PLAZA PRIDE NEWSLETTER

10/18/19

Plaza Middle School

6501 NW 72nd Street

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.359.4210 Main Line

816.359.4211 Attendance Line

Website: plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Twitter: @plaza_tigers

Facebook: Plaza Middle School - Park Hill School District

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Book Fair in Library 10/15-10/24!

-Monday 10/21: Red Day; Intramural sign ups for Q2 begin at 6pm, details below

-Tuesday 10/22: White Day; AVID Field Trip 8 am - 11 am

-Wednesday 10/23: Red Day; Parent Teacher Conferences begin, PTA is providing dinner for staff this evening, info below; LAST CHANCE TRASH BAG PICK UP IN SMALL GYM, 4-8PM

-Thursday 10/24: NO SCHOOL, Parent Teacher Conferences, info below

-Friday 10/25: NO SCHOOL


For the complete list of Plaza Sports dates, check out our Plaza webpage and calendar!


SAVE THE DATES:

-Wednesday 10/23 & Thursday 10/24: Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC)


  • Each team shared a Sign up Genius to schedule a PTC time. Check your team newsletter for more information.
  • Navigator (elective) teachers will be available on a drop in basis in the gym.
  • Sign up to help bring food for staff meals, details below.


-Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday October 28th, 29th & 30th: Basketball Tryouts 2:30-4:30

-Monday, November 4th: PTA Meeting, 6pm in Library, also Parent Night for Information about the SOS Program, info below

-Thursday, November 7th: Student vs. Staff Basketball game, info below

-Monday, November 11th: Veterans Breakfast at Plaza, details to come in the near future

-Friday, November 15: 7th & 8th Grade Fall Dance, details to come in the near future


*Plaza Lunch menu

QUARTER 2 INTRAMURALS

Quarter 2 Intramurals are November 5th - December 10th. There are no Intramurals the week of Thanksgiving. Sign ups for Q2 Intramurals begin Monday evening, 10/21 at 6:00 pm, and will close Thursday, 10/24 at noon. You can sign up on the sign up genius link at that time.


Q2 Intramurals will be Coloring and Drawing, Minecraft, Movies, Cupcake Art, Anime, Technique Tuesday, Throwback Craft, Mindful Yoga, Homework Helper and Drama Club.

LOOK WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE UP TO!

MEALS FOR STAFF DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Our teachers and support staff are putting in long hours to meet and connect with our families during conferences on Wednesday 10/23 and Thursday 10/24. This year the PTA and Plaza parents are providing a meal of sandwiches and sides. We welcome all families to help with this meal. Please find out more info and sign up at this link.

POP TAB DONATION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Did you know Plaza collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House? The money raised from pop tab recycling goes towards helping support families with children in the hospital that need a place to stay. You can simply save your pop tabs at home, and send them with your student to add to Plaza's donation bin, located by the front office. For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities webpage.

CONTACTING TEACHERS

We understand there has been some technology issues with using the staff directory links from our Plaza web page, as well as from our District's web page. We believe these connections have now been fixed as of 10/4/19. You can also contact your student's teacher by visiting our Plaza web page for each team's up to date contact info:


Champions

Novas

Heroes

Warriors

Apollos

Legends

SPED

Explos/Navigators

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

Upcoming Book Fair: We will be hosting our second Follett Book Fair October 15-October 24.

Hours: October 15-18, 21-22 = open during regular school hours

Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00pm-8:00pm during parent teacher conferences.

Thursday, October 24 from 12:00pm-8:00pm during parent teacher conferences.

We hope to see you there!

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Basketball tryouts for girls will be held after school on October 28th, 29th, and 30th, until 4:30 pm. Boys tryouts are also October 28th, 29th and 30, but from 6 am - 7:15 am before school. Please note there is no transportation to school for tryouts, and no transportation home. Your student will need a ride for tryouts. Also, if your student has not had their physical they will need to have one completed before the first day of tryouts. Find out more information on our Plaza webpage.

STUDENT VS. STAFF BASKETBALL/VOLLEYBALL GAME

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SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!

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It's not too late to purchase Plaza Tiger Nation Spirit Wear! You and your student can purchase the spirit wear from the front office, cash or check. Shirts are one for $7, or black, red, and white bundle 3/$15. Plaza spirit wear will be for sale at Parent Teacher conferences, as well as at the Student vs. Staff Basketball game!

