Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 10/4

Dear Upper School Families,

October is a special month for our seniors!  We have several school traditions tied to October. This coming Friday, October 6at the all-school assembly, seniors will receive their senior tie. The senior tie is a red tie, with the Firebird, and their graduation year.  A special commemoration that sets our seniors apart for all formal dress occasions.  Additionally, on Saturday, October 14, seniors will come to school at 7:30 in the morning to paint their own reserved parking spot.  From straightforward to eclectic and symbolic, our seniors have some creative ways to decorate their own reserved parking.  A fun, visual and time-honored tradition at Palm Valley School!

A last tradition, less for seniors specifically, but still an important and fun tradition. SCAREFEST! Students will spend the night in the Upper School building. They will karaoke, watch movies, play games, roast marshmallows, and MORE. Friday, October 27, from 9 pm - 6 amstudents will be locked into the school grounds for a fun and spooky celebration.  More information coming soon.

Thank you to all students and families for attending our Student Led Conferences today. If you were unable to attend, due to a scheduling conflict, please make sure you and your student schedule a meeting time with their Advisor. SLCs are a required part of the graded curriculum for Advisory class.

On Wednesday, October 11, our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT in the Upper School.  We encourage all of our students to take the PSAT to ensure they are comfortable and feel confident when the time comes for the SAT and ACT.  No special studying or preparation is necessary. Information booklets went home with students last week on Tuesday, September 26. You can read more about the benefits of the PSAT here.

Presidential Service Awards
We have received official notification that our Presidential Service Awards are on their way to our school!  We will have a PSA ceremony at our All School Assembly on Friday, October 27. We are looking forward to celebrating our award recipients.

Important Dates and Reminders:
10/6 - Senior Tie Presentation - 8:20am - Gym
10/9 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
10/10-10/11 - Athletic Photos
10/11 - PSAT 8:15 am - Upper School
10/14 - Senior Parking Painting - 7:30 am
10/27 - Presidential Service Awards - 8:20 am - Gym
10/27 - Scarefest - 9 pm
10/28 - Fall Festival - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
10/29 - Golf Cart Parade - 12 pm - El Paseo

College Counseling Dates:
All visits in the College Counseling Office
Thursday, 10/5, Lunch: USC
Thursday, 10/5, 8th Period: University of Redlands
Tuesday, 10/10, 7th Period: Johnson & Wales University
Wednesday, October 11thPSAT
Thursday, October 12thCoachella Valley Regional College Fair - Register Today!

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School