Tuscany Times

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


It was a successful week with our students. All of our STAAR Testing was complete thanks to all of our staff, students, families, and testing coordinator, Mrs. Staples! Thank you for supporting our students with a quiet testing environment.

This week, our Kinder students had a blast on their Zoo Field Trip, and our Tuscany Heights Senior Walk for the 2011-12 former THE students was a beautiful ceremony for them! Congratulations to all families that have students graduating and moving on to the next chapter. Thank you!

We love being here for your children. Even when we hear us say "Dear Parents, Tag you're it!" for summer, we will anxiously await the excitement that comes with August and starting a new year. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Again, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! They are the heartbeat of our school.

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

Tuscany Happenings

TUESDAY, May 21st- Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony @ 7:15am, 4th Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am Cafeteria, Jet's Pizza Eat for a Cause 4-9pm

Tuesday, May 28th- 4th Grade Symphony Field Trip, Kinder & 1st Field Trip to Bush Middle School for "Winnie the Pooh"

FRIDAY, May 31st- FIELD DAY & End of the Year Party Day COMBINED CELEBRATION OUTDOORS (Flyer coming soon)

TUESDAY, June 4th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am

WEDNESDAY, June 5th- Bill Perryman's 4th & 5th Grade Presentation between 8-11am

THURSDAY, June 6th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony

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5th Grade Art Integration with Reading & Music

Shadow Puppetry: We first planned the story using the story map, then had the students choose their characters and create puppets while integrating a song previously learned on the recorder in music class. They practiced in groups and performed their story by using shadow puppets. Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. Morrow

Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

Eat for a Cause at Jet’s Pizza Tuesday 5/21

Take a break from cooking dinner on Tuesday 5/21! Support Tuscany Heights and order pizza from Jet’s! Jet’s pizza will donate 20% of all sales from 4:00pm to 10:00pm back to THE (carryout OR delivery!), flyers coming home soon!

PVSA Awards Ceremony

We will be honoring our PVSA Award Winners on Tuesday May 21st at 7:00am in the cafeteria. Invitations for all students who will be receiving an award went home last week.

5th Grade Pool Party

Our 5th graders will be enjoying their end of year celebration at the Rogers Ranch Gold’s Gym Pool on Wednesday 5/22. Forms and volunteer sign up information was sent out to all 5th grade parents. We can’t wait to celebrate our awesome 5th Grade Tigers!

Field Day, Friday May 31st

We are so EXCITED about this year’s Field Day event! It will be held on Friday May 31st, flyers will be coming home in backpacks soon, and we will also be posting information on our website and Facebook page!

Open Executive Board Positions

We are still in the process of filling the Tuscany Heights PTA Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year, and we need YOU! A list of brief descriptions of each available officer and committee chair position are listed on a document attached to this eblast, or you can contact president@tuscanyheightspta.org for more information. If you enjoy school wide events like Field Day, Bike Rodeo, Family Dances, Run for the Heights with Boosterthon, and also want your students to enjoy field trips, assemblies and STEAM presentations throughout the year, then please consider stepping up and joining our amazing THE PTA.

Save the Date!

Important Dates to mark on your calendars:

Tuesday 5/21 7:00am – PVSA Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 5/22 – 5th grade pool party

Friday 5/31 - Field Day

Thursday 6/6 – 5th Grade Ceremony and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link

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Tejeda Middle School Summer Recreation Camp 2019

WHEN: June 10-June 27 Monday-Thursday 8a.m.-12p.m.

Come and have fun and stay active with a variety of activities.

Drop off is at the Tejeda gym, no earlier than 7:30. Pick up is by 12:15 each day ( we end at 12)

COST: $80 cash, check or credit card( card may only be used by going through the link) If you register in person it is cash or check made payable to Tejeda Middle School.

Questions regarding summer Recreation – contact coordinator - Dana Dutson ddutso@neisd.net

WHO: INCOMING 6th, 7th and 8th graders welcome to attend!!!!!


(right click to open the link for registration form – Choose Tejeda and Other-Coed)

Message from Bush Middle School PTA (Future 6th Grade Families)

Current and Incoming Bush Parents,

My name is Mark Morgan and I am the 2019-2020 PTA President for Bush Middle School. I am so excited to partner with dedicated parents and our hardworking staff and administration to “Back the Future”. The following parents have been elected to serve alongside me this year on the PTA Executive Board:

President-Elect – Kauti Nicholls 4th VP – Annette Macias (Volunteers)

1st VP – Penny Raisor (Aide) Secretary – Kelly Lespeska

2nd VP – Debe Wentworth (Ways and Means) Treasurer – Denise Trevino

3rd VP – Audra Frigon (Communications)

I am equally excited to, along with all of you, show our students what it means to lead, as Bush’s PTA leads in volunteerism. With that being said, please consider serving on the PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year in one of the following positions:

Advocacy – To make the PTA board and membership aware of the legislative process and to keep them informed of pending legislative actions at the local, state, and national level.

