Pleasant Grove High School News
Dear PGHS Families,
January definitely had its share of "ups and downs". On January 22, we learned that five of our students were involved in a car accident while driving to school that morning. As we began to receive positive news about the recovery of four of the students involved, we learned on February 1, one of our beloved students, Gina Brinsmead, died from the injuries she sustained in the accident. As our PGHS family heals and we extend our hearts to Gina's family and friends, we continue to celebrate each other at PGHS by acknowledging those aspects that unite us and reminding ourselves to express gratitude to the people in our lives most special to us.
A Tribute to Gina (Genevieve) Shen Brinsmead, PGHS 11th Grader
I share with you with a heavy heart that a PGHS 11th grader, Gina (Genevieve) Shen Brinsmead, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020. She passed away peacefully with her family in the UC Davis Hospital from her injuries in a car accident involving five of our students on January 22, 2020 on their way to school.
At the beginning of this year, Gina said to her family, “I want to have fun in high school.” To her word, Gina was a proud member of our yearbook staff. She took immense pride in her work, photographing her classmates and events on campus, as well as creatively capturing them in spreads throughout our yearbook. Gina loved working backstage with our theater students, applying stage makeup in our most recent play. She took Guitar Workshop this year, committed to learning to play music. Gina experienced many beautiful friendships during her time in our school. Gina is kind, generous, creative, talented, and full of compassion. She is loved by many.
This is a very difficult time for our PGHS family. We extend our hearts out to Gina’s family and friends. There will be additional emotional support providers on campus located in the Student Services building all week to assist students with their grief. Additionally, teachers have been provided with activities to support their students in processing this tragic loss. We will share additional information soon for her memorial, where we invite you to celebrate Gina’s life.
Black History Month at PGHS
“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.”
(Lonnie Bunch, the first African American to serve as head of the Smithsonian)
Pleasant Grove High School is celebrating Black History Month 2020 with the theme Strong Roots-Amazing Achievements. Throughout the month, the PGHS Black Student Union (BSU) sponsoring a variety of informative events. For example, the BSU is encouraging students and staff participation in themed dress-up days, southern food experiences, hair braiding, and Motown karaoke. Another highlight of the month long celebration is the presentation from The Tuskegee Airmen who will be sharing their powerful personal stories with PGHS history classes.
BSU students will also be sharing historical facts and significant quotes in the daily bulletin and will be presenting an Advocacy lesson that pays tribute to African American history’s strong roots, and celebrates the amazing achievements of black men and women around the world.
Culture and Climate
The Culture & Climate team welcomed 4 new sophomore students to our team, in addition to several staff members. We continue to look for parent input on our team. If you are interested in helping to improve our campus culture and climate, please email Amber Sousa for more info and meeting dates!
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 25th at 3:30pm in HN8!
We continue to use PG Platinum reward tickets and raffles on campus. Our next raffle will be at the end of February! PG Postcards also continue to be sent out! Look out in the mail for a positive note from a staff member towards your student!
Be Safe - Be Respectful - Be Responsible - Be Your Best
Improving Wellness through Resilience and Mindfulness
This time of year can be exciting and sometimes difficult for students as they are receiving their college acceptance or rejection letters, taking SATs, or preparing for upcoming AP exams. According to Stanford University, “No matter the source of hardship, the single most common factor for children who end up doing well is having the support of at least one stable and committed relationship with a parent, caregiver, or other adult. These relationships are the active ingredient in building resilience: they provide the personalized responsiveness, scaffolding, and protection that can buffer children from developmental disruption.” In addition to being present and showing empathy, what else can we do to help our teens become more resilient? Read and watch this quick link video about the 7 C’s of Resilience.
