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Weekly Update 6/7/19


Another amazing night at PHS. On June 4th, Pacifica held it’s annual Academic Awards Night. Mr. Lawrence, and Teachers honored the top students in every Department and every Academy, as well as Trident Award winners at every grade level who personify excellence in Academics, the Arts, and Athletics. OUTSTANDING job Tritons!!! Way to close out this school year! There were so many excellent students honored during this night. Below is a collection of just some of our award recipients. Congrats to all winners.



HSA Sophomores and Juniors completed their final lab of the school year this week. HSA Sophomores dissected frogs while the HSA Juniors focused on Fetal Pigs. Great job to our Future Medical Professionals.



On Saturday, June 1st our Jazz Ensemble I had the honor and privilege of performing with Dr. Puglisi, superintendent of the Rio School District, and his ensemble the River Band.  Opening the Rio School District Festival, the River Band and Jazz Ensemble I collaboratively performed original charts including Sound Engineers, St. Francis Dam, Just Move and Dancing in Their Shoes. After this performance, our jazz ensemble played several charts including Latin favorites like Manteca, Morning Mambo, Corcovado and Empanada Caliente.  Both performances included lots of student solo improvisations!

Later that same evening, our Symphonic Band students joined the final performance of the Rio School District festival performing with elementary, junior high and other high schools band students.  This mass ensemble performance included selections from Beauty and the Beast, Daydreams and Andromeda.  A special thank you to Dr. Puglisi and his staff & Doug Williamson – – band director at Rio Vista School, for inviting us to this event once again!

Lastly, at Academic Awards Night, twelve students received Performing Arts Department Awards.  Congratulations to all recipients-Arianne Agno, Gilberto Berumen, Daniel Castillo, Sam Chai, Alexandrea Contreras, Joel Flores, Frida Galicia, Fernando Gallardo, Brisa Juarez, Michelle Landeros, Juliana Rodriguez and Alex Sandoval!

World Music

World Music finished their year discovering  the culture and music of Mexico, Latin and South America.  Throughout their studies, our World Music travelers learned about  the many styles of Mariachi music, the K’antu panpipe ensemble of Bolivia, the sanjuan harp of Ecuador and the bossa nova and samba of Brazil! 


Mr. Shettler’s SH class had some visitors this week. Triton Baseball stopped by and shared some Ice Cream and got to hang out with some awesome kiddos!


This week, Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame honored Kelly Espino and Armando Sifuentes for Pacifica High School Athlete of The Year!! Congratulations!!


The Faculty-Student Basketball game on Wednesday concluded with a 51-34 score in favor of faculty.  Students, parents, and friends attended to support and heckle team members, and all- in-all it was a success. Coach Collins and all the other coaches look forward to next year’s basketball season, and had a great time in their final match against the departing seniors as well as other team members. 


The Migrant Awards Night celebration at PHS was amazing on Thursday Night. Shout out to @MrCalderon_phs for his inspiring keynote address in which he described his educational and career journey while inspiring our parents / students.

2019 PROM



Mrs. Carson & Mrs. Behniwal attended a course last Friday, on Patient Care & Bioethics at School of Nursing at Ventura College. The 4 Guiding Principles of Bioethics & Resilience in the Nursing field were topics that were covered.

AP Reader Conference for Language and Composition

Ms. Kara Hamilon attended the AP Reader Conference for Language and Composition Conference this past week.

“I have never embarked, no–embraced, no–enjoyed, no—been challenged quite like this. 
The AP reader conference has reaffirmed that much of what we are doing as a department and as a faculty; however, it has also reminded me that our students have much to improve upon to compete on a more universal stage. 
The consensus that comes from thousands comparing and conversing about student writing encourages me to push for more collaborative time dedicated to writing for my team and students. 
The days are long: 8 am to 5 pm. The essays books of bricks. Many are poor. Some are epiphanies tipped onto the page. Either way it is a beauty to be part of this group of supportive readers—cheering students to score well, to make connections. 
The experience reminds me of a line from The Great Gatsby: “Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something”.  I love knowing there are others out there that want to see something great in kids too”



Last Friday, Principal Lawrence hosted the last Coffee with the Principal of the 2018-19 school year. We had a great parent turn out and some good discussions on ways to support our students next year here at PHS. Lawrence appreciates all the parents who have taken the time to come to one of his meetings this year. Building a relationship between parents and the school is one of the BEST way for a students success!.

Some of our parents stayed back and helped the Staff celebrate our SRO Officer, Hector Balderama. He has been a Triton for the last 3 years and will be leaving PHS this coming school year. With his bravery, hard work, great attitude and friendly smile, he will TRULY be missed here at Pacifica High School. Thank you Officer Balderama for everything you have done for us here at PHS. We can never say thank you enough for all you have done for our campus. Our Staff and Students will miss you truly and we wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavors. You will always be a Triton here at TritonLand.


The Last DPAC/DELAC meeting held at the District office where we had over 20 parents from Pacifica High School in attendance. Nutrition Services provided samples of the food and salads being provided to our students during lunchtime.

This was a very important meeting as elections took place for 4-elective officers. Results of the elections for the ELAC district office is: President: Parent/Sr. Juan Arellano from PHS, Vice-President: Parent/Sra. Maria Teresa Torres from OHS, Secretary: Parent/Sr. Isaldo Arellano from PHS and Sgt. of Arms: Parent/Sra. Sandra Mejia from PHS. We had lots of parents from PHS selected for officers and their speeches were amazing! We have a lot of parent leaders at our school!

Staff present… PHS Assistant Principal Ms. Angelita Sandoval, Mrs. Maria Maldonado & Mrs. Claudia Naranjo.