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Principal's Update


December 8, 2019
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Under the guidance and direction of Dan Doctor, the Women's Treble Choir, Women's A Capella, Varsity Voices (coed), and Men's Doo Wop performed three concerts over the past two evenings for an audience that filled Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. It was a beautiful event full of joy and celebration.
Our Band Director Fred Steiner directed the Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Bands in their first concert of the year Friday night in the Fieldhouse. With selections ranging from the 1930's through the present it was a very smoooooth evening.
Mr. Steiner's musicians have two more concerts coming up:
  • Friday evening, December 13 - Orchestra 
  • Wednesday evening, December 18 - Concert Band 

All the details are HERE on our school website.

A big thank you to the PVPHS Korean Parent Group (KPG) which provided breakfast for the faculty and staff recently. We appreciate them thinking of us, what a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. The PVPHS KPG Board Members are President Eunjoo Lee, Jung Shin, Minsoo Hwang, Sumi Oh,Jungah Hyun, Iris Hwang, Debbie Pak, Julie Kim, and Clara Jung who designed the banner.
This past week we welcomed 40 Japanese students and their teacher from Seirei Christopher High School in Shizuoka, Japan. They were visiting Los Angeles as a part of their school trip, and they visited Pen High to share Japanese culture with their American peers, to learn about American high school life, and to practice their English. The Seirei students shadowed forty Panthers for one and a half days.

Our students learned that though they share many similar activities with their peers from Japan such as the use of social media, joy of shopping, and listening to music, there were also many differences in their lives. The students from Japan shared that they must wear uniforms to school, have classes on Saturdays, and have stricter school rules such as no make-up, no hair dye, and no standing up during class.
We sincerely thank all of the Pen High teachers who welcomed these Japanese guests to their classrooms to make our cultural exchange a great success. Also, thank you to all of the Pen High students who served as buddies to the visitors. Together we made great memories.
Reminder to students interested in enrolling in the Harbor College Film Appreciation course for the spring semester - your application is due this Tuesday, December 10. This class will be offered on the Pen High campus and students can earn college and high school credits . Application forms are available in the Counseling Office. Class will meet on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm starting in early February.
All students in grades 9 and 11 are being asked to be a part of our school's California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. Your child does not have to take the survey. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must notify your school. Withdrawal forms will be provided to each student through their English class and are available in the Main Office.

Survey Content. The survey gathers information on developmental supports provided to youth; school connectedness and barriers to learning; school safety; and health-related concerns such as physical activity and nutritional habits; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and risk of depression and suicide and perceived sexual orientation.

The results from this survey are compiled into district- and county-level CHKS Reports. To view a copy of our district's report, go to and type in the district name.

It is Voluntary Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer, and may stop taking the survey at any time.

It is Anonymous No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration The survey will be administered between December 12 - 18. It will take about one class period to complete (about 50 minutes) and will be administered in your child's English class.

Potential Risks There are no known risks of physical harm to your child. Risks of psychological or social harm are very small. None have been reported in 20 years of survey administration. In rare instances, some discomfort might be experienced from the questions. The school's counseling services will be available to answer any personal questions that may materialize.

For Further Information The survey was developed by WestEd, a public, non-profit educational institution. If you have any questions about this survey, or about your rights, please contact Associate Principal Katie Clovis or the PVPUSD Educational Services Division at (310) 378-9966, option 4.

If you do not want your child to participate in this survey, please have your student give the signed withdrawal form to their English teacher.

