Poplar Grove Post

March 2020

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Greetings,

Our annual student vs. faculty basketball game was held on the evening of February 20 and a great time was had by all. It was a joy to visit with so many of our returning students. The PGMS Beta Club sponsored the event and gave all gate donations to the PATH Project. Due to the generous monetary donations of our community, the Beta Club donated approximately $740 dollars to the Path Project! Thanks for your generosity!

The month of March is sure to be filled with learning and fun activities for our students. Please check out the events listed below:

March 2-9 Used Book Fair

March 3 No School for Students (Professional Development for Staff)

March 11 Spring Pictures

March 12 Staff Luncheon provided by our PTO

March 13 Early Dismissal at 11:30am

March 16-20 Spring Break

March 24 Dangers of Vaping Parent Program 6:00 pm

March 26-28 The PGMS Drama Club Presents The Lion King, Jr.

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT:

Get "Clued In" to Literacy on Thursday, March 12th starting at 6:00 p.m. The night's theme will be loosely based on the classic detective board game Clue. Families will be detectives working to solve a mysterious data breach at PGMS. Students who solve the mystery will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Attendance will earn points for your House. Shop at the Used Book Sale and hear student authors read their writing. Snacks will be provided. See the attached flyer for more details.

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The Suspects:

Available for questioning at Family Literacy Night!
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CLINIC NEWS FROM NURSE LIZ:

PARENTS OF CURRENT SIXTH-GRADE STUDENTS

All rising seventh-grade students will need to provide an undated Tennessee Certificate of Immunization prior to them beginning school this August. The form must be completed, signed and dated by a healthcare provider and show documentation of them having received the following vaccinations; Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertusis booster (Tdap), and 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Your child WILL NOT be able to start school until they have received their required vaccinations and we have documentation of them on the TN Certificate of Immunization. We are unable to accept a copy of a vaccination record, or an incomplete form. TO AVOID DELAYS, PLAN AHEAD AND TAKE CARE OF THIS NOW.

Nurse Liz

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

On March 24th at 6pm, there will be a parent presentation given by the Williamson County Department of Health about E-Cigarettes, JUULing, and Vaping. It is a short presentation with GREAT information. We encourage you to attend to get current information about this growing threat to the health of our children. This meeting is intended for ALL parents of ALL students in preK-8th grade.​ The presentation will take place in the Poplar Grove Middle library.

GRADE LEVEL NEWS:

5TH GRADE NEWS:

Mrs. Jefford's class went to visit the ducks that have hatched in Mrs. Nash's classroom. Mrs. Nash and Mrs. Brown have five ducklings so far!

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6TH GRADE NEWS:

This month, 6th grades participated in lots of Homecoming fun! Dress-up days, pep-rallies, and a homecoming dance!

Students also decorated their homebase teachers' door for the middle school door decorating competition!

AND THE WINNER IS....

The winner of the middle school door decorating competition was Ms. Hollis' door!
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7TH GRADE NEWS:

Thanks to all 7th graders who participated in Homecoming activities. Dress-up days added a spark to our week! Students were narrowly defeated by the 8th grade in a competition for the spirit stick at our Pep Rally on Thursday. (We'll get 'em next year!) The alumni game Thursday was the most exciting we have seen in years and luckily all staff made it in on Friday. The exclamation point on the week was the dance held on Friday night. Students who attended had a wonderful time

8TH GRADE NEWS:

Mrs. Haynes' Geometry class has been working hard this semester. They are pictured here taking a group quiz. Students enjoyed the play Secret Soldier at The Nashville Children's Theatre. They were seated on the stage to be active participants.

RELATED ARTS NEWS:

5th GRADE STEM:

These students are working on a theatrical model of our solar system with Vanderbilt student, Mr. Jackson Reimers. Our 5th graders participate in a National Science Foundation Study concentrating on how kids learn through various models/representations.

6TH GRADE STEM:

These students are working on a physical representation of a guppy ecosystem. These diagrammatic models are compared to determine what each might teach us about the ecosystem. We will follow up with balancing the same ecosystem using a computational model and an embodied model.

