Sunday, November 12, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 11/13  BLUE
Boys' Soccer Try-outs Begin, 3:45 p.m.

TUESDAY, 11/14  GREEN
CLUBS

WEDNESDAY, 11/15  BLUE
Girls'/Boys' Basketball & Swim Pictures, 7:00 a.m.
Girls' Basketball @ Meyerland, 5:30 p.m.
Boys' Basketball vs. Meyerland @POMS, 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 11/16  ASSEMBLY GREEN
PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Faculty vs Team Volleyball Game, Tickets $2
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Understanding Your Middle Schooler with Dr. Brian Goonan, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 11/17  CHARGER
REPORT CARDS GO HOME
NO AFTERSCHOOL CARE

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS - November 20-24


Big Thanks for a Successful Charger Fest!
Saturday was such a wonderful example of what a committed and talented community can create when they work together.  Many thanks to our 6th graders, their families and their teachers for an incredible International Fest.  Special thanks to our International Fest Chair, Emanuela Corradino.  

Our Fine Arts Department deserves a really loud shout out for the fantastic performances on Saturday!  many thanks to our performers, fine arts teachers, volunteers and our Charger Fest Chairs, Jenny Hanks, Monica Weber and Felica Broadwell.

And finally, big thanks to our Book Fair Chairs, Orit Lagnado, Shannon Hoffer and Linda Sheldon for an amazing Book Fair week!  So many books and so little time!


Fall Grading Cycles
Last week ended the second grading cycle of the first semester.  Monday, 11/13 is the first day of the final grading cycle of this semester.  The grading cycles are much shorter, and that is making it very difficult for teachers to help students when assignments are not turned in on time.

Please encourage your child to check Parent Student Connect frequently to make sure there are no missing assignments.  

Report card for this recent grading cycle will be distributed on Friday.  If your child has an Incomplete (INC) for any class, they will need to work with the teacher to resolve it immediately.  Most teachers give one week to turn in any missing assignments after the report card is distributed.  If you have questions about an individual teacher's policy, please check the teacher blog/website, or reach out by email.  Please also note, students with an INC are not eligible for participation in UIL activities until the INC is replaced with a passing grade.


Wordpress Blogs
This past week teachers were not able to access their wordpress blogs from within the HISD network.  We are working to remedy that.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact the teacher or House Principal directly by email.


Assembly Day Schedule for Thursday
                             


8:00
First Bell to Enter Houses 
8:07-9:30
2nd Period 
9:35-10:45
4th Period 

First Lunch
Second Lunch
Third Lunch
10:50-11:20
1st Lunch
6th Period
6th Period
11:30-12:00
6th Period
2nd Lunch
6th Period
12:25-12:55
6th Period
6th Period
3rd Lunch
1:00-2:10
8th Period 
2:15-3:30
ASSEMBLY/TEAM Time



Sunday, November 5, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 11/6  BLUE
Book Fair Previews
Swim Try-outs

TUESDAY, 11/7  GREEN
ADVO
Election Day - Library Closed
Tennis Practice

WEDNESDAY, 11/8  BLUE
Book Fair Opens

THURSDAY, 11/9  GREEN
Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Boundary & Magnet Recruitment Open House

FRIDAY, 11/10  CHARGER
School Picture Day

SATURDAY, 11/11
Charger Fest, Noon-4:00 p.m. 


Save the Date
Thursday, 11/16, 6:30 p.m. - Understanding Your Middle-Schooler with Dr. Brian Goonan



Applications for High Schools

HISD Magnet Applications 
That deadline for applying to HISD High School Magnet Programs is quickly approaching for our 8th graders! The deadline to apply is December 8, 2017.  You can apply online at http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/120585.  

If you are applying to HISD high schools you do not need to submit academic records, however you should maintain your first and second grading cycle report cards.
  

Need assistance with the application process?  Contact Ms. Vasquez in our House C office for assistance. Spanish assistance available.

Charter or Private School Applications
Academic Records. Do you need a copy of your child's records to submit with private or charter school applications? Contact Ms. Sarratt (jessika.sarratt@houstonisd.org) in the school office for the form to request records.  Plan ahead, as it often takes a full week to receive copies this time of the year. The school office will supply one set of records that you can copy to include with the various applications you are submitting.

Teacher Recommendations. You may need to submit recommendation forms with your application.  Please submit those to teachers and/or house principals as soon as possible. We may not be able to complete recommendations submitted within one week of the deadline.


School Start Time Survey (Closes 11/6)
Houston ISD is reviewing opportunities to improve efficiency.  One area under review is related to transportation and start times.  The District is asking for your feedback on proposed standardized start times for the 2018-19 school year.  Learn more and give your feedback at http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2017/10/25/revised-survey-available-from-hisd-transportation-on-2018-2019-standardized-school-start-times/.

