INSIDE…                                   Click and Connect to                                   the Charger………3    A to Z...
INTRODUCING The Charger StaffInstructor:Ms. Sherri PowellMembers:Nicole PonceTraquan MinorAngela LyMelina QuintanillaHaile...
CLICK & CONNECTTO THE CHARGER!    Don’t wait until next semester for your next Charger fix. Access our    handy tips, get ...
To                  Guide to   Middle School SuccessAttitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!Believe in your...
Education is    Essential…Never give up. Seek help from others when you don’tunderstand.Outdo yourself. Get into the pract...
Before 8th graders leave Pin Oak each year, they havethe opportunity to leave behind their own personalwork of art which c...
The Teacher Mr. Sanchez!!Why do People get into break-dance?“It’s a different way to expressyourself without violence”    ...
Check out the success of Advance 8th grade theater’s UIL OneAct Play Zone Competition!                                  Th...
Charger                                                 Football         The roar of the crowd, the      support of your t...
by Angela Ly
.!       L LY BL        UE    R A BI G                                  The Pin Oak  EP O P G                             ...
chargers VS. pandas                                               Pin Oak plays a                                         ...
page by Angela Ly, Melina Quintanilla, Nicole Ponce
7 th   Grade Volleyballalways ready to playThe 7th grade team this year was alwaysprepared and ready for victory. They sho...
8th Grade in the ZONE!Our 8th grade Lady Chargers came out withenergy, heart, desire, and passion. Our team hasgrown stron...
The               Chargers                                Pin Oak Basketball      Whether it’s the girls or the     boys y...
7th Grade Cross CountryTeam    Anderson, Ian     Buczek, Adam Caceda, Almendra    Campa, Alexis    Cirri, Emanuel Galdamez...
With these simple stretches demonstrated by                              Oak’                   one of Pin Oak’s cheerlead...
Gymnas ics  Many of you watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008. For those of y’all who saw  the gymnastics competition, they...
What our students and staff at Pin Oak like aboutthemselves…  Expression of Beauty                                 What do...
GOTCHA’BY Destini Williams & Olivia Brown                 21
My biggest lesson learned wasto never put a boy over yourbest friend. I felt kind of sadbecause of what happened, butthen ...
GR                   DES & SPORTSBeing able to adjust in school could betrying on anyone. Students usually find oneoutlet ...
Be the            ndividual That                         Were Born 2 BeEveryone now professes to be an "individual," a per...
Outlook On Life:Changing Your Entire Lifestyle ToBecome A Better You…Happiness involves total commitment. The right mind-s...
Dont be discouraged by setbacks. Instead, be encouraged byopportunity. Happiness can last a lifetime, just like opportunit...
“ Mohammed” Joseph All-Ali                                             Meet our new                                       ...
Ms. Baumgarten                 Ms. Baumgarten is the new World Culture’s                 teacher for 6C. She was born in K...
Ms. Reid            Ms. Reid is the new English teacher in 6A . She            was born in Texas and raised in Michigan. S...
To: Christian   Sanders                  To: Blaire Heeeeeyyyy!                 RobertsHow you doin’?          Hey twin! W...
Whats Hot!!!by Hailey Lassiter and Olivia Brown   31
Student                   “Studen“Students       should join                                      tC                      ...
POM’S UIL TEAM               CAN’T BE STOPPED!!Kevin Dao: 1st place Mathematics;1st place Science; 3rd placeCalculator; 1s...
A SALUTE TO PIN OAK’S PIONEERS This year marks the 7th year that Pin Oak Middle School has been in existence. Although man...
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MS. SABRINA BRAXTON      “When I first started, I was teaching Creative      Writing and taught Public Speaking as an elec...
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  1. 1. INSIDE… Click and Connect to the Charger………3 A to Z Guide to Success . . . . . . . 4Grades vs Sports . . . .23 Gymnastics . . . . . .19 INDIVIDUALISM . . . . .24 Cross Country . . . . .17 AND SO MUCH MORE . . . . . 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCING The Charger StaffInstructor:Ms. Sherri PowellMembers:Nicole PonceTraquan MinorAngela LyMelina QuintanillaHailey LassiterDestini WilliamsOlivia BrownEric OliverAshley Sanchez Interviews Coming Soon! Sign Up At The Sales Table Today!!!
