It just keeps going, the Lady Spartans basketball team jumped all over Vallejo High on Friday night emerging with a 50-14 victory. With the win, the Ladies move to 7-0 in league and a TCAL showdown against Kennedy High in Richmond on Tuesday night. Beyond that the basketball girls have a weekend at the Martin Luther King Jr tournament where they will get at least two games to get in post-season shape. We are hoping to see everyone here next Friday night January 24 as we host Hercules High in the big gym. We are all over the place this weekend as well. The wrestlers were home for Senior Night and swept a pair of matches against Kennedy and El Cerrito. With the wins, the Spartans take control as wrestling bosses of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, freshmen Diego Angulo won by pin in both matches and the Pinole Valley team goes into this Saturday's invitational with a lot of enthusiasm and momentum. The girls soccer team has its Senior Night coming up Tuesday as we host DeAnza on the pitch. Come cheer the class of 2020 one more time. Meanwhile boys basketball is home Saturday for a mid-afternoon game against Alhambra
Over the years, Pinole Valley Interact has done significant service for the community and school. This year is no exception. Senior leader Leda Pho-Thai has written an article in the Pinole Historical Society's Winter 2020 newsletter getting it told about why students choose to spend some of their free time as volunteers. Leda was part of the crew that worked at the dinner for the Historical Society in November and she and her Rotary teammates had a great impact on the event. We have seen the Interact Club doing clean up work, support work and serve as helpers at multiple events around town. Interact is always looking for new members and just last week with brooms at the ready did a significant campus clean up. The kids say part of the charm of Interact is getting to work with and plan with peers who often wind up as friends. We just know that we are better for having an active club on campus, and honored that they look to serve and find ways to make our school and community better places to be.
One of our favorite pastimes this time of year is the Poetry Out Loud competition that heats up in every English class and multiple other locales during the winter season. Students are tasked to find a poem of their choosing (or have one chosen for them) to memorize and perform before their classmates and teachers. The poems range from the serious to the silly from the famous to the fun-loving. Poems that rhyme, some that don't, epics and epigrams. We honor the spoken and written word. What we love is that all students: English learners, special needs students, Advanced Placement at every grade level get their turn. And when they have finished at the class level, the ones voted on by their peers will move on to the school level competition. Students then advance to the big finish, a poetry reading in our new theater featuring ALL the classroom champions in one place with the winner being crowned and moving on to the County Level. The real winners are all the students who take part. Learning a poem, hearing new ones, digging into what Language means and how it sounds different when each person speaks it. We hope that it sparks a love for language and for the poetic arts. And hey, there's always next year!
That's Mara Crooks and Fortune Nwadike and if you wonder why they are smiling, it's because they are winners from the San Ramon Valley tournament. Making it even more impressive, neither student had debated with the other until that day. With the win, the team (and yes, now they are a team) can move up to the next level of competition. The forensics team practices at lunch and after school and goes on the road to the Martin Luther King Jr tournament this upcoming weekend. A chance for you to see Mara, Fortune and the rest of the team is scheduled for February 29. We will have students compete in multiple Individual Events and hope to harvest more in the way of trophies and smiles in the weeks to come.
Pictured above are three of our four first place wrestlers from the past weekend in San Francisco. It's not just our ability to host meets (which is getting us a lot of love) but the talent being grown in just our second year of varsity competition. Coach Armando is pictured with Haley Cook, Sam Bressie and Michael Wilson, not pictured is Diego Angulo, who helped pace Big Blue to another top five finish. We are thrilled to have the wrestlers back in action twice more this week, and look forward to increased participation and success as the year rolls on. Meanwhile it was a clean sweep for girls basketball. The Ladies just ran DeAnza off the court 64-22 on Friday night and then tipped Santa Rosa 48-43 on Saturday running their record to 11-4 overall and 5-0 in league. The girls have two games this week, at Albany on Wednesday and then home vs. Vallejo on Friday night. We also have two Athletes of the week, one from each sport, it is Michael Wilson taking top honors in Wrestling and Burcin Kuru who led the Spartans to basketball glory. They win a Spartan T shirt and get their names in lights. Also on this website!
This week ahead begins with one of two most important assessments of the entire school year. We begin on Monday with Final exams in Period A, 1,3, and 5. Students will be given nearly 100 minutes per subject to complete comprehensive assessments. The bell schedule looks like this: Period A 8:07-8:59 (52 minutes) Period 1 9:06--10:43 (97 minutes). Period 3 11:03--12:40 (97 minutes) and Period 5 1:32--3:09 (97 minutes). The same bell schedule is in effect for Tuesday, except students go Period A, then 2,4,6. All of this is done so that students can focus and perform for a few classes rather than many in a day and to spread out the study and output. Some classes and teachers choose to do projects or presentations, but regardless, the finals are especially important considering students receive TWO grades for this academic time. One for Quarter Two and one for Semester One. The quarter grades impact eligibility, honor roll and participation in extra curricular---the semester is for the transcript and permanent academic record. After testing, we have our early release Wednesday and then a final day of school on Thursday. We anticipate some stress and some success for the big week coming
There are so many things going on that the new year is a time to slow down and check it all out. It is also a time for new things. Here's an example: Starting on Thursday and continuing every Thursday at lunch is Mr. Hein's ping pong club. We don't know how popular it is likely to be, but if you want a place at the table, we suggest you head to D101 at lunch time and find out. If table tennis isn't your thing, maybe mountain biking is. Pinole Valley is going to get started this Sunday with its first ride along with the Richmond Club that provides kids helmets, water and if you need it, a bike! There are clubs for every taste and many happen after school, so students do not have to race through their lunch to participate. We have the Poly Club getting dances ready for the Spring, in particular, we are looking for young men willing to become Haka trained. It is a thrill to see students find some community or interest to inspire them. Sometimes those hobbies turn into vocations. We have clubs that are looking for new talent as we enter the new year, robotics will go to UC Berkeley and needs to bring in new talent. The Chess club recognizes that some of their kids are moving on or getting ready for graduation, so new players are encouraged. Or if you want to build your resume, and have a desire to teach, the Math Club is here to assist with students struggling with classwork or home work or being ready for Final Exams. Even if all they become are a fun way to meet people, we say, sign up and show up. There's something for everyone this year.
