• Spring Break at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/9/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! On behalf of all of the faculty and staff at Park Crest Middle School, I hope you have a wonderful, restful, and safe Spring Break. The kiddos have been working hard in classes and the results on our district assessments prove it. This break is coming at the perfect time for kiddos and adults to recharge one last time as we gear up for the remainder of the year! Here are some important testing dates to keep in mind as we return from the break. Focus, energy, and commitment from the moment we get back will be essential to the success of our kiddos and our campus this year.

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    HEB Excellence in Education Finalist:

    The secret to having a great school is having great teachers. Period. I am so fortunate to work at a school with so many hard working, caring, and talented adults. We had multiple teachers nominated for the HEB Excellence in Education Award this year which is amazing! This award is like the Oscars of education. It is a REALLY big deal! That alone is a great accomplishment, but from there one of our very own, Ms. Munoz was named a FINALIST! I could not be more proud of her. So how did Ms. Munoz get entered into this competition to begin with? Well, it was a gracious nomination from a PCMS student who felt her teacher goes above and beyond for Park Crest. How cool is that? We always hear how teachers change students’ lives. Well I am proud to say that in this way, a student has done that for a teacher! Every year HEB is looking for new candidates for these prestigious awards. I want to encourage you to nominate an educator that you feel may be worthy next year.

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    Check out this awesome article about the award and Ms. Munoz: EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

    School Safety:

    Parents, for additional security measures, aside from providing your identification EVERY TIME you have contact with your student, we now require you to sign in and sign out at the front office if you are entering the building past the front office.

    Please be sure to always sign in and out with the front office. This helps determine who is in the building in case of an emergency.

    We will also, of course, continue to require ID’s at the front office.

    Thanks for your help in ensuring everyone at Park Crest is safe and able to focus on the learning.

    End of the 9-weeks:

    The end of the 9-weeks is the Friday after we return from break. Please encourge your kiddos to complete any missing assignements that may still be turned in for a grade, study and make a plan for retests, and be ready to turn in anything they can/need to as soon as we return from the break.

    Cool Vistor in Texas History Classes:

    Our 7th graders got to experience an awesome visitor today who came to demonstrate the purpose and use of a cotton gin through our Texas History classes. I want to sincerely thank our amazing 7th grade Texas History teachers, Mrs. Blundell, Mrs. Weber, and Mr. Cutter for setting up this really cool experience. The gentelmen brought with him some actual cotton and a machine to demonstrate the process. Here are a few things I learned:

    • How many cotton gins are in Texas? About 220
    • How many are in the US? About 600
    • Where is the closest cotton gin to PCMS? Taylor Texas

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    Student’s Corner:

    Post-Big Event Feelings

    By Rachel Calabuig

    Hello Pumas, wasn’t this a WONDERFUL 4th Annual Big Event?! I decided to interview 4 people who were involved in the Big Event to see how they felt about it.

    Let’s start with our illustrious principal: Mr. Kleypas!  Three years ago, he started the Big Event at Hendrickson High School, and that started a chain of other Big Events at other secondary schools in the Pflugerville Independent School District.  In fact, last year, was Park Crest Middle School’s first 1st year to participate in the Big Event.  The reason why he brought the Big Event to Park Crest, “I wanted to give them the opportunity to provide community service to our community”, replied Mr. Kleypas. “The Big Event symbolizes saying THANK YOU to our community for supporting our schools and teaches kids to care for our community”, declared Mr. Kleypas.

    Mrs. Weigand, 7th grade teacher and coordinator of Park Crest’s participation, had meticulous organization of the Big Event!  Why was she chosen? “Mr. Kleypas asked me to do it because I’m in my Master’s internship for Educational leadership which requires a focus on building community relationships, and he thought it would be an excellent opportunity to focus on the skills.”

    Lastly, let’s hear from Katie Hollingsworth and Rachel Salazar. Katie decided to participate in the Big Event this year because “I did it last year and it was really fun” and “My favorite part is when we got to put mulch around the trees”, declared Katie. Rachel Salazar loved “Hanging out with my friends,” and the reason why she came to the Big Event is, “I didn’t do it last year and I wanted to see how they cleaned up the area”, explained Rachel. Would they come back to the Big Event next year? “Definitely!” was Katie’s proud reply and “Probably. Maybe.” was Rachel Salazar’s answer.

    So, please join us next year! If Katie Hollingsworth and Rachel Salazar can have fun so can you!                                                                

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Science Olympiad:

    I want to give a special shout out to our Science Olympiad kiddos who competed a little while back at the Science Olympiad meet at UT: Emily Roberts, Tyler Montgomery, Breanna Woodward, Kariden Isaac, Brenna Hill, Alastair Harding, Alexis Dungan, and Michael Boothby. Congrats to Michaela and Brenna for bringing home two medals!

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    Track & Field:

    Our girls and boys athletes traveled across the street to PHS last night for the track meet. Wow, they are sure fast! They never cease to amaze me. Congratulations to our many competitors and the numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes we captured.

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    UIL Band:

    Our Honors and Wind Ensemble students competed on Thursday and Friday in the UIL competitions. The kids did fantastic! In fact, there will be trophies and awards to showcase in an upcoming blog. I could not be more proud of our amazing Director Mr. Lucio, Assistant Director Mrs. Pinner, and their talented kiddos.

    Next Week’s Preview:

    SPRING BREAK! Students and staff return on Monday, March 19th, 2018

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    No Puma Den:

    There will be no puma den on Wednesday, March 21st due to a scheduled faculty meeting.

    Track Meet & Theatre Performance:

    We have two great events when we return! I hope to see you at one, or both of them.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • The Big Event and Much More @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 3/2/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was one of the best weeks at Park Crest in a while. If I had to sum up this week into one word it would be; “expectations”. We put a big emphasis on teacher and student expectations this week. In all honesty, we did this because we as adults felt as though both minor and more serious issues of misbehavior were getting in the way of our student’s success and ultimately us achieving our vision of being a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. I am so thankful to have an amazing staff and so many wonderful kiddos who can rise to the occasion. Please take a moment to ask your child about some of the things that we talked to them about this week with regards to expectations. With testing season just around the corner it is so important that we all come together and focus on what is important; the learning, and minimize the distractions. Thank you for supporting what we do and what we expect here at PCMS.

    The PfISD Big Event:

    What an amazing Friday today was. Kiddos at Park Crest and all over the district either got work done at school or volunteered in the 4th annual The PfISD Big Event. This year’s event included over 3,300 students and 250 staff members volunteering at over 70 job sites across the community! Check out our headquarters located at the PfIELD where we organized all of the food and logistics for the over 70 sites district wide.

