We conducted one of our state-mandated lockdown drills today. We continue to try and mirror the process we would encounter in a real lockdown situation. This particular drill involved the lockdown being called at the middle school and then relayed to the high school. Deputy Meury led a joint force of Putnam County, Carmel Police, and State Troopers. Law enforcement checked to ensure all doors were locked and classes were quiet and safe before giving an all-clear. Our partnership with local law enforcement enables different police groups to become familiar with our building and provide us with important feedback about what they observed. We want to thank all departments involved for their assistance in the drill. The lockdown ran smoothly and lasted approximately 15 minutes.
There was snow on our cars this morning, so we must be at the end of the 1st quarter. Please review your child’s grades and contact their guidance counselor or teachers if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress. Grades and comments will be posted in PowerSchool by Thursday, November 17th.
We will hold a series of assemblies tomorrow, Thursday, November 17th, for all grade levels. Steered Straight, Inc will present the assemblies. The program’s mission is “To steer youth straight toward making sound, rational decisions through a learning experience that provides a message of reality to help them make positive, informed choices.” An emphasis will be placed on educating students about the dangers of drugs. There will also be a Steered Straight presentation for parents and guardians that begins at 6:00 pm, 11/17, in the high school. All are welcome.
We have officially begun our honor society season. Last Wednesday, the Mu Alpha Theta (Math) honor society held its induction ceremony. World Languages will hold its induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th. You can find more information about all our honor societies at PVHS Honor Societies 2022/2023.
We will also celebrate the Arts this month with our annual ASPIRE recognition and Gratitude Festival. Our ASPIRE Contest winner this year is Christian Nolan. The contest winner is based on the student who best reflects our ASPIRE PVHS values through artwork. Christian’s photo, “Bridge to Tranquility,” will hang in the Junior-Senior Lounge along with other past winners from the last six years. Our 8th annual Gratitude Festival will be held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and is sponsored by our Tri-M Music Honor Society. The festival highlights the musical talents of past and present students and represents a kind and warm sense of community that our students embody.
As a reminder, PVHS is not an open campus. While your children are at school, our responsibility is to supervise them and keep them safe. As a result, please adhere to the sign-in/sign-out procedures that are in place. We do not allow students to leave the building through side exits or let students leave and return to the building without a parent physically signing them in. This allows us to know who is leaving the building for attendance purposes and monitor who is in the building for safety reasons.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families.
The PVCSD, in partnership with our families and community, will ensure that all students are engaged in a challenging, student-focused educational program, understand and assume their responsibility for life-long learning, work to achieve their personal best and become productive citizens in a diverse global society.
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