School Messenger Calls

  • 3/26/2024-Message from Mr. Kunder

    Good Evening Terrier Families,

    This is Mr. Kunder, Principal of Port Charlotte Middle School, calling with 2 important announcements.

    Yesterday during 7th period, your student received their 3rd quarter report card. Please take an opportunity to review this with your student and discuss academic progress as well as goals for quarter 4. If you have questions about your students’ academic progress towards grade level promotion requirements, please contact Port Charlotte Middle School to set up a meeting with your students’ counselor.

    Also, 4th quarter started this week, so any 7th or 8th grade student who receives a discipline referral that results in a full day of ISS or OSS will be excluded from being able to attend the end of year field trip in May. Please continue to support PCMS in maintaining a safe a conducive learning environment by encouraging your student to be referral free.

    I hope you found these announcements informative.

    Thank you and have a nice evening.

     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 
  • 2/15/2024 School Messenger

    Colleagues,
    Here is a transcript of the parent call which will be going out at 5 pm today. 
     
    Good Evening Terrier Families,
    This is Mr. Kunder, Principal of Port Charlotte Middle School calling to remind all families that due to Friday being utilized as a hurricane make-up day, there will be a normal scheduled school day tomorrow. There is no school on Monday, February 19th as school will be closed for President's Day.
     
    I hope you found this announcement informative,
    Thank you and have a nice evening.   
     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Message from Mr. Kunder 1/19/2024

     Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder, Principal of Port Charlotte Middle School. I am excited to make this call to invite you to the 2nd quarter honor roll assembly which will be held next Tuesday, January 23rd, in the Port Charlotte Middle School Gymnasium.  

    7th Grade Assembly will be held at 9:15 am 

    8th Grade Assembly will be held at 1:20 pm 

    6th Grade Assembly will be held at 2:25 pm 

    Entrance for the awards will be from the gym entrance on the side of the building. 

    I look forward to celebrating your students’ accomplishments with you on Tuesday! 

    I hope you found this announcement informative, thank you and have a nice evening.  

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 
  • 1/8/2024 Parent Message Home

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling to make all parents aware that quarter 2 report cards were distributed to your child today during their 7th period class. Please take a moment to review this information with your student and discuss academic goals for the 3rd quarter. 

    Please do not hesitate to call Port Charlotte Middle School to speak with your child’s guidance counselor if you have any concerns regarding your child’s current academic progress or grade level promotion requirements. 

    I hope you found these announcements informative,  

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • 10/23/2023 Message for Parents/Guardians Sent Via our Phone System

    Good Evening, Terrier Families, 

    This is Mrs. Whisenant with a few important announcements. 

    - Quarter 1 report cards were sent home with students today. Please take a moment to review this information with your student and discuss academic goals for the upcoming quarter. As a reminder, these report cards are for your records and do not need to be signed and returned. 

    -Secondly, just a reminder that Port Charlotte Middle School will be operating with a normal school day next Tuesday for Halloween. All dress code rules apply, and no costumes or face paint will be permitted. 

    I hope you found these announcements informative,  

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

     
    Tara Whisenant
    Assistant Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School 
    (941) 255-7460
  • 10/13/2023 Message from Principal Kunder

    Good Evening, Terrier Families,

    This is Mr. Kunder with 3 important announcements.

    Port Charlotte Middle School will be holding its first student dance of the school year next Wednesday for 6th grade and Next Thursday for all 7th and 8th grade students. Admission to the dance is 5 dollars, and concessions will be sold. Each dance will run from 4:15 until 5:30.

    Also, we are excited to announce that beginning next week we will be expanding the after school late bus. Students with a signed permission form will now be able to utilize the late bus Monday through Thursday each week. We hope that these additional days will allow for more students to participate in after-school tutoring and activities.

    Lastly, please be reminded there will be no school for student on Monday October 16th.

     I hope you found these announcements informative,

    Thank you and have a nice evening.

    Thanks,

    Matthew Kunder

  • Progress Reports Went Home Today & Terrier Nation T-Shirts Have Arrived!

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder, Principal of Port Charlotte Middle School calling with two important announcements. 

    Quarter 1 progress reports were sent home with students today during period 7. As a reminder, these grades represent a snapshot of your students’ academic performance at the halfway point of quarter 1. Please take a moment to review this information with your student and discuss academic goals for the remainder of the quarter.  

    Also, with the start of the home basketball season coming next Thursday, we are happy to announce that this year’s Terrier Nation t-shirts have arrived. These shirts allow free admission to all home basketball, volleyball, and wrestling events for the entire 23-24 school year! Terrier Nation t-shirts will be on sale for 20 dollars before school starting this Wednesday. Get your shirt while supplies last. 

