Weekly Call

  • 11.10.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 11/10/2019

    11.10.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update. We will continue to collect canned goods and other nonperishable items for our annual food drive. This will be the last week to collect. Please bring these items to your 1st period class.

     

    Tryouts begin for basketball on Monday November 11th. All paperwork was due on November 8th – no exceptions. If this was not turned in students are not permitted to tryout.

     

    On Wednesday we will have our Great American Teach In. Make sure that you ask your students about all of the wonderful guest speakers we have on campus. Also, students will be bringing home their mid-term progress reports. Please contact their grade level counselor if you have any concerns.

     

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

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  • 11.03.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 11/3/2019

    11.3.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update. Starting on Monday we will be collecting canned goods and other nonperishable items for our annual food drive. Please bring these items to your 1st period class. The class with the most items collected will earn a Popsicle party.

     

    Picture retakes are on Tuesday, November 5th. Retake day is for those who took pictures and ordered a packet, but want to exchange those pictures for a new photo; missed the original Picture Day due to being new or sick; it is NOT for students who didn't order the first time, but now have decided they want to take a new photo (they can order their original photo online).

    Students may order packages online; https://inter-state.com/order the order code to order online (45070MB).  

     

    Also on Tuesday is our Chorus / Strings concert at 5:30pm in our Multi-Purpose Room. Please come see our students and all of the hard work they have put into making this a magical evening.

     

    It is time for basketball season. Tryouts begin Monday November 11th. All paperwork must be turned in to the front office as a completed packet by November 8th – no exceptions.

     

    Lastly, on Friday the 8th we will be hosting our 36th annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. We will have an assembly at 9:50 with all of the students. Parents, this event is open to the public so please if you have the time.

     

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

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  • 10.27.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 10/27/2019

    10.27.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update. On Monday the 28th we are having our annual Halloween Dance. Tickets were on sale all last week and will not be sold on Monday. The dance will be from 5:30-7:30 and all students must enter and exit through the car loop. Students are not permitted to walk home. Pizza, cookies and water will be provided as well as fun costume competitions and dance competitions. I’m sure it will be a fabulous evening.

     

    Report cards will go home Tuesday with your students.

     

    It is time for basketball season. Tryouts begin Monday November 11th. Before any student can try out they must have a participation form, proof of school insurance and a current physical that goes through the length of the season turned in together to the front office. All documents must be submitted as a packet. More information is available on our website.

     

    Monday starts Red Ribbon Week & we encourage all students to show their spirit. Monday is neon or tie die day, Tuesday is “shoe” away drugs, Wednesday is be a superhero, Thursday is “Boo” away drugs & Friday is “mustache” day. As always, all outfits must follow school dress code.

    Lastly, Thursday is our student /faculty volleyball game. Tickets are $3 and will be sold in lunches.

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

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  • 10.20.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 10/20/2019

    10.20.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update. Starting Monday we will have our Book fair in the media center. Students will get an opportunity through their language arts classes to come and see what is available as well as time to visit before school and during lunches.

     

    On the 21st will be our last volleyball game of the season and it will be at Tarpon Springs Middle. Thank you to the amazing students and coaches for a great season.

     

    On October 22nd we will have a Basketball information meeting for both girls and boys. This meeting will be at 4:20 in our gym. The coaches will go over all required documents needed to try out and the practice schedule.

    8th grade parents you are cordially invited to an informational presentation about the high school and career curriculum that is being taught to all 8th grade students through their social studies classes. This will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Cafeteria. We will be discussing high school graduation requirements, magnet and academy programs, high school registration processes, and other important information related to your child’s education. Several of our feeder high school will also be visiting with us to share information about their programs. We hope to see you there.

     

     

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

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  • 10.13.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 10/11/2019

    10.13.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, Principal of Palm Harbor Middle calling with your weekly update.  On the 16th our volleyball team will have an away game at Carwise Middle and the 17th we will have a home game. All games start at 4:45.

     

    Glory Days Grill has renamed October 15, 2019 "Panther Day".  Please support our school by eating lunch or dinner at Glory Days Grill on October 15, 2019.  After you have enjoyed your meal, please scan a copy, or take a photo of your receipt and send it to our PTSA President at phmsptsapresident1@gmail.com.   We will collect all receipts and send a total to the restaurant.  In return, we will receive 20% of the proceeds.  PTSA utilizes these funds to pay for activities such as school dances and to pay for mini-grants for our teachers. 

    We look forward to seeing you and your families on October 15th

    Just a reminder that TIPS tutoring is being held Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday Oct 7th at 4:20pm in Room 1-301. All paperwork for TIPS needs to be completed by October 18th. Please see Mr. Green for any questions.

     

    On October 16th our 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT. Students will report to their homeroom that morning.  Also on the 16th we will be having our fundraiser “Day of Awesomeness” in the afternoon. This will be for the students that participated in the event.

     

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

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  • 10.04.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 10/4/2019

    10.6.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

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

    Our volleyball team will have a home game against Dunedin Middle at 4:45 this Monday. Both boys and girls are doing an amazing job. Please come out and cheer them on!

     

    Parents, if your child receives free or reduced lunch it is important that you complete those forms annually. This service does discontinue if it is not completed. These forms are located on the Pinellas County website under food and nutrition / Apply for school lunch. If you need any assistance please contact your grade level counselor.

