• Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/20/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was another great week at Park Crest. We got the opportunity to celebrate students who demonstrate our 6 student character traits, found out our students are performing at the top of the district based on some district assessment data, and we even got to spend some time as an entire staff on Wednesday after school to work together to lay the foundation of planning for the 2018-19 school year. Isn’t it crazy to think that it is already time to start planning for 2018-19. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, take a second to check out some of the great things at Park Crest:

    Park Crest Parent’s Homework:

    Do you know what the month of April is known for in the Education field? FATIGUE. My teachers and staff have been working vigorously to prepare your kiddos for success. Whether it be regarding their academics, extracurricular, character educations, expectations, and so much more. Because of that I ask a favor. A favor from the principal. Will you please take just a moment to write a nice email to one, two, or all of your child’s teachers? I can guarantee that they could use those kind words right about now. Who knows, your email may just be the message that reminds them why they became an educator in the first place. Make a teacher’s day and simply send them a kind email. I thank you in advance.

    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    It was that time of year again when we honor our Puma Pride recipients. Congratulations to the over 70 students who were chosen for the award based on how they exhibit one of the six character traits from the PCMS Crest (Effective communicator, leader, hardworking, accepting, accountable, or critical thinkers). One of the most important things, in my opinion, about middle school is not only learning the academics but also learning how to be a “good person”. All of our recipients were shining examples of that today. Keep up the good work Pumas!

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    Amazing PCMS Step Team Performane:

    Today our very own PCMS Step Team gave each lunch a brief performance. It was exciting, it was energizing, and it was definetely something that our students enjoyed. I want to thank the work of thier volunteer sponsors Coach Christian and Ms. Muhammad.  You could tell our Step Team had put in a lot of work and time after hours.

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    Current 6th Grade Parents:

    Attention 6th grade parents, proof of immunizations for Meningococcal (MCV4) and a TDAP booster within the past 5 years are required before your child can attend 7th grade.  Please call the school nurse office at 512-594-2435 to verify your child’s immunization status.  Immunization records can be sent to shots@pfisd.net

    This is a serious thing. I want to make you are aware now so you can make arrangements between now and August. Every year we have a handful of kiddos who cannot start on the first day because they have not yet gotten the required shots. I can tell you from experience, the longer you wait, the harder it is to make an appointment.

    2018-19 School Start Times:

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    Pflugerville ISD is adjusting the start and end times for its elementary and middle schools for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

    Elementary campuses will begin at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m., while middle school campuses will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. The high school schedule will remain the same, with a 9 a.m. start time and a 4:15 p.m. end time. 

    “These slight adjustments give our students more learning time, allow for optimal transportation time, and also give the district a buffer in case of unanticipated closures due to weather or other emergencies,” said Brandy Baker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

    The start and end time adjustments follow last month’s approval of the district’s 2018-19 calendar, which can be viewed at www.pfisd.net/ .

    ***What does this mean for Pumas? Well, instead of students being let into the building at 7:40 for breakfast or hallway assignments, we will be opening the doors at 7:55 and classes will start at 8:20am. There will be no changes to the end of the school day for us.

    REMINDER: Volunteers Needed (Math Mad City):

    Mad City Money Merchant Volunteers

      Questions about volunteering?

    Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or

    Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.

    https://goo.gl/forms/5YUMzlS0kzCm0p0Z2

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Park Crest Middle School, 1500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Time Requirement: Sign in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Merchants need to be at their table by 8:30 a.m. The simulation will run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Description

    Mad City Money is an interactive and engaging simulation for youth. Each participant receives an “about me” sheet that contains an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse and some will be single. Every participant will have a child.

    Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There’s a mall for wants and a credit union for financial services. Students will also visit the Fickle Finger of Fate during the simulation for unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses.

    Student’s Corner:

    Park Crest Spring Talent Show

    By: Rachel Calabuig

     Hello Pumas. You probably have the seen the flyers for the Talent Show!!  Auditions are on April 25th, from 3:45-5:00 p.m. after school.  After ten finalists are selected, there’s going to be a MANDATORY rehearsal May 4th from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

     Then …. 3 days later is TALENT SHOW from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

     How do we do all of that?! Choir Director and Talent Show Director, Sgt. Groft’s answer is, “We videotape the audition and Fine Arts teachers decide the finalists.  There will be three judges at the actual talent show to pick the final winner.” Speaking of the process, if you want to be one of the ten finalists picked, you’d better do something impressive!  Sgt. Groft’s advice is to “Be prepared.” Oooh, that sounds like the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”

    Please come and watch your friends perform!!

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Our Soccer teams faced off against Kelly Lane Thursday night at the Hendrickson High School field. The boys and the girls played fantastic again this week. The girls finished the game 0-0 and although the boys battled hard they fell to the Knights in a good game.