ORDER THE 2019-2020 PLAZA YEARBOOK!

Now is your opportunity to purchase a 2019-20 Plaza Yearbook, the cost is $25.

Order at the School: You may order a yearbook through the office. We accept cash or check, please make checks payable to Plaza Middle School.

Order Online at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=42070
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PHHS Students are working hard to create a safe, fun environment for Elementary, Gerner, and Russel Jones students to Trick or Treat, and Middle School Students to have a place to play games for the holiday. They will also have a sensory-friendly room available, so all kids can comfortably participate in the event. All Park Hill School District families are invited.

STUDENT SERVICES NEWS

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MEAL BENEFITS FOR UAW FAMILIES

Some families may be facing hardships due to the United Auto Workers' (UAW) strike against General Motors. If your families' employment is impacted by the strike, your family may be eligible for meal benefits. Please refer to our Parent Resources page here: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/menus_and_nutrition if you would like to apply for free or reduced meals. Once the strike is finalized and employees are back to work, families can then notify food services of this change.

Please fill out the Confidential Resource Checklist for further resources and assistance.

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Counselors will be starting new counseling groups for second quarter. Open sign ups for students/parents and permission slips available in the counseling office in the coming weeks. Please contact your students counselor directly if you have addition questions.


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JOIN US FOR PARENTING IN CHALLENGING TIMES: WHAT IS CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?


Join us for a webinar on Oct 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM CDT.


REGISTER NOW!

Used for classroom management and social-emotional learning, conscious discipline is based on current brain research, child development information and age-appropriate practices. This approach teaches self-regulation skills, focuses on children's voice and empowers them to achieve behavioral goals. Benefits include creating healthy connections, improving impulse control and encouraging cooperation. Conscious discipline is an opportunity for us to better understand and change behavior, allowing us to effectively serve students' needs. Audra Olson will explain conscious discipline, drawing on her 30 years of experience as an educator and counselor in our Park Hill schools. Retired from the classroom, Olson continues to serve our students. She studied with the creator of conscious discipline, and she is working with our staff to bring these skills to Park Hill.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

SOS PARENT NIGHT

Suicide Prevention

Park Hill is improving our efforts to serve students' mental health and to prevent suicide. Our team of school mental health professionals and administrators partnered with Tri-County Mental Health Services and national experts to bring the national Signs of Suicide depression screening program to our K-12 schools.

We are hosting a parent night about the program in conjunction with the PTA Meeting on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the Library. SOS is important for students because it reduces suicide attempts, teaches the signs of depression and suicide, encourages supporting others' well-being and tells students to seek out trusted adults.

More information - https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent

PTA NEWS

The next PTA meeting is November 4th in the Library at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be in conjunction with the SOS Parent night.

PTA TRASH BAG PICK UP

Thank you to all who purchased trash bags through the PTA! Proceeds will go back to student dances, activities, teacher hospitality and more during this school year. LAST CHANCE TO COME PICK UP YOUR TRASH BAGS! THE PTA WILL BE IN THE SMALL GYM DURING PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd FROM 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM FOR PICK UP.

PTA REFLECTIONS 2019-2020

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from Amy Elliott in Room 510 and return by Friday, November 1, 2019. Click HERE for the entry form. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

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VFW PATRIOT'S PEN ESSAY CONTEST

Your student can win up to $5000.00 in the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. Details below. Deadline is October 31st!
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JOIN PLAZA PTA

It's not too late to join the Plaza PTA! Help stay connected with school functions by joining PTA. The PTA supports students and teachers through incentive and education programs, dances, mixers and hospitality events.


Find out how to join here.

PARK HILL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP

The Park Hill Education Foundation challenges YOU to join us and honor someone special. It could be your children or a favorite teacher, principal or support staff member.

It only takes a few minutes to show your support, through a family membership of just $30 a year.

Since this is our first year to offer a Foundation membership, we are doing something special. We partnered with the District PTA Clothing Center. When you join the Foundation will give $5 of your membership to the District PTA Clothing Center for socks and underwear for students in need.


Click here to find out more information & join!