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    Also, check out some of the many, many, many pictures from today’s event at some of the Park Crest sites:

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    And finally, I must give a special thanks to the teacher who coordinated all of the efforts here at Park Crest, Mrs. Weigand:

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    Please utilize FOCUS to keep a close eye on your kiddos grades. This 3rd 9-weeks is a bit of a weird one due to the Spring Break that falls within it. Students will have all of next week, and then part of the week after we return from break to bring up their grades. Please help us encourage them to attend tutorials, EPIC’s, as well as of course doing their best each day in class.

    Planned Safety Practice/Drill:

    The safety of our kiddos at PCMS is always our number one concern. In the interest of campus safety, we will be conducting a Lockdown drill this coming Wednesday, March 7th during EPIC at approximately 10:50am.   We do not always announce drills to students and/or parents so the drills are more authentic; however, we do not want to cause any fear or panic due to the recent events that have happened.   

     During the lockdown drill, the following things will be different than our usual drills:

    • The fire alarm will be pulled and then silenced – Students will not exit during the alarm.
    • Rooms will be released from lockdown by an administrator or SRO.  Until someone opens the classroom door with a key, the class is in lockdown.  This will simulate an authentic scenario of how a lockdown ends.

    Thank you for helping keep Park Crest as safe as possible and taking this drill and any future drills seriously. 

     Zaxby’s Athletics Spirit Night:

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    Thank you for helping make our Spirit Night a huge success! I want to thank Zaxby’s owners, the Patels, for their support and hospitality, our athletes who greeted guests, and the many families who rolled through.

    Pflugerville Education Foundation - Amplify Austin:

    Let the countdown begin! Mark your calendar for #AmplifyATX - from 6pm Thursday, March 1st to 6pm Friday, March 2nd we are joining others in the Central Texas area for a 24-hour donation event. Let's see how much we can support our local schools during this fundraising blitz!

    Donate and share the info: http://amplify.thepfoundation.org

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    Extra-curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls athletics traveled to Connally High School Wednesday evening to compete against West View and Dessau athletes. It is amazing how fast and strong these middle school kiddos are these days! I can’t wait to see how they improve and perform later in the season at the district meet. The next meet with take place at Pflugerville High School on Thursday, March 8th. I hope to see you there!

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Kickstart Demo Team Event:

    Park Crest will host the kickstart demo team martial arts mania here at PCMS on Saturday, March 10th.

    Next Weeks Bell Schedule:

    As we approach Spring Break we will be utilizing a combination of our normal bell schedule and our non-epic bell schedule. Nonetheless, each day with EPIC will be an EPIC 1.0 day and will be serving a specific purpose. Please see below:

    • EPIC 1.0 Monday – Character Education Presentation
    • No EPIC Tuesday – Shutdown Testing
    • EPIC 1.0 Wed – Lockdown Drill
    • No EPIC Thursday – Shutdown Testing
    • No EPIC Friday – Day Before Spring Break

    Spring Break:

    The school will be closed during the week of March 12th as students and staff rest, relax, and rejuvenate in preparation for the final stretch of the school year.

    Most sincerley,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Weekly Recap at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/23/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It sure was great to be back at Park Crest this week and to see all of the kiddos again. That being said, there is definetley work to be done as we near Spring Break and later aproach STAAR Testing.

    I want to start this blog with a favor to ALL of my parents. The favor is regarding having a conversation, a serious conversation, with your child about following expectations, appropriate school behavior, and being respectful to staff and students.

    We spend the entire year working on this, but every year from February to spring break is the time when middle school aged kiddos struggle the most to stay focused on meeting the expecations.

    We will be buckling down on these expectations and I will be having class talks to share the reminder as we continue on through the school year. Our kiddos are rockstars and can easily meet expectations if we clearly communicate them. They deserve to be in classrooms and in the hallways without distraction from the main purpose they come to school; to learn and thrive.

    Below are the common area expectations. Please ask your kiddos if they understand the expectations for each and help communicate the importance of following basic expectations in a large school setting.

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    IPR’s were sent home today in 4th period classes. Please be on the lookout for those and ask your kiddo to see them when they get home. We are asking that each student returns a signed IPR to their 4th period teacher to ensure it was received by parents. We want to keep everyone in the loop when it comes to grades. Please also continue to use FOCUS to check grades as they are the most accurate and up to date.

    Reminder from PE:

    Skating 101 begins soon. This is just a friendly reminder that the $10 skates rental fee is due THIS Monday, Feb. 26th to their PE teacher. Please reach out to your childs PE teachers if you have any questions.

    2017-18 PCMS Teacher of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Teacher of the year, Ms. Whittaker!

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    2017-18 PCMS Humanitarian of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Humanitarian of the Year, Mrs. Hicks-Damm

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    2017-18 PCMS Rookie Teacher of the Year:

    Please help me congratulate this years Park Crest Rookie Teacher of the year, Mrs. Clemons!

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    Love is Louder:

    We had a great time celebrating our Love is Louder Campaign. Special thanks to our counselors and journalism team for covering this event and helping spread the healthy (friendships) relationships last week. Check out a few of the pictures from the event:

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    Student’s Corner:

    Track Tryouts

    By Rachel Calabuig

    Hi Park Crest Pumas, you may have noticed that students have been trying out for track.

    Here are some of the events students have been trying out for: “100 and 200-meter dash”, Royce Lynch informed us and Jacob Hoffer is participating in “shotput and discus.”

    Do you know what students are planning to do if they make the PCMS Track Team? “Run as fast as I can,” Royce declared and “Keep trying” Jacob encouraged. That’s an encouraging motto!

    We hope you can run as fast as Gingerbread Man or Usain Bolt!

    IPR’s Coming Home. Please sign and return to your child’s 4th period teacher. We want to verify that information regarding grades is making it home to each and every parent/guardian.

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Kickstart Tournament: I am super proud of all of our Kickstart athletes who competed in the tournament on Feb. 17th at PMS. Our athletes competed with the best in the district and shined at the tournament. Special thanks to our PCMS Kickstart Instructor Mr. Gartmann for all of his time, energy, and leadership.

    • Beginner Demo team: 1st place!
    • Intermediate Demo team: 3rd Place!
    • Advanced Demo team: 2nd Place!

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    District Basketball Tournament:

    • Girls 8th B Team: 1st Place DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
    • Girls 7th B Team: 1st Place DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
    • Girls 8th A Team: 2nd Place (lost championship by 1 point!)
    • Boys 8th B Team: 2nd Place (lost championship game by 1 point… free throws with no time on the clock to be exact!)
    • I want to also congratulate our other teams on a great season full of fun memories and experiences!

