• 1st 9 Weeks in the Books at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 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
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Five Days Made Into Four at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 10/13/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week we were only able to enjoy our kiddos for four days instead of five, but boy did we make the most of it. We were busy at work in classes as we are entering the final week of the first 9-weeks of school and report cards are on the horizon. Extracurricular events were exciting and our kiddos made us all proud to be Pumas. We also enjoyed two events that honored the hard work and character development of our students through the NJHS Induction ceremony and the first Puma Pride Breakfast of the 2017-18 school year. It was an overall great week with much to share. So sit back and enjoy this week’s Principal’s Blog:

    Monday, October 9th:

    While our kiddos were enjoying a much needed three-day weekend, our faculty and staff were hard at work on Monday. We utilized our time in professional development session ranging from assessments and data, to PLC planning, to utilizing new technology applications, and more! However, the most exciting part about our day was that we were joined by an incredibly motivating and inspiring key note speaker, Dr. Patrick Briggs. Dr. Briggs is the AVID Director of the Southern Region and he came to Park Crest to speak with our staff and the staff from Pflugerville Middle School. His inspiring message centered around our role as educators in helping our students be Gold Medal through providing opportunities and having high expectations. If you want to hear a similar message from Dr. Briggs, feel free to check out his keynote speech at a past AVID Summer Conference and experience his message and his enthusiasm using this link: Patrick Briggs:  AVID Conference 2016

    My personal favorite part of his speech was when he talked about relational capacity. Simply put, this describes the professional relationship built between students and staff that allows them to have those hard conversations and yet get a positive outcome simply because the student knows that the staff member cares about them. This is exactly what PCMS tries to accomplish through our strategic work of Capturing Kids Hearts. It also makes me think of my own daughter, and how sometimes I have to correct her behavior or mindset during situations when she has made the wrong decision. It is that relationship that we have that allows me to say things that might not make her feel great at the moment, but make her a better person and learn as she grows up because she knows I care about her. That relational capacity with our friends, family, co-workers, students, and even people we barely know is what makes the difference in our impact and success.

    Below is a picture of our two schools coming together for this amazing presentation:

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    End of the 1st 9 Weeks & Tutorials:

    The end of the 9 weeks is coming up extremely fast! Here are the things you can do now to support your kiddo in the final week:

    • Check your childs grades in FOCUS
    • Ensure they have turned in all missing homework and taken all possible retests (if necessary)
    • Encourage them to attend after school tutorials as needed

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    Our hope is that our kiddos will keep improving each 9 weeks. A key factor is helping to encourage our kiddos to use good habits during the entire 9 weeks, not simply at the end. Here are conversations you can have with your child to promote an even more successful 2nd 9-weeks:

    • Utilizing their agendas, in class and at home
    • Checking their own grades on FOCUS
    • Visiting their teachers for after school tutorials
    • Asking questions in class
    • Taking quality notes during class
    • Studying as you go, not the night before a big test
    • Taking every assignement and quiz seriously
    • Doing their best every day in every thing
    • Setting goals, both short term and long term

    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    Perhaps one of my favorite ceremonies each year is our Puma Pride Breakfast. Our first of four Puma Pride Breakfasts took place Thursday morning before school. It is an invitation only event and is designed for our students who have been nominated by their teacher for demonstrating one of the six character traits from our PCMS Crest. Each staff member is allowed to nominate only one student so it is a very small group. My message to these kiddos was that they have been recognized for their character, and through their actions, decisions, and leadership others will follow. I am so thankful for being at a campus with such outstanding kiddos. It is the students who make PCMS a Gold Medal campus.

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    NJHS Induction Ceremony:

    Today was our NJHS Induction Ceremony where we proudly recognized forty 8th graders for their amazing achievements. Representatives from the Pflugerville High School National Honor Society came to deliver the message of acceptance to each student and speak at our ceremony. Also, PfISD Superintendent Dr. Killian took time out of his busy schedule to join us and give a keynote speech to our outstanding student leaders. I cannot wait to see the great work that this group does for our campus and our community throughout the school year. Beyond just being great students and leaders our NJHS students can typically be seen mentoring nearby elementary students, volunteering in community events, and much more.

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    PTO Taco Bar:

    I want to thank our AMAZING PTO and the many parents who donated items for today’s Taco Bar. This was the perfect treat for our staff members after a busy week. Spoiling our teachers for their countless hours and dedication to our kiddos is greatly appreciated. This is by no means an easy job, but we all feel as though we were called to education. Events like this remind us all of your appreciation, and so I want to thank you for providing my staff with that feeling again today.

    Gold Medal – Round Rock Chalk Walk:

    Once again the Park Crest Pumas led by the amazing Mrs. Daniel entered the Round Rock Chalk walk competition last weekend. Once again, the Pumas brought home the Gold Medal first place prize in their division! I could not be more proud of the amazing work of our students and the amazing message they chose to illustrate in this year’s event. Can you believe the image below was done by middle school students? Pretty amazing how talented our kiddos are.

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    A Few Bus Changes (starting Monday, Oct. 16th):

    • Parents of students who ride BUS 107:

    In an effort to increase the efficiency and timeliness of all bus routes within the Pflugerville ISD, we have determined it necessary to make changes to stops located in the Springbrook Glen & Springbrook Enclave subdivisions. 

    Here is a link to a message that has been sent home to kiddos affected by this change: BUS 107 CHANGES

    • Parents of students who ride BUS 91:

    Due to consistent overcrowding on Bus 91, we have determined that students living in the VILLAS @ SPRING TRAILS apartments will be assigned to Bus 107. Also, in an effort to increase the efficiency and timeliness of all bus routes within the Pflugerville ISD, we have determined it necessary to make changes to stops located in the Royal Pointe subdivision.

    Here is a link to a message that has been sent home to kiddos affected by this change: BUS 91 CHANGES

    BOY Parent Survey:

    In order to keep improving, always, in all ways, we would like some feedback about your opinions and experiences thus far at Park Crest. I would like to encourage you to complete our BOY Parent Survey using the link below by Friday of next week, October, 19th, 2017 so we can take a look at your responses. Here is the link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiJ7a0Pqb6dC1BUFngAcO9uhefQ5tQS9-hNeO-FWKhreO1Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link

    District Staff Member of the Month!

