Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


The Interns

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Arianna Knigin and Connor Scott, two twelfth grade students at Rolling Hills Prep School, have been interning here at PHS since Tuesday of last week. Arianna is interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, and Connor plans to double major in neurology and psychology in his education at Denison University in Granville, Ohio
While here on campus, Connor has observed that PHS is both communal and holistic, and yet the faculty and staff focus on each individual child. “This school is unlike any others I’ve seen,” Connor shares. “I never thought that a school could assist students in this way. In my psychology class, we label behaviors, whereas that is not the case at PHS – I can see the great value in this approach.”
Our other intern, Arianna, tells us that she will begin her freshmen year this August at St. Mary’s College of California in Morago. “I will be in the Teachers for Tomorrow program, and I plan to continue for my fifth year and obtain my California Teaching credential.”
In discussing her experience here at PHS, Arianna has been impressed with our school’s “warm presence.” “This is a friendly, happy place,” she states, “and it makes me feel comfortable. In addition, I realize now that I really do want to teach; this experience has helped me reaffirm that.”
Both Arianna and Connor were very impressed with how well PHS students in various grades positively interact with each other, and how large groups of students from each grade like to gather together at recess and lunch. “You really don’t find this at other schools,” they agreed. These two secondary school students felt that Peninsula Heritage School was a great place to accomplish their internships!

Take Me Out to the…….Art Exhibit!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Share with your children a student-centered art exhibit right here in Palos Verdes. What a great (and free) way to introduce children to the art museum experience!
Running through Friday, May 29, the Palos Verdes Art Center (corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Crestridge Road) is hosting the PV Annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring this year’s Art At Your Fingertips projects. The work of students across the Peninsula as well as various outreach Title I schools are highlighted.
Don’t miss the adorable display of “Watts Up,” an abstraction of the Watts Towers, created by Peninsula Heritage’s very own Kindergarteners!

Junior Ambassador

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Every year, the Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN), selects one of its clients as Junior Ambassador. This year’s selection is our own PHS Fifth Grader, Cameron Orr – also known as Paul Revere for his role in the Fifth Grade’s “History Comes Alive!” musical at the Norris Theatre in March.
Interviewed for the PTN “Milestones” newsletter, Cameron relates his feelings about his ambassadorial role, “I’m a boy who really loves to help people and kids… I am so glad to support [PTN] that helps kids. One day I plan on helping the world. PTN has inspired me to do that.”
Located in Torrance, PTN is a non-profit organization that offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children. PTN partners with USC and UCLA on research studies and offers informative education and training to the community.
Noting that Cameron has amazing poise, even in front of large audiences – as we saw in the Fifth Grade musical – Cameron shares his future plans. “I want to be a businessman and own a really good restaurant that has a lot of good types of food… I make pretty good desserts, and I like to create my own recipes.”
Congratulations, Cameron!

Rawhide Ranch

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Our Third Graders enjoyed a wonderful Outdoor Education experience at Rawhide Ranch in San Diego County last week. Science Teacher Kathy Mallon, along with Mrs. Debbie Schwartz, and several PHS parents, accompanied the students. Kathy shares the experience with us:
This year’s Third Grade class is truly unique, since so many of the children exhibited great courage as they challenged themselves in physical activities that they had never tried before.They climbed the rock wall, ate at the chuck wagon, and slept in the bunk house. During the excellent team-building events our children exhibited the PHS spirit in their trust and loyalty toward each other. We are so proud of these students, as Third Grade

marks the first time that our children have a three-day outdoor adventure.
Rawhide is truly a ranch with its horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and even llamas! Our students become ranch hands as they were responsible for the cleaning, care, and feeding of these animals.
Of particular interestwere the many lessons about horsemanship directed by the Ranch’s excellent staff. Our Third Graders learned, step by step, the necessary skills that culminated in their great horseback riding experience! The many benefits of our stay at the Ranch are obvious and long-lasting!