Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Update: 10/16/2017

Items of interest for the week of Oct. 16 - 20
            Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.

  • 10/16, Mon:
    • SOL Examiner & Proctor Training, @3:40, Little Theater 
  • 10/17, Tues:
    • Make-up SOL Examiner & Proctor Training, @8:00, Little Theater 
    • SOL Writing/Eng 11, part 1
  • 10/18, Wed:
    • SOL Writing/Eng 11, part 2
    • 10/19, Thurs:
      • SOL Writing/Eng 11, make-up
    • 10/20, Fri:
      • SOL Writing/Eng 11, make-up
      • Report Cards & Parent Teacher Conference Forms go home with students
      • Deadline for class project submission for PCHS Fine Arts Dept. Veteran's Day performance
    A fire drill will be conducted this week in order to comply with the Standards of Accreditation, which state that every public school will conduct at least one fire drill during each month of school.

    Faculty Professional Development for the week of Oct. 16-20


    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Weekly Update: 10/9/2017

    Items of interest for the week of Oct. 9 - 14
                Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.
    • 10/9, Mon:
      • Faculty Mtg, @3:40, Little Theater 
    • 10/10, Tues:
      • Last day of the first 9 week grading period
      • Make-up Faculty Mtg, @8AM, LT
      • Last day for sophomores & juniors to register for the PSAT/NMQT on 10/14
      • PCHS Instructional Model Team Meeting, 3:30
      • School Board Mtg, @6PM, SBO 
        • Senior of the Month
        • PCHS Employee of the Month
        • PCHS teacher of the Month
        • Info item: Course Catalog
    • 10/11, Wed:
      • Picture Retake day for all student (9-12) & faculty, CTE lobby
      • First day of the second 9 week grading period
      • Student Flu Shots
      • Employee Flu Shots, 1-6PM, Central Gym (Pulaski)
      • 10/12, Thurs:
        • TRiO Talent Search, Commons
        • FSA ID Workshops, 3rd block, CTE Lab 8
      • 10/13, Fri:
        • No school - Teacher PD & Work Day
        • Professional Development for PCHS Teachers, 8:30-Noon, Commons
        • First nine weeks grades are due at 3:30PM
        • Employee Flu Shots, 10AM-3PM, Commons
        • Cougar Crazies' Theme: Tie Dye/Neon Night at Blacksburg
      • 10/14, Sat:
        • PSAT/NMQT, 7:45AM, Commons
      Faculty Professional Development for the week of Oct. 9-13

      The First 9 Week Grading Period Ends on Tuesday, October 10.  Teachers at PCHS are required to have their first 9 weeks grades finalized by 3:30PM on Friday, October 13 for administrative review (grades roll on 10/17).  Report Cards will be send home with students on Friday, October 20. 

      Congratulations to Ann Williams!  She was selected as the Pulaski County Public Schools Employee of the Month for September.  Ann works in the Food and Nutrition Department at PCHS.

      Congratulations to Sarah Reid! She was selected as the Pulaski County Public Schools Teacher of the Month for September.  Sarah teaches Spanish at PCHS.

      Senior submissions for Yearbook The yearbook staff is accepting submissions from seniors and any items submitted prior to the deadline are greatly appreciated. Any senior needing another yellow packet should look on the Yearbook Bulletin in the hallway next to my classroom, D-14. Please submit these items to Mrs. McAfee.
      • Senior Superlatives—due October 16th 2017
      • Baby picture—due October 16th 2017
      • Senior Information sheet— due October 16th 2017
      • After high school plans survey— due October 16th 2017
      • Senior picture (Formal Tux/Drape and Casual)—due December 1st 2017
      • Senior Goodbyes (from parents)—due February 1st 2018

      Sunday, October 1, 2017

      Weekly Update: 10/2/2017

      Items of interest for the week of Oct. 2 - 7
                  Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.
      • 10/2, Mon:
        • Spirit Week Theme: Around the World Day - Students will dress to represent their city from around the world
          • Seniors: Honolulu, Hawaii
          • Juniors: Barcelona, Spain
          • Sophomores: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
          • Freshmen: Sydney, Australia
      • 10/3, Tues:
        • Spirit Week Theme: Jersey Day
      • 10/4, Wed:
        • Spirit Week Theme: Camo Day
        • Instructional Model Team Training, 4-5PM, SBO
        • Cornhole Tournament - 4PM, sponsored by Boys Basketball Boosters
        • Powder Puff Football Game, 6PM, Dobson Stadium 
        • 10/5, Thurs:
          • Spirit Week Theme: Throwback Thursday - Dress like a blast from the past
          • CIP Benchmark testing window at PCHS closes
          • Superintendent visits PCHS faculty/staff for open meetings, 1:30-4:30
        • 10/6, Fri:
          • Spirit Week Theme: Burgundy and Gold Day 
          • Homecoming Pep Rally; amended schedule, no 2CB (in-school event only)
          • Cougar Crazies' Theme: Burgundy & Gold vs. Christiansburg
        • 10/7, Sat:
          • Homecoming Dance, PCHS gymnasium, 8-11PM
            Students must be In-Good-Standing to attend.