Book Fair This Week!
The Pin Oak Book Fair will be held in the DLL from Wednesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 11th.  The Book Fair is open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 12 noon - 4:00 pm on Saturday during Chargerfest.

On Thursday, November 9th, parents can join their child for lunch and then come shop at the book fair.  Sign in at the front office, meet your child in the cafeteria and head on over to the book fair!  

Parents can also purchase books in our online store at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/poms 
There are no shipping fees and the books will be delivered to your student at school.  Book make terrific holiday gifts!

If you have any questions please contact Orit Lagnado at oritcm@yahoo.com

Thank you for supporting the POMS Book Fair!  Proceeds will benefit the library and classrooms.


First Annual Dessert Improv Night!
Join us for the first annual dessert improv night on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in Caja Negra! Come and purchase baked goods made by the theater department to help support the spring musical. Stay and enjoy improv performances by the theater group.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED… PIN OAK IDOL… APRIL 20

Looking for a way to meet new friends, help our kids, and use your talents at the same time?  We are in need of Volunteers who are interested in helping us plan, organize and run this year’s student Pin Oak Idol.  Pin Oak Idol is a talent show for the school featuring our very own students and judged by Local Celebrities.  If you are looking to have fun, volunteer and meet new Pin Oak family please contact Heather Barrow heather@rtlogo.com or Debbie Robbins debrobbins@att.net.  All levels of interest are welcome!


CHARGER FEST IS FINALLY HERE!



Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:00 – 4:00

ChargerFest is next Saturday and we need you!

There are still shifts that need to be filled.
Please consider volunteering to work an hour or 2 during the event.

It is not too late to sponsor or underwrite ChargerFest!

Sign up today at http://pinoakpto.org/chargerfest/ to sponsor,
donate, purchase tickets or volunteer.

ChargerFest Ticket Pricing

Carnival Wristbands:  $20 pre-sales or $25 on Saturday
*Good for all inflatables, rides, games & fine arts performances.

Fine Arts Wristbands:  $5
*Good for Fine Arts Performances, these are required for anyone who wants to watch performances.

Individual tickets:  $1 each or $10 punch card
*Can be used for inflatables, rides, games, food items, face painting, hairspray.

Confetti Egg Tickets:  $4/dozen

Raffle Tickets:  $2 each or 6 for $10

Kona Ice will be at ChargerFest accepting cash.



Raffle Prizes

Ifly Giftcard
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses
Kate Spade Purse
Bose Soundlink Micro Speaker
$100 AmEx Giftcard
Pin Oak Blue Hoverboard
All- New Amazon Echo – 2nd Generation
$150 iPic Theatre Giftcard
3 - $150 Giftcards to YogaOne Studios
$300 Giftcard to the Zone


Performing Arts Schedule
         12:30 - 12:45              Guitar
         12:45 - 1:20                Stage Band
         1:30 - 1:50                   Choir
                                                                         2:00 – 2:20  Orchestra
         2:30 - 2:50                   Dance
         3:00 - 3:30                   Band

Thank you ChargerFest Sponsors!

International Festival
Roof MD

Redemption Center
Nicholas Puig & Family

Fine Arts Performances – Group Sponsorship
Cheng, Courtney, Decker, Hicks, Jones, Marshall, Neumann, Rephlo, Shaw & Torgerson Families

Photo Booth
Fuddrucker’s

Cakewalk
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Inflatable Sponsors
Nguyen Family

Game Sponsors
Courtney Family
Energy Ogre
Gilder Family
Michael Family
Mulcahy Family
D’Amico’s
Shultz Family
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Thank you ChargerFest Underwriters!

Super Stars
Burt Family
Fisher Family
Hochglaube & DeBorde, PC
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Idols
Carter Family
Hanks Family
Hassell Family
Phillips Family

Champs
Lewin Family
Jenjira Salazar
Tackett Family

Thank you PTO Corporate Sponsors!
Bellaire Family Orthodontics
Beth Wolff Realtors
Chick-Fil-A
Elite Care

Thank you Raffle Prize Donors!
Borsos Family
Courtney Family
Hanks Family
Michael Family
Park Family
Shah Family
Vision Source
YogaOne Studios
The Zone

For questions, please contact one of the following ChargerFest co-chairs:
Felica Broadwell at fprovada@att.net
Jenny Hanks at j_hanks@att.net
Monica Weber at m_weber_designs@yahoo.com


Sunday, October 29, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 10/30  BLUE
Boys' Basketball Practice Begins, 3:45 p.m.
One Act Play Performance, 6:00 p.m.
7th gr Football vs. West Briar @Pin Oak, 5:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, 10/31  GREEN
CLUBS
Regular Uniform Dress - No Costumes
Tennis Practice
One Act Play Rehearsal
8th gr Football vs West Briarr @Butler Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 11/1  BLUE
One Act Play Rehearsal @ West Briar
One Act Play Performance, 6:00 p.m.
Dance Company Officers Practice, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
8th Gr Washington D.C. Trip Information Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 11/2  GREEN
Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Choir Broadway Show, 6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, 11/3  CHARGER
One Act Play Competition @ West Briar
6th Gr Glow Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, 11/4
School Choice Fair, Sterling HS, 9:00-Noon
TMEA Region 23 MS Band Audition


Save the Date
Saturday, 11/11  Charger Fest, Noon-4:00 p.m.


