Pleasant Grove High School News

March 2019

Dear PGHS Families,

As we approach the end of 3rd quarter, at an amazing high school, where staff and students strive to be their best, celebration abounds! The Academic Decathlon team will again be competing at the state level. In addition, our Science Olympians placed 3rd in Sacramento and will move on to compete at their state competition. Another PG program receiving accolades this month is the IDEA Academy: The EGUSD board members honored PG’s Innovative Design and Engineering Academy for achieving Platinum status for their outstanding work in Career and Technical Education. PG students also continue to demonstrate integrity and kindness to others; they exemplified these ideals through their thoughtful planning and execution of the 5th annual Meet Me on the Red Carpet Prom for students with special needs from six area high schools. Our Black Student Union also engaged the entire campus in fun, uplifting, cultural activities for Black History Month. The informative daily quotes, history-based posters, fun lunchtime activities, southern food tastings, and interesting guest speaker panels served to broaden our perspectives, enlighten us, and helped bring us together as a school community.

Is it any wonder what our school has achieved? With these incredible staff members, working alongside these amazing students, with the support of this supportive community, PGHS has been named a California Distinguished School. We are so proud of who we are becoming- with the support of all of our partners… staff, students, parents, and community members who work side by side to help us be safe… be respectful…be responsible…and be our best!

Maya Angelou said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Multiple events, multiple students, and multiple people have “taken my breath away” this month, and I stand amazed by what has been accomplished at our school by the thoughtfulness, kindness, and spirit of our students, staff, parents and community members.

Thank you!

Taigan Keplinger


Be Safe Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Your Best

In this Issue:

California Distinguished School Award

Counseling and Career Center News

Black History Month

Culture and Climate

Student Activities

Academy Information

Athletic News

Summer School Applications Now Available

Meet Me on the Red Carpet Prom

School-wide Tutoring

PTSO Scholarship

PGHS Tardy Initiative

Golf Cart Needed

Congratulations Science Olympiad

Policy Change-Food Delivery Reminder

California Distinguished School Award

We are proud to announce that Pleasant Grove High School has been named a 2019 California Distinguished School. 162 middle and high schools in California are being honored, and PGHS is the only EGUSD school receiving this prestigious award. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years. It recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply once every two years. Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years. We'd like to acknowledge PGHS staff, students and parents for their dedication to academic excellence!

Counseling and Career Center News

February-March- Career Units continue for all 11th grade students

February 8- CRC Steps to Success

February 22- Sacramento Fire Presentation

March-April- Career Units for 10th grade students

March 25- CRC Vocational Certification and Degree Seminar

April 5- CRC Education Planning Session

April 12- Advanced Education Workshop

May 6-17- AP Testing

May 15- CRC Course Registration

All seniors should file the FAFSA or California Dream Act ASAP! Please file by the priority deadline of March 2nd!



Students will continue registering for next year's classes. Counselors will present information in student's English or History classes and assist them with the course selection process. This year, students will register for classes online using chrome books in the classroom.

Current Freshmen: Jan. 14 – Feb. 7th in English 9

Sophomores: Feb. 12 – Feb. 28 in World History

Juniors: March. 4 – March 12 in U.S. History

Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night: March 13 @ 6:00 in the PGHS Cafeteria

Albiani Course Selection March 18th and 22nd in Science classes

Black History Month

PGHS celebrated Black History Month with a variety of cultural activities throughout February. The organization of the month-long celebration was a collaborative effort led by BSU Co-Advisors and PGHS teachers, Timika Francis and Delaire Doyle, and supported by the PGHS staff, students, parents, and community members-truly a wonderful celebration of culture! A special "thank you" to Tashika "Monique" Floyd, owner of Blessing Catering, for providing the delicious food for lunchtime sampling, the Movie & Dinner Night potluck, and for participants at the guest speaker panel.

Students and staff had fun participating in the various activities and are looking forward to building on the traditions that have been established.

Culture & Climate

The Eagle Alliance team wants to thank everyone for continuing to practice and reinforce the 4 B's on campus! Since January, 447 students have been recognized with PG Platinum tickets by teachers and staff for demonstrating the 4 B's: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Your Best. Ask your student if they have been recognized with PG Platinum.

