• Weekly Message for 11-27-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 11/27/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for November 27.

    • This Week: This week is a five-day week for all PH students.
    • Spirit Week: This week is Spirit Week and tomorrow is Team Day! See the flier in the weekly message for more info.
    • Band Concerts: Winter band concerts are on Tuesday in the auditorium. 6th graders will have an informal performance at 8:20AM during Flight School. The 7th grade concert is 6PM and the 8th grade concert is 7PM.
    • Chorus Concerts: Winter chorus concerts are on Thursday. 6th and 7th graders perform at 6PM and 8th graders perform at 7PM.
    • Dance: We will be having our first school dance of the year on Friday, Dec. 2 from after school until 5:30. The cost of admission is $5 and the dress is casual. This is for PHMS students only. Students must have a permission form signed by a parent to attend. PTSA will be providing free refreshments as well as selling items in the concession stand. Permission forms are available in the main office and are attached to the weekly message. All students must be picked up no later than 6:00.
    • Yearbooks:
      • Are now on sale and would make a great holiday gift! From now until the end of 2022, you can go to yearbookordercenter.com to reserve your yearbook for only $40. The price will go up in 2023, so buy now! 
      • The school code is 21759.
      • Personalized name stamps can be added to your yearbook for only $6.
      • 8th grade ads AND Business ads are available starting at $25! (Order deadline for all ads is 4/25.) 
      • Questions? Email Ms. Buford (mbuford@wcpss.net).
    • Holiday Assistance: 'Tis the season for our PHMS community. The student services department is sponsoring a gift card drive this holiday season. We are looking for donated gift cards to assist families that could benefit from some holiday assistance.
      • If you'd like to donate one or more gift cards, then we ask the following:
        • Please provide gift cards to one of the local grocery stores (Walmart, Harris Teeter, Publix, Food Lion, etc.) and/or department stores (Walmart, Target, etc.). This allows us to meet specific -or- multiple needs for our families, i.e. food and/or gifts.
        • Though multiple gift card donations are welcome, we respectfully ask that each card doesn't exceed $25. This helps with evenly distributing the gift cards to our families.
        • If you are interested in donating a gift card, then please do so by Wednesday, December 15th. Donation gift cards can be dropped off at the front receptionist desk in the main office.
      • Families that can benefit from some holiday assistance, we ask that you reach out to your child's grade level counselor so we can add you to our confidential list of recipients. Gift card distribution amounts to recipient families will be determined by how many gift cards we are able to collect during this drive.
      • As December 15th approaches, the counselors will reach out to the recipient families to coordinate a pickup date/time. Never hesitate to reach out to your grade level counselor if you have questions on "giving" or "receiving".
    • Spring Musical: Pine Hollow Theatre is excited to announce our 2023 Spring Musical: Legally Blonde Jr.! Auditions are being held after school on Dec. 6th and 7th, with callbacks on Dec. 8th. Any students that are interested in auditioning should visit bit.ly/PHMSAuditions to access the google form to sign-up as well as their audition materials. Hard copies of the audition music will be available for students to pick up in the front office. Students can begin signing up for auditions on Monday, Nov. 21st. If you have any questions about auditions, please email our choral director Ms. Cain at ewcain@wcpss.net.
    • Carpool: With all three tracks in school, carpool is more congested. Please remember to pull all the way forward before letting your student enter/exit the vehicle by the curb. Please also be mindful of not blocking the daycare or CVS if traffic backs-up on Leesville Church Road. Please pull down and make a u-turn so that we can keep Leesville Church Road from backing all the way up to the stoplight.
    • Second Step: Here is what students will be looking at this week:
      • 6-1 and 6-4 will describe the challenges of being an upstander and choose appropriate strategies for responding to bullying while staying safe.
      • 6-3 will describe the effects of online bullying and identify strategies for responding to online bullying.
      • 7-1 and 7-4 will explain the importance of emotions and describe how emotions can affect their thoughts and decisions.
      • 7-3 will think of and select appropriate strategies as part of If-Then Plans for overcoming roadblocks.
      • 8-1 and 8-4 will recognize how stress and anxiety affect their emotions, thoughts and bodies.
      • 8-3 will describe how they used their personal strengths to develop an interest, skill or ability.
    • From Our Counselors: If you were unable to attend one of our in-person sessions “My Child, Your Child & Social Media” but would like to learn more on how to keep your student safe online, please visit this website. It can also be reached by going to our school website, then clicking “Our School” followed by “Student Services Department” then “Social Media Information”. You will find a digital presentation along with a wealth of information and helpful resources. Questions? Contact your student’s counselor.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 11-20-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 11/20/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for November 20.

