• From the Principal


    4/28/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Our students will begin taking their FAST assessments beginning on Wednesday. We organize our testing by content area teacher. This week our students that have 8th grade ELA, 7th grade ELA with Ms. Courts and 6th grade math will test this week. We ask that all students are in attendance. Once a student starts their test, they must complete it that day. If you know your student has an appointment and will need to leave early, please communicate that information with the grade level counselor. Student scores can be found in their focus account under test history and are usually posted within 24 hours.

    To encourage that the students put forth their best effort during testing we have created a “Level Up” rewards system. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    Beginning May 1st our 8th grade students will be placed on an expectations contract. Any 8th grade student that receives a referral will not be permitted to attend any of the end of year activities. Students have been notified of this expectation and posters are placed throughout the school. Additionally, we will be collecting computers starting May 13th for 8th grade. All students must return their school issued computer and charger (or pay for it) to attend the 8th grade dance. If you would like to turn it in early you may do so to the front office.

    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


    4/21/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Parents we are doing our final push to prep students for the FAST assessment and EOC’s coming in May. We encourage you to speak with your students about taking this test seriously as it determines their content courses for next year.

    There is no school this coming Friday as this is a designated teacher workday.

    Our last flag football game of the season is Tuesday the 23rd. The game will be held at Gibbs High School.

    Beginning May 1st our 8th grade students will be placed on an expectations contract. Any 8th grade student that receives a referral will not be permitted to attend any of the end of year activities. Students have been notified of this expectation and posters are placed throughout the school. Additionally, we will be collecting computers starting May 13th for 8th grade. All students must return their school issued computer and charger (or pay for it) to attend the 8th grade dance. If you would like to turn it in early you may do so to the front office.

    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


    4/14/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. On Monday we are celebrating our students that earned Principal’s List and Honor Roll. We are proud to have so many students achieving this academic success. Also, on Monday we will be honoring our top five students in 8th grade at the PRIDE Awards at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

    I would like to that our PTO for coming out during lunches and playing Bingo with our students. They enjoyed playing and were even more excited to win prizes.

    We are getting our students ready for their FAST testing in May. Students who did not earn a referral for the month of April will be allowed to attend a Field Day event this Friday.

    Our Flag Football team will have a home game on Tuesday and an away game at Lakewood High on the 18th. Our final game will be held on the 23rd at Gibbs High.

    Parents we continue to need your support with students and their phones. We ask that all headphones, including the over the ear “Beats” style need to be at home. Our cell phone policy has been in place for two years and students are aware of our expectations.

    Lastly, a reminder that we have tutoring every morning except Tuesday and every afternoon except Friday. Please make use of this time to get caught up on assignments or for test prep.


    4/7/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. On Monday our students that have Science 5th and 6th period will participate in viewing the solar eclipse. We have purchased the necessary viewing glasses for our students to safely participate in this experience. Please reach out to your students’ teacher for those two periods if you do not want them to participate.

    The last day to purchase yearbooks is April 17th. Yearbooks are $35.

    We have a Flag Football game scheduled for Monday the 8th @ Azalea and another on April 10th. Please come out and support our student athletes.

    This Monday we will recognize our Hispanic Achievement Recipients at the Maria Edmunds Award. Congratulations to our students and their amazing accomplishments.

    Please continue to review the schools’ expectations with your students regarding academics and behavior. We hold our students accountable to the last day.

    If you are interested in signing up your student for Summer Bridge, please enroll your student through the student reservation system. You will need your parent portal username and password. If you have question regarding this process, please reach out to Ms. Brake. Summer Bridge runs from June 3rd – the 28th.


    3/31/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We have several upcoming events and celebrations. This week we will recognize our Minority Award Recipient on April 2nd for the Vyrle Davis Awards. On Monday, April 8th, We will recognize our Hispanic Award Recipients at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Lastly on April 15th we will celebrate our Pride Winners for academic achievement.

