Thursday night is our holiday gathering for the English Learner's Advisory Council (ELAC). We discuss issues that involve our English Learners and the students who are enolled in our Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) courses. The students who are not English first speakers are enrolled in a College Prep curriculum that includes all of the graduation requirements but in some cases with language support that will sustain their effort. The ELAC meets today hosting a pot luck and asking any and all community members to step forward and discuss and promote ways to help our most needy students. Tonight will also feature a campus tour so that parents and community members can see what the students' day is like and what the logistics are of our new school. So choose your adventure if you are on campus today--maybe some Soccer on the field, perhaps some music in the gym, or join a healthy conversation about our EL students. Something for everyone (oh and a Financial Aid workshop at Richmond High School from 6:00-8:00 tonight as well). More than enough for everyone!
The Pinole Valley gym will become a place of Music starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The bands are coming from elementary, middle and of course, our school for the Holiday Area Festival. The students will be playing on the gym floor, and we hope to pack the stands with audience members from each school and from the community. The best part? Three different Pinole Valley bands in one setting. The Concert Band, the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band will all do a turn, and will finish things off with a flurry. The Concert Band will provide a unique addition to the festivities as they will be performing too. We look forward to seeing all of our Spartan To Be's on the gym floor and our whole Pinole Community as well. One of the things we love about the Area Festival is that it allows the younger musicians to see and hear what they might sound and look like as the years roll on. For the older students, it is a way to measure how far they have come. All in all, we are super excited to be hosting this event, after so many years "on the road" And if that isn't enough music and show for you, come back on Saturday and you'll get the Tree Lighting Ceremony which will feature us in song again!
The Spartans came hard yesterday and won the first two meets of the year, defeating St. Patrick's of Vallejo 36-24 and then beating Stuart Hall of San Francisco 24-18 in the nightcap. The double victory represents the first two wins for the Spartan squad since the sport was reinstated two years ago. Coach Carrera is super proud and we honor our victors: Haley Cook, Diego Angulo, Sam Bessie and Arturo Pizano win pin wins. Jet Ong or Jorge Orozco with default victories. Then it was Diego again, and Jorge with pin wins the Spartans run their record to 2-0. Also today, it's a mega sports Thursday, boys soccer is home vs. San Rafael, girls soccer travels to Vallejo, girls basketball goes to Mt. Diablo for a tournament game against top seeded Cardinal Newman. The boys are also tourney bound, today we are playing Tennyson High School. We are fired up for ready for more Spartan action. Join us for all of it
What is it like in the back of the ambulance? Or on a rescue helicopter? Or in the Emergency Room? We can't take students to those places but we can bring the professionals to our school. Today our Health Academy juniors are hearing stories of real life adventures and real requirements to get the job and excel. We are grateful for the opportunity to speak to pros in the field, hear their stories and have them answer our questions. Thanks to Junior Achievement and Stacey Martin for bringing this to us. Over the next two days, our other academies are in action as well. Thursday, Engineering goes to Sun Power for a tour and a conversation, then on Friday, a guest from the FBI comes to talk with our Law Academy during the afternoon. With each of these connections, we make connections so that the kids can see themselves in the near future, delivering the same speech to the next crop of Spartans. Academies are just part of what brings us closer to the community, and the community closer to us!
The 2019-2020 Lions Club speech contest has been announced and we are ready to answer the call. This year's topic: Homelessness in California, and we are going to hold a school wide competition to determine who will go to the Club Level competition. Ultimately the top speaker state wide can win a $10,000 scholarship towards college. One of the great things about the service clubs, is that it follows our vision statement to be a vital part of our community. Also we have the opportunity to show off some of our school's talent and skills by applying what we have learned to a competition involving a greater body. The Lions Club wants up to a 10 minute oratory and rewards students who can stay on message and deliver persuasively. We are looking for contests in all sorts of realms to bring in the new year.
For the first time in years, Pinole Valley will be the home of the District's Area Festival. This Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m. we will have music from our feeder elementary schools, our middle schools and then the whole Spartan crew--that is Concert Band, Symphonic Band the Jazz Band. All will be playing, which means we are very excited about seeing the evolution of the young musicians. We are also eager to show off our beautiful new gym space and its acoustics. Get here early to see the whole show. Our concert choir will be here singing a few numbers as well. All this a big build up to the City's Tree Lighting ceremony that happens on Saturday December 7. But why limit yourself to one performance when you can see both in a single week? The Pinole Valley band is delighted to be hosting this annual event. Also on Saturday, five members of the Band are going to be trying out for the prestigious County Honor Band. We are rooting for our performers in all they do for our school and community. We are even happier when you are here to hear it.
