• Principal's Blog at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/16/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    This week's blog is short and sweet. As I hope you already know, the kiddos at Park Crest are so important to me. My staff and I spend long hours and go through great efforts to give them our all. That being said, we have families of our own that we share our time, attention, and love with. This week was extra special for me as my wife and I welcome our son Jaxson into the world. Thank you for sharing me this week, as I spend a few days with my family before returning back to work. Also, thank you to my Allstar team who has held down the fort (they are so good, they probably don't even notice that I am gone...).

    Baby Kleypas: Jaxson was born on Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day at a healthy 7.7lbs and 19inches. We have officially made it home and everyone is doing great. Check out the newest Puma fan in his grey and teal!

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    School Safety:

    In case you did not recieve the message from PfISD Superintendent Dr. Killian regarding school safety in Pflugerville ISD, I want to pass along his message below. We take safety very serious at Park Crest and at PfISD. Please familiarize yourself with the anonymous alerts app below if you have not already done so. Anonymous messages sent through the app or on the website go directly to me and my team. School safety is a staff, student, parent, and community responsibilty. Together, let's keep our kids safe. They deserve nothing less.


    Dear Pflugerville ISD Community:

    Following this week’s tragedy in Florida, our hearts are heavy with sadness and anger. School shootings are, unfortunately, a reality. While, thankfully, we have not experienced such a tragedy in Pflugerville ISD, we are not immune. This is why PfISD regularly conducts various drills and trains our staff annually on a variety of incidents. We do this at every campus throughout the year, practicing what to do in the event of various safety situations. We conduct monthly fire drills and each semester we drill on situations such as natural disasters and, unfortunately, intruder and active shooter scenarios.

    We are thankful for our strong partnerships with both the Pflugerville and Austin police departments, as well as other first responder agencies. Their assistance in our training and preparation is invaluable. In addition to our student and staff drills, we have conducted multi-agency emergency drills at PfISD facilities covering a variety of scenarios. The practice is invaluable and strengthens our knowledge – not only on response but in how to best interact with law enforcement during an incident.

    In the 2014 PfISD school bond, voters approved upgrades in security/safety to include controlled access entry vestibules at all PfISD schools. These have all been completed, and they provide a secure passage area between the entrance and interiors of the school building. Through the bond, we also upgraded the electrical, fire alarm and sprinkler systems at campuses over the past three years. Additionally, PfISD conducts safety audits that allow us to identify issues and take corrective action.

    We know that your child’s safety is your number one concern. Please know that it is our number one priority as well. Nothing is more important.

    PfISD counselors at all our campuses are available for students who may be struggling with the event or who just need to talk.

    Finally, this year we have enlisted a “See Something, Say Something” communication tool this year. Anonymous Alerts allows for reporting of any negative activity on campus, including fights, bullying, drugs, threats against the school, and more. Students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the school’s website, click on the PfISD Resources section of the homepage, and choose “Anonymous Alerts.” Or, simply download the Anonymous Alerts mobile app. Visit our website for more information: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/p9NkdQCOwUI_AyQZ_-zC0g~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRcaJM7P0QgaHR0cDovL3d3dy5wZmlzZC5uZXQvZG9tYWluLzE3MjdXB3NjaG9vbG1YBAAAAAFCCgACu1-HWpMo32NSGXphY2hhcnkua2xleXBhc0BwZmlzZC5uZXQ~.

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.

    In the best interest of children,

     

    Douglas Killian, Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Pflugerville ISD


    Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Pflugerville:

    Después de la tragedia de esta semana en Florida, nuestros corazones están llenos de tristeza y enfado. Los tiroteos escolares son, desafortunadamente, una realidad. Aunque, afortunadamente, no hemos experimentado tal tragedia en Pflugerville ISD, no somos inmunes. Es por eso que PfISD realiza regularmente varios simulacros y capacita a nuestro personal anualmente en una variedad de incidentes. Hacemos esto en cada escuela durante todo el año, practicando qué hacer en caso de varias situaciones de seguridad. Realizamos simulacros de incendio mensuales y cada semestre realizamos simulacros de incendio en situaciones como desastres naturales y, desafortunadamente, escenarios de intrusos y tiradores activos.

    Estamos agradecidos por nuestra fuerte asociación con los departamentos de policía de Pflugerville y Austin, así como con otras agencias y organizaciones de respuesta inmediata. Su ayuda en nuestra capacitación y preparación es invaluable. Además de nuestros ejercicios para estudiantes y personal, hemos realizado simulacros de emergencia de diversos organismos en las instalaciones de PfISD cubriendo una variedad de escenarios. La práctica es invaluable y fortalece nuestro conocimiento, no sólo en la respuesta sino también en cómo interactuar mejor con las fuerzas de seguridad y orden público durante un incidente.

    En el bono escolar de PfISD del 2014, los votantes aprobaron mejoras en seguridad para incluir vestíbulos de acceso controlado en todas las escuelas de PfISD. Todos estos han sido finalizados y proveen un área de paso segura entre la entrada y los interiores del edificio de la escuela. A través del bono, también mejoramos los sistemas eléctricos de alarma contra incendios y de sistemas de rociadores en los planteles durante los últimos tres años. Además, PfISD realiza auditorías de seguridad que nos permiten identificar problemas y tomar medidas correctivas.

    Sabemos que la seguridad de su hijo es su preocupación número uno. Por favor, sepa que también es nuestra prioridad número uno. Nada es más importante.

    Los consejeros de PfISD en todos nuestros planteles están disponibles para los estudiantes que pueden estar enfrentando dificultades con el evento o que sólo necesiten hablar.

    Finalmente, este año hemos incluido una herramienta de comunicación "Ver algo, decir algo". Alertas Anónimas permite reportar cualquier actividad negativa en el plantel, incluyendo peleas, intimidación, drogas, amenazas contra la escuela y más. Los estudiantes, padres u otro personal de la escuela pueden sencillamente visitar el sitio web de la escuela, hacer clic en la sección de Recursos de PfISD de la página principal, y elegir "Alertas Anónimas". O simplemente descargue la aplicación móvil de Alertas anónimas. Visite nuestro sitio web para más información: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/p9NkdQCOwUI_AyQZ_-zC0g~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRcaJM7P0QgaHR0cDovL3d3dy5wZmlzZC5uZXQvZG9tYWluLzE3MjdXB3NjaG9vbG1YBAAAAAFCCgACu1-HWpMo32NSGXphY2hhcnkua2xleXBhc0BwZmlzZC5uZXQ~.

    No dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.  Gracias por su apoyo continuo de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

    En beneficio de los niños,

     

    Dr. Douglas Killian

    Superintendente de Escuelas

    Pflugerville ISD


     

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School
    Pflugerville ISD

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways." 

