We have the 4th largest increase in membership in all of Texas!

Support the SMS students and teachers by showing that you value your child’s education by joining the PTA.  Memberships start at less than $12 and students are only $5 with a parent membership! As a benefit to members only, you will have access to an online directory as well as PTA member discounts. Student members receive special discounts during our spring and fall socials and have the opportunity to be involved in leadership opportunities. 

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Only two more weeks to go, Panthers!  Encourage your students to keep working hard and finish the 2021-22 school year on a high note!  


This week is a busy one:

  • Monday, May 16 -- Orchestra 7/8 Spring Concert
  • Tuesday, May 17 -- 6th Grade STAAR Reading & Band 7/8 Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, May 18 -- 6h Grade STAAR Math & 8th Grade Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19 -- 6th grade STAAR Math from 8:30-12:45 & SMS PTA General Membership Meeting at 6:00 p.m. & Choir 7/8 Pop Concert at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20th -- 8th Grade Celebration from 12-3:30 p.m.

Michele Rohleder

SMS PTA President

Please join us on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Schimelpfenig MS library for our last meeting of the 2021-22 school year, as we meet with members of the 2022-23 PTA board, announce our 2022 SMS PTA scholarship recipient, vote on the interim budget, and closeout another odd but great year at Schimelpfenig!

There will be an extended lunch and party for all 8th graders at the school on Friday, May 20th.  


The lunch will be from 12-1:30.  PTA is providing Sonic lunch for all students who sign up in advance; information is in your student's English Google Classroom.  (Cafeteria lunch or bringing lunch still remain as options.)  


The lunch will be outside, drinks & snacks will be available for all 8th graders, and there will be games -- Giant Jenga, Checkers, Dominoes, Corn Hole -- available to play. 


If you would like to volunteer to help with the lunch & party and/or can donate drinks or snacks or loan us a rolling cooler (it will be hot and we need cold drinks!), please sign up on the Signup Genius here: Parent Volunteers: 8th Grade Celebration (  Help us make this a fun day for our 8th graders!

Don't forget to purchase your school supplies by Friday, May 27th! 


Grade-level supplies, Avid, Math Rocks, and Science Honors 7/8 supplies are available to purchase, just login to your Account on the PTA website at Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA - Plano ISD, TX - PTA News (, and you will see the School Supplies sales form. Your student's supplies will be available for pickup at Panther Preview on Tuesday, August 2nd. Only a limited number of supply packs will be available for sale at Panther Preview, so pre-purchase your tax-free School Supplies today!  More info HERE.

Together, we can spread the message that we can take actions to improve our mental health just like our physical health far and wide, and encourage people to take the next step for #MentalHealthAction. Go to Mental Health Action Day to learn more and join the effort to shift from awareness to action on mental health.

Since the pandemic began, the phrase “learning loss” has become a frequently used term in the education field. What kind of “learning loss” are teachers actually seeing in their classrooms and how are they working to address it? Angela Burley, sixth grade social studies teacher and a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow, joins the show to share her perspective on the issue. Listen now.

1. The World Wear Project

In celebration of Earth Month and specifically Earth Day on April 22nd, World Wear Bin will give our PTA an extra $100 if we can collect 2,500 lbs or more during the month of April.  It's a great time to do some spring cleaning and donate unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, toys, and other items that can fit in kitchen sized bags.  When dropping items in the bin, please remember to place one bag in at a time, bring only things that fit into the chute, don’t leave items on the ground, and come back later to donate if the bin is full.  Thank you!

2. Amazon Smile

If you use Amazon to shop, please set up your Amazon account through Amazon Smile, supporting Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA. Every time you make a purchase, a portion of your sale will go to Schimelpfenig PTA!  For information on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile App, and how to sign up for both, go to:  About AmazonSmile: Program details and FAQ

3. Kroger

Signing up to link your Kroger card to Schimelpfenig MS PTA is easy! Under My Account, look for Community Rewards, and enroll with organization number KU864.

4. Tom Thumb

Schimelpfenig PTA is a partner in the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program. When you identify SMS PTA as one of your charities, we all benefit. There is no cost for participation and it does not interfere with any other Tom Thumb programs you may be enrolled in. Forms are available through the link above and at the Customer Service service desk at any Tom Thumb grocery store. Use Charity # 5107. You can also email the information to

5. Box Tops

Watch for these items while shopping, save your receipts, and watch this video and see how easy it is now to earn money for Schimelpfenig Middle School!

