Park Crest Middle School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Making Good Use of a 4 Day Week!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 1/20/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Our students and staff made full use of only having four days of school this week. It was a good thing too, because next week is even busier! Before I start to talk about next week, I want to take a moment to acknowledge some great things from this week.

    Science Fair: Thank you to all the parents who came out and supported our kiddos at the Science fair last night. The cafeteria was full for our come-and-go event. Special thanks to our 6th and 7th grade science teachers; Ms. Kienzle, Mrs. McGuire, Mrs. Larson, and Ms. Munoz, as well as our science instructional coach Mrs. Hooks for all of their hard work. It was evident by the products I saw that these teachers really pushed our kiddos to think outside of the box.

    AVID Shadow Day: AVID traveled to PHS for their annual shadow day. In talking to the kiddos when they returned it was evident that the day was a major success. There is something special about students getting to spend time asking questions and observing older students who they can relate to. Kudos to Coach Vecchio for her leadership of our amazing AVID program.

    Honor Roll: The 2nd 9-nine weeks’ student Honor Roll awards were delivered today during 6th period. I am so proud to announce that we had nearly 25% of our students acknowledged for either all A’s or all A’s and one B. That is something that not many middle school campuses can achieve. It is all due to our dedicated and support staff, the hard work and focus of our students, and our parents who make sure that learning is a priority. Here is a nice image to illustrate our growth, and our goals:

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    The 2017-18 District Calendar:

    The district is looking for community input as we work the determine the 2017-18 school year calendar. Certain restrictions apply that limit the choices we have. To view the proposed calendar, read the restrictions that apply, and to provide your feedback, please click this link: 2017-18 PROPOSED CALENDAR. *Please pay special attention to the dates of the winter holiday.

    Lady Puma information:

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    Click here for more information: FLYER (ENGLISH) FLYER (SPANISH)

    Current 6th Grade Parents only:

    It is that time of year where we want to make sure all current 6th grade parents understand the state law that requires all incoming 7th grade students to be up to date on their immunizations before they are able to start the school year. Now is the time to begin to schedule appointments to get those shots taken care of before the offices fill up. Our school nurse put together a great letter explaining which shots students need, a few local locations that offer the shots, and how to turn them in ahead of time to ensure your child is ready for the next school year. Click here to view the letter: IMMUNIZATIONS LETTER

    Current 6th & 7th Grade Parents:

    Be on the lookout for this year’s course selection sheets to be coming home with your child. Students will be given their course selection sheets on Tuesday, January 24th. They will be expected to make selections and return them within one week by the following Tuesday, January 31st.

    Current 8th Grade Parents only:

    4-year high school planning will happen at PCMS with our middle school counselors through all 8th grade math classes on Monday, February 6th. Then, parent meetings/course planning with the high school counselors will take place on February 16th and 17th. Continue to check your mailbox in the near future for postcards with your appointment time.

    A Word from the High School:

    Now that we are in the second semester, I will most likely have this section each week. In order to keep our 8th grade parents in the loop of what is going on at both Hendrickson and Pflugerville high school I will try to find any relevant information and include it here for your convenience.

    This week’s info is from the HHS Cheerleaders:

    Hendrickson cheerleader tryouts are coming soon! A mandatory parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30p.m. in the HHS library. Check out the cheer page on Hendrickson's website for more information by clicking this link: Also, here is an attachment with more information: HHS CHEERLEADING

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball competed Wednesday night against Dessau. The 7th and 8th grade B teams were victorious, while both A teams were not. However, the 7th grade A team game was a close one, but the diamondbacks came up with the two-point win.

    Girls basketball played Cele Thursday night. The 7th grade A team came up with a nice win last night. Unfortunately, both of the 8th grade teams, and the 7th grade B team fell to the Colts.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Geography Bee: Last week PCMS students competed in the annual campus Geography Bee led by our amazing 8th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Kincaid. I am proud to announce that 6th grader Zach Lucas won the event. He will compete on behalf of Park Crest in the district showcase on January 28th.

    Campus Academic Advisory Committee: Come join us on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00pm in the PCMS Library to discuss our priorities, progress, data, goals, and achievements.

