proposition 58 introduces multilingual school programs

proposition 58 introduces multilingual school programs

Whether it be to gain a better education, attend a world-famous college or pursue better job opportunities, the number of foreign students immigrating to the U.S. has been steadily growing. One of the greatest obstacles that these students have to face is becoming proficient at English. To combat this, Proposition 58 introduces a solution that helps international students smoothly and comfortably assimilate into their new educational and social environments. Proposition 58 mandates schools to accommodate students who are not proficient in English by hiring teachers who speak their native language….

Students participate in new VEX Program

Students participate in new VEX Program

For the first time, Peninsula has created two VEX Robotics teams, which design and build robots to compete at competitions. The Peninsula VEX teams were introduced by sophomores Saahil Parikh, Robert Peltekov and RJ Wakefield-Carl. “I started doing VEX Robotics as a sixth grader at Miraleste [Intermediate School], and I wanted to continue it in high school,” Peltekov said. “Towards the end of the last school year, we started recruiting people by asking all the engineering classes to join, and when we got enough students to form a team, we…

Teacher grants help update classroom technology

Teacher grants help update classroom technology

This year, four Peninsula teachers won Chuck Miller Grants, which are awarded to Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District teachers through the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) and fund for teachers to explore new and unique ways to learn. Former Rancho Vista Elementary School principal Chuck Miller and his wife, Betsy Miller, help provide the funding. Any teacher who is part of the district can apply for a grant to receive up to $1,500. The Peninsula teachers who received grants were officially honored by the PEF on Nov. 17. Biology and…

SCHOOL EVALUATIONS ARE More than just TEST SCORES

SCHOOL EVALUATIONS ARE More than just TEST SCORES

On Sept. 8, the California Department of Education (CDE) approved a new way to evaluate schools. The old evaluation did not allow schools to show the different regions in which they excelled. It solely focused on the test scores for specific subjects, general state testings for all grades and college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. This new form of evaluation will take into account factors other than just test scores. Some elements include preparedness for future education and careers, graduation rates, progression of English learners, suspension rates,…

Top 30 Influential Principals in the state of California

Top 30 Influential Principals in the state of California

Principal Mitzi Cress was recently named one of the “Top 30 Most Influential California High School Principals” in a list released by Mometrix Test Preparation. Mometrix ranked the principals based upon the number of points received from national and state awards, rankings, average SAT scores and college readiness. Peninsula has received many recognitions under Cress’ leadership, including the “5th Best Public High School in California” on Niche’s 2015 list and the California Gold Ribbon Schools award that same year from the California Department of Education. Rising to this title was…

Fall Sports Preview

Fall Sports Preview

Girls’ Volleyball Varsity girls’ volleyball plays its first regular season home game against Mira Costa on Sept. 22 and hopes to have a strong start with a new team. “We lost 10 seniors, so this team is pretty much new,” captain and junior Sophia Stenzel said. “We really had to adjust playing in general because we have a whole new team with different players.” Although 11 of the 16 players on the team are first-time varsity players, the team still has high hopes for this season and will continue to…

PEF raises suggested donation amount for families

PEF raises suggested donation amount for families

Donations are made every year to the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) in order to improve Palos Verdes public schools by enhancing and developing curricula, clubs and after-school events. PEF funds many programs such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and more. The money provided by the state is not enough to implement these enrichment programs; thus, PEF aims to apply the funds received from families to compensate for the lack of funds received by the state. In previous years, the suggested donation per student was $500. After much…

Babek acclaimed as one of the school’s greatest basketball players

Babek acclaimed as one of the school’s greatest basketball players

Scoring over a 1,100 career points as a high school basketball player is often regarded as a high achievement. Senior varsity basketball captain Mickey Babek has attained this feat, scoring over 1,100 points during his four years at Peninsula. “I think Mickey has been so successful in basketball due to the amount he dedicates himself to the sport,” Mickey’s brother and fellow varsity player sophomore George Babek said. “He inspires and pushes me to do the same as he, and I praise him for it.” Babek started playing basketball around…

Freshman Mei Johnson finds success in debate

Freshman Mei Johnson finds success in debate

With five years of debate under her belt through elementary and middle school clubs, freshman Mei Johnson has quickly found her place on the team. One of her greatest accomplishments this year was taking second place at the Jack Howes Tournament. Johnson mostly enjoys how debate has sharpened her abstract thinking and oratory skills. “I have learned to think on my feet and to think creatively. [It has] allowed me to generate ideas more quickly and has helped my public speaking skills, especially for class presentations.” Johnson feels that the…

Psychological advantages of “selfies”

Psychological advantages of “selfies”

As Oxford Dictionary’s word of the 2013 year, “selfies” have been flooding social media websites. Most of the world has been caught in this frenzy- either directly participating in it, or mocking it. Young students, however, seem to be the most affected by this new trend. As damaging as selfies are portrayed to be, they may actually prove to have several advantages, including raising self-esteem. Despite freshman Caroline Kim’s strong self-assurance and confidence, when she posts a photo of herself on Facebook, she also secretly hopes to get multiple encouraging…