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    Kickstart State Tournament:

    I want to send out a huge “good luck” to our many Kickstart students who will be traveling to Bryan, TX on Saturday to compete at the State level. We have so many talented kiddos led by the amazing Mr. Gartmann. Simply to make it this far is a huge honor and we are so proud of the group.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Got Talent?

    Wednesday, April 25th we will be hosting Talent Show Auditions that are open to all PCMS students. Auditions will run from approximately 3:45 to 5:00pm. Please see Sgt. Groft for more information. Do you love watching talented kiddos as much as we do? Then mark your calendars for the official talent show that is taking place Monday, May 7th, from 6-8pm in the PCMS Cafeteria.

    Soccer:

    Next week our Pumas take on the Cele Colts here at PCMS. Come out and cheer on the Pumas in our 3rd game of the season.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • All-STAAR Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/13/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that our first round of STAAR tests are already behind us. Is this year flying by to anyone else but me? The 7th and 8th graders who were testing appeared as ready as they could be. This round of testing proved that the hard work and preparation through mock testing and shut down days have paid off. Whether you are a proponent of standardized testing or not, they are a part of our kiddos realities and thus one of the many big responsibilities for us as educators.

    REMINDER – PTO Clothing Drive (Tomorrow):

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    Motivational Speaker at PCMS:

    On Thursday we were so fortunate to have guest speaker SaulPaul; entrepreneur, musician, motivational speaker, and much more come talk to some of our kiddos. He came and spoke to our 7th and 8th grade boys and girls athletics. His charismatic presence, impressive musical abilities, and motivational message resonated with many of our kiddos. He spoke about being a team and supporting one another. He spoke about overcoming challenges and working to your strengths. He spoke about diversity, race, stereotypes and how none of those things should define you. He also spoke about being a good person and being the best you that you can be. His message hits so many things we try to convey every single day here at Park Crest. It encompasses our mission to “keep improving, always, in all ways” and our vision of being “a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best”. This was a great experience for our students and our staff members who were present.

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    Congratulations – Teacher of the Year Finalist!

    Please help me congratulate our very own Ms. Whittaker, math teacher at Park Crest for being one of three top candidates for the PfISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. I cannot emphasize enough what an honor this is to be named a finalist. With four high schools and six middle schools in the district, each with highly qualified and extremely talented teachers, we are so fortunate to have one of the best! #PCMSGoldMedal

    Gracious Donation to Ensure Students Eat Every Day:

    A major priority at Park Crest Middle School that often goes without much recognition is our unwavering commitment to ensure ALL students eat EVERY DAY. This might sound like an easy task and something that should be second nature. However, we have students on campus who either cannot afford meals, do not have access to meals at home, or simply do not bring money for lunches and would choose to simply not eat, if given the option. However, our counselors, admin, staff members, and even parents and community members have taken numerous steps all year long to ensure that no student goes hungry. First, we work swiftly, yet discretely, to help families complete the free and reduced lunch application form. Also, counselors and admin are constantly on the lookout for kiddos who aren’t eating and help problem solve barriers with kiddos that may be keeping them from getting lunch. In addition, parents and community members have set up the “No Hungry Pumas” lunch account that can be accessed by counselors and our social worker to help students purchase a lunch while they await the free lunch application to be processed. Finally, gracious donations periodically have been made to eliminate outstanding lunch account balances that could be standing in the way of students getting a warm lunch. I am proud and honored that PCMS was supported by Shades (Diversity and Inclusion Group) part of the Optum Analytics this week through a gracious donation towards the outstanding balances of many of our students. Although these individuals may never be thanked directly from the students they impacted, this contribution has made a direct impact on their success and satisfaction at PCMS. Thank you on behalf of PCMS.

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    End of Year Trip Forms:

    At the end of each school year, each grade level either takes an end of year trip or has an end of year celebration on campus. The permission slips and informational forms have  been sent home to 7th and 8th grade students. 6th grade students will recieve their forms next week. If you would like another copy, or to view the information electronically, you can use the links below:

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls Soccer took on Dessau Thursday evening here at Park Crest to “kick off the season”. It was a great start to the season and both teams looked fantastic. Girls won 6-1 and boys won 4-1. Great job Pumas!

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No Puma Den:

    There will be no puma den on Wednesday, April 18th due to a faculty meeting. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience but it is important that we take time to meet as a faculty to discuss important topics to help PCMS keep improving, always, in all ways.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • April at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 4/6/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that it is already April. I can remember back to when we were doing course verification pick up, open house, and all the other fun back to school activities. Crazy how fast time flies.