    • This Week: This week is a two-day week for all PH students. There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope all our students and families enjoy the break!
    • Food Drive: PHMS has currently raised over 15,000 meals for the Food Bank of NC, and we're excited to see all of the excitement around the homeroom competition. Our goal is to raise 26,000 meals. Can you help us? The last day for in person collections is November 22 (give to your homeroom teacher) and online donations can be made through November 29th. Please visit this week to donate online. THANK YOU for helping us help others in our community!
    • Holiday Assistance: 'Tis the season for our PHMS community. The student services department is sponsoring a gift card drive this holiday season. We are looking for donated gift cards to assist families that could benefit from some holiday assistance.
      • If you'd like to donate one or more gift cards, then we ask the following:
        • Please provide gift cards to one of the local grocery stores (Walmart, Harris Teeter, Publix, Food Lion, etc.) and/or department stores (Walmart, Target, etc.). This allows us to meet specific -or- multiple needs for our families, i.e. food and/or gifts.
        • Though multiple gift card donations are welcome, we respectfully ask that each card doesn't exceed $25. This helps with evenly distributing the gift cards to our families.
        • If you are interested in donating a gift card, then please do so by Wednesday, December 15th. Donation gift cards can be dropped off at the front receptionist desk in the main office.
      • Families that can benefit from some holiday assistance, we ask that you reach out to your child's grade level counselor so we can add you to our confidential list of recipients. Gift card distribution amounts to recipient families will be determined by how many gift cards we are able to collect during this drive.
      • As December 15th approaches, the counselors will reach out to the recipient families to coordinate a pickup date/time. Never hesitate to reach out to your grade level counselor if you have questions on "giving" or "receiving".
    • Spirit Week: We will have a Winter Spirit Week the week of November 28. See the flier in the weekly message for more info.
    • Dance: We will be having our first school dance of the year on Friday, Dec. 2 from after school until 5:30. The cost of admission is $5 and the dress is casual. This is for PHMS students only. Students must have a permission form signed by a parent to attend. PTSA will be providing free refreshments as well as selling items in the concession stand. Permission forms are available in the main office and are attached to the weekly message.
    • Spring Musical: Pine Hollow Theatre is excited to announce our 2023 Spring Musical: Legally Blonde Jr.! Auditions are being held after school on Dec. 6th and 7th, with callbacks on Dec. 8th. Any students that are interested in auditioning should visit bit.ly/PHMSAuditions to access the google form to sign-up as well as their audition materials. Hard copies of the audition music will be available for students to pick up in the front office. Students can begin signing up for auditions on Monday, Nov. 21st. If you have any questions about auditions, please email our choral director Ms. Cain at ewcain@wcpss.net.
    • Carpool: With all three tracks in school, carpool is more congested. Please remember to pull all the way forward before letting your student enter/exit the vehicle by the curb. Please also be mindful of not blocking the daycare or CVS if traffic backs-up on Leesville Church Road. Please pull down and make a u-turn so that we can keep Leesville Church Road from backing all the way up to the stoplight.
    • Second Step: Here is what students will be looking at this week:
      • 6-1 and 6-4 will continue their work on bullying by discussing how to be an upstander.
      • 6-3 will learn how to recognize bullying and the difference between bullying and “playing around”.
      • 7-1 and 7-4 will continue their work on roadblocks and how to get past them.
      • 7-3 will begin to look at roadblocks and distinguish between which are internal and external.
      • 8-1 and 8-4 will look at how to use their strengths to get better at something new.
      • 8-3 will name unique and important aspects of their identities.
    • Community Lacrosse Opportunity: This announcement is being offered as a courtesy. Ambush Lax is not affiliated with PHMS in any way:
      • Ambush Lacrosse is a non-profit lacrosse club that is a 2-time champion for all of the middle school club lacrosse teams across Wake County (TYLC) and is seeking boys (4th-8th grade) in the Leesville community from mid-Feb thru April to participate in the recreational lacrosse league. All skill levels are welcome! For complete details visit Ambushlax.com. Register today!
    • From Our Counselors: If you were unable to attend one of our in-person sessions “My Child, Your Child & Social Media” but would like to learn more on how to keep your student safe online, please visit this website. It can also be reached by going to our school website, then clicking “Our School” followed by “Student Services Department” then “Social Media Information”. You will find a digital presentation along with a wealth of information and helpful resources. Questions? Contact your student’s counselor.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 11-13-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 11/13/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for November 13.

