• So Many Experiences & Opportunities at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/9/2018

     Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! There is so much going on at Park Crest right now it’s hard to keep up! Please take some time to kick back, relax, and check out all of the great stuff below:

    District Volleyball Tournament:

    Last Saturday our volleyball teams traveled to the district tournments and perfromed very well. Specifically, please help congratulate our 8th grade B team who brought home the district championship! I could not be more proud of all of our teams and our amazing coaches for their countless hours of support for our athletes.

    • 7th A: 2nd Place
    • 7th B: 2nd Place
    • 8th A: 4th Place
    • 8th B: 1st Place DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!

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    Park Crest PTO:

    Our next big teacher event is Treats for Teachers which takes place on Friday, November 16th! Please take a moment to check out this link to sign up: Baked Good for Teachers

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    PfISD Bond and TRE:

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    Voters in Pflugerville ISD approved both school district propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot. With preliminary results available from Travis and Williamson counties, 66 percent of voters approved the bond package (Proposition A), and 57 percent of voters approved the Tax Ratification Election (Proposition B). 

    With the passage of the bond election, the district now has authorization for $332 million to be used for new school construction, renovations to existing facilities, transportation and technology. With the passage of the Tax Ratification Election (TRE), the district’s overall tax rate will drop two pennies and school district officials expect to receive an additional $4.1 million annually in state funding.  

    “I’d like to thank our community for its support and all the voters who made time to go to the polls,” says Superintendent Dr. Doug Killian. “The approval of both propositions from our community validates that Pflugerville ISD residents value public education and understand what it takes to be prepared in a fast-growth school district. As a district, we promise to be transparent and fiscally responsible with the trust our community has placed in us.”  

    Killian says he looks forward to seeing the positive impact of the bond and TRE for years to come. Proposition A will allow the district to address growth; provide funds for school renovations; update safety features and infrastructure; and support the expansion of athletic, fine arts and Career and Technical Education facilities.

    Specifically, the bond package includes the following projects:

    • Construct three new schools
      1. Elementary School No. 22
      2. Elementary School No. 23
      3. Middle School No. 7
    • Expand Delco Primary and Dessau Elementary School
    • Purchase land
    • Build additions and renovate Career & Technical Education facilities such as agricultural sciences, automotive tech and culinary arts
    • Expand and renovate various fine arts facilities to address band, choir, theater and dance programs 
    • Resurface middle school tracks, replace aging weight room equipment and renovate aging locker rooms
    • Update aging conditions such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, roofing, restrooms, accessibility, fire alarm systems, kitchen equipment and playgrounds
    • Update security systems and equipment 
    • Update and expand District support services facilities
    • Purchase new fleet of school buses

    Additional details are available on the District’s bond website: www.PfISDbond.net

    Theatre Arts to Renaissance Festival:

    On Wednesday, many of our students who paticipate in advanced theatre arts and musical theatre got to experience the Renaissance Festival. Students had a blast as they were transported into a world of imagination, costumes, and characters. I am so happy that we are able to provide our students with experiences like this. This was a day that many students will not forget.

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    Theatre Arts at One Act Play:

    As you can tell, it has been a busy, but great weak for theatre arts! Our students participated in a practice session at PHS for the upcoming district-wide One Act Play competition. Check out these great kids!

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    H-E-B Excellence in Education:

    Please help me in congratulating two of our Gold Medal Teachers, Ms. Kempf and Ms. Layman for being nominated for the prestigous H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. Both teachers will have the opportunity to apply for recognition and advance further in the process. Regardless, we could not be more proud and thankful to have both teachers in the Park Crest Family.

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    Project Jamii Kickoff Event:

    Project Jamii – our PCMS mentor program had its initial welcoming event Thursday Night. I could not be more proud and honored by the 24 parents, teachers, board members, district employees and community members who came out to our kickoff ceremony for Project Jamii - our new mentor program at Park Crest. This all-star group has reignited my passion. It takes a village... and this is an awesome village. Now the real work begins! I am excited for what is to come from this awesome group. There is still time to join this awesome group and help support our campus through the form of mentoring. If you are interested, or would like more information, please simply send me an email.

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    We Love our Community:

    I want to take a moment to say thank you to the Calvary Church in Pflugerville for supporting Park Crest by providing complete Thanksgiving meals to EIGHT of our families in need. The support we receive at Park Crest from the community is truly a blessing. We cannot thank you enough for your time and support.

    Do you have a support/service you would be interested in providing to Park Crest and/or our families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by emailing me.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Veteran’s Day Assembly:

    Monday, November 12th is Veteran’s Day (observed) and Park Crest wants to honor our Veterans. We welcome the community to come experience this special event with us. The assembly starts at 9:15am, so we encourage any interested guests to arrive at 9:00am.

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    AVID Kahoot! Night:

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    Bring the friends and family to Park Crest on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00pm for AVID Kahoot! Night. This is an exciting, family game night where you, your children, and your friends can come and compete to determine if YOU are “smarter than a middle school student”. Kahoot is an interactive technology based quizzing game that we use to ask the audience (you) questions that came straight out of PCMS classrooms. Bring a device, or borrow one of ours! You may assemble a team, or play alone. Compete with your child, or against them! No matter what you choose, you are sure to have a good time. The event begins at 6:00pm in the PCMS cafeteria. You will not want to miss it!

    Park Crest Travels Opportunity #1:

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    Park is traveling to New York City this summer!  Ms. Layman, who has been traveling with EF Explore America for 19 years is taking her last trip with students to the Big Apple in June.  For five fabulous days students will be all over Manhattan:  Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Chinatown, and TWO Broadway Musicals!  See what we have to offer, how much it will cost, and exactly how much there is to learn and celebrate Thursday, November 15, at 7:00pm in the News Room.  Expect a wonderful experience!

    Park Crest Travels Opportunity #2:

    Want a chance to go to the Eiffel Tower, Versailles Castle, see the Alps, visit Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney's Magic Kingdom, and an Olympic Stadium all in 9 days?  Ms. Hanes is taking a group of middle school students this summer to Paris, the Alps, and Germany through EF Tours.  If you have any interest at all, she is hosting an interest meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14th in B111 at 6pm.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail her at catherine.hanes@pfisd.net.  