7TH GRADE STEM:

We are working on String Art creations in 7th grade. The students have a set of coordinates to find on the coordinate plane on the back of the black cardstock. Think dot-to-dots. If they connect/weave each set of coordinates correctly, the design will be beautifully displayed with neon thread on the black side of the cardstock as seen in the picture!

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SPANISH NEWS:

In Spanish class students enjoyed working in stations. This allowed students to work with their peers and move around the classroom.

EXTRACURRICULAR NEWS:

DUCKLINGS!

Mrs. Nash and Ms. Browns class hatched ducklings again this year. Students learned all about the incubation process and the life cycle of ducks. Between both classrooms, they hatched eight ducklings this year. The ducklings will be spending a few weeks at school, and then they will move to their new home on Mrs. Nash's farm in Centerville, Tennessee.

TECHFIT REGIONAL COMPETITION ON MARCH 7th:

All of PGS! Join us at FMS for the TECHFIT Regional Competition! Schools from Georgia and Kentucky will be competing at this Tourney as well!

*TECHFIT STUDENTS: Set up time will be from 10:00 am till noon. You are free to eat lunch, get ready for presentation, or just relax when you are set up. Please let Mrs. Shuler know ahead of time to order pizza and drink ($5), if interested. You may bring a sack lunch.

*All of PGS!!: *At noon, teams will do their 10 minute presentations in the theater.

*After the presentations, the teams will move to the gym and present their Exergames.

8TH GRADE TECHFIT:

These students are participating in a daily Brain Blast, a fun fitness activity. TECHFIT uses Brain Blasts to re-energize our brains after 20 or so minutes of programming, building exergames, charting in Excel, incorporating the engineering design process, wiring and other tasks. The last three standing win in this 5-minute game!

DRAMA CLUB NEWS:

Please come out and support the PGMS Drama Club production of The Lion King, Jr. Simba, Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa and the rest would love to have you at the show! The shows are on March 26, 27 and 28. Nightly performances at 6:30, with an additional 2:00 matinee on the 28th. Tickets are $7.00.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT NEWS:

March will be a busy month for PBS! A lot of sweet treats are planned for this month. Your child can enter their PBS tickets into a drawing to win a snow cone on Fridays during the month of March. The PBS quarterly incentive is on March 27th and students will be able to pay PBS tickets to attend an ice cream sundae social. Students must meet schoolwide expectations for behavior, academics, and attendance to attend. We will be sending out a sign up genius in the next few weeks to collect donations for this event. We appreciate your support with this incentive.

We also have our next House day on March 13th, and will be focusing on the character trait WISDOM (Go Sapenta!). Wisdom is not just knowledge, but making good judgment. One way children show wisdom is by making good choices. Teaching them to STOP and THINK before making a decision, often leads to a better choice and the wise thing to do in the moment.

CELEBRATION! As we continue to focus on increasing positive behavior in our school, we have also seen a 33% decrease in office discipline referrals from last year to this year! Way to go students, staff, and families!

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Online registration for the Franklin Special School District opens on April 1st. Please be sure to go online and register your child for the 2020-2021 school year.

SHOP AT THE PGS USED BOOK SALE:

Our Annual Used Book Sale is open in the PGES lobby Monday, March. 2 - Monday, March 9 from 7:30-2:30. Come and shop to find great titles at great prices. All hardbacks are $1.00 and all paperbacks are 50¢. All proceeds benefit both library media centers.

POPLAR GROVE COMPETITION CHEER:

Congratulations to the PGMS Competition Cheer Team! They won a National title in their Game Day routine, and placed in the top ten in their traditional routine.
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From the Building Level Instructional Technology Leadership Team:

Below is an article from Common Sense Media entitled Apps to Watch Out For. Enjoy!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/apps-to-watch-out-for

PGMS SPIRIT NIGHT AT RED ROBIN:

Please join us on Thursday, April 16, from 5:00-9:00 pm. Red Robin will donate 20% of sales back to Poplar Grove Middle School.