• What's New at Pinole Valley for '21-22?

    Just about everything that makes Pinole Valley special will be here waiting for students upon their return. We are going to have over two dozen clubs and extra curriculars to go along with our many sports and activities that make school life special. But check out what we will have new for the upcoming year--look for Video Production, an after school club and a Theater class as well run by a new teacher. There is Dance which will be an after school course open to all twice a week. There is going to be two fun academic challenges, both after school enrichment, with Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial. We are offering a gardening class and yoga to an already healthy mix of activities happening after hours. There is a new Habitat for Humanity club and an Anti-Racism crew each of which will meet and inspire some great works on and off campus. We are open to new clubs and activities as well so that the only time you are not taking part is when you are working in the library after school with our tutoring team. We want you to find something that appeals to you so that the start of school gets you ready for a year of engagment, excitement, learning and community

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  • Pinole Valley excels in first round of IB Exams

    The culmination of a long, challenging school year was the final assessment for our International Baccalaureate students who took their big end of course exams this Spring. The results came in and they were outstanding. 33 of our 38 students got passing grades on the test and here is the break down by subject and marks: We tested five kids in Spanish. They earned two perfect scores of 7 and three 5s. We tested three kids in math. Two scored a 4; one scored a 5. We tested 30 kids in Psych. They scored five 6s, eight 5s, ten 4s, four 3s, and 3 2s. Generally, a score of 4 or better is considered passing. All of our Diploma Candidates, students who intend to get the whole IB honors scored 4s or better. Heading into the '21-'22 school year, Pinole Valley offers IB courses in History, English Language Arts, Biology, Earth Science, Spanish, and the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Community Actions Services. We are Spartan proud

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  • Spartan Sports runs, swims, tackles the summer

    If you are interested in playing football for the Spartans this Fall, new head coach Troy McConico is hosting conditioning every day this week after school starting at 4:30 p.m. on the field, Reach out to him at troy.mcconico@wccusd.net for details. Would love to have you there. Cross Country is conditioning and will take ALL interested, coach Tiffiny Valdehueza is taking any age or gender as long as you are willing to put in the work. Reach her at tvaldehueza@wccusd.net Boys hoops has Open Gym, this Wednesday night 5:00-7:00 p.m. in our big gym. Coach Danny says you have to be enrolled at PVHS to take part you can find him at pinolevalleybasketball@gmail.com Water Polo is happening too! if you haven't played, you are missing out. Coach Jim Ulversoy will get you the details at julversoy@contracosta.edu Girls tennis and vollyeball wrap up our Fall Sports and both come off winning seasons, ready to reload. Tennis coach Kurt is getting conditioning started kurtakles@comcast.net And volleyball, defending league champs want you to help raise the flag again, that's with coach Melanie at melaniesheeley77@outlook.com

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  • Summer School and You

    The summer session for students begins on Monday June 14. Check your powerschool quick lookup and you will see a designation that says, PVHSS. In that space you will see one of three designations. if it says (M) that means you have a morning class with live instruction at the Pinole Valley campus, We offer two morning classes and then come back at 12:25 p.m. with our remote instruction and a pair of class times to work with your real, virtual teacher until 3:20 daily. There is a third option, students enrolled in Edgenuity are going to be doing an independent study session. Those students can complete up to 5 units in multiple subjects. Our hope is that there will be lots of credit recovery for students who will also be getting valuable skills and content knowledge getting them ready for a great Fall. Beyond that, we hope that students who are enrolled get connected and inspired to do enrichment work as well. Read, write and reflect. Can't wait to see everyone together live when we return to school on Monday August 16

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  • Artist of the Day: Sierra Jones

    Check out Sierra's homage to Ralph Gibson. Gibson built narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition in his photos. Sierra used her dad to create this stunning photo. We will take the space here to celebrate the accomplishments of our photography work by teacher, Steve Pinto and his crew. With nearly 16 months of restrictions you might think that the subject and shutterbug's would be limited, but the only limits we have seen are to how many we can publish. Starting with an assignment asking students to get shots from above proving that, that could be done from a kitchen or a bedroom, we saw imagination and talent rule the roost. We are going to miss the many dynamic domestic scenes that made 2020-21 so memorable, but are confident that the world and its people will provide a wider canvas for our crew of award winning camera crew. Sierra kind of finishes up perfectly with a home scene done beautifully

