march newsletter from principal grigg

Pleasant Valley Community
We are just getting ready for  Spring Break April 2-6. 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 a part of the work at PVM often brings me joy.

For the past 4 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

BandHistory Day
Jazz BandMinecraftHealth/Fitness
ASBGoogle ClassroomIXL Math Tutorial
After School SocialsPTAArt Guides
6th grade outdoor school 
Patriot PrideSports & Games
Math ChallengeColor GuardMarching Band
DramaSTEMUnicycle Club
ROTCAdvisoryRed & Green Games
Field TripsTeacher AssistantsProject Based Learning
Track Opportunities 
PTAFood Bags
Daily Student Announcements
Book FairAfter 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. Please check the school website for the May Smarter Balanced Schedule.

Tamarah Grigg,
Principal, Pleasant Valley Middle School

Pleasant Valley Middle School 

14320 NE 50th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686

(360) 885-5500
(360) 885-5510

Student Hours

Office Hours
7:15am - 3:45pm

Staff Hours
7:45am - 3:15pm

Emergency Closure
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