The Panther Press

December 2019

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 four 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 learning that fosters interdisciplinary learning, concept based learning, and performance based assessments.


We are so excited to partner with you through this next phase in our journey!

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Interested in the IB Diploma Program at LOLHS? Important Information below!

An important message for Year 3 students/families interested in applying for the IB Diploma Programme at LOLHS:


Here at PVMS we are fortunate to offer the Middle Years Program to all of our students. As you plan for high school, LOLHS would like to remind you that their IB program, which starts with the pre-IB years in 9th grade, is a magnet program and any and all students (even if you are zoned for LOLHS) who would like to be part of the program must apply through the district school choice website. The window to apply is December 3-13th and there will be a writing/math sample day at LOLHS on January 11th from 8:30-10:30 for students who have applied.

FFA Citrus and Tool Results!

Drumroll...the Citrus and Tool results are in much sooner than expected.


Our Tool team placed 54th out of 68 teams and 2 of the team members will be able to return next year and do even better!



Tool Id team members were Nathan Hull 110, Hailee Porterfield 115, Mallory Bowman 115, and Lindsey Daignault 135 (team score 360)



Citrus Judging we placed 21st of 27 teams.



Citrus team members were Sarah Clay 202, Courtney Whitman 202, Gracie Bagley 162, and Kadence Wolden 158 (team score 566)



Congratulations ladies and gentleman!

All-State Middle School Honor Band

A big congratulations to Michael Vento is in order! Michael was selected to join the Florida All-State Middle school Honor Band. This is a huge honor and Mrs. Fultz is so proud of his hard work. This group is comprised with some of the best middle school musicians around the state! He will be representing Pine View on January 9th-11th to rehearse and perform at the Florida Music Educators Association Convention in Tampa. Please extend a big congrats to him!

All County Band Students

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Apps parents should know about

Here's some very helpful information from the Sarasota Sheriff to keep you children safe online:


http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/sarasota-sheriff-warns-parents-about-15-apps-that-could-be-used-to-target-children

myStudent Portal- Check Grades!

Please make sure that you're checking myStudent daily to keep up with your child's assignments and grades! If you haven't signed up, please go to https://pasco.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/?skipSAML=true to create an account.

IB Learner Profile of the Month: Open-minded

December- Open-minded

As a PVMS Family, we focus on a different IB Learner Profile (a trait that we strive to display to become the best people possible) every month. For Deember, we are focusing on being Open-minded. We are Open-minded when we show that we understand and appreciate our own culture and personal history and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of others.. PVMS staff members will award PBIS points 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 brown on Fridays 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.

Risk-taker Students of the Month

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DIstrict FInals and Quarterly Checks Schedules

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Pasco Pathways Window Information

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Want a PVMS Hoodie or a Sweatshirt??

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Fortify Florida

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.


A link to FortifyFL is available on all staff and student my Pasco Connect accounts. Pasco County Schools will soon be adding FortifyFL information to each school website and the Pasco County Schools website. FortifyFL information is also available to each student and family on the inside back cover of the 2019-2020 student planner.

#IBCommunicator Weekly School Connect Message from Principal Warren

In this age of robocalls and spam calls, make sure that you're getting Principal Warren's weekly School Connect message! Please double check your blocked call list to ensure that calls from 844-400-9765 are not blocked, as that is the number that will come through. We also put the text version of the call on our school Facebook page shortly after it has come through. Make sure you are following us on our social media outlets so you don't miss any information!

2019-2020 Athletics

Years 1, 2 and 3 students will be eligible to participate in athletics for the 2019-2020 school year. To be eligible, students must have:


  • a 2.0 from the previous semester GPA (current Year 1 and 2 students' eligibility will be determined based upon 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year



All forms and information can be found on the PVMS webpage under the "Athletics" tab under "School Information".

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Shout-outs for PVMS Staff!

"Never underestimate the power of a random compliment."


Have you had a great experience with a staff member and want to share it? Please click the link below!


https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=76251

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Planner

All students have been issued a PVMS planner to use on a daily basis. In addition to checking my Student, please check your child's planner on a daily basis and encourage them to write what they've done every period as well as any homework that they have. This will help everyone be #IBCommunicators!

PVMS Weatherstem

Do you ever want exact weather data for our area? Did you know that PVMS has a weather station that has wonderful information? We do!! Please go to https://pasco.weatherstem.com/pvms to see all that the PVMS WeatherStem has to offer!

Reporting a Student Absence

You can report it one of two ways:


1. Go to the PVMS website and click on Absence located under the “Contact” tab.

2. Send in a note upon your student’s return to school.

Remind Codes and Syllabi

All teachers have handed out their class syllabus at this time. There is helpful information in this document. If you haven't see all of the syllabi for your child, they are available at https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/syllabi/. Remind codes are available on the syllabus and will be updated on our website shortly.

Family website for Math Resource

Open Up Resources has a site for families to gain additional information. This information can be found here.

Dance Department Performance Date

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PBIS Store and Letters

The PBIS Store is open every Wednesday during every lunch. The first weeks of the store have been a great success!
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Are you interested in volunteering? Corporal has an opportunity!

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Flu Information

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Florida PTA Legislative Conference

Do you want to know more about how to advocate for children? Have recent events ignited your passion to learn more about key topics and the corresponding legislation? The Florida PTA Legislative Conference will take you from "What does it mean to advocate?" to "I'm ready to meet my legislator to discuss my concerns". Take advantage of this great opportunity to take your passion and turn it into action!


Please see the link here for more information!

