Park Crest Middle School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • 3 Quick Things from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 6/15/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Thursday! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have to say, it is nice to slow down for a bit after such a busy, and successful year at PCMS, but I sure do miss you all and your outstanding kiddos!

    I wanted to reach out to you for three quick things:

    1. End of Year Videos
    2. STAAR Scores
    3. Same Hall, New Look

    1. End of Year Videos:

    Our amazing Ms. Layman put together some fantastic videos to encapsulate a successful 2016-17 school year at PCMS. One of the highest measures of success for a school is the number of smiles and memorable moments we share with our students and families. These videos will illustrate just that. Please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PFPCMS/  to check out both videos (End of Year 8th grade video & Park Crest Go for Gold video).

    2. STAAR Scores:

    I also want to let you know that our STAAR scores have officially arrived electronically. After a quick review of the results, we are so proud of the yearlong commitment to keep improving, always, in all ways of our teachers and students. This truly was a Gold Medal performance by our students, and is evidence that our hard work and commitment has paid off.

    In the past, the scores were sent home with the students before the school year ended.  However, the new system has the scores arriving long after the students are away for their summer vacation. We will be sending home Confidential Student Reports in the future when they arrive at campus.

    In the meantime, scores for your child’s STAAR test will soon be available and can be found by logging into the TEA student portal. 

    ***An easy to use guide has been posted to the Park Crest Website which can be found on our homepage, or by clicking this link: HOW TO VIEW YOUR CHILDS STAAR SCORES

     Other Helpful Documents:

    FOCUS Parent Portal User Guide: http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/98/PFISD%20Parent%20Portal%20FAQ.pdf

    The Texas Assessment Student Portal Login Assistance: http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/1579/TASP%20Instructions%20for%20Focus.pdf

    Annotated Sample STAAR Report Card: http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/CSR/Annotated_STAAR_Report_Card/

    3. Same Hall, New Look:

    In addition to our campus mural of the PCMS Crest located in our main office, we have added our mission to the halls. If we continue to keep improving, always, in all ways, there is no limit to what our students and our campus can achieve!

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    I hope that you continue to have a great summer.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • Final Friday at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 5/26/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    I cannot believe that this is the last official Friday blog post of the 2016-17 school year! Can you believe how fast this year has flown by? What an amazing year it has been. I want to thank you for sending us such amazing kids each day and allowing us to have the privilege of being their campus, their teachers, their administrators. To my 8th grade parents, I wish you and your children nothing but the best in their high school journey. Thankfully, I can say with confidence that, no matter what high school they attend next year, they have been set up for success and are entering campuses that will provide them opportunities to become anything they wish to be. Please do not be a stranger, my door is always open.

    PCMS Experience:

    I want to take a moment to reflect on last Fridays amazing 8th grade formal. It is truly a special night for our soon-to-be high schoolers as they spend time with friends and dress up for the occasion. It was hard to tell if I was at an 8th grade formal or a high school prom based on how well everyone was dressed, and how mature they acted. It was a great evening to be a Puma. Check out this picture of the ambiance (just before the dance floor filled up!). I want to thank our amazing student council sponsor Mrs. Akuretiya and the student council kiddos for decorating and hosting this dance, and all of our other dances this year. They do a phenomenal job!

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    Last weekend I felt more like a weatherman than a principal. With numerous kiddos competing and volunteering in the community I appreciate your support and patience as we did our best to relay important information. In case you missed it, our groups were extremely successful. Please help me once again congratulate our band and choir for their Gold Medal performances:

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    This week was all about relationships, enjoying each other’s company, and closing out the school year strong. We hosted our annual staff versus students games of basketball, dodgeball, and open gym. It was great to see our teachers and staff (and maybe myself) play alongside the kiddos and let loose for a moment. It was great for the kiddos to see that these “old” staff members still have some athletic skills! 

    Finishing Strong:

    We set out on a mission this year to keep improving, always, in all ways. The end of the year is no exception. With the help of the PfISD athletics department and our amazing coaching staff at PCMS, we have just received and set up our brand new weight equipment! This is going to be the perfect addtion to the growth and development of our student athletes.

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    Kickstart Ceremony:

    PCMS Kickstart is quickly becoming a spotlight program at Park Crest and in the area. We have one of the largest programs in PfISD and it is only getting larger next year. I was, as usual, SO impressed by our Instructor of the Year, Jonathon Gartmann and all of his students. If you were at the Wednesday belt ceremony you can confirm that we have some of the top performing kiddos in the area, and a few top performers in the State! Wednesdays event was another great night to be a Puma. Proud parents, proud principal, and proud kiddos filled the gym.

    Keep Improving During the Summer:

    If your child signed up for the Summer AVID Bridge program there is a recommended orientation on June 5th, in the PHS cafetiera from 5-6 pm. Program leaders are inviting students and parents who will be attending the Summer Bridge Academy to attend the orientation.  It is not mandatory for families, yet highly recommended.  The students and parents will get to meet the teachers, as well as get an overview of the curriculum.  It will also give parents an opportunity to ask any questions before the start of the program.  I have attached the flyer.

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    Here is also an infographic from our library to encourage easy activities over the summer to keep your kids minds sharp and engaged.

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    Textbooks:

    Do you see any PCMS textbooks or dictionaries laying around the house or in your kiddos room? Please bring those up to PCMS as soon as possible. The campus gets charged for each lost and/or damanged book.

    A Word From Our Nurse:

    If your student has any medication, supplies, or items in the nurses office, please feel free to come by next week on Tuesday or Wednesday to come pick those things back up. You may also do so when you come and visit for the End of Year Awards.

    Last Week of School:

    1. No Backpacks: during the last two days of school, May 30th and May 31st, we will not be allowing students to bring backpacks to school. We ask that students simply bring a pencil and binder/notebook. Please do not have your child bring any valuables or important items as this time of year is when things are most often misplaced and left behind. It becomes very difficult to locate any missing items once school has released for summer. Please help us be proactive.
    2. End of Year Awards: We will be having our end of year awards ceremony here at PCMS. If your child is receiving an award they have received an invitation during class last week, which we asked them to bring home to you. Of course, everyone is invited to attend, but we wanted to ensure that everyone was aware before making arrangements if their child would be receiving one or more awards.
    3. Lunches: On Tuesday, May 31st all lunches will be served via sack lunches in the classroom. Since we are on an early release schedule, and it is the last day of school, we will be simplifying our menu. Please plan accordingly. Students are allowed to bring their lunch, but please no items that need to be microwaved as they will not have access to any. Students will be released at 12:45 on May 31st.

     

    Thank you again for sharing your time, talents, and children with us. Without a strong community, we would never be able to achieve the Gold Medal achievements we have had this school year.

    May you have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    PROUD Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Saturday Activity Update

    Posted by Clint Shuman at 5/20/2017

    Current weather updates

     Band - The band finished competition and received "Outstanding Performance" ratings from all three judges! They are currently celebrating and enjoying themselves at Schlitterbahn!

