Sunday, September 24, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 9/25  BLUE

TUESDAY, 9/26  GREEN
ADVO
Boys' Lacrosse Parent Information Meeting, Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 9/27 BLUE
Odyssey of the Mind Student/Parent Information Meeting, DLL, 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 9/28  GREEN
SDMC Meeting, 3:50 p.m.

FRIDAY, 9/29 CHARGER
NJHS Applications Due
Staff & Teacher Appreciation Breakfast hosted by PTO

SATURDAY, 9/30
Cross Country Meet, Willow Waterhole
District School Choice Fair, Milby High School

Reminder - 
Have you completed the first day packet and has your child turned it in?  If not, we need that information as soon as possible.  Please contact the office if you need a new packet.

Student Assistance Questionnaire
The first day packet contained a questionnaire that asked about your family's housing status.  It is important if you have been displaced from your home that it is indicated on the form, even if you do not need assistance at this time.  If you are not sure you indicated displacement due to a natural disaster, please contact me by email so that we can update your form.

Join the PTO
Join the POMS PTO and help the students, teachers, academic, fine arts and athletic programs at our school. Memberships start at just $5.  Parents who join the PTO at the Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels will be invited to join Ms. Graves and her admin team at our “Breakfast with the Principal” event on November 3.  

Charger Chatter
POMS PTO provides information to families through our website, www.pinoakpto.org, and our weekly e-newsletter, Charger Chatter.  Stay informed by signing up to receive the weekly Charger Chatter

House Sociables
Mingle with new and old friends.  Meet Principal Graves and your house principal at House Sociables.  Don't miss the fun and sign up for House Sociables. https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/moaqzw51gjdg1r/

VIPS
All volunteers at HISD are required to complete the background check before they can volunteer in the school each year.  If you are new to HISD, you need to first register online at  http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/126421 then stop by the front office to have a copy of your driver's license made for background check.  Returning volunteers also need to stop by the front office to have a copy of your driver's license made for your VIPS re-registration and background check.

Boys' Lacrosse 
Is your son interested in playing Lacrosse? There will be a parent meeting for Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse on Tuesday, September 26 at  6:30 in the Cafeteria.  Please attend and find out all about it.  


Sunday, September 17, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 9/18  BLUE
NJHS Applications Available

TUESDAY, 9/19  GREEN
ADVO
PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Open House, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 9/20 BLUE
Volleyball & Cross Country Pictures, 7:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, 9/21  GREEN
FULL DAY OF SCHOOL **REVISED CALENDAR

FRIDAY, 9/22 FALL HOLIDAY


Open House - Tuesday, 9/19, 6:00 p.m.
We welcome parents on Tuesday evening to meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum for the upcoming school year.  Parents will follow the Charger Day schedule and will visit all eight classes, with five minute passing periods. Don't be late to class!

On Monday, your child will bring home a copy of their schedule.  Please bring that with you on Tuesday night to avoid the check-in line. 

Please feel free to park in the front or back lot, or along Glenmont.  We will work with HCC on Monday to discuss the potential of using the side lot at HCC. Please do not park along Avenue B.

6:00 - 6:20 A1 - 1st Period
6:25 - 6:32 B2 - 2nd Period
6:37 - 6:44 A3 - 3rd Period
6:49 - 6:56 B4 - 4th Period
7:01 - 7:08 A5 - 5th Period
7:13 - 7:20 B6 - 6th Period
7:25 - 7:32 A7 - 7th Period
7:37 - 7:44 B8 - 8th Period

District Revised Calendar
On Thursday evening the HISD Board of Trustees adopted a revised calendar to replace some of the instructional time missed due to Harvey.  The most critical change for you to know about is the removal of all early dismissal days this year, beginning with this week on September 21st.  We will have a regular full school day and will dismiss as usual at 3:30 p.m.  

Thanksgiving holidays have not changed.

Please review the new calendar at http://www.houstonisd.org/AcademicCalendar

Religious Observance
We often receive questions about absences due to the observance of a religious holy day. Our school guidelines provide the following to help parents and schools: 
  • The student is observing religious holy days when it is required of their faith that they be absent from school. A written request for the absence, in advance, is not required but is encouraged. A school district must excuse an absence to observe a religious holy day.
We use the Interfaith Calendar of World Religions to guide us.  If your child plans to be out in observance of a religious holy day, it is best to notify the teacher in advance so that your child may get the work he or she will miss in advance.  If that isn't possible, students may request missed work when they return to school.  Please refer to the Student Planner for information on the length of time students have to make-up work after an absence.

