• Spartan ballers have another Big Night

    Baseball boys crushed Richmond High 20-1 yesterday to extend their winning streak to three straight. The basketball teams swept a doubleheader. The girls led by Didi Prim's 22 points routed El Cerrito and the boys paced by another super sophomore, Kaleb Allison beat the Gauchos 59-40. The teams are heading into the home stretch of their abbreviated seasons but want to know how much they appreciate the support and how much they know you want to see them. Tennis swept Richmond High 7-0 and the track team takes the field later today. It's a great time to be a Spartan athlete.

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  • Yearbook Time

    The 2021 yearbook will be one to remember, so no matter your year in school, you will want to get one (or two). Tree Ring is our producer this year and it is making yearbooks more affordable than ever. The senior pictures are always a highlight but quarantine school will make up a large part of the memories and remembrances of this years class. We are taking orders through the end of the month and you don't want to wait too long

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  • Artist of the Day: Maria Gonzalez Contreras

    American fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon, was known for breaking the photography boundaries in the fashion and political world. Ranging from work found in Vogue to the New Yorker , Avedon was able to capture the rare emotion and a unique essence of his subjects that many other photographers failed to do. Students were challenged with trying to reproduce two of Avedon's pieces. They needed to study the lighting, simple backgrounds, but more importantly understand how portraiture could capture an essence of where a person is at emotional at a particular space in time. This was supposed to be fun and here are a couple of the results. I've attached the original Avedon's as well. Check out this great image!

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  • Thinking about you, Mom

    Celebrate Mom with a gift she'll love and help your class at the same time. We have a great gift basket but if you don't order today, you will be missing out and then you're going to have to instead make a last minute card or burn breakfast. Wouldn't it be better to leave the stress at the door and come by the school on Friday ready to pick up something sweet for the sweet woman who loves you the most? Make sure that you get your order in by the end of the day on Wednesday so that you know that you'll be the number one child on Sunday morning

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  • Senior Moments

    A little bit of everything for the class of 2021. We have progress reports coming out on Friday, an important milestone for students who are needing credits to graduate. We have multiple great scholarships coming due and some exclusive to Pinole Valley. The Sean Lumachi award is going to be given to a top scholar/citizen and is due on Monday. And today we open with the Jerry Dueker award, five $2,000 grants given out to outstanding Spartan citizens. We have our tutoring daily and we have Micro College, a new option for students needing credit recovery. And then on Friday, drive through our parking lot to get your cap and gown in preparation for the big day, June 4th when you get your diploma. Don't forget to check your email to see if you win a Senior Award, as that online ceremony takes place on May 20 to honor the best of a great class.

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  • Artist of the Day: Samuel Alzate

    It is the season of Art and Awards and we are submitting this amazing work by Samuel Alzate to the Congressional Art Contest being held this month. It's not that we need outside validation to honor our student work, but we are excited to share with the outside world everything we have been doing. This entry from Ms. Shokrai's class speaks volumes and is certain to be seen again, as will its artist who captures something timeless.

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  • Summer Internships Now

    Click above for a slew of great summer opportunities. There is so much going on to be a part of and so many unique jobs that are coming your way. Some offer paid compensation too! We are going to share these daily for students and highlight one a day, like this one: Art Speak is a paid virtual internship program at the Asian Art Museum for public high school students (grades 10-12) that runs from August 2021-May 2022. Interns will meet virtually on Thursdays from 4-6 pm and additional days based on the syllabus schedule. On-site meetings, workshops, and programs are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines set by the museum. PAID

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  • Artist of the Day: Nisamanee Cleberg

    Nisamanee used a palette of cool colors (yellow, green, and blue) to give it a calm feel. I love the pop of turquoise in the headphones! She also did a great job on the contour lines especially in the jacket. If you click the image above you will see it move and see even more of the personality of this talented artist come to animated life.

