STEAM Middle School

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 1st: BISD Literacy Night

Monday, May 7th: Algebra I EOC

Wednesday, May 9th: End of Year Awards (Time TBD)

Monday, May 14th: STAAR Math Test for 6th & 7th Grade (8th Retest)

Tuesday, May 15th: STAAR Reading Test for 6th & 7th Grade (8th Retest)

Wednesday, May 16th: STAAR Science Test for 8th Grade (6th Accelerated, 7th Pre-AP)

Thursday, May 17th: STAAR Social Studies Test for 8th Grade

Friday, May 18th: Make-Up STAAR testing for any students who were absent

Saturday, May 19th: BISD Character March

Monday, May 21st-Friday, May 25th: Final Exams (students must take Final Exams, any exam not taken will be given a "0" until completed.)

Friday, May 25th: Student Early Release @ 12:30 ... Last Day of School for 2018-2019!

Friday, June 1st: Final Report Cards posted to Skyward Family Access

STEAM Calendar

Add the STEAM calendar to stay up-to-date!

(Click the + in the bottom right hand corner to add the calendar)

KMS & HMS Calendars

We will include important dates to our STEAM calendar, but feel free to add Kerr or Hughes!

STEAM House Winner

Congratulations to REVEUR our house winner this week!

Students in the REVEUR house may have free dress on Monday, April 30th.

REVEUR Students must pick up high school dress sticker in the cafeteria upon arrival.

Students without stickers will have to change into standardized dress.

*Within high school dress guidelines.

Grade level newsletters will provide information for your student's classes as well as keep you up to date with events to come!

Fun Friday Hosted by NJHS

NJHS is going to be selling drink, snacks, and candy canes after school every other Friday.

Support the National Juniors Honor Society!

Prices will include:

Gatorade = \$2.00; Cheez-its = \$1.50; Poptarts = \$1.00; Takis = \$1.50; Chip Varieties = \$2.00; Small Candy Canes = \$0.50.

STEAM Tutoring Schedules

Use this link for the most up-to-date tutoring schedules!

What are the benefits of tutoring?

• Tutoring offers individual and structured learning
• Develops a rapport between teacher and student, allowing for a more meaningful connection to material
• Enhances student's performance and growth
• Creates a positive attitude toward the subject
• Encourages self-directed learning
• Allows for practice in the related subject area without the risk associated in a classroom setting
• Improves self-esteem

Students are encouraged to attend a tutoring time that best meets their schedule.

This means that if a teacher does not offer tutoring at a time that works for the student, they may attend an alternate teacher's tutoring session for that subject.

Please reach out to your student's teacher if there are special circumstances.

How to Care for Your Chromebook

It is your responsibility to bring your device to school every day... CHARGED! So before you go to bed at night, be sure to put your Chromebook on a hard, flat surface and plug it in! And don't forget to bring it to school!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Harrison

There are many strategies that students may benefit from to ease nerves:

1. Take care of yourself. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of sleep before a test. Moderate physical activity or exercise prior to taking the test can reduce body tension.
2. Take practice tests. It is proven that those who practice are less likely to become nervous when doing something that is familiar.
3. Come prepared. Arrive to school on time. Get your things ready the night before so that you are not searching around last minute
4. Relax during the test. If you begin to feel tense or nervous during testing take a quick relaxation break. Here are a few ideas: 1. take several deep breaths {in through your nose and out through your mouth, slowly}, 2. squeeze your muscles and hold for 5 seconds, then relax {repeat this 3 times}, 3. think of a peaceful and quiet setting {try imagining yourself in a calm and relaxed setting}, and 4. speak positively; replace negative self-talk.

On the testing day, make it a point to:

1. Listen closely to directions and time reminders.
3. Utilize strategies that teachers have given you.
5. For multiple-choice questions, don't get sidetracked looking for patterns of answers. Do read each choice given carefully; some choices appear correct at first glance but turn out to be wrong once you take a further look.

Check out the STEAM Counseling Department website below,

or visit by clicking here!

