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Students peforming in PVHS' Little Shop of Horrors

Amazing Talent

PVHS and PVPHS High School Drama Departments

Student Surfing

Learning and Competing Beyond Four Walls

Zero Period Surfing Class 

U.S. Coast Guard pilot and helicopter on the field at Silver Spur Elementary School.

Military Appreciation Day

Silver Spur Elementary Hosts Annual Event (read more...)

Mastering Another Language

Pt. Vicente Students Participate in Hour of Code

Vista Grande Teacher Molly Amloyan, Superintendent Don Austin and students.

Celebrating Educators of the Year

Congratulations Molly Amloyan, Sandra Kim, Jennifer Stoddart, Nicole Thompson

Students holding PEF signs at Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

Thanks for Supporting PVPUSD Schools

Skechers Pier to Pier Walk

Group photo of Rolling Hills High School alumni attending a football game.

Remembering the Titans

Rolling Hills High School Alumni

Future Scientists

Peninsula High School student section at football game.

School Spirit

Peninsula High School's Zoo

Adult and child holding hands.

PVPUSD Expands Counseling Services

District Announces Additional Resources Read More.

Academic Recognition

PVHS' National Merit Semi-Finalists

Point of Sale computer terminal for new school lunch payment program.

New Online Payment System 

Now available at all schools.  Read more.

Peninsula High School Student Holden Dahlerbruch.

Managing School and a Professional Kitchen

Peninsula High School Student Chef Holden Dahlerbruch. Read more.                                                                (Photo: Christina House / For the LA Times

Diagram of proposed facilities master plan at Dapplegray elementary school.

Planning for the Future

Developing the PVPUSD Facilities Master Plan ... Read More

Custodian mopping floor.

Green Cleaning

Chemical cleaners swapped for non-toxic alternatives. Read more.

Teacher Kurt Hay and Students at STEM Symposium

STEM Superstars

Teacher Kurt Hay and Students at STEM Symposium

Military symbols and family holding hands.

Welcome Military Families

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Thankful:  conscious of benefit received; expressive of thanks
The definition of thankful resonates this year for many reasons.  It is easy to over-select on the negative things that impact our lives.  Part of this is human nature and some of it is driven by shortened news cycles, social media posts and divisive politics.  Reading the definition of thankful has helped me to take a breath and consider the things that truly matter.
I love the idea of becoming conscious of benefits received.  This definition requires the individual to acknowledge that good things happen because others have helped or assisted in some way.  Using this definition, success cannot occur without the contributions of other people.  To be thankful, we may need to take more time to appreciate these investments in our efforts and express gratitude. 
The second definition of thankful is to express thanks.  It is easy to assume others know how we feel about them.  Everyone has their own way of expressing thanks, but we can all commit to expressing thanks more regularly. 
I am extremely conscious of the benefits I receive from others.  This started with my parents and grandparents.  It continued with my amazing wife of 24 years and grew to include our three kids.  Not a day passes when I do not benefit from each of them and I am thankful.  Professionally, I have benefitted from caring and compassionate mentors, talented teachers, dedicated support staff, administrators and communities who have given time, resources and insight for the benefit of students. 
It is difficult to express how thankful I am personally or on behalf of our Board of Education for the things that make PVPUSD special.  This is an area worthy of more thought and focus.  During this time of the year, it is my hope that everyone can find a reason to express why they are thankful and receive some thanks of their own! 
Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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Student Wellness Resources
The PVPUSD has partnered with South Bay Families Connected to provide youth wellness resources for parents, teachers and staff.
This online resource was created for our community by South Bay Families Connected (SBFC).
The resources, videos, and educational material provided on this website page will support our parents, teachers, and staff as we work together in our shared vision of empowering all students to achieve and thrive. Additionally, this project aligns with our District goals of promoting healthy environments for students, maximizing the full potential of all students, and emphasizing social and emotional well-being. 
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