The Howl


Tom Cox Timberwolves

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Principal: Deborah Spoon

5th Grade Asst. Principal: Allyson Emma Tackett

6th Grade Asst. Principal: Valentina Majeski

5th Grade Counselor: Tara Bodin

6th Grade Counselor: Jessica Kowis

Mission: Growing Learners to be Productive Global Citizens

Guidelines for Success: Timberwolves. . . Heart to L.E.A.D.!

Learners: Engaged in learning, problem solvers, innovators

Empathize: Awareness and understanding of each other's thoughts and feelings

Appreciate: We are all unique! We respect and celebrate our differences and similarities

Dedicated: Committed to achieving ones goals even when it is hard! Inspire others to achieve their goals


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Dear TCI Families,

I hope this finds everyone doing well and staying warm. The weather in Texas keeps us on our toes; one never knows what to expect. For those of you who like the cooler weather, enjoy it.

Thank you for your continued support of our staff and school.

Happy February!


Deborah Spoon, Principal


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4 - SciMath.e.Lon Event at College Park High School

6-10 - School Counselor Appreciation Week

6-14 - Montgomery County Food Bank Drive / Collection

17-20 - No School

18 - Destination Imagination Competition

21 - Spring Creek BBQ School Spirit Night

22 - Credit by Exam

22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

22 - Pepperoni's PTO Spirit Night

23 - Credit by Exam Makeup Day

24 - Go Texan Day!

27-10 - Prowlers Book Collection Drive

27-3 - Guardians Rock Collection Drive


2 - Choir Spring Concert at 6:00 p.m.

3 - Last Day for the Guardians Rock Collection Drive

6-10 - Educational Diagnostician Appreciation Week

10 - Last Day for the Prowlers Book Collection Drive

13-17 - Spring Break

14 - Chick Fil A PTO Spirit Night

31 - Pep Rally


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Our school day begins at

8:50 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Students may enter the building as early as 7:45 am. The students will wait in the cafeteria until they are released to their classrooms at 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast is served from 8:05 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., every school day.

Lunch With Your Child

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Making a school lunch reservation to eat with your child at school is easy! Due to limited space we ask parents and visitors to sign up for a date and time. There is a limit of two adults per student. A new link will be sent out every three weeks. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


Lunch Schedules

A Lunch 11:05-11:35

B Lunch 11:37-12:07

C Lunch 11:55-12:25

D Lunch 12:23-12:53


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If your student is a walker/biker they will be expected to walk or ride their bike on rainy days, unless you and your child have an alternate plan in place. If you choose for your child to be a car-rider on rainy days it is not necessary to complete a transportation change form.

In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, lightening, blizzard) we may hold walkers/bikers until we feel it is safe for them to walk or ride home. If that does occur we will contact the parent to inform them of the delay.

Bus transportation will run as scheduled.


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In an effort to minimize instructional time interruptions, our front office staff is asking for your cooperation. We are working hard to minimize classroom interruptions.

Please ensure your child's items are labeled with the student's name and home base teacher. This will help facilitate the delivery.

Thank you for your understanding!


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Science & Social Studies

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In Fifth-grade Science we will begin our life science unit! We will look at interactions between living and non-living things, and how organism structures and functions help them to survive in their environments.

In Social Studies we will finish our study of Westward Expansion and move to women's rights and slavery, and begin looking at the Civil War.


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This month, we will wrap up fantasy reading and writing and begin another research unit. Both reading and writing, for the month of February, will focus on research and writing about debatable topics. Students will learn how to evaluate argumentative texts, and how a good argument has reasons and evidence to support those reasons. In writing, students will then use their research to write a research-based argument essay that will include a claim, reasons, and evidence to support their claim.

This is a great unit in teaching students how to analyze both sides of an argument when it comes to debatable topics!


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February brings a new unit to 5th grade math levels classes...measurement. There are many skills the students will explore in this unit. The students will classify 2-D shapes in a hierarchy of sets and subsets based on their attributes and properties. They will also calculate conversions within the customary and metric units. The students will also represent and solve problems related to area and perimeter. A new skill in this unit is volume. Students will use concrete objects and pictorial models to develop the formulas for the volume of a cube and rectangular prism.

The 5th grade advanced math classes will move to the coordinate planes unit. Students will describe key attributes, graph ordered pairs in the first quadrant, recognize additive and multiplicative patterns within the graphs, and generate numerical patterns from a given graph. The data analysis unit will follow is this unit.

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During the month of February, 6th grade science students will begin units that learn about Earth and Space. These units include concepts about the structure of the Earth where students will gain understanding by exploring the layers of the earth, plate tectonics, minerals, and the rock cycle. Students will build models of the compositional and mechanical layers of the earth, classify rocks and describe the processes of their formations, identify the major tectonic plates, and describe how the plates cause major geological events.

