PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

PRINCIPALS' CORNER

Hello PVM Families,


This spring is quite possibly the strangest spring in our lives. This month is usually a celebratory month that involves nicer weather and preparations for the end of the year activities. This is a time that we prepare to say goodbye, with celebrations, to a group of 8th graders who have possibly spent the last four years walking our halls. Unfortunately, some of these rites of passage and annual traditions will be put on hold during our current time. Never fear, we will be celebrating our outgoing 8th grade class in some capacity. These ideas are being discussed and will be relayed to you soon.


Even in these more difficult times we have good things happening at Pleasant Valley Middle School. We recognize that the past month and a half have not been the easiest, but our incredible teachers have stepped up to show what they are made of. Creating online learning opportunities at a high quality level has been everyone’s goal. Do know that our teachers continue to share how they desperately want to be back together, work with students, and do what we love to do in our classrooms. We look forward to that day.


We applaud the adults at home who are working with students to keep the learning moving forward. If remote learning causes stress, we understand. Students were thrown into this new experience, and we don’t take for granted the roles that parents play in this process. Keeping middle school students focused on distance learning cannot be an easy task, thank you for making this a priority during this time.


On another note, we realize that some items will need to get to students and families as we near the end of the school year. We are developing plans for yearbook distribution and personal item pickups. We will communicate all necessary information soon so families can plan accordingly.


Thank You All! Stay safe and healthy!


Mike Maloney, Principal, Pleasant Valley Middle School

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Patriots!


This week is our ASB sponsored Virtual Spirit Week. Check the PVM Facebook page or PVM Instagram for more details. Links can be found on PVM Online.

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Krishna Smith, Assistant Principal, Pleasant Valley Middle school

Memorial Day Monday, May 25th - No School

Next Monday, May 25th, is a non-attendance day for school in order to let families honor Memorial Day. Memorial Day is set aside to remember military members who have lost their lives in service to our country.


Assignments for the week will be posted by mid-day Tuesday, May 26th, on PVM Online.


PVM ONLINE - LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES HERE!!!

Please be sure to go to PVM Online to find the learning opportunities posted by your teachers. There are many resources on this page, so be sure to look around the site and see all there is to see. Learning opportunities are updated each Monday afternoon.


You can also access this link on the menu bar on the PVM website, which can also be found on the Battle Ground Public Schools website.

Congratulations History Day Students!

Congratulations to Mrs. Soohoo and our History Day students. Nothing could stop this group of motivated Patriots. Not even a pandemic. We are so proud of all they have accomplished!


Here are the results from the State competition.

Colton McCall earned first place in the junior individual performance category for “Breaking Barriers to Restore 1855 Fishing Rights". Colton will advance to nationals.
Alijah Machida, Drew Martin, Braeden Slamp, and Kevin Garcia (photo inset) were finalists and 6th place out of 48 in the junior group exhibit for their project titled "End of Nazi Germany."
Gabriel Vu, earned first place in the junior individual website division for “Agent Orange”. Gabriel will advance to nationals.

Reagan Lund, first place senior in the individual website devision for “Japanese Americans Breaking Barriers in World War II”. Reagan will advance to nationals.

ASB Elections!!!

That time of year is upon us again already, ASB election time! ASB elections will be online this year, please keep an eye on your email for more information. You can click the link below to view the ASB election slideshow prepared by our wonderful ASB advisor, Amy Pace! Information was also sent out last week to families on Skyward Family Access.


ASB Election Slideshow

Notes from the Nurse

Pleasant Valley families,


I know all the changes caused by the COVID-19 outbreak have lead to a lot of fear, anxiety and many other emotions for lots of people. I am passing this parent resource document along to families as an aid in helping our children cope with all these changes. This updated version is available in English. The original version has been translated, and there are links below for those.


Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 [English]



Spanish Resource

Chinese Resource

Korean Resource

Amharic Resource


Nancy Boldt,BSN, RN

School Nurse

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

Aliens' Morning Meeting in Ms. Lavis's Room

The aliens miss listening to Ms. Lavis's morning meetings, so they are having one of their own. Right now they are getting ready for the Question of the Day, "What is your favorite planet?".
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Just to keep it fair, this guy is helping Ms. Lavis by picking a stick to see who will answer first.
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Now it is time to update the calendar. Wow, May 18th already! That's the day Mt. St. Helens blew her top forty years ago! I see Ms. Rena is helping count the days.
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This little guy has some visitors by the board while everyone checks in with how they are feeling this morning. Hi Ms. Debra, and Mr. Lopez from clear over at Glenwood Heights!
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Mr. Maloney and Mrs. Smith came to join in this morning, too, what a treat!
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Everyone did such a great job and had some fun learning today. I love how focused they all are.
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Online Payment for Purchases, Fees and Fines

Dear Parents,


We are excited to announce that the Battle Ground School District is opening online payments for parents as a convenience when paying for items such as yearbooks, field trips, dances, tests, student fees, donations etc. You can access this site at https://wa-battleground.intouchreceipting.com/ We have also included a "Pay Fees and Fines icon" under the quick links section on our website that will take you directly to the payment website.


Please note there is a convenience fee that will be assessed if you choose to use this as a payment option. You will still be able to mail payments (marked with student first and last name and what the payment is for) to Pleasant Valley Middle School, P.O.Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604. When we are back to learning in the school buildings you may still come into the office, or send money with your student to pay for items, like we have always done. All permission slips for any activity or field trip will still need to be filled out and turned in to teachers. If the field trip you are paying for is offering chaperone spots, you will need to come in and pay for that at the school office. You cannot pay for chaperone fees online, only students.


The login username and password are as follows:

Username is your student's "Other ID" number. This information is located in Skyward under the Student Info tab on the left pane. It is also the number on the student's ASB card.

Password is your student's last name as it appears in Skyward. Make sure the first letter is capitalized.

Yearbook Orders!


You will now be able to pre-order PVM yearbooks online from April 20th through June 5th, or until we run out. We have ordered a limited number, so be sure you order yours before they are all gone! Yearbooks are $20. Online ordering is now available!


To pre-order online please see the information above regarding online payments. We strongly encourage paying online to ensure timely receipt of your payment. If you are not able to pay online, you may mail your payment to: Pleasant Valley Middle School, P.O.Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Be sure to include the first and last names of each student you are purchasing a yearbook for, and their homeroom teacher's name. Payments must be received at our school on or before June 5th. Mail received at the P.O.Box is processed by the district warehouse then sent to schools, which may take several days once the warehouse receives it.


Online pre-orders will automatically reserve a yearbook from those remaining. Mailed in pre-orders will only reserve a yearbook when received at the school, provided there are still yearbooks remaining. As such, we cannot guarantee that there will be yearbooks remaining to be purchased by the time a mailed in payment is received at PVM.

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 2019-2020 School Year

Battle Ground 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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May 18, 2020

Issue #19 Parents