PVP Council of PTAs organizes an annual spring lobbying trip to Sacramento. The overall goal of the program is to teach students, parents, teachers and administrators how to be effective advocates for our schools and District.
PVPUSD students are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom through clubs, volunteering and extra-curricular activities. Surfboard shaping at Palos Verdes High School is one example.
The success of PVPUSD schools is due to many factors but one of the most significant is our parents. PVPUSD parent volunteers and PTA partnerships help provide a World Class education with a myriad of opportunities for students that enrich instructional programs.
PTA units across the District collectively volunteer between 200,000 â 250,000 hours each year to support students, staff and school administration.
In 2015, our PVPUSD Board of Education developed eight District Goals to guide our work and establish priorities. The goals are concise, meaningful, and designed to focus our work on things that matter most to preserving the best aspects of our District and pushing us to find the next right answers.
Peninsula and Palos Verdes High School students continue to impress and lead by example. 1,300 students at Peninsula and 355 at Palos Verdes High Schools took part in the Walk for Life and Remember the Tritons events.
The Walk for Life at Peninsula High School raised $48,000 to support City of Hope and the Cancer Support Community. The Remember the Tritons Walk continues to benefit the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Foundation and this year's event raised $15,000.
We are approaching the final stretch of the year. In a few weeks, our students will enter, promote, or graduate from the PVPUSD. Earlier this year, we shared the PVPUSD Road Map to outline some of the work ahead of us for the next three years. This is a time of reflection for many of our families, so we thought it would also be an appropriate time to benchmark our progress related to the first year of our ambitious plan. This brief summary will highlight some aspects of our plan in the areas of Personnel, Facilities, and Curriculum & Instruction.
Personnel The success of PVPUSD begins with our people. We believe strongly in hiring, training, and retaining, the best possible employees. Over the last year, we have promoted several internal employees, trained hundreds of teachers in research-based instructional strategies, reduced administrative positions, and created collaboration time at the elementary school level for teachers to plan together. We have also added teaching and classified positions despite declining enrollment, improved the elementary PE program, and hosted the first-ever professional development opportunity for every classified member of the District. There is no finish line in this work, but the first steps are in motion.
Facilities Our Board of Education recently approved a Request for Proposals to create a much-needed Facilities Master Plan. The plan will identify challenges and opportunities at each of our sites ranging from safety to function. We have reduced consumption of water and electricity and are taking steps to produce our own energy. Additionally, we have successfully refinanced existing bond debt for taxpayer savings, while maintaining our credit rating of Aa1. Safety remains a top priority across the District. We have upgraded our first three playground surfaces and equipment with more on the horizon.
We will continue to evaluate the gap between what is and what could be for our District. The journey to World Class is challenging, complex, and completely worth it! We are a few exams, some awards banquets, and a number of last-minute opportunities to make lifetime memories away from the end of a banner year. Let's finish strong!
The First Edition of our Year End Results book chronicles work completed over the past two years. While not an exhaustive compilation, the document is designed to memorialize some of the most impactful initiatives, highlight noteworthy accomplishments, acknowledge challenges, and foreshadow future work.