     

    Attention 7th grade parents if your child is going to be a part of the TIPS program the tutoring will be held Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday Oct 7th at 4:20pm in Room 1-301. Please see Mr. Green, Ms. Montgomery or Ms. Jankowska for questions.

     

    There will be a parent information night for the Boys’ Basketball Team on Tuesday Oct 22, from 4:15 to 4:45pm.  Information about needed paperwork and try out processes will be covered.

     

    Thank you again to all of the students and families that participated in the school fundraiser. I am overwhelmed with the support you have provided to our positive behavior intervention program by being a part of this.

     

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

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  • 09.30.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 9/29/2019

    9.30.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

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

    Our volleyball team will have an away game against Safety Harbor Middle at 4:45 this Monday. Both boys and girls are doing an amazing job. Please come out and cheer them on!

     

    Thank you to all of the families that have participated in our fundraiser so far. I am beyond thrilled with all of your support. We will be collecting any cash / check funds this week in the front office through October 3rd. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

     

    On Thursday October 3rd our 6th grade students will have an assembly on the Say Something program. This is a program that is for anonymous reporting of any incident. Our district staff will be in to facilitate this training with our students during 6th period. Please make sure to ask them all about it.

     

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

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  • 09.23.09

    Posted by Steven Alex on 9/21/2019

    9.23.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

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

    Our volleyball team will have a home game against Carwise Middle at 4:45 this Monday. Parents it is best to enter the gate closest to our building 7 where the solar panels are. We look forward to having you come out and support our student athletes.

     

    Thank you to all of the families that turned in the fundraiser packets and golden tickets on Friday. We are going to extend our collection to Monday for students to earn prizes. The contribution period will continue through October 3rd. Thank you in advance for your support.

     

    Parents, our school picture day is this Monday, September 23rd. You may send in a check with the packet or can purchase the pictures online at: inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/43918ZF All information can be found on our website.

     

    This week we will be kicking off our Starts with Hello Spirit Week. This program is designed to promote students having a sense of belonging at their school. It also ties into our school and districts anti-bullying program “Say Something.” Each day we will celebrate a different theme. Our spirit days are as follows: Monday – Show your school spirit and wear your school gear or colors; Tuesday –What makes you unique – crazy hair day; Wednesday – Sock it to bullies with crazy sock day; Thursday – Rewind and be Kind – backwards shirt day and Friday is Unity Day- wear something white.

     

    As always, thank you for your support

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  • 09.08.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 9/6/2019

    9.8.19

     

    Good evening Panther families,

     

    This is Melissa Athanson, principal of Palm Harbor middle calling with our weekly update.  We are excited to host our 7th and 8th grade open house this Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30. Please have your student write down their schedule for you to follow that evening. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you and sharing what your students are learning in their classes. Our doors will open and we will be hosting our PTA General Assembly at 5:30 that evening in the cafeteria. Please come and be a part of this important process. During this meeting we will approve our budget for the year as well as go over fundraisers and spirit nights.

     

    We have our first volleyball game this Monday at 4:45 against Safety Harbor and will be home again on Wednesday the 11th against Tarpon Springs. Admission is $1. Please come out and support our student athletes.

     

    On Thursday we will be doing our fall fundraiser kick off. We are excited this year to partner with Step It Up Kids. This year as a school we are sponsoring this Ninja Warrior Field Day event. It requires no selling of items just donations. Information will be coming home with students on Thursday. There is a quick turnaround for the golden ticket to return on Friday. Students that complete this task are eligible for immediate prizes. Please stay tuned. All of the proceeds of this fundraiser support our school wide PBIS program. Proceeds from this may be used to purchase awards, incentives, snacks, PHMS gear, and activity items for our panther pad, celebrations, supplies and competitions throughout the year. This includes incentives for the entire school faculty and student body. All monies go back to the school.

     

    Lastly, we are collecting for our Panther closet. This service is provided for our students in need. This is a donation closet of new or gently used clothing items or school supplies. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Jackie Bersch for further information.

     

    As always, thank you for your support

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  • 08.26.19

    Posted by Steven Alex on 8/25/2019

    8.26.19

    Good Evening Panther Families,

    This is Melissa Athanson, principal of Palm Harbor Middle.

    Our students have had another amazing week here at Palm Harbor. They are doing a fabulous job exemplifying the Panther Way in all that they do. We have tryouts this week for students interested in cheerleading and volleyball. All students interested in trying out for any sport must have all paperwork submitted prior to trying out. Cheerleading tryouts are Tuesday at 4:15 in the gym. 6th graders interested in volleyball will tryout from 4:30-5:30 on Thursday and 7th and 8th graders will tryout on Friday from 4:30-5:30. Parents, these tryouts are closed which means parents are not permitted to attend. You can pick up your student in the car circle at 5:30.

    This week we will be balancing classes and making necessary adjustments to our student’s schedules. We do this every year and make as few changes as necessary. If you student has been waiting for a schedule change this will be the time that we begin to look and adjust these requests.

    We are continuing to address dress code. Please review our school dress code that is posted on our school’s website. Remember that all shorts / skirts must be at fingertips and any holes in pants need to be below the fingertip level

    Parents I just want to remind you again to be courteous of our neighbors. Many parents are using the surrounding neighborhoods to pick up their students and are blocking the driveways and streets preventing the flow of traffic. Our car line process is working and we continue to speed up the process as you and your students move to the very front of the car line to pick up your students.

    Thank you as always for your support and have a wonderful weekend.

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