December 18, 2014

Plainfield Community Middle School

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Winter break begins Friday, December 19th and concludes Friday, January 2nd.

School resumes Monday, January 5th.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the PCMS staff.

6TH GRADE GREEK FESTIVAL

Sixth grade students recently participated in the annual PCMS Greek festival. The Greek festival is a culminating activity for the ancient Greece unit. Throughout the unit students are divided into city-states and compete to earn to “drachmae,” ancient Greek money. The students work very hard during the unit doing extra projects such as making models and learning the Greek alphabet along with being rewarded for regular classwork and classroom behavior.


During the festival students enjoy a feast in which the winning drachmae earners are served by others, several gods and goddesses make appearances, and Greek drama is celebrated through plays. The students also participate in the Olympics in which they try their hands at events such as the discus, javelin, and broad jump all while wearing chitons, Greek togas. Citizens from Athens to Sparta gather for a fun time of celebrating the legacies of ancient Greece.

UGLY SWEATER DAY

PCMS was filled with displays of ugly, uglier and the ugliest holiday sweaters! Students and staff featured some unique festive apparel. Many were contenders in Mr. Ellis' Ugly Sweater Contest. A favorite day for all.

GEAR GRINDERS

Turns out we’re actually really awesome at perseverance and research, for those of you who didn’t already know!


After 7 consecutive hours of work, 3 group presentations, 3 robot runs (in front of over 500 people), some epic failures, some minor successes, and some really hilarious moments your group brought home FIRST place for their research project AND the “Against All Odds” award.


From the moment our robot went into kamikaze mode, thereby wiping out over two months’ worth of work, your team demonstrated a patience, drive, and team attitude that left the judges in awe! By the time everything was said and done they were able to pull together a brief programmed bot for competition, an AMAZING research project and presentation, and show the STATE how to use limited resources and time for MAXIMUM gain!

2014 SHOOTOUT CHAMPIONS

The 8th grade boys' basketball team traveled to Zionsville West Middle School on November 15th to play in the 2014 Shootout Tournament and your Quakers brought home the Championship!!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT - PCMS BAND & PHS BAND

The 7th/8th grade band joined forces with the PHS band for the annual Christmas concert at PHS on December 2nd.

CHOIR CONCERT

The auditorium was filled with joyous tunes as the 6th and 7th/8th grade choirs performed on December 8th.

PCMS STUDENT MUSICIANS PERFORMED WITH ALL-REGIONS HONOR BAND

Five 8th grade students from PCMS were selected to perform with the 2014 Indiana Bandmasters Association All-Region Honor Band on November 23rd. Jayden Aurs, Abby Godwin, Jeanette Snyder, Molly Trivett and Juliana Zlatniski were selected from 270 applicants from 28 area schools to fill positions in this year's honor band of 124 young musicians.

2014 INDIANA ACADEMIC COACH OF THE YEAR

PCMS 8th grade science teacher, Mr. DeHoff, has been awarded the 2014 Indiana Academic Coach of the Year! Beginning his 13th year as an academic coach in the Junior Division, DeHoff and his teams have achieved four state champions in science and three in interdisciplinary. Congratulations Mr. Dehoff!

NOVEMBER VALUE AWARD WINNER

Payten Ybanez (8th grade) was awarded the November Value Award, "Respect For Others' Rights". She was recognized for her accomplishment at the December school board meeting.

DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations!


6th grade: Rebekah Mackey & Daniel Susalla

7th grade: Isabella Allen & Sawyer Duke

8th grade: Makaiah Haberkorn & Cameron Collins

PCMS STUDENT DESIGNED PCSC CHRISTMAS CARD

Steven Holsapple, an 8th grade student at PCMS, had his artwork selected for the 2014 Plainfield Community School Corporation Christmas card. He was presented a framed copy of the card at the December school board meeting.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, enjoy family and friends, and relax! For many, it is also a time of fresh starts and New Year’s Resolutions. Parents often want to know how they can help their child get off to a successful start after break.

Here are some valuable tips:


* Always insist that your child has a consistent study time each day.


* Set up a homework area that is free of distractions and has all of the necessary supplies.


* Make the point that homework is the priority-before going out to play, TV, sports, etc.


* Supervise the work, but don’t fall into the trap of doing the work.


* Encourage and motivate. Praise students to succeed.


* Model as often as possible. If parents can sit and read or do some of their own work, children learn that everyone has responsibilities and learning is lifelong.


* No matter how tempted, do not compare your children’s performance with siblings or other children their age. What works for one, may not work for another.


* Always stay in touch with your child’s teachers, especially if homework is a struggle. Use the agenda or e-mail your child’s teachers if you have any questions.


* Make sure you have an account set-up on PowerSchool to monitor your child’s progress.


Contact the PCMS Guidance Office if you need anything at all. We are always happy to help!


We wish you the happiest of holidays!

ATHLETIC PICTURE DATES FOR WINTER SPORTS


Tuesday, January 20 (wrestling room) Wrestling @ 3:30

Thursday, January 22 (west gym) Girls' Basketball

7th grade @ 3:30 8th grade @ 4:00

Thursday, February 5 (PHS) Swimming & Diving @ 3:15

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PCMS STUDENT CLUBS COLLECT FOR FOOD PANTRY

Team effort: PCMS Junior Optimists, Ambassadors and Student Council members combined efforts in a canned food drive that produced 2,818 cans for St. Marks Food Pantry.

AMBASSADORS COLLECT TOYS

The PCMS Student Ambassador Program hosted a toy drive. They collected over 200 new toys to benefit local families in need and Riley Children's Hospital. A special thank you to all who donated and our wonderful students, parents, and staff. Way to go PCMS!

BATTLE OF THE BEARDS

7th Grade Social Studies presented…Battle of the Beards


Participating teachers began growing beards October 10th. Students were encouraged to donate to their favorite beard grower. If the temptation of shaving overcame the teacher, then they donated their funds to the remaining bearded teacher of their choice. The last teachers remaining on December 18th were declared the winners of the competition.


Congratulations to our winners: Mr. Ellis, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Paschal, Mr, Ogden, Mr, Gauck, Mr. Craney and Mr. Dehoff.


Mr. Ellis (pictured above) led the group with $971.11 in donations, followed by Mr. Johnson collecting $902.53.


Overall, $2,431.83 was donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Thank you for your generosity and support!

STUDENTS, SHAVING CREAM AND CHEETOS...OH MY

Students teamed up and donated money for a chance to lather up and throw Cheetos at each other. Get three Cheetos to stick and you win! Proceeds benefited The Wounded Warrior Project.

HAT DAY

One dollar purchased you the opportunity to wear a favorite hat to school on hat day. $165 was earned and donated to the American Wildlife Federation.
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