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6/22/2020

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Last Day of School


Re: Last day of school


Tiger Nation,

As we wrap up the 2019-20 school year, we thank you for your partnership and support. More importantly, we thank you for sharing your student(s) with us. Together, we transitioned Plaza Middle School into a comprehensive 6-8 middle school. Each year we will build on the foundation you helped create.


I have one ongoing homework assignment for all of the parents/guardians. Please continue to tell your son/daughter to BE YOU...because you are AWESOME! In each of us, there is something awesome worth celebrating.


If you still have a laptop and/or library book, please call the front office to bring these back to school. (816) 359-4210. You can also still pick up your students locker belongings as well.


Have a great weekend!


Take care,

Dr. Wright

Remember, each and every day to be you...because you are awesome.

END OF YEAR GRADES

Tiger Nation,

I hope this finds you healthy, happy and ready to enjoy your summer.


Teachers grades are now finalized. Grade cards were mailed to your home, please call the front office if you did not receive your students grade card (816) 359-4210.


Finally, many of our families have inquired regarding the status of purchased yearbooks. I will be in touch when we receive updated information on the arrival of yearbooks.


Take care,

Dr. Tressa Wright

Remember, each and every day to be you...because you are awesome.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ORDER YOUR '19-'20 YEARBOOK!

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We have less than 100 yearbooks left! Be sure to get your yearbook at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=42070

SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP

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FREE MEALS FOR ALL AREA KIDS THROUGH JUNE 30

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HEALTH ROOM NEWS

Hello Plaza Families!

This message is for incoming 8th graders for 2020-2021 school year:

This is just a friendly reminder that we need updated immunizations that include (TDap and Meningicoccal) before school starts. If we do not have immunizations updated, unfortunately your student will not be able to start school until immunizations are compliant. Feel free to send immunization records to my email at BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

Thanks in advance and remember:

TO BE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME!

Miechele Berkley, RN

phone: 816-359-4214

fax: 816-359-4219

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we are nearing the end of one school year, I want to help you prepare for the next school year. A physician must fill out all Food Allergy Action Plans each school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you need a copy of our Food Allergy Action Plan, please let me know. It has been my pleasure taking care of your student’s health needs while at Plaza Middle School. Please stay healthy and safe J

Warmest Regards,

Miechele Berkley, RN

Plaza Middle School

816-359-4214

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Prepping for your drop off/pick up day and time next week:

  • All returning Middle School students should keep their charger, stylus and laptop sleeve.
  • Eighth graders attending summer school should also keep their laptop.

END OF YEAR DROP OFF AND PICK UP PLAN

Plaza’s drop off/pick up process is planned for May 26-May 29, 2020. The Sign up genius links have now been taken down. If you need to be scheduled for a pick up time, please call (816) 359-4210.

END OF YEAR RETURNING AND PICKING UP OF STUDENT BELONGINGS

As we close out the school year, I first want to thank you for your understanding and your grace during these uncertain times. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but I have never been more proud to be a part of our Tiger Nation family. Please read through this message carefully as it contains important instructions for returning school property and picking up any student items remaining at school.


Yearbooks: Unfortunately, the yearbooks will not be available when we have our student belonging distribution. Because production has stopped, we will most likely not receive the yearbooks until the summer. We will share our distribution plan when they arrive. Stay tuned.


Band/Orchestra: 7th and 8th grade band and orchestra students (currently using school-owned instruments):

  • If you’re signed up for band/orchestra next year, and your instrument is working fine, just keep it for the summer.

  • If you’re signed up for band/orchestra next year, but you have a problem with your instrument, return it to the school during your drop off/pick up time with the rest of your school items.

  • If you’re NOT signed up for band/orchestra next year, return your instrument to the school during your drop off/pick up time with the rest of your school items.

  • Contact your band or orchestra teacher with questions.



As we cleaned out locker room lockers, we found several items that were not in assigned lockers. If you believe you are missing an item, please email Stephanie Claunch at ClaunchS@parkhill.k12.mo.us. We will do our best to find the missing item.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to collect and return items as quickly and safely as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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NUTRITION SERVICES NEWS

Nutrition Services will continue to provide FREE lunch and breakfast daily to all currently enrolled district students who want to participate.


  • Will begin May 26th and continue through June 30th.
  • We will continue to offer a hot lunch and cold breakfast Monday through Friday for pick up from 11am to 1pm.
  • Serving sites:
    • Walden
    • Graden
    • Congress
    • Tiffany Ridge
  • We are discontinuing meals at Chinn, Hopewell, Line Creek and Lakeview after Friday, May 22nd.

Quarter 4 Grades

Teachers will be finalizing grades next week. Once grades are final, we will send communication to parents. We encourage students and parents to review grades in Infinite Campus.


As noted in the Distance Learning district communication, we know this is a challenging time, so in order to provide grace for students, we have a grade appeal process. Please note that an important factor in an appeal is whether a student did their best to engage in learning this quarter. The appeal process form will be shared in the May 29 parent communication.


Final report cards will be mailed on June 10 with math placement letters for 20-21 Plaza students.