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    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Tuesday - Zaxby’s Athletics Spirit Night!

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    Wednesday – Track Meet:

    PCMS will compete in the track meet Wednesday evening at Connally High School. Come out and support our kiddos as the compete against Westview and Dessau Middle School.

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    Friday – Big Event:

    We have two separate groups of student activities on Friday, March 2nd. It is important to know that attendance will be taken for ALL students and it is expected that, even if your child is not participating in the big event, they come to school to attend classes.

    Guide for Students Participating in the Event:

    What to Bring/Wear:

    • Clothing you can work in and get dirty
    • Appropriate shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • Gloves
    • A Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • A shoe bag/string backpack (optional)

    What NOT to Bring:

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

    Event Start Procedures: Students will arrive at school as normal, however when the morning bell rings students participating in the event will be sent to the gym for check in. Simply send them to school like any other day.

    Lunch: Lunch will be delivered to the job site:  Slovacek’s Sausage (gluten free) on a stick, chips, and water. If your child has food allergies, does not wish to eat this meal, or simply wishes to bring their own meal they may do so. Please remember they will be on a job site and unable to prepare or warm any food. All food brought must be easy to eat standing, walking, or sitting outside.

    Returning to campus: The buses will drop off students at campus around 2:00pm. Students will stay on campus with their supervising teachers until the end of the day at 3:35pm.

    FAQ: Can my student leave from the job site if I have an appointment?

    No, students are being monitoring by school staff, and they will be checked in as they go to the site, and again as they come back from the site. All participating students must attend the entire event. If you have a prearranged absence that will interfere, we recommend you have your child stay on school and attend their classes.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Principal's Blog at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/16/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday!

    This week's blog is short and sweet. As I hope you already know, the kiddos at Park Crest are so important to me. My staff and I spend long hours and go through great efforts to give them our all. That being said, we have families of our own that we share our time, attention, and love with. This week was extra special for me as my wife and I welcome our son Jaxson into the world. Thank you for sharing me this week, as I spend a few days with my family before returning back to work. Also, thank you to my Allstar team who has held down the fort (they are so good, they probably don't even notice that I am gone...).

    Baby Kleypas: Jaxson was born on Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day at a healthy 7.7lbs and 19inches. We have officially made it home and everyone is doing great. Check out the newest Puma fan in his grey and teal!

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    School Safety:

    In case you did not recieve the message from PfISD Superintendent Dr. Killian regarding school safety in Pflugerville ISD, I want to pass along his message below. We take safety very serious at Park Crest and at PfISD. Please familiarize yourself with the anonymous alerts app below if you have not already done so. Anonymous messages sent through the app or on the website go directly to me and my team. School safety is a staff, student, parent, and community responsibilty. Together, let's keep our kids safe. They deserve nothing less.

    Dear Pflugerville ISD Community:

    Following this week’s tragedy in Florida, our hearts are heavy with sadness and anger. School shootings are, unfortunately, a reality. While, thankfully, we have not experienced such a tragedy in Pflugerville ISD, we are not immune. This is why PfISD regularly conducts various drills and trains our staff annually on a variety of incidents. We do this at every campus throughout the year, practicing what to do in the event of various safety situations. We conduct monthly fire drills and each semester we drill on situations such as natural disasters and, unfortunately, intruder and active shooter scenarios.

    We are thankful for our strong partnerships with both the Pflugerville and Austin police departments, as well as other first responder agencies. Their assistance in our training and preparation is invaluable. In addition to our student and staff drills, we have conducted multi-agency emergency drills at PfISD facilities covering a variety of scenarios. The practice is invaluable and strengthens our knowledge – not only on response but in how to best interact with law enforcement during an incident.

    In the 2014 PfISD school bond, voters approved upgrades in security/safety to include controlled access entry vestibules at all PfISD schools. These have all been completed, and they provide a secure passage area between the entrance and interiors of the school building. Through the bond, we also upgraded the electrical, fire alarm and sprinkler systems at campuses over the past three years. Additionally, PfISD conducts safety audits that allow us to identify issues and take corrective action.

    We know that your child’s safety is your number one concern. Please know that it is our number one priority as well. Nothing is more important.

    PfISD counselors at all our campuses are available for students who may be struggling with the event or who just need to talk.

    Finally, this year we have enlisted a “See Something, Say Something” communication tool this year. Anonymous Alerts allows for reporting of any negative activity on campus, including fights, bullying, drugs, threats against the school, and more. Students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the school’s website, click on the PfISD Resources section of the homepage, and choose “Anonymous Alerts.” Or, simply download the Anonymous Alerts mobile app. Visit our website for more information: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/p9NkdQCOwUI_AyQZ_-zC0g~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRcaJM7P0QgaHR0cDovL3d3dy5wZmlzZC5uZXQvZG9tYWluLzE3MjdXB3NjaG9vbG1YBAAAAAFCCgACu1-HWpMo32NSGXphY2hhcnkua2xleXBhc0BwZmlzZC5uZXQ~.

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.

    In the best interest of children,


    Douglas Killian, Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Pflugerville ISD

    Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Pflugerville:

    Después de la tragedia de esta semana en Florida, nuestros corazones están llenos de tristeza y enfado. Los tiroteos escolares son, desafortunadamente, una realidad. Aunque, afortunadamente, no hemos experimentado tal tragedia en Pflugerville ISD, no somos inmunes. Es por eso que PfISD realiza regularmente varios simulacros y capacita a nuestro personal anualmente en una variedad de incidentes. Hacemos esto en cada escuela durante todo el año, practicando qué hacer en caso de varias situaciones de seguridad. Realizamos simulacros de incendio mensuales y cada semestre realizamos simulacros de incendio en situaciones como desastres naturales y, desafortunadamente, escenarios de intrusos y tiradores activos.

    Estamos agradecidos por nuestra fuerte asociación con los departamentos de policía de Pflugerville y Austin, así como con otras agencias y organizaciones de respuesta inmediata. Su ayuda en nuestra capacitación y preparación es invaluable. Además de nuestros ejercicios para estudiantes y personal, hemos realizado simulacros de emergencia de diversos organismos en las instalaciones de PfISD cubriendo una variedad de escenarios. La práctica es invaluable y fortalece nuestro conocimiento, no sólo en la respuesta sino también en cómo interactuar mejor con las fuerzas de seguridad y orden público durante un incidente.

