The Panther Press

March 2020

PVMS Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a rigorous, world-class education which inspires students to become active, compassionate, and collaborative lifelong learners who understand and respect other people and their differences.

Pine View Middle School is Pasco County's First International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme World School

THANK YOU to our entire Panther Family for making Pine View Middle School Pasco County's first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) World School! We are so thankful to our staff, students and community who made this great accomplishment come to be. We will be continuing our IB-MYP journey toward our next milestone- our evaluation visit in 2023. In the four years before that visit, we will continue to implement the framework of the IB-MYP to delve deeper into teaching and learning through inquiry, and supporting learning that fosters interdisciplinary learning, concept based learning, and performance based assessments.


We are so excited to partner with you through this next phase in our journey!

Take Stock in Children- Deadline is 4/1/2020!

Your Year 3 child may be eligible for a wonderful opportunity – a Take Stock in Children College Scholarship.


To be considered for this scholarship opportunity (up to four years tuition paid), your child must meet the income eligibility requirements, agree to remain crime & drug free, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA with good attendance.


The online application closes on April 1, 2020. It was mailed to eligible candidates or can be found at: www.pascoeducationfoundation.org.

Pasco Feeding Students

Here is a helpful resource to receive FREE food from our school district during this time. All students in need qualify for this free resource.The District is just asking for each family to complete a meal request form before heading to the specified site, that way they have enough meals ready to hand out. Please see the link below for more information and to fill out a meal request form.


https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/coronavirus/page/feeding-students

Distance Learning Resources- continuously updated

Please see the Pasco County School social media sites and the Pasco County Schools website for the most up to date information regarding distance learning for Pasco County students.



Here are some more helpful links:


Crayola: https://created.crayola.com/homelearning


Pasco County Schools eLearning News for Pasco Parents: https://www.smore.com/wfg8d


Distance Learning Preview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5o5BM4XjCc&feature=youtu.be


Distance Learning Support for Students with Disabilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJV9PyLyLbs


Attendance Policy for Distance Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EwspdkxBNc&feature=youtu.be

COVID19 Letter sent home 3/12

Please see the PDF below for the English and Spanish versions of the letter sent home to parents on 3/12.

COVID-19 Information

FAQs

Pasco County Schools has created a set of Frequently Asked Questions and posted them on our website to assist with answering questions for staff, students, and parents. You can access the FAQs at this link right below the video from Superintendent Browning.


Below the FAQs we have provided a button where parents or staff can submit questions or suggestions that are not covered in the FAQs. This marks our first use of the new Let’s Talk platform.

Gary Joiner Property Appraiser Contest

Gary Joiner, the Pasco County Property Appraiser is hosting their annual essay contest through the end of March. This essay is different than the last essay contest that was just facilitated for the Mike Fasano, Tax Collector. Last year our very own Nathan Hull won this contest and received amazing gifts from the Tax Collector’s office.

Please be sure to share all entries to jwarren@pasco.k12.fl.us electronically by 3/27 so that we can submit them to the Property Appraiser’s office by the deadline of 3/31.

Planner advertisement/sponsorship

Do you own a business or know someone who does and would like to advertise in our 2020 -2021 PVMS Planner? We have opportunities ranging from a black and white business card sized advertisement through a full page, full color advertisement. Please contact Becky Cardinale at rcardina@pasco.k12.fl.us for more details.

Apps parents should know about

Here's some very helpful information from the Sarasota Sheriff to keep your children safe online:


http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/sarasota-sheriff-warns-parents-about-15-apps-that-could-be-used-to-target-children

myStudent Portal- Check Grades!

Please make sure that you're checking myStudent daily to keep up with your child's assignments and grades! If you haven't signed up, please go to https://pasco.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/?skipSAML=true to create an account.

IB Learner Profile of the Month: Balanced

March- Balanced

As a PVMS Family, we focus on a different Learner Profile (a trait that we strive to display to become the best people possible) every month. For March we are focusing on being Balanced. We are Balanced when we understand the importance of finding harmony between the intellectual, physical and emotional elements of our lives. PVMS staff members are issuing PBIS Points to students who are displaying that they are Balanced. Teachers will also be choosing students for “Student of the Month” who are an example to others in exemplifying that they are Balanced. We encourage students to wear blue on Fridays during March to represent our Learner Profile of the month.



You will see signs displaying the Learner Profiles throughout the school. The profiles are also posted above the white board in each classroom. Teachers have a second set of magnetic Learner Profiles that will make it easier to highlight which Profiles are relevant to the current classroom activity.

Caring Students of the Month

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Fortify Florida

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.


A link to FortifyFL is available on all staff and student my Pasco Connect accounts. Pasco County Schools will soon be adding FortifyFL information to each school website and the Pasco County Schools website. FortifyFL information is also available to each student and family on the inside back cover of the 2019-2020 student planner.

#IBCommunicator Weekly School Connect Message from Principal Warren

In this age of robocalls and spam calls, make sure that you're getting Principal Warren's weekly School Connect message! Please double check your blocked call list to ensure that calls from 844-400-9765 are not blocked, as that is the number that will come through. We also put the text version of the call on our school Facebook page shortly after it has come through. Make sure you are following us on our social media outlets so you don't miss any information!

