The Panther Press

December 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: Open-minded

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December- Open-minded

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 December, we are focusing on being Open-minded. We are Open-minded when we understand and appreciate our own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of others. PVMS staff members have green #IBSTRONG tickets that they are giving out throughout the month to students who are displaying that they are Open-minded. Teachers will also be choosing students for “Student of the Month” who are an example to others in exemplifying that they are Open-minded. We encourage students to wear green every Friday during December 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.


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Flu Vaccine Clinic- 12/14/2018

Pasco County Schools will again partner with Healthy Schools, LLC, and the Florida Department of Health in Pasco to administer no-cost flu shots to students. The PVMS clinic will be held December 14th. The flu vaccine is free under most insurance plans, so while this clinic may be convenient, it is very late into flu season. If you choose to vaccinate, we encourage you to seek out the vaccine as soon as possible, but if you are unable, we hope that this will provide the opportunity to vaccinate your student.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the worst in a decade, resulting in school closures, high rates of hospitalization, and pediatric death. Be a flu fighter, and protect your child against the flu this season.

Learn more & sign up by December 12th at the following link:

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

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

Risk-taker Students of the Month

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Music Notes- All STATE Musicians!

Congratulations to these AMAZING Panther Musicians!

Kaitlyn Detuccio and Erin Roberts made the Florida All-State Middle School Treble Choir . Lilly Xu made the Florida All-State Middle School Band.

Ms. Fultz and all of our Panther staff are so excited for these girls! They will be joining their respective groups on January 11th-13th to rehearse and perform at the Florida Music Educators Association Convention in Tampa.


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Winter Music Concerts!

Saturday December 1st: Advanced Band will be performing at Traditions on the Green. Saturday, December 8th at 3pm the chorus will be singing in conjunction with LOLHS at the Wesley Chapel center for Performing Arts.

Sunday December 9th at 3pm the bands will be performing at the Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts.

All County Band Members!

A BIG congratulations to the following students who for auditioned and made the Pasco All-County Band. This band comprised of the best players from around the county.

Ash West

Michael Vento

Julia Matthews

Lilly Xu

Dance Showcase

Thursday, Dec. 20th, 6-8pm

5334 Parkway Boulevard


Drama Department News

Congratulations to our Thespian Troupe!

Troupe 89408 had an outstanding year at our District Thespian Festival earning 11 Excellent and 13 Superior awards. In addition, Year 3 student Arossa Adhikary earned a Critics Choice Award for her Publicity Design and Year 1 student Mallory Scanlan earned a Critics Choice Award for Scene Writing. Our next adventure is the State Thespian Festival which takes place from January 31 thru February 2 in Orlando.

The Pine View Players present... Annie Jr.!

Auditions were held this week for our spring musical, Annie Jr. We had about 50 students audition for 30 coveted roles. Please mark the dates on your calendar now for this production April 25, 26, and 27.

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Fingerspelling Bee in ASL!

Our fabulous ASL Teachers, Nancy Barbara and Amy Jenkins, held our First Annual Fingerspelling Bee! Please check out our hard working ASL Students in action! Lots of fun, and serious competitors in the mix! What a great way to end Segment A for American Sign Language!
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***ASL Students*** If you began ASL in August, you must be completed by 12/21!

Essay Contest!

Are you interested in entering a contest to win a GO PRO? Please see the PDF below for more information!

Blue Paw Farms Roof Raising!

Raising the new roof on our Blue Paws Farm hog barn. Many thanks to Affordable Buildings for the donated materials, Farmer Brown, Mr. Olson and the fabulous hog exhibitors and their families! #IBStrong #FFA #Swinelife

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New additions to the Panther Family!

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Upcoming Testing Dates!

The second quarter is coming to an end soon, please plan ahead for the semester finals that will be administered December 13th – December 20th. See calendar on the PVMS website for specific dates (“Testing” tab under “School Information”). All finals must be completed by Friday, December 21st or the student will receive a zero on the exam. All district EOC’s count for 10% of a student’s overall grade.

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Boys Basketball

Varsity Tryouts - January 8-9 from 3-4:30

JV Tryouts – January 10-11 from 3-4:30

Girls Soccer

January 9-11 from 3-4:30

Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball are underway! Come out and support your Panthers!


December 5 Pine View @ Dr. Long

December 12 Pine View @ Pasco (Bus Trip)

December 13 Pine View @ Cypress Creek

December 17 Rushe @ Pine View

Junior Varsity games start at 6:00 p.m. and Varsity game follows

Games are played at the middle schools listed

Parents provide transportation to all games not listed as (Bus Trip)

JV players arrive by 5:15 p.m., Varsity players arrive by 6:00 p.m.

2018 Boys Soccer

December 5 Pine View @ Cypress Creek (Cypress Creek)

December 11 Pine View @ Pasco (Pasco) – Bus Trip

December 13 Rushe @ Pine View (Land O’Lakes)

Games start at 6:00 pm.

Parents provide transportation to all games not listed as a (Bus Trip)

Panthers on TV!

Congrats to Arossa Adhikary and Lilly Xu for representing PVMS in this commercial which will air to Spectrum subscribers for the upcoming Choice/Magnet window.

Planner Tip of the Month- Concepts

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 fourth tip highlights the key and related concepts on pg. 9 of your child's planner. The key concepts are the overarching learning that your child will do throughout his or her time at PVMS. The key concepts are very broad and designed to encourage interdisciplinary learning. The related concepts are content specific and designed to complement the key concepts in the statement of inquiry, which is what guides the learning in each MYP unit.

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

#IBInvolved #IBCaring

Tutoring available at PVMS!

Mrs. Cruz offers free tutoring on Monday and Tuesday in Lab 911. Students must have the attached permission form and tutoring expectations for behavior 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

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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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.

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!