April 25, 2012
Peninsula Education Foundation's Main Event
Please save the date for the Peninsula Education Foundation’s Main Event fundraiser on Saturday, May, 12, 2012. Tickets are still available. Call (310) 378-2278 or visit www.pvpef.org.
Update on Peninsula High Lights Project
On April 19, 2012, the Honorable James Chalfant of the Los Angeles Superior Court sided in favor of the PVPUSD School District regarding its decision to abandon the stadium lights project. The Peninsula Stadium Lights Steering Committee had filed suit to try and force the District to proceed with the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report and future installation of lights at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
Judge Chalfant noted from the bench that installation of lights can be controversial and the court system cannot compel the School District to either contract for an EIR or proceed with the installation of lights.
Board of Education Meetings
The upcoming Board meeting will include a discussion on District goals for the upcoming year and budget assumptions for 2012-13 through 2014-15. The State is moving to the “Common Core Standards” in 2014-15, which also means a revised assessment system. Districts must start preparing now in order to transition smoothly to the new system.
Meanwhile, District leaders are in the process of developing a budget plan that assumes additional revenue reductions from the State. Since 2007-08, the District has lost over $600 per student in state funding. The Governor’s current 2012-13 budget proposal means a potential loss of another $370+ per student.
May 8 - Special Meeting
A special Board meeting on policies, technology, and facilities has been scheduled for May 8th.
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School student, Sulekha Ramayya has been recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for college. As a Coca-Cola Scholar, Sulekha has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement in school and in the community.
The Palos Verdes High School PVIT team, consisting of 13 students, entered the Robomagellan competition this past weekend. UCLA finished in first place last year. PV High was the only high school team in this year’s competition. The goal is to design and program a robot that can navigate using GPS and a compass, avoid obstacles using ultrasound, and find orange traffic cones using a video camera. The PV High team finished second out of seventeen teams, barely behind a professional robot company out of MIT and Carnegie Mellon. The UCLA robot was unable to start.
Three Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District candidates for Presidential Scholar have been named 2012 semifinalists. This program honors young people for outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, and community service.
From nearly 3.2 million graduating seniors, approximately 3,300 students were identified as candidates in the program, Norika Matsuyama and David Wang (Peninsula High) and Kelsey Lee (PV High) are among the 550 semifinalists that have been named from across the country. Approximately 120 students will make the final round and will be invited to an awards program in Washington, DC, this summer.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School Program
Information about the Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer school program can be found at www.pvpss.com.
PV Kids’ Corner Summer Day Care, Camp, and Enrichment Programs
For detailed information and registration forms, please go to www.pvpusd.k12.ca.us/pvkids or call 310-541-7626.
Intermediate School Students
An after-school “PEP Teen Scene” will be offered at Ridgecrest Intermediate School from June 18th to July 13th. The program starts each day after class is dismissed and continues until 6:30 p.m.