PKMS 4.5.21 Newsletter

A Close Look At How We Did & Will Do Our Work

Attendance Matters Each Day

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Virtual Learning

Please be sure to log in and stay engaged in the lesson.

Families, please be sure to review your child's assignments and grades via our Parent Portal

Please email your child's teacher for follow-up questions or clarification

Remember, students log on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for Live Instruction - They are to keep cameras on while teachers are instructing and students are responding


Together We Are Stronger!

Our Commitment to Character theme is Theme of Friendship. To support this work, our weekly quote:

“A good friend remembers what we were and sees what we can be."

Our appreciate continues for your engaging learning environments, dedication, planning, collaboration, assessment of students, focus, and hard work.

Remember, to SMILE (Show My Infectious Lovable Energy) as it is the first thing students, families, and colleagues see.

Let's Keep These Thoughts in Mind:

  • Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
  • Gladden the heart of a child.
  • Always operate from a honest place.
  • Give a soft answer.
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We are very excited to have been awarded this grant - Our program continues until the middle of June - Thank you to the staff and community organizations for working and partnering with PKMS - This is a great opportunity

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Notes of Gratitude

    • Thank you to Katie, Emily, Jenna, and Student Government for their work during Say Something Week - Really impactful - Thank you staff for participating and showing your school and district spirit
    • Thank you, Renee Kearse for providing Flocabulary Professional Development
    • Thank you Hillcrest's Grade Five Students, Families, and Staff for tuning in to our Middle School Informational Meet & Greet - Thank you, Mr. Litchenwalner, Dr. O'Grady, Ms. Simon, Laura Belfiore, and Doug Brown for organizing and supporting this event
    • Thank you to our Empire Grant After School Staff for another week of enrichment
    • Thank you to everyone for your dedication, collaborative energy and spirit and for students trying their best to perform well - Thank you for your continuous outreach
    • Thank you to our clinical team for their consistent family outreach, staff support, and collaboration

    • Thank you to our custodial team, led by Tim, for sanitizing our building and maintaining the cleanliness
    • Thank you to Chemay, Merriweather, Nigel, and Officer Greenan for keeping us safe
    • Thank you to Parketha and her team for providing our students and families with daily nourishment
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    What does the data say - NYS Exams & Unit Exams

      • All In-Person Students Sitting for the Exam

        • ELA - April 20 - Book I - Grades 6 - 8

        • Math - May 4 - Book I - Grades 6 - 8

        • Students sitting for exam report at 8:45AM

        • We will utilize the 2-Hour Delay Schedule so that classes begin at 11AM instead of 9AM

      • All Virtual Students Sitting for the Exam

        • ELA - April 21 - Book I - Virtual Students Grades 6 - 8

        • Math - May 5 - Book I - Grades 6 - 8

    • All In-Person Students not sitting for the exam will report to school at 11AM to begin their day of learning

    • All Virtual Students will log in their Period 1 class beginning at 11AM to start their day of learning

    • From 11AM on, our Two-Hour Delay Schedule will be followed on Testing Days

    Unit Assessments

    • Please ensure that you are administering them with students supports built in
    • Analyze Student Performance
    • Share Students Performance with your Grade Content Colleague
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    Collaborative & Department Work

    "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie

    • Please review Wednesday's Schedule for Professional Development Opportunities, Grade-Level and Department Meetings, and Office Hours

    • Department Meetings

      • First and Third Wednesdays as a Whole Department

      • Second and Fourth Wednesday with your Grade Content Colleague

        • Content Grade Colleague Meetings
          • 2nd and 4th Wednesday
            • ELA, ENL, and Science Invites to Ms. Simon
            • Math and SS Invites to Mr. Lewis
            • LOTE, Spec Ed, and Encore Invites to Dr. Campolongo

    • Grade-Level Meeting

      • April 7 - Full Grade Meeting at specified times - How's it going with In-Person and Virtual Attendance

    • Faculty Meeting

      • April 14 - NYS 2021 CBT Exam Update and Reminders for All Staff


    Plan for CRE Work/Restorative PD for all Secondary

    Dates: April 14, 28, May 12, May 26, June 9

    Time: 9:00AM - 10:30AM - 90 minute PD segments

    Plan for CRE Work/Restorative PD for all Secondary

    • Dates: April 14, 28, May 12, May 26, June 9
    • Time: 9:00AM - 10:30AM - 90 minute PD segments
      • Group 1 Grade 6 Teams (10), Art (2) Health (1), Guidance (3), ENL (3), Special Ed (3), Admin (1) , Life Skills (1)
      • Group 2 Grade 7 Teams (10) Stem/Tech (2), PE/Dance (4), Clinical (3), Special Ed (2) Admin (1) Theater (1)
      • Group 3 Grade 8 Teams (10) Music (4) Dream (4), Librarian (1), Reading (2), Special Ed (2) Admin (1)

