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Shanda  Herrera
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Fall 2016

It’s hard to believe another school year is here! I hope everyone had a restful summer and is looking forward to new opportunities.  The website holds many important dates and information for parents and students.  Please visit it regularly as it is our primary method of communication.

The Performing Arts Center construction continues and we hope to occupy the building in mid-February, 2017.  This 300-seat facility will serve all of our high schools, our community groups, and help our students matriculate into the Allan Hancock Community College theater program.

Student achievement continues to be the number one priority for PV.  Tablets have been integrated in to classroom instruction to help students gain the technological skills needed for today and the future.

Link Crew Orientation will be Friday, August 5th from 8:00—12:30 for ninth graders.  This amazing mentorship program connects freshmen with upperclassmen.  Many fun activities are planned and students will receive their schedules at the end of the day about 12:30. This positive event is for students only.

My expectation is that all students will exemplify the traits of a true Panther as outlined on PRIDE posters displayed throughout campus.   

There are many ways parents can be involved at school—Boosters, ELAC, Site Council and SDM. Additionally, several training and educational opportunities will be offered this year for parents listed below.  Visit the Parent Information Page for more details.

  • Parent Involvement through Dialogue and Action (PIDA) classes begin September 13th
  • Panther Forum for Parents - a quarterly forum with informative topics - first meeting is September 22nd.
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) dates are to be determined.

I look forward to working with each of you to make your student's educational experience at Pioneer Valley rich and rewarding.