MICHAEL WANMER JOINS PENINSULA HIGH AS INTERIM ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL
Mr. Michael Wanmer will join the Peninsula High School administrative team on Monday, February 24, filling the vacancy left by Mrs. Scott who is on an extended leave of absence. Mr. Wanmer has been with our District since 2006; serving as a Social Studies teacher, Department Chair and Athletic Director at PVIS. During the Fall of 2012 Mr. Wanmer served as Interim Assistant Principal at PVIS as well as the district liaison for classroom implementation of Common Core. Before joining our school district, Mr. Wanmer was a teacher at Marina High School and is very excited about his return to the high school level where he will do whatever is necessary to help maintain Peninsula High School's excellence.
ANDREW MENARD (2011) ELECTED USC STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
Former Peninsula High School Associated Student Body President, Andrew Menard, has been elected USC Student Body President. Over 6,000 students voted and Andrew received 44% of the votes. Congratulations Andrew, your Panther family is so proud!
WELCOME TO OUR AUSTRIAN VISITORS
A warm Panther welcome to the Austrian students and teachers who are visiting Peninsula High for two weeks! They arrived just after midnight Thursday night and attended their first day of school on Friday. They've already shared some of the many differences between school in Austria and the U.S. They shared that the students do not move from class to class throughout the day in Austria; rather, the teachers are the ones who move from class to class! Also, the Austrians don't have school counselors! They said counselors aren't needed because the classes the Austrians take are already set for them. They marveled at the amount of choices American students have. Clearly, this is going to be an extraordinary learning experience for both the Austrians and us!
Thank you to the amazing Panther families who have opened up their
homes to the Austrian students and teachers. Your generosity is simply
PTSA MEETING THIS TUESDAY
All parents are invited to attend the Tuesday, February 25th PTSA meeting in the Peninsula High School Library. The social begins at 8:45am and the meeting starts at 9:00am. Attorney George Bird, who recently spoke with our students during Red Ribbon Week, will be the guest speaker.
NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK
Peninsula High School's outstanding Engineering Department has been celebrating National Engineering Week with numerous programs sponsored by our local partners.
RAYTHEON - FEBRUARY 20
Every year three students from Peninsula High school get the chance to participate in an engineering challenge to build and compete against 17 other high schools. Sixty Raytheon engineers worked with the students to solve a real engineering problem and in the process they learned how engineers work and think as part of the "Discovering Your Hidden Capacity" engineering game. Engineers conducted tours of the Electrical, Environmental, Pressure & Temperature and Thermal Imaging Labs so students could see first-hand the testing and design process.
BOEING - FEBRUARY 21
Twenty Peninsula High students from the SMERT Program (IED,DE,AE,POE,JETS, and Computer Science) were invited to visit the Hi Bay where Boeing builds satellites and learn how to design and build water rockets. Our students had the opportunity to meet Boeing engineers and to see first-hand what it is like to work as an engineer. They toured the largest satellite facility in the world where they saw the largest vacuumed chamber and the different stages of building satellites. They were most impressed by their close-up view of the 702MP Satellite that provides the high-capability features inherent in the flight.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN -FEBRUARY 21
High School Innovation Challenge RACE, (Renewable Alternative Clean Energy)
The High School Innovation Challenge is an annual high school design competition hosted at Northrop Grumman sites. The annual competition theme varies and is inspired by Northrop Grumman programs. Previous competition themes led to challenges which tasked students to build launcher systems, RC airplanes, and airships. The High School Innovation Challenge strives to encourage students to actively engage in fun and rewarding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
This year's challenge was for student teams to design and build a planetary exploration vehicle capable of efficiently harnessing wind and/or solar energy to move a payload a specified distance. Once it covers this distance it is in range for a pickup mission. Students were expected to demonstrate an understanding of the energy conversion processes, practical tradeoffs, and current technologies available to utilize wind and solar energy sources. Teams of up to 10 students were required to design and build an engineering solution under the mentorship of Northrop Grumman employee(s).
Students are required to submit a report prior to the event, present their design to Northrop Grumman judges and complete a challenge with their solution the day of the competition. Through this process students are exposed to the entire engineering process while developing teamwork and presentation skills.
This was Peninsula High School's second year participating in this competition. They built a 20" x 40 X 18" solar vehicle and won the spirit award.