    • This Week: Track 3 students return tomorrow. This week is a five-day week for all PH students.
    • Carpool: With all three tracks in the building for the next three weeks, carpool will be more congested. Please remember to pull all the way forward before letting your student enter/exit the vehicle by the curb. Please also be mindful of not blocking the daycare or CVS if traffic backs-up on Leesville Church Road. Please pull down and make a u-turn so that we can keep Leesville Church Road from backing all the way up to the stoplight.
    • Make-Up Pictures: Strawbridge Studios will be here on Friday during Flight School to do make-up or re-test pictures for students who need one. All students need to have their picture taken so that they are included in the yearbook. If your student did not get their picture taken earlier this fall, please make sure they come to the auditorium during Flight School on Friday.
    • Food Drive: Thank you to everyone who supported the 3rd annual PHMS Food Drive Fun Run. If you were unable to join us or would like to make an online donation, please visit this link. $1=5 meals, and we're hoping to beat our previous record of 26,000 meals. Thanks for supporting the Students Against Hunger Competition! A final way to support the food drive is with the homeroom competition November 14-22. Students can bring in nonperishable items (no glass please) to their homeroom teacher. 
    • Second Step: Here is what students will be looking at this week:
      • 6-1 and 6-4 will study how to respond to online bullying.
      • 6-3 will begin to look at common types of bullying.
      • 7-1 and 7-4 will study how to overcome roadblocks they might face.
      • 7-3 will learn how practicing something difficult helps your brain grow near neural pathways.
      • 8-1 and 8-4 will identify their individual interests and strengths.
      • 8-3 will learn how this program can help them navigate physical, social and emotional changes in adolescence.
    • Community Lacrosse Opportunity: This announcement is being offered as a courtesy. Ambush Lax is not affiliated with PHMS in any way:
      • Ambush Lacrosse is a non-profit lacrosse club that is a 2-time champion for all of the middle school club lacrosse teams across Wake County (TYLC) and is seeking boys (4th-8th grade) in the Leesville community from mid-Feb thru April to participate in the recreational lacrosse league. All skill levels are welcome! For complete details visit Ambushlax.com. Register today!
    • Club Baseball: This announcement is being offered as a courtesy. The Wake County Club Baseball League is not affiliated with PHMS in any way:
      • Attention Pilot Families! Did you know that PH has a club baseball team? PH Club Baseball plays in the Wake County Club Baseball League, which includes 20+ middle school teams. This is not an official school sport meaning expenses are paid for by the families and teams are coached by volunteers. Last year we had both a JV and Varsity team.  Tryouts for the Spring season will be November 15th and 19th.  All grades are welcome to try out!  To learn more and register for tryouts, click here: https://forms.gle/VQcCiqCg2HmwjBuy8
    • From Our Counselors: If you were unable to attend one of our in-person sessions “My Child, Your Child & Social Media” but would like to learn more on how to keep your student safe online, please visit this website. It can also be reached by going to our school website, then clicking “Our School” followed by “Student Services Department” then “Social Media Information”. You will find a digital presentation along with a wealth of information and helpful resources. Questions? Contact your student’s counselor.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 11-6-225

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 11/6/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for November 6.

