Welcome PG Pumas,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to Pleasant Grove. We have a dedicated and passionate faculty, supportive parents and creative, energetic students here at PG, which lead us to being named a California Distinguished School in 2013, and whose students have continued to show academic improvement each year since.
The success of our students is dependent on the dedication of three prominent and important entities that comprise our education system (faculty/staff, parents, and students). I liken it to a three-legged stool. If one “leg” is shorter than the others, the stool will fall down. To be successful as an educational facility, we not only need to hold our students to very high academic standards, we must also hold our faculty and staff, along with parents to those same standards. Without all of us working together, our students will not have the 21st century skills they so need to be successful in school and beyond. We integrate AVID strategies school-wide to support our efforts.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID brings research based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas to support students on their pathway to college and career readiness. The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management, study skills, and organizational skills.
PG is currently in our second year of implementation of the highly successful AVID schoolwide program in all of our classrooms. AVID binders are used by all students to provide them with consistent expectations for a career and/or college mindset. The goal of the schoolwide binder requirement is to promote academic self management for our students by providing strategies and tools to organize the information they receive and the content they create as part of their core subject instruction throughout the day.
With our school’s aim of having a greater emphasis on improving academic outcomes and high student achievement school-wide, Pleasant Grove values a positive relationship with our parents.
In order to achieve these things, I have included several ways that family members of our school community can work together with PG Faculty:
Send your child to school every day on time.
Make sure your child gets eight hours sleep each night.
Establish a routine for studying. Give your child a quiet corner to read and a regular time to do homework.
Keep in touch with your child’s teacher via email, telephone, notes, or letters to collaboratively assist in your child’s education.
Check your student’s progress regularly on Jupiter Grades.
Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences.
Celebrate your child’s success (giving verbal praise), no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
With your support, we will continue to develop the very real gifts and talents of all of the students at Pleasant Grove Middle School. On behalf of the staff, we are excited about working with your students and your families and look forward to a fantastic year! Please do not hesitate to call or email me or any of the PGMS staff if you have additional questions.
Please know that I welcome your participation, support, and efforts as they are greatly valued and appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful upcoming year of success!
Hope Migliaccio, MA. Ed.
Proud PG Principal