June is here and it is our final month of the 2023-2024 school year.  Many of our students have summer on their minds and warmer temperatures offer many the extended opportunity to be outside.  Although we will be on summer vacation starting on June 27th, we are still engaged in vital learning opportunities and assessments through our last day of school.   We will have no school on June 19th in recognition of Juneteenth and  June 26th will be a half day for students as we will be dismissing at 11:00 AM on that day.

Thank you for partnering with us over the course of this school year.  Our students have been engaged, thoughtful, resilient, and ever changing through their journey of middle school.  It takes a village to raise a child and your support is more important now than ever before especially with all of the outside influences that impact our students.

As we finish up the school year, I want to take the time to commend those students and families that saw the opportunity to take NYS assessments in preparation for standardized assessments that our students will encounter in the near future.  Our mathematics, reading, and science assessments present a framework that will only better prepare students for what is to come in high school and to show off their knowledge.   Next year, we will be moving to computer based assessments (CBT) in all of our grade levels 5 – 8.  We will continue to work through the remainder of the school year and over the summer to ensure our curriculum and programs continue to educate the whole child.

Grade level final exams and projects will be given soon.  The 7th grade does not have a special testing schedule with modified class periods, but these are the specific dates for the finals that will be given:

– Spanish 7  and Mandarin 7/8: exam during regularly scheduled class periods across June 14th, 17th, and 20th.

– Math 7: exam during regularly scheduled class periods on June 17th

Social Studies 7, ELA 7, and Science 7 will have final projects and/or single unit assessments.

The 8th grade will have a special testing schedule for a few content areas within our school day with modified class periods.  These are the specific dates for when the finals will be given:

  • Science 8 Final: Friday June 14th periods 1-3
  • Math 8 Final: Monday June 17th periods 1-3
  • Spanish 8 Final: Thursday June 20th periods 1-3

 The ELA 8 and Social Studies 8 finals/projects will be given during regular class periods in June. 

*Our Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be taking place on Monday, June 24th at 5:00PM in the High School Performing Arts Center.  This will be followed by a Moving Up Dance at Cortlandt Colonial from 7:00 – 9:30PM.

Please mark your calendars:

Tuesday, June 4 – NYS Algebra I Regents Exam – PVMS Gymnasium – All students taking this exam should arrive at school with a fully charged calculator, 2 non-erasable pens (blue or black), and 2 sharpened pencils.

Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7 – Spring iReady Benchmark Assessments in math and reading.  Progress reports will be sent home at the conclusion of the school year.

Thursday, June 6 – Talent Show & Art, Technology, and Music Event  6:00 – 7:30 PM – PVMS Stage and Gymnasium – Please come out and watch our talented students and see their work displayed from the school year.  All are invited!

Tuesday, June 11 – 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert – 7:00PM – HS PAC

Wednesday, June 12 – 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert – 7:00PM – HS PAC

Friday, June 14 – Grade 8 Science Final Exam

Monday, June 17 – Grade 8 Math Final Exam

                                   Grade 7 Math Final Exam

Tuesday, June 18 – PTA Event – Whole School Event – Minute to Win It

                                   Ice Cream provided during lunch periods

Wednesday, June 19 – Juneteenth – School Closed / No Staff or Students 

Thursday, June 20 – Grade 8 Spanish Final Exam

                                      5th Grade Trip – Bounce

                                      Yearbook DistributionIf you have any questions

                                       or concerns, direct them to Mrs. Trchala 


Friday, June 21 – 8th Grade Trip – Lake Compounce

                                7th Grade Trip – Spins

Monday, June 24 –  Locker Clean Out – Recess Periods

                                    PTA Sponsored 8th Grade Breakfast –

                                    Thank you to our PTA!

                                    Grade Moving Up Ceremony – 5:00PM – HS PAC

                                    8th Grade Moving Up Dance – 7:00PM – Cortlandt


Tuesday, June 25 – 6th Grade Trip – PV Town Park

Wednesday, June 26 – Half Day for Students – Dismissal at 11:00AM

Week of July 1 – Report Cards and iReady Reports Mailed Home

Thank you for your partnership over the course of this school year.  We hope you have a restful summer and find time to spend with your families.  Putnam Valley is a special place and our middle school community values the relationships we have with all families.  We want to wish you a safe, healthy, and restful summer with your children.


Travis W. McCarty