    Pep Rally: On Monday, January 23rd we will be putting on a pep rally to support our spring events. There will be no epic, as we will use that extra 30 minutes of time in the day, at the end of the day, for the Pep Rally. Click here for our pep rally schedule:

    District Assessments: On Friday, January 27th we will begin the first of our second round of district assessments. Friday will be our 7th grade Pre AP and 8th grade math assessments. These students will be provided a testing room and operate as if it was a state testing day to practice the routines and procedures of the real thing. This is a great way to prepare students not only for the content of STAAR, but also the environment.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • It's a Great Day to be a Puma!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 1/13/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Since returning from the break, every staff member is focusing on improving on the high level of success we had in the first semester. During EPIC 2.0 teachers are utilizing the improved structure to provide more purposeful intervention. During classroom instruction, learning is happening everywhere!

    In science, I saw students presenting their science fair projects. In fact, I saw some “shark tank” worthy inventions in Mrs. Larson’s class. Come out on January 19th to see it for yourself. In 6th grade math, I saw students learning through a flipped classroom in Mr. Martinez’s class. The technology the district has provided us has really allowed us to take the learning into the 21st century. In 8th grade Pre-AP English I saw students comprehending poems. I even learned some new vocabulary while in there! I saw students in 7th grade math learning about radius, diameter, circumference, and area. Mrs. McNamer taught some of these pretty complex concepts using a common hula hoop as a visual.

    Last Friday Kickstart students put on an amazing performance for a jam packed PCMS gym. Their skill, discipline, respect, and confidence was incredibly impressive. In fact, my 7-year-old daughter was kicking and chopping all through the house the whole weekend. It was all she could talk about! Tuesday Theatre Arts students traveled to the Paramount theatre to watch “Call of the Wild”. Students came back excited to apply what they learned. In my opinion, this trip was exactly what education is all about; providing and exposing students to relevant opportunities and experiences they might otherwise not have.

    I could go on, and on…

    Attendance:

    Need I explain more? About every other blog posting I talk about attendance. It’s simple, it affects your child’s ability to receive instruction, intervention, and the class work being performed. Also, what many don’t know is that our attendance for the entire campus plays a role in our campus accountability, which in turn translates into how others view our school. For those reasons, we make it a priority every day.

    We have been working hard this year to find a way to reward kiddos who share our priority and make it to school every day. Thanks to Mighty Fine burgers, we have found just that! For any student who had perfect attendance during the 2nd nine weeks we handed out an awesome certificate (see below) and even better, a free burger, fries, and drink coupon for Mighty Fine Burgers today during lunch to over 400 students. We will continue this for the 3rd nine weeks, however, to give everyone a fair chance we will only count absences from Tuesday, 1/17/16 through the end of the 3rd nine weeks. Thus, everyone is eligible! Remember, for an absence to count as excused it must have a doctor’s note. P.S. we recognize that for our middle school students to make it to school every day it takes the dedication and support from their parents as well, so for that, we thank you!

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    A Word from PTO:

    We have THE best middle school PTO in the district. They are always looking for ways to support our hard working teachers, and for that I am very grateful! An upcoming event they are putting on to their annual chili luncheon. For this to be a success, they need enough chili to serve our staff of nearly 100. Whether you have an award winning recipe, know how to follow the instructions on the back of “false-alarm” chili, or simply would like to donate a gift card to PTO to go towards the supplies, your support would be greatly appreciated. To do so please utilize this link: CHILI LUNCHEON

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball took on Kelly Lane this week. The 8th grade teams were not victorious this week. However, both 7th grade teams brought home wins in two very close games! The A team won by only two points, while B team was even closer with a one-point game!

    Girls basketball took on the Dessau Diamondbacks. Their results mirrored that of the boys; both 8th grade teams lost, while both 7th grade teams won.

    Most importantly, all teams played hard this week and are showing tremendous growth from the start of the season!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Monday – No School:

    Monday is Martin Luther King Jr.Day. Thus, both students and staff will be out of school. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday, January 17th.

    Science Night:

    As I mentioned above, I have seen some amazing science projects! We are hosting the Science Night here at PCMS from 6:00 – 7:30pm on Thursday, January 19th. Stop by and preview how talented our 6th & 7th grade PCMS students are. 6th grade students will have a continuous loop of their Rube Goldberg projects running on the main screen at the front of the cafeteria. 7th grade students will have on display (level 2 in the cafeteria) their invention convention!! All students are welcomed and encouraged to come as well. Students can earn some extra credit for attending and completing the fun scavenger hunt!

