The first robotics competition of the school year is happening Saturday at UC Berkeley. We have many returning students and a handful of new ones, who are going to build the robot to perform the tasks required by the judges this season. We are thrilled to be back at Cal, where engineering students from the university are assigned to work with high school teams to give students a true learning experience. We are also traveling with our Debate team to a tournament this Saturday. James Logan High school hosts our debaters and we are ready! In December, Pinole Valley will host the first tournament it has held in six years. Wonder why that might be? We look forward to having all of you here to join us either as a participant, a judge or as a watcher. We are always looking for new team members of all the squads. So listen to our daily announcements to find out more, or go to your counselor and say, I want to build a better robot! Or debate the ethics of building one.
At the Concord Hilton on Thursday afternoon, students Lilieana Rojas, Yesenia Alfaro and Jonathan Castaneda won honors for their work in STAND! an anti-domestic violence group that meets on campus and in the Health Center. Our three focused primarily on how domestic violence impacts young people, like themselves. The message that they were delivering is that it can happen to anyone, and what to do and how to report abuse. The STAND! program exists for all students and is one of the many groups that use the health center as their central space for meetings and outreach. We are proud of the work done and the commitment of the students to address the problems starting in our own community.
Be heard! We have a beautiful new gym and the teams worthy of your cheer. Now all we need is someone to be our golden voice. If you think that you have the chops, the diligence to make it to both boys and girls games, the knowledge of the game and the quick thinking to be able to find the right thing to say at the right time, then you might just be looking at the opportunity of a lifetime. If you think that you could be this, come to the front office after school on Thursday after school and apply. From here, who knows? We need occasional announcers for our other Winter and Spring sports and would love to have a great student to make it happen. Chris Singleton PVHS '90 parlayed his skills into being a professional broadcaster for ESPN baseball. it all starts somewhere. Why not start here?
The National Honor Society is one of the more exclusive student success organizations around. Pinole Valley is proud to host a chapter that more than lives up to its charter. There are four elements to being an NHS member. Students must excel in scholarship, in service, in leadership and in character. Those admitted need to maintain and produce good works on all those elements to keep their status. At Pinole Valley, Ms. Elliot is the club sponsor. We are having our ceremony to induct new members Friday during 5th period, where newbies will be sworn in and receive their pins and certificates. What lies ahead? An opportunity to serve! Students will be going up to Stewart School starting in November, doing monthly reading and work interventions. We are going to ask a lot of this crew who have accomplished so much. We salute the National Honor Society of 2020 and beyond
Luke Shalz '21 served in a role that we have been missing for the past few years. Above you can see Luke being greeted by West Contra Costa Unified Superintendent Matthew Duffy. Student representative on the Board of Education at DeJean Middle School on Wednesday night. In this setting, Luke first went over a variety of accomplishments for the year including accomplishments athletically and scholastically. Then, even though the position is a non-voting one, there are no restrictions on student questions or voice. We are proud that Luke will serve in this position for the remainder of the Fall Semester and hope that the Youth Commission of which he is a member will continue to send our students to represent WCCUSD for years. Students getting this kind of experience is invaluable. If you want to serve on a youth advisory board, please see Ms. Marroquin for details.
WE Science club meets every Friday with Ms. Johnson (our teacher of the month) to prepare our Elementary schools with a Science Night. These aren't just any evenings. Instead of the younger set watching and wondering, WE Science has set up booths and zones where the little guys and gals get to do the experiments themselves. We are going to go to all of our feeder schools this year and look forward to seeing the excitement that science can bring. If you want to be part of the WE Science team, make sure you come by Room D303 on Fridays. Another thing that WE does is teach students what it means to be a teacher. We are happy to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation.
A full week of lessons and reflections for the annual Digital Citizenship Week. We are very conscious of the fact that this is a moving target as technology continues to evolve and change along with our students. We have students enrolled in computer science courses, but the etiquette and expectations of what is expected and accepted is always in motion. We are creating a video piece on what it means to be a good digital citizen. We know that the students of today are going to be the ones to craft our policies in the future, and that there are philosophical as well as logistic issues about how to provide access and freedom without violating community norms and crossing over into other's space. With more and more work being done on tablet and via the internet, we will need these lessons and agreements more than ever before
It comes down to today's match hosting Jesse Bethel for the Lady Spartans. The tennis team is having their best season in years, and today we are hosting the Jaguars at the Pinole Tennis Center with the opportunity to clinch the flag for the Blue and Gold. It has been a great run regardless, but how cool would it be to finish the year with the flag? Boys interested in taking part in the best sport at the net, should be getting ready now for the Spring season. We are starting our Winter Sport tryouts on November 4, and hope that everyone wanting to play Soccer or Basketball or Wrestle keeps their grades up so that they can suit up. We are convinced that a strong body along with a strong mind is great preparation for the challenges after high school too. Also today, it is Open Mat time in the gymBoys w for Wrestling conditioning, then tomorrow, it is Cross country in action and Water Polo hoping to sweep and get a post season berth as well. Come on out and cheer us on!
