• From the Principal


    12.3.23

    Good afternoon Lancers,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Monday starts our testing for round two of the FAST assessment. We will begin testing in language arts and then focus on math. We will begin testing in the morning and results should be posted in their focus accounts within 24 hours. Please make sure that your students attend school every day and understand the importance of this assessment.

    We are going to have a food drive starting the week of December 4th. Students will bring in canned food or nonperishable food items to their 1st period class. The class with the most items collected will win a donut party. The food drive will end on the 15th.

    Basketball season is under way, and we have the following games this week: Girls are at home on Tuesday and away at Thurgood on Thursday; Boys are away at Baypoint on Monday but home on Wednesday. Please come out and support our student athletes.

    Parents we continue to ask for your support in not dropping off your students prior to 9:10 am as there is no supervision in our car line until that time. We are seeing issues with students riding their bikes through the car line area. The expectation is that all students walk their bikes and scooters once there are on campus. At no point should students be in the road or in the parking areas.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    11.26.23

    Good afternoon Lancers,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I hope everyone has had a relaxing week spent with family and friends. School resumes tomorrow and we are looking forward to our students returning. I ask that you review our dress code expectations with your students prior to them coming back on Monday. This is especially important now that we are having cooler weather and hoodies and jackets must be in compliance.

    Our library is hosting a bookfair this week. Students will have the opportunity to visit the bookfair during school hours through their Language Arts classes as well as before and after school.

    We are going to have a food drive starting the week of December 4th. Students will bring in canned food or nonperishable food items to their 1st period class. The class with the most items collected will win a donut party. The food drive will end on the 15th.

    Parents I want to make you aware of two programs we have for our students. The YMCA hosts two different programs at our school before and after school. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    This week you will receive messages from our district office about completing a stakeholder survey. We ask for you to complete the survey so we can improve our practice as a school as well as a district. I thank you in advance for you attention to this matter.

    Basketball season is under way and we have the following games this week: Girls are at home on Monday and away at JHOP on Thursday; Boys are away at Azalea on Tuesday but home on Wednesday. Please come out and support our student athletes.

    Testing for all students on FAST begins December 5th. We will begin testing in language arts and then focus on math. Please make sure that your students attend school every day.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    11.12.23

    Good afternoon Lancers,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I wanted to share that we were able to pull off a fantastic Pep Rally with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders and Captain Fear on Friday. Our cheerleaders did an amazing job showing the Bucs what spirit and pride we have in our school.

    Basketball season is here and we have many games this week. Monday the boys team have a home game and on the 16th they have an away game @ Tyrone. The girls team have an away game @ Thurgood Marshall on 11/14 and a home game on 11/15. Tickets are $2 and games end by 5:30. Please come out and cheer on our student athletes.

    Wednesday we have the Great American Teach In. Please make sure you talk with your students to hear all about the interesting guest speakers.

    Just a reminder that we are having an IXL and Iready challenge. Please encourage your students to log in and earn their minutes. The top winning students will earn a pizza party.

    Be on the lookout for our Thanksgiving academic challenges coming out soon.

    Our school will be closed the week of November 20th for Thanksgiving break. We will re-open on November 27th. Please enjoy this wonderful time with family.

    Thank you for you continued support and have a wonderful weekend.


    11.5.23

    Good afternoon Lancers,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Parents, I wanted to share that we have been selected to be a Bucs Academy School. This is a unique partnership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will involve many joint events with our school. Teacher voted on students that represent what it means to be a Lancer and of their nominations 24 students have been selected to attend a Bucs game this Sunday. As part of this partnership we will have Raise the Flag Fridays. We ask students to wear Buccaneer colors – Pewter, Black, Orange, Red or White or a Bucs shirt if they have one. This attire is only allowed for their tops – uniform bottoms must be worn. Throughout the year we will host pep rallies with Captain Fear and the Tampa Bay Cheerleaders. We are looking forward to these many events.

    On Monday we will celebrate our students that earned Principal’s List and Honor Roll with a donut celebration. On November 9th we are having picture re-takes in our cafeteria. Please see the following code to order your pictures: CODE: F202310OFF.

    We have a Spirit Night with 4th Street Pizza on November 8th. Any order for dine in or carry out will count towards our school. We appreciate their business partnership and appreciate you supporting their business.

    This past week some of our gifted students visited the Dali museum to connect their curriculum to the community. Our Leadership Academy toured Northeast High School and the 8th grade academy students earned some community service hours through a “clean up the campus” event.

