A big Wednesday after school clean up planned for our own Pinole Creek. Join the Earth Team, leadership and select volunteers as we work overtime to pick up a winter's worth of debris and classify and learn from it
We'll go back for seconds--thanks to the church, our Leadership team, the class of 2017 and all those who made it happen. A celebration of the quirks and characters and champions of 2017
Our design team has a new challenge for this year. They are traveling over the next few weeks to UC Berkeley to build a better future. And have fun.
Our Advanced Placement biology students are getting ready for their May 8th assessment by doing a simulated exam this Sunday at school. A commitment to excel!
In three games, the Spartan boys get a big league win. Next match will be Tuesday vs. Salesian. Check us out and see the high flying action
Best year ever, and each match has a new hero. Matt Etchevarry with a personal best leads the Spartans to victory over DeAnza. Three matches next week. Way to go, coach O'Shea and the boys
We went around campus today and saw one class engaged in a conversation about the ethics of witnessing. Another class was doing work on a Gil Heron Scott poem while another worked on a Edgar Allen Poe piece of prose. Lastly, a class reading Fast Food Nation prepared its students for a short-order essay
Songnhi Tran is the winner of the Every Student Succeeding scholarship award. She wins cash and a lunch where she will be honored for her accomplishments.
Book club settles in tomorrow to read the first part of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. It's school, so no Bottle of Rum.
And we are so excited. Have a great time, girls and Go. Fight. Win!
Want to go to the Theater capitals of the world? Mr. Lawrence is hosting an informational meeting Thursday for Thespians interested in traveling to New York or London for the 2017-2018 season. Find out more information in room 69 and see if you will able to play Broadway
A big scholarship for Gerone just arrived at our school today. A terrific student well rewarded!
Pinole Valley students can take multiple classes at the low, low price of FREE. Go to building 4 or look online and find a pair of the 50 classes that speaks to you
The March date has been moved ahead to April 20. It's worth the wait!
Be ready to start working on June 12th and if you can do 40 hours a week, then Point Reyes National Seashore would like to sign you up to work with Park Rangers, spend the summer outdoors and help maintain roads. $10.50 an hour, and details in the front office.
And the Toastmasters spoke to our Engineering classes to talk about the Social Innovation and other camps this summer. We don't rest during June and July--we reload!
The Spartan band will be the musical stars of the 30th annual Junior Achievement Hall of Fame night in San Francisco Tuesday night. Black tie, tails and jazz!
The Spartan girls rocked St. Mary's 11-1 Friday at St. Mary's and now puts their perfect TCAL record up against St. Patrick's for two this week. Come on out and see what undefeated looks like.
Senior Chris Tan and Junior Leilani Corral both became first time participants at the California State Science Fair. We are thrilled to have the students earn this honor. It is the best finish for our school in at least five years time!
Mr. Johnston's after school program is offering students the chance to make their own Prom floral arrangements with a professional florist. Then we are taking a study trip to a local auto repair shop. Come to building 55 this week to get on the list (for both)
Come one--come all! Three families WILL win a $500 college grant right here at Pinole Valley just for attending. We will go over the ins and outs of college with our families. Love to see you here. Don't be late--starts at 5:00 and goes until 6:30. You will be fed, educated and maybe enriched!
If you're enrolled in an AP class, you're enrolled for the test. If you want to challenge and take a test without the course, you can do that too. Get to building 4 super fast though (by Friday)
Every class speaks: On Thursday during 6th period every class on campus will send a representative in to the Multipurpose Room and participate in the decisions that go to making student life happen this Spring
El Cerrito is coming to Pinole. The softball girls host the Gauchos at Ellerhorst Elementary and the baseball boys welcome in the Green team at Pinole Valley Park. First pitch 4:00. It's great exercise to see two games about two blocks apart. Go Spartans. Go Spartans
After losing the first two sets, it might be easy to lose confidence. Fortunately the Spartan boys just dug deeper, and swept the next five matches to knock off the Pride 5-2.
Our ASL crew went to Fremont and learned so much and loved it as well. Here they are
Ms. Newton manages to balance all the balls in the air. Each student gets personal attention and direction, and all the seniors have a case manager who makes sure they graduate on time. We salute you, Ms. Newton!
Ms. Barzottini's students are of course, in the District Art Show, here's what you may not know--that they spent last weekend, working to build it. The students became curators, putting together the walls of art from the Secondary schools district wide. We are proud of their art and more so of their citizenship.
Friday's blood drive resulted in 45 pints extracted and 135 patients receiving help. We are proud of our team and happy to serve!
