Back to School Night

Point Arena High School

Back to School Night

September 14, 2017

Schedule of Sessions

There are three, 25 minute sessions. Please pick the session you wish to attend for each time slot.

5:00-5:25

5:30-5:55

6:00-6:25

Session

Location

Visit with Teachers

All Classrooms

Visit with Teachers

All Classrooms

Visit with Teachers

All Classrooms

Session

Location

Meet the Principal

Main Office

Meet the Principal

Main Office

Session

Location

Senior Trip Meeting

Room #2

Meet the Counselor

Main Office

Meet the Counselor

Main Office

Session

Location

Counseling and Health

Auditorium

Counseling and Health

Auditorium

Counseling and Health

Auditorium

Session

Location

Action Network Resources

Career Center

Action Network Resources

Career Center

Action Network Resources

Career Center

Session

Location

Test/College Prep

Library

Test/College Prep

Library

Test/College Prep

Library

**If your student attends Pacific Community Charter School, their teachers are available as well.**

Fall Sports Underway

Check out our “Fall Sports Schedules”  

If your student would like to sign up for a sport please send them into the office and Dunnell or Shasta will happily give them a hand.  

You will notice that Soccer and Football are back on the schedule.   Thank you to the coaches stepping up to ensure that the athletes have the opportunity to show off their mad skills.  Please come out and support our Pirates at any of the games. 

Students and their families:  Please remember to turn in those Yellow packets. 

GO PIRATES!!

Upcoming PAHS Events

Sept 7th:  Arena Elem. Back to School Night  and Point Arena High School Picture Day and Agriculture Field Trip to Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  (Make up day for pictures is October 11th)

Sept 11:  Booster Meeting 6:00 pm at the Water Company in Gualala

Sept. 13th:  Board Meeting at PAHS library 4:30 pm  Soccer at home vs Potter Valley 6:00pm

Sept. 14th:  Point Arena High School Back to School Night  5:00 pm -6:30 pm  Volleyball at home vs Round Valley 5:00 pm.

Sept 19th:  Point Arena High School Site Council meeting 4:00 pm in the library  Volleyball at home vs Calistoga 5:00 pm

Sept 22: Soccer vs Roseland at home 4:30 pm

Sept. 29:  Soccer at home vs Laytonville 4:30 pm

Sept 30th:  Football at home vs Anderson Valley  1:00 pm.  

Homecoming will be in October!!

Community Opportunity

Remember, PAHS students need community service credits to graduate. There are lots of great opportunities to serve your community this summer. Check out the Community Service Opportunity Wall in the Point Arena High School Foyer to discover ways to give back. Then come to the office to sign up!

For instance:

  • Labor Day weekend the Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a few good helpers for the Annual Pig and Lamb BBQ.
  • Point Arena Independence Day celebration is still looking for volunteers for July 1st event and Arena Boosters will be looking for volunteers for their July picnic. Sign up now to help out and get free admission to the fireworks and to get community service hours.

Local Scholarship List Online

scholarshipA list of local scholarships, their deadlines, and award amounts is online now. Visit our scholarship page for more information.

PAHS Alumnus David Davis

david davisSchools Attended:  

  • Point Arena High School 
  • Sierra College (Rocklin, CA) – Associates Degree 
  • California State University Sacramento – Bachelor of Arts in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations

Advice to PA students regarding college/career dreams:

Your dreams and aspirations will change over time as you get older and have different life experiences.  Some of these experiences will be planned and others will be unexpected, but all will impact the way your future will develop.  Remain open minded and know that your path will have twists, turns and setbacks and will not always go as planned.  How you react to your journey will build your character and change how you see the world and how the world sees you.

Set modest, but challenging goals.  Once you have achieved your goals, set new ones.  Feeling uncomfortable and getting outside of your element will help you grow, so embrace change and the challenges that come with it.

My Story

My name is David Davis and I am originally from Point Arena.  I attended Elementary, Middle and High School in Point Arena and graduated in 1992.  My plan after High School was to join the Air Force, but due to the United States fighting in the Gulf War and at my brother’s recommendation, I did not join the military.  I was at a crossroad because I didn’t have a backup plan or any plan at all, so I got a full time job as an entry level carpenter building homes in The Sea Ranch.  I knew that this is not what I wanted to do for a living, so I had to figure out my next step.  