    2nd Annual Night of CODE:

    Join us on December 4th for our awesome Night of CODE. Students and families can learn and explore awesome technology centered around coding. Whether you are a pro or a first timer, you will enjoy the event. We have partnered again with Zaxby’s Pflugerville and food will be provided, while supplies last!

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    We need parent volunteers for the Hour of Code Night (6-8pm, Dec. 4th).  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Kincaid (chris.kincaid@pfisd.net) or Mrs. LaMarre (kimberly.lamarre@pfisd.net) if interested.

    Thanksgiving Break:

    Just as a freindly reminder, we have one more week before we enjoy a week off of school to celebrate the Thanksgiving Break. Please, please, please, help us at Park Crest maintain our high level of attendance by ensuring your child is present every day next week. We sometimes experience a dip in attendance around the holidays and it really affects the success of your child, and our school. Attendance is not only required, but is also a part of our campus accountability. For PCMS to be recognized again for distinctions, we must maintain a high attendance rate. 

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Welcome to November at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/2/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    Pep Rally Recap:

    Before I get into the great stuff from this week, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to see our awesome video capturing last week’s Pep Rally: PCMS OCTOBER PEP RALLY VIDEO

    PCMS National Junior Honor Society:

    Congratulations to our newly inducted National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students! We held a wonderful induction ceremony on Monday, which was visited by our supportive Pflugerville High School National Honor Society Members.

    In less than a week, this group has already begun to find ways to serve. If you are headed to the Brookhollow Fall Festival this weekend, you will be sure to see some of our NJHS kiddos volunteering at the event.

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    Thank you PTO:

    Our PTO has struck again! They provided our teachers with a delicious nacho bar that made for the perfect Halloween treat! Thank you so much to all of our families and friends who participated in providing food and treats for the event. I assure you, it did not go unnoticed by the staff!

    The next event is the annual Thanksgiving Sweet Treat! Please be on the lookout next week for more information.

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    November 6th Voting:

    Did you know that on November 6th Park Crest is a voting site? Yep! It is so easy to swing by and vote. The voting booths will be located in the science wing of the building near the science hall restrooms and all voters will be asked to enter and exit through the Science Hallway doors at the far end of the buildilng. This may lead to extra traffic on Tuesday, so please plan accordingly. This will however cause little to no disruption to the learning environment inside the building. Get out there and vote!

    All Region Choir:

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    Forty-one Pflugerville ISD middle school students have been named to the Texas Music Educators Association Region 26 Middle School Choir.

    Students took part in Region 26 choir auditions Oct. 20 at Deerpark Middle School.

    TMEA Region 26 includes 23 school districts in Central Texas, including Georgetown ISD, Hutto ISD, Manor ISD, PfISD, Round Rock ISD and Taylor ISD. 

    Below is a list of Park Crest Middle School students named to the Region 26 Middle School Choir:

    • Caedran Yeidel
    • Iris Urbina
    • Anavelle Urbina
    • Binta Sule
    • Kairi Mayeaux

    Donors Choose Grant:

    Congratulations to Mrs. Weigand for writing a grant on behalf of her kiddos, AND having it awarded recently! Mrs. Weigand had put out a request for additional classroom novels that are current, relevant, and culturally responsive! We cannot wait for these book titles to arrive and for our kiddos to have the opportunity to check them out.

    I want to take this moment to enocourage you, to encourage your kiddos to read. Reading is such an important skill and passion that research shows greatly improves student achievement across content areas. Plus, the older a child gets, the harder it becomes to instill a love of reading in them. If your child is a reluctant reader, please have them visit Mrs. LaMarre in the library. She is a rockstar and I truly believe has the power to help every child find the right book for them.

    PCMS Athlete Brings Home the Medal!

    Congratulations to our very own Daya for earning a bronze medal in Bowling at Special Olympics today! We are so proud of her and her achievement.

    Way to represent the Pumas!

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    Football Season Recap:

    This was a great year of football for the Park Crest Pumas. It is amazing to see the growth from August to now. The season ended with District Playoff games. All four Puma Teams faught hard and finished in the following places:

    • 8th B: 2nd place
    • 8th A: 2nd place
    • 7th B: 4th place
    • 7th A: 4th place

    Congratulations to all of our athletes and a special thank you to our amazing coaches for all of the countless hours they put into this season.

    Volleyball Game:

    The Lady Pumas took on Dessau Thursday night to end the regular season! What an exciting year for all four teams. Volleyball will compete in a district tournament where all six middle schools compete for the district title! Games will be played this Saturday at Pflugerville (8th grade) and Hendrickson (7th grade). We hope to see you there to root on the teams! Games begin at 7:30 for B teams and 8:00 for A teams, depending on each schools seed/game time.

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    Next 3-Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting: Monday is our monthly PTO meeting from 6:30-7:30 PM in the PCMS library. As I always say, ANYONE and EVERYONE is welcome. Whether you have been to every meeting, or this will be your first, I encourage you to come by and learn about what is going on at PCMS, meet other parents, and get involved.

    IPR’s Come Home: Be on the lookout for IPR’s next Friday. You should have received the first report card by mail a little while back. IPR’s are delivered directly to students and we ask that they bring them home to you using the front pocket of their agenda. I also encourage everyone to keep a close eye on grades via the FOCUS Parent Porta.

    Jamii (Mentors Still Needed):

    Jamii means Community & Family in Swahili. At Park Crest, we believe it takes a village to raise Gold Medal Students and to be the best of the best. In saying that, we are excited to announce that we are looking to grow an extensive mentor program, Project Jamii! If you or someone you know would like to serve as a mentor, please simply reach out to me. We will be holding an informational meeting on November 8, 2018 from 6:30-7:30pm here at Park Crest. Simply RSVP by sending me an email and we will take care of the rest. The official invitation can be seen below. SPREAD THE WORD!

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    Veteran’s Day Assembly:

    Monday, November 12th is Veteran’s Day and Park Crest wants to honor our veterans! We will be on an adjusted bell schedule to provide time for all students to attend the Veteran’s Day Assembly. Please be on the lookout for more information in the very near future!