Tuesday, all day purchases at nearby Mod Pizza will get us 20% back to the school. Flyers in the front office. Pick yours up today
This Wednesday the Health Center hosts a day of knowledge and fun. We do it once a year, so don't miss out!
The 3-0 Spartans host Sonoma Valley at Ellerhorst Park. First pitch 3:30 p.m.
We are going to hear more about IB and want you here. 6:30 p.m. in our Library
Join Ms. Julie as she goes over Everything You Want to Know about College this Thursday night at 5:00 in the Blue Room. Pizza, prizes and more!
For the next eight weeks, the Spartan robotics team goes to UC Berkeley to find ways to build a better robot. We find out the task required tomorrow and spend the next two months, making it work.
Spending the day at Kennedy High School's famous Fab Lab engineering and using high tech equipment. We look forward to seeing what they have constructed
Our senior scholar is the big winner. One of seven in the entire region and she is getting a check, tickets to ball games and a video made to be shown at an A's game this summer. How proud are we of you, Christine?
The Chorale Academy went to Pandora on Tuesday and came back seeing the future of Radio.
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is the choice of the month for the club. Join us Thursday in the Library, no rum allowed
The Community Advisory committee on Special Education is hosting a ceremony on Thursday March 9 for Pinole Valley's own Ms. Jennifer Walden. The veteran English teacher is being feted for her work with Special Needs students, for whom she provides rigorous but accessible instruction.
Sign up now for a free six week course in cooking. After school Thursdays in April. Alma has the information for you in building 1. You bring the can do attitude, we'll bring the salt
Another enriching opportunity comes from JSA. The Junior Statesmen club on campus has it so the fun doesn't need to end when the calendar rolls to June. Find out about their three week program at Georgetown, Stanford or Princeton. We have details in the front office
Are you a student or parent wanting to learn more this summer? Contra Costa College is here to help--courses in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Check with Ms. Johnson for details
What superhero would you be for a day? Can you do a Super Cut and interested in cosmetology? Have you had a Small Business help you? Are you a senior helping a senior? We have all these and more in Building 4.
Three Spartans took first place last week at Contra Costa College. Maddison Goff on Microwave Radiation. Chris Tan on BLASTing the Flu. Leilani Corral on Hocus Focus. Two more Spartan scientists, Delanie Baca and Angeline Cayanan also qualified to move on to the County competition next week at Los Medanos College. Way to go, team Spartan!
Students competing in Robotics need to pick up their applications this week, WE Science goes to Collins on Wednesday. The team goes to the Fab Lab on Friday and many many Summer Camps for Engineers
Pitcher/second baseman Lydia Quiroz led the Spartans to a pair of wins. Lydia was 5-7 with a home run and four extra base hits. She got credit for both wins and struck out 14. Way to start it off, girls
Entered in Humorous Interpretation, Jonathan '18, made it to the semifinal round and wound up being one of the best in the entire Golden Gate Speech Association. Way to go!
Students Cecilia Chak '19 and Anna Chang '20 are moving on to the regional competition for MESA. Both girls took top two places at the District level and move on. Thanks to Mr. Garcia and the team.
First place, outstanding defense. First place, Outstanding Defense cross examination. Second place--Closing Arguments and a Judge's Choice Award. Can you say Law School? We are very proud
Check out this feature on our Mural Project! Click the headline above and how about those images?
Our sophomore team is at Contra Costa College today seeing what there is to see in Health Careers. We have a team of teachers, counselors and students who will return edified and inspired if this year is like year's past.
Two dozen Spartan scientists compete at Cal State East Bay. Egg Drop, Speak Out and more.
Five of our best compete against the region's best in a winner goes to State tournament this Saturday at Logan High in Union City. Impromptu, Dramatic Interpretation and more. Join us!
And what a start, the Pinole Valley linksters beat Albany by over a 100 strokes and senior Paul Johnson shot a blistering 36 to lead the way.
The Spartan swingers beat Analy High 8-6 yesterday with a balanced offensive attack and clutch pitching. The girls led by Lydia Quiros take on league rival St. Patrick's today in Vallejo. Great crowd. Great result. Great start
The Pinole Valley staff had a terrific introduction to the reading program, Newsela yesterday after school. All teachers can now access the program, that brings the daily news to the classroom. Articles are written at five different levels, all with the same basic information, but with increasing levels of sophistication and vocabulary. We have linked the main page to this headline. We think you'll like it too.
We are so pleased that the following students are being celebrated on Thursday for the District Science fair: Madison Goff, Sang Chang, Crystal Wiyono, Jessica Nhan, Chris Tan, Cecilia Chak, Leilani Corral, Angeline Cayanan, Camile Andola, Delanie Baca and Ariel Tonesi. See you at the Gym Annex at 7:00