PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * September 19, 2022

Welcome to another edition of the Patriot Press.


Angela Sauser

Administrator

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week:

  • 1- hour late start Wednesdays September 21 and 28
  • Welcoming Jennifer Marrott to PVM's administrative team
  • Dress Code
  • Picture Day September 29th
  • Please complete the 22-23 Annual Update in Skyward!
  • Reporting absences
  • Lost and Found being donated Fri. Sept 23rd
  • BGPS information links
  • Notes From the Nurse
  • "The Dangers of Fentanyl in our Community" presentation 10/19
  • PTA volunteers needed
  • Job openings
  • Family Resource Center information
  • Menu, contact info - hours, calendars, handbooks

Upcoming events

  • Picture day, September 29th
  • Book fair the week of October 24th-28th

Please Welcome Jennifer Marrott to PVM's administrative team

We would like to welcome Jennifer Marrott to the PVM administrative team. She will join Angela Sauser guiding PVM through the 22-23 school year. Jennifer is joining us from the Aspire program.

Dress Code

We are asking for your help ensuring that student attire follows the Battle Ground Public Schools dress code. All students should wear clothing that follows the Appropriate Wear Zone guidelines. Shirts should be full-length, not crop tops, and cover all areas shown in the Appropriate Wear Zone photo (while sitting, standing, bending or reaching). Pants/shorts/skirts should be worn at the waist, be longer than mid-thigh, and have no holes/rips/tears above mid-thigh. The full dress code may be reviewed in the District and PVM Student/Family Handbooks.
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Picture Day September 29th

Time to select your school photo outfit and get out your best smile! Picture day will be the morning of Thursday, September 29th.


Picture packets will be sent home with students Friday Sept. 23rd. You may order photos using the order envelope, or order and pay online. Information to order online is shown on the picture envelope. All students will have their photo taken for school purposes (student ID cards and Skyward records), but only those who order photos will receive their student's portraits.


Online ordering link

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Download photo packet information below

Cross Country and Girls Basketball

Cross country and girls basketball are underway. Please check out the schedule of meets/games on the BGSD website. Come out and cheer on our teams! Students may not stay after school to wait for games to begin, they must go home after school and return for the game.

*** Please complete the 22-23 Annual Update in Skyward ***

It is very important to have every family complete the Annual Update in Skyward each fall so we have accurate contact information for each student, unless you have just registered in our district this school year. There should be a link/alert message at the top of the home page in your parent Skyward Family Access account. Rather than send home paper packets to fill out, we have you review your student's contact, health and other information online and request updates for any information that needs changed.


In addition to updating emergency contacts, family contact info, and health information, it is very important this year to update the Race and Ethnicity selections in your student's record (instructions available online). The State required all districts to resurvey all families, as they have expanded the choices for race and ethnicity. If these records are not updated, your student's record will not sync correctly with the State database, which can affect several aspects of their student record.


If you are having difficulty logging in to Skyward, or updating the race/ethnicity codes (or other information) on your student's account, please contact the registrar, Timilee Pederson, for assistance. 360-885-5500, pederson.timilee@battlegroundps.org . If you have students at other schools, you may contact their registrar to update those records.

Reporting Absences

Please be sure to contact the school office to excuse absences for your student. Absences may be excused up to three school days after a student returns from the absence. Read below for more important attendance information and contact information for reporting absences.
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Lost and Found leaving the building Sept 23rd

Our lost and found area is full if items students have left behind. We have belongings from last spring and the beginning of this school year. Please have your student check the lost and found area this week if they are missing coats, shirts, lunch boxes, shoes etc. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity Friday afternoon, Sept 23rd. Parents may sign in at the office if they wish to look for lost things in the lost and found bins.

BGPS information links

Here are some helpful links to the Battle Ground Public Schools website for back to school information.


Athletics

Bus routes (to be updated the week before school)

Calendars

Free/reduced lunch application

Immunizations

Medication at school and other health information

Nutrition services (menus, meal prices)

School supplies

Welcoming campus security officers to middle school campuses

The district has provided this information to keep our families updated on changes we have made to improve safety and positive school culture at our middle schools.


DATE: August 23, 2022


TO: Middle School Principals


FROM: Mike Kesler, Security Supervisor

Tom Adams, Director of Student Services

Luke LeCount, Director of Instructional Leadership | MS


RE: Campus Security - Middle Schools


For the 2022-23 school year, Battle Ground Public Schools will add security officers to each middle school campus. This additional resource will help maintain student and staff safety as our highest priority.


