The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | June 5, 2017

Important Dates

Dates are current as of publication. Check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


JUNE

  • Fri 2 All-School Talent Show
  • Fri 2 EOG testing
  • Fri 2 8th grade social, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Mon 5 EOG testing
  • Tue 6 Departure - 8th grade Disneyworld trip (optional)
  • Tue 6 EOG testing
  • Wed 7 Last day to donate Gift Cards for Staff Breakfast
  • Wed 7 6th grade Field Days
  • Wed 7 7th grade award ceremony
  • Thu 8 7th grade Field Days
  • Thu 8 6th grade award ceremony
  • Thu 8 8th grade Carowinds trip, 9:30am bus departs (optional)
  • Thu 8 Return - 8th grade Disneyworld trip
  • Fri 9 8th grade promotion ceremony
  • Fri 9 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


AUGUST

  • TBD Back to School Open House
  • Mon 28 Welcome Back - First day of 2017-2018 school year

SCHOOL NEWS

Summer Break is Almost Here!

The 2016-2017 school year has been a whirlwind, and I know each and every Falcon is ready for the summer! As we wrap up testing this week, we can reflect on how much our students have achieved personally and academically, and we are so proud of our success. Our staff will come back in August refreshed and reloaded with new and innovative plans for learning, and we can't wait to kick off the 2017-2018 school year with our new and returning Falcons!


Please do your part over the summer break to keep reading, keep exploring, and keep learning. The "summer learning slide" is no joke -- we have to keep our brains active and engaged. More information about required summer assignments is highlighted below, but you can do so much here in Charlotte to keep your learning alive and soaring! Have a fantastic summer, and THANK YOU for being a part of our awesome Falcon Family!

Gift Card Drive for Staff Appreciation

Every year, Southminster hosts an end of school breakfast in honor of our fabulous QHMS team -- teachers, administrators, custodial and cafeteria workers, front office staff, counselors and support staff. As a special treat, our Falcon Family community comes together by donating $10 gift cards that will be presented to each and every staff member at the breakfast.


This year, we need to collect 100 individual $10 gift cards by Wednesday June 7 -- they can be from any retailer, Target, Starbucks, McDonald's, Salsarita's, Fabo's, Rusty's just to name a few. Cards can be dropped off in the front office.


Thank you in advance for donating one or more cards. The staff loves this tradition, and is a convenient way for our families to show our love and appreciation for their hard work all year long!

Summer Math & Reading Assignments

All students attending QHMS next year and rising 9th graders at South Meck HS have required summer reading projects, and middle school students also have Math assignments. Click the following link for details on each grade-specific assignment: http://summerassignmentsqhms.weebly.com This link also provides additional online resources for our students to browse for summer learning fun!


*Reading Project Novels: Contact QHMS (980.343.3620) if you need assistance obtaining a copy of your assigned novels. Donations of extra copies are appreciated!

rising 6th: The Cay

rising 7th: Wonder

rising 8th: The Outsiders, plus The Other Wes Moore for Honors ELA students

rising 9th: various choices - see list on the link provided


Remember - it's best to work on these assignments throughout the summer - don't wait till the days before school starts! All assignments are due September 1st.

Courtesy Reminder - Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church

Please help QHMS be a good neighbor to Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church across the street. For years, Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church has generously allowed our families to use their private driveway for after school carpool and overflow event parking. In return, please remember to be respectful of their property and grounds -- please avoid driving on the grass and littering, and kindly refrain from entering their fenced playground area. This equipment is not intended for use by older children. We appreciate your help!

Hand Down your QH Gear & PE Uniforms!

Are you moving on to SMHS? Do you have outgrown QHMS spirit wear or PE uniforms going unworn and taking up space in your closet? Please consider donating to the PE department – we can put that Falcon flair to good use for deserving students. Items can be dropped off in the front office or given to Coach Rose or any member of the PE staff.

Message from the Health Room

Families that have medications in the nurse's office should pick up any medicines by the last day of school. Medicines that are not picked up by the end of the day Friday will be discarded. Contact Nurse White with any questions!

STUDENT LIFE

8th Grade End of Year Activities - Paint your Block!

As the end of the school year looms, our 8th graders are finalizing their final tasks as QH Falcons. The months of May and June are extra busy! Now is the time to leave your mark at Quail and "paint a personal brick" along the hallways of Quail! 8th graders must pay $10 to Ms. Leeper to register for block painting.


View the full list of 8th grade tasks here and mark your calendars for these fun and important events!

Students Keeping Falcon Cafe "In Line"

Past QH student Karsen Ferner, now a 9th grader at South Meck, constructed much needed stancheons (line guards) for our Falcon Cafe. Karsen made the stancheons as a Scout project and donated them to QHMS. We are VERY grateful, and like them so much we've asked for more! QH 7th graders Davis Ferner and Zane Davis assisted with the stanchions.

Thank You Quail Hollow PTSA

Hello Falcon Families! Hard to believe we are wrapping up another school year. This year has flown by! We had an amazing year and the members of our QH PTSA executive board could not have accomplished all that we did without the support of all of our hardworking members. We were overwhelmed with your willingness to stuff "back to school" packets, contribute to the Falcon fund, chaperone the school dance, donations for staff breakfasts and lunches, and step up for last minute requests to serve in the front office to help out our secretaries.


We also want to recognize the following members who went above and beyond and served as PTSA committee chairs.


