Poplar Grove Post

November 2019



Thank you for donating your money, time, food, snacks, and drinks to make our 4th Annual Fall Fest a success. The students, teachers, and volunteers had an amazing time! Our volunteers and teachers worked hard to ensure the event occurred even though the weather didn’t wish to cooperate with outside activities. With your help, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal of $12,500. Again, thank you for your continued support!

The PGMS Band and Be Nice Student Ambassadors will participate in the annual Franklin Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019. This is always a great event that honors those who have served in our nation’s military. Our next early release day is Friday, November 22, 2019. Lastly, the district will be closed the week of November 25-29 for Thanksgiving.



The following conditions are all to be considered in determining outdoor safety for children:

· Temperature and Wind Chill

· Age of children

· Length of time outdoors

· Adequacy of clothing for children

Increased caution should be practiced when temperatures (including wind and chill factor) reach below 40 degrees. Recommended proper clothing based on the temperature is as follows:

· Below 60 degrees: Long sleeves or light jacket

· Below 50 degrees: Jacket and long pants

· Below 40 degrees: Jacket, long pants, gloves/mittens and a hat

Due to the delayed arrival of vaccine at the Williamson County Health Department, parents who registered their child for a flu shot will receive them November 4-6.


As our students prepare for high school transition and begin to think about post-high school options, Franklin Special School District and Williamson County School District are taking an active role in introducing these students to the world of work and career opportunities. In order to assist students in developing long-range career goals, all 8th grade students will be attending the County-wide Career Exploration Day (Career Quest) on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Students will travel to the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park where they will have the opportunity to meet and talk to people from a wide range of career paths. The exhibitors that students will have an opportunity to speak to represent workforce needs in Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. The Career Exploration Day (Career Quest) is an excellent opportunity for 8th grade students to learn about a variety of career opportunities.



FSSD had a Pink Out on October 25 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month! 5th grade students sent pictures to Ms. Phy to show their love and support for her.


This month, 6th graders had a blast at the PBS Lock-In! We are looking forward to an amazing Fall Fest and hoping to win the Teacher Costume Contest. ​


Students in 7th grade science conducted flame tests to identify elements and compounds. Students also investigated the movement of gas particles by blowing and examining movement of styrofoam peanuts in a baggie.


Students in 8th grade enjoyed a trip to the Nashville Zoo. Afterwards, they had lunch at Plaza Mariachi and learned about Latin culture, art, music, and food.



FREE Movies, Music, and Magazines, Oh My!

Parents, this is for you and/or your child. To stream FREE movies, music, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, TV shows, and comics with your library card, please visit the Williamson County Public Library's website http://wcpltn.org/. Click on the blue box for e-Library Online Resources. Try out Hoopla and R.E.A.D.S. If you don't have a library card, click on the green box that says Get a Library Card. If your child doesn't have a library card, he/she can get a paper application from me. I'll take it to the library and get his/her card and deliver to him/her at school. Our county provides lots of great FREE sources of entertainment and education that you and your child should be taking advantage of. Feel free to call or e-mail Mrs. Holz (holzkac@fssd.org) if you have any questions.


We have lots of girls interested in STEM activities! These ladies are learning about gear ratios and working to find the best one for their task!


These students are learning how to use Blockscad, a scratch-like programming environment to create 3D objects. This cloud-based modeling tool encourages students to learn math, computational thinking and coding concepts through visualization and designing models to be 3D printed. We will have a competition soon to determine which 3D images to print!!


As part of the WKRN-TV Take a Titan 2 School contest, Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones visited our 8th grade Spanish class. Jones played technology based trivia vocabulary games and spent some time answering student questions while at the school. He stressed the importance of having good friends, personal responsibility and making good decisions. Thanks WKRN, Titans Organization, and Ben Jones.



Make plans to shop at our Book Fair from November 18-22 in the PGES Lobby. Not only can you get great titles for you, your family, and friends, but our PGS library media centers also benefit from all Book Fair sales. We are trying a new company called Follett this year. Come check it out!


Happy Fall Y’all! We have had a wonderful first 9 weeks with a lot to celebrate in Positive Behavior Support world. Overall, our office referrals are lower than they have been in the last three years for the first nine weeks. That is something to celebrate! We appreciate your support at home, and encouraging your child to demonstrate good behavior at school. One way we let you know that your student is doing a great job is through positive “Jups” as well, so if you are not signed up for Jupiter, please ask your child’s homebase teacher how to sign up as soon as possible.

We also held our first PBS Glow Dance for our first nine weeks quarterly incentive. Students were able to spend PBS tickets to attend the dance and get a couple of glow in the dark bracelets to add to the fun. We had a fabulous student turn out, and we hope they had a lot of fun!

We have many opportunities for your child to spend their PBS tickets around the school such as the PBS Cart (weekly), grade level hallway drawings (weekly), classroom teacher drawings, schoolwide PBS events (quarterly), and the end of the year PBS celebration. A good conversation starter with your middle schooler could be “How many PBS tickets do you have?” or “What do you get your PBS tickets for?” or “How do you like to spend your PBS tickets?”

Stay tuned for ways that you can support our school wide PBS program that benefits all students at PGMS…


The “swag” is in! Our eighth graders are earning great incentives as lessons are completed with excellence! Keep powering through different ways to code, wire, build, engineer, and more! Next month, we’ll be sharing the DIY sensors created in class!


Make sure you order your yearbook! The price is $35.00 and can be ordered online at the link below: