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Volume 2 Issue 4 JUNE 2018


A Message from the Principal Dear Terrier Parents, As summer begins, parents will inevitably hear the mantra, “There’s nothing to do.” Spending time on the computer is one activity students engage in without prodding. This summer, why not employ ways to ensure that time spent online is constructive? Perhaps you could initiate a new house policy, which would provide both you and your Terrier with a “win-win” situation this summer. Computer time is allowed, but only if there is proof that at least some of that time was educational. A short, properly completed journal entry could serve as a type of “admission” that would be required each time the student logs on. The entry would show the date and time, in addition to a short summary of something NEW the student learned. (A sample list of educational websites is provided below.) It would also need an explanation of why, or how, this information is USEFUL. He or she might even offer a real world example. This research will help strengthen students’ cognitive skills. It will help them with critical thinking, to conduct analysis, make connections, and much more. Two, educational online sources that provide an infinite amount of interesting information; so much, in fact, that the learning would never stop, are Ted and the Smithsonian’s Tween Tribune online newspaper. Ted Talks, “Ted-ED” features videos of presentations by kids teaching kids about many subjects of interest to them. Another excellent resource for learning is “Tween Tribune”. This is an online newspaper specifically for young people. They can search hundreds of topics and subjects to find what interests them. There is one more element of this plan that would ensure its success. The entries in the journal should be shared and discussed, to give them meaning. The topics of these articles are so rich they would effortlessly spark stimulating dinner conversation which would help students to get into the habit of sharing. Another suggestion is for students to bring their research to life, by taking it away from the computer. They could locate online directions for a simple product to make, step-by-step. Another day, the topic could relate to exercise that the student could demonstrate. continued on next page...

Principal John LeClair Assistant Principal Matthew Kunder Grade 6 L-Z & Grade 8 Assistant Principal Sally Lutz Grade 6 A-L & Grade 7 Guidance Counselors Kelly Gilbert Jaime Barber ESE Liaison Carolyn Lamborn Social Worker Sandi Currier School Resource Officer Deputy Mings

23000 Midway Blvd. Port Charlotte FL 33952 Phone: 941-255-7460 Fax: 941-255-7469 Attendance Line: 941-255-7467 Office Hours: 8:00 – 4:30

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A Message from the Principal I hope you will consider these ideas to provide your Terriers with a summer that offers more than just some much needed recreation, and relaxation. You can guide them into exploring many new subjects that will peak their interests while helping them develop a love for life-long learning. Below, you will find some helpful links to the above mentioned activities. Finally, please, don’t miss the “About the 2018-19 School Year” section of this newsletter. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe summer break. John LeClair Principal


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TITLE 1 NOTIFICATION All reports for our Title 1 program are available, upon request, in our Family Center, In the lobby of our front office, and on our website at: LEARNING LINKS:

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The “You Be The Chemist  Challenge®” is an annual, interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Students compete on both local and state level challenges. Contestants participate in a quiz bowl format answering multiple choice questions. The participants with the highest scores in the event move on to the next level of competition. The top scoring participants from each state, advance to the National Challenge in June! The 2018 You Be the Chemist State Challenge was held, this year, on Saturday April 9th at the University of Tampa.  In order to participate, students were required to pass a rigorous “qualifying exam”. Out of a pool of 200 taking the exam, 8 PCMS students (seven 8th graders and one 7th grader) did qualify.

Pictured are - Back Row: Logan Coyne, Kadyn Miller, Aiden Turney, Barna Feher Front Row: Nicholas Nease, Madison Davis, Marissa Schuler and Shannan McCurry.


The guys looked sharp and the ladies were “glowing” at the 8th Grade Farewell Dance. It was a great success thanks to Ms. Davis, Ms. Budai, and the other 8th grade teachers.

8th Grade Awards Ceremony

8th Grade student, Julien Moctezuma accepts his folder of Achievement Certificates from Principal LeClair. Julien earned; Physical Education, Citizenship, Top Terrier, and 4.0 Honors.

Taylor Johnson, left, is wearing a special dress for the dance. It was “custom made” for her by the talented paraprofessional, Ms. Avril Lloyd.

5 “Students work together to improve Literacy.”

Ms. Schwabrow’s 8th grade students visited the students in Ms. Merrigan’s class to conduct reading activities with them. In addition, the visiting students presented wrapped surprise gifts to each of the students with whom they worked.


