December 1, 2013
220 students were absent on Wednesday, November 27th.
$48 per student = $10,560.00 loss in funding
For those who can afford it, ADA reimbursement is greatly appreciated!
Our school community is organizing some very unique opportunities for our students and their families to open up their hearts and spend this special time of year helping others!
Our school has a special partnership with the Willenberg Special Education Center, located in San Pedro. For more than 40 years, our school has partnered with the Willenberg School, with both schools visiting each other during the holiday season. On December 4th, over 50 Willenberg students will visit PVPHS and perform their special holiday show for our student body during lunchtime in the gym. It warms our hearts every year to see our gym jam-packed with our students who want to celebrate these amazing students.
Then on December 11th, busloads of our students will visit Willenberg for the day and will provide a holiday program for all of the children attending the school. Our ASB and Service Learning students coordinate the event, but each year it's our whole school and its big Panther heart that makes it all happen. Preparation for this big day begins weeks in advance with auditions, performers practicing, gifts being purchased and wrapped, supplies organized and jobs delegated. Ask any faculty member or student who has ever been part of the Willenberg program and they will tell you something magical happens. It's hard work and a long day; however, at some unexpected moment during the day everyone experiences the joy that comes from sharing time with these special students.
The Zoo Cares
Our Zoo Cheering Section is organizing a special fundraiser for the Philippines and those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Starting on December 3rd, "The Zoo Cares" tank tops will be sold out of the Activities Office, with proceeds going directly to the Philippines. Additionally, our Zoo will be selling special Philippines bracelets, with proceeds benefitting the Philippines.
Holiday Spirit Week
December 9th through December 13th will be our annual Holiday Spirit Week. This year's Spirit Week will include fun activities for our student body, including Holiday Grams, and a Holiday-themed Coffee House and Movie Night. Additionally, all week our ASB will be collecting canned food for Early Head Start, an organization that provides education, developmental programs and food for local low-income families with infants, toddlers and young children. Students can bring canned food into their 2nd period classes or the Activities Office, S20. The winning 2nd period class will receive a Jamba Juice party, courtesy of the ASB!
PTSA Collects Goods for Mama Hill
To celebrate the holidays, the PTSA asks our students to share the joy of giving by bringing new clothes, school supplies, and personal hygiene items to be donated to the Mama Hill Organization from December 16th through the 20th. Donation boxes will be placed in the Main Office and outside of room S20.
Mama Hill is a retired school teacher with LAUSD. She became recognized in Watts after she opened an afterschool program in her home seven years ago. Mama Hill's Help, Inc., a non-profit organization that has assisted over 1,000 children by providing mentoring, food, clothing, and recreational activities, is a well-known institution in the Watts community, and Hill has received many accolades for her work with youth. The PTSA appreciates your donations to this worthy cause.
PEN HIGH DRAMA PRESENTS "OUR TOWN"
Our award winning Drama Department will present "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk Award and the Tony Award. Thornton Wilder described his play about Grover's Corners, New Hampshire as "an attempt to find value above all price for the smallest events in our lives." Slow down, take a break, and step back in time to small town America and enjoy the simple joys in life.
Our Town Cast
THE OFFICIAL 2013 PEN HIGH MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION REPORT
by Rayyan Gorashi
On November 4 and 12, Peninsula'sMock Trial team participated in Rounds 1 and 2 of the annual Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial competition. In this activity, students engage in a fictitious trial case, playing the roles of lawyers and witnesses, as well as various other court personnel, to either defend or convict the defendant under a real judge. This year, the team unraveled the story behind the defendant, Rae Concha, who was alleged to having sold Adderall and to killing his good friend, Jason Johnson with said Adderall.
The teams are led by outstanding attorney coaches Debby Stegura, Jabe Kahnke, John Torelli, and Judith Daar.
Listed below are the participants:
Prosecution/Defense: James Gale/Kaitlyn Chang
Prosecution: Natalie Edelstein, Kim Sover, Emily Van Volkom; Rayyan Gorashi, Jacqueline Ong, Xinrui Xue
Defense: Alex Asawa, Natalie Edelstein, Daniel Foltz, Gopika Jalan, Diego Juarez, Alden Lundy
Prosecution: Annelise Royles, Jake Ridout, Katherine Liu, Courtney Gilbertson; Anna Farias, Rachel Ku, Christopher Stefan, David Zhang
Defense: Sam Gioia, Jacqui Perez, Kaitlyn Shim, Yuzuka Karube, Chris Dzikowski, Meher Jhangiani, Catalina Ooley, Renee Royles
Court Room Personnel
Bailiff: Parker Aungst/Anna Farias
Clerk: Patrick Portiz/Renee Royles
Courtroom Artist: Ben Malit
Many of the members performed exceptionally. In Round 1, Most Valuable Participant Awards were given to Sam Gioia, portraying the defendant, and Gopika Jalan. In Round 2, the award was given to Natalie Edelstein and Xinrui Xue.
