Hawk Talk

Peninsula High School - October 30th, 2020

A Message from Dr. Potts

Dear Seahawk Families,

It is an understatement to say that we are living in very challenging times, but it is a testimony to our resilience that we are managing to stay connected and engaged in a mostly remote learning environment.

Mid-Semester Progress Reports. As we near the mid-way point of the first semester, we want to assist families and students. To that end, we are sending out this Friday a mid-semester progress report. We will send this electronically and by US mail. The goal is to take stock and to evaluate academic progress to date.

The grades on the reports are not permanent, and there is plenty of time to strengthen performance. If parents have questions or need assistance, we ask that they contact teachers directly. Now is a good time if there is a need.

Pause and Recalibration. As a follow up, during Homeroom November 4th, we will equip students with a planner and an organizational structure for their assignments. We are also working to make Schoology more consistent and streamlined for easy access. On Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th , we will pause all classes for one day, assigning no new work nor assessments. This will give students time to catch up, identify missing work, and it will enable teachers to identify priority assignments for all students and to work with those who are struggling. Even students who are doing well should use this time to double-check submissions, re-take tests, and revise tasks for grade improvement. In other words, these are not days off.

Please assist us by asking your student to make a list of what is missing and what needs improvement. This can be generated by looking at PowerSchool or Schoology. Departments are accepting late work, and there is the chance to re-take tests in most classes. Start with the list, and let’s get going.

Small Pod Activity. Beginning November 18th, we will, if permitted by local and state health organizations, identify those in general education settings who are struggling for one reason or another, and invite them to campus for check-in and focused discussions with teachers. These opportunities will happen on Wednesdays. We will offer transportation, and there will be a sign-up process and an orderly and safe set of procedures for entering and working in the building.

Go Seahawks.

Joe Potts, Ph.D.


Parent Survey

As we approach the end of the quarter, we want to hear from you. Please take the time to complete this parent survey.

PHS Family Check-In Survey

School Pictures

Make-ups/Re-takes: Tuesday, November 3rd, from 2:00-5:00 will be the last opportunity for students to get their school picture taken or get a retake. Please enter through the main entrance by the front office. Please check our website for ordering information.

Picture Pickup: If you ordered pictures from a previous picture day, your pictures are here! You can pick them up at the Front Office from 2:00-5:00 on November 3rd, or you can come by the library door during school hours.

Senior Scholarship Notebooks

Scholarship notebooks are now on sale at the SAVE Thrift Store.

PHS Scholarship Notebook Information

Questions? Contact Vicky Donahoe 253.225.9762 or vrdonahoe@gmail.com

AP Testing Registration

Parents and Guardians of Students with an AP Class: If your student has an AP class this year, please be aware that payment for AP tests are due by Friday, November 6th.

The AP Testing Registration Form shows when each test will be given and the price. If you are paying online you do not need to fill out and turn in the form. If you would like to pay by check, you may make a check out to the school and mail it into the bookkeeper. Please be aware of the deadline of November 6th.

*Students can get a full refund again this year if they decide, for any reason, not to take the test(s) in May. So, there is no real risk in paying by November 6th.

World Language Testing

Did you know that if you speak, read, and write in a language other than English, that you can earn up to four high school credits?

Sign up deadline is November 18th. Please review the below information and then sign up if you're interested!

More Information

Sample Test

Interest Form

Community Resources

We understand that times are different and your family may be needing more support.

Here are a list of local community resources that may help you with your needs.

Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Resource Guide

Cap & Gowns

Jostens has extended the ordering date to December 15th!


Place order at www.Jostens.com

It's time to order your cap & gown, class jewelry, graduation announcements, and senior apparel. Ordering will be done a little differently this year, so please check out the video below for information on how to order.

If you'd like to see how other seniors are celebrating their senior status, follow us on Instagram @jostenswa. We will be giving away senior gear throughout the year!


Transportation Appreciation Week

We would like to thank our PSD bus drivers, mechanics and transportation staff at the PSD Transportation Office during Transportation Appreciation Week. Although their job looks a bit different this year, we know they are still working hard transporting students, helping the kitchen staff deliver meals, providing wifi hot spots, and giving a friendly wave and a smile to our students and staff every day.

Please enjoy this video made by the PHS Leadership students and teachers!

A PHS Thank You to PSD Transportation 2020 Edition

PHS Athletics

If you have questions about high school athletics and how they will be navigated this year, please review the High School Athletics FAQs.

Some of our programs have already begun small pod practices following Covid safety guidelines. Please refer to the 2020-21 PHS Sports Information Sheet for each coach's email. They can provide you with sport specific opportunities. All participants will need to register on Family ID and follow all safety guidelines. Go Seahawks!
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