Yellow Jacket Family,
The summer is ending and we are in full swing for school to begin. As you prepare to return to PVHS on August 19th, please remember that high school is what you make of it. Your attitude and involvement are the greatest factors in determining what your experience will be as a Yellow Jacket. There are many opportunities to become involved with campus life and we encourage each of you take full advantage of those opportunities. High school is a magnificent time to begin practicing life skills for the adult world. This includes dressing appropriately for the occasion (school) and using language that appropriate for an educational setting (no profanity). While we recognize that our students are young adults in training and may make mistakes taking ownership for those mistakes is a display of good character that we are working to instill in all.
Once again, students in grades 9-11 must maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive an off campus lunch pass. Grades are checked each quarter and new lunch passes are issued with those grading periods. The lunch pass is a special sticker on the student’s school ID card. It is the responsibility of the student to keep his/her lunch pass current.
Basic supplies for the school year include a backpack/book bag, 3 ring binder with dividers for all classes, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, pencils, highlighters and ink pens (red, blue, black and green).
We are always looking for parent/community volunteers to serve on committees, help teachers with bulletin boards in the classroom and answer phones and file in the office. If you have time and are interested in any of this please contact the PVHS office before Back to School Night which be September 2.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of PVHS we are look forward to working with you for the 2015-16 school year.
See you soon!
Brandy M. Cox
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The school, as a center of learning, shall provide for the development of habits and attitudes conducive to acceptable apparel, and good grooming. The Principal or the Principal’s designee has the final authority for interpreting whether a student’s apparel conforms to dress code. When it is determined that a student’s clothing does not comply with the dress code, a parent/guardian may be asked to bring an appropriate change of clothes of school. If the violation of dress code cannot be rectified the student will be sent to in school suspension. The student may also receive a disciplinary consequence for violating the school’s dress code policy.
Students are expected to comply with dress code rules while attending all school activities including field trips and athletic events.
The personal appearance of students may follow the style of the day; however, the wearing of overly tight, loose, distracting, extreme, or inappropriate apparel is not permitted. Clothing and jewelry displaying weapons will not be permitted. Special costumes may be worn when appropriate for school-approved activity.
- Headgear: The only hats allowed at PVHS should be plain (no logo) or have a PVHS logo. The following headgear is not allowed: bandanas, scarves, towels, stocking caps, hoods, doo rags.
- Shirts must cover both shoulders or have at least a 1 inch strap. Shirt necklines must cover the chest area (no cleavage). Shirt fabric must be thick enough so that there are no areas in which the fabric is sheer or see through unless a tank top is worn underneath. No holes are permitted unless a tank top is worn underneath. Shirts must extend over the waist to below the top of the shorts or pants. No vulgar graphics or suggestive/double meaning logos are allowed on shirts.
- Shorts must have at least a 3 inch inseam. Shorts must be worn at the waist. Athletic shorts which meet dress code standards are acceptable.
- Skirts or dresses must be as long as the finger tips when hands are at the student’s side. Skirts must be worn at the waist. Dresses must have straps and meet all the requirements of the shirt dress code description (see above).
- Pants, Capri pants or jeans: Pant legs may not drag the floor. Pants must be worn at the waist.
Sneakers, shoes with a back, or other completely closed shoes are highly recommended. Due to safety issues related to traveling to and from classes, it is strongly suggested that students not wear flip flops, sandals, crocs, or open toe shoes. Additional requirements may be required for individual classes.
Palo Verde Valley High School
667 N. Lovekin Blvd.
Blythe CA 92225
Rise of the Jacket Nation!
Dear Yellow Jacket Family,
I hope this letter finds everyone safe and well rested for the 2014-15 school year. August 20th will mark the first day of school which will be started with “Welcome” assembly at Scott Stadium. This will give students the opportunity to see new staff members and receive direction on where to pick up schedules.
Our bell schedules have changed this year to facilitate teacher collaboration and the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Each Wednesday (except 12/17/14 & 6/3/15), students will be released at 1:30 pm. Wednesday’s will also now include a 15 minute advisory period where students can discuss goals, grades and to help monitor their academic progress. All students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be academically eligible. PVHS will continue the practice of requiring all students to show their student ID/lunch pass before leaving the campus during lunch. All 9th and 10th grade students must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for a lunch pass. To support students in their academic success, PVHS will offer after school tutoring Monday-Thursday in room 3 from 2:30- 3:45 pm. Additionally, most teachers are available after school to assist students who need additional time one concepts.