    AVID Kahoot! Night:

    Bring the friends and family to Park Crest on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00pm for AVID Kahoot! Night. This is an exciting, family game night where you, your children, and your friends can come and compete to determine if YOU are “smarter than a middle school student”. Kahoot is an interactive technology based quizzing game that we use to ask the audience (you) questions that came straight out of PCMS classrooms. Bring a device, or borrow one of ours! You may assemble a team, or play alone. Compete with your child, or against them! No matter what you choose, you are sure to have a good time. The event begins at 6:00pm in the PCMS cafeteria. You will not want to miss it!

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Work Hard, Play Hard @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/26/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was a little different then the rest,  as we celebrated Red Ribbon Week and had our first pep rally of the 2018-19 school year. Plus tonight is the dance! A video is being made as we speak of all the great moments, sights and sounds of this week. Make sure you keep tuning in for that information!

    Check out all of the fun pictures and informaiton below:

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    Monday: Red

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    Tuesday: Onesies

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    Wednesday: Crazy Hair & Socks

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    Thursday: Twin Day

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    Friday: Pink Out

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    Friday was Pink Out, but in addition we surprised the kids with some dress up costumes. I assure you will want to watch this video of the best 8th grade Social Studies teachers in the district: BEST 8th GRADE SS TEACHERS EVER!

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    The Pep Rally!!!

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    What an amazing way to end a great week at Park Crest. Puma Pride is at an all time high! I want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Brydson, Mrs. Brown, and their fearless cheerleaders for all of the time and energy they put into the event! Also to our numerous extracurricular groups and leaders. Check out just a few great pictures below of the event:

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    Thank You PTO:

    Our awesome PTO shared a plethora of fruit with our teachers this week for our monthly grab- and-go event. I heard it was delicious and SO appreciated!

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    Next week the PTO is putting on another event and could still use a few more items. Please check out this link to see what they still need. If you are able to contribute, we greatly appreciate it:

    Oct 31: Nacho Bar for teachers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eaaa72ca5fe3-teacher

    Busy in the Library:

    There have been so many great things happeneing in the PCMS library this school year. Kudos to Mrs. LaMarre for her work. To find more information about the PCMS Library check it out on facebook @PCMSlibrary or instagram pcmslibrary_pf

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Football District Playoffs:

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    Volleyball Game:

    The girls take on Pflugerville Middle School for the final game of the regular season on Thursday Night. 8th grade will be home and 7th grade will be away.

    Volleyball District Playoffs:

    All games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. The brackets are not yet set, but we do know that the 8th grade plays at Pflugerville High School and 7th grade plays at Hendrickson.

    Fun Family Event - Benefiting the Pflugerville Education Foundation:

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    Thanks for sending us such amazing kiddos.

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • So Much to Share at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/19/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    We have a ton of great things to celebrate at PCMS and even more to come in the upcoming weeks.

    Project Jamii:

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    Jamii means Community & Family in Swahili. At Park Crest, we believe it takes a village to raise Gold Medal Students and to be the best of the best. In saying that, we are excited to announce that we are looking to grow an extensive mentor program, Project Jamii! If you or someone you know would like to serve as a mentor, please simply reach out to me. We will be holding an informational meeting on November 8, 2018 from 6:30-7:30pm here at Park Crest. Simply RSVP by sending me an email and we will take care of the rest. The official invitation can be seen below. SPREAD THE WORD!

    Awesome PTO:

    Our amazing PTO provides some delicious treats for our teachers each month to keep the momentum and energy flowing! Top Secret Information: Happy Teachers = Gold Medal Campus. The next event will be Fruit in the Teachers’ Lounge, followed by our annual Nacho Bar. I would like to share the sign up opportunities below. Thank you so much in advance for anything you are able and willing to offer. I appreciate you

    Oct. 23: Fruit Cups https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eaca72ea0f58-fruit

    Oct 31: Nacho Bar for teachers https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eaaa72ca5fe3-teacher

    School – Community – Students:

    I wanted to take a moment to share the Park Crest School-Family Compact Park. Here at Park Crest, we believe that everyone on the staff, every single student, and every member of our community is an important part of our success. In order for us to support one another in the difficult, yet rewarding task of growing children we must all align our purpose and our power. If we want to help mold the students of Park Crest into adults ready to not just face the world, but ready to conquer the world we must do it together. Below is a picture of our mission, vision, and core values, aslo known as our PCMS Crest. I hope you will take a moment to check it out:

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    PCMS Box Tops:

    Do you have box tops sitting around and not sure what to do with them? Bring them to us! We have a basket in the front office at all times you or your child can simply drop them in. Thanks in advance!

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    Gold Medal Digital Literacy Education:

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    From: Rachel Minton, Senior Account Manager Learning.com

    Subject: Excellence in Digital Literacy Award – Nationwide Campus Recognition

    As Pflugerville ISD's Learning.com Senior Account Manager, I wanted to personally congratulate you and Park Crest Middle School on being one of our top performing schools for school year 2017-2018. Park Crest Middle School ranked in the top quartile nation-wide of Learning.com digital literacy instruction delivered to students.  The breadth of curriculum assigned and student usage on those items was used to determine this nation-wide recognition. Congratulations on this significant achievement.

    I am also excited to let you know that 3 teachers on your campus have earned special recognition for outstanding use of digital literacy resources! These teachers were selected from national teachers for their depth and breadth of digital literacy curriculum used over the 2017-18 school year.

    Recognition falls into these categories:

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    Digital Literacy Master (top 5% of Learning.com teachers) – Mrs. Perez! Digital Literacy Champion (top 16% - 25% of Learning.com teachers)  - Mrs. Brydson and Mrs. Gage!

    Extracurricular Review:

    Football: Our football games were all moved to the high schools and spread out over two nights due to this rainy weather. Our 8th grade team won big and our 7th grade B team was victorious. The 7th grade A team fell to the wild cats.

    Choir: Although I was on duty supervising Wednesday nights football game, I did get to sneak back to catch a glimpse of the concert and was provided some amazing pictures and videos of the evenings event. Our choir never ceases to amaze me. Please take a second to check out the performance using this link: CHOIR PICTURES AND VIDEOS

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    Volleyball: Our volleyball teams took on Westview this week. It was a great week for the Pumas as all teams were victorious!

