• Weekly Message for 4-21-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 4/21/2024

     

    We Want to Hear From You—Take the Family Engagement Survey

     

    Pine Hollow needs your help! Please take a few minutes to take the district family engagement survey that is now available. This feedback is critical in assisting us to make our school the best possible school community for all students and families. 

     

    This past year, we only had about 90 responses…for the entire school of approximately 900 students. Help us to double our participation this year (at minimum). Click here to take the survey.



    Important Immunization Information for Parents/Guardians of Rising 7th Graders

     

    State law requires all rising 7th graders to have a Meningococcal and Tdap vaccine. Students will be required to have vaccinations completed by the start of the 2024-2025 school year. Immunization records can be emailed to Ms. Thomas, our Data Manager at bwthomas@wcpss.net or please feel free to drop off in the main office for Ms. Thomas. Failure to complete this process may result in your child not being able to attend school, so please be sure to take care of this ASAP.



    Students Not Returning to WCPSS Next Year

     

    If your child will not be returning to WCPSS for the 2024-2025 school year, please email our data manager, Ms. Thomas (bwthomas@wcpss.net) as soon as possible to let her know. If you know where your child will attend a school other than WCPSS next year, please include that information in your email. Please also remember to return your child’s Chromebook and any library books or ELA novels before your child’s last day of school.



    Tickets on Sale for Spring Musical

     

    Tickets for this year’s musical (Guys and Dolls Jr.) go on sale this week! We will hold a student show on Wednesday, April 24 right after school. Admission for the student show is $5 and students can purchase tickets at the door. Tickets for Thursday, April 25 (7:00 pm), Friday, April 26 (7:00 pm), and Saturday, April 27 (1:00 pm) shows are $8. 

     

    Tickets for these performances can be purchased online in advance or at the door. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at a will call outside the auditorium entrance before the show. To purchase tickets online please use the new school payment system SchoolCash Online to set up an account and you should be able to access ticket sales. To create your account, please use these instructions.



    Student Council Needs Your Help

     

    In preparation for the upcoming testing season, Student Council is hoping to create some small treats for students taking the EOGs on all tracks. As such, if you’d like to assist them by providing donations of Hershey Kisses and/or Jolly Ranchers to help them celebrate their peers, please visit this sign up to help with donations. Please send in all candy to the front office or to Ms. West in room 3707 by May 2nd.



    National Junior Honor Society Sponsoring Supply Drive for Raleigh Rescue Mission

     

    NJHS students are collecting new items to support the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Items include baby wipes, sunscreen, umbrellas, toiletries, and hats. All items should be new and can be turned into room 3707 or the front office. Thank you for helping us help our neighbors in need. 



    Trip to Japan, Anyone?

     

    Interested in traveling to Japan with other Pine Hollow students and families? If so, see this flier for details about a unique opportunity for March 2025. As the flier highlights, this trip is not a PHMS/WCPSS-sponsored trip. 



    Help is Needed for Concessions - Musical

     

    Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved at PHMS? PTSA is looking for volunteers to assist with selling concessions (before show time and at intermission) during the musical run the last week of April. If you’re interested and able to assist, click here to see available time slots and performance dates.

     

    Please note, if we do not have volunteers to help run concessions on particular dates, concessions will not be offered during those performances. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Feltey (PTSA’s Concessions Co-Chair) at ksmcmahan@gmail.com.



    Final Call to Order a Yearbook

     

    May 1 is the last day to order a yearbook! Don’t forget to order one for your child(ren). To order online, visit yearbookordercenter.com (school code 21759). Click here to view the flier.



    New PHMS Pajamas On Sale!

     

    "Be ready for our next pajama spirit day with our new PH flannel pajama pants! These will be a pre-order opportunity only. Ordering is LIVE on Givebacks and will close at midnight on April 28th. ETA of May 13th delivery. These will be sent home with your child unless otherwise noted. There are no returns or exchanges on pre-order items so please look at the sizing chart provided. Adult sizes only. Click here to order!

