Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 3/18

Dear Middle School Families,

As we begin this new journey of social distancing and distance learning, I would like to emphasize how important it will be to work with each other as partners in order to help your students get through the weeks ahead.

By now, you have received emails from your teachers explaining how they will be proceeding with Distance Learning. This is a new skill for both students and teachers and I ask that you be patient with us as we adapt and learn through this transition. I can assure you we are looking at this as an opportunity to grow and try things we aren’t normally able to do in a regular classroom environment. Because it will be challenging for us to assess if we are overwhelming students, feel free to communicate with teachers and let them know what you are seeing so that they can make the appropriate adjustments. I also encourage you to support your students in their effort to continue with their learning. Please help them to establish a habit of checking their emails twice daily as we continue to update lessons and projects. We have opened Google Hangouts for live instruction to some of our middle school students and they will need to accept the invite from their teacher in order to join the class. For that, they must stay vigilant in checking email. 

Distance learning is different and it will take some time for us all to adapt to it, but we will and we will be better for it. Over the past week I have had my inbox flooded with great advice and suggestions from international teachers who have been in this situation for weeks. The key take-away for me has been to remain patient and creative. It will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is! Communicate with me and your teachers as often as you feel the need and take good care.

2019-2020 Palm Valley School Yearbook
It is that time of year again to buy yearbooks for this school year. The prices will be going up as we approach the deadline for purchasing yearbooks. Below is the timeline for when the price goes up which has a deadline on April, 24th, 2020. You are able to pay online using this Lifetouch link. The PVS code for our online link is 12453420.

$60 March 1 - March 31
$65 April 1 - April 24

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School