This Sunday, in connection with the Rotary Club, our new campus is getting a clean sweep. You are welcome to join us between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as we find those nooks and crannies that elude regular custodial services. Interact, the student wing of the Rotary Club is always around to help and to build community. We know that they will be on campus, we wonder if you can be here to assist. We will bring the rakes and brooms and cleaning implements, we just need your good effort to make it a Team Clean. You can't even use the 49ers as an excuse, since they are playing on Saturday. So we will see you here, and make a Sunday of it!
We just got back to school and already things are heating up. The 2nd quarter and first semester are coming to an end. That means that this week is a big one. We encourage students to get all their review work done and catch up to paperwork and projects that have not yet been completed. It's a big week to get all of the notes and projects in too. We are going to start our final exams on Monday January 13 and then wrap up the grading period on Friday January 17. We are confident that it is not too late. We encourage students who are struggling to ask their teachers and to also attend tutoring after school. We are going to a special schedule to allow students a double period to complete their assessments. We will host an Honor Roll assembly when we finish up grades and we will also do our Local Review, which is examining students who are credit short and look for alternative placement. The Edgenuity credit recovery course is also coming to an end, and students may begin new course work as well. In short, it's time to hit the books and the ground, running.
Pinole Valley basketball ends 2019 on top in both the Tri County Athletic League boys and girls division. The whipped cream on top of the sundae were a pair of league wins on Friday December 20 for both squads. The girls pushed a slim halftime lead into a runaway in the second half, by crushing Richmond 72-35 to run their record to a perfect 4-0 to start the season. The ladies are back in action home December 10 in the big gym. The boys came in big underdogs to WCCUSD rival Kennedy (after beating Kennedy of Fremont the night before at home). The Kennedy, last year's league champ had been 8-0 headed into the contest and with a loud home crowd, it looked like Bah Humbug for a win. The Spartans trailed throughout the first three quarters of the game, but then the defense started to wear Kennedy down and with seconds to go, Pinole Valley took the lead they would never relinquish. With the win, the Spartans go into the week with a boost of confidence and undisputed hold on first place. The girls are back in action on January 10 vs. DeAnza and the boys will have a non-leauge game here vs Analy High Shcool on December 30. Come on out in 2020 and let's see how far this run can run!
Welcome to PVHS--HOME OF THE SPARTANS!Inside Pinole Valley-January 20-24, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday observed—happy birthday!
- Wrestlers at MLK tournament
- Girls Basketball at Bishop O’Dowd
Tuesday, January 21
- Semester Two Begins also Quarter Three
- School Site Council meets in the groovy lounge after school
- Best time to get those new study habits in place
- Engineers to Zymergon Study Trip
- Girls Soccer Home vs. DeAnza
- Girls Basketball plays for first place today at Kennedy
- Poetry Out Loud participation all week
- Art Calendars on Sale, Sadie Hawkins Tickets on Sale
- Softball and Track conditioning today and Thursday
- Tutoring returns to the Library today.
Wednesday January 22
- Collaboration Day Schedule
- ASVAB Testing
- Resolution—form a study group to push yourself and friends (gently) toward success
- Wrestling Senior Night II—vs. DeAnza and Richmond
- Diablo Valley College Choir visit to PV today
- National Honor Society goes to Stewart School
- Boys soccer at Richmond
- Boys basketball at Hercules
Thursday, January 23
- Last Day of Tutoring, Detention, Ping Pong for the week
- Resolution—stay after school and ask your teacher for clarification and then succeed
- Girls soccer at Albany High
- Health Academy goes to OTI
- Law Academy goes to Boalt Hall
- Lions Club student speaker meeting today after school
- Earth Team meets today after school.
Friday, January 24
- Now more than halfway through the school year
- Resolution—use weekends to review or get ahead, making Monday oh so better
- Josten’s Cap and Gown folk here today for seniors
- Boys soccer home vs. Kennedy
- Girls Basketball home vs. Hercules
- Boys basketball at Jesse Bethel
- Wrestlers at San Ramon tournament
- Speech Team goes to San Marin
- Non Discrimination Policies
- 504 Coordinator, Mr. Amar Nalic 510 231-1442 ext 11578 email@example.com
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