ADEPT (Red Ribbon Week) – Works with counselors to organize activities to promotes a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Plan and implement all activities associated with District Red Ribbon Week.

Arts in Education (Reflections)Work with PTA council to implement Reflections fine arts contest.

Awards (PVSA) – Encourage students’ citizenship by volunteering in our community and to increase their awareness of community needs. The Bush PVSA award ceremony is usually in early May. Update information for the Welcome Packet, write updated information about PVSA to put on the Bush website, provide brief reminder articles for the PTA Facebook, review students’ logs for award validation, place order with the PVSA organization for awards, invite parents and students receiving the award to the ceremony; plan and run the award ceremony.

Bulldog Festival – Assists school administrators in coordinating volunteers for Bulldog festival (Sept/Oct).

Campus Beautification Work with school administration to establish a plan and implement a project to help improve the aesthetics of the campus.

Eighth Grade Activities (Co-Chair) – Work with committee chair, along with student council to plan for the 8th grade dance, held at Piper Bass. Work with the Chair to plan the 8th grade party which is held at NEISD Sports Park.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation – Plan, organize and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year as needed and as budget allows. Dates are determined with Administration in June. This position can have a committee of several volunteers.

Faculty/Appreciation (Co-Chair) Work with committee chair to plan, organize, and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year.

HEALS – Coordinate health education services and training with school nurse including, but not limited to health screenings sponsored by NEISD Health Services Department.

Hospitality/Courtesy – Coordinate refreshments for PTA programs/events, holiday luncheon, and end of year transition meeting. Send cards, letter of thanks, condolences, congratulations, etc. as deemed necessary.

Lost and Found – Visits lost and found room routinely and attempt to return items that are clearly marked with student’s name. Display items monthly during lunch. Wash PE clothes and give to coaches/counselors for children in need. Deliver to remaining clothes to NEISD Clothes Closet at year’s end.

Lunchroom – Attend four meetings per year at NEISD Nutrition Center to receive information on nutrition and evaluate foods. Give feedback using the NEISD PTA Lunchroom Report and report to the board at meetings.

Membership – Create a plan to encourage year-round enrollment, beginning with Pup Camp and Welcome Packets. Submit membership to website and work with administration to ensure 100% staff participation. Submit for membership milestone awards.

Partners in PTA (formerly Sister School) – Focused on developing PTA relationship between Campuses to build up each PTA in our district. The goal is for PIP communication to occur between PTA leaders on partner campuses so that they can define how this relationship can be mutually beneficial. Windcrest Middle School is our PIP.

Special Education – Be the liaison between the PTA and the Special Education department.

Spirit Items – Design and arrange for production of the school spirit shirt for the next year. All designs must be approved through he President and School Principal before ordered. Coordinate with President shirt distribution for website orders, and welcome back packets. Responsible for selling shirts at various school events until shirts are sold.

Used Book Sale (Co-Chair) – Assist chair with collection and sorting of books for NEISD used book sale.

Volunteers (Attendance Office) – Coordinate Attendance Office volunteer schedule and training for Attendance Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Front Office) – Coordinate Front Office volunteer schedule and training for Front Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Library) – Coordinate Library volunteer schedule and training for Library volunteers.

Volunteers (School Sales) Help the school with their beginning of the year fundraiser. You will work with school administration book keeper to acquire volunteers to count money, and/or hand out prizes at lunch.

Volunteers (Workroom) – Solicit and coordinate volunteers to assist in making copies for Bush faculty.

Website – Keep Bush PTA website up to date. Coordinate the beginning and end of spirit sales as needed on the website.

Welcome Back Packets – Obtain approval, and make copies for the Bush PTA Welcome Packets. Solicit volunteers to collate, stuff and organize the packets for distribution. Summer work required during August.

Our Executive Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am (please contact me if you are interested, but meetings pose a concern). If you are interested in a position, please email your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices to kautinicholls@gmail.com by May 15. Positions will be filled based on order of interest. Parents in filled positions will be invited to our Executive Board Transition Meeting on May 22nd. Please contact via email with questions or concerns. Thank you.

Kindest regards,

Mark Morgan


Bush Middle School PTA President (2019-2020)

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