• Lesson of the Day: Scientific Method

    Chemistry teacher Mr. Allen is starting the week by diving into the very important concept of the Scientific Method. Check out this cool scenario How can we use problem solving in our everyday routines? One day you wake up and realize your clock radio did not turn on to get you out of bed. You are puzzled, so you decide to find out what happened. You list three possible explanations: There was a power failure and your radio cannot turn on.. Your little sister turned it off as a joke. You did not set the alarm last night. Upon investigation you find that the clock is on, so there is no power failure. Your little sister was spending the night with a friend and could not have turned the alarm off. You notice that the alarm is not set – your forgetfulness made you late. You have used the scientific method to find an answer to a question.

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  • Pinole Valley reaches Out

    The IB diploma team is getting started on their Community Activity Service projects--one of them is posted above and will have donations for victims of the fires that raked the Bay. Also we have a cadre working on support for, I will have them tell it--Our group has decided to help out our California farm worker by providing their children with school supplies for their new school year. They have it hard right now but all the farmers want is more success for their children’s education. Our group is working on having people donate money and donate school supplies personally and we need some drop off locations for these bins

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  • Art of the Day--Walking in LA

    Carmella, your photo of a street scene in Los Angeles is stunning. As her photo teacher, Mr.Pinto says it almost looks choreographed. But it is a spontaneous image and it is lovely. We are proud of the Art works and will feature a new one every day from our gallery. Reminder, if you are in Ms.Shokrai's ceramics class, today is the first day you can pick up clay for the class.

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  • Club Week Gets Started

    We are going to be bringing student life and fun back with clubs all this week. The Debate team has already gotten started, Students for Higher Education is already active, and the book club (see right) is going to launch on Monday, but September will bring a variety of our favorite groups back to life, and if you are new to the school, or looking for some new connections, you've come to the right website. We will post the zoom links--and by clicking the title of this entry above you will have the invitation you need to take yourself to a a new place or maybe one that will be a new favorite. Latin Club celebrates the language and culture of the ancients and shows how very up to date it is to learn. The African American Student union launches Tuesday as well--a popular place to honor and create community. Wednesday is time for Indo-Pak, a club that brings together South Asian students and those who want to learn more about this dynamic community. Check this space for more--this week!

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  • Book Smart!

    Book Club is resuming!!! We will have our first meeting upcoming this Monday, 8/31 during lunch. Please email Ms. Carlile at ccarlile@wccusd.net for the zoom link. Book Club is a place for self-described book nerds, enthusiasts and misfits! Or not. Maybe you are a classic Book Worm. In any case, join us to read books and have fantastic, weird, and soothing conversations about alternate realities and magic. Or love. Or simply why did that protagonist just kill their best friend? Also this--#Shelterinreading Students and staff: Please send Ms. Carlile a selfie with whatever book you are currently reading and she will feature it on the library website. Props to Ms. Tremor, Ms. Lee, and Ms. Williamson for being the first to send me pics! Most schools are participating, let's show some PVHS reading pride!! We love our library, look soon for a link about how to access our books and materials through our outdoor book cart too

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  • Poly Club Back in full Effect

    All things Polynesian make up the Spartan Poly Club,. This crew has been a lively and vibrant part of our community from when we were in the portables. We have seen them on club days, Days on the Green, rally days and more. We are looking for new team members to take part in a culture that just keeps giving. We know that being remote poses some challenges, but the spirit of Poly does not retreat. We have a crew of returning club members ready to embrace the new. So join in and welcome back for another year of culture, dance and celebration. We have a link right here The remind code is text @polyy2020 to 81010. and we will let you know when the first meeting of the year is going to be, and how we will bring the spirit of the distant islands to distant learning this Fall. Way to go, Poly's, great to have you back!

