1st 9 Weeks in the Books at PCMS

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/20/2017

Greetings Pumas,

Happy Friday! This was a great week at Park Crest. You could really tell that the 9-weeks was coming to an end because kiddos and teachers were working tirelessly to close out the grading period. As we close one chapter, the next one begins. I am optomistic that we are going to find ways to make an awesome start of the school year even better during the 2nd 9-weeks! Below is a recap of this weeks activities followed by a list of numerous important events coming up next week. I hope you enjoy!

Gold Medal - The Kennedy Project:

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Have you heard about what a Park Crest Puma has been working on? It has been coined the Kennedy project and is pretty spectacular. Click on this link to read the article for more information: THE KENNEDY PROJECT

Staff in the Spotlight:

I would like to recognize a few of our recent staff members of the week! Check out these three most recent staff members of the week. Talk about awesome Pumas!

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Parent Involvement Plan:

At Park Crest, we understand that everyone is an important piece of the puzzle that leads to the success of our campus. Students, staff, parents, and the community all play an important role. To that point, each year we develop a Parent Involvement Plan to ensure we reach out and meet the needs of our parents to connect what happens in our campus to those who support us on the outside. Please take a moment to check out the 2017-18 Park Crest Parent Improvement Plan using this link: 2017-18 PCMS PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN

Every Kiddo Needs to Eat:

I know I have said it before, but I want to say it again. It is this time of year, every year, that we notice more and more kiddos no longer eating lunch, receiving an alternate lunch from the cafeteria, or simply not eating at all because their yearly Free & Reduced Lunch application has not been properly submitted. Please know that this form must be completed every year, even if your child has received FAR lunch at some point this year. It “drops” kiddos a year from the date they applied last year. It is happening continuously and us administrators are keeping a close eye out for kiddos who are not eating. Please help by taking a moment to apply if you believe you might qualify and have not yet done so this year. Here is a link to the easy form: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

Gifted & Talented Nomination Window:

The window for nominations for Gifted and Talented opens Oct. 23rd to Nov. 3rd. Please use this link for more information: GT INFORMATION

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Extra-Curricular Review:

Kickstart: Our PCMS Kickstart kiddos travelled to Hendrickson High School last weekend. As we have come to expect, all of our kiddos performed fantastically.

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Football: The boys competed Tuesday night against the Dessau Diamond Backs. Both 7th grade teams won at home. 8th Grade A team traveled the Dessau and brought home a win, while the B team finished in a close game with a tie.

Choir Concert: Choir showcased their work with our annual Fall Concert Wednesday night. What a showcase it was! Sgt. Groft and our kiddos were fantastic. I really appreciate how our students introduce each song and give a brief explanation of the origin. The students learn how to sing, perform, and lead in the PCMS choir program.

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6th Grade AVID Trip: As I am sure many of you are aware, from first hand experience, or my email updates yesterday, we had a bit of a delay with our AVID field trip. As a pretty big Texas A&M fan, I definitely wanted our kiddos to have a trip to remember when they visited Aggieland. However, bus issues and multiple delays was not exactly what I had in mind. Nonetheless, our kiddos and teachers are rockstars and made the most of a not so pleasant situation. In talking to many of the 6th graders today it was apparent that they still had a great time and enjoyed the experience. The delays on this trip were definitely not ideal, but helped demonstrate to our kiddos that together we can make it through any tough situation. Go Pumas!

Volleyball: Our Lady Pumas also faced the diamond backs and had a great week. All four teams were victorious this week.

Extra-Curricular Pictures: Ever want to see more pictures of our athletes and after school events? Check us out on Facebook. If you haven’t yet liked our Park Crest page, please take a moment to do so. It is a great way to follow our kiddos and their experiences and achievements. You can find us using this link: https://www.facebook.com/PFPCMS/

Next Week’s Preview:

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Red Ribbon Week:

Next week is Red Ribbon Week (did you get tongue tied when you read that? I always do). Anyways. The week is in support of an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Check out the fun spirit days below and help your kiddos show their support by dressing in each day’s attire:

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Pep Rally Schedule:

Tuesday, October 24th is Park Crest’s 1st pep rally of the 2017-18 school year. We are celebrating the successful volleyball and football seasons and their athletes. In addition, we showcase our band, choir, cheerleaders, and more! This is an awesome time to build school spirit and show support for our fellow students. Below is the adjusted bell schedule:

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Early Release Schedule:

Wednesday, October 225th  is an Early Release day meaning our students will be released at 12:45pm. Please see the bell schedule below:

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Fall Dance:

Friday, October 27th is Park Crest’s first dance of the 2017-18 school year. The Park Crest Fall Dance is going to be awesome! Put together by our outstanding Student Council students, led by their sponsor Mrs. Akuretiya.

TIME: 6:00 – 9:00PM

6th graders are in the gym for activities from 6:00 – 7:30 and in the cafeteria from 7:30 – 9:00pm.

7th and 8th are in the dance from 6:00-7:30 and in the gym for activities from 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Cost: $5 if bought at lunch on Wed – Fri; $8 if bought at the door Friday night.

We love hosting these dances for our kiddos as an extra way to build school culture and show our kiddos a good time. It is extremely important to me to ask that you please honor the pickup time at the end of the night. Although my teachers and administrators genuinely enjoy spending the evening in this fun filled environment, many have lovely families of their own that they want to get home to.

Make a Difference Day: Easterseals – Oct. 28th 8am-12:

Saturday, October 28th our amazing PTO will be working with Easterseals from 8am-noon, on Make a Difference Day. If you have any old household items you are ready to get rid of, please bring them by the PCMS front parking lot during that time. A donation is made to the Park Crest PTO based on the items brought in. This is the perfect time to clean out the house of those unwanted items.

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Save the Date:

I hope to see a bunch of black and teal on Saturday Nov. 8th at the annual Pflugerville Education Foundation Pfling. It is a great time for families to come out and have fun, while supporting PfISD! I hope to see you there. Click this link for more info on the event: PEF PfLING

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Most sincerely,

Zack Kleypas
Park Crest Middle School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”