San Pasqual Valley High School


Quechan Pageant Results

December 5, 2018

The Stronghearts Society of San Pasqual Valley High announce Keija Koteen as the 2018 High School Princess.

On November 8, 2018 the Stronghearts Society of San Pasqual Valley High School hosted their annual Native Princess and Warrior Pageant.  This rich and traditional celebration of Native American culture has been a part of the San Pasqual Valley community for several decades.  The opportunity for our school district’s native youth to share the beauty of their tribal heritage through a competition integrating language, talent, and insight into Native issues is one that is unique among schools in the Imperial and Yuma Valleys.  We are very proud of the numerous generations of Warriors and Princesses who have been recognized in this event over the years.

There were two contestants for the High School Princess crown this year.  Each contestant exhibited tremendous grace and poise throughout the contest.  Both danced traditional dances of their ancestral tribes, wearing traditional garb and eloquently responding to the speaking prompts when given the opportunity. 

Unfortunately, a simple error in the course of this year’s event resulted in the wrong contestant being named as the High School Princess for the 18/19 school year.    While each contestant was wonderful, this was, nonetheless a competition and the true winner must be recognized. 

Five separate judges scored the competition between the two ladies, signing each of their individual scoring sheets without tallying their individual sheet scores.  The signed score sheets were given over to three tabulators who separately added the cumulative scores for each contestant.  All of the tabulators reached the same final score of 135 to 114.  The separation of 25 points was exactly the same for each tabulator’s totals. 

The tabulation team then read off to a scribe, the names of the winners from each of the three levels of competition that evening: Elementary, Middle School, and High School – Both Princess and Kwanami (Warrior).  In the process of reading off the winners names and writing the names of the winners on the sheet provided to the event host (Strongheart Advisor Faron Owl) an error was made.  The team member responsible for writing the names down, inadvertently wrote down the wrong name for the High School Princess.

As a result of this error, Mr. Owl announced the name of the wrong contestant as the winner of the High School Princess contest.  This young lady was presented with the Princess Crown and Sash.  The second contestant, who had actually won the contestant with a score of 135 to 114, stepped aside, believing she had lost.

Three days after the contest the error was discovered by Mr. Owl.  Following this discovery, both contestants were notified of the error and an investigation was undertaken which verified the authenticity of the score sheets, and tracked the source of the simple human error. 

The Stronghearts Pageant Committee recognized the seriousness of the error and felt highly remorseful over the entire incident.  In an attempt to lessen the emotional impact of the error, the Pageant Committee extended to the two contestants the opportunity to share the honor of serving as Princess, and undertook plans to purchase a second crown and sash to facilitate this offer. Neither contestant chose to accept the opportunity to share the crown.

In the absence of a compromise, it is the decision and direction of the Administration of San Pasqual Valley High School, in consultation with the Superintendent of San Pasqual Valley Unified School District and the District’s legal counsel,   that the contestant who was inadvertently and incorrectly awarded the title of High School Princess and accompanying crown and sash, will have to surrender the title and property, and that the true winner of the contest, Ms. Keija Koteen, will be crowned and recognized as the 2018-2019 High School Princess.

On behalf of the staff and students of San Pasqual Valley High School, and more specifically the student members of the SPVHS Strongheart Society and their adult advisors, I extend my congratulations to Ms. Koteen, and my deepest apologies for this error and the resulting impacts of the error and decision.  San Pasqual Valley and the Stronghearts have already undertaken efforts to ensure that there is no chance of the error being repeated in the future.


Darrell W. Pechtl, Principal


Drill is Scheduled for December 13

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We want you to be aware that the schools of the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District have made many preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around our schools while your child is arriving to school, in class, or leaving school.  While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be prepared for any potential emergency. It is always our first priority to protect all students, staff, and visitors from harm and we pledge ourselves to that cause.

As part of our effort to be more fully prepared for any type of emergency, the schools of the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District want to alert you to an upcoming drill.

On December 13, all of the San Pasqual Valley Schools will be practicing what to do if an unidentified intruder comes on to our campuses.

Our drill will begin at approximately 12:15.  All students and staff will participate in a Districtwide Lockdown, with students remaining in their classrooms with teachers.

Local law enforcement officers will then conduct a simulated search for the “intruder” across all of our campuses.  As soon as that sweep is done, our students will practice evacuating their classrooms and be escorted to board our buses.  All buses should depart by 1:25 that afternoon.  Please plan on students potentially arriving home either a little earlier than usual or a little later.

