• Weekly Message for 9-13-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 9/13/2020

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

    • Thank You!!: I would like to thank all of our parents for your patience and support as we have gotten the school year underway. The teachers have worked hard to make this year meaningful and productive for our students. The vast majority of our students are diligently logging on each day to attend live sessions and complete their work. If your child is experiencing any difficulties, please let your counselor or teacher know so that we can help get them resolved.
    • Student Emojis and Profile Pictures: While we cannot require students to turn on their cameras during live instruction, teachers do miss seeing their students’ faces. If your child chooses not to turn on their camera, please encourage them to use a picture of themselves rather than an emoji or a picture of someone else. Many teachers are still trying to put student names with faces and seeing an egg or a picture of someone else makes that very challenging. Because we are un-teamed this year due to the creation of the Virtual Academy, many of our students are in classes with people they don’t know, so seeing each others’ faces (live or a picture) helps build a sense of community.
    • Talking Points: WCPSS has authorized all schools to use Talking Points as a way of communicating with parents this year. Teachers can send parents a message (similar to a text) that is then translated into the parent’s preferred language. The parent can text back and Talking Points will translate it back into English for the teacher to read. This was piloted in several schools last year and was well-received. Several of our teachers started using Talking Points last week, so please don’t be surprised if you receive communication from your child’s teachers through this new program. Talking Points uses contact information and language preferences pulled from Power School.
    • PHMS Fly By Books & your Virtual Library:Fly By Books, Pine Hollow's outside library book pick-up and return service, allows students to place library books on hold and pick them up in the front breezeway at PHMS on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11am and 3pm. The start of a new school year is the perfect time to cultivate a habit of reading! Students can select books that interest them from a wide variety of fiction genres, graphic novels, and informational books. Visit the PHMS Virtual Library website for more information and to search for books (ly/phmsvirtuallibrary). Contact me if your student would like assistance finding great books to read! -Kristen Ziller, school library media specialist (kziller@wcpss.net)
    • Technology Assistance: For technical help, digital resources, online safety tips, etc., click here for the WCPSS Guides to Technology.
    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in PowerSchool. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student should also now have access to the Student Portal.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. Governor Cooper has issued an Executive Order that granted a 30-day grace period for these immunizations. All 7th grade students must now submit proof by October 30 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • From the PTSA:
      • Please join the PHMS PTSA!!
      • 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership
      • If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com
      • Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. We have several beginning-of-year deals, including a PTSA membership/T-shirt bundle. Check out some of our newer products, like our new T-shirt design, tumblers, and stickers! You will be able to pick up your spirit wear within a week of placing the order--details will be emailed to you when the order is ready.
      • PTSA Board of Directors met this week to discuss opportunities that the PTSA can do for our school community. Lots of good ideas were discussed and the board is bringing a lot of positive energy to this unusual school year. We will follow up with all PTSA members of our outcomes and actions to come via Memberhub. So join the PTSA to stay in the know.
      • PHMS PTSA Passive Fundraising:
        • Harris Teeter: Pine Hollow is enrolled in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education(TIE) program. Register your VIC card card with school code #3982. You must re-linkyour card every school year. Register your card online at http://www.harristeeter.com. 
        • Amazon: Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Pine Hollow. You must use the Amazon Smile link.
        • Lowes Food: Lowes Foods Cart to Class program donates to PHMS when you purchase Lowes Foods & Full Circle products. Sign up, go to lowesfoods.com/ to enroll.
        • Box Tops: Have gone digital! Help PHMS by scanning your grocery receipts with the Box Tops for Education app. See the attached fliers for more info.
      • Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @phmsptsa
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 9-6-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 9/6/2020