  3. 3. CLICK & CONNECTTO THE CHARGER! Don’t wait until next semester for your next Charger fix. Access our handy tips, get updates on the Charger, and share your thoughts and opinions with our staff 24/7. Here’s how:1. Be a Guest Editor What’s on your mind this month? Join our Charger Network, and we’ll ask for your input on stories we’re working on for upcoming issues. Your quotes could end up in our next issue!2. Peek Inside Our World Find out what happens behind the scenes in B109. Feel free to pop in and visit us during 6th period.3. Show Your Support Loved this semester’s issue? Let us know! When you sign our guestbook, feel free to leave your comments, questions, or concerns.4. Join our Staff Interested in joining our Spring Charger Staff? Sign up online or at our sales table to be interviewed. Interviews will be held in mid- December. Go now to www.chargermagazine.com 3
  4. 4. To Guide to Middle School SuccessAttitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!Believe in yourself and your capabilities.Create a conducive learning environment that suitsyour needs. Avoid such distractions as cell phones andtelevisions.Dream it! Believe it! Achieve it!Enrichment exercises are good for the brain. Ask yourteachers for extra work.Do not allow the fear of failure to stop you fromaccomplishing your goals.Give yourself time to grasp difficult concepts. Don’texpect to learn everything right away.How you start and finish your day is very important. Eatinga healthy breakfast should be #1 on your list.Invite other peer when you study. It’s always fun to havesomeone quiz you. Study groups work well in most cases.Join study groups or create your own.Keep your locker neat and your books organized as oftenas possible.Lighten your load. Do your homework during breaks,advisory, or even at lunch.Marinate on your daily lessons learned in class. You willbe tested eventually.
  5. 5. Education is Essential…Never give up. Seek help from others when you don’tunderstand.Outdo yourself. Get into the practice of doing better thanthe last time.Prioritize your school work over PlayStation II.Quitting is never an option!Realize the importance of listening and followingdirections in class.Study, Study, Study!Turn in all of your assignments and projects on time.Uninterrupted rest! Turn off the cell phone, television,and radio. There should be no entertainment whilesleeping.Vow to do your best at everything you do.Be willing to accept your successes as well as yourfailures…Life Happens!Xerox a copy of your assignment sheets if you think youmight lose them.You and Your attitude is a determining factor in achievingsuccess in school.Have a zeal for learning. Be eager and show interest.
  6. 6. Before 8th graders leave Pin Oak each year, they havethe opportunity to leave behind their own personalwork of art which can be found on the ceiling in Mrs.Stamp’s art room. Stop by B141 and take a look!
  7. 7. The Teacher Mr. Sanchez!!Why do People get into break-dance?“It’s a different way to expressyourself without violence” Page By Hailey Lassiter and Ashley Sanchez 7
  8. 8. Check out the success of Advance 8th grade theater’s UIL OneAct Play Zone Competition! The awards: Outstanding Technician from Pin Oak: Richard Mendoza Best Crew :Rachel McPherson, Seleste Flores, Richard Mendoza, Hoan Le, and Sarah Atherton Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Anthea Wilson, Angela Montante All Star Cast: Annie Matthews, Alexis McConnell-Ibarra, Collin Burwinkel Best Actor: Joe Chavez Awards also give to: Atherton, Sarah K, Burwinkel, Collin D, Chavez, Joe A, Flores, Seleste Y Le, Hoan T Matthews, Annie L Mcconnell-Ibarra, Alexis M McPherson, Rachel A Mendoza, Richard O Middleman, Shayna G Montante, Angela E Nomani, Hijab U Sells, Charity C Tenorio, Adam Wilson, Anthea H 8
  9. 9. Charger Football The roar of the crowd, the support of your team, the spirit of the fans, the backing of the cheerleaders, the moral support of your school, is all the reason to be apart of this team. The players gather around the coaches as Pin Oak prepares for battle. Teamwork, leadership, attitude, and responsibility are all basic qualities that we as a team stand Jonathan Wiley helps lead the Chargers in their valiant effort against Dowling on. Structure and accountability are two things that we established a firm foundation on and that’s what Date Opponent Result Charger Pride is all about. 9/16 Hartman 14-0 L 9/23 Welch 14-0 W 9/29 West Briar 26-12 W 10/7 Pershing 24-7 L 10/14 Lanier 34-0 W 10/21 Revere 28-0 W 10/27 Dowling 28-0 W 5-2 With playmakers like Christian Sanders, Devonte Dixon, Jose Alvarez, Will Clement and the rest of the 2nd in Zone! Charger defense, any team would be easily intimidated.bY Traquan Minor and Olivia Brown
  10. 10. by Angela Ly
  11. 11. .! L LY BL UE R A BI G The Pin Oak EP O P G Pegasus Dance Co. does an outrageous performance to the song Top of the World.o The cheerleaders begin the pep rally with anc outstanding performance to the song Womanizer.t The Lady Chargero GO volleyball players line up as Coach POUNDb THE Butler and Coach Kat present theme PANDAS with flowers for their efforts.r The crowd cheers as7th Jordan Gordon dances in an “amateur break dance battle” as she represents for C House. ||| chargers.!! by Destini Williams & Nicole Ponce 11
  12. 12. chargers VS. pandas Pin Oak plays a good and homecoming suspenseful game against the Pershing Pandas. The cheerleaders help the crowd get pumped as they cheer for our school’s team. Teachers, faculty, staff, students and former students join together to watch the Chargers play. . The Chargers put a lot of effort into what they do best.by Eric Oliver and Destini Williams 12