    Just a reminder that we are having an IXL and Iready challenge. Please encourage your students to log in and earn their minutes. The top winning students will earn a pizza party.

    Be on the lookout for our Thanksgiving academic challenges coming out soon.

    Thank you for you continued support and have a wonderful weekend.


    10.29.23

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

     

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I wanted to take a moment to thank our Chorus and Band teachers for their outstanding performance on Thursday evening. Our families packed our cafeteria and all were impressed with the performances. Kudos to our students for their dedication and hard work.

     

    This week we are celebrating Spirit Week. Please see the attached flyer for our different themed days. On Monday we are having a Pink Out Day. Students will be allowed to wear a pink top as long as it follows pcs dress code guidelines. On Tuesday students will be allowed to wear Halloween costumes. They cannot wear a mask or head covering and all articles must be free from images of weapons, violence or other inappropriate content. If students are not in costume they must abide by our uniform dress code.

     

    Boys basketball practice will be Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6pm. Girls basketball will on Monday and Wednesday from 8:05-9:20.

     

    This Monday we will have a PTO meeting at 5:15 for those that are on the board. If you are interested in being a part of the PTO board please come and join us.

     

    On Wednesday November 15th we celebrate the Great American Teach In. If you have a unique career and would be interested in talking with students, please reach out to Mary Dang and see how to be a part of this great experience.

     

    Starting in November 1st we are having an academic challenge using IXL and iReady. We are looking for our top 30 students (10 per grade level) on the IXL Leaderboard for Math. For our students enrolled in reading we are looking for the top 30 students that pass with 85% on three or more lessons per week. Students will earn a pizza party at the end of the month. Both programs provide great practice and skills to create better mathematicians and readers.

     

    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


    10.22.23

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We have some amazing events occurring this week. On Thursday we will have a PBIS supported Fall Ball Dance at 3pm. Students will use their PBIS points to purchase tickets to this event. We will also allow students to dress down for Throwback Thursday with a $2 donation on this day. Also, on Thursday come and join us at 6pm for a free Band and Chorus concert in our cafeteria.

    The week of October 30th we will have a Spirit Week. Please see our flyer for each day’s theme. We will allow students to dress in costumes on Halloween. Please ensure that students do not have costumes that cover their face or head and that there are no representations of violence or weapons. Of course, costumes must be in alignment with PCS dress code.

    Parents as we approach cooler weather a reminder that any hoodie or jacket must follow our dress code. This means the jackets must be solid in color with a logo no larger than 3 inches and must be one of our dress code colors: grey, black, blue, yellow or white.

    We are currently in quarter 2. Report cards for quarter 1 will be posted through your students focus accounts on Thursday. Please reach out if you would like to schedule a parent conference.

    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


    10.1.23

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I want to thank all of our students and families for supporting our PBIS program through your donations for Throwback Thursday. Our students followed the guidelines for dress down day and did exceptional. We look forward to holding this activity in the future. As a school we look at a variety of ways to recognize students for doing their best every day. I am attaching a flyer to show the various activities our PBIS program is supporting.

    I want to thank 4th Street Pizza for being our new Business Partner. They will hold a Spirit Night for us on October 4th where a portion of sales will come back to the school to support our PBIS program. When you order share that you are supporting Meadowlawn and tell them your 3rd period teacher. The class with the most orders will receive a pizza lunch.

    This week wraps up our regular volleyball season. We have an away game on Monday at JHOP and a home game on Wednesday. Additionally, we have a Cross Country meet at Boca Ciega High on Tuesday. All of our student athletes are doing a fantastic job.

    We are holding our first Leader in Me parent night on the 18th @ 6pm in our Media Center. This is a great opportunity for our families to learn about Habit 1 & 2 and understand how we are helping students learn to set goals. Students will earn PBIS points for attendance and pizza will be served. Please see the attached flyer and secure your spot.

    A quick reminder that we offer free tutoring every day at various times; please see our website for dates and times. Please remember that students should not be on campus prior to 9:10 unless they are in tutoring as staff is not on duty.

    As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


    10/8/23

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I wanted to reach out and address some continuing concerns regarding student behavior at arrival and dismissal. As you know I ask weekly for students to be dropped off in the carline after 9:10 when supervision is available. At dismissal, students are to exit the building at the 62nd gate at the carline or the 16th street gate. At no time are students to walk from the back of the school to the front of the school as this is a safety issue. Students are not to be picked up in the front of the school. Parents we need your consistent support in re-stating these expectations to your student.

