Your Weekly Woodcreek Newsletter
Lion News - Episode #6
Have you seen a WMS staff member doing exceptional things? If so feel free to recognize them with a virtual pat on the back via our Woodcreek C.A.R.E.S. form. Teacher and staff work through a lot of issues daily, and it is always great for them to hear some positive feedback from our stakeholders. See the link below to give a high-five to staff you feel should be positively recognized!
Woodcreek Academic Updates & Assessment/Testing
6th: Students have continued with applying Tech skills to their World Culture lessons. Students have created a student portfolio website to house all their projects and created products for this year. The next unit will be over Globalization and that exam will be on November 15.
7th: Texas History students will spend the week learning about the Spanish rule in Texas. We will begin at the end of the Seven Years War in 1763, and finish with Mexican Independence in 1821. We will finish the week with a quiz on Friday, 11/4.
8th: Students have their exam over the American Revolution on Monday, October 31st. We started the week with our favorite activity of the school year: Make-A-Meme. Ask your student to show you the memes they made for class on Monday! Next week, we will begin exploring the foundations of the American Government & the U.S. Constitution. HEADS UP! Geography Test #2 will be on Friday, December 2.
Veterans Day Ceremony Announcement & Extra Credit Opportunity: Woodcreek Middle will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon on Friday, November 11th. We cordially invite students’ family members who are Veterans to attend and be recognized for their service. Click Here for the Veterans Day Ceremony RSVP. There will also be an Extra Credit Opportunity to make a Veterans Day Poster.
All Math students should have their Delta Math account set up by October 31. See your teacher if you need assistance. Check out the new Enrichment Opportunities for each grade level on the WMS Math website.
6th: Now that we have learned all of the integer operations, we will be moving into Unit 4. We will begin Unit 4 learning about rates and ratios. Please continue to work with your student on learning their multiplication facts.
7th: This week 7th grade students will continue learning about probability. Advanced students will continue learning about interpreting slope, proportional and non-proportional situations with tables, graphs, and equations. Students will then demonstrate their understanding of these concepts on the Unit 4: Part 2 Slope Summative.
8th: This week students will be learning how to write linear equations from various representations and interpreting the meaning of Slope/Y-Intercept from various situations.
Algebra: Algebra Students will complete the Unit on Writing Linear functions ended on 10/28. Starting Monday, students will begin studying Graphing Inequalities which will be followed up the next week with Linear transformation. The unit test will be on 11/14.
Reviews for the test will be handed out by Thursday, 11/11.
6th: This week students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will analyze the elements, structures, craft, symbolism, and themes of poetry. They will also compose a literary text to express their thoughts and feelings about life goals and dreams.
7th: This week students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will analyze the setting and conflict. They will use text evidence to make connections between texts in preparation for their test on Monday, November 7th.
8th: This week students will continue with their 10 minutes of SSR. Students will begin nonfiction texts as we review text structures, text features, and author’s purpose. Students will understand how to and the importance of providing text evidence and citing sources.
6th: Our scientist had the best time doing a chemical reaction lab this week! Please ask your student what their favorite station was. Students will take their Chemistry Part 1 test on Wednesday, November 2nd.
7th: This week students will be learning about the cardiovascular system and the circulatory system. Students should understand the structure and function of each body system we learn about.
8th: This week students will be learning about the evidence of a chemical reaction, starting with Marshmallow man and ending with two awesome lab days. Your students should have lots of awesome things to share with you about science class this week!
Assessment & Testing
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test is being redesigned to make the test more tightly aligned to the classroom experience.
The STAAR redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), working with a wide range of education stakeholders, including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–2023 school year.
The STAAR redesign includes several components:
For more information about how the STAAR redesign improves alignment to the classroom experience, hear what teachers are saying, reference the STAAR Redesign February 2022 Presentation (PDF, posted 3/7/22), or see below for more information about each component. For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), please reference the STAAR Redesign FAQ (PDF, updated 8/30/22). You may access the STAAR online testing platform for practice here.
Our Fall Book Fair will begin next Thursday on November 3rd. Students can purchase books in their RELA classes. We will NOT be accepting any cash for payment but students and families can set up an eWallet, use credit cards, Cash App or Google Pay. Books can also be purchased through our online book fair website. All proceeds purchased online benefit our Library.
We will have a special Lunch and Shop event on Friday, Nov. 4th where parents can reserve a table to bring their child lunch and shop the fair together. Spaces are limited so please sign up here.