  13. 13. page by Angela Ly, Melina Quintanilla, Nicole Ponce
  14. 14. 7 th Grade Volleyballalways ready to playThe 7th grade team this year was alwaysprepared and ready for victory. They showedgreat sportsmanship and played like a winningteam. 2009-2010 Lady Chargers 7th grade team Braiden Arbuckle Jennifer Shereen Taylor Castillo Ali Silverman Ellen Cull Angelique Watson Suzonne Goudeau Vallery Nunez Maggie McGuffey Ariana Jefferson Marah Porter Alanis Simon 14 by Olivia Brown
  15. 15. 8th Grade in the ZONE!Our 8th grade Lady Chargers came out withenergy, heart, desire, and passion. Our team hasgrown strong and become a family. Coach Butlerdid a fantastic job with these girls. They are trulygood at playing volleyball. They brought homethe Zone Championship trophy with Pin Oak’sname written on it. 2009-2010 Lady Chargers 8th grade team Blaire Roberts Megan Underwood Olivia Brown Katie Froelich Savannah Hall Briana Rivera J’nae Williamson Cecily Williams Marquelle Alexis Davis Christian Brandi Johnson Jordan Gordon McKenzie Phipps 15 by Olivia Brown
  16. 16. The Chargers Pin Oak Basketball Whether it’s the girls or the boys you’re watching, you’re always going to see a great game. That’s a fact! Four teams of some of Pin Oak’s best athletes compete in regular games and tournaments on a weekly scale, so there’s a lot of opportunities to see them play. With stars from all areas on the court, the Chargers are sure to impress! Christian Sanders goes for a dunk! Stay tuned…the season’s just begun!! Vance Galloway prepares to shoot free throws to put the Chargers in the Girl’s pictures were unavailable lead. at the time! The Charger Staff promises to cover the Girl’s teams and final results in the7th Grade Boys Coach Frazier Spring issue.8th Grade Boys CoachStephenson7th Grade Girls Coach Fredricks8th Grade Girls Coach Fredricks 16
  17. 17. 7th Grade Cross CountryTeam Anderson, Ian Buczek, Adam Caceda, Almendra Campa, Alexis Cirri, Emanuel Galdamez, Gabriela Gantt, Hannah Garcia, Angie Matlock, Shawnacy Masaryk, Taylor Morales, Sofia Ramey, Benjamin Reeves, Jordan Reyes, Cynthia Robertson, Adam Sandoval, Giselle Segovia, Briana Storey, Connor Williams, Ashley Yolk, Kimberly 8th Grade Cross Country Team Alope, Nicolas Bravo, Jose Getahun, Kidanekal Gray, Alexandria Jimenez, Daniel Lee, Christian Moran, Kelly Rivera, Briana Page by ashley Sanchez
  18. 18. With these simple stretches demonstrated by Oak’ one of Pin Oak’s cheerleaders, Hailey LassiterSEAL STRETCH 1. Lay on the mat and put your hands flat on the 2.Push your upper body up and keep your legs floor straightBRIDGE EXCERCISE 1.Get on your back in this position 2. Start pushing up until you have formed a Bridge 3. Push your legs up so that they are straight Not all people are as flexible as our model Hailey Lassiter but remember anything is possible and practice makes perfect!! by Ashley Sanchez and Hailey Lassiter 18
  19. 19. Gymnas ics Many of you watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008. For those of y’all who saw the gymnastics competition, they were doing some crazy stuff. Gymnastics is becoming an increasingly popular sport in the United States, but in some other countries it’s a way of life. In China, children are taken from their families as young as five years old to do gymnastics. They don’t even go to school! Wherever you go in the world gymnastics is a fun sport that is both physically and mentally challenging. How to get started: 1. FIND LOCAL GYMS IN THE AREA Gyms in the Houston area: Houston Gymnastics Academy (HGA) Discover Gymnastics Stars Gymnastics Training Center Gymnast Factory 2. CHOOSE A CLASS THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU 3. HAVE FUN! Available classes at most gyms are:If you’re not enjoying the class, Recreational Gymnasticsit’s most likely not a good class Cheer for you. Dont hesitate to try Tumble and Trampoline more than one class. 19 page by Hailey Lassiter
  20. 20. What our students and staff at Pin Oak like aboutthemselves… Expression of Beauty What do I like about me? “I really like the color of my “I love my skin tone!” Leslie Hernandez 7C eyes!” Lillian Evans 6C “I love my soft hair!” Cierra Loflin 7C “I like that my hair is a little on the crazy side!” “I like my mustache!” Ms. Grimm/World Mr. Walker /Art Cultures 20 by Hailey Lassiter & Ashley Sanchez
  21. 21. GOTCHA’BY Destini Williams & Olivia Brown 21
  22. 22. My biggest lesson learned wasto never put a boy over yourbest friend. I felt kind of sadbecause of what happened, butthen again I felt better becauseI learned from my mistakes. Ilearned a valuable lessonthroughout this ordeal because isn’losing a friendship isn’tworth having a boyfriend.Boyfriends come and go! My biggest lesson learned is to always put your-Danita Baham(right) family before your friends. When I put my friend over my family, I ended up getting my feelings hurt and stabbed in the back. I realized that friends are temporary, they come and go. Family is forever! –Tyroneisha Evens( left) Lessonby Destini Williams 22 Learned