    HS Course Fair (8th grade parents):

    I had the opportunity to visit both the PHS and HHS course fairs last week and was very pleased with both events. It was great to see all of the PCMS students checking out the many opportunities they will have in high school. If it seemed overwhelming, don’t stress, high school counselors will set up individual meetings to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns. Please be looking for more info to come. If you weren’t able to make it, or would like more information about the graduation plans, endorsements, or courses offered at high school please check out this link: HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • 2nd Semester at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 1/6/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas!

    It is officially business as usual back at PCMS.

    Need a New Year’s Resolution?

    Come join the PCMS PTO! It is easy and fun. Join us on Tuesday, January 10th, at 6:30pm in the PCMS library. Whether you are ready to take on a major role, or simply want to come by and hear what we are up to, I encourage you to come this Tuesday.

    No plans tonight?

    Come join us for the rescheduled Kickstart Belt Ceremony tonight at the PCMS gym from 6:30-7:30pm. The kiddos are excited to get the opportunity they had been preparing for prior to the winter break.

    PCMS Student T-Shirt Art Contest Winner:

    We have concluded the PCMS Student Art T-shirt contest and the winner has been chosen by the students! It was an amazing competition and I am so impressed with all of the submissions.

    The three finalist selected by the community were:

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    The winner, voted on by the students, will be revealed in an upcoming blog! You will have to tune in next time for the final results!

    Want to view all the amazing submissions again? Click this link: PCMS TSHIRT SUBMISSIONS

    Noah’s Wing 5K:

    Every year, PCMS and the community promotes and participates in a 5K race; Noah’s Wing 5K, that is held near to the heart of our campus. Noah was a student a few years ago at PCMS who passed away while at PCMS. After his passing, Noah’s parents organized this 5K in order to raise money for local scholarships in his honor.

    This year’s event will be held on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at 1:00pm on the trails surrounding Lake Pflugerville. This 5K will be a fun family-friendly time for runners and walkers of any fitness level. They will have a photo-op tent, kid’s activity tent, medals for our top finishers, and all registered participants are eligible for event prize drawings.  

    Noah's Wings 5K benefits the Noah Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund for Pflugerville ISD High School Graduates. 

    How do I register? Park Crest will host On-site registration from 1pm - 3pm at the front doors of Park Crest Middle School on Sunday, January 15th, 2017.

    You can also go to their website to register, or for more information using this link: NOAHS WING 5K

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Wednesday night the boys’ basketball team took on Pflugerville Middle School. 7th grade A team won while the other teams fell to the Panthers. The 8th grade A team played hard but fell behind by only 2 points.

    Thursday night girls’ basketball battled the Kelly Lane Knights. The girls played really hard, and the 7th grade B team kept it to a 3 point game, but unfortunatley, all teams lost to the Knights.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    High School Course Fairs:

    Both Pflugerville and Hendrickson High Schools are having their Course Fair on January 11th from 6-8 pm on their campuses.  Everyone is welcome but 8th graders should plan on attending. Parents and students are encouraged to go and speak with high school counselors, teachers and students to learn about the many different classes available.

    Transitions to High School Information (8th grade parents):

    During the week of January 17th, all 8th grade students will complete the Career inventory/Cluster finder through Bridges.com with Mrs. Wells while in their math classes. Then, during the week of February 6th, they will complete 4-Year Planning. Finally, watch your mail for postcards with your appointment time-coming home soon for the required Parent meetings/Course planning with High School Counselors that occur on February 16th-17th.

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • 1st Day Back at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 1/3/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas!

    It sure was great to see all the kiddos again today at PCMS. As much as I enjoy a little rest and relaxation, I find so much joy from the energy, enthusiasm, and excitement of our students that I couldn’t wait to get back to work. I am happy to report that we had a great first day back and the learning picked up right where it left off in December. We provided students with our EPIC 2.0 presentations which both reiterated our continuing campus expectations, and helped explain our new focus for EPIC 2.0 in 2017. We will finish those presentations tomorrow, and then begin allowing students to choose their EPIC 2.0 classrooms starting Thursday. You too can view these presentations via this link: EPIC PRESENTATION SLIDES

    *This is a good time to remind your kiddos to utilize thier agendas and after school tutorials as a good way to get help with classes. Our after school snacks will start again next week on January 9th, 2017.

