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Ms. Meloni Puishes, Principal
Meloni Puishes is Principal of Kingsland School, a K-8 grade public school that opened on Aug. 23, 2016.
Puishes, a native of West Texas, has almost 20 years of experience in public education and comes to Kingsland School from the Austin Independent School District where she served as Assistant Principal at Dan Mills Elementary and Covington Middle School.
She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas El Paso and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Texas Tech Highland Lakes in Marble Falls.
Hello Laker Nation! Be sure to check out my weekly "blogs" below for the latest in happenings on the Kingsland campus from my perspective. I will try to keep all families updated on special activities, completion of the plaza construction, special "shout outs" to our constituents and all things Kingsland School during this school year.
Rain, Family Night, Student Illnesses & MorePosted by Meloni Puishes on 12/7/2018 3:55:00 PM
Good afternoon everyone! The weather outside is frightful! But our week has been delightful! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) Nine point five school days until Winter Break and I am getting excited and a little silly. So are the kids.I want to say thank you to Arlett and Sara for getting our lobby into the spirit. Today I have seen parents and volunteers and teachers working steadily to create seasonal scenes all around the campus and it is looking quite festive. The PTO is supposed to be here this evening and I know with their help visitors and students should have their socks knocked off when they walk in next week.Yesterday and today the 5-8th grade students went to the Science Mill in Johnson City. I believe a good time was had by all - they definitely looked worn out when they got back. Please don't forget to ask them about the experience when they get home tonight. Thank you to everyone who drove the kids as well. You could let me know what you liked best about it too. I am interested in your input.I also want to say thank you to Amy Whynott, Cindy Tripp, and Sabrina Smith for working with our students to get them prepared to go to the regional tournaments next week in Chess and Spelling! I know our kids are going to have a great experience with the competition.Please don't forget - Our Peppermint Holiday Gift Shop opens on Monday! Students can purchase gifts for family and friends all week. The times for the gift shop will be posted to our Facebook Page so look for them there.Family Night is coming up this Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30. The theme is Reading and we will have rooms set up for storytelling, poetry reading, picture book reading, and perhaps a book talk or two. (I could use some help with beverages and cookies for this one. I was thinking about some hot cider and some hot cocoa and sugar cookies. Please shoot me an email if you can lend a hand.)On a more serious note - we have some housekeeping that needs to be taken care of as we move into the winter season.
Enjoy your weekend! Stay warm and dry.
- Please do not send your student to school if they are sick or if they have been sick in the past 24 hours. Per the Student Handbook:
When your child is ill, please contact the School to let us know he or she will not be attending that day. Students must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication, and must be free of vomiting/diarrhea without the use of diarrhea suppressing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse or designee. If the nurse or designee determines that the child should go home, the nurse or designee will contact the parent.
If you are bringing your child to school for breakfast - remember that we serve from 7:00 am until 7:30 am only. If your student does not eat at home with you and arrives after 7:30 am we will not give them cereal and juice.
Please remember to check with your student's teacher before bring edible treats to the classroom. We need 24 hours advance notice so that we can make arrangements for students with food allergies or for those not able to participate due to religious beliefs.
Don't forget - the class donation for New Horizons gifts are due by Tuesday, December 11. (Check previous emails and your students backpack for the class lists.) The towels have been embroidered and the gift bags are ready. We just need to stuff them.
- Please do not send your student to school if they are sick or if they have been sick in the past 24 hours. Per the Student Handbook:
Spelling, Chess & ArtPosted by Meloni Puishes on 12/6/2018 3:00:00 PM
Today we held our Campus Spelling Bee! It was so much fun and the students were amazing! I heard one of our 1st graders shout out, "That's impressive!"
The overall winner of the Spelling Bee was Asher Galyon - he survived 12 rounds. This second grade student held his own with kids from 3rd grade on up.