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

    • Labor Day: There will be no school tomorrow as we observe the holiday.
    • Student Emojis and Profile Pictures: While we cannot require students to turn on their cameras during live instruction, teachers do miss seeing their students’ faces. If your child chooses not to turn on their camera, please encourage them to use a picture of themselves rather than an emoji or a picture of someone else. Many teachers are still trying to put student names with faces and seeing an egg or a picture of someone else makes that very challenging. Because we are un-teamed this year due to the creation of the Virtual Academy, many of our students are in classes with people they don’t know, so seeing each others’ faces (live or a picture) helps build a sense of community.
    • Talking Points: WCPSS has authorized all schools to use Talking Points as a way of communicating with parents this year. Teachers can send parents a message (similar to a text) that is then translated into the parent’s preferred language. The parent can text back and Talking Points will translate it back into English for the teacher to read. This was piloted in several schools last year and was well-received. Several of our teachers started using Talking Points last week, so please don’t be surprised if you receive communication from your child’s teachers through this new program. Talking Points uses contact information and language preferences pulled from Power School.
    • School Meals: One of our feeder elementary schools, Brier Creek, is a curbside pickup lunch service site for WCPSS. They are serving Monday through Friday from 10:45am to 12:45pm. Meals are served at no cost. Parents can pick up a hot lunch and breakfast for the following day. Click here for more info.
    • PHMS Fly By Books: Fly By Books, Pine Hollow's outside library book pick-up and return service, begins on Tuesday, September 8th! Students can place library books on hold and pick them up in the front breezeway at PHMS on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11am and 3pm. Visit the PHMS Virtual Library website for more information (ly/phmsvirtuallibrary).If you have any library-related questions, please reach out to me! --Kristen Ziller, school library media specialist (kziller@wcpss.net)
    • Technology Assistance: For technical help, digital resources, online safety tips, etc., click here for the WCPSS Guides to Technology.
    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in PowerSchool. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student should also now have access to the Student Portal.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. Governor Cooper has issued an Executive Order that granted a 30-day grace period for these immunizations. All 7th grade students must now submit proof by October 30 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • From the PTSA:
      • Please join the PHMS PTSA!!
      • 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership
      • If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com
      • Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. We have several beginning-of-year deals, including a PTSA membership/T-shirt bundle. Check out some of our newer products, like our new T-shirt design, tumblers, and stickers! You will be able to pick up your spirit wear within a week of placing the order--details will be emailed to you when the order is ready.
      • PTSA Board of Directors met this week to discuss opportunities that the PTSA can do for our school community. Lots of good ideas were discussed and the board is bringing a lot of positive energy to this unusual school year. We will follow up with all PTSA members of our outcomes and actions to come via Memberhub. So join the PTSA to stay in the know.
      • PHMS PTSA Passive Fundraising:
        • Harris Teeter: Pine Hollow is enrolled in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education(TIE) program. Register your VIC card card with school code #3982. You must re-linkyour card every school year. Register your card online at http://www.harristeeter.com. 
        • Amazon: Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Pine Hollow. You must use the Amazon Smile link.
        • Lowes Food: Lowes Foods Cart to Class program donates to PHMS when you purchase Lowes Foods & Full Circle products. Sign up, go tolowesfoods.com/ to enroll.
        • Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @phmsptsa
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 8-30-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/30/2020

