Pacific Grove Middle School

November 2018 Newsletter

Finding Your Way Around the Illuminate Parent Portal

As I’m sure you’re aware, this is our inaugural year for using Illuminate as our student information system. I wanted to take a moment to give you some tips to help you continue to learn about all the features that Illuminate can provide. I’ve included a description of some of the most popular components available on the Parent Portal for you here. Enjoy!

Where to Start

Log into the Parent Portal by visiting Enter your username (your email) and the password you created when you first activated your portal account earlier this year. If you have yet to activate and use the Parent Portal or need assistance logging in, please contact the school’s main office.

Finding your way around: Navigating the Portal

Once you’re logged in, you’ll arrive at the home dashboard. Along the left side, you’ll find different links that take you to the various destinations in the Portal.

Assessments: The Assessments page is broken down into Pending Assessments (testing window is still open) and Recent Assessments taken.

Gradebook: The Gradebook link will take you directly to the teacher’s gradebook and will show a recent assignment Gradebook Summary as well as give you the ability to change what Grading Period you're viewing by using the Gradebook Filter tool on the left.

Also, if you click on the name of a Gradebook, you can access an Assignment List. This list can be filtered by Assignment Status.

Messaging: Messaging allows you to communicate directly with your child’s teachers through the Portal.

State Test Results: Current and past state test results are now available on the Parent Portal. You can click on “View Details” to get additional information of how your child did on these assessments.

Settings: Account Settings allows you to change your contact information and password and setup notifications and a Weekly Digests which is an email containing your student’s performance in school.

For more information on Illuminate and the Parent Portal including video tutorials, help documents, and FAQ’s, please visit our Illuminate Parent Help Page at

Meet New Campus Supervisor Jon Vickroy!

By Jason Tovani, Assistant Principal

PGMS welcomed a new staff member this past week, Campus Supervisor Jon Vickroy. Jon is by no means new to the district. He has been working in the district as a substitute teacher for several years already, so students are familiar with him and are excited to hear that he will be with us every day.

The position Jon fills is new to PGMS, and is an important element of our supervision of students and overall efforts to keep our school as safe as possible. Jon’s job is to patrol and supervise assigned areas of campus, including hallways, playgrounds, classrooms, the campus perimeter, restrooms, parking lots and eating areas to ensure a safe and orderly environment for learning and to assist in the enforcement of school rules. Please join PGMS in welcoming Jon to our school community.

Concerned About Screen Time?

By Jason Tovani, Assistant Principal

We are, too. And as educators and parents, it’s difficult to know what to do about that.

Perhaps some Tips From Teens On Reducing Screen Time can help. Maybe you just want to find out what kind of control you have over screen time on your kid’s iPhone, or maybe you are less concerned about daily screen time, and more concerned about addressing your child’s Fortnite addiction.

If any of the above ring true in your household, you may want to consider subscribing to the Tech Talk Tuesdays Blog, an offshoot of the documentary film Screenagers,which you may have seen last April in the PGMS auditorium. The film, directed by filmmaker (and primary care physician!) Delaney Ruston, “reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”

Baby Photos needed for 8th graders

Please submit your baby photos for the “Guess Who?” section of the 2018-19 PGMS yearbook by Fri. Nov. 30! Submit them to Ms. Costales in Room 26 and be sure to put your first and last name on the back of the photos. Photos may also be submitted electronically to as long as they have been scanned at 300 dpi or higher. Scanned photos less than 300 dpi will not work!

Photos will not be accepted after

Monday, December 3, 2018.

Sports Physicals

If your student would like to tryout for a sport, your student needs to have a completed sports physical form in the office before your student can try-out.

If you want to know if your student’s physical is expired, please contact Ms. Apple via email or 646-6568.

Basketball Sign- Ups, Clinics, & Tryouts

The sign-ups are available in the office. If students do not have a current sports physical on file, they can sign up still; however, they will need to have one on file in the office prior to tryouts. Please check the office and the daily bulletin for updated days and times as the dates get closer.

Basketball Clinics (sports physicals are not needed)

Monday, November 5- Friday, November 9, Basketball Outdoor Blacktop, Open Gym, 3:10- 4:30 pm.

Basketball Try-Outs

7th Grade Boys- Coach Jerry Pearman,

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30- 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 14, 4:30- 6:00 pm

Friday, November 16, 4:30- 6:00

7th grade Girls- Coach Greg Enterline,

Monday, November 12, 3:10- 4:30

Wednesday, November 14, 3:10- 4:30 pm

Friday, November 16, 3:10- 4:30

8th grade Girls, Coach Greg Marshall,

Tuesday, November 13, 5:00- 6:30 pm

8th grade Boys, Coach Richard Llantero,

Monday, November 12, 5:00- 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00- 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 17, 9:00- 11:00 am

6th grade Boys, Coach Richard Llantero,

Monday, November 12, 5:00- 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 15, 5:00- 6:30 pm

6th grade Girls, Coach Adan Hull,

Tuesday, November 13, 3:10- 4:30 pm

Thursday, November 15, 2:10- 3:30 pm

Friday, November 16, 3:10- 4:30

Your student will need to come to the office to get a ticket from Ms. Apple to give to the coach. The ticket will let the coach know that they have a current sports physical on file in the office and able to tryout.

