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A big year in club fun finishes up today after school with our Pinoy crew highlighting their great year and going out in delicious style. It is Pot Luck with Mr. Manuel today and the team that brought so much joy and a great end of the year showcase is doing its part to say goodbye to community. We are thrilled to have so many active clubs return next year and want you to be a part of it. And if you have a club idea or inspiration let us know, so you can build community of your own!
Open Gym, Summer of Fun
The school may be closed but the fields of play are open! Today after school it is Open Mat Wrestling happening in the little gym. Girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball both have hours where they are going to be open for student and student athlete alike. Also water polo! The pool at Contra Costa is open for any interested in taking part in the most fun sport on the water. We have cross country and tennis also in the Fall, so reach out to us to find out how you can get in your best shape now and for the future. Go Spartans
Artist of the Day: Maria
Maria Fernanda Polanco Orellana is the artist of the day. Maria was inspired by a photograph by the famous photographer, Sally Mann. Maria says that she wanted a challenge, so she created a self-portrait while holding a baby. The image seems peaceful and gives the illusion of stillness although there was likely a lot of movement during the setup of the picture. The image is black and white with a grainy look and there is an asymmetrical balance to the beautiful photograph. An amazing year by first year teacher, Ms. Villars who has demonstrated and brought out some of the finest photo art we have seen in our time at Pinole Valley. Her students are ready for some more high level work this summer to be ready for the Fall.
Spartan students promote commemoration day
The Pinole Valley forensics team takes its talent for oratory and passion for justice to the Pinole City Council on Tuesday night at the council chambers. The resolution to create an Indigenous Peoples Day is one that they have carried to the District and now bring to our home town. The resolution is designed to build the case that it is only just to recognize the primacy and importance of our Native American past--the last paragraph makes clear the goal--NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Pinole hereby and henceforth recognizes the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Student Art on Display (and winning!) at the County Fair
Starting mid-June you can still experience Pinole Valley art. But now you will be able to have your gallery experience while wolfing down a corn dog! Ava Grijalva is one of the artists being featured and we got an early notification that she is one of the prize winners with this beautiful picture of the baseball field in San Francisco, which earned her a ribbon and cash prize! There will be on site and virtual art pieces on display throughout the last few weeks of June, which will make going to the Fair a win-win for everyone
Final Exams kick off last week of School
We are getting ready for our last big academic challenge of the 2023 school year, Final Exams. Monday and Tuesday are in block format to allow students maximum time to prepare for their final big assessment, projects and summaries. We will be testing in A periods both days, and in the odd numbered classes on Monday, then the even numbered periods on Tuesday. After that, we have our collaboration Wednesday and the last full day of the school year on Thursday. Friday is a noon dismissal and after that, it is summer and a time to reflect on a year with so much to think back on.
The leadoff to the West Contra Costa Unified School District season of graduations started on Friday night with the best--Pinole Valley! We heard speeches from Julian Jenkins, Nadine Tendean, and Imani Johnson, performances by the band, singer Elana Ignacio finishing up "Rise Up" even after her microphone stopped working. We heard from our school board representative and enjoyed a beautiful night and ceremony, our first on our home field in years. Congratulations go out to 2023, a class of so many firsts, now the latest to leave us for greater things.
Today isthe day and Pinole Valley is the place for the first graduation in the 2023 season. The Spartans return to our home field for the first time in decades to honor the very first class to enter the new Pinole Valley High School as members of the class of 2023. The ceremony begins after a big day of graduation practice, walk out rally and then the opening of our field to the communty, here to celebrate one of the most accomplished classes in school history. We are thrilled to be able to say congratulations and watch out world, to the newly minted diploma bearing young men and women who made up a class none of us will soon forget
Music makes everything better
It's a little bit of everything to wrap up the season for big music shows for Pinole Valley 2023. We are honored to welcome to the Dave Clark Theater space a slew of tuneful celebrations. We start the show with the Piano players, followed by some solo numbers followed by the whole choir in song. After that, we will welcome the dance troupes to the stage. Expect to see the amazing work put in put forth for your enjoyment. Congrats to Mr. Lim and Ms. Libby and all the adults who helped to put this together.
Final Exams for Final Week of School
It is the big finish for the classes of '24, '25, '26. We take final exams on block schedule starting Monday and contuining through Tuesday before wrapping up the school year. Students will have 100 minute periods both days to do final exams, assessments, projects or a culminating activity. We are excited to have you see yourself, how much you have learned, and then how you can apply that knowledge. Hoping that you study and stay confident as you take on the last big academic endeavor of the year.
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International Baccalaureate Information
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WCCUSD Job Fair this Saturday
The upcoming summer job fair is scheduled for this Saturday, July 16 at DeJean Middle from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Vandalism at Our Schools 7/11/2022
Over the past two weeks, Nystrom Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Greenwood Academy and Bayview Elementary have been vandalized. Richmond Police informed us charter schools in the area have also been vandalized during this time.
WCCUSD Virtual Job Fair Thursday July 7, 2022
WCCUSD is hiring! Now is your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our amazing students. We are looking for teachers, special education paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, food service workers, substitutes and more!
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