• 3 Day Weekend @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/17/2020

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday. One of my favorite things to do is read about influential people throughout history and in our current times. People like Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Elon Musk, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, just to name a few. One of my favorite is Martin Luther King Jr. I could literally read through his quotes all day long. In light of MLK Day, here are a few of my all-time favorites:

    1-17-20 pic 1.jpg
    1-17-20 pic 2.png 1-17-20 pic 3.png

    2020-2021 Course Sheets & High School Information:

    It is kind of crazy to think that we are already discussing and planning for next school year. However, that is what we have to do to pull off all of the things that go into a successful school year. Please check out this link for more information on the different events and documents in one easy to access location: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/5144

     

    3 Awesome Opportunities for Puma Parents & Families:

    FREE Strengthening Families Program:

    I am sharing a special program for parents and students on our campus next month. Any parents in Pflugerville are welcome, but I want to especially invite our Puma Parents since we will be hosting here at Park Crest.

    We have scheduled for Park Crest Middle School a 10 weeks, 2 hours training programs for parents and students in collaboration with the Phoenix House. The curriculum is focused on Strengthening Families Program. Participants completing the program will receive two large grocery filled bags during the graduation. Diner will be served at each meeting. We are meeting in the cafeteria at 6:00pm for an orientation on February 3, 2020. Please feel free to share this information with friends and families in our community.

    Session Topics

    • Look for and Compliment the Good Daily
    • Communicate with Love and Understanding
    • The Five Rs for a Happy Home: Rules, Reward, responsibilities, Routines, Happy Rituals
    • Limits & Consequences
    • Problem Solving and Negotiation
    • Stress & Anger Management Skills
    • Goals & Contracts to Change Behavior
    • No Alcohol, Tobacco or other drugs
    • Choosing Good Friends & Monitoring Activities
    • Values, Traditions & Service

    See the following dates for classes:

    • 10, 2020
    • Feb 24, 2020
    • 2, 2020
    • 9, 2020
    • 23, 2020
    • 30, 2020
    • 6, 2020
    • 13, 2020
    • 20, 2020
    • 27, 2020

    1-17-20 pic 6.PNG

    Park Crest Middle School Multicultural Parent/Teacher Group:

    We want YOU on our Park Crest Middle School Multicultural Group.

    An example of a comprehensive multicultural program is Project REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage), which has gained prominence as an academic discipline-based program for middle school social studies, and which now includes over 60,000 students and hundreds of teachers in twelve states. REACH infuses information on the history and culture of various groups into the regular curriculum. It is a multicultural curriculum and process, and teacher training process, managed on a school- or district-wide basis, organized around four phases: 

    • Human Relations Skills. Students participate in activities on self-awareness, self-esteem, interpersonal communication, and understanding group dynamics. 
    • Cultural Self Awareness. Students conduct research on their personal culture, family history, or community. 
    • Multicultural Awareness. Students study from booklets on American history from diverse ethnic points of view. 
    • Cross Cultural Experience. Historical and cultural information in the booklets is made personal through dialogue and exchange with students and adults from different ethnic groups (Howard, 1989). 

    According to Jones (1986), multicultural learning activities are most effective for learners when they: 

    • Offer students opportunities to observe/participate in the affairs of the community. 
    • Engage students directly and actively in learning. 
    • Relate directly to the concerns of the students. 
    • Rely on a broad range of instructional materials. 
    • Offer a scope and sequence that is developmentally based. 

    One of the greatest reasons for all of us to organize a multicultural celebration at our school is the opportunity it offers students, teachers, and families to encounter one another in celebration of what we all bring to the table. It's an occasion to have fun while strengthening the academic connections to students' knowledge, background experiences, and ways of viewing the world.

    This group will help us raise awareness, plan, and present multicultural events to our students and community throughout the school year.

    If you are interested please reach out to Dr. Luther Baker @ luther.baker@pfisd.net

    Thank you,

    Dr. Luther Baker

    Park Crest Middle School
    1500 N. Railroad Avenue
    Pflugerville, Texas 78660
    512-594-2464

    We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. –Malcom X

    An Opportunity in Our Community (Parent University):

    Greetings,

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

    My name is Alicia Jackson and I am the President of Black Pflugerville. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 community organization based in Pflugerville with the mission of creating space and community for the Black and Brown families of the city. We do this with a spirit of inclusion and a heart to help the well-established and newly-arriving families.

    In keeping with this purpose, Black Pflugerville will be hosting a series of info-sessions designed to foster community and support families as they navigate challenges in and around the city. This series of info-sessions will be entitled Parents University and will begin in August 2020. They will be held in-person with available child care and streamed live on Facebook Live for flexible attendance; we want everyone to have access to this information.

    The kickoff will be a fair with kid friendly activities and information booths, with details and handouts for each upcoming session. The subsequent info-sessions will be held at a centrally located venue on a biweekly basis.

    In this planning phase, we are seeking community support and volunteers who can commit to ownership of an info session topic and building a curriculum or presentation. The topics are as follows:

    1. GT Programming
    2. PFISD 101
    3. School Discipline and Behavior Policy
    4. Mental Health, Elderly and Disability Resources

    We would like each topic to have the support of a small committee and coordinated leadership in order to ensure a cohesive curriculum.

    If you are interested in being a point of contact, professional resource or team leader, please respond to this email. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who would be interested in this opportunity in any capacity. These events will be open to all community members.

    From Black Pflugerville, thank you for your continuing commitment to equity and community in Pflugerville.