     

    Community Opportunities

     

    Football Interest Meeting for Rising 9th Graders at Leesville Road High School

    Do you have a rising 9th grader who will be attending Leesville Road High School who wants to play football? If so, there will be an important informational meeting for anyone interested in playing football for the fall 2024 season at LRHS. The meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm in their main gym. All prospective players and parents should attend and register here.




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  • Weekly Message for 4-14-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 4/14/2024

    Please Take the Family Survey ASAP!

     

    Pine Hollow needs your help! Please take a few minutes to take the district family engagement survey that is now available. This feedback is critical in assisting us to make our school the best possible school community for all students and families. 

     

    This past year, we only had about 90 responses…for the entire school of approximately 900 students. Help us to double our participation this year (at minimum). Click here to take the survey.



    Tickets on Sale for Spring Musical

     

    Tickets for this year’s musical (Guys and Dolls Jr.) go on sale this week! We will hold a student show on Wednesday, April 24 right after school. Admission for the student show is $5 and students can purchase tickets at the door. Tickets for Thursday, April 25 (7:00 pm), Friday, April 26 (7:00 pm), and Saturday, April 27 (1:00 pm) shows are $8. 

     

    Tickets for these performances can be purchased online in advance or at the door. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at a will call outside the auditorium entrance before the show. To purchase tickets online please use the new school payment system SchoolCash Online to set up an account and you should be able to access ticket sales. To create your account, please use these instructions.



    Student Council Needs Your Help

     

    In preparation for the upcoming testing season, Student Council is hoping to create some small treats for students taking the EOGs on all tracks. As such, if you’d like to assist them by providing donations of Hershey Kisses and/or Jolly Ranchers to help them celebrate their peers, please visit this sign up to help with donations. Please send in all candy to the front office or to Ms. West in room 3707 by May 2nd.



    National Junior Honor Society Sponsoring Supply Drive for Raleigh Rescue Mission

     

    NJHS students are collecting new items to support the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Items include baby wipes, sunscreen, umbrellas, toiletries, and hats. All items should be new and can be turned into room 3707 or the front office. Thank you for helping us help our neighbors in need. 

     

     

    Trip to Japan, Anyone?

     

    Interested in traveling to Japan with other Pine Hollow students and families? If so, see this flier for details about a unique opportunity for March 2025. As the flier highlights, this trip is not a PHMS/WCPSS-sponsored trip. 



    Help is Needed for Concessions - Musical

     

    Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved at PHMS? PTSA is looking for volunteers to assist with selling concessions (before show time and at intermission) during the musical run the last week of April. If you’re interested and able to assist, click here to see available time slots and performance dates.

     

    Please note, if we do not have volunteers to help run concessions on particular dates, concessions will not be offered during those performances. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Feltey (PTSA’s Concessions Co-Chair) at ksmcmahan@gmail.com.



    Student Engagement Survey Live Now

     

    In the spring, students in grades 5-13 will be asked to complete the annual WCPSS Student Engagement Survey. Your child will be given an opportunity to complete this survey during the school day over the next few weeks.  The survey includes questions about teacher-student relationships, relevance of school work, and future aspirations and goals.

    The results of this survey help schools monitor their School Improvement Plans, and help the district track student perceptions about their educational experiences. You can click here to review the questions included on this survey. If you would prefer that your child NOT participate in this survey, please complete this digital opt-out form by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

     

     

    Community Opportunities

     

    Football Interest Meeting for Rising 9th Graders at Leesville Road High School


    Do you have a rising 9th grader who will be attending Leesville Road High School who wants to play football? If so, there will be an important informational meeting for anyone interested in playing football for the fall 2024 season at LRHS. The meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm in their main gym. All prospective players and parents should attend and register here.

     

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  • Weekly Message for 4-7-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 4/7/2024

     

    We Need Your Feedback! Take WCPSS Family Survey Beginning on Monday, April 8

     

    Beginning on April 8, WCPSS will launch the annual family survey. This anonymous survey is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT and is feedback that we need to assist us in making our school the best possible school community for all students and families. As such, when it becomes available, please take a few minutes to complete this family survey between April 8 - May 17. This past year, we had just over 90 responses…for the entire school. Help us to double our participation this year (at minimum). Beginning on April 8, go to the following link to complete this survey: surveys.panoramaed.com/wakecounty/family.



