Poplar Grove Post

February 2018


Hello Poplar Grove Families,

January was full of surprises and we hope you enjoyed your snow days! We are back to school and hard at work to prepare for success. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you were able to make it to the Volunteer luncheon. Parents and family volunteers are part of what makes PGS such a great place.

January also brought another PGMS House Day! Students participated in large group dance off, ate lunch with their House, and reflected on the character trait of Courage. February’s House Day will focus on being a good Citizen, and we have some big plans! Keep an eye out for pictures on Twitter and Facebook!

Lastly we are still working hard to prepare for TNReady. As stated in the last Poplar Grove Post, TNReady will be in paper pencil format this year. Testing is not until Mid-April, but we are getting ready to rock it!

February is a short month, but it is one of the busiest of the year! Please be sure to mark your calendar for some of the following events:

2/12- School Board Meeting (6:30 @FMS)

2/14- Holiday Parties

2/19- President’s Day

2/20- Williamson Love Libraries event at the Williamson County Public Library

2/22- Faculty vs. Student Basketball (6:30 @ PGS)

2/26-3/2- Scholastic Book Fair

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 3-8pm

2016 Columbia Avenue

Franklin, TN

Bring your family and friends to Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A on Columbia Ave on February 1 from 5:00-8:00. When you order, please tell the cashier you are with Poplar Grove and PGES will receive 20% of your order! “Eat more chicken” and help us make this night a success!

Williamson Loves Libraries Day

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 3-7pm

1314 Columbia Avenue

Franklin, TN

Do you love your library? The WCS and FSSD school librarians are partnering with the public librarians to sponsor a fun event to celebrate all the great things libraries have to offer. Drop in at the main branch library and have fun getting to know what your library has to offer! Sponsored by The Williamson Library Association.

Scholastic BOGO Book Fair

Monday, Feb. 26th, 7:30am to Friday, March 2nd, 10:30am

Poplar Grove Elementary Lobby

Stock up on great titles for Read Across America week and summer reading. Buy One Get One Free at the Scholastic Book Fair. This is a fundraiser for the library media centers. Look for opportunities to sign-up to volunteer coming soon.




Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Freedom Middle School

Join us for vendor giveaways, door prizes, student performances and more! This is a FREE event to provide our staff, students and families information and services our community partners have to offer. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!


A recent study showed a link between energy drink consumption and mental health issues. The study involved individuals between the ages of 12-15. Symptoms such as elevated heart beats, difficulty sleeping, headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures can be some symptoms experienced after energy drink consumption. PGMS does not allow energy drinks/coffee at school or during lunch for our students.


The CDC reports that this is one of the worst flu seasons in several years. Flu is widespread in 49 of 50 US states, including Tennessee. We have had students, teachers and staff at PGMS test positive for the flu. Taking all this into consideration, we have been lucky at our school. The absentee rate here has been pretty typical of what it normally is at this time of the year.



High school registration for rising 9th grade students at Poplar Grove Middle will soon be here. Please review the information below and mark the dates on your calendar.

For students zoned to Centennial High School:

CHS Parent and Student Orientation - February 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School

Informational booths for every sport, curriculum area and school activities will be in the gym and open at 6:00. Parents and students are encouraged to visit these booths for information.

Students will remain in the gym at 7:00 for an orientation.

Parents will meet in the Centennial Performing Arts Center at 7:00 for the open house.

CHS Rising 9th Grade Student Registration - February 26th and 27th in the Poplar Grove Middle School Library. Parents will receive a registration appointment time by mail in the next few days.

For students zoned to Franklin High School:

FHS Parent and Student Orientation - February 12th, at 6:00 p.m. at Franklin High School

FHS Rising 9th Grade Student Registration - March 7th in the Poplar Grove Middle School Library. Parents will receive a registration appointment time by mail in the next few days.

Please be sure to bring all of the necessary enrollment forms to your scheduled appointment.

English and Spanish versions of all enrollment forms needed for high school registration can be found at http://www.wcs.edu/parents-students/enrollment/

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or if you need to reschedule your appointment time, please contact Keith Welch at 615-472-3993 or welchkei@fssd.org

Hispanic Heritage Lunch

On Feruary 16th, the PGS hispanic families are providing a lunch to show their appreciation for the PGS faculty and staff. They will be preparing and serving traditonal hispanic dishes for the teachers and staff to enjoy.



We have enjoyed some snow days as the second half of the school year has been underway. The fifth grade team continues to enjoy our morning meetings with our home room classes. Each of us tries to keep each day filled with positive discussions and mindful conversations. Here is a photo of some of your sweet kids greeting one another on a Tubular Tuesday using their best “Valley Girl/Surfer Dude” accents.

The conversations they share with each other and the encouragement that they give one another blesses us as a team, and we think it blesses them as they pour into one another with words that are full of intentionality. It’s such a good reminder of the hearts and attitudes that we should all carry on with the people in our lives. Your kiddos are some of the sweetest on campus! We miss them when we’re out unexpectedly, and are so happy when we get to return to see their sweet faces!


Sixth grade students are excited about predicting the weather! We are using weather instruments and data to forecast weather conditions. Soon we will apply these meteorology skills to weather maps and complete a weather project.


Students are working with peers to take an in-depth look at our class novel, Esperanza Rising. Students are completing a literary analysis of the book and then look to make connections between the elements of the text. We will place elements on an "analysis wheel" and draw arrows where we find those connections. This helps us to take a look at the novel from three perspectives: What does the text say/not say, what does the text do, and what does the text mean? We are developing our complex and critical thinking by looking at key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.


Our eighth graders made a trip to the elementary end to read to the first graders. With skill and eloquence, the older students created an atmosphere where the words seemed to fly off the page and ignite the younger students' imaginations. The eighth graders also had the honor of reading letters written by North Pole Elves to each of these youngsters. What a great sharing moment between Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle!


Library Dedication Books

Would you like to honor someone (teacher, student, loved one) by donating a book to the PGMS Library Media Center in his/her name? This is a great way to commemorate your graduating 8th grader’s years at PGS, or celebrate a teacher or child’s birthday, or remember a lost loved one. Your child can come to the library and choose from one of next year’s VSBA nominated-books. An honor plate will be placed in the front of the book so that PGMS students will remember your honoree for years to come! Click here for the form to fill out.

A birthday book called Nothing But Trouble by Jacqueline Davies has been donated to the middle school library in honor of Kennedy Townsel's birthday, which was January 9th. This book is on next year's VSBA list. Kennedy has already had a chance to read it, so it is available in the library for checkout.

Miles Houck has generously donated these 4 titles on next year's VSBA list:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Mayday by Karen Harrington, Finding Fortune by Delia Ray, and Scythe by Neal Shusterman. These titles are available in the library for checkout.

Keira Yocum (along with her family) donated the book The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill to the library in honor of her sister Adriana's birthday, which was Jan. 26th. This book is also on next year's VSBA list and will be available for checkout just as soon as Adriana is finished reading it.