National Jr Honor Society 
Applications for National Jr. Honor Society are now available from Ms. Riegler in Rm B103 or Ms. Coffman Fujiwara in Rm C112.  Eligibility is based on last years' report card. Students need to look at their final year-end averages for Math, Science, ELA and History. To qualify for NJHS students must have a minimum 93% year-end average for those core content courses only.  Electives are not counted for NJHS eligibility.  Conduct grades are also included in the application review.

Current NJHS members do not have to re-apply, however grade averages are being reviewed for continued membership.  Summer service records will be collected at the first meeting in October for current members.

The application deadline for new members is Friday, September 29.  

Pin Oak Boys' Lacrosse
Is your son interested in playing Lacrosse? There will be a parent meeting for Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse on Tuesday, September 26 at  6:30 in the DLL.  Please attend and find out all about it.  




Thursday, September 7, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 9/11  BLUE
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
PTO Sponsored 1st Day Parent Coffee, Cafeteria, 8:15 a.m.
Athletic Physicals, Dance Room, 3:30 p.m.
Football Begins - Paperwork, Equipment Distribution, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, 9/12  GREEN
ADVO - Book Talk, Stand Tall
PTO Executive Board Meeting, 8:15 a.m.
Volleyball Interest Meeting, Main Library, 7:30 a.m. OR 3:45 p.m.
Yellowstone Meeting, Library, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 9/13 BLUE
Cross Country Parent/Student Information Meeting, Cafeteria, 4:30 p.m.
Tennis Parent/Student Information Meeting, Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, 9/14  GREEN
Beginning Band Parent Meeting, Band Hall, 6:00 p.m.
Intermediate and Advanced Band Parent Meeting, Band Hall, 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, 9/15 CHARGER
6th Grade Mixer, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Uniform Policy
We have had several students call the office or email me to ask about our uniform policy. If you were not impacted by Harvey, your student should be in dress code beginning the first day of school. If you need to purchase additional uniforms, the school store will be open on Friday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or before school and during lunch next week.

For families who were impacted by Harvey, we have several options to help you clothe your child for school:
  • The PTO has organized a uniform drive and has uniforms to distribute on Friday, September 8th at Pin Oak between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  They will also offer distribution during the first week of school as long as supplies last.
  • HISD is distributing free uniforms at several locations around town on Friday, 9/8 and Saturday, 9/9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students must be present to be fitted in order to receive clothing.
The distribution locations are:


Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston Texas 77020
832-395-0895

Hardy Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road
Houston, Texas 77076
281-260-6772

Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center
3810 West Fuqua
Houston, Texas 77045
832-393-4200

Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding
Houston, Texas 77016
832-395-0470

Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star
Houston, Texas 77074
832-395-9900

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004
832-393-4051

YET Center
4900 Providence
Houston, Texas 77020
713-676-0519


We will absolutely be sensitive to student need regarding dress code enforcement and will contact you if we have questions about how we can help your family during these difficult times. 

Athletic Physicals
A physician will be on campus Monday after school to offer athletic physicals to Pin Oak students.  If your child is interested in participating in athletics during the 2017-18 school year this is an inexpensive and convenient way to check this off your list.  Students should bring the 2017-18 Athletic Physical paperwork, with the parent side completed and signed, along with $15 in cash.  Please note, this does not take the place of your child's annual Well Child exam.

Resources for Displaced Families
If your family was impacted by Harvey and you have not notified us, please do so now at http://pinoakpto.org/2017/08/29/families-affected-by-hurricane-harvey/.  This will allow us to offer any resources that may be available to make this time easier for you and your child. The information you provide is only visible to our school counselor, our magnet coordinator who is reaching out to offer support with transportation, our PTO President who has been organizing volunteers, and to me. Please know that we are maintaining confidentiality.

Additionally, if you were impacted by Harvey and need to get an athletic physical on Monday, we will be able to help families with the cost.  Please include that information on the link above so that we can waive the fee for you.


