Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, Sept. 13

Dear Middle School Families,

One of the programs that I am very proud we offer in the Middle School is our Advisory Program. It provides students time to seek support from subject teachers, independently study, and form strong relationships with their peers as they discuss topics ranging from health and wellness, relationships, identity, and the future. This week, our students will be learning about the criteria for passing the Advisory Program and understanding what is expected of them. One of the major requirements for passing the Advisory Program is to facilitate the Student Led Conferences. Over the next couple of weeks, the students will be preparing a portfolio to share with you that communicates their progress, goals, and examples of work. This is a very empowering and rewarding experience for our MS Students. We will be explaining more about Student Led Conferences during our Open House this week.

Here are a few announcements moving forward:

Athletic Photos

Please note that last weeks e-blast had the wrong date for our Athletic Photos. They will be taken on October 10th and 11th.

Back to School Night

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Middle and Upper School Back to School Night this Thursday, September 14th. The evening will start at 6:00 pm in the MPR in the Middle School building. After a brief introduction, families will follow their student’s schedule and learn about each class from the teachers that teach them. It is a very exciting event and we look forward to welcoming you!

7th Grade Pathfinder Trip

Our 7th grade Pathfinder trip is scheduled for September 25 - 27th. We will be departing school on Monday at 10:30 AM and return to school on Wednesdayat 1:45 PM. We are no longer accepting permissions slips. Payment, in the amount of $177 needs be made by Friday, September 15thWe will be in the need of approved adult drivers. If you are a cleared driver please contact me if you wish to help. Your time would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, as a result of missing Picture Day, the 7th graders will have their Picture Make-Up Day on October 3rd.

Hot Lunch Forms

Another round of Hot Lunch forms have gone home with the MS students to ensure you have your chance at ordering hot lunch. Please have a look at the order form and return to Ms. Kaban in the front office by Friday, September 15th.

Utensils - Update

If a student purchases a hot lunch, utensils will be provided. However, utensils will no longer be given to students who bring their own lunch or forget to bring their own cutlery. Please ensure students come prepared with their own utensils if they bring their own lunch.

Dress Uniform

For Picture Day and for any other future events that require Formal Dress Uniform, it is important to understand what that entails. For Formal Dress, students are required to have (from Norman’s Uniforms) a white PVS Oxford Dress Shirt with appropriate neckwear and one of the options for Formal Dress bottoms:

  • Black Pants
  • Black Skirt/Skort
  • PVS Red Plaid Skirt

Shoes can include leather dress shoes, closed-toe sandals or flats, or tennis shoes/sneakers (with socks). Your shoes should aim to be as close to a single solid color as possible, be unobtrusive in appearance, and lack unusually bright colors.

Socks and/or Leggings may be worn as appropriate to choice of footwear in the following solid (without embellishments, pattern, or visible logos, etc.) colors only: white, black, tan, brown, gray, or red. Black belts (only) should be worn with formal dress black pants when appropriate.

Upcoming Dates

9/14 - Back to School Night, MPR, 6:00 PM
9/15 - Payment due date for 7th Grade Pathfinder trip
9/25-9/27 - 7th Grade Pathfinder Trip, Idyllwild
9/26 - Picture Day, Formal Dress Uniform Required
10/3 - 7th Grade Picture Make-Up Day
10/10- 10/11 - Athletic Photos


Mr. Brooks
Head of Middle School