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Club Day at PV!

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Greta Hauser
PV’s Newspaper Club

Here, at Pleasant Valley High School we have numerous amounts of clubs. Some of these clubs include poetry reading, community service clubs, and game clubs such as chess! If you missed Club Day a few weeks ago, don’t worry. Here’s what you missed:

Kayla Tyson, is a group member of Academic Decathlon. The theme this year is technology and humanity. It includes over seven different subjects, such as art, music, math, social science, economics, and science. They take individual tests per subject then three different prompts are given for an essay that they send in. Part of Academic Decathlon is giving a speech on their desired topic and another chosen topic speech and interview. Kayla says, “I really like it, it’s a really great community building and competition activity.” 

Every month the Safe Club goes to Chico State, there they learn how to become leaders and how to become successful after college. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to be skillful in daily life. Safe Club’s next meeting is held in D1. For men: come on October 4th, 18th, and November 8th in Hs Lunch. The men are going to Butte College on October 4th and 25 and are going to Chico State on November 29th. Women: lady’s will also meet in D1. On October 11th, November 15th and 29th they will meet at HS Lunch. And on October 11th and October 25, they are going to BUtte College. They will also be visiting Chico State on November 29th; the same as the boys. 

The CSF (California Scholarship Federation) club is focused on volunteer and working community service. This club does not only work through Pleasant Valley High School but also Buette district.  At senior graduation this year members get acknowledged and even get a special recognition.

The school newspaper aka The Saga is run by Abigail Harrell. She likes writing and having a leadership role. When asked the question what job do you want to pursue after high school she responds with, “I want to be a journalist or a news reporter.” So if you are interested in one of those jobs, consider joining the Saga.

GSA or the more common and recognizable name “Pride Club” is available at PVHS. Kelsie Hanson even says, “we might change the club name to Pride just so people will actually know what we are talking about!” GSA has been around for over a decade. This is the second year that Kelsie Hanson is taking over this activity, which is super exciting. We hope they will keep putting in their good spirits. 

Did you know we have a Karaoke club? Indeed we do. This is the third year so they need more people to sign up so more good vibes can be spread around. According to a member, they say, “you have fun, you sing songs” However, singing isn’t really your thing, you don’t have to. There is much more one can do, such as watch others sing their heart out or you can also just come to hang out with your friends! They will offer candy, cookies, and even pizza.  The genres vary from Taylor Swift to Elvis Presley.

Key Club is another community service club. Paris Zakeri states that “the goal is to help our community and optimize everything and make this place better.”  Another one of Pleasant Valley’s community clubs is Interact club. In that club, kids offer community service, they help with campus clean ups. One upcoming event called Operation Christmas, which happens in Mid December is all about donating toys to kids who are less fortunate.  Another activity that goes along with this club is the special needs carnival. A member of Key Club Ava Thao says, “We are very impactful.” If you want to be impactful too, join Key Club with the Google Classroom code (FFRM4VQ).

Pleasant Valley offers Bible Study club, only having been occurring for 4 years, so it is relatively new. As claimed by Tailey, a freshman, she says “we study scripture, and it is a really fun time for people who are believers to connect.” If you are interested in joining this club, it is hosted every Thursday during lunch in Ms. Topete’s classroom.

Poetry Out Loud, hosted by Mr.Hill and Mrs. Kuffman. It is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. It helps students master public speaking skills, build their self-confidence, and teaches them about literary history and contemporary life. Students will compete against one another in front of a panel of judges (teachers and staff). Each student will be evaluated on how effectively they present their poems that they have memorized from poetryoutloud.org, and how well they grasp the meaning of the poem. They will be assessed by how well they speak their poem, their tone and volume of voice and their posture. Two Pleasant Valley students will be selected as “School Champions”. Those same two students will go to compete against other students in Butte County district to be selected as the County Champion. If one of PV’s students wins the county competition, they will go onto the State competition, which includes an all-expenses paid two night stay in Sacramento. This also comes with the opportunity of meeting both the governor of California as well as the Poet Laureate. If interested, the next poetry meeting is October 12, in M-7.

You might have missed this club at Club day…Chess Club! Held by Mrs. Rollins in Y211 at lunch. Chess club has actually been going on since before 2006, isn’t that crazy? Tournaments are held once a month and the winning student gets to take home a trophy. However if you lose, you have to forfeit your trophy at the next tournament. These contenders vary from the grades of kindergarten through 12th. Ranking in different levels. If you don’t have any knowledge of how to play chess don’t worry! In this club they can teach you. A lot of the kids just come in to play for fun or to improve their skills, not even competing. Only 10 or 15 kids actually want to do the tournaments. When asked the question, what’s your favorite part of being a chess teacher? Mrs. Rollins responds with “I like advocating for the kids that enjoy chess and giving them that opportunity to play and grow their skills.” The real question is if Mrs. Rolllins plays? She explains to me that she doesn’t play as much as the kids do.

Another super fun club is debate club. In this club students choose a topic then those students debate over them. Which is better, which is right ect… After Covid this club unfortunately came to an end but now that it’s over it’s started back up.

We hope that you pick a club that you’ll enjoy. If you join a club and realize it’s not really for you don’t be fearful of backing out. It’s OK! The goal is just to make your Pleasant Valley campus a lot more fun for you.

 

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Greta Hauser
Greta Hauser, Consultant
A sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School, Greta Hauser is very dedicated to her job as editor on the paper. Where she writes articles and edits. Ever since freshman year she has been committed herself to working on the Pleasant Valley’s Newspaper; aka the SAGA. Participating in school spirit days, going to football games, and supporting fundraisers is all part of her school spirit! In her spare time; she enjoys the simplicity of baking and cooking. She’s always striving and looking for new recipes to create. This year she's hoping to find a new dedication to put her time into. She is to continue her work on the paper for the next four years, until she graduates as a senior. If anybody is interested in past articles that she has written, use this link Greta Hauser – The Saga

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