Park Crest Middle School


  • We Need Your Vote at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/21/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Before I share any news with you about PCMS, I need to ask for your help! The first two sections of this week’s blog require your attention, and your action. Please take a second to vote and complete the survey below:

    Votes Needed for PCMS Finalist:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation is giving one lucky educator $1,000 for a project and you can have a vote on who gets the money. Park Crest has not one, but TWO finalist in this year’s community grant. Both of these grants are worthy of your vote, but without your vote, neither will be funded.

    The following four finalists want your vote. Voting will end on Friday, April 28. Their fate is in your hands!

    • Park Crest Middle School - Community Garden
    • Park Crest Middle School - Wiggle Seats and Fidgety Feet


    Click here to cast your vote: VOTE PARK CREST!

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    PCMS 2017-18 Parent Survey:

    I have said it before, I will say it again, your feedback is important to us. When we listen to the community we serve, we get better. Period. Please take this opportunity to provide your honest feedback so that we can keep improving, always, in all ways.


    Cafeteria Balances:

    Does your child have an outstanding balance in our lunchroom from lunch and/or breakfast purchases? In an order to collect and clear all outstanding balances, students will no longer be allowed to charge meals to an empty account. Beginning Monday, May 1, students with balances on their account we be able to receive the full reimbursable meal with the exception of the entrée, which will be replaced with our cheese sandwich. All sides and beverages selected as part of the meal will be offered and provided. Any funds collected will go towards their respective balance. This is not ideal, but necessary. If you would like to check your child’s lunch balance, please take a moment to do so by using this link: SCHOOL MEALS

    A Word from PTO:

    PTO is asking for donations to help celebrate teacher appreciation week. The attached link has items and quantities needed to make the week a success. Thanks in advance for your help. 


    8th Grade STAAR Results and the PERFECT SCORE:

    This week the state of Texas released to campuses the results of the 8th grade Math and Reading STAAR tests that were taken in March. I am so proud of the hard work of our students and teachers and the dedication our entire team gave leading up to those tests. All students were given a copy of their scores and whether or not they passed or failed this first administration. For any student who was unsuccessful during the first go around, we have a strong network of support here at the campus, ready to provide them added time and attention in preparation for their second attempt in May. I told my 8th graders a while back that if they scored a perfect score on either test, I would give them some special recognition. Sure enough, we had three students score PERFECT SCORES! How awesome is that. Please help me congratulate the following students:

    • Greta Spanyers – perfect score on the Reading STAAR!
    • Jeremiah Gorman – perfect score the Reading STAAR!
    • Julie Hodges – perfect score on the Math STAAR!

    Duke TIP Students:

    Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nationally recognized and prestigious program for identifying academic excellence across the country. Students must first qualify for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test. From there, identified students are encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT (high school level national tests). I am proud to announce that we had eight (8) students participate in this program:

    • Caleb Bowen
    • Aaliyah Holmes
    • Kennedy Huschka
    • Abby La Follette
    • Christine Nguyen
    • Emma Nieto
    • Olaedochim Obinna
    • Trey Snowberger

    As a former senior assistant principal, I can honestly tell you that these talented 7th graders scored higher on these tests than some graduating seniors do! What an amazingly talented academic group of students. I want to give special recognition to Trey Snowberger for scoring high enough on the SAT to receive the distinction of State Recognition! That is not something you see every year, and we are so proud of him, and our other participating students.

    No Place for Hate:

    Just in, Park Crest Middle School has again, earned the No Place for Hate designation! As you know, we work hard to create and foster an environment that is accepting, inclusive, and most importantly safe for all of our students to learn in. Special thanks to the work of our No Place for Hate coordinator Mrs. Cole and her team of teachers Ms. Denny, Mrs. Shannon, and their team of student leaders who spearhead this program at Park Crest.


    Band & Choir Results:

    Our Band and Choir recently competed in UIL and performed exceptional. Below are scores for the various groups, and in the various types of categories (for reference, 1 is the best score to get!) Go Pumas!

    • Wind Ensemble:
      • 2- on stage
      • 1-sight
    • Honor:
    • 1-on stage
    • 1-sight
    • Choir:
      • 1-concert
      • 2-sight

    8th Grade Parents:

    Information is out for Hendrickson High School Freshman orientation, also known as Take Flight. This is a must for every future Hawk. I highly, highly recommend your child attends this event. For more information and a copy of the form, please click this link: TAKE FLIGHT FORM

    Not going to Hendrickson next year? No problem, stay tuned for information from Weiss and Pflugerville High School in the near future.

    6th Grade Parents:

    As a friendly reminder to current 6th grade parents, before a student may start school during their 7th grade year, they must provide the school with updated shot records. In order to ensure your child is ready for the first day of school next year, please take time to get these shots and send us a copy. For more information on what shots are required, possible places that offer these shots, and more, please click this link from our school nurse: NURSE FORM

    PCMS Gear:

    I want to remind you that our PTO is currently selling our student art Hoodies. This will be our last order before the summer. PTO is selling them for $25. Order forms can be found and turned back in to the front office. You can also print out a form using this link: HOODIE ORDER FORM

    PCMS All-Star Volunteers & Partner:

    Each year Pflugerville ISD allows each campus to recognize one outstanding volunteer and one outstanding community partner that this nominated. We are so fortunate here at PCMS to have the help and support of so many PCMS community members. We believe in the motto, “it takes a village to raise a child” and we take pride in working with you to make this happen.

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    (Shelly O'Mara, dedicated library volunteer)

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    (Eddie Garcia from the Pflugerville Parks & Recreation, for his enormous help with The PfISD Big Event)

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • This Week's Experience at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/13/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Thursday! Although we were short one day this week, we made every day count! Please take time during this extra-long weekend to rest and recuperate. Our kiddos are being held to high expectations and challenged every single day in order to keep improving, always, in all ways. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way, for your kiddo or for mine. However, I do know that working at such a high level requires taking time to rejuvenate, or as we say in Mrs. Gage and Ms. Perez’s 6th grade Succeed and Achieve classes, “taking time to sharpen the saw”. We are going to need our kiddos to be sharp to finish strong in the final weeks leading up to round two of STAAR testing.

    PCMS Experience:

    My focus of visiting classrooms the last two weeks, honestly, was quantity over quality. I know that might seem backwards, but I just felt inclined to briefly fly through as many classes as possible to get a sense of the environment. What I saw made me a happy Principal.

    If you were on our campus, here are some things you might have seen and heard:

    Professional Communication: I went through Ms. Layman’s professional communications class and heard a few speeches that students had put together with the help of some prior researching. One in particular, of 8th grader Ryan, on whether or not to pay college athletes, was very persuading. In addition to overcoming the fear of speaking in front of a classroom audience, students were asked to focus on their eye contact. Which is key when trying to convey as message.

