PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * March 28, 2021

Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press


Greetings PVM Families,


We have been so excited to have our students back in the building. We have doing a great job with all of the safety measures being followed. One area that we can work on is not having cell phones out during the school day. It has been a long time out of the school, so many students have possibly conveniently forgotten. If they need to be in touch with a parent then they can request to go to the office. Thank you for your help with this. We will keep you all posted with any changes moving forward.


Thank you all for your support. Go Patriots!


Sincerely,


Mr. Maloney

Principal

Mrs. Leeper

Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week


8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting

If you are interested in helping plan the 8th Grade Celebration Drive Through Event, please join us for a short introductory planning committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. If you have any questions, or would like to attend future meetings, please email Stacy Crain at stacycrain82@gmail.com or Rebecca DeMoss at rebeccaldemoss@gmail.com.


Topic: 8th Grade Celebration Planning Committee Meeting

Time: Mar 30, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83776967365


Meeting ID: 837 7696 7365

Bus Drivers Needed

If you know someone who might be interested in a part-time job, please let them know about the need for bus drivers. More information is online at sticareers.com , or call Cascade Student Transportation at 360-687-7137 for more information.

SPRING BREAK, APRIL 3RD - 11TH

There will be no classes and the office will be closed April 3-11th for spring break. We hope your family is able to enjoy the break, and students come back energized and ready to learn. Classes resume on Monday, April 12th.

Updating Ethnicity/Race Information in Skyward

The federal government recently expanded the categories for student ethnicity and race to more accurately reflect individuals' backgrounds, and is requiring school districts to update its reports. To comply with this requirement, we are asking families to log in to Skyward Family Access and update their child's race/ethnicity information. There are now 222 ethnicity/race categories for families to choose from, and parents can choose more than one race for their child.


You may either complete the 2021 Update, if you have not already done so this year, which allows you to update your contact and other information (we ask that parents complete the Update at the beginning of every school year to ensure your contact information is correct), or you may go to the Student Information tab and click on the "request changes for (student name)" and update race and ethnicity codes there. You may download below a document with instructions and photos of how to do this, as well as a worksheet that gives you a quick glance at all the selections available, to assist you in completing your update.


If you are experiencing difficulties updating this information, please call the school office for assistance. We must update all student information in April.

Yearbook Photo Submissions

YEARBOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Documenting this unique year is more important than ever, and the Pleasant Valley Middle yearbook staff needs your help to do it...

Want your student’s picture in the yearbook? We have a solution! Since not all students were able to get student portraits this year, submit a portrait instead, following the specific guidelines that are posted below. Use our Replay It option, it’s easy to submit your own photos from home. (https://images.jostens.com/416103989) The deadline to submit a portrait for your student is March 19.

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ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS:

  1. We will accept HEAD AND SHOULDERS SHOTS ONLY (NO hands and or props permitted in the portrait)

  2. Only COLOR portraits will be accepted

  3. All portraits are to be VERTICAL in nature

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK!!! ALL KINDS OF PHOTOS, SEE BELOW!

Want to submit your own photos for the yearbook? Well now you can. We need your help gathering photos for the yearbook, and with our Replay It option, it’s easy to submit your own photos from home https://images.jostens.com/416103989.

Got photos of:

PE

Band

STEM with the Genius Project

Art

Students with their pets

PVM siblings and/or friends

Remote Learning setup and/or silly faces

Snow day pictures

And more?

We would love for you to share them. Click on the link below to submit your photos. Be sure to include the student’s name(s), grade level(s) and description of picture.


Want to buy a yearbook? Don’t miss out on getting a copy of the 2021 Pleasant Valley Middle Yearbook. Order one now for the presale price of $15. You can purchase your yearbook here. Click the link and then go to Pay Fees and Fines. Follow the directions from there. If you have issues please call the office at 360-885-5500. (https://pvm.battlegroundps.org/).

Yearbooks On Sale Now

We are now taking orders for yearbooks. Be sure you get a copy of the yearbook for this very memorable year! It is easy to order online from the "pay fees & fines" section of the PVM website. If you need to pay by cash or check, you may drop them by the office M-F between 7:30am and 3:30pm. Cash must be exact change, we do not have change at the school. Checks may be made out to PVM.