Our after school family shopping opportunity will be Monday, Nov. 7th from 4-5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
Battle of the Books and Project Lit:
Battle of the Books will meet every Wednesday (unless the library is closed) to prepare for the competition on April 1st, 2023.
Project Lit’s first meeting will be on Thurs. Nov. 3rd at 9 am. Students will be reading the book, Orphie’s Ghost by Justina Ireland. They should be ready to discuss the book at our Nov. 3rd meeting at 9 am in the library.
Any person interested can still sign up for these book clubs over the next few weeks.
Personalized Learning Department
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
The kids have made a lot of progress on their robots this week. Look out for pictures in the next newsletter!
6th grade meets on Tuesdays in RM 210 from 4:00-4:45
7th/8th grade meets on Thursday in RM 210 from 4:00-4:45
Please contact me with any questions! email@example.com
Dungeons & Dragons Club
The 2022-2023 Woodcreek Middle School Yearbook is now on sale! Click on the link below to purchase this year’s book!
If the link does not work, enter this URL into your search bar: https://www.balfour.com/texas/houston/woodcreek-middle-school/yearbook-packages
This year we will have tiered pricing for our book.
Now- September 30– $30
October 1- December 30– $35
December 31- May 1– $40
Student ads are also available for purchase if you want to recognize your student and all of his/her accomplishments.
Range in size & price from $30-$130
These are first come first serve
Only available until December 31, 2022
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email Hannah Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The WMS Choral Department put on an incredible performance at our Fall Concert last week! Just in case you weren’t able to attend the concert here are the Youtube links for you to view! Please like, share & subscribe!
The WMS “Mighty Lions” Combined Choir performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” & “God Bless America” at the Annual City of Houston Red Ribbon Rally on the steps of Houston City Hall to rave reviews! Lauren Martin of the Bel Canto Chorus gave the invocation, Mr. O’Neal sang “God Bless the USA” during a helicopter fly over & Mayor Sylvester Turner even came and took a picture with the choir!
We are 3/4 of our way to our fundraising goal! We have about a week left! Continue to share the student donation pages.
Here is a general donation page if anybody would like to help support the orchestra program! https://wmsorchestra.membershiptoolkit.com/fundraiser/1606
Don’t you want to see Mr. High with dyed red hair at the Winter Concert (whatever he has left…) and get to pie Mr. Funes in the face? Help us reach the goal to make these happen!
Upcoming Drama Club Dates: November 15 & December 6.
Drama Club Holiday Party: TUESDAY, December 13, 4 - 6:00 pm
This past week, WMS Theatre held auditions for their UIL One Act Play. Those selected for the cast and crew have their first read-thru on Tuesday, November 1 @ 4 - 5:45.
Calendars, company agreements, and scripts will be shared on Tuesday.
Students selected for the company must attend on Tuesday, or they may forfeit their role.
On Tuesday, the Lionettes had a fun time dressing up as zombies and performing “Thriller” with the WMS Honors Band at the 1st annual Halloween Concert.
This week has been pretty busy with Thriller’s performance on Tuesday, Thursday morning Lionettes will learn their second team contest dance, Friday is the Red Ribbon Pep Rally, and Saturday is their Lionette Halloween Party.
- Club/Organization Collaboration Toy Slam
- Holiday Blanket/Sock Drive
Late Arrival Dates
WMS Campus Procedure Reminders
Food Deliveries from Paid Delivery Services NOT ALLOWED
Woodcreek's Big 3:
Be on Time.
Wear Your ID.
Put Your Phone Away.
Morning Wandering & Tardy Consequences
Below are the consequences that will be assigned for tardies:
- 1st & 2nd Tardy: Warnings
- 3rd & 4th Tardy: Parent Phone Call & After-School Detention
- 5th & 6th Tardy: Parent Conference & Thursday Class Assigned
- 7th+ Tardy: ISS Assigned and Intervention Planned w/Parents
**All tardies will be cleared at the conclusion of each 9-week grading period**
WMS CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones must not be visible during school hours unless they are being used in the classroom for instructional purposes, as determined by the teacher.
- 1st Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will be returned to the student at the end of the day.
- 2nd Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will ONLY be returned to the parent.
- 3rd Offense: Parent will be contacted, the phone will ONLY be returned to a parent/guardian, & ISS will be assigned to the student.
- 4th Offense: Parent will be contacted, cell phone will be checked-in daily & returned to the student at the end of the school day.