It's Getting Cold Outside @ PCMS

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/8/2019

Greetings Pumas,

Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that we are only two weeks away from the week long Thanksgiving Holiday.

It is amazing to see the growth of our students from the assessments and tests they were completing at the start of the school year. We track scores and talk about data to ensure each student is being supported for their learning needs, and it is paying off!

That being said, I have a favor for you parents: During this time of year, we always see a dip in motivation, turning in homework, and enthusiasm for working hard. Please ask your kiddos about their school day, check their agendas, ask them if they have homework (THEY DO almost every night), encourage them to study their notes, and go to bed at a decent hour.

Also, please take a moment to remind them of what your expectations are of them while they are at school and specifically regarding meeting deadlines, paying attention in class, and representing you with their behavior and attitude at school.

Why am I saying all this? Because you send us amazing kiddos. However, they are 11, 12, and 13 year olds, and sometimes how they are around friends and at school may look a bit different than when they are at home with you. I don’t want them to lose any momentum as we head into the holiday seasons.

Thank you in advance for continuing to have these conversations, valuing the work and the learning they are doing, and supporting the expectations we have set together to help your kiddos reach their full potential.

Park Crest Veteran’s Day Assembly:

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On Monday we will honor our Veterans with the always impressive Park Crest Veterans Day Assembly. We have three outstanding Speakers lined up for this year’s event, along with performances from the Band and Choir. All Veterans are welcome and encouraged to come and be honored at the event which takes place from 8:58am – 10:15am in the Park Crest gym.

Please take a moment this weekend to help with the reminders we have already provided students that “although this event takes place in the gym, it is an event that requires professional behavior, versus the typical pep rally excitement/energy.”

We look forward to another amazing and memorable event for our students, staff, and guests.

Other PfISD Veterans Day Recognitions:

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Gold Medal Athletes:

We are so proud of our students who recently competed with the famous Falcon Athletics Team! I am excited to announce that the following athletes competed at last week’s Area Special Olympics bowling competition.

  1. Javien Anderson brought home a bronze medal.
  2. Daya Barnes earned a bronze medal.

Congratulations to these Falcon athletes! We are so proud of them!

PCMS Band Continues to Shine:

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The following students competed for and earned a chair in the highly competitive Region 26 Region Band this last weekend! They will perform with students from Georgetown, Hutto, Manor, Pflugerville, and Round Rock on Saturday, December 14 at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center.

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and dedication!  Go Puma Band!

  • Ian Scarborough, 2nd Chair Wind Ensemble Tuba
  • Gavin Serrano, 5th Chair Symphonic Band Percussion
  • Benjamin Edwards, 6th Chair Symphonic Band French Horn
  • Jackson Cutter, 1st Chair Concert Band Tenor Saxophone

Theatre Arts Presents:

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Please come join the PCMS Theatre Department for the performance of “A Girl of the Limberlost, ” A One Act Play which serves as a yearly fundraiser for the Theatre Department at PCMS.  Watch Elnora, a young conservationist in the early 20th Century, struggling between becoming a modern educated woman, and helping her widowed mom maintain their family farm.

Next Week’s Preview:

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PTO Meeting:

We hope to see anyone and everyone at the Thursday, November 14th PTO meeting! We will be discussing upcoming events and opportunities.


Most sincerely,


Zack Kleypas
Park Crest Middle School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”