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Guidance and Counseling Resources During Closure
Posted On:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

 En Español

Pioneer Valley HS Guidance and Counseling – School Closure Information

Administrator - Mr. Dickinson (805) 922-1305 x5703

During the school closure, the PVHS Guidance and Counseling Team is committed to meeting your academic and social-emotional needs. Counselors are available to help guide or connect you to the resources that you may need. They can also help communicate with staff if you are having trouble doing so yourself. Students should check their email daily (login with your six-digit ID If you have any questions, please contact your counselor below.

 Counseling Team

C. Carrillo  12
 A-Li  ext. 5198 9 A-L
S. Avrit   12  Lo-Z  ext. 5775 9 M-Z
N. Ventura  11
 A-Li  ext. 5767 12  A-Li
M. Del Toro  11
 Lo-Z  ext. 5754 12 Lo-Z
S. Diaz  10
 A-L  ext. 5768 11 A-L
H. Leal  10
M - Z  ext. 5763 11 M-Z
S. Gonzalez    9    A-L  ext. 5765 10 A-L
R. Leadbetter  9
 M-Z  ext. 5766    10 M-Z

Counselors will be spending the remainder of the spring creating student schedules for the upcoming 2020 school year, and monitoring student progress in current classes to stay on track for graduation and/or A-G College Readiness. Guidance Technicians will be focusing on overseeing student progress with on-line OTCR/Plato credit recovery courses. Support staff will be making efforts to reach out to students and parents who are not actively engaging in academic work over the next few weeks and offer guidance in any areas of need.

 Academic Learning Expectations:

Teachers have the expectation to communicate with students in their classes and provide some level of weekly instruction. All staff have been trained on using CANVAS but may also be using other platforms to deliver distant learning. The district has instructed staff to emphasize the essential learning goals for each subject that will prepare a student for the next sequence of courses to be taken in 2020-21. At this time, student completion of assigned work is expected in order to raise your grade (See grading policy noted below). Teachers will document student participation in order to track which students are responding and making efforts to complete work assigned. If you are not receiving information on a class, please try to reach out to the teacher via email, and cc’ or call your counselor.

Grading Policy for Sping 2020:

Please refer to the District-adopted policy for the remainder of the school year. An FAQ is also available on the PVHS school website for your review as well. In summary, your final semester grade will not be lower than the grade you had earned and posted upon leaving school on March 13. However, you do have the opportunity to raise your grade if needed, or so desire. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email your school counselor.

 AHC Concurrent Enrollment Classes:

All AHC Concurrent Enrollment Classes are STILL ACTIVE (except MT113) and REQUIRE Full Participation. The AHC concurrent courses have college level expectations from both students and staff. YThe guidance team and administration attempted to personally contact each student enrolled in a CE class to review the options of staying in the college class or OPTING OUT without penalty. Students who did not wish to continue with the college expectations of the class, had the ability to OPT OUT and were assigned to a regular HS level course with the same teacher, but will not earn college credit.

AHC - How to Register For a Class Online

AHC Clarifies Pass/No Pass Grades

Hancock Promise

OTCR/ITT/Independent Study (PLATO) / Login Directions via Clever

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of recapturing units from a previously failed class. Please note that you do not need to take the online tests in front of the teacher. However, each Module and every MASTERY TEST will need to be taken in order to earn a passing grade. You are still responsible for the Unit Activities and other written work such as essays and worksheets. Please make sure you save a back up copy of any work on your One Drive. When you are completed with a class, or you have any questions, please email your instructor and cc’ your counselor.

For OTCR/ITT/IS Students - IMPORTANT!  / En Español

Cyber High - For Migrant Students

The Migrant Education Program would like to provide you with the opportunity to continue to make up classes you may have failed previously to be on track for graduation.  Click HERE for more information. 

Sped Study Skills Classes:

It is the hope that all Special Education students will take advantage of the opportunity to recapture units during their Study Skills classes if needed.   If you have any questions, please contact your Study Skills teacher, case manager, or the Assistant Principal over Special Education, Mr. Stockton at (805) 922-1305 x 5707 /

Panther Pack/REACH:

Contact your Panther Pack / REACH teacher, or the Administrator in charge Dr. Collier at (805) 922-1305 x 5709 /

Social & Emotional Needs:

Please contact your counselor or Mrs. Collins / . Mr. Reyes (805-714-8498) with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley is also available to assist students struggling with Anxiety and Stress.

Technology Assistance:               

For general technology issues- Please call the TECH HOTLINE at (805) 922-4573 x 6411 (10-12 and 1-3 pm daily)  Broken tablets or tablets needing repairs can be dropped off in the PVHS library every Tuesday from 11-1 pm.

Community Services/Internet Access:                  

Please contact your counselor or the Community Liaison Mrs. Mandujano ( Ms. Coker with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (805-345-7582) is available for our Foster and Homeless Students.

Work Permits:

Please contact the College and Career Center Specialist Mrs. McDonald /

College Site Coordinator (EAOP):

Please contact Fatima Zarate Gonzalez at (805) 922-1305 x 5117 or

AP Testing/CAASPP (SBAC) Testing:

The AP College Board will be providing on-line exams for all students who were registered to take an AP test. Please check The AP College Board website for information on the exam schedule, study guides and sample test prep. It is very important to stay in communication with your AP instructor and continue to work on the learning goals provided.

Senior Awards and Graduation:

Information on these items will be coming from the District Office soon.

Transcript Request or Request to Update Your Personal Contact Information:

Please contact the Registrar Mrs. Esparza at 805-922-1305, x5764 /

 Need to Register for School or You have an Incoming 9th grader to start at PV next year?

Please go to the school website to complete the On-line registration procedures. When completed, please contact the Registrar Mrs. Esparza for further direction regarding any additional documents required.

She can be reached at (805) 922-1305 x 5764 or via email at

If technology is a barrier, you can complete a hard copy enrollment packet available in the front office M - Th (11-1 pm). Completed packets, and copies of documents requested, can be dropped off in the front office M – Th (11-1 pm).


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