• Bittersweet Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 5/25/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday and Memorial Day Weekend! This was a bittersweet week at Park Crest because this week was jam packed with outstanding end of year student performances/events. However, this also symbolizes the quickly approaching final few days with our great 8th graders. Check out more about each of these performances and so much more at Park Crest Middle School.

    Soccer District Tournament:

    Girls and Boys had a great weekend of soccer. I just love the competitive experience the kiddos get from playing tournament style play at the end of the season (that is new this year). Both boys and girls made their way to the championship game, and finished the season 2nd. It was a great season to say the least for our kiddos and their coaches.

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    Tuesday Night - BAND:

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    This year’s final band concert was nothing short of amazing. I will be humming The Incredibles theme song for a long time to come! It is amazing how far these kiddos have come from the start of the year, and even more so from 6th to 8th grade. This year’s ceremony was extra special because our beloved Mr. Lucio is retiring at the end of the school year. After 35 years of service, he is truly a legend in his field. We cannot thank him enough for calling Park Crest home for so many years.

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    Wednesday Night - CHOIR:

    From beginning Choir to Varsity Choir the kiddos sounded amazing. Similar to Band, it is amazing the progress the kiddos show over just one year’s time. I had the honor and privilege to inform the parents and students that they recently received the trophy for best middle school choir (within our class size) at their recent trip to San Antonio where they competed against other schools across Texas. But, to everyone’s surprise, I also revealed that they were crowned best of ALL middle schools. Check out their trophies next to bands. You could say it has been a successful year for our amazing fine arts kiddos and their directors.

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    Thursday Morning - MATH MAD CITY:

    Our 8th graders are currently studying financial literacy in math (talk about relevant!). To make this lesson come to life, our teachers partner with A+ Federal Credit Union to organize Math Mad City. Students receive a pretend job, family, and financial situation. From there, they all travel through the gym to interact with our volunteers to purchase both needs and wants and hopefully, balance a budget. I can guarantee, this is an experience our kiddos will not soon forget! Special thanks to all of our volunteers. You may recognize a few in our pictures below!

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    Thursday Night - KICKSTART:

    A Kickstart belt ceremony is unlike any other event at school. The energy is high and the performance is intense, to say the least. It is paired with heartwarming student testimonials, and a rewarding earning of belts. It is a great experience for kiddos and parents and I could not be more proud of our enormous program.

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    Friday Morning – SurPRIZE Patrol:

    Park Crest was surprised by a visit from the Pflugerville Education Foundation’s SurPRIZE patrol today. Congratulations on our outstanding teachers who submitted, and were awarded grants from the foundation:

    Grant Title

    Teacher

    Amount Funding

    Rubriks Mosaic

    Kimberly LaMarre

    $    4,423.00

    May the Pforce Be With you

    Melissa Shannon, Mary Eaton, Michelle Garcia, Jena McGuire, Jennifer Kienzle

    $    4,907.52

     Friday Night (tonight) - 8th GRADE FORMAL:

    Tonight our 8th graders will enjoy a special evening together at the 8th grade formal dance. I don’t want to get too sentimental, but as a campus that sends 2/3 of our kiddos to PHS and 1/3 to HHS, this will be one of their last official events all together. This event is all about good friendships, good times, and great memories. Students will dance, share student driven awards, and a nice meal together. It is a special night for kiddos and staff.

    PCMS Student Recognition:  

    Pflugerville resident Rachel Calabuig, daughter of David and Rebekah Calabuig, won the Optimist International’s South Texas District Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) on May 5 in Kerrville. 

    A seventh grader at Park Crest Middle School, Rachel was born deaf and uses cochlear implants to hear. 

    This was Rachel’s second time to compete in this annual contest. The CCDHH offers hearing-impaired youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language. 

    As this year’s winner, Rachel will receive a scholarship for $2,500 upon graduation from high school.

    Pictured: Amberly Diaz, South Texas District Chair for CCDHH, presents Rachel’s award at the Optimist International CCDHH on May 5.

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    REMINDER: Bright Bytes Parent Survey:

    Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire using the link below, as PFISD is collecting important technology usage information. 

    Parents & Guardians - www.BByt.es/749MP

    This link is specific to Park Crest parents, and each PFISD school will send out their own link.  Your PCMS students will be taking their survey at school this week as well. 

    Pflugerville ISD will once again partner with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our technology use for student learning. In order to better show our growth over the past year and showcase the impact of our initiatives, we will refresh the data we collected in April 2017.

    Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our school’s technology environment, to further understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. The refreshed data will also allow us to prioritize different initiatives based on the changes in our profile.

    We will be asking students in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, administrators and teachers and parents to participate by providing input by completing a short questionnaire.

    Pflugerville Reads – FREE:

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    PfISD students, avoid the "summer slide" and keep your mind engaged during summer break! K-12 students have free access to over 6,000 digital books through myON.com in English, Spanish and audio versions. #PflugervilleReads Login info here: http://ow.ly/aH2D30kaATM

    Spirit Night:

    Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 30th for dinner at Zaxbys in order to support PCMS girls athletics!

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    Mark Your Calendars: LIST OF DATES:

    • May 28th: No School – Memorial Day
    • May 30th Staff vs. Student Games
    • May 31st Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 1st: Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 4th: EOY Trips
    • June 5th: 6th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 5th: 7th Grade Award Ceremony 1:30 – 2:30pm
    • June 6th: 8th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 6th – Early Release (Last day of school!)

     

    Most sincerley, 

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Many Recognitions at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 5/18/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! We are so proud of our students for their hard work and focus on this week's STAAR tests. Our students and staff have prepared well all year for these assessments and although they do not define our kiddos, we feel confident they did their very bests. We are excited to now move forward with a smooth rest of the school year. 

    School Board Meeting Recognition:

    I was so proud of Park Crest and our kiddos Thursday Night as I watched students being recognized for their Duke TIP awards, followed by many PCMS Kickstart students being recognized for their State Championship performances. Then, we finished up with three outstanding AVID students speaking directly to the board about the power of AVID and their amazing teacher Coach Vecchio. It was truly a proud moment to the Principal of Park Crest. We have so much to be thankful for.

    District Staff Member of the Month:

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    Every month, one staff member from all of Pflugerville ISD is selected as the district staff member of the month. Remember how I always say PCMS is a Gold Medal Campus? What could be more Gold Medal than have a staff member at Park Crest named THE PfISD Staff member of the month!? Congratulations to Park Crest’s Mrs. LaMarre for being the May Staff Member of the month.