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

    • New Content: Starting this week all teachers are teaching new content. We have taken the first two weeks to orient students to our “new normal” and give everyone time to get adjusted. Students should now be following their daily schedule as teachers use a combination of synchronous (live instruction in real-time) and asynchronous (recorded instruction and/or learning on your time) instruction to deliver the curriculum. We are aware that some students are still waiting on a device and teachers will work with students to catch them up.
    • School Meals: One of our feeder elementary schools, Brier Creek, is a curbside pickup lunch service site for WCPSS. They are serving Monday through Friday from 10:45am to 12:45pm. Meals are served at no cost through August 31. Beginning September 1 students will pay for meals based on their meal benefits eligibility. In addition, parents/guardians picking up meals will need their child’s student ID number, but the child will not be required to be with you as long as you have their ID number. Click here for more info.
    • Field Trip Refunds: Refund checks have been mailed for the 7th grade field trip to Richmond that was cancelled last March! The delay was the result of the bus company not communicating with us once schools shut down. Thank you for your patience as we sorted through this difficult situation.
    • PHMS Virtual Library: All PHMS students have received their orientation to the library for the school year! Students will visit the Virtual Library weekly to explore library opportunities, check out eBooks and audiobooks, view reading and research-related screencasts, and access research links. Your student's Virtual Library (ly/phmsvirtuallibrary) is a wonderful resource for reading, research, creativity, and exploration. If you have any library-related questions, please reach out to me. -Kristen Ziller, school library media specialist (kziller@wcpss.net)
    • Technology Needs: If your child needs a Chromebook and/or hotspot and you did not complete the survey a few weeks ago, please either call the main office (919-694-8880) or contact our lead secretary, Ms. Duckett (kduckett@wcpss.net) and she can request one for you. Please include your child’s name, grade level, your contact phone number, and exactly what you need (chromebook, hotspot, or both). Central Services will notify parents via email at least 3 days in advance of your pick-up date. Parents can pick up their device any time on or after that date. Click here for more information.
    • Technology Assistance: For technical help, digital resources, online safety tips, etc., click here for the WCPSS Guides to Technology.
    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in PowerSchool. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student should also now have access to the Student Portal.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. Governor Cooper has issued an Executive Order that granted a 30-day grace period for these immunizations. All 7th grade students must now submit proof by October 30 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • AIG: West has added all AIG students to the grade level math and/or ELA AIG Google Classrooms based on AIG placements. Students have to accept the invitation(s). Please log in to GC and/or your WCPSS Student email to accept this invitation. Please visit bit.ly/phmsaigfor additional student and parent resources. Mrs. West will be on maternity leave until students track back in after the October break, but students please continue checking Google Classroom as the first quarter progresses. 
    • From the PTSA:
      • 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership
      • If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com
      • Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. We have several beginning-of-year deals, including a PTSA membership/T-shirt bundle. Check out some of our newer products, like our new T-shirt design, tumblers, and stickers! You will be able to pick up your spirit wear within a week of placing the order--details will be emailed to you when the order is ready.
      • PTSA Board of Directors are meeting this coming week to discuss opportunities that the PTSA can do for our school community. We will follow up with all PTSA members of our outcomes and actions to come via Memberhub. So join the PTSA to stay in the know.
      • PHMS PTSA Passive Fundraising:
        • Harris Teeter: Pine Hollow is enrolled in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education(TIE) program. Register your VIC card card with school code #3982. You must re-linkyour card every school year. Register your card online at http://www.harristeeter.com. 
        • Amazon: Amazon Smile program donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Pine Hollow. You must use the Amazon Smile link.
        • Lowes Food: Lowes Foods Cart to Class program donates to PHMS when you purchase Lowes Foods & Full Circle products. Sign up, go tolowesfoods.com/ to enroll.
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 8-23-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/23/2020

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

    • First Week Is In The Books!: We had a terrific first week of school last week despite the unusual circumstances. We distributed approximately 825 students schedules and materials on Monday and another 119 on Tuesday! If your child does not yet have his/her materials, please contact the school ASAP so that we can make arrangements to get them to you. Parents can also go to our school webpage (https://www.wcpss.net/pinehollowms) and click on Academics and your child’s grade level for more info as to what your student should be doing. If your student needs help getting organized with their daily schedule, you may find this tool helpful.
    • Virtual Open Houses:
      • 6th grade was last week. Click here to view the recorded presentation.
      • 7th grade will be this Tuesday, August 25 at 5pm via Google Meet. For students in the Virtual Academy, use Google Code “phms7va”. For students in Plan B, use Google Code “phms7planb”.
      • 8th grade teachers have created presentations and/or videos for parents to view. Click here to begin or go to our webpage and click the “Academics” tab and then “8th grade”.
    • Field Trip Refunds: We are finally able to begin issuing refund checks for the 7th grade field trip to Richmond that was cancelled last March. The delay is the result of the bus company not communicating with us once schools shut down. We hope to mail checks to parents at the end of this week or beginning of next.
    • AIG Updates: West has added all AIG students to the grade level math and/or ELA AIG Google Classrooms based on AIG placements. Students have to accept the invitation(s). Please log in to GC and/or your WCPSS Student email to accept this invitation. Please visit bit.ly/phmsaigfor additional student and parent resources. Mrs. West will be on maternity leave until students track back in after the October break, but students please continue checking Google Classroom as the first quarter progresses. 
    • PHMS Virtual Library: Your student's Virtual Library (ly/phmsvirtuallibrary) is a wonderful resource for reading, research, creativity, and exploration. Students can check out ebooks and audiobooks by logging into their WakeID and clicking on the MackinVIA link that's on the Virtual Library site. If your student has any physical WCPSS library books that you'd like to return, you can return those books during your materials pick-up day at Pine Hollow on Monday, August 17th or Tuesday, August 18th. I look forward to working with your students this school year and if you have any library-related questions, please reach out to me. -Kristen Ziller, School Library Media Specialist (kziller@wcpss.net)
    • Technology Needs: If your child needs a Chromebook and/or hotspot and you did not complete the survey a few weeks ago, please either call the main office (919-694-8880) or contact our lead secretary, Ms. Duckett (kduckett@wcpss.net) and she can request one for you. Please include your child’s name, grade level, your contact phone number, and exactly what you need (chromebook, hotspot, or both). We have been notified that devices are late in arriving. Central Services will notify parents via email at least 3 days in advance of your pick-up date. Parents can pick up their device any time on or after that date. Click here for more information.
    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in PowerSchool. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student should also now have access to the Student Portal.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. Last week Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order that granted a 30-day grace period for these immunizations. All 7th grade students must now submit proof by October 30 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • From the PTSA:
      • 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership               
      • If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com
      • Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. There is also a membership/t-shirt bundle price. We are working out a system on how spirit wear/items will get to you. We will send out a message via Memberhub when we have those details.
      • Want to help the PHMS PTSA or have any other questions!! Please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com to discover the opportunities and information waiting for you. 
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 8-16-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/16/2020

