Eblast from the Head of Upper School, 4/18

Everyone sees the world differently, so it's OK for students to disagree —
just as long as they can have a conversation about it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dear Upper School families,

Student Progress
Third-Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home on Tuesday, April 20th. The purpose of this feedback is to let you and your child know how they are currently doing in their classes and areas in which they can improve as we head towards the end of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s advisor. 
Flapjacks for Families
We want to celebrate our families by providing a free pancake breakfast on Monday, May 17th, from 7:30 am-9:15 am. All PVS families are invited to join us in front of our MS/Admissions Building for breakfast made by the Administrative Team. We are looking forward to holding this event on our campus and creating more memories with our community.
Recent College Acceptances 
Marianne Capetz and Jake SondermanTisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU); Caroline Scheil: Vassar College.
  • There will be an Upper School Assembly on Wednesday, April 21st, starting promptly at 8:50 am, in which these students will celebrate their acceptances by RINGING THE GONG.
Advanced Placement Exams
Our exams will take place between Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 27th. All students will be required to sit for their exams on campus. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s AP teacher.
Academic World Quest National Competition
On Saturday, April 17th, our Palm Valley Team competed in the national tournament after winning first place in the regional competition on March 4th. This competition was composed of 105 teams from all over the United States. Congratulations to Elizabeth Shay, Sara Habibipour, Evan Spry, and Jake Sonderman for representing the PVS Firebirds with such erudition and class!
Enrollment Contracts
If you have not yet done so, please remember to turn in your signed contract and deposit for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, we have an unusually high interest in admission. Classes are filling up quickly! Please reach out to Abby Sturgeon, Director of Admissions and Marketing, if you have any questions: asturgeon@pvs.org.
Leadership Intern Program
Camp Invention® will be running a Leadership Intern Program this summer from July 26th - July 30th in the Lower School. This workshop is a great resume-builder as well as an opportunity to obtain community service hours. Interested students should contact Ms. Fisher (ffisher@pvs.org).
Uniform Policy
Due to the pandemic, we have been more lenient this year with the uniform policy. While you can still buy uniforms through Norman’s, we are flexible about what students wear for bottoms. As long as they comply with the color and style of Norman’s pants and skirts, you can send your student to school with bottoms purchased from another store.
Yearbook
Order the 2020-2021 Yearbook online here. The 2019-2020 yearbook is also available at a discounted rate! If you missed out on last year's yearbook, you can purchase a copy in the MS/Admin office for $30.

Upcoming Dates:
4/20 - Progress reports sent home
4/21 - Assembly/Ringing the Gong
4/23 - Spirit Shirt Day
4/29 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/30 - Spirit Shirt Day
5/7 - Free Dress Day
5/14 - Spirit Shirt Day
5/17 - Flapjacks For Families
5/18-5/27 - AP Exams

Sincerely,
Mr.  Steve Coffey
Interim Head of Upper School