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February 11, 2019

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Principal's Message

As we begin our path through the Spring semester, there are a lot of activities and events on our calendar. Please check the calendar below to be sure you know of all events that are going on. Call the front office, or your child's teacher, if you have any questions.

Just a few reminders for your information:

  • Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, February 18. Please make arrangements for your child on this day.

  • Lunch accounts - many students have negative lunch balances. Please check your child's lunch account to see if they have money on their account. Negative balances need to be paid as soon as possible. Contact our cafeteria manager if you have any questions on your child's lunch account. You can check your child's lunch balance in Parent Access. If you need to apply for free or reduced lunch, please go to apply. Please note that if you qualify for free or reduced lunches, you will still need to pay off any negative balance that is on your child's account.

  • We have many students with a lot of absences. We will be starting attendance tutorials this spring. You will receive a letter through your child if they are being asked to attend tutorials. Please make every effort to have your child in school each day, on-time, for the full day. As students get older, missing a day of school has a big impact on their education. If at all possible, send your child to school every day they don't have fever, even if they don't feel 100%. Many times, once they get up and moving at school, they start to feel better. Our goal for attendance is 97.5% for the year. We are currently at 99.9%, and it tends to slowly decline throughout the year. We would love to turn that decline around and get our attendance back up. We need to keep up good attendance in order to reach our goal. Thank you for your continued support of your child's success in school!

  • Thank you to our families who have taken the time to give us feedback this year. We look at every suggestion and discuss ways to improve our practives at Vogel. Your feedback is very important to us. This feedback form will be in every newsletter and on our webpage each month. Thank you for taking time to support Vogel Intermediate!

  • Please call your child's teacher if you need assistance with anything. They are always your first line of communication, and can typically answer your questions better than anyone else. :)

Tara Vandermark

Teachers and Humanitarians of the Year

We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 CISD Teachers and Humanitarians of the Year. They will be honored at a reception in May. Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominees!!

Teachers of the Year - Coach Haymark and Mr. Hughes

Humanitarian of the Year - Mrs. Sorrells

Rising Star Award - Ms. Peters

Counselors' Corner

Please see attached the Counselors Corner newsletter, which includes some upcoming parent and community events.

We also have our 1st annual Building Your Man C.A.V.E. boys event, which will be coming up next month. Please see the newsletter at the link below for more information.

National Counseling Week

We would like to recognize our counselors, Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Rieke, for all of their work with students, staff and community. Our counselors wear so many hats, and they do whatever necessary to help our students be successful in school and in life. Thank you for all you do for our students, Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Rieke!!

Cookie Valentines from Chick fil A

Our student council, in conjunction with Chick fil A, is offering Chocolate Chunk cookie valentines for $2. Students can bring their orders to the counselors and student council representatives before school in the cafeteria. Cookies will be delivered on February 14. See the attached flyer for more information.

The Blue and Red

Vogel students have created a newspaper, The Blue and Red, to report events at school. This is a student run newspaper, sponsored by Ms. Peters. You can find the newspaper at the link below:

Winter Illnesses are Increasing

Parents, We are getting increased numbers of students with the flu and strep. Please make sure that you are practicing good hand washing. Reminding students to sing the alphabet while they wash their hands, helps them to really keep them clean and more protected from illness.

If your child is sick, they need to stay home. If they have a fever, they need to be fever free without fever reducing medicines, for 24 hours before returning to school. To help alleviate the spreading of germs, our custodial staff is vigilant in sanitizing rooms and keeping surfaces as clean as possible.

Irons Junior High Information for Incoming 7th Graders

Our students who will be going to Irons next year have several events coming up. Please see the information below. More information will be added as it comes to us from Irons.

  • Irons Class Scheduling - 6th grade students will visit with the Irons counselors during the week of February 11 to set their schedule for next year. If you were unable to attend the parent meeting last week, they can go to the following link to get information on course selection: Course selection will be completed by February 15. Students will receive a verification during the 3rd 9 weeks, and any changes must be made by May 3. Please look at the presentation at the above link for more detailed information.

