At the start of every journey, it is important to chart your course-so you'll know the direction to which you're headed and can plan for the joys and obstacles you'll face along the way. At Pleasant Valley Middle School, each school year is a new journey of learning for our students and staff. Whether you are a returning family or new family to our community, below are some important elements to our school year. Having our destination firmly established helps us maintain our vision for high levels of learning for each student during our school year.
Map: Destination/Where we're headed (SIP)
At the start of each school year, our teachers/teams review the learning standards (Common Core State Standards, or CCSS) that are expected for each student. We assess our students, so we have a strong understanding of their foundational knowledge and skills. This review helps us determine the course of learning for our students, and to set Action Goals specific to each grade level. This is all documented in our School Improvement Plan (SIP) which will be posted to the Website in December.
Suitcase: Items we'll need along the way
Because of the rigorous learning expectations established for our students, it is important that students arrive each day prepared to learn. Our Common Core State Standards are designed to stretch students; we will continue to encourage our students to persevere as they acquire new skills and solve problems.
Our teachers and staff work collectively to create an environment that promotes high levels of safety and productivity. Our students are active members in their classrooms. Routines, procedures and expectations all rely on students being able to demonstrate our Pride:Positive Attitude; Respect; Integrity; Dynamic Communications; Effort.
Itinerary: What we'll be doing on our trip
All students will have the same grade level learning standards as their ending point. They will be actively engaged in lessons and learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of skills/concepts and apply their knowledge to relevant problems.
Some may have additional stops/supports/accommodations to help them reach these targets. Other students may reach their destinations more quickly. We encourage and challenge these students with independent journeys, to deepen their understanding.
It is a real privilege to guide this journey of learning each year, and it's a team effort. I appreciate the intentional work/commitment by our teachers, the active engagement of our students, and the valued partnership of parents.
Tamarah Grigg, Principal