Sunday, April 15, 2018

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 4/16  BLUE
Cheer Tryout Clinic, 3:45 p.m.

TUESDAY, 4/17  GREEN
ADVO 
Cheer Tryout Clinic, 3:45 p.m.
Baseball Semifinal Game @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Choir Ensemble Concert - CANCELLED 

WEDNESDAY, 4/18  BLUE
Cheer Mock Tryouts, 3:45 p.m.
UH College Campus Visit
Baseball Championship Game @ POMS, 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 4/19  GREEN
PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Cheer Tryout, 3:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/20  CHARGER
Pin Oak Idol, 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, 4/21
Jr. VASE Art Competition, Mayde Creek Jr. High
Stage Band, Evelyn's Park, 1:00 p.m.
Girls' Lacrosse @Pearland, Turner HS

SUNDAY, 4/22
Stage Band, Willow Waterhole Music Festival, 12:00-4:00 p.m.


National School Walkout
Students and activists across the nation are calling for a National School Walkout on Friday, April 20, 2018 to honor the students killed at Columbine High School on the 20th Anniversary of that tragedy.  Recognizing this new growth in youth activism and the exercise of free speech and expression, we anticipate that some Pin Oak students plan to participate.  We have worked with students to develop safe options for those who plan to participate to make their voices heard.  We recognize that students do not leave their constitutional rights at the school house door, and in that light, wish to provide a safe space for students to exercise their First Amendment rights. 

We are providing our students with the option to protest in the following manner: 
  • Students who choose to participate may leave their classroom at 10:00 a.m. and will be directed from Main Street to walk to the identified location.  Students will participate in a nonviolent protest and are expected to follow the direction of any faculty or staff member or adult volunteer.  Students will return to class at 10:20 a.m.  Students who meet the guidelines for time, place and manner restrictions will not be penalized for exercising their free speech rights.  To ensure student safety, the protest will remain in the identified location on campus.  
  • Students are expected to express their views in a peaceful manner.  Speech/Expression that impairs school operations and/or impinges on the rights of other students will face disciplinary consequences consistent with our Student Code of Conduct and result in the loss of the ability to participate.  Our goal is to create a safe space for students to be heard about issues they feel strongly about. 

Please note that the school day will continue as scheduled.  If your student chooses to participate, he/she will be responsible for making up any work and assignments they missed. 

Students with special needs: If your student has special needs, and would like to be a part of the walkout, please contact Ms. Rivers (criversi@houstonisd.org) to discuss how the school can ensure your child’s right to participate. 

Students who want to participate in the Protest at City Hall will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian and checked out through the Main Office using the regular procedures.    
No parents or visitors will be allowed to participate in the event.  However, we do want to make you aware that media may be present and film the event from a distance off campus. 

At HISD our primary goals remain providing a quality education and a safe environment for all our students.   Please contact me at rgraves1@houstonisd.org if you have any questions or concerns about the April 20, 2018 school day. 


FAQs
Does my child have to participate?  No. Many children have expressed that they do not plan to participate. You should have a conversation with your child to share your expectations regarding whether or not you want them to participation. 

What will my child do if they choose not to participate?  Teachers will remain in the classroom and will continue with the regularly scheduled lesson.

Do they even know what they are protesting about or is this just a chance to get out of class?  Many students have expressed well-informed, passionate views, however there are likely many who do not understand the complexities.  Parents should definitely encourage students to better understand the issues.  It is incredibly important that young people recognize the importance of informed decision making.

Are the teachers going to participate? No. Teachers are not allowed to participate in any type of political activism during their duty hours and a walk out is a violation of their contract.

Who will supervise the students who are participating? School administration along with other school personnel and HISD Police will be onsite to provide supervision during the Walkout.  

Who is organizing what will take place during the walk out? This is a student-led protest. A committee of students has organized the event.  School administration can only define time, place and manner restrictions.  

Will my child be frightened by the information they may hear during the protest? Maybe. This may be a frightening subject matter for some children, and only you know what will be too much for your child to process.  


So many thanks to give and not nearly enough time!  
Last week our faculty and staff were overjoyed by the incredible teacher appreciation week - breakfast, lunches, dessert bar... A big thanks to the many volunteers that made the week possible!  

The Color Run was a huge success!  The kids had a blast and we raised money that will go directly to classroom grants.  Many thanks to the incredible volunteers that worked to make that experience happen for our children.

And Friday Night Fever, Pin Oak's annual auction and largest fundraiser was so much fun and a great success.  Many thanks to our Auction Chairs, Fundraising VPs, the many volunteers who helped set up, clean up and the many families who took time to bid online and attend the event Friday night.  

Yearbook Applications Available
Are you creative? Social? Looking for something fun and meaningful to do at school? If so you might be a great fir for next year's yearbooks staff?  Interested students should pick up a yearbook application from Ms. Beckman in room A109 before Friday, April 27.

