The School Report
The State of the District

Dear Parents and Community Members,


Our 1st Annual State of the District event was a resounding success. This student led event attracted over 400 people at the Norris Pavilion, where we celebrated our accomplishments, discussed our challenges, and pondered the future of education in PVPUSD. If you were unable to join us at the event, the video is available on our website: View video.



Alex Cherniss  

Alex Cherniss, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

A Message From School Board President Linda Reid

By the middle of October, our students are settled into the routine of the school year. As school board members, we are too. We are visiting school sites, talking with parent groups, and contemplating some big decisions we have to make over the next few months. These decisions sometimes are things over which we lose sleep, and sometimes are “no brainers.”

The first “no brainer” was addressing our mental health needs, and we look forward to a report from Dr. Trista Ramirez on what she has learned, and what we need to do to further support struggling students, including the development of a new health education program for our high school students. Last spring, I met a student who had been hospitalized for suicidal ideation just a few months earlier, and I admired the resolve of this amazing young person. Kindness goes a long way, and all of us who volunteer to help children, or who work with students as staff, are role models to be sure, but sometimes young people can be role models to adults as well.

The biggest “no brainer” coming up is our pressing need to address our woeful facilities. Our schools were mostly built about 60 years ago, almost all within a span of just a few years, and their horrific problems need to be addressed. An all-volunteer Facilities Advisory Committee, chaired by parents Tim Buresh and Howard Edelson, has prioritized our needs over the last several months. These people are district staff, parent-engineers, construction experts and teachers with no agenda other than helping PVPUSD address safety, security and repair issues. Fixing leaky roofs, plumbing backups, technology hiccups, and adding air conditioning all have become “must haves.” We have seismic issues to examine, and our community has asked us to address campus security as well.

As always, I am happy to speak with parents, teachers, and community members about student mental health, facilities, or any issues your children are facing. I learn from every conversation, every board member training, and every email. Along with my dedicated colleagues, I am so proud to humbly serve the children of PVPUSD.



Linda Reid

Linda Reid
President, PVPUSD Board of Education
7-year parent in PVPUSD




Raptor Visitor Management System

A new Visitor Management System, Raptor, has been implemented at every school in the District.


Upon entering a school  campus, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a driver’s license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the Raptor system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name.


The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. Raptor checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by Raptor. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, the time, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or to pick up paperwork. All adult visitors will be asked to wear a badge when on campus, and we would appreciate your help with this too. If you see an adult on campus without a badge, please direct them to the office so they can get one from Raptor.

Community Conversations Series

A Panel Discussion Event and Live Stream

October 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Malaga Cove Administration Center - Board Room

Learn more about what e-cigarette and vape products are, why they are harmful, how the tobacco and vaping industry are targeting our kids, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend.

Our panel will consist of industry experts across law enforcement, health care, and addiction support.



Register today to attend the live panel discussion. Seating is limited to 75 ticket holders.
For your convenience, the event will be live streamed and recorded.

Click here to register to attend the live panel discussion.

Facilities Advisory Commitee


Committee Shares Findings With the Board of Education  

View Report

Abilities Awareness Week
Principal Dr. Salvatrice Kuykendall

Abilities Awareness Week was developed a couple of years ago by parents and teachers at Rancho Vista elementary school to recognize that we all have different abilities. Activities during the week included classroom lessons, lunchtime acitvities, simulation activities and dance parties. Big Heart awards were given to students for  displaying inclusiveness and kindess. Special thanks to actress Naomi Rubin for speaking at the student assembly and also performing.
PVPUSD Employees



At the September 30th Staff Development Day, the District recognized staff members for their commitment to serving students. Employees reaching milestones of service for 10, 20 and 30 years were honored. Both Classified and Certificated employee bargaining units were well represented. 
Thanksgiving Day Camp
Fall Leaves
A full day camp is available on November 25, 26 and 27 from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm at the Dapplegray Elementary School Kids' Corner program. Space is limited so please register early. More information is available at:
Skechers Friendship Walk


We are so proud of our Palos Verdes Peninsula community and we need you to help us continue an annual family tradition and register for the  Skechers Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 27.  

Last year we had nearly 4,000 registered walkers for the Skechers Friendship Walk (more than any other school district), which resulted in a check for over $247,000! This money directly funds vital programs and resources for all of our PVPUSD students in K-12th grades.

We'll walk the pier to pier loop between Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa Beach Pier (just over 3.5 miles), get some exercise and raise funds for Palos Verdes Peninsula schools and children with special needs. If you are not able to make it on the 27th, you can sign up as a "virtual walker." Either way PEF gets credit for your participation!

It's easy to register. Go to

  • Choose "Register"
  • Join your child's school team
  • Designate PEF as your charity to support

Educator of the Year


Martha Kruener
Silver Spur Elementary Schoool
Kindergarten Teacher

Stacy Upton
Cornerstone @ Pedregal Elementary School
Fourth Grade Teacher

Benjamin Kroon
Miraleste Intermediate School
Mathematics Teacher

Christina Varela
Palos Verdes High School
Social Studies and Psychology Teacher

The 2019 Educator of the Year Awards Dinner is
2019 Calendar

Veterans Day Holiday

Monday, November 11

Board of Education Meetings

Wednesday, October 23

Wednesday, November 6

Wednesday, November 20

Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29

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