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Ready to celebrate some amazing students! Each quarter we recognize students through our Mighty MustangsHonor Roll , and Principal's Honor Roll Programs. Click on the link above to see the students honored for their work for the third nine weeks. When we return to campus, we will formally recognize and celebrate these amazing students for their accomplishments.


Two Years Running PMMS Ranks in Top of All Public Middle Schools in Cobb County

For the second year in a row Pine Mountain Middle School has been ranked by the residents of Cobb County as either the first or second best public middle school. In 2019, Pine Mountain was voted #1 in Cobb. In 2020, Pine Mountain was voted #2 in Cobb. Principal Nelson stated, "The conistency in our school being ranked so high for the past two years amongst all the public middle schools in both Marietta City Schools and Cobb County Schools is more proof that Kennesaw is a great place to live, work, and play.  Our community is alive and well. We are proud of what we are working to build for our students and could not do it without the enthusiasm and commitment from our parents, students, teachers, and community and civic organizations. I can't wait to see what we continue to build for our students by working toghether."

Thank you for your vote and thank you for your continued support of our school. To learn more about the exciting opportunities Pine Mountain is building to prepare students for high school success, please reach out to our principal today.


How to Give Compassionate Feedback While Still Being Constructive ...We want to help make the digital learning days as productive for you and your child as possible.  So, we want your feedback. Please click here to take a short survey to help us gain some more insight as to how to better assist you and your student. The survey window will close Tuesday at noon.


Spring Break = no class and time for career exploration! | Wake ...SPRING BREAK APRIL 6-10

During the break, no digital learning days will occur.

Digitial learning days will resume April 13.


Celebrate Middle Level Education Month! The middle school years, ages 10 to 15, are a time of some of the most rapid changes in physical, intellectual, and moral growth for humans, second only to the growth that occurs from birth to age two. The skills, habits, and values established during this time of life will directly impact a student's chances to be a lifelong learner ready for college, career, citizenship, and a bright future. For our students to be academically and personally successful, a supportive environment both at home and at school is required.

Click here for a message from Principal Nelson.


Ready to Explore Digital Learning at the Mountain?

Click Your Grade Level to View Your Teacher's Information and Gain Access to Digital Textbooks and Much More. Daily Learning Activities Will Be Posted Each Morning. Email Your Teachers with Any Questions or Help You May Need. #NeverStopClimbing

   


VIEW THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT PINE MOUNTAIN'S RESPONSE TO SCHOOL CLOSURE AND DIGITAL LEARNING DAYS FROM PRINCIPAL NELSON.

Click here to read Principal Nelson's letter to staff, students, and parents for the week of March 23, 2020.

Learning at the Mountain

Want to know what your child learns and how they are assessed? Curious about the instructional resources and framework for learning? Click on the appropriate grade level above to answer this question and more. We're commited to fulfilling our vision of preparing students for high school success!



The school locations selected for the meal distributions include schools with more than 50% Free and Reduced Lunch populations. Cobb Schools Food Service staff will make the food as it is provided by the District and MUST volunteers will distribute to students curbside. The meals can only be served to Cobb County students under 18 years of age, and students must be physically present.

The weekly breakfast and lunch distributions can be sustained through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year or until Cobb Schools re-opens. However, MUST needs volunteers to help by giving food donations and to sign up here to help with food distributions at schools. Please join us as we help our community in need.

The new school locations will replace sites where food boxes were provided this week. Learn more


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Field Trips and Student Travel

As you know, the school district has canceled all field trips. This cancellation includes the performing arts field trip to Disney. Understandably, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding refunds. At this point, we are unable to guarantee anything because the payments were all made to travel companies and they have already paid the vendors.

 

We have reached out to our travel company and they are doing everything they can to secure refunds from the vendors. This process could take some time (6-8 weeks), and the travel company says that they cannot guarantee anything at this point.

 

We are sorry for the inconvenience but hope that you’ll bear with us as we are all dealing with these extraordinary events.


Talking to Our Kids about the Coronavirus

With all the concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that parents may be looking for guidance on how to explain the news to their children.  