Unfortunately Asher will not be moving on to the regional competition in San Antonio next week. Students must be in 4th grade and above to compete in Regionals. Here are the classroom winners:
Kindergarten - Magdalena Espinoza
1st Grade - Finleigh Eledge
2nd Grade - Asher Galyon
3rd Grade - Bailey Millegan
4th Grade - Natalie Armknecht
5th grade - Niko Riggs
6th Grade - Makenzie Howell, Slade Kilpatrick
7th Grade - Ava Beck
8th Grade - Logan Leming
These students will be traveling to San Antonio on December 11. We will leave school at 2:00 to be at check-in by 4:30. The address is Jubilee Lake View University Prep, 325 Castroville Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78207. Competition starts at 5:00pm.
Our Chess Club is also doing wonderful things! They are going to Regionals on Monday, January 10. We are proud to be sending the following teams
:4th - 6th Grade Team -
6th - 8th Grade Teams
We will leave campus at 2:00 in order to be ready for sign in at 4:30 and competition at 5:00. This competition will be held at Por Vida Academy, 1135 Mission Road, San Antonio, Texas 78210.
Also on December 11, we are having two of our student's, Emaleth Zargallows and Ahmala Zargallows, art work featured at the Burnet County Courthouse. Please stop in between 9:00 and 11:00 and check it out!
Don't forget! Our Peppermint Village Gift Shop will be opening this coming Monday! Look for the flyers in your student's back packs!
Technology Updates and Veterans Day CelebrationPosted by Meloni Puishes on 10/29/2018 10:00:00 AM
Greetings, All! What a beautiful day people! I hope you have found something wonderful to do outside with your family today (Sunday). I'm going to do a little yard work and play with the dogs. As we get closer and closer to the end of the year these days will be few and far between I am afraid.This past week we got or feet back under us and I was able to set eyes on all of you - so I felt a lot better about the status of this community. Thank you to everyone who donated water to the school (the family of Alyssa Medina, the Wolsey family, the Garza family, the Caraway family, and the National Guard (thank you to the Glenn family, the Galyon family, the Taylor family, Constable Bill for thinking of us.))Mrs. Shirey helped to organize us with a save the empty water bottles drive and found a place in Marble Falls that will allow us to bring our plastics for recycling. Great call Mrs. Shirey. When I left for conference on Tuesday, the food donations looked to be going very well. I can't wait to see how much we have ready to donate tomorrow. Our Read-A-Thon is moving right along and from what I understand headed towards great success. Remember it has been extended to November the 7th. Keep reading!I took pictures of the National Guard, Ken Freeman, and our kids testing their balloon powered cars last week. I was really looking forward to posting them here. Then my phone died. In Houston. Before I left. No map. (I have forgotten the old ways.) I now have a new phone, but can't figure out how to get the pictures on it. Maybe I will get some help with that this afternoon. Anyway - the best laid plans and all - no pictures today. But soon.Our eighth grade students began using technology to team with Gateway Prep this week. Mr. Spruiell is spearheading innovation and working with Mike Miller over there to team teach 8th grade social studies. (Eight grade parents we will have for more information on that on November 5 when we are rescheduling the eight grade parent meeting.) I understand the first attempt was good and the kids and teachers all enjoyed the experience.Our Veterans' Day Celebration is coming up on November 9th at 10:00 am. The Highland Lakes Men's Chorus is performing for us again this year. Our students will also have a part in the program. Please make plans to attend. I also would appreciate a list of veterans from your family so that we may prepare our stars. Please send these with your student (in their planner would be a great place to write this) by Wednesday the 31st.The weather is calling to me guys...so let me give you the schedule for next week:
- Oct. 30 - 6:00 - 7:30 Fall Festival games and fun for Everyone (no costumes please)
- Nov. 5 - 3:15 - 4:00 Eight grade parent meeting (Debby Phillip's room)
- Nov. 6 - Awards Assemblies (Kindergarten -4th grade @ 10:00 and 5th -8th @ 2:00)
- Nov. 9 - Veterans' Day Celebration 10:00am Highland Lakes Mens' Chorus to Perform along with Kingsland Students
- Nov. 15 - Family Night 6:30 - 7:30 Family Picture Night (The Story of Us)
- Nov. 16 - Fall Picture Retakes
- Nov. 16 - Half Day - students released at 11:45 for Thanksgiving Break
- November 19-23 Thanksgiving Break
October is Here & New Science LabPosted by Meloni Puishes on 10/5/2018 3:00:00 PM
October is in full swing and we are off to a great start! Our science lab is finished, our foyer furniture is in, the art tables have come in and we making memories!
