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Volume 1 Issue 4 june 2017


A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Steven Covey taught us in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that we all need time to get rest and relaxation, or to “sharpen the saw”, as he put it. Summer is a time for your students to take a break and renew themselves. I hope they will not only rest, but also spend time reading, being reflective, exercising and engaging in hobbies and activities, too. Perhaps, as a parent, this will be a time for you to engage in worthwhile conversation. Ask questions about, their reading, their thoughts, their short and long-term goals, and let them know that you value their opinions. Take trips to the public library; most have fun, free activities during the summer. By your example, you can help your children enjoy their 8 weeks off while also continuing to learn. We want them to keep their creative juices flowing, and to never take a vacation from thinking. Students hear teachers talk a lot about the value of critical thinking. Like you, we want them to use good judgement, and come to their own intelligent conclusions. Albert Einstein, known for his inventive genius, said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think.” The two most important types of thinking are “critical” and “creative”. While thinking creatively, we combine things we already know, then generate brand, new ideas. Critical thinking is when we judge our knowledge, by analyzing the facts to come to a conclusion, or make a prediction. A fine author, Walter Isaacson, who is intrigued with the way people think, has written many books about the lives of successful geniuses. When he meets his subjects, he is always fascinated to note that, in their thinking, he notices where intelligence and creativity intersect. This is why children need chances to be creative. There is another author whose work I respect, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., who has made discoveries about how our thinking does, or does not, help us to achieve success. Dweck tells us that the key to success is whether we have a “fixed” or “growth” mindset. In order to motivate our children and help them improve in school, we need to foster in them a “growth” mindset. Dweck’s research shows that people who have a “fixed” mindset are caught up in proving themselves. They continued on next page...

Principal John LeClair

Assistant Principal Matthew Kunder Grade 7 A-K & Grade 8 Assistant Principal Sally Lutz Grade 7 L-Z & Grade 6 Guidance Counselors Kelly Gilbert Jaime Barber ESE Liaison Kim Newhouse School Resource Officer DFC Jaime Jones 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


8th Grade Awards Night

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A Message from the Principal believe they have both a “fixed” measure of ability and a fixed level of intelligence. Therefore, if they lose a game, or do not pass a test, they believe they are labeled a “failure”. People with a “growth” mindset, do not get caught up in labels or proving their worth. They keep gathering knowledge to help their mind grow. If they try something and fail at it, they learn from that experience and improve the next time. They believe they have a “changeable” ability that develops over time, through learning. Here at PCMS, many of our teachers engaged in a book-study of mindset for several months. We are committed to fostering a healthy “GROWTH MINDSET” on our campus. Students need to keep trying new things, to acquire skills they did not have, yesterday. They need to know that every failure is a learning experience, since we all learn from our mistakes. Perhaps the most powerful thing to teach our children is that the more knowledge a mind is fed, the more that mind will grow. This summer, help your student get rest, and certainly encourage him or her to have lots of fun, but stress that one thing they should never take a vacation from is learning, because more knowledge will grow their mind and lead them to more success in the future. I hope you will relax with a cup of coffee, for just 10 minutes, and click on the following link, to listen to Carol Dweck explain how anyone can learn to fulfill his or her potential for success, by adopting a growth “mindset”. talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_ believing_that_you_can_improve Have a happy and safe summer, John LeClair, Principal

All listen, as Mr. LeClair imparts advice to the students, during the eighth Grade Awards Ceremony.

Principal’s 4.0 Luncheon


PCMS Builders Club earned Kiwanis Distinguished Club Award for the 2016/2017 school year. Members participated in a variety of service projects throughout the year. Pictured above is the 2017/2018 builders club president Caleb Howard, historian Ashley Lamica, and 2016/2017 historian McKenna Gross. The club sponsor is Ms. McNamara. Future plans are to increase the club’s involvement with community activities.

Important Announcement

Parents and students, please visit your school website often for updated information about the 17-18 school year. We will be posting a new, “basic” school supply list, in an effort to save you any extra expense. Individual teachers may include a few additional items on their Class Syllabus, and/or their Teacher Webpage.


PCMS Chorus

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Our PCMS Music Department has been doing us proud, as usual. Band and Chorus have presented a plethora of performances throughout our community. Our happy group of CHORUS members (above) performed at Walt Disney World, with Ms. Grossnicklaus, on March 25, 2017.


To sign up for BAND or CHORUS for 2017-18 Go to:

8th Graders Visit Vietnam Memorial Wall

On Friday May 12, the 8th graders had the honor of taking a field trip to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Punta Gorda. While there, the students were able to hear presentations from several Vietnam Veterans and learn more about the war. The students also had the opportunity to learn several facts about the wall, including how to locate names. They also made pencil rubbings of fallen soldiers listed on the wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Association of Charlotte County made this great experience possible for our students. Pictured right is Jayden McArthur, locating the name of a fallen soldier on the wall.