    PfISD Big Event Deadline:

    Currently, PCMS has the most students signed up for the 2017 PfISD Big Event with over 200 students! The deadline to join is quickly approaching. The very last day we can accept forms from students is on Monday, January 9th. Make sure your kiddo turns in their form before the deadline, as you will not want them to miss this free opportunity to offer community service to our wonderful city of Pflugerville during a school day. We have plenty of copies in our main hallway for kiddos to grab or you can print one using this link: PfISD BIG EVENT FORM

    Calendar of Events:

    We are wasting no time in getting our extracurricular activities going and are happy to report that our bleachers are ready for events! We have two events I want to highlight for you; PfISD Boundary Input Session on Wednesday night and the Kickstart Belt Ceremony rescheduled for Friday night. Please see the calendar below and come on out for the upcoming activities:

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    2017-2018 PfISD Boundary Realignment:

    As mentioned in previous blogs, we will host one of the several PfISD Boundary Input Sessions at the Park Crest Middle School. Our session will occur in the cafeteria on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm. All community members are welcome to attend this session. Can’t make Wednesday nights session? The remaining input sessions are:

    Thur., January 5

    • Highland Park Elementary (428 Kingston Lacy Blvd., Pflugerville, TX 78660)

    Tues., January 10 (6:30-7:30 p.m.)    

    • PfISD Administration Building (1401 West Pecan St., Pflugerville, TX 78660)

    More information about the boundary realignment can be found below, or by using this link: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/6313

    Boundary Background Information

    With the openings of Weiss High School and Mott Elementary for the 2017-18 school year, Pflugerville ISD is proposing several school boundary changes. These proposals will allow the district to create enrollment for the two new schools, as well as help balance enrollment at several other schools.

    On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Board of Trustees was presented with proposed updates to the existing boundaries of Hendrickson High School to accommodate Weiss High School, and updates to the existing boundaries of Riojas, Rowe Lane and Dearing elementaries to accommodate Mott Elementary.

    Additionally, the Board considered additional boundary changes to help balance attendance at several elementary and middle schools. This includes:

    • Elementary: To relieve attendance at Highland Park Elementary, there is a proposal that adjusts its boundaries with Brookhollow Elementary.
    • Middle School: To relieve attendance at Kelly Lane Middle School, there is a proposal that adjusts its boundaries along with Park Crest and Pflugerville Middle School.

    Note: Weiss High School is scheduled to open fall 2017 with freshmen and sophomores only – with approximately 800-850 students attending the first year. Current sophomores and juniors at Hendrickson HS will continue to attend HHS. Likewise, rising 5th and 8th graders (current 4th and 7th graders) will be allowed to remain at their current campus, in the event of a boundary change, for their last year at the school.

    Letters are being mailed to the parents of those students who may be impacted by a proposed boundary change.

    You may also email questions to boundaryfeedback@pfisd.net.

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Important Info As We Begin the Holidays - PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 12/15/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    This was a fantastic week at PCMS, and an even better 1 semester! It is hard to believe that the first half of the school year is nearly behind us. I hope that each of you have a wonderful holiday season, and are able to have some much need high quality family time to relax and rejuvenate.

    EPIC 2.0 - Keep Improving, always, in all ways:

    Staff and students have been working hard during the first semester to use EPIC 2.0 as a means of intervention, enrichment, tutorials, study hall, reteach, retest, rewards, etc. We are so proud of the work that has been done, and the success of the efforts. That being said, we are making slight improvements to EPIC 2.0 during the second semester to provide for opportunities to provide even more intervention, as needed, for those who need it, as we approach STAAR tests. The enhancements don’t change the students experience. All they need to know is to continue to carry their agendas, embrace the opportunity to work with teachers who have requested them by signing their agendas, and if they do not have a signature, to make smart and proactive decisions about where they will go given the opportunity to choose which EPIC 2.0 classroom they will attend.

