Hawk Talk

Peninsula High School - May 19th, 2021

A Message from Dr. Potts

Dear Seahawk Families,

We are nearly there.

And there is so much to do.

This month we will honor our seniors who have worked very hard and endured much to make it to the graduation stage. In this addition of the Hawk Talk, you will find important dates and content that will enable families to navigate their way to graduation and beyond.

Tonight-Wednesday—we begin by recognizing seniors with the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Again, this year, the event will be held virtually, but it contains the same sincere and important recognitions that would be offered in a normal, face-to-face ceremony. Again, many thanks to the awards committee for their efforts to invest more than $300,000 each year to deserving seniors. We are blessed to have such support from our community that is committed to the success of each student at PHS.

This weekend our seniors will have a prom thanks to the many who helped to make this a possibility. And, in the not-too-distant future, we will hold graduation—a full week early. Graduation will be followed by a parade for students and their families, and we look forward to these special events.

Information about summer offerings for students who want to accelerate, or make-up credit—is also contained here. For those who need to recapture credits, the program offered this year is unlike any we have offered before. Those who participate may come to school in the morning for academic instruction for a couple hours and then transition into a “camp experience” of their choice. The whole idea is to regain credits and to do something enjoyable at the same time. If you have questions about any of the summer offerings, please do contact us here.

It is a bit of an understatement that the entire year has been challenging for students and families, and we certainly do appreciate your patience as we have navigated the reopening of school in the face-to-face format. Nothing about any of this has been perfect, but much of it has been pretty good. And with the fall, it will get better as we establish a new and near-normal learning environment.

We are of service, and if you need something, please do contact us here at the school.

Go Seahawks!


Joe Potts, Ph.D.


Important Dates

  • 5/30- Memorial Day: No School
  • 6/2- Class of 2025 Parent Night
  • 6/17-6/22- Finals Days
  • 6/23- Last day of school! Remote 1/2 day

Senior Updates

Scholarship Awards Ceremony: May 19th- Remote @ 6:30

Link to the Ceremony: https://youtu.be/zUwMvGyLZNw

Scholarship Pickup Day: May 20th- Bus turnaround @10:00 am-1:00 pm

Senior Prom: May 22nd- Marvin Williams Center- Bremerton @7:00 pm -11:00 pm

Graduation Practice: Main Gym @ 9:00 am

  • June 10th Cohort A
  • June 11th- Cohort B, Remote, and Running Start

Seniors Last Day: June 11th

Graduation: June 12th Mt. Tahoma @10:00 am

Senior Car Parade: June 13th- YMCA @1:00 pm

Yard Signs: We ordered a yard sign for all seniors! Please come by the main office to pick it up.

Senior Chromebooks: You may purchase your CB for just $10. Fill out the form on the Class of 2021 Schoology page. Pay the “fine” online or see the bookkeeper. The district restrictions will be removed June 30th.

Look for an email coming next week with additional details about these important dates. In the meantime, please read THIS letter with information on celebrating safely this spring.

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Summer School Opportunities

The Peninsula School District is offering several summer school opportunities! Please review the options below.

PSD Summer Learning Opportunity- Program is in-person at PHS. Serves students who need to recover a credit, but also provides a fun camp experience in an area of interest.

Peninsula Internet Academy- Online summer school for students who want to get ahead in credits OR recover credits.

Summer Satellite West Sound Tech Academy- A hybrid (in-person & online) option for students who want to explore a career interest and earn a CTE credit.

During Summer 2021 all learning opportunities, including any associated transportation and meals, are free for participating students.

Register ASAP, so we can make sure all options are staffed and students are supported.


Attention Freshman & Sophomores- Your AVID Opportunity Awaits!

AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is a program that prepares students for admission to a four-year college or university, community college, or technical school. Students take an AVID Elective course throughout high school that provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of attending post-secondary education.

The core component of the AVID Program is the AVID Elective class, which supports students as they challenge themselves in more rigorous classes. Students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing and research skills, all while being immersed in a college-going culture. The class also includes collaborative sessions that are led by adult mentors and provide support for success in the academically rigorous curriculum.

Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about colleges and universities through field trips, guest speakers, mentors, scholarship opportunities and college admission requirement information. Students spend their senior year focused on college applications & acceptance and paying for college by working on the FAFSA and scholarships.

Some Important Information:

  • AVID is for college bound students (including 4 year colleges, community college, or technical school).
  • It is a commitment for all four years of high school.
  • It is NOT a remedial program.
  • After applying, there is an interview process and then students will be selected based on application and interview results.
  • The application is due by Friday, June 4th.
  • The online application can be found here (students should login from their PSD account to fill it out): https://forms.gle/zG8RFqTa1QYbu6dG9

Attention AP Students and Their Parents/Guardians

Below are the dates and times for the upcoming AP tests. Please be aware that the original AP test dates for the first two weeks of May have been changed and that for most tests, students will be testing online from home on the day of their exam(s).

Students need to download the AP app to set their computers up for successful testing. AP teachers have the directions on how to do that so they can share it with their students. The sooner students download the app, the better so they can take practice tests and be assured that they won't have any problems logging in on their test days. Students will be excused from their classes for the whole day they are taking AP tests.

Spring Students of the Quarter

Congratulations to all our AWESOME Spring Students of the Quarter!

You can find the presentation HERE.

Certificates will be mailed home next week.

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Managing Allergies and Asthma at School

At this time of year, seasonal allergies and asthma can mimic other health concerns including symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to keep your student’s health records current if they have health concerns that can impact their day at school.

If your student has seasonal allergies or asthma, please contact the health room to complete a current Health Concern Update form to have on file in your student’s health record. Students may require medications and/or a health care plan to help with any symptoms while at school. Health room staff are ready and willing to help with your child’s health and safety needs.

Please continue to have your child wear a cloth face covering, wash their hands frequently and maintain physical distancing guidelines while at school. Together we can keep our students and staff safe.

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