Pleasant Hill Middle School Principal's Message
Dear Middle School Parents:
PHMS is embarking upon a new chapter of its school year after Thanksgiving Break. Masks will become optional for now, but please continue to communicate with the school if students have symptoms. Several of you have already been through a quarantine scenario, so we do appreciate everyone’s patience with distance learning. If your student is quarantined throughout the school year, we try to maintain in-person learning through Google Meet and continue virtual learning through Google Classroom.
The district has already shared that first semester will end on Friday, December 17. Students return from winter break on Tuesday, January 4. Some semester-long elective classes do change for second semester like Art, Theater, Spanish, Introduction to Agriculture, General Music, and Computer Science. Students who opted for full-year Physical Education will remain in the course while others may be ending or beginning a PE course.
During the second week of December, students will take their winter benchmark tests in ELA, science, and math. These will be used by teachers to determine the progress the students have made in learning the standards for those subjects. They can also aid in making decisions about the second-semester curriculum. These will be administered again in March before students take the MAP and EOC tests.
PHMS held its first dance in over a year and a half on November 12. Student attendance was great and we did have some parents chaperon as well. It was a cool night, but the gym was full of students dancing and enjoying this event for the first time in a while. Thank you to Ms. Martin and Student Council for making this possible.
Winter activities are underway with wrestling beginning in November and both girls’ and boys’ basketball in December. The wrestlers have home events on November 23 and December 6. Boys’ basketball is at home on December 1, 9, and 14; while the girls’ team plays at PHMS on November 22 and December 16. Online ticket purchasing is in its second year, and we hope it is becoming more user-friendly.
We began this year with hope of some “back to normal” feelings about school. In some ways it has been such, but in others it has not. We at PHMS do appreciate the support and cooperation we get from parents and patrons as we work with our students to grow academically and as adolescents in our community.
Have a great holiday season.
Greg Reeves, Principal