Pleasant Grove High School News

April 2020

Dear PGHS families,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy. I’d like to start off by expressing how much the PGHS Faculty and Staff miss you and your children and look forward to the time we can safely gather again.

At the beginning of March, we were ready to hit "send" on the parent newsletter when life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. As a result, we didn't have the opportunity to share the outstanding accomplishments of PGHS students in February. The focus of this newsletter is to highlight events from February, share information about our upcoming distance learning and other important school business, as well as provide some strategies to stay well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By now, you should have heard from your child's teachers. Please keep in mind that just as distance learning is new for you and your child, it is also new for all of our teachers who have been working diligently to learn the varied nuances of teaching from home. I ask that you give them grace during this unprecedented time and encourage your child to stay in close communication with their teachers. Many of our teachers are not only learning all new platforms, but they are also caring for their own young children and family members who are now at home due to the pandemic. During this time of uncertainty, wellness is our priority, ensuring that our students are well and not stressed about academics and that our teachers are able to continue providing an excellent education to your children while balancing their teaching responsibilities and home responsibilities.

Check out our webpage: for current PGHS Information-including directions on password resets and setting up your Synergy Parent Vue account.

Important updates:

  • Distance learning officially begins for secondary schools on Thursday, April 16.
  • Continue to read daily emails from our District Communication Dept:
  • Summer school is on hold for now. More info to come...
  • Drive-thru meal services will still be provided Monday-Friday for the remainder of the school year between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in front of PGHS.
  • Chromebook distribution continues at PGHS on April 7-9 from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for our regional elementary school students.
  • Counselors are wrapping up course registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Students in all grade levels have chosen their classes and their course requests can be viewed on Synergy Student Vue. Students will be able to make course request changes through Synergy mid-May (more info will be shared in May).
  • Although our school is closed right now due to the shelter-in-place order, we are still here for you. We have a rotation of administrators, counselors and clerical staff working throughout the week. Phones in both the Administration and Student Services Offices will be answered, and if they aren't, please leave a message and we will return your call. You are also welcome to email us with your questions and we will get back to you.

Strength, resilience, and unity define our community. The PGHS community will emerge from this pandemic better, stronger, and even more united.

In partnership,

Taigan Keplinger


Be Safe*Be Responsible*Be Respectful*Be Your Best

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PGHS Wellness

PGHS Health & Wellness webpage

Below are links to two resources for dealing with anxiety about Covid-19 as well as a COVID-19 resource booklent from the National Alliance for Mental Illness

How To Ease Children’s Anxiety About COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

Improving Wellness through Good Nutrition

A healthy diet helps teens to maintain a good mood, have enough energy to get through their day, stay focused in class, and improves academic achievement.

According to, we can encourage teens to follow a healthy eating plan that includes:

  • Eat 3 meals a day, with healthy snacks.

  • Increase fiber in diet and decrease the use of salt.

  • Drink water. Try to avoid drinks that are high in sugar. Fruit juice can have a lot of calories, so limit your adolescent’s intake. Whole fruit is always a better choice.

  • Eat balanced meals.

  • When cooking for your adolescent watches (and decreases, if necessary) his or her sugar intake.

  • Eat fruit or vegetables for a snack.

  • Decrease the use of butter and heavy gravies.

  • Eat more chicken and fish. Limit red meat intake, and choose lean cuts when possible.

  • Purchase and provide healthy snack options in your home

Be Safe Be Responsible Be Respectful Be Your Best!

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College, Career Center & Counseling Updates



All sophomores (mid-April) – Please check Synergy email for 10th grade CCGI Post-Secondary Unit. All current 10th grade students will need to complete this unit.


CRC will inform us as to next steps for students who have completed their CRC/Los Rios application for both regular and advanced ed studies. The Career Center will email students with updates. Please check your Synergy email and frequently!!!

EGRSF Scholarship: Congratulations scholarship recipients! This year PGHS has 21 winners with over $34,000 in awards given!!! This was one of our highest years!!! WAY TO GO EAGLES!! Each recipient should have received an email informing them of their award in late March/early April. Students will receive a certificate from EGRSF in the near future letting them know how to claim their scholarship. Unfortunately the annual “award dinner” had to be cancelled this year.


FAFSA and California Dream Act application are still open!

All seniors should file the FAFSA or California Dream Act ASAP. 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.

High School Portfolio Update

Due to the move to distance learning, we have had to make some adjustments to the high school portfolio requirements. This year, all seniors will be asked to create a digital High School Portfolio. This will consist of a shared folder containing all of the portfolio documents that seniors are able to produce. Detailed instructions will be available on the school's webpage under the High School Portfolio link and more information will be provided by senior English teachers. Seniors will be graded on the items that they are able to include in the folder and exempted from items that they are not able to produce due to the stay at home order. There will no High School Presentations this year, however, students who have not passed the speech proficiency may choose to meet that graduation requirement with a Portfolio presentation.

Portfolio requirements for 9th -11th graders will also be adjusted this year. Community service hours will be reduced or exempted and students will only need to submit a summative letter online so that they will have a copy for their final portfolio during their senior year.

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Thank You from the PGHS Staff!

Thank you for your generous donations of classroom supplies during the PTSO Supply Drive. We all appreciate the Kleenex, whiteboard markers and hand sanitizer! Teachers immediately put these items to good use in their classrooms. We are grateful to be partners in your child's education.
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PGHS Black History Month Celebration

The PGHS Black Student Union (BSU) led by advisors Timeka Francis and Delaire Doyle shared their culture and history with our school this past month. BSU engaged the entire PGHS campus in a remarkable Black History Month. Motown karaoke, southern food tastings, hair braiding, and a gumbo cook-off are just a few of the entertaining and informative events the students sponsored. Additionally, English teacher Perry Mansch arranged for the family members of several Tuskegee Airmen to speak to social science and English classes. They shared the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, their accomplishments as well as personal stories about their heroic relatives. BSU students also shared significant historical quotes, organized an inspiring Equality Luncheon with a motivational speaker panel, and presented an educational African American History lesson to Advocacy classes.