Last week, our Schimelpfenig staff enjoyed treats, breakfast. and lunch in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make this happen and to the Panther families who dropped off extra treats for the teachers during the week!  Staff and students can continue to celebrate this week with the following theme days:


Monday, May 9 -- Hats off to Our Schim Staff! -wear a school appropriate hat

Tuesday, May 10 -- Schim Staff Rocks -- wear a school appropriate band or artist shirt

Wednesday, May 11 -- Schim Staff and Students Are a League of Their Own -- wear a team jersey, hat, or shirt.


This week, all 7th and 8th graders will be taking STAAR Reading on Thursday, and some will be taking STAAR Math on Friday.  Remind your students to charge their chrome books, bring a book, water bottle, and snack to school on those days.  Good luck to all students who are testing this week!


Reminder to parents of current 6th and 7th graders: School Supplies for next year are on sale on the Schimelpfenig PTA website at The sale continues through Friday, May 27th. All pre-purchased supplies will be delivered to students at Panther Preview, which is scheduled for August 2nd. Only a limited number of supply packs will be available for sale at Panther Preview, so buy your supplies now!




Michele Rohleder

SMS PTA President

New CDC data highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nation’s youth


CDC has released new data from the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES) highlighting the magnitude of the challenges our nation’s youth faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. ABES provides results on students’ behaviors and experiences during the pandemic related to substance use, mental health and suicide, disruptions to student life, racism and more.

The Teacher Burnout Crisis.  In the last few years, teachers have faced unprecedented challenges that have left a lot of them feeling burnt out. Experienced educator and activist, Sofia Gonzalez, shares her thoughts on teacher burnout and how systemic changes could make teaching a more sustainable profession. Notes from the Backpack - Podcast For Families | National PTA

Read this Op Ed by Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, sharing how the Department of Education is showing their appreciation by making year-round investments to support and lift up our nation’s teachers:  Teacher appreciation means taking action to solve causes of burnout (

PTA's annual school supply sale has started!  If your child(ren) will be at Schimelpfenig next year, please consider purchasing school supplies through PTA.  The sales form can be found through your account at HERE.  Deadline is Friday, May 27.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Please join us in celebrating the wonderful teachers and staff at Schimelpfenig Middle School!  #ThankATeacher


Mark you calendars with these important dates at Schimelpfenig in May:

  • Tuesday, May 3 -- Algebra EOC Exam
  • Thursday, May 5 -- 8th Grade STAAR Science 
  • Friday, May 6 -- 8th Grade STAAR Social Studies 
  • Thursday, May 12 -- 7th & 8th Grade STAAR Reading 
  • Friday, May 13 -- 7th & 8th Grade STAAR Math
  • Tuesday, May 17 -- 6th Grade STAAR Reading 
  • Wednesday, May 18 -- 6th Grade STAAR Math & 8th Grade Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.(student arrival at 6:00)
  • Thursday, May 19 -- SMS PTA General Membership Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20 -- 8th Grade Lunch & Celebration 
  • Friday, May 27 -- Early Release -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Here are some tips to help make testing days go smoothly:

  • Make sure your student(s) starts the day with a good breakfast, whether at home or in school;
  • Remind your student(s) to charge their Chromebook overnight and bring the charger to school;
  • Send your student with a book to read, a water bottle, and a snack;
  • Remind your student(s) to dress appropriately -- some rooms feel chilly after sitting for four hours;
  • Tell them:  Relax!  Take your time!  You're going to do great today!

Michele Rohleder

SMS PTA President

Since 1949, mental health organizations across America have observed May is Mental Health month.  This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is using this month to spread the message "Together for Mental Health" and bring all voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care.  Find more information about NAMI here: Mental Health Month | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness and about Mental Health America here: Mental Health Month | Mental Health America (




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The mission of Plano ISD's Family Education and Guidance Services is to strengthen all families in the community by providing education, resources and services which support raising responsible, self-confident, emotionally healthy children in today's complex society. Please visit HERE to gain access to PISD supports that you and your family may wish to utilize throughout the year!

DISCLAIMER: The Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA is a noncommercial, nonsectarian, nonpartisan association that does not endorse any candidate or political party. This PTA does not endorse non-PTA products or services. If you have a concern, please contact a member of the PTA Executive Board.