Fundraising- Tiffani Molesky and Leanne Johnston

Prospective Parents- Missy Giles, Missy Turk, Sara Harb

Staff Appreciation- Tricia Harris, Kathy Snyder

Staff Coffee Supplies- Shauna Moore

Sunshine- Beth Hartman

Marquee- Maya Tahhan

Outside Beautification- Shirley Thompson

Student Dance- Jennifer Johnson, Beth Young

Community Partnership- Jill Ivy

School Store- Walt Howard

8th Grade support- Kay Kulesa

Booster Club- Jill Armstrong, Chris Ferrante

Hat Day Support- Alex McCollister

Front Office Support- Wendy Marie Norwood


Congratulations and Thank You to the following individuals who have volunteered to serve as your PTSA executive officers for the 2017-2018 school year (elected at the 5/22 PTSA meeting):


Jill Davis - President

Stephanie Klapheke - Secretary

Tiffani Molesky - VP Fundraising

Karla Hollowell - VP School Support

Melanie Kupreanik - VP Finance


If you are interested in learning more about the duties of our PTSA, and wish to assist a board member or committee next year, let us know! Contact President Jill Davis, jelzdavis@icloud.com or 704.996.7827.

South Meck PTSA Wants to Meet YOU!

We want your transition to South Meck to be as stress free as possible, and the SMHS PTSA is here to help! Feel free to contact any of these volunteers with questions or to inquire about participating in the PTSA next school year.


PRESIDENT Donna Barrett dlbarrett19132@gmail.com

VP FUNDRAISING Jane Williamson jane.williamson@cbre.com

TREASURER Rena Koufaliotis koufax4@gmail.com

SECRETARY Stacy Busby stacybusby13@gmail.com

VP COMMUNICATIONS Amy Leggat ahleggat@carolina.rr.com

VP PARENT SUPPORT Maura Chavez Maura.chavez@charlottenc.gov

VP STAFF SUPPORT Katie Iverson theiversons@bellsouth.net

VP STUDENT SUPPORT Elise McGinnis elisemcginnis@bellsouth.net


Start the 2017-2018 school year by staying informed with YOUR SMHS PTSA. Visit www.southmeckhsptsa.com to join the PTSA, get updated parent news, or to sign up for our Sabre PTSA Blitz.

ATHLETICS & WELLNESS

Sports Spotlight on Falcon Baseball

submitted by student writer Luke Thompson, 8th grade


Being a part of the Quail Hollow Middle School baseball team for the past two years has been a fantastic experience for me and my teammates. We have definitely learned that you don't need to win to have a good time and improve on the field, and that winning is a combination of things such as; hard work, dedication, competitiveness, and the cohesiveness of the team. I certainly believe that this season every single one of my teammates showed exemplary amounts of all of these things. While our record might have not shown it, all of these qualities were definitely evident through the way we conducted ourselves on the field.


Being a part of the Baseball team at Quail Hollow Middle School has been one of the highlights of my entire middle school career. The opportunity to make new friends, grow closer to friends, play my favorite sport, and grow as a player have been amazing over these past two years. Every practice and game was not only an opportunity to improve my skills and proudly represent my school, but also an opportunity to have a great time with my team. I will never forget the great game that we had playing against Jay M. Robinson this year and being able to be starting pitcher in our first win of the season. Times like these are what made this season such a great time for all of us.


Our team consisted of only eleven players, two of which were injured during a portion of the season leaving us with the minimum players required to play. Even in these conditions, my team never gave up and continued to persevere through hard times. Only six of our team members have had experience on a travel or advanced team, and some of our players had only played baseball for a year or two. It was great to witness more inexperienced players come such a long way in just one season to become good players.


I plan to try out for the South Meck High School Baseball Team next year, and it will be an honor to take all that I learned these past two years on the baseball team at Quail Hollow Middle to the field at South Meck!


photos by Dawn Rogers Photography

Winter Sports Falcons On The Court

Thank you to QH alumna and QH parent, Dawn Rogers, for her endless Falcon enthusiasm and professional photography of our scholar athletes in action all year long!

Get Your Physical -- Save the Date for Fall Sports!

Fall sports for 7th and 8th graders kick up as soon as we return to school! Mark your calendars that tryouts are scheduled to start Sept 5th for Football, Golf, Cheer, Softball, and Volleyball. As the start of school approaches, prospective athletes can find the required tryout paperwork on the CMS Athletics website, or get a copy from the front office. Note that a current physical is required, so make plans now to visit your doctor.

Rising 9th Graders - SMHS Sports

Future Sabres interested in participating in sports at South Meck during the 2017-2018 school year should check out the Athletics page of the South Meck website. Most sports have informal workouts and team activities over the summer. Look up the sport, and contact the listed coach to express your interest! Summer training and tryouts for Fall sports (Football, Volleyball, Men's Soccer, Women's Golf, Women's Tennis, Football Cheer, Cross Country) begin before the start of the new school year! Questions can also be directed to the SMHS Athletic Director, Kevin Hinson, kevin.hinson@cms.k12.nc.us .

LEND A HAND, SUPPORT QHMS

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Thank you to the generous sponsors and participants in our golf tournament benefiting QHMS and Ashley Park PreK-8 schools! We raised $5000 ($2500 for each school) to support our community's children.

CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Adults & Students - Summer Reading Program

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Extended Academic Programs is offering Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs for Children and Adults this summer in the Charlotte and Matthews area. If you would like additional information, flyers are available in the front office, or contact one of our school counselors by clicking here.

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Let Us Know about Amazing Falcons, QH News, or Share Photos!

The Falcon Connection is a volunteer collaboration with the school, and would love to hear your news! Send us ideas for stories, and definitely send us your favorite photos! Want to help out? Have a correction or an update? Let us know!
When you need to contact someone at Quail Hollow, and don’t know where to start, use this handy list of QHMS employees, listing their roles, responsibilities and emails. Click here for additional school policies and procedures.