Red Carpet Dance

On Saturday, February 18, PGHS hosted our 7th Annual Meet Me at the Red Carpet Dance. PGHS staff and students host this memorable prom at a local venue, Armaan's Palace, for students with special needs who attend Florin, Monterey Trail, Sheldon, and Laguna Creek High Schools. This dance is fully funded through donations and fundraisers so there is no cost for students to attend.

Red Carpet 2020 was a huge success thanks in large part to our volunteers and sponsors! Mikuni’s and Cosumnes Firefighters were our major sponsors donating thousands of dollars and volunteering their time to host our students. We had so many PGHS student volunteers that we had to turn students away! Way to shine Eagles! Thank you also to the families and businesses who donated money to make this event happen! We appreciate all of you! The fire chief, Mike McLaughlin, was so impressed with our students and the event that he connected us with the CSD and EGUSD representatives who have asked to join us to help sponsor and plan the event for next year!

Middle School Leadership Conference 2020

PGHS Public Service Academy and Biomedical Academy students presented at the EGUSD Middle School Leadership Conference on February 20, 2020, at the Antioch Baptist Church. The purpose of this conference is to give students who are in helping and leadership roles at schools throughout our district an opportunity to network and gain skills and information related to teen issues. The conference workshops and activities will provide the tools to empower participants to feel more secure in their roles as leaders and role models at their own school. Students who attend this conference will find themselves in an environment which will encourage them to open their minds to new ideas, express their own ideas, and will empower and challenge them to work together to make a difference at their own schools. Workshops were led by Club Live, Stop Stigma Sacramento, EGUSD Youth Development Team, students from the Pleasant Grove High School Biomedical Academy, Sheldon High School Students Helping Students, and Cosumnes Oaks High School Avid.

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PGHS Ag Students elected to the Regional FFA Officer Team

Caden Swain and Cutter Cates both ran for our Regional FFA Officer Team, and were both elected to serve for the 2020-2021 school year!

Caden and Cutter did an amazing job in a high-stress situation, and will be serving on next year’s Central Region FFA Officer team, where they will represent more than 26,000 FFA members from an area reaching from Yolo County all the way to Merced! Caden was elected to serve as the Vice President at Large, and Cutter was elected as the Vice President North for our Region, and we couldn’t be more proud of their achievements-Congratulations!

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PGHS 2019-2020 Mathletes Wins 1st Place

PGHS won 1st place for our MESA National Engineering Design Challenge team . Though they couldn’t compete in person, their technical paper for an automated chicken coop door took top prize.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 PGHS Mathletes (all seniors) and their coaches:

  • Ivan Yan
  • Sahej Mavi
  • Rhonin Huggay
  • Xinyi Li
  • Coaches Lisa Bjorgum, Rajan Vedula, Rebecca Hunter and Colin Denney.

Athletic News

February saw the end of the winter sports season. The girls soccer team made the playoffs and were able to advance to the second round with a 2-0 victory over Inderkum High School. That we be as far as the young Eagles would go as they lost their 2nd round match at Oak Ridge HS 0-3. The end of the season also brings about All-League selections . Congratulations the boys and girls below as they were named All-Delta League by the coaches in their respective sport.

  • Charlie Garrison - Boys Basketball
  • Jalen Theo - Boys Soccer
  • Abigayle Brown - Girls Soccer
  • Brandi LaValley - Girls Soccer
  • Anissa Williams - Girls Soccer

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the spring season was paused in very early March. We had many teams and individuals off to a fast start including our softball team which started the season with three straight wins. Although the loss of sporting events has affected many, we feel especially sad for our seniors who all worked so hard and were looking forward to competing and finishing off heir high school careers. Coaches have been staying in contact with their teams and sending out workouts which can be done at home in hopes that there may be a way to salvage a small part of the season.

Preparations are being made for the fall season. Information will be out soon regarding meetings relevant to summer participation.

2020-2021 Pleasant Grove Jr Eagles Football & Cheerleader Registration

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Student Activities

ASB elected and appointed positions for 2020-21 (information)

Any student who wants to be a part of leadership (ASB) at Pleasant Grove High School for the 2020-21 school year has two avenues to accomplish that goal. The first is to run for office. If a student is elected they are automatically in ASB. The available positions for students will be listed in documents that will be posted beginning April 13 on synergy and There are pre-requisites for some of the positions so it is important to read carefully. All packets will be due April 20th to

The other option is to apply for an interview and gain an appointed position. That process also begins on April 13th (look for documents on synergy or The applications are due Friday April 24. Interviews will take place on Wednesday thru Zoom. Students will be given a time to join the zoom interview. Once that process is complete will we notify everyone as to whether they made it into the class.

As for any activities for the 2020 school year we are on “hold” and waiting further instruction from the district and state.

Amid coronavirus slowdown, Arik Armstead tries to boost Sacramento-area restaurants

San Francisco 49er Defensive End and PGHS alumnus, Arik Armstead, gives back to the Sacramento community during the COVID 19 pandemic and give PGHS a special shout-out.

EGUSD Distance Learning Begins

Thursday, April 16th, 8am

EGUSD Middle and High Schools

Last Day of School

Friday, May 29th, 3:15pm

EGUSD Schools