    I want to give a huge shout out to our MMS Lancer Band. They received straight Superior ratings from all judges on their MPA performance. Our school has not received this recognition since 2015. We are so impressed with our student’s talent and under the guidance of Mr. Fox.

    We will have a Flag Football game on April 3rd at St. Pete High School. On April 8th we will have a game against Azalea at their field. Games will start at 5pm

    Parents we understand that our students try and get a little looser with the rules as we near the end of the year. Please note we hold all students accountable till the end of the year. We have been conducting tardy sweeps and will continue throughout the end of the year. Students caught in the sweep will be assigned a 45-minute detention on the subsequent day & are notified at the time of the incident when they are to serve the detention.

    We have opportunities for all of our students to attend ELP and credit recovery prior to the end of the year. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding your students grades.

    Lastly, a reminder that students may not be on campus prior to 9:10 as there is no supervision.


    3/24/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families. This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. On Monday we are holding a family event; “Are you smarter than a 6th Grader?” This event will help parents understand what types of math questions will be asked on their students’ FAST assessments. The program starts at 5pm and is open to all grade levels, and we will also have a brief information session on our Leader in Me program. Students who come with their families will receive a free dress down wrist band for the following school day.

    We will hold our first flag football game on Wednesday on our football field. Please park at the field located between our school and Northeast High. The game will start at 4:30.

    Parents we are in the last quarter of the school year. Report cards will be posted to your students FOCUS accounts on Thursday. Please review your students grades and reach out if you have any questions.

    We will be a host site for Summer Bridge. Summer Bridge is open to all students for enrichment, remediation, and credit recovery. This program runs from June 3rd through the 27th. I highly recommend enrolling all current 6th and 7th grade students for this program.

    For our 8th grade parents we still have seats available for our Gradventure field trip. Tickets are $210 cash and we have limited seats available. Please reach out to Mr. Blanco if you have any questions.

    We will not have school on Friday. Please enjoy the long weekend with your students.


    3/17/24

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We are excited to welcome back our students from Spring Break. We hope everyone had a safe, restful, and fun filled week. When we return, we will be getting our students ready for the FAST testing that is coming up in May. Our focus will be on building testing endurance, breaking down prompts and remediating any deficit areas. Many of our subject areas will be completing either diagnostic or cycle assessments through this month to pinpoint exactly what needs to be remediated. Please encourage your students to take these tests seriously.

    Our students enrolled in AVID will participate in a school-based leadership field day that will focus on teamwork. Our Band students will have a courtyard concert on Thursday the 21st at 6pm. On Monday the 25th we are hosting a family night and we ask all parents…”Are you Smarter than a 6th Grader?” The night will be filled with a friendly competition of our students against the adults in math. This is a great way to learn along side your student and help them prepare for the FAST assessment. The event is from 5-6pm.

    Parents, we ask you to ensure your students come to school in dress code. Prior to break we were seeing an increase in students not following our policy. Please know, if they are out of dress code it will be the expectation that you bring them a change of clothes.

    Flag football tryouts are this Tuesday after school. Students interested in trying out must have a completed athletic package. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Hicks.


    3.3.24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. This is our last full week before Spring Break and we are filled with activities. We will start our week off with Say Something Week. This is a spirit week designed to teach our students how to stop and report bullying. Please see the attached flyer for specific events each day.

    Monday we will have our track division championship field and preliminary events at St. Pete High with finals on Wednesday the 6th. Also, on Wednesday we are hosting our middle school Expo Night for our incoming 6th grade families. This event is from 5:30-6:30.

    Flag football season is fast approaching, and we will have tryouts on Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 4:30-5:30. All students interested in trying out must have a completed athletic packet turned in. Please reach out to Mrs. Hicks if you have any questions.

    To our 8th grade families, we will be selling our Gradventure tickets starting on Monday. Tickets are $210 cash only and students must have a permission slip filled out when they turn in their money. Universal does not honor passes for this as it is considered a special event. Tickets are sold on a first come basis and we have a limited quantity. Please see the attached flyer for pertinent information.