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

    • A New School Year: All students will begin the year with online instruction. Regardless of whether students are enrolled in the Virtual Academy or Plan B-Transition, the school year begins tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 17!! Please remember that the first two weeks will be focused on orientation, distributing materials, building relationships, device distribution, etc. etc. Parents should go to our school webpage (https://www.wcpss.net/pinehollowms) and click on Academics and your child’s grade level for more info on the first week of school and what your student should be doing.
    • Virtual Open Houses/Meet the Teacher:
      • 6th grade will have a virtual open house on Thursday August 20th at 5pm. Click the following link: 6th Grade Orientationto join. We will record the presentation and post it on the 6th grade website for anyone unable to attend live.
      • 7th grade and 8th grades are conducting asynchronous/virtual open houses. Please visit their webpages under the Academics tab on our webpage to find those.
    • AIG Updates: West has added all AIG students to the grade level math and/or ELA AIG Google Classrooms based on AIG placements. Students have to accept the invitation(s). Please log in to GC and/or your WCPSS Student email to accept this invitation. Please visit bit.ly/phmsaigfor additional student and parent resources. Mrs. West will be on maternity leave until students track back in after the October break, but students please continue checking Google Classroom as the first quarter progresses. 
    • Student Schedules: As was mentioned in the email last Wednesday, parents should now be able to see their child’s schedule via the Parent Portal. If you do not yet have access to the Parent Portal, see the bullet below. Your child can also see their schedule via PowerSchool. If your child has never accessed their account in PowerSchool, here is a videoshowing them exactly how to access it in Homebase, which is in their WakeID.
    • Supply Distribution: As mentioned in the email last Wednesday, we will be distributing necessary materials such as workbooks and novels on Monday and Tuesday this week. This is for ALL STUDENTS regardless of whether they are in the Virtual Academy or Plan B-Transition. Parents will remain in your car so that we can get everyone through the line quickly. Any library books that need to be returned can also be dropped off.
      • Monday: Last name A-D from 9am-11am
      • Monday: Last name E-K from 11am-1pm
      • Monday: Last name L-Q from 1pm-3pm
      • Monday: Last name R-Z from 3pm-5pm
      • Tuesday: Last name R-Z from 9am-11am
      • Tuesday: Last name L-Q from 11am-1pm
      • Tuesday: Last name E-K from 1pm-3pm
      • Tuesday: Last name A-D from 3pm-5pm
    • PHMS Virtual Library: Your student's Virtual Library (ly/phmsvirtuallibrary) is a wonderful resource for reading, research, creativity, and exploration. Students can check out ebooks and audiobooks by logging into their WakeID and clicking on the MackinVIA link that's on the Virtual Library site. If your student has any physical WCPSS library books that you'd like to return, you can return those books during your materials pick-up day at Pine Hollow on Monday, August 17th or Tuesday, August 18th. I look forward to working with your students this school year and if you have any library-related questions, please reach out to me. -Kristen Ziller, School Library Media Specialist (kziller@wcpss.net)
    • Technology Needs: If your child needs a Chromebook and/or hotspot and you did not complete the survey a few weeks ago, please either call the main office (919-694-8880) or contact our lead secretary, Ms. Duckett (kduckett@wcpss.net) and she can request one for you. Please include your child’s name, grade level, your contact phone number, and exactly what you need (chromebook, hotspot, or both). We have been notified that devices are late in arriving. Central Services will notify parents via email at least 3 days in advance of your pick-up date. Parents can pick up their device any time on or after that date.
    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of rising 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in PowerSchool. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student will gain access to the Student Portal once school begins.
    • Daily Schedule for VA/Remote Learning: Here is the overall schedule we will follow while all students are engaged in remote learning:
      • 8:05-8:50 Flight School
      • 8:50-9:55 Core 1
      • 9:55-11:00 Core 2
      • 11:00-12:05 Core 3
      • 12:05-1:05 Lunch
      • 1:05-1:45 PE/Elective
      • 1:45-2:25 PE/Elective
      • 2:25-3:05 PE/Elective

