Colts Caring Community

September 11, 2020

Letter to Parents & Students Regarding Cameras:

Dear Parkway Central Middle School Parents and Students:


Thank you for your support, understanding, and efforts as we began distance learning. Our global health emergency has definitely caused everyone to take on new and difficult challenges. I am proud of our students and staff for taking on the initial challenges of distance learning. As we begin our third week, it is important to maintain, and better yet, increase class participation to ensure quality learning for our students.


Students, please strive to make stronger connections, improve communication and engage by joining class on time and contributing thoughts to class discussions and questions. Additionally, it is extremely important for teachers to be able to see faces in order to respond to non verbal cues of understanding or confusion.


In the past two weeks, teachers have expressed that now, more than ever, how much they rely on non-verbal facial expressions and hand signals to provide quick informal assessments of how well students understand. In addition, face-to-face connections have helped teachers to form lasting relationships with students and also helped teachers to know that their overall wellness is good. Face-to-face connection is equally, if not more, important during distance learning. In order to improve communication with feedback and maintain connections, we need you to have your cameras on during the duration of class.


We realize there are legitimate reasons why a student may not have his or her camera on. We also realize that students may have to turn off their cameras momentarily due to immediate situations such as a sibling walking through the view, etc. Parents, if there is a reason why your child should not have their camera on, please have them email their teacher.


Thank you Caring Colts! It will take all of us - teachers, parents, and students working together to ensure the best for everyone’s learning under the current circumstances.


Take care,


Dr. Cathy Carlock Lorenz

Principal

Parent/Teacher Conferences September 24th and 29th


Parents/Guardians:


PCMS Fall Parent/Teacher conferences are quickly approaching.


The following are our conference dates:

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 3:30-8:00 PM

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 3:30-8:00 PM


  • This year, our parent teacher conferences will be held virtually, and we needed to adjust how we typically conduct conferences to accommodate this change. Each conference will be scheduled with individual teachers for 9 minutes. Teachers will hold virtual conferences by way of Zoom so please make sure you have a quality internet connection, working speakers and microphone, and a web camera if possible. Joining by phone is also an option with Zoom. A better conference experience will be possible if we can avoid technology issues.


  • Our online scheduling process makes it easy for you to schedule your conferences. The window for scheduling conferences will open at 8:00 am on Monday, September 14, 2020. Please click on this link www.myconferencetime.com/parkwaycentral and take a moment to read all the instructions before you begin scheduling. Due to time restrictions, you will be able to sign up for a maximum of 4 conference times slots - 2 with core teachers (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and 2 with Electives/PE. We encourage you to sign up early as time slots typically fill quickly. If you need to cancel your conference, please email our Conference Coordinator, Tina Sheppard, at tsheppard@parkwayschools.net.


  • If you have an unusual or pressing need and would prefer to do an email or phone conference, please contact Tina Sheppard at tsheppard@parkwayschools.net and she will sign you up for your email or phone conference. Please make sure you list your student's name, what team they are on, and any teachers you would like a conference with (including electives). If you desire a phone conference, please list the number to best reach you. Most phone calls will be arranged during the 8:00 - 9:00 AM or 2:00 - 3:00 PM time frames, but coordinate with the teacher to confirm a time.

Important Information from the Nurse - Ms. Wallace

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQBnEGSDmOPne9q7im-dWd4DI9Ec9tUEQ__H_QwKx4Yj3hNPauV92Io9zhVgb5ZisvXxKDCuXOnVd0O/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g9302582783_0_1


In addition, please note:


Dear Parents of 8th grade students at PCMS,


We are in the process of updating our records and noticed that we still need the most current immunization records for your 8th grade student. The records we have do not show the Tdap and MCV (Meningococcal) vaccines which are required for 8th grade. Most students get these vaccines when they are in the 5th or 6th grade. Please contact your Pediatrician or other Health Care provider, and request that they send the current record to the Nurse’s office. With all schools being closed currently, records must be emailed/scanned to KWallace@parkwayschools.net

All incoming 8th graders are required to have these two vaccinations, even if the start of the school year is virtual. I know that Pediatricians offices and the St. Louis County Health departments are giving immunizations while maintaining safety.

Please remember that Missouri state law requires these immunizations.

I was notified that despite a virtual start to our year, these must be given.


I cannot wait for the time when we can all be together again. Until then, stay safe and well.

Thank you,


Kathy Wallace BSN,RN,NCSN

PCMS School Nurse

PCMS Spirit Wear is now available!

