From TVSS Principal David Pulley | March 2021 message

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Last month we announced our top two  graduates for the Class of 2021; Rebecca Musa (1) and Jeremiah Steinhilber (2).

I am very proud to announce the remaining Top 10 graduates for the Class of 2021:

  • Lorna Bragg (3)
  • Tia Katz (4)
  • Nicholas Jucha (5)
  • Jordan Costa (6)
  • Carsen Terwilliger (7)
  • Madison Botsford (8)
  • Kaitlynne Altman (9)
  • Emily Schmidt (10)
  • Jenna Donovan (10)

Congratulations to these students and their parents on this well-deserved honor and recognition. We wish the best to the students of the Class of 2021 as they enter the final few months of their public school career.

As we say goodbye to the Class of 2021 in June, Brenda Sloan, long time senior class advisor, will be on the graduation stage for the last time as well as she will be retiring from Tri-Valley. Or we might say, she fi nally gets to graduate too.

It’s amazing when I think back to this time last year we were closing down school for a few weeks and postponing student extracurricular activities and athletics. A year later we may be finally beginning to emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has certainly had a major impact on our students academically, socially and emotionally and on our school. What started as two weeks out of school and postponing activities continues one year later. This has not been an easy time for everyone, but we’ve made the best of each day.

The good news is there’s hope that things may be getting back to a “new normal.” It’s great to see higher numbers of students returning to in-person learning at school and to see students participating and competing in athletics and extracurricular activities. Each day we’re a step closer to everyone being able to return to school fulltime. The more diligent we all are, the quicker we can defeat the impact of COVID-19.

Reminder: The four most important actions we can take to combat the spread of Covid-19 are to wear a mask, to practice social distancing, to wash our hands frequently (20 seconds with soap and water) and to cover our coughs and sneezes. Students must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times when they are in the school building and on the school grounds. Students are provided with mask breaks throughout the day.

When we look at the past year, COVID-19 has had relatively little impact on the Secondary School. Sure, we have not been spared of positive COVID-19 cases and the need to quarantine individuals; however, due to the consistent proactive efforts of everyone, we have been able to keep our doors open for students to attend in-person learning and to minimize COVID-19’s impact.

Beginning April 13 and running through June, we will be offering an afterschool academic support program for students in grades 7-9 on Tuesdays and Thursday s from 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.

We will have two cohorts of students, a Tuesday and a Thursday group- students will only be part of one cohort and attend only 1one session each week. We have prioritized students who are at risk of being retained (grades 7-8) or failing to earn high school credits. At the middle grades level, students failing two or more core subjects are at high risk of being retained in their current grade. For our 9th grade students, if they fail to earn course credit, they will need to repeat the course.

Virtual has been the operative word over the past year. We preface everything we do with the word virtual. Our ability to do things virtually allows us to bring some normalcy back to school and to recognize and to showcase our students. We look forward to a special presentation, later this spring, by our theater club as they are planning to do an old time radio show based on an original play written by our students.

As we go into our spring break, I encourage students and families to take a break from school and to enjoy the time together. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

David C. Pulley
Secondary Principal

Everyone Matters!