This year, thanks to the incredible aid of the coaches, the A team was able to move on to the playoffs that were held on November 14. Congratulations to the teams, and many thanks to the hard-working coaches and supportive parents!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE PVPHS HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERTS
PVPHS Orchestra Concert on Friday, December 6
Orchestra Concert at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church on Friday, December 6. The concert begins at 7:30.
Sounds of the Season Concert, December 20 & 21
"Sounds of the Season" is happening on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. This year, for the first time, there will be a matinee concert in addition to the two evening concerts. This will allow for more members of our community to experience this magical concert.
On December 20, the concert begins at 7:30pm.
On December 21, the matinee concert begins at 3:00pm. The evening concert begins at 7:30pm.
holiday shoppingDON'T MISS THE 4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE & SUPPORT THE ABC
Bring a friend and join us for the 4th Annual Holiday Boutique sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club on Friday, Dec. 6th in the main gym from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by early, at lunch or after work, we are open until 7:00 p.m. for working parents! You will find fun, unique gifts and Panther Gear for your friends and family for the holidays.
CLICK HERE FOR BOUTIQUE FLYER
Visit our Athletic Booster Club website http://pvphsabc.com
Support Pen High Athletics when you shop at Amazon.com
Go to www.pvphsabc.com and click the link to Amazon.com at the bottom of the homepage and shop to your heart's content. When you complete a purchase using Amazon from this ABC link, part of the sales will be donated to the Athletic Booster Club! (Important Note: In the event that you leave the Amazon website before finalizing your purchase, just return through this link again to complete your purchases to assure that the donation is made to the Athletic Booster Club)
Ten Peninsula High students have won a three month scholarship to work with a trainer at Spectrum Club Rolling Hills. Students from PE classes had an opportunity to enter the contest by writing an essay. The number of entries was impressive. Following are the students who were selected by Spectrum based on their essay.
Samuel Wong (Liebig Period 2)
Kevin Ghaffari (Liebig Period 2)
Elizabeth Stine (Liebig Period 2)
David Gonzalez (Liebig Period 1)
Dylan Fujii (Christensen Period 2)
Samantha Tizon (Christensen Period 2)
Randy Shaw (Christensen Period 2)
Valeria Park (Christensen Period 2)
Jedd K (Christensen Period 2)
Kelci Cowley Deyoe (Christensen Period 2)
Thank you to Matthew Solomon, Director of Marketing at Spectrum for sponsoring the competition.
Counseling Office & College Career Center (CCC) News
From Alicia Foulk, Associate Principal
Freshmen Lesson: This Tuesday, December 3rd, counselors will be presenting an academic lesson through freshmen English classes. They will be discussing graduation requirements, academic planning, and helping students determine their learning style.
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Next Friday, December 13th at 2:45pm is the last day to withdrawal from a course with a "W" recorded on the transcript. If a student chooses to drop a course after December 13th the grade reflected on the transcript will be an "F."
SoCal ROC: Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office for Spring Career/ Technical Courses offered by SoCal ROC. To see the SoCal ROC counselor Pat Morrow, please make an appointment in the Counseling Office.
Counseling Office and CCC Calendar of Events: Please view the revised "Calendar of Events" and mark your personal calendars accordingly. Attending these planned events will help to keep you informed and up to date on information. Click on CALENDAR in the top menu of the CCC portion of www.pvphs.com.
Testing Calendar: The CCC prepares this calendar for you with dates, deadlines and registration information. Click on TESTING in the top menu of the CCC portion of www.pvphs.com.
IMPORTANT CHANGE IN CAL GRANT AWARD PROCESSING FOR SENIORS
To be considered for a Cal Grant award, seniors must complete two requirements: 1) Fill out the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFAS) beginning in January 2014, and 2) Submit their GPA Verification form. In the past seniors have filled out paper copies of their GPA Verification Form including their Social Security Number (SSN) and we have mailed them all at once. This year we are going to submit the GPA verification excluding SSNs to the Cal Grant program electronically for all of our seniors. This is a much more efficient way of processing these forms without SSN. If you do not want your student's information sent and wish to opt-out of the Cal Grant program please sign and date the Cal Grant Opt Out form that your senior will be bringing home from their English Class this week. Parents of seniors will have until December 20th to sign and turn this form into the Counseling Office. Keep in mind that if the information is not sent, the student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant.
ALUMNI RETURN TO SHARE THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
On Tuesday, November 26th alumni from Palos Verdes High and Peninsula High share their college experiences with students in our College Career Center. We appreciate their willingness to answer questions and advise our students.
John Powers PV High Grad '10
Walter Woo PVPHS Grad '12
Alexa Ciarolla PVPHS Grad '10
Kylie Hess PVPHS Grad '13
Kristen Koyanagi PVPHS Grad '13
Have a wonderful week!
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