     Choir - Choir had an amazing showing and is bringing home some huge trophies. Puma Choir, under the direction of Tyler Groft, received a Superior Rating Trophy for receiving all 1s. They also received another trophy for being, in two days, the best performing choir! They are celebrating at Six Flags right now!

     NJHS - We are in coordination with Deutschen Pfest representatives and the carnival is schedule to begin at 2. Any NJHS students interest in volunteering are welcome to join the event from 3-5pm. Thank you for your patience as we work through the weather situation.

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  • Eventful Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 5/19/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I thought it was going to be pretty tough to match the great week we had last week, but wait until you hear about all of the good stuff we had this week, and up ahead.

    Importat Weather Information:

    This weekend Band, Choir, and NJHS students will potentially be traveling for end of year events and activities. With the current weather forcast, and safety as our number one concern, we have made an update section when you first open our website (seen below). As of right now, all events are scheduled to proceed. However, if the weather changes on us, we will communicate to you any important information by updating our website, and notifying you through this blog. No news means we are still on!

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    PCMS Experence:

    This week teachers were given the opportunity to have a little more freedom with regards to the learning in our EPIC 2.0 periods. Mrs. King brought back her highly popular “Breakout Room” – students complete a series of tasks/questions to receive clues to open locks and eventually “breakout” of the box. Here is our first group to successful complete the challenge!

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    Meanwhile, in 6th grade ELA students completed an assignment while getting a little exercise around the building in the 6th grade scavenger hunt. It was fun to see teams of students eagerly turn hallway corners looking for their next clue! Here is a picture of one of the clue cards I found near my office:

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    In the library, two of our students (names cleverly built into the maze below) assisted Mrs. LaMarre in creating the ultimate robotics maze! Students will program our various robots, including the type pictured below through the maze without every touching them. Pretty cool stuff! Also, I remind you, these are middle school students who are able to fully program these robots. The future is upon us.

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    Students are able to complete this maze using coding skills they have learned throughout the year. For those of you who will be with us next year, be on the look out for a new PCMS annual event; Hour of Code Night! It is going to be amazing, and will allow students and parents to share in the fun of coding.

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    Junior Miss Pflugerville:

    Please join me in congratulating Park Crest’s very own, Miss Heidi Hughes for being crowned the 2017 Junior Miss Pflugerville! Heidi will be part of the Deutschen Pfest annual parade. Please come out and celebrate this Pflugerville tradition with us. The parade starts at 10:00am. I usually like to stand right at the corner of North Railroad and E. Main Street (across from Hanovers) so I can see all the PfISD kiddos as they turn the corner. I hope to see you there representing in a Park Crest shirt!

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    Pflugerville Falcon Athletes Are Gold Medal:

    Pflugerville Falcon athletes took part in the Area 13 Special Olympics Track and Field competition held on Saturday, May 6th.  PCMS student, Anfernee Davis, Earned a silver medal in the softball throw and ran an awesome 100 Meter Dash but was DQ’d. He earned a gold medal in our book though. Harrison Massey: Earned a gold medal in the softball throw and placed 6th in the 50 Meter Dash. We are so proud of all of our athletes in this year’s Special Olympics events.

    Kickstart STATE Champions:

    Our outstanding Kickstart group, led by the Central Texas Kickstart Instructor of the year Mr. Gartmann, had some kiddos bring home State Championship medals. Please help me congratulate: Rex Kuempel (Forms), Colton Sims (Fighting), Donovan Ruble (Weapons), Rowen Rollman (Kata), Krya Heinisch x3 (Fighting, Kata and Weapons). Runner Up: Alex Erwin (Weapons), Josh Guiang (Open Kata). Bronze: Anise Davis (Sparring).

    Monday Recap: PCMS’ Got Talent:         

    I want to give a special shout out to all the contestents at this years talent show that took place on Monday night. It never ceases to amaze me what our kiddos are able to do. PCMS has definetley got talent! Here are the winning acts:

    • 1st place: Sharon Obinna Sign Language – Ride by 21 Pilots
    • 2nd Place: Joy Emeodi Singing – When We Were Young by Adele
    • 3rd Place: McKenlee Wilson Singing – Can’t Help Falling in Love

    Also, special thanks to Mrs. Kelly and Sgt. Groft for their work in coordinating the event. Of course, I can’t forget to give credit to our staff participants. Give it up for Boys to RIN. Sorry agents, they have already signed a contract with PfISD, however it will NOT require them to sing or dance.

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    Tuesday Recap: Band & Service Awards:

    If you have a student in the PCMS band, you don’t need me to tell you how AMAZING our two band directors Mr. Lucio and Mrs. Pinner are. I want to congratulate all of our kiddos (and parents – because it’s a commitment from you too!) for their final band performace of the year. Saturdays performance at TLU and trip to Schlitterbahn (if weather permits) are the perfect ending, to an outstanding year.

    Also on Tuesday night was our annual PfISD Service awards. We honored our PCMS Teacher of the year; Ms. Munoz, Rookie Teacher of the year; Ms. Flores, Humanitarian of the year; Mr. Shuman, and our staff member with 20 years of service; Mrs. McGuire. What a great group.

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    (Munoz-TOY, Shuman-HOY, Flores-RTOY, McGuire-20 years of service!)

    Wednesday Recap: Choir Concert:

    This weeks Choir Concert was the perfect finale to an oustanding year. We have been continuously recognized for not only our student’s singing ability, but also their poise and professionalism during concerts. I am so proud of our kiddos and their fearless leader; Sgt. Groft.

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    Thursday Recap: Soccer & Board Meeting:

    On Thursday our soccer teams concluded the season against PMS. Although the Pumas did not bring home a W, we are still proud of both the girls and the boys. This was a great season, even though it started off ofly rainy! Special thanks to our first class coaches Mr. Castro for the boys and Ms. Kempf for the girls. Go Pumas!

    Also, we had a few of our Pumas representing us well at the monthly Board Meeting. 7th Grader Trey Snowberger was recognized along with the other students in the district for his State level achievment on the SAT through the Duke TIP program. Our phenomenal Science Instructional Coach Mrs. Bella Hooks was recognized for her Staff Member of the Month Award. Finally, 7th grader, and proud AVID student, Garrett Walker spoke to the board regarding his appreciation for the boards support of the AVID program. I am also a huge supporter of the program and how it supports our kiddos in their academic courses, especially when it is led by our campus coordinator Ms. Vecchio!

    Friday Recap: 8th Grade Formal (Dance):

    I am so looking forward to tonights 8th grade formal. I will be sure to snap some photos and provide you all with the insiders guide on next weeks blog. Don’t forget to tune in, you wont want to miss it!

