WELLNESS CHALLENGE ALERT! Breakfast is an important part of your day! Watch the video below, and then send us a picture of YOUR healthy breakfast for a chance to win! You can post or send to our Facebook page or in a chat to Mrs. Zacaroli. One randomly-drawn winner from each grade level will win a Tim Horton's card. (Yes, you CAN find healthy choices anywhere if you look for them!) Enter as many times as you like, and help your grade win the MOST challenges this year! This challenge ends at 2:30 p.m. on October 31st. Happy breakfast-ing! https://youtu.be/UEQwTyQxejc
TEAMS UPDATE! Check this out! Now you can see ALL assignments at once!!! I just tried it on my own kids' Teams and it is going to make life so much easier! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLr59ngYfUo
A message from Ms. Prorok: A letter is being mailed home explaining the importance of remote learning while not at school. Please work with your child to develop a schedule to complete work daily when remote. If students are not attempting to do the work remotely and not in communication with teachers to get assistance if needed, they will be marked "remote absent" and could receive a zero for missing work. Please partner with us as we work to make this challenging year a positive learning experience for our students.
GOOD MORNING, Pioneer Middle School! Please make sure that you are in communication with your teachers today if you have questions or concerns. Your teachers have office hours and/or Zoom meetings so they can help! Please also look at your chats on Teams. These are not intended for socializing with friends, and many of you have so many chats that you may be missing important ones from your teachers. Teachers are trying to contact students who have not turned in work or whose work needed revision, and they are not hearing back from you, so please check! If you are having tech issues, use the SysAid app on your home screen, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 716-492-9330 and leave a message. Leave your name and contact information, and make sure your voicemail works. We are working hard to get into the groove, and we can see that you are, too. We are constantly evaluating and adjusting to try to make a difficult situation workable, and we appreciate all of your support. Work hard, persevere, be kind...and have a fantastic day! 💚🤍💚🤍💚
Don't forget your ITS resources! The tutorials in particular can help with accessing, completing, and turning in assignments. (Be sure to click "turn in"!) There is also information on contacting the ITS department. https://www.pioneerschools.org/o/pioneer-csd/page/welcome-to-its--2
REMINDERS: At the Middle School, students who engage in 100% remote learning will have access to the same curriculum as those students in our hybrid model. This will help ensure that all students have the same content information, making for a smooth eventual return to 100% in-person instruction. Students will be assigned to a homebase, so they will have contact with that teacher as well as those providing the content for each course. They will engage in the same at-home curriculum as our hybrid students do on the days they are at home. Students will not spend the equivalent of an entire school day on remote learning and will not be expected to "attend" classes in real time; this means the time of day they complete work will be flexible. Our remote students will be free to contact teachers via phone, email, or Teams. Teachers will respond back to students during their office hours or on Wednesdays. They also have a team from AP Slocum and their counselor for support. Students can expect more personalized contact from teachers on Wednesdays in particular, as our model allows teachers some additional "office hours" for that very purpose. We will adjust as necessary to ensure that all Pioneer Middle School students are engaged in meaningful learning, regardless of their location. We are recommending 20 minutes per day per subject when on remote. The difference with 100% remote students is that the need for internet access is much greater, where we are hoping to keep internet access minimal for hybrid learners. Please contact us by phone or email with questions or concerns; comments and replies to comments can get missed. This is not easy, but together we can do it!
STUDENT PICKUP SAFETY: When you are picking students up at the Middle School, they need to enter the vehicle on the passenger side. Other vehicles could be moving by on the driver side, and we need to keep our kids safe. We will make an announcement reminding students of this as well. THANK YOU for all of your help in making this process go smoothly. We feel so fortunate to have such amazing families!
DEVICE UPDATE: We are definitely aware that some 7th grade students have not received their tablets yet. Our IT department is in daily contact with Erie 1 BOCES regarding this. Dell is having a hard time fulfilling orders, and there is a nationwide shortage of devices of all brands. We should have more information in the next few days. In the meantime, teachers are certainly not holding students accountable for work that cannot be completed and are providing alternate materials in person to allow instruction to proceed. Thank you to our staff and our families for your patience.
100% REMOTE UPDATE: You will receive a robocall tonight, but we wanted you to know that Middle School students who are 100% remote learners may pick up devices and materials on Friday, September 11th from 3-5pm here at the Middle School. Please do not be concerned about what your child is "missing" while other students are here in person. The students in the building are learning our "new normal" routines, getting reacquainted with one another, and learning about expectations. Remote students will in no way be behind! Take care, and we'll see you Friday!
