The Pizitz Post

for Students, Parents & Families - May 2, 2022


At Pizitz, we define loyalty as remaining true to people who need you even when circumstances are tough. We hope to cultivate the kind of community that celebrates people when they win and supports people when they lose. In today's fast-changing, news-hungry world, it is easy to slide into the temptation to be a fair weather friend or fan. We are looking to grow character that encourages students to be loyal to each other even when things are difficult. We encourage this by recognizing are unique circumstances and reminding students to encourage one another regularly.

Strong Finish for Debate Team

Congratulations to the Pizitz Debate team for finishing 2nd place in the Birmingham Area Debate League! Students successfully debated both sides of this topic: the federal government should ban animal testing in the United States. They won all six of their final debates.

A special shout out to Emily Owens who finished 7th in individual speaker scores in the middle school division. GO PIRATES!

Robotics Update

Two of our Pizitz Robotics Teams- Team Imperatrix and Team Logic- are heading to the Worlds VEX Competition in Dallas this week. If you are interested in watching them compete, check out the link for live coverage Tuesday-Friday, here.

Also, students, if you are interested in participating in robotics next year, complete the application here. Find out more information here, or reach out to Mrs. Rice for questions by email at Applications are due by Friday, May 13.

Attention: 8th Graders Interested in SGA at VHHS

Any interested student who meets the following requirements may apply for a position on the SGA/Youth Leadership Council at the Freshman Campus for the upcoming school year.

Requirements are:

  • A/B average in academic subjects
  • Self-starting leader who is willing to commit their advisory time next year to further the culture and activities of the student body at the Freshman Campus

Please join the following Google classroom for further information.

Google classroom code: naposzn

Questions? Contact Stacy Pugh at the FC

Voting for Pizitz SGA Officers

6th & 7th Grade Students: You will be voting for your 2022 - 2023 SGA Officers Friday, May 6 during 4th Period. Be sure to check out the SGA webpage for candidate speeches and watch the screens for candidate campaign posters.

Alabama Bandmasters Association Update

Many Pizitz Band students had a great showing at the Alabama Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 26 at Thompson Middle School. They completed 104 total performances, earning all superior and excellent ratings. Superior ratings earn a medal, and our students brought home 146 total medals from the event.

Congratulations to the following students:

Solo Division
Christian Agsalud
Jaymin Bae
Cole Bailey
Samuel Baskar Raj
Autumn Berry
Clint Cameron
Isabel Carlo
Krish Chintareddy
Alex Coleman
James Cook
Noah Dagnan
Spencer Dalton
Annika Dalton
Sophia Deason
Maddox Dutton
John Bryan Ennis
Kevin Esparza
Miller Fields
Roe Garrison
Carleigh Gasparetto
Silas Gentry
Sophia Green
Michael Heath
MJ Horton
Katherine Jing
Natalie Jones
Matthew Jones
Clara Karr
Gray Latham
Eric Li
Sophia Li
Charles Long
Zara McKelvey
Connor Moorhouse
Katelyn Morse
Jason Murong
Sam Nassetta
Sadie Norris
Walker Norris
Charlie O'Dell
Andrew Onken
Ella Palmer
Lane Peterson
William Pitts
AJ Rembert
Colt Riley
Exodus Sciacca
Wells Sheheane
Alan Sheng
Colin Simpson
Wyatt Smith-Moody
Presley Stephens
Finda Stryker
Daniel Su
Ella Taylor
Georgia Thompson
Adam Vanderver
Andrew Wang
Anna Claire Wang
Nathan Xavier
Andera Ye
Ayden Yother
Reid Yother