Campus Security Officers (CSO) will contribute to improving the school environment by reinforcing behavior expectations. The CSO will support teachers and administration by addressing student behavior concerns, providing necessary supervision and advocating for student needs at each building. We anticipate each CSO remaining visible throughout the school day and helping build a positive culture on campus. Being a resource to assist students, staff and visitors while ensuring a safe and secure environment is the primary responsibility of the CSO.


In addition to supporting supervision at each middle school, our CSOs will be available to assist primary schools as needs arise. We look forward to providing even more safe and supportive school environments with the addition of on-campus security officers.

Notes from the Nurse

Hello Pleasant Valley Middle School Families.


I am happy to tell you that Vera Dudik, LPN will be returning as our school nurse this year. We will also have Janel Salisbury, RN joining our nursing team. Janel will be overseeing the LPNs at Pleasant Valley Middle, Primary and Amboy Middle. We will miss having Nancy Boldt, RN at our building; Prairie High School is lucky to be having her working with them this year.


Immunizations:

On or before the first day of attendance, the school must receive medically verified proof of the child’s:

  • full immunizations,
  • initiation of schedule of immunizations, or
  • certificate of exemption, current with the state requirements.

Please be sure to bring any new vaccination records in to school so they may be uploaded. For students entering 7th grade, please check to be sure they have a current Tdap booster vaccination recorded.


Students who are out of compliance on required vaccinations will receive letters from the school with information on exclusion dates for those who are not in compliance.


Free and low-cost immunization clinics are available. Please see flyer below or download a copy. Translated copies may be available soon, check with the school office.

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Download immunization clinic flyer below

Intervention counselor information

Our district will be hosting a presentation by Sgt. Bill Sofianos with the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force. The presentation is titled, "The dangers of fentanyl in our community." It will be at 6 PM on Wednesday, October 19th at Chief Umtuch in the Commons.
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PTA volunteers needed


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Our PTA motto is “Academics, Activity, and Advocacy.” These are three things we feel are important to our students and their families. This year we hope to host several family activities, fundraisers, and programs. All events are 100% run by volunteers, and we need members to step up to bring these fun activities to our school community. We are very excited to welcome back the Fall Fun Run, Holiday Bazaar, Birthday Book Club & Staff Appreciation, however there are several beloved events that are in danger of being left off the schedule for the 2022-2023 school year.


We are so excited to bring back in-person events however we need volunteers! The following programs are not currently chaired and need some dedicated individuals to bring them to our school:


Scholastic Book Fair – One in October & One in May this event raises funds for the libraries at Pleasant Valley

Sweetheart Dance – Typically held the first Friday evening in February this event is a family dance held for K-6th grade students and their families.

Bingo Night – This fun event has been very well attended in past years.

Spring Carnival – Usually takes place on a Saturday in May and is open to the community.

Stuff the Bus – Raises food for the SHARE House in Vancouver.

Payback Books – Fundraiser selling coupon books to the public.

Family Movie Night – Usually held in the large gym, this requires obtaining a license to show a movie at the school.


If you are interested in any of the programs or events, or if you have any ideas for a program or event that the PTA should look into, please contact the PTA president at pvptapresidents@gmail.com or PTA secretary at pvptasecretary@gmail.com.


THANK YOU!


Pleasant Valley PTA Communications


OPEN DOCUMENT BELOW TO SEE VOLUNTEER POSITIONS THAT NEED FILLED.

Job openings: Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now; view the full list of current job openings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' transportation provider, First Student, is in need of part-time bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $2,500, visit https://bit.ly/3ObVZ8Y.

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at $14.70 per hour or more. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.

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

School lunch information

There will be a charge for all school meals beginning on the first day of school, Aug. 31, 2022. The USDA waiver that allowed school districts to provide free breakfast and lunch expired at the end of last school year. For the 2022-23 school year, families will be charged regular prices for school meals. Free / reduced meal applications for the 2022-23 school year are available on Skyward (Family Access).

NOTE: Those who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also be eligible for decreased school fees. To learn more and to apply, visit https://www.battlegroundps.org/free-and-reduced/.


Meal information and prices

August-September Menu

You can always find the most current menu and other nutritional information on the Sodexo webpage HERE.
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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

Absence reporting: 360-885-5512

District office switchboard: 360-885-5300

PV PTA

School hours

Regular days: 8:10 - 2:40

Late start Wed.: 9:10 - 2:40

Early Release: 8:10 - 11:40

2-hr late start: 10:10 - 2:40

Battle Ground School District Calendars 2022-2023

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook 2022-2023

Pleasant Valley Middle Handbook 2022-2023

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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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September 19, 2022

Issue #2-23