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  • Art of 10

    Elle Bahena is an artist to know. Here is her opening pencil sketch of 10 Things that creates in a single image a double digit representation of what matters to her. Ms. Tremor's students are already creating and submitting works that will part of their portfolio. Pinole Valley has sent four artists on full ride scholarships to the Academy of Art in San Francisco and knows that an artist lurks in the heart of all Spartans. Look for photos and ceramics and multimedia pieces over the next few weeks and months. Maybe you'll be featured next!

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  • Announcements Daily

    How do you prefer your daily news? In Written form? Click above for our daily dose of Spartan ephemera, and we also now have Video announcements sent home daily. They are pretty much the same, only you have to look at the principal while he reads them https://prezi.com/v/jtxpjzp5aghu/morning-announcements-tuesday-august-25/?preview=1. Either way, you can participate too, by submitting news and school events and opportunities with us. That's how we roll in Pinole!

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  • Latin is very much alive at Pinole Valley

    Beginning Tuesdays starting next week, the language of antiquity, Latin returns to Pinole Valley. Teacher Michael Canavan brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to one of the world's most influential languages. Zoom meetings for the Latin Club. It will meet every Tuesday at 3:00 P.M.The first meeting is on 9/1/2020. The meeting ID is 860 9554 6148. The pass code is 921383 and https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095546148?pwd=MEV6Z0FPZWRmSG1NcVFMK1pnSDkrZz09 is the link. Whether you have mastered the critical tongue or just looking to start, you are in good virtual hands. And our other clubs are also on their way. The amazing Ms. Lamons is getting ready to start up the IndoPak club starting September 2nd, the African American Student union on September 9. But starting up first; Speech and Debate on Friday August 28. We are looking forward to rich collection of student life experiences whether near or far this Fall

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  • Can't Spell Spartan Without Art

    An image from distance learning leads off the week of Art, by Mohammed Shabbir who captured this otherworldly image and sent it to photo teacher, Mr. Pinto to show a very 2020 look. We are posting images from our art classes which have further expanded this year. We have plans to post our performing arts as well--the Band and Choir are going to post some of their works here as well. Art sometimes emerges when we run out of words to speak, perhaps these are those times.

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  • Office Hours Start Monday August 24

    Monday-Thursday beginning August 24, your teachers will be there for you! 9:00 a.m. to 10 :00 a.m. without exception. Need help figuring out what exactly you are suppose to do for your assignment? Maybe you jut need to catch up to some missing work? Or looking for some enrichment activities or some thoughtful advice? We are here for you. The teachers will be available online for that hour daily, so have your student reach out by google classroom or canvas, or email works as well. We know that some teachers put in additional hours, but we have contractually ensured that all will be there for you for that first hour during days their classes meet. We anticipate that we will be needing tutoring systems in place very soon, and will announce how we can make this instruction available too. For now, know that you can reach your teachers in the same virtual place at the same real time. If you want to ensure a specific meeting, try sending the teacher an email this weekend, and set something up in advance. Need help? We are here

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  • Bell Schedule for 2020-2021 (the distance learning edition)

    It all begins on Monday August 17, school is in session for all students. Click above for the chart. But stay here for the wordier explanation. Every day, Monday through Friday starts with Homeroom/Advisory. It is 25 minutes long, and it is where we will do our morning announcements, handle all of the communications, do some team building, promote social emotional learning and host everything from class meetings to school bureaucracy work. And our daily announcements about scholarships, spirit days and more. After homeroom, on Monday and Wednesday students attend their Period 1,2,3 classes (and if enrolled, their A period as well). Each class is 55 minutes long. Tuesday and Thursday students attend Homeroom, be there by 10:00 a..m daily, attendance will be taken there, and then Periods 4,5,6 same times as the previous day. So that means Period 1 (MW) and Period 4 (TuTH) will be from 10:35-11:30. After a ten minute break it is time for Period 2 (MW) or Period 5 (TuTh) from 11:40--12:35, then lunch for 40 minutes and back to class for Period 3 (MW) or Period 6 (TuTh) from 1:25-2:20. That's the school day, there are office hours and club time too, but you now know, where you are supposed to be and when!

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