PCMS Spirit Wear is now on sale! Please visit our online store to choose from a wide selection of items to show your school pride. The store will be open from Friday, September 11th through Monday, September 28th. Items will be shipped approximately 3 weeks after the closing date. For your convenience, you can have items shipped to you directly for $8.00 or you can choose to pick them up from school at no additional charge. Information about pick up dates will be shared in the future once the delivery date is confirmed. Please contact Danielle Mosley at 314-974-0155 or dpmosley@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting our school.

https://pcmsf2020.wswebstore.com/store

Several Virtual After School Activities are available for sign up!

Here is the link to the list and schedule of activities and zoom calls:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bHYQWvXsJvEI7c2dq5DhbO5gtLNHO83HeNaGTAQOHOM/edit?usp=sharing


A few of the available virtual activities are highlighted here:


Book Club - starts 9/17/20

Ms. Harness, PCMS Librarian, is hosting an after school Book Club for students who like to read and discuss books. The club is open to all 6th - 8th graders, and we welcome anyone who wants to join. We meet twice a month on Thursdays. Our first meeting is Thursday, September 17th at 3:15 pm. We will have a short informational meeting. At that time we will pick a book to read and students will receive a copy of upcoming meeting dates.

Our goal is to participate in the Middle School Area Wide Virtual Book Battle at the end of the school year. https://sites.google.com/psdr3.org/awbb/home

Zoom meeting link: https://parkwayschools-net.zoom.us/j/93574399493

For more information please email Ms. Amy Harness.


Theater - starts 9/14/20

Have you ever watched a play and thought, "Hey, I could write something like that"? If so, we want YOU for the Playwright Project! Students who are part of this project will work individually or with a partner to write their own 5-10 minute play that will eventually be produced in our very first PCMS Original Play Festival! Please join us Monday, 9/14 for an Informational Meeting at 3:15 pm.


Here is the link: https://parkwayschools-net.zoom.us/j/96650943199?pwd=OXRaaUgxL0JieElZczVPQ0lPbEJzZz09. Even if you're unsure about this idea, but love theater, come to the meeting to learn more about the PCMS Original Play Festival! Contact Mrs. Moira McCracken if you're unable to attend but would like to have access to a recording of the meeting.


Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole - starts 9/15/20

Heart & Sole is a physical activity-based positive youth development program focused on building confidence and improving social, emotional and physical health. This program starts Tuesday, September 15th. The 16 virtual lessons will each be approximately 40 minutes in length. End goal: Complete a virtual 5k between November 1st and November 14th. Cost is $75. Scholarships and financial aid are available to ensure access for every girl. Call 314-862-6266 or visit www.girlsontherunstlouis.org to register before September 14th. Ms. Michelle Brady (michelle.brady@ey.com or 312-952-5384) will be the coach for Parkway Central Middle School. She can answer any questions you may have.

Colts Staff Spotlight

Moira McCracken, Theater

Tell us about your family. Any pets?

Husband: Kevin (business analyst), Daughters: Maureen (HS freshman), Teagan (7th Grade), Margaret (Kindergarten) - all proud Parkway students! Pets: 2 parakeets named Oscar and Snowflake and 2 fish named Elsa Charles and Fishnando (actually, Fishnando usually lives in my classroom, but he's currently at my house due to the shutdown)


How long have you been working at Parkway Central Middle School?

This is my 13th year at PCMS!


What do you like to do in your “spare” time? Do you have any hobbies?

I sing in the choir and Praise Band at my church, I love to read biographies, histories, historical fiction, and true ghost stories. My favorite books to read are books about the history of places that I've visited.


Finish this sentence: My favorite type of food is…

Ice Cream!


Finish this sentence: When I retire someday I would like to…

Travel the world and/or be a historical tour guide (like at the Missouri First State Capital in St. Charles)


What do you like most about working at Central Middle School?

The friendly staff, open minded administration, and super creative students!

Lindsey Katz, ELA and Yearbook Faculty Advisor

Tell us about your family. Any pets?

My husband teaches PE/Health and coaches girls basketball at Parkway North High School. My daughter, Ella, is 6 and is starting first grade at Claymont Elementary. My son, Owen, is 3 and will be starting preschool this year. A fun fact about my family is that my sister, Sarah Reeves, teaches math at Central High School!


How long have you been working at Parkway Central Middle School?

This will be my 6th year teaching at Central Middle. Before that, I taught 7 years at River Bend Elementary in fourth grade.


What do you like to do in your “spare” time? Do you have any hobbies?

I love trying new recipes, taking my kids on bike rides and walks, photography, driving to the beach, and fun house projects.


Finish this sentence: My favorite type of food is…

anything breakfast! Eggs, bacon, waffles- all of it!


Finish this sentence: When I retire someday I would like to…

grow a big vegetable garden.


What do you like most about working at Central Middle School?

I love the fun energy of the students and the positivity of the staff. I am constantly learning from my students and my colleagues!


Colts Core Values

  • Kindness
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Accountability
  • Acceptance