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February 16, 2020
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Eric Stevens, a 2008 Peninsula High School graduate who has recently been diagnosed with ALS and his wife Amanda were on campus Tuesday morning to share their story with our students. This year we are dedicating our Walk for Life to Eric and Project ALS the non-profit he supports. 
Amanda and Eric shared several videos with the students and I encourage all of you to watch them:
Our annual fundraiser, The Walk for Life, is coming up this Friday, February 21st. All money raised from our Walk for Life this year will be given to Project ALS. It costs $30 to participate, and each participant will receive a Walk for Life t-shirt.

You can download this WFL Participation Form or find it under Panther Picks on the school website Students will need to print out both sides of the form so that they can get their parent signature (on both pages!) as well as Period 5 & 6 teacher signatures. Forms must be returned with a minimum $30 donation (cash or check payable to PVPHS - WFL) to the ASB room P115.
DEADLINE TO TURN IN YOUR PARTICIPATION FORM IS THIS WEDNESDAY!! Please help us maximize our gift to Project ALS. Together we can make a difference.

Walk for Life activities will kick-off with a carnival during an extended lunch period. Our campus clubs and honor societies will be selling food, drinks, and more at booths set up in the amphitheater. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our WFL beneficiary. Students must use WFL Carnival Tickets to make purchases. Buy your WFL Carnival Tickets at the Student Store this week on Thursday and Friday. Each ticket costs $1. Items for sale at the carnival will range in price from 1 ticket to 7 tickets. 


An important part of our Walk for Life ceremony is the Flower Ceremony, during which we read the names of loved ones who have lost their life to ALS. If you would like to have the name of a loved one read during the ceremony, please email that name to Mrs. Pollock at We will honor each name with a beautiful flower.

This year all 19 of our National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists became finalists. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. We are very proud of all the hard work that has lead each of of these students to this accolade.
Ryan Alimento
Surah Anand
Joshua Bae
Catherine Channell
Yeji Cho
Zachary Foltz
Evelyn Hasama
Summer Hasama
Arpit Jalan
Charley Kim
Sanjay Kumar
Emily Masuda
Hanser Oh
Ethan Ro
Nicholas Sims
Casey Syal
Mishal Syed
Alexandra Yoo
Elizabeth Zhang
Congratulations to all of the new and continuing CSF members! Over the past two weeks, the CSF Board members and adviser took in 1080 applications for spring 2020 membership. The class of 2020 has 212 Sealbearers with an amazing 184 of those seniors achieving Highest Honors (five qualifying semesters of CSF) and 152 of them having membership EVERY single semester of high school (seven).The list of members can be found HERE.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Lions Club recently held its annual speech contest which is open to all high school students in California. Winners at the local level have the opportunity to go on to win $21,500 in scholarship money if they emerge as the over-all winner of the competition. In the local contest Peninsula High senior, Aliun Shi, emerged as the winner and will now go on to the next round of competition in early March. The topic of this year's contest is : " Homelessness in California; What Is The Solution?". 
Speech contest coordinator John Letcher is pictured with the competitors in the event: PV High sophomore Spencer Macleay, PVPHS senior Ailun Shi, and PVPHS freshman Maya Rosca
This week during Black History Month, the BSU shared the achievements of Jack Johnson, the first black prizefighter to win the world heavyweight championship; Michelle Obama the first African American First Lady in the White House and author of her memoir Becoming; and Misty Copeland the first African American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. We look forward to two more weeks of our Brain Buster activity to highlight figures in Black History.

At this week's BSU meeting, we had the pleasure of listening to guest speaker Mr. David Adefesco, who shared inspirational stories and advice with the students. He captivated the audience as he talked about determination, perseverance, goals, diligence, passion, and service.

