Sunday, January 29, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Swim Team Pictures, 3:45 p.m.

Basketball Team Pictures, 7:00 a.m.
Lamar HS Counselor Visit, 2:00 p.m.
Boys' & Girls' Soccer vs Rice @POMS, 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Black MS @ POMS, 4:30 p.m.

Boy's Basketball vs Cullen MS @POMS, 5:30 p.m.
Girls' Basketball @ Cullen MS, 5:30 p.m.

Theatre Winter Scene Showcase, 6:00 p.m.

College Shirt Day
Band Dinner Concert, Bellaire HS, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Boy's Lacrosse vs Black MS @POMS, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Girls' Lacrosse, Aggieland Classic, TAMU
UIL Orchestra Solo & Ensemble, Tompkins HS
POMS Inter/Adv Band Invitational Solo & Ensemble Contest @POMS
American N. Hou. Dance Classic Contest, New Caney High School

Friday, February 10th
POMS Valentine's Dance
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Big Thanks!

I had such a nice time visiting with parents over the last two weekends at the House Sociables!  A big thanks goes to our hosts and those of you who supported Pin Oak with your attendance. It was nice to talk with you in a more relaxed setting and get to know you better.  

Code of Student Conduct
Did you take time when school started to review the Code of Student Conduct with your child?  As we move into the spring semester, this is a great time to review the Code to ensure you and your child know how it is laid out. Knowledge is power!

Lamar HS Counselor Visit
On Tuesday afternoon the counselors from Lamar HS will be on campus to meet with our 8th graders who are currently zoned to Lamar.  They will be reviewing course selection and completing course requests. Students will bring home a copy to share with you. If you have questions after reviewing the information your child brings home on Tuesday, you may contact the counselors at Lamar.  If your child hopes to attend Lamar as a Magnet student, you will complete a course request later in the spring.

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Charger Chatter

Sunday, January 22, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Track Practice Begins


Students Report to Posted Testing Groups
Early Dismissal, 1:00 p.m.
Art Department Fieldtrip, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Boy's Basketball @ Gregory Lincoln, 3:30 p.m.
Girls' Basketball vs Gregory Lincoln @POMS, 3:30 p.m.

Literacy Leaders Series - Kylene Beers, 9:00-11:00 a.m., MPR
Softball vs Black MS @POMS, 4:30 p.m.
Swim Meet vs Tanglewood MS, Lamar HS, 5:30 p.m.

Staff Appreciation Breakfast
All-City Middle School Band Concert and Clinic
Texas A&M College of Education Visits POMS
Express Soccer Tournament @POMS - No Fields Available

Company & Crew Dance Premier Showcase, Cy-Fair HS
All-City Middle School Band Concert and Clinic
Express Soccer Tournament @POMS - No Fields Available

Student Leadership Makes Change Proposals to SDMC
Last week the newly elected Student Body President, Tommy Lai, and Vice President, McHaley Ho, made two important change proposals to the campus Site-based Decision Making Committee, or SDMC.  The SDMC is an advisory board, providing feedback to the principal on key school leadership issues such as budget, planning, curriculum and professional development.  

President Lai and Vice President Ho presented the following proposals:
  1. The Chick-Fil-A and Other Franchise Foods, Proposition 1 - Requesting outside food to be made available for purchase to students during the regular lunch period six times during the spring semester as a fundraiser.
  2. A Modernized Dress Code, Proposition 2 - Requesting an expansion of colors to be available for sweatshirts and jackets, and allow logos smaller than the student ID.
The SDMC reviewed the proposals and made the following recommendations:
  • Proposition 1 - The SDMC liked the proposal in spirit but immediately identified a number of logistical issues related to meal service and supervision related to the law on competitive food sales. The SDMC agreed to investigate the logistics of offering a single trial day this spring, in compliance with the law on competitive foods. This will require PTO support for selling wristbands, serving the meal on the ampitheater, and providing additional supervision during all three lunch periods.
  • Proposition 2 - The SDMC felt strongly that royal blue was part of Pin Oak branding, just as other teams and even companies are branded by their color.  They did feel however that variation in the shade of gray and the potential introduction of black into the dress code for sweaters and jackets needed further investigation.  The SDMC asked that we gather the opinions of other constituents such as parents and teachers before making a recommendation. The same request was made for more input regarding the size of the logo on shirts and jackets.
Please provide your input on the dress code with our Proposition 2 Parent Survey. 