        Faculty Professional Development for the week of Oct. 2-6

        The First 9 Week Grading Period Ends on Tuesday, October 10.  Teachers at PCHS are required to have their first 9 weeks grades finalized by 3:30PM on Friday, October 13 for administrative review (grades roll on 10/17).  Report Cards will be send home with students on Friday, October 20. 

        Homecoming Guest Forms were due by Friday, September 29.  Students that submitted forms should see Mrs. Alger in the front office to determine the status of their guest.

        Around the World in a Night is the theme for Homecoming.  The daily themes for Spirit Week (10/2-6) are:
        • Spirit Week Theme: Around the World Day - Students will dress to represent their city from around the world
          • Seniors: Honolulu, Hawaii
          • Juniors: Barcelona, Spain
          • Sophomores: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
          • Freshmen: Sydney, Australia
        • Spirit Week Theme: Jersey Day
        • Spirit Week Theme: Camo Day
        • Spirit Week Theme: Throwback Thursday - Dress like a blast from the past
        • Spirit Week Theme: Burgundy and Gold Day
          ***As always, any apparel must adhere to school rules and the dress code policy
        Senior submissions for Yearbook The yearbook staff is accepting submissions from seniors and any items submitted prior to the deadline are greatly appreciated. Any senior needing another yellow packet should look on the Yearbook Bulletin in the hallway next to my classroom, D-14. Please submit these items to Mrs. McAfee.
        • Senior Superlatives—due October 16th 2017
        • Baby picture—due October 16th 2017
        • Senior Information sheet— due October 16th 2017
        • After high school plans survey— due October 16th 2017
        • Senior picture (Formal Tux/Drape and Casual)—due December 1st 2017
        • Senior Goodbyes (from parents)—due February 1st 2018

        2017 Investments In Learning Assembly


        The Investments in Learning Assembly was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Congratulations to over 350 students who were honored for achieving high academic standards and/or perfect attendance during the previous school year.  The Class of 2018 nominees for the Most Valuable Cougar were also named.  The Most Valuable Cougar is the highest recognition given to a student by our school.  The nominees were chosen by the senior class and the winner of the Most Valuable Cougar award will be revealed at the Senior Awards Assembly in May 2019.



        Saturday, September 23, 2017

        Weekly Update: 9/25/2017

        Items of interest for the week of Sept. 25-29 
                    Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.
        • 9/25, Mon:
          • Building Leadership Meeting, @3:40PM, Cougar Den
        • 9/26, Tues:
          • National Honor Society Information Night, @6:30PM, Little Theater
        • 9/27, Wed:
          • Senior Graduation Assembly (w/ Jostens), @10:50AM, Little Theater
          • 9/28, Thurs:
            • CIP Benchmark (midterm) testing window opens
          • 9/29, Fri:
            • Student Advisory Committee, @2PM, Cougar Den
            • Cougar Crazies' Theme: Black Out vs. Hidden Valley

          Faculty Professional Development for the week of Sept. 25-29


          The Investments in Learning Assembly 
          was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Congratulations to over 350 students who were honored for achieving high academic standards and/or perfect attendance during the previous school year.  The Class of 2018 nominees for the Most Valuable Cougar were also named.  The Most Valuable Cougar is the highest recognition given to a student by our school.  The nominees were chosen by the senior class and the winner of the Most Valuable Cougar award will be revealed at the Senior Awards Assembly in May 2019.
          Pictured left to right: Michael Grim-Principal, Sam Nall, Jake Winesett, Katie Fox, Emily Southern, Alex Akers, Grayson Covey, Dr. Kevin Siers-Superintendent
          Pictured left to right: Michael Grim-Principal, Sam Nall, Jake Winesett, Katie Fox, Emily Southern, Alex Akers, Grayson Covey, Dr. Kevin Siers-Superintendent
          The assembly was concluded with the Graduation Excitement Campaign.  During this $100 cash give-away, any student who passed an end-of-course SOL test or an Industry Credential in the previous school year will have their name entered in to the drawing.  THis year we surpassed our $7,000 goal! Thank you to all of our sponsors.
          Anderson Audiology
          anonymous donors
          Bill & Ann Benson
          Blue Ridge Dental Group
          Lee & Toni Bowman
          Carilion NRV Medical Center
          Jon & Paige Cash
          Children's Choice
          Cougar Baseball
          Dallas Cox
          CTE Center
          Edward Jones In Memory of Sharon Owens
          Electroplate-Rite Corp
          Eleven West
          Fairlawn Baptist Church
          First UMC
          Mike Fleenor
          Governor's STEM Academy
          Grace Ministries
          Harvey Chevrolet Corp
          Hodge Insurance
          Pete & Pat Huber
          Timmy & Debbie Hurst
          Jostens
          Jubilee Christian Center
          Mar-Bal
          Andy McCready
          Mt. View United Methodist Church
          Parrott UMC
          PCHS Administration
          PCHS Art Department
          PCHS Choral Department
          PCHS Drama Department
          PCHS Drivers Education
          PCHS English Dept
          PCHS Foreign Language Department
          PCHS Math Department
          PCHS Office Assistants
          PCHS Science Department
          PCPS Nurses
          Salem Stone Corporation
          Dr. Kevin Siers, Superintendent
          Thornspring UMC
          Trinity Baptist Church
          Virginia Retirement Specialists