    En el bono escolar de PfISD del 2014, los votantes aprobaron mejoras en seguridad para incluir vestíbulos de acceso controlado en todas las escuelas de PfISD. Todos estos han sido finalizados y proveen un área de paso segura entre la entrada y los interiores del edificio de la escuela. A través del bono, también mejoramos los sistemas eléctricos de alarma contra incendios y de sistemas de rociadores en los planteles durante los últimos tres años. Además, PfISD realiza auditorías de seguridad que nos permiten identificar problemas y tomar medidas correctivas.

    Sabemos que la seguridad de su hijo es su preocupación número uno. Por favor, sepa que también es nuestra prioridad número uno. Nada es más importante.

    Los consejeros de PfISD en todos nuestros planteles están disponibles para los estudiantes que pueden estar enfrentando dificultades con el evento o que sólo necesiten hablar.

    Finalmente, este año hemos incluido una herramienta de comunicación "Ver algo, decir algo". Alertas Anónimas permite reportar cualquier actividad negativa en el plantel, incluyendo peleas, intimidación, drogas, amenazas contra la escuela y más. Los estudiantes, padres u otro personal de la escuela pueden sencillamente visitar el sitio web de la escuela, hacer clic en la sección de Recursos de PfISD de la página principal, y elegir "Alertas Anónimas". O simplemente descargue la aplicación móvil de Alertas anónimas. Visite nuestro sitio web para más información: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/p9NkdQCOwUI_AyQZ_-zC0g~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRcaJM7P0QgaHR0cDovL3d3dy5wZmlzZC5uZXQvZG9tYWluLzE3MjdXB3NjaG9vbG1YBAAAAAFCCgACu1-HWpMo32NSGXphY2hhcnkua2xleXBhc0BwZmlzZC5uZXQ~.

    No dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.  Gracias por su apoyo continuo de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

    En beneficio de los niños,


    Dr. Douglas Killian

    Superintendente de Escuelas

    Pflugerville ISD



    Most sincerely,


    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School
    Pflugerville ISD

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways." 

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  • So Many Great Things at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/9/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This week was full of excitement and experiences, opportunities, and awards! Let’s get straight to it:

    Counselor Appreciation Week:

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    Can you imagine helping over 950 kiddos between the age of 11 and 14 be successful through emotions that come with the stress, struggles, and successes of middle school? That, and so much more is what our three amazing counselors take on each and every day. Want to know how you can make a counselor’s day? How to thank them for the devotion and dedication they show to our Pumas? Easy, send them a quick email to thank them for all that they do. Your kind words go a LONG way. Click on their names below to open up an email message to them if you are interested:

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    Puma Pride Breakfast:

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    Once again we honored roughly 60 kiddos at our 3rd Puma Pride Breakfast of the school year. This event is one of my favorites. The idea behind it is that each staff member can nominate only one student on campus who they feel has exhibited one of the six student character traits above and beyond their peers. We spend a lot of time and energy teaching, encouraging, and recognizing our students for not only being good students academically, but also good citizens. At the breakfast I let our students know that the important factor in whether or not Park Crest is going to be a Gold Medal Campus is not that we have great teachers, counselors, principals, etc. it is that we have great students. Regardless of whether or not your child was recognized at this Puma Pride Breakfast, please encourage them to realize that THEY are what makes PCMS so amazing. Their actions, words, and behaviors dictate the climate and culture of our campus. Thank you so much for sending us such awesome kiddos!

    EPIC 1.0 Lesson - Accepting Character Trait:

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    On Monday, students visited their EPIC 1.0 classrooms for our monthly character trait lesson. This week’s lesson was extra important to me personally because the trait was about being “accepting”. I too often see in the news, social media, and on TV shows people arguing, saying mean or disrespectful things to one another, and my least favorite; verbally or physically fighting. I hope through this week’s character trait lesson students were able to reflect on the power of their words and actions towards others. Please feel free to follow along with our lesson by viewing the presentation using this link: FEBRUARY EPIC 1.0 LESSON

    Among many other important ideas in this presentation, perhaps the most basic and easy to implement for our kiddos is a quote from the Disney movie Bambi: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” – please help reinforce that concept at home as well.

    Healthy Relationships Week:

    PCMS will be celebrating Healthy Relationships the week of February 12-16. Our Journalism class, led by Ms. Layman, will promote the campaign for Healthy Relationships by creating videos, posters and leading a school wide activity. Many parents struggle with how to talk to their kids about relationships and how to get more than the usual teenage answer of, “I don’t know.”

    Here are a few pointers: 

    Make time to have the conversation. Turn off TVs, put down electronics and have a face to face conversation with your kid. Giving your full attention and expecting their full attention in return will show them how important this topic is.

    Ask about different types of relationships. Some students are not ready for romantic relationships but they have relationships with friends. What makes a friendship a healthy or unhealthy relationship?

    What does respect mean to you? How do you show respect to others and how do you expect others to show respect to you?

    Give out different scenarios to see what your student’s thoughts are:

    • If your boyfriend/girlfriend wants the password to your phone or social media accounts to see who you talk to, is that healthy or unhealthy. What makes it healthy/unhealthy?
    • A friend only wants you to be friends with him/her. He/she gets jealous when you talk to other students. It’s because he/she thinks you’re so cool and really wants to spend a lot of time with you.
    • Your boyfriend/girlfriend asks if he/she can hold your hand. You enthusiastically say yes. Healthy or unhealthy? What would make it unhealthy?

    If you would like more ideas on how to talk to your kids about healthy relationships, feel free to contact your grade level counselor or Karinna Cantu, our school social worker. We hope that our activities will encourage our students to talk about what they expect and hope for in their relationships.

    Social Media & The Internet:

    Raise your hand if you have ever seen a negative/rude/inappropriate comment or post on the internet? I bet many, if not all of you, raised your hand (or at least you said yes in your head to the question). Since we are talking so much about being accepting and healthy relationships I want to take a moment to discuss social media. Many of our students have access to a phone, iPad, or computer. This is awesome, because these are such great tools. However, do you monitor what they are doing, looking at, and saying on the internet and social media? Do you check their Instagram accounts? Facebook? Snapchat? Text Messages? Unfortunately, children can sometimes be guilty of using technology to send/share negative/rude/inappropriate comments. Please be sure you are monitoring their devices and their social media accounts regularly.

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    Student’s Corner:

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    Parent Seminar Opportunity:

    I just received information that Pflugerville High School will be hosting a Parent Seminar on Teen Dating and Unhealthy Relationships. I apologize that the first session has passed, but there is another on Feb. 15th. This is a great opportunity to hear information to help keep your kiddo safe from unhealthy relationships in and out of school.

