PINE HOLLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL
November 22, 2019
Pine Hollow Parents,
I hope you and your families have a relaxing break and a great Thanksgiving! I'm so grateful to be the Principal of this amazing school, and to be a part of such a wonderful team and community. Our staff is so skilled at what they do, and so dedicated to supporting all students succeed. It's truly a joy to work with your children, and I am so proud to watch them progress and improve day after day.
Thank you for all that you do at home and for our school - I know I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say that we are truly grateful for your support! Have a great Thanksgiving and Go Mustangs!
Pine Hollow Middle School
See's Candy Fundraiser Happening Now!
Teen Stress Article
As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers
By Andrew Simmons
November 20, 2019
When nonteachers ask me with genuine curiosity, “What’s new with teens?” I usually tell them that every school year, it seems like more of them end up in the hospital.
I’ve taught frazzled high-performers who eschew sleep for flashcards and always seem on the verge of a breakdown. I’ve had students who won’t come to school because they don’t want to compound their stress. I’ve heard members of a student panel brazenly explain that they felt burdened by their workloads and simply wanted “the points.” It’s actually become common for student breakdowns to happen and for parents to request their child’s upcoming assignments in advance, knowing they’ll be out of school.
Though it may seem otherwise, my school isn’t a high-stress pipeline for Ivy League colleges, but a diverse public school that is home to both affluent and low-income students. We’re like many other public schools where student stress seems to be on the rise and is putting teachers like me in a tough position, causing us to second-guess ourselves and ask whether students are really too stressed—or just lacking time-management skills and angling for reduced homework
Important Upcoming Dates
- November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
- December 2: See's Candy Fundraiser Ends
- December 2: Basketball at Diablo View MS
- December 3: Site Council Meeting
- December 9: Basketball vs. Valley View MS
- December 13: Student Council Meeting
- December 16: Basketball at Foothill MS
- December 18: PTSA Meeting
- December 20: Last Day of 2nd Quarter / Minimum Day
- December 23-January 6: Winter Break