Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 9/11

Dear Middle School Families,

We are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night this Thursday evening at 6pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the teachers and get a sense of who they are. I am sharing an article from Edutopia written just for parents attending a Back to School night. It offers meaningful questions to help you understand what is happening in the classroom. To read the article, please click here. We will begin in the MPR before sending you off to follow your student’s schedule. Wear comfortable shoes as some of your students have classes on both the Middle and Upper School campuses!

Here is some information about the upcoming middle school trips:

The Bully Plays
We are looking for parent drivers for our middle school students to attend a drama production held at CV Rep Theatre. Seats have been reserved for us Wednesday, September 25th and the play begins at 10am. We would need to leave school by 9:30am and we should be back no later than 11:30am. If you are able to drive, please contact the Middle School administrative assistant, Sarai at sjimenez@pvs.org.

6th grade trip to CIMI
The Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay is an outdoor education science camp providing students with experiences that build self-esteem and self-confidence. Students will learn the basic concepts of marine science and island ecology. The trip is planned for Wednesday, October 16th - Friday, October 18th. More details will be shared at Back to School Night and sent home with your student.

7th Grade Trip to Pathfinder Ranch
This excursion is an Outdoor Education Program providing safe and meaningful learning experiences intent on building conservation awareness and confidence in becoming responsible global citizens. Pathfinder offers academic and recreational classes that help build communication and problem solving skills and perseverance. This trip is planned for Monday, October 21st - Wednesday, October 23rd. More details will be shared at Back to School Night and sent electronically.

8th Grade Trip to Lake Mead Recreational Area
Scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 - Friday, October 4th, we will be camping and canoeing along the Colorado River starting at Hoover Dam and ending at the Willow Beach campsite. Students will develop interpersonal dynamics, outdoor skills, self-reliance and confidence while creating unforgettable friendships and relationships with peers and adults through shared experiential activities. The first deposit for this trip is due Friday, September 13th.

Back to School Night
Please join us in the Middle School for Back to School Night this Thursday, September 12th. Families are invited to visit their student’s classes by following their class schedule for the night. Please plan to arrive at the Middle School lobby before 6 pm. Your student’s advisor will be present with a copy of your student’s schedule. Students are not expected to attend unless they are volunteering as guides.

Hot Lunch & Pizza
This is the last week to change, add, or cancel Hot Lunch or Pizza.  Please have all submissions in by this Friday, September 13th.

Family Directory
This Friday, September 13th is the last day to opt out for publishing your information in the My BackPack online directory. While our online directory is only visible to current Palm Valley School families, you have the option to opt-out of sharing your contact information. If you do NOT want your information published to My BackPack, please contact Ms. Jimenez.

Upcoming Dates:
9/12 - MS/US Back to School Night - 6 pm
9/18 - Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro from 5pm-7pm
9/23 - New Family Coffee with Mrs. Rice - 8:15am - MPR
9/27 - All School Buddy Assembly - 8:20am - gym

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School