Poplar Grove Post

October 2016

Note from the Principal:


It is hard to believe we are approaching the beginning of fall and the end of our second month of school. Thanks to everyone who participated in Mobility Week, as it was a huge success. I would like to acknowledge our Green Team as they recently received a recycling and merit program award from Keep Williamson Beautiful. Way to go Green Team!

I would like to remind you of significant upcoming dates:

October 7 - 7:40 a.m. Pride Time

October 7 - 11:40 a.m. Early Dismissal

October 10-14 - Fall Break

October 28th - Fall Fest - PGMS will host an all-day-event full of activities for our students. Please check your child’s October 4th Tuesday folder for more information as well as volunteer opportunities.

As always, thank you for your support!

Don’t Miss Out on the Memories

Purchase your PGS Yearbook online

through December 30th:


Chipotle Spirit Night

Monday, Oct. 24th, 5-9pm

430 Cool Springs Boulevard

Franklin, TN

PGMS Fall Fest

Friday, Oct. 28th, 8am-2:30pm

2959 Del Rio Pike

Franklin, TN

Clinic News From Nurse Liz:

The Williamson County Health Department partners with the FSSD to offer flu vaccinations to our students. A clinic date has not yet been scheduled. We will NOT be offering the FluMist to our students this year. Due to data showing poor or relatively low effectiveness of Flumist from 2013-2016, we are following the CDC recommendations, that FluMist should not be administered during the 2016-2017 flu season. We will be offering flu shots only.

Counselor's Corner:

Keeping Teens Safe On Social Media

Going back to school is about more than shiny shoes and trendy notebooks. It's also about kids making new friends and adding those friends on social network sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

More than 60 percent of teens in the United States have at least one social media account, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. And while being online is a good way to keep in touch with friends, it's important for parents to be proactive about Internet safety.

Unfortunately, there are people who can use your child's personal information to steal identities, bully them or begin an inappropriate relationship. Help protect students from online dangers by following safety tips found at www.kids.usa.gov.

Get additional online safety tips, and other relevant information from the Federal Trade Commission at:


Grade Level News:

5th Grade News:

We are wrapping up a great first quarter in 5th grade! Our students are excited about all of the new opportunities middle school has given them – learning new instruments, increasing independence and responsibility, and joining after school clubs! We have many students that are participating in State Fair, joining Best Buddies, running with Running Club, and taking care of our school with Green Team!

In the classroom, students are diving into a study of the Civil War in both Social Studies and Language Arts. They are also learning about animals and their eating habits and special adaptations in preparation for our annual field trip to the aquarium in November. We are so excited to see where this year will take us!

6th Grade News:

Monday, September 12, the sixth grade enjoyed our day at the Nashville Zoo! The scavenger hunt brought awareness to aspects of the zoo enclosures relating to our novel, The One and Only Ivan. The learning was fun and included science standards, too!

Students will participate in a zoo enclosure design gallery walk this Friday, September 23. The zoo enclosures will be displayed on their desks in shoe boxes or posters. Students will have the opportunity to view enclosures created by their peers. After researching in class and gathering data at the zoo, students produce an accompanying essay about animals in captivity. We are so proud of their efforts!

7th Grade News:

Monday, September 19 the 7th grade welcomed visiting speaker, Dr. Gatluak Ter Thach. He is the President & CEO of Nashville Int’l Center for Empowerment and also a former Lost Boy of Sudan. Students heard his experience and got a chance to ask questions after reading the novel-A Long Walk to Water. Dr. Gatluak had a powerful message about how he was motivated as a young soldier to get an education. Despite the many challenges he faced through this process, he persevered to get his doctorate. The smile on his face and the joy for his work may have been the most inspiring part of his story!

8th Grade News:

Mrs. Haynes is offering math tutoring on Tuesdays from 2:40-3:40.

Language Arts is taking a new approach to writing narrative essays. Students will discover a theme that describes their character and write a backwards narrative essay. This means they will begin with their ending.

8th graders can be heard singing their periodic table song in the hall, at lunch, and I'm sure, at home as well. They are testing over the periodic table this month.

Colonial region storytelling was just completed in their Social Studies classes. The students really enjoyed hearing everyone share their stories.

Related Arts News:

Extracurricular News:

Sports Scene:

Our current early fall season ends soon!

Cross country has their championship races at USN River campus. The boys are the top ranked team in the A division while the girls are also ranked highly in the class A division.

The Volleyball team plays in their tournament at Harpeth Hall the week of 9/26 in the A division.

Upcoming late fall sports start their practice this week. Those sports include girls and boys soccer and wrestling (coop with FMS).

Good luck to all teams in their upcoming championship tournaments!