    STAAR Testing Reminder:

    Just as a friendly reminder, next week on Tuesday and Wednesday 7th and 8th graders will be taking their State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. Tuesday, April 10th will be the 8th grade English and 7th grade Writing tests. Wednesday, April 11th, will be the 8th grade math and 7th PAP math tests. 6th graders will not be testing, and thus will be (quietly) going along, business as usual. Here is a breakdown of all of the STAAR tests and their dates:

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    What should testing students bring?

    • Snacks: Students can bring a sandwich-sized, closeable bag with goldfish and/or pretzels,  unwrapped hard candy in a sandwich-sized, closeable bag, and water in a clear bottle. The idea is that the snack does not smell, make noise, or distract others in any way.
    • Layered clothing: I always recommend kiddos bring a sweatshirt or light jacket to put on in case they get cold in their testing room. These are the normal classrooms but they sometimes feel a bit colder due to being in them for longer periods.
    • Things to Leave at Home: Please no blankets, pillows, pajamas, hats, or other items that are not allowed on a typical school day.

    Student's Corner:

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    Favor Regarding Ordering Food to PCMS:

    You can tell times are changing with regards to convenience when I need to take a moment to share this kind of info. I ask that you please not order, or allow your child to use their phone to order pizza’s or Uber Eats or other delivery food services directly to the school. This puts an additional burden on our front office staff during a busy time of day. In addition, it puts our staff in an uncomfortable position of being responsible for signing for and handling food orders they have not made.  Thank you for your help with this.

    2018 PCMS Shirts for SALE:

    The new 2018 PCMS t-shirts are ready to be ordered. Check out this awesome logo designed by our very own art teacher Ms. Kempf! Here is information on how to get your shirt: PCMS T-SHIRT ORDER FORM

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    Thank you PTO:

    I want to take a moment to thank our amazing PTO for all that they do for our campus. Recently, they helped our boys and girls athletics in purchasing these awesome brand new chairs for our events. These chairs will be utilized for athletic events and for important yearly events for our honored guests. Thank you so much for helping make this possible, they look so great!

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    Attendance Award – Thank You Horace Mann:

    During the 3rd 9 Weeks, with the help of John Ryan from Horace Mann we were able to offer an incentive to win a free kindle fire. Any student who had perfect attendance during each 2-week chunk of the 9 weeks had their name entered into a drawing. On the Tuesday announcement not one, but two lucky winners were drawn at random.

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    UIL Band!

    I wanted to showcase our awesome UIL Band Trophies for the hard work of our band directors and their kiddos. We scored straight 1’s this year (best you can do). Next up is Solo’s and Ensemble’s on Saturday, April 14th. Good luck kiddos!

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    Choir Concert:

    Wednesday’s Choir Concert was fantastic as always. These kiddos are gearing up for their big UIL competition on the horizon. They will have one more End of Year concert in May. Details to come!

    PTO Clothing Drive:

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Soccer Season Begins!

    Our first Soccer game will take place on Thursday, April 12th here at PCMS. We will be taking on the Dessau Diamondbacks. Below is a schedule for the entire regular season:

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Fast Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/29/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Thursday! I hope that everyone has plans for a restful and relaxing three-day weekend. The only thing that went faster than this four-day week was our track athletes!

    2018-19 District Calendar:

    In case you missed you, the 2018-19 calendar has been approved.

    Pflugerville ISD’s 2018-19 school calendar will feature an Aug. 16 start date for students, following approval by the Board of Trustees at its March meeting. Other features of next year’s calendar include:

    • Two student holidays in October (Friday, Oct. 5, and Monday, Oct. 8) for staff development
    • One week holiday for Thanksgiving (Nov. 19-23)
    • Winter break (Dec. 24-Jan. 7); Dec. 21 will be an early release day.
    • Student holiday on March 15 for staff development
    • Spring Break (March 18-22) aligned with UT and ACC
    • May 30: last day for students

    “Balancing all of the factors that go into creating a school calendar is never easy, but this calendar represents the valued input of the entire PfISD community – staff, students, parents and community members,” said Brandy Baker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Most important, it keeps the best interests of our students at the forefront.”

    Baker said that balancing the number of instructional days for the fall and spring semesters was a key priority, made possible by the recent approval of PfISD as a District of Innovation. That designation gives PfISD the ability to start the fall semester earlier in August. 

    The 2018-19 calendar meets all state requirements for instructional minutes (75,600), and provides a buffer for unexpected delays or cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.

    “We are also able to end the school year in May for both students and staff, which hasn’t been the case for quite some time,” added Baker. “We received significant input with our original calendar survey in January and February, followed by more than 10,000 responses from the community regarding their thoughts on two calendar options. We took that input to both the District Academic Advisory Council (composed of PfISD staff and community members) for its consideration and then to the Board for a final decision.”

    To view the complete PfISD 2018-19 calendar, visit www.pfisd.net.

