• Holiday Time and Support PTSA

    Has there ever been a holiday not improved with bling? This time of the year is the best. We have a way to make it brighter with ornaments which rock your Spartan spirit. Order by Friday and you can get one of four cool designs to make your tree even brighter. All proceeds go to support our Parent Teacher Student Association, so you might be best off if you order one of each, or more! Look for our annual holiday greeting card and next year calendar. As we start the Season in Spartan style

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  • Artist of the Day: Alexa Marquez

    More from the powerful noir series of images produced by Mr. Pinto's photography students. We are delighted to present this piece done with a flash and featuring Alexa's cousin as the model. We don't think we can get enough noir photography, which will be what you see when we run our next student photo later this week. For now, look to the shadows!

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  • Deadline: California public colleges and universities

    The deadline to apply to the UC schools has been extended to the end of the this week rather than the first day of the week, as we had earlier been told to believe. That means that Friday December 4 is the new deadline for applicants to both of the public four-year universities and gives you a few more days to reach out to Ms. Stephanie if you need help. (Like in time management). We are looking forward to bringing in the community colleges later this week and urge seniors applying to the private colleges to get their applications in there as well. Hoping the extra few days brings an extra sigh of relief.

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  • Spirit This!

    Yamna was just one of our dressy Spartans for Western Day yesterday as we continue to celebrate our pride. Today is Hoodie Day and we want to see you in all your warm fleece or cotton today. We wrap up the week with Fall Colors tomorrow Friday but will hold open our flipgrid page so that you can record your messages of gratitude and thanks to those who make your days a little brighter. We will look (and listen) for your contribution to our Thanksgiving shout outs.

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  • Take Care

    Crazy, busy times. We have the deadline for 4-year colleges coming right up. The UC system wants all applications in by November 30 while the University of California campuses is counting on December 4 for their applicants. Amidst all of this, and the office hours that Ms. Stephanie has put together, we are hoping that you take a moment for a deep breath and you. We have a self care workshop today for those who have just kind of had enough. Take a breath later today and get your own balance and direction back.

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  • Artist of the Day: Ashley Chinwuba

    Ashley gets it. Film Noir is known for its dramatic lighting. Film studios have expensive equipment to make these images. Students learned about key lights, fill lights, and back lighting but the challenge was how to do this at home with the available lights of a typical household. Students used flashlights, directed light through paper towel rolls, and experimented in any way possible to get that dramatic effect. We love the length between the window, her fingers and her face. Haunting and memorable shot. Thanks to Mr. Pinto, our photo teacher who promises an entire Noir spread in the 20-21 yearbook. Looking forward to that and more.

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  • Support the Spartans, eat up!

    If you feel the need to support our school's Parent Teacher Student Association and you're hungry for some good food, today is your best day. We are encouraging you to place your order between 4:00 and 8:00 today and Chipotle Pinole will have your meal hot and ready, and you will be providing help to our school. You can make it a call in order and you can do a swift curbside pick up. However you make your order, it works for us. Make tonight a Spartan night out to eat.

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  • Artist of the Day: Alana Gibson

    Alana's piece was chosen for it's storytelling qualities. Alana's piece leaves you asking questions: Why is the cage open? Why are the birds the only colored element? We spent a lot of time looking this over and it made us think of a poem the Darkling Thursh, which then made us think of this image again. Thanks for the thoughts, Alana. May you see the spot of color in today too

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  • Spirit Day: Celebrate!

    Every day this week bring the spirit. We are dressing to show our Spartan pride. Yesterday, we had many dressed in their flannel best, and if you go to @pinolespartans, you can see the gallery on instagram. Too hard to find a checkered shirt. Not a problem, today is Western Wear and you can pose and send it in to Leadership as well, and you may very well be our featured player tomorrow. Tomorrow is Thankful Thursday also known as Hoodie Day and Friday bust out with the Fall colors.

