• The Sporting Life

    Boys soccer Senior Night tonight vs. Richmond then on the road Thursday vs. Salesian Girls soccer at Richmond tonight and at Kennedy tomorrow Girls Volleyball home tonight vs. Salesian. Boys Volleyball home for Senior night Wednesday vs. DeAnza. Girls Volleyball home for their Senior night Thursday vs. Salesian. Basketball girls home tonight vs. Oakland Tech, at Salesian Wednesday and senior night on Friday vs. Vallejo. Baseball on the road tomorrow and Thursday at Richmond and at Albany. Basketball boys at Salesian tomorrow and home Friday vs. Vallejo. Golf plays for the league’s best this week. Wrestling goes for the league this Saturday,

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  • Artist of the Day: Isabella Koshinski

    One of our Fair Favorites. This is not the first time that our Spartan star has won top honors at the County exhibition. Here is her art teacher, Ms. Shokrai talking about her artist: This is one slide of Isabella’s personal self reflection on her process and final outcome of the piece which went on to be awarded at the WCCUSD Annual art show at the Richmond Art Center. We are so proud of Isabella and her determination during a difficult year. In this frame, she explores inspiration and preliminary drawings and animations for the piece. You cannot tell but the eye on the top left is an animation.

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  • June Spirit Week finishes up Strong

    It is always a challenge and a delight to have school spirit weeks. This year, when we were not face to face, we had challenges above challenges. Of course, we also had some great experiences getting to see our students and staff at home, cooking, playing with pets and in the comfort of their regular lives. We have one more tour of spirit and want to thank everyone who took part this year. Starting Tuesday, we will have our last padlet of the year open for student and staff alike. We want to know what your summer plans are (with pictures!). Then it is movie night(s). We are going to have a virtual viewing where we are all going to watch the same film together and then we are going to the drive-in movie theater in Concord as a group. Then after graduation we are having a raffle to give away prizes and gift basket. Thanks for making it a spirited and special 2021 school year. Thanks for all the dress up, the great photos and the fun of sharing your house and your families, your dinners and your pets. Next year even more spirit

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  • Spartans turn Senior Day into Victory Lap

    The Pinole Valley baseball team finished up its home season and senior celebration with a 20-2 win over Hercules Friday afternoon at Pinole Valley Park. The Blue and Gold had a great day all the way around befitting a four year run for a number of players who have won titles and glory as part of our hard hitting squad. Yesterday, Benny Nazario went three for three at the plate, threw a shutdown inning on the mound and was just one a number of members of the class of '21 to come up big. Kenyon Martin had 4 RBI, Ryan Kopp pitched and batted .500 for the game, Mateo Tahsini contributed at the bat and behind the plate and a 12-run third inning wrapped up a busy day for the boys who wrap up their season this week on the road with a chance to capture the best record as well.

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  • Senior Show brings the Music

    Our band is back in action. It's been a challenge finding the ability to be on zoom and be in tune at the same time, but credit to Ms. Aguirre and the Band for finding a way. Tuesday, tomorrow is the date and we would love to have you be part of the show. Select seniors will be leading the band as conductors and will be leading their classmates in a variety of musical directions. We will see the band again at Graduation, but getting two shows in one week sounds like sweet music to us. Band will be back this upcoming year in all of its incarnations--Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and Concert Band so we want you practicing and reaching out to get in tune for what promises to be a memorable and musical return to school

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  • The Spirit of Spartan Summer

    Leadership is going out with the class of 21 in style. Join us starting next week for a celebration of all things Spartan as we get closer to the days when we can all be together again. There are movies to watch, dreams to dream and celebrations ahead. We are going to make the end of this challenging year the best that it can be by asking you to look back and at the same time, look ahead. The class of '21 is hoping the the classes of '22, '23 and '24 are getting ready to take up the mantle of spirit and joy for the years ahead.