    District Track Meet:

    This was a very special week at Park Crest, especially for our athletes. I am so proud of both our girls and our boys as they competed against the rest of the district on Monday at the District Track Meet. Along with numerous individual accomplishments, as a team our groups performed incredibly well:

    8th Boys – 1st

    8th Girls – 2nd

    7th Boys – 2nd

    7th Girls – 1st

    Modern Millie Jr.:

    Our advanced theatre students who are enrolled in Musical Theatre put on a real treat last Friday and Saturday. Modern Millie Jr. was a hilarious musical packed with stars. Kudos to our kiddos and our staff for this giant culminating event. It was a huge success.

    Kickstart Regionals:

    Saturday was also the Kickstart Regionals hosted at Kelly Lane Middle School. As always, our kiddos led by the amazing Mr. Gartmann did fantastic! The next event is the State Competition at Bryan High School on April 21st, 2018.

    Pflugerville Education Foundation Board Member Position:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is accepting applications for new Board Members who will bring energy, commitment, fresh ideas, special skills and a passion for student success.  One of the most valuable assets of a non-profit is its Board of Directors and PEF is looking to grow their dedicated group.  The all-volunteer Board is comprised of individuals representing all facets of the Pflugerville community from every aspect of the district.   If you are someone who wants to get involved and support education, then this is the position for you!

    More information on our website http://thepfoundation.org/

    Application: http://www.thepfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Foundation_Board_Application-2018.doc

    Deadline is April 27, 2018.

    Volunteers Needed (Math Mad City):

    Mad City Money Merchant Volunteers

      Questions about volunteering?

    Email Kelsey Balcaitis at kbalcaitis@aplusfcu.org or call her at 512-421-2880 or

    Melissa Brydson at melissa.brydson@pfisd.net or call  at 512-594-2541

    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.

    https://goo.gl/forms/5YUMzlS0kzCm0p0Z2

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Park Crest Middle School, 1500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Time Requirement: Sign in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Merchants need to be at their table by 8:30 a.m. The simulation will run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Description

    Mad City Money is an interactive and engaging simulation for youth. Each participant receives an “about me” sheet that contains an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse and some will be single. Every participant will have a child.

    Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There’s a mall for wants and a credit union for financial services. Students will also visit the Fickle Finger of Fate during the simulation for unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses.

    Participant Objectives

    • Practice budgeting as an adult with realistic circumstances
    • Identify and experience the consequences of poor decision making
    • Develop good judgment regarding spending and making a budget
    • Understand that budgeting is a necessary step in good money management and that it isn’t difficult.

    Merchant Role

    There are nine merchant stations in Mad City. They are:

    • Really Realty & Utilities
    • Gotta Eat!
    • Fun Stuff
    • Kid Care
    • Home Stuff
    • Big Wheels New & Used
    • My Closet
    • Mad City Mall
    • Fickle Finger of Fate

    As a merchant, you will be selling products and services to the students. Your job is to act like a salesperson and try to get the student to buy the most expensive products. You are not there to help them make the best choice. You will show the selections to participants and help them make their choice. The students will have fake debit cards to make purchases with. You will write them a receipt for their purchase.

    We will provide each merchant table with props, signs, calculators, pens, and more. You will not have to worry about bringing anything to the simulation, unless you have a calculator you like to use.

    Volunteers Needed (Book Fair):

    Our FLAMINGO book fair will be May 21st – 25th and we’re just pink about it!  If you’d like to help us at our book fair, please email Kimberly.LaMarre@pfisd.net  Include your students name and a phone number you can be reached at most of the time.  We will need cashiers, set up crew, and take down crew.  Thanks, Mrs. LaMarre 

    PTO Meeting:

    Please come visit us at the PTO meeting scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday in the PCMS Library. Whether you haven’t missed a meeting or haven’t been to any, everyone is welcome! I hope to see you there.

    Spring Choir Concert:

    Our Spring Choir Concert is always a treat. Whether you have a kiddo in choir or not, please come down to the PCMS Cafeteria at 7:00pm on Wednesday and listen to our talented students.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Great Week back at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/23/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Spring Break seemed to be the perfect break for students and staff. We returned this week to have a fantastic week at Park Crest Middle. Before I get into all of the great things going on at Park Crest, I want to personally thank the city and district police department for keeping our community safe in the midst of the recent, too close for comfort events. I also want to take a moment to send my condolences to all families who were affected by the recent incidents.

    Park Crest Musical (TONIGHT & Saturday):

    In case you missed it, tonight at 6:30pm and Saturday at 3:00pm we will be showcasing our Musical Theatre’s performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. I hope to see you there! Tickets are $5 at the door.

