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PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE
April 11, 2021
 
Thank you Link Crew and Mrs. Dibble for showing our Freshmen and Transfer students around campus! #WelcomeHome
If you missed the tour check out Link Crew's Instagram or PVPHS' Website for a video tour.
 
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This Week's Bell Schedules
Last week of full remote learning!
 
 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
 
Wednesday
 
 
RETURN TO CAMPUS NEXT WEEK
 
Dr. Kukendall sent a memo this week with updates to the return to school plan which you can read HERE.
 
Due to changing protocols and the number of students requesting a hybrid schedule, we have updated our return to campus plan. Starting on Monday, April 19 (instead of April 12) ALL Hybrid students will return to campus and will attend all of their classes in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. DLA students will continue to access all of their classes online through Teams. Wednesday classes will remain online for all students. The bell schedule will remain the same as it is now. Click HERE to see the bell schedule that ALL students will follow.
 
And please watch THIS VIDEO to hear Dr. K explain some of the details of the updated return to campus plan.
 
PVPHS Admin will host another Return to Campus Informational Meeting online on Thursday, April 15. The link to register for the webinar is HERE
 
If, based on this new information, you would like your student to change programs (Hybrid/DLA), please fill out THIS FORM . Moves will be accommodated (1) IF there is room available, (2) on a first come first served basis, and (3) NOT before April 26.
 
The PVPUSD Safety Plan and School Guidance Checklist is available online HERE
 
Counseling Support
  • To schedule time with your counselor CLICK HERE
  • To check out the PVPHS virtual Student Center and get support CLICK HERE
Tutoring Support
Many of PVPHS's Honors Societies continue to offer free virtual peer tutoring for students who request it. Use the links below to set up tutoring sessions.
 
World Languages:
 
AP Exam Information
 
The calendar above reflects the dates and times for in-person AP exams (IN RED) and the digital at-home AP exams (IN BLACK). The calendar has been updated to reflect the DLA options in June for students who would prefer to take the digital at-home exam when available for those exams offered in person. Please note that CollegeBoard does not offer a digital at-home exam for any World Language exam or the Music Theory exam.
 
REQUEST TO SWITCH FROM IN PERSON TO DIGITAL AP EXAM
Students who are scheduled for an in person, on campus exam (see exams listed in RED in the schedule above), but would prefer to take the exam online at home (see exams noted with DLA), must complete the AP EXAM SWITCH TO DIGITAL REQUEST FORM  to switch to the digital exam. Music Theory and all World Language exams do NOT have a digital test option.
 
Deadline to submit request is April 23, 2021
 
AP EXAM REFUND REQUEST
Students who have dropped an AP class or wish to cancel their exam registration for any reason, must complete the AP EXAM REFUND REQUEST FORM in order to get their exam fee returned.
 
Deadline to submit refund request is April 16, 2021
 
A Senior Event Message went out recently HERE. Check it out for all of the exciting things PVPHS is planning for it's seniors. One small correction to the Donation and Sponsor links. See below.
 
We are very excited to be able to organize these events for our seniors.  We are also working hard to find the funds to be able to provide these events that will make them both safe and fun.  Due to the pandemic, our typical fundraising efforts and events were not able to occur.  We ask that each senior family please consider donating $75 to the Class of 2021 to help pay for the rentals, security, decorations and all that will go into these various events.  Here is a link to the Senior Donation webstore: NEW LINK
 
Or if your family would like to sponsor one or more of these events by paying more than $75, we have a sponsorship link through our webstore.  You can earmark which senior event you would like your sponsorship to go towards.  Here is the link to the Class of 2021 sponsorship: NEW LINK
 
If you have trouble logging into the webstore or completing payment, please contact Vicki Croucier- croucierv@pvpusd.net
 
Panther’s Water Polo Season
One, two, three, four,…ready or not,…season is on
 
Like a Pacific Winter’s storm that appeared out of nowhere, water polo season happened for our boys and girls programs and it landed with almost as much turbulence. Chaotic was the storm to follow ever changing protocols, get everyone tested and finish clearances, set up matches and referees, and coordinate all the athletes that chose to compete after deliberating for mere hours.
 
Four packed weeks. Week one: four short days of our first “full contact” practices followed by one game and a Saturday practice. Week two brought practice, game, practice, game, followed by two practices. Week three stepped it up to three games and three practices. Week four of our stormy season was four games and only two practices. 1, 2, 3, 4 and done!
 
Many words describe our season: fun, tough, hectic, chaotic, committed, awesome, tiring, challenging, and a bit insane. “We are back.” A historical short season with a rapid release from quarantine and (perhaps) our first co-ed season ever.
 
Reflections:
  • Seven seniors competed in their final ten games
  • Fourteen freshmen played in their first ten high school games ever.
  • Thirty-seven athletes competed and loved it.
  • Water Polo helped lead the way for all our other programs
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Perhaps most of all, the return, the growth, the smiles, the laughs, and the bonding of teammates. All well needed.
 
Thank you:
  • To our athletes and parents for your flexibility, hard work and support to our program.
  • To our administrators and support staff for making it all happen.
  • To our coaching staff for rising to the challenge.
 
Cross Country
In their first official high school meet of the season against Mira Costa, senior UCLA-bound athlete Ewan Macfarlane took the win for the boys in convincing fashion with a blazing time of 14:40 on the 3-mile course. In the girls' event, sophomore Aishling Callanan took fourth place with a new PR of 18:04 against some top state-level competition. In the runners' second event against PV, Macfarlane again took the win for the boys and sophomores Roya Khaleeli and Madison Woodward took first and second, respectively, in the girls' race. In our season finale against Santa Monica, the boys' teams (Varsity and JV) swept both races, taking first through fifth places, and Callanan was again on top for the girls with a win and one of the fastest times ever on the two-mile home course.
 