We care about the well-being of all our students and know the best way to ease a child’s anxiety is by remaining calm and reassuring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) created resources to help parents minimize their children’s fear or anxiety by having honest and accurate conversations about COVID-19.  

Click here to read more.


While We're Out

 


Georgia DOE Suspends Milestones, Accountability Requirements

Due to school closings and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced this week that Georgia Milestones assessment testing will be suspended indefinitely.  Click here to read more.


Community Resources during Time Away

Have questions about low cost or free internet plans that can be obtained? Click here.

 

Have questions about accessing food resources during this time? Click here.

 

Have questions about available mental health resources for your students? Mental Health Concern

To learn more about resources for our families, click here.


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Congratulations to the 7 and 8 grade orchestra for their amazing performance at LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) on March 3.  The orchestra worked for over 2 months to prepare for this performance which is the performing arts version of the Milestones.  The orchestra received all superior ratings for their concert performance and a superior rating in their sight-reading performance.  This is the 6th year in a row that the orchestra has received straight superiors at LGPE.  Ms. Irwin is very proud of the hard work and dedication her orchestra students showed the past couple of months while preparing for this important evaluation.


Visual Arts is Alive and Well at the Mountain: A Note from Ms. Jezequel

The month of March is Youth Art Month! The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers the program at the national level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

This Youth Art Month, we are recognizing the hard work of all students enrolled in art classes with a couple of large scale displays to showcase student talent!

  1. Outside the theatre you will find our greenhouse garden display which was created by my 6, 7, and 8 grade students to brighten up the halls and bring a little color to all of your lives. We hope you enjoy this large scale display but please discourage students from jumping and knocking it down. Like most artwork in museums or galleries-look but don’t touch.
  1. Down the back hallway and connections hallway the displays continue with shading and value projects created by 6, 7, and 8 grade focusing on making basic forms look realistic; one-point perspective projects by my advanced 8 grade; color wheel projects by 6grade; and a trompe l’oeil origami project created by my advanced 8 grade….look closely….is it real notebook paper or is their drawing creating an illusion that is fooling your eye?
  1. Continuing down the connections hallway there is a “sketchbook wall of fame” created by my advanced 8 grade class to showcase some of their personal favorite sketches that they have made throughout the year. Each week we work on a different sketch to hone in creativity and imagination skills. Students picked their favorites from throughout the year to display.
  1. Further down the hallway, you will find my students most recent artist statement examples. One of the standards in visual arts is to reflect on personal artwork through a written artist statement, and my students have done so beautifully!
  1. If you have not taken a photo with our wings outside the art room door, please do so this month, because they will be taken down soon in order to set up for other displays.







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Second Annual Sadie Hawkins Dance

Love was in the AIR at our Second Annual Sadie Hawkins Valentine’s Dance sponsored by our Student Council! Thanks to our staff, PTSA and our Student Council sponsors for helping to make this event a huge success!


Three Years Running!

This weekend, both John L. and Lincoln M. were recognized as winners of the CCSD Social Studies Fair after presenting their research in front of a panel of judges. Lincoln won for his project about the Nile River and John for his project on US government laws. PMMS is proud that we have two winners for the first time and for continuing our three-year streak of having district winners! Special thanks to our Social Studies Department Chair, Jeff Hofmeister, for organizing this event for our students at the Mountain!


Curious about all the cool things you are hearing in the community about Pine Mountain Middle School? Come find out what the buzz is all about. We are now offering monthly tours just for you. This is your opportunity to get a first hand view of our school and all we have to offer here. Please follow the link below to book your tour. We look forward to meeting you!

Click here to register for a tour of our award-winning school. We can't wait to share with you the exciting things happening at the Mountain!


Art Exhibition for PMMS Students' Work

February 6, 2020, was the opening reception for the “Inspired by the Heart” Art Show! This show featured artists from Cobb County schools who have intellectual learning disabilities. Four of our PMMS students had artwork displayed in this show at the Big Shanty Art Station. Special thanks to Mrs. Jezequel for helping bring this event to our PMMS students!