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    Park Crest Art Students Are Amazing:

    In case you havent had the opportunity to see any of the work of our talented kiddos, I thought I would share this digital art that was created by an 8th grader. Our kids are simply amazing. Special thanks to Ms. Kempf and Mrs. Daniel for creating a Gold Medal art program at Park Crest. This is just one example of the amazing work done in art 1 through 3.

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    Here are some awesome self-portraits done by the kiddos!

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    Our artists also create some pretty cool designs such as these that are currently on display:

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    Southwest Water Company Essay Contest:

    Please help me congratulate Park Crest’s Caedran Yeidel for being the winner of the Southwest Company Essay Contest at PCMS this year! Caedran’s essay writing skills really paid off, in fact she won a $100 Visa gift card for winning!

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    End of the 9-weeks & Report Cards:

    Today marks the end of the 3rd 9-weeks. Report cards will be sent home with students next week on Thursday, March 29th.  

    8th Grade Parents:

    I know it is hard to believe, but your 8th graders middle school career is nearly complete. One of the next milestone events is our annual 8th grade Panoramic Picture. The picture will be taken next Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00pm here at Park Crest. Please make sure your kiddo is present if you would like for them to be in the picture. Please also see below for details about purchasing your copy of this keep sake photo:

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     Read it Forward Celebration - House Arrest:

    Monday was our always fun Read it Forward Celebration for any student who read and passed the quiz over this years book. Students enjoyed a guest speaker, activites & snacks, and a button making emotion activity. Unfortuantely, our Keynote speaker, author of House Arrest KA Holt, had to reschedule. She will be coming to Park Crest on Monday and the participants will have an opportunity to hear from her. Special thanks to our amazing librarian Mrs. LaMarre for all of her work with this yearly event and providing our kiddos the opportunity to meet the author.

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    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Our Track stars competed at Connally High School last night and looked great. This was a great end to the regular season as we prepare for the district track meet next week. Speaking of the district track meet next week, there is inclement weather expected Tuesday and Wednesday. Thus, the event has been consolidated from two nights, to just one. Here are the details:

    Date:                     Monday, 3/26

    Location:              Weiss HS

    Time:                     Field Events start @ 4 pm

                                    2400 @ 4:30 pm

                                    Running @ 5:30 pm

    Although the district is prepared to be extra efficient with each event, please be prepared for this meet to extend a bit later than previous events this year.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School Friday:

    Park Crest Middle School and PfISD will be closed on Friday March 30th. Staff and students will return on Monday, April 2nd.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Spring Break at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/9/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! On behalf of all of the faculty and staff at Park Crest Middle School, I hope you have a wonderful, restful, and safe Spring Break. The kiddos have been working hard in classes and the results on our district assessments prove it. This break is coming at the perfect time for kiddos and adults to recharge one last time as we gear up for the remainder of the year! Here are some important testing dates to keep in mind as we return from the break. Focus, energy, and commitment from the moment we get back will be essential to the success of our kiddos and our campus this year.

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    HEB Excellence in Education Finalist:

    The secret to having a great school is having great teachers. Period. I am so fortunate to work at a school with so many hard working, caring, and talented adults. We had multiple teachers nominated for the HEB Excellence in Education Award this year which is amazing! This award is like the Oscars of education. It is a REALLY big deal! That alone is a great accomplishment, but from there one of our very own, Ms. Munoz was named a FINALIST! I could not be more proud of her. So how did Ms. Munoz get entered into this competition to begin with? Well, it was a gracious nomination from a PCMS student who felt her teacher goes above and beyond for Park Crest. How cool is that? We always hear how teachers change students’ lives. Well I am proud to say that in this way, a student has done that for a teacher! Every year HEB is looking for new candidates for these prestigious awards. I want to encourage you to nominate an educator that you feel may be worthy next year.

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    Check out this awesome article about the award and Ms. Munoz: EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

    School Safety:

    Parents, for additional security measures, aside from providing your identification EVERY TIME you have contact with your student, we now require you to sign in and sign out at the front office if you are entering the building past the front office.

    Please be sure to always sign in and out with the front office. This helps determine who is in the building in case of an emergency.

    We will also, of course, continue to require ID’s at the front office.

    Thanks for your help in ensuring everyone at Park Crest is safe and able to focus on the learning.

    End of the 9-weeks:

    The end of the 9-weeks is the Friday after we return from break. Please encourge your kiddos to complete any missing assignements that may still be turned in for a grade, study and make a plan for retests, and be ready to turn in anything they can/need to as soon as we return from the break.

