Your Weekly Woodcreek Newsletter
Lion News - Episode #7
Have you seen a WMS staff member doing exceptional things? If so feel free to recognize them with a virtual pat on the back via our Woodcreek C.A.R.E.S. form. Teacher and staff work through a lot of issues daily, and it is always great for them to hear some positive feedback from our stakeholders. See the link below to give a high-five to staff you feel should be positively recognized!
Woodcreek Academic Updates & Assessment/Testing
6th: This week, students began learning about culture and globalization. Students will be participating in activities that explain the effects of culture and globalization. The unit test will be November 18th.
7th: This past week students discovered how Spain lost its grip on Texas and most of its lands in North America which gave rise to the newly independent Mexico. Students will now take a journey through the Mexican National Era of government and Empresarios of Texas. The exam over this unit will be on November 16th.
8th: This week, students began learning about the foundations of the American government and the creation of our U.S. Constitution. Students will be taking a quiz over this material on Monday, November 14, and then they will complete a summative project that will be due on Friday, November 18. HEADS UP! Geography Test #2 will be on Friday, December 2.
Veterans Day Ceremony Announcement & Extra Credit Opportunity: Woodcreek Middle will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon on Friday, November 11th. We cordially invite students’ family members who are Veterans to attend and be recognized for their service. Click Here for the Veterans Day Ceremony RSVP. There will also be an Extra Credit Opportunity to make a Veterans Day Poster.
6th: We will continue our work on finding equivalent ratios. We will also continue to work finding unit rates. Advanced will be moving into setting proportions where they will have to find the part, whole, or percent.
7th: This week in 7th grade On-Level Math students review solving one-step equations then learn how to solve two-step equations with rational number coefficients this week. Advanced students will begin learning about transformations on a coordinate plane.
- 8th: 8th Grade math will complete the unit on Slope and Intercept and take the 2nd Test of the Unit on Wednesday, 11/9. Starting Friday, we will begin the Unit on Transformations.
- Algebra: Algebra Students will be working on Systems of Equations and wrapping up the Unit with Substitution and Elimination. We will have a Test the following week on Tuesday, 11/15. Students should have a Review by Thursday, 11/10.
- 6th: This week students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. On Monday students will take a diagnostics assessment, and end the week creating sketch notes for a summative grade. The sketch notes will be a visual created to reflect the different elements found within a poem.
- 7th: The students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will take an assessment on Monday, November 7th over comprehension, analysis, and text connections. They will review the assessment by reevaluating their answers with their groups. They will also continue to work on their book club projects which are due in December.
- 8th: The students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair this week. Students will complete a diagnostic assessment with Progress Learning. Students will also take an assessment that covers nonfiction skills on the 9th.
6th: We finished Part 1 of our chemistry unit last week and took a test, so please check your students' grades! This week we are learning about metals, nonmetals and metalloids. Students will have a hands-on lab to experience the physical properties of each.
7th: We are continuing body systems, this week we are moving into the skeletal and muscular systems. We will have a quiz on Wednesday and an exciting lab Friday!
8th: In 8th Grade we will be reviewing and then taking our final Chemistry exam on Friday! Ask your student what “City Girls Only Love Their Phones” stands for.
Assessment & Testing
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test is being redesigned to make the test more tightly aligned to the classroom experience.
The STAAR redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), working with a wide range of education stakeholders, including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–2023 school year.
The STAAR redesign includes several components:
For more information about how the STAAR redesign improves alignment to the classroom experience, hear what teachers are saying, reference the STAAR Redesign February 2022 Presentation (PDF, posted 3/7/22), or see below for more information about each component. For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), please reference the STAAR Redesign FAQ (PDF, updated 8/30/22). You may access the STAAR online testing platform for practice here.
Our Fall Book Fair will run until Friday, Nov. 11th. Students can purchase books in their RELA classes. We will NOT be accepting any cash for payment but students and families can set up an eWallet, use credit cards, Cash App or Google Pay. Books can also be purchased through our online book fair website. All proceeds purchased online benefit our Library.
Our after school family shopping opportunity will be Monday, Nov. 7th from 4-5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
Battle of the Books and Project Lit:
Battle of the Books will meet every Wednesday (unless the library is closed) to prepare for the competition on April 1st, 2023.