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    Bus Change:

    Durham Transportation Department has determined the necessity to create a new route for Park Crest Middle School.  The route will be on Bus #75.

    Below are memos that have been passed out to students on the buses Wednesday thru Friday this week (Feb 7-9) for buses 91, 107, and 116 which are all affected by this change. This may cause a slight variation in pick up and drop off times for these buses.

    Bus 91: Memo to PCMS 91 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    Bus 107: Memo to PCMS 107 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    Bus 116: Memo to PCMS 116 - ROUTE CHANGES - 2-12-18.pdf

    The effective date for this change will be Monday, February 12th.

    Please use this link to access current bus information for your house, if you have any further questions regarding your child’s bus and route:  http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=PI05686538905

    PTO – Valentine’s Sweet Treats:

    As you probably already know, our PTO spoils us with Sweet Treats on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s day. There are still slots available for sign up. For more information and to support the event please click on the following link:


    2018 Ambassador of Education – PEF:

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation has selected its 2018 Ambassadors of Education. One of this years recipients is our very own Leti Munoz!!! Ms. Munoz is known for her high energy, fun spirit, and contageous smile. Ms. Munoz is involved in just about everything on campus from writing grants, coaching students, coordinating science labs, and so much more. Please help me congratulate Ms. Munoz on this outstanding accomplishment.

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     PfISD Service Awards Banquet:

    Thursday night all PfISD employees who have worked in the district for 10 or 15 years were celebrated at the Pflugerville Marriott Hotel. Congratuations to our amazing Mrs. Visness and Mrs. McNamer (pictured below) for their 10 years of service to PfISD! We are so fortunate to have their expertise right here at Park Crest Middle School. In addition, although not able to be in attendance, is our outstanding front office receptionist Mrs. Gytri whom was recognized for 15 years of service in the district.

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    Park Crest Cheerleading & Mascot Applications:

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    Applications became available earlier this week and can be found in the front office, A-hallway, and C-hallway. If your child is interested in participating please make sure you read over the entire packet carefully and have all required items turned in by the Feb. 26th deadline. Here is a copy of the application for your convenience: 2018-19 Cheerleading Application.pdf

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Kudos to all of our amazing UIL Academic students who competed last weekend at Hendrickson High School. I will share more results in the future, but want to congratulate our many participants and winners! Go Pumas.

    Basketball played their final regular season games this week. It was the perfect end to the regular season as all four boys and all four girls teams were victorious. Next, our athletes will compete in district playoffs this weekend. Although individual team tournament times are not yet available, we know that the tournament will start at 9:00am at the following locations:

    • 8th Grade Boys @ Hendrickson High School
    • 8th Grade Girls @ Pflugerville High School
    • 7th Grade Boys @ Weiss High School
    • 7th Grade Girls @ Connally High School

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Valentine’s Dance:

    The Valentine’s Dance is next Friday, February 16th, 2018. Middle School dances are all about hanging out and having fun. Students should be in dress code and coming as individuals, not as dates/couples. Tickets will be sold next week in the cafeteria and at the door. Students must not have any ISS, suspension, or OC placements since coming back in January in order to attend the dance. Students must also be present at school on Friday in order to come back for the dance.

    The dance lasts from 6:00 – 9:00pm


    6th Grade

    7th/8th Grade


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    Gym – games and sports


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    Kickstart Tournament:

    The PfISD kickstart tournament will be held at Kelly Lane Middle School. Please come out and support our amazing Kickstart Demo team as they compete for the title!

    Park Crest Athletics Zaxby’s Spirit Night:

    Save the date for Feb. 27th. This will be another night where you won’t need to worry about cooking dinner. Simply drive by and pick up, or eat inside at the local Zaxby’s on 685 between 5pm and close to support Park Crest athletics. We hope to see you there.

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    PCMS Golf Team:

    PfISD is going to once again have middle school golf. More information will come in the future, but I wanted to spread the word now in case your child is interested in trying out for the team. This will be offered to 7th/8th grade girls and boys. Students do NOT need to be in athletics to try out. However, students must have:

    • Current Physical
    • Golf Equipment
    • Proper Attire

    More info to come!

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Already February at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 2/2/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It is so hard to believe that we are already into February. Where has this school year gone? This month is known for being a bit tricky because students and families toggle between preparing for looming STAAR tests that are only a few months away and planning for the next school year through course selections. It is also a month without a truly defined break, especially since Feb. 19th is no longer a student holiday.

    PCMS Crest – Character Trait:

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    This month’s student character trait is “accepting”. We will be spending all month talking about being accepting of one another by being kind, supportive, and caring. This is such an important topic in this day and age and I cannot wait to help students learn the value in accepting everyone, regardless of our differences. We will do this through our monthly EPIC 1.0 presentation this coming Monday and will be celebrating Healthy Relationships Week in a few weeks to build upon the lesson. Feel free to look at your child’s agenda on page 81 and join in on the conversation at home! You can also check out the “Gold Medal Challenge”, “Character Corner”, and “Quote” at the bottom of each calendar page in the agenda for even more fun conversation starters and activities.

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    Welcome 5th Grade Parents:

    I want to take a moment to recognize and welcome many new guests to our weekly blog; our 5th grade parents! We had a great 5th grade parent night on Monday where we shared instructions for joining this blog, among other things. I am always impressed with the number of involved parents who make time during busy work weeks to come check out what we are all about. The teamwork between our families and our staff are crucial to the success of our kiddos.

     Check out all of these smiling faces in our Proud Puma frame at the 5th grade parent night:

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    Gold Medal Performance – Geography Bee:

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    Pflugerville ISD hosted its 10th annual Geography Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Pflugerville High School.

    The Geography Showcase celebrates geography education in grades 4-8. The contestants, all campus winners of the National Geographic Bee competition, answered questions about local, state, national and world geography.

    Though Saturday’s exhibition was not an official National Geographic event, these students will also take a qualifying test in hopes of participating in the state contest on April 6. Winners at the state level advance to the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.  

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 PfISD Geography Showcase:

    • First place – Zachary Lucas, Park Crest Middle School
    • Second place – Aryanna Harton, Pflugerville Elementary School
    • Third place – Ronald Rodriguez, Copperfield Elementary School

    Simple Parent Tip:

    If these three things are not part of your routine for keeping up with your child’s progress and experience at Park Crest, please consider adding them:

    1. Monitoring grades/attendance on FOCUS
    2. Checking on what they are learning about, homework assigned, and test dates in their agenda
    3. Asking about their day: “What was one memorable thing from today?”, “What was your favorite lesson today?” “When is your next test, and in what class is it in?”