Help Us Create a Better Learning Environment for the Kids

We're raising funds to renovate the grade level commons areas in our school! Built in 1979, we want to update, modernize, and rejuvenate the grade level commons areas in our school. We believe our kids deserve a modern learning environment that teachers can use to foster collaboration, innovation, and motivation. From hand-held mini projectors that connect to smart devices to dry-erase creation tables, our goal is to raise money to help us provide a fun and modern learning environment for our students as well as help make Pine Mountain Middle School one of the best places to teach, lead, and learn.

Our plan is to address one commons area at a time. Depending on how much revenue we can generate this year, we anticipate this renovation to be a multi-year project. 100%  of the profits generated from the Color-A-Thon will be used for renovations in the commons! Call or email Principal Nelson today to find out how you can help make this dream a reality for our kids!


LAX Program Information

Art Department Gets Kudos



Image result for school climate survey imagesYour Input is Needed - Star Rating

We need your help! Each year the Georgia Department of Education sends out a survey to the parents of the schools in Georgia to get feedback. Based on the survey results from our students, staff, and parents, we earned a Five Star Rating by the Georgia Department of Education!!! This is the highest rating a school can receive, and it was the first time our school was rated five stars in several years. The star ratings also help determine part of our school's CCRPI score. Last year our score increased by 10 points!!! We are working hard this year to try and improve our score again this year and maintain our Five Star Rating. We need your help to do that. 

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Click here to take the Georgia Parent Survey.  Thanks for your help in continuing to make Pine Mountain Middle School a great place for our kids to learn!


The Mountain Receives Top Ratings

The 2020 rankings of Niche are now available at Niche.com. Niche gathers and analyzes school data from across the United States to help parents understand school data and make informed decisions about the school they send their children to attend. According to Niche, Pine Mountain has been ranked in the top 13% (#71 of 535) of all public middle schools in Georgia and earned an overall Niche rating of an A-! And, as for our teachers? Well, our teachers were rated in the top 12% (#64 of 529) in Georgia! To make things even more amazing, regarding diversity, our school was rated as being in the top 1% (#384 of 25,988) of the most diverse public middle schools in the United States.

In regard to Georgia's CCRPI, Pine Mountain had a 10% gain from the previous school year. This increase made us one of the top five performing middle schools for a one year change in CCSD.


2020 Census Information

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states and will be completed online, by phone, or by mail on April 1st, 2020. The count is required by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Learn more about this year’s U.S. Census at www.2020census.gov.


Second semester is now starting. Have you set new goals for your classes? Do you know what standards you may need to be getting extra help on that you struggled with from the first semester? What have you done to reward yourself for your successes from the first semester? Be sure to visit with your family and your CLIMB Advisor/Advocate about your new goals and let them know if you have any questions. #NeverStopClimbing


House Cup Award Ceremony

The House Cup team will be recognizing our students’ growth in key areas of character and development by awarding the 6, 7, and 8 grade House Cup trophies. Over the first semester, students have been participating in their Houses in competitions in athletics, academics, attendance, and positive behavior to earn the right to call themselves House Cup Champions. The House which earned the most points in the first semester will be crowned on Friday.

Mr. Hofmeister, Social Studies teacher and chair of the House Cup team, says: “House Cup was originally just an opportunity to have some fun with the students year-round and get the chance to know them individually in a low pressure environment. Since we started this program, we have been able to motivate students to perform better academically, work harder on demonstrating positive character, and build team-work skills with our teens. We are very proud of the positive climate this program has helped grow at Pine Mountain.” The House Cup program continues in second semester and the trophies will be awarded again in May to the year’s champion.


Click here to learn a few new study skills to help you in your classes so that you can start the second semester strong.

Ready to start gearing up for the Milestones? Click here to see the academic resources we have ready for you.


Empowering students to CLIMB: to be Committed, to Lead, to possess Integrity, to be Mindful, and to be Balanced in all their endeavors.

Click here to learn more about CLIMB!


Need to make a payment  for a field trip? School lunches? Make a donation? Click on the link below to access myPayments Plus to use a credit or debit card.