    Upon returning in January, Tuesday and Wednesday will be used to proactively readdress campus expectations and set new second semester goals for ourselves. Then, starting Thursday and Friday, we will return to EPIC 2.0 with movement and choice. Students who are identified for intervention will have their agendas signed by their teachers. Students not identified for intervention will be able to use their choice sheets to visit the EPIC classroom they have prioritized.

    Here is what I am asking of you; continue to check agendas each night. If you notice a signature, remind your child of the importance of being with that teacher during EPIC 2.0. If there is no signature, please use the EPIC 2.0 sheets to proactively plan which teachers they will visit. Encourage them to visit a teacher they need current support with or someone who is providing enrichment activities. The way to be a Gold Medal campus this year, is by being purposeful. Our students need to be purposeful, our staff need to be purposeful, and I ask you to continue to be purposeful in supporting our efforts.

    Another by-product of more, high-quality, intervention, is that your child might need to attend more after school tutorials to take care of the things they are missing or confused about currently in their classes. Help us teach our kiddos the mindset that attending tutorials is not only okay, it is encouraged as a sign of maturity! “Let’s start training our students to seek help to gain in their strengths and get support for their weaknesses. “Plus, as an added bonus, students receive free snacks while in tutorials. Win-win!

    PSAT Reports Coming Home:

    As you remember, our 8th grade students were provided the opportunity to take the PSAT early this year as a way to gauge their college readiness and to experience a test similar to that of the SAT. I was so proud, but not at all surprised, when I found out our students performed near the top of the district! 8th grade students will be provided a copy of their results in math class this Friday before the break. Please look for those as they come home.

    Student Agendas:

    If your child needs a new agenda, they are sold at the front office for only $5. We will be checking to make sure each student has their agenda each day when we get back since this is a key component to student success here at PCMS. *If the financial cost is an issue please have them visit myself or their AP.

    Early Release = No Puma Den:

    Friendly reminder that since we will be on an early release schedule on Friday, we will not be holding Puma Den after school.

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Boys basketball took on Westview Monday night. Thank you for those in attendance here at PCMS for your patience and flexibility as we enjoyed a “standing room only” game, due to the malfunction of our bleachers. The 7th grade A and B team came home with big wins! The 8th grade B team was victorious, while the A team lost a close nail bitter.

    Girls’ Basketball takes on the PMS tonight! The 8th grade plays at PMS and the 7th grade plays at PHS! Come and join us for some great basketball.

    Next Week’s Preview (January):

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    Boundary Input Meeting:

    You will notice on January 4th, 2017 Park Crest will be hosting one of the community boundary meetings at 6:00pm. Anyone in the community is invited to come out and discuss the new boundaries being created based on the growth of the district, and the opening of Weiss High School. For more information on the new high school (and new elementary school) click this link: WEISS HIGH SCHOOL For more information on the boundaries, please click this link: http://www.pfisd.net/boundaries

    High School Course Fairs:

    Last week’s blog included information about the PHS and HHS Course Fairs provided on January 11th, 2017. Please click this link for the PHS flyer: PHS FLYER and this link for the HHS flyer: HHS FLYER

     

    Happy Holidays!

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Performance Week at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 12/9/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    This was a fantastic week at PCMS! Grab a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a warm blanket during this chilly weekend as you sit back and read about all the great happenings at PCMS.

    No Place for Hate Activity:

    We are showing a short movie called ‘Glass’ and discussing the content related to what goes on in our school with bullying and looking out for each other. We want your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions on how to make Park Crest a place where all people are accepted. We are inviting students, staff, and parents to the Tuesday watch party from 3:40 – 4:25 in the PCMS Cafeteria. Click here for more information: FLYER

    8th grade parents:

    Mark your calendar for the 2016-17 High School Course fair on January 11th, 2017 from 6-8pm. Being at the high school last year, I can assure you this is a night you will NOT want to miss. Between meeting the counselors, learning about elective choices, Pre AP classes, and endorsements pathways this is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to take a look at all that high school can offer. Both PHS and HHS are hosting on January 11th.

    Old Signage Finds New Home:

    Thanks to the addition of our amazing new Marquee, we no longer needed the outdated display that was previously up. However, we did everything we could to preserve our PCMS history, and the honor behind the sings, which were donated in honor of Chip Hugebeck. Check out how great those signs look repurposed, for all to see on our press box and our football score board!

