• Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/13/2019

    Greetings Pumas,

     

    Happy Friday!

    IPRs (Progress Reports):

    It is hard to believe we have already completed a 3-week grading period of school. On Thursday, your child received their IPR in their IMPROVE (advisory) class. Please make sure you ask them about it and check those grades. Remember, the most up to date grades are the ones in the electronic gradebook of Skyward, however, we provide these IPRs to families as an additional update.

    SUPER IMPORTANT: If your child participates in a UIL event (primarily for our sports teams right now), they can actually LOSE eligibility to participate at the next 3-week IPR (the 6-weeks). That IPR ends on September 26th. Please, please, please encourage your child to attend tutorials, check grades and turn in missing assignments, correct tests, and proactively study. We want all of our kiddos to be eligible to participate in the events they love, however we follow the UIL “no pass, no play” rule without exception.

    PCMS library is B-U-S-Y! 

    We need your assistance if you have time to spare. We have 2 areas of need; Book fair volunteers (Sept 30-Oct 4th) and weekly help in our MakerSpace. Click the links below to see if you have an hour to share.

    District Gifted Advisory – Seeking Volunteers:

    The District Gifted Advisory group will consist of at least one parent per feeder pattern (preferably two - one elementary and one secondary), one elementary and one secondary administrator, and one GT Specialist.

    Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE).

    PAGE’s will:

    • participate in district gifted advisory meetings
    • learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD
    • share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide

    Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by September 25, 2019.

    Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by September 30, 2019. The first meeting will be held on Monday, October 28.

    8th Grade Parents:

    Every year we want to ensure our 8th grade parents are aware of the importance of the 8th grade Math and the 8th grade Reading STAAR tests for the progression of students. Of course ALL STAAR tests are important, but these two (similarly to 5th grade) are used to decide if a student is prepared to move on to the next level of schooling, high school. We have wonderful teachers at Park Crest, and our success rate is VERY high. We simply want you to be aware, and to encourage your child to pay attention and try their best EVERY day in class. If they do that, we feel confident they will be successful and we have the support to ensure they pass these tests in April/May and make it to high school. Please check out this brochure that was handed to each 8th grader about this important information: STAAR BROCHURE

    The WHOLE Child: Meet the Support Staff:

    Serving the needs of the whole child is no easy task. A lot of the responsibility takes place in the classroom with the teacher. However, please know they are not alone! I want to share a little about the “behind the scenes” crew that supports students.

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    You probably recognize this group. It is our amazing counselors. Mrs. Bonnet (8th grade), Mrs. Cole (7th grade), and Mrs. Walker (6th grade). They serve all of the students in their grade level with mental health, social emotional issues, scheduling, and 504 coordination, and so much more.

     

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    Our team also includes our wonderful PCMS Social Worker, Mrs. Cantu. We share Mrs. Cantu with Dessau Middle School so she is only here on Mondays and Wednesday. School Social Workers provide families and students with support by mobilizing available resources, fostering positive relationships between family, school and community and developing opportunities for students to prosper in their educational experiences and beyond. We address non-academic barriers to ensure that students are successful in school.


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    Did you know we have an Integral Care Counselor on campus some days as well? Her name is Jennifer Lee and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the State of Texas, and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. She works for Integral Care on our campus providing mental health assessments, therapy, referrals/community resources, and linkage to psychiatric medication services.

     

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    Then we have our Special Education Coordinator, Mrs. Alison Barr. She handles everything from scheduling of services, coordinating SPED staff, communicating IEPs, and ensuring a high quality experience for our students who receive SPED services. This is a big job with a campus of 960 total students including students who receive support for academic inclusion, modification, accommodations, social thinking, social skills, behavior support, life skills, and much more!

     

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    Next up is Mrs. Maureen Hicks-Damm! As the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), her primary responsibilities are to complete initial psychoeducational evaluations to determine if students qualify for special education, to complete three year reevaluations for students who already receive special education services, and to provide counseling for those students in special education who are unable to make educational progress without this service. Her timelines for completing assessments are federally mandated.

     

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    Don’t forget about our Parent Liaison, Dr. Baker. Our parent liaison’s primary function is to connect the home and school in a positive, respectful, and welcoming manner. He serves as an ambassador for our campus, and as a connection with community mentors and partnerships. He works to bridge the gap between homes and schools by helping parents get the support they need to ensure their child’s academic and social success with an intentional focus on our at risk students. 

    It takes a village! Please feel free to reach out to any of these individuals via their emails on the PCMS website if you have any questions or needs that they may be able to assist you and your child with.

    Get Your PCMS Gear!

    Our amazing PTO is selling Pride Strips and Spirit Towels at our athletic events. Pick one up at next week’s football or volleyball games!

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    Extra-Curricular Review:

    This was a fantastic week for our Puma Athletics teams! They each took on the Westview Wildcats and ALL 8 teams were victorious (7th grade A and B team boys and girls and 8th grade A and B team boys and girls). Let’s keep up the good momentum on the field, and in the classroom!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Football: Our teams play against Pflugerville Middle School this week. 7th grade is home on Monday night and 8th grade is away on Tuesday.

