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STEM + Entrepreneurship

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

STEM studies and entrepreneurship are blooming in Mrs. DeMarti’s Third Grade class this month! The children watched the “Cain’s Arcade” viral video and decided they wanted to build their own arcade games. Tie Dying ShirtsWith one cardboard box per student, they each designed and built a game, which they will debut for parents and visitors on Thursday, March 23, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Seeing themselves as socially conscious entrepreneurs, these students decided that all fees collected at the Third Grade Arcade will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Since one of the Third Graders already has his own business,, Drying the Tie Dyed ShirtsMrs. DeMarti asked Nikolas if he would tie dye a shirt for each class member. The answer was yes and the results are beautiful! The Third Graders will be wearing their new shirts when you come to visit on March 23rd. See you then!

Year of the Monkey

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Chinese New Year arrived at school this week via PHS parent Lynn Tien, mother of Brooke Huang (2nd Grade) and Dylan Huang (3rd Grade). Greeting each grade with “Gong Xi,” Ms. Tien shared the Chinese New Year legend of the monster Nian, who anciently entered small towns and scared the inhabitants. One villager discovered that the color red, as well as loud noises, scared the monster away. So red became the symbol of good luck, and loud drums and fireworks became part of the Chinese New Year’s celebrations. After playing a Chinese game, students created an art project; Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students made a monkey craft to welcome this Year of the Monkey, and 4th through 8th Grades designed a good luck firecracker craft to hang on their doors at home. Chinese candy (wrapped in red paper!) concluded this cultural exchange. Many thanks to Ms. Tien for sharing this creative learning experience with all of our PHS students!

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!

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