This week 2nd grade made applesauce and studied about Johnny Appleseed and all about apples! Check out the Kingsland School PTO Facebook page for pictures of them learning so much!. Yesterday the 8th grade went into the lab and built models of molecules -
And now we prepare for a four day weekend. Can it get any better? Well, yes it can!
Monday, October 8, Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00
Tuesday, October 9, Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00
Wednesday, October 10, Fire Prevention Demonstration 11:00-12:00 (K-2 eat at 10:30) Lunches adjusted
October 17th Field Trip for 3 and 4 - Hot Air Balloon
October 17th Read-A-Thon begins (Ends on the 31st)
October 19th - End of 1st 9 weeks
October 20th - Cross Country Regionals - San Antonio
October 22 - Assembly for 5th-8th 9:00 - 10:00 "The Power of Choice"
October 23 - Awards Assemblies K-4 @ 10:00, 5-8@2:00
October 27 - Community Center Halloween Carnival Cake Walk (Please donate Baked Goods - homemade or from Bakery)
October 30 - Family Night - Fall Festival and Title I Presentation 6:30-7:30
And just a bit more - Please remember to pack a eating utensil (fork or spoon) with your student's lunch. Please do not send soda! And if you are teaching your student to pack their own lunch - please check to see they packed more than cupcakes and cookies. We are trying to help them eat a balanced lunch- not the lunch Mrs. Puishes prefers.😊
Fall Arrives; New Teacher; Upcoming EventsPosted by Meloni Puishes on 9/23/2018
Good Sunday Morning y'all! I hope this missive finds you all well and happy and dry on this first morning of Fall. The weather is is nice and cool and I can't tell who is more excited - me or the Shepard posse.
Great news! We are welcoming our new first grade teacher, Mrs. Julie Sueltenfuss, tomorrow. She is a fully certified and highly qualified teacher with several years of experience and I know she is going to be great with our students! Make sure you introduce yourself when you see her this week. (And for the next few weeks as she learns your names.)
I needed to send out a lot of information this week to you in regards to this week's Family Night, Volunteers, the Garden, and this week's General PTO meeting. So, the copier went out. (ALL COPIERS have this warped sense of humor.) I'll be sending this information home with your student tomorrow, so please check their backpacks and take-home folders. I am also attaching it to this email. If your friends don't have access to this newsletter, our PTO Facebook page, our Facebook page, or our web-page, please share the information with them. (Just to be sure they know - share it anyway.)
Parents, please take note. It is imperative that your student attend school when they are well. I understand that I have asked you to keep them home if they are contagious for at least 24 hours without medication. That is to help keep us all from getting sick. However, students must attend a set number of minutes per year in order to promote into the next grade level.
This works out to about 18 days of absence per year that are allowed. (Please see the handbook located on our website.) This also includes minutes that are counted as out due to tardies. As the weather cools off and the mornings are darker, it is more and more difficult to get up and at it, I know. Students who arrive late miss important minutes of instruction. We start our morning meeting at 7:40 and classes begin at 7:45 with the pledges and moment of silence. Teachers begin their lessons immediately after this and many of our late students are missing 10 to 15 minutes of those lessons. Over the course of a week that can add up to 50 minutes or more of missed instruction. I can tell you this puts your student behind in a hurry and leads to poor grades and the need for tutoring to catch up. If you are struggling with tardies, please give me a call and we can brainstorm some ideas to help with the morning routine.
This next week is going to be so MUCH FUN!
- Tuesday - General PTO meeting from 6:30 - 7:30
Students presenting projects from Social Studies and Science
Opportunities to get involved with the school community in multitudes of ways
Opportunities to present ideas to help us grow
- Wednesday - Cross Country Meet - Marble Falls (After School)
Thursday - Family Art Night - 6:30 - 7:30
Paint the Bug
Create a Mural
- Garden Day - 8:00 - 12:00
All classes will be working on garden projects tied to Social Studies and Science Lessons
(Fall planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, etc.)
