Sunday, March 26, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

POMS Spirit Night at Reginelli's - all day
Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting, Cafe, 6:00 p.m.
Disney Trip Parent Meeting, Cafe, 7:00 p.m.

STAAR Testing, 8th gr Math
STAAR Testing, 7th gr Writing

STAAR Testing, 8th gr Reading
Baseball vs. Hamilton, POMS, 4:30 p.m.

Author Visit: Kimberly Willis Holt, MPR
Tennis Practice
Baseball vs Meyerland, POMS, 4:15 p.m.
Boys' Lacrosse vs Katy, POMS, 6:00 p.m.
Community Events: SCREENAGERS, Hosted by Pin Oak, Pershing and Bellaire HS PTO, Pershing Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse @ Pershing, 6:30 p.m.
Girls' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse @ Pershing, 7:30 p.m.

Jr. VASE Competition, Wilchester ES
Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs Richmond, George Ranch HS 1:00 p.m.
Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Richmond, George Ranch HS, 2:30 p.m.
Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Kingwood, 2:00 p.m.
Girls' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Kingwood, 3:00 p.m.

Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs Ft. Bend Panthers, Camp Sienna Sports Facility, 1:00 p.m.
Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Ft. Bend Panthers, Camp Sienna Sports Facility, 3:00 p.m.

Attendance Notes
If your child has been out during this grading cycle, even if you have already sent a note, please forward excuse notes to  This new email address will now be used for all absence excuse notes.  We are having a problem with the other email address and would like to make sure all excuse notes are processed before report cards go out at the end of this grading cycle.

I hope you will be able to join us on Thursday evening at Pershing MS, as the PTOs for Pin Oak, Pershing and Bellaire HS present SCREENAGERS.  

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

The evening with begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include the one-hour movie along with a short panel discussion.  Students are welcome to attend with their parents. Pin Oak students in attendance will receive a free dress pass. NJHS members will receive service hours credit for attendance.

You can learn more about SCREENAGERS at  

Pin Oak Idol!
Coming soon! April 21st 
Auditions will be held April 3rd and 4th immediately after school until 6:30 (must be available during that entire time but may leave when your audition is over). Please pick up your permission slip from the front office, sign up on the sign up sheet outside of Mr. Huezo's room/D102 and bring back the signed permission slip to Mr. Huezo. Please contact Mr. Huezo or Mr. Dabbs with questions regarding auditions.

Parent volunteers needed! Please contact Debbie Robbins at if you are able to help with the coordinating, planning, or working this event. This is an easy, super fun, cool way to get involved! 

POMS Spirit Night at Reginelli's
Please support Pin Oak by attending the March 27tth Spirit Night at Reginelli’s.  Reginelli’s is located at 5303B Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, Texas 77401. They are opened from 11am until 10pm and are willing to help our school all day! Please mention Pin Oak when you place your order so they can give a portion of the proceeds back to the school.

Morning Drop Off and Avenue B
Pin Oak offers two supervised drop off locations in the morning.  Please utilize the HCC drop off location if you are approaching the school from the east on Glenmont.  Please utilize the circle drive if you are approaching the school from the west on Glenmont.  See below.

You may notice new signage along Avenue B.  After numerous complaints from neighbors, the Bellaire Police Department has added new signage and will be issuing citations for drivers who attempt to drop off on Avenue B.  If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Bellaire Police Department.

Please help Pin Oak be a good neighbor by adhering to traffic laws and being a courteous driver.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

HISD 7th Grade Zone Track Meet, Barnett Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

Cheerleader & Mascot Applications Available
Tennis Practice
HISD 7th Grade Zone Track Meet, Barnett Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Hamilton @Oaks Dads' Club Fields, 4:30 p.m.
Girls' 7/8th gr Lacrosse @ROBS, 5:30 p.m.
Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Memorial @Grob Stadium, 6:00 p.m.
Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Memorial @Grob Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

HISD 8th Grade Zone Track Meet, Barnett Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Lanier @ POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Clifton @ POMS, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis Practice
Waltrip Pre-UIL Band Concert and Sight Reading Contest
HISD 8th Grade Zone Track Meet, Barnett Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Baseball @ Pershing, 4:30 p.m.
Soccer vs. Pershing @POMS, 4:30 p.m.

Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Katy, @POMS, 6:30 p.m. 
Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Katy, @POMS 8:00 p.m.

Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Woodlands, Alden Bridge Sports Park, 10:00 a.m.
Girls' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Woodlands, Alden Bridge Sports Park, 12:00 p.m.
Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs Kingwood, Episcopal HS, 3:00 p.m.
Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Kingwood, Episcopal HS, 5:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, 3/26
Cheer Competition, Galveston

Update on School Funding and Recapture
HISD voters will be asked on May 6 how the district should pay its Recapture obligation to the state of Texas: by Purchasing Attendance Credits or through Detachment of Commercial Property.  Her's the language that will appear on the ballot:
Authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues.
A vote FOR means Purchasing Attendance Credits by writing a check to the state comprised of local property taxes. It also means:
  • The district will continue to make annual recapture payments as long as property wealth grows.
  • Our total tax collections will continue to grow to offset these payments as property values rise.
  • The district will have more capacity in the future to fund schools.
A vote AGAINST Purchasing Attendance Credits means Detachment of the most valuable non-residential, commercial properties from the district's tax roll. The properties will be reassigned to other school districts for taxing purposes. It also means:
  • Under current law, those commercial properties will be permanently detached, and the district will permanently lose those tax collections for district operations.
  • The district will lose debt service tax collections used to pay back bonds, which is debt used to build schools.
  • The district will face budget cuts and have less capacity to fund schools.

Didn't we already vote on this?
Yes, in November 2016, HISD voters rejected Proposition 1 and purchasing attendance credits, making HISD subject to Detachment to pay its Recapture obligation.  Since then, action by the Texas Education Agency and other factors have reduced HISD's Recapture obligation from about $162 million to about $77 million.  Future payments have been reduced as well.

The vote has also started a conversation among legislators in Austin about changing the state's outdated school finance system. In response, the HISD Board of Education called a new election for May 6, 2017, giving voters another opportunity to decide how HISD will pay its Recapture obligation.

The majority of HISD's students are economically disadvantaged.   Why is the district subject to Recapture?
Due to rising property values, HISD's wealth level per student exceeded the level set by the Legislature in the 1993 "Robin Hood" school finance law.  Under the current law, even a school district like HISD with almost 80% economically disadvantages students and over 30% English language learners is considered wealthy and therefore subject to recapture.  As long as property wealth grows in Houston, and the state's school finance system remains the same, HISD will continue to remain in Recapture.

How will the May 6 vote affect HISD financially in the long term?
A vote FOR purchasing attendance credits will allow HISD to make recapture payments to the State, but the district's local tax collections will continue to grow to offset these payments as property values rise. A vote AGAINST purchasing attendance credits will allow commercial properties to be detached from HISD, and the district will lose those tax collections from district operations. As more and more commercial properties are detached, a larger percentage of the responsibility to fund public education would shift to homeowners and remaining business owners.  In Addition, the district will lose future tax collections on the detached property used to pay back the district's debt for building schools. These tax collections are not lost under the Purchase of Attendance Credits.

recapture chart

STAAR Testing Dates 
Tuesday, March 28 - 7th Grade Writing, 8th Grade Math
Wednesday, March 29 - 8th Grade Reading

On Thursday, March 30th, Pin Oak PTO will be partnering with Pershing MS PTO and Bellaire HS PTO to bring the critical documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  We look forward to opening the dialogue in our community about the increasing impacts of social media and screen time to the lives of adolescents. Students who attend with their parents will receive a free dress pass, and NJHS members will receive service credits for attending with parents. Please consider joining us!

Learn more about Screenagers at

Cheerleader and Mascot Applications Available
Learn more about trying out for the Pin Oak Cheer team!  Application packets available on Tuesday in the Main Office, Rm C107 or outside the girls' locker room. All interested in trying out must have the proper athletic physical and additional paperwork on file.  

Congratulations to Pin Oak Faculty!
Who just got engaged? Join me in congratulating Ms. Riegler from 8B!