PBIS RAFFLE WINNERS

Congratulations to the following students who won gift cards through a raffle with their PBIS points!:


AMC: Mason Collins -Novas

Main Event: Abraham King-Ahmed - Champions

Zona Rosa: Om Patel - Heroes

Target: Lilly Eubanks – Novas

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ONLINE VERIFICATION AND RESIDENCY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Online verification and residency for the 20-21 school year is now open! Fill out your online form today through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal or the Campus Parent app. Simply sign in, select More, then click the Online Verification and Residency link to get started. Find more information about how to complete this process on the district website under Parent Resources > Online Verification and Residency. Please note – we are not currently accepting in-person documents at our district buildings. If you are unable to upload your documents to the online form, you may bring them in-person once buildings reopen.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Teacher Appreciation week is May 4th - 8th. It may look different this year, but we would love your help in recognizing our teachers and teachers assistants! Happy Teacher Appreciation week Plaza Teachers and Staff!

DROP OFF OF SCHOOL ITEMS AND PICK UP OF LOCKER CONTENTS

By Monday, May 18, we will send out information to Plaza families regarding drop off of school items and pick up of locker contents. We hope to begin this process on Tuesday, May 26, but must include social distancing precautions.


We will use a Sign-Up Genius to have parents sign up for a time slot to help manage the drop off/pick up process. We will have plenty of time slots to fit your needs, including day and evening time slots. Once our plan is finalized, we will share all of the specifics.

WEDNESDAYS MOVING FORWARD

To help students finish the year strong, even in distance learning, we will use the remaining Wednesdays of the semester to provide support. This could mean help for students who are behind, a class video chat about learning from the previous day, counselor lessons for social-emotional learning, small-group meetings with teachers, or time for study or review. Teachers will not introduce anything new on Wednesdays, and students will still check Schoology and follow directions for support on these days.

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Congrats to our very own 7th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Hannah Davis on winning the Howard Gadberry Award from Science City at Union Station! Hannah received the award because of her joy of discovery and the way she shares her passion for science with students, who she leads in competing in Science City’s Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.

MAIL

Parents, please be sure to have your students check the mail, they will be receiving mail from teachers or Plaza soon!

BULLY PREVENTION BOOKMARK CONTEST WINNERS

Congrats to our Bully Prevention Bookmark contest winners!

SOCIAL SERVICES NEWS

According to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, all students enrolled may receive FREE meals regardless of the ability to pay. We can assure you, you ARE NOT taking away from other students in need.​

Distribution times are from 11-1 Monday through Friday.

If you are in need of student meals, are not accessing meals due to lack of transportation and are interested in delivery, please email Ashley Shroyer at shroyera@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

Here is next week's meal plan.

https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_62416/File/20-21/Meals_April-13-17.pdf​​

Please visit and like Park Hill Family Resources page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Park-Hill-Family-Resources-317326975657053/


Are you recently unemployed due to COVID-19?

You can visit this website for updated information and instructions on how to file for unemployment in Missouri: https://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus#mini-panel-coronavirus-tabs2

For updated and local health information on COVID-19 you can visit the Platte County Health Department’s website.

https://www.plattecountyhealthdept.com/


Have you lost your job and are now in need of food and financial assistance?

"Every Missourian must have access to food and the Department of Social Services has taken these actions so that low-income individuals and families have what they need to make it through this critical time," said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services. "Our most vulnerable citizens in Missouri must have essential needs met to ensure they can cope with the impact of COVID-19."

Any low-income individual or family who are now in need of Food Stamp or other benefits should reach out to the Family Support Division for help. Missourians can apply for services 24/7 online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov, or sending completed applications and verification documents by email to FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov, or by fax to 573-526-9400. Missourians can also apply for Family Medicaid over the phone by calling 1-855-373-9994 during business hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


See list of local food pantries on our Park Hill link.


Does your family have WIFI?

Spectrum is offering any household with Pre-K-12 or college students needing remote education

- Two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with Pre-K to 12 or college students who need remote education

- This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services

- Spectrum will waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started

- You can qualify for this offer if you:

o Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs

o Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days

- Call 1-855-243-8892 to sign up for this offer.

Or you can contact the Help Desk at District office at 359-5000 to set up an appointment to pick up a Hot Spot.


Need extra food?

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Pantry at is open

Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-12.

5409 NW 72nd Street

Kansas City MO 64151

Or check out the other local food pantries HERE (attached)

*If you are in need of other community resources or assistance, visit 211kc.org or dial 211 (United Way) or please contact Mrs. Shroyer, Plaza School Social Worker, for other needs, resources or assistance. Her contact info is shroyera@parkhill.k12.mo.us or 816-659-2354.

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

We are happy to offer you access to the Cameron’s Collection of mental health ebook resources. You can access them from the link below and using the password parkhill.


GALE E-Book Website link

ADDITIONAL FOOD RESOURCES

  • Date and Time: Saturday, May 9th, from 9:00 am till food is gone - or 1:00pm.
  • Location: Northland Cathedral - 101 NW 99th Street, Kansas City, MO
  • Process: No-contact distribution - participants will receive the food items while remaining in their car.
  • Recipient Criteria: While our desire is to help provide for children in our area, our purpose is to simply give food to any in need. We will not ask for proof of residency, or proof of need.
  • Directions: From Hwy 152 take the N. Oak Trafficway exit and go north to 99th St. turn left, and follow the directions. (For this event entry can only be gained by way of our N. Oak entrance.)

