Athletic Booster Club: A Black & Gold Affaire
The On-line Auction Supporting Peninsula Athletics Closes Sunday, March 9th STARTING at8pm until 9:35pm! The categories are listed on the left side of the home page and will close at staggered times in this order. IMPORTANT! Please check what your item(s) individual closing time will be by going to its page. Can't be at your computer at the close of the online auction? No problem! You still have a chance of winning if you set your "Max Bid" in the box at the bottom of the bid window!
There are still many great deals online such as:
- 2-nights at Bellagio Las Vegas and Tickets to "O"
- Clippers vs. Bucks Tickets
- Lakers vs. Suns Tickets
- Felix Salon's Day of Pampering
- DIRECT TV for a Year
- Josten's Class Ring
- Dr. Stroh's Braces
- Chyten SAT or ACT Prep Classes
- and More!
Don't wait any longer! Go to www.penblackandgold.com to join the fun!
. The event is this Saturday, March 15, 6pm at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Dress in your Panther casual black (and gold!) and be ready to have a great time with your Peninsula community!
If you cannot come, you still might want to have a friend bid for you at the live auction that night! The fun items include:
- One Week Stay in Luxurious Costa Rican Villa
- Reserved and personalized student parking spaces
- VIP graduation seats and parking
- Sushi Party for 20
- Wine Tasting Party for up to 75
- Lakers Suite
- Clippers Front Row Seats
Thank you for the great support we have received for this event through your donations, sponsorships, program ads and auction bidding. March 15 promises to be a spectacular night for Peninsula!
WORLD LANGUAGE WEEK WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
This year's World Language Week was the best ever. Thank you to all the students who participated in the activities, the teachers who organized the events, and the community members who supported Peninsula High's annual celebration of culture and language.
World Language Teachers
Grace Anderson (Chinese)
Adam Garnet (Spanish)
Sachiko Gunde (Japanese... and WLW coordinator)
Robert Horn (Spanish)
Sachiko Iwami (Japanese)
Josefina Madunich (Spanish)
Ashley Maxwell (Spanish)
Rosalia Orlando (Spanish)
RJ Parsons (Latin)
Jill Pupich (Spanish)
Marie-France Sam (French)
Jazz Thompson (French & Spanish)
Jacqueline Valerio (Spanish)
Student Group Contributors - assisted with logistics
Chinese National Honor Society
French National Honor Society
Japanese National Honor Society
Spanish National Honor Society
Ricky Corado - choreographed the Spanish 4 salsa performance
Japanese National Honor Society - planning, decorating campus, Ramune contribution.
Japan Business Association - JEG Grant (2 Taiko Drums)
Los Angeles Taiko Institute - Guest Taiko performance
Kato Taiko Shop - Handmade Taiko
Adrienne Gunde - Teaching our Taiko group
Hiromi Ashmoore - Japanese dancing instructor & choreographer (She has been teaching our dancing girls since the very first WLW.)
Lisa Ban - Ninja hip-hop choreographer
Mrs. Ban and moms - Helping out
Following are videos of the performances:
CHINESE DRUMS http://youtu.be/G8Rc8FkoROk
CHINESE Chopsticks Dance http://youtu.be/kSl_DGXCZM8
FRENCH/LATIN PARADE http://youtu.be/pfh0BhwEk2Y
FRENCH FOLK DANCE http://youtu.be/QkN1qjhypAQ
DAFT PUNK DANCE http://youtu.be/cN9DEbx8zHs
SPANISH 2 SONG http://youtu.be/coR8juB9Yag
SPANISH DANCE http://youtu.be/AJP9O3FNxX8
SPANISH 3 SONG http://youtu.be/924wTDJIUR0
JAPANESE STUDENT TAIKO http://youtu.be/ZPLv3joQFd0
JAPANESE HIP HOP AND TRADITIONAL DANCE http://youtu.be/4iO4mI9bEX8
LA TAIKO INSTITUTE SHOW http://youtu.be/5LgRjDfd02Q
OKLAHOMA (Last Week)
Don't miss Peninsula High School's outstanding production of Oklahoma.
