The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | Sept 21, 2017

Important Dates

Dates are current as of publication. Check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


SEPTEMBER

  • Thu 21 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Fri 22 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon 25 Home Volleyball v. South Charlotte
  • Tues 26 Home Volleyball v. JM Robinson
  • Tues 26 PLT begins
  • Wed 27 Home Football v. Southwest
  • Thu 28 Deadline for Proof of Immunizations for 7th Graders (read more below)
  • Thu 28-29 Progress Reports


OCTOBER


  • Tues 3 Family Night 5:00-7:30
  • Wed 4 Softball/Volleyball at Carmel
  • Thur 5 Football at Community House
  • Mon 9 Home Volleyball vs. AG
  • Tue 10 School Leadership Team Meeting 7:30 am, Media Center
  • Tue 10 UNCC Trip for 8th Grade
  • Wed 11 Volleyball at Southwest
  • Thur 12 Football at South Charlotte
  • Wed 18 Early Release for Students (Teacher Professional Development)
  • Tues 24 Future Falcons Open House

SCHOOL NEWS

EmpowHERment

Last Saturday, a group of Falcons attended the EmpowHERment Summit with Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Coyne, Ms. Harris, Ms. Robinson. Our Falcons even got to meet Superintendent Wilcox! Special thanks to the PTSA for funding the registration for our Falcons to attend!

Family Night: October 3

Learn more about the instructional programs at QHMS! Sessions will include: Paideia Seminar, Presentations from Teachers, Honors Curriculum Sessions, Standard Curriculum Sessions, Spanish Speaking Families Meeting, State of the School Presentation with Principal Neill, 8th Grade Trip and Events Session, Counseling Department Drop In, and EC Department Drop In! This event is designed for parents and guardians. We hope to see you there!

QHMS PTSA 2017 Falcon Fund Campaign Kickoff!

What is the Falcon Fund Campaign?

  • Annual fundraiser
  • The only PTSA fundraiser for the school year
  • A time for QHMS families and our community to donate money and support our school.
  • Benefits the students, staff and facilities of QHMS.
  • Every dollar you donate goes directly towards your child’s education.

How is the money used? Here are some examples from last school year:

  • Student College Visits
  • PATH/Honor Roll Celebrations
  • Art Supplies/Programs
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • PLT Support
  • Two Gaga Ball Pits
  • TI-84 Calculators
  • Novel Studies
  • Music for Dance Program
  • Electives Support
  • Band Supplies
  • 8th Grade Social Studies Reenactment
  • Outside Beautification


When?

  • The QHMS Falcon Fund Campaign will begin Wednesday, 10/04/17 and will end Friday, 10/20/17.

Goal?
  • To fund our current PTSA budget, we need to raise $17,500.

Ways to donate?
  • Individual donations
  • Employer Matching -Does your employer match? Be sure to ask. Over 25% of last year’s Falcon Fund contributions were through employer match. This is also free money for QHMS with your contribution.
  • Grade level activities. Last year the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade activities generated $3,300. to support the Falcon Fund.


PLEASE discuss the Falcon Fund Campaign with your family and send in your donation to help us reach the goal and provide extra support for our students.


Look for the Gold donation form and envelope that went home with each student. Thank you!

CMS Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the CMS Start of School Parent Survey! There is a short, 9 question survey that will take less than 3 minutes! Take the survey here! Deadline is September 29!

Save the Date! Future Falcons Open House

The first Open House for Future Falcon families will be Tuesday, Oct 24. This event will feature information related to the leadership magnet programming that will be added next school year. Encourage a new family to attend!

Get Connected: Join Clubs and Activities At QH

Future Problem Solvers (FPS)

Are you interested in learning how to tackle problems big and small? Or researching global issues impacting us today and in the future? FPS gives students opportunities to analyze problems and develop innovative, futuristic solutions through a competition format. Teams prepare during the school year to qualify for state and International level contests. This year, FPS will be challenged to solve problems related to Infectious Diseases, Toxic Materials, Disorders, and Cloud Computing. FPS meets Fridays in the media center from 7:45 - 9:00am (enter the school at side cafeteria door). Join us at our kickoff Friday, September 8th or any meeting through Sept 29th to see if FPS is for you. After September 29th, continuing participants pay a $45 registration fee (additional cost for teams qualifying for state finals in April). Questions? Contact Ms. Sanduski

CROSS COUNTRY FOR YOUTH

Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY) is a unique fitness program that introduces young people to cross-country training and character-building concepts to develop the whole person. CCFY programming takes place twice a week. A typical day of activities begins with a general introduction, the character focus of the day, an overview of cross-country principles and continue with stretching, a group run and wrap-up exercises. The character development concepts include Integrity, Respect, Sportsmanship, Responsibility, Perseverance, Teamwork, Commitment, Courage, Discipline and Leadership.