    Student Council Needs Your Help

     

    In preparation for the upcoming testing season, Student Council is hoping to create some small treats for students taking the EOGs on all tracks. As such, if you’d like to assist them by providing donations of Hershey Kisses and/or Jolly Ranchers to help them celebrate their peers, please visit this sign up to help with donations. Please send in all candy to the front office or to Ms. West in room 3707 by May 2nd.



    8th Grade Tribute Ads for Yearbook

     

    Looking for a way to highlight special moments for your 8th grader(s)? If so, consider purchasing a tribute ad to highlight accomplishments, friendships, and growth through their time at Pine Hollow with a dedicated space in the yearbook. An ad in the yearbook will add a nice touch and make your child feel extra special! Purchase an ad today! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Levine at silevine@wcpss.net. 



    Volunteer to Assist with Concessions

     

    Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved at PHMS? PTSA is always looking for volunteers to assist with selling concessions during after-school events. If you’re interested and able to assist, click here to sign up to assist. Our first spring event where we need assistance with concessions will be April 3, when we will have limited concessions for the first track meet. We would also like to offer concessions during intermission of the spring musical at the end of April. If we don't have volunteers to help run concessions on the musical dates, we will not be able to offer them during those performances. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Feltey (PTSA’s Concessions Co-Chair) at ksmcmahan@gmail.com.



    Community Opportunities

     

    Football Interest Meeting for Rising 9th Graders at Leesville Road High School

     

    Do you have a rising 9th grader who will be attending Leesville Road High School who wants to play football? If so, there will be an important informational meeting for anyone interested in playing football for the fall 2024 season at LRHS. The meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm in their main gym. All prospective players and parents should attend and register here.

     

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  • Weekly Message for 3-31-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 3/31/2024

     

    Spring Pictures Have Arrived

     

    Spring Portrait Packages came in last week and were sent home with Track 3 and 4 students. Track 1 students will receive portrait packages this week. Parents/guardians are asked to do the following:

     

    1. Review their portraits and price flyer.

    2. Choose portrait sheets they wish to purchase AND submit payment for portraits. Payment can be made online OR by returning payment in the payment envelope included in the portrait package.

    3. Return any portraits they do not wish to purchase in the package envelope



    8th Grade Tribute Ads for Yearbook

     

    Looking for a way to highlight special moments for your 8th grader(s)? If so, consider purchasing a tribute ad to highlight accomplishments, friendships, and growth through their time at Pine Hollow with a dedicated space in the yearbook. An ad in the yearbook will add a nice touch and make your child feel extra special! Purchase an ad today! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Levine at silevine@wcpss.net. 



    Volunteer to Assist with Concessions

     

    Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved at PHMS? PTSA is always looking for volunteers to assist with selling concessions during after-school events. If you’re interested and able to assist, click here to sign up to assist. Our first spring event where we need assistance with concessions will be April 3, when we will have limited concessions for the first track meet. We would also like to offer concessions during intermission of the spring musical at the end of April. If we don't have volunteers to help run concessions on the musical dates, we will not be able to offer them during those performances. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Feltey (PTSA’s Concessions Co-Chair) at ksmcmahan@gmail.com.

     

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  • Weekly Message for 3-24-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 3/24/2024

     

    Spring Pictures Have Arrived

     

    Spring Portrait Packages have come in and will be sent home with Track 3 and 4 students this week. Track 1 students will receive portrait packages next week when they return from track out. Parents/guardians are asked to do the following:

     

    1. Review their portraits and price flyer.

    2. Choose portrait sheets they wish to purchase AND submit payment for portraits. Payment can be made online OR by returning payment in the payment envelope included in the portrait package.

    3. Return any portraits they do not wish to purchase in the package envelope



    8th Grade Tribute Ads for Yearbook

     

    Looking for a way to highlight special moments for your 8th grader(s)? If so, consider purchasing a tribute ad to highlight accomplishments, friendships, and growth through their time at Pine Hollow with a dedicated space in the yearbook. An ad in the yearbook will add a nice touch and make your child feel extra special! Purchase an ad today! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Levine at silevine@wcpss.net. 