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  • Summer Opportunity Knocks

    Available to residents of Pinole and surrounding areas who are either graduating from high school in 2021 or are already attending college and studying vocational skills. Pinole Youth Foundation provides scholarship support for students who are interested in skilled, trade-oriented fields as a career. The list below is not intended to be exhaustive; if you have another area, please call to consult with PYF before applying. Examples of include vocational skill fields include (but are not limited to): Plumbers Electricians Pipefitters/Boilermaker Sheetmetal Welding/Machinist H.V.A.C Drafting/CAD Solar Installation Auto services Coding Medical Assistant/LVN Culinary Arts E.M.T Aircraft Mechanic Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be available while attending an accredited technical school or community college for a vocational certificate. Funds can be used for tuition, books, and supplies pertinent to the course. Multiple year funding is possible. For more information, contact Dr. Maureen Powers: mopowers@yahoo.com 510 772-4911 Laurelle Martin: kiwilaurelle@yahoo.com 510 333-9461

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  • Artist of the Day: Isabella Koshinski

    We are celebrating for the last time in the '20-'21 school year the sensational work of Isabella Koshinski, who describes her work as follows--This character is named London and he isn't any specific species, just a monster/alien type character. He was made after i wanted to give a full design to a color scheme that used black, yellow, red and blue. and with it the works produced and procured by her teacher, Ms. Shokrai who has been one of the art teachers who has added so much to our student life and our announcements. Isabella has won top honors two years in a row at the Alameda County Fair. We are going to see more great works from both in the year ahead, but want to take this moment to say, thanks for a great year

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  • Spartan Poet wows em at Black Graduation Ceremony

    Pictured here is our sensational Spartan sophomore and Youth Poet Laureate, Sheila McKinney delivering her knock out poem on Monday at the Black Graduation ceremony held at Hercules High School. A big event which featured school board members, the Superintendent of Schools and students from all the high schools in West Contra Costa, Sheila's original poem wow'ed em and has social media abuzz too. We are so proud of our Spartan wordsmith stepping up to the moment

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  • Girls Basketball Finishes Strong, ready to Get Stronger

    Great season for girls basketball. The Spartans finished up at 6-5. The significance of htat is that the Lady Spartans played four teams ranked in the preseason top 20 and found their way to the winning side of a 53-50 win over back to back state champs, Oakland Tech. The Spartans showed flashes of greatness this short season and will have 11 players returning next season making them a serious contender to compete with top teams next year The trio of Toshia Reynolds, Imani Johnson and Dede Prim have proven to be a force on the court, that other teams do not want to face. The three are special in their own right and while not talked about much for now, are going to see that change, add the shooting touch of Faith Dumlao the inside presence of Stephania Salazar, the hustle and heart of Michele Gomerz and a new flock of scrappy young players that the Spartsnd have on the bench you better believe that these girls are for real and here to say, we can’t wait to witness the takeover next season

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  • Artist of the Day: Naomi Clemente Barrera

    Naomi's piece tells a story. Where is this magical ranch, with the wild colorful parrots and the rainbow mushrooms? It looks like a place that is in between the artist's life experiences and her imagination. She creates space by placing the parrots low on the picture plan, thus making them the foreground. The blending, details and texture she added to the background, mountains, peacocks, and mushrooms were done thoughtfully and masterfully. We want to take this moment to thank Ms. Tremor for what has been a tremendous year in fine arts work. Her students have won numerous honors and awards and brought so much vision and delight, that we know this summer will provide her kids the skills to produce their own art and to share what their world looks like as we head back to the public sphere. For some of the artists you have seen featured throughout the year, some are graduating and moving on to new challenges, for others who return, they will pursue a different art--maybe ceramics or photography. Others are going to take our District's most advanced art course--IB for a two year course of study. Overall a great time to be a SpARTist

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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.

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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, and respectful participants in our diverse local and global communities.

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