Sunday, September 20, 2015

News from Mrs. Graves

Daily Schedule
Monday, 9/23  BLUE
7th gr Volleyball @Johnston      
6th gr Parent Meeting, MPR, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 9/22 FUNKY GREEN
 Early Dismissal, 1:00 p.m.
 8th gr Football v Welch @ Butler Stadium 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 9/23  FALL HOLIDAY

Thursday, 9/24  GREEN
SDMC Meeting

Friday, 9/25  BLUE

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It was great to see so many POMS families tonight at Berryhill Baja Grill.  We had a great turnout.  A big thanks to Berryhill for giving 20% of sales back to POMS.

6th gr Parent Meeting
We will host a parent meeting to help our “new to middle school” parents get more acquainted with Pin Oak.  Thank you to those parents who took time to share feedback on the issues that are most important, and for sharing questions.

We will meet in the MPR and will start with answering some of the most common questions and share information on the topics in which you expressed interest.  Our new counselor, Ms. Clower, will be discussing developmental changes you might expect as your student transitions into the teens years, and will offer advice on how parenting changes.

What is Team Time?
At Pin Oak, opportunities for students to get academic support is built in to our school day.  On a usual week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are designated for Team Time.  During this time, students are assigned to report to a specific teacher related to their cluster, and have the opportunity to get help with concepts they struggle with, or work on assignments. 

Each cluster handles the teacher assignment a little differently, but no matter the assignment, a student may request a pass to meet with a particular teacher for tutorials.  For example, if a student doesn’t understand a concept from science, he or she may request to see the science teacher for additional support. 

Team Time is our primary plan for providing tutorials, helping students complete missing assignments, or helping them get ahead.  You should ask your student how they are using Team Time. 

Early Dismissal
This week, on Tuesday, there is a District-wide early dismissal.  We will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.  HISD buses will run on the early schedule.  There is no after school care on Tuesday, and there will be no one available to supervise students who aren’t picked up on time.  Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 1:00 p.m.

What is SDMC and How Does it Work?
The Site-based Decision Making Committee (SDMC) is a committee made up of teachers, parents, community members and a local business owner that serves to advise the Principal on making decisions in the areas of planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development, and school organization.

As a parent group, you are represented by two members on the SDMC. The committee meets each month.  If you have any concerns that you would like brought to the attention of the SDMC, please feel free to contact me or your parent representatives, Summer Shaw or Maria Gomez.

Cherrydale Fundraiser
Thanks to everyone who has participated in our annual Cherrydale fundraiser.  If you haven't turned in your order envelope, please have your student turn it in tomorrow morning before school.  You may still place orders online.  Cherrydale has extended our sales window until Thursday.

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