Drop-Off Procedures

Please adhere to our two identified drop off areas in the morning.  Families coming from 610 on Glenmont should use the circle drive, identified as drop off area 1 in green.  Families coming west on Glenmont from Newcastle should use the HCC drop off area, identified as 2 in yellow.  When you exit the drop off area you will be able to turn left or right.  Please refrain from making a u-turn along Glenmont.

Please expect traffic to be heavier than usual.

Please DO NOT use Avenue B as a drop off location. This angers our neighbors.

What is a 6th Grade Mixer?
The 6th grade Mixer is a great opportunity for our 6th graders to come together to blow off steam and celebrate the first week of middle school.  We have a DJ to play music, and one of our student organizations will sell pizza, drinks and candy.  The dance is free, but students may want to bring a few dollars for food.

Parents should drop off students at 6:00 p.m. and return at 8:00 p.m. to pick up their 6th grader.  And of course, the dress is casual.  


Notice Regarding Early Dismissal
We are waiting on a final decision from the District, but it is likely 9/21, originally scheduled to be an early dismissal will be a full day of school.  Please watch for more information.

Save the Dates!
Open House - Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.
PTO General Meeting, Thursday, September 21, 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

News From Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 5/22  CHARGER
7A Fieldtrip
Disney Trip Returns

TUESDAY, 5/23  GREEN
7A & 7B Fieldtrips
8th gr stays in Cluster Rotations
Faculty vs Boys Dodgeball, 2:45 p.m.
8th gr Dance & Party, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 5/24  BLUE
8th gr Fieldtrip to Schlitterbahn
6th gr Awards Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.
7th gr Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, 5/25  ALTERNATE
REPORT CARDS
7C Fieldtrip
8th gr Yearbook Signing, 8:30 a.m.
8th gr Brunch, 9:30 a.m.
8th graders Leave Pin Oak for Promotion, 11:00 a.m.
8th gr Promotion Ceremony, 12:00 p.m.
Full School Dismissal, 3:30 p.m.
NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE



Snack Bar Closed
The CafĂ© Snack Bar will be closed this week. Pizza and other snack bar items will be available for purchase through the tray lunch line.

Don't Forget!
Make sure you take a look at the Summer Reading Assignment.  All students will read Stand Tall by Joan Bauer and then choose one additional book from the list.  You can find the list on the Pin Oak website.

8th grade Promotion Ceremony
Students will arrive at school in the clothes they will wear to the promotion ceremony. Guidelines were provided in the activities packet and again by email on Tuesday, 5/16. They will participate in Yearbook Signing Party and then enjoy a brunch at 9:30 a.m.  Students will be loaded on buses just before 11:00 and transported to Butler Field House where the promotion ceremony will take place.

Families should report directly to Butler Field House at the Butler Athletic Complex at 13755 Main Street, Houston, TX 77085. (See image below for location of the field house). The ceremony will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and should last no more than 2 hours. 














You may wish to purchase photos of your child from the Promotion Ceremony. Photo Texas will be onsite to take photos and you will be able to choose from two Pin Oak backgrounds, as well as purchase the photo of your child receiving their promotion certificate.  The easiest way to order is to click the link below to prepay and enter the keyword: Pin Oak MS:

Keyword: Pin Oak MS




Have you ordered school supplies?
School Zip Code: 77401


Will Your Child Participate in Athletics During the 2017-18 School Year?
Many families schedule their annual well-child check-ups for the summer months. That is a great time to get the Athletic Participation form completed.  The physical is good for 12 months.  The new form is available from the Main Office or on our website.






Sunday, May 14, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 5/15  FINALS BLUE - DAY 1
Chick-fil-A Day, pre-ordered lunches only
Orchestra Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, 5/16  FINALS GREEN - DAY 2
Disney Trip Student Meeting, Team Time
Faculty vs Student Dodgeball Game, Tickets $2, 2:45 p.m.
Piano Recital, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 5/17  FINALS BLUE - DAY 3
Choir, Orchestra & Dance Trip to Disney - See info from Ms. Moritz
Athletic Physicals, 3:45 p.m. 

THURSDAY, 5/18  FINALS GREEN - DAY 4
General PTO Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Spring Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 5/19  CHARGER
HISD Teacher of the Year Banquet - Congratulations Ms. Slavin and Mr. Neal!








