Pali Mission Statement
PCHS will empower our diverse student population to make positive contributions to the global community by dedicating our resources to ensure educational excellence, civic responsibility, and personal growth.
PCHS Staff Commitment to Social Justice
Our vision is to become a cohesive and constructive community for students to learn who they want to be. As staff members, we are fully committed to our mission statement. Together we will cultivate an uplifting environment where students are inspired and empowered to pursue their personal aspirations. We will not tolerate and we will stand against any form of hate or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, citizenship, or socioeconomic status. Our goal is for all students to know that they are safe, valued, and respected.
Why is Campus Unification Important?
Too many students spend their high school years feeling isolated and navigating social and educational structures that make connecting with others difficult. Many of them graduate feeling relieved that this stage of life is over. Educational experiences like this can have a long-term, negative impact on how they perceive themselves and others, and can lead them to continue choosing separation over unification in other areas of life.
This is why we facilitate discussions and activities that examine these tendencies, challenge our diverse community members to connect with each other rather than isolate themselves, and encourage every student, teacher, and administrator to participate in building a community that intentionally moves forward together. We want each student to graduate feeling supported, empowered, valued, and ready for the next stage in life. As a group, students should feel proud of themselves and the friends they have made along the way.
Student Bill of Rights Concern Form
Click HERE to Fill out the SBRR Concern Form
Peer Mediation Training
Peer Mediators were trained by Peer Mediation professionals, Jarling Ho and Scott Martin from the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) to help train new leaders for the next school year. Pali's professionals Heather Schon and Holly Korbonski have been pivotal in the development and promotion of our school's program and helping students to manage their own issues. Peer Mediation is problem solving for youth by youth. By helping students to develop these skills it has helped to prevent suspensions and other disciplinary actions. The students had fun, but also learned valuable skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
P.E.E.R Day, which stands for “Performance + Equity = Excellent Results”, is a new tradition at Pali. Our objectives are to validate PCHS’s value in peer leadership & service, educate students on the initiatives of each group, encourage group collaboration during the 2018-19 school year, and recruit across groups for support. During our first ever P.E.E.R. Day on May 3rd, participants got to know their fellow peer leaders, learned about each group's mission, vision, initiatives, and ways to get involved, and heard personal testimonies from students, teachers, and admin leadership. We had a blast!
-Photos by Nikki Kolahi; Tideline
Community Day: Earth Day/Civic Engagement and Responsibility
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In honor of Earth Day being celebrated this coming weekend, Pali students and staff got together on Wednesday, Apr. 18, for the monthly community day. The special activity began in 3rd period classrooms, with an inspiring video of humanity and the environment, and was followed by a Pali-made video educating everyone on simple actions to be more environmentally aware and care for our planet. While the videos made students feel as if they can make an impact in the future, the main event began in the center quad as students from the EAST class sold bracelets made of recycled materials and the Pali Ambassadors encouraged students to pre-register to vote. The community day was topped off with a large whiteboard displaying the students’ promises to saving and protecting our planet, as well as a speech from Nick Melvoin.
- Katherine Veloso; Tideline
Pali Link Crew
Link Crew is a student- run program for incoming 9th graders. The goal of the program is to provide support for new 9th grade students, create a sense of community, and encourage leadership through trained peer mentorship.
Link Crew helped out at 9th Grade Orientation getting new students excited about the high school experience and helping them get acquainted with PCHS campus.
Interested in becoming a Link Crew Member for 2018-2019? Download and complete the application below!
March 14th Student Walk-Out
As schools across the nation made their way out of their classrooms to participate in the 17 minute national student walk-out on Mar. 14, Pali went above and beyond. With support from PCHS Administration, Justice League and Leadership joined forces once again to recognize, remember and show respect to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and to raise awareness on gun violence.
Students and teachers alike, were encouraged to walk out of their classrooms during the final 10 minutes of 1st period, to begin a march that would fill Bowdoin St. with chants and posters all demonstrating students’ demands for change. Waiting for them when they got back were booths set up for those ages 16 and above to participate in the change making process politically by registering or pre-registering to vote.
As students shared their opinions with each other, and showed off their creative posters and banners insisting that “enough is enough” and “never again”, multiple speakers, including City Council member, Mike Bonin and Westside Area Representative, Daniel Tamm, expressed their own encouragement for young people to keep advocating for the change they want to see in the world.
Pali transformed one student led walkout into a day that not only memorialized the victims of the Parkland shooting through the spoken obituaries and symbolic, empty desks, but also educated students on what can be done, and how they can fight for their lives.
- Katherine Veloso; Tideline
Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI)
We have students on this campus that are dedicated to being peacemakers.This week seven Pali students and two staff members participated in the Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI) at the 9th district Court House and Western Justice Center (WJC) in Pasadena. They got the chance to practice mediation in real courtrooms and were observed and coached by professional mediators and judges. Finally, they became official graduates of PMI! These seven students among others are using their mediation skills to protect our campus and do their part by helping their classmates to get past their personal conflicts with one another.
Community Day- Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day from Pali! Students celebrated with a Community Day focusing on love and appreciation for one another. During lunch, students bought flowers for each other, participated in a "teddy bear walk", meditated on their own positive attributes with a "self-love" board, decorated the quad with colorful chalk drawings, and enjoyed "The Dating Game" Pali style.