I never considered college as an option until about six months into my career as a carpenter.  

Many of my classmates and friends had already left for college, but I didn’t have any idea where to start since college was never a consideration for me.  My friends were attending UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, Saint Mary’s University and Cal Poly SLO, but I couldn’t attend a University because I had not properly prepared to continue my education.  My option was to attend a Community College.  I selected Sierra College in Rocklin, CA because they were one of the few Community Colleges with Dorms.

In the fall of 1993, I moved from the only community I had ever known to begin my college career.  I was excited to be in a new city where I could meet new people and start my life journey.  I didn’t know it at the time, but 1993 would be one of the most formative years of my life.  Not only did I meet lifelong friends, but I also met people who would become part of my professional network.  

Nearing the end of my time at Sierra College, I applied for admission and was accepted to San Diego State University.  Due to an unexpended life event, I didn’t move to San Diego as planned, so I accepted a transfer to California State University Sacramento as a Business Major.  After several semesters of being over my head and struggling to pass classes, I took a semester off to regroup.  This became a pattern for me unfortunately and I considered dropping out of College, but again, I didn’t have a plan.  I decided to stay in school because the majority of my friends were still in school. Fortunately, I enrolled in a Communications Class as an elective course, which I enjoyed immensely.  I had a renewed energy for school once I learned that I could change my major to Communications.  After meeting with guidance counselors, I was on a new path.

I loaded up on Communications classes and carried 15-18 units per semester because I had finally found something I was passionate about and I finally felt like I could be successful at school.  Following the spring semester in 2001 I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts Degree from CSU Sacramento. 

Following graduation, I was contacted by a couple of television news stations for some low paying entry level work.  I passed on that option because I had friends who received offers from tech companies, Intel and NEC making twice as much.  

I applied for several entry level sales jobs all over Sacramento and in the Bay Area and accepted a sales position in Pleasanton, CA for a promotional marketing company with a great base salary and commission structure.  The job was great until the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.  Just after Thanksgiving in 2001, my employer approached me with the news that I was being laid off because business had slowed significantly following the attacks and the company could no longer afford to keep me.

I moved back to Sacramento because that was where my friends were and I felt that had a better opportunity to find work.  The economy was very bad at the time, but I was naive to that fact because I had very little professional work experience and low overhead, so my pain threshold was very high.  I was unemployed until March 2002 when a friend who I had regularly played basketball with helped me get a job in banking.  This friend had never attended college, but had worked his way up in the bank from being a teller to being the youngest branch manager for that particular bank in Sacramento.    

Fast forward to 2017 and I am still in banking where I provide commercial financing for closely held businesses in San Diego, CA.  

Keep in mind, my college degree did not prepare me for my banking career other than the fact that I hold a degree, which allowed me to be hired with no relevant banking experience.  My career in banking has taken several turns and I have held several bank jobs.  My professional growth path has prompted me over the years to continue my formal education by taking college accounting courses and credit underwriting courses to improve and maintain the knowledge needed to be successful in my banking career.

I have not yet reached my career goal of retirement, but due to the choices I have made and the education I have received, I am on the right path.  I am married and have two young children.  My wife and I highly value education because we realize the positive impact that attending college has had on our lives.  We are preparing for our children to start kindergarten in the next couple of years with the hope that they will both attend college.  My wife is also a banker and is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Criminal Justice.

David M. Davis

Business Relationship Manager, Vice President
San Diego Business Banking

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Alumni Profiles — Lindsey Smith

School(s) attended: Horicon Elementary; Pacific Community Charter High School (took various classes at PAHS)

 

Major area of focus: Double major in Italian and English: Creative Writing; Master of Arts in Journalism, with a focus on longform, narrative journalism

 

What would you say to students at Pt Arena to help them to live out their college/career dream?
It helps to make a four-year plan your freshman year in college, but to be very flexible. Think about where you’d like to be by the time you graduate college/career training, and treat that plan as a roadmap, not a contract. By being open to new opportunities or deviating from the plan, you can discover some amazing things about yourself — perhaps even change majors or careers entirely! Also, if you go to college, try to get an internship or some sort of work experience every summer. When you graduate from college it will make it much easier to get your first job (especially one in your field) if you have some previous experience; unfortunately, just having a college degree is not enough to get a good job anymore, in many cases.