    AVID: In Ms. Vecchio’s AVID classes I saw students struggle through problems during their tutorial sessions. From a glance it appeared that math questions were monopolizing the tutorial time. However, by the end of each tutorial, all of those questions were solved! It is amazing to watch the process our AVID students go through to help each other think critically through their point of confusion.

    Essentials: In our essential academic’s class, students are learning about volcanos. Earlier they created and colored diagrams of volcanos. Today, they made 3D models out of paper. Monday, they will erupt! Stay tuned for how that turns out.

    PE: In PE I saw Coach Lauve’s classroom working on basic fundamentals of catching and throwing as they prepare for their upcoming baseball units. Later, in coach Prine’s PE classes students were learning about soccer. Obviously the weather kept us indoors but that actually turned out great! Students got to practice their skills in a four team showdown! Team Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue tried to protect their goal from the opposing teams. The team with the lower score in the end was the winner. This version added another layer of strategy as you could see teams team up to try and score on the leading team before time ran out. Kudos to Team Green for holding off the others in a close, dramatic finish.

    Math: In 7th grade math I got the opportunity to help a polite 7th grader with her test corrections. She was working on setting up proportions, finding the part of a whole. The real world examples of applying tax and discounts to purchases was something that these students will really benefit from knowing. In 8th grade students are working on financial literacy, another super important topic. This will lead them right into our MAD CITY experience later in May (don’t forget to sign up to volunteer). Over in 6th grade, students were working on finding the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of data. I appreciated how in Mr. Martinez’s class a student worked through the problem at the board and made some common mistakes in finding the mode and median, but the class simply corrected the mistakes together, acknowledged how the mistakes could easily be made, and got better from the process. You could almost see the light bulbs lighting up above each student’s head as the process started to become more and more clear.

    Social Studies: In Mr. Cutter’s 7th grade Texas History class we learned about the impact oil has had on Texas Universities. It is fascinating how much money schools like UT make off of the endowments from properties with oil. Hr. Cutter is a master story teller that I would have loved to learn Texas History from. In 6th grade world cultures I caught the start of class and heard our students leading a key component of our PCMS routine; Good Things. We start each class, each day, with students sharing good things in their lives. For example, I learned about a student’s sister’s 16th birthday and how excited he was to go to Texas Road House to celebrate for dinner. Yumm! This was just one of many things shared, but it reminded me how great it is to start every single period on a positive note. Positivity is extremely contagious. After good things we jumped into current news with CNN 10. Later, I quickly passed through 8th grade U.S. History. Students in Mrs. Visness’s 8th grade class were making vocabulary flash cards to prepare for their Unit 12 test. Students then used those cards to quiz each other on the key vocabulary.

    English: In 6th grade English students are performing a novel study. The current story they are reading is Hatchet, the story of a 13-year-old boys struggle to survive in the wilderness after his plane crashes. In 7th grade, I got to read along with Mrs. Vita’s class for a chapter of the book Chinese Cinderella. We then discussed as a class what the author was describing in this very dense chapter that described the characters Shanghai house. Finally, in 8th ELA students were completing a 3,2,1 activity on a fascinating article on bees and honey combs. The activity required students to think critically by creating 3 questions based on the article, 2 connections made to another article, and 1 connection to something else.

    Science: In 7th grade science I saw weather videos that nearly gave me a heart attack when the lightning struck on the video as I was multitasking in the back of the room. Talk about engaging! In 8th grade science a student politely explained her and her partner’s project on the ecosystem composed in a coral reef. She had found great pictures which she paired with solid facts, which she prepared to present to her class at a later date. 6th grade science spent time last week on the rock cycle and this week on minerals. In fact, I was greeted in the hallway by an animated sixth grader who was overjoyed to share with me that he got to hold the lightest rock he had ever seen; pumice. His enthusiasm and excitement for the learning was definitely contagious in that hallway!

    Art: In advanced art students were working on one of my favorite PCMS traditions; custom painted ceiling tiles. If you have ever walked our halls, it’s hard not to notice how beautiful our ceilings are, thanks to the help of our student artist. This round of projects will be finished soon and will definitely not disappoint.

    Band: In band I got to hear our students practice their sheet music. It amazes me how far they have all come since the start of the year! Special thanks to expertise and leadership of Mr. Lucio and Mrs. Pinner.

    The Library: I won’t spend much time on what all I saw on the library, because you know it was packed in there. What I will tell you is that we have our Read-It-Forward program still going on. The book is called Ghost. We have roughly 50 copies of the book which has been checked out 232 times!!! Once your child reads the book make sure they take the quiz by April 21st so they can join us for the Read-It-Forward EVENT! Invitations to this special event are granted to the students who read, and pass the short quiz in the library. They will NOT want to miss it.

    EPIC 2.0: Being that EPIC is our primary source of intervention and enrichment during the school day the administrators and I made it a top priority to check on classes during this time. Since January we have put an even greater focus on interventions and signing agendas of students we need to see. It is crucial that teachers get the extra time with students to work on skills that have already been covered, but are still giving kiddos trouble. Filling these gaps along the way will make large gains in the success of our students.

    Aladdin Jr.:

    Those of you who joined me this past weekend at our Musical, Aladdin Jr., I am sure would agree that we have some amazingly talented kids. Even if I hadn’t seen the Disney movie 100 times already, both as a child, and with my daughter, I could easily follow the family friendly story line put on by our students. Special thanks to Mrs. Kelly for her countless hours of rehearsal in preparation for this performance. It is easy to take for granted the amount of time our staff members give to help our students keep improving. Please always feel free to send kind emails or letters to our outstanding teachers and staff as a sign of appreciation. Sometimes that simple thank you is all it takes to lift someone’s spirts.