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    Arts Live Here

    • Exploring Soundtrap
    • Finishing Shading Forms and Painting a Palette and Paintbrush Stand
    • Recalling music performance and music theory terms
    • Listening to identifying musical aspects for playing, defining sightreading/continuing reading and applying concepts
    • Recording themselves playing their instruments
    • Preparing for Spring concert
    • Designing Cartoon Character and 3D Names
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    a health-conscious mind & body

    Health & Physical Education:
    • Discussing the concept of the day (Flexibility)
    • Utilizing gross motor coordination, endurance, flexibility, and strength
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    a humanities lens

    Social Studies:
    • Explaining Major Events of The 1920s
    • Reading about the musicians, artists, and authors of the Harlem Renaissance
    • Understanding the significance of the major supreme court decisions and evolution of political parties in the US
    • Learning the importance of the Silk Road and the different goods, animals, and ideas that were spread along this trade route
    • Discussing why The Great Wall of China was built and will critique the job that Qin Shi Huangdi did as emperor while building the wall

    English Language Arts:

    • Making connections between Author's Purpose & Author's Perspective

    • Analyze and discuss how to back up Ideas about Characters with Evidence

    Language Other Than English:

    • Using reading, writing, listening and speaking about the streets in our community.

    • Learning new vocabulary words and the use of the preterite vs. the imperfect tenses with regular/irregular verbs

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    stem is just the beginning

    STEM & Technology: May 27 -STEAM Fair @6:30PM Live Stream
    • Using Angles and Coordinates to correctly update the properties of a sprite

    • Using Loops in their Code to Simplify their program and break down large problems into smaller objectives

    • Using live video with special effects and gestures to interact with virtual game elements
    • Using a structured process to create their own digital scene using code
    • Creating Apps with multiple screens using Design Mode

    • Learning to apply transparency and mirroring effects to the camera feed


      • Angle Relationships: Sum of Interior Angles Theorem of Triangles
      • Equations and Inequalities: Solving Two-Step Inequalities including Distribution

      • Using the Distributive Property to Solve Equations

      • Dividing decimals and solve problems involving division of decimals


      • Discussing Body Systems
      • Exploring Energy & Matter
      • Modeling a Geologic Process


      For more information or if you, or someone you know, has a family member living with addiction please reach out to your Student Assistance Counselor:

      Ms. Geider -

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      Margaret's Place

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      The Margaret’s Place program at PKMS delivers school-based intervention and prevention services to children exposed to violence and trauma, facilitates school-wide violence awareness campaigns, and provides training to staff and families on these issues. Margaret’s Place is administered by WJCS in partnership with The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.

      Maura Rawlins- Program Coordinator/Social Worker
      914-737-4542 Ext. 2551

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      Important Dates

      • March 22 - Holocaust Guest Speaker will be Zooming with 6th grade
      • March 24 - Hillcrest-Middle School Family Meeting and Program Presentation - Live Streaming at 6:30PM
      • Early April - Grade 8 Family Meeting and Presentation on High School Transition cifics
      • May - Jewish American Heritage Month
      • May - Asian Pacific Heritage Month
      • May 13 - PKMS Spring Concert
      • May 17 - 26 - Honors 8 Placement Assessment
      • May 27 -STEAM Fair @6:30PM Live Stream
      • June - LGBTQ Month
      • June 1 - 4 - Honors 8 Placement Scoring
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      Some Reminders

      • Take attendance for each of your instructional periods
      • Ensure 504 and IEP Plans are being supported
      • Ensure grade content colleague planning - reflecting Rubicon Atlas
      • Ensure Gradebook and Teacher Webpage/Google Classroom reflect current information and assignments
      • Communicate with families and maintain that communication in PLP
      • Data Driven Instruction Model
        • Always Ask: Have They Learned? How Do You Know?
        • Training One Another
        • Discussing Student Performance Information
        • Designing Tiered Instruction
        • Reflecting on Daily Practice
        • Reviewing Assessments from All Content Areas (Formative, Summative, Interim)
        • Discussing Progress Monitoring Efforts
        • Pacing through Rubicon Atlas
      • Lesson Plans Should Be Designed with the following in Mind
        • Questions Posed - What is the level
        • Tiered Instruction
        • Guided Instruction
        • Driven By Data
        • Clear and Articulated Assessment Throughout (assessments must contain spiraling back questions)
        • Groupings (Fluid)
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      We thank you for your work in excellence and collaboration! Have a great day and take some time for YOU.