Pleasant Grove High School News

December 2019

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Dear PGHS Families

Thanksgiving 2019 ushered in cooler weather and the rain we have all been waiting for; I hope it also provided opportunities for you to relax and spend some quality time with your family. With winter break now only two weeks away, students and staff are busy with preparations for the end of the semester and final exams. Our PGHS community also has a myriad of positive events that are sure to make the weeks speed by quickly: Winter Sports, Kindness Week, Coffee with the Principal, and the Soaring Eagle Luncheon, to name a few.

As some of you may already know, last week, we responded to a despicable act of hate speech and hateful act that occurred on our campus to a Muslim student. We will not tolerate hate and with speed, we rallied our students, staff and the community around this issue by hosting a community building event where more than 100 people came together to show support for our Muslim population and to discuss ideas on how to prevent such an incident from happening again. As part of our established plans to educate and bring awareness to the importance of cultural unity, we will continue to plan events to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and supported at Pleasant Grove High School.

As educators, our primary vocation is to help students mature academically, socially and emotionally to become educated contributing citizens in our community. We also know that this work never stops because every child will be at a different stage of learning and development. We will continue to teach our belief that hate corrodes every educational principle, philosophy and policy we advocate as educators, and it is our ongoing goal to ensure that all students understand that hate speech, expressions of hate and hateful acts have no place on the PGHS campus- We encourage all students to Be safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Your Best.

One important note that I would like to emphasize is that at this time of year, “be your best” can also translate into anxiety or stress for some people. There are many reasons for parents and students to feel additional pressure around the holidays. Some stressors could be grades/ finals, changes in weather, or the holiday itself. The PG Wellness team has ideas on this issue for improving negative self-talk like self-doubt and they have compiled some helpful websites students can go to for dealing with health and wellness matters.

PGHS loves celebrating Kindness Week every year at this time and here are a few of the amazing projects that our students have participated in recently: PG students brought over 15,000 cans to school in order to support the Elk Grove Food Bank. They completed hundreds and hundreds of hours of community service projects and volunteer hours. And, our students spread kindness on a regular basis in their daily interactions with peers and staff on our campus.

I thank you all for supporting our efforts in teaching respect, responsibility and kindness and I wish you and your family happiness and peace this holiday season.

Taigan Keplinger


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Winter sports are off and runnin! This is the time of year where our winter sports teams travel and participate in tournaments.

Wrestling started their season with the women’s team wrestling at an event in Folsom. The Wrestling team has 11 girls competing this year! They have a busy December with tournaments each weekend. The highlight of the month for them will be when they travel to Reno for the Sierra Nevada Classic which will be hosted at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Women’s and Men’s Soccer both started the season with wins. They both have busy schedules playing 3 times per week! Delta League play begins early for soccer with games starting December 16th. Both teams open league play against Sheldon HS.

Men’s basketball has started the season with wins vs Laguna Creek and Monterey Trail. Both the women’s and men’s team will be at tournaments every weekend in December. They will start league play in January.

Athletics News

Congratulatons to the following PGHS athletes who were honored on November 13 at the EGUSD Athletic Signing Ceremony for receiving athletic scholarships-we are so proud of our students!

Sophie Jacquez


University of Utah

Alissa Montes De Oca


California Baptist University

Nathan Theodorovic


Colorado Mesa University

Jacob Couchot


Westminster College, Utah

Gracie Howell


University of California, Davis

Courtney Blackson


Boise State University

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Student Activities

Kindness week activities will begin the week of December 9-13. Each day of the week we will be recognizing the students who were selected as Kindness Royalty and also be delivering over 300 wishes for students. There is also a spirit week that has the following dress up days. Monday is PJ day, Tuesday is Color day (wearing all of any one color), Wednesday is Sports day, Thursday is “Holiday” day and Friday is Flannel day. Hopefully this will be a week that our students will participate in and see the wishes of some of our students met. To wrap up the week we have our annual “Talent Show”. The event takes place Friday December 13th in our main gym. Cost is $10 for all and tickets will be sold at the door.

Otherwise ASB is preparing for the return after winter break with the many activities in January. We have a food faire, our second Unity Day, the Multi-Cultural assembly, a black light rally, and the Winter Homecoming Dance to kick of the new year.

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Student Wellness

PGHS Health & Wellness webpage

Improving Negative Self-talk

Self-talk is essentially the voice in our head. Negative self-talk can be a sign of low self-esteem and/or depression. Correcting negative self-talk improves mental health.

You can have your teen follow the self-help steps below to develop healthier self-talk:

  1. Identify and write down the negative thought.

  2. Ask yourself: Is this thought helpful or unhelpful? What evidence is there to support this thought?

  3. Write an accurate, helpful thought to replace the negative thought.

With consistent practice over time, your teen will find they will naturally experience more helpful thoughts and less negative thoughts.