A Note from Nurse Shields

Medication reminders…

Parents,

Please remember, A Parent/Physician Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form must be completed by the parent/guardian for any medication to be administered at school. This form is available online or from your campus nurse. This includes over-the-counter medications and prescription medications (asthma or severe allergy medications need to have a “asthma” or “allergy action plan” instead of this form).

1. A request is valid for the current school year and must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

2. A new physician’s order must be completed for any changes to an original medication order.

3. All medication orders for prescription or over-the-counter medications must include written clarification with the dosage, frequency and indications for administration. Orders that state “use as directed” or “use as needed” will not be accepted and the medication will not be administered without further completion of the order.

Due to policy, I am unable to administer ANY medications to your child without a Medication Form filled out and signed by a Physician. This includes Tylenol or Motrin for headaches, etc. A verbal consent by a parent over the phone will not be accepted. If your child needs medication, and there is not a medication form on file for your child, you will have to bring the necessary medication to the school and administer it yourself. This is BISD policy and is for the safety and wellbeing of our students.

If you need a copy of this form, you can access it here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Flu, feel free to call my clinic at 817-245-1510 or email me at Brittney.Shields@bisdmail.net

Teacher Contact

Communication is key in any working relationship. Stay up-to-date with your student's academics through the STEAM, individual teacher, and BISD websites as well as weekly grade level newsletters.

Who should you contact first in the event clarification is needed regarding your child?

Our facilitators know your student and care about their success. If you have questions regarding assignments, behavior, or specific events, reach out to them.

Use this link to find individual teacher emails.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is of utmost importance. When students are absent, not only do they miss out on direct instruction but also they have assignments that begin to pile up. While sometimes being absent is unavoidable, especially if a student has a fever or doctor's orders to stay home, if at all possible make sure they attend every day.

In Texas, students are required to attend school no less than 90% of the time or to be absent no more than 17 days. When students pass 17 days of absences (EVEN excused with a doctor's note and partial absences) they are subject to loss of credit. Loss of credit means that they will not be given credit for courses.

We understand that sometimes absences are unavoidable but, if a student is in any way able to come to school it is important that they attend.

Reminder About Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

As we begin a new semester, please see below for reminders of the STEAM arrival and dismissal procedures.

Drop Off Procedures:

When dropping off your STEAM student in the morning, please use "Lane 1" to drop off students that need to go to the Band/Fitness Center.

Please use "Lane 2" to drop off students that do not need to go to the Band/Fitness Center prior to entering the main building.

In order to exit our student drop off/pick up location, as the red arrows indicate, take two left turns to return to the driveway and exit the school property on to Linda Drive.

Pick Up Procedures:

As students exit the main building, students will utilize Lane 1/Lane 2 by crossing at the designated areas.

TRUST Cards

Remember, at the end of each six weeks, we will review daily attendance, grades, discipline referral, and tardy data by-student to determine who qualifies for each of the three levels of trust cards. Then, according to the data, new trust cards will be issued each six weeks.

Level 1 Blue Trust Card contains 6 privileges. Level 2 Red Trust Card contains 12 privileges. Level 3 Platinum Trust Card contains 17 privileges. Again, these privileges can be redeemed from any STEAM staff member throughout a six weeks. Use them because you have earned them by your hard work in showing respect, taking responsibility, embodying excellence, having an amiable attitude, and making a difference! Also, ask your teachers how you can earn back privileges that you have already redeemed.

Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will automatically obtain a Platinum Trust Card for six weeks.

STEAM PTO

Use the form below to join PTO!

Find us on Facebook: STEAM Middle School PTO - Burleson, Texas.

Have questions or comments for the PTO?

Directory Information

Parents,

Our STEAM social media accounts are updated frequently with the exciting things going on at STEAM. We would like to make sure your student is able to be a part of our STEAM videos and photos that we post on our STEAM social media accounts. Please update your student's directory information if you would like your STEAM student a part of our videos and photos. You may complete the attachment below and return this form to our front office.

I Love Burleson ISD

Please join us in supporting Burleson ISD by signing up for a yard sign or decal through ILoveBurlesonISD.net! Once you request your free yard sign or decal, it will be available for pick-up here at STEAM.