For those who have commented that you did not receive high school or middle school bus information, we reached out to First Student. Bus routes are complete and calls were made. However, there were a lot of wrong numbers and numbers that would not accept voicemail. (That happens to us at school very often, too!) Staff will be in at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, so if you need to check, please call (716) 492-1981. I know it's difficult, but please be patient. This was an ENORMOUS undertaking completed in a very short amount of time. Our bus garage staff and drivers are doing their best, just like the rest of us. Enjoy the rest of your day--here's hoping the crazy weather has passed!
HAPPY LABOR DAY! If you'd like to "meet" our teachers, please visit our website at https://www.pioneerschools.org/o/pioneer-middle/page/orientation-teacher-presentations-2020-21 This is on the Middle School page, under "Our School." Also, a number of you have asked about start time. Students need to get to classrooms for homebase at 7:35, so if you are dropping a student off in the morning AND that student does not need to get breakfast, you may find yourself in less traffic if you arrive closer to the start time; once students begin unloading, the line should move quickly. Just a suggestion.... Remember, PATIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY. We'll keep working together until we get it smoothed out (at which point, requirements will change on us, but let's get through a week before we worry about that). Can't wait to see you tomorrow!
UPDATE FOR 100% REMOTE STUDENTS: You will soon receive a robocall indicating the day and time of device/materials pick-up. At that time, you will receive more detailed instructions; look for a letter from Assistant Principal Slocum with important details and contact information; she will be your go-to person for many of your questions while you are learning from home. Our IT staff remain available to help, and your teachers will be providing you with the content you need. We are excited to get started with our 2020-21 school year, and we are working hard to make sure that you have the same level of support as students we see in the building for our hybrid model!
Friendly reminders for those parents dropping students off at school, beginning Tuesday: --Students may not be dropped off before 7:15 a.m. --Please obey signs and lane markers, as well as our SRO and other staff who may be directing traffic for everyone's safety. --Our parking lot was designed for "the old days," when most students rode the bus. Unfortunately, we have yet to discover a way to separate the drop off area from staff parking, so be aware that if you arrive early, staff will be trying to park and walk in. Keep everyone safe. --Please keep the line moving forward. --Please remind students to wear masks and maintain social distance during arrival. --Students who walk home or are picked up will be released at approximately 2:20. --Be patient with other drivers and with the process. It WILL TAKE TIME for everyone to get in the flow. Expect delays the first few times. --We will revise procedures as needed, but SAFETY is our top priority. --THANK YOU for your assistance transporting students. Your teamwork is greatly appreciated.
We're gearing up for opening! We've been rearranging classrooms, marking spaces with social distance reminders, and preparing mailings about groupings and teacher assignments, which are going out today. Please note that some information needs to be returned to us in the included postage-paid envelope.. You'll receive more details about re-opening procedures like arrival and dismissal next week, too, so stay tuned!
PCS is looking for input from parents seeking a full-time remote learning option for their child in 2020-21. Please complete the survey at the following link; one response per household. Note that you will need to fill out all required fields, including students' names, name of parent/guardian, and contact information. Thanks! https://tinyurl.com/yyu5wu4a
The Pioneer COVID-19 Reopening committee is conducting an online parent survey to help us shape the restart of school this fall. One response per household please. https://tinyurl.com/y2clz25k
Incoming 5th graders, did you sign up for chorus or an instrument? If you missed it, here's the link! Please sign up right away! https://sites.google.com/view/pioneermiddlemusic/home
YEARBOOK UPDATE! Middle School yearbooks will be available with device turn in tomorrow (Thursday) from 11-1 and 5-7 at the middle school.
Fall sports registration packet still available at https://5il.co/fx66 | Return to: PO Box 579, Yorkshire NY 14173. Attn: Pioneer Athletics
All the critics agree! The 2020 Pioneer Middle School Summer Reading letter is a blockbuster! https://5il.co/h2de
To the current Middle School Art Students, Parents and friends. This link will take you to the assignments that current art students need to complete. Also there are other tutorials with in the playlist for those of you wanting to fill time on a rainy day, or want to enhance their ability to communicate through visual art. get to work, and enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWQO8eZFgrxwfRBKBWKNKLJeCrzy47Sbf
Reminder: Last-chance locker pick-up this Wednesday, June 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm at the Middle School!