    For pictures from the performance, please check us out on Facebook at this link: PCMS FACEBOOK

    #PCMSGoldMedal Performance:

    I am so proud of our PCMS students who competed in this past weekend’s Special Olympics Round Rock Rotary Track meet:

    Anfernee Davis: 100-meter dash-2nd place

                                  Softball throw-1st place

    Harry Massey: 50-meter dash-5th place

                                Softball throw-5th place

    National Library Week:

    As you have heard me say many times before through the blog, we have THE best librarian around. We celebrated Ms. LaMarre by showering her in thank you notes written by students across the grade levels during their lunches. You can also see the special letter we presented her in hopes of doing our best to summarize her impact on our campus, by clicking this link: NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

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    Puma Pride Breakfast:

    This celebration is one of my favorite times of the year. There is something powerful about staff members being able to nominate just one student of their choice who they feel has been going above and beyond at PCMS. As a new layer to this award, we have asked staff members to nominate based on one of our character traits that we value from our PCMS Crest; leader, hardworking, effective communicator, accepting, critical thinker or accountable. It was great to share a light refreshment and smiles with the nominees and their families. #PCMSGoldMedal

    Bright Bytes Technology Survey:

    I would like to ask that you please take 5 minutes to help your Park Crest, and Pflugerville ISD make technology decisions by completing a brief survey. This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. Your answers are very important! They will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone will have a different set of answers to these questions, depending on his/her different experiences. Thank you for your time and ideas! The survey can be found at this link: TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

    PCMS Soccer:

    Boys and Girls soccer kicked off the season Wednesday night. It was a tough first week of practice with all the rain, but the sky parted Wednesday to allow our kiddos to show off their skills. I am excited for a great season led by Coach Kempf and Coach Castro. Our next game is Thursday at Dessau Middle School. Girls games start at 5:00pm and run about an hour. Boys games start about 15 minutes after their game ends which is around 6:15pm.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    With not many after school events scheduled for next week, this is the perfect opportunity for kiddos to attend tutorials. We have days where over 200 students stay after school in various classrooms, as evident by our afterschool snack list. Is your kiddo taking advantage of this time with teachers?

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Track Results and Much More from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 4/7/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! I want to take a moment to thank you for tuning into this blog each week and taking the time to read through what is going on at PCMS. We are so proud to be Pumas and I hope that you and your children are as well. I am a firm believer that there is nothing more valuable to the success of our kiddos than well-informed parents/guardians to support them. As you continue to support your kiddos please help by checking their agenda for homework assignments, important upcoming dates, EPIC signatures, and encourage them to attend tutorials and proactively seek the help of their teachers.

    Don’t forget, tonight is our amazing musical performance; Aladdin Jr! The show starts at 6:30pm in the PCMS Cafeteria. Tickets are only $5.00 per person. You can’t find Friday night entertainment that cheap anywhere else in Pflugerville! Hope to see you there. There is also a showing on Saturday at 3:00pm.

    #PCMSGoldMedal – Kickstart Instructor:

    Please help us congratulate Mr. Gartmann as he was awarded the Central Texas Kickstart Instructor of the Year! Mr. Gartmann and his kiddos have been competing alongside other middle schools in the area and have been bringing home some impressive victories for PCMS. We are so proud of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to growing our program. He is a perfect example of leading by example, and serves as a great role model for our kiddos.

    (From left to right: Mr. Scott, Mrs. Norris, Mr. Gartmann, THE Mr. Chuck Norris, Mr. Kurek)

    #PCMSGoldMedal – Aramark Competition Winner:

    Earlier in the year we made a big push to make sure all of our kiddos were able to get a good breakfast and lunch each day by inviting all parents to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. I am proud to announce that PCMS had the highest amount of applications submitted per student enrolled at the campus. Our prize for wining this completion is a gracious gift from Aramark of $500 in school supplies! We are excited to put this to use by building our supply of basic school supplies for our kiddos in need. We at PCMS never want there to be a barrier to learning, based on a kiddos ability to have the supplies they need.

    Reminder from PTO:

    Come out to PCMS this Saturday, April 8th between 8am – 12pm to donate to our Easter Seals fundraiser. PTO will be located in the main parking lot front loop. Donations of shoes, clothes, computers and household items are all welcome.

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    Mad City Volunteers:

    Calling all parents, grandparents, family, and friends to PCMS! We need your help. Our 8th grade math department, in conjunction with A+ Federal Credit Union will host our Mad City math event on Friday, May 12th from 8am-12pm. We are in need of volunteers to help support this great event! If you, or anyone you know, is interested in volunteering for our event, please spread the word. Even if you don’t have an 8th grader, but would like to preview the event for a younger child, through volunteering, you are welcome to. Here is a link for additional information and to volunteer: MAD CITY FLYER

    Track Results:

    I am so proud of all of our athletes at Monday and Tuesdays District Track meets. Everyone worked hard, and all of the practice paid off. Our overall teams had a great showing, and earned the following results:

    7th girls – 2nd Place!

    7th boys – 1st Place! (DISTRICT CHAMPS!)

    8th girls – 2nd Place!

    8th boys – 3rd Place!

    For individual results please use the links below:

    7th Grade Girls Individual Results

    7th Grade Boys Individual Results

    8th Grade Girls Individual Results

    8th Grade Boys Individual Results

    End of Year Trips:

    By this time your child should have brought home their end of year trip flyer with information and payment instructions. Here is a link to each grade levels forms in case you need another copy:




    Next Week’s Preview:


    PTO Meeting:

    As always, everyone is invited! This is the best time of year to get involved if you are the parent of a current 6th or 7th grader. Whether you are ready to volunteer your time and effort, or just simply want to see what all we discuss, you are welcome. I hope to see you all there!


    We kick off the soccer season on Wednesday night here at Park Crest! Whether you have a child on the team, or not come on out.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Goodbye March, Here We Come April at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 3/31/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday. I am so proud to report that our kiddos gave a great effort on this week’s STAAR testing. Everyone did fantastic, whether they were a 7th or 8th grader in the testing room, or a 6th grader moving quietly through passing periods, as to not disturb those who were testing. Nonetheless, we are all excited to get back to business as usual here at PCMS.

    PCMS Crest:

    A few months ago, we released our official PCMS Crest! This Crest illustrates:

    • Our mission: To keep improving, always, in all ways.
    • Our goal/vision: To be The best of the best - a gold medal campus.
    • The character traits we hope to acknoweldge, promote, teach, and reinforce in our students, parents, staff, and administrators.


    ***Please check out our new short video describing this crest and promoting our campus by clicking on this link, and then scrolling down just a bit: PCMS Crest INFORMATION


    Special Congratulations – DISTRICT Employee of the Month:

    Hopefully you can tell from your child’s experience, or through the many positive things I am able to share through this blog, that PCMS is an amazing campus. The reason it is so great is because of the teachers and staff who go above and beyond for children every day. Park Crest is home to the November DISTRICT Teacher of the Month (Mrs. King) and the February DISTRICT Staff Member of the Month (Mrs. Blakely). I am proud to announce that we have also recently had a staff member awarded for the April DISTRICT Staff Member of the Month; Mrs. Dilworth, our amazing campus registrar. We could not be more proud of Mrs. Dilworth for her very prestigious recognition!


    Park Crest Art at the Pflugerville Public Library:

    The PfISD Fine Arts Department would like to invite you to attend the 16th Annual PfISD District Art Show at the Pflugerville Public Library. The show hosts a variety of work, including paintings, drawings, etchings and collages by our district’s talented art students. The art will be on display during normal library hours on the following dates.

