The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | Oct 26, 2016

A New Look!

The Falcon Connection has a new look and feel this week! Expect to find just as much information (maybe even more!) as we transition to our new format. The calendar of Important Dates will always be at the top, but make sure you keep scrolling for additional news. You can click on photos to get a closer look, and convert to Spanish using Google Translate -- just click the "Read in Spanish" button above! Issues of the Falcon Connection will still be archived on the school website so you can always look back. Let us know what you think at qhfalcon@gmail.com. We welcome all feedback!

Important Dates

  • Events listed are current as of the date of publication. Always check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


    OCTOBER

    • Thu 27 Counselor Café, 8:30-9:15am
    • Thu 27 Fall Sports Pep Rally, 3:00pm
    • Thu 27 Football HOME v Carmel, 5:00pm
    • Thu 27 Superintendent MeckEd Forum, 6:00pm, Albemarle Rec Center
    • Fri 28 Characters in Literature costume day - school dress code applies!
    • Fri 28 7th & 8th Grade "Jail Your Teacher" contest, $1 per vote
    • Fri 28 7th & 8th Grade Dance Party, $5 entry fee
    • Mon 31 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday


    NOVEMBER

    • Tue 1 Volleyball @ Carmel, 5:00pm
    • Tue 1 Golf v AG @ Myers Park CC, 5:00pm
    • Wed 2 Volleyball FINAL HOME GAME v AG, 5:00pm
    • Thu 3 Football @ AG, 5:00pm
    • Tue 8 NO SCHOOL – Election Day /Teacher Workday
    • Wed 9 Football FINAL HOME GAME v South Clt, 5:00pm
    • Wed 9 CMS School Board public hearing/magnet vote, Uptown Government Center
    • Fri 11 NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day Holiday
    • Mon 14 Winter Sports tryout paperwork deadline
    • Tue 15 Winter Sports tryouts begin, after school

Grade Levels Support the Falcon Fund

Last Friday, the 6th graders hosted their Movie and Mingle for the grade level fundraiser for the Falcon Fund! 6th graders had a blast eating popcorn, watching a movie, and mingling with their friends! They even closed out with dancing!


7th and 8th graders will wrap up this week with two Falcon Fund activities: Jail your Teacher contest, and a Literary Costume Dance Party! During lunch shifts this Thursday and Friday, 7th & 8th grade students can pay $1 per ticket to vote for their 4th block teacher to be "jailed". The teacher earning the MOST tickets will be thrown in jail and that class will earn a free period to party while their teacher is "in jail"!


On Friday, ALL students are encouraged to come to school in a costume representing their favorite character in literature. **Dress Code still applies!** And 7th & 8th graders can also pay $5 to attend a dance at the end of the day and show off their character's best dance moves! Note: 7th & 8th graders are not required to be in costume to attend the dance...but it makes it more fun!

Eighth Grade T-Shirts

8th grade students who are interested in purchasing a t-shirt should do so by this Friday! The shirt will be designed by a QHMS 8th grader! Cash and checks accepted; checks should be made payable to QHMS PTSA. Shirts are $10 for short sleeve and $12 for long sleeve. Shirts should arrive after Thanksgiving! Proceeds will go toward 8th grade End of Year events. See Ms. Gray for more info.

Counselor Cafe Thursday, Oct 27th 8:30-9:15

Did you know that children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations?


Join us tomorrow, October 27th at 8:30-9:15 for our first Counselor Café meeting! This month we will be talking about Red Ribbon Week, which is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug/violence prevention and awareness campaign which takes place Nationwide each year. We will have our Substance Abuse Counselor, Ms. Edwards presenting to parents on this topic. We will have a light breakfast as well. Parents are welcome to bring thier students to this event. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/GqCu5WYZa89EXuik2

Fall Sports Pep Rally

The Fall Sports Pep Rally is this Thursday, October 27, at 3:00! All students are invited to attend, as well as families. Scholar Athletes are treated to a pizza party by the QH Booster Club prior to the pep rally. Show your Falcon Pride and get our teams pumped for the end of the Fall sports season. Visitors: Remember to sign in at the front office before coming down to the gym. Be warned -- this is an EXCITING event and our Falcon pride gets LOUD!

Sign Posts: Help your student at home!

New this year, all grade levels added the study of non-fiction signposts and the "3 Big Questions" for reading non-fiction text. These are helpful strategies for accessing and analyzing text. Click here to learn more about strategies that are taught in both Language Arts and Social Studies classes in all grades! The document also provides information about using the Notice and Note Sign Posts for fiction texts and independent reading!

CMS Superintendent Search

CMS’ search for the next Superintendent is in process and the nonprofit education advocacy group MeckEd is gathering public input through a survey to assist the school board with their selection. Go to www.mecked.org for the survey. A public forum is also scheduled Oct. 27, 6:00pm, at the Albemarle Rec Center to learn more. More info at: www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/superintendentsearch .

CMS Student Assignment & School Options Plan: Future Magnet Option for QHMS


The CMS School Board has been reviewing the district’s student assignment plan and how it should best support achievement for all students in alignment with the Student Assignment Goals established in February 2016. On October 11th, the board proposed revisions to the Magnet Lottery process to give families more choice in schools available to their child, and build more socioeconomic integration (SES) across the district starting with the 2017-2018 school year. The proposal also seeks to implement magnet programs at more schools, potentially including QHMS in coming years.

We encourage you and your neighbors to GET INFORMED about the proposal and VOICE YOUR OPINION before the plan vote on Nov. 9th. Click the link to go to the Student Assignment website for all documents and meeting dates for public input.

Winter Sports Sign Ups

It's time to sign up for basketball and cheerleading! Tryouts will begin Tuesday, November 15. All paperwork is due to Coach Rose by Monday, November 14. Students must have an up-to-date physical, concussion waiver, fair-play contract, and participation waiver on file. If students turned in all of the paperwork for Fall Sports tryouts, they do not need to submit again, as long as the physical is current. Physicals will NOT be offered at the school. Forms can be printed here. Students have to have a 2.0 GPA.


Interested students should sign up here!

QH Booster Club – Join Us!

The QH Booster Club is a group of parents that believe in supporting our student’s access to health, wellness and athletic opportunities. By joining the QH Boosters, you help raise money for much needed sports gear, PE uniforms, and curriculum “extras” for the PE / Health classes, as well as donate “priceless” volunteer hours. Join today and help ensure our Falcons include HEALTH in their PATH to success. Click here for a membership form. Questions? Contact Jill Armstrong, Boosters president.

Lend A Hand: QHMS Volunteers

Learn Mandarin Chinese at QHMS

The Foreign Language League is interested in teaching “immersion style” Mandarin Chinese through face to face weekly 45 minute sessions at QHMS. Our teachers use culturally based music, art, games and stories to make a new language fun! Interested? Contact Melissa@foreignlanguageleague.com

Sabre News

SMHS Chick-Fil-A Challenge
Drop your receipt in the SMHS bucket when you eat at Carolina Pavilion Chick-Fil-A through12/22 to help the Sabres win $1,000!

Our Quail Hollow Falcons are “Future Sabres” at South Mecklenburg High School. Start building that South Meck Sabre pride now and get to know your future school home!

South Meck School Website | South Meck Sports Schedules | South Meck PTSA | Follow South Meck on Facebook and Instagram

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