Pleasant Grove High School News

October 5, 2018

Principal's Message

Hello PGHS Families! September was a busy month at Pleasant Grove High School for rekindling and building relationships-one of our Core Values. We are excited to announce that the teachers and counselors of PGHS/KAMS held our first 7-12 articulation meeting during the minimum day on September 18. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch together and then broke up into curricular areas and met with our KAMS colleagues where we had rich conversations centered around campus culture, common student behavioral expectations, and ways to build on the excellent academic base that KAMS teachers provide to their students. We look forward to meeting again with our KAMS colleagues during the spring semester.

Another area where we continue to build on relationships is with our 2nd annual Ask an Alumni Days which was held on September 27th and 28th. This optional educational activity was available to all classes on a first come first served basis and was designed by PGHS alumni Jessica Thibodeaux-Class of 2012. Ms. Thibodeaux is currently attending Texas State University studying Sociology & Political Science. Her primary objective with this activity was to restore a diverse and dynamic culture among the Pleasant Grove community. The objective created by our outstanding alumni is to reclaim PGHS' single story regarding diversity, community involvement, and inclusion, seek understanding about life beyond high school, build relationships and connections with alumni of different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and post-secondary experiences. Eleven classes had the opportunity to ask our alumni questions and advice about their lives during high school, college, life. It was a fun homecoming for our alumni, staff, and students. We look forward to them returning on January 9 & 10 to continue their work!

Thank you for your continued support.

Taigan Keplinger

PGHS Principal

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PGHS Cultural Ambassador - Kevin Williams

We are proud to introduce our Cultural Ambassador, Kevin Williams. This is a position that was created last spring and is unique to PGHS. Mr. Williams is the proud parent of a PGHS alumni and an active member of the PGHS community. In his retirement from the Corrections Department in 2013 as a Correctional Captain, he decided to dedicate his time as a Campus Supervisor substitute in the EGUSD. He has always enjoyed working at PGHS and has developed connections with our students, staff, and community during his time on campus. His position as Cultural Ambassador was developed based on the needs of our students and campus. His primary role on campus is as a safe, approachable, and visible staff member who students can share their concerns and who acts as a liaison to administration. Additionally, Mr. Williams is one of the BSU advisors, participates in Unity Group, Unity Day, and other student activities. He is an asset to our campus and we are so pleased that he can be available to our students everyday.

Kudos PGHS Cafeteria Staff!

Congratulations to PGHS Cafeteria Lead Olga Gatchel and her entire kitchen staff for receiving the highly coveted Award of Excellence by County Health Inspection. There are only 70 awards issued in California for 3 consecutive years of no violations-great job to Olga and her staff!

PGHS Career Day

PGHS Career Day will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 11:30-2:00 in the gym. This is a great opportunity for students and families to learn about our four academies: IDEA (Innovative Design and Engineering Academy), DMA (DIgital Media Academy), BMA (Biomedical Academy), and Agriculture Academy.

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Culture and Climate Update

Pleasant Grove High School, along with all elementary schools in our region and Katherine Albiani Middle School, do not tolerate actions that send a message of racism and hate that promote divisiveness on our campuses. Together we will continue to help our students understand the power of their words and actions, and assist them in taking responsibility for the decisions that they make each and everyday. For every instance of hate speech or actions reported to PGHS administration, the student(s) will be addressed, corrective actions implemented, parents notified via phone call, and a letter will be sent home to their parents informing them of the incident as well as the EGUSD Human Dignity policy. Pleasant Grove High School is committed to work everyday to create a culture of kindness and unity on our campus where ALL students feel physically and emotionally safe.

Vape Pen Alert

We have noticed an increase in the number of students with VAPE pens on campus. Vape pen manufacturers have become very creative in designing these devices making them easy to hide or conceal in plain sight. Vape pens are prohibited on campus and are illegal for anyone under the age of 18. These products can be used for smoking tobacco as well as concentrated cannabis. (marijuana) Students caught using or in possession of a vape pen will be subject to corrective actions. Below are some examples of vape pens that have been confiscated at PGHS.

For more information about vaping and vape pens click on the video below

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On Time Winners!

Congratulations to every student who has been on time to all classes so far this school year. We have our winners of the PGHS Every Day Counts, Every Minute Matters Tardy Initiative raffle for the month of September. The winners being awarded for their punctuality by grade level are…..

  • 9th grade: Michael Pham Jr. – Food Faire Front of the Line Pass
  • 10th grade: Jayda Rath – Starbucks Coffee Card
  • 11th grade: Erin Boyle - Dutch Brothers Coffee Card
  • 12th grade: Jonathan Stewart – Fast food lunch for two delivered to the school (student choice off available prize list)

The next Raffle is on Oct. 18th and prizes are cumulative. Please be sure to remind your students to be on time to all of their classes, because every day counts, and every minute matters!