    • This Week: This week is an interesting week for students on Tracks 1&4. Monday and Wednesday are regular days. Tuesday is teacher workday for election day. All parents are encouraged to VOTE if you have not already. Thursday is an Early-Release. School will dismiss at 1. Friday is a holiday as we celebrate Veterans Day. Track 3 returns on Nov. 14.
    • Food Drive: Thank you to everyone who supported the 3rd annual PHMS Food Drive Fun Run. If you were unable to join us or would like to make an online donation, please visit this link. $1=5 meals, and we're hoping to beat our previous record of 26,000 meals. Thanks for supporting the Students Against Hunger Competition! A final way to support the food drive is with the homeroom competition November 14-22. Students can bring in nonperishable items (no glass please) to their homeroom teacher. 
      • For the November 9th football game against East Millbrook, fans can bring in 5 nonperishable food items for the food bank of NC and get into the game for free. Help PHMS athletics support the Food Bank of NC in the Students Against Hunger. 
    • Second Step: Second Step got off to a great start last week! Here is what students will be looking at this week:
      • 6-1 and 6-4 will look at the effects of bullying and recognizing the difference between bullying and “playing around”.
      • 7-1 and 7-4 will start looking at roadblocks to success and distinguishing between internal and external roadblocks.
      • 8-1 and 8-4 will ask themselves Who am I? as they name important and unique aspects of their own identity.
    • Club Baseball: This announcement is being offered as a courtesy. The Wake County Club Baseball League is not affiliated with PHMS in any way:
      • Attention Pilot Families! Did you know that PH has a club baseball team? PH Club Baseball plays in the Wake County Club Baseball League, which includes 20+ middle school teams. This is not an official school sport meaning expenses are paid for by the families and teams are coached by volunteers. Last year we had both a JV and Varsity team.  Tryouts for the Spring season will be November 15th and 19th.  All grades are welcome to try out!  To learn more and register for tryouts, click here: https://forms.gle/VQcCiqCg2HmwjBuy8
    • From Our Counselors: If you were unable to attend one of our in-person sessions “My Child, Your Child & Social Media” but would like to learn more on how to keep your student safe online, please visit this website. It can also be reached by going to our school website, then clicking “Our School” followed by “Student Services Department” then “Social Media Information”. You will find a digital presentation along with a wealth of information and helpful resources. Questions? Contact your student’s counselor.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams:
      • For the November 9th football game against East Millbrook, fans can bring in 5 nonperishable food items for the food bank of NC and get into the game for free. Help PHMS athletics support the Food Bank of NC in the Students Against Hunger. 
      • Nov 10 – Deadline to be COMPLETELY registered in DragonFly. Students need to check the bulletin board outside the gym, to see if they are good to go for tryouts. Track 3 parents can email me if your student did not check before track-out.
      • Nov 17 – Tryouts Begin.  Full details are on the athletic website:  

     https://wakecountyathleticzone.com/pine-hollow/tryout-information/ 

      • I will be away from school Oct 28 - Nov 6 and will respond to email ASAP after I return. 
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
      • The PTSA supports PHMS in so many ways--from teacher grants to support of athletics and the arts. But we can't do all of this (and so much more!) without parent support. Please join the PTSA and donate to our annual no-fuss fundraiser, Invest in Your Child, so we can continue to assist our students, teachers, and administration! https://pinehollow.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true
      • Don't feel like preparing dinner on Early Release day? Join us for a spirit night at Papa John's on Thursday, November 10! See attached flyer for details. 
      • Here is a fun opportunity to volunteer with and support the PTSA: help sell concessions at the home athletic events! Sign up here--there are a lot of flexible times and dates: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4facaf22a02-phms A quick note from the concessions committee: due to a lack of demand, pizza will not be sold at the remaining volleyball/soccer games this season. However, there will be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep your kids happy! 
      • Our teachers need snacks! Help us restock the teachers lounge with snacks and drinks. It's easy--order from this Amazon wish list, and items will be shipped directly to us. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/102Q2ZACU3U1?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR1XB56SOfOR8Yn22Q7nNwt4SUgalJ6od2TJ3RfoIDU4kVEGeVm5nQ2Q3mg
      • If you have any questions about the PTSA, please reach us at phmsptsa16@gmail.com. Follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter for frequent updates!
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 10-30-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 10/30/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for October 30.

