On Tuesday April 8th and Wednesday April 9th, 43 PVPUSD representatives traveled to Sacramento to lobby for our district. The group included seven Peninsula students: Natalie Edelstein, James Gale, Laura Griffin, Jordan Lazarus, Michael McFarland, Shreya Ramayya, and William Wittenbury, as well as Mrs. Batson-Sidella and Ms. Foulk. The students did an excellent job representing our school and articulating the four lobbying points for the PTSA. They had the opportunity to meet with Al Muratsuchi over dinner and hear from The Honorable Ted Lieu. The trip gave our students a chance to actually see government in action: they even testified in support of Assembly Bill 2216 to save our So Cal Roc program, as well as attend the Assembly Education Committee meeting. Other highlights from the trip included a visit to the Assembly floor with Rick Simpson, and a visit from Governor Brown's dog, Sutter.
Capitol Convoy with Ted Lieu
Peninsula Drama had an outstanding day at the 94th Annual DTASC Shakespeare Festival at Chatsworth High School! The 9th graders in the Drama I Advanced Class all made it to the Finals in competition. Results for the 9th graders included, Honorable Mention in Audition Monologue(Camellia Sadegi; Directed by Hannah Olsen and Ashley Trutanich), Children's Theatre (Alyssa Condon, Two Laurio, Ashley Zoeckler; Directed by Barkha Scherp). Trophies included a 4thplace Clowns & Fools (Sophie Bauer, Ciara Evans, Alex Tuberosi; Directed by Alina Jarrin and Daniel Zimmerman), Modern Shakespeare Adaptation (Annie Benedict, Ethan Pearson, Shelby Smith, Katie Wussler, Julianna Yonis; Directed by Matthew Hansen and Kat Hilton). 3rd place went to Large Group 12th Night (Grace Addelman, Madison Hermon, Sophie Jacobs and Brian Seo; Directed by Ian Axberg and Holly Gould). 1st place in Large Group Hamlet (Courtlyn Foster, Sophia Goodin, Austin Kelly, Hannah Vaughn, Rocelyn Williams; Directed by Ryan Axberg and Hannah Olsen). Overall, Peninsula's freshmen earned 3rd place in Sweepstakes for total overall finish among all competing schools in the B Division.
The Drama ¾ Advanced class had a great day at the C Division Festival. Pen reached the Semi-Finals in Clowns and Fools (Kaitlin Chang, Barkha Scherp and Brigit Valeri; Directed by Emily Van Volkom) and 12th Night (Ali Allison, Ryan Axberg, Allie Fafard, Miranda Moore, Kim Sover and Natalie Wussler; directed by Kelsey Roche).
The other groups all made finals, results included: Honorable Mention, Audition Monologue(Hannah Olsen). 4th place in Quest for the Throne (Alex Eisemann and Ashley Trutanich; Directed by Joanne Leon). 3rd place went to Large Group Hamlet (Ian Axberg, Brianna Bowers, Mason Dunbar, Melissa Francikiewicz, Emily Hupp, Katherine Simmons; Directed by Hannah Olsen). We earned 2nd place in Audition Monologue (Natalie Edelstein), Children's Theatre (Tyler Barnett, Elana Blinder, Luke Dimyan & Milan Martinez; Directed by Maren English) andModern Shakespeare Adaptation (Eileen Cho, Louie Enriquez, Holly Gould, Matthew Hansen, Hanna Hilden, Kat Hilton, Alina Jarrin, Gillian Kalmey, Claire Williams, Daniel Zimmerman; Directed by Natalie Edelstein). Overall the Drama ¾ Advanced class earned 2nd place in Sweepstakes for total overall finish among all competing schools in the C Division.
Congratulations to the Drama Department under the direction of Seth Cohn!
Drama Students with Mr. Coehn
PVPHS CHOREO SELLS OUT THREE SHOWS
Last week, more than 250 members of the incredible PVPHS Dance Department presented a three evening, packed-house Choreo Show called Momentum. Kudos to Mrs. Myrick, Mrs. Hendricks and Ms. Horn for producing the classy show. It was so enjoyable to see the student's hard-work pay off. I have received many parent emails complimenting the show, but I couldn't say it any better than the following email from one parent, "I just wanted to say how incredible last night's dance performance was. My entire family went and we were all blown away. The music, costumes (thank you that they were appropriate), choreography, and lighting was really fantastic. Bravo to you and everyone involved!!"
GOOD NEWS ABOUT PVPUSD PUBLISHED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PAPER
A Peninsula High parent who has Northern California connections, discovered this article that mentions our school district. PVPUSD is committed to the success of all students and this report certainly acknowledges that continuing effort. PVPUSD is noted as tied for first place, halfway through the article.
Following is more information on the PVPUSD report:
TRASH DRAWING WINNERS
Congratulations to Erik Steibel and Kent Harayama as the winners of this week's Principal Advisory Board drawing. Thank you for doing your part to keep the Peninsula High campus clean.
THANK YOU FOR THE ADA REIMBURSEMENT
As you may or may not know, student absences, whether for illness, religious reasons, vacation, or personal days reduce our revenue. ADA (Average Daily Attendance revenue$48.00 is only paid if a student is present for at least 1 period per day or on an approved Independent Study. So far this year, Peninsula High parents have reimbursed $6,107.00 for lost ADA due to absences. We are grateful for your generosity. This money has been used for classroom supplies and materials.