    There are over 1,700 teachers in Pflugerville ISD. Now I may be a bit biased, but I am pretty confident that many of the best are located right here at Park Crest Middle School. This month, PfISD recognized the first District Staff Member of the Month for the 2017-18 school year. Well, similar to last year, that individual is here at Park Crest! Our amazing Mrs. Clifford was recognized at Park Crest this week as the Pflugerville ISD September Teacher of the Month. Mrs. Clifford was awarded a PEF grant last year, has been a leader of students and staff in her department, and is always willing to step in, no matter the situation, to help our students and our campus be successful. Please help us congratulate her on this prestigious Gold Medal accomplishment. Check out the celebratory picture of Mrs. Clifford and I, along with amazing HHS AP Mr. Black (nomination committee member)

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    Writing Contest:

    History has shown that we have many exceptional writers at PCMS. In past years, we have had numerous finalists and champions of local writing contests. This year, I would like to share with you an awesome opportunity for our kiddos to participate in a writing contest honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Submissions are due by November 1st and winners will be announced in early December. Prizes include a $1,500 scholarship and iPad Minis. The prompt is short and sweet: Write an Essay (500 words or less) Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why. For more information, including where to submit the essay please use this link: HISPANIC HERITAGE WRITING CONTEST

    Box Tops & Battery Collection:

    Did you know that PCMS collects box tops? How about batteries? Our PTO has a small box located in the front office for collecting box tops. Please send any box tops you have collected in a baggy with your child’s name and grade. We often do contests and your child could win! Also, one of our awesome teachers has placed a small box in the same area for old batteries that need to be recycled. In an effort to increase recycling, she will routinely take them and dispose of them properly. Thanks for your help and support with both of these items.

    Gold Medal - Cross Curricular Learning:

    Regardless of who your favorite NFL team is, this story is pretty cool. One of our social studies teachers, Mrs. King has been working with the Houston Texans (her favorite team) to provide some amazing educational lessons involving math, statistics, and much more. Occasionally during one of her EPIC 2.0 lessons she invites a group of kiddos to participate in the weekly challenge lesson presented by the Houston Texans. This week Mrs. King was recognized as the Stats Challenge Teacher of the Week! She got an awesome shout out and an authentic Houston Texans helmet signed by Shane Lechler. How cool is that! Below is a brief message from the organization:

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    A Word from the Library:

    Our library is a busy place with learning, reading, testing, and making. We are in need of a few things.  Please consider a donation to the library if you have these around the house and would like to “declutter” your space to our benefit:

    • Legos
    • Word Board Games
    • Jenga game
    • Printed patterned Duct tape
    • Empty tubs for storage

    Thanks for helping and see you in the library! – Mrs. LaMarre

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Football took on the Cele Colts this week in four hard fought games. The 8th grade A and B teams traveled to Cele and brought home victories to continue their undefeated streak. 7th grade was home and had a huge cheering section which included the band and our very own PCMS Cheerleaders! The B team was victories while the A team fell in a high scoring showcase.

    Volleyball competed on Thursday evening against Kelly Lane. The Pumas played great but had a tough go at it. Our 7th Grade B team brought home a victory while our other teams did not. It goes without saying, that I still could not be more proud of our lady pumas and their effort.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    To stay up to date with future calendar events, feel free to check out the calendar on our PCMS website using this link: PCMS CALENDAR

    Fall Choir Concert:

    Want a free date night? Come on down to PCMS on Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00 – 8:00pm to hear Sgt. Groft and his amazing choir students. I cannot wait to hear our amazing students sing their hearts out. I hope to see you there!

    PCMS Pep Rally – October 24th:

    PCMS will have its first official pep rally of the school year for our students on Tuesday, October 24th. The pep rally will be held at the end of the day and will create a slightly adjusted bell schedule.

    Fall Dance – October 27th:

    I am excited to announce that our first dance of the 2017-18 school year is just around the corner. Our PCMS dances are organized and run by our amazing student council led by Mrs. Akuretiya. This year’s theme, along with our upcoming Red Ribbon Week ideas, will be decided on and shared with kiddos and parents soon.

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

    Our amazing PTO will be working with Easterseals on Make a Difference Day, October 28th from 8-12am. 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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    Zombie Apocalypse Book Fair:

    YOU. ARE NOT. GOING. TO WANT. TO MISS THIS. (we would love for the whole family to come out and enjoy the festivities and activities).

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Awesome Start to October at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 10/6/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was full of great things happening at PCMS. This week’s blog is packed with a ton of important information so take your time and enjoy.

    Festival of Bands:

    On Monday I had the privilege of enjoying the 14th annual PfISD Festival of bands. Man was it awesome!!! This was the perfect event to have a nice date night with my wife, while also enjoying our outstanding Puma Band. The kids sounded soooo good in the large Pfield Stadium. It is amazing to think that some of our kiddos just started playing these instruments for the first time this year. Kudos to our amazing directors Mr. Lucio and Ms. Pinner. Check out some pictures of our performance of the song Mickey.

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    Didn’t make it to the Festival of Bands? Check out this video of our performance: PARK CREST BAND AT FESTIVAL OF BANDS

    Chick-fil-A Spirit Night:

    Monday was also our first Chick-fil-A Spirit night. I stopped in for a quick bite before heading to the Festival of Bands and saw tons of Pumas enjoying dinner and showing their support. This was a great fundraiser which brought PCMS PTO $423.06 from over 136 collected receipts. It makes me so proud to see all of the support PCMS gets from our parents and our community. Together, we can be a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best!

    In the Spotlight - Heroes for Kiddos:

    I am so fortunate to be a part of a campus that truly puts students first. We pride ourselves at PCMS in doing our best to keep improving, always, in all ways, to ensure our students have a Gold Medal experience. Who do we have to thank for that? Our teachers and our support staff who go above and beyond every single day. I witness teachers spending their own money purchasing supplies for a kiddo in need, spending their lunch tutoring, staying well beyond the work hours to watch their students perform or compete in an event. I have seen teachers stop what they are doing to give a pep talk, pick a kiddo up who is having a bad day, and even take a moment to teach a life lesson that isn’t found in the curriculum. Every day, every period, you can see staff members going well above and beyond the call of duty because they sincerely care about our Pumas. The concept that everyone is an important piece of the puzzle in this Park Crest family is no understatement. To learn a bit more about our amazing staff members check out our staff biographies on the website located in the Staff Directory using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/6812 Once there, you simply click and/or search any staff member you want to know more about and select “View Website”.