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  • So Many Great Things at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/9/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was full of excitement and experiences, opportunities, and awards! Let’s get straight to it:

    Counselor Appreciation Week:

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    Can you imagine helping over 950 kiddos between the age of 11 and 14 be successful through emotions that come with the stress, struggles, and successes of middle school? That, and so much more is what our three amazing counselors take on each and every day. Want to know how you can make a counselor’s day? How to thank them for the devotion and dedication they show to our Pumas? Easy, send them a quick email to thank them for all that they do. Your kind words go a LONG way. Click on their names below to open up an email message to them if you are interested:

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    Puma Pride Breakfast:

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    Once again we honored roughly 60 kiddos at our 3rd Puma Pride Breakfast of the school year. This event is one of my favorites. The idea behind it is that each staff member can nominate only one student on campus who they feel has exhibited one of the six student character traits above and beyond their peers. We spend a lot of time and energy teaching, encouraging, and recognizing our students for not only being good students academically, but also good citizens. At the breakfast I let our students know that the important factor in whether or not Park Crest is going to be a Gold Medal Campus is not that we have great teachers, counselors, principals, etc. it is that we have great students. Regardless of whether or not your child was recognized at this Puma Pride Breakfast, please encourage them to realize that THEY are what makes PCMS so amazing. Their actions, words, and behaviors dictate the climate and culture of our campus. Thank you so much for sending us such awesome kiddos!

    EPIC 1.0 Lesson - Accepting Character Trait:

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    On Monday, students visited their EPIC 1.0 classrooms for our monthly character trait lesson. This week’s lesson was extra important to me personally because the trait was about being “accepting”. I too often see in the news, social media, and on TV shows people arguing, saying mean or disrespectful things to one another, and my least favorite; verbally or physically fighting. I hope through this week’s character trait lesson students were able to reflect on the power of their words and actions towards others. Please feel free to follow along with our lesson by viewing the presentation using this link: FEBRUARY EPIC 1.0 LESSON

    Among many other important ideas in this presentation, perhaps the most basic and easy to implement for our kiddos is a quote from the Disney movie Bambi: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” – please help reinforce that concept at home as well.

    Healthy Relationships Week:

    PCMS will be celebrating Healthy Relationships the week of February 12-16. Our Journalism class, led by Ms. Layman, will promote the campaign for Healthy Relationships by creating videos, posters and leading a school wide activity. Many parents struggle with how to talk to their kids about relationships and how to get more than the usual teenage answer of, “I don’t know.”

    Here are a few pointers: 

    Make time to have the conversation. Turn off TVs, put down electronics and have a face to face conversation with your kid. Giving your full attention and expecting their full attention in return will show them how important this topic is.

    Ask about different types of relationships. Some students are not ready for romantic relationships but they have relationships with friends. What makes a friendship a healthy or unhealthy relationship?

    What does respect mean to you? How do you show respect to others and how do you expect others to show respect to you?

    Give out different scenarios to see what your student’s thoughts are:

    • If your boyfriend/girlfriend wants the password to your phone or social media accounts to see who you talk to, is that healthy or unhealthy. What makes it healthy/unhealthy?
    • A friend only wants you to be friends with him/her. He/she gets jealous when you talk to other students. It’s because he/she thinks you’re so cool and really wants to spend a lot of time with you.
    • Your boyfriend/girlfriend asks if he/she can hold your hand. You enthusiastically say yes. Healthy or unhealthy? What would make it unhealthy?

    If you would like more ideas on how to talk to your kids about healthy relationships, feel free to contact your grade level counselor or Karinna Cantu, our school social worker. We hope that our activities will encourage our students to talk about what they expect and hope for in their relationships.

    Social Media & The Internet:

    Raise your hand if you have ever seen a negative/rude/inappropriate comment or post on the internet? I bet many, if not all of you, raised your hand (or at least you said yes in your head to the question). Since we are talking so much about being accepting and healthy relationships I want to take a moment to discuss social media. Many of our students have access to a phone, iPad, or computer. This is awesome, because these are such great tools. However, do you monitor what they are doing, looking at, and saying on the internet and social media? Do you check their Instagram accounts? Facebook? Snapchat? Text Messages? Unfortunately, children can sometimes be guilty of using technology to send/share negative/rude/inappropriate comments. Please be sure you are monitoring their devices and their social media accounts regularly.

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    Student’s Corner:

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    Parent Seminar Opportunity:

    I just received information that Pflugerville High School will be hosting a Parent Seminar on Teen Dating and Unhealthy Relationships. I apologize that the first session has passed, but there is another on Feb. 15th. This is a great opportunity to hear information to help keep your kiddo safe from unhealthy relationships in and out of school.

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    Bus Change:

    Durham Transportation Department has determined the necessity to create a new route for Park Crest Middle School.  The route will be on Bus #75.

    Below are memos that have been passed out to students on the buses Wednesday thru Friday this week (Feb 7-9) for buses 91, 107, and 116 which are all affected by this change. This may cause a slight variation in pick up and drop off times for these buses.

    Bus 91: Memo to PCMS 91 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    Bus 107: Memo to PCMS 107 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    Bus 116: Memo to PCMS 116 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    The effective date for this change will be Monday, February 12th.

    Please use this link to access current bus information for your house, if you have any further questions regarding your child’s bus and route:  http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=PI05686538905

    PTO – Valentine’s Sweet Treats:

    As you probably already know, our PTO spoils us with Sweet Treats on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s day. There are still slots available for sign up. For more information and to support the event please click on the following link:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-valentines1

    2018 Ambassador of Education – PEF:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation has selected its 2018 Ambassadors of Education. One of this years recipients is our very own Leti Munoz!!! Ms. Munoz is known for her high energy, fun spirit, and contageous smile. Ms. Munoz is involved in just about everything on campus from writing grants, coaching students, coordinating science labs, and so much more. Please help me congratulate Ms. Munoz on this outstanding accomplishment.

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     PfISD Service Awards Banquet:

    Thursday night all PfISD employees who have worked in the district for 10 or 15 years were celebrated at the Pflugerville Marriott Hotel. Congratuations to our amazing Mrs. Visness and Mrs. McNamer (pictured below) for their 10 years of service to PfISD! We are so fortunate to have their expertise right here at Park Crest Middle School. In addition, although not able to be in attendance, is our outstanding front office receptionist Mrs. Gytri whom was recognized for 15 years of service in the district.

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    Park Crest Cheerleading & Mascot Applications:

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    Applications became available earlier this week and can be found in the front office, A-hallway, and C-hallway. If your child is interested in participating please make sure you read over the entire packet carefully and have all required items turned in by the Feb. 26th deadline. Here is a copy of the application for your convenience: 2018-19 Cheerleading Application.pdf

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Kudos to all of our amazing UIL Academic students who competed last weekend at Hendrickson High School. I will share more results in the future, but want to congratulate our many participants and winners! Go Pumas.

    Basketball played their final regular season games this week. It was the perfect end to the regular season as all four boys and all four girls teams were victorious. Next, our athletes will compete in district playoffs this weekend. Although individual team tournament times are not yet available, we know that the tournament will start at 9:00am at the following locations:

    • 8th Grade Boys @ Hendrickson High School
    • 8th Grade Girls @ Pflugerville High School
    • 7th Grade Boys @ Weiss High School
    • 7th Grade Girls @ Connally High School

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Valentine’s Dance:

    The Valentine’s Dance is next Friday, February 16th, 2018. Middle School dances are all about hanging out and having fun. Students should be in dress code and coming as individuals, not as dates/couples. Tickets will be sold next week in the cafeteria and at the door. Students must not have any ISS, suspension, or OC placements since coming back in January in order to attend the dance. Students must also be present at school on Friday in order to come back for the dance.

