Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Happenings at PCS

It is hard to believe that we are almost all the way through the month of October, we have passed the two month mark for the school year, and the fall athletic seasons have ended.  The leaves have turned and it won't be long before the trees are bare, though at the time of this writing, we are enjoying some mild weather.  This is a busy time at PCS, and there are many things happening.

Volleyball and Soccer Teams Close Out Successful Seasons
Our varsity volleyball and soccer teams closed out successful seasons with playoff appearances and will finish play at tournaments in Erie October 29-30.  The volleyball team captured a share of the regular season SWCAC title with Jefferson County Christian, losing only one regular season conference game to the Royals.  They defeated Eden Christian 3-0 in the semi-finals and played an exciting championship with JCCS that went to the fifth game before the PCS Lady Warriors emerged on top with the 3-2 win.  The soccer team closed out a successful season with two playoff victories in the quarter and semi-finals to reach the championship game against Eden Christian.  PCS tied Eden in two previous overtime games, and in an evenly matched game this time around, couldn't capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities, missing several close shots in a 2-0 loss.  Please congratulate our athletes when you have a chance.  They've represented our school very well, both in their success and the way they have conducted themselves.

Fine Arts to Present Fall Play "Harvey" November 11-13
If you've been in the gym this week, you noticed the floor is covered and the stage is set up, getting ready for this fall's play, "Harvey," presented by the fine arts department on November 11,12 and 13.  The cast has been rehearsing for several weeks now, and this play promises to be one more great performance in the history of drama at PCS.  Make plans now to attend this presentation.

Edline is Coming to PCS! 
What is edline?  Edline is part of a system which allows parents to use an on-line access code to view their children's grades at any time during the nine weeks or semester.  The teachers will use a web based gradebook program called Grade Quick to record grades on tests, homework assignments and class work.  The program averages the grades and keeps a running tab of the cumulative grade for the nine weeks and semester.  Through the same website, parents receive login information so that they can look at the grades for their students from any location whenever they want to take a peek.  The system also provides built-in communication systems for parents and teachers.  Not only will this improve the accuracy of our grades, it will also improve communication between parents and teachers.  The students are the ones who benefit from the added accountability and increased involvement of their parents.

It will cost PCS approximately $15 per student per year to implement this program.   The results from its implementation can't even be measured in dollar amounts.  Improved communication between parents and the teachers of their children is priceless.  The time saved on the teacher's end is also not measureable.  The system has the potential to eliminate the need for report cards, since parents can log on at any time and see grades.  We've had a generous contribution made to help cover the cost, on a matching funds basis, and the cost savings realized from implementation of the program will also help pay for the program.  You are welcome to make a designated contribution toward Grade Quick.

Planning Ahead for 2011-2012
It might seem early, but now is the time to start planning ahead for the 2011-2012 school year.  It won't be long before the time will be here to re-register your returning students.  If we can assist you in this process, please let me know.