Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Yellow Jacket Parents and Students,

Welcome to another school year!  I hope that the summer break has provided time to make memories with family and friends and everyone is ready for another fabulous school year.  The office staff and maintenance department have been working hard to prepare Palo Verde High School for the return on students on 8/16/17.  Most of this preparation has been deep cleaning and organizing files but there has also been a few physical changes.The Yellow Jacket family will be welcoming some new staff members to better help us reach our mission of preparing ALL students to be college and/or career ready by graduation.  We have added an additional Vice Principal, a new media teacher, a new counselor and an additional person to our office support staff.

Vice Principals Mr. Burton and Mr. Chamberlain will be dividing student discipline and supervision responsibilities to ensure timely and consistent discipline and mentoring.  Ms. Santero has moved to a new position in PVUSD and will be replaced by PVHS alumni Mrs. Elearie Johnson to work with Mrs. Bayles in the counseling department.  Mr. Arduser will be taking over the PVHS media production classes and will be bringing some new and exciting ideas to the classroom for our students.  Additional changes include moving the career center into the office to increase student access, an email to clear attendance has been created to better help parents.  Parents can email notes to pvhs.attendance@pvusd.us.  

Technology across campus has increased and Chromebook carts are now in all core classrooms. With this increase, students will have no need for phones and earbuds to be out during class time.  Students are free to use their personal devices at snack break and lunch but phones and earbuds should not be seen or heard at any other time.  Not only will this decrease distractions in the classroom, it will help increase the conversational skills needed for success in the workforce.  We are asking that you have a conversation with your student about the importance of following school rules and showing Jacket Pride in all aspects of their life so we can focus on teaching and helping students realize their life goals.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of PVHS we are look forward to working with you for the 2017-18 school year.

See you soon!


Brandy M. Cox
Follow PVHS on Twitter/Instagram @pvyellowjackets

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember:


1-Fall sports tryouts begin
11-9th grade orientation8 am
14-15-ID pictures for grades
16-School Starts, Early Release Day


Seniors should register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com,
ACT registration is at www.actstudent.org,
4-No School (Labor Day)
6-Open House/Back to School Night 6:00 pm


9-No School-Columbus Day
13-Quarter ends


10-No School(Veteran’s Day)
20-24-No School (Thanksgiving Break)


21-Minimum Day Semester 1 ends
12/22-1/8/2018-Winter Break


8-Students return
15-No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)


Juniors should register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com,
ACT registration is at www.actstudent.org,
12-No School (Lincoln’s Day)
19-No School (President’s Day)

March:-Sign ups for AP tests

2-No School for Students
14-Quarter Ends
15-16-No School (Fair Days)
3/30-4/6-Spring Break


30-No School


29 – No School (Memorial Day)


8- Minumum Day-Graduation

Dress Code

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 fingertips 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.

17-18 School Supply List

School Supply List
Palo Verde High School


The following items will be needed for students at Palo Verde High School.  Additional supplies/materials may be required for specialty classes and students will be notified of those items during those classes.


  1. Backpack/book bag
  2. 3-ring binder with paper
  3. 3-5 spiral notebooks
  4. 2-3 composition books
  5. pencils
  6. pens (red, green, blue & black)
  7. highlighter


We suggest that students carry a water bottle with them during the day to stay hydrated during the extreme heat and humidity.

University of California’s universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE)


Dear Colleagues:

March 15, 2017
This letter provides information about the 2017 administration of the University of California’s universitywide Analytical
Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). This year, UC will administer the AWPE on Saturday, May 13 to students who
have been admitted to a UC campus for fall 2017 and have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement by other
means. Students selected to take the exam will receive a letter in early April regarding the exam requirements and their
AWPE testing location.
Students are not required to take the AWPE if UC has received any of the following test scores that satisfy the Entry Level
Writing Requirement:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts or Combined English/Writing section; or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section (last administered January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate (I B) Higher Level English A: Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an IB Standard Level English A: Literature exam; or
  • 5 or above on an IB Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an IB Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam.

Students also are exempt from the exam if they have successfully completed a UC-transferable English composition
course offered by a college or university.
Comprehensive information about the Entry Level Writing Requirement and the AWPE is available online at
www.ucop.edu/elwr. The website includes information on the examination process, previous exams, and Student Test
Data reports that indicate the number and percentage of students who satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement prior
to enrollment. Data can be viewed by school or county and are intended to provide useful feedback as educators work
with students to improve academic performance.

Please share these updates with school site counselors and English teachers. If you have questions, please feel
free to contact Julie Lind, AWPE Coordinator, at (510) 987-9422 or at Julie.Lind@ucop.edu.


Original document can be found SKM_C454e17032706260

LCAP Community Meetings

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Are you Ready for College Level English and Math?

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) Will Help You Be Prepared!

The EAP helps students determine their readiness to take college level English and Math courses before attending a California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC).

Are you Ready for College Level Classes

Fall Sports All League and All Academic 2016

All League

Back Row – David Smith 2nd Team Defense, Clay Krisell 2nd Team Offense, Matthew Crawford 1st Team Defense, Mauro Rivera 1st Team Offense, Alex Maciel 2nd Team Defense
Front Row – Olivia Dagnino 2nd Team Volleyball, Reece Lloyd 1st Team Volleyball, Hannah Browder 1st Team Golf & Athlete of Year, Jorge Castro 1st Team Cross Country


Golf All-Academic
Back Row – Elizabeth Rizzotto 4.00, Hannah Browder 4.27, Nicole White 3.67, Morgann Brown 3.22
Front Row – Brianna Birmingham 4.01, Alyssa Sanchez 3.65, Savanna Selph 3.24
Volleyball All-Academic
Back Row – Jasmine Atkinson 3.73, Devin Browning 3.88, Macey Hardridge 4.00, Marceline Porter 3.39, Jessica Atkinson 3.14
Front Row – Kiara Trujillo 3.43, Samantha Sanchez 3.66, Daryn Holladay 3.59, Zaynah Burton 3.52
Cross Country All Academic
Front Row – Jorge Castro 3.19, Jocelyne Milke 4.36, Ashlee Hardin 4.01, Rosa Mejia 4.16, Lance Hull 3.44
Football All Academic
Bryce Callaghan 3.61, Clay Krisell 3.59, Mauro Rivera 3.03, Zachary Bush 3.71, Payton Cox 3.72
Football All Academic Bryce Callaghan 3.61, Clay Krisell 3.59, Mauro Rivera 3.03, Zachary Bush 3.71, Payton Cox 3.72

Assembly Bill (AB) 1012

Dear Count and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals:


This notice is to summarize the requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 1012, which will commence at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

AB 1012 adds new sections 51288.1, 51228.2, and 51228.3 to the Education Code (EC), concerning the conditions under which a public school pupil in grades 9 to 12 can be assigned to a “course period without education content” for longer that one week in any given semester of can be assigned to repeat a course that he or she has already satisfactorily completed.

See this link for more information



At the request of Palo Verde Unified School District’s Board of Education, the Riverside County Office of Education will host a meeting to solicit input on identifying the essential qualifications to select the new superintendent.  The meeting will be held at the District Office, 295 N. 1st Street, in the Board Room on June 8, 2016, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, a survey will be available on the districts Web site until June 11, 2016. Computers are available at the district office for public use to complete the survey.