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4/3/20

4-3-20 Day 10 Distance Learning

Student Announcements & Teachers Staying Connected
Plaza Broadcast April 3rd, 2019-2020

Q4 INTRAMURALS

Quarter 4 Intramurals are on hold until further notice. Stay tuned!

SOCIAL SERVICES NEWS

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

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

Meeting ID: 836 052 920

Password: 909440


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

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
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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

3-30-20 Day 6 DL

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

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

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.

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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)