Performances are March 14 & 15 at 7pm and March 9 and 16 at 2pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Tickets can be purchased as follows:
- At the theater an hour before show time (cash and check only)
- Online (service fees apply) at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=495d99f4cdb54b561547f0a945b3382e
WeTip COMES TO PENINSULA HIGH
Peninsula High School has adopted the WeTip program, a toll-free hotline developed in 1972 that offers a safe andentirely anonymous method for students to give tip information regarding vandalism, arson, drug use, graffiti and more. WeTip operates it's "800" toll-free lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost to our district. Please be reassured that the implementation of WeTip does not coincide with any rise in crime or vandalism at Peninsula High School. We have been working on the implementation of a tip line for almost a year. Peninsula High strives to be proactive rather than reactive.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WeTip
On Friday, March 7th, twenty-two teams competed in the first round of Scholar Quiz. The knowledge of these students was very impressive as they enthusiastically competed.Tomorrow twenty-two additional teams will compete in part two of the first round competition. The winning Peninsula High team will compete with the winning PV High team on Thursdayevening, March 20. This program would not be possible without our teachers giving up their lunch to be readers and spotters. We extend our gratitude to , English teacher, Sandi Sidella, for bringing Scholar Quiz to Peninsula High. Good luck to all the teams!
TSA TEAMS COMPETITION
Science TSA (Technology Student Association) TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition: On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Peninsula High's Science TSA TEAMS students participated in the Technical Student Association TEAMS engineering competition at the University of Southern California and won 5 trophies! The Teams were led by their presidents Delaney Kerkhof and Sophie Sha with the support of vice presidents, Christina Huang and Lynn Xu. Once again, Peninsula High had multiple teams competing.
This is the second year in a row that the PVPHS 11th/12th grade team has placed 1st at this competition!
The TSA TEAMS engineering competition results were as follows:
The Science Team placed 1st in the 11/12 th grade level overall category and then the same team won again by placing 1st in division for the 11/12th grade level. This team was led by captains Christina Huang and Lynn Xu. The team members were Karina Hong, Florencia Park, Kellie Inouye, Kelly Mizumoto, Zirui Jiang, and Julia Chang.
The Science Team placed 1st in the 9/10th grade level overall category. This team was led by Janeline Wong. The team members were Elliot Miller, Katherine Liu, Lucy Wang, Regina Lee, Anson Tsai, Caroline Kim, and Dennis Chen.
The Science Team placed 2nd in the 11/12th grade level overall category. This team was led by Kijung Kim. The team members were Sean Park, Andrew Kim, Ryan Kim, Christopher Gonzalez, Andrew Choi, Alex Chang, and Ricky Rhee.
The Science Team placed 2nd in the 9/10 th grade overall category. This team was led by Brian Zhang. The team members were David Lee, Sang Yoon Han, Huws Landsberger, Kaitlan Tseng, Emily Sheng, Winnie Liu, and Lauren Kim.
Other captains of teams included; Dustin Kee, Alison Bartkowski, Momoko Fujiwara, Tristan Macnguyen, Emma Tai, Prashila Amatya, Lauren Futami, Shreshth Kumar, Neema Masoudipour, Jake Ridout, Kimberly Sover, Lucas Kim-Narita, Sasha Gurevich, Koby Abjelina, Shannon Chen, and Noah Korotzer.
Other team members included
Kelly Woo, Stacey Dojiri, Garrett Thomas, Vik Muller, Leane Nasrallah, Alyson Kim, Darren Kim, Brandon Wang, Alessandro Zulli, Jonny Low, Rachel Klose, Nicole Sanghee Kim, Minsung Kil, Shamsha Charolia, Shanaya Dias, Kurt Murakami, Andrew McFarland, Jared Korotzer, Luther Yang, Arthur Rietdyk, Christopher Michael, Alice Lee, Audrey Omidsalar, Chris Lucas, Samantha Wathugalia, Mina Zhang, Amaya McCloud, Kaelyn McCloud, Justin Yeh, Sherry Liu, Kelly Brennan, Lauren Neeno, Erin Paik, Anna Furuta, Vivian Tsai, Andrew Taira, Daniel Choi, Blake Thomas, Stephen Shen, Keith Nishihara, Sean Nam, Hangil Paul Lee, Elly Wang, Chelsea Na, Rebecca Jeon, Lisa Ban, Caroline Park, Young Jin Cho, Monica Yen, Bailey Kaufman, Marina Watanabe, Kaitlyn Shim, Ryan Tsang, Annelise Royles, Kaitlyn Hopkins, Rafael Maarek, Jacob Marrek, Emmett Pan, Aaron Jung, Mark Hashimoto, Anthony Kim, Mathew Maeder, Justin Lee, Momotaro Nakamura, Taran Lau, Keenan Lau, Thomas Sciaroni, Robert Bacon, Min seung (Justin) Kang, Praveen Kuruppu, Chris Yoon, Aria Asgari, Toshi Shimizu, Brendan Qiu, Chris Cho, Chris Kim, Annie Chen, Angela Chang, Eudora Lee, Angel Liu, Erika Hathaway, Isabella Will, Aaron Lin, Spencer Dalton, Michael McFarland, Anthony Kim, Jeffrey Tan, David Zhang, Kris Kaya, and Arman Ramenzani. There is a part II (essay) that needs to be scored before we know if the Peninsula team moves on to the National level. In about a month, the combined results of each of our teams will be compared to teams from two other California competition sites (Stanford & San Jose). Last year, our 11/12th grade team placed second in the State and they traveled to Florida for the National Competition. This year, the competition will be in Washington DC. For now, we will keep our fingers crossed that the Peninsula High scores are high enough to move on to the next level.
