Dear Pleasant Valley Families,
As mentioned before, students most likely to be successful in school are those who participate in school activities and have parents who are involved in their education. At Pleasant Valley, we are working hard to help our students make the best decisions about schoolwork and positive character.
I recently read an article about inspiring teens to practice work habits that will lead them toward being respectful adults. The author
mentioned that the key to helping teens develop healthy habits
involves getting teens interested in being the best. How does that
work? The author explained that teens need examples of respectful
habits modeled for them. She talked about allowing teens to see
positive relationships between mom and dad, sisters and brothers,
home and school.
Parents, I appreciate your support in helping your children have a
productive school year. Please continue to expect the best from your children. Continue to ask about their homework, peer relationships, and relationships between them and their teachers. Regardless of the profession your child chooses, my hope is that he/she will mature into a respectful and responsible adult.
Successful professionals practice common habits. They ask good
questions, consider other perspectives, collaborate with others, persist, seek new challenges and frequently examine self. I encourage you to continue participating in the work of shaping our teens for the future.
We have been taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This state test is designed to measure students’ knowledge of specific contents and their ability to apply their knowledge in problem solving situations. Parents can be a great help to students in test preparation. Encourage study and review of subjects; show interest and ask questions about school assignments. Also, ask your child how they develop their ideas or answers, practice vocabulary words in your conversations and encourage reading and writing at home. Parents, please continue to participate in the various facets of our school. Continue encouraging your child to do his/her best. Your involvement supports, encourages and motivates us.
Thank you for all you do at PVM.
Tamarah Grigg, Principal
Pleasant Valley Middle School
14320 NE 50th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686