2019-2020 Athletics

Years 1, 2 and 3 students will be eligible to participate in athletics for the 2019-2020 school year. To be eligible, students must have:


  • a 2.0 from the previous semester GPA (current Year 1 and 2 students' eligibility will be determined based upon 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year



All forms and information can be found on the PVMS webpage under the "Athletics" tab under "School Information".

Shout-outs for PVMS Staff!

"Never underestimate the power of a random compliment."


Have you had a great experience with a staff member and want to share it? Please click the link below!


https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=76251

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Planner

All students have been issued a PVMS planner to use on a daily basis. In addition to checking my Student, please check your child's planner on a daily basis and encourage them to write what they've done every period as well as any homework that they have. This will help everyone be #IBCommunicators!

PVMS Weatherstem

Do you ever want exact weather data for our area? Did you know that PVMS has a weather station that has wonderful information? We do!! Please go to https://pasco.weatherstem.com/pvms to see all that the PVMS WeatherStem has to offer!

Reporting a Student Absence

You can report it one of two ways:


1. Go to the PVMS website and click on Absence located under the “Contact” tab.

2. Send in a note upon your student’s return to school.

Remind Codes and Syllabi

All teachers have handed out their class syllabus at this time. There is helpful information in this document. If you haven't see all of the syllabi for your child, they are available at https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/syllabi/. Remind codes are available on the syllabus and will be updated on our website shortly.

Family website for Math Resource

Open Up Resources has a site for families to gain additional information. This information can be found here.

PBIS Store and Letters

The PBIS Store is open every Wednesday during every lunch. The first semester of the store has been a great success!
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Are you interested in volunteering? Corporal has an opportunity!

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Year 1 Resource Sheet

Don't forget about the Year 1 Resource Sheet from your All Paws In Folder (and attached below for your convenience)! This sheet contains helpful information for each of the MYP Subject Areas as well as Athletics and Social Media.

Adventure Society

Adventure Society has three upcoming trips with spots still available!

England, Ireland & Scotland 2020

Japan 2020

Italy, Greece & the Greek Isles 2021


Links are on the PVMS website under Students>Clubs>Adventure Society

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Year 3 End of Year Activities

It may seem early, but now is the time to begin thinking about the end of your child’s middle school experience. We have several promotional activities planned.


Friday, May 15, 2020: Year 3 Universal Studios’/Islands of Adventure’s Gradventure

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 9-10 a.m.: Year 3 Community Project Celebration

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at LOLHS: Year 3 Dance

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10 a.m. –12 p.m.: Year 3 Awards

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12-2:40 p.m.: Year 3 Lunch/Field Day


On Friday, May 15th students are off to Orlando to celebrate the end of their middle school years with other Year 3 students from around the state at Universal Studios’/Islands of Adventure’s Gradventure.


On Tuesday, May 26th Year 3 students are invited to dress their best and dance the night away at Land O’ Lakes High School. Snacks, beverages and great memories are included. The theme and more information will be announced, as we get closer to the dance.


The last day of school, Wednesday, May 27th, starts off with an awards assembly for our Year 3 students. Parent invites will be sent home for those students being recognized in May. The awards assembly is then followed by lunch and Year 3 Field Day. Details will be announced as we get closer to this celebration.

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Odyssey of the Mind

Enjoy thinking outside the box? Join Odyssey of the Mind! Participating in Odyssey of the Mind provides you the opportunity to learn creative problem solving, teamwork and self-reliance while having fun solving a problem and creating a presentation with your own ideas and those of your team mates. Although you have an adult coach (usually a parent) to support and advise you, all the ideas and the work on the solution come from the team members. It all culminates in a multi-school regional competition in late February/early March and a chance for the highest scored teams to compete at the State Tournament in Orlando and maybe even the OM World Finals.

Interested students (and adults interested in coaching a team) can complete the form at: https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/4297-2/

For more information please contact Pine View’s OM coordinator Nilsa Calabria, by email at ncalabri@pasco.k12.fl.us, or by phone at (813) 794-4800, Ext. 44901 or (813) 618-8995.

Birthday Grams Available!

Would you like your child's big day celebrated at PVMS? Celebrate a birthday by going to ACORN- $5 for a Happy Birthday song in cafeteria, balloon and sweet treat from cafeteria!

Staff Shout Outs!

Thank you to the Panther Family members who have nominated a PVMS staff member for a shout out! We will be featuring shout outs in each newsletter until the end of the year.


Ms. Fromm leads the yearbook staff at PVMS. This is usually the highlight of my daughter's day. Ms. Fromm creates a great culture among the members of this group where they are accepting and open-minded of each other. Also, Ms. Fromm allows students to have a large amount of responsibility and creativity. As a parent, it is wonderful to know my child this time where is feels accepted, creative, and productive. She always comes home from yearbook with a smile on her face.

Dress Code

We've had a great start to the year with Panthers dressing for success! We will be more strictly enforcing the dress code after Labor Day. The most common infractions we've been seeing is students jeans with holes higher than 4" above the knee and students wearing leggings without a shirt that has coverage to at least 4" above the knee.
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Support our Supporters!

A HUGE thank you to our local businesses that support us. If you own a business or know of one who would like to support our school, please contact Becky Cardinale.



Weld-Rite Hitch Co.: Thank you for supporting the purchase of a new planner for every Panther!