News From Pinnacle Academy

September 6 - 9, 2022

working on student-teacher-parent relationships

Dear Pinnacle Academy Families,

As it has always been and will continue to do so, time flies! I can’t believe two huge weeks are over already.

Students started to take their first diagnostic tests this week. At the end of next week, data chats on student performances and action plans will be happening.

One of the look fors in the school for this month is team bonding. One way to do that is HomeVisits. Pinnacle Academy recognizes that educational success can only be realized when harmonious student-teacher-parent relationships are established. PA encourages the Home Visits to bridge the ever-growing gap between schools and homes. We would like to see a mutual relationship among teachers and parents to reach out this goal. Let’s welcome invitations from your child’s teachers or be the first to invite them over for about 30 minutes getting-to-know-each-other-time.

One last thing I would like to share is that in society establishing mutual respect is important. Everyone is smart, everyone is different, everyone has their own unique personality. Most of the time, we have different opinions on certain subjects which does not always make any of us wrong. Let me conclude with a story from my readings;

“Two men had an argument. To settle the matter, they went to a Sufi judge for arbitration. The plaintiff made his case. He was very persuasive in his reasoning. When he finished, the judge nodded in approval and said, “That’s right.”

On hearing this, the defendant jumped up and said, ‘Wait a second, judge, you haven’t even heard my side of the case yet.’ So the judge told the defendant to state his case. He, too, was very persuasive. When he finished, the judge said, ‘That’s right.’

When the clerk of court heard this, he jumped up and said, ‘Judge, they both can’t be right.’ The judge looked at the clerk and said, ‘That’s right.’“

So, the moral of the story from the book called “A Whack on the Side of the Head’ is that there is not always one right answer.

Let me leave you with this quote below:

“If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” -Les Brown

Warm Regards,

Metin Gunes


KG students are learning the world

This week's cultural lesson taught KG students about the world's continents. They discovered that the world is divided into seven continents. They all had a good time singing songs about continents together.

Algebra can be fun too

Algebra I is a high school math course exploring how to use letters (called variables) and numbers with mathematical symbols to solve problems. It typically includes evaluating expressions, writing equations, graphing functions, solving quadratics, and understanding inequalities.

Students in Algebra I typically build conceptual understanding and gain procedural fluency of concepts that are required for more advanced math subjects such as Geometry and Calculus. Abstracting real-life situations into mathematical models is a key part of success in Algebra I.

This week, 7th grade created a Calendar with the skills practiced in Mrs. Cavus class. Our students also understand the importance of this course and try their best to focus and practice in making improvements.

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World languages

Our Arabic Teacher Mrs. Boulkenafet is trying her best to get the students back on track after a long summer holiday.

Pre-k and elementary students have a lot of fun activities while learning a new language and practicing Arabic letters.

The middle and high schoolers reviewed what they had learned last year and are getting ready for the new Arabic challenges.

Ms. Reyes is proud to share her student's work

Rossie from 5th grade draw her friend Rosha and she did such an amazing job!
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Pinnacle's amazing PTO

Pinnacle Academy is so proud and honored to have lovely and supportive families who are always there for our students as well as their teachers.

This week our PTO members surprised the teachers in their classrooms with a delicious breakfast cart and gifts. They know how to motivate our educators and boost their energy early in the morning.

We are sending our gratitude and love to the PTO members. Thank you for everything you do!!!

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Arslan M. KG

Arslan M. is KG class's star student of the week. Arslan is a polite young man. He constantly wants to learn and follows all the classroom regulations. His writing is slick and attractive. He excels at teamwork. We are so happy to have him in the Kindergarten class this year!
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Math Olympiads- Math Clubs

We proudly announce that we will begin Pinnacle Academy Math Olympiad Clubs next week.

Math Olympiads club will study to prepare the students to participate in some Math Contests such as Noetic Learning Math, Math Counts, AMC 8 and AMC 10. Participating in Math Contests is a very great opportunity for the students who can earn medals, certificates and use them for college acceptance.

