Click on the link above to view the Powerpoint from parent night. Also, remember that to view At the Mountain's newsletter that comes out every Sunday at 5pm via email.
Educational Real Estate
Are you maximizing your child’s study space?
As this school year begins to get in high gear, it is important to ensure our students’ learning spaces are the best they can be. From school to home, your child needs a place they can study and not be distracted. With the new school year beginning, it is a great time to ensure your home is maximized to support the learning your child is receiving every day. Here are some ideas for you to consider.
1. Does your child have a dedicated place at home where they can study without being distracted? Does the TV bother them? Do they consistently look outside to see what their friends are doing? Consider finding a spot for them to do their work that is free from noise and activities that could pull their focus from their homework.
2. Do you have a place for your child to keep their electronics at night? Allowing your child to keep their tablet, smartphone, or computer in their room at night may be hindering them from getting as much sleep as they need. Children in middle school need 9-11 hours of sleep each night. Most children in middle school do not have the maturing level needed to know when to shut down their devices so they can be rested for the next day. Be sure to check your home for a dedicated docking station location so that you can monitor your child’s usage at night to ensure they get plenty of rest.
3. Do you have a calendar at home that can be used for you and your child to monitor upcoming assignments and tests? Finding a location in your home that a calendar can be placed and monitored is important to help students learn how to pace themselves for upcoming activities. It’s hard for adults to pace themselves much less 10-14 year olds. Work with your child to make a plan to accomplish their assignment ahead of time by breaking it into smaller chunks.
4. Do you have a place that you can discuss with your child what they are learning in their classes? Perhaps this is the car on the way home from a game or practice. Or, perhaps this is your dinner table. Regardless of where this occurs, make sure it happens. Every teacher at PMMS writes two important questions on their board each day: what am I learning today and how will I show that I learned it. Talk to your students about these two questions. If they can’t tell you what they are, have them start writing them down each day in their agenda. Review your student’s agenda and read their teachers’ blogs. Don’t assume that just because you have a good student that they are mature and responsible enough to pace their learning or keep you in the loop with important activities at school.
Making sure our kids are successful at school takes the help of both teachers and the family. Working together this year we can help ensure they will be more prepared for high school success
No need to worry! All of our math teachers 6-8 will offer math help every Wednesday 8:35 am. No need to sign up. Students just arrive early and meet teachers in the cafeteria.
It's hard to believe, but the 4 1/2 weeks are quickly coming to a close. The halfway point for our first quarter ends on August 29th. On Sept. 5th, parents will be able to view the first report that displays just how well their children are doing via ParentVue. If you don't have to access the ParentVue portal please contact us at 678-594-8252, we will be glad to help.
We are so excited to embark on a new school year. It is a pleasure to serve your students each and every day. Please visit our blog on a weekly basis to ensure that you haven't missed any great news or reminders.
Kennesaw Mountain has made us aware of a county wide error issue regarding StudentVue that will prevent students from removing and/or locking electives while registering for classes. Please continue to try to register online for your courses, but please be advised that you will not be able to lock anything at this time. We will inform you when the issues are resolved.
Also, we will have the Elective Night for parents Tuesday (3/6/18) 4:30-6pm. This will be just a meeting to put the courses in the system online with assistance. This is not mandatory.
Please read the upcoming events and deadlines listed in the eighth grade tab above. February and March are very busy regarding high school articulation. :)
Pebblebrook HS will visit PMMS to present information regarding the performing arts magnet program on Thursday, November 30th at 11:15 am. All interested parents and students are invited to attend.
Come join the fun!
Pine Mountain will have its annual Reality U event at Kennesaw Mountain High School on Friday 1/19/18 from 9:00 to 3:15.
*Volunteer opportunities include morning Shifts, afternoon Shifts or all Day.
This one-day financial literacy and life skills event is designed to help students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for adulthood. At Reality U, students are provided an adult scenario complete with family status, occupation and net monthly income. During the fast-paced, hand-on exercise, students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child-care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. When the students see how far their income does or does not stretch, it is a dose of reality. Ultimately, Reality U helps students make a direct connection between the choice of staying in school and success and financial stability in life.
No experience or special skills necessary. Brief training provided at the event and then the fun begins!
If you are interested, please email Tamara Hines (Tamara.Hines@cobbk12.org).
PMMS PSAT testing will be held on Oct. 17th, 2017. It will begin at 9:15 and will occur during the remainder of the school day. Please ensure that your student gets plenty of rest the night before. If the student doesn't it breakfast at school, it is imperative that he/she eats before coming. The PSAT website is an excellent way to see sample questions, tips, score analysis and more. Please visit www.psat.org/8-9. Also, FAQ are posted below to view at your convenience. HAPPY TESTING!!!!!
The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Prospective Magnet Student Night
Friday, October 6, at 7:30PM
Cobb Civic Center - Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
548 S. Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060
8th graders and their parents will be given free tickets to that evening’s ComPAny show.
Just show up between 6:30-7:00 to pick up tickets. No reservations are required.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and reception for 8th graders and their parents.
Please help spread the word!
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb Civic Center
548 South Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30060
Check out our CCCEPA magnet videos here:
2017-2018 AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
LocationThankful Baptist Church
928 Kennesaw Due West Road
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Hours of OperationMONDAY-FRIDAY
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
● PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
● EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
● STUDY-SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
1. EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM: Relationship Building, D.E.A.R. Time, Interpersonal Growth Exercises, Homework Assistance, Cultural Awareness Program, and Free Time.
2. OBJECTIVE: Becoming Health Conscious, Critical Thinkers, Encouraging Self-Thinking, and Respect of Persons of Authority
3. WE STRIVE TO OPERATE DIFFERENTLY THAN MOST AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. At KTC, we focus on the teen’s personal relationship with himself and others through personal development and communication.
4. COST TO ATTEND: The cost of attendance is $25 per week and is to be paid on a monthly basis. Your student will receive:
○ Pick Up from Pine Mountain Middle School
○ A Daily Snack
○ Academic Support
○ D.E.A.R. Time & Enrichment Activities
See your School Counselor for the KTC application
Duke's Talented Identification Program (TIP)
Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search helps academically talented students identify their strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. Participants learn about their strengths with an above-level test (either the ACT or SAT) and receive benefits like specialized publications and resources, educational guidance, recognition of their abilities, and academic challenges. Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search is also the first step to attending TIP’s renowned online and face-to-face educational programs.
Students qualify for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test. Enrollment is open from August 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Visit www.tip.duke.edu
Open house is scheduled for this Thursday (August 24th) from 6:30pm-8:30pm. If possible, please leave the students at home. Parents will follow their student's schedule and experience their student's school day.
August 18th- COLOR RUN (More information to come)
August 24th- Open House @ 6:30 pm (More information to come)
September 4th- No School (Holiday)
September 8th - Mustang Celebrations (More information to come)
September 19th- Magnet Presentation @ PMMS 11am (8th grade students only)
*Parents may attend, but same presentation will be repeated for parents @ KMHS (Oct. 10th 6:30pm)
September 25th-September 29th = No School (Fall Break)