Athletics Eligiblity

From the Student Handbook...All students interested in trying out for a sports team must obtain a sports physical and have proof of insurance on the Sports Physical form on file in the office, prior to trying out. Eligibility requires that a student must have received a GPA of 2.0 or higher on his/her most recent grade report (including fourth quarter/semester two of the previous year), must have no F grades, and must have no U citizenship marks. A student’s eligibility may be removed by the site administrator as part of a disciplinary action. If a student is absent from school due to illness or any other reason, he/she may not participate in practice or a game on the day of the absence. Students must be present in classes for at least half of the instructional minutes of the day. If you have any questions about your student's eligibility, please contact Mr. Tovani,, or 831-656-6568.

Scholastic Book Orders

Find great books that your student will love to read and help our library earn FREE books with every purchase.

Scholastic Book Club

Library Club Code: MJ77N


Lost and Found: Please take some time to see if one of the many uniform pieces and other items belongs to your family. Each locker room has an area brimming with important, costly, and useful items that need to be returned to their rightful owners. Items left after Friday, December 21, will be donated to charity.

Fragrance Free Locker Rooms: Please keep heavy fragrances (perfumes, lotions, etc.) at home. These items (along with prohibited sprays) are problematic in the small spaces that are poorly ventilated and heavily utilized by individuals that may have a severe allergic reaction. Even scented deodorants need to be reconsidered. Thank you for protecting our students and staff by following this policy.


Superkids is a counseling program for our students in need of social and/or emotional support while at school. Parents, teachers, and staff can all refer students for Superkids and students can self-refer. The Superkids counselor will be available to meet with parents during the school day or confer by telephone. Students may be seen once without parent/guardian permission, but in order to be seen on an ongoing basis, a signed permission form must be on file. If you have a referral for your student, please contact Janie Lawrence at 831-646-6568 ext. 304, or at

Food Drive- Donations Needed

The Monterey County Food Bank will drop off bins for donations of canned and non-perishable food items on Nov. 2 and pick them up on Nov. 20. Please be sure to pick up extra items for donation to this worthy cause. There may be a contest between the Homerooms to see which class brings in the most items.

Homework Information

The office can make an official Homework Request once your student misses three or more consecutive days. Please let the office know you would like a Homework Request by contacting the office prior to 9 am.

Community Service Opportunity- PG Co-Op Winterfest

The PG Co-Op is having their Winterfest on Saturday, December 1. If your student would like to volunteer to help set-up, clean-up, help with games, food, and the Children's Store, please keep an eye out on the Daily Bulletin for when sign-ups will be available in the office. If you have any questions please contact Apple, Thank you.

No School Monday, November 12, Veteran's Day


Dear Friend,

Today marks the start of Pacific Grove Middle School’s 5th annual Veterans Day fundraising campaign. From now until November 13, 2018, students will be selling Buddy Poppies to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. In the coming weeks, we hope to see local residents wearing these Poppies in memory of fallen heroes and to support the future of our living veterans.

Please contribute by purchasing Poppies for $1 each. Help us in our fund raising efforts by buying them for yourself, your student, your friends and neighbors, and if you own a business, each of your employees. They are available for purchase in the PGMS office before and after school. Additionally, students will be selling them in front of the Pacific Grove Post Office and Grove Market on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4th and the following three-day weekend November 10th, 11th and 12th from 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. or you can fill below. Wearing the Poppy is a silent thank you to all who have served and continue to serve today.

As a supporter, you are invited to attend our Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:34 A.M. on the front lawn of Pacific Grove Middle School located at 835 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. Please remember to show your gratitude by wearing a Poppy; we would like for our celebrated guests look out on a field of flowers.

Over the past five years, Pacific Grove Middle School students have revitalized the practice of wearing remembrance Poppies and raised almost $10,000 for veteran’s services.

Monterey County is home to over 18,500 veterans and thousands of active military and reserve. Veterans Day is a time to thank these men and women for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our nation are appreciated and to emphasize that all people who serve, not only those who have died, have sacrificed on behalf of our freedom.

Thank you for joining us in supporting them.

With Gratitude,

Pacific Grove Middle School Students and Staff

In Flanders Fields Order Form

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem was the inspiration for the poppy becoming the “Memorial Flower” and a means by which funds could be raised to support those in need of help, most especially servicemen and civilians suffering from physical and mental hardship as a result of war.





Number of Buddy Poppies ordered: ___________ x $1.00 = $­____________

Enclosed is an additional donation to

help purchase Buddy Poppies for gifts: ___________ x $1.00 = $­____________

Make check payable to: PGMS TOTAL ENCLOSED: $­____________

Student name(s)/Grade(s): ______________________________________________________

Homeroom Teacher(s): __________________________________________________________

Parent Name(s): _______________________________________________________________

Phone: _____________________ or Email: ______________________

Fall Ball 7th & 8th grade only

Friday, Nov. 16th, 7-9pm


Please check the Daily Bulletin for more details.

Minimum Day, Wednesday, November 21

Students are released at 12:11 pm. The office closes at 12:30 pm.

Thanksgiving Holiday

No school on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Happy Thanksgiving!

PGMS School Calendar 2018-2019

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