The Pizitz Post
for Students, Parents & Families - January 30, 2023
We are bringing back Career Day at Pizitz, and we look forward to having conversations with our students about their aspirations for college and career readiness. It is never too early to begin exploring student interests regarding their Next Steps. We have a talented group of students. They have expressed their areas of interest, and we are looking forward to hearing from over forty speakers from our community who have volunteered to share about their experiences with our students. We will begin the morning in an assembly, and the rest of the day will be followed by multiple opportunities for students to hear from individuals in smaller group settings. Our counselors have partnered with our PTO to help plan an awesome day for student engagement.
Please note that there will be an alternate schedule on Friday, February 3. We are asking students to dress nicely for the occasion. On Friday afternoon, make sure to ask your child about his/her experience. We look forward to learning from our community together.
We are beginning the process of course selection for the 2023 school year. We have multiple opportunities for you to learn more about your child's opportunities for next year. Please make plans to attend one of the Next Steps virtual meetings in February (please note: the noon and 5:30 meetings will cover the same information but the 6th/7th grade meetings will differ from the 5th grade meetings):
- Current 6th and 7th grade parents: Feburary 9 at noon and 5:30 p.m.
- Current 5th grade parents: February 16 at noon and 5:30 p.m.
- January 30: VHCS Hall of Fame in Pizitz upper gym at 6:30 p.m. (all community members are welcome to attend)
- January 31: VHHS students visits 8th graders to discuss art programs
- February 3: Career Day (with an alternate schedule, beginning with a morning assembly)
- February 6: Cheer Parent Meeting for all interested in cheer tryouts for the 2023-2024 school year at 5:30 p.m. (in cafeteria)
- February 9: ALL current 6th & 7th Grade Next Steps Meetings to be held virtually at noon and 5:30 p.m.
In total from our three teams, we have had eight first place team wins and one second place team win. In addition to that, of the 90 individual awards across those three tournaments, 40 of them have gone to Pizitz students. Congratulations to our math teams!
Upcoming tournaments include Rockdale (Conyer’s GA), Homewood, Hoover and Grissom.
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th Grade Scholars' Bowl team for their 3rd place finish at the District Tournament! They qualified for, and will compete in, the ASCS Middle School State Tournament on February 25th. We can't wait to hear about the upcoming competition.
Our 6th grade scholars are also doing well this season. They won three out of the four matches they competed in during the semifinals of the tournament on Friday. They also won two other matches this season against Berry Middle School and Oak Mountain Middle School. One of our 6th graders, Julia Lloyd, was the top overall scorer for the entire competition. She scored 250 points in last week's tournament. Let's go, Pirates!
Congratulations to the Pizitz Debate team for their current 2nd place standing in the Birmingham Area Debate League! A special shout out goes to the following groups that competed at Samford last Tuesday:
- Connor Moorhouse and Veronica Zhang
- Grace Ding and Abigail Wang
- Astha Mehta and Audrey Kim
- Anna Claire Wang and Abigail Li
- Yash Pillai and Alan Sheng
Wish them luck in their final two debate tournaments this semester arguing “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should increase its diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve internal armed conflicts in West Asia."
Winter Sports Update
We are so proud of our student athletes! They work hard as a team to accomplish big goals together. We are most impressed with their teamwork and determination. When students are coachable they have the opportunity to learn and grow. We are grateful for our coaches who invest in our students and model good character for them.
The wrestling team finished 3rd in the metro tournament this weekend. Our 8th grade boys finished 2nd in the metro tournment last week, and the 8th grade girls finished 3rd in the metro tournament last week. All of our teams had a strong finish this season- their coaches complimented them on their overall growth this year.
Our competitive cheer squad won the state competition and are heading to the national compeition in Florida during the month of February. Let's go, Pirates!
Next up, we are heading into spring sport season with outdoor track & field, softball, tennis, and golf. We look forward to seeing student development, teamwork, and school spirit in this next season.
Attention: 8th Grade Girls
Any girl interested in auditioning for Rockettes or Color Guard is invited to join a Google Classroom for more information.
For Rockettes, the Google Classroom code is yzzku2o. Clinic will be held February 21-24 at the freshmen campus. Applications are due February 15. Please contact Angie Richardson (email@example.com) with questions.
If you are interested in learning more about the Color Guard at VHHS, check out their flyer here. Join their Google Classroom for more information (code: mqbk25z).