Lunch Schedules for this Week
Students will report to lunch based on their class assignment for each day.  For example. on Monday Period 3 overlaps the lunch periods.  Students should look for their 3rd period teacher to determine which lunch they are assigned to attend.  On Tuesday they will use their 4th period class assignment to determine lunch assignment.  Wednesday the lunch period corresponds to 5th period and Thursday corresponds to 6th period.



Does My Child Have a Final Exam?
Any student taking a high school credit exam will be taking a final exam.  The final exam counts as 25% of the semester average, equally weighted to each of the three grading cycles within the semester.  

If your child is not taking a high school credit course, he or she may have a test this week, and it may count as a major grade, but it is not a "final exam".  Please check the cluster blog for any information about tests that may be taking place this week.


Athletic Physicals
On Wednesday after school students will be able to get Athletic Physicals for just $15, cash only.  There is a new form for athletic participation for the 2017-18 school year.  All students will need the new paperwork to participate during the upcoming school year.  

Athletic Physicals begin at 3:45 p.m. and will continue until every student is seen.   


Yearbooks: Final Call
We have approximately 20 yearbooks still available for sale and about 700 students who haven't yet purchased one. If your child wants a copy please send them with exactly $45 cash (no change, no checks) to Ms. Beckman in room A109. 


Uniform Orders
We are thrilled to announce that we are adding new spirit shirts and new jackets!  Please avoid the long lines in August and pre-order your uniforms.  You may stop by the school store or have your child stop in during lunch this week to check sizes.  Order online no later than JUNE 15, 2017.

http://pinoakpto.org/2017-2018-uniform-poms-spirit-shirts/ 


School Supplies
We have worked closely with teachers and with our school supply vendor to make the pre-ordered kits a better value.  All kits are tailored to the specific grade level supply requests and are less than $60 each.  This is a great way to reduce stress at the beginning of the year.  Order online no later than JUNE 30, 2017.

http://pinoakpto.org/2015/05/13/school-supplies-for-2015-2016/



Chick-fil-A Lunch Day
For those of you who have missed it, tomorrow we will be serving Chick-fil-A lunches that were pre-ordered last week.  This is all possible because of the vision of our student body leadership team of Tommy Lai and McHaley Ho, and with the help of many PTO volunteers. President Lai and Vice President Ho made this a major pillar in their campaign platform.  

Students who pre-ordered will be receive a lunch ticket tomorrow during Team Time.  They will need the ticket to go to the amphitheatre and will be able to eat outside tomorrow.  They will not be allowed to take the CFA back to the cafeteria.  


Incredible Generosity to Support CFA Day!
The incredible generosity of two families has made it possible for us to randomly select students to receive Chick-fil-A for lunch on Monday.  We are so grateful!  Students who were selected will receive a lunch ticket on Monday during Team Time.  If you do not want your child to participate should they be the recipient of one of these lunch tickets, please communicate that to your child.  Any student who receives a lunch ticket who wishes not to use it may return it to the main office so that it may be redistributed to another student.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 5/8  ALTERNATE SCHEDULE
6th & 7th gr STAAR Math
8th gr STAAR Math Retakes
8th graders will see Screenagers (11:10 a.m.)

TUESDAY, 5/9  ALTERNATE SCHEDULE
6th & 7th gr STAAR Reading
8th gr STAAR Reading Retakes
Cash Sales for Chick-fil-A Day, $5 at all three lunches

WEDNESDAY, 5/10  ALTERNATE SCHEDULE
8th gr STAAR Science
IPC Placement Test for 7th graders
Native Speaker Spanish Placement Exam for 6th/7th graders, 9:00 a.m.

THURSDAY, 5/11  ALTERNATE SCHEDULE
8th gr STAAR Social Studies
6th (11:15 a.m.) & 7th (9:00 a.m.) graders will see Screenagers
DEADLINE for online orders for Chick-fil-A Day, Noon
Faculty vs Students Basketball Game, 2:30 p.m.
SDMC Meeting, 3:50 p.m.
New Student Orientation, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 5/12  CHARGER
Co-Ed Intramural Volleyball Championship, 3:45 p.m.
Intermediate & Advanced Band Fieldtrip
End of Year Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Hosted by PTO

SATURDAY, 5/13
Choir & Orchestra Fieldtrip
Friends of Houston Public Library Book Sale @Pin Oak, 9 am - 4 pm


