Friday, February 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

I'm sure your children will remind you, but there is no school this Monday for students. Teachers and staff across the district will be working together to develop curriculum, learn new teaching strategies, and get trained up on different techniques for supporting all of our students. These professional development days, as well as our staff collaboration time on Wednesday afternoons, provide teachers with opportunities to reflect on their practices and develop their skills for our students. Have a great long weekend, enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, and see you on Tuesday! Best,

Ben Campopiano

Principal, Pine Hollow Middle School

(925) 672-5444 x5500


February Holidays / Days Off

  • February 4 = No School: Teacher In-Service Day
  • February 15 = No School: School Recess
  • February 18 = No School: Presidents' Day

Click here to view the full 2018-2019 district calendar.

Site Council Meeting

Please join us at our monthly Site Council meeting on Tuesday, February 5 at 3:00pm in the Pine Hollow Library. Site Council is made up of students, staff, and parents and focuses on various school-wide issues including safety, budgets, and student engagement.

Teen Vaping Information

Teens Who Vape are More Likely to Smoke Cigarettes Later

The Verge

By Rachel Becker
February 1, 2019

Teens who start vaping are nearly three times more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes than their peers who don’t use any type of tobacco product, a new study finds. The results are alarming for both medical experts — who would rather kids not smoke — and for the e-cigarette industry, which is increasingly marketing its products as smoking-cessation tools for adults.

Today’s study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, couldn’t say whether vaping caused the kids to go on to smoking. But the study authors did find some pretty strong associations between vaping and later cigarette smoking, particularly for kids who would normally be considered “low risk” for substance use: the ones that aren’t big on thrill-seeking, drinking, or misusing prescription drugs. The findings are especially timely in light of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent announcement that 3.6 million high school and middle school students used e-cigarettes in 2018.

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Safe School Ambassadors at Pine Hollow

Through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, Pine Hollow recently received funding to bring the Safe School Ambassadors program to our site for free. This nation-wide program works to equip selected students with the communication and intervention skills they need to help prevent and stop emotional and physical bullying and improve school climate. For more information about the Safe School Ambassadors program, please click here, or contact our school counselors, Lori Nardone and Ed Perryman.

Upcoming Key Dates


  • February 4: No School (Teacher In-Service Day)
  • February 5: Site Council Meeting
  • February 11: Basketball Games at Foothill MS
  • February 14: 3rd Quarter Progress Report Cards Distributed
  • February 15: No School (School Recess)
  • February 18: No School (Presidents' Day)
  • February 19: MDUSD Facilities Master Plan Town Hall Meeting
  • February 27: PTSA Meeting