In the Interim--So what's happening the week of October 15-19 that required a special schedule? We are glad you asked! The district schools are taking the Interim Assessment Band exams for quarter one in English and Math. We are wanting to see how well our students are doing to be ready for the Smarter Balance later in the year. We will be able to get important and swift feedback from the test, and we envision using it to inform our subsequent instruction. Where we are showing weak results, we can re-teach or approach anew, and where our students excel, we can recall for future use. We are using a special schedule to make this happen. Call it a "Block" where students will attend half their classes but for nearly twice the time. It is designed to allow students to really focus, and not have to spend time in transition or struggling with technology. Did we mention that the totality of the test is online? We are expecting all of our students to bring their electronic tablets to school all next week, especially. We anticipate that some of the logistic issues will sort themselves out allowing students ample time to work on the test. Since students will be testing with their actual Math and English teachers, we believe the feedback loop will work better, and student anxiety will be lowered. For all other classes, not English or Math, we hope the unique schedule allows for some innovative lessons. A science teacher with a double period may be able to run a fuller lab. Maybe our art teacher can have the students dig deep, or a World Language teacher can run a fun seminar or do multiple stations. We know that any strange schedule creates its own stress, but we believe after our first day, we will grown accustomed to it--and who knows, maybe fond of it, too?
Families in WCCUSD are invited to attend the Community Chess Festival Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:30 am to 5 pm at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. Click the headline to learn more and register.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District and The Young Scholars Program presents Help a Brother Go to College Day Sunday, October 14 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at El Cerrito High School for young men of color and their parents. Learn More and Register.
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.
Law Academy is celebrating a student of the month for each class, they win recognition and a gift certificate in town so Congrats to Prajwala Maharjan highest grades as a freshman law student. Way to go to sophomore Fortune Nwadike, most improved in terms of assignment and group organization. Junior honors to Joshua Augilar, for a positive attitude and support of other students, and lastly senior Fernando Navarette, most improved, and an inspiration to all law students to see it’s not where you start, it’s how you finish!
What you see is the best band for the fourth year in a row from the El Sobrante Stroll. 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 will provide for every student an academic challenge to prepare them for college and career and to develop, for students, the confidence to become lifelong learners