Pacific Grove Middle School

September 2020 Newsletter


If your student(s) is going to be absent, please email Mrs. Robin Cochran, our Attendance Clerk, at or Ms. Apple at If you email the teacher, please include us because the teacher can only mark the student Tardy or Absent, all other absences need to be entered by the office.

If your student is marked absent and you did NOT notify Mrs. Cochran or Ms. Apple, an automated message will go out at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please send an email to clear up your student(s) absence. Thank you.

School Picture Day

School picture day is happening...once we get the details, we will send out an email.

Lunch Information

Effective September 1, PGUSD will be able to offer free school breakfasts and lunches to children ages 18 and under. We will serve meals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. On Wednesday, meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3 days' worth) will be served.

For more information, please visit our website at

At this time, we are continuing to serve out of Pacific Grove High School & Arkwright Ct. and we are diligently assessing logistics to begin service out of Robert Down Elementary.

Parent Power Night Presenter, Josh Ochs

Please join us for a special edition of Parent Power Night, Thursday, September 10, from

6:00 - 7:00 PM. Josh Ochs from, our long-standing digital citizenship, and social media safety partner, will be sharing practical yet valuable parent tech tips and strategies to help you support your students’ responsible and positive use of technology. Josh will share his expertise and insight into how we can manage the use of social media to help our students create a more positive online presence and ‘shine online’. He’ll also demonstrate different steps that you can take immediately to help balance your family’s screen time. For more information on this event, visit:

Live Zoom Event for Parents:

Meeting ID: 899 0456 9618

Passcode: 782365

Greetings from PGMS Library...

Families can access the library collections of every school in our district on our PGMS Library webpage. Our collections are curated to support our curriculum and to provide engaging literature for our students. It is our hope that this access will make the completion of challenging assignments easier for our students and families. In addition, we provide links to Encyclopedia Britannica School, and the Proquest Central Student database, supplied by the California Department of Education. Details of resources available on these websites are listed on our library webpage.

To Access the Library Page from your cell phone:

1. Visit

2. Top left corner click the "Menu Bar" (the three bars).

3. Scroll down and click on "Our School."

4. Scroll down and click on "Library."

5. Scroll down and you will see the library information.

Ready to hold a book in your hand? PGMS Library is here to help!

Based on the American Library Association guidelines for libraries during Distance Learning, we have devised a check-out system to assist this process. Requested items will be appropriately cleaned and packaged for contactless pick-up and returns will be quarantined for the requisite amount of time.

The pick-up area will be the front door of PGMS on Forest Avenue. A return tub will be located at the same door during school office hours and scheduled pick-up times. Pick-up times are Monday 1:00 to 4:00 pm and Thursday 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Or by appointment, by contacting Mrs. Bitter at

To reserve a book for pick-up:

- Go to

- Find the Library link located in the “Student” section or

- Choose “Our School” from the blue bar or symbol in upper left corner of your smartphone

- Select “Library” and find & choose the link: PGMS Library Book Check-out Request

You can also click on the "Today Reserve Online" picture and it will take you directly to the PGMS Library Book Check-out Request form.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bitter at or 646-6568, ext. 310

Scholastic Book Club

Starting late September, Scholastic Book Club will send books directly to your home! It has never been easier to discover the best books for your student. Shop the online flyers together to find the most appropriate choices for your student’s interests and reading level. Placing an order online will still earn rewards for our library. Order your selections today at, create an account and use class code: MJ77N. You can also click on the "Scholastic Book Orders" picture and it will take you to the website.

Don’t want to wait until late September, you can still place your order and arrange for pick-up with Mrs. Bitter,

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bitter at or 646-6568, ext. 310

Staff Directory (click here)

Send a direct email to a staff member by using the Staff Directory.