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SPOTLIGHT ON…

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Safety First!

Morning Drop off procedures changed!

Please read and review the image directly below. All members of our community are asked to follow traffic laws and patterns created in conjunction with Tustin PD:
1. Please use both lanes once you enter the Pioneer lot
2. Both lanes have safe drop off areas
3. Please pull all the way forward to drop off. Do not stop at the upper gate
4. All students will enter only at the Main Gate entrance
5. The Upper 800 gate is no longer open for students; it is now for ‘teachers only’

Alternative drop off points:
• Tustin Ranch Rd between Pioneer Way and Portola
• Cedar Grove Park parking lot

Please do not use the cul-de-sac to drop off or enter the lot. Students dropped off in the cul-de-sac will receive automatic detention. Please allow cars to merge so they do not use the cul-de-sac. If there is a car on your right, please show your student an example of Wildcat courtesy and let them merge.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE …!

2019-2020 CHAIR POSITIONS WANTED!

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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

  • Career Day

  • Fall Festival

  • Health & Wellness

  • Recycling

  • Tournament of Champions

  • Webmaster/Administrator

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 mschoe67@gmail.com

‘COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS’ RETURNS - SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY APRIL 19

Coffee with the Counselors update:

6th Grade Parents(!) you are highly encouraged to attend this Friday's special Coffee session. On 4/19, Coffee with the Counselors topic discussion focuses on parents of 6th graders as they navigate the next 2 years of middle school. Learn about research, trends, and strategies for conflict resolution.

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CHICK-FIL-A -PTO RESTAURANT NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24!

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Please join us for our next restaurant night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in The Market Place on Wednesday, April 24th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Stop by Chick-fil-A any time between 4:00 and 9:00 pm on April 24th, and CLICK HERE FOR THIS FLYER and be sure to bring it! Pioneer will receive 20% of your total purchase! This is a great way to feed your family and help Pioneer at the same time! This works for Dine-In, Carry Out and Drive-Thru orders.

COME HELP WITH 8TH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES !

VOLUNTEER INQUIRY AND INFO MEETING WEDNESDAY APRIL 24

The PTO 8th Grade Party Committee will be holding a meeting for all parents (6th, 7th or 8th grade parents are welcome) who are interested in helping with these very exciting (and large!) events.! Come learn how you can get involved and assist!

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DATE: Wednesday April 24th

TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Pioneer Staff Lounge

Volunteer sign up information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

For more information, see our VOLUNTEER tab on this website.

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8TH GRADE END OF YEAR PROMOTION ACTIVITIES PACKETS- NOW DUE!

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th is the FINAL COLLECTION DAY!

Time is running out to turn in 8th Grade Promotion Activities packets and purchase tickets for the Disneyland trip. 

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PTO will be on campus again on Thursday April 25th at lunch to collect permission slips, packets and payment. 

Please see this website’s ‘8th Grade Promotion’ activity and ‘Calendar’ sections for dates/times for all 8th Grade activities. https://www.pioneerwildcatspto.org/welcome-to-promotion

There’s easy access to download information, eligibility guidelines and details. 
If you are missing your original packet, additional copies are available in the office.

* PTO will accept cash and checks (payable to Pioneer MS PTO). Credit cards will be accepted online.

BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE RIBBON LEIS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PIONEER 8TH GRADE PROMOTION

ORDERS ACCEPTED THRU FRIDAY MAY 3RD

Show your love and pride by purchasing a handmade keepsake lei for your 8th grader to wear during Pioneer’s Promotion Ceremony on May 23rd! Featured colors are Wildcat blue and gold! Proceeds will benefit Pioneer 8th Grade Promotion Fund.

Please complete all information on the flyer below and return this order form with your payment to the front office by Friday, May 3, 2019 (no exceptions).

Click HERE to print the flyer.

Extra copies of the lei order form will be available in the Pioneer office beginning Friday, April 12th.

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SAVE THE DATE: NEXT PTO MEETING

Our next general session will take place on Friday, 5/10/19 @ 9:30 a.m.

Please join us as we discuss, listen, participate and create opportunity for our Wildcat community!

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CONGRATS TO PIONEER’S 2019 TEACHER OF THE YEAR!