    **Science and Social Studies will be taught in one semester rather than over the course of the year. Students who take Science in the fall will take SS in the spring and vice-versa.

    **Please note that students only have PE and one elective, so each student will have a “hole” in their schedule. That was done to keep PE/elective class sizes down and also to give students a time to catch their breath during the day.

    **Students will NOT be on the computer receiving instruction for the entire class period every day. Teachers will use a combination of live instruction and asynchronous learning.

    **When the decision is made to transition back to face-to-face learning, our daily schedule will be adjusted accordingly and student schedules will have to be re-done. This will result in many students having a change in teacher.

    • Office Hours: Pine Hollow’s office is open from 8-12 Tuesday mornings and 12-4 Thursday afternoons. Visitors are asked to please make an appointment if at all possible so that we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. Last week Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order that granted a 30-day grace period for these immunizations. All 7th grade students must now submit proof by October 30 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • From the PTSA:
      • General PHMS PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00. Meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Here is the link to the Meet: PHMS PTSA General Meeting. Items to be discussed will be:
        • Treasurer Report/Budget Approval for 20/21 School year
        • Executive Board and Committee Member vacancies
        • What can we do to support PHMS and the community?
      • 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership
      • If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com
      • Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. There is also a membership/t-shirt bundle price. We are working out a system on how spirit wear/items will get to you. We will send out a message via Memberhub when we have those details.
      • Want to help the PHMS PTSA or have any other questions!! Please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com to discover the opportunities and information waiting for you. 
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • An important mid-week message on 8-12-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/12/2020

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with an important mid-week message. 

     

    We will be distributing necessary supplies and materials (such as workbooks, novels, hard copies of student schedules, etc.) on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Please see the schedule below so that you know your window of time based on your student's last name. This is for ALL STUDENTS regardless of whether they are in the Virtual Academy or Plan B-Transition. Parents will remain in your car so that we can get everyone through the line quickly. Any library books that need to be returned can also be dropped off.

    • Monday: Last name A-D from 9am-11am
    • Monday: Last name E-K from 11am-1pm
    • Monday: Last name L-Q from 1pm-3pm
    • Monday: Last name R-Z from 3pm-5pm
    • Tuesday: Last name R-Z from 9am-11am
    • Tuesday: Last name L-Q from 11am-1pm
    • Tuesday: Last name E-K from 1pm-3pm
    • Tuesday: Last name A-D from 3pm-5pm

    We are almost finished with student schedules! If you have a Parent Portal account, or if your student has access to PowerSchool through their WakeID, you will be able to see your student's schedule tomorrow afternoon. If your child has never accessed their account in PowerSchool, here is a video showing them exactly how to access it in Homebase, which is in their WakeID. We will also give you a hard copy of your student's schedule when you come to school on Monday or Tuesday.