In Social Studies, 6th graders are going to explore the region of East Asia. Students will learn how the physical features and climate influence population patterns. Some other objectives include information on the main impacts of Chinese inventions and the economic impact from the history of the Silk Road to today's role in the global economy.

English Language Arts

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We will kick off this month with historical fiction in reading! The students will be working together in book clubs analyzing historical fiction books. In writing, students will learn how to analyze characters in stories and write an essay defending that character. We are excited to see our students grow as writers!


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Sixth grade level math students will be studying two-variable relationships during the first half of the month. This short unit will culminate with a major grade project that will be completed in class. Students will begin the geometry unit during the second half of month.

Sixth grade advanced students will be studying two-step equations during the first half of the month. This short unit will end with a daily grade quiz. Students will begin the geometry unit during the second half of the month.

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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

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Congratulations to the following ladies for their ardous work!

- Robyn Turner, Teacher of the Year (6th Grade ELA)

- Maria Vigilar, Rising Star (5th Grade Sci/SS)

- Maricela Peña, Humanitarian of the Year (Secretary)

Thank you for your dedication to our school and community!

Go Timberwolves!


Happy National School Counseling Week!

We would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Tara Bodin and Mrs. Jessica Kowis for all the wonderful things they do for our students, teachers and families.

We are truly blessed to have you as Tom Cox Intermediate, Conroe ISD's counselors.

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Mrs. Tara Bodin, 5th Grade Counselor

How long have you been working at Cox Intermediate? This is my 10th year at Cox Intermediate, and my 9th year as a school counselor.

What influenced you to be a school counselor? I've always wanted to be a counselor / therapist and I loved school; so, what better place to be a counselor than at a school!

What do you love most about being a school counselor? What I love most about being a school counselor is the students! Our 5th and 6th graders are my favorite! I love getting to know them, advocating for them and building relationships with them.

They are the best part of my job.

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Mrs. Jessica Kowis, 6th Grade Counselor

How long have you been working at Cox Intermediate? I have been a school counselor at Cox Intermediate for 3 years.

What influenced you to be a school counselor? My former students throughout the years influenced me to become a school counselor, as well as Mrs. Bodin and Ms. Corbett.

What do you love most about being a school counselor? My favorite part about being a counselor is helping students and seeing them grow and supporting our teachers.


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At Tom Cox, we LOVE our furry friends! 🐾

Bring your puppy in the car rider line for a tail-wagging puppuccino!

They will be hand delivered when your pup drops off their favorite human for school!


WHEN: Tuesday February 14th

WHERE: Morning car rider line

TIME: 8:05 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.


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The R A N G E R S (Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Raycroft & Mrs. Gustavus) will be collecting cake pans with cake mix, icing, candles and soda starting February 6th up until February 14th. These donations will be benefiting the Montgomery County Food Bank.

They are accepting bulk purchases from their Amazon Wish List (ship to self and send in with student). LINK:

The hallway that collects the most items will win a donut party on February 16th.

Thank you in advance for supporting their project.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray via email at


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Helping Children in Need Sleep Better

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In our community and all across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors, but the Howlers are partnering with Sleep in Heavenly Peace to help.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an organization made of volunteers who build and deliver the beds to the families who need them. But before any bed delivery can happen, the beds will need to be outfitted with sheets, pillows and pillowcases, and blankets, which is where you can help!

We are collecting bedding items to outfit the new beds that will be delivered. All bedding items must be twin-sized, new, and still in store packaging. Currently, the biggest need is for bedding for kids around your age, so next time you are out shopping at Target or Walmart, take a look around and see what they have. If you see anything you like, chances are another kid your age would love it too. Are there any twin-sized solid-colored sheets on markdown? Bed-in-a-Bags are an affordable and easy option, too, and these are often on sale or clearance. You can even order discounted sets off Amazon and have them shipped directly to your house or to the school, attention Howlers.

You can bring any of your donations and drop them off in the Howler’s hallway, which is the first 5th grade hallway, or in one of our Howler classrooms. We will share the LOVE and donate our bedding the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so please try to get all your bedding donated by February 10.

Thank you, Timberwolves, for caring about other children in your community. We can’t wait to load up the cars with bedding so that no child sleeps on the floor in our community!

