• Great "First Day" at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/30/2020

    Greetings Pumas,

    I hope your child’s second 1st day of school this year went well online. I would say that based on the feedback from staff and students, along with monitoring over 800 google.classroom posts/shares/messages it was an amazing day! I am sure not everything was perfect, but you know us, we are going to “keep improving, always, in all ways”.

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    District Serves Breakfast, Lunch, AND Dinner:

    Pflugerville ISD will be serving supper meals starting Monday, March 30. These will be offered with the breakfast and lunches at the already established times, at the previously announced locations, with the exception of Kelly Lane Middle School.

    Food Services has also announced it will be mixing in new items on menus starting next week, including lunch items intended to heat and serve at home. Adjustments will be made to include basic heating best practices to be provided with each meal.  

    Pflugerville ISD will provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals to all PfISD students at ten locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

    • Breakfast: 8 - 9 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    This program serves students 18 and younger regardless of Pflugerville ISD residency or enrollment. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Students do not need to be present in order for parents to receive meals. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. For those who do not drive and need to walk to pick up the meal, you will be allowed to walk and pick them up to go. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

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    Paper-Based Instruction:

    Please share the word with any family who may not be able to access online instruction to do two things:

    1. Let us know so we can try and help. We are going to spend this week gathering information to be able to meet the needs of our families, but feel free to encourage them to reach out to me so we can get a jump start.
    2. Remind them that the district is providing grade level instructional packets. They are available for pick up Mondays at each of the breakfast locations during breakfast or lunch. Reminder: PCMS is a site, so that helps!

    The district is using TEA’s Logistical Considerations for Paper-Based Packet Pick-up to guide the preparation and distribution of our Paper-Based Instruction.

    Packet Return: Each campus will have a plastic bin for packet return. The bin will be placed on the sidewalk near where the cart is being placed and individuals can drop-off the completed packets. 

    District Student Transfer Window Open:

    Please help me share this information with any families you may know who are looking to transfer to PCMS for the 2020-21 (or those looking to transfer to another school in PfISD).

    Helpful Links:

    Intra-District Transfer Requests - Information regarding transfers from within Pflugerville ISD

    The parents of a child currently enrolled in Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) or a student 18 years of age or older currently enrolled in PfISD may apply for a transfer from the student’s current zoned campus to another campus by completing the online application during the transfer period, which is open the afternoon of March 9 to April 10 of each year. This is referred to as an Intra-District Transfer (IDT). Any requests submitted outside the transfer window will not be accepted. 

    Out-of-District Transfer Requests - Information regarding student transfers who live outside of Pflugerville ISD boundaries

    Pflugerville ISD is allowing students who do not live within PfISD boundaries to apply to attend a PfISD school in the 2020-2021 school year. The online application will be available on April 6, 2020. 

    Extra Resources from the PCMS Library:

    PCMS Library

    Website

    https://library.pfisd.net/common/servlet/presenthomeform.do?l2m=Home&tm=Home&l2m=Home

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    @PFISD PCMS LIBRARY

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    @pfisdpcmslib

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    @pcmslibrary_pf

     

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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMJTySihv5bSq3GaEWHEHQ

     

    Zoom Meeting Opt-out Form:
    The majority of our remote learning will continue to take place in google.classrom. However, teachers and staff have the opportunity to use Zoom as way to connect with your student to provide instruction and support. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Before we begin educating with Zoom, we want to share some guidelines with you as well as provide you with the opportunity to opt your student out of live interactions. All meetings will be conducted under the established district guidelines which state:

    1. Students under the age of 18 should not go to zoom.usto create an account because minors are not permitted to create an account per Zoom’s Terms of Service.
    2. Teachers must establish live meeting norms and behavior expectations with participants at the beginning of the meeting.
    3. Parents/Guardians and Principals and/or Assistant Principals must be invited to every live meeting.
    4. Participants are required to sign in to attend meetings. Requiring this ensures that each meeting participant is monitored and identified.
    5. Live meetings must happen during the scheduled instructional framework times and be instruction specific.
    6. Live meetings must be recorded and saved, no exceptions.
    7. Private chat option must be disabled.
    8. Screen Sharing must be disabled.
    9. After the meeting starts, the meeting should be locked. When you lock the meeting, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password.
    10. Expel a participant to remove anyone who is not supposed to be in the meeting or not abiding by established live meeting norms.
    11. Live interactions will be actively monitored and video will be disabled to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate gestures on video.
    12. Live interactions will be actively monitored and participants muted or the mute all option will be used to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate noise from the meeting.
    13. Teachers may use live interactions to provide small group instruction. Because of this, it will be impossible to protect students' participation in special programming. For example, a parent may sign into a live intervention class and witness other students receiving intervention services. This is equivalent to a parent requesting to observe a classroom in real-time.
    14. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all live interactions. Therefore, inappropriate behavior or viewing of inappropriate content while using live meetings will be reported to an Administrator immediately.
    15. Staff that witness any student being placed in a situation of danger, abuse, and/or neglect during a live meeting will follow Child Abuse and Neglect reporting policies.
    16. PfISD Acceptable Use Policies will be followed at all times.