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  • Artist of the Day: Susana Dwy

    Susana Dwy took inspiration from a Cindy Sherman photo. Sherman's work calls attention to the stereotypical depiction of women in media. Susana does a great homage to her and her own photos utilize the same dramatic lighting. Susana does a great job on both sides of the lens. Look to today's written announcements to see Susana's other accomplishments in terms of winning honors at the annual Alameda County Fair with more strong photographic work

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  • Make History with Us

    A great opportunity for a student of history and for any student who wants to know more about where they come from. This summer an opportunity to do a deep dive into local history with former Pinole Valley graduate Dyana Wing, The Pinole Historical Society wants to partner with 6-8 creative, curious, and motivated high school students (9th-12th grades) to interview minority business owners in Pinole to diversify the city's local history. Diversifying Pinole History is a project designed by Ms. Dyana Wing So (PVHS '12, UPenn '16, Erasmus University of Rotterdam '20) and Ms. Mitzi Pérez-Caro (WCC '12, Cal '16), two WCCUSD alumna and creative professionals. Through their support and mentorship, each student will lead the planning and production of 1-2 stories. The project is expected to take place from June 14 - July 25th

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  • Artist of the Day: Xitlaly Ortiz

    One of our award winning artists, Xitlaly Ortiz takes center stage again today with an unusual look at the process of being a top creator, her teacher, Ms. Tremor describes what it is we are seeing Sometimes the hardest part of starting an artwork is knowing what you are going to paint. How are you going to both paint something that you are passionate about and simultaneously meet the requirements of the client. On the left is Xitlaly's Inspiration slide that includes all of her reference pictures and notes. The right is her sketch. This looks like it is going to be a successful painting. It has asymmetrical balance and the geometric shape of the window contrasts with the organic shapes of the cat and leaves. As you examine this, you can see the inspirations for the image that this will become, though that too is in process. Something to be said for watching the artist at work. Xitlaly won both first prize and best in show for her fine art work this school year. We are Spartan proud and can't wait to see that cat..

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  • Richmond Promise, Spartans Deliver

    The promise is being delivered this evening. We have Spartan students who hail from Richmond being celebrated for the culmination of their journey through the years. Students who graduate are rewarded with a small stipend that helps them on their next step toward college and career. We are so excited to be there with this year's crew of top scholars--Marcen Andrea Garcia, Adriana Espinosa, Keyra Sturghall, Anthony Aguilar, Thomas Nguyen, Rafael Fernandez, Joi Gonzales,Lalainena Parker, Karina Orellana Rubio, Esmeralda Vasquez, Ashley Lising and Devin Dinh. Represent Pinole Valley and Richmond well in your travels ahead.

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  • Class of '22 time to get Started!

    Ms. Stephanie is ready to graduate herself! Our college advisor who has worked so hard and so excellently with our senior class is turning her attention and energy to our juniors. She has a 4:00 meeting today, Tuesday to check in and get the class of 22 ready to take on the challenges of the future. Don't miss out on what promises to be a great start of summer and a better strategy to plan next year. Everything from college applications to picking the right school, to dynamic personal statements and financing the college experience, is best when started early. We know how much our seniors benefited, now get an early start yourself and make the end of your junior year a ramp for the start of your senior year.

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  • African American Students of Honor tonight

    Every year we celebrate accomplishments around this time in the calendar, the pandemic isn't going to slow us down. Tonight starting at 6:00 p.m., we have a virtual ceremony to celebrate all of the District's high achievers in scholarship and academic performance. Students will be recognized from K-12 and we know there are a handful of legacy students who have been named every year, along with some making their first appearances. We are very proud and honored that they are being recognized. Go to Facebook Live tonight for all the festivities.

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  • Artist of the Day: The Ceramics Crew

    In a year with endless challenges, our ceramics team created timeless art. Thanks to the hard work on teacher, Ms. Shokrai and the dedication of the students, we managed to create some memorable works. The need to find a way to create art is kind of a sub theme running through this school year. We needed students to get clay, the students then needed to get their pieces fired, then they needed to paint or glaze, then and then and then. (You get the idea) but even with the logistic challenges, our 3-dimensional art projects and artists would not be denied. Here according to Ms. Shokrai is just a small sample of what is a much larger and colorful group of talents. We can't wait until we see these pieces back on campus in all their corporeal glory, but it is enough to know if these artists could work with delayed gratification and visibility, we viewers can wait and be rewarded as well.

