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Principal's Update


May 20, 2018
CAASPP testing begins on Monday. Check below for special bell schedules 
and late starts this week.
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"Classified employees make schools work and they care for the students," says State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "They have their official duties and they also have smiles for the students. Our classified people are part of the overall school team. There is a mutual respect and support between the administrators and the workers on the front line who do the day-to-day work." 

So who are our classified employees that we will honor this week? They are the glue that holds Peninsula High together. Without them, Peninsula High could not function. Classified employees are the secretaries who greet you with a smile each day and answer our phones. They are the ones behind the scenes tending to our fields and landscape, securing our school, cleaning our classrooms, fixing our facilities, setting up for events, checking out textbooks, helping us in computer labs, collecting our money, paying our bills, ordering our buses for events, preparing our lunches, and so much more. Every aspect of Peninsula High is impacted by a classified school employee. Classified school employees play crucial roles in education to ensure that our school operates smoothly. So please take a moment during Classified Employee Week this week to say thank you to our classified employees.
What a fantastic evening last night at the Oue Skyspace in downtown LA! Over 750 students attended this year's prom, and with the delicious food, great music, open-air observation deck providing 360-degree views of the city, and the unique glass slide, it was truly an evening to remember for all.
This past week senior Rei Landsberger and junior Christina An, along with PVPHS science teachers Melissa Klose and Mark Greenberg, traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the INTEL International Science Fair. Rei's project analyzing a new design for hip prostheses won 4th place in the Biomedical Engineering category.
The Pen High Varsity Voices Choir participated in the Los Angeles Master Chorale's 29th Annual High School Festival at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday. 900 students from 29 high schools arrived for a two hour practice with Grant Gershon, Kiki and David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and guest conductor Dr. Edith Copley. The students enjoyed a performance by 16 members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Ensemble, and also performed six numbers in four different languages from different time periods, and supported the festival honor choir for three more numbers. What a truly educational and unique experience for our students!

Pen High Latin students went on a field trip to UC Irvine on Friday. On this trip they went on a Campus Tour and to a lecture by author and visiting Exeter University professor, Dr. Emily Hauser. Dr. Hauser talked about the role of women in the ancient world, and how they are depicted in literature. This field trip impacted the Latin class by inspiring critical thinking, causing them to question the very purpose and nature of Ancient Greek Myths, and especially the reality behind the female characters that are barely shown or represented.

Link Crew's first ever car wash fundraiser was a tremendous success! The program relies on donations and fundraisers to stay afloat, so current and future Link Crew Leaders came together for some sudsy FUNdraising on Saturday morning. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to all the Leaders who volunteered their time!
Our art department will hold its final show of the year May 22 through June 1st  in the PVPHS Bradbury Smith Art Gallery at Panther Time and lunch. There will be an opening reception this Thursday, May 24 from 5pm to 7pm.

The 4th annual PVPHS Student Film Festival is 
this Thursday , May 24 at 4pm in the PAC. Come see the best of what our Digital Media students have created this year. Tickets are $5 at the door and support the Digital Media programs here at PVPHS. Students from Video Production, Digital Animation and Graphic Design will compete for the coveted Panther D'Or Award.

AP exam season will finish up this week with a few days of makeup exams. Thank you to our AP Coordination Team - Associate Principal Katie Clovis and volunteer Susan Breitenstein - for their months of detailed planning and preparation which enabled us to successfully administer nearly 2500 exams to 1100 Pen High students. AP exam scores will be available on the College Board website on July 5.
CAASPP testing for juniors will start  tomorrow, Monday, May 21. Juniors should check-in to their testing room by 7:55am. Room assignments are posted outside each of the three offices and on the board by the parking lot gate. Headphones will be available to all students, however students are encouraged to bring their own. Freshmen, sophomores and seniors will start classes at 10:30am on Monday and Tuesday this week. Please see the bell schedule below for details.  Questions regarding the test should be directed to Lea Toombs,
Our PTSA presented much-deserved awards to parents, teachers and students at their annual HSA brunch at the Red Onion last Thursday morning. Congratulations to all! 
Very Special Person Awards: Lauren Kim (sophomore student), Denise Ball and James Hernandez 
Outstanding Teacher Awards: Loretta Alvillar, Grace Anderson, Vararat Chaiyont-Kan, Betsy Fujinaga, Maria McCloud, and Anne-Marie Voegtlin
Continuing Service Awards: Dr. Jim Dimitriou, Kako Silvestre and Kisha Williams 
Golden Oak Service Awards: Cheryl Dawson, Selina Lai, Allison and Rick Phillips
PTSA President Jill Surace presents the Golden Oak 
award to Allison and Rick Phillips

The final PTSA Association meeting of the year is this Tuesday, May 22nd at 8:45 am (social) and 9:00 am (meeting) in the PVPHS Library. Please join us for a terrific morning as we say goodbye and thanks to our Outgoing 2017-2018 PTSA Executive Board, and hello and welcome to our Incoming 2018-2019 PTSA Executive Board led by our new President Karen Buresh! Come learn about plans for the next year!
PVPSS Summer High School Review classes are filling up quickly! If you think you may want to enroll in a review class for either first or second semester to improve a current grade on your transcript, checkout the website at to see if it works for you.

