• It's Getting Cold Outside @ PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/8/2019

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that we are only two weeks away from the week long Thanksgiving Holiday.

    It is amazing to see the growth of our students from the assessments and tests they were completing at the start of the school year. We track scores and talk about data to ensure each student is being supported for their learning needs, and it is paying off!

    That being said, I have a favor for you parents: During this time of year, we always see a dip in motivation, turning in homework, and enthusiasm for working hard. Please ask your kiddos about their school day, check their agendas, ask them if they have homework (THEY DO almost every night), encourage them to study their notes, and go to bed at a decent hour.

    Also, please take a moment to remind them of what your expectations are of them while they are at school and specifically regarding meeting deadlines, paying attention in class, and representing you with their behavior and attitude at school.

    Why am I saying all this? Because you send us amazing kiddos. However, they are 11, 12, and 13 year olds, and sometimes how they are around friends and at school may look a bit different than when they are at home with you. I don’t want them to lose any momentum as we head into the holiday seasons.

    Thank you in advance for continuing to have these conversations, valuing the work and the learning they are doing, and supporting the expectations we have set together to help your kiddos reach their full potential.

    Park Crest Veteran’s Day Assembly:

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    On Monday we will honor our Veterans with the always impressive Park Crest Veterans Day Assembly. We have three outstanding Speakers lined up for this year’s event, along with performances from the Band and Choir. All Veterans are welcome and encouraged to come and be honored at the event which takes place from 8:58am – 10:15am in the Park Crest gym.

    Please take a moment this weekend to help with the reminders we have already provided students that “although this event takes place in the gym, it is an event that requires professional behavior, versus the typical pep rally excitement/energy.”

    We look forward to another amazing and memorable event for our students, staff, and guests.

    Other PfISD Veterans Day Recognitions:

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    Gold Medal Athletes:

    We are so proud of our students who recently competed with the famous Falcon Athletics Team! I am excited to announce that the following athletes competed at last week’s Area Special Olympics bowling competition.

    1. Javien Anderson brought home a bronze medal.
    2. Daya Barnes earned a bronze medal.

    Congratulations to these Falcon athletes! We are so proud of them!

    PCMS Band Continues to Shine:

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    The following students competed for and earned a chair in the highly competitive Region 26 Region Band this last weekend! They will perform with students from Georgetown, Hutto, Manor, Pflugerville, and Round Rock on Saturday, December 14 at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center.

    Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication!  Go Puma Band!

    • Ian Scarborough, 2nd Chair Wind Ensemble Tuba
    • Gavin Serrano, 5th Chair Symphonic Band Percussion
    • Benjamin Edwards, 6th Chair Symphonic Band French Horn
    • Jackson Cutter, 1st Chair Concert Band Tenor Saxophone

    Theatre Arts Presents:

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    Please come join the PCMS Theatre Department for the performance of “A Girl of the Limberlost, ” A One Act Play which serves as a yearly fundraiser for the Theatre Department at PCMS.  Watch Elnora, a young conservationist in the early 20th Century, struggling between becoming a modern educated woman, and helping her widowed mom maintain their family farm.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting:

    We hope to see anyone and everyone at the Thursday, November 14th PTO meeting! We will be discussing upcoming events and opportunities.


    Most sincerely,


    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Jam Packed Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/1/2019

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was probably our busiest of the school year, yet! We celebrated Red Ribbon Week, had District Finals for Volleyball and Football, and SO much more! Check out some of the highlights below:

    PCMS Fall Dance Recap:

    Friday nights dance last week was a HUGE success! The PCMS student council, once again, transformed the cafeteria into a magical experience for our students. It was evident that students had fun, they had lots of sugar, and most importantly they made great memories with their friends.

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    Gold Medal Band:

    Last week I shared some highlights from our amazing Choir program, and now I would like to share some great news about our Band! 12 students were recognized for the DISTRICT Band recently, with seven of those advancing to the prestigious REGION band! We are so proud of our kiddos and their amazing directors; Mr. Barnes and Ms. Pinner! #PCMSGoldMedal

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    Football Season:

    This was an AWESOME season for Park Crest Middle School. I could not be more proud of our players and our four Coaches; Coach Wilson, Coach Elliot, Coach Gonzales, and Coach Prine. The amount of hours, the early morning practices while it was still dark out, the afternoon practice when it was scorching hot, and all the hours in between led these teams to an awesome season. Not to mention our teams finished out at top of the district:

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


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    Volleyball Season:

    The Volleyball season was just as remarkable! There were plenty of mornings when our dedicated athletes and their parents were dropping off as I was arriving. The teams have become known across the district as POWERHOUSES with talented players and equally as impressive sportsmanship. Of the four teams we came home with not one, not two, but three district championships!!! Congrats to all of our girls and to our four amazing coaches; Coach Hinojos, Coach Christian, Coach Phelps, and Coach Vecchio for a great season!

    • 7th grade B Team: 1st, District Champs!
    • 7th grade A Team: 2nd place
    • 8th grade B Team: 1st, District Champs!
    • 8th grade A Team: 1st, District Champs!


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    Basketball Season:

    There is no rest for our coaches and our athletes in middle school athletics. We have already begun to have/prepare for basketball tryouts and the teams will be ready to compete in no time! Good luck to our players and I am looking forward to another great season. Our athletes remind us that every day is a great day to be a puma!

    Red Ribbon Week Recap:

    Monday Oct. 28th: Crazy Hat Day (wear a crazy hat to school because it would be crazy to do drugs)

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    Tuesday Oct. 29th: Twin Day (dress like a twin to school to show that you are drug free together)

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    Wednesday Oct. 30th: Onesie Day (dress in a onesie to school to show that you are one of a kind and we would never want to lose you to drugs)

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    Thursday Oct. 31st: Super Hero Day (wear your favorite superhero shirt/logo and/or cape to school to show that super heroes don’t do drugs)

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    Friday Nov. 1st: Wear Red (wear red to school for Red Ribbon Week)

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    A Word from the Nurse – Scoliosis Testing:

    A routine service provided at the middle school level is scoliosis screening. State mandated scoliosis screening will be held on November 11th for 8th grade boys and November 14th for 7th grade girls.

    What to wear/bring for the exam:

    • All students must remove their shirt
    • Girls should wear a halter top/tube top, sports bra, or two-piece swim top under their shirt.

    If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you must submit an affidavit of religious exemption no later than November 8, 2019.

    8th Grade Parents:

    Our amazing 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Bonnet will be talking with students about high school dual credit classes in the early spring. If you would like more information in the meantime, ACC offers incredibly helpful seminar classes that are free for families. Below is a flyer with a link and a number for more information if you are interested:

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Time Change:

    It’s that time again. On Sunday, November 3, at 2 am, we'll turn back our clocks one hour, signaling the end of daylight saving time. The change shifts daylight back into the morning hours. Please be sure to make the switch so our kiddos are prepared for school on Monday. J

    Voting Site:

    In case you didn’t know, Park Crest is host to a voting site each and every year. Tuesday, 11/5/19 is voting day. So that you are aware, we utilize the end of the science hall as the voting location. We put up wall partitions to keep separation from voters and students. If you would like to swing by and vote, the process is simple! Please simply park along the street near the science hall doors (very end of the building near Pfennig. Then come on into those science hall doors. Everything at Park Crest will be business as usual (with the exception of one closed restroom in the science hall of course.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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