Ensemble Division
Alan Sheng, Will Priebe, Davidson Smith
Andera Ye, Sophia Li
Annika Dalton, Isabel Carlo
Anthony Inzina, Watts Ueltschey
Autumn Berry, Natalie Jones
Autumn Berry, Zara McKelvey
Ayden Yother, Natalie Jones
Ayden Yother, Reid Yother
Carson Cameron, Adam Vanderver, Evan Placzek
Charlie Long, Charlie O'Dell
Charlie Long, John Bryan Ennis, William Walker
Christian Agsalud, Zaher Hamid
Christian Cameron, Wynn Andrews, Creed Booher
Cole Bailey, Alex Coleman
Colt Riley, Eric Li
Ella Taylor, William Pitts
Evie McCallum, Carleigh Gasparetto, Presley Stephens
Finda Stryker, Annika Dalton, Isabel Carlos
Fox Abernathy, Ezra Booher
Harris Bowdoin, Joshua Dillion
Jaden Beverly, Alan Sheng
Katelyn Morse, Sadie Norris
Keerthi Mallempati, Maddie Flink
Krish Chintareddy, Davidson Smith
Lane Peterson, Sophia Deason
Lane Peterson, Walker Norris, Exodus Sciacca
Logan Davis, Carson Thomas
Luke Harper, Emmet Freeman
Michael Heath, Kyle Mann
Millie Burgess, Ella Palmer
MJ Horton, Clara Karr
Noah Dagnan, Adam Vanderver
Noah Dagnan, Matthew Jones
Olivia Stewart, Christine Olsen
Reid Yother, Nathan Xavier
Sadie Norris, Katelyn Morse, Sofia Sanderson
Sam Nassetta, Roe Garrison
Silas Gentry, Anna Claire Wang, Daniel Su
Sophia Green, Maddie Karaki
Zara McKelvey, Tanner Malke

Awesome job, Pirates!

VHHS Men’s Soccer Tryouts for 2022-2023 Season

Tryouts will be held for the Men’s Soccer Program at Vestavia Hills High School at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (SHAC) on May 19-22, 2022 after school starting at 3:30-5:30pm.

In order to tryout, every player must complete their entire Vestavia Hills High School profile on Dragonfly Max. The deadline for completing your profile is May 12, 2022. Please use the link below:

You will need to bring a ball, cleats, shin guards, and a water bottle. Athletes at Pizitz will be able to take a bus from Pizitz to SHAC.

For more information, contact Leo Harlan (head coach) at

Track Metro Championship Update

Your Track & Field team competed at the Metro South Championship meet on Tuesday. Both the girls' and boys' teams won 3rd place.

The following athletes placed at Metro, with the “All Metro” Athletes indicated:

Riley Zeanah - ALL METRO. 1st in the 1600m Run, 2nd in the 800m Run
Girls 4x800m Relay - ALL METRO. 1st with Maddie Hazelton, Angela Zhang, Izzy Maniscalco, Riley Zeanah
Krislyn Thomas - ALL METRO. 1st in Pole Vault
Ezra Huber - ALL METRO. 1st in Pole Vault, 4th in Long Jump
Henry Drew. ALL METRO. 1st in Shot Put, 1st in Discus

Boys 4x800m Relay 2nd Place. ALL METRO. Jackson Mize, JT Hayes, Owen Stevens, Ethan Meadows

Molly Mac Sharp - ALL METRO. 3rd in Triple Jump, 5th in Long Jump

Ethan Meadows ALL METRO. 3rd in the 1600m Run. 4th in 800m Run

Walker McInnis - 4th in 300m Hurdles, 7th in 400m Dash
Caleb Farrar - 4th in Pole Vault
Drake Renta - 4th in Shot Put

Angela Zhang - 5th in the 1600m Run
Emma Falkner - 5th in High Jump, 6th in Triple Jump
Lizzie Griem - 5th in Pole Vault
Girls 4x400m Relay - 5th Place with AJ Litty, Anna Monroe, Avery Anderton, Lucy Bazemore
Jackson Mize - 5th in 800m run, 5th in the 1600m run

AJ Litty - 6th in the 400m Dash, 8th in the 800m Run
Abby Allen - 6th in the 300m Hurdles
Garrett Jones - 6th in 400m Dash
JT Hayes - 6th in 800m Run, 6th in the 1600m run
Wesley Newman - 6th in High Jump
Brady Ferrell - 6th in Pole Vault
Boys 4x400m Relay - 6th Place with Walker McInnis, Eric Wang, Luke Vicinanzo, Garrett Jones
Boys 4x100m Relay - 6th Place with Lincoln Goforth, Wesley Newman, Destin Robinson, Cayden Wilson

Maddie Hazelton - 7th in the 800m Run, 7th in the 1600m run
Logan Wiginton - 7th in High Jump
Girls 4x100m Relay - 7th with Abby Allen, Anna Monroe, Emma Falkner, Lucy Bazemore
Whitt Martin - 7th in High Jump

Noah Jones - 8th in Shot Put

Way to go Pirates! You had a great season.