The Lady Spartans had no break and provided no break to three straight opponents sweeping their games and turning the new gym into a place with true home court advantage. The Spartans beat Encinal, Eureka and San Marin and head into this week's action with a 4-0 record. Athlete of the Week, Didi Prim led the way in the last win, and the girls gear up for a road game at Campolindo Tuesday night. Coach BJ Gaither has taken the girls to the North Coast Section playoffs in four of the past five years and we begin Tri County Athletic League play next week with a home opener against the Kennedy Eagles on December 12. This is the best time to get to a game, before word gets out and everyone wants to see the Spartans.
The annual Holiday card is getting selected, our yearly calendar is being produced and the Band, Choir and Theater are putting on shows in the month of December. All this is part of the art of Pinole Valley. The display cases on site are getting filled with work from our artists of the month as well as the ceramics and pencil work being produced campus wide. We will be putting on more displays and we anticipate that some of your students will be bringing home decorative arts this holiday season to brighten your own home. Whether it is a performing art or a visual one, we know that this is a realm that allows students to express themselves while mastering new skills (some of which involve working together as a group) that we love to see. There is something empowering about telling your story with words or with images. We will continue to spread our message. You can't spell Spartans without Art.
What a start for girls hoops who rolled Concord 74-23 (this is an opponent who beat us at home by nine points last year!) Freshman Faith Dumlao scored 18, five straight three's in the second quarter, Corrine Foster with 12 off the bench, Deadrina Prim and Stephanie Salazar ten points each and nine rebounds, Michelle Gomez had nine points, four assists, and freshman To'Shia Reynolds led the team in rebounds. Come see the girls Saturday vs. Eureka for their HOME OPENER, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a DJ, food, and some good home cooked basketball. There is a boys game tonight at 7:00 p.m. which will give you a chance to see the Cheer Squad, the new gym and an opportunity for the boys to get off to a perfect 1-0 start. We are going to have sports throughout the break and will keep you posted here on our web site throughout so that you don't miss a Spartan highlight.
The Health Academy is getting real life lessons and this Friday is our first Blood Drive of the year. We are excited to have all the students and adults who qualify to come to D303 and take part in the program. There is a large role for our Health students, starting with creating a roster and then vetting all the candidates to setting up the waiting space and then checking in on donors after they give. The Health teachers spend a lot of time getting their students ready, and this is a data driven exercise too, where we are interested in collecting the numbers and the success of the Drive. We will be especially careful for our students, and make sure that only those capable of giving on Friday do so, and we encourage all of our school to take part in some aspect of this community event.
Welcome to PVHS--HOME OF THE SPARTANS!Inside Pinole Valley-December 2-6, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
- Welcome back
- Faculty meeting in the Library
- Tutoring in the Cafeteria today with more Math Club to assist, tutoring in Spanish with Mr. Botello at lunch
- New lunch tables await your meal
- Winter Sports Week begins
- Snowball Court nominations conclude
Tuesday, December 3
- Tutoring returns to the Library for all
- Senior Panoramic Pictures end of period 4
- Second chance breakfast periods 1,2,3
- Work Experience two new jobs—just in time for the holidays-- See Ms. Emily
- Piano room now open at lunch and on Thursdays
- Girls soccer home today vs. El Cerrito JV and Varsity
- Girls Basketball at Campolindo. Boys basketball at Contra Costa Christian
- Softball conditioning today and Thursday see coach Tatro for particulars
Wednesday December 4
- Collaboration Day for Teachers
- Toy Drive begins today see Mr. O’Shea for details
- Wrestling on the road today
- Go to the Library and see what Book Club is reading
Thursday, December 5
- Boys soccer home today for opener vs. Santa Rosa here.
- Area Festival Today, come to our gym for the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Band, our choir and our Pinole Feeder schools. First. Time. Ever.
- Ping Pong returns today find Mr. Hein at lunch
- Girls basketball goes to the Cardinal Newman Tournament, our Boys go to a tournament at Mt. Diablo
- Seniors without a package buy your Senior Sweatshirt and your Panoramic picture in the cashier’s office.
Friday, December 6
- Holiday Card Winner announced
- Next up is the Art Calendar for 2020
- Basketball teams continue their tournament play. Winter sports commence league play next week
- Asian Pacific Island scholarships available now.
- ILT and SSC ready for next week
Saturday December 7
- Speech and Debate tournament here at Pinole Valley All day
- City Tree Lighting ceremony featuring our musicians and more
- Cheer celebration
- County Honor Band Tryouts
- Saturday school
- Wrap up for Basketball tournaments, wrestling in Vallejo, boys soccer at Arroyo.
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