Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 11/6

Dear Middle School Families,

After all the excitement of last week, we are all ready for a calm and productive start to Quarter 2. For those of you new to MyBackpack and the digital gradebook, please note; once teachers begin entering their grades for this second quarter, the gradebook automatically averages those grades with the first quarter to show only the first semester grade, which is the grade that appears on the student transcript. The end of the first quarter is a progress grade and the report we will be mailing is in fact only a progress report, not the actual report card. Student transcripts are only comprised of semester grades, and there are still 8 weeks remaining in the semester for students to address any issues with their grades. If you have any questions regarding grades or transcripts, please feel free to contact me.

MS Play
This fall, the Palm Valley Middle School Drama class of thirteen 7th and 8th-grade actors has taken on a challenging piece of theater to stage for the community. In the award-winning play by Reginald Rose called 12 ANGRY JURORS, a dozen very different personalities are sequestered to deliberate the fate of a young man accused of murder. In a two-act, 90-minute drama, beliefs clash and emotions rise as four men and eight women argue the guilt or innocence of the accused. Performances are: Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9 and Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm. There is a matinee performance on Sunday, November 10, in the afternoon at 2:30 pm. Tickets available online here.

Veterans Day Celebration
You are invited to join us at a special assembly on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th at 8:30 am in our gym. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
Dress uniform is required.

Annual Fund
Each year, the Palm Valley School community contributes to enhancing the education of our Firebirds through the Annual Fund. There is always a 100% participation from members of the Board of Trustees and from PVS staff members showing their Firebird pride. This annual fund is important to our students and families at Palm Valley. Please remember to submit your contribution or gift in kind. Please click on the link to give today!

Palm Valley School Secret Garden Gala
This year, our gala will be held at the Westin Mission Hills on the evening of Saturday, February 8th. This "Secret Garden" is shaping up to be a lovely, beautiful event that you will not want to miss! We are in the process of securing items for the auction and we need your help! If you have a business or connection that you think might be great for a donation to make our event a success - please contact us at gala@pvs.org Additionally, we have sold out tickets for this event for the last couple of years and anticipate this year will be no different! Please log on today and secure your ticket or table today!

Middle and Upper School Fall Sports Awards
Please join us for the Middle and Upper School Sports Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm in the gym in celebration of the fall season.

Upcoming Dates:

11/8 - Opening night 12 Angry Jurors - 7:30pm - MPR
11/9 - 12 Angry Jurors - 7:30pm - MPR
11/10 - 12 Angry Jurors - 2:30pm - MPR
11/11 - Veterans’ Day Performance: 8:30am - Gym
11/14 - Fall Sports Awards Banquet - 6-8pm - Gym
11/15 - Final performance of 12 Angry Jurors - 7:30pm - MPR

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School