     

    The PHMS Scheduling Team would like to thank families for their patience as we have redone over 1,000 student schedules. Please be aware our elective class numbers are almost at capacity, so unless there is a significant situation it will be very difficult to make changes. Please reach out to your respective grade level counselor if you have any questions: 6th grade, Mr. Martin (jwmartin@wcpss.net); 7th grade, Mr. Febres (pfebres@wcpss.net); 8th grade, Ms. Muhs (lmuhs@wcpss.net). 

     

    If your child needs a Chromebook and/or hotspot and you did not complete the survey a few weeks ago, please either call the main office (919-694-8880) or contact our lead secretary, Ms. Duckett (kduckett@wcpss.net)  and she can request one for you. Please include your child’s name and grade and exactly what you need (chromebook, hotspot, or both). We have been notified that devices are late in arriving. Central Services will notify parents via email at least 3 days in advance of your pick-up date. Parents can pick up their device any time on or after that date.

     

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  • Weekly Message for 8-9-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/9/2020

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

    • Parent Portal in Power School: Parents of rising 6th graders and any students new to WCPSS will want to gain access to the parent portal in Power School. This allows you to keep up with your student’s grades and attendance without having to wait for an interim or report card. In order to claim your account, you will need to either download this form and have it notarized and mailed to the school, or you can scan this completed form along with a CLEAR picture of the parent/guardian’s photo ID and email our receptionist, mellisfitzgerald@wcpss.net. Your student’s ID number is their lunch number from elementary school. Your student will gain access to the Student Portal once school begins.
    • Remote Learning: All students will begin the year with online instruction. Regardless of whether students are enrolled in the Virtual Academy or Plan B-Transition, the school year begins on Monday, Aug. 17.
    • First 2 Weeks of School: WCPSS has announced the first two weeks of school for all students will focus on orientation, meet and greet opportunities, and distribution of supplies. We are working with teachers now to plan virtual meet-and-greet sessions and a timeline for distribution of supplies. Look for specific dates/times in the next weekly message (Aug. 16.)
    • Daily Schedule for VA/Remote Learning: Here is the overall schedule we will follow while all students are engaged in remote learning:
      • 8:05-8:50 Flight School
      • 8:50-9:55 Core 1
      • 9:55-11:00 Core 2
      • 11:00-12:05 Core 3
      • 12:05-1:05 Lunch
      • 1:05-1:45 PE/Elective
      • 1:45-2:25 PE/Elective
      • 2:25-3:05 PE/Elective

    **Science and Social Studies will be taught in one semester rather than over the course of the year. Students who take Science in the fall will take SS in the spring and vice-versa.

    **Please note that students only have PE and one elective, so each student will have a “hole” in their schedule. That was done to keep PE/elective class sizes down and also to give students a time to catch their breath during the day.

    **Students will NOT be on the computer receiving instruction for the entire class period every day. Teachers will use a combination of live instruction and asynchronous learning.

    **When the decision is made to transition back to face-to-face learning, our daily schedule will be adjusted accordingly and student schedules will have to be re-done. This will result in many students having a change in teacher.

    • Office Hours: Pine Hollow’s office is open from 8-12 Tuesday mornings and 12-4 Thursday afternoons. Visitors are asked to please make an appointment if at all possible so that we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. We have been notified that this rule also applies to students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and/or distance learning. All 7th grade students must submit proof by September 18 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided. Proof of immunizations can be emailed to our data manager, Yolanda Sanders (yssanders@wcpss.net), or mailed to the school to her attention.
    • From the PTSA:
    1. General PHMS PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00. Meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Here is the link to the Meet: PHMS PTSA General Meeting. Items to be discussed will be:
      1. Treasurer Report/Budget Approval for 20/21 School year
      2. Executive Board and Committee Member vacancies
      3. How spending will look this year at this moment
      4. What can we do to support PHMS and the community?
    2. 2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership

                 If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com

    1. Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. There is also a membership/t-shirt bundle price. We are working out a system on how spirit wear/items will get to you. We will send out a message via Memberhub when we have those details.
    2. Want to help the PHMS PTSA or have any other questions!! Please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com to discover the opportunities and information waiting for you. 

