Weekly Message for 4-19-20

Posted by Andrew Livengood on 4/19/2020

Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Andrew Livengood, with the weekly message for April 19.


  • Digital Learning: At this point all students should now be engaging in online learning. Teachers are using a combination of pre-recorded lessons, assigned readings, Google Meet, office hours, etc. to keep all of our Pilots actively engaged in the learning process. If you or your student have any questions regarding the structure or format for this new way of teaching/learning, please email the teacher and they will be glad to assist. Please note, each teacher has daily office hours in order to help students and answer questions. If you are unsure exactly how your student’s teachers are teaching remotely, please start with his/her webpage. If you are unable to get in touch with a specific teacher, feel free to email me and I can help connect you with the teacher.
  • Instructional Packets: WCPSS has also provided this document with links to grade-level instructional packets. If your family is unable to access remote learning due to technology or internet access issues, we can print a copy of the packet and mail it to you. If you are interested in this option, please contact your child’s teacher.
  • Access to Remote Learing: A number of Chromebooks were distributed to PH families who needed one on Monday, April 6. We will be doing a second distribution soon. If you have not already done so, please contact a teacher ASAP if your student needs a device and/or an internet hotspot. WCPSS has ordered over 10,000 hotspots and we are expecting to receive ours soon. Once I have more information regarding how/when these will be distributed to families, we will communicate directly with families who have expressed a need.
  • Coronavirus Information: Visit wcpss.net/coronavirus for the latest information from WCPSS. Another helpful link regarding WCPSS Remote Learning Resources is available at: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/instructional-continuity-wcpss/home.
  • Elective Registration: We have added information to our school website to help students register from home for next year’s classes. Please try your best to enter your student’s elective choices for next year by the end of this week. After the 24th, counselors will reach out to students individually. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.
  • Field Trip Refunds:
    • Teachers who had a field trip cancelled emailed a Google Form to parents. Most parents have filled that out, but we are still missing a few. If you have not filled out a Google Form regarding a cancelled field trip and how/if you wish to be refunded, please do so ASAP.
    • Refund checks for the cancelled band trip to Williamsburg have been cut. Parents should get their check in the mail by the end of this week.
    • For the 8th grade DC field trip, we are cutting checks starting this week. There are a lot of them to write but we are working hard to get them to you asap. Each family will receive $350 (88%) per paid traveler which is more than the 80% we were originally told to expect.
    • We are still trying to get a response from the bus company regarding the Richmond, VA 7th grade trip. The company is closed until May and not responding to phone calls or email; therefore, we are unable to issue any refunds right now for that trip. I will share more information as soon as we hear from the bus company.
  • National Junior Honor Society: All 7th grade students may apply for membership in the Pine Hollow Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society who have a cumulative GPA of a 3.8 on a scale of 4.0 and have attended PHMS for one full semester. The due date for application packets will be after we return to school. Do not worry about that right now! Contact Mrs. Price if you have questions: kprice4@wcpss.net. The induction ceremony is currently scheduled for June 2 at 6PM in the auditorium.
  • Yearbooks: We currently have 90 yearbooks still available for purchase. The price is $50 and can be ordered online http://www.strawbridge.net/Our school code is YB112059.
  • From the PTSA:
  • Have a great week of virtual learning and remember to wash your hands often, cover your mouth/nose when you cough, and maintain social distancing. I miss you all and hope to see you again soon. Don’t forget: even in the midst of a quarantine, at Pine Hollow Middle School, the sky is the limit!