PINE HOLLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dear Pine Hollow Parents,

We need your support. Pine Hollow has purchased 415 Chromebooks in the last six years, but 219 of them will be over three years old in June. Although Chromebooks that are over three years old are still usable, they no longer are covered under warranty, they no longer are auto-updated (which means they can't be used for school testing or other necessary tasks), and the wear and tear on them over the years make them slower and more problematic. Thus, we need to begin replacing a reasonable amount each year, so that our students and staff have enough devices that are in good condition, running efficiently, and updated regularly.


Purchasing replacement Chromebooks comes out of our school budget and costs upwards of $300 per device. Ideally we would like to have a Chromebook Cart with 32-37 Chromebooks in every classroom, which is something that most other middle schools have in place. This would enable teachers to utilize Chromebooks daily during their lessons without having to check them out and share them with other teachers. And most importantly, it would mean that all of our students would have access to a computer, online curriculum, educational software, and the internet, in all of their classes, every single day.


Our Pine Hollow Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) has created a Holiday Tech Drive where you can make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to help us upgrade and modernize our technology on campus. Whatever amount you donate to this drive will go directly back to the classroom for Chromebooks and technology. Thank you for your support with this critical fundraiser, and please let me know if you have any questions! Best,


Ben Campopiano

Principal, Pine Hollow Middle School

CampopianoB@mdusd.org

(925) 672-5444 x5500

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Tobacco Use Prevention Education

At Pine Hollow Middle School we have ten 7th and 8th grade students who participate in the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program as Student Educators. These students organize and run activities, events, and lessons to support school-wide education and awareness around tobacco related issues, including vaping, juuling and e-cigarettes. For more information about the TUPE program please click here or contact our school counselor, Lori Nardone. You can also read State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's recent announcement about the TUPE program by clicking here.

Dine & Donate On December 11th at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Click here for more information about this month's Dine & Donate event at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Concord! All proceeds go towards supporting the Pine Hollow PTSA! With your support, we raised about $250 last month at our Carl's Jr. Dine & Donate event!

Winter Ball Set For December 14th

The annual Winter Ball for 7th and 8th Graders is set for Friday, December 14th from 6:00-8:30pm at Pine Hollow. Tickets are currently on sale and cost $10 with an ASB card and $13 without. Students who attend the Winter Ball will dress up and have an exciting evening with a catered dinner, professional DJ, and fun games and activities. Parents will need to sign the ticket to agree to the guidelines and give permission to attend.

Winter Concerts Are Coming Up

  • SYMPHONIC BAND and ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT: Tuesday, December 11 (6:30pm in the Pine Hollow Multi Use Room)
  • CADET BAND and CADET ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT: Tuesday, December 18 (6:30pm in the Pine Hollow Multi Use Room)


Click here for more information...

Fire Victim Donation Drive

Our Leadership class has organized a Fire Victim Donation Drive and is collecting new school supplies and toys (see attached flier below for details). Thank you for donating these important items for the families impacted by the Northern California fires!

Upcoming Key Dates

DECEMBER

  • December 6: Girls Basketball Tryouts
  • December 7: Pajama Day
  • December 11: Symphonic Band and Orchestra Concert
  • December 18: Cadet Band and Cadet Orchestra Concert
  • December 21: End of 1st Semester / Minimum Day (School Ends at 12:53pm)
  • December 22: Winter Break Begins


JANUARY

  • January 7: Winter Break Ends (No School)
  • January 8: 1st Day of 2nd Semester
  • January 8: Site Council Meeting