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  • Club Week starts with Interact

    After school is when we are just getting started: Monday is the first meeting of our premier service club, Interact! Reach out to alan.aguilar@wccschools.org to find out more about what we have planned as Rotary's youth branch for the rest of this year. Tuesday is a big day for the National Honor Society as we bring in our newest cadre of inductees. After that it is Chinese Club with Ms. Li and the Spicy Noodle Challenge. Wednesday is combined AASU and Indo Pak with Ms. Lamons followed by her Speech and Debate team on Thursday. While all of that is going on, we will have multiple days of tutoring support after school--Friday is specifically for American Sign Language support. Also the return of the Well Being Club to get everyone in a good head space for Thanksgiving. And how can we forget Culinary on the cusp of the most important food holiday of the season. Get your zoom ready to work overtime and be a part of something big this week

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  • Artist of the Day: Alina Whitmarsh

    Film Noir is known for its dramatic lighting. Film studios have expensive equipment to make these images. Students learned about key lights, fill lights, and back lighting but the challenge was how to do this at home with the available lights of a typical household. As part of our Noir session, Alina is composing a real neat, classic venetian blind shot. You can almost feel the suspense and you gotta love those shadows across the face. What an amazing use of available light!

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  • Spirit Week!

    Every day this week is a chance to show your spirit (or just rock your western wear!). Monday is the first spirit day for the 20-21 school year and it is Match Up Monday. Meaning you need to find a twin for the day. And once you've done that, you send your picture in to our instagram page and then you will be featured (possibly on the daily announcements or right here on the website). Then comes a week of other fun--it is Flannel wear on Tuesday and Cowboy or Cowgirl day on Wednesday. Thursday is your day to be Thankful, we are going to pose with our best hoodies. Then Friday is Thanksgiving color day, so bring out your Fall best. While all of this is going on, we have our Gratitude Turkey. Go to our flipgrid link https://flipgrid.com/48c03fe0 and tell us what you are grateful for in video form

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  • College Days

    Today Ms. Stephanie hosts her Zoom open lab after school from 11:00-12:00 p.m. Then today she is part of a great workshop that is for any student who wants to be part of a Cal State University program beginning in the Fall. Just one of about a million happenings happening after school today. African American Male Symposium, Culinary Club, National Honor Society Officers Meeting, Freshmen Tutoring, Junior Achievement Entrepreneur workshop, Volleyball conditioning, Well Being Club and then there is everything to get ready for Interact next week, our Gratitude turkey, our Spirit Week (Matching Monday!) our Fund Raiser at Chipotle, our Site Council, our NHS induction, you get the idea...

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  • Survey Week every day in Home room

    Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure that students of color and low-income students have equitable access to America’s most academically intense high school programs and succeed at the highest levels. Our partnership model is consultative, collaborative, and requires a commitment to specific and measurable results. Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) has helped more than 600 schools identify students of color and low-income students who qualify for, but are missing from Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Working together, we successfully enroll them and support their academic success. The survey will be completed over this week, and students will have ample opportunity to provide thoughtful online responses The purpose of the survey is to: Help all students reach their full academic potential Identify students who have the potential to benefit from increased academic challenge Explore awareness about college and career readiness Gather information about resources to support students' academic success

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  • Artist of the Day: Kenneth Angulo

    This is for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Students made masks out of cutting shapes out of cardboard and stacking them. Kenneth 's piece has the elements: Value, form (3D), organic shape, and color. He used color to add value which is an advanced skill. Most of all, his piece has soul. Our celebration will be livestreamed Thursday from 330-430 and will feature Art, Song, Cooking, and more!

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  • Robotics Team takes Award at Cal Competiton

    The Rube Goldberg style task this year was a challenge for high school robotic teams from around the Bay Area, the Spartan team of Brandon, Quoc, Naydelin, Paolo, Edward, Jonathan, and Keyra built a prototype that was not able to capture the top honors but the video the kids produced did net the Spartan squad Most Comical, which is always a nice place to start. The video which can be seen here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a0fNg6pwz-OXOO1UD-GLz9dNapsHAg3c/view will give you some of the spirit of our Robot team which is going for more this Spring. Join us Thursdays after school to be a part of our squad

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  • Artist of the Day:

    Nicole Figueroa asks “What kind of future will we have if nothing is done to stop climate change?” Her beautiful composition is not just an accident but the result of careful planning, revision and choices. She has used all of the space considering balance in composition to create a landscape that is dominated by tree stumps. The beautiful execution of her watercolor trees and blue skies, juxtapose the cold lines of the stumps in the barren brown washed ground. Would you be able to guess what her question is if we didn’t tell you?

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