    PTO – Valentine’s Sweet Treats:

    I want to thank the PTO and all of the parents who contributed to our recent chili luncheon. It was the perfect treat for my staff and we are extremely grateful. The next event that our PTO spoils us with is the Sweet Treats on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s day. For more information and to support the event please click on the following link:


    Student’s Corner:

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    Yearbooks for Sale:

    Preorder your 2017-18 yearbook for only $30! That is a great deal, and the price will only go up from there. 

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    Cafeteria Balance Letter:

    If your son or daughter has a balance on their school lunch account, a letter from Aramark (our school meals provider) will be coming home in the near future. Please help remedy any outstanding balances. If you need assistance paying off the balance, please do not hesitate to contact me. We, of course, do not want to have any outstanding balances, but making sure our kiddos eat comes first. To view or adjust your child’s meal balance you can utilize this link: MY SCHOOL BUCKS LINK

    Extra-curricular Review:

    Our boys and girls teams faced off against nearby Pflugerville Middle School. All four 8th grade teams were victorious against the panthers! The 7th grade teams played hard but unfortunately only the 7th grade B team girls came home with a win. Next week is our last regular season games followed by the district tournament on Saturday.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Monday and Thursday’s home games will be held at PARK CREST! The bleachers have been fixed and are ready for competition use.

    Girls and Boys basketball complete their regular season next week and will complete the season in the district playoff tournament.

    Tournament seeding will be based on each team’s regular season record. Although we won’t know the exact time of each team’s game until they finish their final games we do know their locations:

    • 8th Grade Boys @ Hendrickson High School
    • 8th Grade Girls @ Pflugerville High School
    • 7th Grade Boys @ Weiss High School
    • 7th Grade Girls @ Connally High School

    HHS Cheer Tryouts:

    Please click this link for full information:HHS CHEER TRYOUTS

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    Valentine’s Day Gifts:

    Just an early heads up that any large or distracting Valentine’s day gifts (flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, chocolates, etc.) will be stored in the main office if they are brought to school. Your child will have an opportunity to pick them up at the end of the day before they go home. We do this every year, as do most campuses, to minimize the distraction and eliminate the posibility of damaging or losing these items during the day.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”


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  • Great Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/26/2018

    Greetings Pumas,


    Happy Friday! This sure was a great week at Park Crest Middle School. We welcomed future 6th graders from all of our feeder middle schools to check out our campus and our programs. We had our annual science night which was packed with kiddos and parents. Choice sheets went out to all current 6th and 7th graders. Plus, so much more. Keep reading for more information:

     Science Night:

    Our science night is an event we hold each year to showcase our 6th grade Pre AP Rube Goldberg Projects and our 7th grade inventions. “A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence.” This is an awesome event because the kiddos have worked really hard, and most, if not all, had a lot of fun. This year’s entries completed tasks ranging from pouring dog food to turning on a light bulb! In the invention category students also had to present their idea to their fellow classmates. It was awesome hearing them explain why they came up with their idea, what its purpose is, and how they would improve it if they made a 2.0. We have some pretty amazing kiddos at Park Crest who are full of great ideas. Just remember, when their invention makes it big on Shark Tank, 1% of the negotiations come back to their middle school Principal. J

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    5th Grade Student Visits:

    On Wednesday, kiddos from numerous elementary schools came over to Park Crest to get their first feel of what we are all about. We, of course, explained to them our two most important things; to keep improving always in all ways, and to strive to be Gold Medal – the best of the best. We also took them on a tour of the campus which was led by our AVID and NJHS student leaders and let them see our student groups perform. Below is a picture of the mesmerized 5th graders as the PCMS Kickstart team performs for them.

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    Choice Sheets! High School Transition Meetings:

    Current 6th and 7th grade students have all received their choice sheets. This is an exciting time for students as they navigate building a schedule and choosing electives that interest them. Each year more and more electives become available to them. Please have a conversation with your child before signing off on their courses to ensure they have signed up for the best courses for them.

     Current 8th grade students will be selecting classes with your help and alongside of a high school counselor. You should be receiving a postcard in the mail with a date and time of your individual meeting time. It is incredibly important to attend that meeting because those high school counselors can guide you and your child through the high school graduation and endorsement plans. Those meetings will be held here at PCMS.

    Big Event T-shirts for Sale (only $2 to anyone!!!)

    I am so proud to announce that Park Crest has approximately 425 students signed up for this year’s Big Event! Those are some of the highest participation numbers for a campus in the district! The next step in preparation is getting a T-shirt. T-shirts are being sold in the cafeteria today, Monday, and Tuesday for only $2. ANYONE can buy them whether they are participating or not. Students, teachers, parents, etc. Since we are selling shirts for the same price we get them for, they will be pre-orders and given out for the event.

     REMINDER: Feb. 19th

    This has certainly been an unusual year with the weather. Due to the delayed starts that occurred earlier this school year, combined with last week’s full-day closure, we are utilizing Monday, February 19, as our bad weather make-up day, per the published 2017-18 PfISD calendar.

    With attendance being such an important daily focus I want to ensure you know that we will have class and kiddos are expected to be at school on this day.

    Student’s Corner:

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    A Health & Safety Message from the District:

    Dear PfISD Parents and Guardians:

    Safeguarding student health and maintaining safety are top priorities – whether on or off a PfISD campus. As such, there are two issues we’d like to bring to your attention:

    Detergent Pod Danger

    First, over the last two weeks a viral video challenge involving teens ingesting laundry and dishwasher detergent pods has gained national attention. Due to the potentially lethal consequences, Pflugerville ISD believes parents and guardians of students need to understand the serious nature of the trend.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that those exposed to the highly concentrated, toxic detergents are at risk of serious injury, including loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing. Eye contact with the pods has also resulted in injury. In addition, younger children may mistake the pods for candy or toys. Parents and guardians should keep detergent pods sealed in their original packaging and stored out of sight and reach.

    If swallowed or exposed to the eye:

    • Immediately call Poison Control at 1.800.222.1222
    • If swallowed, rinse as much of the detergent as possible from the mouth.
    • If exposed to the eye, flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes.

    If you are aware of this activity involving Pflugerville ISD students, please don’t hesitate to call the school or use PfISD’s new Anonymous Alerts communications tool that allows for reporting of any negative activity on campus, including fights, bullying, drugs threats against the school and more. Students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the school’s website, click on the PfISD Resources section of the homepage and choose “Anonymous Alerts,” or download the Anonymous Alerts mobile app. Visit our website for more information: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1727.