We are getting ready for a great end of October. We have our Day of the Dead ceremonies that will be on the day before Halloween where we will have food, drink, music and the winners of our contests Art, Poetry and Essays (due October 22). We are going to honor our predecessors and those who have passed, with some of the elements that they enjoyed on earth. While this is happening we will honor another tradition, that of a student built, student run and student staffed Haunted House. This will be our fifth year running but the first time that our Spartan House of Horrors (also known as the Dance Room) will be constructed on the new campus.. The Band will be parading in their best costumes, the Choir will be singing and performing at the Dia de los Muertos, and we will be happy haunting until the last pumpkin is carved.
Mr. Robert's class of sophomores, taking Principles of Engineering are building some not-so-simple machines. Pictured here is a machine that does three things. The students make the machine while doing the calculations. It is done with a group, so many hands are engaged in making the pulleys, levers and lifts do their thing. As students advance, their machines and the demands will grow more elaborate. But it is a distinct pleasure to see them at work, and hear them articulate what their creations are all about. We start Engineering in Grade 9 with an Introduction course, and continue through with Civil Engineering and Computer Integrated Management. It is from these builders that the structures of the future will be born.
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Speech Team at James Logan High School
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Robotics at UC Berkeley
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Homecoming Week Begins
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Majorette Tryouts
12:25 PM - 1:00 PM University of the Pacific Visit
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Volleyball Girls Home for TCAL Semifinals
8:00 AM - 1:40 PM Quarter Two Begins and Minimum Day Schedule
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Open Mat Conditioning for Wrestling
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Monologue Festival
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Homecoming Float build
Welcome to PVHS--HOME OF THE SPARTANS!Inside Pinole Valley-October 21-25, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
- Homecoming WEEK—It’s Mathletes vs. Athletes
- Meeting today after school for the Majorettes! Dance room after school
- New jobs listed today by Ms. Saechao in work experience office. Pet Food Express and Walgreens
- Homecoming Tickets on Sale through Wednesday for guests, Thursday for Pinole Valley
- Tutoring returns to the library
- Get your poetry and art ready for Day of the Dead celebration, see Ms. Alma due tomorrow
Tuesday, October 22
- Homecoming WEEK—It’s Tropical Tuesday
- Last Day of Quarter 1
- Volleyball semifinals game for TCAL, be here for the last home game in the gym!
- Water polo girls play for league lead today. Boys too.
- Due date for Dia de los Muertos
- University of the Pacific school visit at lunch today
- Second chance breakfast periods 1,2,3
- Track conditioning after school
- Basketball conditioning every Tuesday and Thursday
Wednesday October 23
- Homecoming WEEK—it’s Twins Day
- Collaboration Day for Teachers
- Minimum Day Schedule—teachers mark grades, start of Q2
- Last Day for Guest passes for Homecoming Dance
- Majorettes meeting in the Dance room today after school
Thursday, October 24
- Homecoming WEEK—it’s Throwback Thursday
- Theater Grand Opening today—it’s the 3rd annual Monologue Festival
- Volleyball TCAL Championship tonight
- Girls tennis vs. Richmond
- Water polo vs. Hercules
- Homecoming Float building tonight
Friday, October 25
- Homecoming WEEK—it is Class Day. Frosh in Blue, Sophs in Gold, Juniors in White, Seniors in Black—this is the Day to show your Spartan pride. Enjoy it all!
- Rally Schedule—after period 4 Find out the Homecoming Court
- Homecoming Parade—after period 6
- Homecoming Game tonight at 6:00 p.m vs. Richmond Varsity only
- Homecoming Dance tomorrow, Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
- YWCA Women in Finance Conference
- Top 10% meeting senior class today at second period
- Mozella ASL Study Trip Saturday
- Kumon diagnostic happening tomorrow at the center
- Spanish tutoring begins Monday with Mr. Botello at lunch
- Nacho Monday for Dia de los Muertos
- Non Discrimination Policies
- 504 Coordinator, Mr. Amar Nalic 510 231-1442 ext 11578 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.