• Upper Campus getting Going

    We are hoping that November is going to be opening month for our upper campus. The return of that space is going to give our students more opportunities to stretch out and be active at lunch. The basketball courts and the tennis courts and the larger pad will allow us not only more places to play but give our tennis squad a home court for the first time in decades. The ladies sure have earned it with a 4-3 win over DeAnza led by singles stars, Yvette Bennet and Shelby Burrows. Laila Ignacio and doubles team Sienna Sheridan and Emily King helped to clinch it for the Spartans

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  • Book Club celebrates new Title

    A searing look at a true life story, the 57 is a story of an episode that occurred on the Oakland AC Transit bus that rocked the nation. Writer Dashka Slater, who came to Pinole Valley to speak two years back tells the story of identity and misunderstanding. The book is the first selection of our 2021-22 book club and we invite you to take part this Friday at lunch time in the library. Book Club is just one of the features of our library that has a great "book tasting" happening right now with English class and tutoring after school Tuesdays through Thursdays as well. Hoping you stop by and check it (and a book!) out

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  • Great Gig at Lunch

    Gig Anderson, professional pianist was on the ivories yesterday at lunch in the choir space. A really talented musician, he is one of a handful of performers who is coming through for us this Fall. Tomorrow, Friday, a vocalist from San Jose State is coming to perform and we can't wait until Saturday's boot camp. All this happening to connect students and community.

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  • Mastering High School twice today!

    There are two meetings today for our Mastering High School crew. The first is our regularly scheduled meeting at lunch time and our second happens immediately after school. The former is ideal for our underclassmen and the p.m. It’s Mastering High School again! With a special meeting after school at 3:40pm in addition to our lunch meeting. We will be looking at 4 PIQ questions from the California University college applications. We will talk about what and how you should write for each PIQ and help guide students on the topics they should write about. The workshop is targeted towards Seniors and juniors but is VERY urgent for seniors to attend.

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  • College Knowledge

    Tuesday is the day and students of color are the beneficiaries of what promises to be a rewarding series of workshops with UC about....everything. Join Raices and find out pretty much all you need to know about college, options and opportunities. Register now, participate this afternoon. Also this ECMC The College Place is offering FREE Fall Virtual Workshop tomorrow - at 4:00pm Students who complete The College Place short survey, will receive an invitation and Zoom link directly. If you are interested in attending then complete the survey here to receive the invite - https://tinyurl.com/TCP-KDS, check out the awesome schedule

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  • Spartan singer kicks off big music week!

    11th grader, Sofia Nazario, just earned Singer of the Week yesterday. This is her 3rd year in choir, and she's been an outstanding alto section leader this year. More from the world of arts--today, Tuesday at lunch: Guest performance by local keyboardist, Gig Anderson. (For piano classes only). Friday at lunch: Vocal Workshop/Masterclass with top vocalist from SJSU, Jasmine Reyes. (For choir only) And Saturday, all day: Choir Bootcamp! There, students will spend the whole day working on the goals and techniques for the year ahead. There is dancing and lunch. Just like real bootcamp! But with more singing.

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  • Spartan Football Wins it Late

    Big ups for Varsity football, now 2 in a row after a spirited 29-27 win against Vallejo, James Gordon, our athlete of the week with three rushing touchdowns and one big throw and catch for score. Larry McDonald 12 carries for 73 yards, Ellis Shamsid Deen a 92 yard kick off return, 55 yards worth of receptions and touchdown, Raymond Longacre nine tackles with a forced fumble, DeJon Hollman four tackles and another forced fumble and Diego Pineda seven tackles. James pictured here is our athlete of the week. Congrats team! Big Blue goes on a mega road trip this week traveling to McKinleyville to take on the Arcata Tigers in the final non-league game of the season and a chance to head into TCAL on a winning note.

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  • Spartan Students help Keep the City Sparkling

    The Interact Club does a lot of work for the school, this past weekend, they did a lot of work for the community, doing the Coastal Cleanup and making Pinole just a bit tidier. The youth branch of the Rotary Club is the school's premier service club and showed up to the annual civic event to make the city look its best. We look forward to more service and more fun in the months ahead. For now, thanks for the time and service, Interact!

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  • College Knowledge

    The College Place is offering FREE Fall Virtual Workshop Wednesdays - at 4:00pm Students who complete The College Place short survey, will receive an invitation and Zoom link directly. If you are interested in attending then complete the survey here to receive the invite - https://tinyurl.com/TCP-KDS, check out the awesome schedule Virtual Workshop Wednesdays Schedule - 4:00 pm 1.Creating your college list 9/22/2021 2.California College Systems 9/29/2021 3.Private colleges, HBCU’s WUE 10/6/2021 4.UC PIQ’s 10/13/2021 5.College Essays- Common App & Supplemental essays 10/20/2021 6.Paying for College 10/27/2021 7.Winning Scholarships 11/3/2021 8.Career Education 11/10/2021

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  • Work Experience is great Experience

    Pinole Valley is fortunate to have Work Experience on site every day. And every week our Ms. Mamril has tips and opportunities. Here is this week: Learn responsibility and time management. If you show up late for work or don’t show up at all, someone is probably going to get pretty mad at you. You might get yelled at. You might even get fired. Your parents might forgive you, but the company you work for will always remember. Working teaches teens that they are accountable to somebody and that there are consequences to not performing. And during the time they are at work, they will be forced to complete tasks on time. They will more easily learn to multitask and manage their time simply because there is no other option.