     

    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 8-2-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 8/2/2020

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

    • Change in Start-End Times: Due to the fact that Multi-Track Year-Round schools are starting several weeks later than normal, every MTYR school’s schedule had to be extended by fifteen minutes each day in order to meet the minimum number of hours required by the General Assembly. Our daily schedule for 2020-21 will be 8:05-3:05.  
    • Remote Learning: All students will begin the year with online instruction. Just over 50% of Pine Hollow students are enrolled in the Virtual Academy at each grade level. Regardless of whether students are enrolled in the VA or Plan B, the school year begins on Monday, Aug. 17.
    • First 2 Weeks of School: WCPSS has announced the first two weeks of school for all students will focus on orientation, meet and greet opportunities, and distribution of supplies. More info specific to PHMS will be released as plans are finalized.
    • Daily Schedule for VA/Remote Learning: We are now in the process of scheduling students into teachers’ classes. Given all the changes that have occurred, we must reschedule the entire student body. Just as soon as scheduling is complete, we will let you know and you will be able to see your student’s teachers via PowerSchool. Here is the overall schedule we will follow for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday while all students are engaged in remote learning:
      • 8:05-8:50 Flight School
      • 8:50-9:55 Core 1
      • 9:55-11:00 Core 2
      • 11:00-12:05 Core 3
      • 12:05-1:05 Lunch
      • 1:05-1:45 PE/Elective
      • 1:45-2:25 PE/Elective
      • 2:25-3:05 PE/Elective

    **Science and Social Studies will be taught in one semester rather than over the course of the year. Students who take Science in the fall will take SS in the spring and vice-versa.

    **Please note that students only have PE and one elective, so each student will have a “hole” in their schedule. That was done to keep PE/elective class sizes down and also to give students a time to catch their breath during the day.

    **Students will NOT be on the computer receiving instruction for the entire class period every day. Teachers will use a combination of live instruction and asynchronous learning.

    **When the decision is made to transition back to face-to-face learning, our daily schedule will be adjusted accordingly and student schedules will have to be re-done. This will result in many students having a change in teacher.

    • Virtual Academy Confirmation: Parents who applied for Virtual Academy will receive a separate message Monday afternoon (Aug. 3) confirming that enrollment. Any parent who applied for enrollment in the VA who does not receive that email should contact the main office on Tuesday.
    • Office Hours: Pine Hollow’s office is open from 8-12 Tuesday mornings and 12-4 Thursday afternoons. Visitors are asked to please make an appointment if at all possible so that we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. We have been notified that this rule also applies to students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and/or distance learning. All 7th grade students must submit proof by September 18 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided.
    • From the PTSA: General PHMS PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00. Meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Here is the link to the Meet: PHMS PTSA General Meeting. Items to be discussed will be:
      1. Treasurer Report/Budget Approval for 20/21 School year
      2. Executive Board and Committee Member vacancies
      3. How spending will look this year at this moment
      4. What can we do to support PHMS and the community?

    2020-2021 PHMS PTSA Membership is open virtually. Please visit this link: PHMS PTSA Membership

    If you have any questions about signing up or other membership questions please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com

    Spirit Wear is on sale via Memberhub-Spirit Wear Link. There is also a membership/t-shirt bundle price. We are working out a system on how spirit wear/items will get to you. We will send out a message via Memberhub when we have those details.

    Want to help the PHMS PTSA or have any other questions!! Please contact Kenneth Lesher at mrlesher68@yahoo.com to discover the opportunities and information waiting for you. 

    •  Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 7-26-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 7/26/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for July 26.

