Sunday, October 29, 2017

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Boys' Basketball Practice Begins, 3:45 p.m.
One Act Play Performance, 6:00 p.m.
7th gr Football vs. West Briar @Pin Oak, 5:00 p.m.

Regular Uniform Dress - No Costumes
Tennis Practice
One Act Play Rehearsal
8th gr Football vs West Briarr @Butler Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

One Act Play Rehearsal @ West Briar
One Act Play Performance, 6:00 p.m.
Dance Company Officers Practice, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
8th Gr Washington D.C. Trip Information Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Magnet Tours, 1:00 p.m.
Choir Broadway Show, 6:00 p.m.

One Act Play Competition @ West Briar
6th Gr Glow Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

School Choice Fair, Sterling HS, 9:00-Noon
TMEA Region 23 MS Band Audition

Save the Date
Saturday, 11/11  Charger Fest, Noon-4:00 p.m.

School Accountability Summary

The State released our final Accountability Summary recently for the 2016-17 school year.  Let me provide a short description of each area of the summary.

There are four index areas that determine whether or not a school has met the standard set by the State.

Index 1:  Student Achievement
This index measures the percentage of passing scores for all STAAR tests taken during the testing window.  The minimum standard set by the state is 60, with Pin Oak scoring a 92 for this index.

Index 2: Student Progress
This index measures the students who meet or exceed the growth measure defined by the State, with respect to all student groups and specific student groups. The target score defined by the State is 30, with Pin Oak scoring a 41 for this index.

Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps
This index measures the performance of the the lower performing student groups.  The target score set by the State is 26, with Pin Oak scoring 53 for this index.

Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness
This index reflects a performance level that would suggest students are on track for college and career readiness. The target score set by the State is 13, and Pin Oak has a score of 78 for this index.  

Distinction Designations
The summary also include Distinction Designations. This section of the Accountability Summary measures a school's performance against the 40 schools most similar from across the State.  This becomes our Comparable Schools Group.  Schools scoring in the top 25% of the Comparable Schools Group earns a Distinction Designation.  Pin Oak earned 6 of 7 Distinctions for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Math, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25% in Closing the Performance Gap and Top 25% in Postsecondary Readiness.  

8th Grade Class T-Shirt Orders
Click on the link below to order your student's 8th grade class t-shirt.  See the attached form for sizing and details.  The last and final day to place your order is Tuesday, October 31st.

If you need financial assistance to purchase the shirt, please contact Ms. Sarratt by email at

Final Deadline - Gifted and Talented Identification
Parents who have questions about whether or not their student is identified as GT should email Ms. Ballard at If you would like your child to be tested, please complete the GT Testing Application formGT testing application form that can be found on the Pin Oak website and return to Ms. Ballard by November 3.  

Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia Travel Opportunity
Attention 8th grade students and parents, due to numerous requests for information about the June 2018 trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Ms. Coffman Fujiwara and EF Explore America are reopening the registration opportunity for interested families.  There are currently 35 students attending this trip, so limited spaces are still available.  An Interest Meeting will take place on November 1st at 5:30pm in room C-112.  We hope to see you there!

Pin Oak Boys' Lacrosse
Want to try lacrosse?  Pin Oak Boys Lacrosse Fall clinics are still on!  Are any football players looking for their next sport? Come and join us on the fields.  Register for lacrosse clinics at

ChargerFest is Saturday, November 11th

There are still rides, inflatables and games available to be sponsored by your family or business, so please don’t miss your opportunity to support ChargerFest!

Sign up today at to sponsor,
donate, purchase tickets or volunteer.

Thank you ChargerFest Sponsors!

International Festival
Roof MD

Redemption Center
Nicholas Puig & Family

Fine Arts Performances – Group Sponsorship
Cheng, Courtney, Decker, Hicks, Jones, Marshall, Neumann, Rephlo, Shaw & Torgerson Families

Photo Booth

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Inflatable Sponsors
Nguyen Family

Game Sponsors
Courtney Family
Energy Ogre
Gilder Family
Michael Family
Shultz Family
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Thank you ChargerFest Underwriters!

Super Stars
Burt Family
Fisher Family
Hochglaube & DeBorde, PC
Vision Source – Meyer Park

Carter Family
Hanks Family
Hassel Family
Phillips Family

Jenjira Salazar

Thank you PTO Corporate Sponsors!
Bellaire Family Orthodontics
Beth Wolff Realtors
Elite Care

Thank you Raffle Prize Donors!
Borsos Family
Courtney Family
Hanks Family
Michael Family
Park Family
Shah Family
Vision Source
YogaOne Studios
The Zone

Fine Arts Performing Groups Schedule  

12:30 - 12:45   Guitar
12:45 - 1:20     Stage Band
1:30 - 1:50       Choir
2:00 – 2:20      Orchestra
2:30 - 2:50       Dance
3:00 - 3:30       Band

For questions, please contact one of the following ChargerFest co-chairs:
Felica Broadwell at
Jenny Hanks at

Monica Weber at

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