• Listen & Learn Tour: A Conversation with Superintendent Carranza

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 9/13/2016

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  • IceCream Social 2016-2017

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 8/18/2016

    We are back! Amazing IceCream Social today!

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  • Pennies for Patients 2015-2016

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 8/5/2016

    Led by our school A Team and coordinated by Ms. Lahana, the Pennies for Patients 2015-2016 campaign was a huge success, rasing over $10,000! Here's a message and a video/slideshow from Angelica Schaefer | Campaign Director at the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

    "(Piney Point Elementary) have been in our hearts and minds as we reflect on the past school year – I made this for you to show our appreciation for the impact you and Piney Point have made. Thanks for being so wonderful. https://animoto.com/play/S7XeExHvGiY4zWbbm6c4sA" - Angelica Schaefer | Campaign Director at the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

     Click on the link above or on this picture for the video/slideshow they put together! 

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  • HISD Energy and Sustainability Earth Month Grand Prize

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 6/27/2016

    Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce
     
    HISD Energy and Sustainability Earth Month Grand Prize

    We were thrilled and honored to be the recipients of the HISD Energy and Sustainability department's first ever Earth Month award! The prize for our students' hard work and dedication to environmental and sustainability initiatives will be a beautiful new garden! The garden will promote our Eco-Schools agenda by enhancing our school grounds sustainably through use of Texas native species. This makes the garden an appropriate habitat for local fauna without wasting resources to support exotic or invasive plants. We are Panther Proud to have our students' efforts recognized in this way!
     
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    See the announcement of our win:
    http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2016/05/19/piney-point-es-wins-first-earth-month-campaign/


    Ms. Boyce talks about some of our other successful student-centered programs in the Energy and Sustainability June Newsletter:
    https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/146751

     

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  • UIL

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 5/20/2016

    Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce

    Saturday, May 14th 2016, Elementary UIL Spring District Meet at Davis High School We are Panther Proud of the hard work, and time our UIL team and coaches have put in this year! This past Saturday it was raining medals! It was our last competition for the 2015-16 school year, and our Panthers PERFORMED!

    Twenty-five students competed in twenty-six events and brought home five Team Awards (4th grade Spelling, and 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade Music Memory, and 4th grade Art) and individual medals for exemplary performances in the following events: 4th and 5th grade Oral Reading, Public Speaking 3-5, two medals in 2nd grade Story Telling, 3rd grade Story Telling, two in 4th grade Art, 5th grade Art, 4th grade Music Memory, 5th grade Music Memory, Dictionary Skills, and Solo Acting 3-5.

    Special thanks to our amazing coaches: Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Zaccagni, Ms. Wheatley, and Ms. Mehaffey. We are so grateful for the time and efforts of our team judge and chaperone, Ms. Accavallo! We could not do this without this group of superstar teachers!

    We are enormously indebted to the families who got up early so many Saturdays, assisted with costumes and props, rehearsed lines, and made special trips back up to school to accommodate practice times! Thank you for letting your children be part of this!

    Congratulations to all our UIL team members for a fantastic year!

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  • Panther UIL Winners!

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 3/5/2016
    Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce
     
    It was a HUGE day for Panther UIL! We competed at DeBakey High School for Health Professions this Saturday in 17 events and practically needed a trailer to bring home all our awards. Our Panthers earned the 3rd place Sweepstakes Award! We had individually recognized performances in:

    2nd grade Creative Writing – Deep Modi– 1st place, Dhanalakshmi Gali 3rd place 3rd grade Ready Writing – Recognized Performance - Ingrid Pacheco, Christopher Meza 4th grade Ready Writing – Recognized Performance – Bella Morales 5th grade Ready Writing – Recognized Performance – Alan Munoz, Jermy Scarpetta 4th grade Oral Reading – 1st place Obum Chidube, 2nd place Geanny Perez, 3rd place Travis Pena 5th grade Oral Reading – 3rd place Adrianna Caraballo 5th grade Spelling – 3rd place Team, Recognized Performance Noemi Calihua Calihua 4th grade Spelling – 3rd place Team, Recognized Performance – Diya Modi, Travis Pena 3rd-5th Public Speaking – 1st Place Zoe Ponce

    K-2 Solo Acting – 2nd place Lianna Jefferson

    3-5 Solo Acting – 1st place Adrianna Caraballo 2nd grade Storytelling – 2nd place – Aishani Verma, 3rd place Dhanalakshmi Gali Impromptu Speaking – 2nd place Diya Modi, 3rd place Geanny Perez 5th grade Number Sense – 2nd place Team, Recognized Performance Noemi Calihua Calihua, Jermy Scarpetta 3rd grade Number Sense – 2nd place Team, Recognized Performance Ingrid Pacheco, Christopher Meza, Eliana Ardon Congratulations Panthers!

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  • Coding Contest 2016

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 2/20/2016

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    Piney Point's Panther Coding Club, sponsored by Schlumberger, had an incredible time at a Star Wars themed Scratch contest hosted by Lyons Elementary this past weekend. Our students competed with 200 other future programmers from around the district in an effort to create the most effective solutions to 20 design challenges!
     
    code We want to commend all our coders for the hard work and specially recognize 4th graders Oscar & Jason, who won 2nd place in the advanced division! Pretty impressive when you think we just got started with this a couple of months ago! This was Jason's very first contest as well!

