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A Message From The Principal

January 2018

Dear PVMS Families,

Happy New Year!  The start to every year brings opportunity to set goals and aspirations.  I hope 2018 brings a healthy year to you and your families and possibilities for you to create educational opportunities and build relationships with your children.

At PVMS we continue to reflect on the past in planning for the future.  We now offer Mandarin Chinese to our 7th graders and will continue this for our 8th graders next year.  We have brought back Family and Consumer Sciences and give the opportunity for advancement in both Algebra I and Earth Science.  Please partner with us in challenging your children in offering these rigorous programs.

We had a tremendous turnout from families who attended our Student of the Month Breakfast.   Parents and guardians are now invited to the breakfast so that they can observe the celebration!  Our next Student of the Month Breakfast will be held on Friday, 1/19/18.

The PVMS Student Council held a food drive for the Putnam Valley Food Pantry. We were able to collect over 900 items with the 5th grade donating the most items.  Thank you for your support!

January 2nd marks the beginning of Encore three for 5th and 6th graders.  Please be sure to review your child's schedule with them so that your children know where to go.

School will be closed on January 15th in recognition of Martin Luther King Day.  This is a nice time to discuss the sacrifice that Martin Luther King Jr. made regarding equality and a vision of hope for all humanity.  A nice discussion regarding this visionary can be found here.

January 22nd marks the beginning of Encore four with regard to 7th and 8th graders.

January 26th is the midpoint of our school year.  Please log-on to PowerSchool and review your child's grades with them.  This is a great opportunity for you to communicate expectations and reflect on the year up to this point.  Also, please note that we will be sending home paper copies of report cards through the mail.  Report cards will provide all grades for the first and second marking periods.

No Name Calling Week will take place January 16 – 19.  The middle school years are a time where we work hard to remind students of making good choices and to be thoughtful of the words that they use.  This week is a nice reminder as our clinical team works very hard in creating activities for students.  Please expect more communication regarding the events taking place over the course of this week.            

I wish you all a thoughtful and reflective 2018.  Spend time building relationships with your children.  Open the lines of communication and partner with us in educating your children to be life-long learners who have a thirst for knowledge.            


Travis W. McCarty


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