Principals Letter

Palo Verde Valley High School
667 N. Lovekin Blvd.
Blythe CA 92225
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August 2014

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.

 

 

Sincerely,

Brandy M. Cox,
Principal
Palo Verde Valley High School

 

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Summer ELA Assignments

ENGLISH 12

PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL

Summer Reading Assignment

 

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ENGLISH 11 SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2014

AP 11 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2014 (2)

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ENGLISH 12 SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2014 (2)

 

The summer assignment is due on the first day of school. We will also have a lesson unit and group project connected to this summer assignment in the first two weeks of school.  Make sure you have the read the novel so you’re not lost for two weeks! Students who are newly enrolled into the district will have two weeks from the beginning of school to get the assignment turned in to receive credit.

 

*Plagiarism IS UNACCEPTABLE. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT Plagiarizing, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR THE ASSIGNMENT.

 

REQUIRED BOOK: The Children of the River by Linda Crew. Check out a copy of the book from the library. New or used copies can be purchased online for your own personal use.

Assignment:

Prepare a two column dialectical journal in which you will write 15 entries.

 Your journal entry requirements:

In the left hand column, you should have 15 quotes from the novel.  Each quote should be in quotation marks, followed by the page number you got the quote from in parenthesis.

How to choose your quotes:  Pick quotes that reveal a lot about the characters, themes, plot, or imagery in the story.

In the right hand column, you will write your journal entries that correspond with your quotes.  Each quote should have a journal entry/ paragraph in which you analyze the quote.

Requirements for each entry/analytical paragraph:

One five sentence minimum paragraph, preferably written in the Jane Schaffer method, a (1:2+) chunk paragraph.  

Each entry should contain a main idea in your topic sentence, evidence to back up what you are claiming, commentary/your interpretation (what you think this means), and a concluding sentence. The depth of analysis will be evaluated as part of the student’s grade.

The last thing you will do is write a reflection, which should be one to two paragraphs.  In your reflection, you will explain your experience in doing your dialectical journal.  Explain: what you enjoyed most and least, what you had the most difficulty with such as reading comprehension, vocabulary in the story, picking quotes, writing your paragraphs, etc.  Also, explain what you did to get over these difficulties.  Note:  You are not allowed to write that you had no difficulties!

Have a great vacation! See you soon.


April Secondary Student of the Month

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.

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“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.”


Go Jackets!

Congrats to the Palo Verde Valley High School Golf Team on being back to back Imperial Valley League Champions,(2013-Co-Champs, 2014).
Congrats to Darien Herrera on winning the 2014 Individual Imperial Valley League Title.
 
The Yellow Jackets will now participate in CIF San Diego Section Golf Championships.   Potentially the Jackets could host a 1st round match May 20th or 21st pending seeding meeting.  The pairings will be announced May 15th
 
Great job, Coach Fletcher and team!
 
Darien Herrera – 2014 Individual Champion, 1st team Imperial Valley League
Logan Whiting – 1st team Imperial Valley League
Phillip Thome – 1st team Imperial Valley League
Chad Winkler – 1st team Imperial Valley League
Andrew Thome – 2nd team Imperial League
Dillon Smith – 2nd team Imperial Valley League
 
GO JACKETS!

Look out below!

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.

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1st Annual Jacket Bowl

Hello Everyone,

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

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.


Summer ELA Assignments


Principals Letter

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Celebrating 100 years of Yellow Jacket Traditions!

July 15, 2013

Dear Yellow Jacket Family,

I hope this letter finds everyone safe and well rested for the 2013-2014 school year.  The PVHS campus has been busy with activity this summer with everything from painting and repairing stucco on buildings to moving classrooms in order to best meet the needs of our student body.

August 21st will mark the first day of school and will begin the 100th year of Palo Verde Valley High School!  The Yellow Jacket traditions of the past 100 years have been a mainstay in our community and we will continue to show our “Jacket Pride” during the school year through various activities including Homecoming, Drama Club productions, band concerts, wearing school shirts on Friday and many more!  While we hope to retain as many traditions as possible, we must recognize that the world has changed and we must adjust accordingly.  With this in mind, some changes will be implemented for the school year. Under the Parent Resources link you will find the updated dress code policy which will be enforced beginning August 21st. Also new for this year will be the enforcement of the modified open campus rule. We want to remind all students and families that leaving campus during the 30 minute lunch break is a privilege not a right.  Students should maintain good attendance and behavior to leave at lunch. Additionally, all freshmen must maintain a 2.0 GPA.  Students will be issued a pass each quarter that must be shown as they exit the gates. GPA will be checked each quarter for students wanting to earn the privilege of leaving campus during lunch.  All students leaving campus at lunch must do so through the gates in the south parking lot.  PVHS will continue the policy of having students serve a 10 minute lunch detention the following day for any unexcused tardy to any class.