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    Taco Teacher Luncheon:

    Speaking of amazing support. I wanted to send a friendly reminder that our amazing PTO parents are hosting the annual Taco Luncheon on October 13th. Every year this event comes at just the right time to boost our staff morale as we push through the month before the large holiday breaks. Whether you are an active part of the PTO or not, we would love your help and support. Many of the needs have already been fulfilled but there is still space for desserts and other items. If you are interested in supporting your child’s teachers through this event, please click the link below for more information: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-teacher1

    Announcements:

    How does a campus with over 100 staff members and over 900 students stay connected on the important things going on around campus? One of the ways is through our amazing daily video announcements. Every day during 2nd period each classroom utilizes a few extra built in minutes to say the pledge, a few words, and then show the video announcements. Did you know you can watch the announcements with us and find out what all is going on at PCMS?  It is easy. All of the announcements are uploaded to the PCMS website and can be found using the “announcement” link at the top of the page (see picture below). Here is a direct link to get you there: PCMS DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS (I recommend you check out some of the Friday episodes as they have fun pictures taken from all around campus – they are a campus favorite). Special thanks to our talented Ms. Layman and her Broadcast Media kiddos for their work on preparing something for us to enjoy and utilize daily.

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    EPIC 1.0 Character Education:

    As I have mentioned before, we take building character very seriously at PCMS. We believe that it is crucial that we not only teach the academics and extracurricular, but also how to be good people. To do this, we use our PCMS Crest as a guide. Using our PCMS agenda and the built in time of EPIC we have designed lessons to be delivered to every student on campus. This week, we returned to our EPIC 1.0 classes (similar to a homeroom) to discuss the September and October words of the month; critical thinking and effective communication. Ironically, my 8th graders engaged in a rather interesting debate yesterday that was the perfect example of the critical thinking we discussed. The debate was whether or not a fish in the ocean is considered wet? It was pretty interesting to hear the supporting evidence and logic of our kiddos as they debated this topic. Who knew such a question would get them so highly engaged in conversation? To view this week’s EPIC 1.0 lesson so you can be a part of our learning, please click this link: OCTOBER EPIC 1.0 PRESENTATION

    Athletics Recap:

    This was an interesting week for sports. We were intending to have a big football game against the Kelly Lane Knights on Tuesday, but thunder and lightning had other plans. I do not yet have information on whether or not the game will be rescheduled but I do know that we will get a chance to face the Knights again on the 24th of October. Our ladies competed in volleyball on Thursday in another round robin competition at the high schools. 7th grade teams did great at Connally, B team won both games and A team came back with a win against Westview and a loss to PMS. Our 8th grade teams over at Pflugerville High Schools had a sweep in both the A team and the B team games. It was a great week of volleyball!

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    Calling All Artist:

    We are officially less than one month away from the deadline for your kiddo to put in their submission for the next PCMS shirt design. There is nothing better than showcasing the work of our kiddos. Please encourage your kiddo to put in an application if art is something they are passionate about! No need to be in Art at PCMS to compete. Simply use this link to get a copy of the form and the requirements: TSHIRT ART CONTEST

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    Next 2-Week’s Preview:

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    No School on Monday:

    In honor of Columbus Day PCMS students will not have school on Monday. Please enjoy this three-day weekend. Meanwhile, our faculty and staff will enjoy an opportunity to learn together through campus PD. Our professional development is extremely important to me as a principal as we always are looking for ways to improve. This year’s October PD experience will include training on technology, data, classroom student leadership, supporting struggling students, and more! I am most excited to announce that we have a featured keynote speaker Patrick Briggs, State Coordinator for AVID coming to inspire and ignite all of us as we move forward. Learning and improving is an important process for all of us, not just our kiddos and we understand and embrace that here at PCMS.

    PSAT – 8th grade only:

    On Wednesday, October 11th we will be on a non-epic schedule for all students. This is because our 8th graders will be taking the PSAT. All other students will attend classes as normal and will be minimally affected by testing. This free opportunity provided by our district is a great way for our 8th graders to get an early start on preparing for their future. The SAT & PSAT come back with results that provide great benefits for parents and students. Below are three of those benefits:

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    PTO Meeting:

    Our next PTO meeting is Wednesday, October 11th. As always, YOU are invited to join us. We meet in the library from 6:30 – 7:30 and discuss everything from fundraising to campus needs. It is a great time to meet other parents and build new networks. I hope to see you there!

    Change in Football Game Locations:

    The upcoming football game on Tuesday versus Cele has had some changes. The 8th grade team will be traveling to Cele and the 7th grade team will play here at PCMS. All times and other details will remain the same.

    Zombie Apocalypse Book Fair:

    We are still a bit of a ways away from our Fall book fair at PCMS. However, I wanted to start getting the word out because you will NOT want to miss our book fair and our Family Literacy Night. This year’s book fair is a zombie theme, and Literacy Night is going to take that experience to a whole new level! Literacy Night is for the entire family and includes pizza, games, and a chance to visit the book fair. I ASSURE YOU, this is an event you will not want to miss at Park Crest. Mark your calendar now for Thursday, November 2nd. Here is a link to check out our book fair ahead of time: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/parkcrestmiddleschool1

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • End of September at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 9/29/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was another amazing week at Park Crest Middle School. Each week it becomes more and more evident that our kiddos are learning/remembering our campus expectations and our systems and processes are becoming smoother and smoother. We put in a lot of work this week to ensure our expectations were being met in the hallway, classrooms, and cafeteria. The key to our success at Park Crest is that everyone from the students to the teachers, to the support staff, to the principal understand and operate under all of the same expectations. It makes me proud to work at a campus where that is the case!

    Parent’s Homework:

    Parents, I have two tasks for you this weekend as homework. They are simple and quick, but will make a HUGE impact on your child’s success:

    1. Check FOCUS to view their grades. Here is the website for parent log in: https://focus.pfisd.net/focus/
    2. Check their PCMS Agenda for these things:
      • Are they utilizing the agenda pages?
      • What are they learning in class?
      • Do they have any homework?
      • Does the EPIC section have any signatures?
      • Do they have any upcoming tests?

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    PCMS Experience:

    I always like to share a little bit about what is happening in our classes. Although my role as campus principal includes a lot of different facets and looks a little different each day based on the needs of the campus, the part I enjoy the most is being around the kiddos and the learning. Below are just a few of the cool things I saw on campus this week:

    In Ms. Perez’s computer science class students were designing and building a boat out of foil to see whose could hold the most pennies. They only got a single piece of foil and had to work together to make the best design. A few teams were able to craft a boat that held 15 pennies!              

