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  • Survey says....

    People want to know what our students know and what they think. Friday, we have a special schedule to accomodate that desire. First all students will take a basic science assessment to produce data to confirm how much knowledge has been retained or offered. Then it is everyone to take the California Healthy Kids Survey which was interrupted by the pandemic, but back again to provide useful insight about students attitudes about the school and their role in it. And if that is not enough, we have a short three questionaire about attitudes about technoology. We look forward to hearing what our kids have to say!

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  • Artist of the Day: Adam Ngo

    The prompt of the day was shattered and Adam Ngo figured he could slice in a layer of broken glass and create a mind-blowing self-portrait. The great thing about working with broken glass in photoshop (Besides not getting cut) is that you can adapt it any way you like by cutting out slices in the right places often resulting in a truly dramatic portrait like this one. This is Adam's return trip as Artist of the Day and we ought to have a special wing for multi-time awardees. We are in fact, hosting our Senior Awards Night on Thursday June 2 and we may see some of these names again.

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  • Football families and a Feast

    Get a good start on a three day weekend with a taste of the best. Our football families are going to have the grill going right after school and will be selling food for anyone who wants to have a real meal before heading off for the holiday. Also for sale is Heaven in a Cup, a frozen dessert which will round out the afternoon. All proceeds benefit Spartan football. See you by the gym and remember no one will be sad if you order seconds!

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  • Friday is not a Drag

    Finishing our Week of Pride in style, it is the first Pinole Valley Drag race happening at lunch in the quad. We invite any and everyone feeling fabulous to take part. The students have done some terrific art and the campus is resplendent with rainbow icons and flags and postiivity, and we welcome anyone Friday to the "red carpet" to display your best catwalk and celebrate inclusion, solidarity and love.

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  • Choir Owns the Stage

    It was a night of musical magic Wednesday on the Pinole Valley High School stage. We had the choir, the piano classes and the Encore Dance company put on a rousing last performance of the year. We saw a culmination of a year's worth of hard work and then for the cherry on top; a number of solo and duos had their debuts last night including Joe Verzoza and Emily King last night with their lovely harmonies. We then saw Encore Dance take center stage and send the crowd home in style. Thanks to everyone for making this show sing.

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  • Artist of the Day: Quin Savage

    Quin sees what you are doing there--Students are working on the Principle of art : Rhythm. One way to achieve Rhythm is by grouping similar yet slightly different elements in a work of art. The repetition of similar elements also causes your eye to move, achieving the principle: movement. Quin uses collaged eyes photographed at different angles and cut from magazines and then added to the “beat” by adding the circular googly eyes. The wavy way she cut the sections creates a “fun house” effect.

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  • Rubik's Cube Spins it at Lunch

    The Rubik's Cube Club will be holding an exhibition tournament during Lunch at the quad in celebration of AAPI month. If you wish to compete, please come to our table no later than 10 minutes after Lunch starts to receive information about regulations; all are welcome to compete against the school's best! There will be prizes for Top 3! The Cube club is just one of a handful of clubs with special meetings this Tuesday, you can also visit our African American Student Union to be with community during this moment of shock and fear. We welcome all to be in a safe space where you can be heard or you can speak out. We need each other now more than ever. After school, there is the return of Dungeon's and Dragons and also the Color Guard for tryouts. And probably more.

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  • Show Time for AAPI

    A rich display of talent and hard work goes on stage this Wednesday May 18 as Pinole Valley celebrates Asian Pacific Island month with a show featuring a whole lot of Pinole Valley High School. We will be showing video, displaying some of our art work, and having live music to honor and celebrate one of our many vibrant cultures. If you like dance, song and joy, Pinole Valley will be the place to be this week. Coming too will be our Day on the Green celebration at Fernandez Park Saturday May 21 where we will have more of our showmanship on display. All this and a rock performance at school, means that there is always something to see (and hear) at school and in the community this week

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  • Cornell Davis--Athlete of the Week

    Cornell led the way on another amazing weekend for Spartan athletics,. The Spartan speedster blasted all runners on Saturday at CSU East Bay and earned his place at the Meet of Champions this Friday and Saturday and if he places well this weekend, he is able to go to State in Fresno for the ultimate challenge. And while all of that is happening, we had our softball team finish its magical season with a tough 4-3 win over Albany High and clinch a top seed at the North Coast Section, this is just one of our NCS qualifiers as baseball travels to Campolindo tomorrow, Tuesday for a contest against the 4-seed Cougars and an opportunity to advance to the quartfinals on Friday

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  • Still staying diligent to fight COVID

    There are so many things going on in the next few weeks that we don't want to be the one who msses out, or causes somebody at school to miss out, or gets someone at home sick and unable to particpate in any event. And some of these events have the capacity to not be great in terms of social distancing--singing yearbooks, seeing performces and prom, graduation practices and others may inadvertantly be super spreader potentialities. We are saying continue to use caution, to be as protected as you can be, and do your part to wash hands, get tested and build good habits, so that you can be part of all the events and activities we have to offer (and of course, being able to fully attend school)

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Special bell schedule starting Friday for surveys of student body and Finals next weekr

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

District Highlights

  • 5/26/22 Safety Message from Dr. Hurst

    This morning, students and staff at one of our schools, Grant Elementary in Richmond, had to briefly shelter-in-place because gunshots were fired in the area. Everyone is safe: no students, staff or families were harmed and the school was not targeted. We have been in contact with the Richmond Police Department about the incident. 

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  • Let’s finish the year strong

    We know it has been a long year as we have transitioned to in-person instruction after two years of distance learning, and our students and staff are eager for the summer break. I’d like to encourage everyone in our school communities to finish the year strong and on a high note.

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  • Superintendent's Message: School Shooting Resources

    Many of us are feeling a lot of pain today as we attempt to process the horrific school shooting yesterday in Texas. We know this news has a big impact on our students, families and staff, and we want you to know that we are here to support you. 

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  • Statement from Dr. Hurst on Elementary School Shooting in Texas

    We are devastated by the news about the elementary school shooting in Texas and the senseless loss of life. As educators, staff and families who make up our learning community, it is difficult to comprehend how something like this can happen. 

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  • Message from the Superintendent: Mask Update 05/24/22

    As we reach the last few weeks of the school year, I’d like to share an update with you about our mask policy. We will continue to follow the guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and strongly recommend all students and staff wear a mask while at school or work. Wearing a mask is part of the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy, and masks should be made available in every WCCUSD classroom. 

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  • Superintendent's Community Message: The Dual Language Immersion Program

    DLI at Washington Elementary and Korematsu Middle School is not going away. As students progress from grade to grade, families who wish to enroll their children in the DLI program at Washington Elementary, followed by DLI at Korematsu Middle School, followed by El Cerrito High School, will be prioritized in the enrollment process.

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  • 22nd Annual Reclassification Ceremony, June 1st and June 6th

    The 22nd Annual Reclassification Ceremony will celebrate students who reclassified in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Please not, one will be for K-6 and K-8 schools on June 1st and the second will be for middle and high schools on June 6th.

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  • Final round of strategic plan engagements next week

    Please join us next week for the final round of strategic plan engagements. The following engagements will take place on May 23 at Greenwood Academy, May 24 at Hercules Middle, and May 25 at Helms Middle. Please note that all meetings are from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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