    I hope you found these announcements informative,  

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Afterschool Bus Information

    Good Evening, Terrier Families,

    This is Mr. Kunder calling with an important announcement.

    This year, Port Charlotte Middle School has decided to utilize the services of a late bus for PCMS-zoned students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. We hope this will allow more students the opportunity to be part of our extracurricular activities and tutoring services. A permission form was sent home with your student on Thursday this week that outlines the rules for utilizing the late bus as well as the late bus stops. It is important to understand that while the late bus will service all PCMS zoned students, the bus stops will not be that of their normal bus transportation. If you plan to have your student utilize the late bus this year, please sign and have your student return the permission form to the main office. We hope this after-school transportation option will allow for more students to participate in school clubs and tutoring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

     I hope you found this announcement informative.

     Thank you and have a nice evening

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Message from Mr. Kunder: Reminder about Wearing Student ID's, Arrival Time, and Drop Off Location

    This is Mr. Kunder, Principal of Port Charlotte Middle School calling with a few important reminders. 

    First of all, on behalf of the entire PCMS staff, I want to thank all families for their role in getting students off to a great start to the school year. Students have come back to school with the right mindset to make this a great year.  

    As we continue into the year, please be reminded that students should wear their student ID’s at all times while on school grounds. Also, remember that morning supervision does not occur until 8:30, so please help your students with not arriving on campus until after 8:30 am.  When dropping off or picking your student up, please do not use the bus ramp or the area around the bus ramp on Alton Blvd, as this creates an unsafe situation for students around the buses.  

    I hope you found this announcement informative,  

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Open House and First Day of School

    Good Afternoon, Terrier Families!  This is Mr. Kunder, principal of Port Charlotte Middle School calling with important announcements regarding open house and the first student day of the school year.

    The PCMS open house will take place tonight August 9th. Our doors will open at 5:15, which will give you plenty of time to locate your child’s first period teacher and look around campus. All student schedules will be with your child’s 1st period teacher. Our open house format will allow students and parents to follow the class schedule starting promptly with 1st period at 5:45. Each class period will last around 5 minutes and will allow our teachers time to share important information about the class.

    In preparation for open house, student schedules have now been released on Focus for all students and parents.

    Please check out our website for more details regarding open house.

    Additionally, here’s some information that will help get your child started for the first day of school on Thursday. If you’re dropping off your child please use the entrance gate on Orlando Blvd and follow the road to the patio side of our school. Students will wait there until the first bell rings at 8:50. Bikers and walkers will use the Midway pedestrian gate to enter campus, which will open at 8:30. Supervision of students begin at 8:30 so students should not arrive before that. School breakfast begins at 8:30 and ends at 9:01. The warning bell is at 9:06 so students should be in 1st period ready to learn by 9:06.

    If you are picking your child up from school use the entrance gate on Orlando Blvd. 6th and 7th grade students will be picked up on the patio side of school and 8th graders will be picked up at the front school like last year. Please be patient the first couple of weeks while parents and students get used to the parent pick up procedures. The line will be very long. Also, for your child’s safety please use our parent line instead of picking them up on the side of the road around our campus. Remember, the dismissal bell rings at 4:10.

    We’re looking forward to a great year with your child.

    I hope you found this announcement helpful and we look forward to seeing everyone this evening.

     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • 5/25/2023--End of Year Announcement

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder with the last important announcement of the school year. 

    Please remind students to leave backpacks at home tomorrow for the last school day of the year. As has been the case in the past, students will be completing the final exam and will not need any supplies other than a pencil or pen.  

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents, and teachers for their flexibility, understanding, and support throughout this school year. This has definitely been a challenging year, but through it all I believe we have come out stronger than we were at the start of the year.  

    I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer, and we look forward to seeing our 6th and 7th grade students at Open House on August 9th and on August 10th for the first day of the school.  

    Thank you, and have a nice evening.  

    Matthew Kunder

    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Spring FAST testing kicks off this week

    Good Evening Terrier Families! 

    This is Mr. Kunder with an important announcement regarding upcoming state testing. 

    Spring FAST testing kicks off this week with all students taking their Language Arts test on Tuesday, and all students with the exception of Algebra I taking their Math test on Wednesday.  Testing will conclude the following week with 8th grade Science on Tuesday May 16th and the Civics and Algebra end of course exams on Wednesday May 17th. Please encourage your students to get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and take their time. We know that all students are well prepared to show what they know, and that just by doing their very best PCMS will be well on our way to being the top performing middle school in the district once again.   

    I hope you found this announcement informative, thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Thanks,
     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Progress Reports Go Home Today!