    The art will be on display in two separate showings:

    1st Show (APRIL 1st – 12th)

    Featured Schools: Copperfield Elementary, Dearing Elementary, Delco Primary, Dessau Elementary, Parmer Lane Elementary, Pflugerville Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Timmerman Elementary, Windermere Elementary, Windermere Primary, Cele Middle, Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, Hendrickson High

    2nd Show (APRIL 22nd – May 5th)

    Featured Schools: Barron Elementary, Brookhollow Elementary, Caldwell Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Murchison Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Riojas Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Rowe Lane Elementary, Wieland Elementary, Dessau Middle, Pflugerville Middle, Westview Middle, Connally High, Pflugerville High

    Pflugerville Education Foundation Board Members Applications:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is accepting applications for new Board Members who will bring energy, commitment, fresh ideas, special skills and a passion for student success.  One of the most valuable assets of a non-profit is its Board of Directors and PEF is looking to grow their dedicated group.  The all-volunteer Board is comprised of individuals representing all facets of the Pflugerville community from every aspect of the district.   If you are someone who wants to get involved and support education, then this is the position for you! The Board is the agency’s governing body, caring for the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization, and ensuring the fulfillment of the mission to help PfISD students reach their full potential.  Application deadline is April 24, 2017. Here is a link to the application: PEF BOARD MEMBER APPLICATION

    For more information, please contact:


    Soccer Tryouts:


    Boys Soccer Tryouts Information:

    Boys Soccer tryouts will be on Wednesday April 5th, Thursday April 6th, and Friday April 7th. Tryout times are 3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  (please have a ride and be off campus by 5:45 p.m.) In order to try out you must have a valid UIL Physical on file with Coach Prine by noon on April 5th. You must also sign up by March 31st with Coach Lauve, and be academically eligible. Final cuts will be announced Friday April 7th.

    Girls Soccer Tryouts Information:

    Girls tryouts are Wednesday April 5th, Thursday April 6th, and Friday April 7th. All girls need cleats and shin guards. In order to try out you must have a valid UIL Physical on file and be academically eligible. See Ms. Kempf for more details.

    PHS Cheerleading Tryouts Information:


    Next Week’s Preview:


    BOOK FAIR!!!:

    Just a friendly reminder that next week is our book fair in the library! This is expected to be the biggest book fair at Park Crest yet! Also, don’t forget to come out for our late night on Wednesday, April 5th from 3:30-7:00pm to see the Edible Book Contest and meet our special guest judge!

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    Track Meet:

    Please join us Monday & Tuesday evening at Pflugerville High School for the final track meet of the year! This will be the district meet and will split over two days. Monday is girls running events and boys field events. Tuesday is girls field events and boys running events. See you there!

    Easter Seals:

    It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your closets and get rid of any old household items you aren’t using. Bring them to the front parking lot loop on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 and we will do the rest! Click this link for more information: EASTERSEALS CLOTHING DRIVE



    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Preparing for Next Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 3/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is amazing what a week away from work will do to a person. PCMS is full of smiles, fun stories, and happy adults. The kids seem to be in a great state of mind as well. While the break was fantastic, and well deserved, we have already refocused our eyes on what we need to do to be a Gold Medal Campus – The Best of the Best. We measure our campus, our students, and our staff’s success on so many more things than just state assessments, however, at this time this is where we put the bulk of our attention. Our laser like focus during Tuesdays district assessment was evident as our 7th grade Pre AP math classes delivered purposeful, structured rotations. Our teachers built lessons based on important information and topics that students have historically struggled on. When I visited those classrooms the students were highly engaged and motivated to do well. Across the other content areas our teachers are planning similar classroom experiences to best prepare and review material that is crucial to our student’s success.


    Speaking of assessments, here is next week’s rundown:

    • Tuesday, March 28th: 7th grade Writing & 8th grade reading
    • Wednesday, March 29th: 7th grade Pre AP math & 8th grade math

    ***Please note that students may not be removed from school on testing days. If you have an appointment set up, please take a moment to rearrange that appointment.

    Testing Advice: I want to give credit to another middle school principal in the district who gave some great advice to their parents, which I wanted to share with you as well:

    Preparing at home for STAAR.  Many parents wonder how they can help their student prepare for the STAAR tests.  Overwhelmingly, students struggle with measurement, geometry and probability in math, and inferences or predictions in reading and social studies.  Some of the ways you can help your student are:

    • Ask students to justify their conclusions: how do they know something is true, or why did they draw that conclusion?
    • Help students practice measuring items: can they help bake a cake, make a wood working project, or help measure scrapbooking pages?  Perhaps you need to paint a room or decide how furniture can be rearranged.  
    • Many students do well with two dimensional shapes (square, rectangle, circle) but struggle when the object is represented in three dimensions (cube, prism, or sphere).  Help students identify the sides of a 3D object- can they still find the area of one side (or face) of an object?
    • Ask students to make predictions.  Can they guess what is about to happen on the TV show?  What helped them make that prediction- the music, something a character said or did, or maybe the setting (doesn't everyone know what happens when a character runs into a cemetery on a horror show)

    Recommendations for a successful testing day.  STAAR testing days can be stressful for students; here are some tips for having a successful testing experience:

    • Get plenty of rest the night before the test.
    • Eat a good breakfast in the morning.
    • If there is time to exercise in the morning, it can help stimulate the brain.
    • Take your time; most students do not use the entire four hours.  If you tend to rush through tests, try reading the answer choices from the bottom to the top (D, C, B, A instead of A, B, C, D).
    • Use the resources available.  Students have access to a variety of resources during the test, depending on the subject, such as: formula charts, rulers (the side of the formula chart), dictionaries, highlighters, color pencils, scratch paper, or calculators (but not all math or science tests allow calculators).

    This is sound advice, and can help you look like an educational guru when preparing with your kiddos!

    Writing Contest Winner:

    A few blog postings back, I shared an area writing contest with you from the SouthWest Water Company. Well, I am beyond excited to share with you that a Park Crest Puma wrote the grand champion essay! #PCMSGoldMedal!!! 8th grader, Mia Parker was the winner of the contest, featured in the Statesman, and received the grand prize $500! “Writing well really can pay off!” To read the article featured on Mia and Park Crest, please click this link: WRITING CONTEST WINNER and click this link for more info on the contest winner: CONTEST WINNER


    Spanish Biliteracy:

    Did you know we have students at PCMS who have been studying in the PfISD bilteracy program since early elementary school? On Friday, just before spring break, these students and their amazing teacher Mr. Lopez shared information on the Spanish culture and native Spanish foods. Below are just a few pictures our teachers (Mrs. Kelso, ESL teacher on the left. Mr. Lopez, bilteracy teacher on the right) and a few of our students showing off their presentations. It was a great showcase to lead us into the break.