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    In Advanced musical theatre students were learning the behind the scenes work of controlling the lights and sound for our musical productions. Below is an image of the lights board used to control the PCMS stage. Pretty impressive, especially considering a current student was leading the training!

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    In Project Lead the Way (Gateway) students were exploring technology where they learned about the process used to turn ideas into solutions. Below is a snippet I got that perfectly defines the process our young engineers and designers will be using to solve todays problems in our exciting new Project Lead the Way course with Mrs. Rivera or Mr. Martinez.

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    In the library, Mrs. LaMarre and some of our kiddos were exploring life under the sea with a pair of virtual reality glasses loaned to us by the district! Kids were having a blast as their heads swirled around as they visually traveled beneath the sea! One of our six Education Foundation grants is going towards the purchase of these virtual reality glasses so we will soon have a set for the campus!

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    There were so many great moments happening in classes all over the school just like this. Please take time each day to ask your kiddo about their experience and their favorite classes here at PCMS.

    Athletics Recap:

    This was a great week in athletics. 7th grade B team volleyball got a great win against the Cele Colts, and 7th grade B team brought back a win, while our 7th A team and two 8th grade B teams played very well. The Colts took home the victories this time around.

    Boys athletics cannot be stopped, even by the pouring rain! It was a great week for boys athletics as all four teams; 7th A & B and 8th grade A &B were victories. The boys are all undefeated at 2-0 for the season.

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Monday @ Chick-fil-a:

    Do not forget to swing by Chick-fil-A in Stone Hill THIS MONDAY for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to support the PCMS PTO and our campus. Don’t forget to simply say that you are there to support PCMS and to save the receipt. Thanks in advance for supporting PCMS, I know I cannot wait for my Chicken Mini’s for breakfast, Spicy Chicken Sandwich for lunch, and Nuggets for dinner.

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    Festival of Bands:

    This is a fun night where the middle school bands of PfISD are able to showcase their skills. I hope to see you at the Pfield for this annual event!

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    Meeting with the Principal:

    Want to learn more about the processes and systems in place at PCMS? Want to know more about our campus data and how our kiddos perform? Come join us for our Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC) Meeting in the PCMS Library from 6:00 – 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 4th.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Lots to Share from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 9/22/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was such a fantastic week at PCMS! Our classroom engagement was great, our athletes performed fantastically, and our staff got to enjoy some celebrations.

    PCMS Crest Faculty Plaques:

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    This week we kicked off a PCMS tradition, the PCMS Crest Faculty Plaques. These plaques are given out to a PCMS staff member each week who has been demonstrating one of the six characteristics that we value from our PCMS Crest. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing staff who care for kids and one another at an extremely high level. This is just another way we honor the adults for demonstrating those specific characteristics that we know will make a difference on campus and help us be a Gold Medal Campus. Below is a picture of our first recipients for the 2017-18 school year!

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    Tutorials:

    Although we are still taking time to build relationships and utilize our capturing kids hearts model, we are becoming more and more focused on the work at hand. This means grades are going into the gradebook and tests are being taken to identify what your child knows or needs a bit more assistance with. That being said, I want to provide you two CRUCIAL things that will have a huge impact on your child’s success:

    1. FOCUS Access – FOCUS is our gradebook. If you have not set up your parent portal in order to be able to view your child’s grades and attendance, you are seriously missing out on an important component of your child’s education. Although we send home 3-week IPRs and 9-week report cards, waiting for those to come home is almost too late. For more information on how to sign up for FOCUS access please click this link: FOCUS ACCESS
    2. Tutorials – A strange stigma has been created that if you go to tutorials you are not smart or cool. Quite the contrary, our highest achieving students can often be found in tutorials and utilizing free time with their teachers. Please encourage your child to visit their teachers after school tutorial anytime they have a question, need to retake an assessment, or need assistance with homework. To view your child’s grade level tutorial times please see the links below:

    6th grade – 6th GRADE TUTORIAL SCHEDULE

    7th grade – 7th GRADE TUTORIAL SCHEDULE

    8th grade –  8th GRADE TUTORIAL SCHEDULE

    Taco Teacher Luncheon:

    Our amazing PTO parents are hosting the annual Taco Luncheon on October 13th. Every year this event comes at just the right time to boost our staff moral as we push through the month before any large holiday breaks. Whether you are an active part of the PTO or not, we would love your help and support. If you are interested in supporting your child’s teachers through this event, please click the link below for more information on how you can help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa9ac2da1f49-teacher1

    PCMS Lunchroom Food:

    Does your kiddo eat in the PCMS cafeteria? So do I. I have to admit, the chicken nuggets or the spicy chicken sandwich are my favorite this year. Seriously. Anyways, I would like to provide you with a bit of information about our food, Aramark – the company in which PfISD utilizes, and more by clicking on this link: ARAMARK FOOD INFORMATION

    STAR 360 Parent Notification Form:

    PfISD utilizes a universal screener throughout the school year to assess each childs current ability level in both math and english and measure growth. This year, we will be providing parents a copy of the Parent Form for each child in our ELA and Math classes so that you can get a better gauge on where your child stands academically according to the screener. Be looking for a copy of this form early next week. Please know that this form is strictly informationally and does not determine the future academic performance of your child. The most important thing is that we acknoweldge where we are in terms of the screener, and work hard to keep improving, always, in all ways. Below is an example of the enligsh version:

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    Five Frequently Asked Questions:

    • Why am I receiving this? Simply because we want you to be informed and involve you in the educational process.
    • My child performed “Below Average” now what? This gives our teachers somewhere to work from. We pride ourselves in our ability to help students learn and grow. We will retest in the middle of the year and the end of the year. Please help us emphasize to your child to simply do their best and take their time. We look forward to seeing growth on the next round.
    • My child performed “Above Average” now what? That is fantastic. We want to work to continue to challenge your child through Pre AP classes, EPIC 2.0 Enrichments, and classroom differentiation.
    • My child performed “Average” now what? We believe that it is crucial to continue to challenge kiddos and if we keep the expectations high, they will rise to meet them. Help encourage your child to continue to do their best and stretch themselves to keep imroving, always, in all ways.
    • How can I help? Make sure you child is reading (or completing their math practice) every night. Emphasize the importance of practice and reading to learn.

     Athletic Team Standings:

    Pflugerville ISD Athletics information can be found on Rank 1 through our campus website. For your convenience I have attached the links to the district middle school standings for girls and boys athletics:

    No Place for Hate:

    As I have mentioned numerous times before, at PCMS we work hard to not only ensure our kiddos learn how to be strong academically, but also that they learn how to be good people. I am so proud to announce that again we have been awarded the No Place for Hate recognition as a campus!