Pictures for the 8th Grade Banquet

8th Graders: If you would like to contribute pictures for the slideshow to be shown at the 8th grade banquet, please upload them to the Google Classroom using the code hfytift. We want to include as many of our 8th graders as possible, but please not that not all pictures submitted will be used.

Pirates' Day

Pirates’ Day is Wednesday, May 25, 2022. This day is filled with games, food and activities to provide our students fun and entertainment while serving as a very important school fundraiser. There are activities planned to appeal to all ages. We will sell wristbands for unlimited access to most activities. Items not covered by the wristband that will require pre- registration to participate include: Whiffle Ball Tournament (Coach McKenzie) & Basketball 3-on-3 (Coach Brown or Coach Matchen).

You may order wristbands and place lunch orders during your 4th period lunch from Monday, May 9 until Thursday, May 19. Wristbands are $25 and include lunch. Checks should be made out to Pizitz Middle School and include a contact phone number. Pre-ordered Wristbands will be given out in homeroom on Pirates’ Day.

Wristbands will not be sold on Friday, May 20- Tuesday, May 24.

Wristbands will be on sale at the bank on Pirates’ Day for $25. The bank will be located on the stage in the Cafeteria. Anyone needing financial assistance to pay for Pirates’ Day- Please contact your guidance counselor.

Each wristband has 1 pull-tab that serves as the lunch pass for either a Lunch Combo from the cafeteria or a combo from the food truck. Students also have the option to choose a box lunch from the cafeteria that comes out of their lunch account ( this is the free lunch available to all students). The free box lunch will be the option of PBJ box or Hummus and veggies box.

Lunch Combos in the Cafeteria include the following choices:

Dominos Pizza , fries and a drink

Chicken fingers, fries and a drink

Baked cheese sticks, fries and a drink

The Food truck is Three Men and a Pig- they will offer the following lunch combos:

BBQ Pork Nachos and a drink

Beef Brisket, chips and a drink

BBQ Pork sandwich, chips and a drink

In order to get food from the food truck, you must place your order when purchasing your wristband between May 9th and May 19th. ALL food truck items are PRE-ORDER ONLY. You will not be able to change to one of these on Pirates’ Day.

Please note that lunches cannot be delivered to students during Pirates’ Day. Coolers are also not permitted. The cafeteria will sell breakfast Pirates’ Day morning. Students are encouraged to purchase breakfast in the morning before Pirates’ Day begins.

“Pirate Pass” fast passes will be on sale on Pirates’ Day for $5 each at the bank. Each “Pirate Pass” allows students to go to the front of the line of any event up to four times per pass. Each time a “Pirate Pass” is used, a corner will be torn. Once all 4 corners are torn, that “Pirate Pass” is void. Students can purchase as many “Pirate Passes” as they desire. “Pirate Passes” will be confiscated for misuse and/or misbehavior.

Dress code still applies on Pirates’ Day. Please note that shirts/tank tops must have at least a 2” strap on the shoulder and shorts must be fingertip length. Hats are allowed and encouraged. Please wear sunscreen! Students are highly encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles. There will be water stations available on Pirates' Day for students to refill their bottles.

Cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted during the day. All devices must be turned off and secured in students’ lockers during the homeroom session. Students will be allowed to get their devices at the end of the school day. Devices used/seen during Pirates’ Day activities will be taken up and turned in to the front office. Parents/guardians can pick these up after school.


8:05-8:30 Homeroom - students will receive wristbands and pre-ordered tickets.

8:30-9:30 Talent show.

9:30-1:30 Pirates Day activities. (Students are not allowed to go into the school hallways until 3:00. Restroom facilities will be available outside.)

1:30 Report to the Lower Gym

1:30-3:00 Pep Rally in the Lower Gym

Pirates’ Day Activities

Badminton Basketball 3 on 3 Beach Volleyball

Bean Bag Toss Bingo Blongo Ball

Cake Walk Corn Hole Cyclone Swings

Double High Striker Horse Shoes Karaoke

Kart Racing Leaps N Bounds Pedestal Joust

Pente Ping Pong Moon Bounce

Putt Putt Rock- N-Roll Sports Zone 3-n-1

Talent Show Tattoos Tic Tac Throw

Ultimate Frisbee Whiffle Ball Whirly Bird

Wrecking Ball Wreckless Candy Guess

Cotton Candy Sno Cones