Archive for January, 2013

PreSchool Siblings Visit Kindergarten

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Yesterday we welcomed the preschool-aged siblings of current PHS students to join us for a taste of Kindergarten. Director of Admissions Debbie Schwartz shares her impressions:

“We had six siblings plus two preschool guests invited by one of our parents! Mrs. Burden and Miss Elizabeth were assisted in the Kindergarten classroom by Wendy Nguyen and Shirley Omori. With the students’ parents in attendance, it was a full, lively experience! The children began at academic centers with a math activity, creating patterns with cubes and then replicating their creations on paper with coloring. Next, our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Graff, enthusiastically presented an interactive Spanish lesson through song, dance, and movement. The children loved it! Then they all transitioned smoothly to an art experience, creating octopi with paper, glue, and Fruit Loops. These activities were interspersed with wonderful playtime and ample opportunities for parents to ask questions and talk with Mrs. Cailler and the teachers. Parents of these Preschoolers, look for a little note coming to you from PHS in your mail! Thanks so much for joining us.”

Rock On

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Kathy Mallon, our Science Lab teacher, tells about yesterday’s Fourth Grade field trip to the quarry in Rancho Palos Verdes:
“Yesterday, our Fourth Grade student geologists had a truly hands-on experience at the former Livingstone Quarry in Rancho Palos Verdes, now part of the Forrestal Nature Preserve. This area was an active quarry from 1945 to 1956 where dolomite, barite, quartz, basalt, and gypsum were extracted and sold for industrial purposes. It is now an ideal area for geological study, since the mining operation exposed millions of years of geology.”
“This field trip was a culminating activity following the Fourth Grade’s recent study of the earth’s rocks and minerals. The children found a fish fossil, indicating the Peninsula’s prior location on the floor of the ocean. The Preserve permits the children to take away only what they can carry in their hands, so the children carefully studied the rock specimens that they wished to bring back to school.”
“Dr. Jennifer Garrison, a volcanologist at California State University, Los Angeles, will be coming to school soon to discuss with the Fourth Graders the details of their specimens.”
“It was a beautiful day for the children to study geology, overlooking the coastline and the Pacific Ocean!”

Jet Propulsion Lab

Friday, January 11th, 2013

This past week, our Third Graders journeyed to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena as part of their science study of the earth, moon, and sun. Miss Jessica shares details of this very popular field trip:
“There were lots of ‘whoa’s’ and ‘wow’s’ from the children as we visited a number of different areas at JPL. We started our tour with a video showing the history of JPL beginning from its experimental rocketry origins in the 1930’s and its connection with the California Institute of Technology. Next, the students visited the JPL museum that contains artifacts from space, including actual moon rocks, and interactive stations explaining some of our US satellites. It was exciting to view the “clean room” where we saw two more satellites that will soon be sent up to orbit the earth.”
“Our last area to visit was Mission Control where all the data being sent by the current satellites in space are collected and any new information is sent to these satellites. The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft continue exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. In the 34th year after their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the Sun than Pluto – 16 billion miles away – yet JPL can still communicate with them!”
“Every year that the Third Grade visits JPL there is something new to see and learn. That is what makes it such a popular field trip, for both the students and parents. More questions continue to surface about our solar system and JPL is dedicated to learn as much as possible.”

Water is Life

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Our PE teacher, Mrs. Kim Nygaard, extends her thanks to our PHS community for the fantastic participation in the Walk for Water project during November and December: “I would like to extend my gratitude. With your help, our school raised more than $2,500 to create clean water systems for families in India and Africa. We had 100% student participation in the walking. Student Council raised $400. One student raised another $400. Thanks, everyone, for supporting this wonderful cause. The Blue Planet Network’s mission is ‘to exponentially increase the impact of safe drinking water programs worldwide.’ Read more about their programs at http://blueplanetnetwork.org ”

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