The American Psychological Association recommends the following to improve resilience:
Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems
Accept that change is a part of living
Move toward your goals
Take decisive action
Look for opportunities for self-discovery
Nurture a positive view of yourself
Keep things in perspective
Maintain a hopeful outlook
Take care of yourself
Mediation, spiritual practices, and journaling
College, Career Center & Counseling News
COURSE SELECTION FOR 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR:
PG Counselors will be coming out to classes as follows -
- 9th going into 10th – January/February (in English 9 classes)
- 10th going into 11th – February/March (in World History classes)
- 11th going into 12th – March/April (in U.S. History classes)
- Incoming 9th graders will have course selection on April 20th & 27th in their Science classes at KAMS (Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night is scheduled for 4/14, PG Cafeteria @ 6:00 p.m.)
CAREER CENTER CCGI COLLEGE/CAREER UNITS:
- All Juniors (January-March) – CCGI 2 Day Post-Secondary & College/Career Readiness Unit in collaboration with Sacramento State University
- All Sophomores (March-April) – CCGI Post-Secondary Unit Day
CAREER CENTER EVENTS:
- February 12th – CRC/Los Rios College Application Workshop All Day for seniors
- February TBA – Johnson & Wales college visit
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.
- In January we had our second Unity Day and our third Food Faire and both were very successful. We kicked off February with our Winter Homecoming Dance -approximately 600 students attended. Moving further into February we are hosting our Prom/Ball expo which is an event that takes place during both lunches on Friday, February 7th. During this event our prom and ball royalty model tuxedos and dresses from local businesses. There are also make-up and hair studios here so students can see what is available in the area.
- In the second week of the month we will be hosting our yearly Meet Me on the Red Carpet Prom for our students with special needs on February 15th. General Education students volunteer to be the dates and servers at the event. It is one of our favorite annual events.
- Academic Awards lunch and recognition is Thursday the 20th ad sign ups take place the prior to the lunch in the MP room. On Friday the 21st we are hosting a Real DUI Court in School that is a live court proceeding that juniors and seniors will see in the gym and Freshmen and sophomores will see in classroom broadcast by PGTV.
- Junior Prom tickets will be on sale From February 18-26. The event takes place March 7th at the Library Galleria on 828 I St. Tickets are $10 less if purchased between February 18-21.
If you have any questions about any of the above events please check our website first and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Annual Multi-Cultural Night For PGHS Families
Congratulations to PGHS Academic Decathlon Team
- Interview: Ifuy Ifyefobi– bronze
- Speech: Amber Le–gold, delivered speech at the banquet, perfect score
- Art: Krystal Nguyen—bronze; Greyson Truong–bronze
- Math: Amber Le—gold
- Music: Troy Osborn—bronze, Tevita Beaman—bronze
- Social science: Amber Le—gold
- Science: Tevita Beaman —silver
- Economics: Ifuy Ifyefobi —gold; Amber—silver
- Language/literature: Nic Albiani—gold; Ifuy Ifyefobi —bronze; Troy Osborn—bronze
- Super Quiz: 4th place
Individual Medal Winners
- Krystal Nguyen -silver
- Tevita Beaman -silver
- Nic Albiani-gold
- Troy Osborn -gold
- Top scoring-Troy Osborn
- Team leadership-Krystal Nguyen
- Highest scoring alternate: Lorin See
- Super Decathlete: Amber Le
2020-2021 Course Registration
Counselors have been busy visiting English and Social Science classrooms to help students with the Online Course Registration process. Current 9th graders have completed the process and the current 10th graders are underway. Current 11th graders begin the process on Feb 24th. We need your help verifying that your child’s course selection is correct.
Steps to ‘lock” your child’s course registration:
- Have your child log onto his/her Synergy Student Vue account and click on Course Request
- Look over your child’s course request together
- If changes are needed click on the blue button that says “Click here to change course requests” (or follow the powerpoint directions available online at pghs.net under Students > Course Selection)
- If everything looks good, click on the “Lock Course Request” button on the right side of the screen. If there are errors (less than 60 credits of courses selected or less than 2 alternate courses selected), Synergy will not allow you to lock.
- Once locked, your child’s counselor will get a message on showing that you have approved your child’s course request.