    Art in Athletics:

    Led by our amazing Mrs. Amparan, our students in 7th/8th grade art added another mural to bring our campus walls to life. Check out the pictures below of the beautiful extracurricular inspired art that now lines the athletics hallway. There is nothing better than showing off the work of our talented students all across OUR campus.


    Destination Imagination Team:

    The Park Crest DI team, led by the great Ms. Kempf placed 4th in the category of Improv at the Westlake tournament just before spring break. We are so proud of this growing group here at PCMS. Here is our fierce group below:


    Park Crest Students READ:

    It is of no surprise, that our collection of 50 copies of Ghost have been constantly checked out since starting Read-It-Forward. It makes me so happy to see the work of our amazing librarian and many ELA teachers who inspire our kiddos to read. Through my experience in both teaching and educational administration I promise you that encouraging your child to read more will pay huge dividends in their future academic success (and that is coming from a former math teacher!). If your kiddo has not yet taken time to read the book it isn’t too late! Simply have them get on the waiting list, and as soon as a copy is returned, they will be notified.


    In addition to the Read-It-Forward event going on, we also have countless other activities taking place in the library. Check out the image below for a rundown:


    Also, mark your calendar for our Spring Book Fair on April 3rd – 9th and the Edible Book Contest on April 5th in the library. If you would like to preview the book fair please click this link: PCMS BOOKFAIR



    We are expecting a special guest to help judge in our edible book contest; Carline Coleman, Food Network’s Chopped Junior Winner (image below). Whether you enter the contest or not, come out to the book fair at the PCMS library on Wednesday, April 5th to meet Carline!


    End of Year Grade Level Trips!

    Each year, during May, our students are rewarded for their hard work, great attendance, and good behavior with a trip to enjoy another successful year. Each grade level will have a slightly different experience. A copy of all necessary information will be sent home in the near future. Please note that discipline and attendance are part of the eligibility requirements. Here are the exiting places our students will be going for this year’s events:

    6th Grade – Gilleland Pool and Park followed by Games2U at PCMS

    7th Grade – Austin Parks & Pizza

    8th Grade – Schliterbahn

    PCMS Track:

    I have had the great privilege of visiting each of the track meets this year to watch our kiddos perform. However, this past week I was able to carve out time to attend from start to finish. It was a great day to be a Puma! I was so proud of all of our athletes as they competed hard, won and lost with grace, and had a fun time doing it. Special thanks to the work of both our boy’s and girl’s coaches for the time and energy they put into our athletes.

    Box Tops Reminder:

    I just want to take a moment to remind you that our PTO benefits from collected box tops. You can simply drop off, or send them in with our child, to our collection box in the front office. Thanks in advance for your support!


    Miss Pflugerville Contest

    It’s nearly that time of year again, for Pflugerville’s annual Deutschen Pfest! This yearly pfestival includes the Miss Pflugerville Contest. I know we have countless amazing young ladies here at PCMS who are easily worthy of this title! If your daughter is interested in entering this contest and representing themselves, and PCMS, please see this flyer for more information: CONTEST INFO

    Attendance Celebration:

    After a rough patch during flu season, our attendance has steadily been on the rise! I want to highlight a particular day; Tuesday, March 21st when PCMS had only 12 students out! Here are the specific percentages:

    • 6th 99.28% (only 2 students absent)
    • 7th 98.7% (only 4 students absent)
    • 8th 98.03% (only 6 students absent)
    • Total 98.65%

    That is reason to celebrate! As I have said all year, the more students are at school, the more opportunity they will have to learn! Thanks for supporting our efforts by emphasizing to your children that every day is an important day to be at school.

    Next Week’s Preview:


    No After School Events:

    Due to testing, there will be no after school practices for athletics or extracurricular on Monday or Tuesday. There will also be no activities on Wednesday because our staff will be partaking in our monthly faculty meeting. This includes NO puma den on Wednesday, 3/29. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Mad City Volunteers:

    Once our testing season has completed in May, our 8th grade math department, in conjunction with A+ Federal Credit Union will host our Mad City math event! This year’s event takes place on Friday, May 12th from 8am-12pm. This is an exciting day of exploration and learning. 8th grade students will be awarded the opportunity to experience life as an adult through simulating what it would be like to have an income, car payment, mortgage, family, etc. It is a great opportunity for our students to utilize their math skills through a real world application. We are in need of volunteers to help support this great event! If you, or anyone you know, is interested in volunteering for our event, please spread the word. Even if you don’t have an 8th grader, but would like to preview the event for a younger child, through volunteering, you are welcome to. Here is a link to additional information about volunteering:MAD CITY FLYER    Please go to the link below and register so we can make sure we have enough volunteers.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • The Most Important Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 3/6/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas!

    With Spring Break taking place next week, I thought it would be more useful to send out this week’s principal’s blog early in the week. Don’t worry, there are plenty of great things to share with you!

    The Most Important Week:

    This week is perhaps one of the most important weeks for kiddos as it is a pivotal time in the 9-weeks, and in the year. The reason is because the 9-weeks ends almost immediately after returning from Spring Break. We return to school on Monday, March 20th, and the 9-weeks ends on Tuesday, March 21st. This gives students a false illusion that they have more time to fix, finish, and turn in work. PLEASE advise your students to take advantage of this week to bring all grades as high as they possible can.

    Also, the 2016-17 STAAR Tests are quickly approaching. Although the majority of our State Testing occurs in May, we kick of testing as early as March 28th! Below is a breakdown of this year’s testing dates.

    Grade 6 Reading and Math         

    • 6th Grade Math - Monday, May 8, 2017         
    • 6th Grade Reading - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing      

    • 7th Grade Writing - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 7th Grade Pre AP Math – Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 7th Grade Math - Monday, May 8, 2017      
    • 7th Grade Reading - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies

    • 8th Grade Reading - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 8th Grade Math - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 
    • 8th Grade Science - Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 8th Grade Social Studies - Thursday, May 11, 2017

    End of Course      

    • STAAR EOC Algebra I - Wednesday, May 3, 2017


    I will be sending more information about these tests when we return from break, but I wanted them on every parent’s radar as they are important to your child, and this campus as indicators of our combined hard work this year. I am extremely confident in the work of our staff, and our students up to this point. All we need now is for our kiddos to show up, be focused, and give their best.

