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New Student Information

Welcome to Prestonwood Christian Academy Middle School. It is our desire that the information provided here will assist our new student families in navigating the information overload during the first year.

ANNOUNCEMENTS / CALENDARS


School Calendar - Located under Current Families/Quick Links

Athletics - Located under Current Families/ Athletics - Check out the link under “Forms and Policies: for Middle School Start/Stop Tryouts listings for the year.

Fine Arts Calendar - Located under Current Families/Fine Arts

Lions Roar - On Friday of each week PCA families will receive an email with a link to the PCA Lions Roar

Middle School Snapshot of events - Located under Current Families/Middle School

Report Cards and NetClassroom/NetCommunity - Student grades and report cards can be viewed in NetClassroom. Parents have the ability to check their student’s progress in each class by utilizing the online grade system through NetClassroom/NetCommunity. Parents and students are assigned an individual username and password to access NetClassroom/NetCommunity.

Usernames and passwords are distributed to families at the start of the school year upon enrollment at PCA. For questions regarding the NetClassroom/NetCommunity account username and passwords, contact Netclassroom@prestonwoodchristian.org.

CAR POOL

Carpool Map

For the safety of our students please note that students may not be dropped off outside of the carpool circle. If you choose not to go through the carpool line please park and walk the student to the teachers on duty. Likewise, when picking up in the afternoon if you park you must walk up to the student waiting area. Students are not allowed to walk to a parked car without a parent/guardian.

Students are not allowed to wait for a parent in the atrium after school all students waiting after carpool is over will be directed to wait in the Extended Day room. Parents may call 972-930-4056 to request a student out of Extended Day.

FAMILY PROFILE

The Family Profile interface is currently under re-construction and will be available after August. 10th.

LUNCH

MINIMESTER

PROGRAMS/COMPETITIONS

SCHEDULES

STEM-CENTRIC PROJECTS

STEM-Centric Projects

The Middle School Science Department of Prestonwood Christian Academy desires to provide our students with STEM experiences both in and out of the classroom in order to prepare them for the changing world of science, technology, engineering and math.

In order to do this, specific STEM activities will be implemented in each of the

Middle School grade levels. These projects will supplement the competition science program, which will be the main STEM project for Eighth Grade.

The following is a list of STEM-centric projects for each year. Each yearly project will have a writing component and a rubric attached to an assessment of the project.

Fifth Grade:
Edible Car Design – A weeklong competition of design, building and teamwork, students will create a team name, logo and blue-print of their car. They will then choose edible materials and build the actual car. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most creative, best teamwork and the longest distance traveled.

Sixth Grade:
Bottle Rocket Engineering - This Sixth Grade tradition incorporates the study of Space Science with engineering aspects of design as each student designs and builds their own bottle rocket and launches it on Launch Day.

Seventh Grade:
Genius Hour – A year-long program that uses the Google model by giving students a day each week during Science class to work on a project of interest. Each student will identify a problem to be solved that is centered on a specific topic of study for that year. The student will work to solve the problem in a method that correlates to their specific passion.

The year ends with the top 10 projects being presented to parents at an evening showcase.

Eighth Grade:
Culminating MS STEM Project – During Eighth Grade, students will choose and compete in a reputable STEM competition. There are numerous competitions from which to choose, both at the local and national level. A list of eligible competitions will be provided.

**Students who have already competed in Winston Science in or before Eighth Grade as of 2015-2016 will be exempt from the requirement during the Eighth Grade year. Any student that has not completed the Winston Science requirement before 2015-2016 will then be on the new schedule and will compete during their Eighth Grade year. This same expectation will apply for the next two years. In 2019-2020, all Eighth Grade students will be responsible for completing the Eighth Grade STEM Project.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Please find the Student Handbook located under Current Families/Quicklinks

TARDY/ABSENT

If you need to report an absence or tardy or have a question concerning attendance please email or call our Middle School receptionist, Marla Alcorn at malcorn@prestonwoodchristian.org or 972-820-5028.