CYBERPATRIOT STATE COMPETITION
Five Peninsula CyberPatriot teams are competing this weekend in the State of California competition in hopes of going on to the regional competition. The State round will determine which teams win state awards, and which teams advance to the Regional Recognition Round.On Friday teams 2 and 5 competed, and on Saturday, teams 3/4/6 competed. I look forward to reporting scores in the next Principal's Update.
ROBOTICS TEAM 2637 SUCCESSFUL MATCH AT HARVEY MUDD
The PVPHS Robotics Team has spent thousands of man-hours since January designing, prototyping, re-designing, building, and testing their robot for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition "Aerial Assist". The team combined features from several of their prototypes to create a robot capable of picking up, catching, and shooting a 25- inch exercise ball.
The team had their first opportunity to test the robot last Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at the LA Robotics Harvey Mudd Scrimmage. Students met at PVPHS at 6:30 AM and arrived at Harvey Mudd by 8:00 AM. There was excitement and anticipation in the air as they met the other teams, shared their robot designs, and worked together to set up the competition field.
Highlights: The Pen Team scrimmaged with 9 other teams and they were able to get the most field time because their robot was consistently working while other teams still struggled with design and other issues. As you can imagine, the team was excited to have so much field experience to fine-tune strategies and robot driving skills.
While our human players, Zachary Chrien (Electronics Team) and Spencer Gray (Build Team) kept the robot fed with game balls, our robot drivers and driver coaches Kevin Ghaemi (Veteran Consultant), Michael Zeitlin (Team President/Electronics Team Captain), Tori Shimizu (Programming Team/Drive Team), Lawrence Goo (CAD Team/Drive Team), Spencer Gray (Build Team/Drive Team, JJ Inagaki (Vice President/Build Team), and Ethan Gold (Build Team Captain) fine-tuned their driving/coaching skills to the point that they were able to consistently score by shooting the ball through the high goal.
Three members of the impressive programming team, Tori Shimizu (Programming Team/Drive Team), Casey Schneider (Programming Team), and Anthony Chong (Programming Team) were able to fine-tune the robot's code on site providing time-critical adjustments contributing to the robot's success. CAD team members saw their design realized and helped with design issues that arose during the scrimmage: Matthew Owen (CAD Team Captain), Lawrence Goo(CAD Team), Edward Bogosian, (CAD Team/Build Team), Scott Mitani (CAD Team/Build Team), and Sam Gioia (CAD Team). Everyone on the build team who attended the scrimmage was vital to the success of the scrimmage, coordinating pit maintenance and keeping the robot parts fully functioning: The build team included; Shreshth Kumar (Safety Captain/Build Team), Emily Van Volkom (Build Team), Jac Council (Build Team), Hannah Reher (Secretary/Build Team) and Conrad Boothe (Build Team)
Students who helped create the robot, but were not able to attend the Harvey Mudd Scrimmage include; Reed Schrier (Programming Captain), Claire Bogosian (CAD Team/Build Team), Jacqueline Ahrens (Programming Team/Build Team), Michael Arico (Build Team/Electronics Team), William Olsen (Programming Team),
Matthew Whitaker (Programming Team/Drive Team), Justin Yeh (CAD Team), and
Jordan Yudess (Build Team).
None of this would be possible without our amazing teacher/sponsor of our Robotics Team, Monica Rudder. We gratefully acknowledge our amazing mentors; Mr. Alan Boothe, Mr. Clark Rudder, Mrs. Joan Yazejian, Mr. Leo Schneider, Mrs. Leslie Gold, Mrs. Kim Reher, Mr. Vince Reher.
Go Team 2637!
Youtube Video of PVPHS Robot in Action:
The following Peninsula High students participated in yesterday's Science Olympiad competition:
Peninsula High placed 7th out of 32 teams. The teams that will be advancing to State will not be announced for another week, but we are cautiously optimistic that Peninsula High will once again move on to the State level.
Following are the results of the students that earned medals in their category:
1) Rachel Dokko & Amanda Chang placed 1st in Disease Detective
2) Janeline Wong & Tiffany Wu placed 2nd in Rocks & Minerals
3) Hannah Wiebe, Braedan Benedict, & Shreya Ramayya placed 4th in Experimental Design
4) Shreya Ramayya & Amanda Chang placed 6th in Compound Machines
5) Rachel Dokko & Anna Riedl placed 6th in Mission Possible
Science Olympiad advisor, Mr. Snodgrass, shared that the students had fun and it was a great day!