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  • Football Friday--Spartans Winning Streak on the Line

    The Blue and Gold travel to Vallejo tonight for a double bill against the Red Hawks. The JV is going for its third win in a row (and shutouts at that!), while varsity has the golden opportunity to even its record to 2-2. The kickoffs are at 4:30 and 7:00 and we want you out there too. Next week wraps up the non-league portion of the season as the Spartans continue to show grit and comeback character

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  • Spartan sports hit the Road

    The Spartan girls basketball team is home! They have started conditioning and may be shooting hoops today in the gym as part of our first Open Gym. Meanwhile the Fall teams are all in traveling mode. Girls tennis is being excused early to go to their meet against Jesse Bethel in Vallejo. We probably could have saved the bus two trips, as volleyballers are also on their way to Bethel for a road match and another tough league opponent. And football is gearing up for tomorrow's chance to go for two straight as they travel to um, Vallejo to take on the Red Hawks. We will bring you all of the results when we know them, or head out to Vallejo and see it all for yourself.

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  • Artist of the Day: Lynzzy Cala

    Lynzzy , working in he photography class goes vertical on us with a photo of her friend's cat's shadow. Love the simplicity of the composition. Students continue with one trend from the 2020-21 school year that we want to keep going, that is capturing domestic scenes with precision and an artist's eye. We hope to continue seeing parents, siblings, pets and neighborhoods. We are pleased to have examples from families like this here with us still. Good (shadow) kitty

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  • College and Career Counseling information

    All types of good information coming from counselor Araceli Orozco who has loads of resources and opportunities like this one above from UC Berkeley. There are a number of workshops happening every Wednesday focused on particular college challenges. Find out what you need to know in the counseling wing today

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  • Engineering Students Model the Way to build

    We went on a gallery walk yesterday and got to experience a number of scale models of modern house styles. Students first did the research and then followed up with the building process. Cardboard is not the most forgiving material, but the seniors made it happen. Here is an example and it is one of many different styles. The next step is that the students who created the houses, then were needed to explain what they had created. The logistics, the challenges and ultimately about the houses themselves. A great start to some potentially great careers.

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  • Artist of the Day: Mirella Vargas

    Mirella, a member of Ms. Tremor's class is working on this fun assignment that has students create images using disproportionately shaped animals and images. She created suspense in her work by the scale of the snake. The innocent looking girl contrasts well with the dangerous and protective snake. The vertical position of the animal also works well with the horizontal lines in the background. Mirella makes expert artistic decisions.

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  • Book Club Begins

    The Pinole Valley book club is back! We love to read and the only thing we like better is to meet with other readers. Starting today at lunch time, join Ms. Carlie and we will determine what title will be our first for the Fall. There are no grades, no pressure, just the delight of discovering and discussing ideas and approaches to literature. The club is open to adults and students and we love the blend and the mix of different readers and differing conclusions. See you there, with an open mind.

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  • Two new Clubs Debut Monday

    The Anime Club is back! Ms. Baggetta in D 303 is hosting all interested in the anime world. She is going to be hosting all veterans and rookies alike in appreciation. Right down the hall is Ms. Brady and the return of the Political Revolution. It's title notwithstanding, the PR's are in fact, a non-partisan entity committed to hearing all sides from all interested in the world of politics. Expect engaged people from all over the political spectrum and imagine finding out that there are folk who have ideas that will challenge and inspire. We are confident that if you are looking for a Monday club, Intertwine and Interact may also be your hang.

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  • Artist of the Day: Daniel Sanchez

    Daniel took this shot before school this morning on Chalk Hill at 6:55 AM according to the time stamp. Although sunset shots can be cliche, this one just stands out. Perfect use of horizontal rule of thirds, the branches in the foreground, contrasted with clouds with so many different shades, just makes you want to keep looking at it. Photography teacher Mr. Pinto notes that "Daniel could sell this as a screensaver, I am sure."

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  • Spartans blast Oakland High twice

    Apparently the 12-0 win over the Oakland High Wildcat JV team was just an appetizer for the main course, a 34-8 rout of the visitor's varsity en route to the first win in the coach McConico era. The Spartans overcame am 8-7 deficit and blitzed Oakland in the second quarter and so distanced themselves that the referees used a running clock to finish up the game. The Spartans hope to even their season record this Friday, when Big Blue travels to Vallejo to take on the Redhawks. We loved seeing the Band back together and our happy families supporting Spartan football on this memorable day

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