          Homecoming Guest Forms are now available in the front office. These forms must be completed in full for any Homecoming guest who is not enrolled at PCHS.  The deadline to submit forms to Mrs. Alger in the front office is Friday, September 29.

          Around the World in a Night is the theme for Homecoming.  The daily themes for Spirit Week (10/2-6) are:
          • Monday: Around the World Day - Students will dress to represent their city from around the world
            • Seniors: Honolulu, Hawaii
            • Juniors: Barcelona, Spain
            • Sophomores: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
            • Freshmen: Sydney, Australia
          • Tuesday: Jersey Day
          • Wednesday: Camo Day
          • Thursday: Throwback Thursday - Dress like a blast from the Past
          • Friday: Burgundy and Gold Day
            ***As always, any apparel must adhere to school rules and the dress code policy
          Senior submissions for Yearbook The yearbook staff is accepting submissions from seniors and any items submitted prior to the deadline are greatly appreciated. Any senior needing another yellow packet should look on the Yearbook Bulletin in the hallway next to my classroom, D-14. Please submit these items to Mrs. McAfee.
          • Senior Superlatives—due October 16th 2017
          • Baby picture—due October 16th 2017
          • Senior Information sheet— due October 16th 2017
          • After high school plans survey— due October 16th 2017
          • Senior picture (Formal Tux/Drape and Casual)—due December 1st 2017
          • Senior Goodbyes (from parents)—due February 1st 2018
          Teacher of the Month & Employee of the Month 
          Nomination forms are currently being collected for PCHS to determine the September Teacher of the Month and the September Employee of the Month.  Please consider nominating someone at PCHS who makes your high school experience great.  Nominations for candidates from PCHS should be submitted by October 2nd.

          September is Attendance Awareness Month


          Saturday, September 16, 2017

          Weekly Update: 9/18/2017

          Items of interest for the week of Sept. 18-23: 
                      Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.
          • 9/18, Mon:
            • No Morning Gymnasium 
            • Building Leadership Meeting at 4:00 Cougar Den
          • 9/19, Tues:
            • No Morning Gymnasium 
            • InL practice for seniors & select underclassmen
            • James Madison University admissions representatives will be available at 2PM to speak with interested seniors.  Please sign-up in guidance
          • 9/20, Wed:
            • No Morning Gymnasium 
            • Investments in Learning Assembly, 8:30-10:30, PCHS Gymnasium
            • Auditions for One-Act Competition, 3:30-5:30, Little Theater 
            • 9/21, Thurs:
              • Auditions for One-Act Competition, 6:00-7:30, Little Theater 
            • 9/22, Fri:
              • PCPS Faculty & Staff Tailgate, 5PM
              • Cougar Crazies' Theme: White Out vs. Cave Spring
            • 9/23, Sat
              • Shelor "Growing the Future" Talent Show, 7PM, Little Theater

            Faculty Professional Development for the week of Sept. 18-23

            The Gymnasium will be closed on the mornings of Monday, September 18 - Wednesday, September 20 in preparation for the Investments in Learning Assembly. Students are asked to remain in the Commons and blue locker bank until the morning dismissal bell rings.


            Homecoming Guest Forms are now available in the front office. These forms must be completed in full for any Homecoming guest who is not enrolled at PCHS.  The deadline to submit forms to Mrs. Alger in the front office is Friday, September 29.