    The dance lasts from 6:00 – 9:00pm

     

    6th Grade

    7th/8th Grade

    6:00-7:30pm

    Cafeteria - Dance

    Gym – games and sports

    7:30-9:00pm

    Gym – games and sports

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    Kickstart Tournament:

    The PfISD kickstart tournament will be held at Kelly Lane Middle School. Please come out and support our amazing Kickstart Demo team as they compete for the title!

    Park Crest Athletics Zaxby’s Spirit Night:

    Save the date for Feb. 27th. This will be another night where you won’t need to worry about cooking dinner. Simply drive by and pick up, or eat inside at the local Zaxby’s on 685 between 5pm and close to support Park Crest athletics. We hope to see you there.

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    PCMS Golf Team:

    PfISD is going to once again have middle school golf. More information will come in the future, but I wanted to spread the word now in case your child is interested in trying out for the team. This will be offered to 7th/8th grade girls and boys. Students do NOT need to be in athletics to try out. However, students must have:

    • Current Physical
    • Golf Equipment
    • Proper Attire

    More info to come!

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Already February at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/2/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is so hard to believe that we are already into February. Where has this school year gone? This month is known for being a bit tricky because students and families toggle between preparing for looming STAAR tests that are only a few months away and planning for the next school year through course selections. It is also a month without a truly defined break, especially since Feb. 19th is no longer a student holiday.

    PCMS Crest – Character Trait:

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    This month’s student character trait is “accepting”. We will be spending all month talking about being accepting of one another by being kind, supportive, and caring. This is such an important topic in this day and age and I cannot wait to help students learn the value in accepting everyone, regardless of our differences. We will do this through our monthly EPIC 1.0 presentation this coming Monday and will be celebrating Healthy Relationships Week in a few weeks to build upon the lesson. Feel free to look at your child’s agenda on page 81 and join in on the conversation at home! You can also check out the “Gold Medal Challenge”, “Character Corner”, and “Quote” at the bottom of each calendar page in the agenda for even more fun conversation starters and activities.

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    Welcome 5th Grade Parents:

    I want to take a moment to recognize and welcome many new guests to our weekly blog; our 5th grade parents! We had a great 5th grade parent night on Monday where we shared instructions for joining this blog, among other things. I am always impressed with the number of involved parents who make time during busy work weeks to come check out what we are all about. The teamwork between our families and our staff are crucial to the success of our kiddos.

     Check out all of these smiling faces in our Proud Puma frame at the 5th grade parent night:

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    Gold Medal Performance – Geography Bee:

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    Pflugerville ISD hosted its 10th annual Geography Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Pflugerville High School.

    The Geography Showcase celebrates geography education in grades 4-8. The contestants, all campus winners of the National Geographic Bee competition, answered questions about local, state, national and world geography.

    Though Saturday’s exhibition was not an official National Geographic event, these students will also take a qualifying test in hopes of participating in the state contest on April 6. Winners at the state level advance to the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.  

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 PfISD Geography Showcase:

    • First place – Zachary Lucas, Park Crest Middle School
    • Second place – Aryanna Harton, Pflugerville Elementary School
    • Third place – Ronald Rodriguez, Copperfield Elementary School

    Simple Parent Tip:

    If these three things are not part of your routine for keeping up with your child’s progress and experience at Park Crest, please consider adding them:

    1. Monitoring grades/attendance on FOCUS
    2. Checking on what they are learning about, homework assigned, and test dates in their agenda
    3. Asking about their day: “What was one memorable thing from today?”, “What was your favorite lesson today?” “When is your next test, and in what class is it in?”

    PTO – Valentine’s Sweet Treats:

    I want to thank the PTO and all of the parents who contributed to our recent chili luncheon. It was the perfect treat for my staff and we are extremely grateful. The next event that our PTO spoils us with is the Sweet Treats on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s day. For more information and to support the event please click on the following link:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-valentines1

    Student’s Corner:

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    Yearbooks for Sale:

    Preorder your 2017-18 yearbook for only $30! That is a great deal, and the price will only go up from there. 

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    Cafeteria Balance Letter:

    If your son or daughter has a balance on their school lunch account, a letter from Aramark (our school meals provider) will be coming home in the near future. Please help remedy any outstanding balances. If you need assistance paying off the balance, please do not hesitate to contact me. We, of course, do not want to have any outstanding balances, but making sure our kiddos eat comes first. To view or adjust your child’s meal balance you can utilize this link: MY SCHOOL BUCKS LINK

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Our boys and girls teams faced off against nearby Pflugerville Middle School. All four 8th grade teams were victorious against the panthers! The 7th grade teams played hard but unfortunately only the 7th grade B team girls came home with a win. Next week is our last regular season games followed by the district tournament on Saturday.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Basketball:

    Monday and Thursday’s home games will be held at PARK CREST! The bleachers have been fixed and are ready for competition use.

    Girls and Boys basketball complete their regular season next week and will complete the season in the district playoff tournament.

    Tournament seeding will be based on each team’s regular season record. Although we won’t know the exact time of each team’s game until they finish their final games we do know their locations:

    • 8th Grade Boys @ Hendrickson High School
    • 8th Grade Girls @ Pflugerville High School
    • 7th Grade Boys @ Weiss High School
    • 7th Grade Girls @ Connally High School

    HHS Cheer Tryouts:

    Please click this link for full information:HHS CHEER TRYOUTS

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    Valentine’s Day Gifts:

    Just an early heads up that any large or distracting Valentine’s day gifts (flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, chocolates, etc.) will be stored in the main office if they are brought to school. Your child will have an opportunity to pick them up at the end of the day before they go home. We do this every year, as do most campuses, to minimize the distraction and eliminate the posibility of damaging or losing these items during the day.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/26/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

                                          

    Happy Friday! This sure was a great week at Park Crest Middle School. We welcomed future 6th graders from all of our feeder middle schools to check out our campus and our programs. We had our annual science night which was packed with kiddos and parents. Choice sheets went out to all current 6th and 7th graders. Plus, so much more. Keep reading for more information:

     Science Night:

    Our science night is an event we hold each year to showcase our 6th grade Pre AP Rube Goldberg Projects and our 7th grade inventions. “A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence.” This is an awesome event because the kiddos have worked really hard, and most, if not all, had a lot of fun. This year’s entries completed tasks ranging from pouring dog food to turning on a light bulb! In the invention category students also had to present their idea to their fellow classmates. It was awesome hearing them explain why they came up with their idea, what its purpose is, and how they would improve it if they made a 2.0. We have some pretty amazing kiddos at Park Crest who are full of great ideas. Just remember, when their invention makes it big on Shark Tank, 1% of the negotiations come back to their middle school Principal. J

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    5th Grade Student Visits:

    On Wednesday, kiddos from numerous elementary schools came over to Park Crest to get their first feel of what we are all about. We, of course, explained to them our two most important things; to keep improving always in all ways, and to strive to be Gold Medal – the best of the best. We also took them on a tour of the campus which was led by our AVID and NJHS student leaders and let them see our student groups perform. Below is a picture of the mesmerized 5th graders as the PCMS Kickstart team performs for them.