Box Tops for Education


You might have noticed some changes with many Box Tops products you've purchased recently. Box Tops for Education (BTFE) is going digital! If you see the BTFE label on any products, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10 cents for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Just download the app, sign up for free, choose PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL, and scan away. Receipts need to be scanned within 2 weeks of purchase. BTFE is phasing out the traditional Box Tops clips, but you can still send them to the school and we can still get 10 cents for every Box Tops clip. Thank you for helping raise money for our students!

Park Hill District PTA Clothing Center

Did you know that Park Hill has a Clothing Center? Did you know all Park Hill families can use it?

If you'd like more information, please see the Park Hill District PTA's Clothing Center website for more details. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clothing Center, please check out the Park Hill District Clothing Center - Volunteer Sign Up for shopping day opportunities throughout the school year.

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com
Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com , and Amy Morgan-Rogers, nealnamy@aol.com
Vice-President Fundraising: Michelle Soper, michellesoper@msn.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Corresponding Secretary: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

STAY CONNECTED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLAZA

Plaza Pride Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is emailed out every Friday afternoon.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians immediate access to important student information such as grades, schedules, and attendance. It also allows parents/guardians to view their household contact information and student emergency contacts, and they can request updates to this information directly from the Portal. Click here if you need more information on how to set-up an account.

Infinite Campus App

The free Infinite Campus Portal App connects you with your student's information and enables you to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet.

1. Download the Campus Portal app from your preferred store.

2. Enter the District Name as Park Hill and select Missouri from the state options, then click search.

3. Select Park Hill, and enter your username and password (the same used to access the online Parent Portal)

4. Be sure to enable push notifications in the settings menu to receive alerts.

Plaza Website (link)

School Messenger

School Messenger is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.

Social Media

Twitter - @Plaza_Tigers

Facebook - Plaza Middle School

First Hand Email Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what is going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news.

First Hand Mobile:

“First Hand Mobile” sends text message alerts about weather closings, emergency information or important news alerts directly to your text-messaging enabled mobile phone. This service is provided at no cost to the district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Platte Valley Bank. To sign up, go to the district website at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us.

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PANORAMA SURVEY FOR PARENTS

Parents are invited to fill out a survey about Plaza Middle School and Park Hill School District at this link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/parkhill/login


Please enter access code 4502828465, Plaza School ID 3050.

PTA BUY OUT

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Parents- WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please see info below related to laptops & lanyards.

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PLAZA HOME GAME EXPECTATIONS

Student Expectations at Plaza Home Events:

  • Leave school at the normal time and return for the 4pm game
  • Sit in the student section and cheer on the Plaza Tigers
    • Use appropriate language
    • Only positive remarks and cheers
      • Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in removal from the game/event
    • Remain in the game or event area (gym, track, etc.)
      • Being in other areas of the school will result in removal from the game/event
  • All school expectations apply at Plaza games/events

All Plaza home games have a gate fee of $3 for adults and $1

for students and children over 5


Volleyball Parents:

  • Sit behind the team on the south side of the gym.
    • The first two rows are saved for the team bench
  • Cheer on the team
    • Use appropriate language and positive remarks
  • Let the coaches coach and the refs call the game
  • We are focused on fun and learning the game of volleyball!

All Plaza home games have a gate fee of $3 for adults and $1

for students and children over 5


Cross Country Parents:

  • Cheer on all runners
    • Use appropriate language and positive remarks
  • Let the coaches coach
  • We are focused on fun and finding love for running

Building Resilience Webinar
Register today for our Sept. 26 webinar on building resilience in students! Everyone faces tough moments in life, but experiencing trauma in childhood can lead to a lifetime of consequences. Building resilience in students is an important part of our goal to prepare students for college, career and life. Licensed professional counselor Angie Winkler will help us understand the science of adverse childhood experiences.

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5119490367579906050

Also, visit the Park Hill District Website; Parent Resources; Mental Health and Healthy Living: to find a variety of Mental Health information and Resource.

PARK HILL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STUDENT ATTENDANCE INFO

1. Middle school students need to have a parent/guardian present with them to enter the game. Our gate workers will be instructed to ask students where their parent is before they enter.

2. During the game, we request that people be in their seats and not wandering behind the stadium.

3. Students should have their ID's with them as well.

2020 PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle level and high school grades who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Young volunteers in grades 5-12 can complete online applications at spirit.prudential.com by Nov. 5th, then submit them to their school principals or to the head of one of the listed local organizations. See info. below.