FREE AUDIBLE STORIES

Amazon has canceled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

2020 Summer Library Program

Imagine Your Story
May 26–July 31

This summer, students can dream about the future as they participate in active skill-building and critical thinking, and keep their minds engaged while they are away from the classroom.

We hope you will share this information with students and parents!

How it Works

Kids and teens can earn up to 1,000 points that can be redeemed for free books and qualify for prizes by doing any combination of the following:

  • READING! (10 points per book or 1 point per minute read)
  • Taking part in virtual programs on MCPL’s Facebook pages
  • Completing fun, age-appropriate activities at home

Adults can participate by modeling good reading behavior and earn prizes, too!

Learn more and register at mymcpl.org/Dream.

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3/23/20, Day 1 Distance Learning

Tiger Nation,

Day 1 of Distance Learning is in the books. I can't tell you how proud I am of the Plaza staff. We started our day together in a Zoom conference. It was so great to 'see' them. Our admin team spent time today exploring all the great communication and learning our staff have set up for our students. I am blown away!!


Couple building updates:

  1. While the OFFICE will be open this week from 9-3, NO access will be allowed without an appt. Please call the front office to schedule an appt.
  2. Food- Plaza is a food distribution site. We received great news today- the food pick up is for all students regardless of their lunch status. Please take advantage of this opportunity- it gives us a chance to see your smiling face even if only for moment.


I had a staff member share with me today that she wishes we would call the social distancing request-physical distancing- because we still want to be social but at a safe distance. I couldn't agree more. We are walking with you in the journey. We encourage you to stay in contact and reach out if you need anything.


Tiger Nation Strong!!

Take care,

Dr. Tressa Wright


Remember to be YOU...because YOU are AWESOME!!


The Park Hill District website (link) continues to provide updated information.

3/23/20 Plaza Tigers DL Day 1

WARRIORS TEAM

Warriors Team had a great time connecting for the first day of Distance Learning!
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3/24/20, Day 2 Distance Learning

Tiger Nation,

Day 2 is in the books. Yet another great day of virtual connections with our staff and students. I checked in with several teams today. It sounds like we have about 98% of students who logged in and engaged in our Distance Learning. Teams will be reaching out to the students and parents of our students who haven't connected yet.


As we've said before, this is an ever-changing situation. From my morning post to my afternoon post we have a few updates:


1. Wednesday, March 25 will be the final day for parents to schedule an appointment to pick up any items from the building. NO access will be allowed without an appt. Please call the front office to schedule an appt.

2. After March 25 all front office staff and Admin will work remotely from home. All front office calls will be forwarded to the cell phone of the appropriate front office staff.

3. Plaza is a food distribution site. Food distribution is available for FREE for all Park Hill students. 11-1 pm daily.


Again, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out.

Tiger Nation Strong!!

Take care,

Dr. Tressa Wright


Remember to be YOU...because YOU are AWESOME!!


The Park Hill District website (link) continues to provide updated information.

3/24/20 Plaza Tigers - DL day 2

3/25/20, Day 3 Distance Learning

Tiger Nation,

Day 3 is now in the books. Today was the last day for building access until we return to school. Huge thanks to Mrs. Daniel and Mrs. McSparin for all of their help today at the building.


Today was the beginning of remote work for me. I now understand the fine balancing act it takes to work remotely and to monitor the Distance Learning of my own teens. One thing we've added to our daily routine is a journaling time. Before my teens leave the table, they are writing 5 sentences of their choice. Yes, write...no computers, no phones, hand-written entries in a good ole' fashion spiral notebook. No, this was not their choice but something we are asked them to do. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.



Technology assistance will be available at the district’s tech helpline (816) 359-5000.



The Park Hill District website (link) continues to provide updated information.



Tiger Nation Strong!!

Take care,

Dr. Tressa Wright


Remember to be YOU...because YOU are AWESOME!!

3-25-20 Plaza Tigers DL Day 3

3/26/20, Day 4 Distance Learning

“Today is a great day of distance learning at my house! My three kids wanted to learn to play an instrument, so now my 6, 4, and 2 year old are walking around our house with recorders. Wish us luck!" - Mrs. McSparin

Plaza Middle School Distance Learning Day 4

3/27/20, Distance Learning- End of week 1

What a week and "another milestone" for Plaza Middle School! A full week of online teaching and learning for our students and staff = SUCCESS Many teachers, teams, and also faculty members had virtual meetings to stay connected while maintaining our "social distancing". Our student broadcasters also managed today's morning announcements (link).

Plaza Tiger Announcements march 27th

3/27/20, Distance Learning- End of week 1-JOKE OF THE WEEK

3-27-20 Plaza Tigers DL Day 5 Joke of the week

3/30/20, Day 6 Distance Learning

Tiger Nation,

As we begin week 2 of Distance Learning, today I had the opportunity to Zoom, Google Hangout, & Go to Meet to stay connected with our staff. It fills my heart to see all the wonderful work our staff is doing to stay connected to our students. Remember, as we continue on this journey- WE'VE GOT YOU!! Thank you for your continued support. Please reach out if you need anything. #tigernationstrong #strongertogether

Take care,

Dr. Wright

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3-31-20 DAY 7 OF DISTANCE LEARNING MORNING GREETING

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3/31/20, UPDATE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 7

We continue with established routines as well as we can during this distance learning time! Today, we talked about fire drills over our morning announcements and even “hosted” one on-site and virtually. We were all clear at Plaza with only one goose and Mrs. Daniel at our evacuation “site command” location.