ASES and Athletic practices will still take place as normal for a short day schedule.

At all times our students will be in a safe and secure environment, under school supervision, until they depart the school and return home. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call your child’s school @ 760-572-0222.





At San Pasqual Valley High School we believe that all students can achieve at high levels and become productive members of the 21stCentury Society.  To this end, we will provide a rigorous, relevant standards-based curriculum through varied and effective teaching strategies in a caring, safe, learning environment.

Principal's Welcome

Mr. Pechtl            

Darrell Pechtl  -  -  760-572-0222 ext. 2298

"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage”  These words of Ponca Chief White Eagle embody the focus of our efforts here at San Pasqual Valley High School.   We are a community dedicated to the idea of preparing our young men and women to “go forward with courage”.  

Your years at SPVHS will fly by, and in the short time we have with you we will work together to prepare you for the journey you will face long after you walk out of our gates.  We will challenge you, test you, support you and guide you.  We will expose you to new activities, and new ways of doing things.   We will share in your successes and support you in difficult times.  We will help you find answers, and more importantly, we will help you discover new questions.  

Together we will all grow as a community.  We will face our doubts and go forward with courage, as WARRIORS.

Counseling Office


There are many local and state scholarships, grants and financial aid assistance available. Please check with Mrs. Amezquita in the Counseling office for specifics and deadlines.

Academic Counselor: Ms. Julieta Amezquita, 
760-572-0222 ext. 2295, e-mail 



Students who are new to San Pasqual Valley Unified School District or who are returning to SPVUSD from another school district will need to provide the following documentation:

The following is required to register a student:

  • To prove age, Education Code section 48002 permits school to accept the following:
    • Certified copy of birth record
    • Statement by the local registrar or county recorder certifying the date of birth
    • Baptism certificate
    • Passport
    • When none of the foregoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or custodian, or any other appropriate means of proving the child’s age.
  • Shot records – grades 7-12 must have TDAP shot
  • Residency-2 forms of residency are required (for example):
    • Property tax payment receipts
    • Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts
    • Utility service contract, statements, or payment receipts
    • Pay stubs
    • Voter registration
    • Correspondence from a government agency
    • Declaration of residency executed by the parent or legal guardian of the student
  • Transcript-or report card, anything from the other school to show where to place student

Current San Pasqual students will need to fill out a new registration packet and provide proof of current physical address.

Graduation Requirements

Courses in the following areas must be passed:

English 4 years
Social Science 3 years
Physical Education 2 years
Mathematics 3 years

Fine Arts/Foreign Language 1 year
Computer Studies 1 year
Science (1 life, 1 physical) 2 years

 Electives: Electives when added to points earned in required courses must total two hundred thirty (230) points


2.0 GPA (9-12) 


Graduation Ceremony Participation

New Requirements  - Effective 2017-2018

The graduation ceremony from any high school is a special event in the life of a student, and memories of that event are carried for a lifetime.  This special time is made all the more meaningful because of the sense of accomplishing something significant in life, and meeting a standard of performance that is commensurate with being honored as a young adult, ready for the post-high school world.


In discussions with staff, it has been determined that a higher standard of performance is appropriate for students who will be participating in the SPVHS graduation;thus establishing a pattern of work effort and behavior that is in keeping with the desired expectations of our school and community.  In keeping with this goal, San Pasqual Valley High School has adopted the following requirements for participation in our Graduation Ceremony commencing in June 2018 and continuing thereafter:


  1. Course Completion Requirements

                Courses in the following areas must be passed: 

--English               ...                            4 years                                  --Social Science                                                 3 years

--PE                        ...                            2 years                                  --Mathematics                                                  3 years

--Fine Arts/Foreign Language         1 year                                      --Computers                                                    1 year  

--Science (1 life, 1 physical)              2 years

Electives: Electives when added to credits earned in required courses must total two hundred thirty (230) credits

  1. GPA Requirements:

                2.0 GPA for all courses completed in grades 9-12

III.  Attendance Requirements:

                Class of 2019 – 90% Attendance for 17-18 and 18-19 School Years*

                Class of 2020 – 90% Attendance for 17-18, 18-19, 19-20 School Years*

                Class of 2021 and thereafter  – 90% Attendance for All four years in high school*

  • Three tardies> 20 minutes will equal one absence.
  • School activities will not be counted as absences, but all other absences – Excused and Unexcused – will count against the percentage for this policy.**


Students successfully completing the requirements outlined in Sections I and II will be able to receive their SPVHS and Bill Manes Diplomas as per SPVUSD Board Policy, but must meet the requirements outlined in Section III as well if they wish to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.


