• The end of 2019-20

    Posted by Clint Shuman on 5/29/2020 7:45:00 AM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Well, here we are. The end of another school year. Only this year, as you know, has ended like no other before it. As we wonder about the future, and take each day by day, I hope you will join me in reflecting on another Gold Medal school year at Park Crest Middle School.

    I want to share a special thank you to all of our parents and community for sending us such amazing kids each and every day. I truly believe that the true success of a school lies in the collective commitments and values of the students, families, and staff. I am thankful for our PCMS family because that success is always present.

    We had a very special “reverse parade” the other day that was the perfect culminating event for our school year. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate. If you missed it for any reason you can check on the video using this link:  https://youtu.be/J_U47K6iWoE

    To our returning Pumas, I cannot wait for the day we can all reconnect and reflect on this “journey” of COVID-19 together in our building. I miss your smiles, your laughs, your silly middle school age behavior, and much more. I hope that this time has been refreshing and rejuvenating. Nonetheless, we will carry on and we will be back together to continue the great work we started.

    To our 8thgraders and family, I am very sorry that we will never get the official closure to this middle school milestone year we expected. However, I do believe the resiliency through struggle and change will make us all stronger. Please know that no matter where you go, or what you do, once a puma…. Always a puma. Remember where you came from and remember what you have been taught. You can do anything you put your mind to. Never settle, and keep improving, always, in all ways. Be Gold Medal, the best of the best in everything you do.

    We would like to share our annual tradition of an 8thgrade video with each and every family in a slightly different way than we are typically able. This video is not able to capture every moment of our busy year, but is a great reflection of the many smiles and many memories. I hope you and your family will enjoy this video, brought to you by the great Ms. Layman: 8th Grade Video

    Please know that you are always welcome to visit and we will keep in touch throughout your journey.

    I am proud of each and every puma and I thank our students, staff, families, and community for all that you do for the Park Crest family.

    We have adopted a remote learning that keeps us bound in the unity we value:

    “Even apart… we are pumas”.

    With that in mind, I hope you will metaphorically join me in shouting our campus anthem….

    “who are we…… we are pumas.”

    “who are we…..  We are pumas!”

    “WHO ARE WE….. WE. ARE. PUMAS!”

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

    Other Important News:

    Yearbook distribution will have to be postponed until August. When our shipment comes in we will be sure to find a way to get it to you.

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    Pre-AP Reading list link

     

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  • 3 Quick Things at PCMS!

    Posted by Clint Shuman on 5/27/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Greetings Pumas,

    This email serves as a reminder of our reverse parade, an announcement for a special 8th grade celebration event, and a final reminder for our campus survey opportunity.

    1. Reverse Parade: This is a friendly reminder that TODAY, May 27th, 2020 between 1:30-2:30 pm is our Park Crest Middle School end of year “reverse parade” held through the parking lots of the Park Crest campus. The event is drive through, come and go. Teachers and staff will be positioned throughout our parking lot to waive and say goodbye as you pass through. Please feel free to wait a bit until the initial rush passes through and arrive anytime between the 1:30-2:30 pm timeframe if you wish. Friendly reminder to follow CDC social distancing guidelines during the event.

    Here is a reminder of the logistics:

    A reverse parade is when folks come and drive through the parade, instead of us going out and doing a parade. It is a great way to provide closure to the school year and let students and teachers see one another for final goodbyes to conclude the school year, while staying safe and social distancing.

    Our staff will arrive at 1:00ish to stage around the building in their cars/lawn chairs. We ask you to arrive at 1:30 and drive in your car through the front parking loop, around the building, and out through the back parking lot (map attached below). We highly encourage signs, car paintings, balloons, or other fun décor if you want (of course not required). You and your family will drive through the parking lot (staying in your vehicles the whole time) and will be able to see all of our amazing PCMS staff members along the path.

    (Relevant story) I recently took my family to the Franklin (drive thru) zoo. It was a blast and perfect for social distancing. You stay in your car and view/wave/feed the animals as you go. This is very similar to our experience (minus the feeding and the animals). The reason I tell this story is because unfortunately a car or two decided to stop completely and made the 1 hour course nearly 5 hours!!! I know you and your family may be tempted to stop and chat with your favorite, beloved staff members but we ask that you stay (slowly) moving as you wave and yell out the hellos. If you want to make a second loop, that is perfect! But for the speed of others we ask you keep things moving for us. We will have a few staff devoted to politely assisting with traffic flow just in case.

    We hope that you will enjoy this end of year celebration and send of.

    Can’t make it? No problem! We will be sending a vehicle through with a camera to record the entire trip! I will then post that to our social media and principal’s blog.

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    2. 8th Grade End of Year Celebration: A few awesome Puma parents have put together an event that will take place on Friday, May 29th, at 6:00 pm. Please see info below. Also, thank you SO much if you are one of the awesome parents who are putting this on for our kids. Friendly reminder to follow CDC social distancing guidelines during the event.

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    3.  PfISD Survey (for PCMS): A few weeks back we shared a survey for parents to provide feedback to help us keep improving. Please take a minute if you have not yet.

    Our district values your feedback! We are asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with your student’s campus. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

    The survey will close on May 29th. https://surveys.panoramaed.com/pflugerville/family/surveys?language=en

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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