4/2/20, UPDATE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 8:

Tiger Nation,

Hope everyone had a chance to get outside for a bit today. We missed our video greeting today-our apologies. Today was a tough tech day. Schoology was not our friend. The platform is being used nationwide and is seeing a huge increase in users-specifically during mid-morning hours. Just know our teachers are working hard to stay connected with our Tigers. District technology will continue to send email communication if there is an issue with Schoology, so be sure to continue to check your email. Tomorrow is a new day! #tigernationstrong #strongertogether

Take care,

Dr. Wright

New! Distance Learning Day 8 Announcements

April 1 announcements

Distance Learning Day 9

Today is going to be another great day! Take some time to get outside and enjoy fresh air!


Mrs. McSparin

Plaza Announcement 4/2

4-3-20 Day 10 Distance Learning

Student Announcements & Teachers Staying Connected
Plaza Broadcast April 3rd, 2019-2020
4-6-20 DL Day 11
Week 3 Day 12 DL

Distance Learning Day 12 recap

Today was a day full of planning for next year at our building! From school picture day scheduling to looking for football coaches, we even accomplished recommending a couple of new teachers for hire. We also worked on sorting through student course requests and will be mailing out AVID acceptance letters later this week.

April 8th Announcements
Day 14 Distance Learning

Distance Learning Day 14

It will be cooler than yesterday but it will still be beautiful out! Take some time to get some fresh air!

Tiger Nation,

We have successfully completed week #3 of Distance Learning. I hope this Pride finds you happy and healthy.


With Thursday’s announcement related to Distance Learning we know there are lots questions to answer and decision to be made. While we may not know all the details today, we do know we have a school year to finish strong for our Tigers. I will provide new information as it becomes available.


As we navigate these uncharted waters just know your Plaza team is here. If you need us, please reach out to us. Stay safe, stay connected & remember to be you….because….well, you know the rest.


Have a great weekend!!

Dr. Wright

Plaza Broadcast April 10th, 2019-2020

DAY 16 OF DISTANCE LEARNING

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Week 4 DL 17

Distance Learning Day 17 review

Week 4, distance learning day #17: Today brought a visit from Dr. Wright to our new Plaza Collaborative Learning space which has been “under construction” for the past few months. Our building contracting crew is putting on the “finishing” touches for this new space for us to utilize with teams soon. We look forward to having a large, open space for students and teachers to gather together in a collaborative and flexible-seating environment.

Plaza Broadcast April 15th, 2019-2020

DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 19

Plaza Distance Learning Day 19

DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 20

Plaza Broadcast April 17th, 2019-2020

DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 21

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DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 22

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Today both Dr. Wright and Mrs. Daniel visited the building and worked on plans for the last month of this school year (celebrations, grades, etc) and also summer and fall coordination of schedules, construction, and professional development for teachers and students.

Plaza Broadcast April 22nd, 2019-2020
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Plaza Broadcast April 24th, 2019-2020
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April 28 DL Day 27

April 28, 2020: Distance Learning Day #27

Today we began meeting “virtually” with our teams of teachers to discuss and brainstorm ideas for the end of the school year. Each year as May approaches, there is a certain excitement in the building as the end of the school year approaches. Excitement for summer, new adventures to come… And a great to reflect back on the school year and celebrate, laugh, cringe, about all those “little moments” of what it meant to be part of our Tiger Nation #iBelong With all this in mind, we are posing these questions to teachers this week and brainstorming ideas for the end-of-year endeavor. How do we recreate that “feeling” of the last week of school? How do we celebrate and also help create closure for all of us?

Plaza Broadcast April 29th, 2019-2020
Distance Learning Day 29
Plaza Broadcast May 1st, 2019-2020
5-4-20 DL day 31
DL Day 32
Plaza Broadcast May 6th, 20190-2020
Plaza Distance Learning Day 34
5-11-20 DL Day 36
May 12 DL #37
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May 19, DL #42
2019 2020 8th grade awards video

DISTANCE LEARNING DAY 45

Plaza Broadcast May 22nd 2019-2020

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

We are waiting on additional information from health care & government officials in order to help us determine the end of year procedures and locker clean out. We will provide an update when it is available.

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

As we embark on this new journey of distance learning, we want to assure you that we are here as an additional resource for your child.

Below are our email addresses should you need assistance regarding library books or resources:

Mrs. Rigos, Library Media Specialist: rigoss@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Strube, Library Media Assistant: strubec@parkhill.k12.mo.us

All email notices to parents and students have been disabled. At this time, we ask that you hang on to your library books until we return to school. If you have any questions or concerns about fines on Infinite Campus for lost or damaged books, please email Mrs. Strube and she will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Helpful Resources:

· Destiny Discover - Where students can look up books, log in to see what books are checked out on their account and place holds as well as access a smaller collection of ebooks.

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· Overdrive - Where students can access ebooks. Students may be prompted to choose Sora to access ebooks. Both Overdrive and Sora will access the same books. For a more complete list of available places to access ebooks with directions, please open eBooks & Audiobooks Directions .

