Putnam Valley Middle School

Dear PVMS Families,

We have made it to the midpoint of the school year and to the month of February. During Black History Month we will be taking part in various activities during our advisory period and recognizing those who have had an impact on the world around us. It is so important to learn from the past and to discuss current events with regard to what is happening in the world around us. Please take the opportunity to speak with your children about the impact people can have, and your child’s overall progress this year. Partner with us in reminding your children to make good choices.

Our students have been practicing social distancing and wearing their masks. It is imperative that masks stay on at all times unless eating or drinking! Please remind your children that this also applies when they are at recess and on the bus. We know that this model of instruction can be challenging at times and we are hopeful that with the vaccine being administered, we are that much closer to returning to normalcy.

Please partner with us in checking Powerschool and seeing that your children are completing their assignments. Students must attend their Google Meets and be in school in order to be productive and to excel academically. Overall we have seen some students struggle with completing the work as opposed to doing poorly on work. Our teachers have been extremely flexible and we are hopeful that everyone is engaged in work completion and mastery of our standards.

On Monday, February 8th we will be sending home paper copies of report cards that will provide information for the first and second quarters of the school year. Please be on the lookout for these and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Winter Recess will take place from February 15th through February 19th. Students will not have school on these days. Classes will resume on Monday, February 22nd.

With winter in full force and the snowfall upon us, please make sure that students have a plan if we were to dismiss early. We want to ensure all students have a place to go and/or a key to a house. This will help reduce the anxiety that an early dismissal brings. In addition, our delay schedules can be found on our website and keep in mind that we will dismiss at 2:40PM on delay days.

As always, we partner to give children the best experience possible. We look forward to a great start to the second half of our school year.

Sincerely,

Travis W. McCarty
Principal