Colts Chronicle

Carter Lomax Middle School

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Dates to Remember

11/12-11/16 College Week

11/14 Career Day

11/15 Carter Lomax Spelling Bee

11/19-11/23 Thanksgiving Break

11/27 Evening with the Arts

11/30 Club Day

Coach's Corner

Our Lomax volleyball teams are finishing up their seasons this month! The 6th grade teams played Wednesday night, with Lomax White defeating Shaw Red two sets to zero. Lomax Red and Lomax Black faced each other, where Lomax Black came out on top two sets to one.
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Mrs. Kaatz Takes Over

This week our sixth grade Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kaatz, took over Mrs. Tomei's sixth grade math class. She started her lesson with an introduction to the new concept unit, Equations and Inequalities. Students then completed a scavenger hunt on the platform to better understand the new concept unit. They also worked through the rubric to understand the different levels in the grading process.
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Vocabulary Practice

Students in Ms. Tolleson's sixth grade science class reviewed vocabulary for their Physical Properties of Matter Focus Area by playing Quizlet Live. The online game places students onto teams and requires them to work together by discussing vocabulary words and definitions in a race against their classmates.
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Can Do Food Drive Results

Our canned food drive is over and was an overwhelming success! Your students collected a total of 1,115 pounds of non-perishable food items for families right here in Pasadena! At the time of pick up on Thursday, we were in the top 5 campuses in Pasadena ISD for total pounds of food collected. We are so proud of our students and their willingness to give back to their community!
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Veteran's Day- Red, White and Blue!

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Weekly Parent Connect

Coaching Children in the Five-Step Process of Self-Regulation

“I had it first.” “I hate you.” “This is stupid.” “You can’t make me.” “No, no, no!” Children’s emotional outbursts encompass a variety of outward behaviors from pushing and shoving to name-calling and exclusion. They also are expressed inwardly through withdrawal, perfectionism and sulking. How we respond to children’s emotions will either inhibit or encourage the emergence of their self-regulation skills. Coaching children from unconsciously reacting to their emotions to consciously responding to their emotions requires the same five-step process adults experience. Here is an overview of the child’s process. As you read allow your mind to notice the similarities between the adult’s journey and the child’s.


The child is triggered. There could be 15 red markers on the table but Jacob wants that one. His focus narrow and he excludes all additional incoming information. This trigger period could last a few seconds or 2 hours. To help the child move to step two we must remain calm.



Breathe and Notice. The goal is to help Jacob create a momentary pause between being lost in his emotion (I am) and acting out. To help Jacob create a pause, we encourage him to take 3 deep breaths. We also notice and describe his nonverbal emotional signals. Noticing brings Jacob’s awareness to his body, thus beginning the process of separating his identity from the emotion.



Naming the Feeling. Jacob may be able to identify feelings in a picture, but he may have a difficult time identifying what his is feeling while he is upset. Our job in this step is help Jacob discover his feelings while in an upset state. When we help Jacob accurately name the emotion, the feeling becomes manageable and the integration process can begin.



Accept and Reframe. We help Jacob accept and befriend the feeling in order to change it. With acceptance, the integrative process naturally provides Jacob with the willingness to change his feeling state and learn from his original trigger. Changing the feeling state from upset to calm is essential for rejoining the class or family in a healthy, respectful way.



Solutions. You did it! You coached Jacob through the first four self-regulatory steps necessary to create a pause between impulse and action. Now that Jacob is calm, we can teach him a new skill or a new perception to wanting only that marker.



*This discussion is based on Becky Bailey’s new book: Managing Emotional Mayhem and adapted from Larry Slocum’s School Family Minute.



Parent coordinator/5th grade counselor,

Tara Crum

tcrum@pasadenaisd.org



6th grade counselor/bilingual

Cynthia Pena

cpena@pasadenaisd.org

Parent Connect


You will be receiving an email from Summit Learning inviting you to login to the platform and see your student's information. Having your own Parent Connect account allows you to view your child's goals for the week, current grades, and dues dates for Focus Areas, Projects, and Concept Units.


When you receive the email from Summit Learning, you will only need to follow the link, watch the video, and create your own password for the account. If you do not receive an email, contact your child's homeroom teacher.