PumpkinDear PVMS Families,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in coming out to our Back to School Nights and partnering with us in your child’s educational journey.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, please contact the teacher directly and/or the team leader on the grade level  to set up a day that works for everyone.  Topics of these meetings may range from academic, social and emotional, or just letting teachers know who your child is as a learner.  We have had a very productive and positive start to our school year.  With that being said, October is upon us and it’s the time of year for cooler temperatures, falling leaves,  and pumpkins.   When we look outside in the late afternoon, the sun is setting earlier and earlier and it is dark before we know it.  

Some of our clubs have started and many more will start this month.  We always encourage students to expand their horizons in trying new things and this is a wonderful opportunity to do so.  Eighth grade students that may qualify for National Junior Honor Society can expand on their experiences and application requirements by joining modified sports and joining clubs.  Many of our clubs run in the afternoon but some run in the morning so there is a need to be dropped off at 7:00 AM.  Please sign up prior to attending and remember students can sign up for as many as they would like to.  Please note that students will take the loop bus that runs home or must be picked up by parents/guardians at 4:15PM.

Our Student Government speeches and elections were held on Thursday, September 29th in our HS PAC.  Congratulations to all of our students who campaigned and had the courage to give speeches in front of the entire student body.  We are so proud of all!  The following students were elected as members of the Student Government and will represent their respected grade level and/or entire student body.  

8th Grade Co-Presidents – Allison John & Summer Scrocca

7th Grade Senators – Zoe Tosado & Vienna Toteda

6th Grade Representatives – Liam Craane, Matthew Curran & Hunter Martinez

5th Grade Representatives – Maevry McCarty, Dwayne Mountain & Rocco Scrocca

With advocacy and choice, we hope to continue to build a more involved student body and culture throughout our building.

Assignment pads have arrived and every child in the building has received one.  Most students use these, however, you should also check Google Classroom.  Please check in with your child on a daily basis and go over Power School to ensure accountability and transparency regarding assignments and grades. All of our teachers use Google Classroom and some use the Remind App to post assignments.  If you have any questions, please contact classroom teachers.

Some important dates to mark on your calendar this month:

October 5               Yom Kippur – No School for students and staff

October 7            Emergency Management Drill – Dismissal 15 minutes early – 2:21PM

October 7            Mid Point Quarter 1

October 11            Columbus Day – School Closed

October 15            Grades/Comments Posted for Mid-Point Quarter 1 – 

                                 Check Power School

October 18 – 20     Scholastic In Person Book Fair – Learning Commons – Lunch Periods

October 21             Picture Day – Dress to Impress

October 24 – 28    Red Ribbon Week

October 24             PTA Sponsored BMX Assembly

October 26             First Responders and Apparatus Event (during lunch periods)

October 27             MS Halloween Bash 5 – 7PM

October 28             End of Encore 1 for Grades 5 & 6

October 29             Start of Encore 2 for Grades 5 & 6

October 31              Halloween – Students may dress up (no full face masks, weapons, or 

                                     face paint)

October 31              MS Encore 2 Begins for Grades 5 & 6

 The midpoint of quarter 1 will be Friday, October 7th.  Please log-on to PowerSchool on October 14th for comments from your child’s teachers regarding the first 5 weeks of school.  Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

We held a Community Meeting the last week of September to discuss how “words” impact others.  Please continue to talk with your children to see how they are doing.  The use of group text messages and use of social media platforms continues to grow.  Please monitor the words that your children are using on these platforms.  If something is concerning then bring it to our attention as there is a nexus between what happens outside of school and its impact on those in school.  Continue to help us in raising children who are upstanders in using positive language as opposed to bystanders who join in and/or look the other way.  It is through these relationships that we continue to inform and reflect.  Please remember to contact the Middle School if you have any questions.  We hope to continue to work hard in partnering with you in helping to develop life-long learners. 


Travis W. McCarty