6TH GRADE MIXER

UPDATED MIXER INFO-

9/20 DUE TO OUR INTRAMURAL #'S- WE WILL NOT HAVE ROOM ON THE INTRAMURAL BUSSES FOR 6TH GRADE MIXER STUDENTS TO RIDE THE BUS HOME. SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. ANY 6TH GRADER STAYING FOR THE MIXER MUST HAVE A RIDE HOME.


Attention 6th Graders! Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 26 for our first Tiger Nation Mixer! Join your friends after school in the large gym & cafeteria for fun and food! We will have an inflatable obstacle course, games, music and snow cones! Tickets will be sold at lunch September 23-26 and are $3 each. Concessions will be sold at the mixer, so bring a few extra dollars as well! Your parents will need to pick you up by 4pm in the car line.


Parents we need your help with donations for the Mixer! Please visit the STUCO's sign up genius if you can help.


We can’t wait to see you at the 6th grade mixer!!!


**6th Grade parents please note that your child must have one of the After School Permission slips signed in order to attend.

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Thursday, September 19th is Suicide Awareness Spirit day at Plaza. Wear Yellow to support suicide awareness and prevention. Counselors will go on morning broadcast on Wed to share a brief message about suicide awareness with students. Please promote this to your student and encourage all to wear Yellow on Thursday.

BASKETBALL MEETING

7th and 8th graders wanting to find out more information about Plaza's boys and girls Basketball season are invited to the Basketball meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 7am. Boys will meet with Coach Jackson in the large gym. Girls will meet with Coach Morrison in room 610.

LOOK WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE UP TO!

https://www.facebook.com/243453962397639/videos/604932653372841/
Watch this short clip of Mr. Hale's Orchestra Class performs "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in celebration of National Arts in Education Week (September 8-14). Great job students!

INTRAMURALS UPDATE

The Intramural signups have now closed. Intramurals begin after school Tuesday, September 17th. They will continue every Tuesday and Thursday through October 10th. Students are released from Intramurals at 4pm. Late bus transportation is provided.

CHINESE CLUB AT PLAZA

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PLAZA TRASH BAG SALE

Dr. Wright wants to show you some good use of our trash bags! Each year the Plaza PTA sells these strong, durable trash bags as a fundraiser for our school. Order forms went home with students last Friday, or you can download the pdf and buy from the front office for one more week!

OLWEUS PRESENTATION

On September 13th Kevin Horner will be here to do a presentation on bully prevention for the 6th graders. Kevin Horner is a local ventriloquist who uses his puppets and personal life stories to create a presentation that is entertaining, inspiring, and promotes bully prevention!

PLAZA UPDATES

Thank you to all parents who came out to our Parent Orientation Night! We were so happy to see you all here. If you were unable to make it, please check out our Orientation Night video!
-If your student is being picked up from anyone other than a legal guardian, the legal guardian must call the school office first for the student to be released with anyone else.


-Based on observations of student drop off this week, car riders can now be dropped off at 7:10 am, and will be escorted to the small gym until 7:20. We will notify you as these times may change as we continue to set the safest and most efficient process.

-For the efficiency of drop off and pick up, as well as the safety of students, we ask that you do not drop off or pick up your child in the lower parking lot, or the KMart parking lot. Please see the traffic flow map below.
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NURSE BERKLEY NEWS

Welcome to Plaza Middle School

My name is Miechele Berkley and I am the School Nurse. It is an honor to care for your student(S) here at Plaza Middle School. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am available Monday through Friday from 7:15 am to 2:45 pm. Please contact me via phone 816-359-4214 or email: berkleym@parkhill.k12.mo.us


Excused Participation from Physical Education Classes

· A written doctor’s note stating physical activity restriction is required in order for your student to be excused from Physical Education.

· Students excused are required to attend Physical Education for the instruction component.

· Student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.


After-School Activities/Clubs

If your student has a medication or health need that will need attention during the activity, please make arrangements with the particular personnel involved. The Health Room is CLOSED after 2:45 p.m.


Illness-Related Absences

If your student has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater and/or vomiting, your student will be sent home. Your child should be free from fever/vomiting for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.

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SPANISH IMMERSION CLUB AT PLAZA

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Congratulations to Heroes Team students Aisling Westenkirchner, Ryan Roberson, and Brodie Fetters for earning the Top 3 spots in a science quiz review game this week!

