The Panther Press

April 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!

Pasco is Feeding Students during COVID-19

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, COVID-19 section of the PVMS website 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



Resources from the Commissioner of Education:

April 2, 2020

TO: Florida Parents

FROM: Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran

SUBJECT: Distance Learning Resources

Thank you for your patience, understanding and coordination during these last few weeks. Teachers and superintendents all over the state have done a remarkable job preparing distance learning plans and ensuring their students are still learning, even while they are not in the classroom. Yesterday, the Florida Department of Education recommended that all public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1, 2020. This recommendation follows President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has created a COVID-19 resource page, http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/resources-families.stml, to give educators, parents and students free resources offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time.

Planning and preparing is always important, and these pages are updated hourly to ensure each Florida student has the resources they need to succeed with distance learning. This resource page is part of a broader website, www.fldoe.com/em-response, which has best practices for distance learning, frequently asked questions regarding education in Florida and COVID-19, and translated resources in Spanish. The page also contains extensive information on free meals.

The health and safety of Florida’s students is our top priority, and the department will continue doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida’s schools. Please be sure to visit the COVID-19 Resource page on FLDOE’s website for the most up-to-date information and resources available.


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For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.

We are located at:
325 West Gaines Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399



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.

Free Internet Providers

Free Internet & Communications Providers

Chairman Pai Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge

AT&T

AT&T has expanded eligibility for its low-cost internet program & new customers get 2 months of free service. In addition to SNAP recipients, the expansion covers households participating in the National School Lunch Program & Head Start. Learn more - https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Unlimited AT&T Home Internet

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. We’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, we’re offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

Additionally, to help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu application, which integrates children's books, coloring activities, and games will be available to families across the country and around the world, free of cost, for the next two months.

Microsoft

Microsoft is offering a free 6-month Office 365 G1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special G1 Trial license available for the US government, in response to the increased need for employees to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Office 365 and Teams can help bridge the communication gap between educators, students, parents, and guardians by enabling virtual classes and access to assignments using at-home devices.

Additionally, Microsoft Teams can enhance, augment and compliment any existing emergency learning plans so that districts can spend less time on the “how” and more time on the students, families and educators impacted by this challenging situation. Please see other helpful resources for Microsoft Teams below:

Comcast/Xfinity

Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi, postponing service cutoff for coronavirus crisis. A map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots is available at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For those with school-age students at home, Comcast created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Customers say “education” into their X1 or Flex voice remote to use. Xfinity will not be charging late fees to for customers that are unable to pay their bill due to impact from COVID-19.

  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View a map of available hotspots, here. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Cox Communications

New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through May 12, 2020. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and May 12, 2020. In-home modem included.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee

Spectrum/Charter

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K–12 and/or college students who do not already have internet through the company. Optional in-home Wi-Fi service at $5/month.

T-Mobile

Within the next 60 days, current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service, and extra free data up to 5GB of data per month. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month.

Sprint

Sprint made general announcements that for the next 60 days there will be no disconnects or late fees. Other deals available are:

  • Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3
  • Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Verizon

Verizon is not charging late fees and terminations of service until 5/13/20. All Activation and Upgrade Fees are being waived if they were purchased from My Verizon Online, Telesales, Customer Service, Chat, or Authorized Retailers. Free International Calling will be offered to countries identified by the CDC as Level 3.

Century Link

Century Link has waived late fees and terminations of services to residential or small businesses for the next 60 days. All data usage limits are being suspended for consumer customers as well.

Reminders from the School Nurse, Mrs. Brazier- Medical Management Packets

TDAP

Current Year 1 students must have up-to-date vaccination records, unless religious exemption, including a Tdap shot.



Medical Management Packets


All Medical Management Packets will be added to the PVMS website in May for easy access. These packets will have all the appropriate forms for your child's chronic illness. If you student self-carries, the form is there as well. This will allow parents to have all the paperwork in hand as they take your students in for their yearly checks. The packets will include all the forms that you need to keep your children's medical documentation up-to-date and allow us to care for them in a safe and efficient manner when school starts in the fall. Please watch for these forms. Have a safe and healthy spring.

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

myLearning- Check Grades!

Please make sure that you're checking myLearing to keep up with your child's assignments and grades! We encourage parents to set up an observer account to keep up to date on grades and assignments. Please see the picture below for directions on how to create an observer account.
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IB Learner Profile of the Month: Communicator

April- Communicator

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 April, we are focusing on being Communicators. How appropriate is this IB Learner Profile as we go into teaching and learning in a new environment! We are Communicators when we express ideas and information confidently, often in more than one language. We work well with others. PVMS staff members are issuing PBIS Points to students who are displaying that they are Communicators. Teachers will also be choosing students for “Student of the Month” who are an example to others in exemplifying that they are Communicators. We encourage students to wear yellow on Fridays during April 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.

Day of Awesomeness Photos

Please see the link below for some great memories from our Day of Awesomeness on 3/13/2020!


https://photos.app.goo.gl/cm4YJR15JjBJqhos9

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.

Yearbooks are still available!

Make sure you go to ACORN to reserve your copy!

#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



Here are some shout-outs from this past month:


I wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU to Mr. Moore for being so responsive and helpful in the on-line discussion for my daughter's Civics questions yesterday!

She was a little apprehensive about putting a question out for everyone to see and she didn't quite know if she'd get help, but having that first Q/A interaction be so positive and prompt is just what she (and I) needed!

Thank you so much! -Mrs. Schmelter


"I wanted to reach out to you to acknowledge Mrs. Amedy and Mrs. Poppert. They have both reached out to me to check on Kai and offer additional support.

I appreciate them and they deserve to be recognized." -Mrs. Coffaro


April is National Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month which is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach our students how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. To celebrate the month and encourage our students to be financially smart citizens in our communities, Pasco County Schools has several virtual events/challenges planned and resources to encourage Financial Literacy Fridays. This would be a great opportunity to share resources via an announcement or a zoom. Many of our parents and students are dealing with financial uncertainty during this health crisis, and may want to learn together.


Pasco County Schools, in partnership with USF Stavros Center, is excited to host a weekly Financial Literacy challenge . These events are designed to help parents/guardians, employees, community members and students with financial planning matters and getting more information for starting a financially successful future. Two 25 minutes webinars will also be provided on Wednesday April 15th and April 29th at 4:00 PM. These will be live lessons on how to embed these resources with students or even with your own children. Teachers who attend sessions will be able to earn professional development points.


Resources may be found here with further details for the weekly challenges. Please encourage students and staff to shower our Pasco Schools Social Media with their images.

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!

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! For more information, please see the webstie at Adventuresociety.weebly.com.


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

We have several promotional activities planned. Keep in mind given our current reality with COVID-19 that the situation is fluid and we are monitoring and following all guidelines from the state.


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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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrkNo28jwAc&feature=youtu.be

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!