    Cool Vistor in Texas History Classes:

    Our 7th graders got to experience an awesome visitor today who came to demonstrate the purpose and use of a cotton gin through our Texas History classes. I want to sincerely thank our amazing 7th grade Texas History teachers, Mrs. Blundell, Mrs. Weber, and Mr. Cutter for setting up this really cool experience. The gentelmen brought with him some actual cotton and a machine to demonstrate the process. Here are a few things I learned:

    • How many cotton gins are in Texas? About 220
    • How many are in the US? About 600
    • Where is the closest cotton gin to PCMS? Taylor Texas

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    Student’s Corner:

    Post-Big Event Feelings

    By Rachel Calabuig

    Hello Pumas, wasn’t this a WONDERFUL 4th Annual Big Event?! I decided to interview 4 people who were involved in the Big Event to see how they felt about it.

    Let’s start with our illustrious principal: Mr. Kleypas!  Three years ago, he started the Big Event at Hendrickson High School, and that started a chain of other Big Events at other secondary schools in the Pflugerville Independent School District.  In fact, last year, was Park Crest Middle School’s first 1st year to participate in the Big Event.  The reason why he brought the Big Event to Park Crest, “I wanted to give them the opportunity to provide community service to our community”, replied Mr. Kleypas. “The Big Event symbolizes saying THANK YOU to our community for supporting our schools and teaches kids to care for our community”, declared Mr. Kleypas.

    Mrs. Weigand, 7th grade teacher and coordinator of Park Crest’s participation, had meticulous organization of the Big Event!  Why was she chosen? “Mr. Kleypas asked me to do it because I’m in my Master’s internship for Educational leadership which requires a focus on building community relationships, and he thought it would be an excellent opportunity to focus on the skills.”

    Lastly, let’s hear from Katie Hollingsworth and Rachel Salazar. Katie decided to participate in the Big Event this year because “I did it last year and it was really fun” and “My favorite part is when we got to put mulch around the trees”, declared Katie. Rachel Salazar loved “Hanging out with my friends,” and the reason why she came to the Big Event is, “I didn’t do it last year and I wanted to see how they cleaned up the area”, explained Rachel. Would they come back to the Big Event next year? “Definitely!” was Katie’s proud reply and “Probably. Maybe.” was Rachel Salazar’s answer.

    So, please join us next year! If Katie Hollingsworth and Rachel Salazar can have fun so can you!                                                                

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Science Olympiad:

    I want to give a special shout out to our Science Olympiad kiddos who competed a little while back at the Science Olympiad meet at UT: Emily Roberts, Tyler Montgomery, Breanna Woodward, Kariden Isaac, Brenna Hill, Alastair Harding, Alexis Dungan, and Michael Boothby. Congrats to Michaela and Brenna for bringing home two medals!

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    Track & Field:

    Our girls and boys athletes traveled across the street to PHS last night for the track meet. Wow, they are sure fast! They never cease to amaze me. Congratulations to our many competitors and the numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes we captured.

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    UIL Band:

    Our Honors and Wind Ensemble students competed on Thursday and Friday in the UIL competitions. The kids did fantastic! In fact, there will be trophies and awards to showcase in an upcoming blog. I could not be more proud of our amazing Director Mr. Lucio, Assistant Director Mrs. Pinner, and their talented kiddos.

    Next Week’s Preview:

    SPRING BREAK! Students and staff return on Monday, March 19th, 2018

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    No Puma Den:

    There will be no puma den on Wednesday, March 21st due to a scheduled faculty meeting.

    Track Meet & Theatre Performance:

    We have two great events when we return! I hope to see you at one, or both of them.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • The Big Event and Much More @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/2/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was one of the best weeks at Park Crest in a while. If I had to sum up this week into one word it would be; “expectations”. We put a big emphasis on teacher and student expectations this week. In all honesty, we did this because we as adults felt as though both minor and more serious issues of misbehavior were getting in the way of our student’s success and ultimately us achieving our vision of being a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. I am so thankful to have an amazing staff and so many wonderful kiddos who can rise to the occasion. Please take a moment to ask your child about some of the things that we talked to them about this week with regards to expectations. With testing season just around the corner it is so important that we all come together and focus on what is important; the learning, and minimize the distractions. Thank you for supporting what we do and what we expect here at PCMS.

    The PfISD Big Event:

    What an amazing Friday today was. Kiddos at Park Crest and all over the district either got work done at school or volunteered in the 4th annual The PfISD Big Event. This year’s event included over 3,300 students and 250 staff members volunteering at over 70 job sites across the community! Check out our headquarters located at the PfIELD where we organized all of the food and logistics for the over 70 sites district wide.

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    Also, check out some of the many, many, many pictures from today’s event at some of the Park Crest sites:

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    And finally, I must give a special thanks to the teacher who coordinated all of the efforts here at Park Crest, Mrs. Weigand:

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    Grades:

    Please utilize FOCUS to keep a close eye on your kiddos grades. This 3rd 9-weeks is a bit of a weird one due to the Spring Break that falls within it. Students will have all of next week, and then part of the week after we return from break to bring up their grades. Please help us encourage them to attend tutorials, EPIC’s, as well as of course doing their best each day in class.