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· Plaza Media Center – The media center main website where you can find resources for Destiny, Overdrive, research processes and resources, recommended reading, copyright free links to resources, news & current events resources, video resources, etc.

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· Homework Help For Teens - Mid Continent Databases useful to middle and high school students.

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· Destiny Collections – Curated resources for students on various topics or subjects. Collections may include: MCPL databases, videos, websites and physical and electronic books found in our collection.

Mrs. Rigos will be sharing out useful information with reading teachers to share on their Schoology page or Google Classroom as well as adding it to their library Google Classroom. Please remind your child to check their library Google classroom and the Media page for useful information on accessing ebooks, audiobooks, databases, research skills, online resources, etc.

Junior Library Guild has a great option for students on their website. Author Aiden Tyler is in the process of writing a new book called Quaran-Teen and will be reading from the story each Tuesday live at 1pm CST. Students can also access the webcasts after it airs as well as many others on this link

TIGERS IN ACTION:

PLAZA FAMILY FIRE DRILLS FROM HOME

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FREE GRAB & GO MEALS

All families in the Park Hill School District are invited to receive a Grab & Go Meal each week day between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, regardless of financial status.

STUDENT SERVICES

PLAZA STUDENTS!

Please join us for a Student Services Lunch Bunch Zoom Meeting!

Come have lunch or just hang out with Mr. Calvin, Mrs. Malone and Mrs. Shroyer on Zoom! We are meeting on Tuesdays from 12-1pm. ALL are welcome!

Zoom Meeting Information: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/836052920?pwd=L3lDMFRFTmlHakF1SHEzaFEvVnIwQT09

Meeting ID: 836 052 920

Password: 909440


As we prepare for a the shutdown of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize this will impact the health and well-being of many of our Park Hill Families. We are gathering resources for our families to ease the burden during these difficult times.

First and foremost Student Services department would like to remind everyone to be conscience of their own mental health. The current situation with COVID-19 can create uncertainty and anxiety.

Here are 5 simple tips for protecting the mental health of yourself and those you love over the coming weeks.

1) Separate what is in your control from what is not.

2) Do what helps you feel a sense of safety

3.) Get outside in nature-even if you are avoiding crowds.

4) Challenge yourself to stay in the present.

5) Stay connected and reach out if you need more support.

See full article and additional resources at https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

As a reminder, there are many mental health hotlines available in the Kansas City Metro Area to provide assistance with Mental health.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

National Crisis Text Line: 741741

Comm Care Crisis Line (LOCAL KC): 1-888-279-8188

Compassionate Ear Warmline (4pm-10pm): 913-281-2251 or toll free: 866-927-6327

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.

Your children may have many questions about COVID-19. Here is a resource to help you with speaking to your children about the virus: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR2yWQaz4S_sWdHCgZ5p2dUdpnekXAS-N3QZgXKmIC-U48SnFfVvO2nfSgM

FREE INTERNET

Comcast is offering a free “internet essentials” package for low-income customers for 60 days, and bumping up internet speeds from 15 Mbps to 25. To sign up, go to https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Hours of operation are from 8 AM to Midnight (EST), seven days a week.

The NKC YMCA has a food pantry that’s open almost every day of the week.

The pantry is open the following times:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday- 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday- 8-9 a.m.
Saturday- 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

ATHLETICS SURVEY

Please take the following survey if your student is interested in playing any sports next school year. We will use the information so coaches can start communicating with potential participants. Filling out this survey, does not mean a commitment to the team, but rather shows interest in participating.


Link to Athletics survey

VOLLEYBALL SURVEY

A volleyball interest survey was pushed out to current 6th and 7th grade female students this week to determine how many students are interested in trying out for volleyball for the 2020-2021 Academic School Year. If your student is interested, please remind them to complete the form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWo15neH6tgpcGDmkmhy7gqIehSYmfO8mzfAnOwWCDdpOcRQ/viewform?usp=sf_link​

FEBRUARY'S STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the following students for being selected for Student of the Month for February! February's Pride Characteristic was Preparation.


Champions Team: Jeremiah Eblen and Ellie Daveline

Warriors Team: Cooper Robke and Adyson Acosta

Apollos Team: Brian Lisec and Liya Berhanu

Novas Team: Abdallahi Mastafa and Addy Frazier

Heroes Team: Josef Serrano and Lindy Basgall

Legends Team: Hudson Browne and Andi Osborne

Encore Team: Jackson Cobb and Savanah Menard

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

Dear Plaza Family,

We have received several questions from families who have seen news coverage about a novel coronavirus illness called COVID-19.

As we do every flu season, we are doing everything possible to protect the health of our students and staff. We take additional precautions to clean and sanitize all surfaces, and we work with students and staff to encourage them to wash their hands regularly. We are in close contact with the Platte County Health Department, and we are monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please see our fact sheet for more information.

Thank you,
Miechele Berkley, RN
Park Hill School District

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC

Hello Plaza Family!

Plaza Middle School, in partnership with the Platte County Health Department, will be hosting an immunization clinic at Plaza on April 30th. The clinic will provide all required and recommended immunizations for students entering 8th grade on April 30, 2020. (Incoming 7th graders can get these done early as well.)


