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Mustang Announcements

 
Red Clay Ramblers visit Pollard
Margaret B. Pollard 8th band students received a wonderful surprise Friday, April 4th during their regular band class. Ms. Michele Reams, Pollard director had invited The Red Clay Ramblers to join her class in order to share their music and skills. The musical group wowed the kids with their rendition of Cotton Eyed Joe followed by instrumental warm ups, breathing and metronome exercises and a Battle of the Bands scenario where each group played for the other. 
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Best 5-8 Book!!
 Tuesday evening seven of Pollard’s best writers were honored at the Chatham County Young Authors celebration at Fearrington Barn. Christopher Esther, Meera Butalia, Steph Cruz, Juliana Hubbard, Nina Moll, Anna Pickens and Megan Walker each received a medal, a hard-bound copy of their book and a copy of the novel Three Times Lucky—signed by Newbery Honor author Shelia Turnage. Ms. Turnage offered words of praise and advice to all the young authors. To top it off, our own Meera Butalia won Best 5-8 Book for her story “Saving Simba.” Copies of her book and the others are available in our library. Pictured is Meera with her trophy and her teacher, Mrs. Erman.

 

Teacher Assistant of the Year
Congratulations to Mrs. Kara Dalton-- Pollard's Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2014-15. In addition to her fine work in the classroom, Mrs. Dalton is the assistant coach for the girls' basketball team and an advisor for the Envirothon team.
Meet our new Assistant Principal!
Katherine Rangel (pronounced ron-HEL), is Pollard Middle School's new assistant principal. Previously an ESL teacher at North Chatham Elementary, Jordan Matthews and Northwood High Schools, Ms. Rangel is completing her Master's Degree in School Administration at Western Carolina University. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about our diverse community and a committment to making Pollard Middle School a wonderful place to be for all our students.
SNACK Program
     For families with limited resources, school lunches can be a great blessing.  But what can these families do over the summer months when school is not in session?
The SNACK (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids)
Program can help!
      Please download the SNACK Flyer to learn more about this program - you must attend one of the listed sessions in order to receive help this summer.  Our local registration session will be Wednesday, April 9th at North Chatham Elementary School from 4-6pm, but you can attend any of the sessions to register.
  
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Summer Science (STEM) Opportunities at NC State
Imhotep Academy at North Carolina State University is recruiting middle school students for upcoming summer STEM enrichment programs hosted by The Science House in Raleigh, NC.  All middle school students are invited to participate in these fun learning opportunities!
Program Dates:
    June 23 - June 27, “Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
    July 7 – July 11, “Discovering Algebra and Computer Science
Click on the links above to download and complete the registration materials.  You can also visit their website for additional details.
  
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Parent University 2
Parent University 2 will be held on March 24, 6:00-7:00pm, in the Jordan Matthews Media Center. The topic is NC School of Science & Math opportunities. All CCS parents are welcome to attend, but this event probably pertains most to the parents of math/science enthusiasts in grades 7-10. Sponsored by AIG.

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Need volunteers for this year's Palooza
Each year, the Pollard PTSA puts on a wonderful outdoor festival called the Pollard Palooza, with inflatables, great food, games, a dunk tank, music - something fun for everyone in the family!  We need MANY of our parent volunteers to help pull off this FUN event for our students.  Please contact Nikki Doyle at:  ndoyle@adventa.us if you can help, and thanks in advance!

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PTSA Taking Nominations
The Pollard PTSA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 school year:
President and Treasurer.   If you are interested in helping out, please contact this year's PTSA President Christine Lang at schanmacllc@yahoo.com
  
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2014 Chatham County Schools Alcohol and Other Drug Survey
Dear Parents,
In the next few weeks, Chatham County Schools will conduct the Alcohol and Other Drug Survey.  This survey has been conducted every other year since 1990, and is the longest running survey of its kind in the state.  Information from the survey is used to help the school district with assessing our alcohol and other drug prevention efforts.  The survey is confidential and will take about 30 minutes to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please send a note to your child's first period teacher by February 28.  Thank you.
Una encuesta del alcohol y otras drogas - Las Escuelas del Condado de Chatham
Estimados Padres,
Durante las próximas semanas, Las Escuelas del Condado de Chatham dirigirán una encuesta del alcohol y otras drogas.  Tenemos esta encuesta desde 1990 y es el mejor de su tipo del todo el estado.  La información de las repuestas de la encuesta ayudan el districto escolar en determinar sus programas de la prevención del uso de alcohol y drogas.  La encuesta es confidencial y los estudiantes necesitan aproximamente 30 minutos completer.  Si no desea que su estudiante participar, por favor manda una carta al maestro de su estudiante por el 28 de febraro.  Muchas gracias.
    