    Volunteer to Assist with Concessions

     

    Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved at PHMS? PTSA is always looking for volunteers to assist with selling concessions during after-school events. If you’re interested and able to assist, click here to sign up to assist. Our first spring event where we need assistance with concessions will be April 3, when we will have limited concessions for the first track meet. Concessions will also be sold during intermission of the spring musical at the end of April. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Feltey (PTSA’s Concessions Co-Chair) at ksmcmahan@gmail.com.



    Elective Registration for 2024-25 In Progress

     

    The 2024-25 school year is quickly upon us. As such, we have started elective course registration with our current 6th and 7th grade students. Our Student Services team has been pushing into classes to have students sign up for the electives they would like to take this upcoming school year. Counselors have already visited 6-1, 6-4, 7-1, 7-3, and 7-4 teams, and will be visiting 6-3 team on Monday, March 25.

     

    For additional information on elective courses, please feel free to visit our Student Services website. If you have any questions, please email your child's school counselor listed below.

     

     

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  • Weekly Message for 3-17-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 3/17/2024

     

    8th Grade Tribute Ads for Yearbook

     

    Looking for a way to highlight special moments for your 8th grader(s)? If so, consider purchasing a tribute ad to highlight accomplishments, friendships, and growth through their time at Pine Hollow with a dedicated space in the yearbook. An ad in the yearbook will add a nice touch and make your child feel extra special! Purchase an ad today! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Levine at silevine@wcpss.net. 



    Elective Registration for 2024-25 In Progress

     

    The 2024-25 school year is quickly upon us. As such, we have started elective course registration with our current 6th and 7th grade students. Our Student Services team is pushing into classes to have students sign up for the electives they would like to take this upcoming school year. Counselors have already visited 6-1, 6-4, and 7-1 teams and will be visiting the following teams over the next week:

    • 6-3: Monday, March 25th (Social Studies Classes)

    • 7-3: Wednesday, March 20th (Social Studies Classes)

    • 7-4: Thursday, March 21st (Social Studies Classes)

     

    For additional information on elective courses, please feel free to visit our Student Services website. If you have any questions, please email your child's school counselor listed below.

     

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  • Weekly Message for 3-3-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 3/3/2024

     

    Final Call for Track Change Requests for 2024-25!

     

    Would you like to request a track change for your child for the upcoming 2024-25 school year? If so, be sure to submit your request using this electronic Google Form that closes on 5:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2024.



    Thank You for Chili Cook-Off Lunch for Staff

     

    This past Friday, the PTSA and a number of families treated our staff to a wonderful chili cook off! Needless to say, it was a HUGE hit! Thank you so much to our fabulous PTSA Hospitality Committee for coordinating this and to every family who contributed to the delicious spread. Anyone who came anywhere near the main office can tell you just how amazing everything was!



    We Beat our Wake Up and Read Book Drive Record!

     

    Thank you to everyone who donated books to the Wake Up and Read Book Drive. As we shared previously, this past year we collected 1,303 books, and we were able to EXCEED our previous record and goal by collecting 1,498 books this year! Thank you again! 

     

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  • Weekly Message for 2-25-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 2/25/2024

     

    Time Running Out to Request Track Change for 2024-25!

     

    Would you like to request a track change for your child for the upcoming 2024-25 school year? If so, be sure to submit your request using this electronic Google Form that closes on  5:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2024.



    Spring Pictures on March 1

     

    Strawbridge will be on campus on March 1 for spring pictures. Families do not need to pay in advance for these photos. Instead, portrait proofs will be sent home from the school in about 3-4 weeks with additional details about how to order actual photos. Click here to see package prices.



    PTSA Assistance Needed for March 1 Chili Cook-Off Lunch and Teachers Lounge Refreshments

     

    The PTSA is still in need of some items for the chili cook-off lunch for PHMS Staff on Friday, March 1. We especially need more chili provided. Please sign up here to assist.

