Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 4/11

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the Spring Break. This time of year, our advisory program will begin to shift its attention to the Health and Wellness Unit. I am pleased to announce that we will have visitors from Eisenhower Medical Center presenting to us again about puberty and the adolescent changing body. We will also have a speaker present the “Triangle of Wellness,” which encompasses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of a healthy lifestyle. As we enter the month of May, we will recognize the importance of mental health. A behavioral health team from Eisenhower will present on a variety of strategies for overcoming depression and anxiety and explore ways that we can support our peers who struggle with similar issues. To further support May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite all of our PVS families to join us May 17th at 6 PM for a screening of the movie ANGST, a documentary that discusses the symptoms and struggles of living with anxietyFor more information and to RSVP, click here. Lastly, we turn to gender identity and diversity issues as our students learn about the importance of acceptance and understanding differences within our society. We are very lucky to have such a close working relationship with professionals within the community that can provide the most current information about topics and have an immediate impact on our students' development.

April Dinner Out Event
Visit Chipotle in Palm Springs on Thursday, April 26th between 4 pm - 8 pm and present this flyer to donate 50% of proceeds to PVS!

Annual PVS Day of Golf
Our PVS Day of Golf is coming up Saturday, April 21st at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort. The LAST DAY to purchase tickets is this Friday, April 13thThis family-friendly event is scramble style open to ALL ages and abilities. Bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun and this year we've added Footgolf! Footgolf is a combination sport where instead of clubs you kick a soccer ball to the pin. Come try it out! Click here to purchase.

Alice in Wonderland, Jr - A Middle School Musical Production
This year's Middle School Play is a musical performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Join precocious and curious Alice on an adventure that is altogether fantastical and memorable. Thirty-one talented singing and dancing Middle School actors and actresses under the direction of Mr. Gahnz and Mr. Sarkis will bring it all to musical life! You can purchase your tickets here. This show is guaranteed fun for all ages!

End of Quarter
I want to remind everyone that we now do end of semester Honor Roll and that the end of this quarter is to communicate student progress only. Honor Roll is determined by the GPA calculated from the 3rd and 4th quarter grades, not an average of 3rd and 4th quarter GPA. I encourage you to reach out to teachers and advisors if you have any questions about your child’s progress. We will award students who have achieved honor roll or high honor roll during the End of Year Assembly at 8:30 AM on June 8th. Furthermore, students who have earned the honor roll and high honor roll will be recognized in the Phoenix. If you have any questions about student progress, I encourage you to reach out to our subject teachers for support.

Free Dress Day
This Friday is Free Dress Day! As a reminder, all clothing must be clean, in good repair (no holes or patches), and meet a standard of decorum appropriate for a school that otherwise wears uniforms. The following are never permitted: cut­offs, tank tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, cleavage, too­ short skirts or shorts (no shorter than 4” above the knee), clothing that is excessively tight­ fitting or over­ large in waist or length, any ornament or t­-shirt printed with offensive graphics or slogans, clothing with holes or tears, or that is dirty etc. Please support us and ensure students are coming to school in compliance with the dress code. A written warning and a phone call home to bring appropriate attire is the consequence of non-compliance.

Upcoming Dates
4/13 - All School Free Dress Day
4/24 - Athletic Photos at 3:30 PM
4/27 - 4/28 - MS Production, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 7:30 PM
4/29 - MS Production, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr, at 2:30 PM
5/4 - 5/5 - MS Production, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 7:30 PM
5/5 - MS Production, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 2:30 PM
5/17 - Screening of the movie ANGST, MPR at 6:00 PM
5/21 - 5/25 - MS ERB Assessments
5/29 - 6/1 - MS WRAP Assessment

Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School