There are a few spots left at QHMS! It's not too late to sign up!


Learn more about the program and register here. Scholarships are available! Download a form here. More info in the video below!

Cross Country For Youth Commercial

Rugby Club coming Winter 2017

WANT TO GIVE RUGBY A TRY?


Quail Hollow Middle School is featuring a new club Rugby team starting Winter 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a sport that ‘fits.’ QHMS Rugby won the NC Middle School Rugby State Championship in 2012-2013. We are looking for a repeat.

QHMS Rugby will have no ‘cuts’ since there is room on the team for everyone (including girls). We need kids who can kick, kids who can run, kids who learn fast and think on their feet, and kids who like to have fun! Rugby is a fast-paced sport which rewards speed, courage, fitness, and teamwork. Rugby players will learn specific rugby skills including how to tackle safely. Coach David Hawkins coached at QHMS during their championship season and has most recently coached rugby across the street at South Meck High School for 3 years. He brings almost 30 years of rugby experience and loves the sport of rugby.


Contact David Hawkins, QHMS Rugby Coach for more info! David@ddhawkins.com 704-591-9640

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Fall Sign-up Starts Soon For PSAA Basketball - Early Bird Pricing begins first week of October. Pin our flyer to your refrigerator until then!!


Our season runs from sign ups in early October through regular season and all-star tournaments till the 1st week of March. Boys and Girls ages 5 through 17 are welcome. There is a team for every child interested in learning the game of basketball whether a beginner or advanced player!! Our philosophy is to balance teams evenly with the same number of beginners and advanced players to offer competitive, fun & wonderful developmental experiences.


Most of our age groups will play an end-of-the-year tournament which always holds tremendous excitement! For questions or more insight, contact us at basketball@parksharonsports.com

CHECK US OUT @ http://www.parksharonsports.com/program/basketball

LIKE US @ https://www.facebook.com/parksharonsports/

Take note! Important Info for Falcon Families

Immunizations: Required for 7th Grade

Did you know that your 7th grader must receive one dose of Meningococcal and one dose of Tdap vaccinations by September 28? Please contact your health care provider or the Mecklenburg County Health Department (704) 336-6500 to make an appointment for these required vaccines and remember to provide documentation of the completed vaccines to your school. Be on the lookout for more information about shot clinics coming soon. Big Shot Saturdays are back and help provide these immunizations. Check out the flyer below for more info!

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Free Breakfast & Lunch at QHMS for all students

We are pleased to inform you that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2017-18. Schools participating in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in the school. No paperwork necessary! Read more about the CEP Program.

Dress Code

Please take time to review the Dress Code with your student. There is one update to note: bottoms must be fist length when the students arms are fully extended. A few more highlights: straps must be three fingers wide (no off the shoulder tops), leggings are only allowed with a top that is fist length or longer. Check out the dress code here.

Quail Hollow PTSA

Congratulations and Thank You to the following individuals who have volunteered to serve as your PTSA executive officers for the 2017-2018 school year:


Jill Davis - President

Stephanie Klapheke - Secretary

Tiffani Molesky - VP Fundraising

Karla Hollowell - VP School Support

Melanie Kupreanik - VP Finance


If you are interested in learning more about the duties of our PTSA, and wish to assist a board member or committee next year, let us know! Contact President Jill Davis, jelzdavis@icloud.com or 704.996.7827.

LEND A HAND, SUPPORT QHMS

North Star Reading Buddies

Help nurture the love of reading with a child all year long. The North Star reading buddy program is in it's third year at QHMS and is making great strides getting our children up to speed on reading. One on one mentors are needed at QH once a week. Learn more and sign up here! Have questions? Contact Kris Wawer.

These are a few of our favorite things!

Would you like to show your appreciation to a teacher or staff member but just not sure what to do? Check out our list of Favorite Things! https://joom.ag/7N9L

CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Family Engagement Academic Fair

Please join us on Saturday, September 23rd 2017 as we Gear up for Greatness at East Mecklenburg High School located at 6800 Monroe Road from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

At the Fair, you can


  • Receive free immunizations at the Novant Community Cruiser.
  • Explore the latest technology at Microsoft’s Device Bar
  • Learn more about how to support learning at home through workshops offered by CMS educators, the Arts and Science Council, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
  • Talk to representatives from various CMS departments and community organizations.


Enjoy a day of food, fun, and learning for the entire family!

We hope to see you there!
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Let Us Know about Amazing Falcons, QH News, or Share Photos!

The Falcon Connection is a volunteer collaboration with the school, and would love to hear your news! Send us ideas for stories, and definitely send us your favorite photos! Want to help out? Have a correction or an update? Let us know!