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PIONEER’S 20TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC OLYMPICS - FRIDAY JANUARY 18th!

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Family and friends are invited to lots of choice events on campus during the school day celebrating student achievent at this fun, annual event! Many events listed below welcome your support to cheer on the participants! Favorites such as egg drop; instrumental and vocal performances; obstacle course; spelling bee and math balloon match are a 'must see'! Events listed in BOLD CAPS are open to family and friends. You’re invited to the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony… and 5 periods of good-spirited competition in-between!

OPENING CEREMONY: 8:10 - 8:50 A.M.

CLOSING CEREMONY: 2:15 - 2:29 p.m.

Period 1 8:58-9:45 47 min

6th

·        Rubik’s Cube (802)

·        Cookie Contest (Rm 403)

·        Teacher Caricature Quick Draw (Rm 401)

·        Puzzles (Rm 303)

 7th

·        Rubik’s Cube (802)

·        Cookie Contest (Rm 403)

·        Teacher Caricature Quick Draw (Rm 401)

·        Puzzles (303)

·        Spanish Pictionary 1A (904)

 8th

·        EGG DROP (outside Library)

·        Cookie Contest (Rm 403)

·        Teacher Caricature Quick Draw (Rm 401)

·        Puzzles (303)

·        Patriot Race (701, 702, 703, 704, 705)

·        Rubik’s Cube (802)

Period 2 10:03-10:50 47 min.

 6th

·        INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURSE BOYS (Gym)

·        Ancient Civilizations Amazing Race (500 wing)

·        Cookie Contest cont. (Rm 403)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

·        Sudoku Challenge (901)

7th

·        INSTURMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURSE BOYS (Gym)

·      Cookie Contest cont. (Rm 403)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

·        Problem Solving Competition (Rm 806) 

8th

·        INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURSE BOYS (Gym)

·        Cookie Contest- cont. (Rm 403)

·        Spanish Pictionary 1B (904)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

·        Problem solving (806)

Period 3 10:53-11:40 47 min.

6th

·        INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURSE GIRLS (PE/Gym)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

7th

·        INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURSE GIRLS (Gym)

·        SPELLING BEE (Library)

·        MATH BALLOON MATCH (outside 800 wing)

·        Math 7 Progressive points (803)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

8th

·        INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES (MPR)

·        OBSTACLE COURS GIRLS (Gym)

·        Algebra Kahoot (805)

·        Auto Desk Challenge (402)

·        Vex Dragsters (702)

·        Chess Tournament (802)

Period 4 12:30-1:18 47 mins

6th

·        VOCAL ENSEMBLES (MPR)      

·        FLOAT YOUR BOAT (Outside Library)

·        Blitz chess (802)

7th

·        PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST (Gym)

·        VOCAL ENSEMBLES (MPR)

·        Blitz chess (802)

8th

·        SPELLING BEE (Library)

·        VOCAL ENSEMBLES (MPR)   

·        Blitz chess (802)

Period 5 1:18-2:05 47 mins

6th

·        3-POINT SHOOTOUT (Gym)

·        VOCAL SOLOS (MPR)

·        SPELLING BELL (Library)

·        Blitz chess (802)

7th

·        3-POINT SHOOTOUT (Gym)

·        VOCAL SOLOS (MPR)

·        Blitz chess (802)

·        Medieval Kahoot (601/602)

8th

·        3-POINT SHOOTOUT (Gym)

·        VOCAL SOLOS (MPR)

·        BOTTLE ROCKETS (area near track)

·        Blitz chess (802

WILDCATS WILL PARTICIPATE IN 1ST INAUGURAL FLAG FOOTBALL ‘WINTER BOWL’

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH AT THE GREAT PARK, IRVINE

If your student has an interest in flag football, check out this great activity that’s fun and represents Pioneer! Your student is invited to participate in the 1st inaugural 'Winter Bowl' Tournament of Champions on Saturday, 1/26! Students grades 4-8 will compete in boy and girl teams at The Great Park. Sign-up sheets will be outside the office at lunch through Tuesday, 1/15. Visit www.tustinyouthsports.org to register by 1/16. It's not too late... so join the fun now! Your support of this event raises money for Tustin Public Schools Foundation (TPSF). Let’s win the cup for Pioneer!

Please see the flyer below for additional details!

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COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS RETURNS IN FEBRUARY

Save the date!  Join our counselors Ms. Miranda and Ms. Koski as they expand on the topic of preparing for college and career readiness explored last fall. Don’t miss this interactive session!

Wednesday,  2/6

9:15- 10:15 a.m.

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Coffee With The Counselors welcomes guests. If you know of a neighbor, a community member, or a future Wildcat family that may have interest — please spread the word!

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY - SCREENAGERS RETURNS ON FEBRUARY 7TH

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Pioneer PTO will co-host a special showing of the movie “SCREENAGERS” on Thursday evening, 2/7. This award-winning film probes the dynamics of family life and the intersection of social media, video games and academics. It offers solutions to help our kids navigate the digital world. The film will be shown at Orchad Hills school. Tickets are now available for distribution

https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-orchard-hills-pto-hicks-canyon-pto-pioneer-pto-9973

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Orchard Hills School (on Culver, above Orchard Hills Shopping Village)

A moderated discussion will also follow the screening.

A special thank you for our partners, Orchard Hills PTO and Hicks Canyon PTO, for their support in creating this special event!

SAVE THE DATE: NEXT PTO MEETING

Our next general session will take place on Friday, 2/8/19 @ 9:30 a.m.

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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!

PIONEER 2018-19 YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE!

There’s still time to order your 2018-19 yearbook! CLICK HERE pioneeryearbooks.com

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ORDER NOW! Yearbooks are $55.  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'.

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PIONEER'S RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER !

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Your support made our fall restaurant event with Chick-fil-A a ‘ROAR-’ing success!

We're busy planning another tasty fundraiser that will directly benefit Pioneer.

Look for our next date soon…with a new location --  to feed that Wildcat ROAR !  

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

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: 

  • Recycling

  • School Dance Chaperone

Please visit our Volunteer tab to learn more!

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PARTICIPATE AS A COMMITTEE HEAD

Join us for the 2018-19 school year! 

If you've wanted to get involved and need flexibility, here's your chance!
We need to fill the following chair positions: 

  • Health & Wellness

Please contact Simpkins5@cox.net to learn more!

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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

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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FOLLOW PIONEER PTO ON FACEBOOK!

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

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

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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!

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'PIONEER TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2018' RECOGNIZED

Pioneer's 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mr. David Bowers, was recognized at the Tustin Public School Foundation dinner on Friday, May 18th. Congratulations, Mr. Bowers! 

 

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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