Plaza Pride Newsletter
June 28th, 2019
Plaza Middle School
6501 NW 72nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.359.4210 Main Line
816.359.4211 Attendance Line
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WEEK AT A GLANCE
HAPPY SUMMER! We hope you all enjoy your time off!
School begins for the 2019-2020 school year August 14th.
SAVE THE DATES:
August 6th: 6th Grade Orientation 7:45am-10:45am - Bus Transportation provided for 6th grade and WEB students.
August 8th: Ribbon Cutting & Plaza Open House 6pm-8pm. All Plaza students and families invited.
Announcing Athletics and Coaches!
STUDENT SERVICES NEWS
END OF YEAR SCHOOL DVD'S
ALLERGY ACTION PLANS
Each year, Food Allergy Action Plans expire. Please make sure you contact your Health Care Professional for an updated Food Allergy Action Plan for the next school year. This message pertains to students with Food Allergies.
STUDENT LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Student yearbook signing contract
SUNSET CELEBRATION RECAP
PLAZA'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON 72ND STREET
We highly encourage parents to monitor your child’s social media accounts, if they have them. There has been recent talk among students, about a new app called: Houseparty. Here is a review of the app for parents: https://protectyoungeyes.com/content/houseparty-app-review/
Tell your kids that when using social media, it's important to:
-Think twice before hitting "enter."
-Follow the "WWGS?" (What Would Grandma Say?) rule. Teach kids not to share anything on social media that they wouldn't want their teachers, college admissions officers, future bosses — and yes, grandma — to see.
-Use privacy settings.
-Don't "friend" strangers.
-Make a Contract
Consider making a "social media agreement" with your kids — a real contract they can sign. In it, they agree to protect their own privacy, consider their reputation, and not give out personal information. They also promise not to use technology to hurt anyone else through bullying or gossip.
In turn, parents agree to respect teens' privacy while making an effort to be part of the social media world. This means you can "friend" and observe them, but don't post embarrassing comments or rants about messy rooms.
Parents also can help keep kids grounded in the real world by putting limits on media use. Keep computers in public areas in the house, avoid laptops and smartphones in bedrooms, and set some rules on the use of technology (such as no devices at the dinner table).
And don't forget: Setting a good example through your own virtual behavior can go a long way toward helping your kids use social media safely.
THANK YOU PARENTS AND PTA FOR THE AMAZING TREATMENT THIS WEEK! WOW!!
DISTRICT ART FAIR
POP TAB COLLECTION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
You can donate pop tabs here at Plaza any time, or bring your own collection to the Plaza Sunset Celebration on May 14!
PLAZA'S SUNSET CELEBRATION
PARK HILL SERVICE AWARDS
WHIP THE MAP ASSEMBLY
Dr. Wright and Dr. Early got pied!
Cheese Curl Throwing - to set a goal for yourself and work hard to hit your testing target.
Pie Throw with a teacher - if you get stuck on an answer, make your best guess! You can always flag it for later and try again.
How can I help my child perform well on the a standardized assessment?
Tip #1: Read, Read, Read!
Reading takes skill and practice. One of the best and simplest steps to improve children's reading ability is to provide sustained periods of time for children to read.
Tip #2: Help your child read like a writer.
Even in the early grades, children can begin to "get into the head" of the author. Reading improves a child's writing, and writing improves a child's reading.
Tip #3: Read a variety of books and magazines.
MAP English language arts tests contain short stories, poems, dialogue, magazine articles, charts and tables. Children need to be able to read a wide variety of texts ranging from road signs to restaurant menus, comic books to classics, and from tennis shoe ads to computer manuals.
Tip #4: Build your child's reading stamina.
To build reading stamina, you may wish to encourage your child to increase gradually the amount of time she reads at one sitting. Include short breaks, such as stretching or closing her eyes for a minute. Set individual reading goals based upon doing her best.
Tip #5: Teach your child that visuals are part of the text.
Students are often required to gather information from photos, captions, drawings, charts, and graphs. You can help by teaching your child to look at all of these materials as part of the total text.
Tip #6: Help your child know how to use text-based support in written responses.
Most of the constructed-response items on the MAP assessments have two parts or require children to explain or show how they arrived at their answers. Children will receive only partial credit for answers to questions that are not supported with specific details or that do not contain an explanation.
Tip #7: Help your child to identify all parts of a question.
Teach your child to identify exactly what each question is asking. Some questions have multiple parts, which are often combined into a single sentence with a single question mark at the end. The child should underline each question word (who, what, when, where, why, how and any other word or phrase that indicates a question). By doing so, she can see if a question has multiple parts. Not answering all parts of a multi-part question is a common error.
PLAZA LIP DUB-The Tradition Continues
Preparations are underway for the all school lip dub. As you can imagine this is a huge task and it takes a village to ensure its success. We love that we had almost 300 Plaza Tigers express an interest in helping lead the school through the lip dub. Approximately 1/3 of these applicants will have a designated role in the lip dub. Each team will be represented.
While not all Tigers will have a designated roll we intend for all students to be a part of the process in some form. The only participation exception will be students whose behavior and/or choices violate the Park Hill Code of Conduct.
Miles of Smile Dental Program is now at Plaza until May 3rd! Miles of Smiles is a completely FREE dental program for children in the Northland. Families must meet income guidelines to qualify, and not be seeing a dentist currently.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ashley at 816-359-5880 or email@example.com.
CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH AT PLAZA
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. Students at Plaza learned about this topic this week, and Channel 41 news came to spotlight this. You can check out the news coverage at Plaza on the Channel 41 website.