The BSU coordinates with the librarian to teach anyone interested in making a friendship bracelet this Thursday, February 20, at lunch in the library. Please join us!
BSU members with their guest speaker Mr. David Adefesco
Nearly four-thousand students from two-hundred, eight-five schools and twenty-eight states attended the thirty-fourth annual Stanford Invitational this past weekend at Stanford University. Twenty-two Peninsula students were among them. In policy debate, Peninsula had two of the top eight teams and three of the top sixteen teams. Juniors Dylan Michalak and Andrew Sinsioco reached the octafinal (top 16) round. Junior Darin Park and sophomores Lukas Rhoades, Blake Dee, and Chris Sims reached the quarterfinal round (top 8). Darin was also the tournament's ninth speaker.
Contact Associate Principal Toombs
Students are now able to submit their course requests for 2020-2021 using their student Aeries Portal. Students have through this Thursday, February 20  to complete their online selections. Information for course selection has been mailed home. Students can access the Aeries portal through the school website,, by clicking on AERIES at the top of the homepage. 

For complete details on registering for classes including assistance with finding course numbers, visit the 2020-2021 Course Selection webpage under Panther Picks on our school website.  

Questions on what classes you should take next year? Bring them up with your counselor at your one-on-one meeting. Counselors will be meeting with students as follows: 
Juniors: February 24 - March 6 during English classes 
Sophomores: February and March during individual appointments 
  • Sophomore parents who have not scheduled a parent/student meeting with their counselor please reach out to your counselor via e-mail or phone to schedule an appointment
Freshmen: March 9 - 20 during English class

IMPORTANT - Once course requests are input into Aeries, the scheduling paperwork - including Course Scheduling Worksheet, Time Management Activity Worksheet, and any required Request for Placement forms - must be returned to the Counseling Office. The deadline to turn in this paperwork is this Friday, February 21 at 3:00 pm.
NEED AN AERIES ACCOUNT? Students who do not have a student Aeries account, please send an email to Deirdre Heimer, PVPHS Registrar at The email must contain the student's full name, birth date, grade, and email address. The email subject line should be: " requesting Aeries account". Once the Registrar links your email to Aeries, you will receive an email from with the temporary password to access your account. Be sure to check your spam or junk folder if you do not receive the email.
Our schedule of lunchtime presentations continues through this week to assist students in selecting the appropriate courses for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students: please review the schedule below in order to attend these very informative meetings. All Mathematics and World Language options will be discussed through current classes.
The deadline for dropping a class or leveling down for Spring semester with no record of the class on the transcript is this Friday, February 21, 2020.
Contact Mrs. Arico
Visit the CCC Website
Are you planning to visit colleges and universities over Spring Break and the summer months? This Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30pm the CCC will host a presentation about how to make the most of your visit. Make your visit count!
All juniors interested in attending a Service Academy must attend the fourth annual Bi-Partisan, Multi-District Service Academy Day hosted by the Office of Congressman Ted W. Lieu. This event will be held on Saturday, February 29 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Gordon Conference Center in El Segundo. It will give prospective students and parents an opportunity to hear speakers from each of the Service Academies and to ask important questions. Due to the restricted access at the base, you must RSVP HERE no later than this Friday, February 21, 2020. For more information visit Congressman Ted Lieu's website.
Please check Naviance for scholarship opportunities! The majority of the scholarships that will be available for the rest of this year are listed now and many are due this month and next. Several of the local scholarship are earmarked for Peninsula High students and last year went unfilled as no one applied. Make sure you look at the due dates and note requirements such as writing essays and submitting letters of recommendation which take time to complete. Don't wait for the last minute to start the application process. To find the list of scholarships on Naviance, click on the Colleges banner, chose Scholarships and Money from the drop down list, then click on Scholarship List. To find out the qualifications and a summary of the scholarship, click on the name of the scholarship. Scholarships with deadlines coming up soon include the South Bay Women's Business Association Scholarship (2/21), Jack Bagdasar Memorial Scholarship (for those interested in majoring in elementary school education)2/26, Palos Verdes Junior Women's Club Scholarship(2/28), Peninsula Education Foundation Scholarship(2/28), Arab American Institute Helen Abbott Scholarship(3/1), Sons of Italy Scholarship (3/1), Banatao Filipino American Education Fund College Scholarship (3/2), Alegria Family Public Service Scholarship(3/4), Kordich Memorial Scholarship (3/4), South Bay Alumnae Panhellenic Association (3/6).
March 2, 2020 is the deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you are applying to schools in California. Even though you think you might not qualify for financial aid, colleges and universities encourage the filing of a FAFSA. A FAFSA must also be filed to be considered for work study and federal loans. For more information about college financial aid and the FAFSA, please visit
You won't want to miss this very special night! Silent auction, live auction, parade of senior athletes! Purchase your tickets today, as we anticipate selling out!
  • Feature your athlete, team, coaches, or teachers in "A Black & Gold Affaire" keepsake program! Hurry, deadline is Tuesday, February 25. Don't worry, we'll design your program ad for you! Visit for details!
  • The Online Auction opens Saturday, February 22! But, it's not too late to donate an auction item! We still need items of all kinds so please contact one of the auction chairs below if you can donate. Look for instructions on bidding coming to your email soon! Questions? Contact Thea Sanderson, or Janet Feigle at
  • It's not too late to become A Black & Gold Affaire sponsor! Visit today for sponsorship information. Sponsorships start at only $100!
Thank you to the following for your generous support of our event! 
All Star $2500-$4999

