Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/18

Dear Upper School Families,

As the quarter comes to a close, many families are paying close attention to their student’s progress and grades for this term.  In the Upper School, grades are recorded differently than in the middle school.  Only the Semester grade, in January and June, are recorded on the official transcript.  Progress reports go out for Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, but those grades are considered progress grades.  The Semester grade is comprised of Quarter 1 (40%), Quarter 2 (40%) and the Semester assessment grade (20%). While you will receive a progress report, including grades, teacher comments, and attendance information, that report is confidential, and only provided to students and families.  Quarter grades, comments, and attendance information are not recorded on the transcript.

If you have any questions about grades, progress reports, or transcripts, please email or call me. asteinman@pvs.org

Digital Citizenship

In recognition of Digital Citizenship Week, Upper School students will be participating in advisory lessons which will focus on Digital Citizenship. For the next three weeks, our students will learn about important skills and concepts surrounding critical thinking, online safety, and the responsible use of technology at school and at home.

Upper School Parent Coffee for Grades 9 and 10

Please join the Upper School administration team for coffee on Thursday, October 26th, at 8:15 am, in US-7.  We will be discussing our goals for this year, and coming changes in the Upper School, and answering any questions you have.  Hope to see you there!


All Upper School students are invited to join us for SCAREFEST! Students will spend the night on the Upper School campus watching scary movies, playing games, singing karaoke and telling stories by the campfire.  Permission forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Upper School.  Scarefest is Friday, October 27 from 9:00 pm - 6:00 am.

Fall Festival

This year’s fall festival will take place on Saturday, October 28, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmJoin us for games, activities, sweets, and more!  Admission is free, bring your friends.

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 email notification from me.  We are looking forward to celebrating our award recipients.

Important Dates and Reminders:
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 - 4:00 pm
10/29 - Golf Cart Parade - 12 pm - El Paseo

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School