Poplar Grove Post

January 2020

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Welcome to 2020! We are excited to begin a new year and new semester at Poplar Grove Middle School. Our students finished the year strong and displayed significant academic progress over the course of the first semester. Mrs. Martha Haynes has been voted the PGMS Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. We are so proud of the work Mrs. Haynes does on a daily basis and feel blessed to have her serve at PGMS. Mrs. Haynes will go on to compete at the district level for FSSD Teacher of the Year! Way to go, Mrs. Haynes!


Upcoming Honors Meetings:

Fourth through seventh grade parents who are interested in learning more about the Franklin Special School District Honors Program. Please join us for an Honors Program Parent Information meeting on Thursday evening, January 16, at Freedom Intermediate School. The event will be split into two presentations. The first presentation is for families of current 4th grade students and will begin at 6:00 pm. The second presentation begins at 6:45 and is for parents of current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

We encourage all families interested in the Honors program to attend the meeting. Information and presentations will be available at www.fssd.org under Announcements on Wednesday, January 22 for those unable to attend the meeting.

CLINIC NEWS FROM NURSE LIZ:

On a sunny, chilly Saturday December morning, I hosted these 6th grade girls to a manicure, lunch at Tito’s and frozen custard at Whit’s. This was the “teacher” experience I offered for fall fest. I had a great time and enjoyed the “girl time” with these young ladies!

Happy 2020! I hope everyone had a safe, healthy holiday!

Nurse Liz

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

2020 Rising 9th Grade High School Registration Dates

High school registration for current 8th grade students at Poplar Grove Middle will be here soon. Please review the information below and mark the dates on your calendar.

For students zoned to Centennial High School:

CHS Parent and Student Orientation – Tuesday, February 11th at Centennial High School. Time to be determined (Typically at 6:00 or 6:30 in previous years)

CHS Rising 9th Grade Student Registration – February 19th and 20th in the Poplar Grove Middle School Library. Parents will receive a registration appointment time by mail.

For students zoned to Franklin High School:

FHS Parent and Student Orientation – January 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at Franklin High School

FHS Rising 9th Grade Student Registration – February 27th in the Poplar Grove Middle School Library. Parents will receive a registration appointment time by mail.

GRADE LEVEL NEWS:

5TH GRADE NEWS:

In Science, students made "alien soup" while learning about compounds and mixtures.

6TH GRADE NEWS:

The 6th grade students created integer timelines as part of our Math unit. They researched to find five important events that happened before the year they were born and five after they were born.

7TH GRADE NEWS:

Seventh grade math students enjoyed hot chocolate for showing growth on their Iready diagnostic. The average growth for the grade level was over 100% and 75.3% of students are considered proficient. Since they accomplished their proficiency goal, students earned an extra day of recess for the entire 7th grade! We are so proud of their hard work!

8TH GRADE NEWS:

Congratulations to Mrs. Pearson on the birth of her baby boy! Both mom and baby are doing great!


Mr. Ellison's class has been learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Nolan White is pictured presenting.

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SPANISH NEWS:

7th graders enjoyed our field trip to Los Primos in Franklin. Students enjoyed visiting the store, meeting new people, and trying authentic foods. A fun time was had by all! Thank you to Los Primos for allowing us to visit your store.

5TH GRADE STEM NEWS:

From Star Wars to Cinderella, 5th graders did a great job of taking a favorite childhood story and adding a unique solar system twist. They used their narrative skills to describe a very different outcome for their characters based on a “what if…” scenario.

6TH GRADE STEM NEWS:

Some students went “all out” adding personality to their cars! The goal was to determine which gear ratio provided the most power to move the car up a ramp with a load. All students showed persistence and problem solving skills!

7TH GRADE STEM NEWS:

We have learned lots about fuel cells this quarter! Water was added to the PEM cell; the process of electrolysis resulted in the division of water molecule; and, the car was fueled by hydrogen. It worked!

EXTRACURRICULAR NEWS:

FREE AUDIBLE BOOKS:

Free Audible.com Audiobook Accounts for 8th Graders:

All 8th grade students are being offered a great opportunity to have FREE access to 80+ classic audiobook titles and 12 titles of his/her own choosing. A parent will need to sign-up his/her student before Audible.com can give access to the free account. Please access the sign-up link here:

English Form - https://forms.gle/Z6njppv71Jv7CwN9A

Spanish Form - https://forms.gle/22Fde6jk8JBsQer47

USED BOOK SALE:

We are currently collecting gently used children's and adult books and movies for our annual Used Book Sale (March 2-6). All proceeds will go directly to the PGS library media centers. Please consider donating any books and/or movies you no longer want. Look for collection bins in the front lobbies from now through February.

8TH GRADE TECHFIT NEWS:

TECHFIT teams are busily finishing projects for our exergame! We look forward to our Regional Competition on March 7 and hope to compete at National Competition on May 16!

2019-2020 PGS Yearbook:

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


https://www.balfour.com/tennessee/franklin/poplar-grove-school

BLOOD DRIVE:

Blood Drive: February 19th, 2020 12-5 PGMS Gym

For donors:

To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org enter sponsor code: PGS19. They will only see appointment times.