    • This Week: This week is a five-day week for students on Track 1&4. Track 3 returns on Nov. 14.
    • Halloween: Please help us maintain an environment that is conducive for learning by not allowing your student to wear a costume or anything else that might be a distraction. Similarly, we ask that candy stay at home.
    • Raleigh’s Best: Pine Hollow is a bronze medal winner in this year’s Raleigh’s Best for middle schools!! The magazine was included in today’s edition of the News & Observer. Thanks to everyone who voted for our school. And kudos to Leesville Road High School who also won a bronze medal for the high school division.
    • Second Step: Starting this week Pine Hollow will begin implementing the Second Step program. Second Step is a research-based program which teaches students the skills necessary to effectively manage their emotions, control impulses, solve problems, and have empathy for others. There are four main areas within the program: Mindsets and Goals; Recognizing Bullying and Harassment; Thoughts, Emotions and Decisions; and Managing Relationships and Social Conflicts. Each week I will include a brief statement regarding that week’s focus for each grade level so that parents are aware and can discuss with their child. Second Step is currently being used with great success at many other schools in our district and we are excited to bring it to Pine Hollow!
      • This week 6-1 and 6-4 will take a look at common types of bullying.
      • 7-1 and 7-4 will learn how practicing something difficult helps your brain grow near neural pathways.
      • 8-1 and 8-4 will learn how this program can help them navigate physical, social and emotional changes in adolescence.
    • From Our Counselors: If you were unable to attend Thursday night’s session “My Child, Your Child & Social Media” but would like to learn more on how to keep your student safe online, please visit this website. It can also be reached by going to our school website, then clicking “Our School” followed by “Student Services Department” then “Social Media Information”. You will find the presentation from Thursday along with a wealth of information and helpful resources. Questions? Contact your student’s counselor.
    • Track 4 Report Cards: Went home on Thursday.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please encourage your child to join us in the LLC during flight school to learn more about specific Early College & Magnet School Programs. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Community Reads: As part of our PHMS Community Reads book, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, the planning committee is hoping to find a guest speaker to come talk with our students, their families, and teachers on November 15th after school in the PHMS Library (3:15-4:15pm). We are open to ideas, but Chinese Calligraphy was an initial idea as a connection for students and would be a great tie in with the culture of the book. We expect 20-30 students to be in attendance. If you or someone you know would be open to helping us with this event, please email Kristen Ziller at kziller@wcpss.net. 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams: Parents, a good week for the Pilots as we took 2 out of 3 from the Wakefield Wolves.  Congrats to our volleyball and girls’ soccer teams for getting the w’s this week.  The football team fell to Wakefield however they played well despite all our injuries. 
      • This week the Pilots travel to Carroll on Wednesday and Thursday.
      • Nov 10 – Deadline to be COMPLETELY registered in DragonFly. Students need to check the bulletin board outside the gym, to see if they are good to go for tryouts. Track 3 parents can email me if your student did not check before track-out.
      • Nov 17 – Tryouts Begin.  Full details are on the athletic website:  

     https://wakecountyathleticzone.com/pine-hollow/tryout-information/ 

      • I will be away from school Oct 28 - Nov 6 and will respond to email ASAP after I return. 
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 10-23-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 10/23/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for October 23.

    • This Week: Tomorrow is a Teacher Workday, and Track 4 returns on Tuesday. Track 3 is now tracked-out and returns on Nov. 14.
    • Social Media Presentation for Parents: Our counselors will be doing another presentation for parents regarding the latest social media trends and how to keep students safe. It will be Thursday at 6PM in the auditorium. All parents are invited.
    • Track 4 Report Cards: Will go home on Thursday.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please encourage your child to join us in the LLC during flight school to learn more about specific Early College & Magnet School Programs. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. WCPSS will also host a Magnet/Early College Fair on October 29. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Community Reads: As part of our PHMS Community Reads book, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, the planning committee is hoping to find a guest speaker to come talk with our students, their families, and teachers on November 15th after school in the PHMS Library (3:15-4:15pm). We are open to ideas, but Chinese Calligraphy was an initial idea as a connection for students and would be a great tie in with the culture of the book. We expect 20-30 students to be in attendance. If you or someone you know would be open to helping us with this event, please email Kristen Ziller at kziller@wcpss.net. 
    • Fun Run: Don't forget to sign up for the annual Food Drive Fun Run on October 29th at 9am on the PHMS track! You can register to participate for $10 through October 27th. As always, all funds will benefit the Food Bank of NC and contribute to the Students Against Hunger Food Drive competition. Registration is online.  Please visit bit.ly/phmsfunrun22 for more information. We look forward to your support in this fun event! Email Mrs. West with any questions. 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams: Parents, last week our Pilots got a win, a tie, and a loss to Durant.  This week we welcome the always tough Wakefield Wolves to our place.  We look forward to the amazing continued support our fans give. 
      • Basketball is right around the corner. The DEADLINE to be completely registered and approved is Nov 10. Tryouts will begin on Nov 17.  Our details for those days are almost complete and you should see them posted this week. 
      • The athletic website has changed to a different platform. I am still learning how to use it and am finding it less user friendly than the last version.  I am sure it will get easier as I get used to it. https://wakecountyathleticzone.com/pine-hollow/ 
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 10-16-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 10/16/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for October 16.