Technology + The 4 B's:

Have you and your students ever utilized "Do Not Disturb" on your phones? Setting phones on "Do Not Disturb" during class time is a great way to ensure that students' phones are not buzzing or creating a distraction during class. Students are encouraged to use their phones to communicate before school, during passing periods, during lunch, and after school. In this way, minimal interruptions occur during class time and students can continue striving to Be Their Best in every class.

Fundraising Updates:

Thank you to all who participated in our PBIS fundraiser at Panda Express last month! Ms. Mullins did an amazing job organizing the fundraiser. We were able to raise $130 to use towards incentives for students! Please look out for future dine-out nights to benefit PGHS.

Student Activities

  • Junior Prom will be held on Saturday, March 9th @ the Tsokopolus Library Galleria from 7:30-11:00.
  • Check for all pertinent information and email with questions.
  • Senior Ball ticket sales begin on March 18. Tickets are $100 w/ ASB and $110 w/o from the 18th-22nd. The following week (March 25-27) tickets are $110 for everyone. The last day to buy tickets is on March 27.

Student-led Campus Activities

March 4 – 8 : Hip Hop Cultural Week

March 11 – 15 : Pride Week

March 18 – 22 : Women’s Empowerment Week

Academy Info

PGHS Career Technical Education will be hosting its 2nd annual Career Kickstarter event on Wednesday, March 20th. This event allows all Ag, Biomedical Academy, Digital Media Academy, and Innovative Design & Engineering Academy juniors and seniors to meet with business professionals and hone the skills they will need to land a job. Juniors receive a one-on-one professional review of their resume and seniors participate in a mock interview with professional feedback afterward. Over 350 students and 30 industry professionals will attend.

Athletic News

The winter season has concluded for Pleasant Grove athletics but the winter weather continues to impact the spring sports schedules. Many outdoor games have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the rain or unplayable field conditions. The nice weather is just around the corner and the games will be played. Boys tennis and volleyball started their seasons with victories this week and continue to work hard every day to prepare for the matches ahead. The boys and girls swim team competed in their first meet during a heavy rainfall and everyone did a great job. We look for times to improve as they get more time in the water. Boys golf had their first match in the rain and as a team finished 2nd in the Loren Roberts Tournament. Track and Field is enjoying to new track facility to train on daily and travels each weekend to meets. The boys and girls teams did well last weekend, with a number of athletes receiving medals. Baseball and softball have had to practice indoors or on the turf football field to get some work in, they are looking forward the fields drying out in order to practice and play at PGHS.

The following winter sports athletes were selected to their respective All Delta League Teams:

Girls SoccerMorgan Houston-Shepherd and Olivia Davidson

Boys SoccerJoe Blakely and Nick Burnett

Girls BasketballJada James

Boys Basketball – Seve Nocon and Nate Mikulin

Boys WrestlingJack O’Connor

Angel Houston represented the PGHS Girls Wrestling team at the CIF State Wrestling Tournament and placed in the top 16 in the state.

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Senior Soccer Player Morgan Houston-Shepherd at the EGUSD Signing Day-Congratulations!

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Senior Angel Huston placed 13th in the State Wrestling Championships!

Summer School Applications Now Available

The summer school application is now available online. Click on the link below or find the link on the school webpage @ (under the student tab)

DATES: Tuesday, June 4th until Friday, June 28th.

SESSIONS: AM session( 8:00- 11:35) PM session (12:10 - 3:45)

Enrollment in some courses may be limited to students based on seats available. Students will be enrolled in courses based on the following criteria:

  • 1st Priority - Incoming 12th grade students who are credit deficient.
  • 2nd Priority - Incoming 10th-11th grade students who are credit deficient
  • 3rd Priority - Incoming 10th - 12th grade students needing to make room in their schedules for an academy/ specialized program or need grade improvement for a-g.
  • 4th Priority - All other incoming 10th - 12th grade students
  • 5th Priority - Incoming 9th grade students needing to make room in their schedule for an academy or specialized program

All applications must be submitted to the student services office to be date/time stamped and approved by a counselor before you are enrolled in any class.

All applications must be submitted to the student services office by APRIL 26th to be date/time stamped and approved by a counselor before you are enrolled in any class.