The vaccines being offered are:

* Meningococcal/Menactra (Meningitis) [Required]

*Tdap/Boostrix (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) [Required]

*Human Papillomavirus (HPV) [Recommended]

*Hepatitis A [Recommended]


If you are interested in taking advantage of this service, please complete and return the Consent and Registration Form (link) and Student Screening Form (link) to Nurse Berkley no later than April 16th. Please read the letter to parents (link) and the FAQ page (link) for more information about what else is required and who can qualify.


If you have any questions, please contact Plaza’s school Nurse, Miechele Berkley at 816-359-4214.


Platte County Health Department Notice of Privacy Practices (link)


Platte County Health Department HIPAA (link)

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE IN PARK HILL

You'll soon have the opportunity to make sure you're counted in the 2020 Census! As the U.S. Constitution requires every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau will count every person living in our country. Starting in mid-March, every home will receive a questionnaire, which asks about the people living in the home, including their names and demographic information, such as age, sex and race. You can respond online, on the phone or through the mail.


It is important for all of us to take 10 minutes to participate, because the results impact everyone in our schools. The data determines how the government spends more than $675 billion across the nation, including funding for school lunches, services and support for low-income families, education grants, community classes and more. In addition, the census determines how we are represented on the state and federal levels.


The 2020 census records will be confidential until 2092.


For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov.

SURVEY FOR PARENTS

Each year, our district analyzes our AVID program. Please click on the link to complete our parent survey related to AVID. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AVID_District_Survey-Parent

VOLLEYBALL OPEN GYM FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADERS AT PLAZA AND CONGRESS

Open Gyms are Tentatively schedule for the following dates and times:

  • April 1st, Wednesday *5:00 parent meeting for incoming freshman
  • April 6th, Monday
  • April 14th, Tuesday

4:00-5:00 in the lower gym

High school coaches cannot control if we get kicked out of the gym (baseball, track and soccer have priority if they get rained out). If we do cancel, their best bet would be to follow our twitter/Instagram account (which can be found on our PHVB website) to find out if we are still in session. Another thing to note is that the coaches ARE NOT allowed to coach them. The current PHVB players will go through drills/ playing and coaches will be in attendance, but we will not coach them on skills.

https://sites.google.com/site/parkhillvolleyball/home?authuser=0

*Dates/times/locations are subject to change due to Spring Sports and weather​​​​

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YOU NEED A YEARBOOK!

Now is your opportunity to purchase a 2019-20 Plaza Yearbook, the cost is now $30.00.

Order at the School: You may order a yearbook through the office. We accept cash or check, please make checks payable to Plaza Middle School.

Order Online at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=42070

SHOW YOUR TIGER NATION PRIDE!



You can still purchase Plaza Spirit wear from the front office for you and your student! Our soft, durable Tiger Nation t-shirts can be bought from the front office, by cash or check. Shirts are one for $7, or black, red, and white bundle 3/$15. Show your Tiger Nation Pride!

PLAZA CAFE NEWS

Plaza Café

Join us daily for Breakfast!

Breakfast is served from 7:20 am – 7:35 am

Options include fresh fruits, veggies, parfaits, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, Pillsbury pastries, cereal, pop tarts, donuts, juice, milk and more!

Full Priced Breakfast

· Regular: $1.75 Premium: $1.90

Students Approved for Reduced Meals

· $.30

Students Approved for Free Meals

· No Cost

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PTA NEWS

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday, April 6th, at 6:00 pm in the Plaza Library.

8TH GRADE PARENTS PTSA INVITE

8th Grade parents - looking for a way to get more involved with your student's school? You are invited to attend Park Hill High School's PTSA Meeting night. The meeting will be at PHHS on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room. Here is a link to a flier with more info!

JOIN PLAZA PTA

It's not too late to join the Plaza PTA! Help stay connected with school functions by joining PTA. The PTA supports students and teachers through incentive and education programs, dances, mixers and hospitality events.


Find out how to join here.

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com
Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com , and Amy Morgan-Rogers, nealnamy@aol.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Corresponding Secretary: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

Park Hill District PTA Clothing Center


Did you know that Park Hill has a Clothing Center? Did you know all Park Hill families can use it?

If you'd like more information, please see the Park Hill District PTA's Clothing Center website for more details. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clothing Center, please check out the Park Hill District Clothing Center - Volunteer Sign Up for shopping day opportunities throughout the school year.

POP TAB COLLECTION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Did you know Plaza collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House? The money raised from pop tab recycling goes towards helping support families with children in the hospital that need a place to stay. You can simply save your pop tabs at home, and send them with your student to add to Plaza's donation bin, located by the front office. For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities webpage.
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CONTACTING TEACHERS

STAY CONNECTED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLAZA

Plaza Pride Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is emailed out every Friday afternoon.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians immediate access to important student information such as grades, schedules, and attendance. It also allows parents/guardians to view their household contact information and student emergency contacts, and they can request updates to this information directly from the Portal. Click here if you need more information on how to set-up an account.

Infinite Campus App

The free Infinite Campus Portal App connects you with your student's information and enables you to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet.

1. Download the Campus Portal app from your preferred store.

2. Enter the District Name as Park Hill and select Missouri from the state options, then click search.

3. Select Park Hill, and enter your username and password (the same used to access the online Parent Portal)

4. Be sure to enable push notifications in the settings menu to receive alerts.

Plaza Website (link)

School Messenger

School Messenger is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.