Girls in STEM Day
Last week IDEA and Girl Scouts hosted 50 7th and 8th grade KAMS students for our second annual Girls in STEM Day! Our IDEA female students planned and ran the event which included guest speakers, the Girl Scouts mobile STEM lab, Girls in STEM Mythbusters, and a very competitive egg drop. Below you will find a link to pictures of the day.
Allysa Kazhe, IDEA class of 2018, was chosen as a Brooke Owens Fellow for 2020!
PGHS is proud to announce that Allysa Kazhe, IDEA class of 2018, was chosen as a Brooke Owens Fellow for 2020! (only 40 students chosen nationwide!) She is being recognized as an “extraordinary undergraduate women and non-binary students in the aerospace sector”
Allysa Kazhe, a Sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at the
University of California, Santa Cruz. Originally from Elk Grove, CA. Ms. Kazhe will be
working as a Spacecraft Systems Core Engineer intern at Maxar in Palo Alto, CA.
Winter sports are coming to an end. Boys and girls soccer are poised to make the playoffs but both teams face stiff competition as they end the regular season. Wrestling starts their post-season run this weekend as they travel to Sheldon to participate in the Delta League season ending tournament. Top five wrestlers in each division qualify to move on to the section (masters) tournament the following weekend.
Pleasant Grove Athletics hosted its first annual Albiani athlete information night. This was an informational meeting that defines PG Athletics’ programs, goals , vision, philosophy, etc. It also provided information on how to register and look up information on our sports programs. The event was well attended as it was standing room only in the Albiani multi-purpose room.
Pleasant Grove football was back in the spotlight as team member Jack O’Connor was offered a scholarship to play football at Idaho State University. Jack was one of only two players signing a letter of intent in the entire Sacramento region on the February 5th signing day! Congratulations Jack!
Spring sports kick off on February 10th. Spring sports include baseball, softball, track, boys’ tennis, boys’ golf, boys’ volleyball and swimming. In total, over 300 students will be active and involved to kick-off the new season.
Congratulations to Jack O'Connor
Thank you to all for the supply drive donations and monetary contributions. We received 250 boxes of tissues, 250 markers, and 70 bottles of sanitizer. Distribution to teachers will occur in February. We also received $475 to benefit other PTSO programs. PTSO also sponsors students and teachers with Senior Scholarships, Staff appreciation Day, and Sober Grad Night.. Please consider donating raffle items for Staff Appreciation day (May 7th) and Sober Grad Night (May 27th). We also appreciate monetary donations for either event. Individuals/organizations with a $500 or more donation for Sober Grad Night will have their names printed on the back of t-shirts.
Two items for seniors!
- PTSO accepts money via PayPal: http://www.paypal.me/ptso4pghs and Venmo: @tania-roeser. More information about Sober Grad Night is located on the PGHS Sober Grad Night Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PLEASANTGROVESOBERGRAD/.
- Senior Scholarships - keep an eye out for e-mails. The application process begins in April.
Our next meeting is March 2nd at 6:00 pm in the ASB room. New members are always welcome.
Student Parking Lot
Students must have a valid permit to park in the lot. These permits are available on a first come first serve basis to juniors and seniors only. There are a limited number of permits available. Once these run out, non-permitted drivers will need use the method of transportation that they used to get to school before getting their car and license.
Soul Purpose Winter Showcase
Friday, Feb. 7th, 7pm to Saturday, Feb. 8th, 9pm
8333 Kingsbridge Drive
Lincoln’s Birthday Observance-No School
Monday, Feb. 10th, 8am-3:15pm
Elk Grove Unified School District, CA, USA
QPR (Question Persuade Response) Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Guardians
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6-7:30pm
PGHS Multi-Purpose Room
QPR- Parent Training Session- February 11 from 6:00-7:30 in the PGHS Multi-Purpose Room
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help
save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save
thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of
a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands
of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or
neighbor. Join us for the follow-up to Ripple Effect in our second session in our Family Wellness series.
Register through Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/question-persuade-refer-qpr-suicide-prevention-tickets-89883605283 Password: PGHS Region