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September 15, 2019
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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students who did exceptionally well on the PSAT exam in October of their junior year were selected.  Nineteen Peninsula High seniors were included in this distinguished list of talented students who will now compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring.

 Congratulations to the following PVPHS National Merit Semifinalists:

Ryan E. Alimento
Suraj K. Anand
Joshua S. Bae
Catherine I. Channell
Yeji Cho
Zachary M. Foltz
Evelyn Hasama
Summer Hasama
Arpit Jalan
Charley C. Kim
Sanjay A. Kumar
Emily M. Masuda
Hanser K. Oh
Ethan C. Ro
Nicholas Sims
Casey N. Syal
Mishal Imaan Syed
Alexandra J. Yoo
Elizabeth Y. Zhang
For juniors, the PSAT is the qualifying exam for National Merit recognition. Signups continue this week for the PSAT for sophomores and juniors. Bring $28 cash or check payable to PVPHS PSAT to the Student Store. Price goes up to $35 next week (while supplies last!). The exam will be administered on campus on Wednesday, October 16 starting at 7am.

Congratulations to current seniors Yi Quan and Ailun Shi on their achievement of earning the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma. To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research, and presentation skills, both individually and as a team. Students conduct academic research on topics of personal interest in two interdisciplinary courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 1,500 schools participate in the AP Capstone Diploma program, valued by colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world.
On Friday, September 13, members of the Peninsula High Class of 2020 gathered on campus in the early morning hours to watch the sun rise over the football field. This annual event is symbolic of the beginning of the senior year. Seniors will celebrate a sunset evening at the end of the school year to symbolize the end of their time at Peninsula High. Thank you to ASB for sponsoring this special event.

As part of PTA's on-going civic education program, representatives from Federal, State, and Local levels of government will meet with PVPUSD high school students to discuss the role of government, issues impacting our students and our community, and the importance of civic participation. The program will be held at the Los Verdes Golf Course on Thursday evening, October 17th. Check-in starts at 5:00pm, program and dinner will be from 5:30- 8:00pm. 

Students can reserve a (free!) space for this amazing event by sending an email to Please provide your name and grade when you RSVP. Once you have RSVP'd by email, please complete the rest of the required registration paperwork - details on the PTSA webpage.

There will be an information session for parents of students interested in our July 2020 visit to Japan on Back to School Night, September 26 at 8pm (after 6th period) in room P124. This trip is part of our ongoing exchange program with  Toyama Daiichi High School. Pen High Japanese teachers Ms. Iwami and Ms. Yu  will provide information about homestays, visiting our exchange partner school, and sightseeing. 

For more information on the trip please click HERE. You can c ontact Ms. Iwami and Ms. Yu at
Pen High photography teacher Mr. Stiles has produced the first PVPHS PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS ANNUAL BOOK OF 2018-19. This beautiful book contains 100 photos chosen from the Best of the Best Galleries of last year's student photos. The 11" square hardcover 30 page printed book is available to view in every office on campus, the Student Store, and the library. To order one of your own please see Mr. Stiles in the photo classroom P112.

Peninsula High School is seeking five parent/community members for the 2019-2020 School Site Council.
According to the California Education Code, the functions of School Site Council are to:
1. Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school
2. Seek input from school advisory committees
3. Reaffirm or revise school goals
4. Revise improvement strategies and expenditures
5. Recommend the approved Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) to the governing board
6. Monitor implementation of the SPSA

It is important to have parent/community members involved in the decisions at PVPHS. The position is a two-year term, and no prior experience is necessary.

If you are interested in volunteering for a position, please use THIS LINK to submit your name by this Monday, September 16  at 10:00 a.m.

If more volunteers than are needed apply, then an election ballot will be sent by email on the afternoon of September 16. The parent/community member candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will be elected to the committee. Those receiving the next greatest number of votes will be declared the duly elected alternates. Elected committee members and alternates will be notified on Tuesday, September 17. Please note that meetings are open to all members of the PVPHS community. However, only elected committee members are able to vote.