    Recognition Ceremony:

    On Tuesday evening staff members from across PfISD were recognized for working 20, 25, 30, 35 years, along with our retirees. Talk about a room filled with talent and enthusiasm about helping kiddos succeed! In addition, the Teacher, Rookie Teacher, and Humanitarian of the year from each campus were recognized. Please again help me congratulate these great folks:

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    Check out this awesome video about Ms. Whittaker (also named a finalist for district teacher of the year): WHITTAKER VIDEO

    Deutschen Pfest Weekend:

    It is time again for the annual Pflugerville celebration. I want to bring it to your attention because it is located just down the street from Park Crest and will have tons of great activities for the whole family!

    Pflugerville’s most popular pfestival, the Deutschen Pfest is held the third weekend in May every year! In 2018, we celebrate with our 43rd Pfest from May 18-20, 2018

    The festival schedule is always bursting with pfun beginning on Friday with the event’s opening, children’s games and activities, shopping booths, Saturday’s parade, live music, and thrilling rides at the carnival all weekend long!

    My personal favorite event is always the parade that starts near Park Crest at 10:45am on Saturday and loops down railroad avenue, through main street and into the park.

    Check out this map for info on the fun booths and attractions:

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    Also, here is a link to the website for more info: http://deutschenpfest.com/

    NEW RULE – Athletic Physicals:

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    The yearly PFISD Athletic Physicals policy has changed to a “school year” physical expiration, NOT a 365 day expiration. All physicals will expire every June. ALL athletes must have a new physical exam AND online paperwork completed before practice or participation. All paperwork must be dated after April 15 to be valid for the next school year.

    Online forms - https://pflugervilleisd.rankonesport.com/New/OnlineForm.aspx?FormID=6209e910-2b34-4ad4-9019-fa3bdaa2d8c2

    Physical form - http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/87/HIGH%20SCHOOL%20PHYSICAL3.pdf

    Email peter.wimmmer@pfisd.net if you have any questions 

    Soccer District Tournament:

    The Girls and Boys Soccer Tournament kicks off Saturday. Below is a bracket for both groups. Each game is single elimination. It is sure to be a great tournament! I hope to see you there.

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    Important Dates:

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    8th Grade Formal:

    The event takes place at the Park Crest cafeteria. However, it is unlike any other dance at PCMS. Tickets have already been presold and food has been ordered. Students should dress professoinally and appropriately. Please also know that it has been communicated multiple times that we expect kiddos to attend as friends, not dates. We don’t encourage dating in middle school, espcially at school funcitons. Also, please know that students must be present the day of the dance (unless they have a doctors note). Students should not spend the day out of school “getting ready”. Thank you in advance for your help with this. We look forward to a memorable night that will positively encapsulate a successful three year experience at PCMS for our hard working 8th graders.

    Mark Your Calendars: LIST OF DATES:

    • May 21st – 25th: Book Fair
    • May 22nd: Book Fair Late Night
    • May 22nd: Band Spring Concert 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 23rd: Choir End of Year Concert 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • May 24th: Math Mad City 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • May 24th: Kickstart Belt Ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 25th: 8th Grade Formal 6:00 – 9:00pm
    • May 28th: No School
    • May 30th Staff vs. Student Games
    • May 31st Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 1st: Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 4th: EOY Trips
    • June 5th: 6th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 5th: 7th Grade Award Ceremony 1:30 – 2:30pm
    • June 6th: 8th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 6th – Early Release (Last day of school!)

     

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  • So Much to Share at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 5/11/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was all about appreciating our well deserving teachers. In the midst of all of that we had many kiddos take the Algebra 1 EOC test, AP Spanish test, compete in the talent show, and finish the soccer regular season. It is an eventful time at Park Crest to say the least!

    Happy Early Mother’s Day:

    To all the moms out there, I hope you are treated like royalty and enjoy a wonderful mother’s day on Sunday. On behalf of Park Crest, we thank you for your commitment to your kiddos and their success here at PCMS and beyond!

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    STAAR Next Week:

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    Being a Good Neighbor:

    I had the opportunity to meet with some representatives from St. Elizabeth Church (next door to us) this week regarding some concerns that have come up after school. I have to say I completely agree with all of them. They are very gracious and allow us to utilize the side of their parking lot for both morning drop off and afternoon pick up. This is extremely helpful with traffic flow through our own parking lot during these peak hours. Here are the issues, followed by the quick and easy solution.

    1. Cars driving increasingly fast and without caution through their parking lot. This is unsafe for kiddos, parents, and members of the church. Please remember to proceed with caution and at an appropriate speed, just as if you were in our school parking lot.
    2. Students hanging out all over the church property. At the end of the day kiddos are released at 3:35pm. In addition to tutorials, we offer Puma Den until 4:25pm to help with busy working parents’ schedules. The expectation is that students who have not been picked up by the time the buses leave (3:40ish) head inside if they do not see their parents and wait in Puma Den. Not all kiddos love doing this, as they would rather wait outside. For safety reasons, we are going to be more insistent on kiddos waiting inside if they are not walking home or ready to be picked up. Currently we have a lot of kiddos walk towards the church and linger and/or hide out while they wait. Please encourage your kiddo to utilize Puma Den.
    3. Students walking through the church property. I have often noticed that students who are waiting for parent pick up in the church parking lot will hang out and sometimes stroll through the church grounds. Although the majority of the time this does not cause problems, it is a lot of extra foot traffic that simply isn’t polite for our neighbors and causes them to be burdened with supervising kiddos. I want to ask that if your child walks home (or waits for you by the church) that they meet you in Puma Den or off of the church property if you are not at PCMS once the buses have left campus (3:40ish). Students should not be cutting through the church property but instead using the sidewalks along Railroad Ave (image below).

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    Thanks for helping us continue to be good neighbors to St. Elizabeth’s. We sincerely thank them for graciously letting us use their parking lot and want to ensure we are doing our part to keep kiddos safe and accounted for after school.

    On that note, I also want to remind everyone that after school tutorials and Puma Den end at 4:25pm. We have a growing number of kiddos hanging out much later than that time. I completely understand difficult work schedules, but please understand that I simply cannot ask my hard working staff to continue to watch kiddos outside past 4:25pm. It becomes hard to supervise, and I would hate to see idle and unsupervised kiddos getting into any issues.

    Thanks for your help in this.