Yearbooks will cost $15 this year.


We order a limited number, so order early to be sure a copy is reserved for you while they are still available. Yearbooks are distributed in June to those who have purchased one. They will be available for sale until the number ordered have all been claimed.


Pay Online Here

Counselor's Corner

Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families,


Social-Emotional Supports


There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI

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Download NAMI Parent's Flyer Below

SOS Supports information


During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We continue to use a program called SOS Signs of Suicide for 7th and 8th grade students. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.


SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.


Read more by following the links below:


SOS Info

SOS Resources


Mrs. McCann's Google Classroom.


I will be sharing topics weekly in my Google classroom. Please remind your students to join my Google classroom if they have not done so already. Links were emailed to them at the beginning of the school year to join.

Notes from the Nurse

Hello PVM Families,


I wanted to take a moment and share the update from Gov. Inslee this week; of interest are the eligibility categories. There is a link to the Governor's web page as well for the entire statement.


GOVERNOR INSLEE ANNOUNCES PHASE 1B TIER 2 TIMELINE


On March 11, 2021, the governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement, among others. Phase 1B, Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.

Read the full article, which also discusses the statewide recovery plan update, on the governor's medium web page.


I hope this information is useful, and I hope everyone who wants to get vaccinated is making arrangements and planning to do so.


Please continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.


Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN

School Nurse

High School Credit via Challenge, and Washington State Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Competency Exams

The option for students to earn high school credit in core courses and world language by passing a challenge exam is now available to 8-12 grade students. This will take place in the month of May. High school credit can be earned by passing a challenge exam in Algebra I, Geometry, English 9, English 10, Biology and Washington State History. Students may also earn The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy and World Language Credit by passing the competency testing requirements. See attached information for the application and registration process. Students must register no later than April 16, 2021.


Applications linked below.

USDA Farmers to Families food boxes

Battle Ground Public Schools has partnered with the Battle Ground Education Foundation to distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at the Lewisville campus on Saturdays through the end of April. Families can come by the Lewisville campus to pick up a food box. A typical kit contains fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. Distribution will start at 10 a.m. and last until the boxes are gone. Limit one food kit per car. Please enter Lewisville via NW 5th Ave. (between the Post Office and Dick's Point S) off of West Main Street.

Please be aware that because the truck is coming from Walla Walla, winter weather could impact distribution. Updates will be posted at http://bgef.org/ and the BGEF Facebook page.

Volunteers needed: If you can volunteer to help distribute boxes, please sign up online.

Family and Community Resource Center

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.


While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.


The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.


The Family Resource Guide is full of contacts to aid families in connecting with agencies who are able to help with a great variety of needs. Please click the link below to view this helpful guide.


Family Resource Guide


(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)
Phone: (360) 885-5434
Email: fcrc@battlegroundps.org

Attendance - Absence Reporting

If your child has missed, or will be missing, any classes, please be sure to contact the school office to excuse their absence.


  • State reporting codes require absences be excused by a parent or guardian within three days of the return of the student to school.
  • We may not accept student excuses for their own absences.
  • We understand that at times an absence may be unavoidable, such as for limited medical appointment times, illness, internet failures, or a family emergency. Consistent participation dramatically increases student success in school. We ask that if at all possible, appointments and vacation time be scheduled to avoid having students miss their direct instruction time in Zoom meetings.
  • In addition to a parent/guardian reporting the absence to the office, if students are aware they will be missing several days of school (due to traveling etc) please have them email all of their teachers to arrange for make up work.


Absence reporting

Attendance line: 360-885-5512

PVM office: 360-885-5500

PVM email: info.pvm@battlegroundps.org


Thank you for helping us keep your child's attendance record current.

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION

Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
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PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Office: 360-885-5500

Fax: 360-885-5510

Student helpdesk: 360-885-5465

Student helpdesk email: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org

PVM Online: https://sites.google.com/battlegroundps.org/pvm-online/home

District office switchboard: 360-885-5300

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Battle Ground School District Calendars 2020-2021

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook

PVM Student and Family Handbook

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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps.org , Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Shelly Whitten, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, whitten.shelly@battlegroundps.org , Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5360; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

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March 28, 2021

Issue #13