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    Choice Sheets! High School Transition Meetings:

    Current 6th and 7th grade students have all received their choice sheets. This is an exciting time for students as they navigate building a schedule and choosing electives that interest them. Each year more and more electives become available to them. Please have a conversation with your child before signing off on their courses to ensure they have signed up for the best courses for them.

     Current 8th grade students will be selecting classes with your help and alongside of a high school counselor. You should be receiving a postcard in the mail with a date and time of your individual meeting time. It is incredibly important to attend that meeting because those high school counselors can guide you and your child through the high school graduation and endorsement plans. Those meetings will be held here at PCMS.

    Big Event T-shirts for Sale (only $2 to anyone!!!)

    I am so proud to announce that Park Crest has approximately 425 students signed up for this year’s Big Event! Those are some of the highest participation numbers for a campus in the district! The next step in preparation is getting a T-shirt. T-shirts are being sold in the cafeteria today, Monday, and Tuesday for only $2. ANYONE can buy them whether they are participating or not. Students, teachers, parents, etc. Since we are selling shirts for the same price we get them for, they will be pre-orders and given out for the event.

     REMINDER: Feb. 19th

    This has certainly been an unusual year with the weather. Due to the delayed starts that occurred earlier this school year, combined with last week’s full-day closure, we are utilizing Monday, February 19, as our bad weather make-up day, per the published 2017-18 PfISD calendar.

    With attendance being such an important daily focus I want to ensure you know that we will have class and kiddos are expected to be at school on this day.

    Student’s Corner:

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    A Health & Safety Message from the District:

    Dear PfISD Parents and Guardians:

    Safeguarding student health and maintaining safety are top priorities – whether on or off a PfISD campus. As such, there are two issues we’d like to bring to your attention:

    Detergent Pod Danger

    First, over the last two weeks a viral video challenge involving teens ingesting laundry and dishwasher detergent pods has gained national attention. Due to the potentially lethal consequences, Pflugerville ISD believes parents and guardians of students need to understand the serious nature of the trend.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that those exposed to the highly concentrated, toxic detergents are at risk of serious injury, including loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing. Eye contact with the pods has also resulted in injury. In addition, younger children may mistake the pods for candy or toys. Parents and guardians should keep detergent pods sealed in their original packaging and stored out of sight and reach.

    If swallowed or exposed to the eye:

    • Immediately call Poison Control at 1.800.222.1222
    • If swallowed, rinse as much of the detergent as possible from the mouth.
    • If exposed to the eye, flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes.

    If you are aware of this activity involving Pflugerville ISD students, please don’t hesitate to call the school or use PfISD’s new Anonymous Alerts communications tool that allows for reporting of any negative activity on campus, including fights, bullying, drugs threats against the school and more. Students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the school’s website, click on the PfISD Resources section of the homepage and choose “Anonymous Alerts,” or download the Anonymous Alerts mobile app. Visit our website for more information: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1727.

    Flu Danger

    Second, we urge you to take precautions to avoid getting the flu. With influenza widespread throughout Texas, vaccination can provide protection against flu. Find out where flu shots are available at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/flu/ or contact your health care provider.

    Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is sudden and students should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when they’re sick.

    We appreciate your attention to these matters – and working with PfISD as a partner to keep our students both safe and healthy.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls basketball teams competed this week against the Cele Colts. Girls played Monday and each team was victories except the 8th grade A team.

    Boys basketball played on Thursday and battled hard. That being said, only our 8th grade B team was victorious.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Basketball Relocation:

    All basketball home games will be played at Pflugerville HS

    Early Release:

    We will be on an early release bell schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 31st. Students will be released at 12:45pm.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep Improving, always, in all ways.

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  • Short Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/19/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was a short week due to weather, but there was plenty going on at Park Crest and even more to come in the upcoming weeks!

    Chili Luncheon PTO:

    Our Amazing PTO has their next staff appreciation event scheduled for Friday, January 26th; the PTO Chili Luncheon! This is an awesome event that my staff absolutely love. There are a few more spots available to sign up for. Please use this link if you are interested in bringing an item: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA9AC2DA1F49-teacher2

    Thank you in advance for all of your time, energy, and support!

    High School Parent Night:

    I loved seeing many of you at the high school parent nights on Wednesday at both PHS and HHS. These are great events to get to learn about the MANY course offerings at the high school level. If you weren’t able to attend, or simply want more information please take a look at either of these two links:

    1. Endorsement Information: ENDORSEMENT GUIDE
    2. Course Guide: 2018-19 COURSE GUIDE

    Science Night:

    Tuesday, January 23rd is our annual Science Night at 6:00pm! Come check out the awesome projects our kiddos have been working on!  Students have a unique opportunity earn extra credit in their science class. You can replace your lowest assessment grade (will not replace any Pre Ap project grade) with the grade you earn on your scavenger hunt!! You cannot beat that!

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    Update on The District:

    It isn’t hard to see that our district is growing very quickly. Why wouldn’t it? Pflugerville and Pflugerville ISD is the place to be! Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian in January provided an update on Pflugerville ISD to the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce. Click on this link to see the presentation and be in the know with what is going on in PfISD: http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/4/PfISDchamber010918.pdf

    School Board Appreciation Month:

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    Throughout the month of January, Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees will be honored for its hard work and dedication on behalf of approximately 25,400 students and more than 3,000 staff.

    January is School Board Recognition Month across Texas, and the Pflugerville ISD community will celebrate its seven trustees in style, with a proclamation to be presented by Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales at the Jan. 18 school board meeting and an “All-Star”-themed reception at Pfluger Hall Jan. 25. In a new tradition, PfISD schools will each salute the board by “adopting” different board members, involving them in school activities throughout the month.

    Community members are invited to attend the Jan. 25 reception, from 4-6 p.m. at Pfluger Hall, 203-B East Pecan St. The Connally High School Orchestra will perform, and CHS culinary students will serve appetizers for those in attendance. Attendees may come and go as they wish between 4-6 p.m. Free parking will be available.

    Board members meet monthly, typically on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the PfISD Administration Building. Additionally, board members serve on district committees and attend various school functions throughout the year to support students and educational initiatives.

    Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees are: Vernagene Mott, president; Larry Bradley, vice president; Mary Kimmins, secretary; Dr. Carol Fletcher; Rob Reyes; Renae Mitchell; and Tony Hanson.

    5th Grade Parents:

    Do you know any future Pumas who are in the 5th grade? If so, I highly encourage that you recommend they join this principals blog to start hearing about the great things going on at PCMS.

    5th graders and their parents have two great opportunities coming up to see Park Crest for themselves.

