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June 2, 2008
Pinole Valley High School News
In This Issue
PVHS Class of 2010
PVHS Small Learning Academies
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Quote of the Day
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of
a second-rate version of somebody else." ~ Judy
Parents - Our staff appreciation lunch is this Friday,
June 6. If you can donate drinks, a fruit tray or a
dessert, please contact Tammy Campbell at
Tammera.Campbell at comcast.net or
Congratulations goes out to Joseph Pangelina
(9th grader) for making it to the NCS golf playoffs!
PVHS had four swimmers make it to NCS this year.
Congratulations goes out to William Mancuso,
Woo, Danny Lu, and Damien Grace. Way
to go boys.
Congratulations goes out to the PVHS Varsity
Baseball team for making it to NCS playoffs this
Though they did not win against Alameda high, they
battled for eight innings and proved themselves a
worthy opponent. Good jobs boys!
NCS Coach of the Year
Coach Jim Ulversoy has been honored as NCS coach
of the year for his continued support to the water polo
and swim teams at Pinole Valley High. We are very
lucky to have such a dedicated coach!
PVHS Class of 2010
Students of the Class of 2010 are trying to raise class
funds for their upcoming junior year. They are a wee
tad behind and need money for their junior prom.
voluntered to run a refreshment booth for the 2008
graduation ceremonies. If parents could possibly
donate a case of water to the cause the students
would be grateful. We are looking for at least 20
cases of water for Saturday, June 14. If you can
donate please contact Trish Sanchez at 758-0634.
PVHS GATE Program
The fourth and final GATE meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Tuesday 6/3/08 in the PVHS
library. We'll find out how GATE funds were spent this
year, review a list of
new DVDs and other materials now available for
teachers, and make plans for next
Stewart and Pinole Middle School Parents: if you
would like to find out about
Pinole Valley High School's very active GATE program,
please plan to attend this
meeting. For more information, contact GATE Chair
Melissa McMillion at
mc-million at comcast.net. You can also contact PVHS
Assistant Principal David
Luongo at 510/758-4664 ext. 2717 or
DLuongo at wccusd.net.
PVHS Small Learning Academies
Environmental Studies Academy
The Environmental Studies Academy (ESA) is looking
for students to fill a second sophomore ESA class.
The ESA fulfills the High School A-G requirements for
U.C. and Cal State colleges, and supplies the
students with a chance to complete their service
learning credits. ESA students have a high
acceptance rate to four year schools. The students
also get to go on fun, educational study trips, including
two week long camping trips. So have your student
join ESA! If you have any further question see Dr.
Wilson in room 213, or Ms. Ganick, and Mr. Harris in
rooms 403 and 402, or their counselor. You can also
call the schools at 758-4664 and leave a message.
Law and Justice Academy
The law and justice academy is looking for interested
students for next year. If you are interested please
contact Ms. Blades. See article below for the type of
learning opportunities that Ms. Blades provides her
DUI trial teaches students real-life
By Kim Wetzel of the West County Times
Three out of 10 Americans are involved in an alcohol-
related car accident in their lifetime, according to
statistics, and young drivers are especially at risk.
Contra Costa Superior Court officials hope to change
that by giving teens an up-close glimpse of the
consequences of drinking and driving.
About 250 Pinole Valley High students spent Tuesday
in the school's cafeteria watching a real-life driving-
under-the-influence case presided over by Superior
Court Judge Steven Austin and argued by Senior
Deputy District Attorney Dara Cashman and Public
Defender Jack Funk.
The trial was one of four scheduled at high schools
around the county this month as part of the "DUI Court
in the Schools" program. Similar events have taken
place at Olympic High in Concord and at Richmond
High. Another will be held next week at Concord
"This is a great opportunity to educate young people
about both the consequences of driving under the
influence of alcohol and the courtroom activities
involved in a real trial," Austin said.
Tuesday's trial at Pinole gave students a taste of the
TV show "Law and Order," complete with a judge,
bailiff, court reporter, student advisory jury, witnesses
and the defendant - 25-year-old Manesha Carter,
who pleaded not guilty to one count of driving under
the influence of alcohol and one count of driving with a
blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08.
But instead of watching Hollywood's neat, hourlong
version of the justice system, students from teacher
Patricia Blades' law and justice class, as well as
history and driver's education students, got a more
realistic feel for how evidence is weighed in court.
"Everybody has a preconceived notion of what a trial is
like from TV," said senior Lonnie Ross, member of the
student jury. "This shows people how the court
system works and how the jury works.".
Students heard testimony from two witnesses -
California Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Pratt and
forensic toxicologist Richard Bowden - who both
described how alcohol impaired Carter's driving the
night she was arrested and how alcohol affects the
body in general. Through opening and closing
statements and witness questioning, Cashman and
Funk broke down the evidence..
A few students dozed during the three-hour event, but
others appeared fascinated with the process, and the
room was silent just before the verdict was read by the
jury, which served on an advisory-only basis..
Made up of seven girls and five boys, the jury was
hung after 20 minutes of deliberations; the judge
found Carter guilty on both counts and deferred her
sentencing to a later date. The typical punishment for
DUI convictions is a fine, probation and alcohol
classes, Austin said, but Carter's fine likely will be
reduced for allowing her trial to be conducted in front
The defendant, whose toddler daughter scampered
about the room for part of the trial, said she deeply
regretted making the decision to get behind the wheel
after drinking. .
"I wouldn't do it again," Carter said when asked by a
student how she would handle the situation again. "I
could have hurt myself and put my child in danger. It's
not worth it."
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