READ Photo Contest

The READ photo contest occurs each April at PHS in celebration of National School Library Month. Many thanks to the Students in photography classes that created these photos to motivate reading. The contest now culminates with students and staff voting for their favorite READ photo.

Each student and staff is encouraged to vote just once for their favorite. The winning photo is made into a poster which will remain on display in the library for an entire school year. The winner is awarded a monetary prize.

CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite READ Photo

Susan Meissner, Poway alumni and author, visited April 19

Susan Meissner will be came to Poway after a tour for her new book, As Bright as Heaven. This acclaimed new novel is set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. Mr. Graber's and Ms. Roy's classes enjoyed hearing Ms. Meissner speak during 2nd period. Mr. Frank Barone, a former PHS English teacher attended and read a poem, Butterflies, that he wrote in honor of Ms. Meissner's new book.  Check out one of Ms. Meissner's books. They will be on display through April.

Bill Toone visited PHS March 29 at lunch in B5

PHS enjoyed a conversation with Bill Toone, EcoLife Founder & Director, Member of PHS Alumni Hall of Fame, past California Condor Recovery Program Biologist about his lifetime involvement with conservation.  

Cecil Castellucci visited PHS, Feb. 16.

Thank you to all who participated in making this a wonderful author visit.  To see more pictures visit our Past Authors' Visit page.  Ms. Castellucci also answered via email all the questions she did not get to during her visit. Click here to read the questions and answers.
To find out more about our author, visit her website at

PHS Library Advisory Council

The library is recruiting for a new student advisory council.  The council will advise on all matters regarding library services including space, collections, programs and technologies.  This is a great community service opportunity and will look great on your resume/college application.  Meetings will be held monthly at lunch. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27.  Click here to apply. For more information visit the Library Advisory Council web page.

We have recently subscribed to JSTOR a digital library that "provides access to more than 10 million journal articles, books and primary sources in 75 disciplines".  Reference to JSTOR articles is common when searching Google Scholar.  JSTOR is also included in our EBSCO Discovery search results.  Login with username, powayhigh but with the usual password.  If you would like basic JSTOR search strategies watch this brief YouTube video or read over the JSTOR Quick Start Guide.

Historical Newspapers 1690-2000

We are currently testing out Newsbank's America's Historical Newspapers database. The username and password are ncd2075. We are considering using this as a replacement for Proquest SIRS Decades which will soon cease to exist. Let us know what you think of it in this brief survey.

EBSCO Discovery

Search our library book catalog and databases all at the same time. You will need to login with the library username and password (on the back of your ID card) to access the full text. You can export any citation now directly from Discovery into Noodletools. Click on Cite in Noodletools or see your librarian for help.

Manga purchases?

We will be using the proceeds from our Barnes & Noble Bookfair to purchase Manga.  Let us know what series you would like more of as well as any additional series you would like us to add.  Click here to give us your suggestions.

Faces of the Future

Our 30 seniors that were selected for the FACE Fraternity for Academic and Civic Excellence Award have their posters now on display in the library.  If you are not able to stop by and see them in the library they are also on the FACE facebook site or on the Visual Photography's Face site. Congratulations seniors and make plans now to earn your way to a spot on the wall in the years ahead.

Library Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring begins Wednesday, August 30.  The library will have free student tutors available for one hour directly afterschool.  That means on Monday from 1:40 pm - 2:40pm and Tuesday - Thursday from 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm.  There is a tutoring table inside the library where you can ask tutors for help or ask the library staff and we will take you over and get you started.  Stop by and take advantage of this opportunity early!

Library Hours

The library will be open Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am - 3:50 pm, Friday from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  If you are visiting during your Off Roll period please sign in and out on the clipboards when you first enter the library.

Studying for the SAT, ACT, ASVAB?

Try Gale's TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center).  TERC offers practice tests and online study books for PSAT, SAT and ACT tests.  Login with our school username and password, then you will register to store all your personalized test prep information.
For help logging in or registering click here to view a quick how-to.

We have a print and digital subscription to this noteworthy weekly news magazine.  Please login as a student with the last two digits of the year followed by the PHS mascot name for this resource only. If you need help, please ask.