Putnam Valley Middle School

A Message From The Principal

January 2022

Dear PVMS Families,

Happy New Year!  We hope that you had a restful and relaxing holiday break with your families.  A new year always reminds us to set attainable goals and to challenge ourselves to the fullest extent possible.  Our middle school students have persevered through ever changing times and we strive to continue to address academic and social and emotional goals.  Our students are full of energy and have so much potential to do great things and be lifelong learners.

Our winter band and chorus concerts were very successful.  It was so nice to see a live audience and our talented young performers on stage playing and singing their hearts out.  Thank you to those that attended as we hope that this sets the stage for more events opening up live and in person.

As the pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, please note the following if your child is quarantined and be sure to contact our Main Office to let us know. Please note this instruction does not apply to any other reasons of absence.

  • Email teachers to let them know your child will be remote due to quarantine.
  • Students should check their email for communication from their teachers.
  • Students should follow their daily schedules and check Google Classroom for each of their classes as most will open up Google Meets to listen to instruction. 
  • Students can email their teachers with questions about any assignments they are working on.

Teachers are responsible for their students’ education and will ensure that they do not fall behind while being quarantined.

We have reached the midpoint of the second quarter.  Please review PowerSchool and partner with us to contact teachers should your child have difficulty in a subject area.  There are opportunities such as after school study hall and our H.W. Booster Lab to help support students in getting them back on track academically should they fall behind.

Our modified winter sports are in full swing.  Please note that should a student want to attend a game or match, that they must have adult supervision.  Many events start after 4:00PM so they should go home and come back to the event.

School will be closed on January 17th in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. 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.  

No Name Calling Week will take place January 18th – 21st.   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 student support team works very hard in creating activities for students.  Please expect more communication regarding the events taking place over the course of this week.

During the week of January 18th, our students will be taking their iReady Benchmark Assessments for math and reading.  Please share with your children the importance of these assessments as we use them as part of a multiple measure in placement and to inform instruction.

Quarter 3 begins Monday, 1/31/22 so please have a conversation with your children regarding any missing materials that need to be turned in before the end of the quarter.  Please check PowerSchool weekly to ensure that your children are being successful and up to date on assignments.  This is also a great time to clean out binders and keep all items in safe storage until the end of the year.

Please mark your calendar to check PowerSchool on Friday, 2/4/22 for Quarter 2 Report Card Grades and Comments.  Please be sure to reach out to teachers regarding any academic, behavioral, or social concerns.  You will receive paper copies of these report cards in the mail so please be on the lookout for these and let us know if you have any questions.

The 2022 school year will be a time where we will continue to foster perseverance, responsibility, integrity, dedication, and empathy, as we continue to grow as lifelong learners.  Please be involved with what your children are doing with regard to technology and social media.  Monitor their screen time and speak with your children about the dangers of using inappropriate language, creating fake accounts, and creating videos through social media.  Children should never type something that they wouldn’t say to someone in person.  These “digital footprints” are forever linked to the choices that we all make.  It is through open lines of communication that you will help to guide your children in making good choices.   Please join with us in teaching that words matter and we should all be thoughtful of the impact that they have on others.  We all work together to help guide our children and to let them know that they are supported and cared for and that this is a time for growth and reflection.  This is our mission as educators!

May this year be one full of good health, happiness, opportunities and good choices!

Sincerely,

Travis W. McCarty
Principal


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