Homecoming, Drama Club productions, band concerts, wearing school shirts on Friday, being a member of JROTC or student government are just a few of the opportunities for students to get involved with activities on the Palo Verde campus. We know that the more students are involved and connected with their school the more successful they are academically. Please talk with your student now and set goals for him/her to begin the process of making the most of his/her time at PVHS and join one of the many activities on campus.
Students taking any PE class should have a PE uniform for dressing out. These will be available for purchase from PVHS office starting August 14th. Other items needed for the success of all students at Palo Verde Valley High School include a 3 ring binder (should be at least 1.5 inches) with dividers, pens(red, blue, green & black), pencils, highlighters or colored pencils, spiral notebooks and a backpack or book bag. The school will once again provide all students with an agenda to help with organizational skills and parents are encouraged to check that agenda daily to monitor the progress of each student.
The district has moved to a new student information system and gradebook. Illuminate is the new system and will have a parent connect as well as a student connect system to monitor grades, attendance and behavior. If your student is absent, it is important for you to contact the attendance office (760-922-71487) in order to assist teachers in providing make up work for him/her. PVHS will continue the policy of having students serve a 10 minute lunch detention the following day for any unexcused tardy to any class and Saturday School will be available for students needing to clear attendance.
Parents and other community members are always welcome to volunteer in a variety of ways from helping in the office, to monitoring the cafeteria during lunch. Volunteer forms are available in the PVHS office and will also be available at Back to School night will be held August 28th.
All members of the class of 2018 are invited to attend freshmen orientation in the gym beginning at 8:00 am on August 15th. A parent orientation will be held for all freshmen parents on Thursday August 14th at 6:30 pm in the PVHS gym. Additional grade level meetings will be scheduled during first quarter.
I have no doubt that the students of PVHS are some of the hardest working, most talented kids in the area. I take great pride in being a PVHS alumnus and know that our students have the skills to leave a lasting impression on the world and feel honored to be a part of their education. By working together, we will ensure that all students are prepared to enter a college or career when they leave Palo Verde Valley High School.
Brandy M. Cox,
Palo Verde Valley High School
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Palo Verde High School Principal Brandy Cox presented Emily Doyle to the Palo Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees as the school district’s April Student of the Month.
“I first came to know Emily as a 9th grade student in my AVID class where she set her sights on earning a college degree,” said Cox. “This is a goal she never wavered from and began to prepare herself academically as well as psychologically.”
Doyle scored a perfect 450 on both her English and Math California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). During her time as a Yellow Jacket, Doyle took Advanced Placement physics, biology, and English Language and Literature classes. She has participated in the PVHS Band Color Guard, Drama Club (president), National Honor Society (president) as well as various community activities while maintaining an overall GPA of 4.12.
“This truly amazing young woman is the epitome of a Palo Verde Yellow Jacket,” said Cox. “She has taken advantage of every opportunity to grow and learn and give back to society.”
The 17-year-old PVHS senior is the daughter of Sherrie Doyle.
“Being raised by a single parent, Emily understands how to approach challenges and not be discouraged by them,” said Cox. “I have no doubt that she will continue that same success when faced with the challenges at University of California Berkley where she has submitted her intent to enroll.”
“It is not often you find a young woman as genuine and well-rounded as Emily,” said Cox. “As an educator and PVHS alumnus I could not be more proud of Emily and think of a student more deserving of being recognized as the district secondary student of the month.”
PVVHS students of Mr. Pelicano’s physics class had their egg projects dropped from the top of the Blythe Fire Department’s ladder truck. The thirteen dropped were projects who survived the first round last week. Today, only four eggs survived. PVUSD would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Danny Smith for volunteering his time and the fire truck for today’s activity.
The PVHS ASB/Leadership class would like to invite all PVHS Alumni to our first annual Jacket Bowl Thursday, January 23rd at Scott Stadium from 6PM-8PM. It will be alumni & staff vs. students in a flag football game. Alumni Cheerleaders, Dance, Flags & Band are also welcomed to participate if you don’t feel like playing flag football. We will be accepting donations at the gate which will be donated to the Blythe Cancer Resource Center. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. Hope to see many of you there!
Back to School Night will be held on September 5th, at 6:00pm. Back-to-school Nights welcome and orient parents to the new school year. Parents also have the opportunity to meet school staff and become familiar with school procedures.