Weekly Notes from Head of Upper School, 2/5

Dear Upper School Families,

The weather is still cold in the mornings, so please remember coats and jackets are extremely important.  Also, if your child is sick, please have them rest and see the doctor. Second semester is full of activities and very busy for the Upper School students, so staying healthy is of utmost importance for them. 

Congratulations to seniors with their recent college acceptances (new acceptances bolded and underlined):  
Shelby Armor - Chapman University, University of Oregon, Sarah Lawrence College
Sydney Armor - Allegheny College
Shayne Davis - California State University Channel Islands, Humboldt State University
Angus Gregg Columbia College Hollywood
Hannah Makkai - University of Denver, Lewis and Clark College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Oregon, University of the Pacific, University of Puget Sound
Lawrence Nelson - Harvey Mudd College
Brennan Nick - Georgetown University
Charles Schnell - Belmont University, Biola University, Indiana University Bloomington, Pepperdine University, Texas Christian University
Trey Tadevic - University of Arizona
Renee Vazquez - Humboldt State University
Castiel Yu - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, College Park
Doreen Yuan University of Oregon
James Zheng University of Oregon
Wilton Zuniga - Luther College, University of Portland, Seton Hall University, University of the Pacific, Wisconsin Lutheran College

ACT and SAT
The Mock ACT has been scheduled, however, there is still the official standardized ACT being offered on Tuesday, February 25, for juniors.  The Mock SAT is scheduled for the first week of March, and the official SAT for juniors is the end of March. Research shows that one factor in higher performance on these standardized tests in taking them in a familiar environment.

US Weekly Assemblies
The Upper School weekly assemblies are every Wednesday morning on the front steps of the Upper School from 8:15-8:30am.  This time is a time for the Upper School Associated Student Body, Student Organizations, and staff to make announcements for Upper School.  You are welcome to attend these sessions, and, if you would like to share any particular information, please send an email to Dr. McLachlan at kmclachlan@pvs.org

The Secret Garden Gala 
The Annual Gala is fast approaching! The final day to purchase tickets is today, February 5. Buy tickets now! And check out the online auction with many unique items for our Palm Valley community! The online auction continues until February 15.

Special Awards Assembly: On Friday, February 14th, we will recognize 5th - 12th grade students who achieved Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the first semester during the regular All-School Assembly at 8:15 in the GYM.

Attendance
Continue to email your student’s advisor, Ms. Anders (danders@pvs.org), and myself if your student is absent, or going to be absent. Attending school on a regular basis is directly connected to high levels of student achievement.  Emergencies, illness, and other events do come up, and we want to be supportive. Letting us know when your student is gone also allows for teachers to be prepared to help them make up for any missed activities.

MyBackpack
All parents/guardians should have a MyBackpack WebID and be able to login and see MyDocuments. Forms to complete will be shown as "New.” Once they are completed they will be submitted to Administrative Assistants for approval. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Kisling at gkisling@pvs.org  The time for semester final exams is right around the corner in January.  Please contact your child’s advisors with any questions/concerns about academic performance before these exams.

School Approved Devices
Per Palm Valley School policy, Chromebooks are the only school approved electronic device for student use.  All other electronic devices are to remain at home or be put in students’ lockers at the beginning of the school day.   

Community Service Requirements
Students are well on their way with their community service requirements this year.  Please remember that graduation requirements at Palm Valley School include 40 hours of community service each year.  

Upcoming Dates:
2/6 - Mock Trial Competition-6pm at Indio Courthouse
 2/8 - PVS Secret Garden Gala
 2/14 - Awards Assembly in the GYM
 2/17 - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL, Offices Closed
 2/18 - 2/21 - February Break - NO SCHOOL

Dr. Kurt McLachlan
Head of Upper School