The Pizitz Post
for Students, Parents & Families - February 13, 2023
Our Partnership with The Hope Institute
Vestavia Hills City Schools has partnered with The Hope Institute to support the work of character education in schools. Through this partnership, we have had the privilege to meet many educators across our state who are working to build a culture of character in schools. In addition, we have been able to get to know The Hope Institute's co-founder, Liz Huntley. Mrs. Huntley is a mother, wife, lawyer, child-advocate, and champion for character education.
Last year, at Pizitz, we were fortunate to have a virtual author visit with Liz Huntley to discuss her story and book, More Than a Bird. This year, we are grateful that she and her co-author are able to return to Pizitz for an in-person visit this Friday morning. She is working on a new book that discusses the partnerships between white and black people throughout history. Mrs. Huntley's visit to Pizitz is timely as we celebrate Black History month.
If you would like to learn more about this week's speaker, you can visit her website here. To learn more about our work with The Hope Institute, you can visit their website here.
Course selection is beginning for the 2023-2024 school year. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with our 6th and 7th grade parents virtually to discuss your child's Next Steps. Today, your child will be coming home with their course cards for course selection for the upcoming school year. These cards will be due back to the school by February 24. This week, we will meet with current 5th grade parents on February 16 at noon and 5:30 p.m. (please note: the noon and 5:30 p.m. meetings will cover the same information but the 6th/7th grade meetings from last week will differ from the 5th grade meetings held this week).
All information regarding course selection can be found on our website through the LiveBinder here.
- February 16: ALL current 5th Grade parents Next Steps Meetings to be held virtually at noon and 5:30 p.m. (the Google Meet link will be shared by email on Thursday morning)
- February 16: State VEX Robotics Tournament
- February 17: Author Visit with Liz Huntley (alternate schedule with a morning assembly)
- February 18: Alabama Junior Thespian Festival
- February 20: President's Day- No School
Extra copies will be available at the front office. All forms are due on Friday, March 3rd. You may drop the form off at the front office or email to Nurse Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this time of year, many families are planning spring trips. As a reminder, all students are permitted up to ten parent or principal approved absences throughout the year. Other absences should be accompanied by a doctor's note and will be noted as doctor-excused or "DE" in Powerschool. Otherwise, the absences will be considered unexcused. This is in alignment with our board's policy regarding absences.
Dance Team Auditions
If you are a 6th or 7th grade girl interested in auditioning for the 2023-2024 Pizitz Middle School Treasures Dance Team, please join the DT Audition Google Classroom page using this link: https://classroom.google.com/c/NTYyNzk3MTI4Nzc3?cjc=izwyer7 or use the Google Classroom code: izwyer7.
All information pertaining to membership, clinic and auditions will be located here.
Congratulations to our Yearbook Staff!
Congratulations to the yearbook staff on all of their hard work this year. One hundred eighty pages have been completed and twenty-eight pages to go before we publish the 2023 Pirivia yearbook. We can't wait for everyone to see it in May!
Attention: 8th Grade Girls
Any girl interested in auditioning for Rockettes or Color Guard is invited to join a Google Classroom for more information.
For Rockettes, the Google Classroom code is yzzku2o. Clinic will be held February 21-24 at the freshmen campus. Applications are due February 15. Please contact Angie Richardson (email@example.com) with questions.
If you are interested in learning more about the Color Guard at VHHS, check out their flyer here. Join their Google Classroom for more information (code: mqbk25z).
Interested in Robotics at VHHS?
The VHHS Robotics Team is now accepting applications for 2023 - 2024. Applications must be turned in to Mrs. Rice (at Pizitz) by Thursday, March 2. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions.
Check out the application and information provided by VHHS here.