Project Lit had an AMAZING first meeting where we discussed the book, Ophie’s Ghost. Our next meeting will be Dec. 1st from 9- 10 am and we will be Students reading the book, Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri.
Any person interested can still sign up for these book clubs over the next few weeks.
Personalized Learning Department
6th grade meets on Tuesdays in RM 210 from 4:00-4:45
7th/8th grade meets on Thursday in RM 210 from 4:00-4:45
Please contact me with any questions! email@example.com
Dungeons & Dragons Club
The 2022-2023 Woodcreek Middle School Yearbook is now on sale! Click on the link below to purchase this year’s book!
If the link does not work, enter this URL into your search bar: https://www.balfour.com/texas/houston/woodcreek-middle-school/yearbook-packages
This year we will have tiered pricing for our book.
Now- September 30– $30
October 1- December 30– $35
December 31- May 1– $40
Student ads are also available for purchase if you want to recognize your student and all of his/her accomplishments.
Range in size & price from $30-$130
These are first come first serve
Only available until December 31, 2022
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email Hannah Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of our Woodcreek Visual Artists had the opportunity to facepaint before and after the Halloween Band Concert this Tuesday. They did a great job, be sure to check out the pictures on Twitter and support our visual artists. @aj_fernandes @KrystleWright @Mrs.Martin2168
The visual arts team is currently choosing artwork for Rodeo Art, Bayou City Art Festival, and Scholastic Art and Writing competitions. If your student’s artwork is chosen they will have a permission slip for you to sign.
We have surpassed our fundraising goal! Thank you everybody for your support!!
November 10, 11, 12 - Region Orchestra Clinics and Concert. Those participating received an email with all the information.
December 7th - Winter Concert! FYO performs @ 6:30 PM. Chamber, Sinfonia, and Camerata perform @ 7:15 PM. More information coming soon!
December 9th - (Tentative) Chamber and Viols of the Creek Performance at the Administration Building.
Congratulations to this past week’s earners of the Gold Stand. These students showed hard work, leadership, and determination for the previous week. The winners for each period were: 1st - Guiliana G, 2nd - Payton C, 3rd - Aaliyah S, 4th - Stephanie W, 5th - Emily G, 7th - Allison A.
Upcoming Drama Club Dates: November 15 & December 6.
Drama Club Holiday Party: TUESDAY, December 13, 4 - 6:00 pm
WMS Theatre held auditions for their UIL One Act Play. Those selected for the company had their first read-thru and rehearsals this week.
WMS Theatre is looking for DONATIONS to help make a few big lumber and costume purchases! Small businesses with a donation of $100+ will receive a business card or ad in all future programs for the rest of this school year!
The Lionettes survived last week’s curse of the flu and still managed to perform at the Halloween Band Concert and the Red Ribbon Pep Rally. We are glad all Lionettes are back!
Next up… competition rehearsals, Friendsgiving, Toy Slam Pep Rally, Basketball Games, and Winter Holiday Party.
Rosebuds meeting, November 7, 2022 from 4:00-5:00, in room 415.
Holiday Drive begins November 14-December 9, 2022. A flier with details will follow.
Step team performance at the Toy Slam, December 2, 2022.
Late Arrival Dates
WMS Campus Procedure Reminders
Food Deliveries from Paid Delivery Services NOT ALLOWED
Woodcreek's Big 3:
Be on Time.
Wear Your ID.
Put Your Phone Away.
Morning Wandering & Tardy Consequences
Below are the consequences that will be assigned for tardies:
- 1st & 2nd Tardy: Warnings
- 3rd & 4th Tardy: Parent Phone Call & After-School Detention
- 5th & 6th Tardy: Parent Conference & Thursday Class Assigned
- 7th+ Tardy: ISS Assigned and Intervention Planned w/Parents
**All tardies will be cleared at the conclusion of each 9-week grading period**
WMS CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones must not be visible during school hours unless they are being used in the classroom for instructional purposes, as determined by the teacher.
- 1st Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will be returned to the student at the end of the day.
- 2nd Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will ONLY be returned to the parent.
- 3rd Offense: Parent will be contacted, the phone will ONLY be returned to a parent/guardian, & ISS will be assigned to the student.
- 4th Offense: Parent will be contacted, cell phone will be checked-in daily & returned to the student at the end of the school day.