     

    Unable to assist with the chili cook-off, but looking for another way to get involved with PTSA projects to support the school? If so, the teachers lounge needs a refresh. Please consider donating to the PTSA to refill snacks and drinks for our teachers and staff. Click here to access the wishlist.



    School Supply Drive Ends This Week—Don’t Forget to Donate

     

    ​​Our counselors and National Junior Honor Society are hosting a school supply drive for the month of February. Thank you so much for the donations we have received so far. Click here to see a list of supplies we are currently seeking. We appreciate all donations, but specifically need more bookbags, notecards, pencil pouches, and headphones/earbuds. Please drop off any donations in the front office. Thank you!



    Wake Up and Read Book Drive Collection Deadline Ends This Week

     

    The Wake Up and Read Book Drive collection deadline has been extended until February 28th! Please help us spread the love of reading with others by donating new or gently used children's books (books for babies through age 12). We've collected close to 1,000 books so far and we're hoping to beat last year's collection total of 1,303 books. We'd love your support! Books can be dropped off in the main office or in the collection boxes inside the PHMS Library.



    Athletics Updates from Mr. Adams

     

    To stay up to date please follow our Athletic Director (Mr. Adams) on Instagram (PineHollow16) or Twitter (@PineHollowAD).

     

    Tryouts for spring sports begin this week with boys soccer and girls softball beginning on Monday. Track tryouts will begin on Tuesday. As a reminder, all tryouts are closed for spectators. We want the kids’ focus to be on the field and toward their coaches. Below are additional details about tryouts for each sport.

     

    Boys Soccer 

    • Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday (If we need Wednesday,  we will announce at the end of practice Monday).

    • Each day will end at 4:45.  Parents can pick up in the Carpool loop. PLEASE BE CAREFUL when picking up your child as there will be a lot of foot traffic at the time. 

    • DO NOT enter the carpool loop prior to 4:40.

          

    Girls Softball

    • Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday and will end at 5:00.

    • Parents can pick up at the softball field, but please DO NOT ENTER that parking lot before 4:45

    • Girls need to be prepared for indoor and outdoor tryouts.

     

    Boys & Girls Track

    • Tryouts are Tuesday and Wednesday until 4:45.

    • Parents can pick up in the carpool loop but should NOT enter the loop before 4:40    

          

    Tryout results for all sports will be posted on Twitter and Instagram using numbers assigned to athletes at tryouts.

     

    For additional information on tryouts, please visit the PHMS Athletics Tryout Information page

     

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  • Weekly Message for 2-18-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 2/18/2024

     

    Track Change Request Window Open Until March 8

     

    As we begin to prepare for the 2024-25 school year, families who will have students attending Pine Hollow MS next year are now able to request a track change. Requests must be submitted using this electronic Google Form by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2024.



    High School Registration Parent Sessions on February 20 for Families With an 8th Grader

     

    On Tuesday, February 20, our Student Services team will be hosting two virtual sessions for parents to learn more about the high school registration process. All 8th grade parents/guardians are highly encouraged to attend. We will host these virtual sessions in the morning (9:00 am) and evening (6:00 pm) to accommodate different schedules. Click here for more information including the Google Meet links to join. The Pine Hollow MS Student Services page is also a great resource for you to find information about high school registration and upcoming open houses.



    Spring Pictures on March 1

     

    Strawbridge will be on campus on March 1 for spring pictures. Families do not need to pay in advance for these photos. Instead, portrait proofs will be sent home from the school in about 3-4 weeks with additional details about how to order actual photos. Click here to see package prices.



    PTSA Chili Lunch for Staff on March 1

     

    The PTSA is planning a chili cook-off lunch for PHMS Staff on Friday, March 1 and are seeking volunteers to make this lunch a  success by providing 8 or so crockpot chili dishes as well as some store-bought items. Please sign up here to assist.



    ACCESS Testing for English Language Learners

     

    All English Language Learners will be taking the ACCESS test this coming week. Testing is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you have any questions about testing, please message Ms. Lauer (jlauer@wcpss.net). 



