• Snowball Dance tickets on Sale all this Week

    Students who want to show off their best moves and put on their Winter's Best can buy their tickets to the premier formal dance of the season. We will have our cashier's office open for purchasing. Students can still apply to be part of the Snowball Court. We hope that all of our Spartans come out to the Richmond Auditorium on December 14th and make the Winter Ball magical

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  • Spartans to Shimada

    The opportunity of a lifetime has a deadline, and it is Friday December 13 for any Spartan students interested in traveling to Shimada, Japan. The Richmond-Shimada Friendship has been around for over a decade, and it changes lives. We would love to have you take part. Either go to the website or to Mr. Pinto (photography teacher) will have details. We know how enriching it is to mix and match cultures. Our students who have gone overseas still talk about getting to see how others live--what things are similar and what is very different. Get your application in now so you don't forget.

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  • Budget Meeting Broadcast to Pinole Valley

    When and where does the money go? A special meeting on Monday in our school library as West Contra Costa Unified's Budget person goes live and simulcast to speak to the community about money and projections. We will be hosting all interested in our school library. This is in place of our usual PTSA meeting. But we will have many of our regulars present, including the principal. We look forward to some insights and some clarifications. We invite you to come by 6:00 p.m. and we will have it on video. The video will be interactive and the speaker will be able to take questions from the community during the presentation.

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  • Area Festival Brightens the Holiday

    Thursday night was our new gym's big debut. And what a show it was! The elementary band started us off with Jingle Bells and Ode to Joy, then it was Stewart School with a pair of compositions, followed by Pinole Middle. When it was time of our own Concert Band, you could hear the anticipation in the air for what we would sound like (for the first time) in our own venue. It was lovely. Then the Symphonic Band took center stage with an emotional piece called Forever Shining, which provided a great quiet moment before the rollicking Sleigh Ride. Our concert choir made its first ever appearance at an Area Festival and justified that decision with a soulful Amazing Grace and Tres Cantos, a Brazilian staple. The Jazz Band wrapped up the night with a piece called Caracas and a finale that brought the house down called Red Clay. Do not miss out on either the Band or Choir, tomorrow as they play at the City's Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 2:30 p.m. That is, except for the five band members auditioning to be part of the County Honor Band, also Tomorrow. What a time! The Choir opens the Theater with their first performance on December 18 and the Band has its first ever show in the Dave Clark Theater on December 19. Hear it all!

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  • Basketball Boys Start Tournament off With a Smasher

    The Spartan boys are 3-1 and move on in the Mount Diablo tournament Friday, after a 66-39 blowout win over Tennyson High. The boys move on to play Kennedy-Richmond tonight at 7:00 and if victorious move onto the championship game Saturday. Mateo Tahsini scored 12 points in the second half and Kaleb Alison and Jaeden Sakia had three 3-point shots to pace the Spartans. All this and a tough defense led by Enrique Wyatt who had five steals and led the shutdown attack. Girls continue tournament play today as well, taking on Encinal Friday at 3:00 p.m. If we win, we will be playing the winner of the other consolation game on Saturday. Soccer boys tied San Rafael yesterday 3-3 and get ready for four games next week including the league opener vs. Salesian next Friday. Girls travel to Vallejo today and we have wrestling on Saturday. Get your sports on, Spartans and check back here for updated results.

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  • English Learner Advisory Council meets Thursday in the School Library

    Thursday night is our holiday gathering for the English Learner's Advisory Council (ELAC). We discuss issues that involve our English Learners and the students who are enolled in our Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) courses. The students who are not English first speakers are enrolled in a College Prep curriculum that includes all of the graduation requirements but in some cases with language support that will sustain their effort. The ELAC meets today hosting a pot luck and asking any and all community members to step forward and discuss and promote ways to help our most needy students. Tonight will also feature a campus tour so that parents and community members can see what the students' day is like and what the logistics are of our new school. So choose your adventure if you are on campus today--maybe some Soccer on the field, perhaps some music in the gym, or join a healthy conversation about our EL students. Something for everyone (oh and a Financial Aid workshop at Richmond High School from 6:00-8:00 tonight as well). More than enough for everyone!

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  • Area Festival Tonight!

    The Pinole Valley gym will become a place of Music starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The bands are coming from elementary, middle and of course, our school for the Holiday Area Festival. The students will be playing on the gym floor, and we hope to pack the stands with audience members from each school and from the community. The best part? Three different Pinole Valley bands in one setting. The Concert Band, the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band will all do a turn, and will finish things off with a flurry. The Concert Band will provide a unique addition to the festivities as they will be performing too. We look forward to seeing all of our Spartan To Be's on the gym floor and our whole Pinole Community as well. One of the things we love about the Area Festival is that it allows the younger musicians to see and hear what they might sound and look like as the years roll on. For the older students, it is a way to measure how far they have come. All in all, we are super excited to be hosting this event, after so many years "on the road" And if that isn't enough music and show for you, come back on Saturday and you'll get the Tree Lighting Ceremony which will feature us in song again!

