Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 9/4

Dear Middle School Families,

Welcome back to school! We had a great start to the year last week and the students all seem very excited and happy to be here. Whether you are returning to middle school or this is your first year with us, please take a moment to read this excellent article on what to expect when your teen is in middle school. I am very grateful for your good will and support. I am looking forward to working closely with you and your students.

Here are a few reminders:

MyBackpack students and families can use our school portal, MyBackpack, to find information about schedules, homework, and grades. Students have their own MyBackpack accounts, and they should be using their own login and password to access their MyBackpack. If students need help with MyBackpack, they should ask Mr. Kisling. If families are having trouble logging in, they should ask Ms. Jimenez (sjimenez@pvs.org). Teachers update MyBackpack with grades and assignments weekly.

8th Grade Field Trip
The 8th grade field trip to Lake Mead Recreational Area is scheduled for October 1-4, 2019. Please join us this Thursday, September 5th, at 3:30 in the MPR for an informational meeting to learn about everything students will be doing and what they will need on the trip. If you are unable to make the meeting, please email me at mmule@pvs.org for the information.

All School Picture Day
Thursday, September 5th is All School Picture Day. Formal Dress Uniform is required for Picture Day. Information about the uniform can be found in the Student and Families Handbook. For Middle School, Formal Dress Uniform includes the white PVS button down shirt, approved neckwear, long black pants, black skirt, or plaid skirt. Shoes should be solid colored, black, brown, tan, or gray. Socks should be white, black, brown, tan, or gray.

After-Care Middle School students are required to report to After-Care in room W7 if they are still on campus at 3:35 pm. Supervision is required for us to have a safe campus. Students who are waiting for scheduled sports games, or practices, will not be charged, but must still be in After-Care until their event begins.

After-School Pick Up
Please pick up your student along the curb by the science buildings. If you prefer to park, your student must use the crosswalk to reach your vehicle. To ensure student safety and proper use of the crosswalks, teachers will be positioned at pick-up to help supervise.

Hot Lunch & Pizza
Hot lunch forms have gone out to students and hot lunch service will start on September 9th. Pizza forms were sent out in the August mailing and should be returned by September 5th. Pizza service will begin Friday, September 13th.

Upcoming Dates:
9/5 - All school Picture Day
9/6 - Free Dress (Please check the Student and Families handbook for appropriate guidelines)
9/6 - Senior Tie Presentation - 8:20am - Gym
9/12 - MS/US Back to School Night - 6:00 pm
9/18 - Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro from 5pm-7pm
9/23 - New families coffee in the MPR with Mrs. Rice at 8:15 am
9/27 - All School Buddy Assembly. Please wear a spirit shirt on this day!

Mrs. Mulé
Head of Middle School