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.
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.
Brandy M. Cox,
Palo Verde Valley High School
Save the Dates…more to come as the school year begins
8/15-Freshmen parent orientation-cafeteria
8/21-First day of school, schedule distribution
9/2-Labor Day, No School
9/5-Back to School Night, 6pm
9/17-18-Senior picture retakes
9/21- ACT test
10/18-Homecoming and 1st quarter ends
11/11- Veteran’s Day, No School
1/20-Martin Luther King Day-No School
2/10-Lincoln’s Day-No School
2/17-President’s Day-No School
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
Jan. 8 & 22
Feb. 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
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The Palo Verde High School Associated Student Body and Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Yellow Jacket 5K Run/Walk on March 9. The goal of the day is to bring awareness to the many clubs and cultures present at Palo Verde High School, promote a healthy lifestyle, and provide the residents of Blythe an opportunity to interact.
Pre-registration forms are available at the Palo Verde High School office, the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joe Wine Blythe Recreation Center, Halby’s and Yellow Mart. The pre-registration fee is $20 for all adults, $10 for any Palo Verde Unified School District student and anyone age 55 and older, and is due to the high school office by 3:30 p.m. on March 8. On-site registration will be available from 7-7:30 p.m. with the cost of $30 for all participants.
The race will start at the PVHS parking lot at 8 a.m. All participants will travel north on Lovekin Blvd. to 10th Ave. The course will continue on 10th Ave. to Elhers Blvd. heading south to Chanslorway. The course will continue on Chanslorway to Lovekin Blvd. and will end on the track of Scott Stadium. Palo Verde High School ASB hopes to make this run/walk and annual event and add it to the many great traditions of being a Yellow Jacket.
Christopher Tennefos is the 17 year old son of Kristin and Chuck Tennefos and senior at Palo Verde Valley High School. He has 2 brothers, Nicholas and Jonathan who both attend Ruth Brown Elementary school. Christopher is a GATE student who has participated in honors and Advanced Placement courses throughout high school. Christopher. His hard work has earned him a cumulative GPA of 3.98 and a college acceptance to a California State University.
During Christopher’s time at PVHS he has participated as a member of the National Honor Society and been an active member of the Class of 2013 activities. Mr. Tennefos has also been a 4 year cadet of the JROTC program where he has been involved with many community service activities including environmental clean-up days, assisting with community service fundraisers, as Commander of the JROTC Honor Guard. Christopher is currently the Executive Officer of the Yellow Jacket JROTC Battalion and holds the rank of Lt. Colonel; the highest possible rank to achieve in the Palo Verde Battalion.
Within the community, Christopher has assisted the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Catholic Church with holiday food basket distribution. He has also interned and volunteered as an instructional assistant with the Amerman Arts and Humanities Academy under the direction of George and Sherri Amerman during the summers of 2011 and 2012.
Honors and Awards:
- Principals Honor Roll – 3 years (2010, 2012 and 2013)
- Standard Honor Roll – 1 year (2011)
- JROTC Superior Cadet Medal awarded to one student per grade level which recognizing a cadet showing great military and academic leadership. Freshman year 2009-2010
- JROTC Distinguished Cadet Medal awarded by Special Congressional Recognition for exemplary leadership and overall excellent academic standings – 2010-2011
- Bronze ROTC Medal by the Sons of the American Revolution recognizing outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing and excellence and exemplified high ideals – 2010-2011
- Fire Squad Leader Award received at the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp in Oracle, Arizona. – 2010/2011
- Major Marlowe Award “Showing exemplary leadership and displaying kindness and generosity to all” – 2011-2012
- Howard A. Coulson Memorial Community Service Award – 2011/2012
- Reserve Officers Association Award demonstrating outstanding dedication to citizenship, civic responsibility, self-discipline and a sound work ethic – 2011-2012
- Scottish Rite of Free Masonry recognizing scholastic excellence and demonstration of Americanism in supporting the United States as a member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps – 2011/2012
Future career plans, post-high school:
“I plan to attend a four-year university and study in the field of education, to obtain my teaching credential to teach Secondary English. I hope to one day become a college professor.”
He works at Rite Aid as a Store Clerk, and is a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
His hobbies include reading and creative writing, drawing, fishing and going to the river in the summer, camping and going to the desert in the winter.
Chris says his parents and grandmother have always been very supportive of him and his academic and personal goals and would like to thank them for that.
On campus, Christopher is an all around outstanding person. He is a quiet, unassuming team player with a great sense of humor. I am extremely proud to present this young man tonight on behalf of the faculty and staff as Palo Verde Valley High School’s student of the month.