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  • Softball Girls are 12-0

    It is a truly amazing season for the Blue and Gold, and the girls walloped Hercules 15-0 on the road yesterday to run their record in league to a perfect 12-0. Everybody contributed and pitcher Kailani Tatro dominated on the mound. Multiple hit games from multiple Spartans who have four games left in league, which they long ago clinched. The girls are now playing for history and the chance to go undefeated. It's been a great run and there are more runs sure to follow. Stay posted here for each and every step toward creating a legacy.

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  • Robotics Team takes Silver and Scholarship

    What a great performance by the Pinole Valley robotics team. This year's task was to make their way through a "rainforest" and then do so amidst obstacles in a swift time. The team of Brandon Kai Mendoza, Quoc Dat Trinh, Edward Tran and Paola Angelo led the way and Naydelin Cabrera won top individual honors and a scholarship on the spot (!) for her outstanding effort. The biggest thanks to Ms. Johnson for her tireless work and presence being there with and for our kids every step and every leap of the way, congratulations!

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  • Artist of the Day: Aneesa Brewer

    Artist of the Day; Aneesa Brewer! American fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon, was known for breaking the photography boundaries in the fashion and political world. Ranging from work found in Vogue to the New Yorker , Avedon was able to capture the rare emotion and a unique essence of his subjects that many other photographers failed to do. Students were challenged with trying to reproduce two of Avedon's pieces. They needed to study the lighting, simple backgrounds, but more importantly understand how portraiture could capture an essence of where a person is at emotional at a particular space in time. This was supposed to be fun and here are a couple of the results. I've attached the original Avedon's as well. Aneesa Brewer reproduced the feather image, used a similar simple background, and did the best she could with the lighting and made something awesome.

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  • New Spartan T Shirt to celebrate Spring

    A great new look celebrates everything in Spartan music, this design, created by a Spartan alum, shows off our colors in a bold new way. We are also featuring a design with a Tribal element, and now is the time to make it happen, while we have all sizes in stock. Let the world know that you are a school support--and that you are up to date!

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  • Robotics Team at UC Berkeley (virtually) today

    Many last minute adjustments needed to bring the robot back to life. Our students are in the final rounds today at UC Berkeley after having spent the Spring time getting their creation ready for competition. Our students work to build according to plans like these: As a general rule, design features to be steep. Objects with angles greater than 45° will require support material, though you should not assume you’re safe if everything is exactly 45°. The 45° rule is a rule of thumb, but the actual requirements will depend on what the specific printer is capable of. So do not submit a part with 45° angles everywhere, as there’s a chance it still won’t print successfully. Now no one should complain about building an Ikea table after this. Best of luck, and here's to a great tournament today

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  • Maybe the Best Day Ever for Spartan Sports

    Ready? The softball team celebrated senior night by getting every member from the class of 2021 a starting position which helped the Blue and Gold stomp Kennedy 14-0 yesterday to run the league record to 11-0 and help to clinch what would be league in an ordinary year. Nothing ordinary about basketball which swept a double header on the road against a pair of Albany teams in their home gym. The boys are now 2-0 and have now beat two traditionally ruled league, a 50-42 victory puts the Spartans on the path of a great season. The girls turned their league first contest into a laugher, beating the Cougars as well, 58-23. The Lady Spartans are returning home this week for more action. Meanwhile boys baseball returned to league play with a smashing road win over rival Hercules 11-1. Then the big finish came from volleyball, where coach Mel and the boys beat Albany at home in five tough games, getting the Spartan fellas off to a 1-0 start, then after the girls game came and was even more intense. No game was decided by more than four points and after four games, things were all tied up prompting a tie breaker which also went down to the last minute before the Spartans prevailed.. Altogether a perfect night on the field, on the diamond, on the court and in the air. Way to go, Spartans, super proud of you

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  • Artist of the Day: Kazuma Minton

    From the photo work of Mr. Pinto's class, here is an entry that brings everything from the Sound of Music to the Pinole Hills are alive! Kazuma got this great image of her sister and added some photo filters to create this great shot. The color addition makes this really pop and the setting makes it memorable. Look for more like this in our 2021 yearbook now on sale!

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