  23. 23. GR DES & SPORTSBeing able to adjust in school could betrying on anyone. Students usually find oneoutlet or another to help them adjust to the Whether you decide to playtransition. For most students, that outlet is volleyball, soccer, basketball,sports. At Pin Oak, the athletic program is baseball, softball or run track, youone of the first things you hear about when should make sure that you haveyou arrive. Deciding to play sports is your priorities in check whenprobably one of the smartest decisions that looking to become a Charger. Amost of us can make in order to keep us out huge amount of time andof trouble. Not only are we doing something dedication is involved. Sometimesthat may help us in the future, specifically it means giving up weekends andcollege, but it gives us the opportunity to vacations to practice if necessary.meet people that we might not have in our But it’s worth it. If youre willing tolives today such as best friends. devote yourself to the game and allParticipating in the athletic program at Pin of the sacrifices andOak is not all about fraternizing. Much is responsibilities that are associatedexpected on our behalf. In addition to with it, grades and such, then theconducting in a manner that is considered athletic program at Pin Oak maybecoming for a student-athlete, you must be for you. If not, then I wouldremember that is just what you are, a suggest other activities such asstudent-athlete. Your grades come before Student Council or Debate teamanything else. You could be looked upon as which also have highthe next Allen Iverson, Barry Bonds or requirements.Serena Williams, but if your grades arent inorder, you wont even get the chance to bea bench warmer. When you are on the team NO WORK = NOand your grades drop, expect to bereprimanded by your coach. Some of us PLAY!have had to find out the hard way. Eventhough you will receive a stern talking to byyour coach, they are incredibly supportive.Usually your coach is the first person tocome to your aid if you need help withschoolwork. Conduct, being a major factorin the profile of a student-athlete at Pin Oak,is also important. If you are unable touphold yourself in a way that is suitable fora Charger, riding the pine may not even bean option for you. 23
  24. 24. Be the ndividual That Were Born 2 BeEveryone now professes to be an "individual," a person who expressthemselves through their choice of wardrobe, music, language, or any otheroutlet to the rest of the world to prove to us that they are "individuals.“Individualism should be a personal movement. It shouldnt involve otherpeoples opinion of you. At all. Do the clothes you wear make you anindividual? If they do, then what makes you different from the rest? If the onlyway you can express yourself is through your outward appearance, then you,my friend, are not an individual. Be an individual in your mind; let your thoughtsand opinions make you different from everyone else.But wait a minute. Being an individual is tough stuff. Not allowing other peopleto think for you means taking a stance on controversial issues. Being anindividual doesnt necessarily mean being different from everyone else, butformulating your own thoughts and opinions. If they happen to be the same aseveryone elses, it doesnt mean that you are no longer an individual. Listeningto Lincoln Park and Good Charlotte doesnt make you less of an individualbecause they are considered "mainstream" by your fellow individualists (oh,the irony). YOU decide what you do; dont let others dictate your likes anddislikes. Individualism doesnt mean immediately rebelling against popularculture just because...It means, well... it means whatever you want it to mean.You dont have to take my word for it. If you want to call yourself anindividualist, who am I to define you? Do it yourself.You have to be your own person, even if that person seems to be prettyordinary. Maybe Whitney Houston said it best of all, “I decided long ago, neverto walk in anyone’s shadows. If I fail, if I succeed, at least I live as I believe. Nomatter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity…. learning tolove yourself is the greatest love of all.” If someone doesn’t like you because ofwho you are, you can’t blame them. But honestly, wouldn’t you prefer to bedisliked for who you are than to be disliked for someone you pretend to be? Noone likes a fake. No one likes being called an imposter either. So, everybody,just be . . . you.So go ahead. Dare to wear your baseball cap facing forward. Instead of buyingthe $200 True Religion Jeans, buy the $18.97 L.E.I brand jeans from Wal-Martand decorate them yourself. Wear your basketball jersey inside out. But dontdo it for anyone else, do it for you…because YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL andyou were born to be that way! 24
  25. 25. Outlook On Life:Changing Your Entire Lifestyle ToBecome A Better You…Happiness involves total commitment. The right mind-set enables us to livea happy lifestyle. By setting strong intentions towards living a happierlifestyle, you give life a purpose. Being happy involves consistent effort andmust be improved upon daily. Total commitment is the key towardsachieving happiness. I have learned from my own experience that it doestake a lot of devotion to stay happy, especially if things arent always goingas you expected. Everyone experiences ups and downs, and there arevarious ways to realistically cope with them. When things are in order andall is well, being happy comes effortlessly. Having a positive attitude trulytakes you far in life. How to Deal With Your IssuesStart by confronting issues within your social life. What are some of thebad patterns youve created? This step means youll have to ask yourselfdirect questions:•What kind of vibe do I give off?•How responsible am I?• Why does it seem as if people dislike me?•Why have I lost so many valuable friendships?Facing issues such as these are challenging. Youll be entering anuncomfortable zone. It takes a lot of courage and time to revisit olddisappointments that are usually the source of our problems. You shouldvow to keep control of your relationships, addictions or whatever self-destructive behavior that comes up repeatedly. Areas in your life that haveconstantly kept you in emotional confusion or chaos must be faced. Forstarters, we need to honestly ask ourselves direct questions. All of our self-destructive habits will end once we identify our issues and create positiveapproaches towards changing them. We must take full responsibility forour actions. Some of us believe if we dont expect much out of a situation,there is no reason to be disappointed when things don’t turn out the waywe want them to. 25