If you would like to make a $48.00 ADA reimbursement donation for each day your child is absent, please turn it in to the Main Office. This donation will help ensure that PVPHS can continue to deliver the quality education that students and parents rightly deserve and expect. Your donation is used for instructional needs and classroom supplies at PVPHS.
Counseling Office & College Career Center (CCC) News
From Alicia Foulk, Associate Principal
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.
Scholarships: Seniors, there's still time to apply for scholarships. Here's a list scholarships coming due soon:
All scholarships are listed on Naviance under the "scholarship list" on the College Tab where applications can be downloaded or filled on line.
Got Naviance? Got Questions? Please join us for a Naviance Workshop on Saturday, April 19thfrom 10:30am - 12pm. We will walk you through the tools of Naviance.
The CCC is offering a Practice SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Test on Saturday, April 19th. These practice tests do not count in any way but offer students the opportunity to simulate the testing environment. Interested students can register in the CCC with $20 cash or check payable to PVPHS. Subject Tests are $10 each or $20 for three. Students can take up to three subject tests in one sitting.
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 visitwww.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent.
WHALE OF A DAY
On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, the annual Palos Verdes Whale of a Day festival gave many Peninsula High students an opportunity to volunteer. I have received several emails praising Peninsula High Students who participated. I appreciate community members taking the time to share good news about our students.
"Sara Crossman spent many hours preparing and serving our hot dogs and hamburgers in our food booth. Her enthusiasm and smile were infectious. Our customers couldn't help but smile back at her. Sara was a tireless, pleasant and accurate worker; late in the day she even took a turn running the condiment table. We thank Sara for volunteering."
"John Duston, a senior, was another Peninsula High volunteer who brought enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic to our food booth. John put in many hours cheerfully preparing and serving our food and never objected to performing any chore. We thank John for volunteering."
"Harrison Owen, a junior, worked long hours serving hot dogs and hamburgers in our booth without a break. One of our customers gave Harrison a $10 tip. He smiled, accepted the money, and then donated the entire amount to our WOAD organization. A class act! We thank Harrison for volunteering."
"Randy Shan, only a freshman, was the third Peninsula High volunteer who was outstanding in performance. Randy cheerfully worked long hours preparing and serving our hot dogs and hamburgers. He was an important contributor in the success of our food booth and did every task asked of him. We thank Randy for volunteering."
"The Muskwa Club (members are from all Peninsula High secondary schools) , headed by Pen High student William Whittenbury, had a table to bring awareness about the endangered Vaquita at Whale of a Day. 630 people dropped by the table. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who banned together for a common cause. Together, we can do great things!"
PLUS LEADERSHIP RETURN FROM WASHINGTON DC
Congratulations to the PLUS leadership class who was 1 out of 10 schools to be recognized at the National Youth Leadership Conference, "Monumental", in Washington, D.C.. They spent their entire first day in D.C. on Capitol Hill meeting with state officials and advocating for laws and funding regarding safe driving programs for teenagers.
In addition, they were able to showcase their program to the hundreds of other schools in attendance at this conference. Lastly, our five students in attendance (Kelli Wong, Harrison Ho, David Y. Lee, Kristine Vo and Camille Perey) were recognized onstage during the awards ceremony by Secretary of State Anthony Foxx. He thanked them for their dedication and service for such a critically important cause!
PLUS STUDENTS TO PARTICPATE IN TORRANCE SCHOOL'S SUMMIT
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, two students from Peninsula High will serve on a "Student Speakers Panel" sponsored by the Torrance Unified School District. These students will be speaking on topics such as what happens at high school parties and they respond to the question, "What can parents do to make sure that their children make it home safely?" The program is intended to create an open dialogue for parents to work through some topics that may not be easy to address with their own children. The public is invited.
GOLF TOURNAMENT IN SUPPORT OF FOOTBALL
On Monday, May 19, the Peninsula Football Program will be hosting the Panther Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament is open to EVERYONE and will include lunch, on-course beverages, and post-round dinner, auction, and awards ceremony at the beautiful, private Rolling Hills Country Club. This year's tournament will be honoring the 1997 CIF Champion Football team and we expect many individuals from the team to be participating in the tournament. All proceeds will go directly to the football program for the purchase of needed equipment for the upcoming season. If you do not golf you are welcomed to attend the dinner/auction only or are encouraged to contribute through a Tee Sponsorship for your favorite player or your local business. All the information and sign up info is available on our website (http://peninsulapantherfootball.com/golf-tournament/golf-tournament-brochure/) or feel free to contact Coach Christensen at extension 746 at Peninsula High School with any questions. We hope to see you on May 19!
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 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. HARMONY CONCERT INFO
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!
Business Casual Attire, Fabulous Silent & Live Auction Items
Exceptional Dinner and Wine included.
Musical & Magical performances too!
Fantastic Opportunity Drawing!
FREEDOM 4U FLYER
ATTENTION EIGHTH GRADE PARENTS
8th grade Parent Information Nights are this week!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Counselor Last name ROOM
Heather Gerber A - C PAC
Kelly Baranick D - Hu LIB
Katina Tzetzos Hv - Le CCC
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Counselor Last name ROOM
Adam Wolven Lf - O PAC
Graham Edwards P - S LIB
Mary Fournier T - Z CCC
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Representatives from a variety of departments will be available to answer questions regarding academic programs, activities, sports, and clubs.
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Large group meeting in the PAC
The introduction to the school includes information from our Principal, Associate Principals, PTSA President, Athletic Director and Activities Director.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Small group meetings with Counselors
Counselors meet with the parents in the assigned rooms. Information will include graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, high school activities, scheduling, and developing a 4 year plan.