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Historic Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Our school’s new membership in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will be in evidence this Sunday at our Middle School Ribbon Cutting / Open HouseChamber of Commerce 2016 Membership Plaque starting at 1:00 pm on our Middle School campus. Chamber CEO & President Eileen Hupp, Member Services Director Ann Sidler, and the giant Chamber scissors will be present to actually cut the ribbon!
We invite each of you to come to the Middle School campus for this special event! Our Head of School, Patricia Cailler, will welcome Mayor Steve Zuckerman and a special visit by California State Assemblyman David Hadley. The pastor of St. Luke’s, Rev. Sunny Kang, members of the Chamber Board, members of our PHS Board of Trustees, parents, and PHS faculty will be joining us. Please enjoy our beautiful new classrooms and science lab, as well as the ambiance of the school patio with cookie treats.
This will be a historic day for PHS – see you there!

Zia Fitness

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

“During my experience at Zia Fitness,” writes one of our Sixth Grade girls, “I learned a lot of things that I never would have even thought about. I really enjoyed learning about self-defense, testing my reactions on the vision board, and using the TRX bands!”
A recent addition to our Middle School physical education program includes monthly visits to Zia Fitness Studio in south Torrance ( PHS parent and Zia proprietor George Toney, worked with our PE teacher, Mrs. Kim Nygaard, in designing programs to teach self-defense and physical fitness to our Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students. Through the generosity of Mr. Toney and using the incredible resources of Zia Fitness and its certified trainers, our students build self-confidence and real-world awareness, improve their self-discipline, and have fun through games and adventures at Zia.
In addition, Mr. Toney is offering fitness classes, gratis, for PHS faculty and staff, and Mrs. Nygaard has classes for PHS students on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Sign-up information for Kindergarten through Third Graders is available in the School Office. PHS parents are cordially invited to visit this new facility (The Pyramid Building, 22939 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance) and learn all that it has to offer!

Construction Update

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

As you know, construction is well underway on our new 7th & 8th Grade buildings on the St. Luke’s campus across the street! The windows and a good portion of the outside work are completed, which is fortunate now that the “El Nino” rains have arrived. The construction focus is now on the interior of the three buildings. Dry wall is up, and carpets, tile flooring, counter tops, and cabinets have been selected. We are very excited about this fabulous new addition to our school, as we look forward to inviting our parents, alumni, and members of our community for an Open House to experience these beautiful new facilities.

Genius Hour

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

This past Tuesday, we were again amazed by the Seventh Graders’ “Genius Hour”! Their teacher, Ms. Lomeli, shares the details of this wonderful project:
After attending the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), I incorporated into our Seventh Grade curriculum Google’s concept of “20% time” when employees can pursue projects of interest to themselves. With our schedule, I named ours “Genius Hour,” and for one hour each week the Seventh Graders work on a project of their choosing. They first brainstorm ideas and then present them to me. I give approval according to feasibility criteria including likelihood of completion within the 10-week trimester, and the availability of supplies.
Tuesday concluded our Second Trimester, and the Seventh Graders gathered with their families, the Sixth Graders, faculty, and staff in the School Library to present their projects. One student chose photography and began taking many photos here on campus. I asked her to research the different types or genres of photography, and she chose to concentrate on macro photography – a focus on close-ups and details, as seen here in this beautiful photograph of a baseball found outside the Seventh Grade classroom.
Two other students used “Duolingo”; one learned German and the other, Italian. They created a PowerPoint presentation with subtitles in front of which the German-speaking student tried to buy a car from an Italian-speaking car salesman portrayed by the other student! It was hilarious!
Additional projects included building miniatures, learning coding on Kahn Academy, and recreating a song using digital instruments.
The enthusiasm for research continues for the Seventh Graders as they begin a new project for the final trimester of this year. Our Sixth Graders can’t wait to start their “Genius Hour” next year and are already talking with me about their creative ideas!


Thursday, February 5th, 2015

We extend a warm welcome to our newest Science Lab teacher, Dr. Mary Wilson, DDS, who is teaching hands-on science to our current Seventh Graders in the Lab. Dr. Wilson is a graduate of the School of Dentistry of USC, and she also holds a degree in zoology. Dr. Wilson is no stranger to Peninsula Heritage School. From 1997-2006 she volunteered in our Science Department with Mrs. Kathy Mallon, and her own two children are also PHS graduates. We extend our gratitude to this remarkable woman who loves both children and science!

Genius Hour

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Inspired by Google’s employee policy of required time to pursue an individual area of interest, Ms. Lomeli created a “Genius Hour” for her Seventh Grade students each Friday afternoon beginning in September. Working on a project of their own choosing, the Seventh Graders presented their completed work today in our School Library. Invited guests for this presentation included the Sixth Graders, the parents of the Seventh Grade, Head of School Mrs. Cailler, and other faculty and administrators.
One student used C++ programming to create a mathematics problem-solving program that was interactive – a Sixth Grader spontaneously presented a problem today and the program solved it!
Three students, including one very talented girl, created their own video games using the Construct 2 program, while another wrote and read a short story in the mystery/thriller genre.
Another Seventh Grader used MikuMikuDance to create three animated skits using sound tracks from SpongeBob episodes – even the characters’ mouths moved with the words!
“I was truly amazed,” commented Ms. Lomeli at the conclusion of the presentations. “not only with the creativity but the perseverance of these students in solving the many problems they faced to complete their projects. It was also very gratifying to see how supportive they were toward each other.” Our PHS Character Qualities are truly internalized in our students!

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