  26. 26. Dont be discouraged by setbacks. Instead, be encouraged byopportunity. Happiness can last a lifetime, just like opportunities areendless. Happiness is something that is instilled within everyone andopportunity is often given to us. During our lives, were constantlydeveloping and learning. Persistence is the key to all of it. Tips Toward Happiness1. Time yourself for 5 minutes. Quickly compile a listof everything you appreciate ”from the sillyto the important issues in your daily life, such asloved ones and passions. Try to record as much as you can.Afterward, become aware of any emotions you have.2. Now review your list. Take one note beside eachappreciation. Name of someone you need to acknowledge,influential people in your life, God, or a higher power.Remember to include yourself.3. Finally, work on deepening your awareness of thepresent. What is something you appreciate in thisexact moment? Jot it down.4. Stay consistent with this exercise (do it every 3-4 weeks) and alwaysremember to smile because life is too short to be depressed andunhappy and too good to not enjoy every minute of it!5. Stress is the #1 cause of lack of rest. So reduce it in any way that youcan. Your bedroom has to quiet, dark, and cool: No computers, no cellphones, and try to avoid caffeine after 2 pm. Sweet dreams! Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln 26
  27. 27. “ Mohammed” Joseph All-Ali Meet our new chargers! Is this your first year at Pin Oak? Yes, First but I’m not a sixth grader What was the previous school you went to? Virtual School and Hospital School Is Virtual School different than here at Pin Oak MS? It is much different, I can interact more with teachers compared to e-mailing.__________________________________________________ was the previous school you attended? What Lilet Michael Lovett Elementary.Is it different at POMS than Lovett? Yes, the teachers are nice here. Do you like it here at Pin Oak? Yes, I like it but it is kind of hard making new friends.Are you thinking of joining any sports? Im thinking of joining Pin Oak Dance___________________________________________________ Joseph Capistran What was the previous school you attended? River Oaks Elementary Are you planning to join any sports next year? Yeah,I might join football or basket ball in 7th grade Was it hard for you to make new friends? No, at least not for me… What is your favorite subject? World Cultures (Ms.Grimm) Page by Ashley Sanchez and Hailey Lassiter 27
  28. 28. Ms. Baumgarten Ms. Baumgarten is the new World Culture’s teacher for 6C. She was born in Kansas and grew up mostly in Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin. Before she came to Pin Oak, she worked as a teacher in another school as a 6th grade Social Studies & ELA teacher. She likes to play softball & volleyball and enjoys reading. She does not have any children but likes working with kids. She says that she would love to go back to school as a “professional” student. Ms. Nagels Ms. Nagels is the new teacher for Spanish in C house. She was born in Antwerp and raised in Belgium. She attended the University of Houston. She enjoys painting and doing yoga. She’s always enjoyed the beauty of other cultures and various languages. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of languages with others. Ms. Irani Mrs. Irani is the new Dance teacher. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas in Austin. Before coming to Pin Oak, Mrs. Irani was a Dance Director at Sharpstown Middle School. She enjoys dancing, photography, sports, volunteering, travel and spending time with family and friends. She has no children but is enjoying her life as a married woman. She has been a HUGE fan of NKOTB since she was 3 years old. 28
  29. 29. Ms. Reid Ms. Reid is the new English teacher in 6A . She was born in Texas and raised in Michigan. She attended the American University in Washington D.C. Before she came to Pin Oak, she used to be a teacher through the Teach for America Corps. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, traveling & learning. The only children she has are her 150 students she teaches. She has a twin sister who is also teacher!Ms. Lanza Ms. Lanza is the new A House clerk. She was born in Houston and raised in Friendswood. She attended Alvin Community College. Before coming to Pin Oak ,she was a pre-school teacher for 3 years and was a legal assistant for 12. She enjoys working out, reading, watching her son play sports, and traveling. Her 5 year plan includes leaning Spanish & Italian, traveling to Italy to meet her husband’s family, traveling to Spain to meet her family, and inviting a foreign exchange student to live with her family for a year. She has one boy named Nicholas and she decided to work in education because she wanted to have the same holidays off as her son. 29
