The Panther Press

October 2018

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 five 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 environments that foster interdisciplinary learning, concept based learning, and performance based assessments.

We are so excited to partner with you through this next phase in our journey!

Learner Profile of the Month: Knowledgeable

October- Knowledgeable

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 October, we are focusing on being Knowledgeable. We are Knowledgeable when we explore ideas concepts and issues. PVMS staff members have red #IBSTRONG tickets that they are giving out throughout the month to students who are displaying that they are Knowledgeable. Teachers will also be choosing students for “Student of the Month” who are an example to others in exemplifying that they are Knowledgeable. We encourage students to wear red every Friday during October 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.

Staff of the Year!

Congratulations to our Pine View Middle School Teacher of the Year, Margaret Fink and SRP of the Year, Melissa Dunn. We're so proud to have you representing us!
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Hispanic Heritage Month and Essay Contest

Our students have the wonderful opportunity of entering the Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest with the recipient earning a 4 year Florida Pre-Paid Scholarship! To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, visit You can also access promotional materials to share with your students and their families at

Online submission:

Parent/Legal Guardian waiver form:

Year 3 Family Night!

Please click here to RSVP to the event on the 17th!
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The Great American Teach-In is coming to PVMS!

Pine View Middle School will open its doors for the GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN on Wednesday November 14th, 2018. This event is in celebration of American Education week. During this week, schools across the country will be inviting parents and community members into their classrooms to teach students about careers and hobbies.

It is our hope that you will join us for this year’s Great American Teach-In. You are encouraged to share a hobby, explain an aspect about your career, teach a lesson, or organize an activity. Presentations will be taking place all day and we can be flexible with when you wish to attend.

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the questionnaire below and have your student return the form to the front office. If you choose to respond via email, please send an email with all information listed below to Mrs. Nicole James ( We hope to see you at this year’s Great American Teach-In!

Got Panther Gear?

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PTSA has come to PVMS!

We're excited to partner with the PTSA this year! Please see their social media for more information: Facebook: and follow them on Twitter at @pvmsptsa1

The PTSA membership drive and budget meeting on Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 pm in the PVMS Cafeteria. See the PTSA Facebook page for more information!

Want to be part of the PVMS PTSA?

Membership dues ($5.00) can be dropped off at the PVMS front desk. Checks can be made payable to: Pasco County Council PTA

Our Board of Directors was elected at the September 10th meeting. They are:

2018-2019 PTSA Board of Directors

President: Mark Toatley

Treasurer: Annette Sheehan

Secretary: Shawna Burns

Vice President: Robin Halliwell

Vice President: Laura Lacayo

Vice President: Heather Horvath

Red Ribbon Week: October 22- October 26

Red Ribbon week will be celebrated with theme days, guest speakers, and a food drive to benefit families during the holidays.

Each day there will be a different theme as students dress to support staying drug and alcohol free as they pursue goals. Parents and students can refer to the website for school appropriate clothing.

Theme Days:

Monday- “Sock it to Drugs” (Silly Socks)

Tuesday- “Where Drug Free Dreams Come True” (Disney Wear)

Wednesday- “Be a Hero: Say No to Drugs” (Comicon/Superhero)

Thursday- “Living the Drug-Free Dream (Pajamas)

Friday- “Stay in the Game-Drug Free” (Sports Attire)

Guest speakers will also provide information and encourage students to make healthy and safe decisions.

“Pine View CAN say No to Drugs” has been a tradition and each year students make a difference for families. We're asking each year level to bring a different item:

Year 1 students are asked to bring in canned vegetables or soup.

Year 2 students may bring canned fruit or multi packages of ramen noodles.

Year 3 students may donate boxed pasta or pasta sauce.

With each item donated, students will earn a ticket for a chance to win a PVMS yearbook. Three yearbooks will be given to those students in May.

Throughout the week, we will continue to encourage students to surround themselves with positive friends, to set goals, and be proud of their accomplishments as they refuse to be distracted by drugs.

Principled Students of the Month- August

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Thinker Students of the Month- September

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NJHS Fall Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to all the Year 2 and Year 3 students who were inducted into NJHS on September 28th! It was a great ceremony and a great way to meet our new NJHS members. This ceremony allows us to better understand what it truly means to be in NJHS, like the level of character, leadership, citizenship, service and scholarship it takes. I hope that everyone had an amazing time and all the NJHS officers look forward to getting to see and work with you more in the future! - Jules Eisenberg, Chapter Historian

2018-2019 Athletics/Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball Tryouts!