    Speaking of Testing:

    Friendly reminder: A few times a year we get together for our Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC). During these meetings we discuss our current data, State Testing data, campus plan, and other important topics on how to help PCMS keep improving, always, in all ways. If you would like to take a look at our 2015-16 school year data for State Testing or our campus plan you may do so at any time via our website at this link: DATA & PLAN Both documents can also be found in our front office.

    Choir Concert:

    No plans Wednesday night? Come on out to the PCMS cafeteria to join me at the Choir Concert! The concert will be held from 7:00 – 8:00pm, Wednesday, March 8th.

    The PfISD Big Event – PCMS Video:

    Did your child come home talking about the Big Event on Friday? If they participated, I sure hope they came home and told you about their positive experience. The event has been featured in the Statesman, Pflugerville Pflag, KVUE, KXAN, KEYE, and of course, all over Facebook. Our extremely talented Ms. Layman has put together a video showing the experience from start to finish. To view it, please visit us on Facebook using this link: PCMS FACEBOOK PAGE Or you can view our video directly using this link: PCMS BIG EVENT 2017

    *Don’t forget to like our page and share our video!

    A Bunch of Ghosts Spotted in the PCMS Library!

    No, not real ghosts. I mean our copies of the book Ghost have arrived! Please encourage your child to pick up a copy and be a part of this year’s campus wide Read It Forward. Although it looks like a lot of copies now, they will go fast!


    PCMS March Madness Event:

    Mirroring the widely popular NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, PCMS Library is hosting our own March Madness Tournament. However, our event will crown the 2017 Book of the Year, as determined by PCMS. Registration begins on March 9th through the PCMS Library Website. Here is a link to the PCMS Library Symbaloo (resource page) where voting will take place: PCMS LIBRARY RESOURCES


    Here is a sneak peak of our 32 teams, I mean books, that are in this year’s tournament.


    PCMS is Always Up for an Opportunity to be Gold Medal:

    2017 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge!

    We are proud to announce PfISD’s participation in the 2017 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge! This Challenge is an exciting opportunity for all of us to join together, celebrate healthy living, and showcase our efforts to improve our health as individuals and as a community. The five winning communities will receive funds to put toward future health-related projects!  Right now we are in 2nd place in the Midsize school district!

    Here’s how you can get involved:

    1. Log onto the Challenge website:
    2. Register—it just takes a minute and earns our community 1,000 points!
    3. Start uploading your healthy activities! There are numerous ways to earn points; everything from tracking your physical activity daily, to snapping Healthy Selfies, to planning healthy activities at your school or workplace, to hosting communitywide health events! It’s easy to start uploading and here are some ideas to get you started:
      • 200 points » Take a Healthy Selfie. Snap a picture of yourself getting physically active, or eating healthy. You can upload as many of these as you want!
      • 200 points » Organize a Healthy Workplace Activity. How about a healthy office potluck, a kickball game, dropping for 10 pushups every hour with officemates, going on a group walk, or creating makeshift standing desks?
      • 250-10,000 points » Sign a Pledge. There are pledges on the Challenge website for mayors, city councils, employers, school districts, and faith-based leaders.

    Please help get the whole community registered and involved by sharing using the hashtag #CommunityChallenge! This page has additional Challenge information, resources, and promotional materials. Let’s show the rest of Texas what we can do!

    Next Week’s Preview:


    Please note that we have school this entire week, through Friday. Please help us with our attendance goals by not beginning our Spring Break early, and returning first thing Monday morning.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • The Big Event and So Much More at PCMS!!!

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

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was a busy week at PCMS between our many campus activities, after school events including our monthly PTO meeting and Principal’s Meeting (CAAC), as well as today’s event; The Big Event! This week was a prime example of how great our staff, students, and parents are at PCMS.

    The PfISD Big Event:

    This year’s PfISD Big Event was the third annual for our district. Year one took place at Hendrickson high school and included 1,100 students. Year two was slated to include all three high schools, and all six middle schools. However, rain had other plans and canceled our event. This year, over 3,600 students, from nine different campuses along with over 180 supervising adults, traveled to over 70 job sites to perform community service. This event was the largest single day community service project in the history of the city of Pflugerville, and it was all completed by kids! How cool is that. I am so proud of our students and staff for their great work across the community. We had a few groups eat lunch a bit later than we had hoped, but overall it was a phenomenal event. Students completed tasks such as; painting, picking up trash, spreading mulch, cleaning playscapes, reading to elementary students, volunteering at nursing homes, and sprucing up gardens, just to name a few! I can’t wait to see this event grow even larger year after year. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase how great our kiddos are at PCMS, and across the district. It just goes to show, if you give our kiddos an opportunity, they will impress you every time!

    Cutting Edge Learning Opportunity:

    Have you ever heard of Escape Rooms? They are a highly addictive recreational experience that challenges participants by forcing them to complete tasks, answer riddles, put together clues, and utilize the items around them to “escape” from a room. They are quickly becoming more popular, and more businesses are popping up in the Austin area. The reason I am telling you all of this is because our Social Studies teacher Mrs. King and our Instructional Coach Mrs. Huval put together an escape room experience to challenge some of our kiddos at PCMS. The event was held during EPIC and was a huge hit! Participating students were given clues, questions, and problems to solve in order to get to the next clue. The activity ended by opening a series of locks and revealing what was inside of the final locked box. What was inside you ask? We are yet to know! The students did great in solving the problems but unfortunately ran out of time! They will have to come back during another Epic to complete the task! Here is an image of some of the kiddos working through the clues.


    Gold Medal Performances:

    Help me congratulate some of our outstanding students who participated in the Special Olympics basketball competition for the Pflugerville Falcons this past weekend.  We had two Park Crest students who participated, and placed:

    • Connor Weise was a member of the 5 on 5 team that earned a silver medal. 
    • Marissa Crittenden was a member of our team skills team that brought home the gold medal. 

    We are super proud of these kiddos! #PCMSGoldMedal

    So Much Happening in the PCMS Library:

    Canes Gift Cards: As we continue to encourage students to enjoy learning, especially through reading, we are offering students the ability to earn a free Canes gift card after successfully reading 7 books. Here is a sample of what the gift card looks like.