    Flu Danger

    Second, we urge you to take precautions to avoid getting the flu. With influenza widespread throughout Texas, vaccination can provide protection against flu. Find out where flu shots are available at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/flu/ or contact your health care provider.

    Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is sudden and students should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when they’re sick.

    We appreciate your attention to these matters – and working with PfISD as a partner to keep our students both safe and healthy.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys and Girls basketball teams competed this week against the Cele Colts. Girls played Monday and each team was victories except the 8th grade A team.

    Boys basketball played on Thursday and battled hard. That being said, only our 8th grade B team was victorious.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    Basketball Relocation:

    All basketball home games will be played at Pflugerville HS

    Early Release:

    We will be on an early release bell schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 31st. Students will be released at 12:45pm.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep Improving, always, in all ways.

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  • Short Week at PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/19/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! This was a short week due to weather, but there was plenty going on at Park Crest and even more to come in the upcoming weeks!

    Chili Luncheon PTO:

    Our Amazing PTO has their next staff appreciation event scheduled for Friday, January 26th; the PTO Chili Luncheon! This is an awesome event that my staff absolutely love. There are a few more spots available to sign up for. Please use this link if you are interested in bringing an item: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA9AC2DA1F49-teacher2

    Thank you in advance for all of your time, energy, and support!

    High School Parent Night:

    I loved seeing many of you at the high school parent nights on Wednesday at both PHS and HHS. These are great events to get to learn about the MANY course offerings at the high school level. If you weren’t able to attend, or simply want more information please take a look at either of these two links:

    1. Endorsement Information: ENDORSEMENT GUIDE
    2. Course Guide: 2018-19 COURSE GUIDE

    Science Night:

    Tuesday, January 23rd is our annual Science Night at 6:00pm! Come check out the awesome projects our kiddos have been working on!  Students have a unique opportunity earn extra credit in their science class. You can replace your lowest assessment grade (will not replace any Pre Ap project grade) with the grade you earn on your scavenger hunt!! You cannot beat that!

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    Update on The District:

    It isn’t hard to see that our district is growing very quickly. Why wouldn’t it? Pflugerville and Pflugerville ISD is the place to be! Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian in January provided an update on Pflugerville ISD to the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce. Click on this link to see the presentation and be in the know with what is going on in PfISD: http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/4/PfISDchamber010918.pdf

    School Board Appreciation Month:

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    Throughout the month of January, Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees will be honored for its hard work and dedication on behalf of approximately 25,400 students and more than 3,000 staff.

    January is School Board Recognition Month across Texas, and the Pflugerville ISD community will celebrate its seven trustees in style, with a proclamation to be presented by Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales at the Jan. 18 school board meeting and an “All-Star”-themed reception at Pfluger Hall Jan. 25. In a new tradition, PfISD schools will each salute the board by “adopting” different board members, involving them in school activities throughout the month.

    Community members are invited to attend the Jan. 25 reception, from 4-6 p.m. at Pfluger Hall, 203-B East Pecan St. The Connally High School Orchestra will perform, and CHS culinary students will serve appetizers for those in attendance. Attendees may come and go as they wish between 4-6 p.m. Free parking will be available.

    Board members meet monthly, typically on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the PfISD Administration Building. Additionally, board members serve on district committees and attend various school functions throughout the year to support students and educational initiatives.

    Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees are: Vernagene Mott, president; Larry Bradley, vice president; Mary Kimmins, secretary; Dr. Carol Fletcher; Rob Reyes; Renae Mitchell; and Tony Hanson.

    5th Grade Parents:

    Do you know any future Pumas who are in the 5th grade? If so, I highly encourage that you recommend they join this principals blog to start hearing about the great things going on at PCMS.

    5th graders and their parents have two great opportunities coming up to see Park Crest for themselves.

    1. 5th grade student visit: Wednesday, Jan. 24th from 9:30-11:30am. Current Pumas in many of our extra-curricular activities will showcase their talent in this welcome, tour, and meet and greet event.
    2. 5th grade parent night: Monday, Jan. 29th from 6-8pm. This event is for both parents and students and is an opportunity for them to see what courses are being offered here at PCMS and meet the teachers of those courses.

    Extra-Curricular Review:

    Boys basketball took on Kelly Lane Thursday evening. The 7th grade traveled to Kelly Lane and played hard but both teams were defeated. The 8th grade B team was also unsuccessful but the A team won in an awesome nail bitter! 

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No Puma Den:

    Due to our monthly faculty meeting we will not have Puma Den on Wednesday, Jan. 24th after school. Sorry for the inconvenience but it is important that we take time to gather together as an entire faculty to discuss important topics.

    PTO Meeting:

    Due to the weather, last week’s PTO meeting was cancelled. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 6:30 in the PCMS library. I hope to see you there!

    Girls & Boys Basketball:

    All HOME games will be played at the Pflugerville High School small gym.

    • Monday Girls – 8th grade at Cele, 7th grade at PHS small gym
    • Thursday Boys – 8th grade at Cele, 7th grade at PHS small gym

    Jan. 31st – Early Release:

    Just a reminder that Wednesday, Jan. 31st will be an early release day for all campuses. PCMS will get out of school at 12:45pm.


    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Reflecting on Gold Medal Moments @ PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/12/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    Happy Friday! It sure was great to get back into the swing of things and see all of the kiddos again. As I popped my head into classrooms this week I noticed that students were busy at work. There is no time to waste as we embark on the second half of the school year. I have a ton of stuff to share with you that needs your attention, so I am going to get straight to the point. Don't forget to click on all of the important links while you read!

    The PfISD Big Event:

    The deadline to sign your child up for The PfISD Big Event is rapidly approaching on Friday, January 19th. That is a hard deadline set at the district level and we will not be able to take late forms. We have set out hundreds of forms right next to the turn in box in the main hallway. PLEASE encourage your child to participate in this one-day community service project on Friday, March 2nd. It occurs on a school day, your child will be supervised by PCMS teachers/staff, will be transported on PfISD buses, and will be fed a free lunch before being returned to campus in time for normal dismissal. We are already approaching nearly 200 students signed up so I assure you your child will NOT want to miss this. Here is a copy of the front and back form if you want to print it yourself and complete it at home: THE 2018 PFISD BIG EVENT FORM

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    Gold Medal Moments Presentations:

    After coming back from the Winter Break we wanted to take a moment to reflect and remind everyone of many of the amazing moments and events from the fall that make Park Crest a Gold Medal Campus – the best of the best. Check out these slides: Park Crest Gold Medal Moments 2017 SLIDES OR this video (no sound):  PCMS Gold Medal Moments VIDEO  These moments were shared with all staff and students through EPIC 1.0 and are now yours to enjoy as well.

