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PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE

April 20, 2014

WEAR GREEN ON TUESDAY FOR EARTH DAY

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

Pertussis Update:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified an individual associated with PV Peninsula High School who was diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough). We were notified of this by the Health Department the week we returned from Spring Break. The person identified was treated, has recovered, and returned to the campus. We received direction from the Health Department at that time to exclude from school every student who had not been immunized whether for personal beliefs or medical reasons both for their protection and the protection of those without immunization. A second confirmed case of pertussis was identified the week of 4/14/14. The second person with pertussis has been treated but has not been on the PVPHS campus for over two weeks. Again, the school has taken direction from the Health Dept. With the second case, we were told to exclude only those students who were in the same classroom as the affected individual and had not been immunized. If you are concerned about your child's health, please read the third page of the letter from the Health Department that is still posted on the District's website: http://www.pvpusd.k12.ca.us   It explains what pertussis is, signs and symptoms, complications, and how it is treated. If you are still unsure of what to do, please contact your healthcare provider and inform him/her that your child has concerning symptoms and that there have been two confirmed cases of pertussis on the school campus. Another good resource ishttp://www.soundsofpertussis.com 

Wendy Keller - Peninsula High School School Nurse

 

PENINSULA HIGH SOPHOMORE NAMED STATE PTA BOARD MEMBER

Michael McFarland has been selected to serve as a Student Board Member on the California State PTA Board of Managers for the 2014-2015 school- year. For over half a century, the California State PTA has invited students to serve on its Board of Managers to accomplish common goals and support the California State PTA's mission. Students gain the opportunity to collaborate with adults in a volunteer organization--gaining lifelong skills.

Students participate on many committees and commissions:

  • Communications
  • Programs and Member Services
  • Membership
  • Community Concerns
  • Education
  • Health
  • Parent Involvement

The Student Board Member position is a one-year term that begins on July 1, 2014.

As a Student Board Member of the California State PTA Board of Managers, Michael is expected to participate in all board business and activities and be a full participating member of the State Board. He will play a valuable role by:

  • Sharing student perspectives with adults who work on behalf of young people;
  • Providing student views on current issues and concerns;
  • Accepting commission and committee assignments (e.g., writing articles, helping to prepare materials) and following through in a timely manner;
  • Helping other young people to understand the operation and the structure of a large, statewide, nonprofit organization; and
  • Informing students at the unit level of the goals and activities of the California State PTA

Congratulations Michael; you will be an excellent voice for the 9 million school children in our state!

PENINSULA HIGH PHYSICS TEACHER SPOTLIGHTED BY UC IRVINE

The UC Irvine Department of Education Alumni Association highlighted Peninsula High Physics teacher, Mark Greenberg in their recent publication. Enjoy reading this wonderful article about Mark.

http://www.education.uci.edu/focus_alumni/greenberg_april14.php#alum_greenberg_april14%C2%A0

LINK CREW HOSTS FRESH FEST

link CresFriday, April 25th is Peninsula High School's 2nd annual Fresh Fest! Fresh Fest is an all-out, final celebration for the Class of 2017. Fresh Fest is in the Main Gym on Friday from 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets are available for $5 in the student store.

What's Fresh Fest? Other than fun with your friends on a Friday? Fresh Fest is:

  • Gladiator Battles
  • Inflatable Sumo Wrestling
  • Carnival Games
  • Video Game Room
  • Face Painting
  • Obstacle Course
  • Photo Ops
  • A Raffle with Prizes
  • Food (sold throughout the night)
  • Mini Golf
  • Much, Much More!

During the week there will be lunchtime activities for the Class of 2017. Come on out this week during lunch!

Monday: Performances by JV Cheer and Song at lunch in the Amphitheater
Tuesday: Dodgeball in the gym at lunch
Thursday: Themed Trivia at lunch in the amphitheater - The winner will get a free ticket to Fresh Fest!
Friday: A Themed Class Comp in the amphitheater at lunch. Wear your class colors!


On behalf of Link Crew, it has been a pleasure getting to know the Class of 2017 this year. We look forward to seeing you at lunch this week and at Fresh Fest on Friday!

PLEASE COME TO THE MAIN EVENT

You're invited to the biggest party on the Palos Verdes Peninsula!  The Main Event benefits the Peninsula Education Foundation and our public schools. Nobody Does it Better after all!  Join us Saturday, May 10th at the beautiful Terranea Resort for a James Bond inspired evening.  Casino tables; shaken not stirred martinis; silent and live auctions; dinner, and of course, lots of dancing. Never Say Never again and secure your reservation today. Come on Peninsula High, Let's BOND! We would LOVE to have a great representation from Peninsula High School at The Main Event!  For reservations or more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)">This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or go online to http://www.pvpef.org/events-happenings-2/ or call310.378.2278.   SEE YOU THERE!

