"Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy,
and change ordinary opportunities into
-William Arthur Ward
Sea King Families,
As we officially kick off the holiday season with the upcoming Thanksgiving
break, I would like to take a moment to share my reflections of gratitude.
It is with gratitude and sincerity that I would like to thank all of our students,
families, and PVIS staff. In my first three months as principal of PVIS,
I have been extremely impressed with our student body, and their efforts
to be good human beings and students. They prioritize hard work,
kindness, and respect every day, and that is no accident. Our parents
have been supportive, engaged, and great teammates. The staff has
been welcoming, creative, and committed to their students. I am
grateful to work with people that strive to put students first in all
they do! Our success as a school would not be possible without
each member. Please continue what you are doing, and reach
for better every day!
On Friday, November 15, STEM class held a robotics parade in the MPR All the students
did a great job; I was very impressed with the creativity,
collaboration, and intelligence that went into the project
design and execution.
BIG CONGRATS to our PVIS Cross-Country Team as they
competed in the California Middle School State Championship
on Wednesday, November 20. Our XC team finished winning
a record three State team titles as well as two individual titles
We are all incredibly grateful to Coach Scott, Linda Reid, coaching
staff, and XC parents for their commitment and dedication to our
The 8th grade boys won their third State title becoming the first class
in California history to go undefeated at both the Mt. SAC Invitational,
the world's largest cross country meet, and the State meet. Alex Naehu led the entire race,
only to lose to Vail Ranch's Gabriel Rodriguez in the final step of the race.
Both runners broke the old course record.
Natalie Wang won the 8th Grade race, leading from start to finish,
finishing 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up
Addison Lundstrom won the 7th Grade
individual title leading the
Sea Kings to the team title in a dominating
performance by PVIS. Trinity McKenny was
third, Kate Sherry 9th, Michelle Nikmehr 11,
Isabella Murillo 25th and Eto Uchiyama 27th.
The PVIS 6th grade girls, led by Maddie
Farnsworth's second place finish, also
won a team title.
Robert Michael was second in the 7th Grade boys race with Cole Foster
placing 7th. The 6th grade boys were second in the team standings,
finishing just three points behind the winner, while the 7th Grade boys
were third. Coach Reid said the team has worked very hard this season,
but most importantly have been excellent teammates to one another.
He said this was one of the most impressive teams in the 12-year history
of the program!
On Thursday, November 21, PVIS inducted 24 students into the National
Junior Honor Society (NJHS).
National Junior Honor Society is a
very important component to our school and students. The NJHS uses five pillars of Everyday Scholarship, Service, Leadership,
Character, and Citizenship as their guiding principles. Personally,
I value any program that exists to
connect students to something positive, surround themselves
with like-minded people, and give back to their community.
Finally, our community partnership with Palos Verdes School Gardens
continues to bring engaging lessons that only enhance our curriculum!
Farmer Garth and staff do an excellent job of blending our science
standards and curriculum with agricultural education-
Farm on, Garth!!
Happy Thanksgiving Sea Kings! Enjoy the week off with your
family and friends!
8th Grade Parents:
The field trip to Museum of Tolerance 1/14 is quickly approaching.
Please Click Here for parent permission form. The deadline for permission
slips is 12/6.
*Ten dollar, per student, suggested donation, checks can be made
payable to PVIS*
* Any students that do not attend are expected to attend school.
7th Grade Parents:
The Pali Outdoor Science Trip will be April 8,9, & 10
Parent Informational Night December 12th @ 6:30 PM in the PVIS MPR
*Please note the science trip will fill up quickly- space is limited.
First come, first serve*
*A Permission Click/Parent Permission form will be sent December
13th at 12 PM to all 7th grade students from science teachers.*