    5th Grade Parent Night:

    On Thursday we invited all of our 5th grade parents back to Park Crest to discuss 6th grade camp, AVID Summer Bridge, getting involved in the PTO, and providing some summer activities to keep kiddos engaged in learning from June to August. If you are a parent of a 5th grader who will be attending Park Crest next year and were unable to make it, here is the information we handed out:

    1. AVID Summer Bridge Form (Due Monday, May 14th): AVID BRIDGE FORM
    2. 6th Grade Camp Registration Form: 6th GRADE CAMP FORM
    3. Summer Continuous Learning Packet:

    We have additional copies from the meeting in the Park Crest front office, feel free to swing by anytime and grab one!

    Visiting Our 5th Graders:

    I got the honor and priveledge to visit Brookhollow today to see their famous STAAR Pep Rally. All I can say is WOW. Kudos to the Mrs. Harris, and the staff and students of Brookhollow for putting on an amazing event. Students were easing tensions and while gearing up for next weeks tests. I love how much fun the kiddos had.

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    I look forward to visiting our 5th graders at Timmerman, Highland Park, Windermere, and Dearing at various times and events in the upcoming weeks!

    Talent Show:

    Once again, I can safely say, Park Crest has got talent! We had 11 acts in this year’s talent show and each of them were fantastic! Check out this year’s program for details and recognition for each of our participants.

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    Math Mad City:

    We are currently sitting at over 55 volunteers for the event. Did I mention this is a HUGE event for our kiddos? We still need about 15-20 more to run the event perfectly. If you have not yet joined the multitude of excited volunteers, please do so using this link: MATH MAD CITY LINK 

    Questions about volunteering? Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

    Event Details: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ Park Crest Middle School 8:30-noon

    Director’s Choice Music Festival:

    Many of our band students traveled to the Director’s Choice Music Festival and then their annual celebratory trip to Six Flags. It was a great day all around and the kiddos performed amazingly. Don’t take it from me though, check out the photos below:

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    That’s a lot of trophies!!!

    PCMS Yearbooks are in:

    The Yearbooks have arrived and my sneak peek did not disappoint. The kiddos look great, the memories are captured, and there is tons of fun inside. If you forgot to order one they are only $35 each. Check on the info below:

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    Current 6th Grade Parents:

    Did you know you MUST have your child immunized prior to the 1st day of school during their 7th grade year? We will literally be forced to keep your kiddo out of classes until they have proof of receiving the State required immunizations. Proof of immunizations for Meningococcal (MCV4) and a TDAP booster within the past 5 years are required before your child can attend 7th grade.  Please call the school nurse office at 512-594-2435 to verify your child’s immunization status.  Immunization records can be sent to shots@pfisd.net (even over the summer). Please do not wait to get these immunizations taken care of and proof sent to our school nurse.

    ART Jr. Vase:

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    For the first time EVER our students competed in the prestigious Art Jr. Vase competition. This year’s event took place on Saturday at Walsh Middle School. A team of all-star artists led by their fearless Art III teacher Mrs. Daniel achieved greatness at the competition. All students received medals and scores of 4 (the highest possible) on their art pieces. We are extremely proud of this group and the future opportunities that will come to the students of PCMS by entering this competition.

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    HEB Excellence Finalist:

    Remember a little while back when Park Crest’s very own Coach Munoz was recognized as an HEB Excellence Finalists? Well this past weekend she got to travel to Houston for the annual convention where she sat alongside some of the greatest educators you will find anywhere! We are so proud of her and all that she does to serve our campus. Congrats Munoz!

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    Soccer:

    Boys’ and girls’ soccer took on Westview Thursday evening. Once again our teams played great and were victorious. This is great momentum as we close out the regular season, take a week break for STAAR, and then gear up for the district tournament on Saturday, May 19th. Tournament exact times and locations will be shared soon!

    18 Students to be Honored in State Duke TIP Ceremony:

    Last week I shared the news about our Duke TIP honorees. However, I wanted to share more information about how impressive this is from the district news release below:

    May 7, 2018 – The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) this month will honor students from across Texas, including 18 students from Pflugerville ISD, for exceptional ACT or SAT scores.

    The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on grade-level standardized tests.

    As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams. 

    “We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT commensurate with half of all college-bound high school seniors,” Shawna Young, Duke TIP executive director, said in a written statement. “As an alum of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age.”

    Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 state recognition ceremonies across the United States throughout April, May and June.

    Students qualify for the state ceremonies by earning scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests – about 35 percent of TIP students meet that criteria. To qualify for the 2017 –18 school year, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Score a 22 or above in English, math or science categories of the ACT;
    • Score a 23 or above in the reading category of the ACT;
    • Score a 550 or above in evidence-based reading and writing part of the SAT;
    • Score a 540 or above in the math portion of the SAT.

    PfISD students who qualified for state recognition during the current school year are:

    • Rudolf Bendixen (Pflugerville Middle School)
    • Tyler Marchese (Pflugerville Middle School)
    • Adriana Del Valle (Park Crest Middle School)
    • Brendan O’Mara (Park Crest Middle School)
    • Caedran Yeidel (Park Crest Middle School)
    • Natalie Naugle (Dessau Middle School)
    • Cyan Brown (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Cash Deibert (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Gabriel Garcia (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Chris Imphean (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Gabriella O’Donnell (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Zachary Pham (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Zachary Sullivan (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Jenna Visciani (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Jordan Willy (Kelly Lane Middle School)
    • Ckarl Adones (Cele Middle School)
    • Harish Kalaivani Eakambaram (Cele Middle School)
    • Austin McKeller (Cele Middle School) 

    Each will be honored in a state recognition ceremony May 17 at Trinity University in San Antonio. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

    Marchese and Pham also qualified for the Duke TIP Grand Recognition Ceremony, to be held May 21 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    To qualify for the Grand Recognition Ceremony, students must earn scores that are approximately equal to the 90th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests – about 4 percent of TIP students. To qualify for the current school year, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Score a 31 or above in English or reading segments of the ACT;
    • Score a 29 or above in the math category of the ACT;
    • Score a 28 or above in the ACT science segment;
    • Score a 670 or above in the evidence-based reading and writing part of the SAT;
    • Score a 680 or above in the math portion of the SAT.

    State and Grand Recognition ceremony speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials and accomplished former Duke TIP students.

