7th Grade Summer Homework Tips 2015

Hello 7th grade! We hope you are enjoying your summer. There have been some concerns with summer homework. Please use the following information below to help troubleshoot your issues.

Issue #1: New students to POMS and returning students who forgot their login to Explore Learning.

  1. Go to www.explorelearning.com
  2. Register for a free trial (using the orange tab on the top right of the screen). This will give you a 30 day trial to complete Gizmos. You will receive your new login from your science teacher once the school year starts.

Issue #2: Gizmo NOT loading on your computer

  1. You need Adobe Flash Player.
  2. The easiest way to load the flash player is right click over the Gizmo. It will prompt you to upload the Adobe Flash Player – say yes. (The process maybe be different for MAC vs. PC)

If you still have concerns please email:
Mrs. Coffman-Fujiwara (KCOFFMA1@houstonisd.org) or Ms. Mulready (MMULREAD@houstonisd.org)

Note: Both of our emails can also be found on the POMS website.


Pin Oak Directory Information

student directory

2015-2016 Pin Oak Directory

It’s time to provide/update your contact information for the 2015-2016 Directory.

Click on the link and provide/update/review your information.

Questions? Want to advertise in the Directory?
E-mail us at pinoakdirectory@gmail.com


2015-2016 Charger Camp

Pin Oak students – Be sure to attend Charger Camp before school starts!

The first day of school will not be as hectic as usual at Pin Oak Middle School. The POMS PTO is organizing several Charger Camps to prepare students for the 2015–2016 school year. In August, students can visit the school for orientation before school officially begins.

During these sessions, students will learn their way around the building, find their assigned locker, and purchase a combination lock. They will also have a chance to acquire physical education clothing and learn about uniform rules. The schedule is as follows:

  • Grade
  • Date
  • Time

  • 6th Grade
  • Thursday, August 20
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • 7th Grade
  • Wednesday, August 19
  • 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, August 19
  • 1 – 4 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details later in the summer.


Pin Oak Summer Hours


Through July 31, 2015, the Pin Oak Office will be open

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM



Earn 60 Bonus Box Tops at HEB


Earn 60 Bonus Box Tops at HEB when you buy 10 participating products in one shopping trip between June 17-30, 2015.

Visit http://cashforyoureducation.com/offers to learn more details.


Lost & Found

If you have lost items at Pin Oak or a Pin Oak related event and they have been recovered, these items will be available from May 25-28. Afterwards, all items will be donated to a local charity.

Special note – jackets from the auction night still have yet to be claimed. This is the final notice on these jackets as well. If you think one of these jackets is yours, please contact Andy Chan at andychanwues@yahoo.com.


Thank a Teacher, Gift Our School: Target’s “Thanks a Billion!” Donations


Thanks to everyone who participated in Target’s  “Thanks a Billion” campaign. Target gave away ALL of the $5 million to various schools from the promotion in a few short days and it has now closed the giveaway program.


Giving Tree – New Installations

Newly dedicated “leaves” and “boulders” were installed on the Giving Tree earlier this month. Stop by the school entryway to look for yours or your friends!

If you missed the opportunity this spring to “leave” a lasting impression at POMS, no worries! You can place an order at anytime at: http://pinoakpto.org/pin-oak-tree. (Please note, installation typically occurs once or twice a year.)

We appreciate all those who supported our school with an order. These proceeds help provide funding for teacher grants and student advocacy. Many thanks to Janann Pittman who coordinated the Giving Tree dedications and installations this past school year.



Your PTO Dollars at Work – Spring Grants

Spring 2015

We appreciate our parents and our community for the wonderful support given through generous donations of time, energy and money. Thanks to you, your PTO has been able to support our teachers and students in a myriad of ways. This spring, we were able to provide funding for the following grant requests:

  • 3 Mobile Laptop Carts with 30 Laptops apiece


  • Go-Math work-texts for all 2015-2016 students
  • Mimio Votes and Privacy Screens for Math Classrooms
  • CPO Science Crazy Traits Equipment Module, 8 sets of CPO science Atom Building Game, electronic balances, hands-on science models and materials for 8th grade
  • Replacement of History Textbooks
  • Books for 6th grade reading groups and literacy circles.


  • Materials for ELL (English Language Learner) students
  • Learning Materials for SpEd students


  • Magazines for Foreign Language program
  • Headphones for LOTE (language) iPad carts


  • Smaller sized cello instruments and strings
  • Vibraphone for band
  • Guitars, both full and half-sized, racks on which to store guitars
  • Choir Uniforms, Storage & CD Players


  • Snap-circuits and cardboard for Engineering Elective


  • “Intro. to Golf” materials for PE, including left-handed golf clubs
  • PA System for gym


  • Reupholstery of Common Areas Furniture
  • School improvements to Front Office
  • Outdoor picnic tables


Uniform Day


This is a time you can come to school and try on sample sizes for ordering uniforms for next year!! Also, a time to fill out the uniform order form and make your payment in cash, check or charge. Make sure that you have the uniforms you need for the start of the new school year!!!

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Where: In the Pin Oak Café

Get the word out to any new students you know!

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