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Important Information from PCMS!Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/18/2019
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Park Crest Video:
The students and staff at Park Crest never cease to amaze me! Our talented broadcast class just completed a short video showing off our school and our pride which they are submitting for a competition. Since you are one of our closest friends, we are going to share it with you first! Check it out at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M650R8kISkI
DON’T FORGET - The Big Event:
In one weeks time we have nearly 200 students signed up for The PfISD Big Event! That is great, but we need more! This community service oriented event takes place on Friday, March 8th (DURING SCHOOL). All students received a form in EPIC 1.0. If they need a new form or are ready to turn their signed one in, they can do so at the green treasure chest located in the main hall. The deadline to turn in the form is only one week away on Friday, January 25th!!!
Spring Musical - The Jungle Book:
Congratulations to our kiddos who made the cast of The Jungle Book. They will begin working hard to memorize lines, learn technical theatre skills, and prepare to amaze us all. I can’t wait to see the show! More info to come.
Congratulations to all of our Geography Bee contestants and finalists. I want to give special recognition to a true Geography wiz, Zach Lucas. He has won the competition 5 straight years now!
I want to take a moment to congratulate the PfISD AP Scholars for their outstanding achievement as they were recognized earlier this week at their respective high schools. Many of our former Pumas were part of this prestigious list! Check out more information and the list of recipients using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=844&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=22322&PageID=1
I cannot wait to read about many of our current Pumas achieving this level of success four, five, and six years from now.
Next Week’s Preview:
NO SCHOOL Monday:
Staff and students will be out of school on Monday, January 21st in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
School Board Appreciation Month:
January is School Board Appreciation month. PfISD Board of Trustees volunteer their time and service to help our district thrive. They are committed to public education and the continuing success of all PfISD students and schools. Take time this month to thank them for being champions for our kids by posting comments on the PfISD Facebook and Twitter accounts, or by attending our annual school board recognition reception.
The community is invited to a come-and-go reception honoring our PfISD Board of Trustees from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at The Rock Gym (700 W. Pecan). Light refreshments will be available.
Let's celebrate the superheroes who passionately serve our district!
5th Grade Visits:
The current 5th graders in our feeder pattern will be visiting Park Crest on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd. We cannot wait to display our many groups and organizations and get our future Pumas pumped to join the family.
Basketball: The teams take on the Cele Colts this week. The 7th grade teams are home, while the 8th graders will travel. Boys play on Wednesday night and the girls play on Thursday.
Pep Rally: Friday we will be on a slightly adjusted bell schedule in order to celebrate our Spring Pep Rally, which takes place at the end of the day.
Park Crest Middle School
“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”
Great 1st Week Back at PCMS!Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/11/2019
Happy Friday! This semester has started better than I could have imagined. Yes, there are some sleepy eyes, and quite a few yawns, but that is to be expected. There is not time to rest though, we have so much to accomplish between now and May!
EPIC 1.0 – Welcome Back & Reminders:
High quality schools have high standards, clear expectations, and systems of support to ensure all students are successful and safe. To kick off the second semester we spent all four days this week in EPIC 1.0. We discussed setting New Year’s Resolutions (goals) with action steps to accomplish them, The Big Event, EPIC 2.0 expectations, as well as classroom, hallway, cafeteria, before, and after school expectations. We have been clear on what we expect so there are no questions and we can get down to business and focus on teaching and learning. Please feel free to check out these presentations via this link: January 8-11 EPIC Presentations
The PfISD Big Event:
It is that time of year again, when we start talking about the annual PfISD Big Event! The PfISD Big Event is a one day community service project where students in Pflugerville middle and high schools go into the community on a school day to perform community service alongside teachers and staff. We discussed the event with students in EPIC 1.0 on Thursday and provided each student with a participation form. I want to personally encourage you to allow your child to participate in the event as it is a great way for them to begin to get involved in community service and have pride for our town and community. If your child has misplaced their form, you may simply print another one using this link: The Big Event Participation Form 18-19.pdf Please note that the forms are due back to us no later than January 25.
