STEAM Middle School

Wolverine News Volume 29

April 10th-April 14th

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 10th: KMS Track @ Weatherford

Tuesday, April 11th: KMS Track @ Weatherford

Wednesday, April 12th (@ 8:00 am): Skyward Family Access course request will close. Course presentation and information is below!

Thursday, April 13th: End of the 5th six weeks (report cards available 4/21)

Friday, April 14th: Good Friday, No school!

Sunday, April 16th: Easter

Friday, April 28th: STEAM Carnival (see information below)

STEAM Calendar

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

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

Leave us a note!

Here's to...

Our House Winner for this week:


MZUSHI!


Mzushi you will have high school dress on

Monday, April 10th

Grade Level Newsletters

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Congratulations to our Students and Staff of the Month!

Please click here to view our students and staff members of the month.

2017-2018 Virtual Course Presentation

2017-2018 STEAM MS Course Presentation
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2017-2018 Course Presentation

We are excited to bring our Course Presentation to you virtually!


Please take a few moments to listen to and watch the included presentation. Click here to watch the course presentation video. Below are additional resources in which you may find helpful during planning.


We hope that this digital presentation is a convenient option for you and your family. Should you have any questions about the presentation or specific planning, please email Mrs. Harrison at mharrison@bisdmail.net.


Important Information:


  • Mrs. Harrison has visited all 6th and 7th-grade classes to discuss course options, provide information on where to access resources, as well as helped students input course requests through Skyward.
  • Course requests window opened on Monday, April 3rd and will close on Wednesday, April 12th (at 8:00 am). There is no "submit" button, requests will automatically submit on April 12th.
  • All course request must be completed on Skyward Family Access; this will only work under the students sign-in-- if you sign in as the parent, courses will not show.
  • Directions for making selections in Skyward (student's account):
  1. Click "schedule"
  2. Above the student's current schedule, select "Course Request for 2017-2018"
  3. Click the appropriate class and select "add course"
  4. After completing all course selections, students should choose the tab labeled "Request Alternates" to select backup elective choices.
  5. Add alternates by clicking individual elective courses and then "add course"
  • Use this PDF, "2017-2018 Course Planning Resources" for links to resources to better help with planning (course planning sheets may be found here).

STEAM Carnival

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Celebrate our STEAM Staff!

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Released STAAR Test

Below you will find released STAAR tests. We encourage you to review each test that your student will be taking this year. We work hard every day to prepare our students and recognize that understanding the types of questions that they will be asked can be beneficial to both you and your child. You may find the answers to these tests on the final pages of each release, or click here to be routed to a website for the answer key.

GoGuardian

To learn more about GoGuardian's services and benefits, check out their website!

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.

Please click here to view the STEAM Middle School drop-off and pick-up procedures. Upon viewing the link, see below for further clarification.

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.

Tutoring

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.

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Need a Replacement?

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PSAT 8/9 Update

8th grade students are able to view their PSAT/NMSQT scores by logging into Khan Academy. Not only are scores available they too, may get a personalized SAT practice plan.

Click here to learn how to link Khan Academy to College Board.

Give Me 5 Campaign

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Google Classroom for Parents

Want in on your child's Google Classroom activity?


Visit the docs below to learn how to receive daily or weekly summaries of Google Classroom activity as well as additional topics!

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.


You can also follow ILoveBurlesonISD on facebook and twitter.

Below are the links:

I Love Burleson ISD (Facebook)

I Love Burleson ISD (Twitter)

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How Should Trust Cards and ID's be Worn?

Trust Cards should be worn horizontally in plastic protectors

with ID's hanging vertically in front.

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TRUST Cards

Click here to view our STEAM Trust Card-Level Requirements.


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.


Click here to view descriptions for our Trust Card privileges.


Remember to wear your Trust Card, redeem your privileges, and celebrate your success! As you redeem your privileges, please find us, because we want to take your picture and celebrate with you!

It Pays to Have Platinum!

Grades, attendance, and behavior all impact students obtaining a Platinum level Trust Card.


Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will too, be issued a Platinum.

Another way that students may level up to a Platinum is by sharing with us

extra-curricular achievements.

Send us a tweet, Facebook post, e-mail, or Instagram shout-out showing us your STEAMer going above and beyond in our community, they just might reach Platinum!

Doctor and Personal Appointments

Please make sure that when scheduling appointments for students, that they are before or after school. Attendance is crucial and we ask that if an appointment must be made during the school day, that they occur after 10:00 am.

Dress Code

We frequently perform dress code checks, please ensure that your student is always in compliance, click here for middle school dress guidelines.


On the occasion, we offer students high school dress days. In the event that we do, please follow such guidelines, click here.

Failure to Report to STEAM U or Academic Lab

Students are required to report to their scheduled STEAM U and/or Academic Lab time.

All students are aware of their destinations for each scheduled time.

Failure to attend either STEAM U or Academic Lab will result in an afterschool detention.

STEAM Clubs

On Fridays, our STEAM students will get to choose from the available clubs during their STEAM U/ Academic Lab times instead of completing their Canvas Modules and/or attending academic labs.


Students may choose a different club each STEAM U, each week.

The STEAM U Friday Clubs List will be posted for students in the Cafeteria.

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Harrison

Check out this great article about teen friendships and how they impact adulthood!


Click here to read.

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Schedule Change Requests


No core or elective class change request will be accepted after January 20th.

There will be no exceptions after this deadline.

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?

Your child's teacher(s).

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.

A Note From Nurse Shields

It’s National Dental Health Month!!

Lifelong habits begin at home. Make dental health part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family:


Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Drinking water after eating also helps to clear your teeth of food particles.

Floss every day!!

Limit the number of times you eat snacks, especially the sticky ones and long lasting ones.

Visit a dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up and a cleaning.

Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months, and after an illness.


Sweet snack facts:

-Eating a lot of snacks with sugar may cause cavities.

-Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to make acid. -The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful!


The STEAM Nurse can help you find a dental home for your family!

STEAM PTO


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

Have questions or comments for the PTO?

Contact us at BurlesonSTEAMPTO@gmail.com.

What is S.T.E.A.M.?

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Lost & Found Items

Items that remain in the Lost & Found by Friday afternoon will be taken to the Harvest House. Students are encouraged to check for missing items, too many things are being left behind! The Lost & Found is located in the office.

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.