POMS Spirit Night at Fuddruckers!
Wednesday night, Fuddruckers at Meyerland will be hosting a Pin Oak Spirit Night!!  The hours of the event are from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  

Girl Scout Silver Award benefiting children with epilepsy

WHAT: A Gift Card Drive!! Please donate any gift cards to Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta. Any amount is appreciated!

WHY: Your donated gift cards will be used to purchase games, puzzles, toys and beauty products for children with epilepsy for rolling rainy day carts to be used at all of the summer camps in Texas.
WHERE: Pin Oak Middle School Collection Box in the front office. You can also put the gift card in an envelope titled GIRL SCOUT SILVER AWARD in the PTO box outside Mrs. Graves office.
WHEN: April 16-April 27, 2018

Thank you so much for your contribution and for helping us make a difference in the lives of these children!

Macy Fortenberry 8B, Morgan Draper 8A, Molly Vestal 8A, and Abby Vollrath 8B. April 16-April 27, 2018


Sunday, April 8, 2018

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 4/9  CHARGER
     Teacher Appreciation Week!
 Cheer Interest Meeting for Parents/Students, 6:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, 4/10  TESTING GREEN (schedule listed below)
STAAR TESTING -8TH GR MATH, 7TH GR WRITING
Crimestoppers Assembly, 6th gr
Dance Team Clinic, Company & Crew, 3:45-5:45 p.m.
Softball vs. Second Baptist @POMS, 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 4/11  TESTING BLUE (schedule listed below)
     STAAR TESTING - 8TH GR READING
Crimestoppers Assembly, 7th gr
Dance Team Clinic, Company & Crew, 3:45-5:45 p.m.
     
THURSDAY, 4/12  GREEN
Dance Team Tryouts, Company & Crew, 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Softball @Pershing, 4:30 p.m.
Pre-UIL Concert, Intermediate & Advanced Band, Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/13  FUNKY BLUE (schedule listed below)
POMS Color Run
Pin Oak Auction - Friday Night Fever (Adults Only, Ticketed Event)

SATURDAY, 4/14
Girls' Lacrosse @ Stratford, Grob Stadium, 10:00 a.m.


Pin Oak Color Run
The deadline to sign up as a RUNNER/WALKER and be guaranteed a color run shirt is Tuesday, April 10 at 9 a.m.  You may get a registration form from the Main Office and leave it with your payment in the PTO drop box, or register online.

You may still register to be a SPECTATOR until Thursday!  

Top 3 Advocacy Classes:
Coffman - 94%
Fredericks - 69%
May - 59%

Can you help by lending a leaf blower for Clean Up Alley?
-Deliver leaf blower on the day of the event to the table outside of the gymnasium marked “leaf blowers”
-Attach an extension cord if you have one
-Please label your leaf blower with last name and cell


THE POMS ONLINE AUCTION IS OPEN!
Register Now to bid on amazing items and support POMS! Register to bid and you will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the school store
All POMS families and friends can bid on items! Please share the Pin Oak Online Auction Link with your family and friends.

The auction will be open until Friday, April 13th at 9pm.  Big Board items will close to the general public at 8pm, so that Friday Night Fever guests can have the final chance to bid.
We have something for everyone: Front Row Seats to Graduation, Houston Texans Training Camp, Astros Tickets, Gift Cards to your Favorite Restaurants, Summer Camps, and much, much more!  Sociables, such as Party on the Plaza and DrumFIT, can be purchased on 
the INSTABUY tab.

The online auction runs until April 13, but why wait? Start bidding now. Every dollar helps to fund essential programs at POMS. This is the easiest way to support our school!

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER 2018
Friday, April 13th
7-11 PM
Southside Place Clubhouse
3743 Garnet Street
Disco/Casual Attire


Dinner, Dancing and Socializing with fellow POMS parents, Wine Pull, Heads and Tails, and Final Bidding on Big Board Items! Tickets are only $50 per person through Thursday, April 12th. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $60 per person.


Carnegie Vanguard Theatre Summer Camp
This summer Carnegie Vanguard is hosting a two week theatre camp.   The camp is open to students 11-15 years of age, and is great opportunity for those interested in writing, acting and technical design.

The camp is set up to teacher campers all aspects of theatre, while award winning student counselors from Carnegie Vanguard guide campers through a play writing process and a final world premiere of their plays at the end of the two weeks.  Learn more at http://carnegietheatre.com/spotlight-camp/.


Interested in Cheer for the 2018-19 School Year?
Monday, April 9 6:00pm School Cafeteria - Mandatory Parent Meeting for all cheerleader and mascot applicants 


Construction Updates
Please note the following construction updates for the 610 Southbound frontage Road (outside the Loop). 

  • 610S frontage road between Westpark and Fourance (outside the loop by Shell station)- one lane will remain open, but alternating lanes will be closed
  • 610S frontage road between Fournace and Bissonnet (outside the loop by Chase Bank) -the right lane will be closed

Please allow extra time traveling to and from school.  