  30. 30. To: Christian Sanders To: Blaire Heeeeeyyyy! RobertsHow you doin’? Hey twin! What You so cute! up big pimpin’? HOLLA! Good luck in -Jordon volleyball love. :D To: Destini Gordon -Kayla Ramogos Williams To: Main Office Staff You’re a great group YOU’RE of women to work GREAT! with. You are -Tony The appreciated! Tiger -Anonymous To: O liv Brow ia You’ n re c r athle az tic, a y, cool nd -Ano ! n ym ous To: Nailah Scott You’re a funny, outgoing, and down to earth person, & I like being around you. -Anonymous 30
  31. 31. Whats Hot!!!by Hailey Lassiter and Olivia Brown 31
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  33. 33. POM’S UIL TEAM CAN’T BE STOPPED!!Kevin Dao: 1st place Mathematics;1st place Science; 3rd placeCalculator; 1st place Number SenseCicilyn Xie: 1st place DictionarySkills; 2nd place Listening; 3rd placeMathematicsYiyang Wang: 2nd placeMathematics; 2nd place NumberSenseLuke Nisely: 2nd place DictionarySkills; 3rd place Oral Reading; 3rdplace ListeningFrancisco Santos: 2nd placeImpromptu Speaking; 5th place OralReading SpanishMarin Cabrera: 1st place Impromptu Ken Dao: 1st place Social Studies; 5th placeSpeaking; 1st place Persuasive ScienceSpeaking Spanish; 2nd place Oral Waylon Lee: 3rd place 6th grade ListeningReading Spanish; 2nd place Rachel McPherson: 1st place Editorial Writing;Impromptu Speaking Spanish; 3rd 3rd place Dictionary Skillsplace Modern Oratory Spanish Ken Dao: 1st place Social Studies; 5th placeLeah Starkweather: 5th place 6th Sciencegrade Ready Writing; 5th place 6th Jared Lehmann: 1st place Maps, Graphs, andgrade Spelling Charts; 3rd place ScienceSara Khan: 5th place Ready Writing; Kazi Haque: 1st place Spelling; 2nd place Maps,6th place Spelling Graphs, and Charts; 6th place Number SenseTran Dang: 2nd place Ready Writing Zach Johnson: 1st place 6th grade SpellingAlejandra Blanco: 6th place Samuel Molina: 3rd place 6th grade NumberPersuasive Speaking SenseJordan Argamany: 1st placePersuasive Speaking; 6th place Pin Oak also took the team awards in DictionaryCalculator Skills, Number Sense, Science, Spelling, Maps,Suneal Vemuri: 6th place 6th grade Graphs and Charts, Calculator, Listening, andSocial Studies; 2nd place 6th grade Mathematics.SpellingElliot Ross: 5th place 6th gradeSocial StudiesMelia Nellums: TV commercialFinalist **Special Thanks to UIL coaches: Mr. Bancroft,Carrington Townsend: 5th place Ms. Wortman, Ms. Nagels, Ms. Hernandez, Mr.Impromptu Speaking; Finalist, Oral Allen, Ms. Geary, Ms. Freeman, Ms.Reading Baumgarten, Ms. Reid, and Mr.Redstone 33
  34. 34. A SALUTE TO PIN OAK’S PIONEERS This year marks the 7th year that Pin Oak Middle School has been in existence. Although many changes have occurred over the years, one thing remains constant: the love and faithfulness of those that still grace the halls of Pin Oak. In our efforts to discover the secret behind our “Pin Oak Pioneers” and why they still remain, we asked them two simple questions: 1. What changes have occurred in your job description/duties since the 2002-2003 school year? 2. Why have you chosen to stay at Pin Oak versus going to another school or changing careers? To our surprise, we discovered that more than half of our Pin Oak Pioneers chose to stay at Pin Oak not only because of their love for the art of teaching, but also for the love and support that they receive on a regular basis from administration, their fellow peers, and their bright students. For many of them, Pin Oak has been a home away from home and the true meaning of family, friendship, and fun stands out within the halls of Houses A, B, and C. Read what they had to say …… MS. BLANCA FRISCH “A lot of changes have occurred since 2002. I started teaching Math 7th in A House. In 2003 I moved to Math 6th in B House, where I stayed for five years. In 2008 I went to work to C House as an ESL Reading teacher and I helped during Stables and ISS. Now, I continue to teach ESL Reading and help in ISS”. “When I first came to Pin Oak, everyone treated me like family. We still support each other and the environment makes you feel safe, therefore I can do my job much better than in any other place. Every year that goes by and I see the students grow, gives me the certainty that I am doing something important: teaching the new generations how to be better persons and do the best they can in every aspect of their lives”. WHAT KEEPS US AT PIN OAK? 34
  35. 35. MR. LARRY STEPHENSON “I’ve been here since the beginning. I am still the basketball coach. I’m still the tallest in the building. I am still the funniest. And most of all, I still love Pin Oak!” MRS. DEBORAH HENNAGIR “I’m not doing yearbook with seventy students. I’ve witnessed many personnel changes over the years. The book fair and the library just keeps getting better and better with time. We have a great new set of computers in the library lab and the old ones have been removed. Better and more office workers keep coming each year”. MS. DINITA SCURRY “In the 2002-2003 school year, I was a Teaching Assistant in the Life Skills classroom. Since then, I have become a certified teacher. Presently, I teach Resource Math/Science and two sections of Co-teach Math. I have chosen to stay at Pin Oak so long because I enjoy the atmosphere of the school and the student body. I have not changed careers because I love teaching and I will probably remain in a profession that involves working with children”.MRS. NEREIDA HERNANDEZ“Basically my duties have been exactly the same—teaching 6thgrade Math Pre AP/GT-- except for elective classes. I’m a happyclassroom teacher working with very challenging students in C-House. We have worked and improved some of our curricularprojects and I’m always learning from my students andpeers. Since I can remember, I wanted to be a “teacher”. Being ateacher at Pin Oak Middle School has been one of the greatestfulfilling experiences I have had. I enjoy teaching and I love thestudents and wouldn’t change that for any other career”. 35