    Good Evening, Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling to make all parents aware that 4th quarter progress reports were sent home with students today during their 7th period class. Please take an opportunity to discuss with your student their academic progress and create goals for the last month of the school year. Please also encourage your student to take advantage of the various after-school tutoring opportunities that are available throughout the week.  If you have any questions regarding credits or your students' progress towards Charlotte County School’s grade level promotion requirements, please do not hesitate to call Port Charlotte Middle School to speak with one of our school counselors.  

    I hope you found this announcement informative. 

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Go Home Today

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling to make all parents aware that quarter 3 report cards were distributed to your child today during their 7th period class. Please take a moment to review this information with your student, and discuss academic goals for the 4th quarter as well as semester exams.  

    Please do not hesitate to call Port Charlotte Middle School to speak with your child’s guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s current academic progress or their upcoming promotion requirements. 

    I hope you found these announcements informative,  

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Be Advised-Progress Reports Will Go Home On Tuesday

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder with an important announcement regarding quarter 3 progress reports.  

    Due to a computer glitch that impacts the printing of progress reports, student progress reports will not be sent home today, Monday February 27th Instead, student reports will be printed and distributed to all students tomorrow during period 7. Please take an opportunity to review your students grades for the start of quarter 3 and discuss goals for the remainder of the quarter. 

    I hope you found this announcement informative, 

    Thank you and have a nice evening.  

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • 2/6/2023 New 6th Grade Guidance Counselor

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling with some exciting news for our 6th grade families.  

    Port Charlotte Middle School has hired a 3rd school counselor, Ms. Jewett, to help support our students through all of the obstacles that have been presented due to Hurricane Ian and the transition to and from virtual school. With this hire, all 6th grade students will now have Ms. Jewett as their school counselor for the remainder of the year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to introduce yourself and discuss any concerns that you have with your 6th grade student. 

    I hope you found this announcement informative, 

    Thank you and have a nice evening.  

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Quarter 2 Report Cards Went Home Today-Parent Call 1/31/2023

    01/31/2023

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling to let all parents know that quarter 2 report cards were distributed to all students today during period 7. Please make sure to take an opportunity to discuss semester 1 grades with your student, and assist them in creating goals for the upcoming semester.  

    I hope you found this announcement informative. 

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Message from Mr. Kunder 1/6/23

    Good Evening, Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder calling with 2 important announcements.  

    Students will be taking the middle of the year state progress monitoring test for Language Arts and Math on Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th. Please encourage your students to get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast on the day of the test. The data that teachers receive will provide them with valuable teaching information for the second semester.  

    I also wanted to remind parents that morning supervision on the patio does not start until 8:30 am. Please encourage your student not to arrive on campus prior to this time.  

    I hope you found this announcement informative. 

    Thank you and have a nice evening.  

     

    Matthew Kunder

    Principal 

    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 

  • Saturday 12/31/22 Return to Campus Message

    Good Evening, Terrier Families,
     
    This is Mr. Kunder calling with one important announcement.
     
    I just received word from the district office that the contractors are on schedule for students to return on Wednesday, January 4th.While some final repairs will continue to occur outside of the building after students and staff have returned, we’ve been assured by engineers that the building is safe.
     
    I can’t thank all the students, parents, teachers and staff enough for their flexibility and understanding since Hurricane Ian. I understand that every family had to make sacrifices to accommodate this last-minute change, and I appreciate all that was done to support our teachers in educating students from home.  
     
    I hope you and your family have a happy new year and look forward to seeing all Terrier students back on campus on January 4th.
     
     
    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 
  • Message from Mr. Kunder 12/12/2022

    Good Evening Terrier Families, 

    This is Mr. Kunder with an important announcement about progress reports. Quarter 2 progress reports are now available in focus. A copy of your students’ progress report has also been mailed to the address currently on file.  

    Please review the enclosed progress report which represents your child’s grades from November 1st through December 8th.  While some students’ grades may not be at their normal level of achievement, we want to be sure that all students and parents know that the quarter does not end until January 20.  I encourage all students to continue to contact their teachers and Port Charlotte Middle School for assistance with missing work through Wednesday December 21st. Students can continue to complete assignments and turn in missing work through the remainder of the quarter.  While our teachers and staff will not be available during non-school days, Canvas assignments are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to Port Charlotte Middle School with any questions that you have. 

    I hope you found this announcement informative. 

    Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Matthew Kunder

    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School941-255-7460 
  • Important Announcement-Return to Virtual Instruction 11/28/22

    2022-11-22

    Good evening, Terrier families, this is Mr. Kunder with an important announcement regarding Port Charlotte Middle School.   

    It has been determined that necessary roof repairs for Port Charlotte Middle School are required to begin on Monday, November 28th. As a result, we will be returning to virtual instruction starting Monday, November 28 while the repairs to the roof are being made.  These repairs are expected to be completed and allow for students and staff to return to campus on January 4, if not sooner.  