    Picture Retake (NEW DATE: Nov. 1):

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    REMINDER: Red Ribbon Week (NEXT WEEK): October 22nd – 26th is Red Ribbon Week, which is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. Each day will have a specific theme developed by our student council and students will be given the opportunity to dress up accordingly. Please see below for the themes of each day:

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    Report Cards: Your child’s report card will be mailed home early next week in the mail. Please be on the lookout!

    Football: Our teams take on Kelly Lane next week. 7th grade is home and 8th grade is away. These should be another week of great football so please come out and support the teams!

    Volleyball: Our teams take on Pflugerville Middle School. Come to Park Crest to support the 8th grade teams or visit PMS for the 7th grade games.

    Pep Rally: This first pep rally of the 2018-19 school year will take place on Friday, Oct. 26th. In coordination with Red Ribbon Week and Breast Cancer Awareness month, it will be a pink out pep rally. Do not forget to remind your kiddo to set out their pink clothes the night before so they don’t forget!

    Dance: The Park Crest dances are always a fun event for students to relax, hang out with friends, and build relationships and memories together. This year’s fall dance will be split into two times based on a student’s grade level:

    • 6th grade: 6pm – 8pm (6-7 dance and 7-8 gym time)
    • 7th & 8th grade: 7pm – 9pm (all dance time)

    We would love to have your kiddos attend this great event. Please help us ensure your kiddo arrives and is picked up for their appropriate grade level time.

    *Tickets will be sold at lunch on Thursday and Friday, October 25-26 for $5.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/12/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was a great week at Park Crest and included one of my favorite events that we have on campus. Check out the information below to find out what event I am talking about.

    Monday’s Teacher Professional Development Day:

    The student four day weekend and teacher in-service seems like it was much more than just a few days ago. Nonetheless, it was time well spent. I already described Friday’s PD, but Monday was just as good. Teachers and staff worked together to review recent research on instructional best practices (aka things that have a high impact on student learning). It was both eye opening for ways we can do better, and reassuring of the many things that we do well. Through it all, we identified a few high yield strategies that we are going to consistently work on in every classroom, every day. Ultimately, that is how you improve.

    How can you support the work of helping student learn at a high rate? Well according to the well-known research of John Hattie, the number one influence on student achievement is “collective teacher efficacy” or in other words, the belief of all teachers at Park Crest that individually and collectively we have what it takes to help students succeed. According to our own metrics, and the state accountability system, we have proven that we can and do help students learn at high levels. In fact, we received 4 out of 7 distinctions from last year’s STAAR tests. That is the most of any middle school in the district! Anyways, let’s get back to how you can help. Education is hard, yet rewarding. As a parent, I hope you have at least one, if not MANY staff members at Park Crest that you are thankful for. One of THE most powerful things that an educator can receive is a kind note or thank you from an appreciative parent.

    As I reflect on my role outside of being a principal, in that of a parent, I know I am guilty of not always taking the time to thank my daughters amazing teachers. We step up and advocate/communicate when there is a need or a concern, but often neglect the importance of kind words when things are going right. Please take a moment this weekend, or next week to write a nice email or card to a staff member at Park Crest. You may never know the extent of the impact it can have on someone who works so hard for your children. This small act can reignite the fire and passion, and ultimately remind an educator, “I can do this!” “I do matter!” and ultimately, build the collective efficacy of the staff at Park Crest. Want to make it twice as powerful with only one more small step? Include me on the email so the staff member can feel valued and recognized to their boss. Talk about a game changer!

    Thank you in advance for warming the heart of one or many of my staff members. We have so many systems in place to recognize and reward staff, but it does not come close to a quick message from you.

    Check out this picture of the staff hard at work at Monday’s PD:

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    9-weeks ends Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2018:

    Just a friendly reminder that the 9-weeks ends next week! This is a UIL eligibility check and students can either gain or lose eligibility. Please ensure your child has turned in, corrected, and retested any grades/ assignments that are eligible.

    Puma Pride Breakfast:

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    My favorite event at Park Crest has always been the Puma Pride Breakfast. This event is to honor nominated students for their amazing demonstration of one of the six PCMS Crest character traits (hard working, leader, accepting, accountable, critical thinker, and communicator). I have said it before, and will continue to say that, although there is no doubt that it is important to learn the academic content, the greatest skillset we can teach these students is how to be “good people”. The Puma Pride Breakfast was our first of four this school year. It is an invitation only event that recognizes a limited number of students. Teachers and staff were allowed to pick just one of their many students for just one of the six character traits. Choosing one student out of so many worthy individual is no easy task and something we, and hopefully our recipients, do not take lightly. Congratulations again to our awesome students who were nominated for the event. I ask everyone to please continue to have conversations with your children about the traits we value that can be found on the crest located on the front of your child’s Park Crest agenda. There are also great lessons and tips all throughout the agenda that discuss these traits and their importance. Feel free to use them as a talking point with your children.

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    Park Crest Fall Dance Information:

    The Park Crest dances are always a fun event for students to relax, hang out with friends, and build relationships and memories together. This years fall dance will be split into two times based on a students grade level:

    • 6th grade: 6pm – 8pm (6-7 dance and 7-8 gym time)
    • 7th & 8th grade: 7pm – 9pm (all dance time)

    We would love to have your kiddos attend this great event. Please help us ensure your kiddo arrives and is picked up for their appropriate grade level time.

    *Tickets will be sold at lunch on Thursday and Friday, October 25-26 for $5.

    Red Ribbon Week:

    October 22nd – 26th is Red Ribbon Week, which is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention, awareness campaign. Each day will have a specific theme developed by our student council and students will be given the opportunity to dress up accordingly. Please see below for the themes of each day:

    • MondayWear red for Red Ribbon Week
    • Tuesday – You are one of a kind, so wear a onesie
    • WednesdayCrazy Hair and Socks – From head to toe, I am drug free.
    • Thursday – Stick together and be drug free – find a friend and dress like a twin
    • FridayPink out and Pep Rally

    Attention Parents of an 8th Grade Girls:

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    Check out this awesome, FREE opportunity for the 2018 Central Texas Young Women’s Leadership Symposium:

    We are proud to announce that registration is open for our 2018 Central Texas Young Women's Leadership Symposium on Saturday, November 10th from 8 am - 1:30 pm. The conference brings together 8th-grade female students from the Central Texas area providing an opportunity for the young women to stretch their leadership skills, and be inspired and encouraged. It is our hope that you will assist in selecting and registering five 8th-grade female students from your school who will profit most from this experience and have a desire to attend.  Attendance is free!  

