Weekly Call

  • 03.26.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 3/26/2020

    3/27/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with some pertinent information.

     

    As we embark on this new digital format I wanted to provide you with some different resources that may assist you and your student. Please see below for the various links and we will post them on our school website as well.

     

    Digital Learning Login Instructions for Scholars: https://www.pcsb.org/Page/32734

    Instructions for Microsoft TEAMS https://www.pcsb.org/cms/lib/FL01903687/Centricity/Domain/159/Teams%20Student%20Instructions.pdf

    Guidance for parents and guardians: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

    Here is another way to see how one teacher walks her parents through the process of access Teams and what to look for: https://youtu.be/ME6Kose-KRg

    We are here to help as much as possible and ask that if you have concerns regarding technology or accessing it to email the administrators directly. Our school facility is closed as we are in compliance with the stay-at-home order. We are doing our best to return emails within the same day if at all possible.

     

    If you were unable to come and get a digital device they are being distributed on Friday and Monday at specific sites within the district. You must contact one of us as we need to complete an online form prior to you picking up the device.

     

    All classes begin on Monday March 30th. Teachers will be online and available to help from 9:00-11:30 and again from 1:00- 3:30. It is expected that every day students are to log in to each class and have their attendance taken. Teachers will post in their classes their syllabus, online class expectations and procedures. I have accessed many of my teachers sites and am blown away with all they have created and how so many of our

    students are already online and getting into the groove of things. Parents I ask you monitor your students learning and participation especially as we begin this new endeavor. Your participation in your student’s success is even more important than ever. Together we can do this. As a parent, educator and principal I am seeing how strong our community is and how much we are helping and doing for one another. Please continue and never hesitate to ask for assistance. That is what we are here for. I will not be sharing messages weekly on Sundays but will do them as pertinent information is released and shared. Please stay safe and know that we are all looking forward to when we can all be back together as a school in our building.

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  • 3/1/20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 3/1/2020

    3/2/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Welcome to track season!!!  Our track superstars will be having their first track meet on March 3rd at Dunedin High School. Track meets begin at 4:30.

     

    We wanted to make you aware of important dates coming up for 8th grade students as they get ready to go to high school.  All high schools will either be having a night registration or coming to PHMS to enroll your child for 9th grade.  It is very important for your child to attend so that they can get the classes that they have chosen.  A copy of the dates and times of the registration dates have already been posted on the PHMS website.  If you have any questions, please contact the 8th grade office.

     

    On March 4th we will be hosting our incoming 6th middle school expo night. The event will be from 6-730 and is intended for all new students entering 6th grade so if you have a sibling coming to our school please come out and join our event.

     

    At 5:30 on March 4th we will be having our general session of our PTA. If you are interested in being a part of our PTA or just want to come and hear what we have been doing please join us for this meeting. Additionally, we will have our SRO Deputy Crane speaking briefly on school safety.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 02.17.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 2/14/2020

    2/16/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.

     

    Parents just a quick reminder that we will not have school on Monday the 17th. This is a teacher work day. We look forward to seeing them all return on Tuesday.

     

    On Thursday, February 20st, 8th grade students will be having a card carrying day, in which their teachers will provide feedback for their high school classes. It is very important for your child to be in attendance at school. They will be bringing home a copy for you to review. Please take the time to meet with your child and review these selections for high school. If you have further questions, please contact the 8th grade office. Thank you.

     

    For our 8th grade families our annual Gradventure trip will begin ticket sales on the 18th of February. Gradventure is May 8th. Universal Studios does not honor passes for this event. Tickets are $145. Any student who receives a referral for any reason will not be eligible to attend and refunds will not be issued. We are limited to only 150 tickets this year so get your ticket early.

     

    Thank you to our PTA & Student Council for putting on an amazing dance this past week. Our students had an amazing time.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 02.10.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 2/10/2020

    2/9/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Come and share the Love on Thursday the 13th!  We will be holding a Valentines dance from 4:30-6pm. Tickets will go on sale on the 10th and will be $5. Tickets will be sold in all three lunches but will not be on sale the day of the dance. The dance will include a light snack and drink.

     

    This is a reminder to all 8th grade students and parents who applied to district Magnet and Career Academy Programs.  Between February 10th and February 21st, you will need to log back on to the Student Reservation system through your parent portal to find out if your child has been offered a spot at one of the programs.  If your child receives an invitation, it is very important to respond to this invitation accordingly so their spot will not be given to another student.  Thank you.

     

    For our 8th grade families our annual Gradventure trip will begin ticket sales on the 18th of February. Gradventure is May 8th. Universal Studios does not honor passes for this event. Tickets are $145. Any student who receives a referral for any reason will not be eligible to attend and refunds will not be issued. We are limited to only 150 tickets this year so get your ticket early.

     

    Track tryouts are this week. Monday is for 6th grade, Tuesday for 7th and Wednesday for 8th grade. We can’t wait to see what our students can do.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 02.03.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 1/31/2020

    2/3/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Track conditioning starts this week and track tryouts will begin on 2/10. All students must have turned in their paperwork to participate.  

     

    6th and 7th grade parents our student will receive their course cards for next school year on Monday. Please review the elective options and send them back in to their 1st period teacher by Wednesday.

     

    This week in basketball on Monday the boys are away at Dunedin. On Tuesday & Thursday our girls are home.  Thanks to all of you that came out to support our athletes.

     

    We will be holding a Valentines dance on February 13th from 4:30-6pm. Tickets will go on sale on the 10th and will be $5. The dance will include a light snack and drink.

