Hawk Talk

Peninsula High School - January 29th, 2021

A Message from Dr. Potts

Dear Seahawk Families,

We are about to turn a page on the first semester, and there are a number of things that we would like to share with you in our newsletter.

The first is that semester one has been extended one week, meaning that that the next term officially begins on February 8th. The reasoning behind this extension is straightforward: to better prepare and have accurate schedules for the next term that may include an in-person hybrid option for students, we needed more time. We intend to have schedules available by the conclusion of next week, and there will be changes to some, but not all, student schedules.

All teachers in our school were required to accept late work, and at the quarter, we determined, as a school , that we would establish a cut-off date in advance of finals to allow for a smooth grading process and enough time to assess work and to include it in the grade book. This cut-off date was January 18th. With the extension, we added three additional days from the time our communication went to families, and we encouraged families to request additional time from individual teachers as needed.

As the semester turns, we are firing up our sports programs and will begin the first week of February. Included in the newsletter is a link for registration, and if there is a need for a physical to participate, we are going to offer another FREE opportunity for students to complete a physical and be ready for participating in a sport. And we want to encourage all students to sign up to compete this spring.

A hearty congratulations goes out to our band and choir students who earned honors for performances. A special congratulations goes out to our Speech and Debate students who excelled in recent competitions. We are so very proud of our arts programs, and encourage students to participate in the arts, a club or activity.

Finally, we will survey this spring for our newly established National Navy Defense Cadet Program. This is a foundational program to JROTC, so common in high schools. Basically, the content and curriculum are the same for both a NNDC program and a JROTC program. The difference is funding, and with a pattern of success in terms of enrollments and activities, we anticipate a smooth transition to JROTC within a few years of the program. The NNDC program at PHS—open to all students in our district—is truly an awesome opportunity for students to get engaged and active in a superlative leadership program.

If we can be of service, please do contact us here at the school either by visiting our web page (help button) or calling the Main Office.

Sincerely yours,

Joe Potts, Ph.D.,


Important Dates

  • January 29th- No School
  • February 3rd- No Homeroom
  • February 8th- Second Semester Begins

9th Grade NEW Chromebooks

If your 9th grader still has an old Chromebook, please come to the library between 7:15-2:15 to pick up a new one. Please bring the old Chromebook and charger.

Schedules & Transcripts

Student Schedules

Second semester schedules are currently under construction as we continue to finalize necessary changes being made to the master schedule to accommodate the hybrid model. We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure each student schedule fits their choice of learning model. Please see the PHS website- counseling page and "Class of" Schoology pages for updates regarding when schedules will be officially released and for a process to request a change at that time.

Transcript Reminder

If you need to request a transcript for personal use or to be forwarded to a future school/institution, please see the following link to create an account with Parchment - PSD's online transcript service. District policy prevents staff from releasing transcripts via email. Transcripts will be updated to reflect semester one grades in early February. https://www.psd401.net/about-us/transcript-request

Choir & Band Honors

We are excited to announce that we had 5 students that were selected as members of the 2021 All-NorthWest Choir! These students submitted rigorous recorded auditions and were selected for the top honor group, putting Peninsula in the top 10 schools in the NW region.

Congratulations to:

Indigo Clark

Issabella Marchio

Rylie Kalahiki

Rowyn Orser

Zach Wills

We also had two talented band students make the 2021 All State Concert Band! These students have been selected as two of the top instrumental students in the state.

Congratulations to:

Bella Greenfield (Senior, clarinet)

Veronica Wu (Sophomore, flute)

PHS PROUD and Go Hawks!!

PHS Athletics

Traditional Fall Sports begin the first week of February!

  • Football
  • Girls Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Girls Swim & Dive
  • Volleyball
  • Golf

Please click HERE to register.

Physicals are required.

Please call the Athletic Office if you have questions 253-530-4411

Naval Shipyard Work Study Program


If you are interested in working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard beyond high school or are looking into any type of apprenticeship or construction type job, please read this attachment regarding the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Work Study Program. If you are one of the 30 juniors selected, you will work at the shipyard the summer between your junior and senior year and 2nd semester of your senior year. After that, you have a really good chance to be hired directly into an apprenticeship of your choice. Click HERE for more information or email Mr. Burmark at burmarkd@psd401.net to get your name on the list to receive more information.

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