The students are expected to perform Advanced Math skills in the club activities. The materials will be provided by coaches. There will be some fun activities as well during club time.

Criteria: Students must be performing 70% and above in their Map Testing scores to be eligible in the club. Also, teacher recommendations will be considered.

This year the school generously covers the registration fees of the contests. Therefore, students won't be asked to pay any fee for the clubs, unless the teams organize field trips or team activities for fun.

The students will be required to study at least three hours per week. The team study sessions will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

If you are interested and committed, please email me via to register for Math Olympiad Teams.

CRLP Application form

Dear 6-10th Grade Families,

Please see attached the CRLP presentation for your reference.

We would like to begin our program next week so please fill out the Application Form by Tuesday, September 13th.

The College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP) Application 2022-23

If you have any questions please contact Mrs.Cavus via


Pinnacle Academy is excited to announce basketball tryouts for middle and high school students Wednesday, September 14, at 3.45PM in the basketball court of PA. The basketball season is full of surprises this school year! Don't miss out on the fun and a chance to be part of the dream team!
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ice-cream social

We are excited to announce our first Ice-cream Social for this year. The event will be conducted on Thursday, September 15th, 3:45pm-5pm at Pinnacle Academy. All of the ice-creams will be nut free and some will be sugar free.

Middle and High Schoolers will use the MS/HS hallways and Elementary School will use in door recess area.

We are going to have a lot of fun during the event and will be looking forward to see you all there!

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Lockers have been assigned to all students grades 6 to 9. If you have not already, please bring a lock to school so you can secure your belongings!

10th graders will also have lockers starting next week. Please bring a lock so you'll be ready when they arrive!


Dear Parents,

PTO would like to invite you to the 1st PTO meeting for the new school year on Tuesday, September 13th at 8:45 am in the school cafeteria. At the meeting, we will elect new PTO Board, and discuss the opportunities for volunteering through the school year, and upcoming events and activities.

Please note that only members who paid annual membership dues ($50 per family for 2022-23 school year) before the election will be able to cast their votes for new officers of the PTO Board. Membership form is attached.


Nomination Process for PTO officers:

All nominations are due by 5 pm, September 9th, 2022 ( Self nominations are also permissable). Please send email to if interested.

Agenda for the meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 8:45 am

  • Welcome remarks by Principal

  • Election of the PTO Board & Chairs of 2 standing committees

  • Sub-committee team lead selections and signups.

  • Open floor for questions

Possible roles you can play for your school and PTO

President: presides over meetings, represent the PTO inside and outside the school, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees.

Vice President: assists the president & serves as acting president as needed. Often, vice president heads fundraising activities.

Secretary: keeps all records of the organization, including minutes & correspondence. Maintains the PTO membership database and sends approved minutes of PTO meetings to all members.

Treasurer: manages and records PTO funds and regularly provides financial updates.

Two Co-Chairpersons for ‘Fundraising and Charity for Events Committee’: in consultation with the PTO Board, organizes fundraising and charity events and programs including social events.

Chairperson for ‘ Communication and Marketing Committee’: in consultation with the PTO Board, develops ways to increase parents’ role in the PTO and the school, improves communication with parents and teachers and does regular maintenance and updates of PTO website.

Sub-Committee Leads: No elections are required. They will be working closely with Pinnacle Admin team and PTO Board and participate PTO monthly meetings and provide regular updates.

  1. Health and Wellbeing committee:

  2. Volunteer Coordination committee:

  3. Social and Family Events committee:

  4. Beautification committee:

  5. Academic committee:

  6. Sports committee:

  7. Big events committee:

  8. Library & Literary Committee:


Important Dates to Remember

  • September 12 - Grandparents Day Social
  • September 13 - First PTO Meeting
  • September 15 - Back-to-School Ice Cream Social, 3:30-5:30PM
  • September 19-23 - Spirit Week
  • September 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No Classes)
  • September 27 - Mid-quarter Progress Reports Go Home