Cruising--Pinole Valley goes on its annual Senior Boat cruise this Wednesday. The lavish event may not seem to vital to school life, but it is part of what makes high school so important and is one of the events that we treasure. To see the students adapt to unfamilliar circumstances and adapt to a different venue is one of the ways we see them mature. The comfort zone that is school is a big adjustment at first, until it becomes familiar and routine. The Boat cruise is the first formal event for many of the students. The fact that students may be seeing each other for the first time in their finery is both thrilling and anxiety producing. Students need not worry, we know that when they dress up they look great. There are issues of layers and high hells (and a moving boat!) but by the time the music begins, most of the inhibitions have been shed (and a few layers as well). We bring almost twenty adult chaperones, and find that they too really enjoy seeing the students in their formal attire and surprising setting. Of course, the Boat Cruise is one of many opportunities to see the students outside of school. We do study trips, performances, athletic events, parades (El Sobrante Stroll this Sunday) and in each of those, we ask students to be on their best behavior. We know that the unexpected is often disorienting. It is also a time for growth. So scrub up nicely, Spartans. Your ride awaits!
The Ed Fund and West County College Access Network will host its Annual Getting Ready for College Conference Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m at Contra Costa College for high school students and parents in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Chevron Richmond is recruiting up to 10 WCCUSD high school students for their annual Project Seed internship program. Students must apply by April 15. Click the headline for more information.
The Ed Fund will award eight $1,500 scholarships to deserving African American male high school seniors in WCCUSD. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Click the link to learn more and apply by March 3.
12 Spartan speakers brought home hardware from the first tournament this past week--kudos to undefeated Spartans Tristan Kelly, Tjewinder Uppal, An Le and Anita Chinwuba. Winning records and trophies went to Shuxin Zhou, Freya Bedwell, Anna Chang and Joi Gonzalez, Ashley Byrne and Jaylin Kent and Kimberly Moran and Rose Figueroa. Way to go, big team and coach Lamons
The Material Science and Engineering department is having a one-day workshop at Berkeley preparing introductions for study in ceramics, metals, polymers and more. Space limited. Sign up now.
Blue and Gold Friday--dress for Victory!
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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 will provide for every student an academic challenge to prepare them for college and career and to develop, for students, the confidence to become lifelong learners