CREATING THE CONDITIONS TO MAKE OUR WORLD BETTER

Parents/Guardians

Hello Parents!  Welcome to Preston Middle School! Please look over this page for current infromation, or feel free to look through the tabs on the top of this page, as well as the quicklinks to the right side to learn more about our great school!

If you are not able to find what you are looking for, please let us know by calling 970-488-7300.

Principal: Amy Schmer, 
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Matkin - Assistant Principal:  Bill Saint
Dean Of Students: Kyle Healy

School Hours: 7:45-2:35pm

Doors open to Students at 7:15am


Attendance: 970-490-3059 to call in absence for your student.

Please provide your students ID and a very brief reason for absence. 

For attendance questions, call 970-488-7351


Click on the links below for information

For student activities, times, and locations, see the "Activities" tab at the top of this page.

For student appointments during school hours: Pick up Proceedures

If it is necessary for you to take your student during the school day, please follow the early dismissal procedure outlined below:

Send your student to school with a note requesting the specific time that you would like him/her to meet you in the front office.
Have your student drop this note by the main office first thing in the morning in exchange for an early dismissal pass.
Have your student give this early dismissal pass to the teacher they have during the period that they will be leaving school. Your student may need to remind their teacher when it is time for them to be dismissed from class.
Meet and sign your student out in th main office at your requested dismissal time.


NEW INFORMATION THIS SCHOOL YEAR: 

Office Hours and Access
The Preston main office is open each day, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. All doors, including the front doors to our school are locked throughout the school day, except for a brief window before and after school for students to enter and exit the building. This year we will use the door buzzer at the front door during the school day to unlock the door for students, parents, and/or visitors. If you arrive and the doors are locked, please push the button on the outside intercom system on the purple wall to the right of the front doors and wait for a response. You will hear the lock disengage
We also ask parents and/or visitors that visit or drop off anything during the school day to park in the parking lot. Please do not park anywhere in the front fire lane for any length of time at any point in time. We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to ensure safety for our Preston community.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

6th Grade Students and New 7th/8th Grade Students

Poudre School District’s Provided Device program gives students access to a mobile laptop device, allowing the digital learning to continue in and out of school. For your student to be ready for this 1:1 rollout, you will need to do a few steps.  Below are links that Poudre School District has put to together to help with this process and introduce some computer/internet safety tips.  There is a one-time middle school fee of $50.00. This fee covers some of the cost associated with providing students a device. Please pay this one-time fee on SchoolPay.  Laptops will be checked out to students once the one-time fee has been paid and the PSD Provided Device User Agreement has been completed and turned in to your child’s English teacher.

PSD Provided Device Resources: At this site, please look at the following items:

PSD Provided Device Effective Practices- Short video

PSD Family & Student Computer Handbook

PSD Provided Device User Agreement- Please sign and return this document to your child’s English teacher

The Family and Student user agreement form will be distributed to all 6th grade students during the 6th grade Transition day on August 21, 2018. All new 7th and 8th grade students to PSD/Preston will get this form from their 6th hour teacher on the first day of school on August 22, 2018.

Once the form is completed by a parent/guardian, your child will turn it into the same teacher the following day.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Preston Middle School. We look forward to another great year with this exciting 1:1 technology opportunity.


See Home page for Current Events and Announcements


DIRECT DOLLAR DONATION

Preston Administration is partnering with the Preston Parent Organization to commence The Preston Direct Dollars Donation for the 2018-19 school year. The direct dollars donation allows for 100% of the monies donated to directly benefit Preston students. Our main goal is to help make your child’s educational experience at Preston the best it can be. The Preston Direct Dollars Donations are intended to raise monies to support our students and school. The fund provides families an opportunity to contribute to a variety of school-wide needs. By contributing to The Preston Direct Dollars Donation, you are ensuring that Preston will continue to achieve the high levels of academic success and stellar community involvement that has been recognized for over twenty-three years. Your generosity is what allows Preston to continue to Make The World a Better Place! If you are interested in donating, please click HERE here to view the Direct Dollars Donation Form. We also sent each Preston family a paper copy of the docation form. If you decide to donate, please complete the form and return it with your donation in an envelope to the Preston Main Office or make your donation through the PSD online payment portal,  SchoolPay. We happily accept donations throughout the school year.


Office Depot OfficeMax GIVEBACK to Schools Program

Here is another easy simple way to donate to Preston by simply shopping at Office Depot or Office Max. Present this card at checkout. Thank you for the many ways you support Preston Middle School.


Preston's Parenting Support Group:

Being a parent of a middle school-aged child is challenging!  Kids are in a phase of life that is like no other, and there is help along the path as you guide your child into young adulthood.  Join us to discuss what is normal at this stage, what is cause for concern, and how to set boundaries and get your needs met while allowing them to make decisions and experience natural consequences.  Come with a concern, or come to listen. . .we will all learn together and become better parents. 

Meeting Dates: First Semester:  

  • December 14  - 7:45-8:45

Second Semester:

  • January 11th  -  11:00-12:00 & 24th - 7:45-8:00
  • February 1st - 11:00-12:00 &  28th - 11:00-12:00, 
  • March 8th -  11:00-12:00,  &   29th  -  7:45-8:45a, 
  • April 4th - 11:00-12:00 &  19th -  7:45-8:45, 
  • May 3rd -  7:45-8:45am

EXPECT RESPECT / CAREER CRUISING

In support of our mission: CREATING THE CONDITIONS TO MAKE OUR WORLD BETTER, Preston Middle School is implementing a social-emotional learning program called Expect Respect.  Expect Respect consists of four core lessons that teachers will be presenting throughout the  school year.  Expect Respect focuses on social climate and teaches students the core values of respect, safety, and responsibility.  If you have any questions please contact Krista Summers at kristas@psdschools.org or call 488-7305.