Social Media

Twitter - @Plaza_Tigers

Facebook - Plaza Middle School

First Hand Email Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what is going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news.

First Hand Mobile:

“First Hand Mobile” sends text message alerts about weather closings, emergency information or important news alerts directly to your text-messaging enabled mobile phone. This service is provided at no cost to the district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Platte Valley Bank. To sign up, go to the district website at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us.

CHAT AND CHEW LUNCHES

Plaza is starting “Chat and Chew” lunches! We would like to have someone from the community come in during our lunches and talk to teachers and some students about their careers. Our goal is to connect with even more students here at Plaza while involving the community in our building. We are looking for volunteer speakers and sponsors for the pizza lunch! Interested? Contact: Jamie McSparin mcsparinj@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Q3 INTRAMURALS

Sign ups for 3rd quarter intramurals will begin on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm and last through 10:00 pm on Sunday, Jan. 19th. Use the link below to access the sign- up sheet. Intramurals offered this session include Coloring and Drawing, Advanced Cupcake Decorating, Movies, Techniques Tuesday, Dodgeball, Basketball, Drama Club, Homework Helper, Minecraft, and Speed and Agility Training. There are separate Dodgeball sessions for 6th graders and 8th graders this quarter (7th graders may sign up for either session).

Intramurals start on Tuesday, January 28th and run through Thursday, February 27th. Bus transportation will be available for all students.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4AABA72CA02-3rdquarter

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ENCORE ENROLLMENT FOR FUTURE 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS:

Students will be receiving encore enrollment forms for next school year next week, Feb 25-26th in their Life Ed classes. Enrollment forms are due back to their Life Ed teachers no later than Monday, March 2nd. Counselors will be visiting classes to help students enter their enrollment choices during the week of March 2-6.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

We are recognizing several influential African American's during Black History Month in Life Ed. We are focusing on influential African Americans in government, sports, innovation, and entertainment.

TEAM SHIRTS

We are now offering team t-shirts! Please have your student see a teacher on their team to order their t-shirt. They will cost $10 and will be given to your student before they leave for Spring Break, giving them plenty of time to represent their team for the remainder of the year! Last day to order will be 2/25/20! Students must pay by cash or check (written out to Plaza Middle School) at the time of ordering.

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PLAZA PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT FOR '20-'21 STUDENTS

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Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 22nd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 24-May 29. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.


http://tinyurl.com/PH2020spellingbee

STUDENT LANYARDS AND ID'S

As you know for safety purposes-we ask students to wear team specific lanyards and ids around their neck while at school. Being able to able to identify students by name and team is essential. We could use your help to ensure your student wears the required lanyard and id-EACH DAY!



Cost of Replacements:

Lanyard: $2.00

Plastic Case: .50 cents

The first ID replacement is free. Any ID replacements beyond the first one will cost $5.00.

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JANUARY'S STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the following students for being selected for Student of the Month for the month of January! January’s Pride Characteristic was Excellence.

Champions Team:

Joyner Estrella

Samantha Brandt

Warriors Team:

Talha Agha

Layla Nelson

Apollos Team:

Himanshu Sharma

Karis Barton

Novas Team:

Avyam Bansal

Isabel Tott

Heroes Team:

Will Pederson

Rylee Bornheimer

Legends Team:

Ethan Buchholz

Mariah Mauga

Encore:

Nathan Elliott

Lili Martin

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WE CELEBRATE OUR SOCIAL WORKER!

Social workers are often the first line of support for students who struggle with mental health issues and for parents/students needing immediate assistance with basic needs. Social Workers’ support can be a quick check-in every day while things are difficult in a child’s life, a comforting hug, mentorship and encouragement, a day (or a month or a year…) of crisis intervention, an advocating voice, ongoing assessment and monitoring, positive steady reinforcement while a student develops a new coping skill, the connection to basic resources such as food, shelter and clothing…and so much more!

ATTENTION 7TH & 8TH GRADE PARENTS: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT LESSONS

As part of the BOE approved Life Education curriculum, 7th & 8th grade students take part in Growth & Development lessons. The Growth & Development lessons are scheduled for the week of March 9-13, 2020. If you prefer your student not take part in the lessons, please contact your student’s Life Education teacher prior to March 9, 2020, to opt out.

PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT

If you were unable to attend Plaza's Parent Orientation night, you can learn more information and view the slideshow presentation (link).
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WE'RE SEEING STARS!

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PLAZA'S ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW

Tryouts are on Monday 2/24 and 2/26. Get ready to show your talents Plaza Tigers!

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Free Tax Preparation

The KCPD is hosting free tax preparation. Find out more information on the main KCPD webpage (link).
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ImPACT Testing

ImPACT Testing for track season will begin on February 13th. This is for students who plan on participating in track AND have not had their ImPACT test yet this year. It will be after school from 2:45-4:00 pm on 2/13. To find out more information, as well as the ImPACT testing consent form, please visit our Plaza webpage.

PBIS Report

Here is a look at the number of Tiger Tokens each grade level has earned so far this school year!
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LIFETOUCH SPRING PHOTOS

Spring photos are coming up! Photos will be taken on Friday, February 7th.

PLAZA CREATED CONNECTIONS!