Congratulations to the whole team!
THANK YOU PEF FOR SUPPORTING OUR SMERT PROGRAM
SUPPORT OUR ATHLETES BY ATTENDING - A BLACK AND GOLD AFFAIRE
Join us in less than three short weeks when we celebrate our Panther Athletes at A Black & Gold Affaire - March 15 at 6pm at the PV Golf Club! This fun and casual Peninsula Athletics fundraiser needs everyone's support!! Buy your tickets nowbefore the price goes up March 1. Go to www.pvphsabc.com/black-and-gold-affaire/ and click on one of the two links for purchasing tickets.
You can't come to the event? No problem! There are many ways for you to support our student athletes:
. Come to the event to bid on the parking space at the live auction!
. We would especially like to thank our Major Sponsors to date ($600+) listed below and welcome sponsors at any level!
All Star ($2,500-$4,999)
Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong, LLP
Arch & Paige Asawa
Drs. Gloria Bertucci & David Bernstein
Laurie & John Bucher
Glenn & Heather Burr
Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Draffen
Sara & Stuart Gold
Lifetouch - National School Studios
Dr. & Mrs. Tom Schmalzried
Kuni & Candi Takeda
Junior Varsity ($600-$999)
Andy & Kathy Patman
Premier Bank of Palos Verdes
. Deadline is March 3.
. Deadline is March 1.
Let's all make A Black & Gold Affaire2014 an event to remember!!
WALK FOR LIFE
The annual Peninsula High Walk for Life will take place this Wednesday, February 26. I am thrilled by the number of students and community members who will be joining the walk. I have received several calls from families who missed the deadline. We do not want anyone left out, so we will still accept participation forms on Monday in the S20 (ASB Room).
PENINSULA HIGH DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "OKLAHOMA"
The Palos Verdes Peninsula High School award winning Drama Department presents the classic musical, "Oklahoma." Set in a western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Filled with familiar standards such as "People Will Say We're in Love", "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin", and "Oklahoma", this foot-stompin, toe tappin production is sure to be a hit!
Performances are February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 7pm and March 2, 9 and 16 at 2pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Tickets can be purchased as follows:
- At the theater on hour before show time (cash and check only)
- Online (service fees apply) at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=495d99f4cdb54b561547f0a945b3382e
Holly Gould (Ado Annie) and Matthew Hansen (Will Parker)
SCHOLAR QUIZ IS COMING
A big thank you to Sandra Sidella for bringing Scholar Quiz to Peninsula High and big thanks to the numerous Peninsula High staff members who have volunteered to assist. Forty-four student teams have signed up to compete.
ALL TEAM CAPTAINS MUST COME TO A MANDATORY MEETING ON MONDAY AT LUNCH IN ROOM H14.
CONNIE LIM CONCERT UPDATE
Thank you to the Peninsula High community for supporting this fundraiser. As a result of the Connie Lim Concert, Freedom4U raised enough money to provide a weekly on-site counselor to a public high school in the south bay for 2 months! This is how music can directly help a community. High five!
Thank you to the many members of our school community who volunteer in our school library. We have a wonderful group of moms from our Japanese Parent Support Group who volunteer weekly and many other parents who include our library as one of their projects they support. Every Tuesday, former Peninsula High parent, Natalie Lipton, volunteers her artistic talents to liven up our library. Next time you are on campus, take a look at the display cases which Natalie creates. Her most recent creation was the display of the Sochi Olympics which included her original painting in the center. Thanks to all our parents who support of school library.
