Sunday, April 30, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Intramural Volleyball
Algebra Informational Meeting for Parents, 6:30 p.m.

AP Spanish Exams
Intramural Volleyball
Choir Pop Concert, 6:00 p.m.

Intramural Volleyball
Advanced Theatre Auditions, 3:30 p.m.
NJHS End of Year Ice Cream Social, 3:30 p.m.
Visual Art Show
Blue Day Spring Dance Show, 6:00 p.m.

Intramural Volleyball
Advanced Theatre Auditions, 3:30 p.m.
Green Day Spring Dance Show, 6:00p.m.
June 2018 DC & Philadelphia Trip Informational Meeting

College Shirt Day - 6th & 7th graders
High School Spirit Shirt - 8th graders
Band Auditions for Current Band Members, 3:40-6:00 p.m.

UIL Academic District Meet, Westbury HS

13 Reasons Why
You may have heard about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It is based on a young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. Due to its growing popularity right now, your child may be aware of this show. 

There are many students watching and talking about this series, which includes graphic and mature issues including suicide, rape, drug use and bullying.  We are concerned about some of the feelings and questions this series may be raising for children, especially if they are watching alone. If your child has watched the series, he or she may need to talk with you about the confusing content.  

CNN recently published an article about the series that may provide some context if you are not familiar.

There are several resources that may be helpful, and I am including an attachment to the email blast that includes some talking points.  

HISD Crisis Intervention Website - Resource for Parents

National Association of School Psychologists have put together guidance for educators, families, and safe messaging for students.   

Algebra Informational Meeting for Parents
On Monday evening we will be hosting an informational meeting for parents of current 6th and 7th graders who may be interested in taking High School Algebra early.  There are benefits and later consequences to this decision and we want to make sure you know the process for qualifying and the course of study for a student who takes Algebra early.  Taking Algebra early may be helpful for some students, but may not be in the best interest of all students.

2018 Travel Opportunity: D.C. and Philadelphia

It's not too early to start planning for Summer 2018!  Invitation letters were sent out to current 7th graders inviting them and their parents to attend an Interest Meeting on Thursday, May 4th, at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.  EF Tours will be in hand to provide information about the itinerary for a 6-day trip in June 2018 to Washington DC and Philadelphia.  We hope to see you there!

Last Call for Yearbooks!!!
Monday, May 1 is the LAST DAY to purchase a yearbook online. We have only about 100 books remaining. Get yours for $45 from before we sell out.

2017-18 HISD School Calendar
The calendar for next school year is available online.  Please note the first day of school is Monday, August 28, 2017.  I have been made aware that the Fall Holiday does not line up with Rosh Hashanah as it has in the past.  I will pass that information along to HISD Administration and will let you know if there is any change to the calendar.

Charger Camp dates are as follows:
6th grade Charger Camp - Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
8th grade Charger Camp - Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
7th grade Charger Camp - Wednesday, August, 23, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Rule the School: Principal for the Day
Each year at the school auction one lucky person wins the chance to be the Principal for the Day.  This year, Coach Fujiwara and Ms. Coffman-Fujiwara won the spot and on Friday, Ms. Coffman-Fujiwara took the helm.

Here is what she wrote about the experience:
Thank you to the PTO and Mrs. Graves for offering "Rule The School" as one of the Flip Flop Fiesta Big Board Auction items!  This past Friday, I got to be "Principal for the Day!"  Needless to say, it was a very busy!  First thing in the morning, we made sure all classrooms had coverage for the day, then I got to help with the morning announcements. The Administrative Team meeting topic was "Structured Freedom," and we observed Mrs. Bowman delivering instruction in my classroom to see that the students were definitely engaged in an activity that promoted teamwork in a structured activity.  We got to observe several other classrooms and I definitely appreciate all of the kindness from the students!  While covering lunch duty from 11:35-1:50 isn't as glamorous as it sounds, I did get to talk with a number of Chargers!  Being an Administrator has never been on my radar, and this experience helped reinforce that my happiness is in the classroom, although it was A LOT of fun to evaluate my appraiser!! 

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Community Health Needs Assessment
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is partnering with the Houston Endowment to conduct a needs assessment of the physical, social, and mental health of children enrolled in the Houston Independent School District.  This partnership will not only determine the health needs of children within HISD, but through voluntary participation allows us to measure the needs within the Pin Oak community.  The Pin Oak community is very diverse, and does not qualify for any Title I funding, although many of our children meet the requirements to qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  This survey will allow us to determine the types of services necessary to improve the health of our entire community.  The ultimate goal of this survey is to develop a strategic plan to address the identified needs of children in Houston.

Students will take this survey at school before the end of the school year.

Please take time to complete this survey at

Parents (English)

Parents (Spanish)

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Principal’s School Satisfaction Survey
As I did last year, I want to hear from you!  Tell us what we are doing well, and what we need to improve.  Tell us what you think will improve teaching and learning for all our students.
Students will have an opportunity to give their feedback by completing a survey at school before the end of the school year.

You can complete the Principal’s School Satisfaction Survey at

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