 

PENINSULA HIGH CHOIR NEWS

On Wednesday, April 16th the Peninsula High School Women's Treble Choir and Women's Chamber Choir traveled to Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana to participate in an adjudicated choral festival. These students have been preparing for this festival for the last two months and their hard work paid off. Both of our groups earned a "Superior" rating. The superior rating is the highest rating possible and is achieved by earning a score between 3.65 and 4.0. It just so happened that both of our choirs earned a score of 3.8 which meant they tied for the best score at the festival. Congratulations are due to our young women, and their incredible choir director, Dan Doctor for their fine preparation and execution at the festival.

You can enjoy our amazing choir program at their final concert of the year, on Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th Rolling Hills United Methodist church located on the corner of PV Drive North and Crenshaw. This will be a fun concert featuring a variety of music including arrangements of popular music. The choir board will be pre-selling tickets on Tuesday, April 22nd at lunch in the choir room (S33). Presale tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. As always, faculty is welcome for no charge. We hope to see you there!

LATIN NEWS

The results are in for the National Latin Exam that was administered to 140 Peninsula High Latin students on March 14, 2014. 39% of our Latin students received Cum Laude recognition at the following levels:

4          Gold Summa Cum Laude

17        Silver Maxima Cum Laude

18        Magna Cum Laude

14        Cum Laude

1          Blue Certificate of Merit

Congratulations to Mr. Parsons and his Latin students for the excellent preparation and academic performance. Our students joined 154,000 test-takers from 49 states (except Iowa) and 17 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

GREAT JOB!

 

PENINSULA PUBLICATIONS RECOGNIZED

Peninsula High School publications won six awards at the National Scholastic

Press Association's annual spring convention in San Diego, April 10-13.

Six students won individual awards.

Recognition level: Superior

Meria Ogawa: Yearbook Sports Captions/ Copy

Recognition level: Excellent

Rebecca Jeon: Yearbook Academics Captions/ Copy

Uswah Shabbir: Editorial Copywriting

Florencia Park: Review Copywriting

Recognition level: Honorable Mention

Chris Kong: Sports Copywriting

Jina Kim: Feature Copywriting

 

 

PEN PUBLICATION STAFF CELEBRATES

Additionally, La Pantera Yearbook was recognized three times in Herff Jones' Ideas That Fly, volume 19. This 160-page collection highlights "top-notch" designs, coverage, and photography as well as theme and covers.

 

Congratulations to our publication students!

DRAMA NEWS

Peninsula High's Drama Department has been selected to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August, 2015 with the American High School Theatre Festival. All students who are a part of drama in the 2014-2015 school-year, will have the opportunity to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

https://www.edfringe.com/about-us 

THE PEN DRAMA DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THE 2014-2015 PRODUCTIONS

Mark your calendars for next year's exciting drama productions!

Three Musketeers (Ken Ludwig) - December 6-14, 2014

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein - March 6-22, 2015

MUN NEWS

Peninsula Model UN participated in the annual Claremont-McKenna College Model UN Conference  the weekend of April 11-12.
Once again our MUN Team came home with several honors including 11 Awards for our 26 delegates!

Honorable Delegates:

Samar Saif

Benjamin Kelly

Kriya Wong

Gabrielle Harwell

Outstanding Delegates:

Jenny Kim

Jonathan Low

Brendan Qui

Best Delegate/Gavel Winner:

Emma Fischer

Best Research Awards:

James Houk

Travis Simpkins

Gabrielle Harwell

Student advisors were: Samantha Lee, Soolgi Hong and Daphne Chu.
Congratulations to all that attended!

RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL NEWS

Last weekend Peninsula High was represented at the Reno Jazz Festival by 42 of our amazingly talented musicians. Friday our intermediate big band and our jazz combo performed and Saturday our advanced big band performed. All performances went very well. Every one of the students represented Peninsula  High with class and style performing against the toughest competitors on the west coast. The jazz combo did especially well, placing 4th in the AAA high school division. 

Congratulations to all the members of Peninsula High's Jazz Band for playing so well and showing great character. 

 

PEN STUDENT WINS 2014 "WATER IS LIFE ART CONTEST"

Ji Eun Jeong has been chosen as the High School Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 "Water is Life Art Contest!"  Ji Eun's artwork was chosen as a winner among over 470 entries this year.  Ji Eun will be honored at the West Basin Board Meeting on April 28th She will be receiving a brand new iPad2, a $25 gift card to the Application Store, stylus and a list of Top 10 Art Applications to download.  

Ji Eun's Winning Art Work

PENINSULA HIGH CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Come out to the amphitheater this Tuesday to enjoy many Earth Day activities. There will be a water challenge to see if you can tell which water is tap water. Do you know what is and isn't recyclable? Test your knowledge by separating a bag of recyclable and non-recyclable items. Do you know how long it takes to ride a bike to generate enough energy to turn on a light? Find this out, and so much more this Tuesday!

