The Pizitz Post

For Students, Parents & Families - April 25, 2022


We often quote our school mantra, "Character. Excellence. Family. Where PIrates lead, others follow." Leadership comes in a variety of forms in the life of our school. Teachers and students are leaders in learning. Students can be leaders when they are selected as captains of teams or SGA representatives. But leadership is more than a selected role or position, we believe everyone can lead by example. Students can lead by standing up for someone, modeling good character, volunteering in class, serving when there is a need. At Pizitz, we define leadership as influencing and guiding others in a positive way.

How will you influence someone in a positive way this week? Take note of how others are leading around you and help to promote positive change!

Alabama All State Band Festival

The Pizitz Band had ten members place in the Alabama All State Band Festival as a result of an in person audition in January that included fifteen scales, two etudes, and sight-reading. Ten is a school record for number of students making the All State Band. After completing the second round of auditions, four students placed first in the state. The event was held in Mobile, April 7-9. The students worked with internationally known conductors and performed an outstanding concert on Saturday of the event. Congratulations, students, you represent Pizitz well.

Jason Murong- alto sax, 1st chair

Colt Riley- bari sax, 1st chair

Wyatt Smith-Moody- clarinet, 1st chair

Ella Palmer- bassoon, 1st chair

Eric Wang, flute

Jaymin Bae, clarinet

Autumn Berry, clarinet

Zara McKelvey, clarinet

Alan Sheng, horn

Jackson Hartsough, trombone

Join the Math Team!

Any student who is interested in joining the 7th Grade Pizitz Math Team for the 2022-2023 school year should join the Google Classroom (code: ivs3mjc) and complete the application. Any questions can be directed to Hope Levio

8th Grade Banquet Slideshow

8th Grade Students: If you would like to contribute pictures for the slideshow to be shown at the 8th grade banquet, please upload them to the Google Classroom that has been set up using code: hfytift. We want to include as many of our 8th grade students as possible. Please note that not all pictures uploaded will be used in the slideshow.

Want to try wrestling?

If you are a rising 7th or 8th grade boy or girl and you want to wrestle next year, we are having a three day period to TRY Wrestling. These three days will be spent going over the basics of the sport, playing games, and learning fundamental skills. This period will provide an introduction to help decide if you want to participate in the sport next year.

Join he Pizitz Wrestling Google Classroom (tcltkac). Complete the Google Form for Spring Wrestling.

The dates will be May 17 & 19 from 3:00-5:00 each day in the Pizitz Wrestling Room.

All those trying out MUST be in Dragonfly and have added the Wrestling TRYOUT along with the required items.

If you have any questions, contact Nick Tucker (

Cross Country

Attention 6th & 7th Graders:

If you enjoy running long distances and wish to be on the Cross Country team for next year, there is an informational meeting for students and parents on Tuesday, May 10 at 3:30 PM in the Pizitz Library/Media Center. Athletes must attend if they wish to join the XC team.

Track and Field News

Our Track & Field team competed at Mtn. Brook on 4/19. The following athletes placed in their events:

Krislyn Thomas - 1st in Pole Vault and currently ranked #1 in the Nation for 7th grade Pole Vaulters!

Ezra Huber - 1st in Pole Vault and currently ranked #1 in the Nation for 7th grade Pole Vaulters!

Riley Zeanah - 1st in the 800m Run

Angela Zhang - 1st in the 1600m Run

Molly Mac Sharp - 1st in Triple Jump, 3rd in High Jump, 6th in Long Jump

Emma Falkner - 1st in High Jump, 3rd in Triple Jump

Owen Stevens - 1st in the 1600m Run, 5th in 800m Run

Henry Drew - 1st in Shot Put, 1st in Discus

Maddie Hazelton - 2nd in the 1600m Run

Abby Allen - 2nd in 300m Hurdles, 3rd in 100m Hurdles

Ethan Meadows - 2nd in 800m Run

Christopher Fox - 2nd in Triple Jump

Drake Renta - 2nd in Shot Put

Wesley Newman - T 2nd in High Jump

Lizzie Griem - 3rd in Pole Vault

Girls 4x100m Relay A Team - 3rd place

Luke Vicinanzo - 3rd in the 400m Dash, 5th in High JumpJackson Mize - 3rd in 800m Run

