Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/11

Dear Upper School Families,

Many families ask me for advice on how to provide support for learning at home.  Our families are already well committed to education and highlight its importance at home.  But there are some things that you can encourage your student to learn, and skills they can develop, that will continue to support their learning, no matter how high in academia they go.

One way is to help them develop their skills in note-taking.  All of our students are trained, at one time or another, to take handwritten notes.  However, it’s important for them to continue practicing and developing these skills on their own, to find a method that is the most useful for them.  Each person, over their life, chooses an organizational method that supports their weaknesses and plays to their strength.  Only practice over time hones these skills to their peak effectiveness.

There is quite a bit of research out there that suggests that handwritten notes, far surpass typed notes, in terms of providing deeper learning and processing of information.  This distinction is dependent on the way a student chooses to put ideas to paper, but overall, the pen (or pencil) is mightier than the laptop.

The article linked below gives a few tips on how best to support note-taking development skills.  These are some of the methods we use in the classroom, and with your support at home, our students will continue to reach the highest levels of success.  Find the article here.

Senior Parking Painting

Senior families should have received an email from me this past week, describing the details for this weekend’s painting event. We start at 7:30 amand will have until 12:30 pm to finish. Come early and beat the heat! If you have questions please email me at asteinman@pvs.org.

Pizza for Palm Valley at the Slice

Please join us for a fundraiser evening at The Slice, on Wednesday, October 25.  Proceeds benefit the Parent Association, and Palm Valley School!

Presidential Service Awards

Our Presidential Service Awards have arrived!  We will have a PSA ceremony at our All School Assembly on Friday, October 27.  Students who are being recognized have received an email notification from me.  We are looking forward to celebrating our award recipients.

Important Dates and Reminders:
10/13 - Pep Rally - 1:45 pm - Gym
10/14 - Senior Parking Painting - 7:30 am
10/20 - Red Out & Volleyball Game During Advisory
10/25 - Pizza for Palm Valley at The Slice
10/27 - Presidential Service Awards - 8:20 am - Gym
10/27 - Scarefest - 9 pm
10/27 - End of Quarter 1
10/28 - Fall Festival - 12:00 pm - 4:0 0pm
10/29 - Golf Cart Parade - 12 pm - El Paseo

College Counseling Dates:
Remember to Register for the Coachella Valley Regional College Fair on Thursday! Over 90 schools will be in attendance at Agua Caliente Resort Spa.
Thursday, 10/12Coachella Valley Regional College Fair - Register Today!

College Visits:
Thursday, 10/12, University of San Diego
Thursday, 10/12, University of Oregon
Friday, 10/13, Syracuse University
Friday, 10/13, Seton Hall University
Friday, 10/13, Laguna College of Art + Design

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School