Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 9/19

Dear Middle School Families,

Thank you to all who came to Back to School Night last Thursday. The evening was a success and an excellent opportunity for our Student Ambassadors to begin honing their leadership skills. I look forward to seeing you all again at Student Led Conferences on Wednesday, October 3rd when you will have the chance to go in depth regarding your student’s academics.

Here is some information about the middle school trips:

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 17th - Friday, October 19th. All forms and checks must be turned in by Friday, October 5thto Ms. Jimenez at the Middle School front desk.

7th Grade Trip to Pathfinder Ranch
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 22th - Wednesday, October 24th. Students have registered online, but health forms should be turned in with your check. Forms and checks are due Friday, October 5th to Ms. Jimenez at the Middle School front desk.

8th and 9th Grade Trip to Puerto Rico
Partnering with Global Works, our students will participate in meaningful service learning projects while experiencing some cultural and language immersion. This trip is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th - Friday, February 22nd. The deadline to reserve a spot is Friday, September 28th, please register online.

Wine Down Wednesday
On Wednesday, September 26th Acqua California Bistro at the River in Rancho Mirage and KOOL 95.9 FM are hosting a Wine Down Wednesday event from 5 pm - 7 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door and 100% of the proceeds benefit Palm Valley School! ​

Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are coming up Wednesday, October 3rd. There will be no regular classes scheduled on this day. Your student’s advisor will send an email with details on how to set up a time.

Volunteers & Items Needed - Upper School Theater Production
Our award-winning Palm Valley Upper School Drama class has chosen a rollicking fun Broadway musical as its 2018 fall production. In the first two weekends of December, we will mount our spectacular production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, a light-hearted and fun-filled look at the quirky world of Broadway in the 1920’s. Our energetic cast, overstocked with singing, acting, and dancing talent, is gearing up to bring to our MPR Stage a quality show that will delight the Palm Valley community. To make that happen, we need your help! Click here for a full wish list of items and volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Dates:
9/20 - New Parent Reception - MPR - 6 pm
9/26 - Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro - $10 at door, all proceeds benefit Palm Valley School
10/2 - Parent Association Meeting - MPR - 8:15 am
10/3 - Student Led Conferences - No regular classes
10/8 - NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School