Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fear the Feathers- From the Principal

Hello PV Middle School Families,

I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your student with us this year, and for allowing us to have a chance to impact their life in a positive way!  I am thankful and humbled by the opportunity to be the principal at PV!  Thank you all!

Fear the Feathers!

MAP Information- Missouri Assessment Program
You can find information for parents from DESE, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, online: 

Thurs., May 9
8:00-10:00 am 
8th grade Science session 2
(snack - fruit snack)

TIPS for success:
  • Send your student to school with a fully charged chromebook.
  • Be certain that your child gets a good night’s sleep each night before testing. 
  • Feed them a healthy, well-balanced breakfast before coming to school or encourage them eat breakfast at school. 
  • Make sure they attend school on testing days and arrive on time. 
  • Be encouraging and have a positive attitude about the test.

Students MAY bring:
  • Headphones or earbuds (not wireless) to use during audio portions of the test. 
  • Bottled water or a container they can keep water in and refill as needed.
Students MAY NOT bring:
  • Cell phones or electronic devices into classrooms during testing. 
  • Wireless headphones or earbuds.
On behalf of your student’s teachers, we want to thank you for your support during these important days of testing.  Thank you!

Attention 8th Graders and 8th Grade Families
We need photos of you and your classmates from elementary school.  These will be used to create you 8th grade memories video.  We would like to have photos of ALL 8th grade students.  Any photos from class parties, field trips, or other activities that have multiple students in them will work great.  Please bring your photos to Ms. Gibbs in an envelope with your name on it.  They can be brought in print form or on a USB or CD.  All photos will be returned to you.  You can also email pictures to  We want your 8th grade celebration to be memorable!  The more pictures we get, the better!  Please have these turned in by Friday, May 3rd!  If you have any questions please ask Ms. Gibbs.

8th Grade Promotion Information
Monday, May 20 - An Eighth-Grade Student Celebration          
                              6:00—7:00 p.m.   - - Students enjoy an evening meal and the memories video
                                        7:00—8:15 p.m.   - - Students attend the dance

A special evening is planned for the 8th-graders to celebrate their last days at Pleasant View and the start of their high school career.  The celebration will be held from 6:00—8:15 p.m. at the school.  From 6:00-7:00 p.m. students will enjoy an evening meal and preview the memory video and from 7:00-8:15 p.m. the students will attend a dance in the all purpose room.  The dress for the evening will be casual, with jeans/shorts and 8th-grade class T-shirts being the standard.  

Each 8th-grade student attending will purchase a ticket for $10.00.  This will pay for their food, a class T-shirt, a memories DVD, and the dance.   If the cost of this activity would create a hardship for you, please contact Mrs. Johannsen at 523-2360.  If you would like to help a classmate attend, donations will be accepted.  The last day to purchase a ticket is May 17.

Tuesday, May 21-  8th-Grade Promotion and Honors Program at
                               Hillcrest High School in the Auditorium
                               Time:  10:00 a.m.

The 8th-grade promotion and honors recognition program will begin at 10:00 a.m.  This is a “dress up” occasion and students should dress accordingly.  Each student will receive a packet of certificates for recognition to various activities they have participated in or for honors they may have received.  Students will meet no later than 9:30 a.m. to prepare for this event.   Noise makers are NOT allowed.  School will be in session at Hillcrest on that day and their students will be taking finals, so PV families/students will need to stay in the auditorium at all times and will not be able to congregate in the student center before, during or after the promotion program (restrooms and water fountains will be available).  Please be aware that food or drinks (including coffee, water bottles, etc) are NOT allowed in the auditorium at Hillcrest.

Entrance to Auditorium:  Please enter the building through the doors that are located east of the main entrance and go directly to the auditorium.  Please do not try to enter through the main entrance of the school.

Parking at Hillcrest:  As you turn off Grant Street onto Smith Street, please use the first parking lot on the right.

Eighth-grade students who have failed to complete the requirements for 8th-grade will be excluded from this promotion activity.  If your student is in this category, you will be notified prior to May 21.  

Our hope is that these events provide our student body an opportunity to reflect on the good year they have had, and will provide the staff and parents a chance to tell the students how much we appreciate them.  

EXPLORE Information
Parents check out this site  to find registration dates which are as follows:

Registration goes by your student's grade in August.
Grade 9 March 5th 7:30 a.m.
Grade 6-8 March 6th
Grades 3-5 March 7th
Grades K-2 March 8th

There is a list of all of the courses, a FAQ page, video talking about the EXPLORE program and if they click on the site your child will attend there is a welcome from the Principal with more information.

In order to have transportation for day one of first session parents need to have their student enrolled by April 15th.  If they register after that date and can be added to a current route they could get transportation within the first week.  If routes have to be adjusted their child will not be able to get transportation until June 11th.  

