Reminder: Save the Date for Connect & Assess!

This fall, all Kindergarten through 5th grade students will be invited to meet their new teacher and complete a brief learning assessment during a 30-minute Connect & Assess meeting on August 27 or 28. Families will find out the name of your child’s teacher in early August. At that time, you will also receive information about how to schedule the Connect & Assess appointment for your child(ren) using an online scheduling system. Instructions on how to make an appointment online will be emailed to parents and posted on your school’s website in early August. These Connect & Assess meetings will take place on August 27 and 28, and will replace the regular “back-to-school night” activity. Daytime and limited evening appointments will be available. What is Connect & Assess? Students and their parents/guardians will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with their child’s teacher and meet other school staff. This begins a positive school-home relationship. Teachers... Continue reading Reminder: Save the Date for Connect & Assess!

PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named Teacher of the Year

Nina Kirkman was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Banquet on April 28. Kirkman is a 7th grade science teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. Although she’s a science teacher, she incorporates music, poetry, and other forms of learning to help bring the subject alive for her students. Kirkman also helps build a stronger school community through implementation and facilitation of the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program. This middle school transition program where 8th graders serve as mentors and work with 6th graders to help them feel comfortable in their new school environment. Her colleagues have identified her as a district-wide leader, helping other teachers while keeping a “kid lens” on curriculum writing and development. Her passion for science is infectious, and her students praise her ability to connect with them both in and out of the classroom, helping them achieve more than they think is possible. Read more... Continue reading PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named Teacher of the Year

Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled for Feb. 4

The Middle School Transition Night for 5th grade parents has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. ​​ (This meeting was previously scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 31) Plan to join us Monday evening to meet the Pioneer Ridge staff, hear about topics such as class options, and get answers to your questions. This meeting is for parents; students do not need to attend. Middle School Transition Night / 5th grade parents Monday, Feb. 4 — 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School 1085 Pioneer Trail,... Continue reading Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled for Feb. 4