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    Anonymous Alerts:

    In order to even further develop our ability to identify and address issues that arise on our campus we have begun to utilize our districts new form of anonymous alerts. Alerts can be made directly to administrators and counselors at PCMS using the app or online:

    To send reports from the Internet go to: https://www.anonymousalerts.com/pfisd/ 
    To send a report from your phone: 

    • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, or the Chrome store
    • Start the App, enter login: pfisd and password: pfisd
    • Send important reports to school officials
    • Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident 

    For even more information on our new anonymous alerts system, please utilize this link: ANONYMOUS ALERTS

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    Next Weeks Preview:

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    Monday, October 2nd - Save This Date Now:

    Spirit Night: Our local Chick-fil-A in the Stone Hill Shopping Center has graciously agreed to support Park Crest PTO through a spirit day on October 2nd. How does it work? Visit Chick-fil-A for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Monday October 2nd, purchase your meal as you normally would, and let your cashier know that you would like to save the receipt for the Park Crest PTO Spirit day. That’s it! A portion of the proceeds then come back to our Pumas!

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    Festival of Bands: Later that evening, you can join our district middle school band students and I at the Festival of bands. This is one of my favorite events of the year as our kiddos get to showcase their skills. More information can be found below.

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

     

     

     

     

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  • If Walls Could Talk @ PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 9/15/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    If Walls Could Talk:

    Much like in commercial advertising, walls, billboards, banners, etc. are a great way to advertise messages we want others to see. At Park Crest, we use our walls to remind our students of our message that they are all a crucial piece of the puzzle that makes Park Crest a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. The puzzle pieces have been signed by students, staff, parents and relatives at Open House, and other visitors who play a huge role in our success.

    There are still pieces to be added, and with new support and students coming throughout the year this project is not yet complete. You can see the final product by coming to campus during one of our many upcoming events and family nights, including book fair in October. Watching this puzzle grow will be part of the fun!

    In addition to the names on the pieces you will notice from the photos below that we are teaching our kiddos to have a growth mindset. If you missed last weeks blog attachment regarding the Principal’s Message over Growth Mindset and the puzzle pieces, feel free to click this link: 2017 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

    Another important piece of the puzzle are the many highly engaging classes and clubs we offer along with the systems and processes we have in place at PCMS to help ensure your child is successful. If we stick to our plan this year to “put the pieces together” and to get even better at the things we already do well, I have no doubt that this will be the best year yet at Park Crest Middle School!

    Thank you again for sending us such amazing kiddos, being actively invovled, and supporting our campus as we keep improving, always, in all ways.

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    EPIC 2.0 Has Begun:

    We have successfully completed our EPIC 1.0 presentations (campus-wide expectations) and are now operating with EPIC 2.0. What is the difference? During EPIC 1.0 students are assigned a classroom, similar to having a homeroom teacher. In EPIC 2.0 students will have the ability to choose which classroom they go to during this time to get help and support. That being said, our teachers are choosing students who they want during EPIC to provide additional instruction through intervention or enrichment. They request students by signging their agenda under the section labeled “EPIC”. Having your agenda signed is not a bad thing at all, in fact it means that a teacher wants more time with you. For more information on EPIC 2.0 please check out this presentation we delivered to our students: 2017-18 EPIC 2.0 PRESENTATION

    Safe School Ambassadors:

    This Thursday and Friday we sent a team of forty students and eight adults to be trained as Safe School Ambassadors. This is an extremely important part of our campus’ succcess and contributes to our friendly climate and culture. These students and adults are our leaders on campus to listen for issues that may be brewing, help model positive behaviors, and also to influence the culture in a positive way. I am excited about the work this team will do, much of which will never be known, but absolutely felt.

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    Attendance Matters:

    With flu season quickly approaching it is so important that our kiddos practice good hygene habits. Most importantly, washing their hands. Another thing that kiddos can proactively do is to get a flu shot. I know I will be getting mine! PCMS offers flu shots to students through our school nurse on October 5th. The form to complete to register your child is located on our website or by using the link below. If a flu shot is something you are considering for your kiddo, there is no more convenient way than to get it done here at school. LINK TO FLU SHOT FORM

    Since attendence is so important to our kiddos success, please help us remind them to wash their hands, get a good night sleep each night, and eat  three healthy meals each day. Having good hygene and taking care of our bodies will help in keeping us from getting sick and catching any germs.

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    Catch the Spirit:

    Speaking of catchings…. This is something your kiddos ARE going to want to catch. Check out these two new pieces of PCMS gear that are exclusively given out by our 2017-18 Cheer squad at athletic events. The new Spirit towel on the left and the Spirit shirt on the right are game day exclusives! We would love to see your kiddos supporting our fantastic teams at our events and to have an opportunity to “Catch the Puma Spirit”.

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    8th grade SSI brochures:

    At the start of the week, PfISD sent home the 8th Grade SSI brochures through math classes to all 8th grade students. This brochure explains the importance of the 8th grade math and 8th grade reading STAAR tests at the end fo the year. Students in the 5th and 8th grade are expected to pass both of these two tests in order to be promoted to the next grade level. No worries, we at Park Crest work hard to make every day matter and prepare each child for success on these two exams. Students should visit their math and english teacher throughout the year in after school tutorials and EPIC 2.0 anytime they feel they need help. If you want to check out the brochure, please click this link for the electronic copy: 8th GRADE SSI BROCHURE

    Athletics Recap:

    This week our football kicked off with a scrimmage against Pflugerville Middle School. The boys looked great and are ready for games to begin next week. Scores were not kept this week as it was just a chance for our kiddos to practice their plays, safety, and teamwork.

    The ladies took on Kelly Lane on Thursday and all teams played great, but fell to the Knights. I was at the 7th grade games and was super impressed with some long rallys and extra effort! Not to mention the great school spirit the teams showed while cheering on their teamates from the bleachers.

    Hurricane Support Reminder:

    Just a friendly reminder that we are collecting coins and cash during all lunches until the last day in Septmeber along with cans and non-perishable food items in 2nd period. Thank you so much for all of you who have sent in checks and money. Cash, coins, checks and items may be sent to school with your child or brought to the front office. Checks can be made out to Park Crest Middle School. We will be putting together a team of Pumas to deliver all donations to Sugar Grove Academy, the school we are supporting at the start of October.

    Currently 6th grade has the Gold Medal for raising the most money. But who will finish first? Only time will tell.