    Mark Your Calendars: LIST OF DATES:

    • May 14th: 6th & 7th Grade Math STAAR
    • May 15th: 6th & 7th Grade ELA STAAR
    • May 16th: 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR
    • May 17th: 8th Grade Science STAAR
    • May 17th: Soccer Game vs. Westview @ PCMS
    • May 21st – 25th: Book Fair
    • May 22nd: Book Fair Late Night
    • May 22nd: Band Spring Concert 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 23rd: Choir End of Year Concert 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • May 24th: Math Mad City 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • May 24th: Kickstart Belt Ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 25th: 8th Grade Formal 6:00 – 9:00pm
    • May 28th: No School
    • May 30th – June 1st: Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 4th: EOY Trips
    • June 5th: 6th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 5th: 7th Grade Award Ceremony 1:30 – 2:30pm
    • June 6th: 8th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 6th – Early Release (Last day of school!)

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • So Much to Do, So Little Time @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 5/4/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week’s Principal’s Blog is centered around important events and upcoming dates. There is so much happening right now, and so much still to come.

    Before I get into these things I want to give a kudos to our 8th grade ELA teachers, 8th grade math teachers, and 7th grade PAP math teachers, along with all of their students. These students took their STAAR math and reading tests a few weeks ago. It is import to remember that our students are not defined by their STAAR scores.  We expect our students to work hard and keep improving, always, in all ways.  If they will work hard and do their best, the STAAR scores will take care of themselves. 

    As a campus, our kiddos did great! In particular, our percent of students who passed the math test increased by over 5% from last year! That is a huge gain considering how high our passing rate was to begin with. This, and other gains, are accredited to our kiddo’s and teacher’s hard work, not just this year, but every year these kiddos have been at PCMS.

    Students’ individual results from these two tests are now available through the TEA Student Portal. If your child took either of these tests you will see that a student who has a “YES” for “APPROACHES” has passed the test. Even our students who did not make it to the approaches level showed tremendous growth, and for that we can be very proud and thankful! Please use this link for guidance on how to access these results: PARENT ACCESS TO STAAR SCORES LINK

    Our 7th Graders also completed the STAAR Writing assessment and these scores will not be available until the end of May.

    Here is the list of the dates of all of the STAAR Tests for 2017-18:

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    Mark Your Calendars: LIST OF DATES:

    • May 7th -11th TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
    • May 7th: Talent Show 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • May 8th: AP Spanish Exam
    • May 9th: Algebra 1 EOC
    • May 10th: 5th Grade Parent Night 6:00 – 7:00pm
    • May 14th: 6th & 7th Grade Math STAAR
    • May 15th: 6th & 7th Grade ELA STAAR
    • May 16th: 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR
    • May 17th: 8th Grade Science STAAR
    • May 17th: Soccer Game vs. Westview @ PCMS
    • May 21st – 25th: Book Fair
    • May 22nd: Book Fair Late Night
    • May 22nd: Band Spring Concert 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 23rd: Choir End of Year Concert 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • May 24th: Math Mad City 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • May 24th: Kickstart Belt Ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • May 25th: 8th Grade Formal 6:00 – 9:00pm
    • May 28th: No School
    • May 30th – June 1st: Staff vs. Student Games
    • June 4th: EOY Trips
    • June 5th: 6th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 5th: 7th Grade Award Ceremony 1:30 – 2:30pm
    • June 6th: 8th Grade Award Ceremony 9:00 – 10:00am
    • June 6th – Early Release (Last day of school!)

    Sign Up – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:

    Every year our amazing PTO hosts a series of treats and goodies in the lounge for our teachers each day during teacher appreciation week. In addition, on that Friday, they host an amazing luncheon. If you would like to sign up to contribute, please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-park1

    Thank you SO much in advance. This means a lot to my very hard working teachers, I can assure you.

    Duke TIP:

    Duke TIP is a recognition for students in the 7th grade who take the SAT or ACT and qualify based on their outstanding performance. Here are the qualifying criteria:

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    Park Crest students who qualified for state recognition during the current school year are:

    • Adriana Del Valle (Park Crest Middle School)
    • Brendan O’Mara (Park Crest Middle School)
    • Caedran Yeidel (Park Crest Middle School)

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    These PCMS students will be recognized for their achievement with the Duke University Talent Identification Program by the superintendent and board of trustees at the May 17th board meeting!

    Student’s Corner:

    Seventh Graders Get Excited About The Outsiders

    By: Rachel Calabuig

    Hello Pumas, you may have noticed quotes from The Outsiders on seventh grade teachers’ doors. That’s a good indication something is going on!  What is going on?  Well… the seventh graders at Park Crest Middle School are reading The Outsiders! Who does the blame fall on?

    Mrs. Weigand started reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in seventh grade and decided to bring this tradition to PCMS.  The reasons she wants the seventh graders reading The Outsiders are “the life experiences the main characters go through transcends time; the lessons of The Outsiders can be applied to today’s teens.”

    Now to Cymaia Zapata, a 7th grader.  Her favorite character is “Sodapop, he’s pretty cool.” She would recommend reading The Outsiders because “they’re interesting.”  Next is Dena Miles, another 7th grader.  Her favorite character is Johnny “because he… I don’t know, I like his personalities.” She would also recommend reading The Outsiders because she likes “the excitement of the story.”

    Now Pumas, do you want to join the seventh graders in reading The Outsiders

    8th Grade Math Mad City Volunteers Needed:

    Mad City Money Merchant Volunteers

      Questions about volunteering?

    Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or

    Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

     

    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.

    https://goo.gl/forms/5YUMzlS0kzCm0p0Z2

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Park Crest Middle School, 1500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

     

    Time Requirement: Sign in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Merchants need to be at their table by 8:30 a.m. The simulation will run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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    Golf District Tournament:

    Congratulations to our students who participated in our District Golf Tournament Monday evening. The event took place at the Blackhawk Golf Course and all of our kiddos had a great time. Kudos to Coach Kempf and the following kiddos on a great first golf season (in many years):

    • Austin De La Rosa
    • Ayden Carney
    • Richard Bradley
    • James Brooks
    • Alastair Hardin
    • Katie Hollingsworth
    • Abby Lafollette
    • Lillian Reddington

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    Soccer:

    Our girls and boys traveled to PMS to take on the Panthers Thursday night. It was a great night to be a Puma! Both boys and girls teams brought home victories.

     

    Most sincerely,


    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Almost May at PCMS!!!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/27/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is so hard to believe that next week we will be entering into May. This year is flying by and will only seem faster as the time from May to June is jam packed with testing, events, and end of year activities. Check out the great things happening at PCMS and some of the many things to come:

    How is PCMS able to be a Gold Medal Campus?

