September 2015

Plainfield Community Middle School

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School is in full swing and both students and staff had an eventful September. Between remembering September 11th, athletic events, Pro-Kindness Week, club meetings and more, students kept busy here at PCMS.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy this edition of The Red Pride Review.




6th grade: Navneet Benipal and Steven Sullivan

7th grade: Grace Blacketer and Aiden Moyers

8th grade: Myka Williams and Nathan Dalton

First Row: Grace Blacketer, Navneet Benipal, Myka Williams
Second Row: Aiden Moyers, Nathan Dalton, Steven Sullivan

Value of The Month: Truth & Respect For Laws & Rules

The Value of The Month Winner is: Jeff Gowen! Jeff best exemplifies this value because he is an amazing young man who shows his leadership skills through his actions. On a daily basis, I can trust that Jeff will lead others by following the rules that have been set and making sure that he is true to himself and those around him. He leads by example and does not have a problem helping others stay on the right course. Jeff is a blessing to have in class because he knows the difference between right and wrong and makes his decisions based on what should happen, not just on what makes his life easier. He doesn't always pick the easy way out and his peers see that in him. When he is placed into situations that have some students faltering, Jeff stays true to himself and always comes out on top. For these reasons, it is my pleasure to nominate Jeff Gowen for Value of the Month.
~Music Department


Pro-Kindness Week at PCMS

PCMS kicked off our year-long kindness theme with Pro-Kindness Week. Former professional wrestler and WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero visited and spoke with students about multiple topics, including peer pressure, substance abuse, and bullying. Students were also encouraged to participate in dress-up days through the week. The theme was different for each day and the schedule was:

Monday: Orange is the adopted color for anti-bullying. Wear orange clothing to show your support for treating others with kindness!

Tuesday: “Pair up for Kindness!” Twin Day - find a partner and dress alike as twins.

Wednesday: “All Decked Out for Kindness” Choose your favorite decade and dress up in clothes from that decade.

Thursday: “Nothing Beats Kindness” Wear your favorite team or sports apparel.

Friday: “Random Acts of Kindness” Dress up in mismatching and random clothes.

Thursday the students had a pep rally in the commons where the band played, the choir sang, the cheerleaders performed and the Quaker man even made an appearance.

Remembering 9-11

Most of our middle school students were born in the "Post 9-11" world. What many don't understand is the world around them was largely shaped by those events back in 2001. To keep 9-11 a day of remembrance, I felt like we needed to do something at PCMS. With the newly formed Social Studies Club, I saw an opportunity to make the day something special. To continue our fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project, we made 9-11-15 "Patriot Day." Students were encouraged to wear their patriotic spirit wear and make a monetary donation to their 1st period teachers. PCMS raised $590 that will be donated and we will continue to raise funds for the WWP this winter with "The Battle of the Beards." Things are going to be getting pretty hairy at PCMS, but it's going to be for a great cause!

-Luke Johnson

7th/8th Grade Social Studies/Dept. Chair

Social Studies Club Director

Students made signs for Patriot Day.

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8th Grade Science Day

The 8th grade class got to spend a beautiful day at Hummel Park for their annual Science Day! In addition to some kickball the students also participated in a variety of team-building activities and science stations. Students raced on trolley-boards and worked a hula hoop around their circle while holding hands. The science stations included an experiment showing chemical changes where students mixed calcium chloride with baking soda and then added cabbage juice. After the cabbage juice was added it turned the original mixture a different color as well as changed the temperature and produced a gas. Students also experimented with small and large rockets to see which would travel further. Finally, a station where students mixed corn starch and water was a favorite as they got a little messy with their "oobleck".


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Girls & Boys Tennis

Girls Golf

Football & Cheerleaders

Cross Country

Boys Soccer

Girls Soccer



7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball - OPEN GYM

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Boys:

These open gyms will be for all boys that are interested in trying out for the PCMS school teams this fall, and work on improving their overall basketball skills, fundamentals, & conditioning.

10/1 - Thursday - 7-8:15pm Shooting fundamentals

10/2 - Friday - 7:15am - 8th Grade Basketball Call-Out Meeting

10/6 - Tuesday 7-8:15pm Ball handling & Fundamental work

10/8 - Thursday 7-8:15pm Shooting fundamentals

10/12-10/16 Fall Break

10/19-10/21 8th Grade Team Try-Outs


Community News

Domestic Violence: A Community Forum

On Monday October 12 Sheltering Wings will be offering a community forum on Domestic Violence. The forum will be held at Avon Town Hall at 6:30-8:00pm. This event is to share information regarding domestic violence as well as understand "how domestic violence affects our community".
Sheltering Wings invites you to the 5th Quarter Bonfire after the game on October 2nd! Come for food and entertainment at the Nehemiah Ranch in Avon.


A Note From Our Nurse:

We are in the swing of the 2015-2016 school year. I hope that you and your student have settled in and are having a good year. Here are a few points of interest that you may or may not be aware of.

  1. If your student has a medical condition or something develops during the school year and you aren’t sure if I am aware, please contact me by phone (317-838-3950) or by email ( Plainfield Middle School does our best to accommodate everyone.

  2. I will contact a parent to get permission each time I give a student medication from our school supply (Tylenol or Ibuprofen). If you prefer, you may provide that medication in the original container with a note from a parent. Your child may then come for the medication whenever they wish. You would not receive notification that they are taking it.

  3. The required immunizations for incoming 6th graders are the Tdap (Tetanus & Pertussis) and the MCV4 (Meningococcal). When your student gets ANY new vaccines, please send documentation in so that the records can be updated. All immunization records must be in by is October 1, 2015, to avoid being excluded from school.

  4. If you are unable to afford necessary medical supplies (including eyeglasses), please let me know and I will try to find assistance.

  5. Please notify the guidance secretary any time that contact numbers change. We need accurate numbers to reach you in case of an emergency.

A big thank you to the following:

Great Clips at Meijer for their generous donations.

-Sara Wallon