Smarter-So what is this test turning our schedule and week upside down? The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is the one exam that is given to all statewide. It is a four day exam testing juniors (and grades 3-8) on the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Both exams include objective, multiple-choice questions and then what is called "performance" band questions too. Students complete their work on computers and will have the time they need to complete the work. Obviously one test size cannot fit all. Just consider Math, where a junior can be enrolled in anything from Algebra I to Calculus. So the test "moves" with the student. A kid showing mastery will get thrown some more advanced questions and those struggling may receive more appropriate queries after. On the performance exam, students are tasked to go deep. To explore a topic with multiple inputs, many passages or lots of data. From there they craft responses or defend a point of view, getting credit for partial or incomplete work as long as it demonstrates some progress. The school must test 95% of all students in order to get a qualifying score to be published on our Data Dashboard. Pinole Valley is being honored for progress in Math by the school board next week, so we are eager to keep a good thing going. The benefits to students doing well are significant--earning a Golden State Seal of Excellence, getting a Seal of Biliteracy, getting to skip out of remedial English or Math at the college level, etc, and the benefits for successful schools and communities is large as well. We are excited about SBAC and hope our stakeholders are too. Ready or not? (We're ready), Here we go!
Teachers from Helms Middle School, Nystrom Elementary and Pinole Valley and Richmond high schools recognized for their work in the classroom.
Yassna Ahmadi was recognized for her activism and focus on social justice efforts that have improved the lives and safety of her fellow Spartans.
For the third consecutive year, four District high schools qualified for the NCS's postseason tournament with De Anza, El Cerrito, Kennedy, and Pinole Valley high schools all earning a berth.
Pinole Valley High School quarterback Demari Davis was named the Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Offensive Player of the Week.
Pinole Valley High School football is on a roll as the Spartans improved to 7-0 in TCAL play and had coach Luke Bodwin named the Oakland Raiders' Tom Flores Coach of the Week after beating Vallejo 52-20 on Sept. 14.
Michele Lamons-Raiford, who teaches sign language at Pinole Valley, recognized as a Top Ten 2018 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
The start of the 2018-19 school year is less than three weeks away. Here are some important dates to remember.
Two of our Health Academy and one from Law are the best and are being honored by the Regional Occupancy Program for outstanding work. Emma Lubinger and Cecila Chak will be recognized by the County next month for their work in Health and Daniela Diaz for her work in Law. We are Spartan proud
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Pinole Valley High School’s vision is to become recognized as a California distinguished school. We will become a vital part of our community—a school that serves our city by sharing our work and talents while utilizing the city and its resources to best serve our students.
Pinole Valley High School strives to prepare its graduates to succeed in both the academic and professional worlds. Our high-quality, challenging academic programs enable students to develop the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary to become both lifelong learners and engaged, responsible, respectful participants in our diverse local and global communities.