    Regards,

    Alicia

     

    Next Week’s Preview:

    No School Monday: Monday all staff and students will be off for MLK Day. See you all Tuesday!

    Basketball: Our teams will take on Kelly Lane this week in basketball. The girls play Wednesday and the boys play Thursday. 8th grade teams are home and 7th are away. Come out and support our teams!

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School
    Who are we? WE. ARE. PUMAS!
    PCMS Website
    PCMS Facebook
    Principal's Blog 

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

    Comments (-1)
  • Happy New Years from PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/10/2020

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday and Happy New Years!!! Let’s make 2020 the best year yet by sticking to our motto of “keep improving, always, in all ways.”

    IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE:

    Due to approaching weather, all after school events including tutorials have been cancelled for today, 1/10/20. Students have been instructed to make phone calls home to arrange rides if necessary. 

    Inclement weather

    Class Talks:

    1-10-20 pic 1.png

    Our theme this school year is 20/20 vision! We want to have a crystal clear vision of what we expect, our goals we are reaching for, and the steps we are taking to get every student there. SO to kick off 2020 on the right foot, we held class talks with every student, in every grade level on Wednesday. We know we have awesome students and awesome staff and that the number one deterrent for us being successful is students not meeting the crystal clear expectations we have set. Thus, we reviewed all of those expectations from the start of the year. I would love for you to have a copy of that presentation and remind your kiddo of the things we ask of them. When we are all following these things, Park Crest runs like a well-oiled machine and students, staff, and families are happy and learning at very high levels! Here is a copy of that presentation: 2020 PCMS Presentation

    High School Course Fairs:

    1-10-20 pic 2.png

    Parents and guardians of 8th graders in Pflugerville ISD should mark their calendars for the upcoming high school course fairs on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6-8 p.m.
     
    These course fairs will be hosted at all four high schools, and parents are encouraged to attend with their children at their respective high school for next school year to tour the campus, learn about courses offered and more.
     
    Class Counselors and Principals will be on hand to help students and parents select courses for next school year and answer any questions they may have that will assist them with the transition from middle school to high school.
     
    If you are unsure which high school your child is zoned to attend, you can enter your address into the District’s interactive boundary map online at www.pfisd.net.

    PHS FLYER

    HHS FLYER

    PfISD High School Course Fairs
    When: Jan. 15, 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Connally, Hendrickson, Pflugerville and Weiss High Schools
    Who: For all PfISD 8th graders and their parents/guardians
    PfISD Interactive Boundary Map

    8th Grade Invasion:

    On Wednesday, January 15th, during the school day, all of our 8th grade students and their teachers will travel to their zoned high school to experience “High School for a day”. The event will be held during the school day so there will be no interruption to morning or afternoon transportation/buses/etc.

    Students will be able to eat lunch in the high school cafeteria using their normal school account. If they would like to bring lunch, that will be allowed as they always do.

    *students must attend the school they are currently zoned to attend (either PHS or HHS). However, if you plan on transferring or moving to a different PfISD school, then we highly encourage you to visit that campus during the aforementioned evening course fair.

    Parent Seminar Cohort:

    We have an awesome opportunity for you! Park Crest Middle School in conjunction with The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) are going to provide a parenting and family program right here at Park Crest!

    SFP is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program. Phoenix House provides a meal for the families on the evenings that the program is implemented. There are also various incentives given to the participants throughout the program. SFP is comprised of 10 weekly sessions that are 2 hours each.

    The families eat a meal for the first 30 minutes. We then separate the families into 3-4 groups for 1 hour: (1) Parents, (2) Children, (3) Teens (if needed), and (4) Childcare, youth 6 years and under**. The last 20-30 minutes, we bring the families together to participate in a group activity.

    Please complete this form if you are interested in attending PCMS' Strengthening Families Program: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8a2n7WqRwqHG309YDneqk6XtJO_5DVJCdT6wPoefSHbq5CQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

    A Tip from Officer Lopez:

    This week’s tip from Officer Lopez is to be aware and have conversations with your child about social media. Apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Kik, and many more are great ways for kids to connect, but often appeal for being much less supervised than actual conversations. Thus, they are havens for disrespect, bullying, and inappropriate content. Please ensure that you monitor which apps your child has access to and what they are doing on those apps.

    Caution your kiddos about uploading photos, videos and comments because they live forever online and anyone can see them. Often times students believe the things they are saying, posting, and doing online are much more private than they truly are.

    1-10-20 pic 3.jpg

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Basketball: This was a great week for basketball as our teams took on Westview Middle School. All four boys teams and all four girls teams were victorious! Go Pumas!!!

    Next Week’s Preview:

    1-10-20 pic 4.png

    PTO Meeting: Come check out our PTO meeting on Tuesday night. It will be the first one of 2020, so it is a great time to jump in and join the conversations!

    Basketball: The basketball teams take on Dessau this week. 7th grade teams are home and 8th grade are away. The girls play on Wednesday night and the boys on Thursday night.

    Awesome FREE Opportunity:

    1-10-20 pic 5.png

    On Tuesday, January 14th Park Crest Middle School is hosting a STAR Party. The event is free and open to students and families. There will be multiple telescopes and experts on site to help individuals experience looking deep into space! We are exciting to bring this to the community and hope you will join us. The event will be held on the small track located on the side of the building (to avoid large parking lot lights). Simply park in the front or the back of the building and walk around to the side with the small track and basketball courts.

    The event begins at 6:30pm and will last until approximately 7:30pm. I hope you will swing by and check it out!

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

    Comments (-1)
  • more