    Recent Survey:

    We gave a similar survey to the staff, parents (blog link), and students and the results are in. The survey was built around our key body of work, the PCMS Crest. Although there is a ton of great feedback for our team to sift through, I wanted to share the results of two of our questions as they were answered by our students:

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    I am so proud of the work our staff has done to develop our Crest, in order to define our core values and characteristics we strive to demonstrate. If you haven’t been to the front office lately, check out the picture below of our PCMS Crest painted front and center for all to see, know, and believe in.

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Tuesday: The Unveiling of the Pfield:

    Join me at the once in a lifetime event; the unveiling of the Pfield. I would LOVE to see a strong turn out from our Park Crest parents and students Tuesday night. Come in your PCMS gear and celebrate the grand opening. Whether you are a sports fan or not, this is a cool opporutnity you won’t want to miss. Click this link for more information: THE PfIELD

    Thursday: Pflugerville Education Foundation Concert:

    On Thursday, May 25th the PEF is hosting a concert at Wagner’s Backyard on 35 near Tinseltown. It is FREE to attend, but donations are welcome. Donations will support the foundation in providing grants next year. PCMS has been very fortunate this year by reciving 5 grants. I would love if you would join me at the event, after the PTO meeting. Please check out the flyer below for more information:

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    Last Week of School:

    1. No Backpacks: during the last two days of school, May 30th and May 31st, we will not be allowing students to bring backpacks to school. We ask that students simply bring a pencil and binder/notebook. Please do not have your child bring any valuables or important items as this time of year is when things are most often misplaced and left behind. It becomes very difficult to locate any missing items once school has released for summer. Please help us be proactive.
    2. End of Year Awards: We will be having our end of year awards ceremony here at PCMS. If your child is receiving an award they will be getting a notification during class next week, which we are asking them to bring home to you. Of course, everyone is invited to attend, but we wanted to ensure that everyone was aware before making arrangements if their child would be receiving one or more awards.
    3. Lunches: on Tuesday, May 31st, all lunches will be served via sack lunches in the classroom. Since we are on an early release schedule, and it is the last day of school, we will be simplifying our menu. Please plan accordingly. Students are allowed to bring their lunch, but please no items that need to be microwaved as they will not have access to any.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Proud Principal at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 5/12/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I am so proud of our Pumas this week for their focus and commitment to our campus expectations during this week of STAAR Testing. Although we know our kiddos are Gold Medal – the best of the best, regardless of how they do on a single test at the end of the school year, we always want them to do their very best, and I am confident that they did. I want to take this moment to give a special shout out to our Park Crest testing coordinator, AP Clint Shuman. The task of organizing the testing, accommodations, room assignments, relocation of classrooms, communication of expectations, etc. etc. etc. is no easy feat and should not go unnoticed. We appreciate his work in making sure our testing season, and student and staff experience this time of year is smooth.

    What an exciting Friday at PCMS!!!

    After concluding a busy week of STAAR testing, Friday was the perfect end to the week. In the morning we held our annual Math Mad City event which I have been talking about for quite some time. The participating 8th graders had a blast trying to balance their fictitious financial future. “This is so much fun, although I wish I could have afforded the boat.” “Everything was going great until my washer and dryer broke and it ruined my whole budget. I wasn’t expecting that.”

    I want to thank our huge volunteer support, including our honorary guest; PfISD Board President Mrs. Vernagene Mott. Just another example of how this community supports our school and our kiddos. This event would NOT have been possible without your help. I also want to thank our amazing campus and district partner A+ Federal Credit Union for coordinating this event. Finally, I want to thank our amazing 8th grade math teachers; Mrs. Brydson, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Ramos, our 8th grade AP Ms. Scarbo, along with the many other staff members who put in the extra time, effort, and energy to provide our students with this event, which is way above and beyond a standard classroom lesson. This was a Gold Medal experience for our kiddos, and a Gold Medal example of teamwork.

    Check out these pictures of some of our kiddos and volunteers having a great time!

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    The great Friday did not end there! We were visited by the Pflugerville Education Foundation’s “SurPrize Patrol”. They were out and about in the district this morning delivering the good news to individuals who were awarded grants from the foundation. I am so proud to announce that Park Crest was awarded not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE grants from the foundation. This includes our Facebook voting grant competition. Park Crest gets a Gold Medal for receiving the most grants of any campus in the district this year. These grants will go directly to our teachers, directly to our classrooms, and thus, directly to our students. They will fund various projects and ideas that could not be funded through our general budget. It will help bring to life the creative and innovative ideas of our staff members, to even further enhance the experience of our kiddos. On behalf of PCMS, I want to sincerely thank our community for supporting the foundation, and the foundation for supporting Park Crest through these grants. Congratulations to the following individuals, for receiving the grants for their projects:

    Grant Title

    Staff Recipients:

    Grant Cost

    Brief Description:

    From Big To Small We Want To See It All!

    Leticia Muñoz, Jill Larson, Jennifer Kienzle, Jena McGuire

    $ 4,500.00

    Microscopes and supplies to help students get an firsthand, up close look at the curriculum!

    May The Pforce Be With Us

    Bella Hooks, Melissa Shannon, Mary Eaton, Michelle Garcia

    $ 5,000.00

    Physics exploration through real world, interactive classroom modules: Roller Coasters, Energy Cars, and Ramps!

    Oh the Places We’ll Go!

    Kimberly LaMarre, Margaret Dominguez

    $ 5,000.00

    iPods & virtual reality viewers to take kids on virtual fieldtrips around the world!

    Interactive Learning in the Essentials Classroom

    Alice Keller, Marilyn Alvarez-Bryant

    $ 3,511.26

    Interactive Whiteboard to assist our students in Essential Academics meet their goals!

    Community Grant Winner: Park Crest Community Garden

    Kristen Clifford, Angela Matysek

    $       960.63

    The Campus Community Garden – the winner of the Facebook voting contest (thank you for your votes!)

     Here are a few pictures of our campus recipients as the “SurPrize Patrol” snuck in to share the good news!

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    End of Year Awards Ceremonies:

    In case somehow you missed it, we are nearing the end of the school year! With that comes our end of the year awards ceremony! Students are eligible to receive various awards at this year’s ceremony including, but not limited to:

    1. Outstanding Male Student (per teacher/per course)
    2. Outstanding Female Student (per teacher/per course)
    3. Principal’s Gold Medal Award (1 per teacher)
    4. Improving All Ways, in All Ways Award (1 per teacher)
    5. All A’s Award (each 9-weeks; 1st -3rd 9 weeks)
    6. All A’s & One B Award (each 9-weeks; 1st – 3rd 9 weeks)
    7. Athletics Awards (determined by Boys & girl’s athletics)
    8. Perfect Attendance

    Please go ahead and mark your calendar for these dates:

    • 6th Grade on May 30th at 9:00am
    • 7th Grade on May 30th at 1:30pm
    • 8th Grade on May 31st at 9:00am

    Students will be sent home with a notice if they are receiving an award during the ceremony.

