Announcements from Head of School, 10/18

Good evening, Palm Valley School Community.

As we get close to the end of our first quarter of the school year, the weather is finally starting to cool off. It has been a historic start to the year with the staggered opening of our Preschool in late August, our Lower School in early September, and our Middle and High School in mid-October. We now have all grades back on campus for in-person instruction, while also supporting our online students via our Hyflex Instructional Platform. I have reminded our faculty and staff to remain diligent as we continue to follow our defensive health strategies and practices of mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing. It is important for all of us to maintain adherence to the proper health measures that have become ubiquitous in our world today. 

On Friday, our staff spent time reviewing our Disaster Preparedness Plan and engaged in divisional specific professional development. We would like to say thank you to the Parent Association for providing lunch for all staff members! It was both yummy and appreciated! On Thursday, we participated in the Great California Shakeout where our students “Dropped, Covered, and Held” simulating a response to a nearby earthquake. It is important that we remain prepared for other potential crises that may occur – even amidst a pandemic. To that end, we will also be scheduling our first schoolwide fire drill in the coming weeks.

I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new Athletic Director and a replacement fifth grade teacher. We are excited to welcome Ms. Ebony Macias as our new Athletic Director and PE teacher. She has many years of athletic administration and coaching experience at the collegiate and secondary levels. We are also pleased to introduce Ms. Angie Gasu as our new fifth grade teacher. She has much experience in teaching and curriculum development in the 5th and 6th grades – including STEM initiatives. We are grateful to our Lower School Head, Mrs. Francene Fisher, for stepping in and teaching our fifth grade in the interim. Please join me in welcoming Ebony and Angie if and when you get the chance!

We continue to adjust our teaching practices to the demands of the global pandemic. We have appreciated your patience and trust as we remain resilient in an ever-changing educational landscape. I remain proud of our teachers and staff that keep the well-being and learning of our students as their focus. 

Thank you for the continued trust that you place in us to educate and care for your children…. 

Fondly,

Dr. Steven Sherman
Head of School