    The mission of the Young Women’s Leadership Symposium is to promote the development of future business leaders by giving young women access to mentors and businesses that support their goals. The Symposium will focus on leadership, college and career planning, diversity, advocacy for girls and much more. The conference format includes local recognized featured and keynote speakers, and an interactive break-out workshop, in a small group setting, with at least one mentor who is a professional with at least 3 - 10 years of experience from an organization or company in the Central Texas area.  

    To register your 8th-grade female student, please visit:  http://ywlsymposium.com/texas/centraltexas/2018/studentā€registration.php

    Thank you for your consideration and assistance!

    Picture Retakes!

    Did your child miss or need to retake their school picture for any reason? Well then, mark your calendar for Nov. 2nd. More information will be provided, but we wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible.

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    Hispanic Heritage Month – Guzman Ballet Folklorio:

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month student performers from the GuzmanBallet Folklorio group came and performed on our PCMS stage during all three lunches today. It was a great treat for our students to enjoy the sounds and sights of this amazing performance. Check out these pictures of the event:

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    Order your 2018-19 Park Crest Yearbook:

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football: As you probably know, Tuesdays games were rained out (actually turned out to be a beautiful evening, go figure). However, the A teams were quickly rescheduled for Wednesday vs. the Colts at Pflugerville High School. The 7th grade team fought hard but came up a bit short while the 8th grade team took home a commanding victory.

    Volleyball: 8th grade was home vs. Kelly Lane and I must say, the 8th grade B team might have been one of the most exciting matches I have seen. In the end, the Pumas won in 3 sets, with the final set ending at 29-27. The A team played hard and had some amazing rallies, but fell short to the Knights. The 7th grade B team won but the A team lost this time around to Kelly Lane.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting: PLEASE join us for this month’s PTO meeting Monday, October 15th from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Park Crest library. Whether you have been before, or this is your first time ever, everyone is welcome and encouraged to come by and get connected to other parents and grandparents at Park Crest.

    Football: The teams take on Westview this week. 8th grade is home and 7th grade is away.

    Fall Choir Concert: Our award winning choir will perform Wednesday evening at 6pm in the Park Crest cafeteria. It is free to attend and will be sure to impress you. Whether you have a kiddo in choir or just to support our students, we would like to welcome you to attend the event.

    Volleyball: The lady Pumas take on Westview. The 7th grade teams are home and the 8th grade are away.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Everyone is Learning at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/5/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Even though we only had four days of school this week, we were not short on learning, activies, and events!

    Demystifying Teacher Professional Development Days:

    So what do all those teachers, counselors, and principals do when the kids are not there??? Great question! Today the entire district was at Pflugerville High School for breakout sessions and a speaker involving topics geared toward social emotional learnig, character education, and making trauma informed decisions. We learned more about how our brains work and how trauma (an experience that varies in intensity for each individual) affects someones ability to process, learn, and intereact in situations. There were great reminders, and fascinating new learnings! If you have listened to any of my back to school presentations, you know this learning focused on “the whole child” is incredibly important to me.

    On Monday, we will be back at Park Crest for campus based learning. The conversations and learning will be centered around research based best practice instructional strategies. In other words, strategies that we can use as educators in the classroom that will have the biggest impact on helping kids learn. After all, that is the core of our work. ‘Some things will be confirmation of the great work we already do, and others will be new ideas to improve our craft.

    I am very thankful to have this time to teach, facility, and most importantly learn alongside the staff as we keep improving, always, in all ways. After all, learning isnt just for kids!

    Tweaks to the Bell Schedule:

    Since moving the start time of school from 8:00 – 8:20am we have been reviewing pros and cons of our new bell schedule. One thing that we LOVE is having EPIC 2.0 between 6th – 7th period because it gives students and teachers more time to sign agendas and find rooms to get help during the day. However, we do have areas that are not yet perfect. One such area is transition time of lunches. Unfortuantely, with our current bell scheudle there is not enough time for adults and studetns to get to and from lunch. Thus, we have made a slight tweak in the schedule to build in some time. Since we are taking time to make this tweak we are also switching the order of lunches. This can be seen in the attached NEW bell schedule. We will be sure that all studetns are informed multiple times on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 when we switch to the new schedule. If you plan on bringing your child lunch or picking them up for appointments please make sure you take a second to look at the new schedule. NEW Park Crest Bell Schedule 18-19.docx

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    Pfestival of Bands:

    The rain began to POUR down on Monday as we appraoched the start of the 15th annual Pfestival of Bands. But thankfully, the clouds parted with enough time for the show to go on. And what a show it was!

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    I got the pleasure of getting up close to our amazing PCMS Band. Check out the group in the picture below and take a moment to watch and listen to them play their tunes: PCMS PFESTIVAL OF BANDS

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    PSAT:

    I am extremely proud of the work of our 8th grade students as they took the PSAT on Wednsday. This is a big milestone for them in their edcuational career as it sets the tone for moving into high school and later thinking about college/career plans. Students did great and seemed to work very hard on the test. It is a very new format for them since it has multiple sections that are each very intentionally timed. This is a great 8th grade group, and I have no doubt this is just the beginning of their future success. We will receive, and later share results when they arrive.

    Gifted & Talented Nomination Window:

    The Gifted and Talented nomination window is October 15-November 2.  If you would like more information, please check out this link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/308

    To nominate a student or ask any related questions, please contact our counselor Kristina Cole at 512-594-2426 or Kristina.cole@pfisd.net.

    District Dyslexia Parent Information Night:

    Dyslexia Awareness Month is in October and to support awareness of dyslexia and related disorders, the Department of Special Programs will be hosting a Dyslexia Parent Information Night on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6 pm – 7 pm in the Board Room at Central Administration. Community members interested in learning more about how dyslexia is assessed and identified in Pflugerville ISD are welcome to join us for a night filled with great information.

