Pembroke Community Middle School
January 11, 2021
Some winter scenes painted on the hall windows by some PCMS Fundamental of Art students
Hello PCMS Families, Here’s the PCMS news for the week.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
1/18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day
1/19 - Remote day for students. Virtual classes will be held from 10:45-2:10 pm.
1/20 - PCMS PTO Meeting
2/1 Term 2 Grades close
2/15 to 2/19 February vacation
WEEKLY LESSON PLANS
Here are the lesson plans for this week:
Below are the at-home support schedules for Cohorts A & B:
Project 351 is a statewide student leadership initiative. Each year, an Ambassador is selected from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Project 351’s mission is to “build a movement of youth-led service that transforms communities, elevates kindness, and advances opportunity by investing in the courage, compassion, and unlimited capabilities of eighth-grade unsung heroes and quiet leaders.” PCMS staff submit nomination forms and from those submissions, an ambassador is selected.
We are proud to announce that Maisie Robinson has been selected as this year’s PCMS Project 351 Ambassador. This is a portion of one of the staff nominations that Maisie received: Maisie is so kind, empathetic, and helpful… She is extremely thoughtful in all of her assignments, and also creative. At the beginning of the year, students completed an assignment for what changes they would make "if they ruled the world."
This is what she wrote for how she would change Pembroke:
"I would make it so that all the major buildings and stores in the town must be disability accessible. [That everyone] can access everything as easily as I do is very important to me ... I would also make it so there would be a trash clean-up event of some sort. I would do this because on my street alone I have picked up close to 10 trash bags full of trash before and it is extremely bad for the environment. I feel the town would benefit from having less trash around."
Her other entries suggested using Massachusetts state taxes to better fund education, nationally to provide better health care to the trans community, and creating global research for global warming and cancer treatments.
Maisie is a young woman who clearly has plans for the future, and knows how she would like to change the world. She would be an outstanding candidate for Project 351 because she already possesses the mindset to work for the betterment of the world, and has plans on what she would change.
For the next 12 months, Project 351 will provide Maisie with leadership, enrichment, and service-learning opportunities for the betterment of our community, along with 350 other leadership ambassadors from across our state.
Some photos from Spirit Week!
If you traveled over the winter break, please be sure to review the district guidance (Travel Guidance Reminder: PPS) that was sent out prior to the Thanksgiving break, as well as the state guidelines: Governor Baker's Travel Order. If you have additional questions, please reach out to our school nurse, Joanne Earner.
PCMS STUDENT CLUBS
It’s never too late to join a club! All clubs are being held virtually and are free for our students. The list of clubs, their descriptions, and joining links can be found here:
PCMS 100% FULL REMOTE MODEL (Cohorts A, B & C)
There are no plans to shift from our current hybrid model to a fully remote one. However, in an effort to be fully prepared in the unlikely scenario we would ever need to make that shift, here is the schedule: Full Remote Schedule: Cohorts A-C.
In this schedule, Mondays would remain the same. Tuesdays-Fridays we would follow the same schedule as a student’s in-school schedule and teachers would teach remotely. The other difference with this schedule is that all students would have their period 5 class, lunch, and Titan Study at the same time, regardless of grade level or team assignment. Again, there is no plan to make this shift but we wanted to ensure you had an idea of what the fully remote schedule would look like for Cohorts A-C.
PCMS HIGH HONOR & HONOR ROLL
Congratulations to all of our students who attained high honor and honor roll for term 1. Well done!
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
Just a friendly reminder to parents to send a copy of your child's most recent physical examination report to the school to update your child's health record.
If you haven't done so already, please create a PowerSchool registration account and complete the MEDICAL CONSENT AND INFORMATION form for the 2020-2021 school year.
SEASONAL FLU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT: UPDATE
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the flu vaccine requirement for school-aged children.
If your child is going to be absent, please leave a message on our absence line (781-293-8627 and enter ‘4’). Please leave specific information regarding the absence, even if the child would be attending remotely that day. The nurse is the only staff that accesses the attendance line. Students should bring in absent notes when they return to school. If you ever need to speak to the nurse, Mrs. Earner can be reached at 781-293-8627, enter ‘3’ or via email at email@example.com.