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Facebook: Didn’t make it to all of our events this week? Want to see some pictures and videos? Simply like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PFPCMS/

    Boys’ Basketball: This has been an awesome week for our student athletes and performers. We kicked off the week with Boys Basketball against Cele. 8th grade A and B team, as well as the 7th grade A team came up with wins. The 7th grade B team played hard and made some great plays. Kudos to our coaches; Coach Lauve, Elliot, Wilson, and Prine for helping our boys grow into young men, on and off the court.

    Band: On Tuesday night, we had a packed house for the band winter concert. It made my heart full to see all the support our kiddos have outside of school based on the adult presence in our stands. The performance was both impressive, and educational! It was neat to see our 6th graders show us the sounds of their individual instruments before performing as a group. We also got to hear our award winning 7th and 8th grade bands (who sounded like a mini high school band!). Kudos to Mr. Lucio and Mrs. Pinner for the countless hours they put in with our kiddos. On Frday, the group traveled to Elementary schools to perform and inspire our younger students in the district.

    Choir: Wednesday was our winter choir concert. As usual, these kiddos sang their hearts out. I feel confident that those in attendance would agree with me that we have some extremely talented kiddos with tremendous voices here at PCMS. I am always amazed at the teamwork of each choir group that is required to make the soothing sounds we hear. Sgt. Groft does a fantastic job of training each child to be the best at their role, given their voice.

    One Act Play: Thursday night was our first One Act Play of the year and boy was that a treat! Our students transformed for the entertaining “You Can’t Take it with You”. I wish you could see all of the work, dedication, and rehearsal time that goes into preparing for these performances. Special thanks to Mrs. Kelly for leading these outstanding, and talented students. Missed Thursdays performance? No problem, they will perform again on Saturday at PHS along with the other middle schools OAP groups. Performances begin at 11:00am, and PCMS is the 3rd school to go on stage.

    Girls’ Basketball: Also on Thursday night was girls’ basketball against Westview. The 8th grade teams played great! B team came up with a win, while A team fell in the end to the wildcats. Both 7th grade teams played hard and brought home wins. Thank you to Coach Hinojos, Christian, Munoz, and Vecchio for the many extra hours they spend developing the character, and skills of our athletes.

    Dance: Friday we are closing out the week with our Candy Cane Lane Dance! Reminder that the 6th grade dance will be from 6 – 7:30 pm and the 7th and 8th grade dance will be from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Once again, Mrs. Akuretiya and our student council have put together a real treat for our kiddos! Please be sure to be back to PCMS in time to pick up your kiddos so that we can close up, and I can get my dedicated staff home to their families to begin their weekend.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Friday: Early Release

    Reminder, that on Friday 12/16/16 we will be on the early release schedule. Students will be released to Winter Break at 12:45pm. It goes without saying, that attendance will be taken, and students need to be present this day.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • 3 Quick Things

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 12/5/2016 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas!

    3 quick things:

    1. Friday’s Dance: We are excited for our 2nd dance of the school year this Friday. Just as a friendly reminder, this dance is slightly different than the last dance, in that we have separate start and end times depending on your child’s grade level. Please be able to drop off, and pick up your child at these designated times:

    6th grade:                   6:00 – 7:30pm

    7th & 8th grade:         7:30 – 9:00pm

    For more information, including ticket sale dates and prices, click this link: DANCE INFORMATION

     

    2. PCMS T-shirt Art Contest Finalist! We have a ton of artists here at PCMS, which is evident by our T-shirt content submissions. Below is a link to view the finalist for our PCMS T-Shirt art contest.

     

    Please use this link:  PCMS T-Shirt Contest Finalists to vote on the next design of our campus PCMS apparel.

     

    3. Weather: Thank you for helping make our morning drop off and pick up safe for everyone today. As we enter the winter months, we can prepare for more days that are wet and cold like today. The added traffic and limited visibility 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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    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School 

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

     

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  • December at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 12/2/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas!

    Welcome back from the Holiday Break. That was a great week off, but as you will see from my posting today, we hit the ground running the minute we returned! Here at PCMS we enjoy our break, when its break, and come back even stronger!