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football: The team took on Pflugerville Middle School this week and both A teams came up with big wins! B teams played great but fell to the Panthers this week.

    Cross Country: Our new cross country program travelled to Kelly Lane for the district meet. For the first event in many years, it was a huge succes. Congratulations to all of the PfISD schools and athletes in this event. I am proud ot announce that Park Crest had a student, Gavin Serrano medal in this years event:

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    Volleyball: The girls took on Cele. Both 7th grade teams and 8th grade A team were victorious. Although 8th grade B team played hard, they fell this week to the Colts.

    PCMS Band with PHS:

    Last week I shared that our band kiddos got the opporutnity to play along the Hendrickson band at the football game. This past Friday they were with PHS. Check out our awesome Pumas learning and playing alongside the highschool students.

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School on Monday: Students will enjoy another day off on Monday in honor of Columbus Day. Teachers and staff will be on campus for professional development in order to “keep improving, always, in all ways.”

    Football: Football takes on the Cele Colts this week. 8th grade will be home and 7th grade will be away. Come on out and support the team!

    Volleyball: Volleyball will compete against Kelly Lane this week. The 8th grade girls will be home and the 7th grade will travel.

    Rumble in the ‘Ville:

    Mark your calendar for this district wide event at the Hendrickson Hawk Stadium:

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    Most sincerley,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Almost October at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/28/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    There are so many great things happening at Park Crest that I want to share, so lets jump straight into it:

    Help: Free & Reduced Lunches:

    On Thursday, September 27, students who did not fill out a new form this year have reverted to PAID status. That means some of our kiddos who were originally receiving either free or reduced price lunches have now been asked to pay for lunch. PLEASE take a moment to complete the application for this school year if you have not yet done so. Here is the link: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict

    Video Announcements:

    Did you know you can stay even more connected to what is going on at PCMS by watching our daily video announcements? Our video announcements are led by students and contain important information as well as fun pictures and videos. These are the same announcements we show every day in 4th period. They can either be accessed at the PCMS website or using this link: PCMS DAILY VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    I Spy Pumas:

    Do you recognize any familiar faces below amongst the Hendrickson band, which played Friday night at the HHS football game? Yep, those are Pumas! Friday night was 8th grade band night at Hendrickson. Our talented 8th graders did great and fit right in! Tonight, the 8th graders who are scheduled to attend PHS are performing with the PHS band. Good luck Pumas! Also, special thanks to our amazing Band Director Mr. Barnes and Assistant Director Ms. Pinner.

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    2018-19 PCMS Band Pictures:

    Speaking of the PCMS band, check out these fantastic pictures! What an awesome group of young leaders. I can't wait to hear them play Monday night at the Pfestival of Bands.

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    AVID visits Texas A&M:

    Our 6th grade AVID kiddos took a college visit to the greatest university in the great state of Texas, Texas A&M! (Okay, that was just to check to make sure you are still reading… I support and love alllll Texas schools). Needless to say the students had a great time and learned a lot about the university and general college admissions information.

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    SPOILER ALERT: EPIC 1.0 - No Place for Hate:

    I am SO excited about Monday’s EPIC 1.0 lesson. Students will travel back to their homeroom EPIC classroom for our first character education session of the school year. This first lesson is about our student character trait from the PCMS Crest, accepting. Students will participate in a No Place for Hate pledge and discuss being accepting of one another. Park Crest serves a very diverse student population, which we believe is our greatest strength. We felt starting the year with being accepting was the perfect message to set the tone for the school year. Please tune in next week for a copy of the video and lesson which you can discuss at home with your kiddos if you would like. For now, check out this picture of our student leaders and their No Place for Hate counselor lead Mrs. Walker as they prepare to film:

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    Thank you PTO!

    On Wednesday our amazing PTO spoiled us with coffee and treats in the teachers lounge. I was planning to slide into the teachers lounge after we got all of our kiddos tucked into first period to take a picture of the goodies. However, by the time I got there, the treats and coffee had been devoured!!! Want to know the way to a teachers heart? Starbucks coffee! Thank you so much PTO for this midweek treat and all of the things that you do for the staff and students at PCMS.

    Awesome Literacy Night & Bookfair:

    Wednesday night was our annual Literacy Night and the late night for our bookfair. We had a great crowd and there were smiles all around. We had roughly 170 people come through and participate in the festivities. I want to thank ELA teacher Ms. Flores for directing this entire event. Also many thanks to Mrs. LaMarre and our many teachers who volunteered their evening to make the event possible.

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    Park Crest One Act Play Rehersals begin:

    I am excited to announce that this years One Act Play group is busy preparing for their performance. This is a dedicated group that is led by the fearless Ms. Perez. We wish them luck as they spend many evenings preparing for their show. Information on performance dates and times will come in the near future.

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    Park Crest Run Club Grant:

    We are super excited to announce that Mrs. Gage and her run club received the Marathon Kids grant! Mrs. Gage started the run club last year as a great outlet for kiddos who wanted to run, walk, or jog after school. This grant will help her and her students take the club to the next level. Here is more info on the grant:

    Dear Ginny,

    Thank you for your application to bring Marathon Kids to your community. It is the passion and enthusiasm of individuals like you that give kids across the country more opportunities to be physically active, despite the many obstacles they face.

    This year we received an unprecedented number of qualified applicants, and we're pleased to tell you - CONGRATULATIONS! Your school has been chosen as an awardee for the Marathon Kids National Grant! You have been selected to receive funding totaling the amount of $300, which will cover 20 runners.

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football: The team took on Dessau this week in some exciting matches. 8th grade had another big win. 7th grade B team was not victorious but the A team played in one of the best middle school games I have seen in a while with the Pumas winning 7-6 after a missed field goal by DMS.

    Volleyball: The teams played at the high schools this week for their annual duals. All the teams looked great as they played multiple games against the Colts and the Knights.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Student Flu Shots: Each year countless students (and adults) across the state come down with the flu. Not only is this a tremendously uncomfortable sickness, but it is also incredibly inconvenient for students and their course work. To try and medicate the impact of the flu, we host the Healthy School program which provides flu shots to students at no cost. This will take place alongside our campus nurse here at Park Crest on 10-1-18.

