PTO News and Newsletters
IT TAKES A VILLAGE …!
2019-2020 CHAIR POSITIONS WANTED!
Calling all 6th-7th Grade Parent Volunteers! Have you considered getting more involved at Pioneer? Yes?
Currently, PTO chairperson nominations are open and available for the 2019-2020 schoolyear! We’re looking to fill the following chair positions:
8th Grade Party
8th Grade Disneyland Trip
Health & Wellness
Spring Online Auction
Tournament of Champions
Volunteers that collaborate as a team serve a meaningful role in our community. Co-involvement with a partner is also encouraged. If interested in learning more,or have questions, please contact Margaret Choe at email@example.com
ARE YOU LEAVING PIONEER THIS SUMMER FOR 9TH GRADE?
PARENTS, CHECK OUT OUR BECKMAN HS TRANSITION PAGE!
Check out our ‘8th Grade Outbound/Beckman Info’ tab in the ‘About Us’ Section. We’ve got helpful information for:
PIONEER LOVES ITS VOLUNTEERS!
Do you consider yourself creative? Organized? Or simply enjoy the camaraderie of working with other parents? Volunteer support helps makes Pioneer the Greatest Middle School!
So whether you feel suited for a project, or a short-term assist, come fill a need!
Current Volunteer opportunities:
Registration Packet Prep (7/23)
Pioneer Registration support (first week of August)
Beckman Registration support (outbound 8th grade parents; late July -early August)
Recycle Team 2019-20 school year
Please visit our Volunteer tab to learn more!
2019-20 YEARBOOK PRE-SALE BEGINS JULY 1ST
SAVE $ BY ORDERING BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS!! SPECIAL SALE!
THIS IS THE BEST PRICE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!
ORDER BEFORE AUGUST 1*… AND GET A GIFT CERTIFICATE, TOO!
It’s easy,… here’s how!
* 1. Buy a yearbook online at www.pioneeryearbooks.com betweeen July 1st and August 13th. You’ll save $5 off the regular price!
2. Bring a copy of your online Yearbook purchase receipt (purchase and order made before 8/1) to to Pioneer registration, and show that receipt as proof of purchase made during the promotion window
3. Get a gift certificate
The regular Yearbook price of $50 is effective August 14th. So take advantage of this ‘early bird’ special sale and order your Yearbook this summer!
For more information, simply visit the ‘Important Links’ tab on this website, and then click on Yearbook Orders.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY FOR CALIFORNIA JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION
Founded in 1967, the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle school grades.
Like California Scholarship Federation (CSF), CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while fostering pride in scholastic achievement. In recent years the rapid growth of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) has greatly strengthened CSF.
At the beginning of each school year, membership is open ONLY to eighth grade students, and eligibility is based on the last year’s report card (final semester). Seventh graders may apply for membership at the beginning of the second semester of their seventh grade year. Membership drives are conducted twice a year and include an informational meeting open to all interested students.
CJSF offers two types of membership.
General membership is granted to students who meet the grade requirements as stated on the membership application and do not wish to complete volunteer hours this year.
Active membership is granted to students who commit to/earn 25 volunteer hours per semester of membership. Volunteer hours may be earned both at school and in the community. Students are responsible for finding and documenting volunteer service. A volunteer log is provided to all active members.
Typical school volunteer hours include assisting teachers or the librarian after school or helping with early morning assembly set-up. Students enrolled in either ASB or PAL may earn volunteer hours for class related activities OUTSIDE of classroom time. For example, and ASB student on the dance committee, may earn volunteer hours for the time served after 2:29 pm at an ASB sponsored dance. Community volunteer opportunities may include volunteering at the local library, at one’s place of worship, or at a non-profit organization.
At the end of each school year, students with THREE semesters of membership are recognized as CJSF Honor Members. These students are recognized at both the Eighth Grade Awards Assembly and at Promotion. Students with THREE semesters of middle school membership are eligible to waive the waiting period for membership in the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) high school organization.
Pioneer Middle School CJSF advisors are counselors Staci Koski (students A-L) and Melanie Miranda (students M-Z). CJSF meetings are monthly and may include presentations related to planning both the high school and college pathways. Meetings are held during lunch, and students are encouraged to plan for the lunch meeting in advance.
The next enrollment period for CJSF will be in Fall 2019. At that time, eligible seventh and eighth graders may apply for membership. There will be a CJSF informational meeting for students on Friday, February 1st; time and location will be listed in the daily bulletin. CJSF applications will be available at the meeting. Please have your students see Mrs. Miranda if you have further questions.
The current 2019 application can be found by clicking HERE
Go Wildcat Scholars!
PIONEER’S YEARBOOK RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE!
Pioneer’s Yearbook, “The Prowler”, is the recipient of a 2019 Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) CROWN AWARD.
Pioneer’s annual publication reflects collaborative student talents that encompass editorial, design and graphic work — and are guided by Pioneer Fine Arts teacher and Yearbook advisor Lori Spiak.