    • This Week: This week is a five-day week for students on Track 1 &3. Next Monday (the 24th) is a Teacher Workday. Track 4 returns on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
    • Track 3 Report Cards: Were distributed last Wednesday.
    • School Tours: If you know a family who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Pine Hollow next year, please encourage them to sign up for a tour using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ea9a62da13-phms.
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please encourage your child to join us in the LLC during flight school to learn more about specific Early College & Magnet School Programs. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. WCPSS will also host a Magnet/Early College Fair on October 29. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Community Reads: Attention Pilot Families… As many of you have read in this weekly email, or maybe heard from your student, we are in the beginning stages of our Fall Community Reads project. This is an activity that fosters a community feel around a shared story. In the coming weeks we will offer games and activities related to the story Front Desk by Kelly Yang. We encourage you to get involved! Read the story with or alongside your student and make plans to join us for the discussions and activities later this fall (you don’t have to have read the book to attend…come out to support your student and their reading!). Some families feel a disconnection from the school building and the community that is created in elementary school, if that sounds like you… maybe Community Reads will fill that void. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Ziller at kziller@wcpss.net or Mr. Hutchinson at jhutchinson@wcpss.net
    • Fun Run: Don't forget to sign up for the annual Food Drive Fun Run on October 29th at 9am on the PHMS track! You can register to participate with for $10 through October 27th. As always, all funds will benefit the Food Bank of NC and contribute to the Students Against Hunger Food Drive competition. Registration is online.  Please visit bit.ly/phmsfunrun22 for more information. We look forward to your support in this fun event! Email Mrs. West with any questions. 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams: Parents, what a great Rivalry week we had.  Congratulations to our Girls’ Soccer team and our Football team for holding Leesville scoreless in their games.  The Volleyball team played a fantastic match.  The match went to the 5th game and OT.  Unfortunately, the ladies fell 3-2 on some questionable circumstances.  So proud of the efforts of all our athletes. 
      • This week Girls’ Soccer and Football get their first road tests of the year at Durant.  Volleyball will be at PINE HOLLOW due to a floor issue at Durant.
      • Basketball tryouts are one month away.  The deadline to have all your boxes checked in Dragonfly is just 3 WEEKS AWAY.  Eligibility remains the same as Fall Sports, we will look at 2nd semester of last school year for grades and attendance.  I will begin putting lists in the athletic bulletin board this week. Kids can easily check it on their way to and from PE. 
      • Thank you for your support. 
    • Social Media Presentation for Parents: Our counselors will be doing another presentation for parents regarding the latest social media trends and how to keep students safe. It will be Oct. 27 at 6PM. All parents are invited.
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
      • Support the PHMS PTSA by becoming a member! We encourage all parents, guardians, teachers, and students to join. https://pinehollow.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships
      • Support Pine Hollow Middle School by donating to the PTSA's annual Invest In Your Child campaign! Details are in the attached document. The PTSA collects donations only once a year through this no-fuss giving/fundraising campaign: https://pinehollow.memberhub.com/store/items/61043
      • Here is a fun opportunity to volunteer with and support the PTSA: help sell concessions at the home athletic events! Sign up here--there are a lot of flexible times and dates: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4facaf22a02-phms A quick note from the concessions committee: due to a lack of demand, pizza will not be sold at the remaining volleyball/soccer games this season. However, there will be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep your kids happy! 
      • We have a new Spirit Night opportunity this year! Join us on October 20th at City BBQ. Order ahead or upon arrival. Attached is a flyer with all the details.
      • If you have any questions about the PTSA, please reach us at phmsptsa16@gmail.com
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 10-9-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 10/9/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for October 9.

