PATRIOT PRESS

PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL * * * November 15, 2020

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Welcome to another edition of our Patriot Press

Hello PVM community,


We want to start by saying a BIG THANK YOU to all of the veterans out there! Thank you for your service!


Thank you all for your assistance and patience with working remotely. We are available to answer questions and/or seek solutions to keep student engagement at the highest level. Once again we have included in the next few paragraphs some useful tools that should assist in improving student learning.


Here are a couple of new tools that may be useful for our families. To assist with a consistent communication system, we are setting up a weekly send out of a progress report for parents to view. This will be emailed each Saturday to the parents of our students. If you decide that you do not want this emailed to you weekly then you can disable it in skyward. Please see below in this newsletter.


Another tool for our students is the ability to access homework help on a weekly basis. On Tuesdays 5th and 6th grade students can receive assistance with school work from 6-7:00 PM and on Thursdays 7th and 8th grade students can also receive assistance from 6-7:00 PM. Links can be found in PVM Online and below in this newsletter.


1) Wake up at a consistent time each day

2) A quiet space set up for learning

3) Please be present for the live Zooms

4) If you have questions then reach out to the teacher right away

5) Go to https://sites.google.com/battlegroundps.org/pvm-online/home for important updates

6) For student tech support please call 1-360-885-5465

7) Take breaks between classes and during non direct teaching class times


We hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mike Maloney, Principal

Dear Parents,


We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for your partnership in these very difficult educational times. We know that remote learning has created a great deal of extra work and sometimes stress for our families. Your lives are already full and this challenge is not an easy one.


We appreciate your feedback, communication, and collaboration. The Pleasant Valley Community is a special one and we thank you.


Please reach out to your student's teachers if you have questions. The office staff, Mr. Maloney and I also stand ready to support your student and family.


With Gratitude,

Anna Leeper, Assistant Principal

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week


There will be NO SCHOOL November 25th, 26th, or 27th for Thanksgiving Break

We wish your family well during this season of thanks.

Attendance - Absence Reporting

If your child has missed, or will be missing, any classes, please be sure to contact the school office to excuse their absence.


  • State reporting codes require absences be excused by a parent or guardian within three days of the return of the student to school.
  • We may not accept student excuses for their own absences.
  • We understand that at times an absence may be unavoidable, such as for limited medical appointment times, illness, internet failures, or a family emergency. Consistent participation dramatically increases student success in school. We ask that if at all possible, appointments and vacation time be scheduled to avoid having students miss their direct instruction time in Zoom meetings.
  • In addition to a parent/guardian reporting the absence to the office, if students are aware they will be missing several days of school (due to traveling etc) please have them email all of their teachers to arrange for make up work.


Absence reporting

Attendance line: 360-885-5512

PVM office: 360-885-5500

PVM email: info.pvm@battlegroundps.org


Thank you for helping us keep your child's attendance record current.

School Psychology Week - Thank you Mrs. Plymate!

This past week was School Psychology Week. This year's theme for National School Psychology Week is "The Power of Possibility," representing hope, growth, resilience and renewal. The theme is a reminder that even something as small as a seed can grow into something magnificent. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow, thrive and bloom!


We would like to thank PVM's school psychologist, Marianne Plymate, for her hard work and the great care she takes in making sure our Pleasant Valley Middle students are connected with all the services and supports they need to help them succeed. Marianne's quick smile, cheery personality, kind heart, and dedication are a real asset to our PVM team, we are lucky to have her.


We encourage you to send a message of appreciation or encouragement to a school psychologist who has been of help to you, or who you wish to encourage.

USDA Food Box Distribution

USDA Farmers to Families food box program returns
We have partnered with the Battle Ground Education Foundation to distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at the Lewisville campus each week through the end of 2020. Food box distribution will occur each Wednesday from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. Distribution begins at 1:30 p.m. and will last until the boxes are gone. One food box per car.

Lewisville campus is at: 406 NW 5th Ave., Battle Ground, WA 98604


Clark County PUD distibuting grants to help with utility bills

ALERT: Clark Public Utilities is distributing grants of up to $500 to eligible utility customers with outstanding balances on their electric and/or water utility accounts due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information and to find out if you may qualify
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Pleasant Valley Veteran's Day Assembly

Just in case you missed Pleasant Valley's virtual Veteran's Day assembly, you may still watch it HERE.
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Notes from the Nurse

Hello PVM Families.


As we head into this wonderful holiday season it is important that we take time to plan. Please review the Washington Department of Health guidance on gathering. Stay Safe/Stay Healthy



Nancy Boldt, BSN, RN

School Nurse

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Counselor's Corner

Grateful Padlet Activity


Students can contribute what they’re grateful for via Padlet that is found in Mrs. McCann’s google classroom. These will be shared in the virtual November assembly


Mrs. McCann's Google Classroom.


I will be sharing topics weekly in my Google classroom. Please remind your students to join my Google classroom if they have not done so already. Links were emailed to them at the beginning of the school year to join.