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Picture Day:

    Don’t forget that this Thursday is picture day. Students will be coming home with their order form envelopes early next week. Please make your selections and send those with your child on Thursday. If your kiddo misplaces or doesn’t get the order form to you by early next week, please feel free to swing by our front office for another copy.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Short But Sweet Week at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 9/8/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! What a fantastic, fun, and fast week we had at Park Crest Middle School. We definitely zoomed past the “start of school” phase and into the “get to business” phase. Take a moment to enjoy your weekend and check out all the information below in this week’s Principals Blog.

    Open House:

    I want to start by thanking the hundreds of parents and family members we had at Open House on Tuesday. It seems as though every year our turnout is greater and greater. Having a strong school to community connection is SO important to the success of our students. It shows our kiddos that together we value them, and we value education. I am excited about the puzzle pieces you completed for me in the Principal’s Welcome sessions. I will keep you updated on the status of the complete puzzle once we begin to put the pieces together on the wall.

    Along with attending Open House, I also want to welcome our nearly 100 new members who were signed up for this blog during Open House. If it is your first time here at the blog, I hope you enjoy it! I also recommend that, when you have time, you glance back at the previous ones to see if there is anything you missed that you may be interested in knowing more about.

    We have only begun to upload the photos from Open House, but you can begin to see some of them now on our Park Crest Facebook page. Please check it out using this link: https://www.facebook.com/PFPCMS/  (also don’t forget to please give our page a like when you get there!)

    Finally, I want to thank all of the parents who commented on how clean and nice PCMS looked. I want to give a special shout out to 6th grade AP Ms. Scarbo for her attention to detail in assuring our campus is properly maintained. She treats Park Crest as if it is her own home, and is constantly going the extra mile to ensure work orders are in, and the campus is clean and safe for our kiddos. The environment plays a huge role in the climate of the campus, and I am so thankful to be in a building that looks much newer than it actually is.

    PCMS Family:

    Did you enjoy meeting the teachers and staff at Open House? Want to know a bit more about them or how to get in touch with them? Easy, check out our brand new update to the PCMS Website located under the “Staff Tab” that can be found at this link: PCMS STAFF Here you can find a picture, contact information and under the section that says website, you will find additional informaiton including their bio. You may scroll through the pages of staff members, or use the search by to find them by name.

    Can I give you a suggestion? Check out the link above, read a bit about each of your child’s teachers and then take a moment to email them a short, but positive welcoming email. Think of it as YOUR homework due next week. You can even tell your kiddos you completed Mr. Kleypas’ homework for the parents, so there are no excuses when it is their turn. :)

    You want to talk capturing a heart, making an adult cry happy tears, reinvigorate their purpose, and inspiring them to be the best teacher they can be… positive emails do just that! My teachers work hard, long hours for our kiddos and I gaurantee the quick email is a great investment for ya, and it’s free!

    Learn Along With Us at Park Crest MS:

    It is super important to me that you feel connected to our campus and to the learning that your kiddos experience. One of the many important messages they received this week came through my annual Principal’s Message in EPIC. Last year, I presented to the kiddos the concept of the “Butterfly Effect” – which simply is the idea that a small action (even as small as the flapping of a butterflies wings) can have a huge effect on other things around it. Here is a link to a YouTube video on the topic if you want to learn more: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT In regards to Park Crest, that translates to the idea that even small acts of kindness, hardwork, improvement, good deeds, leadership, etc. can have a huge effect or impact on the success of our campus.

    This year’s message is about mindsets. More specifically on Growth Mindsets vs. Fixed Mindsets, as explained in Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. The basic idea is that your mindset is an extremely powerful contributor to your success as a student, and in life in general. Below is a picture of the book cover, followed by an awesome image (credit to the creator; Schoolhouse Diva) to help describe the difference between a Growth & Fixed Mindset. Please also take a moment to click this link and view the entire student presentation which contains some helpful videos: 2017 PRINCIPALS MESSAGE

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    PCMS Art T-shirt Contest:

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    It is that time of year again! We are looking for a design for the next Park Crest Middle School shirt to be sold to students, staff, and the community. We are looking for art that has been created by our PCMS students to use on the shirt. In order to find the highest quality image, we have created an art contest. The first place (Gold Medal) art piece will be printed on the new PCMS shirt!

    Here are the guidelines that will be used to select a winner:

    1. The art piece must be created by a PCMS student or students
    2. The art must be done on paper that can be turned in for judging
    3. The art may be created using markers, pencils, paint, or any other form you prefer
    4. The art must relate to PCMS and represent Park Crest in a positive way
    5. The art should contain one or some of the following:
      • A Puma
      • The P & C of Park Crest
      • The idea of Puma Pride and/or being a Proud Puma
      • Include our campus mottos: Keep improving, always, in all, ways, Gold Medal – the best of the best, pieces of the puzzle, etc.
      • Our School colors; grey, black, white, and teal

    All eligible art submissions must be turned into the front office by Wednesday, November 1st.

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    Submissions can be made on any piece of paper, or on the official submission form which can be found in the front office or through this link: PCMS TSHIRT ART CONTEST

    Park Crest Gold Medal Moment – AP:

    In case you missed it in an early blog, our very own 7th grade AP, Mr. Shuman has been recognized as the Region 13 TASSP Assistant Princpal of the Year! Check out this fantastic article about this accomplishment: CLINT SHUMAN ARTICLE

    Attendance Matters:

    I have said it before, I will say it again, and I will continue saying it… attendance matters! If a kiddo is not in school for whatever reason, they are missing out on a learning opportunity. I know that things come up, and issues arise, but I ask that you please help get your child to school each day. Since school started we are averaging nearly 98% attendance per day! That is phenomenal. Last year we finished at an impressive 96.7%, but I KNOW we can do better than that. One important factor that I would like for you to consider is to please avoid taking your child out of school on the day before or after a holiday. We really need them here each and every day. Here is a copy of the district calendar so you can start planning ahead for any appointments or vacations: DISTRICT CALENDAR. In order to help kiddos get excited for having good/perfect attendance we are going to reward them with a certificate and gift card from our community sponsor, Zaxby’s. Stay tuned on more information regarding reward eligibility and dates.

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    Supporting Students in Houston:

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    We will be helping students affected by Hurricane Harvey through two ways:

    1. Collecting can food and non-perishable food items in all 2nd period classes
    2. Collecting coins/cash by grade level in all lunches

    We will continue these efforts throughout the month of September and will then deliver what we have gathered to our fellow Texans at Sugar Grove Academy. Thank you in advance for your kind heart and generosity as we demonstrate that we are “One Pride. One Family”.

