Fried Chicken, Hawaiian chicken, casseroles, etc...) 
  • "International" Side Dishes, Salads, Finger foods 
  • Desserts (cakes, cheesecakes, pies) 
The event is THIS Wednesday, May 31 in the main gym.  Start thinking about what you could make, bake, cook, purchase, order and deliver that day.  And, if you have a friend that you know would love to contribute also, but you know they are too busy cooking to have read this announcement, please send us their contact info and we'll ask them ourselves. 
Please contact the following PTSA members with your questions or commitments:
Leslie Scow -
Stefanie Goldenberg -
Laura Beaudoin -  
Please contribute to this very special event! 

On May 23, forty-two National Chinese Honor Society seniors received their cords for graduation. In addition, 40 new members were inducted. 
Coed Choreo Show
Incoming AVID Class of 2021 get a campus tour
 from AVID Director Chris Mullen

Library Display Cases
Thanks Mrs. Lipton

Thank you Claire Bogosian for Serving as
Peninsula High School's 2016-2017
 Student School Board member

In 2016-2017, the TSA Event & TEAMS at PVPHS have been organized by the phenomenal presidents Regina Lee (12th, Caltech), Caroline Kim (12th, Stanford), Alisa Hathaway (11th), Saehui Hwang (11th), and Vice president Erika Hathaway (12th, UC Berkeley). Our school teams and members have won multiple awards led by tremendous leadership of seniors.  We honor the graduating TSA seniors from the bottom of our hearts. 
The amazing seniors who have been our leaders include Caroline Kim, Regina Lee, Erika Hathaway, Lauren Park, Jacqueline Ahrens, Sherryn Sim, Esther Chu, Cindy Shim, Yodai Takeuchi, Masa Kanasugi, Eugene Lin, Eric Nguyen, Kyle Chan, Andrew Choi, , Claire Kim-Narita, Janice Lee, Chris Lim, Marine Fujisawa, Andrew Arrieta, Gene Whang, Jared Farley, , Eudora Lee, George Ye, Noelle Kirkpatrick, Shannon Hearn, Anthony Chong, Lindy Liu, Mackenzie Christie, Samal Senaratna, Nasim Zeighami, Emily Sun, Pete Makrygiannis, Lauren Yen, John Galdones,  Kyle Watanabe, Sally Gerich, Erin Kawakami, andEmily Schluper.   We will miss the seniors who have shown us how to compete and win with panther pride and values.  We express our deepest gratitude to the graduating seniors of TSA and wish them nothing but the success in their future.  
And thanks to our incredible seniors, our next class of tremendous leaders will be leading our teams and members at the national competition over the summer.  These leaders would include Alisa Hathaway, Saehui Hwang, Nathan Kim, Rei Landsberger, Alyssa Chew, Josh Ni, Yuna Kim, Nicole Lee, Akira Higaki, Edward Shin, Myka Kugaya, Ethan Chuang, Hannah Kang, Siteng Jiang, Ryan Liu, Michelle Yamakawa, Tiffany Yen, Jocelyn Ma, Isabelle Lee, Suraj Anand, Kevin Liu, Jacob Kang, Robert Petekov, Josh Masuda, Ryan Alimento, Sina Moshfeghi, and Ishan Gaur.  Good luck to TSA members!

 If you missed this week's Sports Update 
you can read it here
Contact Associate Principal Farrell
2017-2018 Schedule Change Requests
If a student would like to make a change to their 2017-2018 schedule requests, they must turn in a handwritten note signed by a parent/guardian to their School Counselor no later than June 8, 2017.  No changes will be made without a parent/guardian signature.  
After June 8 all requests must be emailed to the Associate Principal of the Counseling Office.  After July 14th students will have to see their School Counselor in August during program change days.  Please remember counselors do not work during the summer.  The Associate Principal of the Counseling Office will only respond to scheduling requests via email.  If you have questions about scheduling, please contact Mr. Farrell 
Any course request for which the student was not recommended and does not meet the course prerequisites must be accompanied by a Request for Placement form.  These forms may be found on the website under COUNSELING and were due in the Counseling Office by May 19, 2017.
Non-PVPUSD Summer School Classes
If you are planning on taking a summer school course somewhere other than Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School (, you must get approval from your counselor prior to enrolling.  Please see your counselor for the required form.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Counselors do not work in the summer, so students must complete the appropriate paperwork and request approval by May 23rd, 2017.    Any course taken without prior counselor approval will not be added to your PVPHS transcript.
You have made your decisions and now it's time to order your FINAL TRANSCRIPTS!  Come to the Counseling Office and see Mrs. Juge.  Remember if you are playing sports next year, you must order a final transcript for NCAA.  Don't wait until the last minute! 
Attention Junior Athletes
If you are planning to play NCAA D1 or D2 sports in college, you will need to register with the NCAA through Once you have registered, college coaches are then free to contact you for recruiting purposes.  It is recommended that you send a transcript to the NCAA this summer, after your second semester grades have posted. The Counseling Office is open during the summer to process this request. If you want to verify that your PVPHS coursework will meet NCAA requirements, please notify your counselor.
Rolling Hills High School Class of 1967 and Class of 1987
 are planning reunions! More info here

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Enjoy the long weekend!tracks 
Mitzi Cress