    Upcoming events this month include a student / staff volleyball game on Friday the 13th during 7th period. Students are eligible to attend who have no referrals and the cost is $2. This is a fabulous event that our students love. We will also be hosting a Fall Ball Dance on 10/26. This dance is a PBIS event and students will purchase a ticket through their PBIS points. For our families we have a parent night scheduled for 10/18 at 6pm. This is a great opportunity or our school community to get a better understanding of our Leader in Me program; pizza will be provided from 4th Street Pizza.

    For athletics, our final cross-country championship is on 10/10 at 10 am at Hammock Park. Our Basketball tryouts will begin on 10/16. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

    Thank you for our families and community partners for your participation in our PTO meeting. Our next meeting will be held at Meadowlawn on 10/30 at 5:15pm. Please come join us and hear all the wonderful things we are putting into place.


    10.1.23

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. I want to thank all of our students and families for supporting our PBIS program through your donations for Throwback Thursday. Our students followed the guidelines for dress down day and did exceptional. We look forward to holding this activity in the future. As a school we look at a variety of ways to recognize students for doing their best every day. I am attaching a flyer to show the various activities our PBIS program is supporting.

    I want to thank 4th Street Pizza for being our new Business Partner. They will hold a Spirit Night for us on October 4th where a portion of sales will come back to the school to support our PBIS program. When you order share that you are supporting Meadowlawn and tell them your 3rd period teacher. The class with the most orders will receive a pizza lunch.

    This week wraps up our regular volleyball season. We have an away game on Monday at JHOP and a home game on Wednesday. Additionally, we have a Cross Country meet at Boca Ciega High on Tuesday. All of our student athletes are doing a fantastic job.

    We are holding our first Leader in Me parent night on the 18th @ 6pm in our Media Center. This is a great opportunity for our families to learn about Habit 1 & 2 and understand how we are helping students learn to set goals. Students will earn PBIS points for attendance and pizza will be served. Please see the attached flyer and secure your spot.

    A quick reminder that we offer free tutoring every day at various times; please see our website for dates and times. Please remember that students should not be on campus prior to 9:10 unless they are in tutoring as staff is not on duty.

    As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


    9.24.23

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Students will not have school on Monday as this is a teacher training day.

    On Thursday we are going to have our first “Throwback Thursday” dress down day. We will allow students that give a $2 donation to our PBIS program the opportunity to wear regular clothes instead of uniforms. Students must still follow pcs approved attire. This include jeans that do not have rips or tears above the knee, no slides, shorts must be mid-thigh and if leggings are worn a shirt must cover their bottom. Please see the PCS code of conduct for any questions. Our PBIS program is what provides all of our incentive programs for our students. Including our honor roll / principal list celebrations, our Lancer loot store and much more. Tickets will be on sale during lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    On Thursday we have picture day. Information went home with your students and additional information can be found on our website.

    In sports this week we will have a home game on Tuesday and an away game on Wednesday. Basketball season is fast approaching. Tryouts will begin on October 16th. If your student is interested to tryout, they must have a current physical and athletic paperwork. Please reach out to Mrs. Hicks if you have any questions.

    Thank you and have a great weekend.


    9.16.23

    Good Afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Students should have completed their FAST assessment this week and students will begin reviewing their data and setting goals in their Language Arts and Math classes.

    In sports we have a Cross Country Race on the 19th at Hollins High. The race starts at 5pm. In volleyball we have a home game against Sanderlin on Monday and a home game on Wednesday against Azalea. Remember that admission is $2 and no food or drink is permitted in the gym.

    Please remind your students to come to school each day with a fully charged computer. If your student has a computer in need of repair, they need to see Mrs. Putkonen in the media center.

    As a school we look for different ways to collect money to support our PBIS (positive behavior program). Starting this week, we will be selling fun flavored lollipops for $1 afterschool on Mondays and Thursdays. Proceeds from these sales will go to support our student’s recognition and incentive programs. If you are interested in making a donation please reach out.

    Thank you to parents, we are seeing a decrease in students on campus prior to the allowed 9:10 time frame. Please remember that we have tutoring daily. This Wednesday we will have our Yearbook club until 5pm, please come join us in making your yearbook.

    Thank you and have a great weekend.


    9.10.23

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Our volleyball season is off to a great start. Our Girls team won against Azalea and our Boys team won against Azalea and Tyrone. This week we will have two home games on Monday and Wednesday. Games are $2 and start at 4:45. Our games are over at approximately 6:15 and all students need to be picked up by that time. Please remind your students that no food or drink is permitted in our gym and if students leave, they are not eligible to be re-admitted.

