• April 20-24, 2020

    Dear Parents & Students,

    I hope this email finds you safe and well. As we head into our second week of graded work, I will be reaching out to parents for any student that is the missing the A-Z Scavenger Photo Hunt Slideshow from last week. As a reminder, students will only have one assignment each week from me. If your family does not have internet at home, I can email you the paper copy assignment. Paper copies need to either be emailed back to me by you taking a photo on your phone or they need to be returned to MPMS, Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm in the appropriate bucket in front of the school.
    The assignment this week was uploaded to Google Classroom. Below are the instructions the students were given. I am available by email or Google Hangout Meets for help. The students have Meet times by class period on Tuesday & Thursday. Invites for those are sent through their GMAIL Calendar with codes for the Meet sent 15-20 minutes prior to the Meet.
    Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help.
    Shelley Petkovsek
    Erosion & Weathering Photography: April 20-24, 2020 Online Lesson - Photojournalism
    Students will take photos of weathering and erosion around their home. They will pick their best 5 best photos to submit unedited for a grade. These will be uploaded directly into the Google Classroom Assignment: Erosion & Weathering Photography.
    Additional Instructions:
    Using your camera on your Chromebook, a phone, or a camera; students will take photos of erosion and weathering around their home. They can take as many photos as they choose to take; however, they will need 5 photos that meet the following criteria.
    *Photo is in focus, quality lighting, and clearly shows erosion or weathering.
    *Students submits 5 unedited photos by 4/23 that have been renamed and identified as erosion or weathering.
    NOTE: The photos can be all erosion, all weathering, or a combination of both.
    Photos are renamed using the following format with their First and Last Name:
    Example:   ShelleyPetkovsek_erosion 1
                      ShelleyPetkovsek_erosion 2
                      ShelleyPetkovsek_weathering 1
                      ShelleyPetkovsek_weathering 2
                      ShelleyPetkovsek_weathering 3
    Five photos are submitted for grading by Thursday, April 23.
    Learning Goal:
    Students will demonstrate understanding by taking quality photos and the ability to select their best work.
    TEKS: 2D: produce photos that apply the composition principles.
    Please email me at spetkovsek@huntsville-isd.org or send a private comment here in Google Classroom to me if you have any questions are need any help. I will be available at your MEET time on 4/21 and 4/23 with samples and to help you.
    Take care,
    Extension Opportunity for learning:
    To extend this lesson, students could take their collection of photos and create a slideshow of the photos. They could also extend by taking the photos into www.befunky.com and work on editing the photos to make them better (cropping, lighting, burn, etc.). These can be added to this assignment prior to April 23 or students can share them next week during our Meets.
Ms. Shelley Petkovsek

Phone: 936-435-6400 ext 4109


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Shelley Petkovsek


I am so excited about the 2019-2020 school year at Mance Park Middle School! This year I will be teaching Photojournalism and Yearbook to both 7th/8th grades. This will be my 13th year at MPMS and my 20th year in Huntsville ISD. Photography is a passion of mine. Looking through the lens and freezing a moment in time is something that I enjoy. During the school year you will see me at concerts, games, plays, and other events taking photos for our yearbook program. I enjoy supporting our students in activities both inside and outside of the classroom setting. Each year I participate personally in local photo contests and encourage my students to do the same.

Cool facts about me:
I have been married almost 16 years and I live in Huntsville. I have a dog named Lynny that I saved after he was thrown out of a car near our school. He is very spoiled and my fur baby. I do not have children of my own, but I have taught over 2000 students so far and I consider them my kids. Once a Petkovsek student, always a Petkovsek student. I love to read and I am a huge Harry Potter fan. It is important to me to be a lifelong learner, so I enjoy watching science and history programs on tv. In my spare time I enjoy trips to the beach, visiting with family, relaxing at home with a good book, traveling, taking photos of birds in my backyard, and crafting. My favorite subjects when I was in middle school were Texas History, Technology, and Choir. I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University, Eat 'Em Up Kats! 

Just a bit more about me:
Kids often ask what are your favorite things, so here are mine: Drink-Coke, Candy-Whatchamacallit, Day-Saturday, Color-Hornet Green & Hot Pink, Book-Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Music-80s & Christian, Actor-James Earl Jones & Meryl Streep, Food-Crawfish & Mexican, and traveling to new places. My dream is to travel to Europe and take tons of photos.