Meet Me on the Red Carpet Prom

The 5th Annual Meet Me on the Red Carpet Prom was held on February 16 at Armaan's Palace in Elk Grove. This very special prom was created five years ago by a group of PGHS students, staff and parents to provide a safe and friendly dance for students with special needs who are escorted throughout the evening by a PGHS general education student. This magical night is fully funded through donations and fundraising so there is no cost for the students to attend.

Pleasant Grove High School students and staff were pleased to host 85 special education students representing six EGUSD high schools-our largest group of attendees in the history of the prom. CSD firefighters from various stations donated their time and prepared a delicious dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, and mac & cheese. Each of the seniors was awarded a sash to signify their royalty status for the night. We are so happy to host this annual event and proud of our students who made this a night to remember for their dates!

School-Wide Tutoring

Tutoring is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:15 in room HJ7 and staffed by peer tutors, teachers, and parent volunteers. Drop-in's welcome!

PGHS Tardy Initiative February Winners

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

9th grade: Kaylen Jamie – $ 10.00 Starbucks Coffee Card

10th grade: Victoria Chernioglo – $10.00 Starbucks Coffee Card

11th grade: Gregory Bui - $10.00 Eagle Bucks

12th grade: Angelo Karam – $10.00 in Eagle Bucks (Student choice off available prize list)

The next Raffle is on March 20th and prizes are cumulative. So be on time to all of your classes, because every day counts, and every minute matters!

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Golf Cart Needed

We are in need of a second golf cart to assist our Campus Supervisors and Administration with student safety and parking lot security. Please email Taigan Keplinger ,, if you have a new or used golf cart that you would like to donate to a great cause.

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Science Olympiad Team who placed third in the Sacramento area this past weekend and qualified for the State Competition! Thank you to their coaches: science teachers Jon Wehner, Kathleen Kennedy, Stephen Pehrson, and Carly Grima!

2018-2019 Science Olympiad Team:

Surina Marwaha

Isabelle Lao-Ngo

Daniel Kim

Simon Sung

Darren Animo

MaryClaire Allen

Amolak Virk

Claire Gillaspie

Junyi Liu

Ryan Bahn

Paige Hughie

Henry Lam

Liz Fang Yang (Alena)

Jason Huang

Sabah Elias

Yumie Lee

Thomas La

Nathan Lai

Brandon Lee

Chuong Nguyen

Austin Warouw

Samuel Kim

Ejaz Elias

Ryan Ho

Kyle Huynh

Avinna Jain

Danika Pham

Eric Thich

Tan Huynh

Ryan Mai

Food Deliveries-Policy Change Reminder

Our staff has noticed an increase in the number of lunches dropped off for students by parents/guardians/siblings and fast food delivery services such as Uber Eats and Door Dash. This poses many safety concerns including campus security’s attention is diverted away from their primary responsibility during lunch which is to supervise students and monitor who is coming onto campus. Additionally, our office staff is inundated with deliveries making it difficult for them to focus on more critical issues such as helping students, checking in visitors, assisting parents on the phone and in picking their children up for appointments, etc.

As a result, we are in the process of reviewing and updating our current food/beverage drop off policy for the upcoming school year.

Beginning immediately, we will no longer accept deliveries from food delivery services such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, etc.

Lunch deliveries from parents and guardians will be accepted for now on an emergency basis only. Students are responsible for going to the office to retrieve dropped off lunches. Notifications or reminders that food/beverages are waiting in the office will not be sent to students.

The cafeteria offers a variety of options and the lunch period is long enough for students to purchase food. I ask that you assist your student in either purchasing lunch from the cafeteria or bringing a lunch from home. This is to protect your student’s health, safety and welfare and maintain the security of the campus.

Thank you for your help!

Junior Prom

Saturday, March 9th, 7:30-11pm

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night 6pm

Wednesday, March 13th, 6-8pm

PGHS Cafeteria

End of 3rd Quarter-Minimum Day

Friday, March 15th, 8am-12:30pm


Eagle Force Robotics Showcase

Saturday, March 16th, 4-7pm

PGHS Room HF-5

Coffee with the Principal

Thursday, March 28th, 8-9am

PGHS Black Box