- In October things do not slow down! Mark your calendar -
October 5 - Fall Pictures
Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school)
October 8 - Evening Conferences
October 9 - Morning Conferences
October 8th - Read-A-Thon Begins
October 10 - 7th and 8th Grade PSAT testing
October 17 - 3rd and 4th Field Trip to see Hot Air Balloon
October 19 - End of first nine weeks (I know! Right?)
October 20- Cross Country Regionals in San Antonio
October 23 - Awards Assembly - K-4@ 10:00, 5-8@2:00
October 27 - Cake Walk Booth @ Community Center Halloween Celebration
October 30 - Family Night 6:00 -7:30 Fall Festival/Carnival
Whoooo! So much. I can't wait!
- Tuesday - General PTO meeting from 6:30 - 7:30
Illnesses, Grades & "Shout Outs"Posted by Meloni Puishes on 9/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Good Friday Morning everyone! It has been a great week here at Kingsland School. The kids are happy and engaged and the teachers are providing great lessons. I have had time to go by and watch classes a lot this week and I am so proud of our campus.
Please do us a favor and help us keep the students here. Do not send your student to school if they have been ill with a fever/diarrhea/vomiting until these symptoms have been gone for 24 hours without medication. This Thursday we had eight kids out with fever, chills, and sore throats. I am home with it too. We must work as a team to keep each other here and I would really appreciate the help.
Students who have lice - yes it is an issue - need to be treated. Please refer to the notes I sent home and emailed earlier this week.. If you have questions about this please give me a call and I will see what I can do to help.
You should be seeing a progress report from your student when they come home today. If you have questions or concerns please contact the teacher and arrange for a meeting during their conferences. (You can find their email addresses on our webpage (kingslandschooltx.org)if you do not have them at this time.) Kindergarten and 1st grade have been blessed to have Margo Lane and David Tripp, respectively, this past two weeks. They have grades and I planned to put them into Blackboard today, but it will have to wait until Monday. I apologize. (I am working very hard to find permanent teachers for the positions and I have some candidates lined up.)
Thank you to Arlette Long, Benita Riggs, and Mary Gonzales. Our Library is looking FABULOUS. Thank you also to Brandon Riggs for removing the broken tree branch. Thank you to Kevin and Jonathan Neel for the donation of wood chips for our garden. Thank you Bethina Craigen for getting them to do this and for caring for the garden all year. I also want to say thank you to Jesse Spruiell. He did NOT give up on the project of getting the radios to talk to one another. He also fixed our swing and hung our mailboxes, ALL while teaching and going back to school.
Lastly, thank you so much to all the parents who drove us to Marble Falls and attended the Space field trip. Without you guys we would not get to do these trips.
Constitution Week begins
Vison Screening on the 18th
PTO Board meeting on the 18 - 6:00pm
September 25th - General PTO Meeting and performances by the kids
September 26th Cross Country Meet at Marble Falls - Times to follow.
Cooler Temps With Activities Heating UpPosted by Meloni Puishes on 9/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
Good Friday afternoon parents! Our short week has come to an end and I for one am grateful. The rain has cooled us off, and I just heard they lifted the burn ban in Llano County. (Please be careful though - it is still super dry out there.) Things are beginning to fall into place around here and our systems are looking good! Thank you to everyone for the ideas and the patience.
In August, I sent home a packet of papers for you all to fill out. These forms are/were for returning students only. Please make sure you have turned the back to your student's teacher and make sure you have gone to the link
using Google Chrome as the internet browser to update your information and complete all your forms. If you need assistance or lack access to a computer or internet, please come to the school and we will assist you. The user name and password are the same as the one you created when you registered your student. We need this information before the 15th so please help us out.
I want to thank everyone who jumped in and volunteered to help our kids and their substitutes this week. The first day was a little rocky with little ones missing their teacher but Mrs. Lane and Mr. Tripp are fabulous and a lot of learning has taken place!
Mr. David Smiles came by and gave a special science presentation for our 3rd and 4th grade in prelude to our field trip this next week. Thank you for spending your time with us. We can't wait to see the balloon.