Looking back over my last 19 years as a teacher in Huntsville ISD, I feel that we are really focusing on doing what is best for ALL students at MPMS. Building Champions each day, in every way. I encourage my students to have good attendance. You cannot learn if you are not here. i do offer tutorials where students can come in and work on assignments for my class or other classes. Times will be posted soon.

I do communicate a lot through email. Parents can expect emails from me through our gradebook system. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. I also use Google Classroom and parents can view assignments and class events. Students are expected to READ their emails and check their Google Classroom daily.

You can reach me by email: spetkovsek@huntsville-isd.org

Phone: 936-435-6400 ext 4109

If you are looking to order a yearbook, you can order them at www.balfour.com or at the school in the front office or room 109. They are $45 until the end of March. Yearbooks arrive in May. T

I look forward to a great year and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Shelley Petkovsek

  • Dear Parents & Guardians, April 12, 2020

    I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy. As I send this out to everyone in a mass email, I hope that you all know that I care about your child and miss teaching them greatly. This school closure brings us to unprecedented territory. As we move forward, please email me with any concerns/questions.

    * Weekly classroom Google Hangout Meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays
    - Students are sent a calendar invite through their HISD school email the week prior to the meets. The day of the meet, the students will receive an update to the meet with the Google Hangout Meet code to access the meet. This code is only good for that day and time. After the meet, that code is voided.
    - Meet times: 1st period 12-12:30pm, 3rd/4th periods 1pm-1:30pm, 2nd/7th periods 2pm-2:30pm, 6th period 3pm-3:30pm
    - Meets will be counted as attendance.
    - Teacher will give instruction and help with classwork for the week during this time.

    * Weekly assignments - there will be ONE assignment each week. This will be due on the Friday of each week unless otherwise stated. Paper copies picked up at the school will need to be turned in by Thursday between 8am-4pm in the designated bucket. Online work should be turned in through Google Classroom. Parents/students may also take a photo of paper copies and email them to me directly.

    - 5th six weeks grading: you and your child will be notified of any missing, incomplete, or work needed to be corrected prior to spring break. This needs to be completed and turned in by 4/17. Report cards will go out for the 5th six weeks soon.
    - 6th six weeks grading: the remainder of the year, we will have a minimum of 8 assignments. These will consist of 6 academic practice grades and 2 academic achievement grades.

    The week of 4/13-4/17 assignment: This week, students will complete the Enrichment Assignment that has been in Google Classroom for the past 2+ weeks titled A-Z Photo Scavenger Hunt Slideshow. Student will create 27 slides. Slide 1 is their title slide with their name, class period, and date. Slides 2-27 will be for each letter of the alphabet. Students will take photos around the inside/outside of their house to find items that connect with a letter in the alphabet. For example: A-Apple. If your child does not have internet access, please email me back with your child's name and that they do not have access to the internet. I will then forward you the paper copy that will be available at the school. You can take a photo of their completed assignment. If you don't have a printer, you can have them complete the paper assignment on notebook paper and then take a photo of the paper and email it to me.

    Below you will find resources to help you with my class, along with links to all secondary work:
    My teacher sample: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xH4h8XrOqYwx3ow72kthtmXMgY38qenwWcEtjWYzfbw/edit?usp=sharing
    MPMS Hornet Instructional Activities: https://sites.google.com/huntsville-isd.org/mpmsonline/home
    MPMS Teacher Schedule/Contact: https://www.huntsville-isd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=14&ModuleInstanceID=5789&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=7120&PageID=21
    Video message from Mr. Campbell: https://www.huntsville-isd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=14&ModuleInstanceID=5789&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=7170&PageID=21

    Additional Links:
    MPMS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manceparkhuntsvilletexas/
    MPMS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hornetbuzzmpms
    MPMS Twitter: https://twitter.com/hornetbuzzmpms
    Yearbook Online Ordering: www.balfour.com

    Please let me know if I can be of additional help. I am available from 7:30-4pm Monday-Friday. I usually respond quickly to emails. I can setup a Google Meet with your child during the week for one-on-one instruction if they cannot make the class meet time or they do not feel comfortable meeting with all of their peers. I am here to work with you and your child.

    As Mr. Campbell has stated in the video he shared out, we are in a time of grace. The struggle to become true online learners is a learning curve for us all. Working together, we will come out on the other side of this unprecedented event okay.

    Take care,

    Shelley Petkovsek

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