And who just got married? Join me in congratulating Ms. Saldivar from 6B, married on Saturday, March 11th, and to Mr. Berry, Magnet Coordinator, married Saturday, March 18th!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

8th gr Panoramic Photo on Sale at Lunch
Baseball vs. Black MS @POMS, 4:30 p.m.

8th gr Panoramic Photo on Sale at Lunch
Name That Book Competition
Tennis Practice
Team Photos - Track, Baseball and Tennis, 3:45 p.m.
Softball vs. Pershing @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Spring Musical - Xanadu, 6:00 p.m.

8th gr Activities Fees Due
Flower Show, Library
Charger Softball vs. Stevenson, @POMS 4:30 p.m.
Spring Musical - Xanadu, 6:00 p.m.

Tennis Practice
Soccer vs. Tanglewood @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Softball @ Westbriar, 4:30 p.m.
Spring Musical - Xanadu, 6:00 p.m.
6th gr Boys' Lacrosse vs. Memorial @Grob Stadium, 6:00 p.m.
7/8th gr Boys' Lacrosse vs. Memorial @ Grob Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Klein, Farm League Park, 6:30 p.m.
Girls' 7/8th gr Lacrosse vs. Klein, Farm League Park, 7:45 p.m.


MONDAY, 3/20
Students Return

Tremendous Thanks!
Good work was done Friday evening!  So many families enjoyed being together and working toward the common goal of raising money to enrich learning for Pin Oak students. This doesn't happen by chance.  There are so many people to thank!  

Thank you to those who helped us plan the evening!
Thank you to those who helped us acquire unique items for the auction!
Thank you to those who sponsored the evening!
Thank you to those who helped with set-up and clean-up!
Thank you to those who purchased tickets to the Flip Flop Fiesta!
Thank you to those who attended Flip Flop Fiesta and for those generous donations!

A big shout out goes to our volunteers!
Becky Tackett, PTO President
Linette Courtney and Cara Michael, Fundraising Chairs 
Meredith Beebe and Erika Park, Auction Chairs
Kerri Coffman-Fujiwara and Nelson Fujiwara, Auctioneers
Helen Belgrove, Judy Cheng, Austin Kimbrough, Nicole Choi, Cris Dickinson, Shelly Eversole, Julie Malin, Cynthia Ruiz-Mansfield, Laura Sloan, Courtney Tardy, Jennifer Tiras, Michelle Taylor, Laura Torgerson, Guadalupe Harper, Annie Marshall, Esther Pastore, Jenny Hanks, Monica Weber, Heather Barrow, Felicia Broadwell, Ami Bradley, Lori Fisher, Christine Lott, Melisa Richardson, Michelle Nickerson, Adrienne Vanderbloemen, Christi Young, Emanuela Corradino, Rena Wang, Stephanie Nguyen, Kristen Flores, Angela Yarbrough, John Pastore, Julie Davidson, Dan Cricks, Summer Shaw, Gabriela Casal, Urvashi Sharma, Michelle Leppard, Amy Allen, Januet Neumann, Jodie Rephlo, Paola Cairo, Susan Santos, Dianne Lawter, Maria Gomez, Thu Hang Dao-Jeanjean, Monica Hampton, Sally Reid, Courtney Tardy, Angela Roth, Irma Aguilar Schnitzer, Miriam Smith, Wallis Hampton, Roberta Konicki, Susan Walker and George Walker (I hope I didn't miss anyone!)

8th Gr Panoramic Pictures
Forgot to purchase the picture on Friday?  No worries!  The photographer will be on campus Monday and Tuesday to sell pictures. 

Text Alerts
Are you signed up for text alerts?  You can opt-in for text messages from Pin Oak and HISD by texting YES to 68453. This is the fastest way to get emergency notices such as school closures or delayed starts during inclement weather.  We also use this feature for occasional reminders and updates.

Save the Date!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Flip Flop Fiesta Student Raffle Tickets On Sale at Lunch
Baseball @Meyerland, 4:00 p.m.