Dates for the program : September 17, October 15, November 15, December 12, March 12, & April 15.   Altered Schedule for these dates: TBD. 


INFORMATION:

SportsEngine is new to PSD this school year.   

  • Registration for all sports will be through this site
  • Payment through SchoolPay is available at the end of the registration process
  • For a Guide to use SportsEngine 
  1. Click on the SportsEngine Link HERE
  2. Hover over the HOME tab
  3. Click on "For Parents"
  4. Click on the "Download Guide" PDF

Safe2Tell

Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.  Not sure if you should report your concern?

See Reasons to Report HERE.

Mental Health Services from PSD information HERE


Here Comes The Bus App

PSD has adopted the "Here Comes the Bus" app to help parents know where their child's bus is. Here Comes the Bus, which provides the real-time location of each bus, can be accessed through desktop or mobile devices. The information is secure, provided to parents through a private ID that grants access to only their child's bus information.

The app is available in the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play. To create an account, use the PSD school code 75840.

For more information: https://www.psdschools.org/programs-services/transportation/live-bus-updates



CALENDARS: 

  Purple/Teal Calendar. Daily Schedule,  PSD School Year Calendar 

Link to PSD Parent Page.


MAP OF PRESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Click on Link HERE


Bus Pass Information:

Click HERE for your students Bus Information.

Click on BUS PLANNER WEBSITE, TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY, then enter your students address to get the AM & PM bus schedule as well as the location of their stop. This link can also be used to fill out Buss Passes to ride with other students. 

Alternative Bus Route If your student will need to go to a different stop on a regular basis throughout the school year. Please fill out this form with transportation.


School Pay 

To sign up to Pay Fees Online with SCHOOL PAY  ( fees apply with credit or debit cards online ) - Click on this link for more guidance  SCHOOL PAY FAQ  - If you are paying stuedent fees with cash or check no service charges are applied.

  • FOR LUNCH ACCOUNTS: How to set up a LOW BALACE EMAIL ALERT -  video
  • SETTING UP AUTO PAY WITH LUNCH ACCOUNT - video
  • REVIEW YOUR TRANSACTION HISTORY - video
  • ADDING A STUDENT TO PC ACCOUNT - video
  • EDITING STORED PAYMENT INFO - video

Preston Middle School Fees and Other Select Charges ~ For list of class and activity fees. Payments can also be taken in the front office by Mrs. Reed.


Free and Reduced Meals Application:

Click HERE

  • Students who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price school meal program may also be exempt from other fees and charges. To waive certain fees, parents will have to complete an "Information Release Form" online (document is available under "Forms" in ParentVue). Allow time to recieve approval from the application before porceeding to this step.
  • Once you have selected FORMS, select Permission to Share, then select "Permission To Share Application."

Parent & Student Handbook to review Attendance guidelines, Cell phone use, dresscode as well as other expectations at Preston Middle School.


SchoolMessenger:

Voice Message Retrieval Line: Beginning August 2, 2018 all PSD and school phone calls will come from one main phone number: (866) 316-3462. Please save this in your contacts.

When parents receive or miss a phone call from PSD and/or a school, the voice message will be saved.

  • Parents can access up to 10 saved voice messages by simply calling back the number above.
  • If you call from a phone other than the one that received the voice message, you may be prompted to enter the phone number on file with PSD to access the retrieval line.
  • When you call the message retrieval line, messages will play in reverse order (most recent voice message plays first).
  • Voice messages will play in the language they were sent (English, Spanish, Korean or Chinese).
  • There is no ability to delete or forward voice messages. This is simply a replay mechanism to hear voice messages parents may have missed.

Text Opt-In: PSD and schools can send text messages to parents with a valid SMS phone number on file in Synergy, PSD’s student information system. In order to receive text messages, parents must:

Have a valid SMS phone number on file in Synergy (Parents can add/change this number via the Synergy parent portal called ParentVUE or by calling their school.)
Opt-in to receive text messages through their mobile carrier (standard messaging rates apply).

To opt-in, please text YES to 67587.
Parents will receive an automatic text confirmation that they will now receive messages from Poudre School District (both the district and schools).

Please remember, parent and guardian phone numbers, emails, language for communications and addresses are pulled directly from PSD’s student information system. To update this information, please contact your school. 970-488-7309 Mrs. Chavez. 


HUMAN SEXUALITY UNIT PERMISSION SLIP for Mrs. Bonilla or Mrs.Simpson - Please print a copy to send with your student to class if you haven't already.


Start now with planning for college. COLLEGE IN COLORADO. HERE is a link to find out more.

College Admission tool ~ FAFSA when? Calculator ~ ASSET website ~ Scholarships ~ Plus a guided tour through the site


Volunteering at Preston: 

To Volunteer for any field trips and other activities, please register with PSD HERE. There is no need to register every year, but please log in each year and update your personal information, and schools where you are currently volunteering.

Each morning, the Main Office uses a volunteer from 7:15-8:15am to assist students and parents with late passes, bus passes, dropped off items, etc.  We are compiling a list of people to serve as substitutes if the weekly office volunteers cannot make it.  Substitutes will be contacted on an as needed basis.  We are looking for 3 substitutes each day in hopes 1 will be available on short notice.  Please feel free to sign up for multiple days to sub, and as indicated in the sign-up, please email your preferred contact information to prestonvolunteers@gmail.com so it can be confidentially provided to the office staff.    Please contact the Main Office with questions:  pumaoffice@psdschools.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


BOXTOPS and MORNING FRESH MILK CAPS

~Thank you for sending your Box Tops and Milk Caps in.  We will continue to collect throughout the year. 


PPO 

 School Spirit Store is open on M-W-F before school and at lunch time.