  36. 36. MRS. CAROLYN GERACI “Pin Oak Middle School has been a lifesaver for me. I have truly grown as a teacher here. The number one lesson for me has been the value of teamwork. Everywhere else I always felt I was in competition with other teachers. Now, I see myself as a piece of an intricate machine that provides a nurturing, creative, challenging environment for our kids.” MS. JAN MEEK “I was here at Pin Oak when we opened the door in the fall of 2002. Wow, what a whirlwind ride it has been! From day one, Pin Oak was the type of school where the individual student is considered and nurtured. This is something I have always loved about this place. Happily, this has not changed. Of course, some things have changed a bit – mostly because each class of students puts its mark on who and what we are inside these walls. Two things keep me coming back year after year – the diverse and diligent student body and my excellent colleagues. Pin Oak is a remarkable place to teach and learn, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” MR. CESAR CARILLO “In 2002, I was the 6C World Cultures teacher and the Social Studies Department Head. At the end of the year I was offered the position of Spanish teacher. In 2004-2005, I became the Foreign Language Department Head to the present.” MS. JANIE GARZA “You know I’ve been here…even before the school was built. How time flies! ““We have a diverse and diligent student body and excellent colleagues.” 36
  37. 37. MR. AURELIO VELASQUEZ “I taught 6th grade for the first 6 years at Pin Oak. Last year I started teaching Algebra and Pre-Algebra in 8th grade. I have chosen to stay this long because I like Pin Oak.” MR. JAMIE SCOTT “My classes have changed from IPC which we no longer offer to Pre AP Science classes. Also the dissertation projects used to be required of all 8th graders and were completed as part of the Science curriculum. Now it is offered to students as an elective which Ms. Linsley and I teach.” MR. SL WALKER “There has been no specific changes in my job description. I like my working conditions and environment. I wouldn’t change a thing.”MRS. JANICE BUSH“The changes that I have noticed in my job is thatthe student population with health issues hasincreased since that year. We have students whoare Cancer survivors, transplant patients, etc. Ihave stayed because of the support from the staffand teachers. The students, in general, are veryaccepting of each other. I find it very rewarding tosee former students who have fond memories oftheir years at Pin Oak.” “It’s always good to see old Pin Oak students come back to visit.”
  38. 38. MS. DEITRA KENDRICK“Since joining Pin Oak Middle School in 2002, I have held thefollowing duties:2002-2003 - Lifeskills Teacher2003–2004 – Title I Coordinator, Section 504, MagnetCoordinator, GT Coordinator2004-2005 – Title I Coordinator, Section 504, ReadingIntervention Teacher2005-2007 – Title I Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator,Dyslexia Contact, SIP Facilitator, SDMC Secretary2007-2009 - Title I Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator,Dyslexia Contact, SIP Facilitator, SDMC Secretary, NJHSAdviser, VIPS/VISITS Coordinator, Intervention Chairperson2009-Present - 2002-2003 - Lifeskills Teacher, HISD/ACPPrincipal Intern, eSHARS District Manager, NJHS Sponsor.As you can see, I’ve held many positions and each one hasplayed an intricate role in my growth as an educator. I enjoybeing a part of the Pin Oak family. I have come full circle. “Ifyou place one circle on top of another, it becomes a spiral.”Over the years Pin Oak has shown the consistency ofretaining a very high percentage of its teachers and crosstraining of staff, which has caused us to have a very strongspiral. This makes it easy for us to “spring” the higher heights.In conjunction, Pin Oak has an established culture of the “Z”theory (William Ouchi) – trust, motivation, quality, reward,training and sharing. Our school culture is like a family. This iswhy I have remained humble and dedicated.” MS. ANDREA ROSEN “The biggest change has been the change in my class size. When we opened the school, I only had two students. I now have ten. I really like my job and this school.” “Our school culture is like a family!” 38
  39. 39. MS. PHYLLIS FREDERICKS“I was forced here but don’t regret it one bit. Lol! I am nowHPE Chairperson. I love the faculty and staff and studentstoo much to leave!” MS.CHRISTIANA ICHARA “No changes have occurred in my job description or duties. I was once Science Department Chair. The kids are awesome, and I feel that Pin Oak’s setting offers a conducive environment for teachers to teach, and students to learn.” MR. KIRBY FRAZIER “I have been here since the beginning, and yes it has been a while! My job description has changed twice over the past seven years. I started as a House B Texas History teacher. This continued for five years. I then took the ISS position for two years. This year I began a new assignment as a Physical Education teacher. I have stayed on at Pin Oak because of the support of all the teachers and staff, but more importantly, because of the great students that come to “We come back Pin Oak year after year!” year after year because of the great students that come year after year!” 39
