PRMS Parent Newsletter

Week of August 24, 2020

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Principal's Message

PRMS Family,

We are excited to open the 2020-21 school year here in just a few days!

Whether you have chosen the In-Person or Remote option I can assure you that our staff has been hard at work to make sure the students' experience at Pleasant Run is one that will be full of learning and lifelong memories!

We are in a historic time in our nation, much of what was considered normal a year ago is no longer the norm.With staff and student safety being our top priority, the Northwest Local School District and Pleasant Run Middle School has adapted to the new normal and have put into place several new procedures and protocols that will keep our staff and students safe.

Below you will access important information about some of the new protocols and procedures put in place this year that will allow our students to flourish in a safe and secure environment.

I encourage you to carefully read each section as they are full of important information.

There is no doubt that this school year will be met with unique challenges. I am confident that our PRMS Family is ready and willing to meet these challenges head on to make this school year a memorable one!

Go Knights!

Brad Watkins, Principal

Building Operation Information

Click on the link below to access our new building expectations and safety plan for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Phase- In Days for In - Person Learning

Thursday, August 27th - 6th Grade Phase-In Day 1

Friday, August 28th - 6th Grade Phase-In Day 2

Monday, August 31th - 7th Grade Phase-In Day

Tuesday, September 1st - 8th Grade Phase-In Day

Students who have chosen the in- person learning option will attend school on their grade level phase-in day only. They will stay home on the other days.

On Wednesday, September 2nd ALL students who chose in-person learning will begin the school year and come to school.

Remote Learning Academy (RLA)

Click the link below to access the guidelines for the Remote Learning Academy. The document contains all of the information you need if your child is learning remotely.

RLA Chromebook Pick Up

The students who have chosen the Remote Learning Academy option for their learning will be able to pick up their Chromebook on Monday, August 24th, Tuesday, August 25th, and Wednesday, August 26th from 12 -6 PM at PRE.

Remote Learning Virtual Orientation: Tues., 8/25 at 6:00 PM

Please use this ZOOM link provided to access our Remote Learning Academy Virtual Orientation. This will be for families that chose the Remote option ONLY.

Topic: RLA Orientation
Time: Aug 25, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2020-21 Information Videos

With the help of PRMS and NWHS Alumnus, Morgan Hughes, we have put together a video series that will take the place of our In-Person Open House. You will be able to access this video series on our website beginning Tuesday, August 25th.

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available on Progressbook by Monday, August 24th.


We are excited to start the Fall 2020 sports seasons. Our student athletes and coaches have been hard at work since the beginning of the month to prepare for a Fall season. More information will be sent this week that will outline the new spectator policy.

2019-20 Yearbooks

Our 2019-20 yearbooks will be delivered this week and distributed to those students who purchased last year via homeroom. Last year's 8th graders will receive their copies at NWHS.

Staff Updates & News

This summer we have made some changes to our staff here at PRMS. Check out our new staff members below along with our new team arrangements.

6th Grade: In - Person Teams

Team Journey

Mrs. Hoeting

Mrs. Hill

Mr. South

Mrs. Bailey

Team Quest

Mrs. Sweeney

Mrs. Duwel

Mrs. Keely

Intervention Specialists

Ms. Seger

Mrs. Christy

7th Grade: In - Person Teams

Team Victory

Mr. Tedesco

Mr. Kasselmann

Mrs. Grafft

Mr. Schnell

Team Camelot

Ms. Waldeck

Mr. Clark

Mr. Stanton

Mr. Werling

Intervention Specialists

Mrs. Jump

Ms. Hall

8th Grade: In - Person Teams

Team Ambition

Mr. Johnston

Mrs. Funk

Mrs. Flack

Mrs. Haas

Team Dream

Ms. Bova

Mr. Dearing

Intervention Specialists

Mrs. Detmering

Mrs. Smith

Remote Learning Academy Staff

6th Grade

Ms. Lamb

Mrs. Cohn

Mr. Dotson

Mr. Hunt

7th Grade

Ms. Polis

Mrs. McCarthy

Mr. Dotson

Mr. Warner

Mr. Hunt

Mrs. Holloway (formerly Ms. Groene)

8th Grade

Mrs. Hendricks

Mrs. Moore

Mr. Warner

Mrs. Holloway (formerly Ms. Groene)

Intervention Specialists

Mrs. Gilligan

Mrs. Moser

Mr. Kinne

Mr. Wilhelm

New Staff:

Ms. Elizabeth Owusu-Korkor

Ms. Owusu-Korkor (OK) will be joining our team here at PRMS as the new guidance counselor for students with a last name ending in A-J. Ms. OK's last name is pronounced "Oh-Woo-Sue-Core-Core." This school year will be Ms.OK's sixth year as a guidance counselor and has previous experience is the following schools: Cincinnati Public Schools, Lawrence County Joint Vocational School District, Edison Learning, Hillcrest Academy, and Dohn Community High School. We are excited to welcome Ms. OK to our team here at PRMS.
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Mr. Glen Greenwood

Mr. Greenwood is stepping into the role of band director here at PRMS. Mr. Greenwood has previously been a band director at Colerain Middle and Colerain High School for the last 20 years. We look forward to all of the music Mr. Greenwood is going to help create here at PRMS.
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Ms. Kelly Bartholomew

Ms. Bartholomew will be joining us as the new art teacher. Ms. Bartholomew previously taught at Norwood High School as an art teacher. Ms. Bartholomew's student centered approach to cultivating a community in her art room stood out in the interview process. Her experience in the classroom and ties to the Cincinnati art community will be a tremendous asset to our building and students!
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Mrs. Elisabeth Jump

We are excited to welcome Elisabeth Jump to the PRMS family as our new Intervention Specialist working with our 7th grade language arts classes. Elisabeth shined during the interview process and is a perfect fit for our culture here at PRMS!
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Morgan Lanham

Morgan is joining us as our new school psychologist. Morgan will be splitting her time between PRMS and Colerain Middle. We are excited for Morgan to join the team.
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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie is our new occupational therapist (OT) and will be splitting her time with our school and others in the district. We are so excited for Stephanie to join the PRMS family.
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