    I am often asked by parents and community members how Park Crest is able to be so successful and do the many great things that it does. Well it of course has so much to do with our great teachers. However, the key behind the success of our great teachers, great counsleors, and great admin team is our amazing administrative assistants team. Wednesday was Administrative Assistant’s Day so we took care of them with a calm and delisouc lunch. (I might have had to interupt a few times when we got questions at the front desk that only these rock stars know the answer to). We have Mrs. Gytri or Mrs. Werst at the front desk helpling parents and staff with anythign and everything from phones, to frequently asked questions, to delivering items, to finding subs, you name it, they do it! Mrs. Dilworth who is our lovely registrar and helps families with the process of joining the PCMS family and the process when they move to a new campus. She also helps make sure addresses and contact information is updated so we can quickly and easily contact home if needed. Mrs. Gonzales who serves as our attendance specialist and monitors attendance by ensuring it is accruately taken, every period, of every day. She also helps families with documenting abesences, medical notes, and checking in on kiddos when she notcies they have been out for a while. Finally, we have Mrs. Moreno who makes sure we have all of our finances and purchases in order, manages incoming calls, and the hardest task of all…keeps me on track. We couldn’t do all the thigns we do without this amazing group of individauls.

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    PfISD All Stars Volunteers & Partners:

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    On Thursday PfISD recognized distinguished partners who volunteer and contribute to our schools. PCMS is incredibly fortunate to receive so much support from our community. That being said, we have a few parents who give so much of their time to the school and we wanted to thank them. Please help me thank Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. O’Mara for all that they do. You can find them volunteering in the library and other events all over Park Crest throughout the year.

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    We also want to thank Zaxby’s for being such a great business partner with us this year. They contributed to our 1st annual Night of Code, hosted multiple spirit nights, and helped support our athletic programs. They have made a huge impact on our success and we are so happy to have them join our PCMS community. In fact, we were not alone in appreciating our support for Zaxby’s as  Mr. & Mrs. Patel were recognized by seven campuses in the district!

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    Kickstart State Tournament:

    Students from PCMS traveled to the Kickstart State Tournament in Bryan, TX and showcased why the PCMS Kickstart program, led by Mr. Gartmann, is so phenomenal. We are so proud of all of our Kickstart students this year, and want to give a special shout out to those who participated this past weekend.

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    PCMS students didn’t settle for just attending. Many of our students brought home the coveted State Championship Rings! Here are the results from state for PCMS:

    • PCMS    Calvin Ping (7TH GRADE) Male                    orange                11/12 kata boys
    • PCMS    Soraya Garcia (6TH GRADE) Female                gold                    beginner Team Kata
    • PCMS    Chatrina Do (6TH GRADE) Female                gold                    beginner Team Kata
    • PCMS    Srisha Shrestha (6TH GRADE) Female                gold                    beginner Team Kata
    • PCMS    Alexis Phan (7TH GRADE) Female                orange                11/12 Kata Girls
    • PCMS    Aban Al Sawafi (7TH GRADE) Male                    orange                kata
    • PCMS    Aban Al Sawafi (7TH GRADE) Male                    orange               sparring
    • PCMS    Rex Kuempel (8TH GRADE) Male                    green                  kata
    • PCMS    Rex Kuempel (8TH GRADE) Male                    green                 sparring
    • PCMS    Rex Kuempel (8TH GRADE) Male                    green                 Weapons
    • PCMS    Ivan Brindle (6TH GRADE) Male                    gold                     11/12 kata

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    (Not pictured is Rex K. and Aban A.)

    In the News: Cool at School!

    The Park Crest step team was visited by the KEYE-TV news team today to showcase their skills and commitment. I am super proud of the kiddos and their leaders as they put on a performance that will show up in an upcoming news story. I will get more information on when the “Cool at School” segment will air and share it out to you. I will also send out a clip on an upcoming blog of the featured story.

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    Honor Roll Breakfast:

    Today we recognized all of our kiddos who earned ALL A’s and our kiddos who earned All A’s and 1 B for the 3rd 9-weeks.

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    PCMS Soccer:

    Soccer took on Cele yesterday here at PCMS. The girls came up with another win 3-1 and the boys finished with a tie 2-2!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting:

    Come join us for our May PTO meeting on Tuesday, May 1st. The meeting will be from 6:30-7:30pm in the PCMS Library. All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

    Soccer Games:

    Our soccer teams take on Pflugerville Middle School next week on Thursday. The games will be located at nearby PMS. Hope to see you there!

    Book Fair Information:

    Our Book fair with Flamingos is happening on May 21st – 25th.  Parents can shop with their students on our late evening, Tuesday the 22nd from 3:30-6:30.

    Get more info on the website  here à http://www.scholastic.com/bf/parkcrestmiddleschool

    You can even order online and have books delivered straight to your house.  Profits will be spent on Graphic Novels to update our collection and lengthen our series.

    Parents can also assist by volunteering, email Kimberly.Lamarre@pfisd.net or click here.

     

    Most sincerley,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/20/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was another great week at Park Crest. We got the opportunity to celebrate students who demonstrate our 6 student character traits, found out our students are performing at the top of the district based on some district assessment data, and we even got to spend some time as an entire staff on Wednesday after school to work together to lay the foundation of planning for the 2018-19 school year. Isn’t it crazy to think that it is already time to start planning for 2018-19. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, take a second to check out some of the great things at Park Crest:

    Park Crest Parent’s Homework:

    Do you know what the month of April is known for in the Education field? FATIGUE. My teachers and staff have been working vigorously to prepare your kiddos for success. Whether it be regarding their academics, extracurricular, character educations, expectations, and so much more. Because of that I ask a favor. A favor from the principal. Will you please take just a moment to write a nice email to one, two, or all of your child’s teachers? I can guarantee that they could use those kind words right about now. Who knows, your email may just be the message that reminds them why they became an educator in the first place. Make a teacher’s day and simply send them a kind email. I thank you in advance.

    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    It was that time of year again when we honor our Puma Pride recipients. Congratulations to the over 70 students who were chosen for the award based on how they exhibit one of the six character traits from the PCMS Crest (Effective communicator, leader, hardworking, accepting, accountable, or critical thinkers). One of the most important things, in my opinion, about middle school is not only learning the academics but also learning how to be a “good person”. All of our recipients were shining examples of that today. Keep up the good work Pumas!

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    Amazing PCMS Step Team Performane:

    Today our very own PCMS Step Team gave each lunch a brief performance. It was exciting, it was energizing, and it was definetely something that our students enjoyed. I want to thank the work of thier volunteer sponsors Coach Christian and Ms. Muhammad.  You could tell our Step Team had put in a lot of work and time after hours.