Left Photo: Aishling Callanan leads the girls as she cruises to victory against Santa Monica with one of the fastest times ever on the 2-mile version of our home course.
Right Photo: Runners Owen Johnson and Oliver Macfarlane push their way up the notorious "Agony Hill" en route to second- and third-place finishes in their JV team victory over Santa Monica.
 
Football
Varsity football finally got to start their season and will play their league schedule. The team is 1-2 with a victory over Santa Monica on a late drive in the fourth quarter highlighted by a great goal line catch by Dylan Thomas to win 13-7.  After facing many challenges throughout the year, the football team faced adversity head on, overcoming injuries and not having a full roster with players opting for other sports. The Panther Football team remained resilient in their daily efforts and continued to do the hard work needed to establish and grow the Panther Football Program. The season will finish out with away games at Mira Costa and Palos Verdes. Freshman football is 3-0. Their potent offense and stingy defense have produced big victories over Redondo, Santa Monica, and Culver City. 
 
Golf
The Peninsula Boys Golf Team is off to a strong start to the season placing 1st in the Glendora Tournament with a three-man total of 217. Senior Greyson Leach earned medalist honors with a bogey free round of 68. Junior Kyle Wada birdied 3 of his last 5 holes for 72. And hockey sticks(77) for freshman Winston Shen on a long difficult course points to continued success for the Panthers this year.
 
In anticipation of the new wave of COVID vaccination eligibility to all persons 16+, BCHD will be hosting a Q&A session, “Teens & Vaccines: What Parents & Caregivers Need to Know” on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. featuring local physicians. Registration information available here
 
 
Sarah Cao
 
Akash Anand
American Chemical Society Competition
On March 27, annual international American Chemical Society local Chemistry Olympiad regional competition was held virtually online . PVPHS students achieved fantastic result! The top students with the highest scores from Palos Verdes Peninsula HS are as follows:  Sarah Cao (PVPHS's highest scorer from PVPHS & ranked 6th in Southern California Section) and Akash Anand (ranked second in PVPHS & ranked 8th in Southern California Section). Both students scored way above the cut off score to go on to next competition level. Both students will be part of National Team! For Akash Anand, this will be the second year being part of National Team. American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad locates and recognizes high achieving students nationally and internationally. The test is designed to test a student’s knowledge of a wide variety of topics in chemistry. The test is designed to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. Congratulation to all the students who participated! 
 
CSF SENIORS
Attention Senior members of CSF.  Please check THIS LIST to see if you are a Sealbearer for the Class of 2021.  Make sure your name is spelled correctly as that is the way it will be spelled on all CSF graduation materials.  Also, if you are on the list, please make sure to check in on Teams as there is important information regarding CSF posted.  On the Team, you can find information about scholarships, stoles, etc.  Please check in!  Any questions or corrections to be made, email adviser, Mrs. Okamoto, at okamotob@pvpusd.net.   
 
SEEKING STRING PLAYERS to join Encore Theatre pit orchestra this summer! 
The Encore Theatre Group will present Les Miserables and seeks 6 strong violin, 3 viola, and 3 cello players to join professional musicians in the pit orchestra. This is a chance to stretch your skills and grow your confidence, while getting a taste of the music business! The orchestra will rehearse July 27-29 and performances will be July 30-August 1. Email your interest to southbaypitorchestra@gmail.com to receive the short audition excerpt; you will submit a recording of yourself playing this. Questions, including any on COVID precautions? Feel free to email southbaypitorchestra@gmail.com. (A pandemic video made by the group’s pros is available HERE
 
Contact Associate Principal Panagos panagosj@pvpusd.net
 
Contact Mrs. Arico aricoj@pvpusd.net
Contact Mrs. Shafer shafern@pvpusd.net
Visit the CCC Website
 
Scholarship Opportunities
 
The scholarship season is winding down. Don't miss this opportunity to apply for our local scholarships. 
Scholarships due this week:  Ayso (due 4/11), PV Assoc. of Realtors and the Perrault Soccer Scholarship (both due 4/14), Cal Water Service (due 4/16), and the Vietnam Veterans of America (due 4/18).   
To find scholarships – log on to Naviance through your student portal, click on the Colleges tab (upper right corner), then Scholarships and Money, then Scholarship List, then Local and Regional Scholarships (upper left). Click on the name of the scholarship to find out more information including how to apply. 
 
Visit our PVPUSD Families Connected page for recent PVPUSD parent education videos and a wide array of free youth wellness resources. 
 
For social-emotional support during this time when our families are struggling with loss on many different levels, we encourage you to visit the SBFC Coping with Grief page for insight and resources. 
 
To help bring down the stress level in your home during distance learning, we invite you to check out the resources on the updated SBFC Coronavirus Support page and Mindfulness Parenting page.
 
To support your teens with education and inspiration that will help them stave off drug and alcohol use, please visit the newly updated SBFC Vaping Facts for Teens Page and Opioid Awareness Page. Here are some recommended activities to empower you and your teens:
  • Watch the full video of our Vaping Prevention Tour with Alex Gray with your teen and discuss the facts shared on the page. 
  •  Watch the Opioid Prevention videos together and alert your teen to the trending issue of Fentanyl.
  •  Visit the SBFC Virtual Teen Center, a resource created by teens for teens, for more information and videos to help youth connect and destress in healthy ways. 
 
Stay safe and wear a mask and we'll be back on campus on April 19!
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Brent Kuykendall
Principal
 
 
 
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