    8th Grade Panoramic Picture:

    This year’s 8th grade panoramic picture will be taken on Wednesday, May 17th at 1:00pm. Please try not to schedule any appointments during this time, as we try our best to have every single 8th grader present for the picture. Copies of the picture will be for sale the following day in the cafeteria for $25 or $35 for a laminated copy. Please click this link for more information: 8th GRADE PANORAMIC

    A Word from the PTO:

    We have one final celebration put on by our gracious PTO and parents this year. That is the end of year luncheon to celebrate the start of summer! PTO has set up a sign up genius to collect the necessary items for the final thank you to our teachers. Please click here to see what if there is something you are interested in providing: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-schools

    Thank you in advance for your help, and continuous support of our campus and our teachers!

    Also, this is our last month to collect box tops for this school year. Turn in 25 box tops, with your complete name and phone number to enter a chance to win a Schlitterbahn ticket to enjoy this summer. Deadline is May 15th, good luck!

    Attendance as the Focus:

    We have been making attendance a priority all year long. If the kiddos are here, we are confident they will learn at least a little more than the day before. It is so important for our students to finish as strong as they started. Thanks for getting your kiddos ready and prepared for every day of school. Keep up the good work parents. Check out this Thursdays attendance! WOW:

    • 6th Grade – 98.55%
    • 7th Grade – 97.73%
    • 8th Grade – 99.67%
    • Total – 98.65%
    • Total absences 12

    National School Nurse Day:

    Here at PCMS, we are so fortunate to have such an amazing, professional, supportive, flexible, and dedicated school nurse; Nurse Christine. Our students can attest that she handles every situation that enters her office with grace and compassion (and trust me, on a middle school campus, she sees a lot of stuff!). Ironically, last week Nurse Christine just so happened to be our Staff Member of the week here at PCMS. I don’t know many campuses who have a school nurse who is so involved and most importantly connected to the campus that they would even be considered when determining a staff member of the week. Nurse Christine is the perfect example of being Gold Medal. If your child routinely visits her office, or has ever visited her office this year, please feel free to email her to thank her for the care of your child. I can honestly say, I would trust her with the health of my own child without question! Check out this picture after a huge surprise during the 6th grade lunch when we honored her for staff member of the week:

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    Want to find out who our past recipients of Staff member of the week are? It’s easy, simply visit our Facebook page, and give us a like while you are there! We have posted a picture similar to the one above for each staff member of the week.

    From Noah’s Wing 5K to Scholarships for Students:

    Thanks to the money raised from the 5K earlier this year, which many PCMS students, parents, and staff participated in, the foundation was able to donate fifteen $1,000 scholarships to PfISD seniors! Some of which were former Pumas! Thank you to everyone who supported this event. For more information, and a list of recipients, click this link: https://www.facebook.com/nrmsf/

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    The New STAAR Report Card

    Since we just concluded our round of May STAAR testing, I wanted to provide you some information from The Texas Education Agency (TEA) that will be useful once we receive the individual results back. TEA publishes STAAR report cards for all students every year. These STAAR report cards are often referred to as Confidential Student Reports (CSR). To improve communication and transparency with educators and families, TEA has conducted an overhaul of the STAAR report card.  The goal of the redesign is to create a family-friendly report on student progress, specifically highlighting growth and improvement as much as proficiency, while giving parents concrete tools to help with student learning.  It will be available starting in June 2017.  

    See links below to download a PDF of slides without annotation and/or the talking points if you'd like to give a presentation to educators or parents on the new CSR.

    For a detailed presentation of the new Report Card please feel free to click this link: STAAR REPORT CARD PRESENTATION

    If viewing the entire presentation does not interest you, I have attached a screen shot of the old version and new version below for your convenience:

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    My initial thought is that this new version of the STAAR Report Card aligns well with what we value at Park Crest. That is that it takes the commitment and teamwork of the school and the parents/community. This report gives valuable insight from the state as to how your child can keep improving, always, in all ways, from home and at school!

    Additional Resources: 

    Please check out the resources below to learn more about the features on the new Student Report Card, questions you can ask teachers and counselors and how to log online to dive even deeper. 

    1. Annotated Sample STAAR Report Card
    2. STAAR Report Cards For Each Grade
    3. What To Ask Your Child's Teacher
    4. What To Ask Your Child's Counselor
    5. Online Tools and Resources

    STAAR Report Card 2017 Release Timeline:

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    Next 3-Week’s Preview:

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    Save the Date – Unveiling of the Pfield:

    Everyone is Invited! Come see The Pfield – and Watch PfISD Students Perform!

    PfISD’s new districtwide stadium, The Pfield, is the place to be on Tuesday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m., when there will be a communitywide open house, dedication ceremony and pep rally. Don’t miss it! There will be combined drumlines, bands, cheerleaders, color guard, choirs, drill team, a Parade of Champions and more! PfISD is a community on the move, and this is your chance to be part of PfISD history. The Pfield will host varsity football games and soccer matches, band competitions, as well as other community events. Come check it out on May 23! For more information: THE PFIELD INFORMATION

    What: The Pfield Dedication/Pep Rally

    When: Tuesday, May 23; 6-8 p.m.

    Where: 1440 West Pecan St., Pflugerville 78660

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    The Home Stretch:

    As you can see by the calendar, it is a race to the finish. I ask that you please take time to have a conversation with your child to encourage them to treat every day even more important than the last. Although the end of the year is near, we still have a lot of important business to complete before we can celebrate the summer vacation. I would hate for any student, parent, or staff to end the school year with a negative experience due to a bad decision or situation caused by summertime anticipation and jitters. Let’s finish strong, keep improving, and ultimately let’s end this year like we started it; Gold Medal!

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Important Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 5/5/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! What a great week at PCMS this has been. I want to give a special thanks to our PTO and other gracious parents, as well as our community partners who have taken great care of our teachers throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the luncheon we had today! It was the perfect ending to a great week. It is not too late to write a kind email to any or all of your child’s teachers, administrators, or support staff. You would not believe how powerful a positive message is this time of year. One little trick to make your message even more special, is to include the campus principal on it, so he can see how much you appreciate the staff.

    I also want to thank our community partners who provided a variety of items from food, coupons, free membership opportunities, etc. Please help me thank these local establishments for their contributions to our Teacher Appreciation Week:

    • Einstein’s Bagels
    • Chipotle
    • Baskin Robbins
    • Camp Gladiator
    • Starbucks
    • Dazzle
    • Subzone
    • Pie Five
    • Whataburger
    • HEB

    If you have, or work for a business who would like to participate next year, or anytime throughout the year with our varies hospitality or community events, please simply email me at Zachary.Kleypas@pfisd.net and I will get you connected to our campus.