Join us in a big wildcat ROAR for Pioneer’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Heather Tolliver!  Mrs. Tolliver is a member of Pioneer’s Math Education team and teaches Math 7. She was surprised by the announcement along with Pioneer’s other amazing teacher nominees. Mrs. Tolliver will be recognized at the Tustin Public School Foundation ‘Teacher of the Year’ dinner later this Spring. Well deserved, and congratulations, Mrs. Tolliver! #teacheroftheyear #wildcatpride  

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ITEMS NEEDED FOR PIONEER’S SPRING ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER!

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The search is on! We’re seeking donation items to support our upcoming PTO Spring Online Auction! 

Each Spring, Pioneer PTO proudly offers Wildcats a special Online Auction filled with coveted items and experiences. So if you’ve got gift cards, event passes or concert tickets ...we need your help! Do you have something to donate? Need a write-off? Can you leverage connections to a local store or service, (or can you put us in touch with those who can)?

We need your help! Please read this REQUEST from our Auction Chair Karen Sisson:

If you can assist, please contact Karen at ksisson@gmail.com. Request letters can be provided for your convenience.

All proceeds raised will benefit Pioneer student activities and programs. Thank you in advance for your support!

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY FOR CALIFORNIA JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION

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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 January 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 Spring 2019 application can be found by clicking HERE

 Go Wildcat Scholars!

PIONEER’S YEARBOOK RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE!

Pioneer’s Yearbook, “The Prowler”, has been announced as a 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.

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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.

There are two finalist categories of the Crown award; the award distinction will be announced and presented in March 2019.  Please join us in congratulating Ms. Spiak and Yearbook students!

PARENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH: RACHEL’S CHALLENGE UPDATE

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In November, 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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CAREER DAY RETURNS ON MAY 8th!

This annual Spring event is a favorite for current Wildcat families, former Wildcat families, community members and our students!

Ms. Miranda and Ms. Koski are seeking interested parties interested in participating in Career Day. on May 8th, 2019.

This is a GREAT way to get involved with a short-term opportunity at Pioneer. Incoming parents 2019-20 are highly encouraged to participate. Please contact our counselors for more information!

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STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK IS COMING MAY 13-17

Our parents and students take this week to make our Pioneer teachers and staff feel extra special!

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Want to help? Look for more details coming soon!

IN OUR BACKYARD…

PETERS CANYON REGIONAL PARK OPEN HOUSE - FOR GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN

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THURSDAY 4/18 , 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

In 1992, the Irvine Company dedicated 340 acres of land to the County to be preserved as open space which is now called Peters Canyon Regional Park. OC Parks is in the process of finalizing a General Development Plan (GDP) for the park.

The GDP will examine the physical, natural and cultural conditions of the park and its surrounding areas and provide a master plan that addresses current and future park programming needs, including parking, trail access, regional connectivity, and long-term management plans for ecological and hydrological sustainability within the park.

The project is in its last phases and OC Parks welcomes your attendance to an Open House to answer questions and obtain comments on finalizing the draft Peters Canyon Regional Park planning documents.

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2019

TIME: 6pm-8pm

LOCATION: Irvine Regional Park, Soda Fountain Pavilion 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange 92869

OC Parks staff and project consultants will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and obtain comments on finalizing the draft park planning documents. A series of information stations will be available to view plans for proposed visitor-serving improvements and resource management strategies. For more information, visit: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/peters/general_development_plan

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: 

  • 8th Grade Promotion Volunteers needed- LEARN MORE AT MEETING ON 4/24!

  • 8th Grade Promotion Party set up (daytime 5/28)

  • 8th Grade Promotion Party Chaperone (6th and 7th grade parents)

  • Registration Packet Prep (7/23)

  • Registration support (first week of August)

  • Recycle Team 2019-20 school year

Please visit our Volunteer tab to learn more!

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FOLLOW PIONEER PTO ON FACEBOOK!

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Get updates designed for Pioneer parents, supporters and our Wildcat community!

Like and follow us today! https://www.facebook.com/pioneermiddleschoolpto/

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! 

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A WILDCAT ROAR OF THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR PTO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!

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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
-- Zov's
-- 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 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! 

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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!

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 AWARD WINNER!

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!

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