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  • Wrestling Wins first Dual Meet in a Decade

    The Spartans came hard yesterday and won the first two meets of the year, defeating St. Patrick's of Vallejo 36-24 and then beating Stuart Hall of San Francisco 24-18 in the nightcap. The double victory represents the first two wins for the Spartan squad since the sport was reinstated two years ago. Coach Carrera is super proud and we honor our victors: Haley Cook, Diego Angulo, Sam Bessie and Arturo Pizano win pin wins. Jet Ong or Jorge Orozco with default victories. Then it was Diego again, and Jorge with pin wins the Spartans run their record to 2-0. Also today, it's a mega sports Thursday, boys soccer is home vs. San Rafael, girls soccer travels to Vallejo, girls basketball goes to Mt. Diablo for a tournament game against top seeded Cardinal Newman. The boys are also tourney bound, today we are playing Tennyson High School. We are fired up for ready for more Spartan action. Join us for all of it

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  • Health Academy Reverse Job Shadow Day

    What is it like in the back of the ambulance? Or on a rescue helicopter? Or in the Emergency Room? We can't take students to those places but we can bring the professionals to our school. Today our Health Academy juniors are hearing stories of real life adventures and real requirements to get the job and excel. We are grateful for the opportunity to speak to pros in the field, hear their stories and have them answer our questions. Thanks to Junior Achievement and Stacey Martin for bringing this to us. Over the next two days, our other academies are in action as well. Thursday, Engineering goes to Sun Power for a tour and a conversation, then on Friday, a guest from the FBI comes to talk with our Law Academy during the afternoon. With each of these connections, we make connections so that the kids can see themselves in the near future, delivering the same speech to the next crop of Spartans. Academies are just part of what brings us closer to the community, and the community closer to us!

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  • Lions Club Speech Contest welcomes Spartans

    The 2019-2020 Lions Club speech contest has been announced and we are ready to answer the call. This year's topic: Homelessness in California, and we are going to hold a school wide competition to determine who will go to the Club Level competition. Ultimately the top speaker state wide can win a $10,000 scholarship towards college. One of the great things about the service clubs, is that it follows our vision statement to be a vital part of our community. Also we have the opportunity to show off some of our school's talent and skills by applying what we have learned to a competition involving a greater body. The Lions Club wants up to a 10 minute oratory and rewards students who can stay on message and deliver persuasively. We are looking for contests in all sorts of realms to bring in the new year.

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Pinole Valley Hosts Speech and Debate Saturday December 7

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     Inside Pinole Valley-December 7-14, 2019

    Saturday December 7

    • Speech and Debate tournament here at Pinole Valley All day
    • City Tree Lighting ceremony featuring our musicians and more
    • Cheer celebration
    • County Honor Band Tryouts
    • Saturday school
    • Wrap up for Basketball tournaments, wrestling in Vallejo, boys soccer at Arroyo.

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    • Snowball Tickets on Sale all week see the cashier at lunch
    • Special District Financial Aid virtual meeting tonight in our library
    • Shimada Japan trip, sign up with Mr. Pinto today
    • Tutoring in the Library today with more Math Club to assist, tutoring in Spanish with Mr. Botello at lunch
    • Richmond Promise Scholarships available with Ms. Stephanie in C133
    • Two new jobs—check with Ms. Emily in the main office, last week—Cinemark and Subway Sandwich
    • Boys soccer vs. Freedom

    Tuesday, December 10

    • Josten’s Here for seniors to order cap, gown, tassels, jewelry and more
    • Order Senior panoramic pictures today
    • School Site Council today after school in the groovy lounge
    • ASL goes to Cal School of the Deaf
    • Job Corps Study trip to San Francisco Today
    • Second chance breakfast periods 1,2,3
    • Piano room now open at lunch and on Thursdays
    • Softball conditioning today and Thursday see coach Tatro for particulars
    • Girls Soccer vs. St Mary’s, Boys Basketball at Mt. Diablo

    Wednesday December 11

    • Collaboration Day for Teachers
    • Toy Drive continues see Mr. O’Shea for details
    • Voter Registration Drive today at lunch
    • School Board honors Ms. Lamons for Carlston Honor
    • National Honor Society goes to Stewart School today
    • Wrestling here vs. Bethel and Albany.

    Thursday, December 12

    • Study trip to the musical Hamilton!
    • Voter registration drive continues (bring your SS# and or California ID)
    • Ping Pong returns today find Mr. Hein at lunch
    • Sign up due for Police Explorer BBQ on Saturday, RSVP Due
    • Girls basketball vs. Kennedy (league action).   Boys basketball at Novato, Girls Soccer at DeAnza, Boys soccer vs. Kennedy-Fremont

    Friday, December 13

    • Winter Wonderland 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Quad—Arts, Crafts, Music, Food, Fun, Snow!
    • Art Calendar 2020 is here!
    • Theater presents Romeo and Juliet!
    • Boys Basketball vs. Hercules
    • Boys Soccer vs. Salesian
    • Girls Soccer at Encinal

    Saturday December 14

    • Romeo and Juliet tonight at 5:00 pm
    • Police Explorers BBQ
    • Saturday school
    • Girls Basketball at Pinewood
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     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.


    Pinole Valley High School strives to prepare its graduates to succeed in both the academic and professional worlds.  Our high-quality, challenging academic programs enable students to develop the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary to become both lifelong learners and engaged, responsible, respectful participants in our diverse local and global communities.

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