This summer, PVPSS is also offering a unique one week class "Walking in the Shoes of a Professional" which will provide students with incredible "hands on" experiences dealing with complex, real-world scenarios involving a variety of present day careers. This class is open to all incoming ninth through twelfth grade students. Instructors, Dr. Jasminka and Stuart Criley, well known within our community for the many advanced and enrichment based courses they have presented, will be leading the discussions in this groundbreaking and innovative new course offering. 

To enroll in any one of the many summer school courses, registration must be done online via the website. If you have any questions, please call the Summer Help Desk at (310) 378-8695.

Senior Ditch Day is tomorrow! Seniors going to Ditch Day can find all of the details regarding the day in the senior mailer, which can be viewed here. We'll start checking in seniors onto the buses at 7:45am. Buses will leave at 8:15 am. Don't be late - the buses will leave without you!   Buses will return to campus at approximately 8:30pm. We're looking forward to a fun day celebrating this awesome Class of 2018!

Seniors who do not attend Senior Ditch Day are expected to attend school on Monday.

Each senior will be given eight (8) graduation tickets. If you need more than 8 tickets, your son or daughter must sign up for extra tickets with Mrs. Jones, the Principal's secretary, in the Main Office beginning this Wednesday, May 23. Your child may sign up for up to 6 extra tickets. Only students can sign up for the extra tickets - parents, please do not call or fax in requests! All graduation tickets will be distributed to students after the mandatory graduation rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon, June 6.

Handicapped seating and parking is available for graduation on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors or their parents may submit a request online at Check under 'Panther Picks'. The link will be available this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am.
Memory Lane is an exhibition of posters that each senior or parent will put together. This poster will represent the graduate's life in pictures from childhood through senior year and will be displayed at the Baccalaureate Ceremony on June 3 and throughout the students' final week of school. Please deliver your finished, laminated poster to the Student Store on campus no later than Tuesday, May 29.

Our AP Physics students have begun construction on their cardboard and duct tape entries for the annual Physics Boat Races, which will be held at the pool on Tuesday, May 31 at lunch.  
Congratulations and thank you to the TSA presidents - Nathan Kim, Saehui Hwang, Alisa Hathaway, Rei Landsberger, and Tim Jiang - for their incredible leadership leading the PVPHS chapter of TSA to another spectacular season this year. Over one hundred of our TSA Chapter students will be representing Peninsula High School at the National Finals competition over the summer in Atlanta, Georgia. Our students will be competing in various SMERT STEM competitions including TSA TEAMS, Architecture Design, Children Stories, Coding, Digital Video Production, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Essay on Technology, Fashion Design and Technology, Music Production, Prepared Presentation, Technology Bowl, Transportation Modeling, Webmaster, Chapter Team, On Demand Video, Software development, and LEAP legacy chapter. 
If any student is interested in joining our award winning TSA team next year, please contact the PVPHS TSA coordinator Mr. Lee -
Contact Associate Principal Toombs
If a student would like to make a change to his/her 2018-2019 course requests, a handwritten note signed by a parent/guardian must be given to their counselor no later than June 7, 2018. No changes will be made without a parent/guardian signature. 
From June 7 through July 13th, all schedule change requests must be emailed to Associate Principal Lea Toombs at Ms. Toombs will only respond to scheduling requests via email.  Please remember that counselors do not work during the summer. After July 13th, no more course changes will be made until after Registration. in mid-August.
Any course request for which the student was not recommended and does not meet the course prerequisites for must be accompanied by a Request for Placement Form

If you are planning on taking a summer school course other than at Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School (, you must get approval from your Counselor prior to enrolling. Forms are available in the Counseling Office. IMPORTANT NOTE: Counselors do not work during the summer, so students must complete the appropriate paperwork ASAP. Any course taken without prior counselor approval will not be added to your PVPHS transcript.
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.
PVPHS Athletic Booster Club is looking for a few good 
Parent Volunteers for the 2018-2019 School Year!
Join the ABC board of directors and committee chairs - a fun group of dedicated parents looking to raise funds to support our student athletes in interscholastic competition.

The funds raised from the ABC help assure that our student athletes are properly equipped, sports venues are well-maintained, and sports teams have appropriate care from professional and certified athletic trainers.

If you are interested, please reach out to Julia Parton Rosas at Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Please join us at our next Athletic Booster Club Meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-7:30pm in the CCC. The meeting is open to all, so we hope to see you there. How are our teams doing? Hear from our student athletes and team parent liaisons!
Thank you to our current ABC members for your continued support of PVPHS athletic programs.  Your support  does not go unnoticed.
CAASPP Testing Schedules
Grade 11 students will report to assigned rooms 
by 7:55 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
 Room assignments are posted on all office windows.
View CAASPP schedule details  HERE
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Have a great week!tracks 
Brent Kuykendall