    All that being said, this week wasn’t just cookies and celebrations. We were busy preparing our kiddos for their end of the year STAAR Tests. As you heard me say in March, when our 8th graders took their math and reading STAAR, I am confident in the ability of our kiddos based on the hard work of our staff and support of our parents. The only thing left to do is to have positive conversations to help ease any stress or anxiety our kiddos might have prior to their assessments, have them get a great night sleep and a solid breakfast, and of course, remind them to take their time, utilize their knowledge and strategies they have learned all year, and do their very best. The rest will take care of itself.

    Here is a testing schedule for next week:

    staar dates

    As a reminder, our campus will be closed to visitors on these days due to testing.

    PCMS Experience:

    I spent time this week focusing more on some specific kiddos, versus our overall campus classrooms. With 8th grade STAAR retests taking place next week, I wanted to visit individually with each of our kiddos who would be retesting. It is important for students to know we acknowledge them, believe in them, and are here to support them. We discussed just how close they were to passing their last test, some last minute things to ease their mind for test day, and ended with a firm handshake and a smile to let them know we at Park Crest believe in them, and think they are amazing, regardless of results. We know they have worked hard, prepared well, and are going to give the test their very best. At the end of the day, giving YOUR best is what being Gold Medal is all about.

    Meanwhile, I do want to recognize that in our classrooms, teachers were utilizing our new technology provided by our district to enhance lessons. Check out the PfISD Technology twitter page to see some of our shout outs, along with shout outs for other great campuses across the district! Here is the link to their page: https://twitter.com/pfisdit

    Welcome 5th Grade Parents:

    On Tuesday, we welcomed a huge crowd of incoming 5th graders and their parents. Many of which, have already begun to connect with us by joining this blog. I just want to take a second to thank all of you who came out, and give a warm welcome to PCMS! You are joining a Gold Medal Campus – The Best of the Best! *If you are a 5th grade parent, please help others get the information to join this blog.

    District Staff Member of the Month (again):

    Does this section of the blog seem familiar? That’s because it is! We have been recognized for yet another staff member as the DISTRICT staff member of the month. Our amazing Science Instructional Coach Mrs. Bella Hooks. Mrs. Hooks is the epitome of a supportive staff member here at Park Crest. Her impact is appreciated by our top notch science teachers, and filters down to the success of all of our nearly 900 students in their science experience. She is that staff member who never leaves until the job is done… literally, and the phrase going the extra mile doesn’t even begin to describe her work ethic. We are so thankful that she is a Puma here at Park Crest. Yet another example of why PCMS is a Gold Medal Campus. #PCMSGoldMedal

    staff of month

    Here is a rundown of our previous DISTRICT staff member of the month recipients:

    • Mrs. Carrie King – Social Studies
    • Mrs. Melba Blakely – Cafeteria Manager
    • Mrs. Joyce Dilworth – Registrar
    • Mrs. Bella Hooks - Science Instructional Coach

    Help Support Education in our Community!

    Did you know that Pflugerville has its own Education Foundation comprised of board members who raise money year around, to be used to fund innovative, inspiring, and research-based ideas in classrooms around the district? Did you also know that Park Crest Middle School has been the recipient of numerous grants from the foundation over the past few years? We are so thankful for the work of the Foundation, because they give an opportunity for so many great ideas that go above and beyond that of what we can do with our campus budget. We also want to thank our community sponsors who choose to show their support for public education, and Pflugerville ISD by supporting the foundation.

    Recently, the Foundation has created a way for everyone to contribute by purchasing a cool exclusive t-shirt! Who doesn’t love a good t-shirt? Here is more information on the purpose, and how to get a shirt for you, or even the whole family:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation is Putting Education First, and we're selling t-shirts to help us raise funds to give back to our schools.

    Every dollar donated supports PEF in order to fund PfISD programs such as:

    • Innovative teaching grants
    • Student achievement recognition
    • Campus innovation
    • District initiatives

    Several t-shirt options are available, so pick your pfavorite and show your support.

    Go to this website to donate to the cause and get a t-shirt for you, your family or your whole group: https://www.booster.com/tthepfuture

    Thank you for making a difference in our pfuture!

    A Word from PTO (Box Tops):

    Hey Pumas, this is our last month to collect box tops for this school year. Turn in 25 box tops, with your complete name and phone number to enter a chance to win a Schlitterbahn ticket to enjoy this summer. Deadline is May 15th, good luck!

    Pflugerville ISD Athletics Summer Campus:

    Interested in getting your child involved in summer speed, strength or skills training camps? Each of the local high schools offer summer athletics camps. Please check out this link, and simply select the school of choice, followed by the date and style of camps you would like to send your child to: SUMMER ATHLETICS CAMPS!

    We Love Our Community:

    Former Park Crest student, and current PHS student Joe Davis reached out to me early in the school year about his desire to complete an Eagle Scout project that would benefit our school, in honor of a fallen friend, and former student Noah. You may remember Noah from our Noah’s Wing 5K run earlier in the year in his honor. Joe was a classmate and friend to Noah and built us two great additions to our campus, in his honor. Check out the pictures below of these two great additions that we are so thankful for!

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    (New Bench in the Elective Hallway – perfect for visitors on game/event nights!)

    lib drop
    (New Library Book Drop Box – located in the 8th grade hall for easy access!)

    If you are interested in completing a project, or providing a service in support of PCMS, simply email me anytime at Zachary.Kleypas@pfisd.net and we can brainstorm ideas. We love our community, and we love the partnership we have.

    Art Tiles Tradition:

    One of my favorite traditions at PCMS is our Art Ceiling tiles. Each year, students from our advanced art class showcase their skills across the campus. I love how this art transforms this place from a simple building, to a student friendly school! Below are just a few examples of the amazing tiles. Next time you are in the building, don’t forget to look up, and see the amazing work of our students!

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    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Our soccer teams played against Westview on Thursday night. I am proud to announce that our Lady Pumas shut out the Wildcats to bring home a victory. The boys played a great game as well and ended in a tie.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    May 15th – 19th:

    As you can see, the week after STAAR testing is jam packed with fun events! Join us for the Talent Show, Band Concert, Choir Concert, and the Soccer game (at Pflugerville Middle School)! In addition, our 8th graders will be celebrating their year with our amazing 8th Grade Formal, put on by Mrs. Akuretiya and her student council kiddos.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Important Information from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/28/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I wanted to send this out early so that you had an opportunity to vote for our Grant before the window closes tonight at 5:00pm!

    Have you Voted Today?

    VOTE PARK CREST GARDENS

    vote on facebook

    Today is the last day to vote for the PEF Community Grant. We are currently leading by a very thin margin, but expect huge changes in the polls today. Please help by voting for our campus garden and sharing the link on Facebook. Let’s help send the message, again, that PCMS is a Gold Medal Campus, with Gold Medal support!