    1. 5th grade student visit: Wednesday, Jan. 24th from 9:30-11:30am. Current Pumas in many of our extra-curricular activities will showcase their talent in this welcome, tour, and meet and greet event.
    2. 5th grade parent night: Monday, Jan. 29th from 6-8pm. This event is for both parents and students and is an opportunity for them to see what courses are being offered here at PCMS and meet the teachers of those courses.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball took on Kelly Lane Thursday evening. The 7th grade traveled to Kelly Lane and played hard but both teams were defeated. The 8th grade B team was also unsuccessful but the A team won in an awesome nail bitter! 

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No Puma Den:

    Due to our monthly faculty meeting we will not have Puma Den on Wednesday, Jan. 24th after school. Sorry for the inconvenience but it is important that we take time to gather together as an entire faculty to discuss important topics.

    PTO Meeting:

    Due to the weather, last week’s PTO meeting was cancelled. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 6:30 in the PCMS library. I hope to see you there!

    Girls & Boys Basketball:

    All HOME games will be played at the Pflugerville High School small gym.

    • Monday Girls – 8th grade at Cele, 7th grade at PHS small gym
    • Thursday Boys – 8th grade at Cele, 7th grade at PHS small gym

    Jan. 31st – Early Release:

    Just a reminder that Wednesday, Jan. 31st will be an early release day for all campuses. PCMS will get out of school at 12:45pm.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Reflecting on Gold Medal Moments @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/12/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It sure was great to get back into the swing of things and see all of the kiddos again. As I popped my head into classrooms this week I noticed that students were busy at work. There is no time to waste as we embark on the second half of the school year. I have a ton of stuff to share with you that needs your attention, so I am going to get straight to the point. Don't forget to click on all of the important links while you read!

    The PfISD Big Event:

    The deadline to sign your child up for The PfISD Big Event is rapidly approaching on Friday, January 19th. That is a hard deadline set at the district level and we will not be able to take late forms. We have set out hundreds of forms right next to the turn in box in the main hallway. PLEASE encourage your child to participate in this one-day community service project on Friday, March 2nd. It occurs on a school day, your child will be supervised by PCMS teachers/staff, will be transported on PfISD buses, and will be fed a free lunch before being returned to campus in time for normal dismissal. We are already approaching nearly 200 students signed up so I assure you your child will NOT want to miss this. Here is a copy of the front and back form if you want to print it yourself and complete it at home: THE 2018 PFISD BIG EVENT FORM

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    Gold Medal Moments Presentations:

    After coming back from the Winter Break we wanted to take a moment to reflect and remind everyone of many of the amazing moments and events from the fall that make Park Crest a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. Check out these slides: Park Crest Gold Medal Moments 2017 SLIDES OR this video (no sound):  PCMS Gold Medal Moments VIDEO  These moments were shared with all staff and students through EPIC 1.0 and are now yours to enjoy as well.

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    Our kiddos give us so much to be proud and thankful for. Thank you for sending us such great kiddos!

    Epic 1.0 Presentations:

    The rest of the days this week were also EPIC 1.0 days. That simply means that students were in their assigned classes for EPIC, not free to visit teachers or be pulled for intervention. This is typical, as we use this time to remind students of our expectations and share information we feel is important, such as our character traits and character education program. I welcome you to please join along by checking out each daily presentation using the links below:

    Chili Luncheon PTO:
    Our Amazing PTO has their next staff appreciation event scheduled; the PTO Chili Luncheon! This is an awesome event that my staff absolutely love. Please use this link if you are interested in contributing to the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA9AC2DA1F49-teacher2

    Thank you in advance for all of your time, energy, and support!

    Student's Corner:

    Looking forward to UIL District
    By Rachel Calabuig

    For all of you UIL nerds, this is the BIG thing!  It’s not just the practice Invitational UIL, it’s the real deal!  What I’m really looking forward to is the Ready Writing portion!

    I want to be an author when I grow up, and practicing my writing now will help me to write stellar stories later.

    It was three years ago, in 4th grade, I started UIL Read Writing and received 2nd place.  It helped having an AWESOME 4th grade teacher: Mrs. Silvus.  Maybe I’ll earn 2nd or even 1st place in Ready Writing this year.  The most nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing part is not the participating, it is the award ceremony.  How well did I do?  How long will I have to wait to get my work back?

     Why do I still do it?  It’s because I LOVE doing it and seeing how well I did, and working to do better for next year.

    Attendance:

    We had some of the best attendance this week that we have had ALL year! As a reminder we are providing TWO student attendance incentives your child will be eligible to win this 9-weeks.

    1. A FREE Zaxby’s gift card
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    2. Win a FREE Amazon Fire 7 Tablet!
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    Doodle 4 Google:

    The PCMS Art teachers have made us aware of an awesome contest/opportunity for our Park Crest artists and doodlers. The Doodle 4 Google contest is an annual event. The theme this year is 'What Inspires Me'. Here is the website for more info: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

    Students can pick up and turn in an official entry form in Ms. Kempf’s classroom in the A hallway.

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    Check out the possible grand prize below, as well as additional levels of prizes at this link: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/prizes.html

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    8th Grade Parents:

    1. High School List serve emails: Please don’t think I am already trying to get rid of you when I say this, but I recommend that at this time you join your child’s future high school list serve email. Similar to this blog, through joining the high school list serve, you will receive important info and updates from that campus. This is crucial as this time of year when a lot of transition information is communicated from the high schools. Don’t worry, you don’t have to leave our Park Crest list serve to do so. I will also do my best to provide you with all the events and updates you need as I receive it. To join their list serve please simply use this link and choose the school that is right for you: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/234
    2. PSAT 8/9 Scores: Students will be receiving their individual PSAT 8/9 results through their math classes early next week. Please encourage your child to bring those home to look at and discuss. Figuring out strengths and weaknesses by taking the PSAT can have huge benefits to preparing for the SAT which they will take their junior year of high school.
    3. High School Course Fairs: If your child is a current 8th grader, you will NOT want to miss the high school course fairs. This is a night when the high school teachers showcase their courses. There are SO many choices at the high school that I highly encourage you and your child to go and check one of them out. Here is the information you need:

    Extra Curricula’s in Review:

    Our athletes wasted no time getting back to the court as girls and boys basketball took on Dessau this week. The girls had a very successful week as all four teams were victorious! The 8th grade The boys basketball team played on Thursday night and while all teams played hard, only the 8th grade B team came up with a win.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School Monday – MLK Day

    In honor and celebration of MLK Day students and staff will have Monday, January 15th off. Please enjoy this time and we will see you back on Tuesday, January 16th.

    PTO Meeting:

    Come join us Tuesday in the Park Crest library for our next PTO meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and attend. This is the first meeting of 2018 and is a great time to jump in and hear what all we have going on. Whether you aspire to lead the organization one day or just sit back and listen, we would love to have you. I hope to see you there at 6:30!

    Park Crest Science Night:

    Our annual science night is less than two weeks away! Whether you have a child submitting a project or not, you are welcomed and encouraged to come out and attend the event. Check out this flyer for more information:

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    Read it Forward:

    Our 2017-18 Read it Forward book event is officially underway! This year’s title is House Arrest by K.A. Holt. Last year’s book; Ghost, was a HUGE hit and I am sure this one will be too. Tell your kiddo to head to the library to pick up their copy. Students must successful finish the book by the deadline of the challenge in order to get admission to the Read it Forward Party event later in the year.

