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Writing Camp

October 22, 2015

Dear Parent,

Greetings!  To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.In an effort to assist our students in achieving these goals, Pines Middle is offering an Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Writing Camp, and your child has been selected to attend.

As you are aware, all students grades 6-8 are required to take the Florida Standards Assessment ELA Writing test.  The focus and styles of writing that the students will be evaluated on are Argumentative and Informational Writing. Students will be asked to analyze, read and cite evidence from several texts related to an assigned writing prompt. Our Writing Camp is designed to provide additional assistance in preparation for the 2016 administration of the FSA Writing test, which is scheduled for the beginning of March.  

The purpose of the ELO Writing Camp is to provide additional instruction that explicitly teaches students the strategies and elements of writing a cohesive and sound essay.  Our ultimate goal is to continue to provide additional remediation and enrichment opportunities to our students so that they are adequately prepared for the writing assessment in March. 

Pines Middle School’s Writing Camp will be held every Wednesday beginning on November 4th, November 18th, December 2nd, December 9th, and December 16, 2015 from 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Incentives will be given to students who attend all 5 sessions. On the reverse side of this letter, a registration form is attached. Please fill it out and return to your child’s Language Arts teacher no later than October 30, 2015. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

It is our hope that your child will benefit greatly from these special weekly writing sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Drummond, our Writing Coach at 754-323-4027.


Carlton B. Campbell, Principal
Pines Middle School


Extended Learning Opportunity

Please circle all dates you will be in attendance for ELO WRITING CAMP

November 4, 2015. 3:45- 5:45 p.m.

November 18, 2015. 3:45- 5:45 p.m.

December 2, 2015. 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

December 9, 2015. 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

December 16, 2015. 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

**Students who are not picked up by 5:45 p.m. from camp will be removed from future Camps. **

Student Name: ____________________________________________
ELA Teacher:  ____________________________________________
Parent Name:   ____________________________________________
Parent Contact Number:   ____________________________________________
Student’s Signature: ____________________________________________
Parent’s Signature: ____________________________________________

Please return this completed form to your ELA teacher as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Drummond, Writing Coach at 754-323-4027.

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Teachers Out Of Field

Please click here for a list of teachers who worked out of field and are completing course work for compliance.

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Illustrators Club

The Illustrators Club is back! Students, if you love to draw, join us every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:45- 5:00! This is a free program and everyone is welcome. Parents and Community Partners, if you would like to contribute, check out our wishlist. Click Here.
If you would like to be a special speaker for our program, please call Ms. Keith at 754-323-4000.

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Website Upgrades...

Please be patient as we update our website!  New Pinnacle website (and updated link) are now available.  Be sure to check out the Activities menu for information on after school activities and meeting times.

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Principal's Message

 August, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings and welcome back for another outstanding school year. I hope you enjoyed your summer break and are eager to roll up your sleeves and forge ahead with the new Florida Standards.


The new Florida Standards promise to create new opportunities to challenge all of our students to reach their fullest potential and grow in their depth of knowledge. It is our goal that every student succeeds with a clear and focused vision to be college and career ready.


Our school district has adopted the “Visible Learning” approach to promote literacy across the curriculum. The students at Pines Middle are expected to experience a well rounded education that fosters creativity and innovation. This year we will continue to offer an outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-STEM curriculum.


We are very much committed to offering outstanding athletic, music, and clubs to promote a healthy social and personal middle school experience. Our Career Technical Education – CTE, practical arts programs allow our students to receive Industry Certification and high school credit.


Finally, our School Advisory Council – SAC and School Advisory Forum – SAF, meet every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. We invite all stakeholders to actively participate to ensure a successful school year with our schoolwide theme being ”Anchored in Excellence”.

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