SUMMER SCHOOL INFO
For summer school information, please go to the following site:
VARISTY DANCE SUCCESS
Peninsula High Varsity Dance, under the direction of Kimi Hendricks had another impressive showing at the West Coast Elite competition at Westlake High School on February 8. They earned 2nd place Large Dance and 3rd place Small Lyrical, Large Lyrical and Hip Hop. Additional honors include:
Kaitlin Bates-2nd place9th grade solo
Hannah Lee-3rd place 10th grade solo
Amy Suzukli-6th place 10th grade solo
Brianna Leong-4th place 11th grade solo
Kai Ogawa-2nd place 11th grade solo
Brittany Beidleman-7th place 12th grade solo
Tara Innab-6th place 12th grade solo
Rie Fukushima-2nd place 12th grade solo and 7th place Improv solo
And a special congratulations to junior Akari Takahashi for making the Top 10 Finalists and placing 7th overall out of over 100 soloists.
|Varsity Dance Soars|
SKECHER WALK NEWS FROM PEF
It has been confirmed that our school district had the highest number of participants at the 2013 Skechers Friendship Walk. We had 3,386 walkers out of the 10,000 total registered (our goal was 3,000). PEF will be receiving a check in the amount of$136,000!! This is $31,000 MORE than they received last year. Thank you for your support of PEF.
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 3rd- Service Learning and Link Crew
Thursday, March 6th- PLUS
Monday, March 10th- Link Crew
Monday, March 17th- PLUS and Service Learning
COED CHOREO NEWS
Peninsula High COED Choreo competed at the Street Dance Nationals hosted by Glendale High School on February15, 2014. After dedicating countless hours to perfecting their routines, COED Choreo placed third in the COED dance division, third in All-Female, second inAll-Male, second in Large Hip Hop, and first in Small Hip Hop. Three Peninsula students received special recognition against 27 other soloists:
Matt Lee (11th), Ryan Kim (6th), and Aaron Jung(2nd)
COED Choreo is currently preparing for their next competition at West High on March 1st!
The cost is $8 and it starts at 11am. Come out and support the Peninsula High Coed Choreo Team!
Counseling Office & College Career Center (CCC) News
From Alicia Foulk, Associate Principal
Scheduling for 2014-2015: Counselors will begin meeting with individual students beginning this week!
Juniors = February 24-March 7 during English class
Sophomores = February and March during individual Sophomore Counseling appointments
Freshman = March 10-14 and March 31- April 4 during English class
Important Deadline: The deadline to drop a course or level down without penalty is Friday, February 28th at 2:45pm.
Save the date for 2 upcoming CCC events: Community College/Military Academy/ROTC Information Night on Wednesday, March 5th and RACC Going Out of State Presentation and mini-college fair on Tuesday, April 1st.
Financial Aid Deadlines: The FINAL Deadline for the FAFSA is quickly approaching on March 2nd. Please go to www.FAFSA.gov to apply.
Seniors who already submitted the FAFSA and are waiting to hear if they qualify for the Cal Grant, please create a Web Grant account at www.webgrants4students.org.
or call at extension 267.
Scholarships Coming Due: There are many local and university scholarships coming due this week for seniors. Don't miss out on the following scholarships:
- Cal Berkeley Achievement Scholarship for students who applied to UC Berkeley - due 2/24/14
- Cal Berkeley Leadership Scholarship for students who applied to UC Berkeley - due 2/24/14
- Palos Verdes Junior Women's Club for students with a financial need - due 2/24/14
- UCLA Alumni Association Freshman Scholarship for students who applied to UCLA - due 2/28/14
- UCLA Dr. Ralph Bunche Freshman Alumni Scholarship for students with a financial need who applied to UCLA - due 2/28/14
- Charlotte Mousel Scholarship an essay contest on "What the US Constitution Means to Me" - due 3/1/14
- National Charity League Scholarship for students with financial need - due 3/1/14
- National JACL Scholarship for Japanese American seniors - due 3/1/14
- Sons of Italy Scholarship for Italian American seniors - due 3/1/14
- Mahatma Rice Essay Contest - due 3/1/14
All scholarships are listed on Naviance under the "scholarship list" on the College Tab where applications can be downloaded or filled on line.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Thank you to the Peninsula High School Black Student Union (BSU) for leading the way in acknowledging Black History Month on campus. Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Following are a few of the posters that BSU students have placed throughout campus.
Congratulations to Boys Basketball on their decisive win (69-43) against Burbank High School. On Tuesday, February 25, Peninsula moves on to Round 2 against Villa Park. The game time is 7pm.
|Pen High vs Burbank High|
Congratulations to Girls' Basketball for a great win last night against Katella High. The score was 82 to 48. The girls now move on to the next level. They will play on Wednesday at 7pm. The time and place will be announced later today. We are hoping for a home game.
|Girls' win at Katella High|