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Parking Update

Thank you for your assistance in keeping students safe during our busiest times of the day-drop off and pick up.

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During the upcoming year the athletic department is sponsoring a series of workshops presented by Positive Coaching Alliance to provide student-athletes valuable skills that will benefit them in athletic competitions, the classroom, their communities and their future careers. The year-long Character and Leadership Development Program consists of 4 workshops designed to educate student-athletes on PCA’s foundational principles and how to put those principles to use every day. More information about PCA can be found at

The workshops are scheduled for the following Thursday's from 10:15-11:15: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Feb. 14 and April 11

Winter sports will be here before we know, it is important that you take care of your class work in order to be academically eligible to tryout/practice on Oct. 29th. The required clearance paperwork is completed on-line at, be sure to get your physical completed, signed and stamped by a Dr. then uploaded to the website. Student-athletes interested in playing a winter sport should plan to attend the upcoming informational meetings or contact the head coach: Boys and girls wrestling will have sign-ups at lunch on Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Girls soccer will meet on Oct. 29th during your lunch. Boys soccer will meet Oct. 30 during your lunch. For information about boys and girls basketball contact the coach. Please see the PGHS athletics webpage for updates and schedule information – Go Eagles!!

Student Activities

Our next Coffee with the Principal will be held on October 25 from 8:00-9:00 a.m in the Theater. We are excited to introduce Kevin Bracy from Reach One Alliance to you during this time. He will discuss his work to support students and staff on the PGHS campus. We will also review our vision for student support as well as the various groups on campus to help students feel connected to their school.

Click here to access the student activities calender


PGHS is dedicated to promoting wellness for our students and staff. Yoga is a great way to start the day mentally and physically in a calm and relaxing setting.Therefore, we have collaborated with Switch Fitness to provide Yoga to our staff and students! On Thursday, September 20th and 27th, Jamie McCalman taught a free yoga class starting at 7:50am. Ms. McCalman will return in October for Advocacy at teacher request. We are thankful for this opportunity to provide Wellness education and skills to our students and staff.

All Star Eagle Basketball Game

The 2nd annual All Star Eagle Basketball game will be held on October 18th right after school! This event is coordinated by Keilani Aldrete, a senior ASB student-athlete. Over 30 student-athletes will play in a Unified Sports recreational game of basketball. Awesome PG staff help facilitate practices, officiate the game, and promote positive relationships between students with and without intellectual disabilities. We look forward to seeing fans in the stands to support this special event. Game starts at 3:30pm!

PSAT - Wednesday, October 10: 8:00 Am- 12:00 PM. All 10th graders in Advocacy and registered 9th and 11th graders.

EGUSD College and Career Fair a @ Monterey Trail HS, Tuesday, 10/16 6:30-8:00 PM

Financial Aid Night - Monday, October 9th @ 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

4-year College Application Workshops

  • CSU-October 1st, October 5th and November 5th
  • UC- October 15 and October 19th
  • Common Application- November 9th

Community College Workshops - Application Workshops- November 2nd and January 11th

ASVAB test - PGHS Career Center, Wednesday, November 7th @ 8:00 AM.

Advanced Education Seminar - Friday, November 9th at 9:00 AM

Click HERE for more detailed information about each of these events

School Site Council

Thank you and congratulations to Sue Parker, Doug Elkins, and Maggi Schubert for being elected to a two-year term for our School Site Council. Thank you for stepping up and being part of the decision-making process for all PGHS students.


PTSO had it’s first meeting on September 10th; Click here to view the minutes .

Meetings are held the first Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the ASB room (located behind the cafeteria). All members and non-members are invited to attend. Members can join at any time; please complete the membership form below and drop off the form in the school’s administrative office.

PTSO’s website has information about officers, meetings, and how we support Pleasant Grove High School.

The Sober Grad Night subcommittee has started planning for this year’s event. The price for Sober Grad during the month of October is $80.00. Payment and the signed Sober Grad Night Permission Form can be turned in with both the parent and student signatures to the PTSO mailbox in the Administration Office.

Other subcommittees; Fundraising, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, Club/Senior Scholarships, and Student of the Month have begun or will begin meeting. The month of October is a time of charitable giving with many employers.

Please consider donating to PGHS PTSO during this time. PTSO’s tax id number is #26-2322504.

If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to help, please attend the next meeting or e-mail Nicole Araya or PTSO​ at:

Are you an Amazon shopper? Register at Amazon Smile to support the PTSO (go to and search for: Pleasant Grove High School Parent Teacher Student Organization) PGHS. Thank you for your support!

Click here to find out how to become a PTSO member

Coffee with the Principal

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 8-9am

Black Box Theater

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All Star Eagle Basketball Game

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 3:30pm


Admission is free!

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