• Deadline Days for Senior Scholars

    Last day for a couple of big money scholarships: The Doreen Covell award specific to Pinole Valley students: ESSAY TOPIC: How Altering One’s Behavior Changes One’s Expectations Send here right now: pinole.rotary@gmail.com The Kappa League deadline today! Ten $1,000 scholarships still remain, but you must reach out, here’s their contact information. For Black grads to be. Don’t leave this money on the table Pinole Historical Society wraps up today too write a solid 250 word essay on the topic “What is the Most Important Message you have learned during the Covid 19 pandemic and Why?” send your work to your homeroom teacher and we will send it onward. Max 250 and if you can answer in fewer words, you do you.

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  • Artist of the Day: Joshua Van Hook

    Here is a great action shot from photo class and Joshua Van Hook with this dynamic image. Teacher Mr. Pinto and the students have been playing with some photo apps while framing their photos just so - love the way the figure fills the frame and arm extends towards the foreground out of the picture plane. This is Joshua's first appearance as Artist of the Day but hardly likely to be the last. Ride on! We have entered fifty pieces of photo art to the District's Art show and the Alameda County Fair. The number of images and styles is a tribute to the number of approaches and styles that they have been exposed to. We will have a gallery walk of our own to wrap up the season too. Just in time for summer shots!

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  • Senior Signs Now!

    What is better than telling the world that you are a Pinole Valley High School graduate? Maybe something that makes you stand out! Not only can you get a lawn sign from our PTSA in the next two days, you can customize it! Choose the size and style you like best (as long as the colors are Blue and Gold) and then add a personal message that tells the community that you are right where you belong. Don't sleep on this and be the one lawn that is missing Spartan spirit. We put the link for ordering in the title words above. Signs are $10 for standard and $15 for custom. Profits will go to the PTSA and put right back to student support. We might just get two, so that you can see it coming and going! Sign us up!

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  • Spring Sports Takes the Field (court, track, etc)

    Girls Soccer kicked off their season yesterday with a 4-0 shutout win over rival DeAnza and head into Thursday at El Cerrito with momentum and a winning debut. Baseball takes the field today at St. Mary's and hopes to defend their first place North Coast Division III ranking. Meanwhile girls basketball is hosting tryouts in the big gym from 4:00-6:00 today, Boys basketball moves in from 6:00-8:00 right after. Wrestling is in the little gym at 4:00, then Badminton at 6:00 Boys tennis daily at 3:30 across the street at the courts and Volleyball starts the day at 7:00 a.m in the gym. Something for everyone!

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  • Artist of the Day: Keyonn Martin

    Ms Tremor says it best--”We discovered a new technique that allows you to "trace" on Brush Ninja. Brush Ninja is a really cool web based program that allows you to make gifs. It is very limited in drawing tools and can be tricky to get small details. Keyonn Martin did a great job capturing detail. Most of all, this is the result of a back and forth conversation with Keyonn. I would suggest a change and he would revise it. This is the result of 3 revisions. Keyonn maintained a great attitude and an open mind. He didn't get defensive. Well done, Keyonn!” Click onto the link, which is actually the title of this piece to see it animate!

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  • Artist of the Day: Yvette Bennett

    In this drawing Yvette demonstrates a keen understanding of the principle of design: Emphasis. By coloring only the rose and stem in brilliant ink this part of the image has most dominance. The rose is the main star of this presentation. However, the other side of Emphasis is subordination and we can see the carefully blended hands supporting the stage for the flower. Other subordinate elements emerge as you look at the work, see for yourself what you might discover. Materials: graphite, colored pencils, sharpie, q-tips.

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  • Asian American Pacific Islander Celebration

    Next month, we have one last big show and we figured we'd end on a high note. The Asian American Pacific Islanders are doing a heritage day show and want to hear your voice. Do you have a story to tell? Do you have a hidden or not so hidden talent? We want to see it all. Indo-Pak club, Chinese Club, Spartan Take-over, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band and Visual Arts along with story telling and personal stories will be part of our online performance. You have two more weeks to let us know what you want to do and get it in place so you can share the stage on this first ever extravaganza

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  • Princess Project Comes to Pinole Valley

    We spoke with the folk at the Macy's store to confirm that the flyer above is telling truth. Any Spartan student who identifies as female qualifies to be a model for a personal session and makeover at the store later this month. There will be hair, makeup, nails and clothes to transform your look for free! If you are interested reach out via the contact information provided and then see if you get selected. That sounds like a fairy tale of some kind too.

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  • Artist of the Day: Jordan Mendoza Gomez

    Jordan Mendoza Gomez '24 makes her first appearance here on the day's best artist. Here is a photo of the family pet looking cute as can be--but we leave it to photography teacher, Mr. Pinto to describe the art behind the art: Jordan took this straight forward shot of her dog, used a painting app to subtly filter it. It reminds me a bit of the photo realism or hyper realism work of the late 60s and early 70s like Louis Maisel . Is it a painting that looks like a photo or a photo that looks like a painting?

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  • Art Time

    Xitlaly Ortiz is just one of the armada of amazing artists at work this Spring at Pinole Valley, This is not the first time she has been featured in our virtual gallery. We are going to enter a number of contests in the weeks ahead, ranging from the County Fair to the nation's Congressional Art contest. We are going to have the student's top photo works displayed in our front office and intend to expand our reach beyond the classroom by having the students works displayed in the community at large. We have our International Baccalaureate program showing off its work later in the Spring and want to honor our teachers, Ms. Tremor, Ms. Shokrai and Mr. Pinto.

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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.