Boys Soccer Tryouts

October 22, 23 and 24 from 3:00-4:30

Girls Basketball Tryouts

October 22, 23 and 24 from 3:00-4:30

Please have all paperwork turned in and approved by Coach Tavo, Coach Craven or Mrs. Craven by October 19th.

Students who have already tried out for Cheer, Volleyball, or Football have paperwork on file and there is no need to turn in a new packet.

Years 1, 2 and 3 students will be eligible to participate in athletics for the 2018-2019 school year. To be eligible, students must have a 2.0 from the previous semester GPA (current Year 2 and 3 students' eligibility will be determined based upon 2nd semester of the 2017-2018 school year).

All forms and information can be found on the PVMS webpage under the "Athletics" tab.

Freedom Week and Constitution Day

Below are images from some of our classes as they recognized and taught Constitution Day (9/17) and Freedom Week (September 24-28).

Federal legislation (Federal Public L. 108-447) requires educational institutions to recognize Constitution Day in their instructional program on September 17 each year by commemorating the original signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. As the foundation of our nation, the Constitution provides the framework of government for our country through its seven articles and further outlines citizens’ rights in Amendments I-XXVII.

This legislation is in addition to the state mandate for Celebrate Freedom Week (dedicated to the Declaration of Independence), which will be observed September 24th -28th.

Florida Statute 1003.421 designates the last full week of classes in September as Celebrate

Freedom Week. The statute directs schools to educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country, as well as the values on which this country was founded. Celebrate Freedom Week must include an in-depth study of the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence. In order to focus attention on the importance of this week, school principals and teachers shall conduct a daily oral recitation by students of the following section of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,

that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to

secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving

their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello Week

PVMS participated in Sandy Hook Promise's #StartWithHello Week where our students to encourage Panthers to "create a culture of inclusion and connectedness, and encourage them to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation. Start With Hello Week raises awareness about social isolation and educates students and the community on how to prevent it."

One of the activities we did was a door decorating contest to welcome out students not only to school, but to Start With Hello Week.

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Subject Area Newsletters

Some of our subject areas have their own newsletters. Please see the links below:


Year 2 Language and Literature:

School Counselor:

Language Acquisition Resource- Pronunciator

If your child has a Pasco County Library Card, they can gain access to “PRONUNCIATOR”, a free way to learn 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music and more. You can use this tool to support your classroom lessons and, you can recommend it to your students for additional support at home, while learning a second language!

After getting a library card, students can register by clicking on this link:

Planner Tip of the Month- Learner Profiles

A HUGE thank you to Advantage Real Estate Services, True North Counseling Services, and Weld-Rite Hitch Co. for your financial support with our fantastic new planners! Make sure you check our their advertisements on the inside cover!

All students have been issued a planner. We hope that you're finding your child's planner useful! Over the next few issues of The Panther Press, we will be highlighting different aspects of this great resource.

Our second tip highlights the Learner Profiles and their definitions on pg. 7 of your child's planner. The Learner Profiles are the ten traits that we want all students, staff and community members to display to become the best people we can be. We highlight a different Learner Profile every month, while still reinforcing all ten. The Learner Profiles are:

  • Principled
  • Thinkers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Risk-takers
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Caring
  • Balanced
  • Communicators
  • Inquirers

Please continue to encourage your child to write in his or her planner in every class every day. It's a great life skill that connects beautifully with the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills that are featured on pages 2-6 of the planner. As you look through the ATL skills in the planner, you might find yourself saying, "I do that all the time!" and "My child really needs to learn how to do that!" and "I wish that someone had taught me how to do that in school- it's a great life skill!". That's what ATL skills are- skills that students need to be successful not only in school, but in life as well. The teaching of these skills takes place through the context of the eight subject areas and are embedded into the teaching and learning in the classroom.

If your child misplaces this great resource, the replacement cost is $5 while supplies last.

Yearbook News

Want to purchase a yearbook? They are $35 through December 31 and can be purchased through ACORN or

Tutoring available at PVMS!

Mrs. Cruz offers free tutoring on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Lab 911. Students must have the attached permission form below signed by a parent to attend. Mrs. Cruz can be reached through email at

Individual tutoring:

Hourly rates depend on the teacher. Please email the individual teacher for more information.

