PTSA Weekly Newsletter 5.2.19

Thank you to everyone who helped with the 8th Grade dance. It was a huge success and the kids loved it!

If you want EASY dinner plans for Monday, eat at Moe’s at Alexander Place and please tell them you support Pine Hollow Middle School. (If you don’t mention us by name- they won’t donate!) Thanks for your support!

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Thank you for the Box Tops this year! Start collecting now for our July Kickoff. Every Box Top label counts! Please remember to check the expiration date, cut them, put them in a zip lock baggie and write your homeroom teacher’s name/grade/track on the bag.

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8th Grade Celebration  ceremonies are as follows:
Track 1: June 4th @ 12:30PM @ Auditorium 

Track 2: June 27th @ 8:30AM @ Auditorium

Track 3: June 28th @ 12:30PM @ Library

Track 4: June 27th @ 12:30PM @ Auditorium

 Parents of 8th graders are asked to please help provide goodies for these celebrations. The SignUpGenius links are below:

           Please contact a parent coordinator or your child's teacher with questions.

Proctors Still Needed: We are in desperate need of AT LEAST 15 proctors (roving and 1:1 situations) and bathroom monitors for Track 2,3,4 EOG testing on Monday, June 17th and Tuesday, June 18th. We cannot have testing run smoothly without your help! Please look at this sign-up see if you or anyone you know can assist. Please contact the testing coordinator, Julie Stern, with any questions (  Thank you!  

PHMS Community Reads: Our final Community Reads selection this school year is reader's choice! PHMS students, staff, parents, neighbors, siblings, and friends are encouraged to select a dystopian science fiction novel of their choice to read (think Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, and similar titles). Then on Tuesday, June 25th participants will gather during lunch periods in the PHMS Library to share their selections with each other through dystopian-related discussion prompts. Please RSVPthat you'll be attending. If you have any questions, contact Kristen Ziller, Library Media Specialist ( or Mr. Hutchinson, 6th grade Social Studies teacher ( 

A Letter From:

Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

Parents, Caretakers, and Educators,

Our state leaders have heard our message loud and clear: the education system must reduce testing.

As the elected leader of North Carolina’s public schools, I have made reducing testing a top priority.

First, we eliminated certain tests. For others, we changed policies under our control to reduce the stress around testing time. During this time of testing in our schools, though, we know there is more work ahead of us.

We have pushed lawmakers to help us eliminate even more tests. Legislation making its way with strong support through the General Assembly would change state law to eliminate a significant number of end-of-year tests. Also, the law will create an effort in which local districts will work with the state education agency to reduce the number of local standardized tests given throughout the school year.

Parents, educators, and students spoke, and we are acting.

You can discover more about where all the tests come from at

We are working hard to improve our education system because every child should have the opportunity to go to safe and inviting schools, to work hard, and to succeed. Thank you for being a partner with us in this important mission.

Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction