Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, 5/2

Dear Upper School Families,

This fall we welcome two new members of the Palm Valley School community. Kerry Maguire joins us as a new Middle and Upper School English teacher. Mrs. Maguire comes to us from The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. She has a rich background in independent schools and brings with her not just an impressive resume as an English teacher, but also experience in administration, and law. Also joining our staff in the fall as a Middle and Upper School Math teacher is Wes Williams. Mr. Williams comes to us from Chaminade College Preparatory School in Chatsworth, where he taught Middle and Upper School Math, and Film classes. His diverse background in Math, Film, and Technology makes him an ideal addition to our school.

At the same time, we say goodbye to two faculty members this year. Dr. Tonya Carr came to our school as our Admissions Director and more recently joined our teaching staff in Middle and Upper School English, and History. While we are sad to see her leave, she says, “While goodbyes are hard for me, I am looking forward to the next chapter, where I plan to be involved in adult education and health education. My heart will always hold a special place for this amazing institution, and I will always feel proud that I was able to be part of its development.”

We also say goodbye to Susan Farley, Middle and Upper School Math teacher. Mrs. Farley has been with the school for 20 years and has served in many capacities, including as club advisor, and yearbook advisor. Mrs. Farley tells us, “What a pleasure it has been to teach in a place where the students come first and where I’ve been able to watch so many adolescents evolve into confident, competent, and compassionate young adults. Palm Valley School is a truly transformative place.”

We are all grateful for the time we’ve had with Dr. Carr and Mrs. Farley, and we wish them the very best in the future!

Host Families Needed
Click here for information about one of our international partners, CIEE. CIEE is our partner for international students from South America and Europe. They are currently looking for host families for students who will be joining us in the fall. For additional information, contact CIEE.

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7th-May 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Remember to thank your teachers!

Mental Health Awareness Month
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, we invite all of our PVS families to join us Thursday, May 17th at 6 pm for a screening of the movie ANGST, a documentary that discusses the symptoms and struggles of living with anxiety. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Fullerton Follies
There will be a showcase of the students who performed in the Fullerton festival on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm in the MPR. No cost for entry is required but donations will be accepted at the door.

Spring Choir Concerts
Please join the Palm Valley Choirs for a concert featuring songs of Spring. The concert is presented for two nights, Thursday, May 24th, and Friday, May 25th at 7 pm in the MPR. Featuring our Middle and Upper School students in Vocal Music Elective and Select Choir. Tickets are General Seating: Adults $10.00, Students $5.00. Purchase your tickets here.

College Bootcamp
Our College Bootcamp is happening the week of June 18th, topics covered include SAT prep, writing the college essay, preparing scholarship applications, and an inside look into the admissions process.  Sign up early to secure your student’s place in this valuable workshop. To sign up, click HERE.

Upper School Prom
Tickets are NOW ON SALE! Prom will be on Saturday, May 26th at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs. Starting at 7:00 pm, there will be cold drinks and dessert, as well as photos and dancing! $55 for a single and $90 for a pair. Come join us!

Important Dates and Reminders
5/4-5/5 - MS Play Alice in Wonderland Jr.
5/7-5/18 - AP Testing
5/15 - Disney Grad Nite - Seniors
5/17 - Screening of the documentary “ANGST” and discussion - 6 pm MPR
5/18 - Senior College Shirt Presentation at All School Assembly
5/18 - CSF Kayaking
5/22 - Fullerton Follies - 6:30 pm MPR
5/25 - Flapjacks for Families - 7:30 am
5/26 - Prom - 7 pm Palm Springs Air Museum
5/28 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School