    Cross Country: Cross Country is competing on Wednesday at Pflugerville Middle School. Come out and check out our athletes!

    Volleyball: Volleyball also takes on PMS. Thursday night the 7th graders will be home and the 8th graders will travel to PMS.

    Jamii Mentors:

    Friendly reminder that on September 25th is our Mentor Kickoff Program! We encourage ANY adult who would like to volunteer as a mentor to come out and hear what it is all about. We will be serving dinner and sharing a short welcome presentation from 6:30-7:30 in the PCMS Cafeteria. Please email Luther.Baker@pfisd.net if you have any questions.

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    Literacy Night:

    Mark your calendar for this year’s STAR Wars Literacy Night held in conjunction with the PCMS Bookfair on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd from 6-8pm. This is an event for the whole family! Students will complete games and activities throughout the building and everyone who participates and completes the task gets a FREE Zaxby’s chicken strips and fries box as a prize. You won’t want to miss this event!

     

    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 9/6/2019

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Although this was a short week due to Labor Day, the Pumas wasted no time in the classroom, on the field, and on the court!

    I saw students organizing binders in AVID, learning about geographic locations in Texas and across the world, engaging in an “Escape Room” activity to demonstrate student understanding of Lab Safety, and even Social Contracts being developed to define what it means to show respect and coexist in a classroom. And that’s just some of it!

    There is so much learning occurring each and every day at Park Crest that we have much to be proud of and thankful for.

    How can you help us be even better? A conversation I would love for every family to have this weekend is simply about positive relationships with students and adults. What does it look like to be kind to friends and classmates? What does it look like to be kind to teachers and staff? On those same lines, what do I do if a classmate is not being nice? Remind them to please come talk to an adult. We are here to help!

    I am noticing that easily avoidable issues occur when students do not let us know they need our help. Please encourage your students to find an adult if they see or hear something that does not meet the expectations of Park Crest Middle School. No matter how big or how small, we can’t help if we don’t know. Thanks in advance!

    THE Most Underutilized Resource at Park Crest Middle School:

    True or False: Our amazing teachers ONLY provide support during the school day from when first bell rings at 8:20 a.m. through when the last bell sounds at 3:35 p.m.? False; our top-notch teachers are also here on certain days before school and after school willing and able to provide tutorial support to students.

    True or False: Tutorials are ONLY for students who do not do their homework, make bad grades, or struggle in school? False; these FREE tutorials are a great time for ANY student; in fact, the brightest students often seek out this opportunity to get ahead. This time could include answering questions about homework problems, clarifying questions from class lessons, correcting tests or quizzes, or even simply being a quiet place to get organized or complete an assignment.

    True or False: My child cannot stay because they will get too hungry after school if they stay any later than 3:35 p.m. without any snack? False; we have that taken care of! If they are in tutorials, we offer FREE snacks EVERY day.

    Tutorial Schedules by Grade Level:

    6th grade tutorial schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mc-VuRy2-xowZ9iadflbC2hlcGd5xpJFKksxAaau59w/edit

    7th grade tutorial schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pli7sHj7IfqDJxn0Dwm6UKscyPZ5hF6rO5AFP_EuJb4/edit

    8th grade tutorial schedule: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tAF3nYQ6aVvVvvrjxfVmN10M-FCqGtVuVxhQ-9DHXpA/edit#gid=0

    Park Crest Yard Signs:

    Dont forget to order your Park Crest yard sign! here is the link: PUMA YARD SIGN

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Boys Athletics started the season with a scrimmage this week versus Kelly Lane Middle School. Although score is not kept at a scrimmage, it was evident that our athletes are looking good. The things I look for in a successful scrimmage is safety and lack of injury. Our coaches emphasize that every day, so it is good to see both our veteran players and those who are new to the sport pay attention and play safe. It does not hurt that we had some awesome plays and exciting moments! I cannot wait to see what the season has in store for us.

    The volleyball teams had official games Thursday and the teams looked great.

    7th grade A team won in team games while the B team fell in three. The 8th grade finished the same way with an A team win and a B team defeat.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    This upcoming week our sports teams take on Westview Middle School!

    Football: Our 7th grade team plays Monday night at Westview and our 8th grade plays Tuesday night here at PCMS.

    Cross Country: Our cross country has a meet at Kelly Lane Middle School on Wednesday. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: our teams play Thursday night with the 8th grade here at PCMS and the 7th grade traveling to Westview Middle School.

    Progress Reports (mini-report cards) aka IPR’s: Your child will be receiving their IPR this coming week through their IMPROVE class. PLEASE make sure you ask them for that IPR. It is SO important that you keep up with their grades and ask them questions about how they are doing in class. NOTE: the grades on the IPR are NOT as current/accurate as the ones you see in Skyward. Due to printing, sorting, and delivering, they are as current as we can get.

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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