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Welcome Back - PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/8/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    I hope you have had a wonderful, restful break! Today our staff started off the day together, reminising on the many Gold Medal moments from the fall 2017 semester. I will be sharing these moments with you in this upcoming Friday blog so make sure to stay tuned for that. After the brief morning meeting they got to work preparing for the arrival of the kiddos tomorrow. It was a busy place around here as teachers and staff scurried around the building and within their classrooms. We at Park Crest are so excited to welcome back the kiddos tomorrow and pick up where we left off in 2017! 

    As a friendly reminder the doors open tomorrow at 7:40am and school starts at 8:00am.

    Please feel free to use the back parking lot loop for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. This area is much less congested due to the buses located out front of the school.

    As you always here me say, attendance matters! We did a great job with attendance last semester but we know we can always do better. Thus, I am excited to announce TWO student attendance incentives your child will be eligible to win this 9-weeks.

    1. We will continue to award every student with perfect attendance for the entire 9-weeks with a free Zaxby’s gift cards. This gift card is for any student who has perfect attendance for the entire 9-weeks (excluding absences with doctors notes).

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    1. We are adding the opportunity for your child to be entered into a drawing to win a FREE Amazon Fire 7 Tablet! Students with perfect attendance for each two week stretch of this 9-weeks will have their name entered into a raffle. Thus, your child will have 5 opportunities to have their name placed in the drawing. PCMS will have not one, but two winners from the drawing at the end of the 9-weeks!

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    *Are you or your company interested in supporting Park Crest students through a similar or different student success incentive? Email me at zachary.kleypas@pfisd.net and I would be happy to discuss how you can get involved.

    Thank you for making education and your child's attendance a continued priority. We are all going to be more successful because of it.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

     

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  • FULL week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 12/15/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was an eventful week at Park Crest as we finish our final full week before the Winter Break. As I often do, I want to ask that you please make attendance over the final four days, including Thursday’s early release a priority. School will release at 12:45 on Thursday 12/21/2017. After record breaking attendance just weeks ago we took a dip this week and need to all work together to bring it back up. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

    PCMS Experience:

    This week was all about showcasing the hard work of our students. We held a boys’ basketball game, band concert, choir concert, and girls’ basketball game in the evenings through this week. We held a Puma Pride Breakfast before school and our band and choir students travelled to the community to perform. I love nothing more than seeing our kids excel at the things they love.

    AVID Campus:

    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a huge part of our campus culture. Whether it be our AVID students who are either in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade AVID class or simply our non-avid classes utilizing the instructional skills and strategies taught in AVID, it is a huge part of what we do. I am proud to announce that our program, under the leadership of the great Tosha Vecchio, has received the AVID Highly Certified Site Certificate again this year. Although this may simply be a printed certificate there is a ton of teacher work, purposeful planning, and student success that contribute to receiving this recognition.

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    Pflugerville Education Foundation:

    The SurPRIZE patrol, which awards grants from the Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF), made its surprise rounds today and Park Crest was fortunate enough to be the recipient of another grant! We were one of just five schools in the entire district who was fortunate enough to receive a grant. This round was exclusively for new teachers. Our 6th grade science teacher Mr. Muller is the proud recipient of a $1,930.31 grant in order to further the learning in his classroom and that of the entire 6th grade science PLC. The grant was titled “Sink, Float or Run, I've Already Done It All!” and will be put to use later on this school year. We are super proud of Mr. Muller and his team and will be sure to share pictures of the items purchased through the grant as soon as they arrive.

    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    Our Puma Pride Breakfast is our opportunity as staff members to nominate just one student each who we feel is undoubtedly exhibiting one of the Park Crest student character traits we value. It is a great way to reinforce our positive expectations and bring the PCMS Crest back to the forefront of our focus as we move through the busy school year. This was our second breakfast out of four that we will host throughout the year. There were nearly 50 students and many parents and siblings there to celebrate. This is arguably one of my favorite events of the year because of the fact that we are honoring students for their good character. We have a ton of great and worthy Pumas at Park Crest who exhibit the six character traits of being leaders, hardworking, effective communicators, accepting, critical thinkers, and accountable. Please continue to help us teach and encourage these traits in our students. Below is the PCMS Crest as a reminder of those student traits, as well as the administrator, staff, and parent traits we value so much.

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    Band Concert:

    Tuesday Night was our annual Band Winter Concert and boy was it a treat. I was so impressed with the amount of parents in attendance for this event. Due to the fact that students performed in sections, and thus parents came and went, we were able to fill the gym bleachers three separate times! The kiddos were great and their music was fun and festive. It was truly a great event for the whole family!

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    Choir Concert & Choir at the Pflugerville Rec Center:

    Our students sang their hearts out Wednesday night at Park Crest during the annual Winter Concert. It is amazing how fast they progress, especially the sixth graders who just joined choir this year.

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    Just the day before, many of our choir students traveled to the Pflugerville Rec Center to perform for community members during their meal. This was such a great event to see our kiddos performing in front of such a… seasoned crowd.

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    National Junior Honor Society (NJHS):

    Our NJHS would like to ask for blanket and towel donations for the shelter. This is the final week of the collection so please feel free to bring any donations to the front office or send them with your child.

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    Girls Basketball visits the Longhorns:

    Our girls’ basketball team took a trip on Wednesday to get a little inspiration. They travelled together along with their coaches to see the lady Longhorns at the Erwin Center. This is an experience I am sure the lady Pumas will not soon forget!

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    UIL One Act Play Recap:

    Last week I concluded the blog by wishing our theatre arts UIL One Act Play group good luck at Saturdays competition. Well, our kiddos and teacher did not disappoint! The Last Night of Ballyhoo was a huge success and helped bring home the 3rd place trophy to Park Crest Middle School!

    • Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Ethan Visness
    • All Star Cast: McKenlee Wilson & Heidi Hughes
    • All Star Technicians: Emily Pearce

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    Students Corner:

    Lady Pumas Prepare to WIN!

    By Addi Weeks

    Being on the basketball team is very fun but also a lot of responsibility.

    Showing up on time to practice is vitally important so we can improve every day with the limited time we are given.  We start with stretching and agilities and then begin warming up with zigzag dribbling.  This is when we dribble up to a point at the court and cross the ball to our other hand in different ways.  Occasionally we add in other drills although normally we go straight into running over, reviewing, or learning plays.

     It is expected that we put in the effort and positivity to everything we do.

     In the end, Lady Pumas are the best we can be and all the hard work pays off by game day.

    And by CarTaesyha Bennett

    The Lady Pumas work hard, play hard, and never give up.  We play hard to get that win.  The support and cheers from the students and teachers at Park Crest makes us want to work hard and play the best we can.

     The Lady Pumas love the support and cheers - and that makes us determined to keep doing our best!

     Extra-Curricular Review:

    Girls’ Basketball:

    The lady Pumas competed against the Pflugerville Panthers Monday night. Both 8th grade teams were successful at PMS, along with the 7th grade B team. However, the 7th grade A team fell to the Panthers.