            The Investments in Learning Assembly 
            is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  During this assembly
            the faculty and staff of Pulaski County High School will honor the students who have achieved high academic standards and/or perfect attendance during the previous school year.  The Class of 2018 nominees for the Most Valuable Cougar will also be named.  The Most Valuable Cougar is the highest recognition given to a student by our school.  Nominees were chosen by the senior class and the winner of the Most Valuable Cougar award will be revealed at the Senior Awards Assembly in May 2019.

            The assembly will conclude with the Graduation Excitement Campaign.  During this $100 cash give-away, any student who passed an end-of-course SOL test or an Industry Credential in the previous school year will have their name entered in to the drawing.  Our goal this year is to give out 70 awards or $7,000 in student incentives.  Please contact Mrs. Alger (643-0230) if you are interested in donating to this campaign.

            Senior submissions for Yearbook The yearbook staff is accepting submissions from seniors and any items submitted prior to the deadline are greatly appreciated. Any senior needing another yellow packet should look on the Yearbook Bulletin in the hallway next to my classroom, D-14. Please submit these items to Mrs. McAfee.
            • Senior Superlatives—due October 16th 2017
            • Baby picture—due October 16th 2017
            • Senior Information sheet— due October 16th 2017
            • After high school plans survey— due October 16th 2017
            • Senior picture (Formal Tux/Drape and Casual)—due December 1st 2017
            • Senior Goodbyes (from parents)—due February 1st 2018

            Teacher of the Month & Employee of the Month 
            Nomination forms are currently being collected for PCHS to determine the September Teacher of the Month and the September Employee of the Month.  Please consider nominating someone at PCHS who makes your high school experience great.  Nominations for candidates from PCHS should be submitted by October 2nd.

            September is Attendance Awareness Month



            Saturday, September 9, 2017

            Weekly Update: 9/11/2017

            Items of interest for the week of Sept. 11-15: 
                        Please visit the PCHS Events & Athletics calendar for more information.
            • 9/11, Mon:
              • Faculty Meeting at 3:40 (LT)
            • 9/12, Tues:
              • Make-up Faculty Meeting at 8:00am (LT)
              • PowerSchool Assessment Training for select administration at 10am (BL1)
              • School Board Meeting; the first Senior of the Month for the Class of 2018 will be presented
            • 9/13, Wed:
              • Midterm grade reports go home
            • 9/14, Thurs:
              • PowerSchool Assessment Training for teachers/co-teachers of SOL/CIP courses
                • 8:45 - 9:15 (BL1)
                • 9:30 - 10:00 (BL1)
                • 10:30 - 11:00 (BL1)
                • 11:10 - 11:40 (BL1)
              • Shenandoah University admissions counselors visit PCHS at 3PM, visit the Guidance Office for more information
            • 9/15, Fri:
              • College Fair field trip to RU from 8:35-10:00.  A list of eligible students are on the list in the Guidance hallway.
              • Student Flu Shot forms are due back to the nurse's office.  Flu shots for students will be given on October 11 during the school day by the Health Department.  Forms are available at each school or by clicking HERE

            Faculty Professional Development for the week of Sept. 11-15

            Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, visited several locations in Pulaski County on Friday, September 8.  The first stop was an economic development announcement.  Mrs. Norris' Culinary Arts program at PCHS was selected to cater this event, making it their second catering event for the Governor in under a year.  
                   
            Governor McAuliffe then visited Pulaski County High School to view the opportunities available to PCHS students in Cyber Security.  The Governor judged a competition between students to see which group could code their robot to navigate a maze the quickest.


            Teacher of the Month & Employee of the Month 
            Nomination forms are currently being collected for PCHS to determine the September Teacher of the Month and the September Employee of the Month.  Please consider nominating someone at PCHS who makes your high school experience great.  Nominations for candidates from PCHS should be submitted by October 2nd.


            The Investments in Learning Assembly 
            is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  During this assembly
            the faculty and staff of Pulaski County High School will honor the students who have achieved high academic standards and/or perfect attendance during the previous school year.  The Class of 2018 nominees for the Most Valuable Cougar will also be named.  The Most Valuable Cougar is the highest recognition given to a student by our school.  Nominees were chosen by the senior class and the winner of the Most Valuable Cougar award will be revealed at the Senior Awards Assembly in May 2019.
            The assembly will conclude with the Graduation Excitement Campaign.  During this $100 cash give-away, any student who passed an end-of-course SOL test or an Industry Credential in the previous school year will have their name entered in to the drawing.  Our goal this year is to give out 70 awards or $7,000 in student incentives.  Please contact Mrs. Alger (643-0230) if you are interested in donating to this campaign.

            September is Attendance Awareness Month

             

            Weekly Update: 10/16/2017

            Items of interest for the week of Oct. 16 - 20              Please visit the  PCHS Events & Athletics calendar  for more information. ...