Students taking PE classes should have a gray shirt and black shorts for dressing out. PE uniforms will be available for purchase from PVHS when school begins.  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 and 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.

If your son or daughter plans to participate in any sport during the year, it is strongly recommended that he or she participate in the free physical day scheduled for July 31st at 1:30 pm in the PVHS gym.

Additional items of interest this year include a visit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for the purpose of accreditation.  Parents and students are needed to participate in the focus groups and anyone interested should contact the office at 760-922-7148.  Back to School night will be held September 5th and parents are needed for the Site Council elections to be held that night.  Once again, you may contact the office if interested.

All members of the class of 2017 are invited to attend freshmen orientation in the gym beginning at 8:00 am on August 16th.  A parent orientation will be held for all freshmen parents on Thursday August 15th at 6:30 pm in the PVHS cafeteria.  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.

Sincerely,
Brandy M. Cox,
Principal
Palo Verde Valley High School

 

Save the Dates…more to come as the school year begins

7/31-Sports physicals
8/5-9-Senior pictures
8/15-Freshmen parent orientation-cafeteria
8/16-Freshmen orientation-gym
8/21-First day of school, schedule distribution
9/2-Labor Day, No School
9/5-Back to School Night, 6pm
9/10-School pictures
9/17-18-Senior picture retakes
9/21- ACT test
10/5-SAT test
10/18-Homecoming and 1st quarter ends
11/11- Veteran’s Day, No School
11/28-29-Thanksgiving Break
12/20-1/3/14-Winter Break
1/20-Martin Luther King Day-No School
2/10-Lincoln’s Day-No School
2/17-President’s Day-No School
3/28-4/4-Spring Break
4/18 & 21-Easter Break, No School
5/26-Memorial Day, No School
6/5-Last day of school, Class of 2014 Graduation

 

Late Start Wednesday dates

Sept. 4 & 18
Oct. 9 & 23
Nov. 6 & 20
Dec. 4
Jan. 8 & 22
Feb. 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
April 16
May 21

 


Graduation 2013

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Palo Verde High School
667 N Lovekin
Blythe Ca 92225

760-922-7148

Principal: Brandy Cox

There was a fantastic display of spirit by the Class of 2015 with 77% taking their senior portraits with Lifetouch this week. Also, 59% of the student body received their ID cards and picked up a few of their textbooks yesterday and today.

School begins next Wednesday, August 20th, with the first early release at 1:30pm.
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Important announcement for all PV students: ID photos have been scheduled for August 14th and 15th in room 24. Each PV student should carry his / her ID at all times. An ID is required for eligible students to leave campus for lunch. It will be required to check out books from the library, and it will additionally serve as an ASB card with the purchase of a sticker. Each student will be issued the first ID free of charge. A replacement card will available for $10.00 on make up days once or twice per month. Contact the Echo advisor at pjohnson@pvusd.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Please plan on wearing school-appropriate clothing for your photo.

Thursday, 8/14
8am to 10am SOPHOMORES
10am to 12pm JUNIORS
12pm to 2pm SENIORS
2pm to 4pm MAKE UPS for sophomores, juniors and seniors

Friday, 8/15
8am to 10am MAKE UPS
10am to 12pm FRESHMEN

When you are finished getting your ID photo taken in room 24, the library will be open for you to check out your English, History / Social Studies, and Science textbooks.

Freshmen parent orientation is Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm in the gym. Freshmen orientation is on Friday, August 15th from 8am to 10am to begin in the gym.
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Girls, for this occasion only, spaghetti strap or tube top is recommended to accommodate dress change. There is more information about dress code in the flyer below. Also, JROTC and FFA uniforms are allowed for senior pictures.

Brochures will be available when Lifetouch arrives for those who were unable to confirm appointment in order to receive one in the mail. Contact Echo advisor at pjohnson@pvusd.us for any questions or concerns. Due to district email filtering, if no response is received within one day, contact the school at (760) 922-7148 Ext. 2018.

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Class of 2015: Senior photo shoots with Lifetouch have been scheduled for the week of August 11 through the 15th (2014) in the PVVHS cafeteria. If you have not confirmed or know your appointment time, you can contact the Echo yearbook advisor at pjohnson@pvusd.us. ...

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