Varsity $1000-$2499
The Armstrong Family
The Callanan Family
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Kelly and Monica Masuda
Joel and Michelle Seaton

Junior Varsity $600-$999
JD Factors
Frosh/Soph, JV & Varsity Baseball
Track & Field

Frosh/Soph $300-$599
ATHENS Services
Boys Soccer
The Funk Family
Bill & Victoria Kramer
Mark and Beth Meyerhoff
The Rand Family

Panther Patron $100-$299
Youngsung Choi and Seong Byun
Harold and Kim Ginsburg
Girls Volleyball
David and Pantea Hannauer
Kurt and Susan Hay
James and Michelle Jongkind
Daniel and Tarrah Kaulahao
Nancy Kim
Eric and Janet Louie
The Maiden Family
The Rasic Family
Adam and Rachel Rioux
Richard and Julia Rosas
Brian and Thea Sanderson
Mark and Debbie Simpkins
Brian and Apalla Chopra Whitten
Become a sponsor today! Sponsorship forms can be found by visiting Thank you in advance for your support!
All PVPHS families are encouraged to become members of the 
PVPHS Athletic Booster Club (ABC). ABC is a major source of funds 
for Peninsula High's athletic programs. This membership supports 
all athletic teams by helping to fund athletic facilities, 
field upgrade, and salaries for our athletic trainers! 
It's easy to join! 
Visit today and click on the Join Now Online! link.
Both of our basketball teams have advanced
 to the CIF Playoffs Quarterfinal round!

Boys' Basketball: Tuesday, February 18 @ 7pm at Ribet Academy
Girls' Basketball: Wednesday, February 19 @ 7pm at home against Yucaipa

Please come out and cheer on our athletes!
Varsity games on campus this week
Wednesday @ 3pm vs Torrance
Wednesday @ 3:15pm vs Torrance
Girls' Lacrosse
Thursday @ 3:30pm vs Downey
Boys' Lacrosse
Friday @ 3:30pm vs Culver City
Remember the Titans!
Titans t-shirts are on sale 
in the Student Store
Tuesday and 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

(Late Start)
Period 0: 9a-9:40a
Period 1: 9:45a-10:25a
Period 2: 10:30a-11:10a
Period 3: 11:15a-11:45a
Period 4: noon - 12:40p
Lunch: 12:40p-1:15p
Period 5: 1:20p-2:00p
Period 6: 2:05p-2:45p
(Walk for Life)
Period 0: 7:00a - 7:55a
Period 1: 8:00a - 8:53a
Period 2: 8:59a - 9:52a
Period 3: 9:58a - 10:51a
 Period 4: 10:57a - 11:50a
Lunch / Assembly: 11:50a - 12:47p
Period 5: 12:53p - 1:46p
Period 6: 1:52p - 2:45p

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Have a great week!
Brent Kuykendall