Check out this video for more information on unhelpful thinking patterns. For more information on self-help for depression click here. If you think your teen may have depression, you should contact their pediatrician with your concerns. No insurance? Call 211.

Be Safe Be Responsible Be Respectful Be Your Best!
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College & Career Center Updates



All Seniors (December) – CCGI Reflection & Goals/Senior Portfolio Day Wrap-Up (with English classes)

All Juniors (January-March) – CCGI 2 Day Post-Secondary & College/Career Readiness Unit

All Sophomores (March-April) – CCGI Post-Secondary Unit Day


December 2nd (Monday) – U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Presentation, 9:00

December 10th (Monday) – ASVAB Interpretation from November testing, 10:15

December 17th (Tuesday) – CRC Representative JoAnn Ramirez for CRC questions/help, 9:30-11:00

February 2020 – CRC/Los Rios College Application Workshop Day for seniors


SENIORS!!! SENIORS!!! Are you looking for funds to help you pay for college (2 year or 4 year)??!!! One of your best scholarship chances is to do an application for the "Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation" scholarships!!! Go to (beginning December 1st when the application period begins). The deadline to submit is January 29, 2020. This year the foundation is launching a new online application. If you have questions please come to the Career Center.

REMINDER - FAFSA and California Dream Act application are open! All seniors should file the FAFSA or California Dream Act ASAP. Please file by the priority deadline of March 2, 2020!! Students and parents must both file in order to be eligible for grants, free money, student/parent loans, work study, etc… while students are in college. Students planning to attend any of the Los Rios colleges need to file a FAFSA or CA Dream Act in order to be eligible for the free two year tuition program.

Sikh Heritage Celebration in November

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Campus Culture & Climate

Student Attendance + Tardies

As the first half of the school year is coming to a close, the Culture & Climate committee continues to support students in getting to school on time and making good attendance a priority throughout the school day. Since the beginning of the school year, we have seen an overall 5% decrease in 1st period tardies, as compared to last school year! Thank you for helping get your students to class!

Interested in learning more about the affect of attendance on academics? Check out Attendance Works and this flyer!

Student Recognition + Feedback:

We will be hosting 2 PG Platinum raffles in the month of December! We are excited to see staff members continuing to recognize students on campus!

We will additionally be hosting our next Soaring Eagle Luncheon in partnership with ASB. Teachers and staff members have the opportunity to nominate students who demonstrate the core values of PGHS. Ask your student if they have been nominated! The luncheon will be hosted Thursday, Dec. 12th.

The Culture & Climate committee would love to hear your feedback on our current implementation of positive incentives on campus. Please CLICK HERE to take a quick anonymous survey!

2018-2019 PBIS Annual Report:

CLICK HERE to view a summary of PBIS implementation last year and some of our goals for this school year!

PGHS Theater Company Community-Building Event at The Rink on 12/8/19

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School-wide Tutoring

School-Wide Tutoring

Tuesdays & Thursdays

3:15 - 4:30


Get the help you need to be successful this semester!

All subjects and grade levels welcome-teachers , peer tutors, and community members available to help students with their assignments or to study.

No appointment needed

KCRA Kids Can Food Drive

KCRA Kids Can Food Drive wrapped up on November 19 with over 15,000 cans over the 2 week period. ASB students loaded the food into the Elk Grove Food Bank truck.

We appreciate all of your support in helping those who most need it!

Fall Semester Perfect Attendance Awards-

Congratulations to October perfect attendance winner, Kiara Llarenas and November winner, Faith Eke for perfect attendance. Both students recieved a certificate for a free Blast Pizza.
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Stop the Bleed Training

The “Stop the Bleed” training on proper Tourniquet use was held at Consumnes Oaks High School on November 20, 2019. This valuable training was provided to EGUSD participants by the Sacramento Police Department and will include local media coverage announcing the regional partnership between EGUSD and regional public safety partners. Our own Vice Principal, Omar Carreon, and Health Tech, Leslie Flojo, attended the training and learned life-saving first aid skills.

Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 7pm

Sheldon High School PAC

Coffee with the Principal

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8-8:45am

PGHS Black Box Theater

PGHS Student Talent Show

Friday, Dec. 13th, 6-9pm

PGHS Main Gym

Finals-Minimum Days

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 20th, 12:15pm


PGHS will be on a minimum day schedule on 12/18, 12/19, & 12/20 for finals. Dismissal will be at 12:15. Lunch will be served at 12:15 and busses will be running for students who normally ride the bus.

Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 23rd, 8am to Tuesday, Jan. 7th 2020 at 8am


EGUSD will be on winter break from 12/3/19-1/7/19. January 6 is a teacher work day with classes resuming on 1/7/19.