May 20, 2017, Ms. Miller accompanied her amazing BAND members to WALT DISNEY WORLD, where her Gold Band performed.



Ms. McDonald, along with our other fine computer teachers, helped PCMS dedicated students to earn impressive Industry Certifications. Students earned over 300 Certifications in Microsoft and SPARK, this year alone. Students also earned T-Shirts and chances at prize awards, for all their dedication to the process.

Terrier Pride Winners


Ms. Linneweber (far R in photo) and a group of her students had a great day at MOSI on March 18. They attended the annual “You Be the Chemist Challenge”. Five enthusiastic students participated in the event. Emily Legried, Aaron Bettencourt, Nicholas Nease, Alex Shoda and Michelle Urbanczyk. We are proud to announce that two of our talented Terriers made the top 14, they are Nicholas Nease and Aaron Bettencourt, and another, Alex Shoda, took 4th place. Congratulations to all the participants for doing a fine job representing PCMS. We are also proud to announce that students Soraly Uzcategui and Marissa Schuler have been selected to attend the Lee/Charlotte Summer Research Opportunity (SRO 2017) program to be held June 19-30, 2017 at Florida Gulf Coast University. Applicants must have participated in the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science Fair to be considered. The program is staffed by FGCU faculty and student assistants. Finally, congratulations, also, to student Staisee Revera Benitez, for being selected to attend the TECH TREK weeklong summer experience.

Terrier Pride, our Positive Behavioral Support Team, works throughout the year to encourage students to come to school prepared, considerate, motivated, and safe. In an effort to instill these characteristics we reward our students with weekly incentives such as phone chargers and cases, speakers, clothes, sports equipment and gift cards to Moe’s Southwest Grill. These rewards remind students that it is important to display these positive characteristics, on a daily basis. Our biggest reward is at the end of the year and it is for all students who have stayed referral free. Two students from each grade level receive a tablet with a case, and a $25 gift card to Amazon for their Positive Behavior, all year long. Our school would not be the school it is today without these students displaying such positive characteristics, on a regular basis. Terrier Pride also rewards our staff for their support, through candy grams and special lunch purchases. Terrier Pride thanks all students and staff for their support and reminds them to continue to display Positive Behaviors on a daily basis.



JOIN SUMMER WRESTLING CLUB To sign up VISIT: Http:// or contact Coach Graham Marshall.


Art Show & Reception was a Success!

PCMS Parents were pleased to receive letters inviting them to a very special Art Show and Reception of their student’s outstanding work. The colorful, collaborative art projects were on display at the Port Charlotte MidCounty Public Library, on Forest Nelson; the students’ many art pieces were selected to be on display for the entire month of March, but the special reception was held, on the evening of March 23, 2017, in honor of the artists and their teacher, Ms. Pucci. A big shout out to those students, from “Studio 678, where Terriers Create!” and to their Terrific Terrier Teacher, as well. It was wonderful to see parents, students, teachers, and administrators enjoying that event.

6 Annual Math Carnival


Port Charlotte Middle School’s gym was transformed into a colorful, whimsical, THIRD annual MATH CARNIVAL, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Delightful sounds of laughter and music filled the air as students spent their math class attempting to navigate their way through a variety of math themed, carnival style games. This popular event began in 2015 as a way to showcase math and learning, in a fun environment. The math club spent countless hours raising money for the event and planning games connected to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Florida Math Standards. Some of the games included: Circumference Sorter, No Ones Sum, Factor Ball, Twisted Math, Polyhedron Pick-up, and Crazy Coordinates. There was also a Wheel of Probability, which gave each student a chance to win one, two, or three tickets. The tickets students won on the games were used to purchase a variety of prizes such as candy, temporary tattoos, emoji pens, keychains and a variety of plush toys. Each student also had the opportunity to enter raffle drawings for larger prizes, such as water speakers, sporting equipment, headphones and some of over 50 books! Ms. Robinson‘s Math Club and a team of many volunteers donated countless hours to make this event a success. Volunteers included ten students from Port Charlotte High School, Mu Alpha Theta, as well as members of the PCMS PTO. These volunteers helped with donations, facilitating games and overseeing the prize table.

Ms. Merrigan’s student demonstrates “Layers of Earth” using food elements and note taking.

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2016/17 District Parent Involvement Plan

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA)

School Accountability Report (SPAR)

2016/17 PCMS Parent Involvement Plan

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8 Inside This Issue Important Announcement Chorus & Band Microsoft Academy Nationl Junior Honor Society Math Carnival Title 1 Family Center and much more!

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Port Charlotte Middle School Newsletter  

June 2017