    If you are interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity for your kiddo, please complete the following form: FLU SHOT CONSENT FORM

    Please contact Nurse Christine if you have any questions: Christine.Loerwald@pfisd.net

    Pfestival of Bands: Please join us at the Pfield Monday night for the Pfestival of Bands. It is an awesome event and will host middle school and high school bands from across the district! It is the perfect date night, even if you don’t have kiddos in band. I hope to see you all there! Admission is $5 and gold passes will be accepted in lieu of admission. Programs will also be available to purchase for $5.

    Football Games: The football teams take on the Pflugerville Panthers this week. The 7th grade team is home and the 8th grade is away.

    PSAT: The 8th graders will take the timed PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd. Parents, please makes sure your kiddos arrive on time for school each day, but this day in particular. Just so you know, since it is a timed test if they arrive too late they will be unable to take the test.

    Cross Country: Cross County has their district meet this coming Wednesday at Kelly Lane! We are excited for our kiddos and coach as this is the first year we have had cross county in quite some time at the middle school. Good luck Pumas!

    Volleyball Games: Volleyball takes on the Cele Colts. 8th grade is away, and 7th grade will be home.

    Friday, Oct. 5th & Monday, Oct. 8th: There will be no school for students on October 5th and October 8th. We will be utilizing this time to continue to learn through district and campus PD. Please help us ensure our attendance rates stay high by sending kiddos to school Monday through Thursday of next week and once again starting up on Tuesday the 9th. Thanks in advance for your help and support.

    Bond Informational Presentations:

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    To stay informed on these elections, visit www.pfisdbond.net.

    Please note: The Bond/TRE website may be displayed in Spanish, by clicking on the Google Translate button at the bottom of the website homepage.

    • October 9: Voter registration deadline
    • Oct. 22 – Nov. 2: Early Voting
    • Nov. 6: Election day

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • So Many Upcoming Events at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/21/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    6 Weeks IPR & Eligibility:

    Wednesday, September 26th is the end of the 6 week. This is an IPR time, and not an official report card. However, for UIL purposes students can lose eligibility for a single failing grade. “No pass, no play”. Please make sure that you are checking grades in FOCUS and encouraging your kiddos to take advantage of EPIC and tutorials. I am proud to see a ton of athletes in our tutorials this week trying to take care of business. As I always tell kiddos, “it is much easier to keep up, than it is to catch up”. Staying on top of those grades by completing assignments on time and correcting tests (when necessary) is the key to success.

    PTO T-Shirt Orders:

    There are four cool options for the new PCMS design. Please use this link to order one (or many!) today:

    http://barefootathletics.com/categories/Custom-Order-Form/Park-Crest-MS/cof147880/

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    8th Grade Parents:

    PfISD supports our students reach their full potential through measures to get them college & carreer ready. One of those measures is assessing all 8th grade students on the PSAT 8/9. Students will take this test on Wednesday, October 3rd. This ia a great opportunity for students to begin to practice what it is like to take an SAT style, timed test. Please, of course, encourage your child to do their best. Check out this picture for a reference of the PSAT 8/9:

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football: The boys took on Pflugerville Middle school this week. Our 7th grade teams played close games, but fell short. Our 8th grade A team was victorious, while the B team came up a bit short. There to cheer on our 8th grade teams were our amazing cheerleaders and Patricia Puma (mascot) along with our loud and proud Spirit Team.

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    Volleyball: The lady Pumas took on the Dessau Diamondbacks. We are excited to annnounce that all four teams were victorious! I was at the 8th grade game and have to say that I was extremely impressed with some of the sets and the spikes! The girls are really heating up and it is a great start to the season.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Picture Day: Picture day is Tuesday, September 25th. Your child received a copy of the picture order form in class this week. Please check with them to find it. Here is a copy of what it looks like:

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    Literacy Night: Just as I mentioned last week, Literacy Night is fun for kids of all ages and is located right here at PCMS. It is a great time to stop by the library for the book fair and have a good time. I REALLY hope to see you all there!

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    Football: The teams take on Dessau this week. 7th grade will be home and 8th grade will be away. Good luck to all of our teams!

    Volleyball: This is an exciting week of games for volleyball. They have their duals at the high schools where the girls will get to experience the larger gyms/environment. 7th grade will take on Cele at Weiss High School. 8th grade will also take on Cele but will play at Hendrickson High School.

     

    Most sincerely,

     

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

     

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  • Another Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/14/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    PCMS Still Needs CAAC Members!

    Are you interested in being more involved in the decisions being made at PCMS? Want to learn more about the systems and programs at Park Crest? Curious about our student academic success and strategies we are putting in place to keep improving? Or maybe you would simply like to listen in on what is going on at PCMS? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then I have just the thing for you! I am still looking for a few interested parents and community members to be part of our Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC). That is a fancy name for a group of committeed adults who come together to help make Park Crest a Gold Medal Campus. The commitment is just a few one hour meetings sprinkled throughout the school year. If you are interested, please email me as soon as possible. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2018 from from 6:00-7:00pm.

    Homework for Parents:

    Parents, I am sorry to have to do this, but I have two quick homework assignments I need you to do for me:

    1. We sent IPR’s home with every student on Wednesday, Sept. 12th during 4th period classes. Your child was instructed to bring that home so you can be aware of their grades. If you did not receive it PLEASE ask your child where it is. We will send home IPRs and report cards throughout the school year and it is important that you let them know you want to see it. I will always let you know through the blog when they have been sent home. Please note that these IPRs are printed a few days before they are handed out, so for the most up to date grade please check FOCUS.

     

    1. Have you checked your child’s agenda recently? Remember, they need to have their agenda every day, for every class. Please take a look through their agenda this weekend and ask them about what they are writing in it. There should be something written down for just about every class, every day. (if your child is like mine, and struggles to remember/communicate “what did you do today at school?” this is a great way to start the conversation and ask clarifying questions.

