Colts Chronicle

Carter Lomax Middle School

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Dates to Remember

1/28-2/1 Scholastic Book Fair

1/29 Student Led Conferences - Team UH & Team Rice

1/30 Progress Reports Go Home

1/30 Student Led Conferences - Team Stanford & Team Texas Tech

1/31 Student Led Conferences - Team Baylor & Team A&M

2/1 Student Led Conferences - Team North Texas & Team UT

2/1 99th Day of School - Wear JJ Watt/Texans Gear!

2/12 5th Grade Math Mock STAAR

2/13 5th Grade Reading Mock STAAR

2/15 Club Day

ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS!

Bondy is taking a different approach to enrolling students in the Connect Program for the upcoming school year. Instead of our current students signing up to be in Connect next year, they will automatically roll over into Connect.


If you would like to remove your child from the program, you must click the link below and complete the form by today, January 25th.

Coach's Corner

Snack Tectonics

Sixth grade science students were causing geological events this week! Students used graham crackers, fruit roll-ups, and icing to model different types of Earth's crust and understand the events that take place when tectonic plates move. This activity was the entry event for their current project, Earth's Story, and helped them prepare to write a comic strip about a geological event.
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STEM Night

Thank you to all of the parents and 6th graders that came out for STEM Night! Our math and science teams enjoyed solving problems with our students and their families!
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NEHS Induction

We were honored to induct 39 6th grade students into the Carter Lomax chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society. These students earned this honor by maintaining an average of 92 or above, having no more than 2 C's in conduct, having not been in in-school suspension at any time, and completing an application including an essay and teacher reference forms. Congratulations to our new NEHS members!
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Guest Speaker at SBDM Meeting

Yesterday, Carter Lomax had the honor of hosting PinnacleART founder and Texas Railroad Commissioner, Ryan Sitton, during our Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) committee meeting. Mr. Sitton spoke to our administration, teachers, and parents on the topics of leadership and coaching. The ideas that were shared go hand in hand with our mentoring program through Connect. We were grateful for this experience and look forward to continuing to build these skills and building on our relationships with our students and community partners.

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JOIN US FOR STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Carter Lomax will be hosting Student Led Conferences from January 29 - February 1. Your student will be presenting their Personalized Learning platform to you. They will be sharing their goal-setting strategies, focus area and project progress, and course grade breakdown. Please see the chart below for the time at which your student will be presenting.
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Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to teachers of the month for December! Our 5th grade teacher of the month is Mrs. McBride and our 6th grade teacher of the month is Mrs. Jenkins. These ladies work hard day in and day out for their peers and their students.
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Weekly Parent Connect

Be There for Your Child in the Formative Years


Transitioning

  • Help your child transition from elementary to middle school.
  • Discuss the concerns he or she may have before starting middle school, such as learning from many teachers, getting to class on time, finding his or her locker, getting on the right bus, knowing where the cafeteria is, navigating crowded hallways and doing more homework.
  • Talk to your child about the physical and social changes and the social pressures that often occur in the middle school years.


Parental involvement

  • Communicate often with your child, the teachers, and the principal, vice principal or both.
  • Visit the school. Be knowledgeable about the place where your child learns.
  • You may want to ask the following questions of your child’s teachers:
  • Is there a transition program for students leaving elementary school and entering middle or junior high school?
  • Are counselors available who can help your child transition to middle school?
  • Are teachers and principals accessible to parents?
  • When are the parents’ nights, sports and art events, and other times when parents are invited to visit the school?
  • When can parents volunteer at the school?
  • Help your child organize a schedule.
  • Help your child set goals with a time limit for completing particular tasks.
  • Listen to what your child tells you and is really saying between the lines. Be sensitive to any fears your child might have. Sometimes it is helpful to reserve comments and actions until you have facts about a situation and know how your child thinks and feels about it.
  • Discuss peer pressure.
  • Communication is the key to being helpful to your child in the pre-teen years.
  • Welcome and get to know your child’s friends.
  • Become aware of physical and emotional changes in your child.


Reading in the middle school years

Reading is an important part of the middle school years. Many of the subjects your child studies in middle school involve much more reading than in elementary school. Check with your child’s school counselor to see what your child’s reading level is. If your child reads below grade level, check with the school to see what additional reading programs are available to help improve your child’s skills.


Looking to the future

Help your child focus on preparing academically for high school and college. Encourage your child to take challenging classes. You may want to ask your child’s teachers these questions:

  • Will the classes your child takes help him or her be competitive in college and the work world?
  • Is your child having trouble in any classes?
  • What tutoring programs are available?
  • Does your child have good study habits? Does he or she read what is necessary to complete an assignment? hand in assignments on time? prepare ahead of time for assignments and tests instead of cramming at the last minute?
  • Does your child have the supplies needed to complete assignments?


Parent coordinator/5th grade counselor,

Tara Crum

tcrum@pasadenaisd.org


6th grade counselor/bilingual

Cynthia Pena

cpena@pasadenaisd.org

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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.