    Lastly, on Friday we will have a dress down day. Tickets for this will be $2 and will be sold during lunches. The funds from this fundraiser support our PBIS events and our end of year student celebrations. We will also have a student / staff basketball game on Friday. Students may use their PBIS points to buy a ticket for this game. Parents we ask that you not pick up students after 3pm if they are attending the game.

    Our school will be closed for Spring Break from the 11th – the 15th and school will re-open on Monday the 18th.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    2.25.24

    Good afternoon Lancer families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. Our students enrolled in US History are attending Finance Park this week. This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to use a budget as well as learn about businesses. Please make sure your students are coming in school dress code for this trip. We had our 8th grade science students take part in a mobile planetarium this past week. This was provided through our partnership with Great Explorations. Make sure to ask your students about this unique opportunity.

    Our 8th grade students will meet with Northeast High and St. Pete High School counselors this week to register the students attending their schools for next year. Please visit their schools’ website with your students prior to this event to look over elective course offerings.

    Our track season has been outstanding. Our next event will be on March 4th at St. Pete High for preliminary division championships. We appreciate everyone coming out and supporting our student athletes.

    In the upcoming weeks our students enrolled in Civics, Algebra and 8th grade science will be taking their cycle 3 assessments. Please encourage your students to take this seriously as we create remediation action plans based on their performance.

    If you have an incoming 6th grade student for next school year we are holding a 6th grade Expo on March 6th. This event will provide families to see our school, visit classrooms and meet the teachers. Please visit our website for more information.

    Thank you as always and please reach out for any questions or concerns.


    2.11.24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. This week we had some of our Pre- AP art students recognized for their amazing work at the Pinellas Region Art event at Gibbs High School. Congratulations to Kyla, Merlyn & Myonia. Our students that attended the Leadership Summitt will hold a meeting on Wednesday morning to help plan our Say Something Week. We look forward to their ideas to improve our school.

    Our track team did a great job at their first meet against Tyrone Middle. This week our meet will be on Tuesday at Northeast High School. Please come out and help cheer on our student athletes.

    Our next two weeks of school are shorter. We will not have school on Friday the 16th or on Monday the 19th. These days are used as teacher training days.

    I want to inform our 8th grade parents that we will have Northeast High and St. Pete High come out the week of the 25th to register our students for their high school courses. Please look at both schools’ websites for more information about elective options prior to the schools’ visit.

    A quick reminder that our jackets must be in dress code. They must be in one of our 5 colors: blue, black, grey, white or yellow and have no design or logo larger than 3 inches. We have also seen an increase in students wearing shorts that are cutoffs. This is not permitted as all attire must have a hem.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    2.4.24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We have had a busy week of activities. Our 6th graders attended the Museum of Fine Arts and selected students attended the Student Leadership Summit at USF. As a school we continue to strive to have our students connect with the community through a variety of field trips and events.

    Our track team has been formed and they are actively practicing for our first meet at Tyrone Middle School on the 8th. We will have another meet at Northeast High School on the 13th. All meets start at 4:45.

    I want to thank our families for coming out and supporting our Spirit Night at Culver’s. It was a huge success and a portion of the proceeds will support our school.

    We are halfway through the 3rd marking period. Please talk with your students about their grades and activities they are learning in class. If you have questions or concerns please contact the appropriate grade level counselor to set up a parent conference.

    This week we are celebrating National School Counselor’s week. Our counselors do an outstanding job and we are eternally grateful for all they do!

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    1/28/24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We have had a busy week with field trips and will continue with our 6th graders going to the Museum of Fine Arts this week. We are excited to hear all that they learn. This weekend we had several of our students perform in the all-county band performance at the Mahaffey theater. I would also like to shout out Cadance Davis. She won 1st prize for her artwork at the Dali Museum on Tuesday. This was a countywide competition. Congratulations to her for her amazing artwork.

    Yearbooks are still on sale. Please use the following link or visit our website to secure yours before the sale ends. https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/product/yearbooks Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.