    • Technology Needs Survey: As we prepare to return to school in an online environment, every K-12 student will need a laptop and Internet access in order to complete assignments, participate in instruction, and collaborate and learn with others. We’re asking allfamilies with a student in grades K-12 to complete this survey for each student, regardless of your school, whether you have applied to the Virtual Academy, whether you have a device or whether you need a device. (Pre-K students’ technology will be addressed separately by the Office of Early Learning.) This short survey will help us better understand the needs of our students and make sure that we are able to meet those needs. Although the district intends to provide a device for every student in the future, some families may choose to provide their own laptop at this time. If you choose to purchase and/or provide a laptop for your child, we recommend an up-to-date Chromebook, Windows 10, or Apple (laptop only). Mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, typically cannot provide an adequate experience for online learning. Please complete this survey no later than midnight on Wednesday, July 29.    
    • Remote Learning: Last week the school board decided to delay bringing students back to school under Plan B. All students will now begin the year with online instruction. Currently approximately 50% of Pine Hollow students are enrolled in the Virtual Academy at each grade level. Regardless of whether students are enrolled in the VA or Plan B, the school year begins on Monday, Aug. 17.
    • Virtual Academy Application Window: WCPSS is opening a second window for parents to apply for enrollment in the VA. The window will open at 12:01AM on Monday, July 27 and it will close at 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 29. Click here for more info regarding VA.
    • What Should I Do?: Practically speaking, Pine Hollow students will receive very similar instruction whether they are enrolled in the VA or Plan B unless/until students return to school for face-to-face instruction under Plan B. Parents who are struggling with whether or not they should enroll their child in the VA should ask themselves which is more important: ensuring their child receives remote instruction for the entire semester or school year (VA), or getting their child back onto the school campus as quickly as possible (Plan B). Any student who is not enrolled in the VA will automatically be under Plan B. But for now, all students will receive remote instruction until the school board decides it is safe for Plan B students to return to the building.
    • First 2 Weeks of School: WCPSS has announced the first two weeks of school for all students will focus on orientation, meet and greet opportunities, and distribution of supplies. More info specific to PHMS will be released as plans are finalized.
    • Daily Schedule: We are putting the finishing touches on our master schedule for the 2020-21 school year. There are a few more details to be ironed out before I can release it, but we are close. Once the master schedule is locked in, we then have to re-do every student’s schedule based on whether they are enrolled in the VA or Plan B. Some of our teachers will only teach students in the VA or only students in Plan B. Other teachers will teach students in VA and Plan B. For instance, we only have one band teacher, one chorus teacher and one art teacher, so those teachers will definitely be teaching students in VA and Plan B. We will release our master schedule and student schedules as soon as possible.
    • Office Hours: Pine Hollow’s office is open from 8-12 Tuesday mornings and 12-4 Thursday afternoons. Visitors are asked to please make an appointment if at all possible so that we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. We have been notified that this rule also applies to students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and/or distance learning. All 7th grade students must submit proof by September 18 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided.
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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  • Weekly Message for 7-19-20

    Posted by Andrew Livengood on 7/19/2020

    Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!! This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for July 19.

    • PHMS Communication: I recognize that many of you have lots and lots of questions regarding the upcoming school year and what it will “look like.” I too have many unanswered questions. Things change rapidly and it can be challenging to keep up with everything! I will do my very best to keep you updated via the weekly message and our school website as to how district-level decisions affect us at Pine Hollow. Regardless of whether your child is taking his/her classes via the Virtual Academy or with us under Plan B, Pine Hollow teachers and staff are ready to make the 2020-21 school year a great one! We look forward to seeing our Pilots soon.
    • District Communication: For the latest information from WCPSS, please check https://www.wcpss.net/returntocampus
    • Virtual Academy: Tomorrow (Monday, July 20) is the last day to apply to the WCPSS Virtual Academy. Click here for more information.
    • School Board Meeting: Late last week it was announced that the Board would be meeting on Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the planned reopening of schools under Plan B. Should the district decide to modify Plan B, another registration window for the Virtual Academy will be opened.
    • Student Schedules: Given the complexities of opening school with some students in the Virtual Academy and other students receiving a combination of face-to-face and remote learning, the majority of our students will have a change in their schedule from what is currently in Power School. Once we know how many students will be in the Virtual Academy this year, we can begin to assign students to teachers. For students not enrolled in the Virtual Academy, the district will be assigning students to three different groups based on who does/does not ride the bus and which students have siblings at another school in the district. All of this must be done before PH counselors can begin making the necessary adjustments to student schedules. Needless to say, this is a complicated and time-consuming process. Just as soon as we have student schedules completed, we will get them to families.    
    • 7th Grade Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines: By law all 7th grade students must provide proof of these immunizations within 30 days of the start of school or they must be excluded from school until proof is provided. This is not a Pine Hollow or WCPSS policy but a NC law. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption. We have been notified that this rule also applies to students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and/or distance learning. All 7th grade students must submit proof by September 18 or they will be excluded from school until such proof is provided.
    • Have a great week and remember, at Pine Hollow Middle School the sky is the limit!
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