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Pleasant Hill Middle School Principal's Message



October 5th, 2021


Dear Middle School Families:


So much has happened in the first month of school.  The good news is quarantines have drastically reduced (knock on wood).  We are managing mask-wearing as well as we can, and we do appreciate the support we are getting from parents.  As I have stated before, it is not an ideal situation, but it is so critical to have students in person.  Speaking of quarantines; if your student missed picture day at the beginning of school, picture retakes are October 19.


We had a decent turnout for Curriculum Night and hoped we answered questions about what students are learning at PHMS.


Benchmark Testing

These will happen later in the month in ELA, math, and science.  Teachers will be able to use this early data to mark the progress that students have made on the Missouri Learning Standards through the year.


Ketchup Club

This is another layer of accountability for students.  It meets once a week after school on Wednesday from 2:50-3:50.  It intended to “catch up” students who are multiple assignments behind.  Each team recommends students based on missing work and then contacts those parents.  Students then stay an hour after school to complete it.  It has begun this week and will continue for the rest of the school year.  Again, the goal is that students cannot “opt out” of doing classwork.


MS Dance

This will be in the middle school gym from 6:00-8:00 PM on November 5.  Student Council Sponsors this event and will provide drinks and snacks.  The cost is $5 per student and can only be attended by PHMS students.  Parents are always welcome to chaperon although we will have staff at the dance.  It is an indoor event where students will undoubtedly be closer than three feet from each other for more than fifteen minutes, so masks will be required.  The dress code is just the school dress code.  Some students dress up and some wear what they wore to school that day.  Either is fine.  We do not let students re-enter once they leave the dance.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

These will be by invitation this year with your student’s team.  Teachers should be inviting those parents in the next week or so to schedule a time on the evening of Wednesday, October 27, or in the afternoon or evening of Thursday, October 28.  If any parents have questions about their students’ progress, please contact their teachers by phone or email.


Fall and Winter Sports

Football, cross country, and volleyball will wrap up their seasons soon with the winter versions just around the corner.  Middle school wrestling for boys and girls will begin on October 25 after school at the MS wrestling room.  Girls and boys basketball tryouts will begin after school on November 1.  The boys will be in the middle school gym and the girls will be bused to either the intermediate school or the elementary school.


If you have any questions about these topics, please call or email the school.


Have a great fall!