Cayden Wilson - 3rd in Long Jump

Antonia Corona - 3rd in Discus, 6th in Shot Put

Izzy Maniscalco - 4th in the 1600m Run

Emily Jin - 4th in Triple Jump

Girls 4x100m Relay B Team - 4th place

JT Hayes - 4th in 800m Run

Mason Thompson - 4th in 1600m Run

Britt Vice - 4th in Triple Jump, 5th in Long Jump

Hamp McMurray - 4th in Discus

AJ Litty - 5th in the 400m Dash, 8th in the 800m Run

Logan Wiginton - 5th in High Jump, 6th in Triple Jump

Tyler Bradshaw - 5th in the 300m Hurdles, 6th in the 110m Hurdles

Anna Monroe - 6th in the 200m Dash, 6th in the 400m Dash

Maddie Hazelton - 6th in the 800m Run

Kate Fitzpatrick - 6th in Discus, 7th in Shot Put

Lincoln Goforth - 6th in Long Jump, 7th in Triple Jump

Hill Hudlow - 7th in 100m Hurdles

Destin Robinson - 7th in Shot Put, 8th in Discus

Lily Xie - 8th in Shot Put

Ava Grace Schneckenberger - 8th in Discus

Rylie Laughlin - 8th in Pole Vault

Jake Roman - 8th in the 300m Hurdles

Mason McDaniel - 8th in Triple Jump

Noah Jones - 8th in Shot Put

Paul Edwards - T 8th in Pole Vault

John Junkin - T 8th in Pole Vault

Our Track & Field team will compete at the Metro South Championship Track & Field meet at Mtn. Brook High School on Tuesday, April 26 @4PM. Come out and support your Pirates!

Pirates' Day is Coming!!!

Pirates’ Day is Wednesday, May 25, 2022. This day is filled with games, food and activities to provide our students fun and entertainment while serving as a very important school fundraiser. There are activities planned to appeal to all ages. We will sell wristbands for unlimited access to most activities. Items not covered by the wristband that will require pre- registration to participate include: Whiffle Ball Tournament (Coach McKenzie) & Basketball 3-on-3 (Coach Brown or Coach Matchen).

You may order wristbands and place lunch orders during your 4th period lunch from Monday, May 9 until Thursday, May 19. Wristbands are $25 and include lunch. Checks should be made out to Pizitz Middle School and include a contact phone number. Pre-ordered Wristbands will be given out in homeroom on Pirates’ Day.

Wristbands will not be sold on Friday, May 20- Tuesday, May 24.

Wristbands will be on sale at the bank on Pirates’ Day for $25. The bank will be located on the stage in the Cafeteria. Anyone needing financial assistance to pay for Pirates’ Day- Please contact your guidance counselor.

Each wristband has 1 pull-tab that serves as the lunch pass for either a Lunch Combo from the cafeteria or a combo from the food truck. Students also have the option to choose a box lunch from the cafeteria that comes out of their lunch account ( this is the free lunch available to all students). The free box lunch will be the option of PBJ box or Hummus and veggies box.

Lunch Combos in the Cafeteria include the following choices:

Dominos Pizza , fries and a drink

Chicken fingers, fries and a drink

Baked cheese sticks, fries and a drink

The Food truck is Three Men and a Pig- they will offer the following lunch combos:

BBQ Pork Nachos and a drink

Beef Brisket, chips and a drink

BBQ Pork sandwich, chips and a drink

In order to get food from the food truck, you must place your order when purchasing your wristband between May 9th and May 19th. ALL food truck items are PRE-ORDER ONLY. You will not be able to change to one of these on Pirates’ Day.

Please note that lunches cannot be delivered to students during Pirates’ Day. Coolers are also not permitted. The cafeteria will sell breakfast Pirates’ Day morning. Students are encouraged to purchase breakfast in the morning before Pirates’ Day begins.

“Pirate Pass” fast passes will be on sale on Pirates’ Day for $5 each at the bank. Each “Pirate Pass” allows students to go to the front of the line of any event up to four times per pass. Each time a “Pirate Pass” is used, a corner will be torn. Once all 4 corners are torn, that “Pirate Pass” is void. Students can purchase as many “Pirate Passes” as they desire. “Pirate Passes” will be confiscated for misuse and/or misbehavior.

Dress code still applies on Pirates’ Day. Please note that shirts/tank tops must have at least a 2” strap on the shoulder and shorts must be fingertip length. Hats are allowed and encouraged. Please wear sunscreen! Students are highly encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles. There will be water stations available on Pirates Day for students to refill their bottles.

Cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted during the day. All devices must be turned off and secured in students’ lockers during the homeroom session. Students will be allowed to get their devices at the end of the school day. Devices used/seen during Pirates’ Day activities will be taken up and turned in to the front office. Parents/guardians can pick these up after school.


8:05-8:30 Homeroom - students will receive wristbands and pre-ordered tickets.

8:30-9:30 Talent show.

9:30-1:30 Pirates Day activities. (Students are not allowed to go into the school hallways until 3:00. Restroom facilities will be available outside.)

1:30 Report to the Lower Gym

1:30-3:00 Pep Rally in the Lower Gym

Pirates’ Day Activities

Badminton Basketball 3 on 3 Beach Volleyball

Bean Bag Toss Bingo Blongo Ball

Cake Walk Corn Hole Cyclone Swings

Double High Striker Horse Shoes Karaoke

Kart Racing Leaps N Bounds Pedestal Joust

Pente Ping Pong Moon Bounce

Putt Putt Rock- N-Roll Sports Zone 3-n-1

Talent Show Tattoos Tic Tac Throw

Ultimate Frisbee Whiffle Ball Whirly Bird

Wrecking Ball Wreckless Candy Guess

Cotton Candy Sno Cones