School Accountability Summary



The State released our final Accountability Summary recently for the 2016-17 school year.  Let me provide a short description of each area of the summary.

There are four index areas that determine whether or not a school has met the standard set by the State.

Index 1:  Student Achievement
This index measures the percentage of passing scores for all STAAR tests taken during the testing window.  The minimum standard set by the state is 60, with Pin Oak scoring a 92 for this index.

Index 2: Student Progress
This index measures the students who meet or exceed the growth measure defined by the State, with respect to all student groups and specific student groups. The target score defined by the State is 30, with Pin Oak scoring a 41 for this index.

Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps
This index measures the performance of the the lower performing student groups.  The target score set by the State is 26, with Pin Oak scoring 53 for this index.

Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness
This index reflects a performance level that would suggest students are on track for college and career readiness. The target score set by the State is 13, and Pin Oak has a score of 78 for this index.  

Distinction Designations
The summary also include Distinction Designations. This section of the Accountability Summary measures a school's performance against the 40 schools most similar from across the State.  This becomes our Comparable Schools Group.  Schools scoring in the top 25% of the Comparable Schools Group earns a Distinction Designation.  Pin Oak earned 6 of 7 Distinctions for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Math, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25% in Closing the Performance Gap and Top 25% in Postsecondary Readiness.  


8th Grade Class T-Shirt Orders
Click on the link below to order your student's 8th grade class t-shirt.  See the attached form for sizing and details.  The last and final day to place your order is Tuesday, October 31st.

If you need financial assistance to purchase the shirt, please contact Ms. Sarratt by email at Jessika.Sarratt@houstonisd.org







Final Deadline - Gifted and Talented Identification
Parents who have questions about whether or not their student is identified as GT should email Ms. Ballard at jballard@houstonisd.org. If you would like your child to be tested, please complete the GT Testing Application formGT testing application form that can be found on the Pin Oak website and return to Ms. Ballard by November 3.  




Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia Travel Opportunity
Attention 8th grade students and parents, due to numerous requests for information about the June 2018 trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Ms. Coffman Fujiwara and EF Explore America are reopening the registration opportunity for interested families.  There are currently 35 students attending this trip, so limited spaces are still available.  An Interest Meeting will take place on November 1st at 5:30pm in room C-112.  We hope to see you there!


Pin Oak Boys' Lacrosse
Want to try lacrosse?  Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse Fall clinics are still on!  Are any football players looking for their next sport? Come and join us on the fields.  Register for lacrosse clinics at www.pobl.org.




ChargerFest is Saturday, November 11th
LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY!

There are still rides, inflatables and games available to be sponsored by your family or business, so please don’t miss your opportunity to support ChargerFest!

Sign up today at http://pinoakpto.org/chargerfest/ to sponsor,
donate, purchase tickets or volunteer.


Thank you ChargerFest Sponsors!

International Festival
Roof MD

Redemption Center
Nicholas Puig & Family

Fine Arts Performances – Group Sponsorship
Cheng, Courtney, Decker, Hicks, Jones, Marshall, Neumann, Rephlo, Shaw & Torgerson Families

Photo Booth
Fuddrucker’s

Cakewalk
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Inflatable Sponsors
Nguyen Family

Game Sponsors
Courtney Family
Energy Ogre
Gilder Family
Michael Family
D’Amico’s
Shultz Family
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Thank you ChargerFest Underwriters!

Super Stars
Burt Family
Fisher Family
Hochglaube & DeBorde, PC
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Idols
Carter Family
Hanks Family
Hassel Family
Phillips Family

Champs
Jenjira Salazar

Thank you PTO Corporate Sponsors!
Bellaire Family Orthodontics
Beth Wolff Realtors
Chick-Fil-A
Elite Care

Thank you Raffle Prize Donors!
Borsos Family
Courtney Family
Hanks Family
Michael Family
Park Family
Shah Family
Vision Source
YogaOne Studios
The Zone


Fine Arts Performing Groups Schedule  

12:30 - 12:45   Guitar
12:45 - 1:20     Stage Band
1:30 - 1:50       Choir
2:00 – 2:20      Orchestra
2:30 - 2:50       Dance
3:00 - 3:30       Band

For questions, please contact one of the following ChargerFest co-chairs:
Felica Broadwell at fprovada@att.net
Jenny Hanks at j_hanks@att.net

Monica Weber at m_weber_designs@yahoo.com