    If you have concerns or questions about this opt-out form, please contact simply reach out to me prior to submitting the form. If you have more than one student, please complete one form for each student. 

    Here is the Opt-Out Form: Opt-Out Form - Hawk Team

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Hello Out There from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/25/2020

    Greetings Pumas,

    I hope this email finds you all well. I know that everyone is at a different place regarding their interest/ability to process updates. Life is evolving quickly for everyone and I want to acknowledge that everyone’s level of stress/priorities are different. That being said, I want to reach out to you with a bit of an update of what has happened leading up to Monday, what is happening right now, and what you can be doing now. As I have mentioned before, clear communication and manageable expectations are going to be key in these times.

    What Has Happened:

    Since “returning” it has been an all-out sprint to unify staff, collaborate remotely, and communicate to stakeholders. My work has included a ton of newsletters internally, and numerous zoom meetings externally. This is of course ongoing as well. We have been collaborating with PfISD district personnel, other PfISD campus principals, principals across the state, and local authorities to prepare the best approach moving forward. Let me just tell you, that there are so many AWESOME folks out there working incredibly hard for your/our kids. As a principal and a parent, I am so thankful for public education.

    What is Happening Now:

    I want to share with you what I have told my staff to focus on so we can illuminate our current work. I have asked them to only focus on a few main things as the online ecosystem is being prepared at the district level:

    1. We have assessed the current technology/wifi/workspace access of each of my staff members in their home. With these new working conditions, it is critical that I ensure all of our staff members are supported in having what they need to support your children.

    2. Staff have learned and practiced Zoom Meeting communication. This will be used for staff communication in order to ensure social distancing and appropriate gathering restrictions set by local authorities. This may be of little importance to you, but I simply wanted you to be aware we are still collaborating in written form, and soon in visual form as well to ensure collaboration and consistency.

    3. Finally, I have asked staff to please go slow, before we go fast. Meaning, I completely realize the struggles this “homeschooling” puts on families and students. Many parents are back at work, many families share devices or don’t have them at all, many families have household distractions such as younger siblings. I want you to know that we recognize that. For that reason, I have asked staff to proceed in making work and learning manageable for students and families. Anything your child has received up to this point is academic resources, because I also understand that in many households students need to be kept busy and engaged in something meaningful.

    I say all this simply to ensure that we too are experiencing some of the struggles of our community. Thank you in advance for your patience, mercy, and grace. Please hear me when I say, we are in this together and that I am here to help. Please look for district information in the near future.

    What Can You be Doing Now at Home:

    Although we are currently waiting to get more direction, there are some recommendations I have, that are 100% optional:

    1. Try and create a “work space” within the home. This is easier said than done in some households, but having a designated space your child knows to go to work on school will help them tremendously. This can be as extravagant as a home office, or as simple as the kitchen table, their room, or the closet.

    2. Talk to them about how they are feeling about the current situation (school, home, society). This one may be hard for some folks, but I promise you won’t regret it. Although this much time at home may have either built up or broken down some family dynamics, they are still humans. The most powerful thing you can do for a child is to stop, look, and listen. I promise. As I know this can be hard and awkward to some, I borrowed a quick and easy 20 Questions activity that I found off a quick google search and attached below (source/credit: Shepherdsfreindly.co.uk). There are hundreds of others if you simply google “questions to ask my kid”. P.S. Dads out there… don’t make this a task only for mom. Make time as well. When kids see you listening, it is powerful too.
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    3. If you want to be more in-the-know about Google Classroom, then you can familiarize using this helpful video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys . Just so you know, Google Classroom can be accessed on a computer, laptop, or a cell phone with an app. It can even be accessed from a gaming device. If your child has difficulty with any log in information including google classroom you may reach out to the PfISD technology support line 512-594-0212).

    4. Post a positive message on social media about a Park Crest teacher, staff, our school, or public education in general on Facebook/social media! Have you been on there lately? It is full of panic and negativity. Take a moment to share something nice about your child’s school. Even better, let us see it by tagging Park Crest Middle School. In order to do so simply type @Park Crest Middle School after your message. Thanks in advance for making my teachers cry with joy from their couches at home.

     

    Thank you for your time, your attention, and your continued support.

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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