SPRING MAP SCORES

Please watch for MAP Scores from last school year, they should be coming home with your student today.
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ONLINE PLAZA SPIRIT WEAR STORE


Online Spirit wear items will be delivered to Plaza shortly!

VOLLEYBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAM PARENT MEETINGS

All parents of Volleyball and Cross Country are invited to a team meeting with the Coaches on Monday, August 26th from 6-8 pm. Volleyball will meet in the Small Gym, and Cross Country will meet in the Cafe.

NWEA TESTING AT PLAZA

NWEA Testing will be held each morning Tuesday, August 27th through Friday, August 30th. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast each day. For more information on NWEA Testing, please visit the NWEA website.

KIDGUARD INSURANCE

Park Hill offers all families the opportunity to enroll their student(s) (Pre-K through 12th) in a low cost, district approved insurance program.


The application form is attached to this email for your convenience. The application is also available on www.parkhill.k12.mo.us under:


· Parent Resources | Parent Information | Student Health | Insurance | 2019-2020 KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form as well as

· Working in Park Hill | Employee Resources | Student Accident Insurance | 2019-2020 KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form.

KidGuard offers four basic options:


1) 24 Hour Basic Accident Insurance Plan

2) School Time Basic Accident Insurance Plan

3) Increased Dental Accident Coverage

4) In-Hospital Sickness Benefit Option


KidGuard also offers two additional options:


A) In-Hospital Sickness Coverage Benefit Option

B) Increased Dental Accident Coverage Option

The KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form is to be mailed by families directly to KidGuard in Saint Louis, MO. The school district is not involved in the collection of applications or premium payments.

STUDENT BADGES

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NUTRITION SERVICES NEWS

New Pricing for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Elementary Breakfast - $1.50 (previously $1.25)
Secondary Breakfast - $1.75 (previously $1.50)
Premium Secondary Breakfast - $1.90 (previously $1.65)


Elementary Lunch - $2.40 (no change)
Secondary Lunch - $2.85 (no change)
Premium Secondary Lunch - $3.30 (no change)


Ala Carte Milk - $.60 (previously $.50)

Adult Breakfast - $2.00(no change)

Adult Lunch - $3.50 without milk (no change)


Each school should now have new Free and Reduced Meals Applications for 2019 20. A new application must be completed each year. This year’s applications are blue. If you have any in a different color please discard them as we cannot accept Free and Reduced Meal Applications from a previous school year.


Nutrition Services will continue to use School Café to accept online meal payments, enable parents to view student purchases and set purchase restrictions. Also, online Free and Reduced Meal Applications will be available beginning Thursday, August 1st. Any parent who has a School Café Account may complete their application via this portal.


Parents who would like to set up a School Café Account can go to www.schoolcafe.com. They must have their student’s school, ID number, and birthdate to establish a School Café account.

FALL SPORTS AT PLAZA

Please visit our Plaza webpage and Plaza calendar for up to date info on sports!

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SCHOOL START TIMES

Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we decided not to change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year. However, we still have challenges due to the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, while costs for transportation increased sharply over the last few years, state funding for transportation has not kept up. Because we have some money in our reserves, this gap in funding is not an immediate crisis, but we cannot keep taking money from the reserves indefinitely for this and other costs.


The district has an advisory committee, which will take the findings from our Sleep and Start Times work group and make some recommendations to the district and the Board. We will also ask for more public feedback to inform the Board as it makes its decision. In addition to an in-person public feedback meeting, we will continue to get your feedback using our public engagement web site, Park Hill Listens. To get the latest information and give us your feedback, go to https://www.parkhilllistens.com/school-start-times.

All families enrolled in Park Hill Schools next year are invited to come to the Park Hill PTA Clothing Center on August 6th! Please not that you must bring proof of school enrollment for the 19-20 school year to be able to participate.
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About Us

There are many different ways we stay connected with our Plaza families! Besides our weekly Smore Newsletter with updates, be sure to visit the Park Hill District Website to sign up for all district alerts, First Hand Mobile Alerts, and First Hand Email Alerts.

YES, YOU TOO CAN OWN THIS DESIGNER ATTIRE-SEE MORE INFO IN PTA SECTION.