*Students may attend scheduled monthly Saturday School sessions to make up for Absences.


**Students who are in jeopardy of missing graduation due to excessive excused absences may appeal to the School Principal and Superintendent, presenting proof of their exceptional circumstance for consideration.



Attendance Clerk: Kelly Hotel 
Reporting Absentees: 760-572-0222  x2294

E-Mail Attendance Office: CLICK HERE



Regular attendance is vital to a child’s success. A child who is not in school cannot learn. For this reason, it is important that all parents make a commitment to make sure that their child is at school and on time. Please make every effort to adjust doctor appointments and family schedules to minimize time away from school. Please note that:

  • CaliforniaState law requires that students will be in attendance during the school day unless officially excused.
  • Parents are responsible for notifying the attendance office if their child is absent. Parents can call the school from 7:00a.m. – 3:30p.m., Monday – Friday, to let the attendance office know of an absence by calling the attendance clerk at 572-0222, ext. 2294. If calling before or after school hours, a message can be left on the attendance clerk’s voice mail.
  • If contact is not made by phone, a written note, signed by the parent/guardian, must be sent to the school upon the child’s return.
  • If a child is absent due to illness for three or more consecutive days, a note from a physician is required to excuse the absence.
  • A physician note is also required if a child misses more than 5 days during the school year for medical appointments.
  • All students must report to the attendance office to obtain an admit slip following an absence. Students will not be allowed back in class by the teacher without an admit slip. The slip clarifies whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
  • Excusable absences are illness, medical appointments, and bereavement

San Pasqual Valley USD reserves the right to respond to the home to address habitually absent students or to address issues of compulsory attendance. A  SARB letter will be sent home notifying parents on the 3rd, 6th, 9th ,12th and 15th  unexcused absences (7 period absences equal one school day After the issuance of the third notification letter, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for action. Students who are not in a class assigned and do not have a pass to be elsewhere will be considered as ditching class (truant) and will be appropriately disciplined.

Unexcused absences are unacceptable; this includes any absence that is not excused by the State of California. (student illness, student medical appointments, bereavement and student court appointments) Three unexcused absence may cause a student to be reported as a habitual truant.  Truancy cases are reported to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for action.  Retention at grade level will be considered for students who exceed the maximum number of absences. Students who have more than 6 excused absences must provide a doctor’s note or the absence will counted as unexcused.


An “absence” is defined as the missing of class due to any non-school related activity – whether it is   an excused absence, unexcused absence, or intended absence.


Mrs. Hotel, Attendance Clerk

All absences must be verified by a student’s parent/guardian. Absences must be verified by telephoning the school at 760-572-0222 x2294 the morning of the absence or by note on the day the student returns to school. An attendance clerk or voice mail is available 24 hours a day.  Failure to present acceptable verification will result in the absence being “unexcused.”





Parent Involvement

San Pasqual Valley Unified School District encourages parents to be involved in their child’s education.  We urge parents to call or come to school if they have any concerns regarding their child.  If you would like to volunteer to help out in any way, please stop by our district administrative office for more information.

Parents can also become involved in school affairs by serving on the School Site Council, District English Language Acquisition Council (DELAC), and attending parent conferences.

The High School Booster Club is looking for parent involvement in the support of our school sports. Any amount of help is appreciated. Meetings are held in the High School Library    Please contact






Mr. Arias Mathematics
Mrs. Blackmer-Blomquist Art
Mrs. Demyan English Language Arts
  Mr. Ayala Science  




Mrs. Gonzalez Mathematics
Mrs. Hanna-Wilson Social Studies
Mrs. Jeffers Special Education - RSP
Ms. Malvido Physical Education
Mrs. Miranda Music
Mr. Morales Spanish / ELD
Mr. Owl P.E. / Quechan Cultures




Mrs. Pliego Special Education - SDC
  Ms. Armstrong Social Studies / ASB  




Mr. Rush Ag Education / FFA
Mr. Surdyka English Language Arts
  Mrs. Wallace Computer Ed. / Yearbook


Office Directory and Support Staff









Mrs. Espinoza School Secretary
Mrs. Hotel Attendance Clerk




Mrs. Amezquita Counselor
Mrs. Ruiz Librarian
Mrs. Villa ISR Assistant




Mrs. Wright Outreach Consultant
Ms. Garibay C.H.A.T. Therapist



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