Questions? Please contact any of the following teachers:

Mrs. Logan -

Ms. Vigilar -

Mrs. Wallace -



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The K9 Club is collecting items for local animal shelters

and rescues who need supplies such as:

● Groomings Supplies: Brushes, Shampoo and Conditioner

● Cleaning Supplies: Clorox Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Paper Towels, Trashbags

● Pet Bowls

● Leashes & Collars

● Pet Food (canned and dry) and Treats

● Cat Litter Boxes

● Cat Litter

● Towels

● Blankets

● Dog Beds

● Puppy Pads

● Dog & Cat Toys

Collection Date: February 6th to the 22nd

Location: Buckets at the end of Hallways


In DESTINATION IMAGINATION, teams of students solve open-ended, STEAM-focused challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

The Destination Imagination global community is united by a core belief that when students have the freedom to grow and collaborate without boundaries, their confidence explodes and the world opens up to them in new ways. We enable this transformation by providing challenges rooted in STEAM subjects that inspire unique solutions through the use of the creative process.

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to tell their story, share their unique creations and be celebrated for what they’ve accomplished. Through witnessing this process of creative self-expression and validation, students blossom into more confident and knowledgeable individuals.

We currently have three teams at Cox Intermediate, whom will all be competing on Saturday, February 18th. We are so proud of these students!

We wish them lots of success at the Tournament!

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Destination Imagination Club - Keil's Team

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Destination Imagination Club - Hilbrich's Team

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Destination Imagination Club - Doyle's Team


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Our school will be having a Sprit Night at Spring Creek Barbeque

on Riley Fuzzel on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

We will have 19 teachers and staff volunteering that night.

Below is a list of staff attending:

5-5:30 p.m. - Ms. Martin & Mrs. Harris

5:30-6 p.m. - Coach McKee, Coach Martin, Mrs. Richardson & Dr. Spoon

6-6:30 p.m. - Mrs. Peña, Mrs. Turpin & Mrs. Nielsen

6:30-7 p.m. - Mrs. Eaves, Ms. Schramm, Mrs. Keil

7-7:30 p.m. - Nurse Saxe, Mrs. Darland & Mrs. Majeski

7:30-8 p.m. - Mrs. Houck & Mrs. Tackett

We hope you can join us!

* Remember to let the cashier know prior to paying,

that you are supporting Cox Intermediate School.


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FIRST® LEGO® League guides youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age. From Discover, to Explore, and then to Challenge, students will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.

On Saturday, January 28th, our students did so well at their robotics competition!

They got 105 points on their highest run!

We are so proud of them!

Thank you, Ms. Schramm for supporting this amazing group of students!


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Don't miss out on your chance to order a copy of the 2022-2023 Tom Cox Intermediate Yearbook. It's the best way to remember this year's events, classmates, and friends!

Early Bird Ordering:

$35 until February 2nd

Standard Ordering:

$40 - February 3rd to May 1st

Click here to order TODAY!

Make sure to include your yearbook ad purchase with your order!

The last day to order yearbook ads is March 1st. All ad materials are due by March 10th.

Contact PTO Yearbook Chair Kristen Rubin with questions at


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Come join our school's PTO for an evening of fun and games at

the 80’s Glow Party on Friday, March 3, 2023.

There will be a DJ, Photo Booth, Concessions and more!

Pre-ordered wristbands are $15 or $20 at the door.

Purhcase wristbands here:

Please note, this event is for Cox Intermediate students only. The students must follow the dress code standards of our school.

Pre-ordered wristbands will go home with the students on Friday, March 3, 2023.


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In order to make the 80's Glow Party a S U C C E S S, our PTO will need volunteers! If interested in helping, please check out the sign-up at the link below.

Questions? Please contact our PTO directly at

We truly appreciate our volunteers!



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Sign Language Club

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Pokemon Club

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Rubiks Cube Club

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Chess Club

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Dungeons & Dragons Club

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Art Club

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Check out our Library Newsletter! It includes activities and happenings in the library along with some reading suggestions. Click here:

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It is hard to believe that our 6th graders will be heading to junior high in a few short months. Please check the York Jr. High website for updates.



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Check out the American Heart Association for lots of information on ways to get and stay Heart Healthy ❤️ American Heart Association | To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Click on the link below to find out 7 fun activities to maintain a healthy heart:

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Want to learn about heart disease factors for children and teenagers? Click on the link below:


There are TWO REQUIRED immunizations for incoming 7th graders:

- Tdap (Tetnas, Diptheria & Acelluar Pertussis)

- Meningitis (MCV4)

These immunizations must be obtained prior

to 7th grade schedule pick up in August 2023.

If your child receives or has already received their immunizations prior to the end of this school year, please provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record to the Nurse at Cox.

If your child receives their immunizations during the summer break, please provide an updated copy of your child's immunization record to the Nurse at York JHS or the junior high that your child will be attending prior to the schedule pick up in August.


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We celebrate and appreciate our Bus Drivers every day.

To all of our dedicated bus drivers and every staff member that works to get our students to and from school safely, T H A N K - Y O U !

Happy Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

February 22, 2023


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SHOP NOW for your 2023-24 school supplies. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online. EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. Not only is this convenient for you, but it is a fundraiser to help our school.

Order now with our School ID of COX011 at