Flip Flop Fiesta Student Raffle Tickets On Sale at Lunch
8th grade Parent PGP Meeting and Coffee with the Principal, 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Softball @Second Baptist, 4:30 p.m.
Band Pancake Supper and Concert, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

NAEP Testing, Selected 8th graders
Flip Flop Fiesta Student Raffle Tickets On Sale at Lunch
Spring Musical Preview, Teachers & Students, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
8th Grade Parent PGP Meeting w/Special Guest HS Counselors, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Flip Flop Fiesta Student Raffle Tickets On Sale at Lunch
Flip Flop Fiesta Student Raffle, 3:25 p.m.
Tennis Practice
8th Grade Class Panoramic Photo, 8:15 a.m.
Baseball @Black MS 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Orchestra Festival, 5:00 p.m.
Boys' & Girls' Soccer @TH Rogers, 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs Hamilton, @Pin Oak, 4:30 p.m.

College T-Shirt Day
Flip Flip Fiesta-School Auction, 7:00 p.m.

Houston Public Library Book Sale @Pin Oak
Crowd Pleasers' Middle School Dance Contest, Woodlands College Park HS
Band Pre-UIL Clinic Day
Band Pre-UIL Concert and Lunch, 11:30 a.m.
Girls' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse Vs. Pearland, Friendswood Jr. High, 10:30 a.m.
Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse vs. Pearland, Friendswood Jr. High; 12:00 p.m.
Girls' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs Friendswood, Friendswood Jr. High, 12:00 p.m.

Boys' 6th gr Lacrosse vs Katy, @Pin Oak, 1:30 p.m.
Boys' 7th/8th gr Lacrosse vs Katy, 3:00 p.m.
Girls' 6th gr Lacrosse @Sienna, 1:30 p.m.
Girls' 7th/8th Lacrosse @ Sienna, 2:45 p.m.

Pin Oak Celebrates Teacher of the Year and 
Beginning Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations Ms. Slavin, Art Teacher for being selected by her colleagues as Pin Oak's Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations Mr. Neal, Special Education TREK Teacher for being selected by his colleagues as Pin Oak's Beginning Teacher of the Year.

Notice for 8th Grade Parents
There are several important pieces of information related to this week.  Please make note of the following:
  • Monday - 8th grade Activities Packets go home.  Sign and return the enclosed documents with the activities fee no later than 3/8/17.
  • Parent PGP Meetings - Please attend one of two meetings (see calendar above), or sign and return the purple form in the activities packet.
  • 8th gr Class Panoramic Picture - Thursday, 8:15 a.m. (no make-ups)

Flip Flop Fiesta
Don't miss the Pin Oak auction on Friday!  This is our single largest fundraising event, and helps our PTO put money directly back into classroom to enrich learning for your child. Haven't attended before, no problem!  There is a first time for everything.  This event will sell out, so get your tickets as soon as possible!

Not sure how PTO supports classrooms? This year alone, more than $70,000 in teacher grants have been funded to support innovative curriculum and new programs.  Your PTO supports academics, fine arts, athletics, and foreign language.  And don't miss the opportunity to learn first about this years' major improvement project during Paddles Up!

Buy your ticket on the Pin Oak PTO website at

Smartwatches with Cameras
In a recent conversation with teachers I was made aware that some students are wearing smartwatches to school.  In general, this can be a distraction, but more serious is the use of smartwatches with cameras in the locker rooms.  If your child has a smartwatch with a camera, as with all devices with a camera, they are strictly prohibited in the locker rooms. Taking a picture of another student in the locker room would be a serious offense that would have to be referred to law enforcement. Please protect your child and the other children at Pin Oak by not allowing your child to bring a swartwatch with a camera to school.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week


Tennis Practice
Softball vs. Marshal @Pin Oak, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball vs Tanglewood, @Pin Oak, 4:30 p.m.
Choir Ensemble Concert, 6:00 p.m.


NJHS Meeting, Team Time
Tennis Practice
Beginning Band Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Hogg, @Pin Oak, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. St. Vincent dePaul, @Pin Oak, 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Orchestra Festival, 5:00 p.m.

Free Dress - No Missing Assignments
UIL Preparation: Woodwind & Brass, 3:40-5:40 p.m.
6th gr Boys' Lacrosse @Pershing, 7:30 p.m.