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    Boys’ Basketball:

    The boys took on the Panthers Thursday night. The 8th grade A team brought home another win. However, our other three teams were not victories. Nonetheless we are proud of our athletes and the hard work and determination they showed. We will continue to practice and prepare for our next games!

    Next Few Week’s Preview:

    The end of the 9-weeks is next week on Thursday, Dec. 21st. The same day we get out early at 12:45 for the holiday break. Please make sure that your child is attending tutorials, EPICs, and turning in all of their work in order to be successful. This will be a busy week for grades and closing out the semester. Once on break, students will return on Tuesday, January 9th.

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    Kickstart Belt Ceremony: 

    In addtion to our basketball games we will have our Kickstart Belt Ceremony next week. The event is on Tuesday night in the Park Crest Gym. I cannot wait for this event where our kiddos showcase thier impressive skils, discipline, and routines. You won't want to miss it!

    Early Release:

    Thursday will be an early release. Please remember that students are released at 12:45. Busses will run at that time.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • What a Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 12/8/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This has been a busy week at Park Crest Middle School! We were at the Capitol (twice), we had Night of CODE, Girls Basketball was visited by VIPs, and today as you know we experienced the 2-hour delay due to the lovely snow last night!

    I have a lot to share, and many great pictures. However, if you have not yet found us on Facebook and liked our page I can assure you that you are missing out on a ton of great information throughout the week including countless pictures of our kiddos and our events. You can find us on Facebook using this link: https://www.facebook.com/PFPCMS/

    Night of CODE:

    Our 1st annual Night of CODE was a HUGE SUCCESS. We had approximately 150 people who came out, despite the wet, rainy weather. I want to again thank our amazing community sponsor Zaxby’s and Owners Mr. & Mrs. Patel for donating meals for every participant to enjoy! I also want to thank our Pflugerville Education Foundation for providing our campus with the $10,000 grant that allowed us to purchase all of the cool technology. Finally, the icing on the cake was that our very own PfISD board of trustees Dr. Carol Fletcher came to speak to our student and families about the importance and future of coding and computer science. This was definitely a night to remember, and something I will look forward to next year! If you didn’t get to attend, please encourage your kiddos to visit Code.org to practice coding while playing from home. Here are just a few pictures from the event:

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    CODING at the Capitol:

    On Monday, a team of students and our very own Ms. Munoz went to the Capitol in downtown Austin to demonstrate their skills and learning around coding. Special guests included Superintendent Dr. Killian, Board of Trustees Dr. Carol Fletcher, Representative Celia Israel, and many more. It is so amazing what our kiddos can do, and I am so glad that members at the Capitol got to see a handful of them in action! Below are just a few of the pictures. More can be found on the WeTeach_CS facebook page: Coding at the Capitol photos

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    Band at the Capitol:

    On Wednesday our band students led by Mr. Lucio and Ms. Pinner traveled to the Capitol as well. Check out the pictures of our kiddos having the opportunity to perform right in the middle of the Capitol:

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    Gold Medal Attendance:

    As I have been saying since we first arrived to school in August, attendance is so important. I am proud to say that Park Crest Middle School had the best attendance rate of all six middle schools and all four high schools in the district for the 2nd 6-weeks period of school! In fact, we were 3rd place in the whole district!!! That is phenomenal work and I truly want to thank you, the parents for that. Even with this great news, we can’t celebrate too much yet. I want to remind you how important it is to send your kiddo to school every day, especially with the holidays coming up. I know how tempting it is to start the holidays early but it really does have an impact on our campus. Let’s continue to lead the district in this important work! I will continue to share our success.

    Gold Medal PSAT 8/9 Scores:

    College Board, the entity through which the PSAT, SAT, and ACT is given has provided us with some campus, district, and state level results from the Fall 2017 administration. I am proud, but not surprised, to see that Park Crest is performing well above the state average! GO Pumas! This simply goes to show that the work our students and staff are doing in the classroom is really paying off. If our Pumas continue to work hard they WILL be college and career ready in just a few more years.

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    Students Corner (NEW):

    Each week I will share a brief story from a student at Park Crest. It is pretty powerful to hear the experience of our kiddos and the great things happening right here at Park Crest. This week, our story comes from Rachel Calabuig regarding her experience with our upcoming school play:

    How cool is that? There is a ton of work that goes into putting on these middle school performances. Kudos to the kiddos and our staff for all of their time, effort and work. I still don’t understand how they remember all of those lines! Some days I can barely remember what I ate for dinner the night before!

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    Park Crest Teacher Recognized:

    You hear me talk about it all the time; building relationships and capturing kid’s hearts is key to our success. Check out this publication in the well-known (in the education world) online journal Educational Leadership. Our very own ELA teacher Mrs. Weigand was quoted in one of this week’s articles:

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    For the entire article, click this link: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ARTICLE

     Extra Curricular Review:

    Girls basketball: Our girls were on fire this week! All four teams came home with big victories agains the Cele Colts. Not only that, but we had some special guests in the house to watch our Puma. Thanks UT Basketball for the support!!!

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    Boys basketball: Our boys took on Cele Thursday night. It was an eventful night to say the least and the B teams got to finish their games but the A team games got called off right around half time due to the snow. Some of our kids and fans weren’t too disappointed about the snow however:

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    One Act Play: Our students performed The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The kiddos were fantastic and had their lines down perfectly. We wish them the best of luck as they compete in the UIL One Act Play competition on Saturday!

    Playoff Game at the Pfield:

    In case you didn’t hear, Hendrickson High School football is still competing in the playoffs. They play Cedar Ridge HS this Saturday at 5:00pm and it is here at the Pfield!

    • Time:                   5:00 pm
    • Location:             The PfIELD
    • Presale tickets:    Students - $4/Adults - $8
    • Tickets @ gate:    $10

    Due to this event being a UIL playoff event, versus simply a PfISD game, some of our typical Pfield rules do not apply:

    **Faculty IDs will not be accepted**

    **Gold Passes will not be accepted**

    **Student-Athlete stickers will not be accepted**

    THSCA/TGCA/THSADA/13-6A UIL passes will be accepted

    I hope to see you support one of our feeder high schools and PfISD!

    You can even buy tickets online through this link: https://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/4572

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No Puma Den:

    Due to our monthly faculty meeting we will not have Puma Den on Wednesday, Nov. 13th. Sorry for any inconvenience but this time to plan and improve as a staff is crucial. Students are encouraged to take the bus or make arrangements.

    Winter Concerts:

    The band and choir winter concerts are always a real holiday treat. Band performs on Tuesday in the gym and choir performs on Wednesday in the cafeteria. I hope you can make it to at least one, if not both events to see how talented our Puma musicians are! I hope to see you there.