    PCMS Experience:

    This week’s focus was simply on providing the same high quality instruction in all of our classrooms, as we quickly approach the May testing dates. However, I want to showcase some of our classrooms that were using technology to accomplish this task. At PCMS we know it’s not just having technology that makes instruction better, it’s what we have students do with that technology that matters. Check out some of these cool classrooms:

    Ms. Penny: In Ms. Penny’s class students accessed the content on their classroom laptops. From there students created presentations to demonstrate and prove they learned and understood the content. Here are a few examples:

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    Mr. Kincaid: Mr. Kincaid has set up a complete classroom experience on Google Classroom. The students are able to access the content, activities, and assessments all in one, virtual, location. It’s like transporting to a whole new digital world!

    kincaid

    Mrs. Shannon: In Mrs. Shannon’s classroom students were learning about potential and kinetic energy using a “phet simulation” which demonstrates how potential and kinetic energy change, graphically, as a cartoon figure moves up and down a skate board ramp. Pretty cool, and highly engaging stuff!

    shannon

    8th Grade Formal:

    Next week tickets will go on sale to our 8th graders for their annual formal. The actual formal is held on Friday, May 19th here at PCMS. This is a special event that is always regarded as one of the staff’s favorite times to watch our kiddos grow up into budding adults. Students are asked to dress in formal attire (no jeans and no t-shirts).

    A Word from HHS Athletics:

    If your child is attending Hendrickson next year, and would like to participate in athletics, please check out these links:

    FOOTBALL CAMP

    IMPORTANT DATES

    STRENGTH & SPEED

    Next 2-Week’s Preview:

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    Principal’s Meeting (CAAC): Will convene next week on Wednesday at 6:00pm in the library. Come on out to hear about how PCMS is doing this year and what we have in store for next year!

    Soccer: Our PCMS Soccer team took on the Cele Colts on Thursday. The boys finished a gridlock battle 0 – 0. While the girls played hard and tried to battle back, they fell to the Colts 0 – 1. Haven’t made it to a soccer game yet? Next Thursday is our last home game of the season against Westview. After that, the Pumas will be traveling for their final games.

    May 8th – 11th STAAR: I just want to take a moment to remind you that we are approaching our end of year STAAR testing. I trust the hard work of our kiddos, the diligence of our staff, and the support of our parents to lead to a great week of testing.

     

    Most sincerley,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • We Need Your Vote at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/21/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Before I share any news with you about PCMS, I need to ask for your help! The first two sections of this week’s blog require your attention, and your action. Please take a second to vote and complete the survey below:

    Votes Needed for PCMS Finalist:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation is giving one lucky educator $1,000 for a project and you can have a vote on who gets the money. Park Crest has not one, but TWO finalist in this year’s community grant. Both of these grants are worthy of your vote, but without your vote, neither will be funded.

    The following four finalists want your vote. Voting will end on Friday, April 28. Their fate is in your hands!

    • Park Crest Middle School - Community Garden
    • Park Crest Middle School - Wiggle Seats and Fidgety Feet

     

    Click here to cast your vote: VOTE PARK CREST!

    vote now

    PCMS 2017-18 Parent Survey:

    I have said it before, I will say it again, your feedback is important to us. When we listen to the community we serve, we get better. Period. Please take this opportunity to provide your honest feedback so that we can keep improving, always, in all ways.

    2017-18 PCMS PARENT SURVEY

    Cafeteria Balances:

    Does your child have an outstanding balance in our lunchroom from lunch and/or breakfast purchases? In an order to collect and clear all outstanding balances, students will no longer be allowed to charge meals to an empty account. Beginning Monday, May 1, students with balances on their account we be able to receive the full reimbursable meal with the exception of the entrée, which will be replaced with our cheese sandwich. All sides and beverages selected as part of the meal will be offered and provided. Any funds collected will go towards their respective balance. This is not ideal, but necessary. If you would like to check your child’s lunch balance, please take a moment to do so by using this link: SCHOOL MEALS

    A Word from PTO:

    PTO is asking for donations to help celebrate teacher appreciation week. The attached link has items and quantities needed to make the week a success. Thanks in advance for your help. 

    TEACHER APPRECIATION LINK

    8th Grade STAAR Results and the PERFECT SCORE:

    This week the state of Texas released to campuses the results of the 8th grade Math and Reading STAAR tests that were taken in March. I am so proud of the hard work of our students and teachers and the dedication our entire team gave leading up to those tests. All students were given a copy of their scores and whether or not they passed or failed this first administration. For any student who was unsuccessful during the first go around, we have a strong network of support here at the campus, ready to provide them added time and attention in preparation for their second attempt in May. I told my 8th graders a while back that if they scored a perfect score on either test, I would give them some special recognition. Sure enough, we had three students score PERFECT SCORES! How awesome is that. Please help me congratulate the following students:

    • Greta Spanyers – perfect score on the Reading STAAR!
    • Jeremiah Gorman – perfect score the Reading STAAR!
    • Julie Hodges – perfect score on the Math STAAR!

    Duke TIP Students:

    Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nationally recognized and prestigious program for identifying academic excellence across the country. Students must first qualify for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test. From there, identified students are encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT (high school level national tests). I am proud to announce that we had eight (8) students participate in this program:

    • Caleb Bowen
    • Aaliyah Holmes
    • Kennedy Huschka
    • Abby La Follette
    • Christine Nguyen
    • Emma Nieto
    • Olaedochim Obinna
    • Trey Snowberger

    As a former senior assistant principal, I can honestly tell you that these talented 7th graders scored higher on these tests than some graduating seniors do! What an amazingly talented academic group of students. I want to give special recognition to Trey Snowberger for scoring high enough on the SAT to receive the distinction of State Recognition! That is not something you see every year, and we are so proud of him, and our other participating students.

    No Place for Hate:

    Just in, Park Crest Middle School has again, earned the No Place for Hate designation! As you know, we work hard to create and foster an environment that is accepting, inclusive, and most importantly safe for all of our students to learn in. Special thanks to the work of our No Place for Hate coordinator Mrs. Cole and her team of teachers Ms. Denny, Mrs. Shannon, and their team of student leaders who spearhead this program at Park Crest.

    npfh

    Band & Choir Results:

    Our Band and Choir recently competed in UIL and performed exceptional. Below are scores for the various groups, and in the various types of categories (for reference, 1 is the best score to get!) Go Pumas!

    • Wind Ensemble:
      • 2- on stage
      • 1-sight
    • Honor:
    • 1-on stage
    • 1-sight
    • Choir:
      • 1-concert
      • 2-sight

    8th Grade Parents:

    Information is out for Hendrickson High School Freshman orientation, also known as Take Flight. This is a must for every future Hawk. I highly, highly recommend your child attends this event. For more information and a copy of the form, please click this link: TAKE FLIGHT FORM

    Not going to Hendrickson next year? No problem, stay tuned for information from Weiss and Pflugerville High School in the near future.