This week is Computer Science Education Week and, as we have done for the past five years, we will host Hour of Code activities all week long. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science. Students and community members are welcome to stop by Mr. Twiet's classroom (T106) after school for some hands on fun and learning.
Community Conversations Series Presents:
When to Worry: Navigating the Teen Years 
 Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm 
at the PVPUSD District Office Board Room (375 Via Almar, PVE)
Join us for a presentation by Liz Schoeben, Sage Executive Director and MFT, to learn more about raising emotionally healthy adolescents and distinguishing between appropriate and risky teen behavior.  
For your convenience, the event will be live streamed and recorded. Go to the homepage to view the live stream.  
Community Conversations Series is sponsored by PEF and PVP Council of PTAs 
Did you miss our first Community Conversations series, Understanding the Dangers of Vaping? Interested in further information and additional resources? Click HERE for our parent resource page.
Contact Associate Principal Panagos
Test scores for students who took the PSAT in October will be available online this Tuesday, December 10th. Scores can be accessed on the College Board website here. Students will need to log in with their College Board account or create a new account if they don't have one. Students who have trouble accessing their score reports can see Mrs. Smith in the Counseling Office during lunch. Students' exam booklets and scored answer sheets will be returned in early January.
Students - Overwhelmed by your college app to-do list? We can help! Our on-campus Student Support Specialists in conjunction with Sage and the CCC, present the How-To College Series. The first session - How To Cope with College Apps - will be held this Wednesday, December 11th at lunch in the CCC.
This Tuesday, December 10th, our counselors will be visiting all sophomore English classes to deliver a guidance lesson on " What's Your Game Plan?" They will be talking about coping skills, academic pressure, peer pressure, etc. A letter with more details has been mailed home and should arrive in the next few days.
Contact Mrs. Arico
Visit the CCC Website
The final informational meeting for Boys State, a government leadership program sponsored by the American Legion, will be this Thursday, December 12th at Panther Time; interested juniors are encouraged to attend. At the informational meeting current PVPHS students who have participated in the program will discuss their experience and answer questions. The cost of the program is approximately $550.00 per student, should they be selected, and will be payable in January. Applications are available in the CCC and are due by the end of lunch on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Personal interviews with an American Legion representative will take place at the end of January. 
Note: Girls State applications will be available in January but 11th grade girls who are interested in learning about the program are welcome to attend the Boys State informational meeting.
Click HERE to find out more about Boys State and the American Legion (the organization that sponsors Boys State).
California Student Aid Commission has started the process of offering Cal Grant Awards for those attending college in California next year. Seniors who completed the FAFSA application are automatically considered for Cal Grants, unless you opted out of the GPA Verification process earlier this year. GPA Verification has been processed for Peninsula High School, if you believe for any reason that your GPA was not uploaded, please see Mrs. Shafer in the CCC immediately. 

Students should log onto Cal Grants through the website and register for a Web Grants 4 Students account. These accounts provide you with the resources, information and tools needed to assist you with managing your Cal Grant. An online brochure with more information is available HERE.

It is not too late to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application for Cal Grant consideration. Please go to for more information.
Please check Naviance for Scholarship opportunities! Some great national and local scholarships are available with applications due in December and early January. Check back regularly as new scholarship opportunities become available especially as we head into the Spring. Winter Break is a great time to complete scholarship applications, though keep in mind that many require teacher recommendations. Please read the application thoroughly and note the requirements.
Thank you to Boutique Chair, Drina Semenjuk for a tremendously successful boutique. Thank you to the vendors, and to the 100's of shoppers! Helping to raise funds for all Peninsula athletes - that's what it's all about!
The Black & Gold Affaire 2020 will be held on Saturday, March 7th at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Events include the Parade of Senior Athletes and Scholar Athlete Recognition.
Looking for a way to get involved? The ABC Fundraising Committee is currently looking for volunteers for their annual fundraiser, A Black & Gold Affaire. Monthly meetings! Fun, and supportive committee members! Come meet new friends - all like-minded families with kids playing sports, cheer/song, or dance. No job too small! Email Michelle Seaton or Julia Parton for more information! Michelle, or Julia,
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.
Girls' Basketball
Tuesday @ 6pm vs North Torrance
Saturday @ 5pm vs Torrance
Boys' Basketball
Tuesday @ 7:30pm vs North Torrance
Thursday @ 6pm vs Chadwick
Boys' Soccer
Thursday @ 3pm vs Lawndale
Remember the Titans!
Titans t-shirts are on sale 
in the Student Store
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
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
(Mini Assembly for 
the Willenberg performance)
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
Support Pen High Baseball this Wednesday
This Friday night - students are FREE, Adults just $5
Applications due this Tuesday

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Have a great week!
Brent Kuykendall