PTO News and Newsletters
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.
8th GRADE PARENT NIGHT AT BECKMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Thursday March 28th
6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Do you have an 8th grader that plans to attend Beckman next year? Or know of a neighbor family planning to? On Thursday evening, March 28th, Beckman will host an 8th Grade Parent Night. Parents can learn more about forming a partnership with Beckman High. This is an important event that provides information regarding the transition to high school. Insightful sessions will focus on various programs and activities offered. This event is for PARENTS ONLY.
Meanwhile during the month of March, our 8th Grade Wildcats are getting introduced to 9th grade life! An student presentation for 8th graders will take place at Pioneer on 3/12. On 3/14, 8th grade students will attend an assembly at Beckman HS; a visit to Foothill HS is also offered as an option on the same day.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE …2019-2020 PIONEER PTO AND COMMITTEES FORMING!
Calling all 6th-7th Grade Parent Volunteers! Have you considered getting more involved at Pioneer? Yes?
We have PTO positions available for the 2019-2020 schoolyear! Currently, we are looking to fill the following board positions:
We are also looking to fill the following Chair positions:
Health & Wellness
Tournament of Champions Coordinator
If you are interested in learning more,or have questions, please contact Margaret Choe at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR APRIL 3RD
PIONEER’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Mark your calendar! Next month, on April 3rd, Pioneer invites you to its annual Open House
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come see all the amazing learnings and accomplishments achieved this school year!
Prior to Open House, food trucks will be on campus to satisfy Wildcat-size appetites! Make Open House night easier on yourself and the family - grab a fast and tasty bite before Open House begins!
PIONEER BOOK FAIR RETURNS APRIL 1 - 4TH
Proceeds from the Book Fair go directly to our Pioneer Middle School Library. This benefits all of our students!
NEW! Shop online, too!
Starting March 15th, Pioneer’s Book Fair offers an e-Wallet…a digital shopping option for students!
You can provide your student a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Simply create a free account, preauthorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available.
Be sure to select ‘Pioneer Middle School, Pioneer Rd, Tustin’
Volunteers are also need for our Book Fair! Please (scroll further down this page)
SAVE THE DATE: NEXT PTO MEETING
Our next general session will take place on Friday, 4/5/19 @ 9:30 a.m.
Please join us as we discuss, listen, participate and create opportunity for our Wildcat community!
INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL RETURNS TO PIONEER
DEADLINE EXTENDED! SIGN UP BY MARCH 15Th
Is your student interested in Volleyball? Check out Pioneer's intramural program, which includes 5 weeks of Volleyball practice, scrimmages and a season-end tournament. Both boys and girls grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate. Permission slips are due by Friday, 3/15. School citizenship and academic requirements must be met. Program cost is $35.00.
For more information please contact Mr. Ireland or Mr. Chhuo.
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
ITEMS NEEDED FOR PIONEER’S SPRING ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER!
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 email@example.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
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.
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!
8TH GRADE END OF YEAR PROMOTION ACTIVITIES - PLAN NOW!
Information packets are now being distributed to 8th Grade students outlining 8th Grade Activities taking place in May.
The packet provides dates and information about activities, and includes eligibility guidelines and requirements. Copies of packets are also available at the Pioneer office.
During the week of 3/25, PTO Volunteers will assist on campus at lunchtime to collect permission slips and support ticket sales* for both the 8th Grade Promotion Party and 8th Grade Activity trip (Disneyland).
Please see this website’s ‘8th Grade Promotion’ acvitity and ‘Calendar’ sections for dates/times for all 8th Grade activities.
* PTO will accept cash and checks (payable to Pioneer MS PTO). Credit cards will be accepted online.
CONTINUING EDUCATION NIGHT FOR 6th & 7th GRADE PARENTS - MARCH 26
Do you have a current 6th or 7th Grader that plans to return to Pioneer next year?
Then mark Tuesday, 3/26 on your calendar for Parent Information night @ 6 p.m. in the MPR! This informational hour will provide information regarding the upcoming registration process. If you know of other 6th or 7th grade families that will return to continue their academic careers at Pioneer, please share and please attend! This information may be vital to your student's future success at Pioneer.
PARENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH: RACHEL’S CHALLENGE UPDATE
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
SMILE BIG AND SAVE THE DATE! SPRING SCHOOL PORTRAITS ON MARCH 28!
8TH GRADE PANORAMIC CLASS PHOTO ALSO RESCHEDULED THIS DAY!
PIONEER BOOK FAIR RETURNS IN APRIL
The Spring Book Fair is coming April 1st - 4th and we need you! Proceeds from the Book Fair go directly to our Pioneer Middle School Library. This benefits all of our students. Please consider signing up for a spot or two. Together we can make this event a success. CLICK HERE to Volunteer via signup, or visit our Volunteers tab on this website.Thank you for your support!
TIME TO TEE UP! REGISTER NOW!
6TH ANNUAL TPSF GOLF CLASSIC - THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2019
TPSF’s 6th Annual Golf Classic and dinner/auction allows community members and business leaders to gather together to compete, have fun and raise money for the Tustin Public School Foundation.
For more information, please visit the ‘Important Links’ tab on this website, and look for the TPSF page.
TPSF BOOK FAIR IS COMING MARCH 25- APRIL 11
When you visit Barnes and Noble at The Marketplace Irvine between these dates and use the attached FLYER and vouchers, your purchase benefits TPSF! Purchases can also be make online. Please use Bookfair ID 12394409 at acheckout!
LAST DAY TO ORDER PIONEER 2018-19 YEARBOOK IS APRIL 12!
There’s still time to order your 2018-19 yearbook! CLICK HERE pioneeryearbooks.com
Yearbooks are $60 and orders will be accepted through 4/12. Get yours today! Ordering info can be found here https://www.pioneerwildcatspto.org/yearbook/ or go to Important Links tab, and click on 'Yearbook Orders’.
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.
Additinoal information will be coming soon!
ARE YOU READY? CITY OF TUSTIN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO - 4/6
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tustin Hangar (Warner x Legacy Road)
Tustin Mayor Chuck Puckett and the Tustin City Council will host a Disaster Preparedness Expo for our community. The Expo is free to the public and will feature emergency response vehicles, equipment, displays and informational booths. Ready America will also feature the "Big Shaker," the world's largest mobile earthquake simulator and the Orange County Fire Authority will have live demonstrations. Walking shoes are preferred and sunscreen and a hat are recommended for the outdoor demonstrations.
If you are a vendor interested in participating in the Disaster Preparedness Expo, please contact Joe Meyers, Tustin Emergency Management Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
School Dance Chaperone
8th Grade Promotion Party (6th and 7th grade parents)
Please visit our Volunteer tab to learn more!
FOLLOW PIONEER PTO ON FACEBOOK!
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PIONEER'S RESTAURANT FUNDRAISERS RAISE $$$ !
Thanks for participating in our recent January Restaurant event with Pielology.
We're busy planning another tasty fundraiser that will directly benefit Pioneer.
So be on the 'look-out' for our next date soon…with a new location -- to feed that Wildcat ROAR!
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 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!
PTO APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT OF STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK !
Thank you... and thanks to the students - for making Pioneer teachers and staff feel extra special!
We couldn't have done it without you!
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!