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    Current 6th Grade Parents:

    Attention 6th grade parents, proof of immunizations for Meningococcal (MCV4) and a TDAP booster within the past 5 years are required before your child can attend 7th grade.  Please call the school nurse office at 512-594-2435 to verify your child’s immunization status.  Immunization records can be sent to shots@pfisd.net

    This is a serious thing. I want to make you are aware now so you can make arrangements between now and August. Every year we have a handful of kiddos who cannot start on the first day because they have not yet gotten the required shots. I can tell you from experience, the longer you wait, the harder it is to make an appointment.

    2018-19 School Start Times:

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    Pflugerville ISD is adjusting the start and end times for its elementary and middle schools for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

    Elementary campuses will begin at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m., while middle school campuses will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. The high school schedule will remain the same, with a 9 a.m. start time and a 4:15 p.m. end time. 

    “These slight adjustments give our students more learning time, allow for optimal transportation time, and also give the district a buffer in case of unanticipated closures due to weather or other emergencies,” said Brandy Baker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

    The start and end time adjustments follow last month’s approval of the district’s 2018-19 calendar, which can be viewed at www.pfisd.net/ .

    ***What does this mean for Pumas? Well, instead of students being let into the building at 7:40 for breakfast or hallway assignments, we will be opening the doors at 7:55 and classes will start at 8:20am. There will be no changes to the end of the school day for us.

    REMINDER: Volunteers Needed (Math Mad City):

    Mad City Money Merchant Volunteers

      Questions about volunteering?

    Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or

    Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.

    https://goo.gl/forms/5YUMzlS0kzCm0p0Z2

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Park Crest Middle School, 1500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Time Requirement: Sign in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Merchants need to be at their table by 8:30 a.m. The simulation will run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Description

    Mad City Money is an interactive and engaging simulation for youth. Each participant receives an “about me” sheet that contains an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse and some will be single. Every participant will have a child.

    Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There’s a mall for wants and a credit union for financial services. Students will also visit the Fickle Finger of Fate during the simulation for unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses.

    Student’s Corner:

    Park Crest Spring Talent Show

    By: Rachel Calabuig

     Hello Pumas. You probably have the seen the flyers for the Talent Show!!  Auditions are on April 25th, from 3:45-5:00 p.m. after school.  After ten finalists are selected, there’s going to be a MANDATORY rehearsal May 4th from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

     Then …. 3 days later is TALENT SHOW from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

     How do we do all of that?! Choir Director and Talent Show Director, Sgt. Groft’s answer is, “We videotape the audition and Fine Arts teachers decide the finalists.  There will be three judges at the actual talent show to pick the final winner.” Speaking of the process, if you want to be one of the ten finalists picked, you’d better do something impressive!  Sgt. Groft’s advice is to “Be prepared.” Oooh, that sounds like the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”

    Please come and watch your friends perform!!

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Our Soccer teams faced off against Kelly Lane Thursday night at the Hendrickson High School field. The boys and the girls played fantastic again this week. The girls finished the game 0-0 and although the boys battled hard they fell to the Knights in a good game.

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    Kickstart State Tournament:

    I want to send out a huge “good luck” to our many Kickstart students who will be traveling to Bryan, TX on Saturday to compete at the State level. We have so many talented kiddos led by the amazing Mr. Gartmann. Simply to make it this far is a huge honor and we are so proud of the group.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Got Talent?

    Wednesday, April 25th we will be hosting Talent Show Auditions that are open to all PCMS students. Auditions will run from approximately 3:45 to 5:00pm. Please see Sgt. Groft for more information. Do you love watching talented kiddos as much as we do? Then mark your calendars for the official talent show that is taking place Monday, May 7th, from 6-8pm in the PCMS Cafeteria.

    Soccer:

    Next week our Pumas take on the Cele Colts here at PCMS. Come out and cheer on the Pumas in our 3rd game of the season.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • All-STAAR Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/13/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that our first round of STAAR tests are already behind us. Is this year flying by to anyone else but me? The 7th and 8th graders who were testing appeared as ready as they could be. This round of testing proved that the hard work and preparation through mock testing and shut down days have paid off. Whether you are a proponent of standardized testing or not, they are a part of our kiddos realities and thus one of the many big responsibilities for us as educators.

    REMINDER – PTO Clothing Drive (Tomorrow):

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    Motivational Speaker at PCMS:

    On Thursday we were so fortunate to have guest speaker SaulPaul; entrepreneur, musician, motivational speaker, and much more come talk to some of our kiddos. He came and spoke to our 7th and 8th grade boys and girls athletics. His charismatic presence, impressive musical abilities, and motivational message resonated with many of our kiddos. He spoke about being a team and supporting one another. He spoke about overcoming challenges and working to your strengths. He spoke about diversity, race, stereotypes and how none of those things should define you. He also spoke about being a good person and being the best you that you can be. His message hits so many things we try to convey every single day here at Park Crest. It encompasses our mission to “keep improving, always, in all ways” and our vision of being “a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best”. This was a great experience for our students and our staff members who were present.

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    Congratulations – Teacher of the Year Finalist!

    Please help me congratulate our very own Ms. Whittaker, math teacher at Park Crest for being one of three top candidates for the PfISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. I cannot emphasize enough what an honor this is to be named a finalist. With four high schools and six middle schools in the district, each with highly qualified and extremely talented teachers, we are so fortunate to have one of the best! #PCMSGoldMedal

    Gracious Donation to Ensure Students Eat Every Day:

    A major priority at Park Crest Middle School that often goes without much recognition is our unwavering commitment to ensure ALL students eat EVERY DAY. This might sound like an easy task and something that should be second nature. However, we have students on campus who either cannot afford meals, do not have access to meals at home, or simply do not bring money for lunches and would choose to simply not eat, if given the option. However, our counselors, admin, staff members, and even parents and community members have taken numerous steps all year long to ensure that no student goes hungry. First, we work swiftly, yet discretely, to help families complete the free and reduced lunch application form. Also, counselors and admin are constantly on the lookout for kiddos who aren’t eating and help problem solve barriers with kiddos that may be keeping them from getting lunch. In addition, parents and community members have set up the “No Hungry Pumas” lunch account that can be accessed by counselors and our social worker to help students purchase a lunch while they await the free lunch application to be processed. Finally, gracious donations periodically have been made to eliminate outstanding lunch account balances that could be standing in the way of students getting a warm lunch. I am proud and honored that PCMS was supported by Shades (Diversity and Inclusion Group) part of the Optum Analytics this week through a gracious donation towards the outstanding balances of many of our students. Although these individuals may never be thanked directly from the students they impacted, this contribution has made a direct impact on their success and satisfaction at PCMS. Thank you on behalf of PCMS.

