The Panther Spotlight - 5/21/23

Panther Spotlight - A Newsletter from PMS - Week of May 22
The Panther Spotlight - a newsletter from PMS
Safety & Climate Update

We remain committed to fostering a positive and safe learning environment for our Panther students. We want each and every student to feel connected to our school community. This requires our entire Panther community working together, and I appreciate your partnership in reinforcing messages around responsible behaviors through conversations at home, as we are having these conversations at school. These conversations are important, and I want you to know that our work on campus is ongoing. We have created a PMS Safety & Climate Plan (SCP) that includes both short term and longer term measures. I invite you to review the SCP. 

As an ongoing partnership to foster the safest and nurturing school climate, we encourage students and parents/guardians to "say something if you see something." A confidential report can be made through the PUSD Tipline. 

Safety Reminders & Being Good Neighbors
‚ÄčThe safety of our campus, students, and staff ‚Äčis our number one priority. And secondly, maintaining a school environment where learning is not disrupted is also important. Please be reminded of the following:
  • As a reminder, play equipment such as footballs, basketballs, and even tennis balls should not be brought to school. We know some students like to have their equipment for lunch play on the blacktop. However, student play equipment can be a disruption and be used unsafely during the school day. For example, we had a thrown tennis ball hit another student in the head this past week. If you'd like specific play equipment, let your student council representative or Mr. Hill know and we can order that specific equipment for lunch time. Keep your play equipment at home!
  • Before and after school, we know there are many students spending time in Downtown Pleasanton, at the City Library, parks, and other retail areas of Pleasanton. We were notified that a large number of students are going to Starbucks in downtown Pleasanton on Wednesday morning before school during our late start. As a reminder, students can be held accountable for violating CA Education Code and school rules while walking to and from school. Parents/Guardians should discuss with their children behavior decisions as they walk to and from school. The PMS staff encourage all parents to arrange supervised activities for students during the time between school dismissal and when you arrive home. School administration is supervising the Pleasanton Library front, but we are not supervising other community spots. Show PRIDE Panthers!!

Year in Review Presentation & PUSD Middle School Discipline Data

Last week during our final PTSA general meeting, we provided a Year in Review presentation. Take a look here. As a part of this presentation, comparative discipline data among the three PUSD Middle Schools were provided. This data was asked for from our community after the January incident at the Pleasanton Library. 

Photos from Campus Activities - Open House 2023 - Student Work


PMTV Episode

Come and watch last week's episode of PMTV by clicking here. PMTV is a student written, produced, and performed news show showcasing the happenings of Pleasanton MS. 

PRIDE Themes for April & May - DISCIPLINE

During the months of April/May, we are asking all PMS community members to focus on our Discipline trait. Staff will be awarding PRIDE Slips to students who demonstrate DISCIPLINE inside and outside of the classroom. 

Some examples of DISCIPLINE may include:

  • Putting away supplies

  • Turning in work on time

  • Keeping track of assignments/using planner

  • Thinking before speaking

  • Using manners especially with adults

  • Following through with expectations

  • Setting personal goals

  • Waiting your turn to speak

  • Working to the best of your ability

  • Following instructions the first time

  • Being prepared and on time

  • Using language and comments that are school appropriate/using a social filter

  • Keeping hands and feet to self

  • Cleaning up after yourself after lunch

  • Eating in designated areas

Click here to view the flier and to register