Middle School Newsletter
May 17, 2019
MS. WRIGHT'S WRITINGS…
As I sit down to write my final newsletter of the year I paused to just reflect back on all the memories. How quickly time passes. I have intentionally tried to slow down this year so I could live in the moment and wouldn’t miss the amazing things taking place all around me. It’s as if it was just yesterday that we were welcoming the kids to the 2018-19 school year. I can vividly remember getting the building ready for staff and students to return in August. It was the same feeling I got as a child on Christmas Eve or the day before vacation.
We hit the ground running, welcoming our new 6th graders to our middle school family and building those important relationships in classes. We intentionally spent time modeling kindness and explicitly teaching how important it is to Be Kind to one another. This work will never be finished and I am more confident now than ever that it will truly pay off. Watching our kids celebrate one another’s successes and support one another through difficult times is all the evidence I need to know that they do understand why kindness matters.
Teachers planned rigorous and engaging lessons for our students all year so that they were receiving the best education possible. Students showed up everyday and we continually reminded them to simply Do Your Best. They pushed themselves to improve and make the most of the time they spent at school. This was evident from work displayed during projects and presentations as well as their choices during field experiences. Teachers held high expectations for our students because they don’t deserve anything less than that.
School should be fun. Throughout their day students are shown how learning can actually be fun as they get to experience hands on learning. Throughout the year we also had so many different events including the rallies, field experiences, field day, career day, Challenge Day, dances...I could go on and on. At the end of the day we truly do want our students to Have Fun.
I would like to express my deepest thanks for allowing me the privilege of spending this past year with your child. Thank you for partnering with me and the school so that we can give your child the very best education possible. I have said it so many times I have lost count but PCS truly is like a very large family and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. If this is your final year at PCS I wish you and your family all the best in the future...please don’t forget to visit. Everyone else...enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to see you back in August.
STEM Computer Science…
Message regarding BAC for 2019-20
Dear PCS Families,
Our primary goal with our Before and After Care program is to provide a safe, engaging and enriching experience for all participating students. In order to do so, each year we limit enrollment to 225 students. 2019-2020 will be no different, we will again be limiting enrollment to 225 students, evenly distributed among all 9 grade levels.
After speaking to parents over the course of the last few years and analyzing BAC enrollment, we believe that the most equitable way to distribute spots in BAC to all our families, old and new, is through an enrollment lottery. This is the same way that we fill open spots at the school.
We will begin accepting applications for BAC on April 1st and hold our BAC enrollment lottery on May 1st. This schedule will allow us to notify all families who applied for BAC if they were accepted or not before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
We have also decided to offer a special, early bird enrollment lottery for all families who have submitted applications by April 15th. We will fill as many spots as we can on April 15th and fill any remaining spots on May 1st.
As a school of character, we believe strongly in the importance of equity and believe that this enrollment system is in line with our core ethical values. I am happy to answer any questions about this policy change and look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Mike Schrimpf
Assistant Head of School
Thanks to the hard work of three 8th grade boys we have our new vending machine! We have made sure that the machine is filled with healthy snack options. Students may make purchases from 8:10-8:25, during lunch and from 3:25-3:35 daily.
We want to remind you that PCS has safety structures in place if we were ever to be in a lockdown situation because of an outside threat. Please rest assured that we understand communication in these situations are of utmost importance. Parents will be notified through the automated school system; calls texts and emails. We have a very good relationship with the police department down the street and if we hear of or are made aware of a situation where lockdown might be a possibility, we will be in contact with district 2. They will be able to provide accurate details of the situation and from there we can receive their recommendation on our course of action. At all times, student safety is on our minds and we will always communicate with what you need to know. As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
On the last Monday of the month any student who has earned 80% or higher on their homework completion grade may dress down. Students can check their grade on Infinite Campus to ensure that they have indeed earned this privilege. Please remember that all clothing must be school appropriate.
REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fun Around Town…
Important Upcoming Dates