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Peasant Grove students, staff are prepared for the new academic year


As summer came to a close, students at Pleasant Grove High School were preparing to return to the classroom with excitement and apprehension while the school took necessary precautions to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

In a recent communication Principal Taigan Keplinger said there have been many changes at PGHS, but the school staff is ready for the 2023-2024 school year.

“PGHS staff is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where students receive excellent instruction as well as the academic and emotional support they need to be successful,” Keplinger said. 

As the principal Keplinger said she wants to make sure each and every student has a welcoming environment and excellent opportunities. 

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“PGHS will continue to offer school-wide tutoring sessions, extra-curricular activities, student voice opportunities and much more,” Keplinger said.

Keplinger said that to better prepare the school staff and inform parents, there will again be a Back To School Night on August 24.  

“As our partners in education, we have planned many activities to involve our families on campus: Parent Lunch Days scheduled each quarter, various committees, Multicultural Family Night and more,” Keplinger said.

Among the changes on campus this year is the status of the parking lot. 

“This year, the Student Services Parking lot will be used for staff and visitors (because of the number of students).”

Lastly, Keplinger said she wishes a great school year to students and parents. 

“On behalf of the PGHS faculty and staff, we look forward to an outstanding school year,” she wrote.

Christy Hoyl, an Honors 10 English teacher at PGHS, said many teachers have prepared their classrooms well before the start of school to make the space welcoming. 

“Teachers generally try to make their classroom spaces welcoming and inviting for all students in whatever ways they are able, from decorating with homey lights, to just making sure the space is clean and organized,” Hoyl said.

Hoyl said many changes have been made to better serve the students.

“We strive to build community by focusing on teamwork and positive collaboration so that all students feel supported and successful,” she said. “We are continuing the work with the Equity Club to ensure that all student voices are heard and validated.”

Lastly, Hoyl said the staff has been working diligently to help students  build community in order to support their emotional health. 

“Teachers make a concerted effort to connect with their students in a way that makes them feel welcomed, included and supported,” Hoyl said, “both academically and emotionally.”

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Parneet Kaur
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