Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 5/2

Dear Middle School Families,

This fall we welcome two new members of the Palm Valley School community. Kerry Maguire joins us as a new Middle and Upper School English teacher. Mrs. Maguire comes to us from The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. She has a rich background in independent schools and brings with her not just an impressive resume as an English teacher, but also experience in administration, and law. Also joining our staff in the fall as a Middle and Upper School Math teacher is Wes Williams. Mr. Williams comes to us from Chaminade College Preparatory School in Chatsworth, where he taught Middle and Upper School Math, and Film classes. His diverse background in Math, Film, and Technology makes him an ideal addition to our school.

At the same time, we say goodbye to two faculty members this year. Dr. Tonya Carr came to our school as our Admissions Director and more recently joined our teaching staff in Middle and Upper School English, and History. While we are sad to see her leave, she says, “While goodbyes are hard for me, I am looking forward to the next chapter, where I plan to be involved in adult education and health education. My heart will always hold a special place for this amazing institution, and I will always feel proud that I was able to be part of its development.”

We also say goodbye to Susan Farley, Middle and Upper School Math teacher. Mrs. Farley has been with the school for 20 years and has served in many capacities, including as club advisor, and yearbook advisor. Mrs. Farley tells us, “What a pleasure it has been to teach in a place where the students come first and where I’ve been able to watch so many adolescents evolve into confident, competent, and compassionate young adults. Palm Valley School is a truly transformative place.”

We are all grateful for the time we’ve had with Dr. Carr and Mrs. Farley, and we wish them the very best in the future!

ANGST Screening
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, our advisory program will be welcoming guests from Eisenhower Medical Center and 417 Recovery to talk about the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. We are hoping to uncover some common misconceptions and break down stigmas that our students might hold about mental illness. Our students will also be learning about coping skills and how to better support their peers. PVS families can join in on the conversation Thursday, May 17th at 6 pm for a screening of the movie ANGST, a documentary that discusses the symptoms and struggles of living with anxiety. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

MS Math Field Day
PVS was well represented at the 24th Annual Coachella Valley Math Field Day Competition held on Saturday, April 28th. On a date filled with other activities, our 13 student participants held their own in the individual events and demonstrated great sportsmanship and mathematical skill. Special thanks to the families who supplied snacks and moral support for our team and to Mrs. Farley for leading our team each year!

Please join us in congratulating our team on their accomplishments!
6th Grade - Remi Benomar (1st Place Construction Derby & 2nd Place Best 6th Grade Mathematician), Nicole Diaz, Landon Elder, Maserati Hann, Mackenzie Haro, Isa Morrison, Saumaun Zadeh (1st Place Construction Derby)
7th Grade - Maisy Borun, Alexander Kler (2nd Place Calculator Challenge), Harliana Otto (1st Place Team Investigations), Kaitlin Slosky (1st Place Team Investigations)
8th Grade - Courtney Capetz (1st Place Construction Derby & 2nd Place 5 in a Row), Josh Makkai (1st Place Construction Derby)

End of Year Activity
On our last day of school, Friday, June 8th, we will be participating in our end of year activity to Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park. We need volunteer drivers from all grades to help us in transportation from school to the water park. Families will need to pick up their student after the event from the water park. Permission slips outlining the details of the trip will be going home this week, so if you are willing to help, please mark your calendars accordingly. As always, your support is very much appreciated!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr - A Middle School Musical Production
If you have not had the chance to see the wonderful MS production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr., we still have a few seats for our last three shows this Friday at 7:30 pmSaturday at 2:30 pm, and Saturday night at 7:30 pm. You can purchase your tickets here. This show is guaranteed fun for all ages!

Spring Choir Concerts
Please join the Palm Valley Choirs for a concert featuring songs of Spring. The concert is presented for two nights, Thursday, May 24th, and Friday, May 25th at 7 pm in the MPR. Featuring our Middle and Upper School students in Vocal Music Elective and Select Choir. Tickets are General Seating: Adults $10.00, Students $5.00. Purchase your tickets here.

Fullerton Follies
There will be a showcase of the students who performed in the Fullerton festival on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm in the MPR. No cost for entry is required but donations will be accepted at the door. Come support the US Students and enjoy a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Upcoming Dates
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
5/23 - Sports Banquet at 6:00 PM in the Gym
5/24 - 5/25 - MSUS Spring Choir Concert, MPR at 7:00 PM
5/21 - 5/25 - MS ERB Assessments
5/25 - Flapjacks for Families at 7:30 AM
5/28 - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
5/29 - 6/1 - MS WRAP English Assessment
6/8 - End of Year Assembly, 8:30 AM in the Gym
6/8 - End of Year Activity, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School