Grizzly Gazette- 09/20/21

West Briar MS School Updates: Week 5

Principal's Message

It was awesome seeing so many parents at our Virtual Open house last week! Please know that we are here to help your student.

Even though we couldn't be in-person, we hope you found the event useful. For those who could not make it or for those who experienced technical difficulties, each teacher's Open House presentation is being saved to the West Briar website here:

We are still getting all teacher's presentations posted, but expect them to be there by the end of this week.

  • Some parents and students have also had attendance questions. To get specific assistance with your student's attendance and submit an absence note, you may reach out to our Attendance Clerk- Ms. Puente.

Make it a great day to be a Grizzly!


Cycle 1 Progress Reports

Cycle 1 (C1) Progress Reports went home with students last Wednesday (9/15). If your student did not receive theirs, have them ask their 6th period teacher this week.

A Progress Report is a snapshot of time that shows what the student's grades were on the day Progress Reports were pulled. Progress reports signal the halfway point in the grading Cycle. There are now three weeks remaining in Cycle I.

The most up-to-date and accurate reflection of a student's class grades, is to look in HISD Connect/Power School. Students and parents can download the Power School app and see any of their grades and assignments in real-time.

  • HISD Connect login-instructions also went home with student's Progress Reports last week. This information gives the parent their unique login information and instructions on how to get started.

HISD Connect- Portal to your student's grades and information!

HISD Connect is the parent and student portal to student's information, addresses, and grades.

Make sure to keep your email address and phone number updated so that you are receiving the most up-to-date campus and district information! This is how we communicate with you.

TEA BOY Testing: Monday/Tuesday

Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas altering last week's schedule, TEA-BOY testing for students who did not take STAAR the last school year, will be Monday & Tuesday of this week:

Monday, Sept 21: Reading

Tuesday, Sept 22: Math

All students should bring a laptop to school both Monday and Tuesday- whether they are testing or not. (Students not testing will complete course work for Math, ELA, Science, & Social Studies in the HUB or on paper assignments from teachers.)

See this WBMS: HB 4545/Accelerated Learning Flyer- that's been saved to our website.

  • More information will be sent out soon, but some HB 4545 links/documents have been added to our website (below):

TikTok Challenge

We've been made aware of a recent TikTok Challenge that encourages students to steal various items from schools (mirrors, soap dispensers, bathroom items, etc.) and post this online. This social media trend, called "Devious Licks" on the TikTok app, is series of viral videos in which others comment/rate. There have been reports of this destructive activity nationwide and recently in Houston-area schools. Please know that any students who engage in this type of behavior will be punished, and could include criminal charges.

Citation: Click2Houston Article 9.16.21

We simply want to bring this situation to parents attention in order to initiate the conversation about how any type of vandalism or destruction of school property should not be celebrated. Rather, students should be trying to promote kindness, responsibility, and respectful interactions online.

Dismissal Update

West Briar Community-

In an effort to speed up the after-school dismissal process, we will be implementing the below traffic flow for all car-rider pick-up. Please understand that student, parent, and staff safety is at the heart of all campus decisions.

  • Please Be Kind and remember this when picking up students from West Briar.

See the below traffic flow that will be begin 9/21/21:

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Reminder: Park Bayou- No Parking

There is No Parking (or waiting) allowed on Park Bayou. The city of Houston has placed No Parking signs along this road and police will be regularly patrolling our area.

  • Please adhere to our Arrival & Dismissal procedures by flowing through the parking lot area, picking up or dropping of your student(s), and exiting back onto Park Bayou.

For the safety of all Grizzlies- please do not allow your student to run across this street.