Social-Emotional Supports


There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI

HOMEWORK HELP RESOURCE AVAILABLE NOW! CHECK PVM ONLINE FOR LINKS.

Pleasant Valley Middle will now be offering after school homework help for 5th-8th grade students. If your child has questions about how to do some of their assigned work, and would benefit from support completing it, please consider having them attend our after school homework help Zoom group. Please look for the Homework Help menu option at the top of the PVM Online webpage for the correct Zoom links. Homework Help will begin this week, 10/20/20.


5th and 6th grades will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

7th and 8th grades will meet Thursday evenings from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Student Progress Reports Weekly

We have set up a recurring email to send student progress reports to parents weekly, on Saturdays. If you do not wish to receive these notifications, you may log in to your Skyward Family Access account, go to "my account", then go to "email notifications". There are various options to choose so you may customize your notifications. You may choose to receive or not receive progress reports, and also select the frequency you receive them.

PVM ONLINE - Learning Resources and Information Here!

Click to visit PVM Online.



Students have classwork in Google Classroom for all six periods every day M-F. Students have Zoom online meetings for three periods in the morning on M, T, Th, F. Zoom meetings for the three periods in the morning start at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. See the schedule below to view which three periods meet on Zoom each day.


Wednesday does not have regular Zoom meetings scheduled. Teachers may arrange Zoom meetings with individuals or small groups. Students should be working on their own on assignments in Google Classroom for all six periods on Wednesdays.

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Aspire Highly Capable/Gifted Student Referrals

December 4th is the due date for Battle Ground Public Schools highly capable/gifted student referrals for grades K-12

The highly capable/gifted education program in Battle Ground Public Schools is called, Aspire. Aspire is designed for students in grades K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria specified by the state (WAC 392-127-035).

Referrals for students to be tested are accepted October - December 4, 2020. Any student can be referred, but only students that receive parental consent are sent an invitation to test.

Testing takes place in January and February for grades K-11. Identified students will receive services beginning next school year, 2021-2022. Parents who submit the student referral packet by December 4, 2020 will be notified by mail of the time and dates testing will occur at their school. Referral packets are available now on the school district’s Web site (http://www.battlegroundps.org/aspireadvanced-placement). For more information about the Aspire program, please contact (360) 885-5426.


Программа обучения способных/одаренных детей в государственных школах округа Баттл Граунд называется "Aspire". Программа "Aspire" предназначена для учащихся K-12-х классов, которые показывают хорошие результаты или демонстрируют потенциал для успеваемости на значительно продвинутом академическом уровне, что подтверждается одним или несколькими критериями, установленными штатом (WAC 392-127-035).
Рекомендации для учеников, которые будут проходить тестирование, принимаются с октября по 4 декабря 2020 года. Любой ученик может быть рекомендован в программу, но только учащимся, получившим согласие родителей, отправляют приглашения на тестирование.
Тестирование K-11-х классов проводится в январе и феврале. Прошедшие отбор учащиеся начнут получать услуги со следующего, 2021-2022, учебного года. Родители, отправившие пакеты с рекомендациями своих учеников до 4 декабря 2020 года, будут уведомлены о времени и датах проведения тестирования в их школе по почте. Пакеты для рекомендаций теперь доступны на веб-сайте школьного округа (http://www.battlegroundps.org/aspireadvanced-placement).
За дополнительной информацией о программе Aspire обращайтесь по телефону (360) 885-5426


El 4 de diciembre es la fecha de límite para aceptar las referencias de los estudiantes altamente capacitados de las Escuelas Públicas de Battle Ground para los grados de K-12

El programa de educación para estudiantes altamente capacitados en las escuelas públicas de Battle Ground se llama, Aspire. El programa de Aspire está diseñado para estudiantes en los grados de K-12 que se desempeñan y muestran potencial para desempeñarse en niveles académicos significativamente avanzados como lo demuestra uno o más de los criterios múltiples especificados por el estado (WAC 392-127-035).

Se aceptan referencias para que los estudiantes tomen el examen comenzando en octubre hasta el 4 de diciembre, 2020. Cualquier estudiante puede ser recomendado, pero únicamente los estudiantes que reciben consentimiento de sus padres reciben una invitación para tomar el examen.

Las pruebas toman lugar en enero y febrero para los grados de K-11. Los estudiantes identificados recibirán servicios a partir del próximo año escolar, 2021-2022. Los padres que envíen el paquete de referencia del estudiante antes del 4 de diciembre del 2020, serán notificados por correo regular con las fechas y las horas en que se realizarán las pruebas en su escuela. Los paquetes de recomendación están disponibles ahora en el siguiente sitio web del distrito escolar: (http://www.battlegroundps.org/aspireadvanced-placement) Para mas informacion sobre el programa de Aspire, por favor comuniquese al (360) 885-5426.

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

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 2020-2021

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook

PVM 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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November 15, 2020

Issue #6