Using USA Testprep at Home

Every Pine Mountain Middle School student can benefit from using USA Test Prep to improve Milestones scores. This home-based internet program is simple to use and your child already has a member login account. Teachers can actually monitor how often your student uses the program. USA Test Prep supports language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies by breaking down questions into the same domains as tested on the Georgia Milestones through vocabulary, tests, practice, games, and videos. Encourage your child to get started and log as many hours as he or she can, even if just playing the games. And if you are up for the challenge, it makes for great family trivia too! You will be amazed at the academically challenging work your student is expected to know.

The computer assisted tutorial program can not only help students who are struggling with particular topics in a subject area, it can also help provide enrichment to students to assist them in learning at higher levels.

Access USATestprep here.



All Cobb County Students have free access to the 
Microsoft Office Tools through
 Office 365.   
Click here for help with Office 365.


8th Grade Parents

Important dates and information is located on the Helpful Links section of the webpage.


Here Comes the Bus!
 A School Bus Tracking App for Parents 
Tracking Features
 *  Shows the real-time location of your child's bus on a map
 *  Gives scheduled and actual arrival times at home and
​school for bus route
 *  Provides push and email notifications when the bus in near​

Sign Up Instructions for Parents:
Download Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com
Click the "Sign Up" button
Enter school code 87881 and click "Next" followed by "Confirm"
Complete the "User Profile" box
Under "My Students" click "Add."
Enter your child's last name and student ID number

Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin


Click here to sign up to volunteer at the 2019 Best of Cobb Public Middle School!


Need Help Logging into Biblionasium from Home?

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Click here to see how we prepare students for high school success!


Overview of a School Day
Don't forget, middle schools in CCSD begin at 9:15 am. To help you plan for your adjustment to middle school, below is an overview of what a typical day looks like.

Students arriving between 8:30 am and 8:50 am should report to the cafeteria for study hall. Students should not arrive prior to 8:30 am.
At 8:50 am all students will be released to their lockers and then go to their homeroom teacher. Students arriving after 8:50 am should go to their locker and then report to their homeroom teacher. Homeroom is sixth and seventh grade students first period class. For eighth grade students, homeroom is students fourth period class. At 9:15 am first period will begin for sixth and seventh grade students. They will remain in their homeroom class as it is also their first period class. At 9:20 am eighth graders will transition from homeroom to first period.

Students arriving after the 9:15 bell that starts the school day will need to sign in tardy at the Main Office.
Students will attend seven classes which are approximately 50 minutes in length.

Students will have scheduled locker access. Students should not share lockers or give out their locker combinations to others. Students who have PE/Health will also have a locker in the gym area. Students should not share this combination either.

Dismissal will be at 4:15 pm. Students needing to get a music instrument will then be able to go to the appropriate music room and then go out to either the bus port or the front of the school for car riders and walkers.
In regard to students walking home or being picked up from school, please remember that students who walk home must use the cross walk located by the bus port. Students being picked up must remain under the front porch of the school until their ride arrives in the car pickup lane (beginning where the banners are and ending at the front doors).

Click here for more back-to-school information including afternoon dismissal traffic patterns.


 
Digital Textbook Information
Click here to see our digital textbook resources.
 

Registration
Parents that need to register their student for school at Pine Mountain can access information on our Registration link under Quick Links.

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New Student Grade Survival Guide
Survival Guide

Dress Code
Click here for information about school dress code.

2019-2020 Family Handbook
Click here for information about the 2019-2020 Family Handbook.


Breakfast and Lunch Information
Click here for information about CCSD meal prices.

Home of the Mustangs

 

 


Click the image below to access the order center for this year's yearbook. Our school code is 1035. Eighth grade parents may also purchase a separate ad for their student from this link.
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Winner 2019 Publications and Digital Media Award for Branding/Image Package



PROUD MEMBERS OF

AMLE - Association for Middle Level Education


SACS

Thank you for your support of our school! Call our principal today to learn how you can help our school become the best place to teach, lead, and learn!




Congratulations to Mrs. Casey Taylor, CCSD Middle School Teacher of the Year!



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Climbing the mountain is better when you do it as a team! We welcome you to be an active part of our learning community. Visit our volunteer opportunities link to discover how you can contribute your skills in the climb!


Get connected with our school! Has your student joined any school clubs or organizations? Have you signed up to volunteer at our school? Have you joined the PSTA?





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