Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dear Parents,

With only four days left in the 3rd Quarter, this is a critical time to check in with your child about any missing work and incomplete assignments that they can still turn in. Please take a moment with your child to review HomeLink so that they are encouraged to complete missing work and finish the quarter strong. Although not all work can be turned in late, having a conversation with your child and coming up with a plan to turn in missed work can really help their final quarter grades. Thank you for your continued support and have a great rest of the week!

Ben Campopiano

Principal, Pine Hollow Middle School

(925) 672-5444 x5500


Special Minimum Day this Friday, March 15

There is a special Minimum Day scheduled for Pine Hollow students this Friday, March 15. This is the last day of the 3rd Quarter, and staff will be collaborating after students leave school. The special minimum day schedule has school ending at 11:45am. Bag lunches will be available for purchase in the MUR after school for those wanting to buy lunch.

If your child takes the County Connection bus home, they will need to find alternative transportation as the county cannot adjust their routes for our special early release. The bell schedule for this special minimum day is as follows:

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Healthy Kids Survey

Parents, please take the Healthy Kids Survey online before April 1st! Click here to begin the survey process, and thank you for your participation!

iReady Results

232 Pine Hollow students increased their iReady scores by 25 points or more from the Diagnostic 1 in September to the Diagnostic 2 in January! This is significant progress, and shows that many of our students are improving their knowledge, skills, and understanding in Math and English. Students who improved at least 25 points on the iReady diagnostic exams were awarded with a special treat at lunch last week. Students who improved at least 40 points were entered into a drawing for a donated Apple Watch.

The iReady diagnostic tests are taken online three times per year and show student progress in Math and English. Parents will be sent information about their child's results later this week. Here is the breakdown of our school-wide progress this year:

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Congratulations Basketball Teams

Congrats to our Boys and Girls Varsity basketball teams for making the playoffs!

#1 Diablo View vs #4 Pine Hollow
Monday, March 18 (3:30pm Tip Off)
@ Diablo View Middle School

#1 Pine Hollow vs #4 Valley View
Monday, March 18 (5:30pm Tip Off)
@ Valley View Middle School

Pine Hollow Open House... Save the Date!

This year, Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 8. All students, families, community members, and future students/families are welcome to attend Open House. We will have food trucks on site, a book fair in the Multi Use Room, and other activities to make it a great evening for our entire community! Here is the tentative agenda for the evening:

  • 4:30 = Food Trucks Open / Book Fair Opens
  • 5:30 = Incoming 6th Grade Presentation for Students and Parents in Gym
  • 6:00 = Incoming 6th Graders and Parents Visit Classrooms
  • 6:30 = Open House Begins for Current 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students and families
  • 7:30 = Food Trucks Close
  • 8:00 = Open House Ends

8th Grade Activities and Promotion ... Save the Dates!

Parents of 8th Graders... please mark your calendars and save the following dates for our end of year 8th Grade activities and promotion ceremony. More information about each of these events is posted on our website and will be sent home later this month.


  • Picnic: Friday, May 24 (All Day)
  • Dance: Friday, May 31 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 3 (6:30-8:00pm)


  • Wednesday, June 5 (8:30-10:30am)

Directing Change Film Screening Event

This free event will screen short student-produced films about suicide prevention and mental health and feature a Q&A panel to hear from suicide prevention experts, youth filmmakers and the Directing Change Program. By attending you will be inspired by the creativity of local student filmmakers, learn about suicide prevention, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Attend To:

  • Learn about the role youth, parents and schools can play in suicide prevention
  • Be part of changing conversations about suicide and mental health in your school and community
  • Learn about the Directing Change Program and how to implement it at your school

Event Details:

  • Rheem Theatre (350 Park Street, Moraga, CA 94556)
  • Free parking
  • Seating is limited

Please RSVP:

To learn more about the program visit:

Upcoming Key Dates

  • March 15: 3rd Quarter Ends / Special Minimum Day (School Ends at 11:45am)
  • March 18: Basketball Playoffs
  • March 22: 3rd Quarter Report Cards Distributed
  • March 25: Basketball Championships (TBA)
  • March 25: MDUSD Board Meeting
  • March 27: PTSA Meeting
  • March 28: MDUSD DELAC Meeting
  • March 29: No School (Cesar Chavez Day Observed) / Spring Break Begins