Individuals and Societies

Alyssa Keyser -Yr. 1

Rene Martinez-Monfort

Kristen Fuqua- Yr. 2 Civics kfuqua@pasco.k12.fl,us

Language and Literature/Reading/Writing

Alyssa Keyser-

Brittany Nelson-


Jennifer Craven- Yr. 1, 2, 3


Maria Fernandez Yr 1,2,3 .

Alexia Martinez - Also does translations

School Choice Opportunities for 2019-2020

We're being thinkers and looking ahead toward our next school year! The magnet and school choice window comes up quickly, with the window opening on 12/3/2018 and closing on 12/14/2018 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Pasco Pathways Expo – Save the Dates

Parent nights will be offered on November 26th (JWMHS) and November 29th (WCHS) to inform parents of our educational options as well as to provide more in-depth information on the new school choice/magnet application process. More information will be shared soon!

Please see the "First Parent Choice Communication" below for more detailed information!

Adventure Society!

Adventure Society will be traveling to Ireland, Scotland, and England in June 2020.

For more information, visit the PVMS website or contact Mrs. Davis at

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Gifted Parent Nights

All Pasco County parents of gifted-identified students are invited to join us for an evening full of informative grade level sessions on supporting the needs of gifted learners. The east side information night will be October 10th at Thomas E. Weightman Middle School and the west side information night will be on October 17th at Gulf High School. Attached is a flyer with more information. Please contact Kristin Ingold with any questions

Exploravision is coming to PVMS for Year 3 Science Students

Year 3 Sciences have kicked off the 2018 ExploraVision Competition. ExploraVision provides students, working in small groups, the opportunity to delve into real world problems, develop critical thinking and communication skills, do meaningful research and consult with scientists and researchers. Students will expand their imaginations and creativity, while they develop interests in science and technology and have the opportunity to earn national recognition and monetary rewards. Check out for more information and examples of past winning projects.

Music Notes!

Congratulations to the following chorus members who were selected for the Pasco All-County Choir:

Madison Wilcox

Keilyann Echevarria

Emma VanHook

Dayanne Lopez

Tabitha Vinson

Mikayla Munoz

They will have the opportunity to perform with the best singers in Pasco County on Saturday November 10th at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts. Also, a big shout out to Kaitlyn Detuccio and Erin Roberts for being the first students to try-out for the Florida All-State Choir from Pine View and making it onto the second round of auditions! Good Luck to them as they continue on.

Winter Concerts will be held at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts in December for both band and chorus. Chorus will be performing in conjunction with Land O Lakes High School choir on Saturday December 8th and the bands will be performing on Sunday December 9th. Mark your calendars to come show your support.

NJHS Coastal Clean Up

Saturday, September 15th NJHS members and families came together at Heritage Park for the International Coastal Clean-Up. We walked around the surrounding area and streets to pick up trash and give back to our beautiful community.

Year 1 Health Screenings

Pine View Middle School will be conducting a state-mandated health screening of year one students on 10/31/18. Students will screened for vision, hearing, height, weight, and spinal curvature. If you would like to opt your child out of the health screening please send a letter stating your request to the school clinic before the date of the screening. If your child has prescription glasses please make sure they bring them to school that day. If you have any questions, please email the school nurse, Christin Mackling, RN, BSN at

Clubs at PVMS

We are so happy to have a great variety of Clubs at PVMS. Please see the attachment below for a listing of clubs available!

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.

Make sure you click the pictures and/or links below to visit our generous sponsors website for your needs!

Advantage Real Estate Services: Thank you for supporting the purchase of a new planner for every Panther!

Hungry Harry's: Thank you to Chad and Hungry Harry's for sponsoring our Staff tailgate for our first PVMS football game!

Moe's: Thank you to Michelle and Moe's for sponsoring our door decorating contest winners for #StartwithHello Week with a complimentary lunch!

State Farm Agent Benjie Blessing: Thank you for purchasing Panther koozies for our pep rally give away!

Sugardarlins Cupcakes: Thank you for donating certificates for our Students of the Month!

True North Counseling Services: Thank you for supporting the purchase of a new planner for every Panther!

Weld-Rite Hitch Co.: Thank you for supporting the purchase of a new planner for every Panther!

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