Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 11/29

Dear Upper School Families,

The school year has flown by, and we are rapidly heading into winter break. As we approach the end of the semester, a few reminders about changes for Upper School students in our semi-annual routines. As I have mentioned, semester assessments will come at the end of January as usual. However, this year, rather than have all of the assessments in one week and have them in the gym, teachers have been given the latitude to choose what kind of assessment will gauge the cumulative learning of the semester, and will conduct the assessments within the regular classroom schedule. Students will still have a maximum of two assessments per day, and these assessments will still count for 20% of the semester grade. The assessment schedule will be available before students go to winter break.

Additionally, we have added a new academic celebration to our annual calendar. At the end of the first semester, we will have an academic assembly in the gym, where we will honor our student scholars and celebrate academic accomplishments, including honor roll. We will celebrate our honor roll recipients, those who have earned a 3.5 - 3.74 GPA for the semester, and our high honor roll recipients, those who have earned a 3.75 GPA and above. More information will be forthcoming on our new mid-year academic assembly.

Admissions Open House

All families are invited to attend our admissions open house on Monday, December 4, at 6 pm. This open house is for new and returning families, to have an opportunity to meet your future teachers, and see the parts of campus that your student may not have the opportunity to visit during their normal school schedule. We hope you will come and visit with us!

Gala Invitations

Did you receive your Gala invitation? Your student was sent home with a special invitation, just for you.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please ask your student!

Make High School Count

Please join Ms. Steinman, Head of Upper School & Mr. Hewitt, Director of College Counseling for an informational night welcoming all 8th and 9th-grade families in the Coachella Valley Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 pm in the Upper School. Learn about our College Counseling program, our Upper School curriculum, and how to make the most of your High School experience for a College-bound outcome.

Service Learning Opportunities

There are a variety of holiday opportunities for Service Learning through Student United Way in the coming weeks. Any student may sign up for these opportunities, but they must get a Student United Way t-shirt from Mme Mulé. Students must be dropped off at the site by their family.

November 30December 5, and December 13 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – United Way of the Desert Office- 73710 Fred Waring Dr. Ste 104, Palm Desert.

December 15, Barnes & Noble Palm Desert Mall- Gift Wrapping - we have 4 shifts: 10am-1pm1pm-4pm3pm-6pm6pm-9pm - two volunteers are needed for each shift.

Please e-mail Jacquie at jacqueline@uwdesert.org to sign up for an event and remember you MUST wear a United Way t-shirt.

The Crucible
Tickets are now on sale for the Upper School Drama Production of The Crucible. This play is not suitable for students under the age of 13. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit: https://pvs.org/support-pvs/the-crucible/

Important Dates and Reminders:
11/30 - Make High School Count - 8th/9th Grade Families - 6pm - US Student Lounge
12/1 - Upper School Play Performances Begin
12/4 - Admissions Open House - 6pm
12/20 - Ugly Sweater Day and Parade - 8:25am - Gym
12/21 - PA MUS Luncheon - 12:25pm
12/22 - Half Day

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School