Your Commissioners of Environment have been working hard to make these activities interesting and educational for all of  students. We hope our students will come out to participate and support awareness of energy consumption, recycling, and water use.

Wear green to show your support!

HARMONY CONCERT

Next Sunday, April 27, the four Peninsula Service clubs (Kiwanis, Lions Club, Rotary PV Peninsula and Rotary PV Sunset) will stage the Harmony Concert at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion. The program will be performed by student musicians from Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. The program will begin at 2PM with the Palos Verdes Peninsula High Jazz Band followed by the Concert Band made up jointly of musicians from both high schools. The program will conclude with the Palos Verdes High School Symphonic Orchestra and will end at about 4:30PM. Net proceeds from the performance will be distributed to the two high school music programs and to the Peninsula Symphony. Concert seating tickets are available at the Norris Theatre box office and will be priced at $25 per adult and $15 for youngsters 12 and under.   CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

FREEDON 4U FUNDRASIER

You are invited to experience the Magic of Music with Freedom4U at Trump on
April 24th! Please consider attending, because Freedom 4U provides counseling services for our students. Buy your tickets today!
TICKETS: $125 
Business Casual Attire, Fabulous Silent & Live Auction Items
Exceptional Dinner and Wine included.
Musical & Magical performances too!
Fantastic Opportunity Drawing!    CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Counseling Office & College Career Center (CCC) News

From Alicia Foulk, Associate Principal

 

SoCal ROC for Fall 2014: Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office for Fall Career/ Technical Courses offered by SoCal ROC. To see the SoCal ROC counselor Pat Morrow, please make an appointment in the Counseling Office.

 

Drop deadline: As a reminder, the last day to drop a class this semester with a W is May 9th. After May 9th, you will receive an F in the class.

 

2014-2015 Schedule Change Requests: Current students who would like to make changes to the courses they have requested for the 2014-2015 school year need to make all requests in writing to their counselors by May 23rd. Please stop by the counseling office for a program change request form. Please remember that the master schedule is built each year based on student requests. If you request a certain class, but change your mind at a later date, there may not be space available in a different class or you may be placed on a wait list. Letters will be sent home to all families the first week of May confirming schedule choices.

 

Scholarships: Seniors, there's still time to apply for scholarships. Here's a list scholarships coming due soon:

 

Nordstrom Scholarship for Juniors: Attention all Juniors, the Nordstrom Ten4U $10,000 scholarship for community service minded juniors with a financial need is coming due on May 1st. Jennifer Marcott, a current senior won this scholarship last year. Here's the direct link to apply:http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-cares-scholarship?cm_ven=google&cm_cat=scholarship&cm_pla=CA_HI&cm_ite=scholarship 

All scholarships are listed on Naviance under the "scholarship list" on the College Tab, where applications can be downloaded or completed on line.

 

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) sponsors a National College Fair every year. Attending these college fairs is a great way for students to begin researching their college list. Mark your calendars now and choose from Anaheim on Sunday, April 27th or Pasadena on Thursday, May 1st. For details please visit www.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent.

ATTENTION AP TEST-TAKERS

In May, 1100 Peninsula High students will take over 2500 Advanced Placement tests on our campus. AP testing is an involved process with many strict guidelines. To begin this process, all students taking AP exams MUST attend the Pre-Registration session on Wednesday, April 23 in the gym. Students MUST arrive between 7:30am and 7:45am that morning. Do NOT be late!! Students must bring two #2 pencils and an eraser. Backpacks are not allowed as there will be no room to store them. Please assist your student in attending this very important date. If even one student does not complete the PreRegistration morning, many students will suffer a 30 minute delay to begin their exam on exam day.If your studentdoes have a legitimate conflict with this date and time, please have the student see Mrs. Blackwood in the Counseling Office ASAP.

 

FOOTBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

http://peninsulapantherfootball.com/golf-tournament/golf-tournament-brochure/ 

ORDER A LEI FOR YOUR GRADUATE

Peninsula's Boys and Girls Basketball Programs are selling leis for graduation.  Place your order today at the reduced pre-order price.  Parents, family, friends, and graduates can order leis for graduation at  http://kellyn790.wix.com/gradleis 

 

PRINCIPAL'S ADVISORY COUNCIL BOARD TRASH DRAWING WINNERS

Congratulations to our winners, JACKIE JOHNSON and EDWIN JACOBSON, for their outstanding efforts in helping us keep Peninsula High clean and beautiful.

WEAR GREEN ON TUESDAY

 FOR EARTH DAY

BELL SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 21 

LATE START ON WEDNESDAY

   
Have a great week!Paw
 
Mitzi Cress
Principal