    Volleyball:

    Our girl’s athletics started the year off extremely strong with round robin play at the nearby high schools against Westview and Pflugerville Middle School. 7th grade traveled to Pflugerville High School and 8th grade went to Connally HS. All 7th grade teams (A & B) claimed victories against both Westview and Pflugerville MS. 8th grade A team was victorious over Westview but fell to Pflugerville MS in the 3rd match. The B team swept their two games bringing home two victories. This was a great start to the season for all of our teams and we look forward to more great volleyball to come. As always, our focus is to keep improving, always, in all ways. Special thanks to one of our 8th grade teams for letting me sneak in for a pre-game photo!

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    PTO Meeting:

    Please, please, please, if you are available on Monday night at 6:30pm, swing by the Park Crest library to check out what our PTO is up to. Anyone and everyone is welcome! This is our first meeting of the year and is the perfect time to check us out. Whether you know exactly how you want to get involved, or simply want to be a fly on the wall and hear what is happening, I encourage you to be involved. I genuinely hope to see you there!

    Football Scrimmages:

    Football “kicks off” with an 8th grade scrimmage on Tuesday at Pflugerville MS and a 7th grade scrimmage on Wednesday at Park Crest. As a reminder scrimmages are free to enter, but official games are $2 for students and $4 for adults.

    Volleyball:

    Volleyball plays Kelly Lane on Thursday Night. 8th grade is away and 7th grade is home.

     

    Thanks for being an awesome PCMS community and for sending us such fantastic kiddos every day. WE are Pumas and WE are the PCMS Family.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Week One in the Books - PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 9/1/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    This was a jam packed first week of school. It seems that students are getting accustomed to their schedules, hallways, teachers, and campus expectations. This week was all about laying the foundation for a solid school year.

    Check Out Our Classrooms:

    I had the opportunity to pop into all of our classrooms to get a sense of how things were going, and let me tell you things are off to a great start! I don’t want to put an overwhelmingly long blog posting in front of you on week one, so I have attached my classroom recap within this link:AS I WALK THE HALLS OF PCMS

    Free & Reduced Lunch Application:

    This year, the district’s Free & Reduced lunch application is only available online. No more paper form. This will help streamline the process and eliminate the human error associated with handwritten forms. That being said, I am worried about people missing out on the application and thus kiddos going hungry. Students not eating at lunch is NOT an option at PCMS. We know how important it is to have a solid meal throughout the day. The AP’s, counselors, and myself circulate the cafeteria to try and ensure everyone has eaten. Please know that a new application must be submitted EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. Even if your child is still receiving the free/reduced lunch, if you have not completed a new form this year, the service will fall off at some point. We will have computers available at open house, but if you want to complete the process now please visit the website at this link: FAR LUNCH APPLICATION FORM

    Supporting a Houston ISD School:

    We realize how fortunate we are here at Park Crest Middle School for so many reasons. It is hard to imagine what the families and students in Houston and the coastal region who were affected by Hurricane Harvey are going through, especially those who cannot get to their homes and cannot get to their schools. Park Crest is joining in on the efforts to support those families by fostering a middle school campus that resembles PCMS, but happen to live in the path of the disaster. Through the program Principals supporting Principals, Park Crest will be directly supporting one middle school in the Houston area who has reached out with a need. At this time, they are unable to return to the school and their neighborhood so they are unable to even begin to know what they need. For now, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and be on the lookout for more information on how you can help in my next blog.

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    Agenda Presentation:

    On Thursday we handed out pur new 2017-18 agendas to all kiddos in EPIC 1.0. Please note that every student at Park Crest gets one free agenda, and after that they are $5 for a replacement. Students will need to have that agenda at school EVERY day. It is super important. Today we showed them a video in EPIC 1.0 describing all of the components that we put into this year’s agenda so they will know how to effectively utilize it as a tool for success. Click this link to view the video that we showed students so you can know and understand our 2017-18 PCMS Agenda: 2017-18 PCMS AGENDA

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    Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC):

    Stuffy name, but down to earth group. The CAAC is a fancy name for a group of interested and invested individuals who are willing to come together 4-5 times throughout the year for an evening meeting to discuss and plan the future of Park Crest and the success of our students and staff. For more information on the CAAC or the DAAC (District version) please click this link: CAAC & DAAC INFORMATIONAL.  We are looking for individuals to represent parents, business owners, and/or community members. If you are interested, please simply email me at zachary.kleypas@pfisd.net

    Meet the Pumas:

    You will notice below that next week is Open House. Check out this awesome short video put together by our very own Ms. Layman so you can see all of our new and returning faces before coming to open house: MEET THE PUMAS!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School Monday:

    Monday we will be celebrating Labor Day which means no school for students or staff. It is the perfect little break to allow everyone to catch their breath from the first week rush.

    Open House:

    This year’s open house on Tuesday, September 5th from 6-8pm is going to be awesome! Please mark your calendar to ensure you don’t miss it. I have a special task for parents and friends during my principal’s welcome. Similar to last year it will be a come and go event. This allows everyone to move throughout the school as they wish. Please plan on attending either of the two principal’s welcome in the cafeteria. The second will be a repeat session for those coming later or if the first session fills up. We are also having our football and volleyball parent meetings that night so we can save you a trip. During the times when you are not in one of those meetings you may move around the campus to visit your child’s teacher. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend with you so they can walk you around through their schedule. My one request is if you have detailed information to discuss with a teacher about your child that you please set up a time, send an email, or give them a call. We want to respect everyone’s time on Tuesday and the event is set up to meet and greet, not to hold a meeting. Thank you for understanding. Please see below for a visual of the schedule:

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    1st Athletics Event:

    Here at PCMS we hold our students and our fans to high expectations at our athletic events. We want to model being professional, respectful, and overall good sportsmanship. B team games start at 5:30pm and A team starts when they are over. Please note that tickets are $2 for students and $4 for adults (Scrimmages are free). Our students are asked to either sit with their parents or in our student section and stay seated until halftime and breaks. This is because we want to be courteous to our athletes whom our parents and students have come to watch. There is nothing more frustrating than going to a game to watch your son or daughter shine and be distracted by fans who have not come to watch the game. For a complete list of the student expectations at athletic events that we shared with them on Wednesday, please feel free to click this link: ATHLETIC EVENTS EXPECTATIONS

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • IMPORTANT INFO - PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 8/27/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    First off, I hope all of you are safe and well today. I am writing this message as of 3:00pm on Sunday, as the rain continues to fall. I am sure you have a few questions about tomorrow so I will try to answer as many as possible.