The 2019-2020 School Site Council meetings will be from 8:00 a.m. to noon in our school library. The meeting dates are:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Principal Jennifer Panagos at
Contact Associate Principal Panagos
ATTENTION SENIORS If you need a recommendation letter from your Counselor and are applying Early Decision or Early Action or for any other program/scholarship with a deadline on or before November 15th, all materials are due to your counselor this Monday, September 16, 2019.  For any college application/scholarship deadline after November 15, all materials are due to your counselor no later than Monday, October 7, 2019.
Senior Athletes - Planning to play NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 sports in college? If so, please register with the NCAA. and send in an official transcript ordered from Mrs. Juge in the Counseling Office. To verify that your PVPHS coursework will meet NCAA requirements, you can submit a request to your Counselor asking for a review.
If you're interested in becoming a Student Tutor, see Mrs. Juge in the Counseling Office.
You may help your career goals and make your college applications stand out by including internship/work experience on your resume. Please see Mrs. Jo in the Hawthorne Office on Thursdays between 10 am and 2:00 pm, and in the Counselling Office Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. As a friendly reminder to students already enrolled in internship/work experience: your initial paperwork packet and first assignment are due to Mrs. Jo this Thursday, September 19.
Here is the schedule for withdraw/level changes for Fall Semester:  
  • If a class is dropped on or before Friday, September 27, there will be no record of the class on the transcript. 
  • If a withdraw occurs from Monday, September 30 through  Friday, October 25, a grade of W will be recorded on the transcript. 
  • If a withdraw occurs from Monday, October 28 through Friday, January 17, an "F" will be recorded on transcript, regardless of academic grade.

 *Please Note: Level changes are based on space availability and are not guaranteed

SoCal ROC fall semester classes have begun, but it's not too late to enroll in a class! Earn high school elective credits while gaining valuable hands-on experience in a variety of careers. Choose from classes related to Art and Design, Engineering and Design, Finance and Business, Health Sciences, and Public and Consumer Services. 
Classes are free and transportation is provided for our 12:45pm and 3:45pm classes. Your SoCal ROC career guidance specialist will be on campus on Tuesday, September 17th. Sign up in the Counseling Office to see her and she will call you out of class and answer any questions or accept applications from interested students. This week is the deadline to enroll for fall classes!
Contact Mrs. Arico
Visit the CCC Website
The CCC will be sponsoring a College Fair featuring colleges from outside of California. The event is for students and will take place this Thursday, September 19th during lunch in the amphitheater area. A list of participating schools is posted on the CCC webpage.
You are invited to attend the CSU College Night hosted at California State University, Dominguez Hills this Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm inside the Loker Student Union. This event is FREE and provides students and parents the opportunity to engage with representatives from the 23 CSU campuses. This is a one-time event, this year only. Register by going to: Please contact or 310-243-2019 if you have any questions.
Some of the colleges visiting this week are: Whittier College, UCLA, Villanova, Loyola Chicago, USC, Dennison University, Bentley University, Southern Methodist University, and Northeastern University. Log on to Naviance for a full list of visiting colleges. Students must sign up on Naviance to attend and bring a signed teacher permission slip with them to the event. These meetings are for STUDENTS ONLY.
A few unique scholarships are now listed on Naviance. Deadlines are quickly approaching on some of them so check them out now. In Naviance, click on the Colleges tab in the right corner of the home page, then click on Scholarships and Money (at the bottom of the pull down menu), then click on Scholarship List. Check Naviance every week for new scholarship opportunities.
The ABC Board, made up of extremely FUN and hardworking Panther parents, is seeking candidates to fill several important positions within the organization:
  • VP Communications - handles all general communications with the PVPHS community, including the Principal's Update, Daily Bulletin, and gym scoreboard highlights.
  • Holiday Boutique Chair - organizes the December fundraising event.
  • A Black and Gold Affaire Co-Chair! Help to organize the biggest and most fun event of the year!
If interested in any of these positions please contact Bo Kelly ( or Mark Hama (
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' Tennis
Tuesday @ 2:30pm vs Chadwick
Girls' Volleyball
Tuesday  @ 4:30pm vs Leuzinger
Boys' Water Polo
Wednesday @ 3pm vs Santa Monica
Remember the Titans!
The annual Remember the Titans football game is coming up on Friday, October 4
AT 7:00PM!!

Titans t-shirts are on sale 
in the Student Store
Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday  and 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



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Have a great week!tracks 
Brent Kuykendall