Plaza students created community connections by creating service projects before and after winter break. Those service projects included making holiday place mats for Retirement Community Wexford Place, cards for hospitalized children, and cards for military members actively deployed. These projects helped students feel connected to others and have a sense of belonging!

TRACK PARENT INFORMATION MEETING

Is your student interested in beginning Track this Spring? There is an upcoming Track Parent Information meeting at Plaza on Monday, February 24th at 5:00 in the Large Gym. Come to find out more information!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

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December's Student of the Month was for Determination. A Big Plaza Congratulations to:


-Champions Students Abraham King and Brice Beasley-Murray

-Warriors Students Loc Le and Meredith Bell

-Apollos Students Saeed Mukhtar and Naziyah Hamilton

-Novas Students Seth Moon and Danielle Mendez

-Heroes Students Om Patel and Josie Marshall

-Legends Students Peter Oetting and Lauren Zayd

-Encore/Warriors Students Catlyn Nguyen and Adyson Acosta

CURRENT 8TH GRADE PARENTS: ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Hello Plaza Families!

I wanted to make you aware of some important upcoming dates for all current 8th graders, as we are entering enrollment time for high school! Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have, as I want to make sure you feel ready to sign up for the best fit school and courses :).


Students will receive information/presentations about both Park Hill High School and Lead Innovation Studio during the week of January 13th. Students will bring home enrollment forms and course recommendations to be reviewed and turned in to their Life Ed teachers no later than Wednesday, January 29th. All current 8th grade students will turn in only ONE enrollment form (either Park Hill OR LEAD).


PARK HILL HIGH SCHOOL PARENT NIGHT:

- Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00PM @ Park Hill High School (7701 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153)

*Please visit the Smore site (link) for more information on this night at PHHS!


LEAD INNOVATION STUDIO PARENT NIGHTS:

- Tuesday, January 21st, 6:30-8:00 PM @ Park Hill District Office (7703 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153)
- Monday, January 27th, 6:30-8:00 PM @ Park Hill District Office


- These offerings are for parents and students interested in learning about the LEAD Innovation Studio as a high school option. ALL parents of students who are interested should attend ONE of these nights if you were unable to attend the information night in December.


This is such an exciting time for our Plaza Tigers! Be sure to mark your calendars, ask questions, and be on the lookout for enrollment forms coming your way soon!


Thanks so much,

Mallory Malone
Plaza Middle School Counselor
P: 816.359.6539
E: malonem@parkhill.k12.mo.us

GO CHIEFS!!

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NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

REMINDER FOR PTA PROVIDED COFFEE AND BREAKFAST RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY 1/27

Plaza PTA will be hosting a coffee/tea/hot choclate cart for the teachers and staff on January 27th from 7-10am to show our appreciation. We thought it would be nice to have a few breakfast pastry items for them to munch on with their drinks as well. PTA needs your help with the breakfast items. Please visit their signup genius (link) to sign up. Thank you!

District Smartphone App

Download our district smartphone app today in Apple's App Store or Google Play! In addition to receiving district text alerts, you can find links to menus, calendars, the Parent Portal and more useful information. Allow push notifications to receive the alerts, and choose your schools for a personalized experience.

Plaza Middle School Distance Learning Day 4
Find more Parenting in Challenging Times webinars on our main Park Hill webpage (link).

Tiger Nation STRONG!

3/22/2020


Tiger Nation,

As our school community prepares to begin Distance Learning on Monday, we want to take a moment to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. While some elements of Distance Learning will be a new adventure, our staff and students have used technology to enhance learning throughout the school year, which means they are familiar with the technology we will use during Distance Learning. We want you to know that whether the learning takes place at school or at home, we care about you and your students. We will walk alongside you as we take this journey.


Plaza staff have been collaborating and planning to prepare engaging Distance Learning lessons. The primary platform for distance learning will be Schoology, with a few of our classes using Google Classroom. Our students have been using these platforms and should know how to access the platforms for each of their courses.


If your child was absent prior to Spring Break and did not take his/her laptop home, please call Plaza’s front office on Monday, March 23rd to schedule a pick up time between 9-3 pm. You may reach the front office at (816) 359-4210. Please do not plan to show up unless you have scheduled an appointment. Starting Tuesday, March 24, access to the building will be from 11am-1pm by scheduled appointment ONLY.


Your student’s teachers will be a tremendous resource throughout Distance Learning. Teachers will be in contact starting Monday, March 23 and will be accessible via email. You are always welcome to give me a call on my direct line at (816) 359-6571 or email me, if I can be of assistance. Again, if you or your student have an issue or question, please ask.


Additionally, Plaza is a Grab and Go meal location. Students will not be allowed to stay and gather. We need to maintain social distancing.

Technology assistance will be available at the district’s tech helpline (816) 359-5000.

The Park Hill District website (link) continues to provide updated information.


We’ve asked our staff to give themselves grace as we take this journey, I hope you will allow yourself to do the same. Thank you for doing your part to keep our students safe and healthy. We are in this together! Remember we are TigerNation Strong (link)!!


Take care,

Tressa Wright

Plaza Middle School Principal


PS: Remember to be you...because YOU are AWESOME!

Helpful links:

How to gain access to Schoology Click Here (link)

Parents Guide to Schoology Click Here (link)