Sunday, October 16, 2016

News (and a lot of it) from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week
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Boys' Basketball Interest Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Westbriar MS, @POMS 5:00 p.m.
7th gr Football @Pershing, 5:00 p.m.

HS Magnet Fair for 8th Graders, 8th Period
Athletic Physicals, $15, 3:45 p.m.
Orchestra Concert, 6:00 p.m.
8th gr Football vs. Pershing, @Butler 7:00 p.m.

PSAT Administration, 8th grade
Girls' Basketball Try-Outs, 6:00 a.m.
Swim Team Interest Meeting, House C Computer Lab, 4:00 p.m.
Choir Concert, 6:00 p.m.

District Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Band Spaghetti Dinner and Concert, 6:00 p.m.

1776 Day, In-House Fieldtrip, 8C and 8A
UIL One Act Play Performance, 6:00 p.m.

Advanced Theatre UIL Clinic, Westbriar MS

PSAT 8/9 Administration
HISD provides for administration of the PSAT 8/9 for all 8th graders. Families and schools can learn more about how to ensure students are ready for college by using the information from the PSAT 8/9.  Administration in 8th grade allows students to become accustomed to the layout and content of the assessment.  Our 8th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday morning.  You can learn more about the PSAT 8/9 at

Bellaire High School Feeder Pattern Principals to
Take the Shadow a Student Challenge
Principals in our area work closely together to ensure our schools work best for students as they transition through school levels.  In our recent feeder pattern meeting, we decided to take the Shadow a Student Challenge!

Shadow a Student Challenge is designed to help educators learn first hand what it is like to be a student in our school?  Juggle the workload? Fit into the culture? Next week I will randomly choose a student to shadow, and I will follow that students day from sun up to homework completion.  

On Wednesday, October 26th we will all be undergoing this challenge at the same time in our own schools. We look forward to sharing our stories with our communities! 

Purchase Your Yearbook Now!

Yearbooks are only available online at  Search for Pin Oak Middle School.

If you have completed the process you will receive an email confirmation from Balfour. Save this as your receipt. If you do not receive the emailed confirmation from Balfour then you did not complete the process of purchasing a yearbook.  

High School Magnet Coordinators Visit POMS
On Tuesday the High School Magnet Coordinators will be at Pin Oak to showcase their programs for our 8th grade students.  Your 8th grader will be able to browse tables, ask questions and gather information about programs available in HISD.  

Because of the number of students and the limited amount of time, this event is designed for students only. 

Bellaire Fall Fever Fun Run
Join our greater community for the Bellaire Fall Fever Fun Run!  This is a great community event and a fun way to raise money for our fitness track!  A portion of the registration fees for all participants registering to run on the Pin Oak team will go back to POMS for the fitness track. 

And if that weren't reason enough...we've been challenged! All participating Bellaire schools are competing with a 5-teacher team for the best combined time.  Come on out and cheer on our teacher running team!

Register online for the Bellaire Fall Fever Fun Run 5K (3.1 miles) at  

GT Testing Application Window
GT testing for students who are not currently identified as GT will take place in December and/or January.  If you would like your child tested to see if he/she qualifies for GT services, please complete the application available on the Pin Oak website or pick up a paper copy in the main office beginning this week.

Applications, along with a copy of last year's final report card, should be submitted to Ms. Ballard no later than Friday, November 4, 2016.

Homecoming Dance
7th & 8th Grade
Friday, October 28th
6:00 -8:00 p.m.

6th gr Winter Glow Dance
Friday, November 11th
6:00-8:00 p.m.

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