This coming week we have a lot of stuff going on!
Tuesday - 9/11 moment of silence at 9:46 am, Texas First Responder's Day
Wednesday - 3rd and 4th grade field trip to Community Center Field for Hot Air Balloon Demonstration (Turn in your permission slips!)
Thursday - 5th and 6th grade Field trip to Space Expo (Turn in your permission slip!)
Friday - 7th and 8th grade Field trip to Space Expo (Turn in your permission slip!)
9/18 Vision Screening
9/18 PTO Board Meeting 6:00pm
9/25 General PTO Board Meeting 6:30 pm - Students presenting Constitution Week Projects and Science Safety Projects
9/26 Cross Country Meet at Marble Falls (after school)
9/27 Family Night 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meet the Teacher Night and AbsenteeismPosted by Meloni Puishes on 8/31/2018 6:00:00 PM
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen!
I am so sorry this is coming to you so late in the day - our internet and phones went down around 11:30 and the connection never came up reliably, so I am working from home and Northland Cable is working on the school.
A million and one thank yous for last night! Our "Meet the Teacher" night was a huge success. HEB Buddy was there, Subway donated cookies, the PTO provided snacks and the teachers showed off the great things that have been accomplished in under ten days! I am so proud to be a part of this and beyond proud of these fine teachers and staff!
I will be sending out pictures as we move forward in the year, but I don't have any from last night. Please look on our Facebook page and see the nice things Mr. Turner put up. (Thank you Tommy!)
We are now accepting visitors in the new front office located at the Plaza location. Please make sure you check in with Sara at the front desk and she will get you situated. We do need our scholars to be at school more than at home - you miss a lot when you don't attend. Please try to limit your student's absences to times they are running a fever over 100 or are - how do you put it politely - suffering from uncontrolled leakage.
Really, please refer to the student handbook on our website - www.kingslandschooltx.org - for guidance or give me a call. Doctor appointments and other excursions during the school day, and early pick up disrupts your student's learning so I ask you to be mindful of that.
We ask that you give us suggestions as to how we might streamline pick up or make the office procedures more efficient as we adjust to our expansion. You may see something that we do not. I always appreciate a fresh set of eyes and ideas of how to fix things when I hear how things are not working well.
Enjoy your three day weekend and stay safe with the kids. It is about to get BUSY! (I'm not including a list this week because I want EVERYONE to take a little breath.)
Our Community's GenerosityPosted by Meloni Puishes on 8/15/2018 5:00:00 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen we are blessed and continue to be humbled by the generosity of our community!
This afternoon, 4T Propane dropped off 100 backpacks full of school supplies for our students! Cameron and Heather Travis and Peggy W. reached out to the community on our behalf and the response was overwhelming! Thank you to all who made this possible. There was even money left over and the significant donation has been put into savings for our kids as the year progresses.
If your student is in need of supplies they are going to be available. We have most of them divided by grade level and these will be in the classroom for the kids to pick up as the other students are getting their Edukits or unpacking their supplies on Monday morning. If your student needs these please send the teacher a quick note that says "My student needs a backpack " and we will hook them up.
If you see any of the following people around town - please say thank you and maybe give them a hug!
- Highland Safety Center
- Reflections Day Spa (Angie Godfrey
- The Place Downtown (Zane and Meredith Lewis)
- Chapmans Dock (Jason Brady)
- Constable Bill (William Edwards)
- Wayne and Sherry Travis
- Kristine Deats
- Chris Roberts
- Nicole McNeese
- Charlotte Dilworth (Kingsland Gym)
- ReMax - Linda Moreau (Kingsland)
- Maynard Construction
- Valerie Goodman
- Mark Locke
- Cameron and Heather Travis (4T-Propane)
- Curtis Kasper
- Deborah Pritchard
- Darin Grau
- Rick and Heather Hughes (Howdy Boat and RV Storage)
- Ronnie and Peggy Willis (Exclusive Aire)
- Dennis and Margo Scecina
- Bobby Lambright
- Casey Starkey
- Robert Hall
- Kevin Mottles (Electronics Revival)