    Opportunities to Travel For Our Pumas:

    Each year students at Park Crest are provided the opportunity to travel through EF Travelers. This program is not associated with the district or the campus but is led by two of our teachers here at Park Crest. Thus, our students have an exclusive opportunity to participate if you are interested and able. For more information on the next opportunity please click this link: EF Travels Invitation

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • You Won't Want to Miss All This at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 12/1/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I hope you were able to enjoy a restful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. The week off from school is always great, but also hard to return from and get back into the groove. Nonetheless, we have wasted no time here at Park Crest, as evident by the wealth of information below in this week’s Principal’s Blog. We understand that every minute of instructional time is important and hit the ground running on Monday.

    Unique Experience:

    This week I had the honor and privilege of serving on the PfISD District Strategic Planning Committee. It took me off campus for two days which is one of the hardest things for me to do. However, it was time very well spent. The committee consisted of roughly 50 individuals representing principals, counselors, teachers, central office & superintendent, board members, librarians, and many community members. It was great to brainstorm alongside so many people who genuinely care about our kids, our campuses, our district, and most importantly our community. I can honestly say that I am extremely excited and optimistic about the many ideas that were shared for how to make our already great school district even better. It is kind of like we always say here at Park Crest, let’s keep improving, always, in all ways.

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    Our Purpose:

    Being around so many business owners, city leaders, and community members, once again reminded me of our purpose in education. It is to prepare our students, for THEIR future, by giving them opportunities, experiences, and the knowledge & skills necessary to have every option open upon graduating. Sometimes at the middle school level it is hard to see that connection as we “simply” serve the task of bridging the gap between elementary school and high school. It isn’t until the final moment with our students at their graduation commencement ceremony that we truly see the finished product of our work and the many success stories that it creates. Whether that success entails the work force, technical school, military, college, etc. In line with this, I want to share an awesome visual in our school that was put together by our AVID program. Check out this picture of just a few of our many former Pumas as they embark on their next chapter, and their future:

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    As a parent myself, and a former Senior Assistant Principal, I don’t want to get too sentimental on you. However, in just a few years this will be your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade kiddo too so enjoy every moment. I am so thankful to get to be a part of the journey!

    FOCUS (on grades):

    Do you know how to check your child’s grades online?  Do you have access to your child’s grades through our online platform FOCUS? Do you check their grades regularly (a few times per week)?

    If you answered no to any of those questions, I am going to highly encourage you (as would many of our other parents) to get more connected to your child’s grades through FOCUS. Here is a link to the parent portal https://focus.pfisd.net/focus/ .

    If you need more help setting this up, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Park Crest. We only have 13.5 school days (half day included in that number) left until Winter Break begins and these grades become final 9-weeks grades. Please encourage your child to utilize EPIC and after school tutorials to seek out assistance if they need more time and help with difficult concepts.

    You Won’t Want to Miss This:

    Next week on Wednesday, December 6th from 6-8pm Park Crest will be hosting our 1st annual Night of CODE. This event is going to be AWESOME as we debut the numerous new pieces of technology we purchased through our $10,000 campus grant from the Pflugerville Education Foundation. Food will be provided to all participants (while supplies last). Don’t worry about your level of experience with coding, robotics, or technology. This night is all about learning, exploring, and having a great time doing so as a family! I hope to see you here!

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    The PfISD Big Event:

    Park Crest already has nearly 100 students signed up for the Big Event! Is your child signed up to participate? This year’s 4th annual event will take place on Friday, March 2nd (which is a school day). As a reminder, the Big Event is a one-day community service project where students from all of the middle and high schools who have signed up will go to various job sites alongside teachers from their campus to perform community service. They will be transported using our Durham buses and will be fed while at their sites. The entire event starts and ends within the school day so participating students can travel to and from school like any other day of school. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and really helps build character and service skills that will last a lifetime. I highly, highly encourage you to consider signing your child up for the event. Please visit the district website for more information about the event: PfISD Big Event Webpage

    All students were given a form, but you can use this link if you would like to print out a new one: BIG EVENT STUDENT PARTICIPATION FORM

    Gold Medal Idea – PCMS Computer Science Kiddos:

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    You are going to hear a lot more about this amazing story in the near future because it is an extremely big deal, but for now I want to share some initial information. Park Crest Middle School Computer Science students entered the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest and have been recognized as one of the five State Finalists!! Over 3,000 applications were submitted from Texas. I am so proud of the work from our students, Alexis Gerace, Grace Parrott and their amazing teacher Ms. Perez. Being named a state finalist qualifies you for the next phase of the competition. Their idea was to create a kids travel safely app that helps with safety regarding transportation to and from school. “One of the most difficult problems faced by our rapidly growing community is ensuring that our children are safe at all times whether on or off school property, and when travelling to and from school.  Ensuring that our children travel safely at all times is a concern for our entire community.” Please click this link for more information about the contest and our kiddos submission: Samsung Contest Information - Park Crest Middle School

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    Park Crest Video Announcements:

    Doesn’t it seem like there is always something going on at Park Crest? How can you possibly keep up with it all? A great way to do so, and see many of our kiddos showcased is through our DAILY video announcements. Save the PCMS website homepage to the desktop and join us at 9:05 each day through viewing our video announcements from wherever you are! Please know that although we always show the announcements at 9:05ish you can view them anytime, and even see past episodes through our website. Here is a link directly to the announcements PCMS DAILY VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENTS  , or you can access them from our website using the helpful image below: 

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    It Takes a Village:

    There are so many people who support the work both you and I do in helping to make sure your child is safe, has what they need, and are successful every day at school. The district showcases an individual each month who does just that. This month it is a bus driver for the district, Sandra Mock. Although Mrs. Mock is not typically performing the Park Crest routes, there are many other Heroes like her who care for our kids and make sure they make it to and from school every single day without fail. Check out the video about Mrs. Mock by clicking this link: https://spark.adobe.com/video/7ENbehMcUKWJ0

    One Act Play:

    Our One Act Play, led by the amazing Mrs. Kelly is gearing up for competition. They will host two performances of The Last Night of Ballyhoo here at Park Crest (tonight and Saturday) before travelling to perform at Hendrickson. This is going to be a great performance you won’t want to miss! Here is some important information regarding times and event pricing:

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    Basketball Recap:

    Girls Basketball took on the Kelly Lane Knights on Wednesday Night in some exciting games! The 8th grade travelled to Kelly Lane and the B team brought home a victory while the A team lost a close one by just 1 point. Meanwhile, the 7th grade teams were successful here at Park Crest. The B team won by a convincing 18 points. The A team however, pulled out a 2-point win in an intense double overtime game!

    Boys Basketball also played Kelly Lane this week. The 7th grade team was home and represented us very well, but fell in both games to the Knights. The 8th grade team traveled to Kelly Lane and came home with two big wins!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Park Crest Takes Over The Capitol:

    Next week Park Crest has been asked to send a group of students to the Capitol on Monday to teach the representatives how to learn coding and robotics! This is an awesome opportunity for our campus and our kiddos. Later in the week, we return as our band has their annual performance at the Capitol. This is an amazing event where Park Crest shows the capitol why we are a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. I will be sure to have an update and pictures for you next week!

    Partnerships With the Highschool:

    Interested in childcare while you shop for the holidays? Want to take your kiddos to see Santa? Here are two opportunities to do just that, all while supporting our high school students!

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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