Archive for October, 2015

Harvest Hoedown

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Harvest Hoedown Happiness! Sincere thanks go to our fabulously organized Co-Chairs, Tristen Moffett and Kate McKenna, and our amazing parent volunteers who created and presented, along with our faculty and staff members, each of the terrific Hoedown activities! Thanks also to all those who came to Hoedown,sponsored items, and participated in the Basket Raffle, the Teacher Adventures, and the yummy Bake Sale! To see the children laughing and enjoying the simple pleasures of the tire swing,the face painting, the sack races and the petting zoo was a delightful respite in this age of high-tech! A huge thanks also goes to all the dads who lifted, folded, moved, stacked, packed, and stayed to the very end of the event. Their willing assistance was invaluable. The entire day was a beautiful example of the enthusiasm and camaraderie we all share here at PHS!

Educator of the Year!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

We are proud to announce that our Educator of the Year for 2015-2016 at PHS is Ms. Deb Wilcox! As you all know, Miss Deb is our Theater Arts teacher, sharing her enormous talent and experience with our students in their Assembly presentations, the year-end Musical, our fabulous Fifth Grade Play, and in so many other ways.
“It is a thrill and an honor to receive this recognition by my colleagues and peers,” remarks Miss Deb. “I love coming to school each and every day to work with our talented, bright, caring students here at PHS. They are creative, full of enthusiasm, and have a love for the performing arts.”
Ms. Wilcox will be honored along with ten other outstanding educators from PV’s public and private schools at the annual Educator of the Year event. This very special occasion is presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary at the PV Golf Club on Wednesday evening, November 4, 2015. A number of Miss Deb’s fellow teachers, administrators, friends, and family will be sharing the evening’s reception, dinner, and program with our esteemed Miss Deb!

Thank you, Mrs. Harunk!

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

“I love art, and I love children!” These are the sentiments of Mrs. Patty Harunk, our Art Teacher this year. Mrs. Harunk was very active as a parent here at PHS some years ago, and now that her twin daughters, Katie and Kellie, are in college, Patty has rejoined us.
We are very fortunate to have her leading our Art At Your Fingertips (AAYF) program, an outreach of the Palos Verdes Art Center. Along with our wonderful volunteer parent Docents and Helping Hands, PHS students this week enjoyed creating “Giants of the Earth,” an artistic presentation of the California Sequoia trees.
In addition to AAYF, Mrs. Harunk teaches art to our PHS Middle Schoolers as part of their elective wheel. For the first trimester of this year, the Eighth Graders have already completed three very unique projects, including “Pinwheels for Peace,” an artistic representation of students’ striving for peace from the global level down to personal interactions. These students will soon be fashioning totem poles that represent themselves, using the medium of clay.
Thank you, Mrs. Harunk, for sharing your wonderful talents with our PHS students!

Awesome AstroCamp!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

“This trip topped out at the highest level of awesomeness!” reports Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Kathy Gilbert, reflecting on the class’s recent three-day Outdoor Education trip to AstroCamp in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California.
From learning in the labs with AstroCamp’s outstanding instructors to hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains, each day was packed with adventure! The students viewed the planet Saturn through AstroCamp’s state-of-the-art telescopes and experienced the amazing zip line, not once, but twice!
Donning goggles, snorkels, and wet suits, the Fourth Graders created a structure under water, just as our U.S. astronauts simulate the zero-G environment of outer space in Houston’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Strengthening class cohesion, building friendships, and creating lasting memories were additional bonuses of this great Peninsula Heritage student experience.

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