Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

We have a lot going on these last two months, so thank you for your support, participation, and help spreading the word! Please make sure you visit our school website for the most up to date info and the latest details. For more information, you can also follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, join the Pine Hollow PTSA Facebook page, and sign up for text alerts from the school administration. Please visit the Communication page on our website for all of this info, and to view past eNewsletters. Thanks again for your support and Go Mustangs!

Ben Campopiano
Principal, Pine Hollow Middle School


7 Period Day Schedule Vote Passes

Last week our teachers voted to move to a 7 Period Day in 2019-2020! Please click here to learn more, and read the email we sent out last week about this change.

Coffee with Campo on May 1st

Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00am in the Pine Hollow Library for coffee and conversation with our principal, Ben Campopiano. Mr. Campo will give an update on the 7 Period Day Bell Schedule vote, the current budget situation, and other critical issues that impact your children!

8th Grade Picnic Permission Slips

Parents of 8th Graders... Please view the bellow letter from our principal about the 8th Grade Picnic. This letter and the field trip permission slip form are being handed out to students today, 4/16, and the signed permission slip and any donations are due by Tuesday, 4/30. Thank you for your support!

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.


  • 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 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 1: Coffee with Campo
  • May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week Begins
  • 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 23: Musical Mash-Up
  • May 24: 8th Grade Picnic
  • May 27: No School (Memorial Day)
  • May 29: PTSA Meeting
  • May 31: 8th Grade Dance