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    End of Year Trip Forms:

    At the end of each school year, each grade level either takes an end of year trip or has an end of year celebration on campus. The permission slips and informational forms have  been sent home to 7th and 8th grade students. 6th grade students will recieve their forms next week. If you would like another copy, or to view the information electronically, you can use the links below:

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls Soccer took on Dessau Thursday evening here at Park Crest to “kick off the season”. It was a great start to the season and both teams looked fantastic. Girls won 6-1 and boys won 4-1. Great job Pumas!

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No Puma Den:

    There will be no puma den on Wednesday, April 18th due to a faculty meeting. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience but it is important that we take time to meet as a faculty to discuss important topics to help PCMS keep improving, always, in all ways.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • April at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/6/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that it is already April. I can remember back to when we were doing course verification pick up, open house, and all the other fun back to school activities. Crazy how fast time flies.

    STAAR Testing Reminder:

    Just as a friendly reminder, next week on Tuesday and Wednesday 7th and 8th graders will be taking their State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. Tuesday, April 10th will be the 8th grade English and 7th grade Writing tests. Wednesday, April 11th, will be the 8th grade math and 7th PAP math tests. 6th graders will not be testing, and thus will be (quietly) going along, business as usual. Here is a breakdown of all of the STAAR tests and their dates:

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    What should testing students bring?

    • Snacks: Students can bring a sandwich-sized, closeable bag with goldfish and/or pretzels,  unwrapped hard candy in a sandwich-sized, closeable bag, and water in a clear bottle. The idea is that the snack does not smell, make noise, or distract others in any way.
    • Layered clothing: I always recommend kiddos bring a sweatshirt or light jacket to put on in case they get cold in their testing room. These are the normal classrooms but they sometimes feel a bit colder due to being in them for longer periods.
    • Things to Leave at Home: Please no blankets, pillows, pajamas, hats, or other items that are not allowed on a typical school day.

    Student's Corner:

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    Favor Regarding Ordering Food to PCMS:

    You can tell times are changing with regards to convenience when I need to take a moment to share this kind of info. I ask that you please not order, or allow your child to use their phone to order pizza’s or Uber Eats or other delivery food services directly to the school. This puts an additional burden on our front office staff during a busy time of day. In addition, it puts our staff in an uncomfortable position of being responsible for signing for and handling food orders they have not made.  Thank you for your help with this.

    2018 PCMS Shirts for SALE:

    The new 2018 PCMS t-shirts are ready to be ordered. Check out this awesome logo designed by our very own art teacher Ms. Kempf! Here is information on how to get your shirt: PCMS T-SHIRT ORDER FORM

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    Thank you PTO:

    I want to take a moment to thank our amazing PTO for all that they do for our campus. Recently, they helped our boys and girls athletics in purchasing these awesome brand new chairs for our events. These chairs will be utilized for athletic events and for important yearly events for our honored guests. Thank you so much for helping make this possible, they look so great!

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    Attendance Award – Thank You Horace Mann:

    During the 3rd 9 Weeks, with the help of John Ryan from Horace Mann we were able to offer an incentive to win a free kindle fire. Any student who had perfect attendance during each 2-week chunk of the 9 weeks had their name entered into a drawing. On the Tuesday announcement not one, but two lucky winners were drawn at random.

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    UIL Band!

    I wanted to showcase our awesome UIL Band Trophies for the hard work of our band directors and their kiddos. We scored straight 1’s this year (best you can do). Next up is Solo’s and Ensemble’s on Saturday, April 14th. Good luck kiddos!

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    Choir Concert:

    Wednesday’s Choir Concert was fantastic as always. These kiddos are gearing up for their big UIL competition on the horizon. They will have one more End of Year concert in May. Details to come!

    PTO Clothing Drive:

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Soccer Season Begins!

    Our first Soccer game will take place on Thursday, April 12th here at PCMS. We will be taking on the Dessau Diamondbacks. Below is a schedule for the entire regular season:

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Fast Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/29/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Thursday! I hope that everyone has plans for a restful and relaxing three-day weekend. The only thing that went faster than this four-day week was our track athletes!

    2018-19 District Calendar:

    In case you missed you, the 2018-19 calendar has been approved.

    Pflugerville ISD’s 2018-19 school calendar will feature an Aug. 16 start date for students, following approval by the Board of Trustees at its March meeting. Other features of next year’s calendar include:

    • Two student holidays in October (Friday, Oct. 5, and Monday, Oct. 8) for staff development
    • One week holiday for Thanksgiving (Nov. 19-23)
    • Winter break (Dec. 24-Jan. 7); Dec. 21 will be an early release day.
    • Student holiday on March 15 for staff development
    • Spring Break (March 18-22) aligned with UT and ACC
    • May 30: last day for students

    “Balancing all of the factors that go into creating a school calendar is never easy, but this calendar represents the valued input of the entire PfISD community – staff, students, parents and community members,” said Brandy Baker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Most important, it keeps the best interests of our students at the forefront.”

    Baker said that balancing the number of instructional days for the fall and spring semesters was a key priority, made possible by the recent approval of PfISD as a District of Innovation. That designation gives PfISD the ability to start the fall semester earlier in August. 

    The 2018-19 calendar meets all state requirements for instructional minutes (75,600), and provides a buffer for unexpected delays or cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.

    “We are also able to end the school year in May for both students and staff, which hasn’t been the case for quite some time,” added Baker. “We received significant input with our original calendar survey in January and February, followed by more than 10,000 responses from the community regarding their thoughts on two calendar options. We took that input to both the District Academic Advisory Council (composed of PfISD staff and community members) for its consideration and then to the Board for a final decision.”

    To view the complete PfISD 2018-19 calendar, visit www.pfisd.net.

    District Track Meet:

    This was a very special week at Park Crest, especially for our athletes. I am so proud of both our girls and our boys as they competed against the rest of the district on Monday at the District Track Meet. Along with numerous individual accomplishments, as a team our groups performed incredibly well:

    8th Boys – 1st

    8th Girls – 2nd

    7th Boys – 2nd

    7th Girls – 1st

    Modern Millie Jr.:

    Our advanced theatre students who are enrolled in Musical Theatre put on a real treat last Friday and Saturday. Modern Millie Jr. was a hilarious musical packed with stars. Kudos to our kiddos and our staff for this giant culminating event. It was a huge success.

