PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
As we move into late November we would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends. We as a staff are proud to be working with such a tremendous community that is involved in the school process. Thank you all.
Mr. Maloney, Principal PVM
- November 6th, 13th, and 20th
Late start Wednesdays for November
- November 6th-22nd
- November 17th
- November 23rd
- November 27-29th
PTA MOD PIZZA FUNDRAISER IS TODAY! 11/17 (Hazel Dell location)
Caleb Cave/Michael Rovig, Julian Tavira Hernandez/Parker Rice, Angela Shalukhin/Skylar Faller, and Amelia DeMoss/Kira Wilson.
Great job to all students who received a PRIDE award. You are amazing and a large part of what makes Pleasant Valley great!
We collected over 1,000 clothing and personal hygiene items during Soaptacular Socktoberfest! Pace's team dominated the field. All items will be donated to the Family and Community Resource Center this week. Thank you so much to all who donated! If you have items collected that did not get sent in, go ahead and send them to school and we will make sure they get to the resource center to benefit those in need in our community.
Popcorn sales are happening now! Students are winning prizes every day for sales. Support ASB and enjoy a delicious treat, buy gourmet popcorn from one of our students. There are many flavors to choose from, you are sure to find one you love. Popcorn orders are due NOVEMBER 22ND!
PV PTA Holiday Bazaar
Get into the spirit of giving at our PTA Holiday Bazaar. The Pleasant Valley PTA is proud to bring back this previously annual event. There will be vendors of all types present selling a variety of items from handmade goods to direct sales product lines. There will be food for purchase and a face painting booth! Join us for a day full of fun and festivity.
Battle Ground Schools Patron Tour
Battle Ground Public Schools invited the community to get an inside look at our schools on Thursday, Nov. 14. On the Discover BGPS tour guests saw activities and learning at Prairie High, Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle schools, and enjoyed a lunch prepared by PHS culinary program students. Below are a few photos of our student and staff tour guides showing guests around PVM.
HEAR YE, HEAR YE, ANNOUNCEMENTS
2019/2020 HIV/STD Curriculum Opt Out Information
The opt-out policies for both HIV/AIDS Prevention and Human Growth/Development curricula have changed. Families are now required to opt out each child in their family every year...opt-outs are no longer "good for life" nor does an opt-out for one child "cover the whole family" as they have in the past. Parents will need to go online at battlegroundps.org to view the curriculum and opt-out their child/children online using the Google Form.
Aspire Highly Capable Learners, Testing Referrals
Aspire Program for Highly Capable Learners
Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting referrals to test students for its highly capable Aspire program. Referral packets are due by December 6, 2019. Aspire is designed for students in grades K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-127-035).
Testing takes place in January and February for grades 1-11 and March for kindergartners. Identified students will receive services beginning next school year, 2020-2021. Parents who submit the student referral packet by December 6 will be notified by mail of the time and dates testing will occur at their school. Referral packets are available at the child’s school office or on the BGSD website. For more information about the Aspire program, please contact (360) 885-5426.
McCann's Memos - words from our counselor
Parents of 7th and 8th graders,
I'd like to inform you about the College Bound Scholarship. This scholarship can cover up to 4 years tuition at almost any school in the state of Washington! It really is the simplest scholarship students can apply for.If your student was eligible for Free or Reduced price lunch any time during their 7th or 8th grade year, then they are eligible to apply.
Applications and information fliers are available online at: http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/college-bound-scholarship-program. You can apply online (click on "Apply Here!"), then print and sign the application. Ask your child if they received an application. I would like to have them returned by December 2nd. Have your student bring the signed form to Mrs. McCann and I will mail it in.
The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge. The scholarship is a state-funded program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council.
Washington State 7th and 8th grade students may apply for College Bound if they meet one of the following requirements at ANY TIME DURING THEIR 7TH OR 8TH GRADE YEAR.:
- During 7th or 8th grade, household income from all sources (taxable and nontaxable) is less than or equal to the amounts on the chart.
FROM THE NURSE
Hello parents and students.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th to raise awareness of both Type I and Type II diabetes. This poster helps us understand what Type I diabetes is and what it isn't. Perhaps someone you know has diabetes......
Spirit Wear Ordering
No need to wait to show your PV spirit, Pleasant Valley spirit wear is available all year! This year there will be a different coupon every month. The new spirit wear fliers are available at school, and show upcoming coupon specials on the back. You can order online any time at: www.pleasantvalleyspiritwear.com.
A part of the proceeds go to our wonderful PV PTA to support students and staff at Pleasant Valley.
Spiritwear Thanksgiving SALE!!!
Chilly weather is just around the corner. It is always a good idea to look at your plans in case of a weather-related school delay or closure.
Inclement weather and emergency information:
BGPS sends out parent/guardian phone calls and emails to notify families of unplanned school closures. You may also call the BGPS information line for information on weather/emergency delays and closures.
Information Line: (360) 885-5343 (Updated by 6:00 a.m. on impacted days).
Please use the link below to visit our Weather/Emergency Closures page on the BGPS website for more detailed information about snow bus routes, school late-start times, how we keep you notified of weather or emergency closures, and more.
It is important that we have your current contact information in Skyward, as that is where our system draws data from in order to send out phone calls and emails.
Updating contact/emergency contact information:
Please be sure to update Skyward with any contact information changes. Paper forms sent home for "emergency early release" information are NOT used to update Skyward, that must be done online. Please complete the 2019/2020 Skyward Update if you have not already done so.
You can access the skyward log in page HERE.
We understand it can be very difficult to avoid taking your child out of school for part of a day for appointments, or missing a day due to illness. Students are more successful at school when they attend regularly. We encourage you to try to plan appointments or vacation to avoid being out of school as much as possible.
Important Attendance Information
* Absences must be excused by a parent/guardian within three (3) school days of returning from the absence. You may excuse absences by note, calling the office, skyward absence report, or email. The excuse should be dated, signed, and include the student first and last names, the date(s) of the absence, and reason for the absence.
* Absences for reasons not on the district-approved list must be arranged ahead of time and approved by the principal. Please email/call/send a note to the office at least two (2) days prior to the absence so we can help students avoid missing anything important. This would be for such things as vacation or out of town sports tournaments.
* Absences for illness that are five (5) days or more will require a doctor note upon return.
PVM absence reporting line is: 360-885-5512
Office phone is: 360-885-5500
The district handbook, with attendance and other important information, was sent home the first day of school, and can be found on the district website at: www.battlegroundps.org
Valid reasons for excused absences include:
* Participation in school approved activities or instructional program
* Illness, health conditions, or medical appointment
* Family emergencies
* Principal or designee and parent/legal guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity
* Observance of religious or cultural holidays
* Court, judicial proceeding, or serving on a jury
* Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview
* Absences directly related to the student's homeless status
* Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian
* State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055
* Absences resulting from a disciplinary /corrective action
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
BATTLE GROUND STUDENT AND FAMILY HANDBOOK
VOLUNTEERS AND CHAPERONES
The application is online, though, we do need to get a copy of your driver's license at the school office in order to process the background check. Click the link below for more information and to apply.
Once approved, the clearance is good for two (2) years.
We encourage you to get cleared now, as the process can take 7 -10 days and is not always possible to complete in time if you wish to chaperone on a field trip with your child's class at the last minute. Thank you so much for spending time here helping at PVM!
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