april newsletter from principal tamarah grigg

Pleasant Valley Community

We  just returned from Spring Break week and  we have been pushing hard since the snow and ice of January faded away.  It is great to have students learning and improving in so many classes and so many ways.  Middle School is a wonderful time and being  part of the work at PVM often brings me joy.  

For the past 3 years, one of our themes has been to encourage students and staff to “Find Their Greatness.” The idea is that inside each one of us there is the capability to become extraordinary. The goal is to set our sights on finding that which brings passion to our everyday life and allows each one of us to activate the faith and hope necessary to do the exceptional. Greatness is different for each person, an individually tailored talent, skill, focus, or belief that when ignited, allows us to truly find joy in this life. Often we do not know what that will be until we have tried many things. However, sometimes, our passion surfaces the first time we experience an activity, event, challenge, or success. The wonderful thing, in my eyes, simply lies in the quest for finding the greatness within. The journey of life is made so much sweeter when we are searching for and finding that which will bring us joy.

This quest is what middle school is all about; the continual exploration of possibilities and trying different experiences out. As I contemplated our school and this goal, I thought about the many ways we help students explore the possibilities that might help each individual “Find Their Greatness.” Here is a list of just a few:

High Quality Daily Instruction     Band                     History Day

Art                             Computers             Health/Fitness

Jazz Band                     Minecraft                     Spirit Days

ASB                             Google Classroom             IXL Math Tutorial

After School Socials             PTA                    Art Guides

6th grade outdoor school             Patriot Pride             Sports & Games

Math Challenge                     Color Guard             Marching Band

Drama                     STEM                     Unicycle Club

ROTC                     Advisory                     Red & Green Games

Field Trips                     Teacher Assistants             Project Based Learning

Track Opportunities             PTA                     Food Bags

Daily Student Announcements     Book Fair                     After School Activities

Elementary TA opportunities    PBIS Committee             1:1 technology

Above is just a snapshot of the many ways in which the staff and students at Pleasant Valley are trying to “Find Their Greatness.” What I know is that as we continue to focus on improving the climate and culture at our school and engage students each day with high quality instruction that produces results for student learning, our school will become better and better.  Thank you for all your support to make PVM great.  

Pleasant Valley Middle School 

14320 NE 50th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686

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