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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Sea Kings! Enjoy the holiday break!

PVIS Sea King Mural

Welcome to PVIS -- Home of the Sea Kings

Math Team Award Winning Students

Congratulations Amazing Math Students!!

7th grade Cross Country Team

PVIS 7th grade Cross Country Team -- 1st place at Mt. Sac Invitational

Rainbow over the PVIS Outdoor Blacktop

Another Beautiful Day at PVIS! 

PVIS Football Team

PVIS Football Team!

National Junior Honor Society Student Induction Ceremony

Celebrating our National Junior Honor Society Students

Students supporting PEF Giving Tuesday

Thank you Peninsula Education Foundation for all of your support!

Students engaged in science lesson in our garden

Hands-on garden lessons in science classes

Sea King News Anchors

Sea King News -- A great way to learn about all things PVIS

New lockers in our 6th grade pod building

Check out our new 6th grade lockers -- Thank you PVIS PTSA!

PVIS Students at the Talent Show

PVIS Talent Show -- It's a Cocoa House

6th grade students and science teacher

Everyone loves 6th grade Science and STEM with Mr. Garman

Students completing art projects in class

Sea King artists at work with their talented teacher, Ms. Lawson

PVIS Staff Dressed up for Halloween

It's Halloween at PVIS -- and Where is Waldo?

PVIS Flag Football Game

PVIS Flag Football Team

Students at the Skechers Pier to Pier Walk

Having a great time at the Pier to Pier Walk with our PVIS students

Dodger Dress Up Day at PVIS

Supporting our home team -- It's Dodger Day at PVIS 

PVIS Students Supporting PEF for the Skechers Walk

Who doesn't want to throw a pie at the principal? 

Pie Throwing with the Principal, Assistant Principal and Ms. Wakida

Taking a Pie for PEF -- Supporting the Skechers Walk at PVIS

Our ASB students at a Palos Verdes Estates City Council Meeting

Our awesome ASB students at the PVE City Council Meeting

A group of PVIS students at lunch

It's always a great day with friends at PVIS

Student Assembly for Red Ribbon Week

What's better than a warm day with Popsicles

6th grade students at their House Sorting Party

Fun times at the 6th grade House Sorting Party

Club Rush Activity for Students

Club Rush for our Sea Kings -- Thank you PVIS Booster Club!

7th grade Team Building Activities Building Go Carts

7th grade Fulcrum Day -- Fun team building activities

Aerial View of the Campus

The PVIS campus -- A beautiful place to go to school

PVIS Teaching Staff

Team PVIS -- An amazing group of educators

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DOC’S CORNER 11/8/18 PARENTAL STRATEGIES: TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST, THAT IS THE QUESTION. THOUGHTS ON DRUG TESTING YOUR TEENS

Parental concern about drug use is almost universal, and the topic of whether or not to drug test one’s own child is a consuming dilemma. Parents major concerns regarding drug testing include lack of knowledge about what is available, what to do if the tests are positive, and most importantly, how does drug testing interfere with the relationship, and the strong desire to maintain trust. The other concern I hear most often is what should the timing of drug testing be, ie, is it done after one suspects a problem, or is it a preventative measure? Although opinions vary, I believe drug testing is a valuable tool for many reasons. Urine drug testing kits are readily available in your pharmacy, or on the internet. Most of these test for a panel of drugs, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates, benzodiazepenes, cocaine. Many of the synthetic and club drugs will not show up, and require sophisticated, and expensive testing. I recommend testing because it goes a long way to removing questions or doubts, and if test results are negative, a parent can much more easily dispense with their suspicions, and probing questions. One of the main benefits of drug testing is that it provides a reasonable and built in excuse for your child to refuse temptation or peer pressure to use, and saying “no, I can’t, my parents will test me when I get home” is clearly understood. If framed in a positive manner, ie, “I just want to do this so we can get this concern out of the way and not be bothered by it”, most kids will not protest too much. If a request produces great anger, resentment, and refusal, that may be a sign that there is something to hi
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Health Task Force

Interested in joining the district task force? Click here for more information.
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South Bay Math Circle: Math Tournament

First to Eighth Grade At the Peninsula Center Library Community Room 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 The cost is $ 6 to cover supplies and facility rental Space is limited to first 80 applicants. Sign up at www.southbaymathcircle.org or contact us at info@southbaymathcircle.com
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DOC’S CORNER 11/1/18 UNINTENDED NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES

When the topic of teen drug or alcohol use comes up, many parents do not pay close attention. The majority feel that their children do not have major issues. When there is a presentation or lecture, they do not feel the need to attend, thinking it does not apply to them. For those where there is an issue, concerns around shame and embarrassment and not wanting to publicly air problems prevents them for seeking help. Compared to most medical problems, substance abuse is endured in silence, and when one needs assistance, there is reluctance to go to a friend, neighbor, or physician, and ask for a good referral. The reality is, the vast majority of your children will not develop an addiction problem. Only about 7% will fall into the most severe category of use in their lifetime. While that may bring some measure of relief, at the Thelma McMillen Center we have learned that the real danger for most is what we call “unintended negative consequences”. Any use by a child or teenager exposes them to significant risks. I use the analogy that using is like walking through a mine field, and accidentally stepping on a mine will a major negative impact. The following are the major unintended negative consequences that teens encounter, with any degree of use:
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PVPUSD Families Connected

Please visit PVPUSD Families Connected to learn about our School District’s commitment to the social-emotional wellness of our students, as well as to access free parenting education events, including the the Families Connected Speaker Series, the Families Connected Parent Chat and walking group, and to access online parenting resources galleries. This month's Families Connected focus is substance use prevention in high school, including vaping prevention information for parents, vaping facts for youth, and a special event at Redondo Union High School entitled, Blowing Smoke: What Parents Need to Know About Vaping. All PVPUSD parents are welcome. We also recommend the Families Connected Red Ribbon Week special edition e-newsletter to our families.
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New - DOC’S CORNER 10/25/18 A NEW EPIDEMIC: THE BASICS OF VAPING

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, there is a new major problem targeting teenagers: VAPING. The Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) has declared youth vaping an epidemic, and is trying to ratchet up the control of these devices and substances to teenagers. Vaping has become the most popular tobacco product among teenagers, with nearly 12 percent of high school students, (almost 2 million) and 3 percent of middle schoolers (500,000) admitting to using the devices in the last 30 days. Of greater concern is the incredible growth daily of the number of kids trying it. While cigarette smoking is decreasing among teenagers, vaping is on the rise, as kids falsely perceive it to be safer than smoking tobacco. In this week’s column, I will cover some of the basics that parents should know about, and in future columns will address the allure for teens, the neurological and psychological basis for using, the consequences, and what can be done.
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