DISTRICT DRESS STANDARDS
As the weather gets warmer, Plaza would like to remind families of District policy on proper school attire for students. District standards can be found on page 32 of the Park Hill School District's Student-Parent Handbook at: https://bit.ly/2YXqwhc
Dear Park Hill Families,
You can enroll in summer school today! Visit the Summer School web page to find more information and download the application.
Park Hill Summer School provides opportunities to keep students engaged in their education, making the regular school year easier and preparing students for success in life.
Park Hill Summer School
In this webinar, a nationally recognized local pediatrician shares information on vaping and e-cig use, discusses the importance of proactive prevention, and shares practical ways to talk to children about this harmful habit.
STUDENT SERVICES SPOTLIGHT
TRI-COUNTY PARENT NIGHT
APRIL 30TH, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Park Hill School District has partnered with Mid Continent Public Library to give students the opportunity to access online resources including ebooks, by using their Park Hill credentials. Find out more here!
Plaza Middle School Buzz Book
The PTA is proud to offer you a Plaza Middle School Buzz Book. The book will list the students' names with their team, home base teacher, parent's name(s) and email address(es), and the middle school he/she will be attending next year. Parent's phone number(s) and/or address can be included, but not required. The PTA will include only the information you provide in this form. Participation is optional, but all Plaza families are encouraged to participate.
PARK HILL SOUTH SOCCER CAMPS
Park Hill South Soccer will be hosting co-ed youth and co-ed middle school soccer camps this summer. In addition to the soccer camps, we will also be hosting a Speed & Agility Program, open to grades 6-12, throughout the summer. If you are interested in learning more about any of our camps, click on the following link…
You may also contact Coach Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATS to Mrs. Jarding-Park Hill Star Nominee
STUDENT ID BADGE
If your student needs a replacement plastic badge holder, they are .50 cents. Replacement team lanyards are $2.00. ID's are $5.00 to replace.
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Students had a blast exploring our Student Resource Officer's car this week!
CONGRATS TO OUR PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINEE MRS. DINGMAN!
Plaza Spelling Bee Winners! Congrats-Delaney, Jacob, Emaan, and Lucy!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTRICT SPELLING BEE WINNERS!
PLAZA PARENT ORIENTATION SLIDESHOW
AVID PROGRAM AT PLAZA
Middle School AVID Program
Our middle schools welcome all incoming 7th and 8th grade students attending Congress, Lakeview, Plaza, or Walden to apply to the Middle School AVID Program for the 19-20 school year. AVID is a College and Career Readiness program that provides the soft and hard skills to students to be successful in middle school, high school and beyond.
Our Timeline for AVID
AVID Information Session for Parents was held at each middle school during the Parent Meetings on February 25th. Click here (PDF) to learn about AVID at Plaza Middle School.
Please note AVID student applications were due by March 8th.
Student Interviews will take place March 11-13th
Decisions on acceptance made by March 15th
AVID decision letters will be mailed by March 25th
Download your AVID application form from our Plaza web page to hand back into school!
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
The leadership trait for the past month was “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as the “Student Leaders of the Month”:
Heroes: Vivian Bowman, Daniel Reyes
Incredibles: Audrey Edemann, Tucker Vaupell
Knights: Aliyah Montes, Broen Batcheller
Legends: Karmen White, Max Killoren
Olympians: Ellie Gaddis, Jack Stanley
Phoenix: Jenee Jarman, Jonny Chen
Thunderbirds: Andraya Booth, Trevor Jones
CONGRATS TO OUR PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINEES MRS. WEYMUTH AND MR. WILSON!
PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST
Annie Jones of the Incredibles was the winner in both the Visual Arts and Photography categories of the 2018 PTA Reflections Contest, Heroes Around Me. Her entries have been submitted for further consideration at the Missouri State PTA Reflections contest.
Important information concerning library fines for overdue, lost, and damaged books in Infinite Campus:
With the start of 3rd quarter the library media center will post fines in Infinite Campus for overdue, lost, and damaged library books or textbooks.
Fines assessed in Infinite Campus can be paid online by clicking on the Fees tab or your student may continue to pay with cash or check remitted to Plaza library.
Your student will receive a weekly automated reminder notice to return or renew overdue books.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your help.
Plaza Media Specialist
Plaza Media Assistant
Signs of Suicide (SOS) UPDATE-ONLY for students who were absent for the November lesson
In February, student services and Plaza Admin will lead the SOS lesson with students. The lesson involves showing students video clips about how to talk with their peers and adults about their feelings. The counselor or social worker will contact a parent or guardian if they talk to a child. If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the SOS prevention program, please print and complete the linked form. Forms were to be returned completed to the front office by Friday, January 25, 2019. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in the lesson.
Students who previously opted out of the SOS lesson remain on the opt out list.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PARK HILL SPELLING BEE
We are excited to announce the opportunity for you to attend spelling bee study sessions at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at Park Hill School District Office. The study sessions will be Wednesdays February 13th, and 20th and Thursday February 7th. There is no sign-up necessary, just drop by if you are available. You can stay for five minutes or the whole time, whatever fits into your schedule and you can come to one or all sessions. If you’re not already signed up for the district spelling bee, you have until February 1st to sign up on the district website.
The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 23rd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 26-May 31. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. MORRISON ON RECEIVING THE SECONDARY CERTIFIED STAR AWARD!
PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINATION INFORMATION
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.
Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.
Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!
Park Hill Star nomination form