Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to April and the last two months of the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you had a great Spring Break and were able to spend some quality time with your family. As we make our way through the fourth quarter, we will be working hard to keep students focused and motivated every single day. We want our students to finish the year strong and have success in their classes, on the CAASPP, and on their final iReady Diagnostic of the year. Please consider having a conversation or two with your child about strategies they can focus on these last two months to help them reach their goals and finish strong. Your encouragement makes all the difference in the world and we greatly appreciate your support! Thank you and Go Mustangs!

Ben Campopiano
Principal, Pine Hollow Middle School


8th Grade Activities and Promotion

Parents of 8th Graders... Please view the below letter and permission slip that must be completed, signed and turned in to the main office by tomorrow, April 9th.


  • Picnic: Friday, May 24 (All Day)
  • Dance: Friday, May 31 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 3 (6:30-8:00pm)


  • Wednesday, June 5 (8:30-10:30am)

iReady Diagnostic 3 Testing This Month

During the month of April all students will be taking the iReady Diagnostic 3 in Math and Reading. The iReady diagnostics are taken in the fall, winter, and spring and enable students, staff, and parents to better understand where students stand in terms of their knowledge, skill, and ability in Math and English. Students can prepare for this upcoming diagnostic by practicing in iReady at home. Rewards will be distributed to students who make significant progress in their scores.


  • 6th Grade Begins: April 15

  • 8th Grade Begins: April 22

  • 7th Grade Begins: April 29

Special Minimum Day on April 26th

There is a special Minimum Day scheduled for Pine Hollow students on Friday, April 26th. This is the last day of the 4th Quarter progress period, and staff will be collaborating after students leave school. The special minimum day schedule has school ending at 11:45am, and bag lunches will be available for purchase in the MUR from 11:45-12:15pm.

Please note that on these days the County Connection buses will follow their normal schedule, so you will need to arrange for alternate transportation if necessary. The bell schedule for this special minimum day is as follows:

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CAASPP Testing Begins in May

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the state testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do and whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school. Please click here to learn more and review the parent guide to understanding the CAASPP.


  • 6th Grade Begins: May 6

  • 8th Grade Begins: May 13

  • 7th Grade Begins: May 20

Open House Set for May 8th

This year, Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 8. All students, families, community members, and future students/families are encouraged to attend. We will have food trucks on site, a book fair in the Multi Use Room, and other activities to make it a great evening for our entire community! Here is the tentative agenda for the evening:

  • 4:30 = Food Trucks Open / Book Fair Opens
  • 5:30 = Incoming 6th Grade Presentation for Students and Parents in Gym
  • 6:00 = Incoming 6th Graders and Parents Visit Classrooms
  • 6:30 = Open House Begins for Current 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students and families
  • 7:30 = Food Trucks Close
  • 8:00 = Open House Ends

Upcoming Key Dates


  • April 9: Site Council Meeting
  • April 9: 8th Grade Permission Slips Due
  • April 15: iReady Diagnostic 3 Testing Begins
  • April 15: Flag Football vs El Dorado
  • April 16: Talent Show
  • April 22: Flag Football at Valley View
  • April 24: PTSA Meeting
  • April 26: Special Minimum Day
  • April 29: Flag Football Intrasquad


  • May 6: CAASPP Testing Begins
  • May 6: Flag Football Games
  • May 7: Site Council Meeting
  • May 8: Open House
  • May 13: Flag Football Playoffs
  • May 13: MDUSD Board Meeting
  • May 16: Band/Orchestra Concert
  • May 20: Flag Football Championships
  • May 29: PTSA Meeting
  • May 31: 8th Grade Dance