    • This Week: This week is a four-day week for students on Track 1 &3. Tomorrow (Oct. 10) is a teacher workday. Track 4 returns on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
    • Track 1 Report Cards: Were distributed on Friday.
    • NC Honors Chorus: Congratulations to 8-4 student William Harvey for auditioning and being selected for this year’s NC Honors Chorus. Over 500 middle school students from across the state auditioned to be a part of this prestigious group. William will perform with the Honors Chorus next month in Winston Salem in conjunction with the annual NC Music Educators Conference. Way to go William!
    • Attention 8th Grade Families: There are many high school options in Wake County. Please encourage your child to join us in the LLC during flight school to learn more about specific Early College & Magnet School Programs. Please click here for the school names & visit dates to PHMS. WCPSS will also host an early college fair on October 15th and a Magnet/Early College Fair on October 29. Please visit wcpss.net/magnet for more information. Application Window: Early College Oct 14-Dec 14, Magnet Schools Oct 14-Jan 25
    • Community Reads: Attention Pilot Families… As many of you have read in this weekly email, or maybe heard from your student, we are in the beginning stages of our Fall Community Reads project. This is an activity that fosters a community feel around a shared story. In the coming weeks we will offer games and activities related to the story Front Desk by Kelly Yang. We encourage you to get involved! Read the story with or alongside your student and make plans to join us for the discussions and activities later this fall (you don’t have to have read the book to attend…come out to support your student and their reading!). Some families feel a disconnection from the school building and the community that is created in elementary school, if that sounds like you… maybe Community Reads will fill that void. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Ziller at kziller@wcpss.net or Mr. Hutchinson at jhutchinson@wcpss.net
    • Fun Run: Don't forget to sign up for the annual Food Drive Fun Run on October 29th at 9am on the PHMS track! This is the LAST week to register for a t-shirt. You can register to receive a t-shirt for $20 if you sign up by October 12, or register to participate with no t-shirt for $10 through October 27th. As always, all funds will benefit the Food Bank of NC and contribute to the Students Against Hunger Food Drive competition. Registration is online.  Please visit bit.ly/phmsfunrun22 for more information. We look forward to your support in this fun event! Email Mrs. West with any questions. 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams: Parents: We are full force into our fall season. We opened our Non-Conference games against Salem with our Soccer and Football teams getting victories.  Our conference openers were tough this week as West Millbrook is looking solid across the board. Our Volleyball team impressed at West on Wednesday with a 3-1 Victory.   
      • This Week is Rival Week with Leesville.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to play the football game at the high school.  For all our games this week, we are encouraging everyone to wear RED.  Get your gofan tickets early and you can go to the shorter ticket line.
      • Soccer game tickets: - https://gofan.co/app/events/693282?schoolId=NC67966 
      • Volleyball game tickets: - https://gofan.co/app/events/693313?schoolId=NC67966
      • Football game tickets: - https://gofan.co/app/events/693323?schoolId=NC67966
      • Nov 10 is the deadline to make sure your paperwork in Dragonfly is complete for Basketball Tryouts on Nov 17.  Also make sure you have selected that you are trying out for basketball.  Basketball eligibility is based on 2nd semester of last school year.  If you were eligible to try out for football, girls’ soccer, and volleyball, then you are academically eligible to try out for basketball. (along with completed DragonFly forms.)  This seems like you have a lot of time, but not really. 
    • Social Media Presentation for Parents: Our counselors will be doing another presentation for parents regarding the latest social media trends and how to keep students safe. It will be Oct. 27 at 6PM. All parents are invited.
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
      • Support the PHMS PTSA by becoming a member! We encourage all parents, guardians, teachers, and students to join. https://pinehollow.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships
      • Support Pine Hollow Middle School by donating to the PTSA's annual Invest In Your Child campaign! Details are in the attached document. The PTSA collects donations only once a year through this no-fuss giving/fundraising campaign: https://pinehollow.memberhub.com/store/items/61043
      • Here is a fun opportunity to volunteer with and support the PTSA: help sell concessions at the home athletic events! Sign up here--there are a lot of flexible times and dates: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4facaf22a02-phms A quick note from the concessions committee: due to a lack of demand, pizza will not be sold at the remaining volleyball/soccer games this season. However, there will be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep your kids happy! 
      • If you have any questions about the PTSA, please reach us at phmsptsa16@gmail.com
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 10-2-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 10/2/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for October 2.