    Kickstart Regionals:

    Saturday was also the Kickstart Regionals hosted at Kelly Lane Middle School. As always, our kiddos led by the amazing Mr. Gartmann did fantastic! The next event is the State Competition at Bryan High School on April 21st, 2018.

    Pflugerville Education Foundation Board Member Position:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is accepting applications for new Board Members who will bring energy, commitment, fresh ideas, special skills and a passion for student success.  One of the most valuable assets of a non-profit is its Board of Directors and PEF is looking to grow their dedicated group.  The all-volunteer Board is comprised of individuals representing all facets of the Pflugerville community from every aspect of the district.   If you are someone who wants to get involved and support education, then this is the position for you!

    More information on our website http://thepfoundation.org/

    Application: http://www.thepfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Foundation_Board_Application-2018.doc

    Deadline is April 27, 2018.

    Volunteers Needed (Math Mad City):

    Mad City Money Merchant Volunteers

      Questions about volunteering?

    Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or

    Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.

    https://goo.gl/forms/5YUMzlS0kzCm0p0Z2

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Park Crest Middle School, 1500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Time Requirement: Sign in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Merchants need to be at their table by 8:30 a.m. The simulation will run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Description

    Mad City Money is an interactive and engaging simulation for youth. Each participant receives an “about me” sheet that contains an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse and some will be single. Every participant will have a child.

    Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There’s a mall for wants and a credit union for financial services. Students will also visit the Fickle Finger of Fate during the simulation for unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses.

    Participant Objectives

    • Practice budgeting as an adult with realistic circumstances
    • Identify and experience the consequences of poor decision making
    • Develop good judgment regarding spending and making a budget
    • Understand that budgeting is a necessary step in good money management and that it isn’t difficult.

    Merchant Role

    There are nine merchant stations in Mad City. They are:

    • Really Realty & Utilities
    • Gotta Eat!
    • Fun Stuff
    • Kid Care
    • Home Stuff
    • Big Wheels New & Used
    • My Closet
    • Mad City Mall
    • Fickle Finger of Fate

    As a merchant, you will be selling products and services to the students. Your job is to act like a salesperson and try to get the student to buy the most expensive products. You are not there to help them make the best choice. You will show the selections to participants and help them make their choice. The students will have fake debit cards to make purchases with. You will write them a receipt for their purchase.

    We will provide each merchant table with props, signs, calculators, pens, and more. You will not have to worry about bringing anything to the simulation, unless you have a calculator you like to use.

    Volunteers Needed (Book Fair):

    Our FLAMINGO book fair will be May 21st – 25th and we’re just pink about it!  If you’d like to help us at our book fair, please email Kimberly.LaMarre@pfisd.net  Include your students name and a phone number you can be reached at most of the time.  We will need cashiers, set up crew, and take down crew.  Thanks, Mrs. LaMarre 

    PTO Meeting:

    Please come visit us at the PTO meeting scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday in the PCMS Library. Whether you haven’t missed a meeting or haven’t been to any, everyone is welcome! I hope to see you there.

    Spring Choir Concert:

    Our Spring Choir Concert is always a treat. Whether you have a kiddo in choir or not, please come down to the PCMS Cafeteria at 7:00pm on Wednesday and listen to our talented students.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Great Week back at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/23/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Spring Break seemed to be the perfect break for students and staff. We returned this week to have a fantastic week at Park Crest Middle. Before I get into all of the great things going on at Park Crest, I want to personally thank the city and district police department for keeping our community safe in the midst of the recent, too close for comfort events. I also want to take a moment to send my condolences to all families who were affected by the recent incidents.

    Park Crest Musical (TONIGHT & Saturday):

    In case you missed it, tonight at 6:30pm and Saturday at 3:00pm we will be showcasing our Musical Theatre’s performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. I hope to see you there! Tickets are $5 at the door.

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    Park Crest Art Students Are Amazing:

    In case you havent had the opportunity to see any of the work of our talented kiddos, I thought I would share this digital art that was created by an 8th grader. Our kids are simply amazing. Special thanks to Ms. Kempf and Mrs. Daniel for creating a Gold Medal art program at Park Crest. This is just one example of the amazing work done in art 1 through 3.

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    Here are some awesome self-portraits done by the kiddos!

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    Our artists also create some pretty cool designs such as these that are currently on display:

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    Southwest Water Company Essay Contest:

    Please help me congratulate Park Crest’s Caedran Yeidel for being the winner of the Southwest Company Essay Contest at PCMS this year! Caedran’s essay writing skills really paid off, in fact she won a $100 Visa gift card for winning!

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    End of the 9-weeks & Report Cards:

    Today marks the end of the 3rd 9-weeks. Report cards will be sent home with students next week on Thursday, March 29th.  

    8th Grade Parents:

    I know it is hard to believe, but your 8th graders middle school career is nearly complete. One of the next milestone events is our annual 8th grade Panoramic Picture. The picture will be taken next Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00pm here at Park Crest. Please make sure your kiddo is present if you would like for them to be in the picture. Please also see below for details about purchasing your copy of this keep sake photo:

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     Read it Forward Celebration - House Arrest:

    Monday was our always fun Read it Forward Celebration for any student who read and passed the quiz over this years book. Students enjoyed a guest speaker, activites & snacks, and a button making emotion activity. Unfortuantely, our Keynote speaker, author of House Arrest KA Holt, had to reschedule. She will be coming to Park Crest on Monday and the participants will have an opportunity to hear from her. Special thanks to our amazing librarian Mrs. LaMarre for all of her work with this yearly event and providing our kiddos the opportunity to meet the author.

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    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Our Track stars competed at Connally High School last night and looked great. This was a great end to the regular season as we prepare for the district track meet next week. Speaking of the district track meet next week, there is inclement weather expected Tuesday and Wednesday. Thus, the event has been consolidated from two nights, to just one. Here are the details:

    Date:                     Monday, 3/26

    Location:              Weiss HS

    Time:                     Field Events start @ 4 pm

                                    2400 @ 4:30 pm

                                    Running @ 5:30 pm

    Although the district is prepared to be extra efficient with each event, please be prepared for this meet to extend a bit later than previous events this year.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School Friday:

    Park Crest Middle School and PfISD will be closed on Friday March 30th. Staff and students will return on Monday, April 2nd.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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