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

Website: plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Twitter: @plaza_tigers

Facebook: Plaza Middle School - Park Hill School District

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!

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STUDENT SERVICES NEWS

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All families enrolled in Park Hill Schools next school year are invited to come to the Park Hill PTA Clothing Center on August 6th! Please note that you must bring proof of school enrollment for the 19-20 school year to be able to participate.
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ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION

All families with returning students will be required to complete online verification. Please visit our Park Hill School District website for more details.

END OF YEAR SCHOOL DVD'S

We still have about 30 end of school year DVD's left. If you have not purchased one, or wish to have another one, we will be in the office this summer if you would like to come get one! $10

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.

Thanks,

Nurse Berkley

STUDENT LUNCH ACCOUNTS

Payments for student lunch accounts can be paid online through https://www.schoolcafe.com/ Please feel free to call the office to see if your child has a negative lunch balance. We ask that any negative balances be paid in a timely manner.

YEARBOOK PURCHASING

We still have 2018-2019 yearbooks for sale!


You can order one for $15 through the office with cash or check made payable to Plaza Middle School.
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Student yearbook signing contract

Just an FYI- ALL student will be signing this contract in Homebase next week. Please take a moment to review the contract with your student.
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SUNSET CELEBRATION RECAP

Plaza Students, families, and staff had a blast at the Sunset Celebration last Tuesday! A big thanks to the Plaza PTA for organizing and funding this event!!

PLAZA'S TWITTER ACCOUNT

Plaza has a NEW and improved Twitter account! Please follow us at "TheOfficialPlazaTigers" @plaza_tigers. Here you will find our daily morning announcement videos, as well as Plaza fun. Please note, our old Twitter page @plazatigers is no longer being updated.


You can also follow us on Facebook!

ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON 72ND STREET



We are told that 72nd Street will be closed from Roanridge East to Waukomis beginning Monday, May 20th. Please allow extra time getting to and from school if this is a route usually taken.

STUDENT SERVICES

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:

-Be nice.

-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!!

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DISTRICT ART FAIR

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Look at all the awesome art our Plaza Tigers had on display at the District Art Fair last week! Great job students!
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POP TAB COLLECTION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Plaza collects pop tabs to cash in to support families with children in the hospital that stay at RMHC-KC or visit the Ronald McDonald Family Room. A few of Plaza's STUCO students were educated today from The Ronald McDonald House on what exactly the collection will do for these families. Last year, the Metropolitan Pop Tab Collection Program raised Ronald McDonald House KC around $14,000!


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

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PARK HILL SERVICE AWARDS

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Congratulations to our teachers and staff who received awards at the Park Hill Service Banquet last night! Awards were given for staff who have been here 5, 10, 20 years, retirees, and a Spirit Award. Plaza is proud of you all!

WHIP THE MAP ASSEMBLY

Every year we have a "Whip the Map Assembly" to represent strategies for MAP Testing. This assembly also pumps up our students for Map Testing next week. Here are some photos from today's fun:
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Dr. Wright and Dr. Early got pied!

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Cheese Curl Throwing - to set a goal for yourself and work hard to hit your testing target.

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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.

CAFE NEWS






CONGRATS TO OUR VERY OWN NUTRITION TEAM FOR THEIR FOOD SAFETY AWARD FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT!

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.

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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 shroyera@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

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

SUMMER SCHOOL

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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.

Sincerely,
Christina Courtney
Park Hill Summer School

PLAZA TIDBITS



This is Plaza Tiger Tidbits 6th year of publication. This team stays after school and works hard to capture life at Plaza, and update it to this Tiger Tidbits website. Check it out!

VAPING WEBINAR

In case you missed the Park Hill School District's Fighting Vaping webinar, you can still watch it! Just visit the webinar link and register for free.


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

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LIBRARY NEWS

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!

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Your student can meet some of the bestselling authors at the 2019 LitUp Fest. Sign up for the morning session, afternoon session, or both! Register now at mymcpl.org/LitUpFest

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…

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MUcZ5CB4QhgZ_6JujgGLeJqsKjzm7zIHzBTRHCAdU44/edit?usp=sharing


You may also contact Coach Farmer at farmerc@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

CONGRATS to Mrs. Jarding-Park Hill Star Nominee

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PARENT PORTAL

Parents, please log into your child's online portal to update any information regarding your child. Please make sure to update any information regarding your child if any thing has changed (i.e. guardian information, phone number corrections, etc). https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/infinite_campus

STUDENT ID BADGE

Please remember to have your student wear their ID Badge to school each day. This is important for bus rides, buying lunches, and identification throughout the day.


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

The 12th Annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue is worn in recognition of people living with autism. You can find out more about World Autism Awareness Day here.
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Students had a blast exploring our Student Resource Officer's car this week!

CONGRATS TO OUR PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINEE MRS. DINGMAN!

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Plaza Spelling Bee Winners! Congrats-Delaney, Jacob, Emaan, and Lucy!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTRICT SPELLING BEE WINNERS!

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The Park Hill District Spelling Bee was held Saturday February 23rd. Pictured from Plaza (not in order): Delaney Nash, Avyam Bansal, Amaam Arshad, Emaan Arshad, Lucy Gase, Logan Maslowski, Vivian Bowman, and Jacob Bartels. Congratulations to our spelling bee winners who placed in the top 10!

PLAZA PARENT ORIENTATION SLIDESHOW

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We had a great turn out for our Parent Orientation night on Monday 2/25 for incoming Plaza students! Click here to see what was presented. Please visit our Plaza web page for more information.

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!


For an AVID Presentation and more information about the AVID program in the Park Hill School District: https://bit.ly/2UWEKfm

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS




Check out the signs our Plaza Students have been working hard on to spread kindness! They will be lined outside the school for display.
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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!

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Q3 INTRAMURALS

Q3 Intramurals have begun and continue every Tuesday and Thursday through February 28th.

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.

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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.

Students can access their library account by logging into Destiny from the Park Hill Portal or Plaza home page.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your help.

Sharon Rigos

Plaza Media Specialist

rigoss@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Christine Strube

Plaza Media Assistant

strubec@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Signs of Suicide (SOS) UPDATE-ONLY for students who were absent for the November lesson

Students who were absent the day of our initial lesson will have an opportunity to participate in the SOS lesson during the month of February.


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.


http://tinyurl.com/PH2019spellingbee

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. MORRISON ON RECEIVING THE SECONDARY CERTIFIED STAR AWARD!

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PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINATION INFORMATION

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

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
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STAY CONNECTED TO PLAZA

There are many different ways we stay connected with our Plaza families! We have an online newsletter that is updated weekly and you can view at anytime. Also, be sure to visit the Park Hill District Website to sign up for all district alerts, First Hand Mobile Alerts and First Hand Email Alerts.

Car rider line-safety request

When parking to wait for dismissal at the end of the day, please remember to turn off your car! Classrooms located near the pickup line have commented on the strong smell of car exhaust.