Weekly Message for 7-16-23

Posted by Justin Carrington on 7/16/2023


Hello Pine Hollow Middle School community. This is your principal, Dr. Carrington, with the weekly family message for the week of July 16, 2023!


First Week of School

This past week, we successfully completed our first week of school with students on Tracks 1 and 3. Thank you so much for your patience and support last week. I am happy to report that everything went incredibly smoothly for students and staff, and that—in large part—is because of the support that you provide, so thanks again!


Meet the Teacher for Tracks 1 & 3 on 7/19

We are excited to welcome parents, guardians, and other home adults to our Meet the Teacher event for Track 1 and 3 families this Wednesday (July 19, 2023) from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Here, you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to purchase spirit wear from PTSA. While this event is an opportunity to meet teachers and learn more about their classes, please remember it is NOT intended to be a time for individual parent-teacher conferences.


We will hold Meet the Teacher for Track 4 families on Thursday, August 3 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.


Grade Level Support

As we begin to get into our groove, I wanted to share important contact information for administrators and counselors. For some of you, this will be a review, but we wanted to make sure that everyone had access to this information.


To support students and families, each grade level is assigned an assistant principal and a school counselor. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your student’s grade level assistant principal or counselor. Contact information is below for each individual. In cases in which there is a specific question or concern about an individual class, the initial contact should be with that specific course teacher.



Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Assistant Principal


Dr. Christopher Longo 


Mrs. Starr Richey

Ms. Pamela Johannes


School Counselor

Mr. Jack Martin


Mr. Graham Brown


(**Starting in August)

Mrs. Lisa Haunsperger



Join the PTSA

Throughout the year, the PHMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports our school in so many different ways, providing our students and staff with access to many things including, but not limited to, additional technology tools, field trip grants, teacher grants, staff appreciation lunches, and so much more.


If you are looking for a way to support our staff and students and you are able to do so, we invite you to join the Pine Hollow PTSA for as little as $10-$15. For additional information about our PTSA, please view their webpage on our school site.


Parent Library Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering in the Pine Hollow Library? If you enjoy shelving library books, please contact Ms. Ziller (kziller@wcpss.net).


Athletics Update

Welcome to a new year and season of Pine Hollow Athletics. To stay up to date, please follow our Athletic Director (Mr. Adams) on Instagram (PineHollow16) or Twitter (@PineHollowAD).


Important Dates:

  • July 25 (6:00 pm):  Fall Sports Kick-off Meeting for Football, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball and Cheer. There is a General Information Meeting with Breakout sessions with our Fall Coaches. 
  • August 22: Paperwork must be in Dragonfly and approved by the Athletic Director. If there are issues, please let Mr. Adams know well in advance. 
  • September 5: Tryouts Begin for Football, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball and Cheer


Eligibility Requirements:

As a reminder, to be eligible for fall sports, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and…

  • Have been promoted to this grade;
  • Have passed 3 out of 4 core classes from the 2nd semester of the previous school year;
  • Have attended 85% of their classes from the 2nd semester of the previous school year; and
  • Not be 15 years old before August 31, 2023.


Link to Athletic Website - https://wakecountyathleticzone.com/pine-hollow/  - To get to Dragonfly, please visit this site and click on registration.


Conditioning/Skills Workouts will begin soon for football and cheer. Students must be academically eligible and approved by the AD in DragonFly to participate.

  • Football (July 24-27 from 3:15 - 5:00 pm):  Workouts will be in the gym so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle.  Rides can pick up students in the carpool loop behind the school at 5:00 pm. Coach Newby’s email is bnewby@wcpss.net.

  • Cheer (July 24 and 26 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm): Workouts will be in the auditorium. Please dress accordingly and bring a water bottle.  Rides can pick up students in the carpool loop behind the school. Coach Sellers’ email is carliesellers15@gmail.com