    6th Grade Parents:

    As a friendly reminder to current 6th grade parents, before a student may start school during their 7th grade year, they must provide the school with updated shot records. In order to ensure your child is ready for the first day of school next year, please take time to get these shots and send us a copy. For more information on what shots are required, possible places that offer these shots, and more, please click this link from our school nurse: NURSE FORM

    PCMS Gear:

    I want to remind you that our PTO is currently selling our student art Hoodies. This will be our last order before the summer. PTO is selling them for $25. Order forms can be found and turned back in to the front office. You can also print out a form using this link: HOODIE ORDER FORM

    PCMS All-Star Volunteers & Partner:

    Each year Pflugerville ISD allows each campus to recognize one outstanding volunteer and one outstanding community partner that this nominated. We are so fortunate here at PCMS to have the help and support of so many PCMS community members. We believe in the motto, “it takes a village to raise a child” and we take pride in working with you to make this happen.

    allstar 1

    (Shelly O'Mara, dedicated library volunteer)

    allstar 2

    (Eddie Garcia from the Pflugerville Parks & Recreation, for his enormous help with The PfISD Big Event)

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • This Week's Experience at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/13/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Thursday! Although we were short one day this week, we made every day count! Please take time during this extra-long weekend to rest and recuperate. Our kiddos are being held to high expectations and challenged every single day in order to keep improving, always, in all ways. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way, for your kiddo or for mine. However, I do know that working at such a high level requires taking time to rejuvenate, or as we say in Mrs. Gage and Ms. Perez’s 6th grade Succeed and Achieve classes, “taking time to sharpen the saw”. We are going to need our kiddos to be sharp to finish strong in the final weeks leading up to round two of STAAR testing.

    PCMS Experience:

    My focus of visiting classrooms the last two weeks, honestly, was quantity over quality. I know that might seem backwards, but I just felt inclined to briefly fly through as many classes as possible to get a sense of the environment. What I saw made me a happy Principal.

    If you were on our campus, here are some things you might have seen and heard:

    Professional Communication: I went through Ms. Layman’s professional communications class and heard a few speeches that students had put together with the help of some prior researching. One in particular, of 8th grader Ryan, on whether or not to pay college athletes, was very persuading. In addition to overcoming the fear of speaking in front of a classroom audience, students were asked to focus on their eye contact. Which is key when trying to convey as message.

    AVID: In Ms. Vecchio’s AVID classes I saw students struggle through problems during their tutorial sessions. From a glance it appeared that math questions were monopolizing the tutorial time. However, by the end of each tutorial, all of those questions were solved! It is amazing to watch the process our AVID students go through to help each other think critically through their point of confusion.

    Essentials: In our essential academic’s class, students are learning about volcanos. Earlier they created and colored diagrams of volcanos. Today, they made 3D models out of paper. Monday, they will erupt! Stay tuned for how that turns out.

    PE: In PE I saw Coach Lauve’s classroom working on basic fundamentals of catching and throwing as they prepare for their upcoming baseball units. Later, in coach Prine’s PE classes students were learning about soccer. Obviously the weather kept us indoors but that actually turned out great! Students got to practice their skills in a four team showdown! Team Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue tried to protect their goal from the opposing teams. The team with the lower score in the end was the winner. This version added another layer of strategy as you could see teams team up to try and score on the leading team before time ran out. Kudos to Team Green for holding off the others in a close, dramatic finish.

    Math: In 7th grade math I got the opportunity to help a polite 7th grader with her test corrections. She was working on setting up proportions, finding the part of a whole. The real world examples of applying tax and discounts to purchases was something that these students will really benefit from knowing. In 8th grade students are working on financial literacy, another super important topic. This will lead them right into our MAD CITY experience later in May (don’t forget to sign up to volunteer). Over in 6th grade, students were working on finding the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of data. I appreciated how in Mr. Martinez’s class a student worked through the problem at the board and made some common mistakes in finding the mode and median, but the class simply corrected the mistakes together, acknowledged how the mistakes could easily be made, and got better from the process. You could almost see the light bulbs lighting up above each student’s head as the process started to become more and more clear.

    Social Studies: In Mr. Cutter’s 7th grade Texas History class we learned about the impact oil has had on Texas Universities. It is fascinating how much money schools like UT make off of the endowments from properties with oil. Hr. Cutter is a master story teller that I would have loved to learn Texas History from. In 6th grade world cultures I caught the start of class and heard our students leading a key component of our PCMS routine; Good Things. We start each class, each day, with students sharing good things in their lives. For example, I learned about a student’s sister’s 16th birthday and how excited he was to go to Texas Road House to celebrate for dinner. Yumm! This was just one of many things shared, but it reminded me how great it is to start every single period on a positive note. Positivity is extremely contagious. After good things we jumped into current news with CNN 10. Later, I quickly passed through 8th grade U.S. History. Students in Mrs. Visness’s 8th grade class were making vocabulary flash cards to prepare for their Unit 12 test. Students then used those cards to quiz each other on the key vocabulary.

    English: In 6th grade English students are performing a novel study. The current story they are reading is Hatchet, the story of a 13-year-old boys struggle to survive in the wilderness after his plane crashes. In 7th grade, I got to read along with Mrs. Vita’s class for a chapter of the book Chinese Cinderella. We then discussed as a class what the author was describing in this very dense chapter that described the characters Shanghai house. Finally, in 8th ELA students were completing a 3,2,1 activity on a fascinating article on bees and honey combs. The activity required students to think critically by creating 3 questions based on the article, 2 connections made to another article, and 1 connection to something else.

    Science: In 7th grade science I saw weather videos that nearly gave me a heart attack when the lightning struck on the video as I was multitasking in the back of the room. Talk about engaging! In 8th grade science a student politely explained her and her partner’s project on the ecosystem composed in a coral reef. She had found great pictures which she paired with solid facts, which she prepared to present to her class at a later date. 6th grade science spent time last week on the rock cycle and this week on minerals. In fact, I was greeted in the hallway by an animated sixth grader who was overjoyed to share with me that he got to hold the lightest rock he had ever seen; pumice. His enthusiasm and excitement for the learning was definitely contagious in that hallway!

    Art: In advanced art students were working on one of my favorite PCMS traditions; custom painted ceiling tiles. If you have ever walked our halls, it’s hard not to notice how beautiful our ceilings are, thanks to the help of our student artist. This round of projects will be finished soon and will definitely not disappoint.

    Band: In band I got to hear our students practice their sheet music. It amazes me how far they have all come since the start of the year! Special thanks to expertise and leadership of Mr. Lucio and Mrs. Pinner.

    The Library: I won’t spend much time on what all I saw on the library, because you know it was packed in there. What I will tell you is that we have our Read-It-Forward program still going on. The book is called Ghost. We have roughly 50 copies of the book which has been checked out 232 times!!! Once your child reads the book make sure they take the quiz by April 21st so they can join us for the Read-It-Forward EVENT! Invitations to this special event are granted to the students who read, and pass the short quiz in the library. They will NOT want to miss it.

