We Appreciate--Teachers who celebrate their official week from May 1--May 5. There is so much for us to be grateful for. To be a great teacher is a gift. To dominate your subject matter, to know it well enough to select which parts you can teach and students can learn is a significant skill. Then to write a good assessment, to use that data to then decide what to teach next. The best teachers are able to work both short term and long term to extemporize and to lay out a year's worth of instruction via syllabi that tell parents in September where their class is likely to be in May. Imagine if every student in every classroom submitted work? The teacher could potentially have 150 papers to grade, or tests to mark or essays to read! Then where does the time come from to prepare said lessons, and run copies, and download files and to and to and to......Teachers have limited time to collaborate and some of that time is already assigned on required tasks. And let's not even mention the expectation to be a chaperone to a rally or do some adjunct duties at a game or a school dance. In short, teaching is a major life committment, it is not for the faint of heart and not for the slow of effort. We salute our teachers on the record this week, but know to honor them the other weeks as well. Best teachers stay with you for a lifetime. Take a moment to reflect on one of your own and then give them this week
Chevron Richmond is recruiting up to 10 WCCUSD high school students for their annual Project Seed internship program. Students must apply by April 15. Click the headline for more information.
The Ed Fund will award eight $1,500 scholarships to deserving African American male high school seniors in WCCUSD. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Click the link to learn more and apply by March 3.
Visiting classes in Physics, Design and Rocketry. About forty students on their way
Our Spartan National Merit Scholar is not just competing for the District at the State Science Fair in Los Angeles this week but he is going to be honored before the West Contra Costa County School Board on Wednesday as well for his great work. We wish you the best in LA and will be there to cheer you on when you return home
Giselle Valencia Valenzuela '17 and Marianne Densing '19 were chosen to have their art works on display in Vallejo in May as part of Representative Mike Thompson's appeal to have District 5 represented in Washington D.C. One of the student selections will be chosen to spend the year in the Capitol building! You can see our artists work in Vallejo in May and then maybe Washington D.C?
Monday May 1
· AP Testing Week Begins—AP Chemistry and Psychology Today
· It’s Teacher Appreciation week—thanks for preparing for class
· Welcome McKenzie from Contra Costa College here today period 5,6 and after school
· Scholarship from Rotary for seniors considering Education--$1,000 due next week
· Amazing summer opportunity for Lifeguards at Hilltop—come to building 4 by land
· Health Academy senior—Dr. Marrioti scholarship due
Tuesday May 2
· AP Spanish Language today
· It’s Teacher Appreciation week—thanks for delivering quality instruction
· Tutoring available today after school in the Library and After school office
· Summer School deadline extended one week, see your counselor before it is too late.
· Maddison Potts ’18 to Sacramento to speak before the Legislative budget subcommittee!
· Scholarship from Rotary for seniors considering Public Safety--$1,000 due next week
Wednesday May 3
· AP English Literature and Composition
· It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—thanks for doing all that grading
· Student Body Elections for next year’s Leadership today
· Senior Night—Girls Softball at Ellerhorst at 4:00 p.m.
· Senior Night—Boys Baseball at Pinole Valley Park at 4:00 p.m.
· Teacher Collaboration day
· National Honor Society to Stewart School
· Law Academy goes to the State Supreme Court today in Sacramento
· During school cooking class for Parents today, English and Spanish speakers welcome, all cooks as well.
· Scholarship from Rotary for seniors who have been in Interact--$1,000 due next week
· Forensics meeting with Ms. Lamons today
· Meeting for all “Improving Outcomes for African American Students” at DeJean Middle 6:00 p.m.
Thursday May 4
· AP American Government and Politics
· Pinole Valley Band Night tonight at Pinole Middle School
· It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—thanks for the extra time you put in
· Cooking class for Students today after school
· Scholarships from variety of sources located in building 4--$ Depends due mid-May
Friday May 5
· AP United States History and AP Computer Science Principles and AP Studio Art
· Happy Cinco de Mayo from all of us!
· It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—thanks for everything that doesn’t “show up” that you do
· .Internships and Opportunities for Summer all this week in Counselors and Main Office
· Baseball at DeAnza for end of Regular Season
· Law and Justice study trip to Angel Island
· This is Our Best student work due in building 4
Saturday May 6
Pinole Valley High School’s vision is to become recognized as a California distinguished school. We will become a vital part of our community—a school that serves our city by sharing our work and talents while utilizing the city and its resources to best serve our students.
MISSIONPinole Valley High School will provide for every student an academic challenge to prepare them for college and career and to develop, for students, the confidence to become lifelong learners