 

What did you want to do upon graduation and what were the challenges you encountered and how you persevered and ultimately reached your goal?
In high school, I was very focused on what I wanted to study in college: Creative writing and Italian. While at college, I enjoyed these classes so much that I never really thought about what career they might lead to. When I got to spring in my junior year, I suddenly realized that I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation; although I had worked throughout undergrad, my work experience either wasn’t on a career path, or was something I knew I didn’t want to keep pursing.

I started applying to internships and got one at an education-focused nonprofit, where I worked the summer between my junior and senior years. I fell in love with nonprofit work, and started looking for jobs in the nonprofit sector. I found one a month after graduation and spent the next three years working at a nonprofit. (Side note: have enough money in savings when you graduate that you can pay rent and buy groceries for a few months, if you need to job hunt!)

I knew I wanted to go back to graduate school, and thought I wanted to get a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction. However, I met a journalist at a family wedding and she convinced me to apply to journalism school’s Master of Arts programs, too. I had no experience with journalism — I hadn’t ever worked for my college paper — but the more I looked into the programs, the more they seemed like a better fit than an MFA. I applied to two journalism schools and three MFA programs; I was accepted to both journalism schools and none of the MFA programs, so it was meant to be! Now, on the other side of my journalism degree, I can confidently say it was a much better fit for my career goals. However, had I not been flexible in my plan and open to considering other people’s advice, I would never have even thought to apply.

Read some of Lindsey’s writtings here:

theverge.com/2016/2/22/11051236/fixers-collective-iphone-repair-association-dmca

psmag.com/to-make-this-land-home-again-a4794d3bb311#.vjjtb0rsm

www.narrative.land

 

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Tomorrow is the first day of school. Staff have planned an exciting day filled with many fun activities. We will also have a rock climbing wall. Please complete the waiver sent to you via e-mail and send it to school with your student so he/she may climb the wall. Activities start at 9:25 and end at 11:45. We encourage parents to come and cheer the students as they compete for the Pirate Spirit Stick. See you tomorrow at 8AM - schedules will be available at 7:30AM ...

Orientation Day is an opportunity for parents to become familiar with the school campus and for parents and students to learn about high school expectations together. We encourage all parents to attend with their students. Parents will meet other freshman parents, network with some staff, meet coaches, sign up to access student grades and attendance on AERIES (Student Information System) and learn about ECHO the New Tech Network classroom management system. In addition, students will receive their class schedule. ...

Freshman Orientation

August 15, 2016, 10:00am - August 15, 2016, 1:00pm

Orientation Day is an opportunity for parents to become familiar with the school campus and for parents and students to learn about high school expectations together. We encourage all parents to attend with their students. Parents will meet other freshman parents, network with some staff, meet coaches, sign up to access student grades and attendance on AERIES (Student Information System) and learn about ECHO the New Tech Network classroom management system. In addition, students will receive their class schedule.

Sonoma State University representative will meet with PAHS Seniors on Wednesday to discuss requirements, application processes and options. All PAHS Seniors will have the opportunity to meet Wednesday, November 18 from 9:27-10:21 in the PAHS Library to discuss Sonoma State University options. ...

Mr. Bannister (PAHS Academic Counselor) and/or Dr. Barakos-Cartwright (Principal) are seeking students interested in attending Santa Rosa Junior College classes concurrently (while attending Point Arena High School). English and Math junior college assessment tests will need to be completed - we are excited about this opportunity for 9th-12th grade students. Please contact Mr. Bannister at bbannister@mcn.org if interested. ...

Freshman Orientation - August 17, 8-12PM. Freshman will receive 1:1 computer, class schedules, information to help smooth the transition to high school. Parents are encouraged to be part of the experience. Please RSVP to rcartwright@mcn.org. ...

 

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Poetic Wisdom from an Alumni

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Once I was told

Once I was told
That a glass was half empty
That our lives mean nothing
Then we die

And
When I look down
I see the truth of their words
The disease filled world
Overflowing with hate
The crying babies
And starving children

But,
When I look up
I see the hope
Born of a single flower
Blooming on a cool
Clear spring day
And I smile
My mind at peace

Amanda B. Cole, Class of 2014