    EPIC 2.0: Being that EPIC is our primary source of intervention and enrichment during the school day the administrators and I made it a top priority to check on classes during this time. Since January we have put an even greater focus on interventions and signing agendas of students we need to see. It is crucial that teachers get the extra time with students to work on skills that have already been covered, but are still giving kiddos trouble. Filling these gaps along the way will make large gains in the success of our students.

    Aladdin Jr.:

    Those of you who joined me this past weekend at our Musical, Aladdin Jr., I am sure would agree that we have some amazingly talented kids. Even if I hadn’t seen the Disney movie 100 times already, both as a child, and with my daughter, I could easily follow the family friendly story line put on by our students. Special thanks to Mrs. Kelly for her countless hours of rehearsal in preparation for this performance. It is easy to take for granted the amount of time our staff members give to help our students keep improving. Please always feel free to send kind emails or letters to our outstanding teachers and staff as a sign of appreciation. Sometimes that simple thank you is all it takes to lift someone’s spirts.

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    For pictures from the performance, please check us out on Facebook at this link: PCMS FACEBOOK

    #PCMSGoldMedal Performance:

    I am so proud of our PCMS students who competed in this past weekend’s Special Olympics Round Rock Rotary Track meet:

    Anfernee Davis: 100-meter dash-2nd place

                                  Softball throw-1st place

    Harry Massey: 50-meter dash-5th place

                                Softball throw-5th place

    National Library Week:

    As you have heard me say many times before through the blog, we have THE best librarian around. We celebrated Ms. LaMarre by showering her in thank you notes written by students across the grade levels during their lunches. You can also see the special letter we presented her in hopes of doing our best to summarize her impact on our campus, by clicking this link: NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

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    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    This celebration is one of my favorite times of the year. There is something powerful about staff members being able to nominate just one student of their choice who they feel has been going above and beyond at PCMS. As a new layer to this award, we have asked staff members to nominate based on one of our character traits that we value from our PCMS Crest; leader, hardworking, effective communicator, accepting, critical thinker or accountable. It was great to share a light refreshment and smiles with the nominees and their families. #PCMSGoldMedal

    Bright Bytes Technology Survey:

    I would like to ask that you please take 5 minutes to help your Park Crest, and Pflugerville ISD make technology decisions by completing a brief survey. This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. Your answers are very important! They will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone will have a different set of answers to these questions, depending on his/her different experiences. Thank you for your time and ideas! The survey can be found at this link: TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

    PCMS Soccer:

    Boys and Girls soccer kicked off the season Wednesday night. It was a tough first week of practice with all the rain, but the sky parted Wednesday to allow our kiddos to show off their skills. I am excited for a great season led by Coach Kempf and Coach Castro. Our next game is Thursday at Dessau Middle School. Girls games start at 5:00pm and run about an hour. Boys games start about 15 minutes after their game ends which is around 6:15pm.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Tutorials:

    With not many after school events scheduled for next week, this is the perfect opportunity for kiddos to attend tutorials. We have days where over 200 students stay after school in various classrooms, as evident by our afterschool snack list. Is your kiddo taking advantage of this time with teachers?

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Track Results and Much More from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/7/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I want to take a moment to thank you for tuning into this blog each week and taking the time to read through what is going on at PCMS. We are so proud to be Pumas and I hope that you and your children are as well. I am a firm believer that there is nothing more valuable to the success of our kiddos than well-informed parents/guardians to support them. As you continue to support your kiddos please help by checking their agenda for homework assignments, important upcoming dates, EPIC signatures, and encourage them to attend tutorials and proactively seek the help of their teachers.

    Don’t forget, tonight is our amazing musical performance; Aladdin Jr! The show starts at 6:30pm in the PCMS Cafeteria. Tickets are only $5.00 per person. You can’t find Friday night entertainment that cheap anywhere else in Pflugerville! Hope to see you there. There is also a showing on Saturday at 3:00pm.

    #PCMSGoldMedal – Kickstart Instructor:

    Please help us congratulate Mr. Gartmann as he was awarded the Central Texas Kickstart Instructor of the Year! Mr. Gartmann and his kiddos have been competing alongside other middle schools in the area and have been bringing home some impressive victories for PCMS. We are so proud of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to growing our program. He is a perfect example of leading by example, and serves as a great role model for our kiddos.

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    (From left to right: Mr. Scott, Mrs. Norris, Mr. Gartmann, THE Mr. Chuck Norris, Mr. Kurek)

    #PCMSGoldMedal – Aramark Competition Winner:

    Earlier in the year we made a big push to make sure all of our kiddos were able to get a good breakfast and lunch each day by inviting all parents to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. I am proud to announce that PCMS had the highest amount of applications submitted per student enrolled at the campus. Our prize for wining this completion is a gracious gift from Aramark of $500 in school supplies! We are excited to put this to use by building our supply of basic school supplies for our kiddos in need. We at PCMS never want there to be a barrier to learning, based on a kiddos ability to have the supplies they need.

    Reminder from PTO:

    Come out to PCMS this Saturday, April 8th between 8am – 12pm to donate to our Easter Seals fundraiser. PTO will be located in the main parking lot front loop. Donations of shoes, clothes, computers and household items are all welcome.

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    Mad City Volunteers:

    Calling all parents, grandparents, family, and friends to PCMS! We need your help. Our 8th grade math department, in conjunction with A+ Federal Credit Union will host our Mad City math event on Friday, May 12th from 8am-12pm. We are in need of volunteers to help support this great event! If you, or anyone you know, is interested in volunteering for our event, please spread the word. Even if you don’t have an 8th grader, but would like to preview the event for a younger child, through volunteering, you are welcome to. Here is a link for additional information and to volunteer: MAD CITY FLYER

    Track Results:

    I am so proud of all of our athletes at Monday and Tuesdays District Track meets. Everyone worked hard, and all of the practice paid off. Our overall teams had a great showing, and earned the following results:

    7th girls – 2nd Place!

    7th boys – 1st Place! (DISTRICT CHAMPS!)

    8th girls – 2nd Place!

    8th boys – 3rd Place!

    For individual results please use the links below:

    7th Grade Girls Individual Results

    7th Grade Boys Individual Results

    8th Grade Girls Individual Results

    8th Grade Boys Individual Results

    End of Year Trips:

    By this time your child should have brought home their end of year trip flyer with information and payment instructions. Here is a link to each grade levels forms in case you need another copy:

    6th6th GRADE EOY TRIP FORM

    7th7th GRADE EOY TRIP FORM

    8th8th GRADE EOY TRIP FORM

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting:

    As always, everyone is invited! This is the best time of year to get involved if you are the parent of a current 6th or 7th grader. Whether you are ready to volunteer your time and effort, or just simply want to see what all we discuss, you are welcome. I hope to see you all there!

    Soccer:

    We kick off the soccer season on Wednesday night here at Park Crest! Whether you have a child on the team, or not come on out.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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