Westside Track Meet, Westside HS

Changes to the Dress Code
In January, Student Body President Tommy Lai and Vice President McHaley Ho addressed the SDMC with two proposals.  One of the two proposals included changes to the dress code.  The SDMC asked for input from parents and faculty.  A survey was sent out shortly after the January meeting, and the SDMC reviewed those results during the February meetings just last week.  The following changes to the dress code were recommended by the SDMC and will be adopted effective immediately:

  • We will official adopt dark gray as an allowable color for jackets and sweaters; and
  • We will now allow logos no larger than the ID badge.
Thank you to our student body leadership for bringing forward this important proposal. Additionally, the PTO has been hard at work looking for a more modern pull over sweatshirt and jacket, as well as an exciting new spirit shirt.  New items will be available for order in April for the 2017-18 school year.

Weather Updates
HISD sent a text alert this evening to parents and faculty regarding possible inclement weather tomorrow morning.  The District will be working closely with city officials to alert you if the weather will pose a problem with school beginning on time in the morning.  Otherwise, I look forward to seeing everyone in the morning!


$2 Raffle Tickets or $10 Raffle Books (6 tickets)

Tickets will be sold during lunch
Wednesday, February 22nd – Wednesday, March 1st
Raffle winners being drawn and announced by Ms. Graves on Thursday, March 2nd


Bose Bluetooth Speaker
Generously donated by the Courtney Family

Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer
Generously donated by the Rephlo Family

Amazon Echo Dot
Generously donated by the Courtney Family

Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Generously donated by Dr. Lai and Family

Apple Mini iPad
Generously donated by the Konicki Family

EP Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
Generously donated by the Manning Family

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera & Film
Generously donated by the Rephlo Family

LUSH Bella Fruta Gift Set
Generously donated by the Park Family

James Avery Heart Necklace
Generously donated by the Manning Family

Go Pro HERO Camera
Generously donated by the Konicki and Manning Families

Questions? Email (Felica Broadwell)

Rice University Summer Math Program
It is not too late to enroll in RUSMP's summer offerings for students although there are limited openings in many of them.

* RUSMP is offering two new and exciting three-week enrichment mathematics programs at Episcopal High School:

  1. For students entering 8th-grade in the fall of 2017:Through the lens of computational thinking, students will explore mathematics using technology to develop inductive and visual reasoning. Hands-on activities integrating mathematics and computer science will provide an innovative approach to learning mathematics.
  2. For students who have completed precalculus:  At the end of this program, students will be better equipped for the rigor of college-level mathematics and for success on A.P. Calculus and I.B. Mathematics exams. Proof, justification, and authentic problems will be explored using a variety of methods including graphing technology and other computing tools.

To learn more and to register, visit

* Register soon for the one-week activity-filled half-day math camps for students entering 2nd-grade through 7th-grade in the fall of 2017. These camps will engage students in fun, hands-on mathematics investigations and games with connections to science, technology, engineering, and the visual arts. Students will leave the camps more energized and enthusiastic about mathematics and the other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) disciplines. Three of the nine sessions are already full, and the other sessions are nearing capacity!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week


Teacher Appreciation Valentine's Dessert Buffet
Tennis Practice 
Softball vs Marshal, @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Choir Ensemble Concert, 6:00 p.m.

Baseball vs St. John's, @POMS, 4:30 p.m.

PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Tennis Practice
UIL Band Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m.
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Baseball vs Lanier, Linkwood Park, 4:30 p.m.
Girls' & Boys' Soccer @Lanier, 4:30 p.m.
Softball @Meyerland, 4:30 p.m.

Report Cards

Westbury Track Meet, Butler
Houston Hispanic Forum
Champions NW Houston Classic Dance Contest

SUNDAY, 2/19
Boy's Lacrosse @POMS, 1:00 & 2:30 p.m.

National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)
Pin Oak students have been chosen to represent Houston ISD, Texas and our nation in the 2017 NAEP administration. NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of educational progress since 1969.  Results from NAEP are used to create the Nation's Report Card.  As a nationally representative sample, approximately 140 of our students were randomly selected and will have the opportunity to represent us on March 1st.  If your child was selected to participate, you will receive a letter on Monday.