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2014 Pollard Soup Cook-Off Winners
 Click here to take you to our Winning Recipe Page, and try out some of the delicious soups as created by our very own Pollard faculty!  Many thanks to Mrs. Streets for organizing our 2014 Soup Cook-Off!
Updated School Calendars
The Board of Education has amended the academic calendar. An updated calendar will come home with your student tomorrow, on February 25, 2014.  Click here for a copy of the Revised Calendar Letter in English, or the Revised Calendar Letter in Spanish.

In addition, 15 instructional minutes will be added to the school day for all middle schools beginning Monday, March 3, 2014. These changes allow our schools to meet the required 1,025-hour minimum with a small buffer for any unforeseen events in the remaining calendar.  Pollard’s new dismissal time will be 3:15 starting on March 3rd.

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We'll Miss You, Mrs. Moody!
This week marks the end of Mrs. Moody's time here at Pollard.  Thank you, Mrs. Moody, for helping us with this transition, and best wishes on your retirement (again...)!
   
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Pollard Bus Driver of the Year
Congratulations to Mr. Taylor-- Bus Driver of the Year for 2014. We thank him for his dedication and service in getting our students to and from school safely and on time.
2014 Teacher of the Year
 Chris Clark, 8th grade math teacher, was chosen by his peers to be Pollard's Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. In addition to his excellent teaching of algebra and math, Mr. Clark serves on the School Leadership Team and is chairman of the School Improvement Committee.
PowerSchool Parent Portal Registration
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School is happy to announce that parents can begin registering for the PowerSchool Parent Portal today.  The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a website that will allow parents to see their student's grades as they are updated by teachers.

Parents are asked to complete a parent verification process before accessing their student's grade and schedule information via the Parent Portal.  This is a one-time process and need only be completed in subsequent years if families enroll new students within Chatham County Schools.  The parent verification process helps to ensure the safety and security of all student grade and class schedule information as required by federal law.  

The parent verification process requires three steps:
  1. Parents are invited to download, and complete, the parent verification form from the Chatham County Schools homepage located at: http://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/.  This form is also available from our school's front office if you do not have access to a printer or the Internet.
  2. Parents are then asked to present a separate completed form at each school where families have students attending a Chatham County School.
  3. Parents will need to present some form of photo identification at each school to ensure the safety and security of student information.  For parents who are unwilling, or unable, to provide photo identification they may seek a public notary of their choice to notarize the verification form.
Information will be provided so that parents can go online to activate their PowerSchool Parent Portal account, once the parent verification process has been completed.

Parents are also welcome to attend Northwood High School on Eastern Region Night, Thursday, Novmeber 21 from 6:30pm until 8pm to complete this process.  This is a great opportunity to complete the parent verification process and all schools that feed Northwood High School will be present.  Parents who opt to have their verification notarized need to bring their notarized form with them to the event.  
 

We look forward to your participation in the PowerSchool Parent Portal!
Sign Up for The Pony Express!

Click here
to subscribe to The Pony Express, the Margaret B. Pollard PTSA's weekly e-newsletter which includes a weekly calendar of events at Pollard, information about upcoming school activities, and opportunities for you to become more involved at your student's school!
  
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Volunteering at Pollard
Volunteers are always welcome here at Pollard: to help in the classrooms with needs designated by teachers, to help run clubs or after-school activities, to help us during EOGs and testing seasons.

If you are interested in helping out at Pollard at any time over the school year, please read the attached Pollard Volunteer Policy (in both English and Spanish) and then apply as necessary through the Chatham County Schools website at www.chatham.k12.nc.us.

Thank you in advance for helping us to help our students!
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