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Principal's Update


 June 10, 2018
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Thank you to the Class of 2018 for a wonderful week of celebration after four amazing years. I wish you all the best in the future, and I hope that your Panther experience has prepared you for any challenge that you might encounter. It has been an honor to serve as your principal this year. 
Thank you also to our teachers, parents, administration, staff, district, ASB, and community for making the 2018 graduation a memorable experience. I especially want to recognize Activities Director, Season Pollock, for ensuring that every aspect of the day was perfect. This event requires months of planning, and her attention to every detail is extraordinary. 
Thank you to Superintendent Dr. Don Austin and Board members Anthony Collatos, Barbara Lucky and Rick Phillips for accepting the class and handing out diplomas.  
Finally, a special shout out to the senior members of our choir under the direction of Dan Doctor for a beautiful version of the Star Spangled Banner, and our fabulous orchestra under the direction of Fred Steiner.
Class Speaker Samantha Liu
"For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder was performed by Christopher Chien, Ashley Hong, Collin Miller, Shayan Saadat, Nicholas Shawger, and Jeremy Yap

Class Speaker Shayan Saadat
Shayli Reagan sang "For Good"

A few more pictures from graduation can be viewed HERE on our school website.
Congratulations to the following seniors who, based on their senior year spring grades, have now qualified, and received, California Scholarship Federation Sealbearer status: Natalia Achatz, Jordan Asamoto, Hannah Azadi, Kate Ciernia, Isabel Frandsen, Matthew Giuliano, Kakeru Kobayashi, Ye Won Kweon, Alice Lee, Isabella Martinoli, Chethan Matharu, Eugene Pak, Lauren Stapel, Brian Su, Emily Suganuma, and Soni Ernestie Tecson
Our Link Crew Leadership students had one last picnic with their freshmen friends on the softball field Monday at lunch. 
Thank you to all of our diligent and enthusiastic Link Crew members for guiding our 9th graders all year - from orientation last August, through Cookies and Cram to prepare them for their finals, and the amazing Fresh Fest week of activities, and so much more - you all made Peninsula High a friendly, comfortable and fun place for the Class of 2021!
Several AP and Honors courses have summer assignments for the 2018-19 school year which are due the first week of school. Students who have registered for AP or Honors courses should check for assignments HERE on the school website.

PVPHS Jazz musicians played at the PV Street Fair on the Community Stage last night. Thank you boys for representing Peninsula High!
Peninsula High School sophomore volleyball player Clarke Godbold has made the final cut for the USA Volleyball 2018 Boys' Youth National Team! The team has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is now in Costa Rica competing in the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship. Athletes involved in Team USA have gone on to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics. Clarke Godbold, a gifted athlete, finished his sophomore year early to compete for the USA Boys' Youth National Team.  What a great accomplishment!
Latin Honors students of all levels were recognized for their great accomplishments at the end-of-year banquet held at Zayna Flaming Grill. This year's consuls (presidents), Mei Johnson and Will Mueller, passed on their duties to Jennifer Terada and Connor Tumelty, who handed out the awards for the 2018 National Latin Exam honorees. The National Latin Exam (NLE) is a standardized Latin test taken by students across the country, assessing a student's knowledge of Roman language, culture, and history. Along with many Gold and Silver Medalists, two Latin 1 students, Danny Park and Jinhee Won, received perfect scores, which earned each a special certificate and a letter to the principal, along with a gold medal. AP Latin student Will Mueller received the coveted award and honor for earning a gold medal for all four consecutive years: his own hardcover copy of Oxford Classical Latin Dictionary and a certificate and letter to the principal. Another notable distinction, a California Junior Classical League award ribbon, was awarded to Lauren Cho for winning First Place in Latin Oratory at State Convention. Our Latin program is taught by Ms. Bettina de Guzman - thank you for your dedication to our students!
The Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) is looking for two highly motivated, articulate and passionate students (juniors or seniors) who will serve as official PEF Ambassadors. You will gain experience working in a nonprofit environment and will develop skills in marketing, communications, fundraising and development. Some of your duties will include:
  • Serve as a liaisons between PEF and high school students and their families
  • Help build awareness of PEF and its mission
  • Attend 2 PEF Board of Trustees meetings within the academic school year

Two students at each high school will be selected to serve as PEF Ambassadors from July 2018 - June 2019. Hours are flexible and we will work with your schedule!



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 Tuesday, August 14 and Late Registration is Wednesday, August 22 (the first day of school).
Cal Water will soon begin the Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project, an infrastructure upgrade that will improve water service to the residents and businesses on the PV Peninsula. Beginning this June and completed by end of 2019, the project will install seven miles of new drinking water pipelines and a new pump station to help ensure the Peninsula is better prepared for the future, both for everyday and emergency needs. In order to install the new water pipelines, there will be partial closures of select streets and bridle trails, including a one-month closure of the eastbound lane of PV Drive North between Dapplegray Lane and Dapplegray Elementary (July 9 to August 10, 2018). There will also be partial lane closures along Crenshaw Boulevard between PV Drive North and Crest Road from the end of 2018 to Spring 2019. 
We invite you to attend an open house we will host to provide more information about the project and answer any questions you may have.The open house will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Palos Verdes High School. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by email to
Contact Associate Principal Toombs
Any schedule change request must be emailed to Associate Principal Lea Toombs at by July 13, 2018. Ms. Toombs will only respond to scheduling requests via email. Please remember that counselors do not work during the summer. After July 13th, course changes will not 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 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.
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Have a great summer!tracks
The first day of classes for the 2018-19 school year is Wednesday, August 22 (a minimum day).
Registration for all students will be on Tuesday, August 14, with Late Registration on the first day of school.
More information will be emailed out and available on our website in July. 
Brent Kuykendall