    NEW Park Crest Clothing:

    Check out this awesome new design for Park Crest shirts and hoodies. You know you want one! If you would like to order one from our PTO you can do so online using the following instructions:

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    Pumas Hidden Talent:

    I don’t know about you, but anytime I have tried to solve a Rubik’s cube that has been scrambled, it only ends up more scrambled than it started. However, we have some super talented middle school kiddos who can consistently solve the Rubik’s cube in astonishing time. Check out 6th grader Chris who blew me away with his skills: RUBIK'S CUBE MAGIC

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football: 7th and 8th grade football had their first official game on Tuesday against Westview Middle School. It was a great first week of football for the kiddos and all teams came home victorious.

    Volleyball: Volleyball took on Pflugerville Middle School this week and just like football ALL teams were victorious.

    We are super proud of all of our athlete’s performance, but most importantly that each week they are playing more and more like a team. In my opinion, learning to work together to accomplish a common goal through shared responsibility and demonstrating good sportsmanship and mental and physical grit are the most important lessons these kiddos can get out of their athletics experience.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Football:

    The boys will take on Pflugerville Middle School on Tuesday. 8th grade will be home and 7th grade will be away.

    Volleyball:

    Volleyball will compete against Dessau Middle school on Thursday. 8th grade will be home and 7th grade will travel to Westview.

    Book Fair:

    Our fall book fair begins on Monday September 24th in the PCMS Library. Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during their English classes as well as before and after school. The book fair will be open late on Wednseday, September 26th in conjunction with our Literacy Night.

    Literacy Night:

    At Park Crest, we believe it is SO important to share FUN learning opportunities with the whole family. Our first event of the year is our annual Literacy Night. This years theme is Dia De Los Muertos in honor of Spanish Heritage Month. Students and parents will wander the campus as they complete tasks and activites at various stations around the building. The event starts at 6:30 and conludes at 8:00pm. Please please please come down to Park Crest to enjoy this fun and educational night.

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    Picture Day:

    Don’t forget, picture day is Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. Remind your kiddos to comb that hair and practice their smile!

    Pfestival of Bands:

    This annual event is one you will NOT want to miss. Whether you have a child in band or not, please join us on October 1st at the Pfield for sensational sounds!

    The PfISD Fine Arts department is hosting its 15th annual Pfestival of Bands program at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

    Connally, Hendrickson, Pflugerville and Weiss High School bands will showcase their half-time performances. Cele, Dessau, Kelly Lane, Park Crest, Pflugerville and Westview Middle School bands will perform show tunes in the stands. 

    The community is invited to come show their support for Pflugerville ISD bands. Admission is $5 and gold passes will be accepted in lieu of admission. Programs will also be available for purchase for $5.

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    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Four Great Days at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/7/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week has only had four days of school due to Labor Day, but it was not short on activities and events.

    End of the 1st (3-week) IPR:

    Wednesday signified the end of the 1st IPR. As you may know, Pflugerville ISD operates on a 9-weeks grading period. This means that we will have an IPR at the 3 week and 6-week mark, followed by the actual report card grade coming at the end of the 9-weeks. Do you know your kiddos grades? Check their up-to-date grades using the FOCUS portal at this link: https://focus.pfisd.net/focus/

    Do you know your kiddos teacher’s tutorial availability? Check out the tutorial schedules at these links:

    *Important note for athletes and other students competing in UIL events. Even though we are on a 9-weeks grading period, students can lose eligibility at the end of the 6-weeks. That makes it even more important for our kiddos to keep up with grades, turn in missing work in a timely manner, and take care of test and corrections asap.

    Check Out One Thing Our Kids Did This Week:

    Look out Dr. Scholl's, our 7th and 8th graders in Project Lead the Way worked on design and modeling. Their project was over Foot Orthosis; specially designed shoe inserts that help support the feet and improve foot posture. People who have chronic foot or leg problems that interfere with the health and functioning of their feet may be prescribed orthoses by their podiatrist. Check out our students as they plan, design, and budget their projects.

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    2018 Bond & TRE – Know the Facts:

    I cannot, and would not provide any opinion related to the 2018 Bond and TRE, however, as a resident and parent of students in the district we would like to simply provide you with the facts of what is being proposed:

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    KNOW THE FACTS: 2018 PfISD Bond Fact Information Website LINK

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    8th Grade Parents – Student Success Initiative (SSI):

    It is important that students and parents are aware of the State requirement regarding STAAR Test success for 8th graders (and 5th graders). Students are required to pass their 8th grade STAAR tests in order to move on to high school. Students who do not pass the English or Math STAAR on the first attempt will be provided accelerated instruction (intervention) and then retested prior to the end of the school year to help ensure they are successful. From there, special considerations are made and parent/teacher meetings are set up to determine necessary next steps. 8th graders will be told this information and provided a flyer from TEA in their math classes. Here is a PDF version: 8th GRADE SSI FLYER I have also attached the flyer for your convenience below:

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    Support a Fellow PfISD Student:

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    Destination Imagination:

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football Scrimmage: The boys looked great this week as they scrimmaged against Kelly Lane. Although scores were not kept, I was very impressed with what I already saw out of our teams. It is clear that they have been working hard to prepare.

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    Volleyball Game: Our Lady Pumas took on Wesview yesterday for the first game of the year. The kiddos did not disappoint as both 8th grade teams were victorious at home and both 7th grade teams brought back victories.

     

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Cross Country Parent Meeting: The parents of any student participating in cross country are encouraged to attend the parent meeting Monday night from 5:00-6:00pm.

    PTO Meeting: Please, please, please, come by the Park Crest library Monday evening at 6:30pm to hear from our amazing PTO! Whether you want to join, share ideas, or simply listen, I want to encourage anyone/everyone to attend. I hope to see you there!

    Football: The first official game of the season takes place on Tuesday against the Westview Wildcats. 8th grade will be away and 7th grade will be home. B team begins at 5:30pm and A team starts shortly after their game is complete.

    PCMS Travelers: The parent meeting for anyone interested in participating in the summer learning experience to New York is taking place Wednesday night at 7:00pm in the PCMS Cafeteria.

    Volleyball: The lady pumas will play Thursday evening against Pflugerville Middle School. 8th grade will be away and 7th grade will be home.

    PTO Easterseals: The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8a - 12noon in the PCMS parking lot. Simply swing by during that time with donations and the team will do the rest! Thank you in advance for supporting the PCMS PTO.

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    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School
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