LAST CHANCE LOCKER PICKUP!!!! If you still need to get the contents of your lockers, plan to come to the Middle School on Wednesday, June 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm. Please share if you know anyone who missed the other two dates we had!
ATTENTION CURRENT 6TH GRADERS: It's time to choose a World Language for next year! Look for a new "assignment" from Ms. McKenzie on Teams. Watch this video and decide with your family which language you would like to take in 7th grade, and reply to this assignment in Teams to make your choice. Please contact your counselor with questions. Your choice is due by June 2! ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--9OJEVrDOA
FYI if you are trying to check grades, PowerSchool is being updated today, so it will not be available until later or tomorrow. It's not you, it's us! Thank you for your patience.
Monday is Memorial Day! Please note that while new work is usually posted for Monday, you may not see new assignments or information from your teachers until Tuesday, in observance of Memorial Day. Take the day off from school work and instead, rest, relax, relax, and give thanks to those who gave their lives for our country. 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
HELP!!! How can I view two screens at once on only one device??? Mr. LoBianco shows you how right here! Remote Learning Student Tip - Split Screen (Put two windows side by side) - Microsoft Teams - https://youtu.be/yNA1_qGNscQ
We'd also like to take just a moment to recognize another teacher winner today! Congratulations to....https://youtu.be/c20manjXZ5k
Two months ago today, it was Friday, March 13th. The week had begun with the time change, and a full moon, and that day held all the usual weirdness of life in a middle school. When we left the building that day, we knew things were going to change, but boy, I don't think any of us realized how much! We miss you, and we appreciate all you are doing--all of you: parents, students, teachers, families, and the community in general. We'll finish this the best we can and look forward to being together again. We have NO May 13th birthdays, but wish a very happy belated birthday to Ms. Prorok--our "rock" through all of this uncertainty! Thank you for everything!
Hey, all you awesome teachers! Ms. Prorok is sending a Tim Horton's card to five lucky winners this week, and this first one is....https://youtu.be/oloiOXQ5m0w
Having Trouble with Teams? Check out this video from Mr. LoBianco! Microsoft Teams Basics for Students - Assignments, Teams, and Chat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdQJViqy1wg
HELP US HELP YOU! We're getting a number of phone messages on various extensions that aren't allowing us to assist you! When leaving a voicemail, please include your name and a phone number where we can reach you. If your voicemail is full or not set up and you miss our call, please call back. We are working hard to answer your calls the next business day. Thank you for staying in touch!
UH-OH, I clicked "Turn In" before I was ready!!!! What do I do? Mr. LoBianco has the answer! Student Tip - Microsoft Teams - OOPS! I turned in a blank assignment! How to Undo and fix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP2XYc033xw
Here's a great guide for students and parents looking for support with Microsoft Teams! https://aka.ms/TeamsEDUStudentGuide?fbclid=IwAR0tun484z8NqNiTa3QCKQvIrMAGdCLC-E8vzUYPisEbNP5djhGDFE2k2e8
Here is the grading rubric to be used for 4th quarter. This is for the time we are closed. Regular grading would apply for work completed upon return to school: 0- Doing nothing 65- Doing minimal assignments below mastery level. 75- Doing the majority of assignments below mastery level. 85- Doing all assignments at mastery level with some mistakes. 95- Doing all assignments at mastery level with little to no mistakes. 100- Doing all assignments at mastery level perfectly.
Mr. LoBianco made a couple of quick tutorials to help students on Teams. Both tutorials show students how to upload a picture of their work and attach it to an assignment inside of Microsoft Teams; one is if the student is using an iPhone or iPad, the other is for students using a Windows 10 computer/tablet. Here are the links to the videos: Microsoft Teams - iOS Mobile App - Take photo of work and turn it in for an assignment - https://youtu.be/Y7NBMOZgK1w Microsoft Teams - Windows 10 - Take photo of work and turn it in for an assignment - https://youtu.be/VlELG4yLeqM
Happy Monday! Just a reminder that teachers are still entering grades for Q3 today, so please wait until tomorrow to check in on those. If a student receives an INC, he/she can still make up that work; grades are based on work that was due BEFORE the closing but may be higher if your student completed optional work.
