• Cruising--Pinole Valley goes on its annual Senior Boat cruise this Wednesday.  The lavish event may not seem to vital to school life, but it is part of what makes high school so important and is one of the events that we treasure.  To see the students adapt to unfamilliar circumstances and adapt to a different venue is one of the ways we see them mature.  The comfort zone that is school is a big adjustment at first, until it becomes familiar and routine.  The Boat cruise is the first formal event for many of the students.  The fact that students may be seeing each other for the first time in their finery is both thrilling and anxiety producing.  Students need not worry, we know that when they dress up they look great.  There are issues of layers and high hells (and a moving boat!) but by the time the music begins, most of the inhibitions have been shed (and a few layers as well).  We bring almost twenty adult chaperones, and find that they too really enjoy seeing the students in their formal attire and surprising setting.  Of course, the Boat Cruise is one of many opportunities to see the students outside of school.  We do study trips, performances, athletic events, parades (El Sobrante Stroll this Sunday) and in each of those, we ask students to be on their best behavior.  We know that the unexpected is often disorienting.  It is also a time for growth.  So scrub up nicely, Spartans.   Your ride awaits!

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  • Sophomore Class meetings this week

    What's new for the class of 2020? We know to make it clear. PSAT Testing, Weighted grades and more. Through English classes and thorough!

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  • Progress Reports coming home

    Along with a letter from school and the PTSA. There is a lot to look forward to, Just make sure you check power school to keep up to date.

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  • Spartan Band rocks the Parade

    Great time out on Sunday's El Sobrante Stroll. We've got pictures to prove it!

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  • African American Student Union Returns

    Our first meeting is Tuesday at lunch in room 8. Many teachers and many students expected. Get there early!

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  • Debate wins big at first tournament

    12 Spartan speakers brought home hardware from the first tournament this past week--kudos to undefeated Spartans Tristan Kelly, Tjewinder Uppal, An Le and Anita Chinwuba. Winning records and trophies went to Shuxin Zhou, Freya Bedwell, Anna Chang and Joi Gonzalez, Ashley Byrne and Jaylin Kent and Kimberly Moran and Rose Figueroa. Way to go, big team and coach Lamons

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  • UC Berkeley does Outreach, Pinole Valley reaches back

    The Material Science and Engineering department is having a one-day workshop at Berkeley preparing introductions for study in ceramics, metals, polymers and more. Space limited. Sign up now.

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  • Volleyball continues Dominance

    A three-set victory at Kennedy (JV wins too) means the girls are 2-0 and league and looking to double that. At John Swett September 19 and home vs. Richmond Thursday night. Get at it!

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  • Draw Me and Win!

    The San Joaquin Kit Fox is the subject of this year's art scholarship contest called Be the Whale. We are going to task our best to see if we can win this honor. Check back in November and see how we did

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  • Welcome new teachers!

    We have five new Spartan team members--Mr. Anderson (English), Mr. Hein (Math) Ms. Oregon (Spanish) Ms. Williams (Biology) and Mr. P (Algebra). We met with them today and will keep providing the support to see them succeed!

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  • What's Ap'pening?

    If you can design a better app, then Congress wants to know. Mike Thompson is sponsoring a contest asking schools in the 5th District to submit their best design. Solo or group projects welcome

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  • Blue and Gold Friday--dress for Victory!

     Inside Pinole Valley-September 18-24

    Monday September 18

    • Interact Club, Marching Band, Dungeons and Dragons and Open Arms club
    • Banned Book week—we celebrate reading all week
    • District Safety and Climate meeting today after school
    • Open Gym Begins today at Crespi 6:00-7:30. Every Monday and Wednesday.  Open Gym will be at Pinole Middle every Tuesday and Thursday starting this week as well
    • Be the Whale Art Contest all this week


    Tuesday  September 19

    • Animal Rights, Indo Pak, K-Pop, Literary Magazine, Social Club, Spartan Ink, Revitalize, Mock Trial today
    • Site Council after school first new team meeting
    • Girls tennis first home match today vs. Salesian
    • Girls Volleyball (2-0!) on the road at John Swett
    • Water Polo vs. College Park at CCC
    • Google Doodle contest still open


    Wednesday September 20

    • Collaboration Day Schedule
    • Sophomore Class meetings all day
    • Boat Cruise Today
    • ELAC meeting tonight in the library
    • American Sign Language Club, Chess Club, Home Economics, Robotics, Celtic Club, Uprise, Spartan Take Over


    Thursday September 21

    • Personal Statement workshops for Seniors today at lunch
    • Meetings of Book Club, Developer’s Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Social Club
    • Volleyball girls home today vs. Richmond at Pinole Middle 5:30 JV and 7:00 Varsity
    • Water Polo at St. Patrick’s
    • Sunpower internship deadline is here--go to building 4 for details.


    Friday September 22

    • Band will be playing at the Superintendent’s Breakfast at DeJean—awesome
    • Art Club, Asian Pacific Islanders, Anime Club, Junior Statesmen, MESA, Rockets, WE, Women’s Empowerment and Forensics
    • Water Polo Girls Invitational begins today
    • Registration day today for ACT October deadline
    • Music in the Mall today
    • Football has a one week hiatus, back at it next week
    • New scholarships announced today


    Saturday September 23

    • Animal Fest at Christ the Lord, Church in Pinole, join our Spartans
    • Water Polo CCC tournament continues
    • Ed Fund Getting ready for College Day at Contra Costa College
    • Saturday School from 8:00-11:00
    • Pinole’s Big Pick Up Day see the front office for details






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    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

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