Unite is a three-day, monthly event and the second step in the 1 to 4 Program. It uses food and conversation to help break down self-segregation and encourage new connections. The goal of this program is to create a social context where students and staff – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, citizenship, or socioeconomic status – learn to rely on each other for help, inspiration, friendship, and support.
Community Day Promotes New Student Concern Form
In association with Tuesday, Jan. 30's community day, social justice group, Justice League, hosted another dodgeball activity in the quad with the intention of bringing students of all grades, genders, sexualities, races and socioeconomic statuses together. The open-spaced event was surrounded by canvases created by Leadership in conjunction with our Campus Unification Director and posted with the help of Justice League, promoting positive vibes and attitudes in the school environment.
Justice League worked along side Human Rights Watch and Leadership to foster the new student concern form that features an outlet for students to realize their rights and voice their worries in a process that highlights the section of the Student Bill of Rights that was violated. The new form also addresses a chain of administration that the complaint has to go through to be properly recognized.
The student concern form, the monthly community events and the messages of support are all a part of Pali's mission to promote unification and satisfaction amongst the student body. - words and photos by Katherine Veloso for the Pali Tideline
Pali Special Education: “Diversity is our strength, Unity is our goal,”
Room J110 is made up of remarkable students coming from different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures with “special needs.” Its bringing their needs and differences together that create a bond of union. “Diversity is our strength, Unity is our goal,” is the message that room J110 has promoted on their classroom door. Anyone on our campus will be able to read that message and be reminded that we have a diverse school (our strength) and we can bring that diversity together(unity) to create a bond within the Pali community. Below, the students of J110 dressed in their favorite sports gear to show Pali school spirit and support for the upcoming Special Olympics.
Justice League Dodgeball Day!
Justice League dodge ball day is now a new tradition at Pali to aid in helping to break down self-segregation on our campus. The day was a success! Students and teachers where enjoying the afternoon together listing to music and playing dodge ball!
Justice League Rally
The Justice League is a leadership organization made up of Pali’s most prominent social and cultural groups. They include the Latino Student Union (LSU), Black Student Union (BSU), Asian Student Union (ASU), Genders Sexualities Alliance (GSA), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and He for She (an intersectional feminism group). This collective was assembled to show our campus and community that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths, that we support each other, and that we are a unified front. On October 3rd, we introduced the Justice League to our campus and gave the leaders from each club a chance to introduce themselves and their mission. The Justice League will organize monthly activities designed to help break down self-segregation on our campus, and you can follow everything they put together right here!
Community Day Activity & Club Day
All classes school wide took part in a conversational video experience and Campus Unification Activity “HELLO!” Created by our Campus Unification Director Gio Stewart. Part of the activity is for students to keep track of their interactions with each other. For an hour we allowed them to use the social media app “Snap Chat” and our ASB students created our own Pali “geotag” to keep track of interactions. We also used this as a moment to educate students on proper etiquette regarding how to use social media. After the in-class activity students were released to participate in Club Rush that took place in our quad area. It was a great experience, which helped unify our diverse campus!
Community Day Assembly
Community Day Assembly took place on Sept 27, 2017. Our focus was on Unity and Community building. We did this by re-introducing our Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that was developed by our Human Rights Watch group as well as introducing our PCHS Staff Commitment to Social Justice lead by our Executive Director and Principal, Dr. Pamela Magee. We had two great assemblies filled with staff and student performances, heart-felt messages and student testimonies. The students where able to commit themselves to the Student Bill of Rights by providing their signatures similar to how the staff committed themselves to the PCHS Staff Commitment to Social Justice. We are better together!
Tools for Tolerance
Over the summer, Pali teachers and staff participated in a day of workshops and seminars hosted by the Museum of Tolerance that provided training on how to promote inclusion, appreciate diversity, and intentionally build community together.
Hello is the First Step in the 1 to 4 Program developed by Campus Unification Director Gio Stewart. Pali is a large school, and being among its 3,000 students, faculty, and staff can feel overwhelming and make it challenging to meet new people. The Hello Program was launched in Summer 2017 to give every teacher and classmate at Pali an organic way to discourage self-segregation, intentionally greet each other, and have meaningful conversations with new people. By opening up social barriers and fostering a sense of community, Hello normalizes making new connections, provides a warm place for students to interact with teachers and administrators, and encourages everyone to support and protect each other against hate, racism, and prejudice.
HELLO! in Action:
Pali students and staff participate in "Hello" over the summer!
Salutations is an art project created by a collaboration between Ms. Cervantes' Honors Spanish for Natives II Class and Ms. A Pereyra's Art classes as part of a Social Justice and Human Rights Research Based Project. The objective of the project was for students to promote awareness and respect for human rights and end social injustices in both their community worldwide local and global communities.
Students applied research, methodologies, and collected data to put a spotlight on topics such as the rights of women, children, refugees, migrant workers, members of the LGBTQ community, domestic violence, and economical, social, and cultural rights, particularly in the areas of education. Students created large-scale banners presenting welcoming salutation in the top five languages spoken at Pali and concepts inspired by solutions to social justice issues.
The end result of the project was generated "visual corridor of dignity", which can be seen in the photos below.