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Year 1 Resource Sheet

Don't forget about the Year 1 Resource Sheet from your All Paws In Folder (and attached below for your convenience)! This sheet contains helpful information for each of the MYP Subject Areas as well as Athletics and Social Media.

Exploravision Has Come to Year 3 Sciences!

Year 3 Sciences kicked off the 2019-2020 ExploraVision Competition this week. 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 http://www.exploravision.org/ for more information and examples of past winning projects.

Adventure Society

Adventure Society has three upcoming trips with spots still available!

England, Ireland & Scotland 2020

Japan 2020

Italy, Greece & the Greek Isles 2021


Links are on the PVMS website under Students>Clubs>Adventure Society

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Year 3 End of Year Activities

It may seem early, but now is the time to begin thinking about the end of your child’s middle school experience. We have several promotional activities planned.


Friday, May 15, 2020: Year 3 Universal Studios’/Islands of Adventure’s Gradventure

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 9-10 a.m.: Year 3 Community Project Celebration

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at LOLHS: Year 3 Dance

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10 a.m. –12 p.m.: Year 3 Awards

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12-2:40 p.m.: Year 3 Lunch/Field Day


On Friday, May 15th students are off to Orlando to celebrate the end of their middle school years with other Year 3 students from around the state at Universal Studios’/Islands of Adventure’s Gradventure.


On Tuesday, May 26th Year 3 students are invited to dress their best and dance the night away at Land O’ Lakes High School. Snacks, beverages and great memories are included. The theme and more information will be announced, as we get closer to the dance.


The last day of school, Wednesday, May 27th, starts off with an awards assembly for our Year 3 students. Parent invites will be sent home for those students being recognized in May. The awards assembly is then followed by lunch and Year 3 Field Day. Details will be announced as we get closer to this celebration.

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Odyssey of the Mind

Enjoy thinking outside the box? Join Odyssey of the Mind! Participating in Odyssey of the Mind provides you the opportunity to learn creative problem solving, teamwork and self-reliance while having fun solving a problem and creating a presentation with your own ideas and those of your team mates. Although you have an adult coach (usually a parent) to support and advise you, all the ideas and the work on the solution come from the team members. It all culminates in a multi-school regional competition in late February/early March and a chance for the highest scored teams to compete at the State Tournament in Orlando and maybe even the OM World Finals.

Interested students (and adults interested in coaching a team) can complete the form at: https://pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us/4297-2/

For more information please contact Pine View’s OM coordinator Nilsa Calabria, by email at ncalabri@pasco.k12.fl.us, or by phone at (813) 794-4800, Ext. 44901 or (813) 618-8995.

Birthday Grams Available!

Would you like your child's big day celebrated at PVMS? Celebrate a birthday by going to ACORN- $5 for a Happy Birthday song in cafeteria, balloon and sweet treat from cafeteria!

Staff Shout Outs!

Thank you to the Panther Family members who have nominated a PVMS staff member for a shout out! We will be featuring shout outs in each newsletter until the end of the year.


Caring Communicator Thinker! Ms. Myers goes above and beyond as an educator. She recognized my sons need for extra help and had went out of her way to help him. Not all students learn the same way and my son IS different. She thought outside the box (open minded) to give him a computer to help with writing. She has communicated with me without me begging or initiating it. She had emailed me progress numerous times. As a risk taker, she even text messaged me his progress! Not many teachers text parents in fear of a parent using the number inappropriately but she took a risk! I almost cried when I got her message. She has also done phone conferences with me. She vowed to help him become a better writer and I firmly believe it to be the truth! She cares 110% about my son and his education to make him better! I wish we could take her with us to high school! I’m so happy to be in partnership with her this year to educate my son.- Ms. Gallagher



Mrs. Fuqua always goes above and beyond to assist every student and parent. She has helped my family and I navigate the middle school years with ease, Grace, kindness and compassion. Without her, our experience would not have been half as knowledgeable for this parent. Thank you, Mrs. Fuqua!



From the moment we met Ms. Fultz, she challenged our student with being opened minded to trying something new. Through that, our student has grown to enjoy playing an instrument he likely would have not tried. Her passion for music and talent in teaching students is amazing. We are in awe at how she keeps multiple bands organized and learning when each student is learning something different and at varying places. She is admirable and we feel blessed our son has her as a music mentor.- Ms. Spilotro



I was at lunch and she asked me how my recovery was going and I replied with "Bad they just added two more courses, to which she said I was doing good and she told me to stay positive so I will. Thank you Mrs. Warren.” - Anaya



Becky Cardinale has the warmest disposition, we have thrived on her guidance while being a part of the Panther family. Even before our first day in PVMS we were lucky enough to be deciding between Imagine School & PVMS. We had no idea what IB meant and wanted to make an educated choice after an open house @ Imagine. I called the school & was directed to Becky, wow she took the time to explain the concept and the behaviors pertaining to this particular curriculum. I was hooked then and there, shocked I was not sent to a voicemail system. Becky has been not only approachable but inviting since that first day and now in Year 3 I still know if I have a question I can go to Becky, she takes the time to help me or direct me to my best resource. Becky always has a huge smile every time we see her & she is so appreciated, we just wanted to let her know how much we appreciate her. IB Learner Profiles? Thinker, Knowledgeable, Balanced & Caring We love Becky!- Mrs. Sosulski

Dress Code

We've had a great start to the year with Panthers dressing for success! We will be more strictly enforcing the dress code after Labor Day. The most common infractions we've been seeing is students jeans with holes higher than 4" above the knee and students wearing leggings without a shirt that has coverage to at least 4" above the knee.
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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.



Weld-Rite Hitch Co.: Thank you for supporting the purchase of a new planner for every Panther!