Dear PVMS Families,
Welcome back! The thought of a new school year brings many emotions for our children, families, and staff members. Please know that your children are in great hands and that we all work together for what is best for all students. We have an exciting year planned and we are excited to see your children back in school! The social, emotional, and academic well-being of all middle school students will continue to be our focus this year.
Establishing a routine will help to promote success. Please create time where your children can focus on school, inclusive of your busy schedules outside of our school day. An academic planner will come home the first week of school and should be used on a daily basis for students to write down homework, take notes, and schedule their busy lives. In addition, please check Google Classroom for assignments that may be posted by classroom teachers.
Grades will be posted on PowerSchool. Please work with your children and partner with us in checking assignments and grades so that everyone stays up to date on work. We will send home paper report cards twice a year. One will go home after the second quarter and one will go home after the fourth quarter. Families will receive notifications when mid-quarter grades are posted and quarterly grades are finalized and you may check grades as often as you would like.
Three of our goals this year, are building relationships, being empathetic, and excelling academically. Our Advisory period will continue to focus on these goals while encouraging student advocacy and focusing on the social and emotional wellbeing of all students. We will be combining lunch groups so that each grade level will eat together and have recess together. This will help in building relationships. In addition, we will be expanding on our elementary school great expectations of “Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.” Our middle school will use Tiger P.R.I.D.E. as a springboard in addressing character education. There will be more to come as the year progresses.
Please note that if you ever have any questions regarding grades, an event that took place in class, or you just wanted to share information, please contact your child’s teacher directly. If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, then you may arrange to do so through a grade level team leader. Please see below for a list of each grade level team leader.
Grade 5 – Chris Chril – firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 6 – Jodi Stein – email@example.com
Grade 7 – Pat VanDevelde – firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8 – Heather Miench – email@example.com
Key dates this month:
September 4 Laptop Distribution: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
September 5 Laptop Distribution: 5th grade
September 16 – 19 iReady Math and ELA Benchmark Assessments
September 23 – 25 PTA Book Fair
September 23 Back to School Night – Grades 5 &6 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 24 Back to School Night – Grades 7 & 8 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 30 School Closed – Rosh Hashanah
October 1 School Closed – Rosh Hashanah
Please be involved and partner with us in your child’s educational journey. Contact us with any questions, feedback, or stop by and schedule an appointment to meet.
We look forward to an exceptional year!
Travis W. McCarty