Congratulations to President Lai and Vice President Ho for well thought out and presented propositions for change!

Boys' Lacrosse 

The Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse team recently played in a benefit tournament at The Woodlands, Texas.  The 7's for 7 Annual Tournament raises money for an important cause, the research and treatment of Depression and Bipolar Disorder.  Our team made it into the first round of playoffs!  Stay tuned for more lacrosse news as the season kicks off in just two weeks! 

Travel Opportunities
Each year teachers from Pin Oak offer travel experiences for students.  I want to take a moment to help you better understand the types of opportunities they are offering.

Our choir, dance, band and orchestra programs, for example, offer trips during the school day while teachers are official "on duty" for Pin Oak and HISD. These trips include day trips, and extended overnight trips, such as Disney and New York. These are HISD approved trips and are chaperoned by VIPS approved adults and faculty members.

Our foreign language teachers have traditionally offered summer trips, while not on duty for HISD, to places such as Peru, Germany, and France.  These trips are organized through a private travel company and the chaperones are chosen by the sponsor leading the group and may or may not be approved VIPS.  I ask that teachers leading these trips provide an itinerary and contact information because these trips are being attended by our students, but please be advised, these are not HISD sanctioned and approved trips because they are outside of the official school calendar and are not part of the standard curriculum.  When sending your child on one of these trips, you are contracting with a private company under the guidance of a POMS teacher acting as an independent trip sponsor.

So how do you know if a trip is approved by HISD?  Anytime you sign an HISD permission slip you can be sure the school administration has reviewed the details of the trip and has gone through the proper channels to ensure volunteers and chaperones are approved.

Update on 8th Grade End of Year Activities
We expect to finalize the details for end of year activities for our 8th graders in the coming days. The planner indicates a meeting scheduled for Monday for our 8th graders.  We are rescheduling that meeting to February 6th during TEAM Time.  I can confirm that Schlitterbahn has been approved by the District and will take place again this May.

Monday, January 16, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 1/16 


Boy's Basketball vs Welch @POMS, 5:30 p.m.
Girls' Basketball @Welch, 5:30 p.m.

PTO General Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Geography Bee, 4th Period
SDMC Meeting, 3:45 p.m.
Swim Meet vs Pershing & Black MS @Lamar HS, 5:30 p.m.
Intermediate Theatre Showcase, MPR, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

University of Houston College Tour Field trip (Select Students)
Intermediate Theatre Showcase, MPR, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

8th Gr Boys' Basketball, Episcopal HS Invitational

Student IDs
Some students have ID badges that are still in pristine condition!  Others are a little more beat up.  Students should have an ID badge that clearly displays the students name and photo.  If your child's ID does not still have both items displayed, a new ID should be purchased in the school store before school or during lunch.  

Pin Oak Idol
Pin Oak Idol is one of the most popular events in the Spring.  We are looking for two to three people to co-chair this event.  If you are interested, please contact Debbie Robbins at  

Don't Miss Out! 
Sign up for your House Sociable before all the spaces are gone!  It's great fun and I look forward to seeing you there!

Chippin' Dippin & Margarita Sippin' House A Sociable

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time:  7:00 to 10:00 PM
Location: Home of Jennifer and Scott Tiras

Nacho Ordinary Party House B Sociable

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time:  7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:  Home of Marcie and Brian Peters

Let Us Count the Ways That the Letter "C" Brings Great Joy:
Cabernet, Chardonnay, Cheese, Chocolate and of course, C House at Pin Oak!
House C Sociable

Date:  Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Home of Michelle and Steve Leppard 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week



Boy's Basketball @Lawson MS, 5:30 p.m.
Girls' Basketball vs Lawson @POMS, 5:30 p.m.

Understanding Your Child's PSAT Score, 6:30 p.m.
Track & Field Parent/Student Interest Meeting, Rm C-115, 4:30 p.m.

Free Dress for No Missing/No Late Assignments

MONDAY, 1/16  
MLK Holiday

Jackets and Dress Code
As shared in December, we will be enforcing the dress code as in relates to jackets. The only acceptable colors for jackets are royal blue, light gray or white.  Any jacket or hoodie purchased in the school store or distributed by a team or club is acceptable. 

Understanding Your Child's PSAT Score
On Thursday evening we will be distributing PSAT scores and will be providing more information about what they mean and how to use them to support your child.  

