Sunday, March 27, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming Events


Campus Closed to Visitors - School Store Closed
Lunch by Grade Level
7th gr STAAR Writing
8th gr STAAR Math
6th gr Cluster Scheduled

Campus Closed to Visitors - School Store Closed
Lunch by Grade Level
8th gr STAAR Reading
7th gr Algebra Benchmark (Algebra Students Only)
7th gr Cluster Scheduled 
6th gr Native Speaker Spanish Placement Test (Select Students)
6th gr Cluster Scheduled
New York Chaperone Meeting, Cafe 6:00 p.m.
New York Parent Meeting, Cafe 7:00 p.m.

Baseball @ Pershing, 4:30 p.m.
Softball v West Briar @ POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Soccer @ Johnston, 5:00 p.m.

College Shirt Day
Crimestoppers Cyber Safety, 7th & 8th Gr, History Classes

Girls' Lacrosse v Stratford/Klein @ Grob Stadium, 9:45 a.m.

Boys' Lacrosse @ Sienna, 1:00 & 2:30 p.m.

Save the Date!
Sunday, 4/17 @ 1:00 p.m.
Pin Oak Family Day at Reckling Park
Get your tickets now, and join me for Rice Baseball vs. Western Kentucky!  One of our Pin Oak Chargers will throw out the first pitch, and a portion of the ticket proceeds goes back to Pin Oak!  Buy your tickets at and use promo code: PINOAK

Awaken Your Inner Star!
If you would like to try out for Pin Oak Idol, turn in your permission slip and sign up for an audition at Mr. Dabbs' room, A128.  Auditions are April 6th and 7th!  Audition pieces should be performance-ready.

Safe Snacks During Testing
I want to take a moment to remind you that we have several students at Pin Oak (in every grade level) that have severe allergies to nuts.  I ask that if you are providing a snack for your child, or are working with a teacher to provide snacks for other children, that you avoid snacks that contain nuts or are processed in the same manufacturing facility as products containing nuts.  Are you interested in learning more about keeping our school a safe place for all our students?  Check out this Safe Snack Guide!

Last Chance for Sociables!
Don't miss out on these fun sociables!!  The following sociables still have space available. Contact Linette Courtney at with any questions.  Remember, all money raised goes to Pin Oak to enrich the educational opportunities for our children.

Put on your comfy clothes and try a yoga pose. Join us for a private class at Mind Tribes with Dan Houston. Stay afterward for light bites and mimosas.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 10:00 am @ Mind Tribes, 4141 Southwest Freeway.  $30 per person

Hosted by Cara Michael & Summer Shaw

Moms summon your inner diva at the POMS Mom's Wine & Wig Out sociable!  Always wanted to see what you would like as a red head?  Find out if blondes really do have more fun!  Whatever your wig choice, fun will be had by all who attend this sociable!  We will have light bites, wine and prizes.  A fun night out with friends is mandatory but wigs are optional.

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00pm @ the home of Lori Fisher.  $35 per person.

Hosted by Linette Courtney, Lori Fisher, Cara Michael, Michelle Nickerson, Jodie Rephlo and Sarah Thweatt

SEVENTH GRADERS ONLY!  Spend a Charger lunch eating outside with your friends on the Plaza! A special catered lunch for 7th graders will be served as they eat outdoors for the first time at POMS. Lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.

Friday, April 15, 2016 during 7th grade lunch on the POMS outdoor plaza.  7th grade students, any house.  $30 per person 

Hosted by Kristy Compton, Stephanie Hester, Shannon Hoffer, Jill Hord, Annie Mills, Janet Neumann, Melisa Richardson, Brittney Selldin, Courtney Tardy and Sarah Thweatt

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming Events

Track District Meet - 7th gr, Barnett Stadium
HISD Community Meeting: Superintendent Search, MPR, 6:00 p.m.

Track District Meet - 7th gr, Barnett Stadium
Baseball v Lanier, Linkwood Park, 4:15 p.m.
Softball v Hamilton @POMS, 4:30 p.m.

Track District Meet - 8th gr, Barnett Stadium
Baseball @ Johnston, 4:15 p.m.
Softball v Pilgrim @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Girls' Lacrosse @ St. John's, 5:45 p.m.

Track District Meet - 8th gr, Barnett Stadium
Softball @ Pershing, 4:30


Superintendent Search Input MeetingMonday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. - POMS MPR
District Trustee Mike Lunceford will be hosting a meeting on Monday evening to learn more from his district about the characteristics that are most important when choosing a new superintendent to lead the Houston Independent School District.  I encourage you to attend.

If you are unable to attend, or would like to share your ideas in a more private way, please consider completing the online survey offered by the search firm hired to conduct the search for candidates. 

Spring STAAR Testing Schedule
March 29 - 7th Writing, 8th Math
March 30 - 8th Reading
May 9 - 6th & 7th Math, 8th Math Retest
May 10 - 6th & 7th Reading, 8th Reading Retest
May 11 - 8th Science
May 12 - 8th Social Studies

* Please note, the campus will be closed to visitors during testing.  We cannot interrupt testing for student pick-up. There will be an alternate schedule on testing days.  

8th Grade Activities
Forms and payment for 8th grade activities were due before Spring Break.  If you have not signed and returned your child's paperwork, please do so Monday morning.  You may pay online. More information may be found on the cluster website/blog.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

News From Mrs. Graves

Upcoming Events

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online, MPR, 6:30 p.m.
Baseball v Grady @POMS, 4:00 p.m.

Name That Book Competition

PTO Meeting, DLL, 8:30 a.m. **NEW DATE
Progress Reports Go Home
Baseball v Johnston @POMS, 4:15 p.m.
Softball @ Lanier, 4:30 p.m.

Softball @ Johnston, 4:30
Soccer @ Pershing, 5:00 p.m.


March 14-18  Spring Break

Save the Date - Monday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. - POMS MPR
Community Meeting: Superintendent Search

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Learn actual and potential on-line threats along with tricks and tools predators use to lure even the savviest child.  Hear about the consequences of cyberbullying and revealing too much.   Leave with tips on prevention and how to avoid victimization.  Real Houston area stories and cases used.

This is a parent only event provided by Crimestoppers.  Students will be participating in a similar presentation, designed specifically for their age group in the coming weeks.

Big Thanks!
Friday evening was such a wonderful time for our community to come together. Pulling together an event like the auction takes incredible leadership and the support of many dedicated volunteers. A big thanks to our auction chairs, Cara Michael and Jenny Hanks, and the many volunteers who helped with donations, planning, set up and clean up. 

Pin Oak Idol
Students interested in participating in Pin Oak Idol should be working on their performance now! Students should review the paperwork, available in the main office, school store, or PTO website. Auditions will be held April 6 & 7, and all acts should be performance-ready.