    Planned Safety Practice/Drill:

    The safety of our kiddos at PCMS is always our number one concern. In the interest of campus safety, we will be conducting a Lockdown drill this coming Wednesday, March 7th during EPIC at approximately 10:50am.   We do not always announce drills to students and/or parents so the drills are more authentic; however, we do not want to cause any fear or panic due to the recent events that have happened.   

     During the lockdown drill, the following things will be different than our usual drills:

    • The fire alarm will be pulled and then silenced – Students will not exit during the alarm.
    • Rooms will be released from lockdown by an administrator or SRO.  Until someone opens the classroom door with a key, the class is in lockdown.  This will simulate an authentic scenario of how a lockdown ends.

    Thank you for helping keep Park Crest as safe as possible and taking this drill and any future drills seriously. 

     Zaxby’s Athletics Spirit Night:

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    Thank you for helping make our Spirit Night a huge success! I want to thank Zaxby’s owners, the Patels, for their support and hospitality, our athletes who greeted guests, and the many families who rolled through.

    Pflugerville Education Foundation - Amplify Austin:

    Let the countdown begin! Mark your calendar for #AmplifyATX - from 6pm Thursday, March 1st to 6pm Friday, March 2nd we are joining others in the Central Texas area for a 24-hour donation event. Let's see how much we can support our local schools during this fundraising blitz!

    Donate and share the info: http://amplify.thepfoundation.org

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls athletics traveled to Connally High School Wednesday evening to compete against West View and Dessau athletes. It is amazing how fast and strong these middle school kiddos are these days! I can’t wait to see how they improve and perform later in the season at the district meet. The next meet with take place at Pflugerville High School on Thursday, March 8th. I hope to see you there!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Kickstart Demo Team Event:

    Park Crest will host the kickstart demo team martial arts mania here at PCMS on Saturday, March 10th.

    Next Weeks Bell Schedule:

    As we approach Spring Break we will be utilizing a combination of our normal bell schedule and our non-epic bell schedule. Nonetheless, each day with EPIC will be an EPIC 1.0 day and will be serving a specific purpose. Please see below:

    • EPIC 1.0 Monday – Character Education Presentation
    • No EPIC Tuesday – Shutdown Testing
    • EPIC 1.0 Wed – Lockdown Drill
    • No EPIC Thursday – Shutdown Testing
    • No EPIC Friday – Day Before Spring Break

    Spring Break:

    The school will be closed during the week of March 12th as students and staff rest, relax, and rejuvenate in preparation for the final stretch of the school year.

    Most sincerley,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Weekly Recap at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/23/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It sure was great to be back at Park Crest this week and to see all of the kiddos again. That being said, there is definetley work to be done as we near Spring Break and later aproach STAAR Testing.

    I want to start this blog with a favor to ALL of my parents. The favor is regarding having a conversation, a serious conversation, with your child about following expectations, appropriate school behavior, and being respectful to staff and students.

    We spend the entire year working on this, but every year from February to spring break is the time when middle school aged kiddos struggle the most to stay focused on meeting the expecations.

    We will be buckling down on these expectations and I will be having class talks to share the reminder as we continue on through the school year. Our kiddos are rockstars and can easily meet expectations if we clearly communicate them. They deserve to be in classrooms and in the hallways without distraction from the main purpose they come to school; to learn and thrive.

    Below are the common area expectations. Please ask your kiddos if they understand the expectations for each and help communicate the importance of following basic expectations in a large school setting.

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    IPR’s:

    IPR’s were sent home today in 4th period classes. Please be on the lookout for those and ask your kiddo to see them when they get home. We are asking that each student returns a signed IPR to their 4th period teacher to ensure it was received by parents. We want to keep everyone in the loop when it comes to grades. Please also continue to use FOCUS to check grades as they are the most accurate and up to date.

    Reminder from PE:

    Skating 101 begins soon. This is just a friendly reminder that the $10 skates rental fee is due THIS Monday, Feb. 26th to their PE teacher. Please reach out to your childs PE teachers if you have any questions.

    2017-18 PCMS Teacher of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Teacher of the year, Ms. Whittaker!

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    2017-18 PCMS Humanitarian of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Humanitarian of the Year, Mrs. Hicks-Damm

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    2017-18 PCMS Rookie Teacher of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Rookie Teacher of the year, Mrs. Clemons!

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    Love is Louder:

    We had a great time celebrating our Love is Louder Campaign. Special thanks to our counselors and journalism team for covering this event and helping spread the healthy (friendships) relationships last week. Check out a few of the pictures from the event:

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    Student’s Corner:

    Track Tryouts

    By Rachel Calabuig

    Hi Park Crest Pumas, you may have noticed that students have been trying out for track.