     

    We want to thank Lyons Elementary for hosting such a wonderful event! Everything was beautifully organized, the door prizes were fantastic, and the problems were just the right blend of challenging and fun! We had a great time, and hope you will make this an annual event! Thank you!

     

     
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  • African Masks Art Project - Black History Month 2016

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 2/4/2016
    Article and photographs: J. Huerta, Art Teacher
     

    From the beginning of times, mankind has created masks for lots of very different reasons. African masks have always marveled the world for their creativity and artistic forms. They have inspired lots of modern artists like Picasso. Today, they have motivated us to re-create them in order to celebrate our African American heritage and Black History Month at Piney Point Elementary.

     

    “African masks are considered amongst the finest creations in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors. Many of the pieces some replica's, can be viewed in museums and art galleries in many parts of the world. Masking ceremonies in Africa have great cultural and traditional significance. Latest developments and understanding of Aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight into the ideas and moral values that African artists express in their art.

    During celebrations, initiations, crop harvesting, war preparation, peace and trouble times, African masks are worn by a chosen or initiated dancer. It can be worn in three different ways: vertically covering the face: as helmets, encasing the entire head, and as crest, resting upon the head, which was commonly covered by material as part of the disguise. African masks often represent a spirit and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer.” From Rebirth Africa http://www.rebirth.co.za/african_mask_history_and_meaning.htm

     

    Manuel E., who is originally from Cameroon, Africa is one of our talented students who so creatively participated in this project.

     
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    In Art, we revisited Elements and Principles of Design like line, form, shape, space, color, texture, value, contrast, proportion and pattern/rhythm. Social Studies, Science and Math connections were also established while using the Feldman Model of Art criticism as we discussed concepts like cultural backgrounds, continents and patterns.
     
     

     
     
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  • HISD A+ Academics Elementary UIL Winter Meet

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 1/30/2016
    Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce
     

    Our UIL Panthers roared at Davis High School this weekend! We took a team of twenty-six hard-working and very dedicated 2nd - 5th graders to HISD's Elementary UIL Winter Meet to compete in 27 different events against an incredibly challenging field.

     
    uil Over *** students from ***schools competed! Everyone did splendidly! We want to especially commend students who stepped in as last minute substitutions for absent team members. The following students earned medals for outstanding performance:
     

    4th grader Faheem Williams in 5th grade level Maps, Graphs, and Charts 4th graders Adrianna Caraballo and Hady Romero in 4th Grade Ready Writing

     

    3rd grader Kate Mehaffey took a trophy for 2nd place in 3rd Grade Ready Writing

     

    The following students won their preliminary competition rounds to advance to the finals:

     

    2nd grader Aishani Verma in K-2nd Public Speaking 3rd grader Adrian Troncoso in 3rd-5th Solo Acting AND in 3rd Grade Storytelling 4th grader Bella Morales in 3rd-5th Grade Impromptu Speaking 4th grader Obum Chidube in 4th grade Oral Reading 4th Grader Diya Modi in 5th grade Oral Reading  We are so Panther Proud of our UIL team! Go, Panthers!

     

     
     
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  • G/T Mini Reading Fair

    Posted by Juan Huerta on 1/27/2016
    Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce
     
     
    Piney Point's G/T student leaders impressed again at Mini Reading Fair student-led learning festival! Students presented a range of projects celebrating literacy to their peers, teachers, and staff. All the exhibitions were very well done and showcased hard work and creativity!Our 1st graders wrote their own Readers' Theater based on the research they have done for their Monarch Heroes project. The play "There and Back Again - a Migration Tale" was a very humorous look at the long annual trek from Canada to Mexico and back undertaken by Monarch butterflies.
     
    rdg 2nd grade students combined art, science, and literature in their Shadow Puppet Theater presentations! They created puppets forms and performed traditional tales and nursery rhymes such as "The Muffin Man"," There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", and "Sing a Song of Sixpence" with cast shadows.
     

    3rd grade selected a favorite book and presented the story in character! We heard The Wizard of Oz from both Dorothy AND the Wicked Witch of the West's point of view. Goldilocks, the Big Bad Wolf, Cat in the Hat, and Amelia Bedelia among many other got to tell their side of the story!

     

    4th grade presented fully staged mini plays. We were treated to "How Coyote Learned to Stop Imitating His Friends" and "Where the Wild Things Are". These students worked hard creating costumes, props and learning their lines. They also learned a great deal about stage direction, projecting their voices, and characterization!

     
     
    5th grade filmed book commercials. They all selected a favorite book and presented a brief introduction to the main characters and key elements. They did an excellent job picking out just enough to excite interest without spoiling the story or giving away too many secrets!
     

    We are Panther Proud of these academic leaders for their determination, imagination, and sustained efforts in creating all these marvelous products. We are equally proud of their commitment to sharing their learning with the whole Piney Point community!

     

     
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