  • Irons Jr. High School Cheerleading and Mascot Tryout Information

    Mandatory Pre-Tryout Cheerleading and Mascot Meeting

    February 19, 2019

    6:00pm - 7:00pm ~ Irons Cafeteria

    Tryout Packets Due

    February 22, 2019

    No later than 4:00pm ~ Irons Front Office

    Cheerleading and Mascot Tryout Clinic

    March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2019

    5:00pm - 6:30pm ~ Irons Girls Gym

    Cheerleading and Mascot Tryouts

    March 7th, 2019

    5:00pm - 8:00pm ~ Irons Girls Gym

    Coach Contact Information:

    Kristina Neal ~

    Robin Bachman ~

  • Irons Jr. High School Drill Team Tryout Info

    Mandatory Pre-Tryout Meeting

    March 19, 2019

    5:30pm- 6:30pm @ Irons Cafeteria

    Tryout Packets Due

    March 28, 2019

    No later than 4:00pm @ Irons Front Office

    Drill Team Tryout Clinic

    April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2019

    5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Irons Girls Gym

    Drill Team Tryouts

    April 4th, 2019

    5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Irons Girls Gym

    Coach Contact Information:

    Ashley Prchlik

  • More information coming out soon. Please watch our newsletter for updates!

Incoming 7th grade students attending York Junior High in 2019-2020

A few of our students will be attending York Junior High next year. Please go to the York website at to get more information about cheer tryouts and parent presentations. Students attending York will get information on class placement as well and will follow a similar timeline to Irons. These parents will be contacted by our counselors with information on course scheduling and visiting the campus.

Social media safety for parents

As parents, it is very hard to keep up with everything that students are doing online. Each month, we are providing resources for parents to learn more about how to protect their children online. I found a good resource that may give you some more information to help you when having conversations with your kids. There are many blogs, articles, podcasts, and videos to help you. You can also sign up to receive a weekly newsletter.

If you find other suggestions for great websites to help parents, please pass them along and I will share them! It takes a great support team to help us navigate the dangers of social media!

3 Ways to Encourage Gratitude in our Children

Teaching our kids to say thank you is important, but so is instilling a sense of gratitude in them. Being truly grateful is a mindset and a lifestyle and it goes way beyond just having good manners and being polite to other people. There are studies indicating that kids who feel a sense of gratitude benefit in many ways, including enjoying greater satisfaction towards life in general and a better attitude towards school.

So, the next time you go to the grocery store, encourage your children to pick up one or two canned goods to donate to the local food bank or to someone they know who is in need. You might also encourage your children to donate toys they no longer use or clothes they’ve outgrown to children who may need a little extra help.

Here are 3 more tips to inspire your children to be more grateful:

  1. Encourage your kids to create an art project that includes people and things they are grateful for, and have them present it to the whole family at dinner.
  2. As part of a regular bedtime routine, ask your kids what they are grateful for just from that day. Once a week, after Sunday dinner, gather around as a family and encourage all family members to discuss one thing they are grateful for from the week.
  3. Encourage your kids to write thank you notes, not just when someone gets them a gift, but whenever someone does something nice for them. Once a year, perhaps on Thanksgiving, the entire family writes thank you notes expressing their gratitude for each other. Each person reads their gratitude notes out loud to the other family members.

If we foster this feeling of gratitude in our children and in others, just think how much better our lives will be.

By: Scott Colby

2018-2019 Final School Calendar

The 2019-2020 school calendar has been approved. Please go to the link below to see the calendar.

TAPR Federal Report Card Information

The Vogel Intermediate 2017-2018 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) and Federal Report Card have been posted on our school's profile page. If parents would like a printed copy of the report, please email Dr. Vandermark at to request a copy. Both of the accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:

From the Conroe ISD home page:

· Go to "Our Schools"

· Browse for your school

· Click "Show More" to see the "View School Profile" button and click it

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2017-2018”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report or Federal Report Card"

From the school’s website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2017-2018”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report or Federal Report Card"

Upcoming Events - January/February


11-15 - 6th graders complete course selections through science classes

12 - PTO Meeting

18 - No School - Presidents' Day

22 - Building your Man C.A.V.E. - Boys event - 6:00-8:00pm - See Counselors' Corner for more information


5 - Choir Pop Show - 7pm

5 - Chick fil A Spirit Night - Sawdust location

8 - Early Release at 1:00pm

8 - End of the 3rd 9 weeks

11-15 - Spring Break

30 - Honor Choir at McCullough - 4pm

Club Updates

Please see most updated club list attached. If you participate in a club, please plan on being at school in plenty of time to be at the selected club by 8:00am. The car rider line can be busy during club drop off, so plan accordingly. Refer to this link for any updates that occur.

Like us on Facebook and Twitter!

We have been posting lots of great news on Facebook and Twitter. Please like us at the links below so that you can see what is going on at school.


Tara Vandermark

Assistant Principals

Kindel Doucet—5th

Thomas Polonyi—6th


Racquel Johnson—5th

Julia Rieke—6th



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