PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * March 14, 2021

Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press


Greetings PVM Families,


Wow, we have finished 3 weeks of Hybrid/Remote learning. The students are doing a fantastic job working with our building expectations to stay safe. It is so refreshing to have students with us all in the school.


On another note, we have parent/teacher conferences coming up on March 23rd for any group A students and March 25th for any group B students. Some parents may have already received a request for a conference. If a teacher has not requested a conference with you, but you would like to meet, please contact your child's teacher or the school office to arrange a time. Communication is a big key to the success of our students. Thank you all for your support. Go Patriots!


Sincerely,


Mr. Maloney

Principal

Dear Patriot Families.


It has been so exciting to begin to get to know all of your students in person! Greeting them at the gym door is one of the highlights of my day. Thank you for your continued vigilance with the attestation process, and health and safety measures. Our teamwork is critical for keeping our students in school!


Please encourage and remind your students to attend their specialists Zoom classes on their home days! The teachers are noticing a drop in attendance in these courses. Thank you for your partnership in getting your student there.


You may see your students coming home with prizes for the daily attestation raffle! We are trying to infuse as much fun into the day as possible. Keep an eye out for Patriot Bucks and Patriot Pride awards as well. We will be recognizing students for being Safe, Responsible, and Respectful!


Let us know how we can support you and your students.



Mrs. Leeper

Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week


  • Daylight savings begins Sunday, March 14th 2:00 a.m.
  • Virtual Industry Fair, Thursday 3/18, Pre-Register Here
  • Parent-teacher conference / Early Release schedules
  • PVM Students Advancing to State History Day Competition
  • ASB Popcorn Fundraiser
  • Yearbook picture submissions
  • Notes From The Nurse
  • Attestation reminders - Healthy Habits for School
  • Counselor's Corner - SOS training info for parents
  • High School Credit via Challenge, and Washington State Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Competency Exams
  • USDA Farmers to Families food boxes
  • Family & Community Resource Center
  • Attendance - absence reporting
  • 20-21 District Calendars
  • 20-21 District and PVM Student/Family Handbooks

Daylight Savings Begins

Daylight savings time starts Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to set your clock ahead an hour!

Connect with local employers at the Industry Fair March 18

Students, families and community members of all ages are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at the annual Industry Fair on Thursday, March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year’s event is being held virtually and offers attendees the opportunity to sharpen their application skills, learn more about local businesses as well as employment opportunities while networking with a vast array of area business leaders. Pre-registration is required to attend.


In addition to the main event on Thursday evening, virtual workshops featuring valuable information such as resume writing, interviewing skills, applying for apprenticeships and tips on creating your LinkedIn profile will be offered Monday, March 15 through Thursday March 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is something for everyone at this FREE event. Be sure to register to ensure your spot. More information about the event can be found on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org/industry-fair.

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Parent-teacher conference / Early Release schedules

The parent-teacher conference schedule has been adjusted so that conferences and early releases will occur on March 23 and 25. This is different from what the school calendar shows. The changes were made to provide equitable learning time as we transition to the hybrid model.


MIDDLE SCHOOL
8:10 to 11:10 Student Day

7:55-8:10 Student Arrival
8:10-8:41 1st class

8:44-9:15 2nd class
9:18-10:02 3rd class
10:05-10:36 4th class
10:39-11:10 5th class


11:10 Student Dismissal


Specialist Zoom schedule will also change on 3/23 and 25


5th grade 8:44-9:15 a.m.

6th grade 9:31-10:02 a.m.

7th grade 10:05-10:36 a.m.

8th grade 10:39-11:10 a.m.


Parents/guardians of those students for whom teachers are requesting a conference will be contacted by teachers to schedule a time. If you have not received communication about a conference, but would like to schedule one, please contact your child's teachers or the school office to arrange a time to meet. Conferences will be held virtually on Zoom between 12:20 pm and 2:55 pm, either Tuesday 3/23 or Thursday 3/25.

PVM Students Advancing to State History Day Competition

After top finishes at the Southwest Washington regional National History Day competition, 21 students from Battle Ground Public Schools’ middle schools have advanced to the state round to be held on May 1. Each round of the competition (regional, state and national) will be held virtually this year.


The Pleasant Valley Middle School students advancing to state are:

  • Judah Bullock, 1st Place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for “Miscommunication in Word and Deed: Key to Understanding the Nez Perce Tribe’s Century of Loss”
  • Amelia DeMoss and Kira Wilson, 1st Place in the Junior Group Performance category for “Clarity, Quantity, Focus: Key to Understanding How the Federalist Papers Convinced the States to Ratify the Constitution”
  • Lilly Roman-Myers and Kaylie O’Lear, 1st Place in the Junior Group Exhibit category for “Cesar Chavez: Strikes, Fasts, and Boycotts to Empower the Powerless”
  • Amelia Olson, 1st Place in the Junior Individual Website category for “Trial and Error, Collaboration, Bribery, and the Telegraph: Key to Understanding”
  • Jake Drogos, 2nd Place in the Individual Documentary category for “Sacagawea Translating, Guiding, and Communicating Peace: Key to the Success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806”
  • Abigail Dubinskiy, Alissa Huynh, Kristina Goldonov, and Layla Segovia, 3rd Place in the Group Exhibit category for “The March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama: How the March Shamed the U.S. in World Opinion and Led to the Passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill”
  • Ethan Heaps, 3rd Place in the Individual Documentary category for “I Have a Dream”


Congratulations and good work to all who participated. We know that all entrants and Mrs. Soohoo have put in a lot of time and effort to build these History Day presentations. Thank you to all the volunteers and judges who do so much to make this competition a success each year.


Read more about National History Day on the BGPS website HERE.

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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

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

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Attestation reminders - Healthy Habits for School


Healthy Habits for School


Getting kids out the door and ready for school in the morning can be a challenge, especially after nearly a year of staying home. These are some tips for how to remember to answer the required health screening questions, so your student starts off the day smoothly. Watch for your email or text on the mornings your child will be going to school.


Top tips for remembering the daily health attestation:


  1. Streamline the technology
    The attestation email will allow you to enter a cell phone number if you wish for a cell phone to get text reminders to attest. This will allow a second family parent/guardian, or even the students themselves to attest each morning. Middle school students may attest for themselves, primary students must have an adult attest for them.

  2. Set a recurring alarm
    Set a daily alarm on your phone or smart watch for a time before school when you are able to complete the screening.

  3. Make it a routine
    Pair completing the health attestation with another daily morning task, such as making your morning coffee or waiting for your child’s bus.

  4. Attest for all kids at once
    If you have multiple children with different schedules, save your sanity by attesting for them all at the same time daily, regardless of whether they attend that day or not.

  5. Involve your kids
    Make and post a “before school checklist” where it will be seen and check off the items with your kids each morning, so remembering becomes a team effort.

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


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.

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

CANCELLED EVENT: USDA’s food box distribution not available March 20
Due to a scheduling conflict at the Lewisville campus, the USDA Farmers to Families food box distribution will not be taking place this Saturday, March 20. Meal kits will be available for pickup again starting Saturday, March 27. More details and upcoming distribution dates can be found on our Facebook Events page.



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 14, 2021

Issue #12

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