If you are unable to attend the meeting, your child will receive their score reports on the Tuesday, 1/17 during Advocacy.  

UIL Academics Competition
POMS is back on top of the academics and speech competition world following a 1st place showing this Saturday at HISD's 3rd UIL Middle School Tournament of 16-17 at Yates HS.

The squad also took home 1st place Team Trophies for Number Sense, Art, Music Memory, Listening, Spelling, and, a new UIL category - Chess Puzzles!  Congratulations to our fierce team!

School Wide Spelling Bee
On Friday our ELA Department hosted our annual school wide spelling bee.  Eighteen students from grades 6, 7 and 8 competed to represent Pin Oak in the District Spelling Bee. Congratulations to our winner Andrew Tan and our runner up Alex Xu.   

POMS Hosts Education Students from Northern Illinois University
This week two students from Northern Illinois University will be shadowing teachers in our Science and Physical Education Departments.  We are thrilled to host these pre-service educators while they learn more about public education in Texas.  Please join me in welcoming Sarah Paver in Physical Education and Ashley Grazutis in Science.


Chippin' Dippin & Margarita Sippin' House A Sociable

Location: Home of Jennifer and Scott Tiras

Come enjoy some Chippin' Dippin & Margarita Sippin' at the House A Sociable!  Principals Graves and Bowman will be there to enjoy the opportunity to visit with parents.  Our Mexican themed sociable will be a fun evening filled with food, drink, and camaraderie at the home of Jennifer and Scott Tiras.  We hope you sign up soon!

Hosted By:  Linette and Barry Courtney, Shelly and Lance Eversole, Heather Goodman, Kirsten and Fawaz Hashmi, Cara and Chad Michael, Carlin and Stuart Morstead, Sally and Harris Reid, Jennifer and Scott Tiras, Adrienne and William Vanderbloemen, and Christi and John Young. 

100 guests 
$40 per person

Nacho Ordinary Party House B Sociable

Location:  Home of Marcie and Brian Peters

Join us along with Principals Graves and Alaniz for a little B House Fiesta!  Come spend the evening with other B House parents and enjoy some Good Mexican Eats & Cold Drinks!

Hosted by:  Jennifer and Scott Hanks, Jill and Mike Hord, Shana and Jim Jones, Amanda and J.R. McGee, Marcie and Brian Peters, Melisa and Scott Richardson, Becky and Mark Tackett, Sarah and Lee Thweatt,  Monica and Michael Weber

40 guests
$40 per person

Let Us Count the Ways That the Letter "C" Brings Great Joy:
Cabernet, Chardonnay, Cheese, Chocolate and of course, C House at Pin Oak!
House C Sociable

Location: Home of Michelle and Steve Leppard 

Please join us at the lovely home of Michelle and Steve Leppard for all things "C" while mingling with fellow parents, Principal Graves and C House Principal Ballard.

Hosted by:  Holli and Bill Clayton, Dee Dee Gilder, Stephanie and Greg Hester, Michelle and Steve Leppard, Jennifer and Todd Litton, Karen and Cody Moore, Erika Park and Austin Kimbrough, Jodie and Doug Rephlo, and Laura and Todd Torgerson

40 guests
$40 per person

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

MONDAY, 1/2  
School Holiday

TUESDAY, 1/3  
Teacher Work Day 

Students Return
Baseball Position Try-Outs Begin


College Shirt Day
Schoolwide Spelling Bee
Report Cards Go Home

UIL Academic Meet @Yates High School

Happy New Year!
I hope you and your family had a restful and wonderful winter break!  I am so excited about the Spring semester and look forward to working alongside you.  

New Schedules
Wednesday morning students should look for their assigned classroom on the lists posted in the hallways, by the Gym and the MPR.  Students will report for a 10-minute homeroom to pick up their spring semester schedule.  Students with questions or concerns about their schedules should complete the appropriate paperwork in their house office.

POMS Yearbook
Order your POMS Yearbook today from for $45.  We sell out every year so be sure to secure yours soon so you don’t have a sad student on your hands at the end of the school year. 

End of 3rd Grading Cycle
The last day of the 3rd grading cycle was 12/16 and report cards will go home on Friday, 1/6.  If your child is missing a significant number of assignments, or a single major assignment, it is likely you will see an INC (incomplete) on the report cards. Assignments should be turned in as soon as possible.  Please review Parent Student Connect for missing assignments. If you have questions about your child's grades, please contact the teacher directly.