Butterfly on Flower - MayDear PVMS Families,

May is already here and we are starting to see flowers bloom, warmer temperatures, and many events on our calendar as things continue to open up.  Please join us in finishing strong over these last two months of school.  Children will be busy with activities outside of school, but this reminds us to stay on schedule and focus academically.

Our middle school drama, “High School Musical,” took place over the weekend of April 22nd and both evening performances were outstanding.  The show featured two different evenings of cast members and they gave it their all.  We have so much talent among our student body and I would encourage you to talk to your children about trying something new if they have never tried acting or performing on stage.  Ms. Kraus and Mrs. Torres-Craane as well as many other faculty members worked closely with our students for months to put on these performances.  Congratulations to all that were involved and to our eighth graders moving on to the high school next year to share their gifted talents in this area.

As we continue into the fourth quarter, it is vital for our students to stay focused on their efforts toward their academic progress.  Please note that our seventh and eighth graders will be taking final exams in June and that these will be summative measures for teachers to assess their progress for the entire year.  In addition, we still have our Science 8 NYS assessment, Algebra I Regents, and our Checkpoint A exam for those in eighth grade Spanish.  We are hopeful that our students continue to apply themselves, stay focused, and take advantage of opportunities that will strengthen their overall abilities.  I want to thank all of those families of students who sat to take the NYS English Language Arts assessments and NYS Mathematics assessments.  We use this data to help drive instruction and as a multiple measure for supports that students may need.  These are always vital opportunities for students to show their knowledge and prepare for high school Regents exams that they will be taking in the near future, especially for our seventh and eighth graders.  

End of Year Details

We are still in the process of organizing end of the year details for our seventh and eighth grade final exams.  These will take place during our school day.  Our Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd in our High School Performing Arts Center at 5:00PM.  That same evening we will have a Moving Up Dance at Cortlandt Colonial at 7:00PM.  We will have more detailed information as we draw nearer to these dates.

Mark Your Calendar – We are Busy!

Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 6th: Teacher Appreciation Week – Thank you to the Putnam Valley PTA and families that were able to contribute to all of the events planned for our staff this week.

Wednesday, May 11: National School Nurse Appreciation Day – Thank you to Nurse Jaquie LeClech and Nurse Kathy Hill for all that they do for our community.

Friday, May 6th: PVMS Student Talent Show – PVMS Stage – 5:00PM 

Monday, May 9th: PVMS 5th and 6th Grade Spring Chorus Concert – PVHS PAC – 7:00PM

Wednesday, May 11th: PVMS 7th and 8th Grade Chorus Concert – PVHS PAC – 7:00PM

Monday, May 16th: 7th & 8th Grade Assembly – “Your Choices Determine Your Destination” Marc Mero – 1:00PM – PVHS PAC – Thank you to our PTA!

Friday, May 20th: Midpoint of the 4th Quarter – Please check PowerSchool on

Thursday, May 26th for updated grades and comments.  Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions and concerns.

Friday, May 20th: PVMS Spring Fling – PVMS Dining Hall and Gymnasium –  5:00 – 7:00PM

Monday, May 23rd – Thursday, May 26th: Math iReady and ELA iReady diagnostic Round 3 – Students should come prepared with ear buds/headphones, pencils and an independent reading book.

Friday, May 27th – Monday, May 30th: No School – Memorial Day Break

Tuesday, May 31st: Two By Two Zoo – Fifth Grade

As you can see we have a very busy May.  As always, please reach out to your child’s classroom teachers should you have any questions or want to schedule an in person meeting for one reason or another.  It is through our partnership that our children are supported in positive ways so that they succeed.  Please reach out to the middle school if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Travis W. McCarty