Student Attendance- Please View Our Year-To-Date Attendance by Grade Level
The below information shows the percentage of our students by grade level that are above 90% attendance.  WE ARE ABOVE 85% of our students have 90% attendance for the first time all year!  Keep coming to school!

6th Grade Attendance: 86.94% 
7th Grade Attendance: 85.23% 
8th Grade Attendance: 83.41%

This makes our school percent of students that have above 90% attendance, 85.21% 

Please help us get our building attendance up!  Our building attendance goal is 90%, and we need your help to get to that number.  Please send your student to school when at all possible!

Volunteer Opportunities for MS Students
Below is a link to volunteer opportunities for students ages 11-18.  Check it out!

Morning Student Drop-off Procedure
Please do not drop your students off at school prior to 7:30 AM.  There is no supervision available for students until the day starts at 7:30 AM.  Thank you for taking care of this.

Updated PV Chromebook Policy 

Since chromebooks are provided by the district as a tool for your student’s learning, we want them to have it charged and ready to go each day at school.  When students have to visit the library to get a loaner chromebook, they miss valuable instruction time.  Parents, we want to partner with you to set your student up for success in the classroom.  Please help remind your student to have their chromebook, and have it charged.

The following scope and sequence will be followed beginning second quarter.

1st Loaner Checkout– Warning

2nd Loaner Checkout – Warning
3rd Loaner Checkout – Lunch Detention & Parent Contact

4th Loaner Checkout – Chromebook must remain at school until end of quarter

Sports Announcements
Track has started! Our student-athletes and coaches are having a great season!

Leadership in Action
Leadership in Action is a club sponsored by the Hillcrest High School JROTC designed to build confidence, team-work, leadership and discipline in participating students.  The club is open to all PV MS students.  The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month at PV from 3:00-4:15 PM.

ATTENTION Parents of 7th Grade Students 
7th Grade Students can participate in MSHSAA sports through the SPS school district.  In order for students to participate during first quarter next year as 8th graders, they must have fewer than two failing grades during fourth quarter.  Students who receive out of school suspension will be suspended from events for 14 days for the first offense, and for the remainder of the school year for a second offense.  

Student Pick-up from Events/Games
With students attending games at events at PV and other venues, we wanted to share the rules for student pick-up.  For other events, students will be communicated a pick-up time from the administrator at half-time of the second game or near the end of a track meet.  Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of the games, or they will not be allowed to attend the next game.

Student Expectations Video
We shared this behavior expectation video with all PV Middle School students so we could clearly express our expectations for their behaviors in the cafeteria, hallways, and bathrooms.  

PV Middle School Student Expectations

Check Your Student's Grades On-line
Parents, you have access to your student's grades through our on-line grade book program.  If you need access or have questions, please call the office at 523-2100.

Teacher Recognition Form
We have amazing teachers and staff here at PV.  We often get asked by parents, what is the best way to recognize our wonderful group of teachers and staff members.  One way is to complete an Employee Recognition Form to show your appreciation.  There is no recognition that is too small, and we thank you for taking time to recognize and celebrate our teachers and staff.

2018-19 School Calendar

Are you curious about dates for our district? Here is the 2018-19 Springfield Public School Calendar.

Upcoming Events                                               
Thursday, May 9
FCA leaders meeting, 7:30 AM
MAP Testing, grade 8, 8:00-10:20 AM
Speech & Debate, 3:00-4:30 PM

Friday, May 10
FCA meeting, 7:30 AM
Cheerleading tryouts 3:00-5:00 PM

Yearbook meeting, 3:00-5:00 PM

Monday, May 13
Newspaper club, 3:00-4:00 PM
Fitness club, 3:00-4:00 PM
Speech & Debate Banquet at Mexican Villa, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15
Prodigy club, 7:30 AM
Journaling club, 7:30 AM
Track celebration, 3:00-4:30 PM

Thursday, May 16
FCA leaders meeting, 7:30 AM
Yearbook meeting, 3:00-5:00 PM

Friday, May 17 
FCA meeting, 7:30 AM
Device collection day

Monday, May 20
8th grade celebration, 6:00-8:15 PM

Tuesday, May 21- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

8th grade Promotion Program at Hillcrest,10:00 AM

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To keep up with PV Elementary, please visit the Fear the Feathers- Elementary Edition

Please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

You can reach our office at 523-2100 or visit our website at: Pleasant View Middle School


  1. Don't forget about PV Soccer! They beat Ozark 10-0 on Tuesday!
    Next game is Tuesday 9/11 against Reed Academy.

  2. If anyone is interested in getting a yard sign or supporting Prop S in other ways, you can sign up through this website:

    PV students will benefit from the Hillcrest remodel.