Drive-up access to Pioneer's wifi network is available at the Middle School & Arcade Elementary. On your device, type in 'wifi' as the user name, 'visitor' as the password. Map: https://5il.co/f4d3
Check out the April Wellness Challenge! Post a pic of yourself making healthy habits part of your routine! https://5il.co/ewdx
Faculty & staff send messages of support to Pioneer Middle School students! https://youtu.be/uqo7Bm7778o
We've been asked to share this Mental Health Resources Guide for COVID-19 from Wyoming County! https://5il.co/em6q
Cool video lessons from our art & technology teachers! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWQO8eZFgrxwfRBKBWKNKLJeCrzy47Sbf
Happy Thursday, Panthers! Check out our April PE Challenge under the link for Exploratory Classes, and show us how you're staying active!
Hey, Middle School Family! Are you enjoying sunshine and fresh air today? We hope you are staying healthy and active! Speaking of health, here's a login for the health magazine for students: Go to choices.scholastic.com, log in as a Student, and use Access Code: Panthers0401
Hello, middle school MUSIC students! --Have you checked your email in Office 365 for updates? --When using Teams, the app seems to be working better than the web version, FYI. --Did you know your teachers are available every day? Mrs. Brooks 10-12 M-F Mrs. Catalano 10-12 M-F Mrs. Higgins 11-1 M-F Mr. Reagan 11-1 M-F Mr. Burch 11-1 M-Th, 10-11 & 12:30-1:00 Fri Mr. Chatterton 11-12:30 MWF
Hi everyone! More materials have been posted to our Home Materials/Download Center. We will NOT be printing more at this time. Please remember that the idea is just to review skills and materials you've already learned, so your teachers are providing lots of options for practice. Do a little each day, and don't stress about it. Just stay sharp and we hope to be back at it soon!
A message from Mrs. Brooks: T is for team, as in join your Microsoft Team on Office 365 by using your email log in! 🤗🎶🎻 orchestra students have info and practice fun awaiting you! You can even download it as an app on your phone!
Mr. Maeder would like his students to check their Office 365 and Teams for a lesson he has added!
Attention Middle School students, especially 6th grade! Check your school email if you are able to. Some of your teachers have sent you messages to offer assistance and stay connected!
Thanks for sharing your superhero pics honoring the heroes keeping things running: medical staff, grocery stores, truck drivers, law enforcement among others! Remember, tomorrow (Tue) is crazy hair and school colors in honor of our hair stylists and schools that we miss!
Middle School packet pickup is going on Monday and Tuesday at the HS and Delevan Elementary from 10:30 am to 1:00pm!
Attention Middle School families! Online resources are now available on our webpage under MS Home Materials. Please read the Overview for more details about our plan, and note there is additional information in the General folder. Contact your teacher with questions. Thank you! https://www.pioneerschools.org/o/pioneer-middle/page/overview--51
To our families: We are in the process of preparing an upload of resources for home instruction along with print copies to be made available. Stay tuned for the big reveal!!! (P.S. We miss your smiling faces!)
Learn to Swim classes are cancelled.
Pioneer Schools will be closed due to weather on Friday, Feb. 28
Pioneer Schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 27
WEATHER CANCELLATION: Adult & Family Swim tonight is cancelled.
WEATHER POSTPONEMENT: Tonight's 6-12 string & HS choral concert is postponed until Thursday, 2/13, at 7pm
Parent volunteers have organized a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 3-6pm, at Delevan Training Center, to benefit the 8th grade trip to DC/Gettysburg. Tickets $8 from an 8th grader or Candi Matlak 492-9300 x. 4071
Announcing Pioneer's free 2020 Learn to Swim program for K-8 students! Info & registration form: https://5il.co/cici
ACTIVITIES CANCELLATION: Tonight's All-Choral Concert at the HS has been cancelled.
Pioneer Schools will have a two-hour delay for Wednesday, Dec. 18
Reminder: No after school clubs, recreation, or homework help at the Middle School on Wednesday, November 13th due to Staff Mandatory Day.
Reminder: No after school clubs, recreation, or homework help at the Middle School on Friday, November 8th, as the elementary schools have a 1/2 day.
Reminder: Recreation and Homework Help end at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st due to Halloween!
NO AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD. However, STEAM Night runs from 5:30-7:00. Gung-Ho for H2O! See you there!
Picture day is tomorrow! You can still submit your order online at inter-state.com.
Modified girls soccer celebrates a 1-0 win over Letchworth!
Good job, modified football! 41-7 win over Portville!
Remember that on WEDNESDAY 9/18, there are no after-school activities (except sports games and practices). That means no Rec, no Homework Help, no Clubs. Please make sure everyone knows their dismissal plans (including addresses) in advance!
Wednesday is 9/11 Remembrance Day in schools across NY, including Pioneer. https://tinyurl.com/yxt2yy4x