Weekly Notes from the Head of Upper School, Sept. 13

Dear Upper School Families,

It can be difficult, for families to help guide their children in choosing a college major. It is not uncommon for Upper School students, to “declare” a field of study, or a major when they apply to college. It seems so soon, to be making such big decisions, about the rest of their academic, and maybe, their professional lives.

First of all, it is important to remember that choosing a major now does not mean a student is forced to continue that course of study for the rest of their college years. Secondly, many adults end up working in fields they love, having nothing to do with what they studied in college. But some considerations are important when guiding your student towards the path of study in college.

Should your focus be earning potential? Happiness potential? Versatility? For every family, these considerations are unique.
Our alumni tend to be exceptional in the things they do. Being exceptional in what you do, turns out to be far more important than what you major in.

I found the article below to be very interesting in helping families dig through some of the data and information out there, while they decide how important it is, to major in a particular field. I hope it brings you as much peace of mind, as it did for me.

Inside Higher Ed Article on Earnings by College Major

Picture Day

Picture day is Tuesday, September 26th. Dress for picture day is Formal Uniform Dress.  The following, from the Handbook for Students and Families, shows the uniform choices for Formal Uniform Dress:

  • White Oxford Dress Shirt with Firebird Logo (with appropriate Neckwear)
  • Black Pants/Skirt/Skort or PVS Red Plaid Skirt
  • Neckwear: Cross Neck Tie, Long Tie in Plaid, Red, or Black. Bow Tie in Red, or Black. Spirit Store Long or Bow Tie. Senior Tie (seniors only).
  • Shoes must be leather dress shoes, closed-toe sandals or flats, tennis shoes/sneakers (with socks) may be worn. Your shoes should aim to be as close to a single solid color as possible, be unobtrusive in appearance, and lack unusually bright colors.  Socks must be white, black, tan, brown, gray, or red.

Hot Lunch & Utensils

Hot lunch forms were sent home via e-mail last week. Additionally, forms have been sent home with students in their Advisory today. Forms are due back Thursday, September 14th. Additionally, if a student is not participating in hot lunch, utensils will not be provided.  Please remember to pack a spoon or fork with your student’s lunch, as the front desk will no longer have access to extras for student use.

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball

The Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams will have organizational meetings on Friday, September 15th at lunch.  Room US-5 for the Girls’ team and US-8 for the Boys’ team at 12:30 pm

Hurricane Relief

Palm Valley School will be collecting new, in the package, diapers, underwear, and socks, for babies, children, and adults. Students should bring their items to our All-School assembly on Friday, September 15th.

Important Dates and Reminders:

9/14 - MUS Back to School Night - 6 pm
9/15 - Elections for ASB Class Reps
9/26 - Picture Day - Formal Uniform Dress
9/27-9/29 - Freshman Retreat
10/4 - Student Led Conferences - NO CLASSES
10/6 - Senior Tie Presentation
10/10-10/11 - Athletic Photos (*correction from last week)

Have a wonderful week,

Ms. Steinman
Head of Upper School