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    Our kiddos give us so much to be proud and thankful for. Thank you for sending us such great kiddos!

    Epic 1.0 Presentations:

    The rest of the days this week were also EPIC 1.0 days. That simply means that students were in their assigned classes for EPIC, not free to visit teachers or be pulled for intervention. This is typical, as we use this time to remind students of our expectations and share information we feel is important, such as our character traits and character education program. I welcome you to please join along by checking out each daily presentation using the links below:

    Chili Luncheon PTO:
    Our Amazing PTO has their next staff appreciation event scheduled; the PTO Chili Luncheon! This is an awesome event that my staff absolutely love. Please use this link if you are interested in contributing to the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA9AC2DA1F49-teacher2

    Thank you in advance for all of your time, energy, and support!

    Student's Corner:

    Looking forward to UIL District
    By Rachel Calabuig

    For all of you UIL nerds, this is the BIG thing!  It’s not just the practice Invitational UIL, it’s the real deal!  What I’m really looking forward to is the Ready Writing portion!

    I want to be an author when I grow up, and practicing my writing now will help me to write stellar stories later.

    It was three years ago, in 4th grade, I started UIL Read Writing and received 2nd place.  It helped having an AWESOME 4th grade teacher: Mrs. Silvus.  Maybe I’ll earn 2nd or even 1st place in Ready Writing this year.  The most nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing part is not the participating, it is the award ceremony.  How well did I do?  How long will I have to wait to get my work back?

     Why do I still do it?  It’s because I LOVE doing it and seeing how well I did, and working to do better for next year.


    We had some of the best attendance this week that we have had ALL year! As a reminder we are providing TWO student attendance incentives your child will be eligible to win this 9-weeks.

    1. A FREE Zaxby’s gift card
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    2. Win a FREE Amazon Fire 7 Tablet!
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    Doodle 4 Google:

    The PCMS Art teachers have made us aware of an awesome contest/opportunity for our Park Crest artists and doodlers. The Doodle 4 Google contest is an annual event. The theme this year is 'What Inspires Me'. Here is the website for more info: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

    Students can pick up and turn in an official entry form in Ms. Kempf’s classroom in the A hallway.

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    Check out the possible grand prize below, as well as additional levels of prizes at this link: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/prizes.html

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    8th Grade Parents:

    1. High School List serve emails: Please don’t think I am already trying to get rid of you when I say this, but I recommend that at this time you join your child’s future high school list serve email. Similar to this blog, through joining the high school list serve, you will receive important info and updates from that campus. This is crucial as this time of year when a lot of transition information is communicated from the high schools. Don’t worry, you don’t have to leave our Park Crest list serve to do so. I will also do my best to provide you with all the events and updates you need as I receive it. To join their list serve please simply use this link and choose the school that is right for you: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/234
    2. PSAT 8/9 Scores: Students will be receiving their individual PSAT 8/9 results through their math classes early next week. Please encourage your child to bring those home to look at and discuss. Figuring out strengths and weaknesses by taking the PSAT can have huge benefits to preparing for the SAT which they will take their junior year of high school.
    3. High School Course Fairs: If your child is a current 8th grader, you will NOT want to miss the high school course fairs. This is a night when the high school teachers showcase their courses. There are SO many choices at the high school that I highly encourage you and your child to go and check one of them out. Here is the information you need:

    Extra Curricula’s in Review:

    Our athletes wasted no time getting back to the court as girls and boys basketball took on Dessau this week. The girls had a very successful week as all four teams were victorious! The 8th grade The boys basketball team played on Thursday night and while all teams played hard, only the 8th grade B team came up with a win.

    Next Week’s Preview:

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    No School Monday – MLK Day

    In honor and celebration of MLK Day students and staff will have Monday, January 15th off. Please enjoy this time and we will see you back on Tuesday, January 16th.

    PTO Meeting:

    Come join us Tuesday in the Park Crest library for our next PTO meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and attend. This is the first meeting of 2018 and is a great time to jump in and hear what all we have going on. Whether you aspire to lead the organization one day or just sit back and listen, we would love to have you. I hope to see you there at 6:30!

    Park Crest Science Night:

    Our annual science night is less than two weeks away! Whether you have a child submitting a project or not, you are welcomed and encouraged to come out and attend the event. Check out this flyer for more information:

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    Read it Forward:

    Our 2017-18 Read it Forward book event is officially underway! This year’s title is House Arrest by K.A. Holt. Last year’s book; Ghost, was a HUGE hit and I am sure this one will be too. Tell your kiddo to head to the library to pick up their copy. Students must successful finish the book by the deadline of the challenge in order to get admission to the Read it Forward Party event later in the year.

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Welcome Back - PCMS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/8/2018

    Greetings Pumas,

    I hope you have had a wonderful, restful break! Today our staff started off the day together, reminising on the many Gold Medal moments from the fall 2017 semester. I will be sharing these moments with you in this upcoming Friday blog so make sure to stay tuned for that. After the brief morning meeting they got to work preparing for the arrival of the kiddos tomorrow. It was a busy place around here as teachers and staff scurried around the building and within their classrooms. We at Park Crest are so excited to welcome back the kiddos tomorrow and pick up where we left off in 2017! 

    As a friendly reminder the doors open tomorrow at 7:40am and school starts at 8:00am.

    Please feel free to use the back parking lot loop for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. This area is much less congested due to the buses located out front of the school.

    As you always here me say, attendance matters! We did a great job with attendance last semester but we know we can always do better. Thus, I am excited to announce TWO student attendance incentives your child will be eligible to win this 9-weeks.

    1. We will continue to award every student with perfect attendance for the entire 9-weeks with a free Zaxby’s gift cards. This gift card is for any student who has perfect attendance for the entire 9-weeks (excluding absences with doctors notes).

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    1. We are adding the opportunity for your child to be entered into a drawing to win a FREE Amazon Fire 7 Tablet! Students with perfect attendance for each two week stretch of this 9-weeks will have their name entered into a raffle. Thus, your child will have 5 opportunities to have their name placed in the drawing. PCMS will have not one, but two winners from the drawing at the end of the 9-weeks!

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    *Are you or your company interested in supporting Park Crest students through a similar or different student success incentive? Email me at zachary.kleypas@pfisd.net and I would be happy to discuss how you can get involved.

    Thank you for making education and your child's attendance a continued priority. We are all going to be more successful because of it.

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Park Crest Middle School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."


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