    Well, I knew this year was going to be different (in a good way) than all the rest, but we didn’t see this in the forecast…

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    Please stay tuned as our district is closely and carefully watching the weather to make the best decisions possible to ensure the safety of our staff, students, and families. As you know, we are currently scheduled for a 2-hour delay, 10:00am start time.

    We will still operate, business as usual tomorrow, just on a slightly shortened bell schedule. The most important thing is that you please make arrangements for your child to get to school by the later start time of 10:00am. Buses will run the same routes as planned, just two hours later than normal. If you plan on dropping off your child, please know that we will not have staff on campus at normal morning hours and thus students should not be dropped off too early due to lack of supervision. Our doors will officially open tomorrow morning at 9:40am.

    Below is a copy of the newly adjusted 1st day of school bell schedule for your convenience. Please note that we have still provided time for EPIC 1.0 schedule handout, 30 minute lunches, and plenty of time for passing periods. The reason for the peculiar order of class periods is so we can pass out lunch ID cards during 2nd period prior to lunch. Each class will be 28 minutes to allow students to find each classroom, visit each teacher, and begin to get to know their classmates.

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    As always, we want this first day to be as stress-free as possible so being flexible will be key for everyone. Our success on a day like this is to ensure all students arrive to school, make it to their epic class, eat lunch, find each of their classes, and finally make it back home safe and sound.

    Please make sure you prepare for extra traffic in the morning and in the afternoon and as always please drive safely as you enter and exit the campus vicinity. We will have staff members outside to help students across the crosswalks and into the buildilng.

    Most importantly, please be safe and dry, and stay tuned for additional updates via calls, emails, and our district website.

    Most sincerley,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Welcome Back Pumas!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 8/25/2017

    Greetings Pumas,

    Here we are. Only one weekend stands between us and the first day of school! We have officially posted the EPIC 1.0 list of which classroom your child will start in on the first day of school. The list can be found on the windows next to the front door of the school so you can swing by today or this weekend if you want to see it ahead of time. It will also be posted throughout the school for kiddos to view as they enter the building and head to that first class. As a reminder, during this first class they will be given their official call schedule. Keep reading for more important details on what to expect on the first day of school.

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    Meet the Pumas!

    On behalf of the 2017-18 faculty and staff at Park Crest Middle School, we welcome you to another Gold Medal School year! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Open House on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:00-8:00pm so you can meet all of these wonderful people below:

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    ***The 1st Day of School***:

    We are very excited for our first day of school on Monday, August 28th. Our school day officially begins at 8:05 a.m. and we will open doors for students as early as 7:40 a.m.

    Please be prepared, and plan accordingly for extra traffic during the entire first week of school. Buses will drop students off in the outer lane of the front parking lot. Parents may drop off in the back of the school or in the inner loop of the front parking lot (diagram below to help explain the process). Please drive safely as you approach the school as many students and families will be crossing the street in various spots.

    On the first day, students will enter the building from the main hallway doors in the front or back of school only. Any student arriving between 7:40 – 7:59 a.m. will be allowed to enter the cafeteria for breakfast, or asked to report to their grade level morning hallways (6th Grade – A Hall, 7th grade – Elective Hall, 8th grade – D Hall). Please know that we ask all parents who want to drop off their children to please do so at the front or back doors. Due to all of the extra necessary logistics on the first day of school we do not allow parents to walk their children into the building beyond the front/back doors. I know many parents will want to help their kiddo navigate the hall and save the goodbye for the final moment, however I promise we will take good care of them and help make sure they find their way. Simply bring them to us, and we will take care of the rest.

    At 8:00 a.m. the bell will ring to dismiss all students to their 1st day EPIC 1.0 classroom. This is the room assignment that has been posted on the glass windows at the front of the school. We will also have these lists posted in the hallways on the first day for students to review. Staff members will also be prepared throughout the school to help students locate their room. We are all about a smooth process, with little to no stress. We can assure you we will make sure your kiddo finds it to their EPIC 1.0 room on the first day.

    First day EPIC 1.0 classes will go over everything your child needs to know for a successful first week of school. This includes receiving their official schedule, reviewing the campus map, 1st day packets (only required if you did not complete it at course verification pick up), bell schedule, lunch procedures, hallway procedures, transportation, etc.

    The end of the school day is at 3:35 p.m. Please expect extra traffic at this time as well. Buses will pick up students and depart promptly from the front of the school. Tutorials will not be held during the first week of school so please make arrangements for student transportation after school.

    Finally, please take a moment if you have not already to review my prior blog’s checklist to ensure your child is ready for the 1st day of school.

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    EPIC Classrooms on Monday (1st day):

    Students will start on Monday by going to their assigned EPIC 1.0 classes. You can figure out which class your child has been assigned by viewing the list that has just been posted to the glass windows at the front entrance of the school. If you want to swing by PCMS today, or this weekend and check them out please feel free to do so. If not, no worries. They will also be there on the first day of school, as well as throughout the school for kiddos to see. Once we get all of our students into their EPIC 1.0 classes they will their official schedule.

    Parking Lot Drop Off & Pick Up:

    Thank you in advance for helping make our morning drop off and pick up safe for everyone on the first day of school. The added traffic of the first day and the new students who are unfamiliar with our processes make it even more important to drive in and around our school with care and caution. Please remind your kiddos to use the cross walks when dropping off and picking up so our staff and myself can help get them across the streets in a safe manner (images below):

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    PEF $10,000 Campus Grant!

    Monday was an exciting day for PCMS. Our grant application was selected for the 2017-18 PEF Campus Grant! This grant is provided by our fantastic Pflugerville Education Foundation each year to one school in the district. Our grant proposal was to acquire resources to expand the technology, robotics, engineering, coding, and much more in our library makerspace, new project lead the way and computer science courses, as well as all across the campus. Specifically, we are going to purchase resources that can help kiddos explore, discover, tinker, design, and create regardless of grade level or ability. We will be able to provide an experience that will engage students at the highest level of coding background to our students in our essential academic’s classroom and everyone in-between. To find out more information about our grant, click this link: 2017-18 PCMS PEF GRANT APPLICATION

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     Mark Your Calendars:

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    I cannot wait to experience the first day of school at PCMS with your wonderful children on Monday.

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving all ways, in all ways.”

     

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