Poplar Grove Post

December 2017



The holiday season is upon us and we are nearing the end of the first semester. I would like to thank our parents and PTO for a wonderful second annual Fall Fest event. Discussions are already underway to make next year’s Fall Fest even better. In addition, our annual student talent show was a huge hit and fun was had by the attendees and the participants. Our students are working hard to learn grade level standards and others are excelling in advanced courses. Our goal is to challenge ALL students. Please review the important December dates below:

December 11 - FSSD Board Meeting 6:30 PGES

December 12 - 5th/6th Grade Choir Concert & Orchestra Concert

December 14 - 7th/8th Grade Choir Concert & Band Concert

December 21 - 2 hours day (End of 2nd Quarter) End of semester grade level parties

December 22 - January 2 Winter Break

January 5 - Students Return



I can’t believe how quickly our first semester has passed! As of mid November, I have had 1910 clinic visits. This includes students who come see me to receive daily medications or procedures, students who need to be assessed because they are not feeling well, or get injured during the school day. Please make sure that the front office and myself have a current phone number to reach you if needed.

Well Child was here to do state required vision and hearing screenings. Unless a parent opted out, all 6th and 8th grade students were screened. Parents will be contacted if any concerns were identified. The FSSD partnered with the Williamson County Public Health Department, to administer Flu shots in all the schools in our district. The best way to help prevent influenza, is to get a flu shot. Parents, please remind your child that no sharing of food is allowed at school, including on the bus, snack time or lunch. There have been several occasions where students have brought medication to school. It is our district policy and against Tennessee state law for any student to be in possession of any prescription or non-prescription medications. This includes cough drops, ointments or creams, eye drops, essential oils, etc. All medications must be brought to the clinic with a completed FSSD medication administration form.

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Nurse Liz


International Baccalaureate Informational Parent Meeting

Location: Freedom Middle School- Tuesday, November 28th

We are excited to share information with interested 8th grade parents and students about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Franklin High School. The IB Diploma Program (DP) encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that usually involves community service.

The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and conclude around 7:30.



We came back from Fall Break rested and eager to continue our learning. We started November with an incredible trip to Chattanooga's Aquarium. Many of the kiddos had never been, so it was fun watching their sweet faces soak in all the different habitats and animals. It seemed that the penguins and ocean building was a much bigger hit than the River/Fresh Water Building, although several kids came home with a stuffed river otter from the aquarium gift shop:).

Several of the kids expressed their excitement about Fall Fest; an experience they haven't had since becoming Middle Schoolers. We continue to express PGS's philosophy of being encouraging and classy, even through competition. This group of 5th graders never disappoints. Through the Pumpkin Contest, students expressed excitement for all the pumpkins and were excited to see what the other classes came up with! The fifth grade team is so blessed to be able to spend our days with them!

They're taking all the new activities and work load in stride and continue to impress their teachers with their insight and perspectives. We are so excited to see what they'll be teaching us as we continue through the year.


6th graders are utilizing their Chromebooks in core classes. Google classroom is a fantastic resource for students! Teachers are using it to distribute links and interactive assignments. In science, students are using Chromebooks to complete a biome research project. Students are choosing how they present their projects to the class. Some examples are Google slideshows, video presentations, or skits. They will present their final projects to the class soon!​


Seventh-grade students modeled all of the processes of the rock cycle, such as weathering, erosion, compaction, melting, and cooling, to make 3 different types of "rocks" using crayons.


Our eighth-grade students enjoyed their day at the Career Fair. Students were introduced to potential careers by exhibitors serving as career role models. Our students were prepared to interview these career role models and found out information such as education/training requirements, job responsibilities, and salary. Some booths offered a chance to demonstrate tools, instruments, and computer programs/software, etc.


Library Dedication Books:

The PGMS library media center offers opportunities for Dedication Books. Does your child have a birthday coming up? Need a holiday gift idea? Consider donating a book to our library in honor of your child. Please send $20.00 with your child to the library media center where he/she can pick out a hardback book from next year's VSBA list. An honor plate will be placed in the front of the book with your child's name, and the book donation will be featured on the WPGS morning broadcast in recognition of your child. Your child will be the first person to checkout the book! Students love when a book from next year's VSBA list is added to our collection!

Cheerleaders Take 1st Place!

Congratulations to the Competition Cheerleaders for their first place win at Sparkman High School in North Alabama! They received a bid to Nationals that will take place in Orlando, Florida at Disney World in February.