    During this virtual school period, student instruction will be delivered using the district's provided iPads with T-Mobile internet that were distributed after hurricane Ian.  I recognize this information comes as a shock and presents obstacles for our students and families in the weeks ahead.  Please know that PCMS and its entire staff remain committed to providing our students with high quality instruction regardless of the barriers put in front of us.  

    I will be back in touch with an additional parent call on Friday, November 25, with more logistical information for the upcoming weeks.  I appreciate your understanding and wish all of our families a relaxing Thanksgiving break.  

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    Good evening, Terrier families, this is Mr. Kunder with an important announcement regarding Port Charlotte Middle School’s transition to virtual learning.  

    Starting Monday, November 28, students will return to virtual instruction using the canvas platform.  If students or parents need to contact Port Charlotte Middle School staff, they can call (941) 255-7460 between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:00PM.  Teachers will have office hours each day until 1:00PM.  

     It is unfortunately necessary to cancel all events that were previously scheduled to take place at Port Charlotte Middle School, including the honor roll assemblies that were scheduled for Tuesday November 29th.  

    Student attendance will be taken each day through ClassLink.  Please ensure your students log into Canvas through the ClassLink icon each day.   

    Students can obtain breakfast and lunch at Neil Armstrong Monday through Friday between the hours of 11:30 and 12:30PM. 

    During this time away from the Port Charlotte Middle School campus, I will continue to communicate through Parent Connect calls, Remind messages, and our school website with all important information.  

    I hope you found this announcement informative. Thank you and have a nice evening. 

    Thanks,

    Matthew Kunder

    Principal 

    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 

  • 10/30/2022

    Good Evening Terrier Families, this is Mr. Kunder calling with information on the return to campus.

    First, I want to say thank you to all parents for their understanding and support since Hurricane Ian hit our area. It has been clear to me since day 1 that the Terrier families have been on the same team with our teachers in helping all students to get through this period of virtual instruction. We look forward to transitioning to the next phase of our recovery as we welcome students back to campus on Tuesday.   

    When students return to school, please have them leave their iPads at home as an additional home resource. We will have a plan to recollect iPads near the end of the semester, but want to make sure students can use these devices from home to catch up on assignments without having them break during the transition to and from school.

    All previous plans that were in place at Port Charlotte Middle School prior to the storm will be back in place for students and parents as we return. Parent drop off and pick up times and locations as well as walker and biker crosswalks and entry areas remain the same. 

    After school clubs and activities will start back up beginning Wednesday. 

    Again, thank you for your patience and I look forward to seeing all of our students back at school on Tuesday morning. 

    Thank you and have a nice evening.

    Matthew Kunder
    Principal 
    Port Charlotte Middle School
    941-255-7460 
  • Parent Connect Call Home

    Good Evening Terrier Families,

    This is Mr. Kunder calling with two important announcements,

    This Thursday October 27th Port Charlotte Middle school will be hosting a Family Support event at Peace River Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. If you are in need of clothing, food, hygiene products, or if you would like to connect with your student’s guidance counselor, social worker, ese liaison, or school administration, we encourage you to attend. Once again, this event will be held at Peace River Elementary School on Thursday October 27th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

    Also, Champs Café would like to remind all Terrier families that Port Charlotte Middle School students are served a free hot meal and a breakfast to take home each day at Neal Armstrong Elementary School between 11:30 and 12:30 pm.

    I hope you found this announcement informative,

    Thank you and have a nice evening.

  • iPad Pickup for Students

    10/18/2022

    This is Mr. Kunder calling with an update on the iPad distribution plan. 

    A big thank you goes out to all the parents who were able to come to Peace River Elementary School to pick up their students' iPads today. It was great to be able to see our families and hand out over 750 iPads. We will be hosting an additional distribution day tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm on the Peace River Elementary School bus ramp for all parents who were unable to attend today.

    iPad technical support will be beginning on Friday on the PCMS website, and we will be working to troubleshoot all issues in preparation for our Monday morning start of virtual school. 

  • 10/17/2022: NTI Parent Call

    Good evening Terrier Families, this is Mr. Kunder with important information regarding the upcoming iPad distribution plan. As part of our temporary virtual education plan, we have ensured that every student will be issued a new iPad with internal internet capability. Distribution will occur between  9:00 AM and 5PM on Wednesday October 19th at the Peace River Elementary Bus Ramp. Access to the bus ramp is achieved by turning in off of Beaver Ln. Please come prepared with your students ID#. After completing the Checkout form, you will receive the iPad along with a resource packet containing pertinent information. Please note that an adult must be present in order for a student to receive the iPad. As stated by superintendent Dionisio, the goal is for our students to be back in person our campus on November first.

    I hope you found this message informative.