    This week our students in Language Arts will complete a writing assessment. Writing is a key variable in become proficient in reading. Make sure to ask your students about their essay. Also, this Tuesday we will have an informational meeting afterschool for any student interested in ball hockey.

    I want to thank our families for following the new setup in our carline. When everyone follows the process it becomes efficient for all. To keep the carline moving please remember that we will not dismiss any student after 3:45 from the front office. If you need your student for an appointment, please make sure you are there prior to that time.

    Parents we want you to be a part of our school. Please reach out if you are interested in being a chaperone for one of our field trips or a member of our SAC. Our PTO is hosting a Spirit Night at Culver’s on 4th Street this Tuesday. A percentage of the purchase will be given to our school to support our PBIS program.

    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


    1.21.24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. On Monday our current 6th and 7th grade students will select their electives for next school year. We will be part of a pilot program next year that will offer a 30 minute “enrichment” period. This period will allow students to explore different activities around campus that could include gardening, school newspaper, tv production, pickleball, robotics and much more. Students will be asked to identify areas of interest on Monday.

    We are in full swing with field trips and could benefit from parent volunteers. Our 6th graders attended the Clearwater Aquarium and will be attending the Museum of Fine Arts at the end of the month. Our 8th grade students in Pre-AP World History will attend the Holocaust Museum on Monday and Tuesday and our US History students will attend Finance Park. If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to Mary Dang.

    We are also looking for community member to join our SAC committee. This is a monthly meeting that is held virtually and discusses academic, enrichment and student life. If you are interested please email me directly.

    Track season is fast approaching. We have tryouts Wednesday-Friday of this week from 4:15-5:30. Students must have a current physical, participation form and school insurance in order to try out.

    We are changing the process of our car line. We have seen many “near” misses with our families parking and not using the carline as intended. The expectation is that all families use the carline and do not park. We have coned off this area to prevent individuals from entering and exiting at the wrong location. We appreciate you cooperating with our policy and ensuring student safety.

    Thank you.


    1.14.24

    Good afternoon Lancer Families,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. This week we started with grade level assemblies to review school wide expectations. Our students did a great job in these assemblies and should understand our processes and procedures for the remainder of the school year. Just a quick reminder there is no school on Monday.

    On Thursday parents will be able to view their students report cards through their FOCUS accounts. Additionally, you are able to see under test history how your student is performing on their FAST Assessments.

    I wanted to make our families aware of the open district application process. It is currently open through the 19th of this month. This is a great opportunity, especially for our 8th grade students, to apply for magnet high school programs. Please reach out to our counselors if you have any questions.

    Some of our 6th grade students attended a field trip to the Clearwater Aquarium this past Thursday and did an outstanding job. The remaining students will attend either this coming Thursday or the following Thursday. As a school we continue to look at different opportunities to enrich our students through using our community resources.

    Track season is fast approaching. Please be on the look out for tryouts in the near future. Students must have a current physical, participation form and school insurance in order to try out.

    Lastly, our 8th grade students will have the opportunity to attend Gradventure in May. This trip is limited to 100 students and the cost is $210. Unfortunately we are unable to provide scholarships for this trip since it is not an academic or required field trip. There is specific criteria and expectations in order for our students to attend. Please read carefully over the flyer and listen for updates as the time frame nears.


    12.17.23

    Good afternoon Lancers,

    This is Principal Athanson calling with your weekly update. We are continuing to see some amazing growth in our student’s performance. This past week students tested in math and civics. Next week we are having our mid-term exams. A reminder that we are only in school Monday through Thursday this week. We will close for winter holidays and re-open on January 8th. I wish everyone a restful and relaxing holiday.

    We have a few basketball games this week. There is a home game on Monday and an away game on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting our band and chorus concerts. We want to thank our teachers and students for their outstanding performances. Also, thank you to all who supported our food drive.

    Yearbooks are on sale. Please secure yours before they are gone. Information on how to purchase them is located on our website.

    Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend.


    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.