Congratulations to all the 2014 team members!!!
LION'S CLUB SPEECH CONTEST
On February 11, Ruwanthi Ekanayake, a Peninsula High sophomore, participated in the North Torrance Lion's Clubs' Student Speaker Contest. Ruwanthi won the contest and will move on to the next round on March 11th The Lions' speech contest is a state-wide contest and the state winner will win $21,000 in scholarship money. The contest is in its 77th year. Best of luck to Ruwanthi as she moves forward in the contest.
ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST
Peninsula High junior, William Whittenbury won first place in the Rotary District 5280 High School Student Speech Contest. The contest was held at Loyola Marymount University on March 1, as the second and final round of the competition. Ten students from around the South Bay gave six minutes speeches applying the Rotary four-part test to a subject of the student's choice. William chose to relate the test to efforts to save the most endangered marine mammal, the Mexican Vaquita porpoise. A panel comprised of five LMU professors as well as the Dean of the School of Communication proclaimed William the winner of this scholarship competition. A video of his winning speech is to be posted at www.Rotary5280.org.
WINTERGUARD EARNS FIRST PLACE
Yesterday, the Peninsula High School Winterguard traveled to Carlsbad High School for a competition on the Winter Guard Association of Southern California circuit. In a group of 7 competitors our girls placed 1st with a score of 70.33! This was their first competition of the season and is a great first step towards championships next month.
Next Saturday the Peninsula High School Winterguard will be competing at Upland High School against 7 other groups. Their performance time is 1:30 PM. Supporters are encouraged to attend and give our girls representing Peninsula High School lots of love!
A LETTER FROM LEUZINGER
Following is the letter I recently received from Leuzinger High Boys' Assistant Soccer Coach Edgar Alas:
"I just want to thank the boosters and staff at Peninsula High School for their generosity and hospitality with the Boys' Soccer Program at Leuzinger. As you know this is the last year for Leuzinger HS in the Bay League as it comes to competitive sports. We have appreciated the mutual respect and friendly competition that our association with Bay League has fostered during the years. Our Boys were especially thankful for the nice gestures of sodas and hotdogs your boosters provided after our matches. Although a small token of appreciation it will long remain in the memories of our student-athletes. Everyone from your safety staff, teachers, to coaches was extremely helpful in giving us directions or providing a friendly smile. To date this has been the best experience of visiting any campus in the Bay League. We wish you the best of luck in all competitive ventures."
Sadly, we will be moving to a different league next year. I am so proud of our parents, staff and students for their graciousness. It is nice to be thanked for doing the right thing. Your kindness did not go unnoticed.
SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
Forty-seven students competed in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate at the David Damus Trojan Championships at USC last weekend, representing 14 schools from 4 states. PV Peninsula student James Zhang finished second and was the tournament's sixth speaker. Jonas Le Barillec reached the octafinal round, losing to the eventual champion. James's performance earned him his second bid leg, qualifying him for the Tournament of Champions which will take place next month in Lexington, Kentucky. For the year, PV Peninsula finished third in the nation in school "bid count," with 16 TOC bids--two behind the "bid leader" Scarsdale High School in New York.
|Speech and Debate Winners|
On 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 about4:30PM.
Net proceeds from the performance will be distributed to the two high school music programs and to the Peninsula Symphony. Concert seating tickets will go on sale March 1 at the Norris Theatre box office and will be priced at $25 per adult and $15 for youngsters 12 and under.