    Donate to Our School Supply Drive

     

    ​​Our counselors and National Junior Honor Society are hosting a school supply drive for the month of February. Thank you so much for the donations we have received so far. Click here to see a list of supplies we are currently seeking. We appreciate all donations, but specifically need more bookbags, notecards, pencil pouches, and headphones/earbuds. Please drop off any donations in the front office. Thank you!



    Wake Up and Read Book Drive Collection Deadline Extended

     

    The Wake Up and Read Book Drive collection deadline has been extended until February 28th! Please help us spread the love of reading with others by donating new or gently used children's books (books for babies through age 12). We've collected close to 1,000 books so far and we're hoping to beat last year's collection total of 1,303 books. We'd love your support! Books can be dropped off in the main office or in the collection boxes inside the PHMS Library.



    Don't Forget to Order a Yearbook!

     

    Don’t forget to order your yearbook! Quantities are limited, so we encourage everyone to order them ASAP. To order online, visit yearbookordercenter.com (school code 21759). Click here to view the flier.



    Athletics Updates from Mr. Adams

     

    To stay up to date please follow our Athletic Director (Mr. Adams) on Instagram (PineHollow16) or Twitter (@PineHollowAD).

     

    This is the final weekend to get your paperwork in and approved for tryouts. Students should check the athletics bulletin board to see if your name is on the approved list.

     

    Important Dates Coming Up:

    • February 20: Dragonfly Deadline for Spring Sports

    • February 26: Tryouts for softball and boys soccer begin

    • February 27: Tryouts for track begin

     

    Tryout information is being updated daily on the PHMS Athletics Tryout Information page

     

    Eligibility Reminder: Don’t forget that eligibility for SPRING SPORTS is based on this school year's 1st semester grades and attendance.  You must pass at least 3 out of 4 core classes and attend 85% of your classes.  (Typically, that means no more than 14 absences in the first semester, excused or unexcused). Also, be sure to check your physical date to make sure it is still current.

     

    Reminders:

    • Spring Tryouts are almost here.  Students can check bulletin board to see if they are cleared for tryouts

    • Some physicals in Dragonfly have expired, so please check to see if your child's physical is still current.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. If I filled out everything for fall and winter sports, do I have to resubmit everything again for spring tryouts? No

    If I did not select any spring sports when I originally signed up, can I go back in and select one?  Yes, however you will need to email me (Mr. Adams, pjadams@wcpss.net) to let me know. Dragonfly will not give me a heads-up, and when I sort by sport, your child will not show up.

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  • Weekly Message for 2-11-24

    Posted by Justin Carrington on 2/11/2024

     

    School Dance This Friday (February 16)

     

    Our next school dance will take place this week on Friday, February 16 right after school from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm. This dance is only for Pine Hollow students, and the cost of admission is $5 (to be paid at the door—exact cash please). 

     

    All students should be picked up immediately after the dance ends at 5:00. Any students who have not been picked up by 5:30 pm will be subject to having their future after-school privileges suspended. To assist with traffic congestion, each track will be assigned a pickup location:

     

    • Tracks 1 & 3 pickup will be in the front of the school (Bus Loop)

    • Track 4 pickup will be in the back of the school (Carpool)


    ASSISTANCE NEEDED: In addition, our fabulous PTSA Dance Committee has been working overtime to get some extra assistance with this special event for students. A big shout out to them and parents/guardians who have already signed up to assist in some capacity. If you are able to help with chaperoning and/or contributing, please sign up here. The theme for this dance will be “A Night in Paris.” The dress code is casual, but students should feel free to wear their favorite outfits with hints of white, black, and gold. 



    Celebrate Bus Drivers During “Love the Bus” Week


    This week (2/12 - 2/16), we will be sharing our appreciation for our wonderful bus drivers during “Love the Bus” week. As we attempt to celebrate the outstanding drivers who get our students to and from school each day, students and families are invited to join Student Council in their efforts to recognize our school bus drivers.



