PLAZA PRIDE NEWSLETTER
Plaza Middle School
6501 NW 72nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.359.4210 Main Line
816.359.4211 Attendance Line
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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
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
QUARTER 2 INTRAMURALS
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!
Novas Team teachers and students at Plaza's choir concert #ibelong
Ey'Mahn & Spencer from the Heroes Team practice adding and subtracting decimals while playing a game together.
Champions Team student Natalie Gerdes with the calm jar she created during MTSS
Team Apollo preparing for student-led Parent Teacher Conferences.
Legends Team students determined to get a Bingo while learning about Ancient Egypt.
Warriors Team students in Social Studies class got to experience investigating in various Colonial Exports.
MEALS FOR STAFF DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
POP TAB DONATION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
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 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
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!
ORDER THE 2019-2020 PLAZA YEARBOOK!
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
STUDENT SERVICES NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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
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 TRASH BAG 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.
VFW PATRIOT'S PEN ESSAY CONTEST
JOIN PLAZA PTA
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.
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.
Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, email@example.com , and Amy Morgan-Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President Fundraising: Michelle Soper, email@example.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, email@example.com
Corresponding Secretary: Angie Barton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.
Twitter - @Plaza_Tigers
Facebook - Plaza Middle School
First Hand Email Newsletter
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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.
Legends Team students working on a math scavenger hunt and getting Rockstars' signatures on the team poster
Novas Team students participating in career inquiry with Mr. Calvin #ibelong #novas
Warriors students got to take advantage of some nice weather this week to work outside!
Champions Team students are working on their projects in ELA
Team Apollo students, Freedom and Jordan, learning to use the Diigo extension for informational research.
Heroes Team students Kaiwen, Alysa, Rylee, Mariah, Sam and Isaac do their best superhero pose to show off their great role model powers that earned them superhero status the last two weeks.
PANORAMA SURVEY FOR PARENTS
Please enter access code 4502828465, Plaza School ID 3050.
PTA BUY OUT
Parents- WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please see info below related to laptops & lanyards.
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
- 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.
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
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.
Writers are like sculptors. Novas Team students worked through the writing process as a sculptor and made connections along the way. #novas
Warriors Team students identifying text structures to help them pick out one for their essays
Legends Team students working together to review ancient Egypt concepts while playing Quizlet Live.
7th Grade Novas reading and annotating text to prepare for group discussion and analyzing conversation during Socratic Seminar.
Warriors Team students in Social Studies played a simulation game. They got to act as a 15th Century explorer sailing across the Atlantic to see if they could survive and thrive in the New World!
Apollos Team students participating in a Socratic Seminar.
Champions team student shows the calming jar she created during MTSS tutorial time.
Heroes Team students pose for "Black Out Day" Spirit Day, which was our home volleyball game against Congress.
Mrs. Davis and Apollos student Angelina in their PJ spirit wear.
Champions Team spirit at a volleyball game this week.
Legends Rockstars for the month of August were recognized this week. They consistently show Plaza Pride and set a good example for others!
Heroes Team students give a 10/10 for our first 6th Grade Mixer!
LOOK WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE UP TO!
Warriors Team Students playing "Skyscraper" in math to practice adding integers.
Legends Team students using some STEM skills to review for a social studies test.
Apollos Team students studying the patterns of waves.
Novas teachers Ms. Doak and Mrs. Williams supporting the girls volleyball at their game!
Mrs. Bell conferencing with Will Pederson about his Sequencine Piece in writing.
Champions students constructing a project in math class.
Champions students Morgan Hartkopp and Angelina Torri working together to build a tower.
Warriors students working on an activity to realize how tiny the size of an atom really is...extraordinarily small!
After reviewing Figurative Language in reading, Heroes students Avery Conklin & Makenza Stewart are annotating and finding more examples of Figurative Language in the first chapter of Freak the Mighty.
Legends Team Students working on a Pride Matrix presentation together
Mrs. Kessler and Mrs. Daniel with Apollos Student at the Volleyball Game
CHINESE CLUB AT PLAZA
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!
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!
-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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
Sewing class spreading out to cut patterns in the hallway
A few Apollos Team students that scored above the 90th percentile on NWEA Testing
Apollos Team presenting Memes they created
Mrs. Elam rewarding Jack Reavey for having his lanyard and planner filled out for our new PBIS System
Champions students (Rhett Smith & John Jungels-Norris) working together on their Math "Show Design" Project
Warriors Students ordering and classifying numbers in math class
SPANISH IMMERSION CLUB AT PLAZA
Champions Students constructing spaghetti towers together
STUDENT LED CLASS
Team Apollo Student leading class
Warriors Students constructing spaghetti towers together
SPRING MAP SCORES
ONLINE PLAZA SPIRIT WEAR STORE
VOLLEYBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAM PARENT MEETINGS
NWEA TESTING AT PLAZA
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.
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
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.