    Read it Forward: Next week PCMS kicks off a school wide reading event called Read it Forward, which is an opportunity for multiple students to read the same book that is on spotlight at our campus. This year’s book is the National Book Finalist; Ghost, by Jason Reynolds. I got a head start on this event by reading the book a few weekends back. I can honestly say I could NOT put the book down! It is a great read, especially for middle school age students. I challenge ALL of our kiddos to take part in this year’s event and dive into the journey of a middle school aged student through good and bad as he struggles to overcome obstacles and find a purpose. Through perseverance and hard work, the main character is able to keep improving and eventually… Well, your child is simply going to have to read it for themselves to find out the rest. I encourage your student to visit the library next week to check out this book, or get on the waiting list. We will have 50 copies, but they should go fast! Here is a picture of the book in case you want to purchase a copy of your own through Amazon or a local bookstore:


    Ice Cream to Support PCMS: Want to grab some ice cream with the family, and support Park Crest Middle School? Come on out to the local Baskin-Robbins (located in the Walmart shopping center) on Thursday, March 9th from 5-9pm. Park Crest PTO will receive 20% of all sales that evening!

    PCMS Grant Article:

    Park Crest was the recipient of a handful of grants from the Pflugerville Education Foundation last year. One in particular, which was for the purchase of our amazing 3D printer, was featured in a district article. Read about our amazing staff member Mrs. Matysek and the grant she wrote to help support our kiddos using this link: PCMS GRANT ARTICLE

    Pennies for Patients:

    The annual Leukemia & Lymphoma society fund raiser has come to an end. We are proud to announce that PCMS raised an astonishing $418.86 in a matter of just a few weeks. Thank you to all the parents and students who donated their pennies and other loose change to the cause.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Track: Our first track meet took place last night at Hendrickson High Schools. Boys and girls worked hard and I am so proud of the many achievements and experience this event provided.

    Next Week’s Preview:


    Track: Boys and Girls Track photos are on Monday night, and we have our second meet of the year at HHS on Wednesday. Please come out to HHS and support our phenomenal kiddos!


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  • Continuous Learning for Everyone at PCMS

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 2/24/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! Make sure you read through all the headlines in this week’s Principal’s Blog so you don’t miss any of the great things that happened this week, and all the things happening next week!

    PCMS Experience:

    We kicked off the week with a day of learning for the adults at PCMS. We had presentations ranging from technology to AVID strategies. It is always useful as an educator to switch seats and take time to learn ourselves.

    Later in the week, I had the opportunity to see a ton of classrooms this week, and was pleased with the learning in every single one! Here is a glimpse of some of the things I saw. Mrs. Perez’s 6th grade students were working on their organization and managing their missing work in Succeed & Achieve. Mr. Martinez’s students were cross multiplying to solve proportions in real world word problems. Mrs. Eaton’s students were using technology to learn about the weather. In Mrs. Reynold’s math class students were interpreting various types of graphs and solving word problems based on the information found in those graphs. In both 7th grade science classes they were working on dissecting frogs. Boy was it stinky! I could go on and on.

    Gold Medal Moments:

    On Monday, February 20th, to kick off our staff development we shared just a few of the many Gold Medal moments we have had together this year at PCMS. Please click this link so you can share in these moments as well: GOLD MEDAL MOMENTS 2016-17

    PCMS Crest:

    I am very proud to present to you an image that the staff has developed to represent and communicate our common understandings of what makes Park Crest Middle School such a great campus! The image below was created through many iterations of conversations about “what we do at Park Crest”. You can expect to hear much more about this crest in the near future. For now, to get a better idea of how this all came about, please take a moment to click this link: PCMS CREST INFORMATION 

     PCMS Crest

    The PfISD Big Event is NEXT WEEK:

    We are so excited to announce that The Big Event is taking place next week on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 across the district. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase our kiddos volunteering and giving back to the community. From my experience with the event, it is an invaluable opportunity for students. All PCMS students, attending or not, must attend school this day. Please use this link for more information about this year’s event: THE BIG EVENT

    What to Bring/wear:

    • Clothing you can work in and get dirty
    • Appropriate shoes
    • Gloves
    • A hat
    • Sunscreen
    • A water bottle

    What not to Bring/wear:

    • Backpacks/purses
    • Expensive clothing/shoes/jewelry
    • Items prohibited at school
    • Items that could be lost or damaged

    Student Art Contest Hoodies Available for Sale:

    Check out these awesome PCMS hoodies! PTO is selling them for $25. Order forms can be found and turned back in to the front office. You can also print out a form using this link: HOODIE ORDER FORM

    Drop off & Pick up Safety:

    I would like to take a moment to provide a friendly reminder to please drive with caution as you approach and enter the school zone. We have many kiddos who walk and ride their bike to and from school well before the day starts, and well after it ends. Please be mindful of our intersections, cross walks, and high traffic areas. Thank you in advance for doing what you can to keep our kiddos safe every day.

    Next Week’s Preview:


    PTO Meeting:

    Come to the library Tuesday night at 6:30 to hear about all the great things the PTO has done, and has planned for PCMS! This is a great way to connect with other Gold Medal parents with the same interest in the success of their kiddos, and our campus. Hope to see you there!

    Principal’s Meeting (Campus Academic Advisory Committee):

    Want to learn more about the classroom instruction at PCMS? Want to learn more about the strategic plan at PCMS? How about the financial and professional development priorities? Want a chance to hear straight from the principal regarding the current data and progress of our students? Then come to the PCMS library Wednesday Night from 6:00-7:00pm! A parent who attended last month’s meeting put together this great word cloud to help describe what this meeting is all about, and what we discuss:


    Track Season:

    Come support our track athletes this Thursday. The track meet will be hosted at Hendrickson High School.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Student 3 Day Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 2/17/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week I want to start by sharing a story. I ran into a beloved community member this week who stays in touch with what is going on at Park Crest through this blog. They asked me, “Mr. Kleypas, is Park Crest really as great as you make it out to be?” I smiled and confidently replied, “YES!”. Then they made reference to our Gold Medal theme as they asked “All I see is Gold Medal this, Gold Medal that. Do you all get 1st place in everything you do over there?” to which I responded something along the lines of, “No, not everything. But we make sure to acknowledge and appreciate when we do, and strive to keep improving, always, in all ways when we don’t.” The conversation was so simple, yet so representative of our reputation here at PCMS. Thanks to your support, your outstanding kiddos, and the dedication of this staff, we have established a reputation in this community of being the best of the best; Gold Medal, in everything we do. It is this Gold Medal standard, combined with our keep improving mindset that is going to propel our students to learn more, achieve more, and be more confident in their abilities.

    PCMS Gold Medal Staff Members:

    Every year we have the privilege and honor of recognizing the amazing accomplishments of two members of our staff.