Schedules for This Week

TESTING GREEN
8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
12:00 – 1:45
CHARGER LUNCH SCHEDULE

6th Grade
1st Lunch
12:00 – 12:30

6th Period
12:35 – 1:10
(35 minutes)

6th Period
12:35 – 1:45
(70 minutes)
2nd Lunch
12:35 – 1:05


6th Period
1:10 – 1:45
(35 minutes)
3rd Lunch
1:15 – 1:45
1:50 – 2:20
2nd Period
(30 minutes)


2:25 – 2:55
4th Period
(30 minutes)


3:00 - 3:30
8th Period
(30 minutes)





TESTING BLUE
8:00
First Bell
8:07
Tardy Bell
8:30 - 12:30 
STAAR testing
12:00 – 1:45
CHARGER LUNCH SCHEDULE


1st Lunch
12:00 – 12:30

5th Period
12:35 – 1:10
(35 minutes)

5th Period
12:35 – 1:45
(70 minutes)
2nd Lunch
12:35 – 1:05


5th Period
1:10 – 1:45
(35 minutes)
3rd Lunch
1:15 – 1:45
1:50 – 2:20
1st Period
(30 minutes)


2:25 – 2:55
3rd Period
(30 minutes)


3:00 - 3:30
7th Period
(30 minutes)




FUNKY BLUE (Color Run)
8:00
First Bell


8:07
Tardy Bell
8:07 – 9:10
1st Period
9:15 – 10:10
3rd Period


10:15 – 11:10
5th Period


11:15 – 12:10
7th Period


12:15 – 3:30
TEAM Time



6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

12:20 – 1:40
Color Run
12:20 – 12:50
Lunch
12:20 – 12:55
TEAM Time

1:40 – 2:10
Lunch
12:55 – 1:20
TEAM Time
1:00 – 1:30
Lunch

2:10 – 3:3O
TEAM Time

1:20 – 2:40
Color Run
1:35 – 2:20
TEAM Time

2:40 – 3:30
TEAM Time
2:20 – 3:30
Color Run









Sunday, April 1, 2018

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 4/2  BLUE
     intermediate Theatre Showcase, MPR, 6:00 p.m.     

TUESDAY, 4/3  GREEN
CLUBS
Baseball @Briarmeadow, 4:00 p.m.
New Student Signing Day, 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 4/4  BLUE
     Dance Spring Show, Gym, 6:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, 4/5  GREEN
Softball vs Black MS @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball vs AOS @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Dance Spring Show, Gym, 6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/6 
Cheer Applications Due
Blinn College Choir Contest

SATURDAY, 4/7
Cheer Clinic, Gym, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Girls' Lacrosse @Katy Stadium, 1:00 and 2:15 p.m.
Project Prom, MPR

SUNDAY, 4/8
Girls' Lacrosse vs Kingwood @ Insperity Sports Complex, 2:00 p.m.


FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER 2018 ONLINE AUCTION OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY!
 The first ever online POMS Auction will open on April 4 and close on April 13. Look for a special email from me on Wednesday with a link and instructions on how to register to bid. A link will also be available on POMS PTO websiteRegister to bid and you will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the school store.


FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER 2018 at SOUTHSIDE CLUBHOUSE DON'T DELAY!
Purchase your tickets Now! Time is running out, and space is limited! Dinner, Dancing and Socializing with fellow POMS parents, Wine Pull, and Final Bidding on Big Board Items!

Friday, April 13th; 7-11 PM
Southside Clubhouse 
Disco/Casual Attire

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for POMS PTO. Funds raised support instructional materials, fine arts, classroom technology, library, UIL athletics and child advocacy.



Running Out of Time to Join the Color Run!
The Pin Oak Color Run is next week!  You can join the fun, too!

Leading advocacy class percentages:
Fredericks, Phyllis M  44%
Hsu, Cindy Y  41%
Coffman, Kerri N  39%
Wilson, Brittany W  37%
Dabbs, Colin M  36%
Butler, Gloria J  35%
Huezo Jr, Frank J  35%
Tamez, Angelica V  35%
Hulbirt, Shelly L  33%
Switzer, Gregory P  33%

Every Advocacy class with a minimum of 85% participation before midnight tonight is eligible to win prizes!!!


Cheer Tryout Reminders
Applications for cheerleader and mascot tryouts are due to Coach Taylor by Friday, April 6.  Applications are available in the front office, House A office, and near the girls locker room.  No late applications will be accepted.  There is a mandatory parent meeting on Monday, April 9 at 6pm in the POMS cafeteria.  Tryouts start Monday, April 16 at 3:45 in the gym. 


School Walk Outs
Several students and parents have contacted me to indicate interest in participating in an upcoming national school walk out.  The District will be providing direction on how we will handle any disciplinary consequences.

In the meantime, I am asking for volunteers for a small committee to help us develop a safety plan for those who wish to participate.  If your child is interested in serving on this committee, please have him or her stop into Ms. Ruiz's office in the Main Office and put their name on a list.  I will choose a diverse committee that represents all three grade levels to help us develop that safety plan.