The honor is based on Pioneer’s most recent 2017-18 Student Yearbook. TheCrown Award recognizes overall excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. Almost 1200 publications were eligible for judging.
This distinguished honor showcases Pioneer as 1 of only 11 middle schools to be recognized nationally — and the only middle school within Orange County to receive this distinction. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Spiak and Yearbook students!
PARENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH: RACHEL’S CHALLENGE UPDATE
In November 2018, Pioneer students participated in the Rachel’s Challenge program assembly, followed by a parent community event and discussion the following day. This initiative, in partnership with Pioneer PTO, will unfold on the Pioneer campus over the next few months. A Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, to be led by student Kindness Ambassadors and guided by Pioneer’s Counseling Team, is now forming. All students are welcome to join.
Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact among millions reached every year with messages sharing the importance of kindness, compassion, and respect.
Parents are alyways welcome and encouraged to contact our Pioneer Counselors, Ms. Miranda or Ms. Koski, with questions about this initiative.
Look for Pioneer updates soon!
To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge https://rachelschallenge.org/about-us
OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE BOOK FAIR A SUCCESS!
Thank you to our amazing Book Fair Chairperson Christie Vasquez-Diaz and our Wildcat volunteers. Your hard work and commitment made our April 2019 BookFair event a success for our Wildcat community!
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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PIONEER’S RESTAURANT FUNDRAISERS!
PTO is working on more tasty fundrasing opportunities for 2019-20 that will directly benefit Pioneer!
'PIONEER TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2019' RECOGNIZED
Pioneer's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Heather Tolliver, was recognized at the Tustin Public School Foundation dinner on Friday, May 17th. Congratulations, Mrs. Tolliver!
PIONEER’S 2019 CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR IS ALSO RECOGNIZED!
PTO is proud to celebrate Pioneer's 2019 Classified Employee of the Year, campus supervisor Mr. Jose Portillo! He provides students a safe, orderly, and wonderful campus environment. He positively greets those visiting, arriving or leaving school and he has a very important presence on campus that sets him apart. Mr. Portillo provides encouragement that has earned the respect and admiration of every Wildcat! Pioneer Middle School has the honor and pleasure of recognizing Mr. Portillo's heartfelt contributions. He provides so much to our community of learners!
YOU HELPED EXCEED OUR GOAL… SPRING ONLINE AUCTION IS A SUCCESS!
Thank you for supporting this annual event! Your donation creates supplemental funds to cover year-end expenses for Pioneer academic programs and 8th Grade Promotion activities.
Look for more great ‘gets’ and opportunities next school year.
Pioneer PTO thanks you for your partnership and support!
OUR WILDCAT COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND DINO DASH XXVIII!
You raced… ran… walked… volunteered… donated…even cheered(!), but your biggest role was being a part of our amazing community! Also a big shout out to Pioneer Cross Country for an amazing effort! Well done!
A WILDCAT ROAR OF THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR PTO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
Thanks for donating in August and September!
Fundraising through our annual Membership drive helps ensure that every student will benefit this school year! Your contribution matters! Please join us in extending a special thank you to our generous corporate sponsors:
-- Baum Orthodontics
-- Dr. Andrea Fortess DDS
-- Mathnasium Tustin
-- Crown Jewell Entertainment
-- Financial Advisors Network
-- Tutoring Club of Tustin
-- Abe Chuang, Tarbell Realtors
-- Del Taco
-- George Casillas, Tustin Realty One
-- GJP Consulting
-- Huntington Learning Center
-- Italian Express
-- -OC Marmol
-- Off the Grid Rentals
-- Saddleback Appliances
-- Scott Gunther, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
WILDCATS SUPPORT TPSF!
Tustin Public School Foundation's (TPSF) first contribution, almost 30 years ago, was to fund grants to Tustin Unified School District schools...and they're still at it! TPSF board member/Pioneer PTO President 2018-19 Kristin Knudson Simpkins and TPSF board member/Pioneer Vice Principal Troy Fresch presented funding for 8 grants at the Jan. 14, 2019 school board meeting. Thank you for all you do!
THANK YOU FOR MAKING PIONEER’S 5TH ANNUAL FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL A SUCCESS!
A big ‘shout’ out of Wildcat gratitude to our amazing chairs Marsha Hansen, Kate Kersten and Kristin Simpkins for creating such a FUN event!
We’d also like to thank our generous Corporate sponsors, volunteers and attendees!
Congratulations to Pioneer for being selected as a 2018 Follett Challenge People’s Choice winner! Pioneer has been nationally recognized for its innovative educational programs which teach 21st century skills to students! Thanks to your constant voting and sharing of Pioneer’s video during the recent Follett Challenge, our school will be awarded a prize of $8,000 in Follett products and services! PTO also extends a special ‘thank you’ and our appreciation to Library Media Technician Carol Moore for spearheading the way! Way to go, Wildcats!