    Spring Pictures on March 1

     

    Strawbridge will be on campus on March 1 for spring pictures. Families do not need to pay in advance for these photos. Instead, portrait proofs will be sent home from the school in about 3-4 weeks with additional details about how to order actual photos. Click here to see package prices.



    Track Change Request Window Opens February 15

     

    As we begin to prepare for the 2024-25 school year, families who will have students attending Pine Hollow MS next year will be able to request a track change beginning on Thursday, February 15. Families will have until midnight on March 8 to submit these requests.

     

    PTSA Chili Lunch for Staff on March 1

     

    The PTSA is planning a chili cook-off lunch for PHMS Staff on Friday, March 1 and are seeking volunteers to make this lunch a success by providing 8 or so crockpot chili dishes as well as some store-bought items. Please sign up here to assist.

     

    2nd Semester PHMS Community Reads

     

    We are cultivating a culture of reading at PHMS by sharing reading within our community. Our PHMS Community Reads selection this semester is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Readers may choose the novel or graphic novel format! PHMS library copies are available for student checkout, visit your local library to check out a copy, or purchase your copy from your favorite place to buy books. Although this is an optional opportunity, we encourage students, school staff, parents, relatives, and neighbors to read the same book and engage in discussion with each other. Interested students will participate in enrichment activities during the school day later this spring. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Ziller (library media specialist, kziller@wcpss.net). Happy reading! 



    Donate to Our School Drives to Promote Literacy & Learning

     

    School Supply Drive: National Junior Honor Society students are teaming up with the school counselors to host a school supply drive through the month of February. Please consider donating new items (list here) for our supply closet and help us provide essential school supplies to our students and make a positive impact on their education. 

     

    Book Drive: The Wake Up and Read Book Drive is currently going on through February 14. Please help us spread the love of reading with others by donating new or gently used children's books. Books can be dropped off in the LLC. We're hoping to beat our record of donating 1303 books and we'd love your support.

     

    Reminders from Previous Weeks

     

    Don't Forget to Order a Yearbook!

     

    Don’t forget to order your yearbook! Quantities are limited, so we encourage everyone to order them ASAP. To order online, visit yearbookordercenter.com (school code 21759). Click here to view the flier.



    High School Registration for 8th Grade Families

     

    Over the course of the next few weeks, we will begin the process of working with our 8th grade students to begin the high school course registration process. A number of high schools that we feed into will be hosting Open Houses, so please be sure to keep an eye out for communication from us about these opportunities. 

     

    In fact, on February 20, our Student Services team will be hosting two virtual sessions for parents to learn more about the high school registration process. All 8th grade parents/guardians are highly encouraged to attend. We will host these virtual sessions in the morning and evening to accommodate different schedules. Click here for more information. The Pine Hollow MS Student Services page is also a great resource for you to find information about high school registration and upcoming open houses.



    Athletics Updates from Mr. Adams

     

    To stay up to date please follow our Athletic Director (Mr. Adams) on Instagram (PineHollow16) or Twitter (@PineHollowAD).

     

    Important Dates Coming Up:

    • February 20: Dragonfly Deadline for Spring Sports

    • February 26: Tryouts for softball and boys soccer begin

    • February 27: Tryouts for track begin

     

    Tryout information is being updated daily on the PHMS Athletics Tryout Information page

     

    Eligibility Reminder: Don’t forget that eligibility for SPRING SPORTS is based on this school year's 1st semester grades and attendance.  You must pass at least 3 out of 4 core classes and attend 85% of your classes.  (Typically, that means no more than 14 absences in the first semester, excused or unexcused). Also, be sure to check your physical date to make sure it is still current.

     

    Reminders:

    • Spring Tryouts are almost here.  Students can check bulletin board to see if they are cleared for tryouts

    • Some physicals in Dragonfly have expired, so please check to see if your child's physical is still current.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. If I filled out everything for fall and winter sports, do I have to resubmit everything again for spring tryouts? No

    2. If I did not select any spring sports when I originally signed up, can I go back in and select one?  Yes, however you will need to email me (Mr. Adams, pjadams@wcpss.net) to let me know. Dragonfly will not give me a heads-up, and when I sort by sport, your child will not show up.

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