     

    For our 8th grade families our annual Gradventure trip will begin ticket sales on the 18th of February. Gradventure is May 8th. Universal Studios does not honor passes for this event. Tickets are $145. Any student who receives a referral for any reason will not be eligible to attend and refunds will not be issued. We are limited to only 150 tickets this year so get your ticket early.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 01.27.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 1/24/2020

    1/27/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Our PTSA will be selling brand new hoodies and socks! Hoodies will be on sale in the courtyard for $35 and Panther Socks for $10 this Wednesday – Friday. Please check out our Palm Harbor Middle PTSA facebook page for images or our school website.

     

    Attention students interested in track: conditioning will be the week of February 3rd and track tryouts will begin on 2/10. All students must turn in their paperwork to the front office prior to participating.  This includes: participation form, proof of insurance & current physical.

     

    This week in basketball the girls are away on Monday at Carwise and again on Wednesday at Tarpon Springs.  The boys will be home on Tuesday and Thursday. Please come and cheer on our student athletes.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 01.21.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 1/18/2020

    1/21/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.

     

    Parents, students will not have school on Monday January 20th for Martin Luther King. On Tuesday we will have a Parent information meeting at 4:30 for those students interested in participating in Track. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Anderson’s room. Track tryouts will begin on 2/10. We will be having voluntary conditioning prior to the start of tryouts. Like all other sports students must turn in all paperwork to the front office and it must be a completed packet. This includes: participation form, proof of insurance & current physical.

     

    Report Cards will go home on Tuesday the 21st. Parents I do ask if you have not completed the parent survey to please do this by the 24th of this month. We appreciate and value your input. Please go to www.pcsb.org/parentsurvey and select our school from the drop down.

     

    In Basketball news our girls will be away at Safety Harbor on Wednesday. The boys will be home onThursday. Please come and cheer on our student athletes.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 01.12.20

    Posted by Steven Alex on 1/12/2020

    1/12/2020

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Welcome Back parents and students. We had a wonderful week back and were thrilled to see our students get excited about second semester.  I wanted to let everyone know that one of our beloved teachers, Mrs. Cavanagh retired. While it will be some huge shoes to fill we have hired a teacher that will start soon.

     

    This week we will be the host school for the ESE Advisory Committee Meeting on January 15th in our cafeteria at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.

     

    We have students who are seeking their Girl Scout Silver Award and are conducting a community outreach initiative. They are collecting Bags4teens. They are looking for any of the following items for teens that are placed in the foster care system. These items include but are not limited to: toiletry items, socks, stationary, toothpaste, shampoo, earbuds, etc. Any donation would be appreciated & students can bring their donations to any grade level office. They will be collecting from the 13th through the 17th.

     

    In Basketball news our girls will be away at Oak Grove on Monday and away at Dunedin on Wednesday. The boys will be home on Tuesday and Thursday. Please come and cheer on our student athletes.

     

    Just a reminder to all families that it is that time of year where we seek out your input on how we are doing as a school. We continually strive to provide a quality education to your students and are always looking at ways to improve our practice. Please take a moment to complete the survey found on our website. You can also go to www.pcsb.org/parentsurvey and select our school from the drop down.

     

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 12.15.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 12/13/2019

    12/15/19      

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Parents, this week students will be taking their mid-term exams and will follow an alternate schedule. This schedule is posted on our website for you to review. Mid-term exams are worth 10% of their semester grade and any student that does not take them will receive a 0 for this grade. If your student will be absent for any reason please contact the grade level counselor to schedule a make-up time.

     

    We have an exciting opportunity for all of our students. Tarpon High School’s Colorguard will be a part of one of our clubs starting January 13th. They will hold this club on Monday’s from 4:15 to 5:45 in the cafeteria. Please see our website for more information & please turn in the information sheet by Wednesday December 18th. All students interested will need school insurance.

     

    Just a reminder to all families that it is that time of year where we seek out your input on how we are doing as a school. We continually strive to provide a quality education to your students and are always looking at ways to improve our practice. Please take a moment to complete the survey found on our website. You can also go to www.pcsb.org/parentsurvey and select our school from the drop down.

     

    Thank you to all of the families who have helped us with our spirit of giving program. Please make sure any donations are here by Wednesday. We appreciate any assistance with this community outreach program.

     

    We are having a holiday Bingo Challenge that opens up on December 20th. Please encourage your students to log into Clever to access this challenge.

     

    When we come back from the holidays we will be having a collection drive to support the homeless population in our county. We will be collecting blankets (can be gently used) and new socks. If you have something you would like to donate prior to the break we will be happy to take them. We are doing this drive in partnership with our YMCA in Palm Harbor.

     

    Our school will be on winter holiday from December 20th through January 6th with students returning on January 7th. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday.

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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  • 12.06.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 12/6/2019

    12/8/19        

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  

     

    Our basketball season has started and we are off to a great start. Monday the boys are away at Tarpon Middle and again on Wednesday at Oak Grove. Tuesday our girls play here against Carwise. Please come out and cheer on our student athletes. 

     

    On Wednesday our amazing band will be having their Holiday Performance in the gym starting at 6:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

     

    Just a reminder to all families that it is that time of year where we seek out your input on how we are doing as a school. We continually strive to provide a quality education to your students and are always looking at ways to improve our practice. Please take a moment to complete the survey found on our website. You can also go to www.pcsb.org/parentsurvey and select our school from the drop down.

     

    We will be collecting items through your students’ first period class to support a family (or families) in need of assistance this holiday season. We appreciate any assistance with this community outreach program.

     

    Lastly, a few reminders. As it gets colder we have a tendency to see students in pajama pants and a lot of blankets. Please know that we always adhere to dress code regardless of the temperature & students need to come to school dressed appropriately. We are also having several students on campus prior to 9:10 am. Please know that student safety is a priority but we do not have supervision outside until that time. We do have several before school tutoring opportunities that you may utilize.

     

     

    Thank you for another amazing week & as always, thank you for your support.

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