    Here are some of the events students have been trying out for: “100 and 200-meter dash”, Royce Lynch informed us and Jacob Hoffer is participating in “shotput and discus.”

    Do you know what students are planning to do if they make the PCMS Track Team? “Run as fast as I can,” Royce declared and “Keep trying” Jacob encouraged. That’s an encouraging motto!

    We hope you can run as fast as Gingerbread Man or Usain Bolt!

    IPR’s Coming Home. Please sign and return to your child’s 4th period teacher. We want to verify that information regarding grades is making it home to each and every parent/guardian.

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Kickstart Tournament: I am super proud of all of our Kickstart athletes who competed in the tournament on Feb. 17th at PMS. Our athletes competed with the best in the district and shined at the tournament. Special thanks to our PCMS Kickstart Instructor Mr. Gartmann for all of his time, energy, and leadership.

    • Beginner Demo team: 1st place!
    • Intermediate Demo team: 3rd Place!
    • Advanced Demo team: 2nd Place!

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    District Basketball Tournament:

    • Girls 8th B Team: 1st Place DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
    • Girls 7th B Team: 1st Place DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
    • Girls 8th A Team: 2nd Place (lost championship by 1 point!)
    • Boys 8th B Team: 2nd Place (lost championship game by 1 point… free throws with no time on the clock to be exact!)
    • I want to also congratulate our other teams on a great season full of fun memories and experiences!

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Tuesday - Zaxby’s Athletics Spirit Night!

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    Wednesday – Track Meet:

    PCMS will compete in the track meet Wednesday evening at Connally High School. Come out and support our kiddos as the compete against Westview and Dessau Middle School.

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    Friday – Big Event:

    We have two separate groups of student activities on Friday, March 2nd. It is important to know that attendance will be taken for ALL students and it is expected that, even if your child is not participating in the big event, they come to school to attend classes.

    Guide for Students Participating in the Event:

    What to Bring/Wear:

    • Clothing you can work in and get dirty
    • Appropriate shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • Gloves
    • A Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • A shoe bag/string backpack (optional)

    What NOT to Bring:

    • Backpacks or purses
    • Expensive clothing or shoes
    • Items prohibited at school
    • Items that could be lost or damaged

    Event Start Procedures: Students will arrive at school as normal, however when the morning bell rings students participating in the event will be sent to the gym for check in. Simply send them to school like any other day.

    Lunch: Lunch will be delivered to the job site:  Slovacek’s Sausage (gluten free) on a stick, chips, and water. If your child has food allergies, does not wish to eat this meal, or simply wishes to bring their own meal they may do so. Please remember they will be on a job site and unable to prepare or warm any food. All food brought must be easy to eat standing, walking, or sitting outside.

    Returning to campus: The buses will drop off students at campus around 2:00pm. Students will stay on campus with their supervising teachers until the end of the day at 3:35pm.

    FAQ: Can my student leave from the job site if I have an appointment?

    No, students are being monitoring by school staff, and they will be checked in as they go to the site, and again as they come back from the site. All participating students must attend the entire event. If you have a prearranged absence that will interfere, we recommend you have your child stay on school and attend their classes.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Principal's Blog at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/16/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

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

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

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    School Safety:

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


    Dear Pflugerville ISD Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In the best interest of children,

     

    Douglas Killian, Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Pflugerville ISD


    Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Pflugerville:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    En beneficio de los niños,

     

    Dr. Douglas Killian

    Superintendente de Escuelas

    Pflugerville ISD


     

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School
    Pflugerville ISD

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways." 

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  • So Many Great Things at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/9/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

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

    Counselor Appreciation Week:

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

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    Puma Pride Breakfast:

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

    EPIC 1.0 Lesson - Accepting Character Trait:

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

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

    Healthy Relationships Week:

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

    Here are a few pointers: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Social Media & The Internet:

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

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    Student’s Corner:

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    Parent Seminar Opportunity:

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

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    Bus Change:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PTO – Valentine’s Sweet Treats:

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

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

    2018 Ambassador of Education – PEF:

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

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     PfISD Service Awards Banquet:

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

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    Park Crest Cheerleading & Mascot Applications:

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

    Extra-Curricular Review:

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

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

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

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Valentine’s Dance:

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

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

     

    6th Grade

    7th/8th Grade

    6:00-7:30pm

    Cafeteria - Dance

    Gym – games and sports

    7:30-9:00pm

    Gym – games and sports

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    Kickstart Tournament:

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

    Park Crest Athletics Zaxby’s Spirit Night:

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

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    PCMS Golf Team:

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

    • Current Physical
    • Golf Equipment
    • Proper Attire

    More info to come!

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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