The Wolf Howl

Week of 1/18/16

Club Sign Up

Be sure and access the Google Club sheet and submit your club choices for February by this weekend! As you are submitting your idea, please take a look at the other ideas that have already been submitted to make sure that there are lots of different choices for our kids. Also, get in the mind of a middle school student and think about what they would enjoy doing for an extracurricular club. For example, based on past clubs we know our kids like computers, coding, cooking, dancing, engineering, challenges, crafts, service projects that deal outside the school, and any type of sport or movement. They have not been responsive to poetry, writing, specialized clubs like travel club or stamp collecting, or CTMS service projects except for the popular Buddy Club.

Remember that if two of you sponsor one club, you must be able to house 40 students in your group; otherwise, we don't have enough club spots for 800 Wolves. If you don't prefer large groups, then you might want to do a club alone.

Thank you for all you do for our Wolves!

You Think Our Weather is Bad?? Check out the Video Below!

People Trying To Walk Against The Wind In Norway - Funny Videos

Open House 2.1 -- THE CTMS SHOWCASE

A new look for Open House - now called the CTMS Showcase!

A new date: February 23, 2016

A new time: fifth grade parents 6:00 - 7:00

Other parents: 7:00 - 8:00

Different locations within CTMS: not your individual classrooms unless you are a singleton.

Stay tuned for more details of this exciting change that we are making to the traditional Open House!

PTA Needs Assessment Grants

Do you need something instructional for your room? Does you team have an innovative idea that needs funding? The PTA Needs Assessment Grant is an opportunity for you or your team to get some funds from PTA!

Please see Stephanie for a PTA Needs Assessment Grants form. Forms are due next Friday, January 22.

Hallway Monitoring

Don't forget to monitor the hallways between classes as much as possible. I know the configurations of the rooms makes it difficult to be monitoring your classrooms as well as hallways. Maybe you and your neighbor could take turns watching classes and watching the hallways.

We have had several incidents that have occurred in hallways that would have been prevented had adults been watching. It is getting into spring already, and we need to proactively manage mischief! Thanks for helping!

Upcoming Benchmarks

Our Math and Reading benchmarks will be given school wide to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on Tuesday, February 9 (math) and Thursday February 11 (reading). We will be running an alternative schedule on those days to give us four hour testing windows each day. Everyone will be a test proctor, small group administrator, hall monitor, or have other testing task on that morning. Mark your calendars! These tests will give us great data regarding students' skills and stamina as we go into the spring testing season.
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Wolf Howls

Megan howls for Renee and Janis for their help with 8th grade four year plans! Thank you!


Lisa D. sends a grateful Wolf Howl to those teachers who help our subs on their teams. Two subs on Thursday were so grateful - one specifically to Sherri Golliver - for all the help they had received from teammates! Thank you! It's the Wolf Way!


Raquel sends an appreciative Howl to Linda McFayden for jumping in and helping when she needed help to cover LH duty! You are appreciated!


Lisa D. gives a BIG wolf howl to Alex and Lisa G. for creating answer keys for all reading and math STAAR benchmark tests and creating answer documents in DMAC for ALL our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Your HOURS of work are appreciated!


Stephanie C. howls for Lisa Gallagher for covering three classes this week! Thank you for your help on short notice!


Megan gives a big counseling howl for Bridget M. for always being so helpful to the counselors' office!


Karen M. gives a grateful howl to Lisa Gallagher and Sherri Golliver for being flexible and helping her get to an early afternoon appointment!


Raquel sends a grateful HOWL to Mr. Arena in supporting, diversifying and renewing his teaching to accommodate the needs of our students!

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Upcoming Events

Monday, 1/18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - holiday

Tuesday, 1/19 - Geography Bee - Lecture Hall - 8:30 a.m.

Grade level meetings - 3:35 p.m. -various locations

7th/8th grade boys' basketball games vs. GMS @ away

Wednesday, 1/20- Lisa out - LEAD 2021

Thursday, 1/21 - Girls' 7th/8th grade BB games vs. Coppell East @ CTMS

Friday, 1/22 - PTA Needs Assessment Grants due

Group pictures (Have patience!) - courtyard

Monday 1/25 - AVID Site team meeting -3:30 Popp's room

7th/8th grade boys' basketball games vs. Coppell East @ CTMS

Tuesday, 1/26 - 8th grade panoramic picture - WT - gym. 8th grade teachers/staff - wear your lime green Convocation shirt.

CEC meeting - 3:30 library

Wednesday, 1/27 -7th grade tour TECC - 1:00

Thursday, 1/28 - District Spelling bee - LH

No girls' BB games this week

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Happy Birthday!

Jessica Perez Aldaz - 1/18/15

Please welcome!

We had a HUGE number of applicants for our data secretary position. After interviews and screenings, I am pleased to announce that Ilia Kaku will be taking this position. She has 15+ years of clerical experience, including working the in DA's office in Los Angeles and managing a large Orthopedic Clinic, and she is BILINGUAL! Ilia will start on February 1.