As summer school is approaching its last week, many of Poly’s fall sports enter their CIF-mandated three week break called “dead week. The CIF summertime rule requires a three-week period of no practice and no training between the end of the school year and the start of the fall. During the dead period, only supervised weightlifting is permitted; no running or other type of conditioning is allowed. Poly’s football team started their first week of the dead period this week; girls volleyball starts theirs Monday. Boys and girls cross country opted for a dead period in the beginning of the summer, allowing for fall practices to start on Monday, July 24.
After serving as head of the Panther Club for three years, Poly parent Pat Amsbry has passed the torch to fellow parents Kim D’Amico and Denise Mathews, who will serve as co-chairs. Both have been an active part of the Poly community for many years. Kim’s involvement started when she was a Poly student, attending from pre-K through 8th grade. She is now a Poly parent whose oldest child graduated in 2015; her youngest is a rising sophomore. Denise's oldest son was also in the Class of 2015, and her youngest is a rising eighth-grader. In addition, they have volunteered in a number of various capacities, including serving on the Middle and Upper School Parent Organizations. The duo has been working side by side since 2014, taking on the task of organizing the Panther Club's annual event, Friday Night Lights. Together they take on the responsibility of leading the Panther Club starting this fall. Congratulations, Kim and Denise!