Four of Ms. Pucci’s art students were winners of the Keep Charlotte Beautiful Calendar Contest. They were selected from more than 1,000 entries! Dara Barlow captured1st place for 8th grade while Denise Pierre earned an Honorable Mention. Scylla Rutherford won 1st place for 6th grade, with Terrance Loring receiving Honorable Mention. In addition, Ms. Pucci was honored to accept a special presentation, on behalf of her students and PCMS. She accepted the “2017-18 Outstanding School of the Year Award” from Keep Charlotte Beautiful.

Ballet Tap Jazz Contemporary/Lyrical Hip Hop Acrobatics

941-743-2115 Dance class for ages 3 & up!

6 The Arts are Alive and Well at PCMS

Thanks to Ms. Marshall and the talented chorus members, and Ms. Miller, and her spectacular Bands and Drumline.

Thank you PTO for sponsoring our Principal’s 4.0 Luncheon

Physical Education

PCMS 2017-2018 sports teams ended as follows: Basketball: boys and girls teams were both UNDEFEATED; Volleyball: 3rd place; Wrestling: 3rd place Track: Boys 2nd place, girls; 4th place This year many great things happened in PE, Wellness. 7th and 8th grade students having access to the organized sports teams and 6th grade athletes were eligible to participate on the track team. ALL PE students received instruction in flag football, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Some students were given hands only CPR instruction. All students were consistently challenged to elevate their fitness goals throughout the year. We qualified as a touchdown school, for our Fuel up to Play 60 grant. That means we met 6 of 6 goals in the program! Fuel up to Play 60 is an initiative that is student lead and is geared toward helping increase dairy consumption and physical activity among students. The funds we received with the grant were used to start a Walking Club, purchase nutritional information to help educate students about healthy eating choices, and purchase certain fresh fruits for students to sample. A group of student ambassadors met and worked together to create the plan and carry it out. Students also pledged to start the day with a healthy breakfast. We hope to Students Lalicia Feliciano and Kayleigh Vuollo continue in the future with our goals. Please encourage your child (or children) hand out glowing to log on to and create a user name and password. bracelets at 5th grade Riser night. Check it out! They can earn prizes from Fuel Up to Play 60 as well!

7 PCMS Microsoft Academy Helps Students Succeed.

Since the inception of the PCMS IT Academy in 2014-15, there have been 1,967 exams administered. The first year presented some huge challenges. Our teachers not only needed to master a brand new curriculum, but they also needed to find the best way to prepare students to pass difficult industry certification exams. Initially, we administered 100 exams, which resulted in 91 students passing, and one high- achieving student, who went above and beyond, to earn what is known as a Microsoft “bundle”. A bundle is when a student earns 3 certifications, each for a different Microsoft Office program, for example in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. The following year, many more students achieved success. Out of the 458 exams administered, 318 IC3 Spark and 73 Microsoft Certifications were awarded. That time, 23 students achieved the “bundle”, by becoming Microsoft Specialists in three different MS Office programs. In addition, one student went above and beyond by earning the coveted Master designation, which is a special award from Microsoft. Last year, we streamlined and perfected our delivery system, and focused on preparing, and testing as many students as possible. The teachers in our computer department put incentives in place, by encouraging students to challenge themselves, in an effort to earn a spot for their name on a classroom “Wall of Fame”, like Ms. MacDonald’s, or Ms. Orr’s, for example. This motivated the students to continue to be successful. Last year, they were able to add 320 more IC3 Spark, and 176 more Microsoft Certifications to their totals! Equally impressive is that they increased the number of students who successfully completed bundles, by adding 17 more to their previous total.

Finally, we entered this school year with a strong computer department, since teachers were experienced with the IT Academy curriculum, and are now equipped with the best strategies to help the students succeed. 613 total exams were administered, resulting in 214 IC3 Spark certifications, 291 Microsoft certifications, 56 bundles, and 3 Master designations! Technology teachers, Ms. Gibson, Ms. McGee, Ms. MacDonald, Ms. Smyser, and Ms. Orr are hopeful that as the program continues to develop, the number of individual certifications, bundles, and master designations will continue to grow, even more.

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the Port Charlotte ELKS LODGE #2153 for their thoughtfulness and generosity in donating approximately $500.00 worth of Backpacks!

Also, Terriers, when you see Ms. Lutz, (pictured above) be sure to congratulate and thank her. She is retiring after serving the children of Charlotte County Public Schools for 31 years! Best wishes, Ms. Lutz. Thank you for everything! P.S. Here’s a bit of trivia... Ms. Lutz represented our county and school district when she was named CCPS “Teacher of the Year”.

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