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Principal's Update 4-16-23



Sea Kings Families,

Spring has sprung, although the weather doesn't quite match it yet. Hope all our Sea Kings families are well.

The picture above is from Mrs. Kier's 8th-grade science class.

In March, Mrs. Kier and Ms Sanders' science classes started a student project themed after March Madness called Mammal Madness. The students used scientific research methods to choose a different mammal each week that was pitted against another student's selection in a 'bracket style' competition. Factors such as temperament, habitat, and size were all considerations for the winner in each match-up. The students loved the project, thank you to all that participated and to our science teachers for organizing such an interactive lesson.

Finally, if you did not receive the latest message from Dr. Cherniss, please review it below. The Board of Education is meeting tomorrow morning in closed session and your feedback is important to determine next steps. Please take a moment to provide your thoughts on both interim candidates as well as your thoughts on important traits of our next Superintendent. CLICK HERE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK

Be Well!

Micah J. Farrell

Principal, PVIS

**Join us Tuesday, April 18 at 9am in the MPR

for our PTSA General Meeting*****


Museum of Tolerance 8th Grade Field Trip April 18, 2023

Here is the itinerary for the MOT field trip, next Tuesday April 18th.

- Departure from PVIS (upper staff lot) at 8 AM. Please plan to arrive by 730 AM.
- Pack a lunch for your student to eat on the bus.
- Students will arrive back at PVIS between 130-230 PM. Students will go to class (5th or 6th pd) for the remainder of the school day when they return to campus. 
* Please note that if your student takes a high school "0" period they will not be able to attend the day of the MOT field trip* 


* If your student is not attending the field trip please have your student report to the library at the start of school. Students will be given classwork from their teachers to work on for the day.*



We held our final All Pro Dads Breakfast on April 12, 2023, and hosted a great group of parents. Thank you to our PTSA and parent volunteers that have hosted and presented this year! We look forward to continuing the events next year! 


        7th-Grade Students Attending Pali Science Camp:

Arrive (4/19) at PVIS lower parking by 730 AM for an 830 AM departure to PALI. Please be on time as there is much to do before we leave. 
  • Arrive at Pali by 10:30/11 AM.
  • Depart for PVIS (4/21) at 11 AM (est) and arrive at PVIS (lower parking lot) for a 1 PM parent pick-up.
  • Updates of arrival and departure times will be communicated to parents through Parent Square. 
  • Reminder that cell phones are not permitted at Pali and will be collected upon arrival and returned at departure. 
  • Bus assignments will be based on last name alpha.
  • Cabin assignments have been completed and requests were fulfilled to the extent possible. 
  • Medications: If you have medications stored/distributed at school they will be packaged and delivered by the PVIS Administration to the PALI nurse. If you want to send your student with any prescriptions/over-the-counter (not logged with PVIS) medications, please make sure they have been communicated to PALI prior to departure and give them to PVIS Administration on April 19.
  • Please make sure to label your luggage- very important! 
  • The weather in Running Springs will be cold, PLEASE MAKE  SURE TO PACK ACCORDINGLY.               PALI Packing List

* If your student is not attending Camp PALI, please have them report to their regular class schedule. They will be given classwork to complete*


PVIS State Tetsing Calendar 

CAASPP Test Information / CAASPP

Please take a moment to review the CAASPP testing calendar (May 2023). Student performance on the CAASPP is very important to our school and our annual goals (SPSA). On testing days we will provide students will healthy snacks- brain nourishment. Any support you can give in speaking with your students prior to testing about its importance is greatly appreciated.

Dates Assessment School Grades Testing
May 4-5, 2023 CA Science Test PVIS 8th 
May 8-12, 2023 ELA CAASPP PVIS 6th-8th 
May 16-19, 2023 Mathematics CAASPP PVIS 6th-8th
May 22-26, 2023 Make-Ups PVIS 6th-8th
 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium AssessmentsThe Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and mathematics assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.California Science Tests (CAST)The computer-based CAST measures students’ achievement of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) through the application of their knowledge and skills of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST is administered to all students in grades five and eight and once in high school.Physical Fitness TestThe physical fitness test for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)Only eligible students—students whose individualized education program (IEP) identifies the use of alternate assessments—may participate in the administration of the CAAs. Eligible students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take the CAA for ELA and mathematics. Students in grades five and eight and in high school (11th) will take the CAA for Science.You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test(s) you can:
  • Talk about the test with your child.
  • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your child. 
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at Following Spring 2023 CAASPP testing, individual student score reports displaying CAASPP results will be available for review through the Aeries Portal (a PDF report will be available for parents/guardians to download and print, as paper reports are no longer available for distribution from the state). Scores in the Aeries Portal will include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement levels. Parents/Guardians will be notified by email when results are available for viewing. Results from the CAASPP assessments will be used, along with other available data, to determine the impact of classroom instruction, adopted curriculum/programs, and to make other instructional plans for improvement.

On April 11, 2023we held our annual full-scale evacuation drill. This drill, and all emergency drills are practiced throughout the year and cover a variety of scenarios to ensure that students and staff are prepared in the event of an actual incident. In the event of an actual emergency, you will be contacted through Parent Square. Updating your current cell phone and email information on Aeries is very important for this reason. 

The students and staff did a wonderful job with the drill- thank you to them, staff, and community volunteers. 


Student Schedules 2023-2024

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PVIS counselors recently led scheduling presentations in 6th and 7th-grade social studies classes.  Students were given a scheduling sheet with instructions on how to enter course requests directly into Aeries.  If your student was absent, you may access the presentation and scheduling sheet HERE.  


Students have been asked to turn in their completed scheduling sheet to their social studies teacher.  Ms. Li and Mrs. McKenna will be returning to their classes on Monday, 4/17 (7th grade), and Wednesday, 4/19 (6th grade) to meet briefly with each student to review their sheet and course requests in Aeries.  



News & Announcements


Connect With Your School Counselor and/or Support Specialist

Our support staff is here to support you. Learn more about schedule changes, counseling support, and more.



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Welcome to PVIS!

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Intermediate Math Pathway

Grade 6 --> Grade 7 --> Grade 8 --> Grade 9 (HS)




PVIS SPSA 2022-23

Single Site Student Action Plan: This is our school specific student achievement and facility plan. Please take a moment to review.




Yearbook Sales Open!

Please follow the link to purchase a PVIS 2022-23 yearbook! Hurry to order prices go up soon!




PEF Summer School at PVIS | June 20 - July 14 @8:15am - 12:30pm





April 17th Special Board of Education Meeting Agenda

View the April 17th Special Board of Education Meeting Agenda



Board President Message

Board President Message - April 14, 2023

A message from board president Ami Gandhi. Your feedback is important.



Dr. Cherniss

A Message From Dr. Cherniss

A message from the superintendent



Be the change

Attention 8th graders interested in applying for BTC (Be The Change)

Applications are Due May 1




AAYF events




PV Mavericks Registration Flyer

PV Mavericks Registration Flyer





Virtual Parent Coffee Chat w PVPUSD Student Services Dept.






8th Grade Science Research

Future 8th Graders: Do you love science and like to solve problems? Do you like to perform your own science experiments? If so, please join us on Thursday, 4/25 during lunch in Room 905 to get information about our 8th grade Science Research Program.




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Title IX Contact: Richard Licciardello, 310-378-9966 x 417

Section 504 Contact: Michael Bosler, 310-378-9966 x 444

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