    • This Week: Track 1 returns tomorrow. This week is a five-day week for students on Track 1 &3. Track 4 is now tracked out and returns on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
    • Track 1 Report Cards: Students on Track 1 will receive their report cards on Friday.
    • Attention 6-3 and 8-3 Parents: Students on the 6-3 and 8-3 teams were given a letter last Thursday to take home and give to their parent. This letter provides updates regarding teacher vacancies on these teams.
    • Community Reads: Attention Pilot Families… As many of you have read in this weekly email, or maybe heard from your student, we are in the beginning stages of our Fall Community Reads project. This is an activity that fosters a community feel around a shared story. In the coming weeks we will offer games and activities related to the story Front Desk by Kelly Yang. We encourage you to get involved! Read the story with or alongside your student and make plans to join us for the discussions and activities later this fall (you don’t have to have read the book to attend…come out to support your student and their reading!). Some families feel a disconnection from the school building and the community that is created in elementary school, if that sounds like you… maybe Community Reads will fill that void. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Ziller at kziller@wcpss.net or Mr. Hutchinson at jhutchinson@wcpss.net
    • Fun Run: The annual Food Drive Fun Run is back and will be on October 29th at 9am on the PHMS track! This year we have two registration options for participants. You can register to receive a t-shirt for $20 or register to participate with no t-shirt for $10. As always, all funds will benefit the Food Bank of NC and contribute to the Students Against Hunger Food Drive competition. Registration is online or in person before school in the cafeteria 9/27, 9/29, 10/5 and 10/6. Please visit bit.ly/phmsfunrun22 for more information or see our attached flyer. We look forward to your support in this fun event! 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams:
      • The make-up game versus Salem is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. Whether or not we play will depend upon the condition of the field. Please check our website tomorrow for more info.
      • Soccer and Volleyball are home on Wednesday vs. West Millbrook.
      • Football is home on Thursday vs. West Millbrook.
      • Ticket prices this year are $6.
      • You can use cash at the gate or buy tickets online at GoFan. https://gofan.co/app/school/NC67966
      • Athletic passes are available for purchase as well on our Athletic Website.  https://wakecountyathleticzone.com/pine-hollow/
    • Social Media Presentation for Parents: Our counselors will be doing another presentation for parents regarding the latest social media trends and how to keep students safe. It will be Oct. 27 at 6PM. All parents are invited.
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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  • Weekly Message for 9-25-22

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 9/25/2022

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for September 25.

    • This Week: This week is a five-day week for students on Track 3 & 4. Track 4 will track-out on Friday and Track 1 returns on Monday, Oct. 3.
    • Fun Run: The annual Food Drive Fun Run is back and will be on October 29th at 9am on the PHMS track! This year we have two registration options for participants. You can register to receive a t-shirt for $20 or register to participate with no t-shirt for $10. As always, all funds will benefit the Food Bank of NC and contribute to the Students Against Hunger Food Drive competition. Registration is online or in person before school in the cafeteria 9/27, 9/29, 10/5 and 10/6. Please visit bit.ly/phmsfunrun22 for more information or see our attached flyer. We look forward to your support in this fun event! 
    • From Our Athletic Director, Mr. Adams:
      • The 2022-2023 Season begins this week with a Non-Conference match-up against the Salem Spartans.
      • Volleyball and Soccer will play at home on Wednesday beginning at 4:00.
      • Football will host Salem on Thursday at 4:00.
    • Social Media Presentation for Parents: Our counselors will be doing another presentation for parents regarding the latest social media trends and how to keep students safe. It will be Oct. 27 at 6PM. All parents are invited.
    • Teacher Recognition Program:  Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to celebrate for doing a terrific job? Has someone been consistently outstanding or maybe gone above-and-beyond recently for your student/family? If so, I encourage you to nominate that person for our Top Gun Staff Member of the Month award. There aren’t any firm rules or requirements to nominate someone for recognition. The point of this is to recognize a teacher or two each month who was nominated by a student or parent. The teacher(s) would be recognized in front of their peers at the next staff meeting. In order to nominate someone, just fill out this form and make sure to clearly explain why you think they are deserving of this recognition.
    • From the PTSA:
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!!
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