    #GoldMedal

    I always tell you how amazing Park Crest is, but just in case you had forgot, check out these great things happening at our campus:

    • Science Olympiad has been reborn at PCMS this year under the strong leadership of science teacher Mrs. Garcia. Our team traveled to UT before the break and performed as if they had never stopped. We even brought home some medals in our first event of the year! Check out this link for more information: SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

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    • The PCMS band performed at the State Capital in Downtown Austin on Wednesday, November 30th. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their skills on one of our states greatest stages. They were also thanked by Senator Watson. How cool is that!

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    • A few of our PCMS Band students participate in the Region Orchestra just before going on the Thanksgiving Break! We had numerous two students qualify for chairs in the Region Orchestra! Click this link for a list of our two Region Orchestra students, and our Region Band: REGION ORCHESTRA

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    • Our very own Mrs. King was awarded the DISTRICT Professional Employee of the Month on Wednesday, November 30th. Of the 3,000+ staff members across the district, we were extremely excited, but not at all surprised that Mrs. King was selected.

    KING

    • One of our students who excels in Kickstart at PCMS competed at the Lonestar Open in Austin on November 19th. Donovan Ruble competed in traditional kata and CMX Weapons, and placed 1st in both events!

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    The PfISD Big Event

    Forms are due right after the winter break. Might as well turn them in now. Your child can get a copy in the main hall by the cafeteria, and turn in the at the exact same spot. Click this link: BIG EVENT FORM for a copy of the form if you would like to print it out at home.

    Hour of Code

    The Hour of Code is kicking off at PCMS next week. This is a worldwide “event” that challenges students and schools to participate in 1 hour of coding to promote computer literacy and computer science. Teachers will be offering opportunities for students to partake in the event during EPIC 2.0. They can also participate from home. We are giving all students who participate a reward during lunch. Please use this link for more information: THE HOUR OF CODE and this graphic to see how students at PCMS can get their credit for participating:

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    The Ultimate Field Trip:

    The summer Explore America field trip to New York and Washington DC still has some space for interested parents and students! Check out this link for more information: ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP or please reach out to our very own Lynn Layman at lynn.layman@pfisd.net for more information.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball took on the Dessau Diamondbacks Monday night. 8th grade B team came up with a win, while A team suffered a lose. 7th grade B team got a victory, while the A team lost a close one 41-43. The girls’ basketball team took on the Colts from Cele Middle School on Thursday. 7th grade won both games! Fans got their monies worth in the A team game as they pulled off the win. The 8th grade played hard, but both teams fell to the colts.

    Next Two Week’s Preview:

    Want to witness some of our students shine here at Park Crest? Next week is definitely your opportunity. We are providing a great family friendly event every night of the week! Monday: Boys Basketball, Tuesday: Band Concert, Wednesday: Choir Concert, Thursday: One Act Play Performance & Girls Basketball, Friday: Winter Dance (sorry students only).

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    End of the 9-weeks:

    December 16th is the end of the 9 weeks & Semester (2 weeks left!). Please encourage your child to talk to their teachers, check their grades, take care of class work, study for tests, attend tutorials, and visit strategic EPIC 2.0 classrooms as the end of the 9 weeks is already, right around the corner.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

     

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  • 2 Quick Things from PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 11/28/2016 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    I hope your Thanksgiving break was as restful and rejuvenating as mine was. There is nothing better than the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. That being said, we are back at it, and thus I wanted to share two quick housekeeping items with you for the week:

    1. No Puma Den (after school) on Wednesday. We have a faculty meeting and will not be holding Puma Den on Wednesday. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it is important that we take time periodically to meet as an entire campus.
    2. Attendance: I pride myself in always seeking, seeing & sharing the positive. Thus, it is with great hesitation, and a bit of discouragement, that I share today’s attendance with you. This was the lowest of the year. However, we are a team (staff, students, and parents) and I want to be transparent and ask for each and every parents help so that together, we can do better than this:

    Grade Level Attendance: 11/28/16

    6th Grade            96.79%

    7th Grade            93.73%

    8th Grade            95.53%

     

      • Did you know that our daily attendance plays a role in the campuses accountability?
      • Did you know the daily attendance is a metric in achieving a campus distinction, viewable by other schools, parents, and communities?