Since 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve the U.S. Department of Education as a member of the NAEP Principals' Panel and have learned more about the important role NAEP plays in informing education policy across our country.  I travel to Washington, D.C. three times each year to serve on the panel, and among other things, have had the opportunity to provide feedback on the transition from a paper based assessment to the digital assessment being administered this year. I am thrilled to know our Pin Oak Chargers will have the opportunity to represent our nation.

You can learn more about NAEP at

Update on the Fitness Track
Last March we launched an $80,000 fundraising campaign to install a 1/2 mile concrete fitness track around our athletic facility.  We are closing in on funding the project, and are moving forward with planning.  We are expecting to receive information from the City of Bellaire next week with information on requirements for permitting, and will be able to get a final bid and move forward with construction.  We are planning construction for this summer. You will have another opportunity this spring at our Flip Flop Fiesta to purchase a fitness track paver with a personalized inscription. 

Cell Phones and Slime
I've always wanted to write something with this title!  Let me start with cell phones.  Please remind your student that cell phones should be stored in their lockers during the school day. Students are not allowed to have cell phones on their person, and should not be checking them during the day.  Cell phones may be used after school and only outside of the school building. If you need to reach your child during the school day, please feel free to call the school office.  A message can be taken for your child, and his/her name can be displayed on the monitor for a message in the office.  If your child needs to reach you, a phone is available in the main office for use during lunch.

And then the more exciting of the two...slime.  Evidently we have a slime explosion, and some of our children are stretching their entrepreneurial wings to launch slime sales. Teachers have asked that I reach out to you and ask for your help.  We have had slime stuck in computer keyboards, books, and even hair in the last week.  We love that they are practicing their chemistry at home, but please keep the slime at home.

POMS Yearbook
We are quickly approaching our final order deadline.  If you have not already ordered your child's yearbook, now is the time!  You may order today at   

Flip Flop Fiesta Just Around the Corner
Have you purchased your tickets for Flip Flop Fiesta?  This is our largest fundraiser each year, and is a really great time to get to know other parents and work toward the goal of funding improvements for Pin Oak. Sponsorships are still available if you are interested in underwriting this event.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

8th Grade Meeting, Team Time

Tennis Practice 
7th Grade District Swim Meet, Lamar H.S., 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs Pilgrim @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball Parent Meeting, Gym, 6:00 p.m.
Band Dinner Concert, Bellaire HS, 5:00 p.m.

Swim Team Pictures, 3:40-4:00 p.m.

Tennis Practice
Girls' & Boys' Soccer @Pilgrim, 4:30 p.m.
8th Grade District Swim Meet, Lamar HS, 4:30 p.m.
Spirit Night at Berryhill, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Go Red for Heart Disease Prevention - Students/Faculty invited to wear red shirt
Girls' & Boys' Soccer Team Pictures, 3:45 p.m.
Valentine's Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

HISD MS Dance Contest, Waltrip HS
Charger Cheer Team Performs at Houston Rockets Halftime, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 10th
POMS Valentine's Dance
6th & 7th Grade
6:00-8:00 p.m.

8th Grade Meeting
On Monday during Team Time, we will meet with all 8th graders to highlight end-of-year 8th grade activities and the eligibility requirements under 3-2-1.  We are still confirming the details on these events, but here is what we know so far:

  • Yearbook Signing Party
  • 8th grade Dance, Tuesday, May 23rd
  • Schlitterbahn, Wednesday, May 24th
  • Promotion Ceremony, Thursday, May 25th, Butler Stadium Fieldhouse at 12:00 p.m.

What is 3-2-1?

3   school wide detentions
2   in-school suspensions
1   out of school suspension

Whenever any one of these criteria is met, the student is excluded from all end-of-year activities.

·       walking at promotion
·       the 8th grade dance
·       Schlitterbahn
·       yearbook signing party
·       All eighth grade activities, whether during school hours or not

3-2-1 Starts Now!  
No prior discipline history is considered under 3-2-1.

POMS Spirit Night at Berryhill

Join us Thursday, February 9th from 5:00-9:00 p.m.  Families need to request their itemized receipt and write "Pin Oak" on it for 20% of the proceeds to be contributed to the school.  

Pin Oak Press
Have you read our school newspaper, Pin Oak Press?  You can read it online at

HISD Dyslexia Awareness Family Night - February 7th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street