Personal notes and advertising space is available for sale in the Commemorative Concert Program. For further information, contact James Morgan at Wayfarers Chapel (310)-377-1650, ext.222.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE HARMONY CONCERT
CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION (CSF) NEWS
Congratulations to all of the new and continuing CSF members! During two weeks in February, the CSF Board members and adviser, Mrs. Okamoto, received 1195 applications for Spring 2014 membership. Spring 2014 membership is based upon the academic excellence achieved during the fall semester ending January 17, 2014. The class of 2014 has 252 Sealbearers (a new record!) with 200 of them achieving Highest Honors. Wow! We have never had so many Sealbearers specifically those with Highest Honors! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Remember...according to the CSF By-Laws, seniors must have at least one of their qualifying semesters in their senior year. Sealbearer status requires four semesters of membership in the sophomore, junior, and senior years. A complete list with ALL of the members names (9th - 12th grade) will appear in PawPrints.
ATTENTION SENIORS: The CSF Banquet is on April 28th. Please RSVP to Mrs. Okamoto as soon as possible because space is limited.
PRINCIPAL'S ADVISORY COUNCIL BOARD (PACB) EXPANDS TRASH PROGRAM
Earlier this year, with school cleanliness becoming a big concern, the Principal's Advisory Council Board (PACB) started a weekly "Trash Pick-Up Giveaway." When students are seen picking up their trash at lunch, a PACB member or parent volunteer gives them a ticket. The PAC Board has expanded the campaign from lunchtime to the classrooms. We hope that bringing the giveaways to the classrooms will add more participation in the drawings and spread more awareness about picking up trash.
The winners of last week's Principal Advisory Board trash drawing were Christian Nagasugi and Praveen Kuruppu. Congratulations and enjoy your "In and Out" gift certificates this weekend.
Farewell to our Austrian friends!
This past Thursday, the 27 Austrian students and their 3 teachers returned to Austria. There were many tears, by both the Austrians and members of their host families. We have been told that many plans have been made to see each other again soon. We are so grateful to the wonderful families who opened up their homes and hearts for these past two weeks and helped make our Austrian visitors' stay so wonderfully memorable.
The ASEMANFAR family hosted one of the Austrian teachers
The LEGASPI family hosted one of the Austrian teachers
The SEATON family hosted one of the Austrian teachers
The ALBERT family hosted two of Austrian students
The BOUSHEHRI family hosted one of the Austrian students
The COZEN/BERNSTEIN family hosted two of the Austrian students
The DAWSON-SARABIA family hosted one of the Austrian students
The DEWITT-HOEGER family hosted one of the Austrian students
The DIETIKER family hosted one of the Austrian students
The GURVIS family hosted one of the Austrian students
The HARWELL/KLEIN family hosted two of the Austrian students
The HONG family hosted one of the Austrian students
The JACKSON family hosted one of the Austrian students
The KAUFMAN family hosted two of the Austrian students
The KREHBIEL/HENRY family hosted one of the Austrian students
The LIEBICH family hosted one of the Austrian students
The MATSUO family hosted one of the Austrian students
The MCHUGH family hosted one of the Austrian students
The MELTON family hosted one of the Austrian students
The NAKAMURA family hosted one of the Austrian students
The SALVAY family hosted one of the Austrian students
The SANDERSON family hosted one of the Austrian students
The SCOTT family hosted one of the Austrian students
The SCOW family hosted two of the Austrian students
The WILLIAMS family hosted one of the Austrian students
|Our Friends From Austria|
On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8 and 9th, 2014, seven PVPHS students will join administrators and staff, school board members and parent representatives for a unique experience in Sacramento to present lobbying points to legislative representatives. Twenty-one Peninsula High students applied for the seven spots. It was a difficult decision given the number of highly enthusiastic and qualified candidates, but we were only able to invite a few students. We hope that our students continue to be actively engaged in politics, our local and state government. Following are the students who will be going to Sacramento with Associate Principal Alicia Foulk, English teacher Sandra Sidella and PTSA Legislative Rep Allison Phillips;
Jordan Lazarus (11th)
Michael McFarland (10th)
William Whittenbury (11th)
Natalie Edelstein (12th)
James Gale (11th)
Shreya Ramayya (11th)
Lauren Griffin (10th)
PENINSULA HIGH JUNIOR COMPETES FOR MISS LOS ANGELES/ANAHEIM TITLE
Camille Perey of Rolling Hills Estates was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Los Angeles/Anaheim pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Camille will be competing in the Miss Teen Division, one of four divisions that will have young women, ages of 7 to 19, competing in modeling routines and interviews. If Camille wins the title of Miss Teen Los Angeles/Anaheim, she will represent Los Angeles/Anaheim and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida.
DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR - MARCH 12, 2014
All students and parents are invited to come to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Science and Engineering Fair being held on March 12th at the South Coast Botanical Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula s. 100 PVPUSD Science Research students will compete for awards and the opportunity to participate in the INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA in May. Parents and potential research students are invited to the public viewing of the projects from 2:00pm to 3:30pm and the awards ceremony is from 3:30pm to 4:00pm. This is an excellent opportunity for students thinking about research to talk to research students about their projects and about the research course.
Categories include - Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, Space Science, Zoology.
PV SUNSET ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS STUDENTS
Michelle May entered the PV Sunset Rotary Club Scholarship competition that the College Career Center posted in the school bulletin last October. Michelle was awarded 1st prize at the local level in January and moved on to the district competition at Loyola Marymount University where she won 1st place at the district level. Michelle shared, "I didn't pay attention too much last year (sophomore year) but I am so grateful for Pen High's College & Career Center. Mrs. Koyanagi and Mrs. Lewallen supply so much great information and opportunities. They are a most wonderful resource we have at Pen."
Michele has also been invited to the regional, YoungArts Los Angeles, March 18-23, 2014, with evening showcases March 21-23 Michelle will be performing on Saturday, March 22. The public is invited to attend. http://www.youngarts.org/youngarts-la
Jingru (Lucy) Wang, a sophomore, took 2nd place in the music competition. We greatly appreciate the support and generosity of the PV Sunset Rotary.
COED CHOREO UPDATE
Last weekend, Peninsula High Coed Choreo attended the Spirit Day Championships at West High School in Torrance. The team received 6th place for their Large Hip-hop dance, 4th for their all-female dance, 2nd for all- male, 3rd for their Partner dance, and 1st place for their Small Hip-hop dance. With only a few more competitions left in the season, the team is working hard to prepare for Nationals.
LEADERSHIP LUNCH AND LEARN
Save the date for our Leadership Department Lunch and Learn sessions! Any student interested in being a part of one of our Leadership Department classes for the 2014-15 school-year is encouraged to attend these information sessions. Applications will be available and all questions will be answered. Sessions take place in our CCC.
Monday, March 10th- Link Crew
Monday, March 17th- PLUS and Service Learning
Counseling Office & College Career Center (CCC) News
From Alicia Foulk, Associate Principal
Scheduling for 2014-2015: Counselors have completed Junior scheduling. This week, they will begin meeting with Freshmen!
Sophomores = February and March during individual Sophomore Counseling appointments
Freshmen = March 10-14 and March 31- April 4 during English class
Junior Lesson: Counselors will be presenting "Finding the Right Fit", a career guidancelesson for junior students on March 18th and March 19th. It is important for students to be able to recognize how their interests, skills and values relate to their career choices and college majors. Rather than waiting until senior year, we want our junior students to start thinking about what majors might suit them best and this in turn will help them create their college list. The guidance lesson will include a power point presentation, a career questionnaire, a multiple intelligences inventory, and a brief career video. We will provide educational information, statistics, and websites to gather more information. All Juniors are expected to attend this session. A letter with information was mailed home last week.For more information, please contact Heather Gerber or Katina Tzetzos.
Scholarships Coming Due:There are many local and university scholarships coming due this week for seniors. Don't miss out on the following scholarships:
- Jim Mckay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship for students planning to go into a career related to the television industry - due 3/10/14
- Water is Life Art Contest for all students - due 3/14/14
- Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship for Italian Catholic seniors - due 3/15/14
- South Bay Panhellenic Association for female seniors planning to attend a university with a Greek system - due 3/15/14
All scholarships are listed on Naviance under the "scholarship list" on the College Tab where applications can be downloaded or filled on line.
Mark your calendars for April 1st RACC (Regional Admission Counselors of California) Going Out of State Presentation and mini-college fair @ 6:30pm in the GYM. To learn more about RACC please visit http://www.regionaladmissions.com
DON'T FORGET TO SPRING FORWARD TODAY!