     

    I know we can do better than the numbers shown above, here at PCMS. Let’s continue to be a Gold Medal Campus and show up every day, I know we can do better!

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

     

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  • Happy Thanksgivings from PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 11/16/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Wednesday, and more importantly happy soon to be Thanksgiving Break. I am proud of the hard work of our staff and students during the final days before the break. There is often a misconception that we slow down, and shut down, prior to the break. Although we do begin to plan for the transition, I want it to be known that we will always utilize every instructional minute at PCMS in order to keep improving, always, in all ways so that we can reach our goals of being a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best.

    Thanksgiving Break Challenge:

    Often times, we at school say, “we just don’t have enough time” and we often say the same thing at home regarding chores, projects, rest and relaxation. Regardless of the amount of time we have, I want to challenge you to make this Thanksgiving Break full of high-quality time. Meaning, I challenge you (and myself)  to be purposeful about the attention you give your children, family, and friends. Be present in the moment, and enjoy the time we do have, whether you have the whole week off, or just a day. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it, and it will pay dividends when it is time to return to work and school.

    PTO Reminder: Thanksgiving Faculty Desserts (DUE This FRIDAY):

    Our gracious PTO puts on a yearly event of gathering Thanksgiving desserts for our faculty and staff to enjoy over the much deserved Thanksgiving Holiday. They would love your help in contributing to help gather enough for each staff member at PCMS. PTO will be at Park Crest in the front and back loop to collect your desserts before school. Thank you in advance for your contributions to our staff during the holiday season, this is a very sweet gesture.

    Exciting Opportunities for PfISD Students:

    The Pflugerville Community Development Council (PCDC), which is charged with making Pflugerville a regional employment center, recently held a meeting at which our Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Alex Torrez, shared this VIDEO highlighting PfISD’s Career & Technology Education programs. The video is about 8 minutes long, but it will be time well spent. It illustrates all of the opportunities PfISD provides our students in order to become more college and career ready.

    “By Failing to Prepare, You Are Preparing to Fail” – Ben Franklin:

    It is never too early for our PCMS kiddos to think about their future after middle & high school. I challenge you to use the aforementioned video to have these conversations with your children and to later use those conversations to sign up for classes that will teach them the skills they need, and give them a competitive advantage in their future pursuits. As an additional resource, here is a link to the current high school course guides: HHS COURSE GUIDE & PHS COURSE GUIDE

    *HS counselors will come to PCMS later this school year and talk to each 8th grade student and parent in the Spring to help guide them in making these decisions.

    The PfISD Big Event:

    Just a friendly reminder that we are collecting participation forms for the 2017 PfISD Big Event. I guarantee your child will NOT want to miss this community service opportunity. Forms have been passed out through classes, can be picked up in the main office, or can be printed out at home using this link: The PfISD Big Event Forms are being collected in the main hallway at our Big Event Wall! Don’t forget, students MUST be passing all classes at the end of the 2nd 9-weeks grading period (report card) in order to be eligible.

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    Kick Start:

    PCMS competed in their first Kick Start competition of the year and did outstanding! I have visited the portable where Mr. Gartmann and our kiddos call home and have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of respect, discipline, pride, dedication, and hard work I see every time I go out there. To see a list of individual results click this link: PCMS KICKSTART RESULTS

    UIL Team:

    I missed an opportunity to recognize many of our outstanding UIL competitors a short while back, so I wanted to take a moment to give credit where credit is due. Mrs. Penny and her students are highly competitive, and always have their eyes on the Gold Medal. The team had a great start to competitions as they finished 2nd place in the district overall. To see individual top rank finishes, click this link: PCMS UIL TEAM RESULTS

    Basketball:

    Boys basketball kicked off the season against the highly competitive Kelly Lane Knights. The 8th grade teams came home after hard fought games without a win, but the 7th grade A and B team swept the knights here at PCMS. Girls’ basketball plays tomorrow night against Dessau Middle School. 8th grade is home and 7th grade is away. Come out and the support teams!

    Next Week’s Preview:

    Thanksgiving Break (all week). Students and staff will return to PCMS on Monday, November 28th 2016.

    Here is the schedule for the week we return:

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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