  40. 40. MR. ARTURO BYRD “A lot has changed in my position over the past few years. I have to write a daily log of my activities for the HISD Police Department. The decision to stay at Pin Oak was in the hands of God. There was a time when I wanted to go to Iraq. There was also a time when I went to Chavez High School and became a teacher. But, God led me right back to Pin Oak! This is where I belong for now. I am ordained by God to be the Officer at Pin Oak…until he says otherwise.” MS. GAIL HAMILTON“I have taught eighth grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra at PinOak since the school opened. As the school changed, I wasin C House and then in B House and now I am back in CHouse. Pin Oak is a great school, and I am proud to havebeen among the many capable staff members who haveworked together to ensure its excellence. Why have I stayedso long? Where else could one go that is better? Pin Oakrules!” MR. WAYMON MOORE “like the open environment of the school, the diversity of the staff and students, as well as the opportunity to be creative. I believe that we offer great support to the students and staff. I love my job! I love the team of teachers that I work with.” Pioneer noun (plural pi·o·neers) Definition: 1. inventor or innovator: a person or group that is the first to do something or that leads in developing something new Encarta Dictionary 40
  41. 41. MRS. ANNE MILLER-POWELL “I moved to Houston, TX. in Sept. of 2002 from Lafayette, La. My areas of certification were English, Social Studies and Secondary School Principal .My first and only job interview was at Pin Oak Middle School. After having taught in the states of Indiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and now Texas I realized shortly after my arrival at POMS that I had found my “niche”. My work experience from 2002- to the present: •2002-ELA sixth grade House C •ELA Dept. Chair • U.S. History eighth grade House A • Social Studies Dept. Chair •2005 Pin Oak Teacher of the Year Presently, I am the Instructional Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, and Title I Contact Person at Pin Oak Middle School. My experience here can be summed up in the CBUPO Theory by Richard Sagor. In order to be motivated, teachers and students need to feel satisfied in the areas of competence, belonging, usefulness, potency, and optimism. I believe that we receive ‘REGULAR’ doses of CBUPO here at Pin Oak Middle. I plan to remain here until my retirement!”MRS. ADINA COVACI- PRINCE “I have been here since 2002 and have seen lots of changes such as smaller classes, a new textbook which is a great thing for both students and teachers, “Pin Oak is a and the magnet program has become stronger every fun year. I love Pin Oak. This is the main reason I have been here since 2002.” place to be. It is our home away from home.” 41
  42. 42. MS. SABRINA BRAXTON “When I first started, I was teaching Creative Writing and taught Public Speaking as an elective. I was also the only teacher in the 7B hallway. I taught 7th grade English in B110 for six years, and for the past two years I have been teaching 6th grade English in A house. I believe in longevity. Pin Oak is an amazing school with a really down to earth staff. Some people believe that the grass may be greener on the other side. I feel, "if it isnt broke, dont try to fix it!" MS. JOYCE BALLARD “I still teach 6th grade Reading in House B, but I am now Cluster Leader as well. I actually did leave in 06-07 and taught 4th grade in Ohio, but I soon realized that there really is NO place like Pin Oak and came back as fast as I could. I love the people I work with and the students are incredibly amazing.” MS. GLORIA BUTLER “My job description has not changed. I am still teaching health/physical education. We have more activities that the students can participate in during the school year. I have chosen to stay at Pin Oak because we have the best students and staff.”“There is no place like Pin Oakbecause the teachers are down toearth and we have the best students.” 42
  43. 43. MR. ALBERT FERNANDEZ “I started here as the only Spanish teacher my first year. I worked with Ms. Covaci, the French teacher. Back then, Ms. Covaci and I were the Foreign Language Department. The next year, Mr. Carrillo joined the team as another Spanish teacher. In 2004, I became the Magnet Coordinator and Mr. McDonough and I began the process of expanding the Foreign Language Department. Now we have six languages and one of the best Magnet programs in the District. The languages that we offer are: Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Chinese, and Hebrew. Currently, I am the House A Principal, So my responsibilities have changed a lot over the past seven years.” “I am still at Pin Oak because it is a wonderful school. All the teachers and staff are great and the students are amazing. I love the diversity of the school and how people from all cultures and backgrounds come together to help each other achieve great things.” MS. SHERRI POWELL“When I first came to Pin Oak, I was a full-timeTechnology teacher. During the 2002-2003 school year, Ionly taught Technical Applications to 7th and 8th graders.Over the next few years, my job description changedfrom Tech teacher to Tech teacher plus Tech Support. Inaddition to teaching Tech Applications, I also teachDigital Publishing, Web Design, and the ChargerMagazine which I created in the Spring of 2003. I alsobecame the Campus Lead Mentor in 2004. Although Ihave my work cut out for me, I enjoy what I do. I love PinOak, its staff and students. What keeps me at Pin Oak,year after year is simple; I haven’t found grass that ismuch greener!”HAPPY 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PIN OAK!By Olivia Brown and Destini Williams 43
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