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Weekly Call from Mrs. Athanson



Good evening Panther families,


This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with some pertinent information.


First, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we made our way through this first week on the digital platform. Our school district has been working tirelessly with Microsoft to help rectify some of these issues we have come across. We are all in this together and understand this is a process that has a huge learning curve. Please stick with it and I assure you, we will master this forum.


In order to try and keep our connection to our students and them with us we will be holding weekly themes. This coming week our theme is “My new classroom.” Have your student take a picture of them in their new space & email the pictures to me directly. We will post these daily on our facebook page. I cannot tell you enough how much we miss having the student interaction each day.


As you are aware, Teams at times gets overwhelmed and assignments are unable to download or upload. I ask that you continue to try but in the meantime I am asking all of my teachers to have their assignments available on their FOCUS accounts or through their Clever page. I am asking that teachers provide you with at least two different avenues to retrieve and turn in work. They will communicate this if they haven’t already though their posts in their Team.


Parents, we realize your schedules are busy and the school day is not what it was. In order to try an account for every student we ask that you have your student at least log in and have their attendance taken in each class by 12 each day. You can then go in later or earlier and complete your assignments.


To my 8th grade parents, many of you have reached out regarding Gradventure. We have requested a refund from Universal and will be in contact with those parents once we have information.


Lastly, Sunday April 5th is the last day to purchase yearbooks online. Go to and enter code 2479 or choose our school from the drop down. Also, there is no school on April 10th. This day was already designed as a non- student day.


Again, Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this first week of digital learning. Please know we are here for you and happy to assist in any way just reach out.