    Picture day is coming up on September 28th. Please visit our website for information.

    Our tutoring program has started and is held on different dates and times throughout the week; please visit our website for locations and times.

    Parents we are having an issue with students who have been issued a computer are not bringing them to school. Students are expected to bring a fully charged computer daily to campus. If your computer is in need of repair, please have them brought to the media center in the mornings.

    A reminder again that we should not have students on campus prior to 9:10. If you need to drop them off earlier than that please have them enter the front office and we will send them to tutor on select dates.

    Our front office hours of operation are from 8:30-4:30 daily should you need to collect a phone or to speak with a staff member.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

     


    8.27.23

    Good Afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update.

    On Monday we will have an open practice for Cross Country and tryouts will be on 8/29. Both will be from 4:30-5:15 and students will meet in room 5-111. Any student interested in trying out must have a completed athletic packet on file. Please see Coach Tami or Mrs. Hicks if you have any questions.

    A quick reminder that our ELP (clubs and tutoring) will begin on September 5th. ELP starts at 8 am and finishes at 5pm on select days. Please visit our website for more information about each club and tutoring locations. Our school will be closed on September 4th for Labor Day.

    Parents, we are noticing several students at school prior to 9:10. Students are not permitted earlier than 9:10 as there is no adult supervision in our car circle. Additionally, we have reminded students every day regarding our cell phone policy. At this time any phone that is seen will be confiscated and will be parent pick up. Our front office is open from 8:30-4:30 daily. If you need to get a hold of your student please call the grade level office and we will get a message to your student.

    Students will be working on their FAST assessments for Math this week. Please encourage your student to do their very best. Students will review their results in their Advisory period when we return from Labor Day.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.

     


    8.20.23

    Good Afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We have had a fabulous week helping students navigate our school. Students have been mastering getting to class and understanding school and classroom expectations.

    This week we will host our 7th & 8th grade open house on Thursday. We will open our doors @ 5:15 with parents heading to class at 5:30. Parents please make sure you follow the student schedule throughout the evening. We welcome families to come to our cafeteria at 5:15 to purchase Spirit Wear, learn about our activities, clubs, and services we offer. There will also be information shared about our Title 1 compact. If you are interested in being a part of our PTA or SAC there will be a sign up table.

    On the 21st at 6:30 we will have an interest meeting to all students interested in joining Scouts. Please come to our cafeteria and learn about this great opportunity.

    Our students will begin their first round of progress monitoring assessment (FAST) starting Monday. We will have students test with their teachers over the next two weeks. Remember this test is a three-part assessment that is administered during the year and assesses their growth.

    In sports news our volleyball and cheerleader rosters will be posted on Monday. Thank you to all athletes that tried out. On Tuesday we will have an informational meeting in room 5-111 from 4:15-4:45 on our Cross Country Team. Open practice will be held on Wednesday and tryouts will be held on Thursday. All students interested will need to have a completed athletic package prior to attending.

    A quick reminder that our ELP (clubs and tutoring) will begin on September 5th. Please see the attached flyer or visit our website for more information.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.

     


    6.1.23

     

    Good Afternoon Lancers,

     

    This is Principal Athanson calling to welcome everyone to the 2023-2024 school year. I wanted to thank all of our current students for an outstanding year and welcome our new Lancers to our school. 

     

    I wanted to make sure all families are aware that we are a uniform school prior to back to school shopping. Please see the attached flyer and school website for details and colors. One change from last year is that hoodies will not be permitted. Students may wear sweatshirts that have a crew collar only. All tops including sweatshirts must follow school dress code colors and not have a logo larger than 3”.  Additionally, no athletic wear is permitted at any time. This includes shorts, sweatpants, leggings and joggers that are made from athletic material. All shorts and pants must have a finished edge and cut offs of any kind are not acceptable.

     

    Students must wear shoes with backs on them. Slides are not acceptable, and crocks must be worn in “sport” mode. Students who are enrolled in PE will be expected to change or wear sneakers daily to participate.

     

    If you need assistance please follow the link to Clothes to Kids: https://clothestokids.org/

     

    If your child is interested in participating in sports, the summer is the perfect time to get a physical. Any student interested in trying out must have a current physical, participation form and school insurance. Please see our website for additional information and for what sports will be offered this upcoming year.

     

    Additional information regarding schedules, open house and informational meetings will be sent our in late July. Please be on the look out for messages and check our website frequently for the latest updates.

     

    Thank you and have a wonderful summer.