Monday
8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
 Blue or Green Day Lunch
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
12:40 - 1:10
Lunch
5th period
5th period
1:15 - 1:45
5th period
Lunch
1:50 - 2:20
5th period
Lunch
2:25 - 3:30
1st period



Tuesday
8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
 Blue or Green Day Lunch
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
12:40 - 1:10
Lunch
6th period
6th period
1:15 - 1:45
6th period
Lunch
1:50 - 2:20
6th period
Lunch
2:25 - 3:30
2nd period


 Wednesday

8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
 See Lunch Assignments
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
12:40 - 1:10
Lunch
7th period
7th period
1:15 - 1:45
7th period
Lunch
1:50 - 2:20
7th period
Lunch
2:25 - 3:30
3rd period


WEDNESDAY LUNCH (7th Period)
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
Saldivar

Audi

Zaeske-Pham

Tamez

Jernigan

Velazquez

Grantham

Nigoche

Ichara

Gomez

Caraballo

Cortes

Switzer

Coffman

Hulbirt

Slavin

Sandberg

Franco

Sather

Merz

Fredericks

Huezo

Meyer

Fujiwara

Wang

Hsu

Reilly

Ossorio

Frisch

Carter

Todd

Tomlinson

Baker

Moritz

Jones

Frazier

Beckman

Giardina

Hill

Ajdiou

Condron

Allen

Neal

Hastings-Velez

Fontenot

Boffone





Hernandez





Wilson/Wilcox


















Thursday
8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
 See Lunch Assignments
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
12:40 - 1:10
Lunch
8th period
8th period
1:15 - 1:45
8th period
Lunch
1:50 - 2:20
8th period
Lunch
2:25 - 3:30
4th period


THURSDAY LUNCH (8th Period)
1st Lunch
2nd Lunch
3rd Lunch
Moritz

Fong

Butler

Foster

Caraballo

Carter

Grantham

Coffman

Fujiwara

Riegler

Hamilton

Frazier

Sarabia

Hsu

Reilly

Tamez

Linsley

Dabbs

Wang

Merz

Allen

Bowles

Meyer

Cortes

Gomez

Nigoche

Ichara

Switzer

Sandberg

Velazquez

Todd

Condron

Wells

Beckman

Giardina

Franco

Boffone

Hastings-Velez

Hulbirt

Huezo

McClintock

Johnson

Moritz

Tomlinson



Slavin

Frisch



Welker





Sather





Hernandez





Wilson/Wilcox













Name That Book Red Carpet Event
The Department of Library Services will announce the 2017-2018 K-2, 3-6, middle school, and high school Name That Book (NTB) title lists at the annual Red Carpet Event. The Barnes and Noble, 2030 West Gray (River Oaks Shopping Center) will be the site of the unveiling of the secondary lists (middle school and high school). The NTB contest serves to acquaint HISD students with classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning books., representing a variety of genres. The announcement is free and open to the public. Students, parents and faculty attending the event will have the opportunity to purchase great literature from the NTB lists and materials for summer reading. 


Chick-fil-A Day: Pre-Order Today
Pin Oak Middle School’s first ever Chick-fil-A Lunch Day is happening on May 15th. Cost is $5 per lunch order. You may pre-order online.  You must place your order no later than Thursday, May 11th at noon. 

We will accept pre-orders at school for cash on Tuesday, 5/9.  


Each lunch order consists of 1 chicken sandwich (pickles will be available on the side), chips and a bottle of water.  We cannot accommodate special requests or dietary restrictions with these lunch orders. Thank you for your understanding.


Friends of HPL Book Sale at Pin Oak
Stop by POMS on Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for a huge selection of new and gently used books at bargain prices!




Save the Dates: 8th Grade Activities
  • Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00-9:00 p.m. – Promotion Party – POMS Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, May 24th All Day – Class Trip - Schlitterbahn Galveston 
  • Thursday, May 25th – 8th Grade Yearbook Signing Party, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 25th – 8th Grade Brunch, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 25th – 8th Grade travels by HISD bus to Butler for Ceremony, 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 25th - Promotion Ceremony – Butler Stadium, 12:00 p.m. 
**Note: Students must attend school and ride the bus to Butler on 5/25 to participate in the Promotion Ceremony.