    The first, is an individual who stands out as a Humanitarian; someone who is a servant leader and enhances the wellbeing of students, staff, and the community with everything they do. I am proud to announce the 2016-17 Park Crest Middle School Humanitarian of the year, Assistant Principal Clint Shuman! To read a little more about Mr. Shuman, please click this link: HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

    The second individual recognized is our Teacher of the Year. You can imagine what a difficult task this is due to the All-star lineup at PCMS. An individual who receives the Teacher of the Year award should be positive, supportive, student-centered, engaging, dynamic, knowledgeable, and innovative, among other things. Thus, it was without question that we recognize our 2016-17 Park Crest Middle School Teacher of the Year, Science Teacher Leti Munoz! To read a little more about Ms. Munoz, please click this link: TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    In honor of one of my favorite PCMS traditions; decorated ceiling tiles, we awarded both staff members with a custom ceiling tile to be utilized in their classroom/office to commemorate their achievement:

    TOY & HOY

    Gold Medal Kickstart Performance:

    If you follow my blog each week, you have heard me rave about our Kickstart program. Well, it seems they have done it again! Our 6th grade, and our 7th/8th grade demo teams competed in the regional competition and came home with some major achievements! Our 6th grade team, which competed in the beginner division finished 2nd in Central Texas. Our 7th/8th grade team, competed in the advanced division and was the Central Texas Regional Champions! They will now compete for best in the state of Texas later in the school year! So proud of these amazing kiddos. #PCMSGoldMedal


    UIL Gold Medal:

    I unintentionally left off two Gold Medal student performances on last week’s UIL Academics shout out! Good news, is now they get a special feature! Kudos to JT and Kayla, and all of our UIL Academics competitors at the district meet.


    Future Weiss Students Only (Cheerleading):

    Are you interested in trying out for cheerleader, yell leader or mascot at Weiss High School for the 2017 school year? You will need to attend the mandatory try-out meeting on Wednesday, March 1st at Cele Middle School. There are information sheets in the front office available with additional information. Or you can click this link: WEISS CHEERLEADING

    Next Week’s Preview:


    Student Holiday:

    Friendly reminder that Monday is a student holiday. Meanwhile, the staff at PCMS will be eagerly learning and finding ways to keep improving, always, in all ways.”

    Board seeks your input for next Superintendent of Schools:


    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has begun the search for the next Superintendent of Schools. 

    The position has been posted and will stay open for applications until March 16. Trustees will review all applications and make selections for candidates to interview during the last part of March. By early April, the Board will begin the interview process, with a final selection of a lone finalist later in April. There is a state-mandated, 21-day waiting period after naming a lone finalist before the Board can officially execute a contract. The Board hopes that the new Superintendent will enter the district on a full-time basis sometime in early summer.

    It is very important to the Board that staff and community have the opportunity to provide feedback on what qualities and characteristics that it would like to see in the next Superintendent. With that in mind, there will be an open community forum on Wednesday February 22, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the PfISD Rock Gym (immediately next door to Timmerman Elementary at 700 West Pecan St. in Pflugerville), where the community can provide input into the selection process. Staff will be on hand to take comments that will be provided to the Board of Trustees to assist them in the search process.

    The forum will have a come-and-go format to provide flexibility for community members who wish to participate. In addition, for those who cannot attend the forum or wish to provide online input, there is an online survey opportunity to provide input to the process as well. Visit the PfISD website ( beginning Friday, February 17, and click the link that says “Superintendent Search.” All input will be shared with the Board.


    Most Sincerley,


    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • #PCMSGoldMedal from PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas at 2/10/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was an amazing week at PCMS. On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you so much to everyone who brought in chili for Monday’s chili luncheon. That made our day!

    Tutorial Reminders:

    Afterschool, myself or a fellow administrator travels the building with our rolling cart full of snacks to deliver to every kiddo staying for tutorials. As I walk the building I can’t help but notice that the classrooms are not as full as I would hope they would be. Students who have questions in class, struggle with an assignment, or simply want more individual support from their teacher, should really be utilizing the time our teachers devote to staying past the school day. Since we tweaked our EPIC 2.0 procedures to reflect more intervention in preparation for STAAR tests, there is an even greater need to attend afterschool tutorials. Here are a few ways you can support your kiddo to identity which tutorial they can be attending, and when:

    1. Check FOCUS for students grades, assignments, and missing work: FOCUS PARENT PORTAL
    2. Check our website for the grade level specific tutorial calendar:

    PCMS Experience:

    I got to see some artists show of their skills while displaying their learning in Mrs. Vita’s class. You would have been amazed to see the creativity as they drew pictures to illustrate the story they were reading. All of the 7th grade students were highly engaged and could tell me exactly what their illustrations were about. It was evidence of learning at its finest!

    Later, in Mrs. Reynold’s 7th grade math class, I got to join a group and watch them learn as we completed math problems that were scattered around the room in a scavenger hunt format. It was great to see the kids up and active, yet behaved and engaged. I was also impressed with how well my group could teach me how to find the volume and surface area as I pretended that I wasn’t a former high school math teacher and had no idea what I was doing.

    Our 7th grade science students have had a blast learning about the digestive system this week. In fact, all of our students got to color shirts depicting our entire digestive system which they will wear with pride on Friday. Evert student I pop-quizzed could identify all of the organs and parts on the shirt. #PCMSGoldMedal.

     science shirts

    Gold Medal Performance in UIL:

    Last weekend our students competed at the District UIL Academic meet. The brilliant minds at PCMS came home with numerous individual wins and won 1st place in the overall meet! I am so proud of our participating kiddos and their achievement. Here is a list of the top finishes of our PCMS students:

    UIL Meet

    Librarian of the Year Finalist:

    This will come as no surprise; your children have The Best Librarian, here at PCMS. Mrs. LaMarre was recently recognized for all of her greatness by being named a finalist for the TCEA State of Texas Librarian of the Year! #PCMSGoldMedal



    Counselor Appreciation Week:

    Can you imagine a campus without our amazing counselor team? I CAN’T! Please take a moment to email your child’s counselor to thank them for all the work they do to meet the diverse needs of our student bodies. A simply thank you goes a long way!

    6th grade: Darlena Walker –

    7th grade: Chris Shanahan –

    8th grade: Kristina Wells –


    A Word from PTO:

    PTO has another event coming up that could use your support. This time around, instead of chili, they are seeking sweets! Please use the link below to sign up for a Valentine’s sweet treat to make in appreciation of our teachers at PCMS. On February 14th.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball had their season finale Monday night against Pflugerville Middle School. 8th grade B team and our 7th grade A team finished with wins! Congratulations to all the boys this year on a great season of basketball. Special thanks to our coaches; Lauve, Prine, Elliot, and Wilson for their dedication and long hours to developing our teams.

    Next Week’s Preview:


     Monday, February 20th:

    Not next week, but the folloiwng Monday is a staff development for PfISD. Students do not have school. Meanwhile, our staff will be working hard to keep improving, always, in all ways through structured professional development on campus.


    Most sincerely,


    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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