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  • Last Selection for '20-'21 Book Club is here

    Credit to Ms. Carlile who has kept and grown the Pinole Valley book club in the midst of a global pandemic that knocked so many thing out. The Monday meetings are fun places to compare thoughts and ideas as well as appreciation of the written word. This month wraps thing up with Homegoing described as " the hypnotic debut novel by Yaa Gyasi, a stirringly gifted young writer, that contemplates the consequences of human trafficking on both sides of the Atlantic. The book tells the story of two half sisters unknown to each other and of the six generations that follow," We will be meeting at lunch time Monday, click above our virtual link to our google classroom book club link

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  • Artist of the Day: Elijah Clement

    Elijah Clement took inspiration from Roy DeCarava, an early African American photographer who took an approach to the medium based on the intrinsic value of the individual. Elijah's photo of his dad captures a rare moment of silent communication. As photo teacher, Mr. Pinto notes there are often too many great images to include for the week. This particular exercise is made more impressive when you see that you are trying to match shots with a master. If you search for the artist who inspired Elijah's photo, you will see the picture that inspired this one and more to inspire you, the viewer. In terms of the original artist, DeCarava began his career as a painter, using a camera only to record images to paint later. Becoming aware of the limitations faced by Black painters, he was eventually drawn to the immediacy of photography and shifted gears. DeCarava’s shift to photography was also a response to the Civil Rights Movement, and came from a desire to represent the Black community in an artistic light.

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  • Spartan Reclassification Ceremony May 24

    What a journey for English Leaners. Starting off in a program to help them master the language skills and content to Monday, where a number of students will be honored virutally at the District's annual Reclassification ceremony to be held to celebrate those who are now Redesignated Fully English Proficient! To achieve this, students must demonstrate mastery of core English concepts while maintaining a strong GPA in their classes. The best news? Students who become "RFEP'd" are amongst the highest achieving in school, even getting more success than the mainstream students who they are now a part of. Join us online for the festivities and congratulations in every language!

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  • Spartan Sports Win and Win (and Win)

    The boys basketball team hosted the Jesse Bethel Jaguars Friday night and weren't very kind to our visitors handing them a 63-55 defeat. The boys are having their best season in years and they have a game again today, Saturday as we host Mt. Diablo JV at 2:00 and Varsity at 4:00 p.m. The girls went to Hercules and held off the Titans and get ready for a big showdown day against Salesian later this week. The boys tennis team finished their season in third place and the water polo team had a one game season, beating Concord 12-8, the volleyballers had a double win, beating the Bethel boys in four sets and the Bethel girls in five. Softball girls wrapped their season in high style, crushing Hercules 20-0 making it a spring to remember

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  • Artist of the Day: Samuel Alzate

    Sam has blown our minds again with this beautiful portrait of what at first looks like a cherub but upon closer inspection we realize it is the hip bones showing a birth. All the wonder of nature in the most bright colors and celebration of New Beginnings. Sam keeps on making the morning announcements. We look forward to the art that he will create next year in Year 2 of his IB Visual Arts study.

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  • Show Time for AAPI

    It is showtime. Click the title hotlinked above to see a great show. The Asian American Pacific Islander community of teachers, students, family and friends has put together a great hour for you! Enjoy the Culinary arts, animation and culture. Also music, dance, fine arts and poetry. And singing and speaking and guests. Language and history mix in and you will see a great look at Pinole Valley at its best. Did we mention the food? It was all a culmination of the hard work put in by Choral teacher, Mr. Lim who gathered faculty and friends to make this a peak moment for our school and our community. We are proud of the work that went into making this show special and the community that came together including alums to make us wish that AAPI came more than once a year!

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  • Congratulations Ms. Lamons, a Harry Edwards winner!

    Our own Ms. Lamons wins big! Just announced as a winner of the prestigious Harry Edwards award, she is one of only three teachers region wide to be selected. The Dr. Harry Edwards "Follow Your Bliss" grant was created in 2017 by the 49ers Foundation for full-time educators across the Bay Area who exemplify a commitment to their students, families and communities to lead the future generation with purpose, passion, dedication and love. The award's namesake stems from the first step in Dr. Edwards' Blueprint for Academic Achievement and Success: "Follow Your Bliss - Explore and consider paths that might lead not just to achieving a career interest but to realizing your calling – the educational option and emphasis that for you lies at the confluence of talent, passion, productive potential, and opportunity." The award honors educators across the San Francisco Bay Area who lead the future generation with purpose, passion, dedication and love. The recipients of this award receive a $5,000 stipend for in-classroom materials and resources for the next academic year, mentorship of the recipients and his or her fellow teachers led by Dr. Edwards, and formal recognition at a Levi's® Stadium event with family and colleagues.

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