The event takes place on Friday, March 8. All students report to school on that day just like normal, but then are separated by those who are participating and those who are not. Those who are not will be in classes on a slightly adjusted schedule. Those attending the event will ride with their teacher chaperones to and from their assigned job site on PfISD buses. They will also be provide a free meal while they work.
Here is a video about the Big Event: Video #1
In addition, here is more information about the even on the district website: http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/1455
High School Course Fair:
Next week, on Wednesday, is the PfISD High School Course Fair for our current 8th grade students and parents. We have shared this with our 8th graders at lunch and in their hallways. I highly, highly, recommend you take time to visit the high school your child will be attending next year. I know it may seem early to have to be thinking about high school, but course selection and 4-year plans will be done in the upcoming weeks. In fact, for those of you who are new to this process students will select not only their 9th grade classes, but also the pathway and courses for their entire high school career. This will be done with you and the help of our amazing counselors (and high school counselors) so do not fear. However, attending the course fair and seeing what your child is interested in and what the high school offers would be incredibly beneficial. As a former high school assistant principal, I can tell you, there are a LOT of options.
Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents:
This is a very exciting time of the year for our 8th Graders! Second Semester is in full swing as we have been preparing to work on our 4 year high school Endorsement Plans. As we begin to work on the Endorsement Plans, we would like for both students and parents to play an active role in this process and receive information that will assist in making choices for high school and beyond!
Pflugerville ISD uses the web based program www.bridges.com for 4 year high school and Endorsement Planning. Your child will use this program to work on their plan. When they come home with information about this process you will be able to see their 4 year plan and Endorsement Plan by logging into bridges.com at home. We will finish this process by inviting parents to come to Park Crest and meet with a counselor to approve the high school plan. A post card invitation will be sent out very soon for this meeting that will take place in February. Upcoming dates for this process are listed below.
If you have any questions, please contact Darlena Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-594-2427. You can also get more information by visiting PISD’s homepage, College and Career Readiness.
8th Grade Counselor
Introduction to Endorsements and Pathways (During Math Classes)
December 3rd- 5th & 15th – 8th grade students explored Cluster Finders
8th Grade Parent Course Fair Night Information Nights are:
PHS, HHS, Weiss, & Connally – Wednesday, January 16th at respective high schools
4 Year and Endorsement Planning (During Math Classes)
February 11th – Brydson’s Classes
February 13th – Brown’s Classes
February 14th – Whittaker’s and McNamer’s Classes
Individual Parent Meetings to Discuss Plans – By appointment. You will receive a post card invitation in the mail soon with your appointment time.
February 21st, 22nd, 25th from 8:00 – 3:00
A Word from Our PTO:
Our amazing Park Crest PTO supports our staff, students, and campus in so many ways. One of those ways is our monthly teacher treats. The January event will take place on Jan. 25 and will be a milk and cookies bar in the faculty lounge. If you are interested in contributing, please look at what they need via this link: January Teacher Appreciation Event
Thank you in advance and thank you PTO for these awesome events. A small gesture of appreciation goes a LONG way and I assure you these do not go unnoticed by our hard working teachers and staff.
Girls Basketball: the 7th grade B team was victorious while the 7th grade A team and both 8th grade teams fell short.
Boys Basketball: the boys took on Dessau this week and although they battled hard, we were not victorious.
Next Week’s Preview:
Report Cards: Please be on the lookout for your child’s report card on Tuesday, January 15. They will be handed out to all students in their fourth period class.
Basketball: The teams take on Kelly Lane next week. 8th grade teams will be home and our 7th grade teams will be away.
PTO Meeting: our first PTO meeting of 2019 will take place on Tuesday night here in the PCMS Library at 6:30pm. We welcome anyone to attend, regardless of how much you want to get involved. It is a great way to meet other awesome Puma Parents and figure out what is going on here at PCMS. I hope to see you then!
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