Sunday, January 31, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming Events


Understanding PSAT - 8th gr Parent Resource Meeting, 6:30

Charger Farmer's Market, front of school at 7:45 a.m.
Swim Meet @ Johnston, 4:30 p.m.

8th gr Girls' Basketball vs Long @ The Pavilion, 5:30 p.m
7th gr Girls' Basketball vs Long @ POMS, 5:30 p.m.
8th gr Boys' Basketball vs Long @ The Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
7th gr Boys' Basketball vs Long @ POMS, 6:0 p.m.
Boys/Girls Soccer v Pilgrim @ POMS, 4:30 p.m. 
Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed", Bellaire HS (ticketed event), 6:30 p.m.

POMS Intermediate/Advanced Band Dinner Concert with BHS Band

Orchestra UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

8th Grade PSAT Scores
On Tuesday evening, we will be available to help you understand your child's PSAT score report.  Paper copies of the PSAT score reports will be distributed Tuesday evening for those families in attendance.  If you aren't able to make in Tuesday night, we will place the paper reports in the mail on Wednesday.    

School Budget
On Friday, I attended a meeting in which we discussed the potential impact of two items to our budget for the 2016-17 school year.  

First, is the anticipated funding reduction related to how schools are funded at the State level. As our properties values in Houston have continued to rise, Houston ISD has moved above the funding threshold and is now considered a property "rich" district.  Under the current school funding system this results in the District having to send money to Austin to supplement school funding for other Districts.  District officials expect to have to cut over $100 million.  

Second, is the Board proposal to centralize funding for what they have termed "essential personnel."  The Board item calls for specific full time personnel (nurse, counselor and librarian) at all campuses.  Although these are currently positions we have at Pin Oak, not all campuses utilize this model.  To fund this initiative, the District would fund these positions at all campuses before determining the per student allocation.  If this item passes, it will result in additional cuts to our budget.  Our Board Trustee, Mike Lunceford, voiced concern about the impact of this item at the same time we are facing a significant funding loss from the State.  I will know more about how this may impact our budget after the vote at the February 11th Board Meeting.  

As I get more information, I will share it with the SDMC, the faculty, the PTO and with parents through the Charger Buzz.  

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