Tison Roo News 2017-18

Week of October 16th

Welcome to the Tison Middle School newsletter -- as a Tison parent, we want to ensure your involvement in your student's middle school life, and one way to do that is to keep you informed on what's going on at Tison.

This newsletter typically gets emailed to you on a weekly basis, and usually on a Friday afternoon. If you know a Tison parent who should be getting this newsletter and is not, please have him or her email Leah Greer at lgreer@weatherfordisd.com. Also, if you have any questions or concerns over any information from the newsletter, please email Mrs. Greer.

We are off to a great start for the school year, and we hope your student comes to love Tison as much as we do!


Eric Sams

Tison Middle School Principal

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Tuesday, Oct 17 -- 7th grade Football VS Granbury MS @ Granbury MS (5-7 PM)

Tuesday, Oct 17 -- 8th grade Football VS Granbury MS @ Tison (5-7 PM)

Tuesday, Oct 17 -- Tison Tennis Team VS Brock @ Brock HS (4:00 PM)

Tuesday, Oct 17 -- WISD Dyslexia Parent Meeting @ Curtis (6:00 PM)

Thursday, Oct 19 -- 7th/8th Volleyball VS Granbury MS @ Tison (5-7 PM)


Monday, Oct 23 -- Tison Band Fundraiser Ends

Tuesday, Oct 24 -- 7th grade Football VS Aledo @ Tison MS (5-7 PM)

Tuesday, Oct 24 -- 8th grade Football VS Aledo @ Aledo MS (5-7 PM)

Thursday, Oct 26 -- 7th/8th Volleyball VS Burleson Hughes MS @ Tison MS (5-7 PM)

Saturday, Oct 28 -- Tison Tennis Team in the "Aledo Doubles Tournament" @ Aledo HS


Tuesday, Oct 31 -- 7th grade Football VS Henderson (Stephenville) @ Tison MS (5-7 PM)

Tuesday, Oct 31 -- 8th grade Football VS Henderson @ Henderson MS (5-7 PM)

Thursday, Nov 2 -- 7th/8th Volleyball VS Everman MS @ Tison MS (5-7 PM)

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#RoosRead Challenge

Dear Parents,

We are excited to tell you about an initiative called the Roos Read Book Challenge. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to participate in this challenge throughout the remainder of the school year. Unlike many other reading activities your child may have done, this challenge is designed for the sole purpose of helping students learn to LOVE reading.

The challenge, based on a professional resource some of our teachers have read, titled The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, encourages students to select books they like, develop preferences in genre, and find authors to whom they relate. Miller states that the single most effective way to help boost our students’ reading, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills is the simple act of reading. After all, how do we get better at any activity in life? By practicing it! In classrooms where this type of book challenge has been in place, students report that their confidence, passion, and enjoyment of reading were ALL improved by reading vast numbers of books (see video above in which the challenge was used with a class of seniors). Additionally, a nice side benefit of all this reading is that students perform significantly better on standardized assessments of reading skills!

Students are given only guidelines based on genres to explore and some basic page parameters based on the grade level of the student. As part of this challenge, there are no nightly reading minutes, no reports to write, no tests to take to prove they’ve read a book. Instead, students will find things THEY love to read about, share these titles with their peers in class, record titles on their logs, and continue to expand their reading horizons. Teachers, paired with our campus librarians, will work together to provide a wide variety of print and electronic texts from which students may choose. Teachers may provide some time in class for students to do their reading, but much of the reading will be completed outside of the school day.

As students build their reading “muscles,” creating time for reading and selecting books to read next will become easier and easier. In classrooms where this practice has existed for years, the culture becomes one in which it is “cool” to be reading and adults often must ask students to set aside their books in order to do other classwork. What a great problem to have!

A few details for the Roos Read Book challenge for the 2017-18 school year:

  1. K-2 students are participating in the challenge this year and may choose between a 100 Book Challenge (made up largely of shorter/picture books) or a longer 25 Book Challenge. When/if it is appropriate for any K-2 student to transition to the 25 Book Challenge featuring specified genres and longer texts, they may do so mid-year.

  2. Adults (parents or WISD staff members) are also encouraged to join the 25 Book Challenge!

  3. We encourage students and adults to promote what they've read on social media - just use the #RoosRead.

Thank you for joining us in the Roos Read Book Challenge journey this year. Your encouragement will be a great part of your child’s success in reaching their goals.

Happy Reading!
Amy Hall, ELA Elementary Curriculum Coordinator

Amanda McCown, ELA Secondary Curriculum Coordinator


Connect with the Tison Library on Social Media!

Want to know what's going on in the library? Discover good books to read? Or SHARE good books you'e read? Join the Tison Library on various media platforms:

Tison Library Facebook Page:


Tison Library Twitter Handle:


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TISON DONATED OVER $600 DOLLARS TOWARD THE HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF! Coach Light's advisory class officially donated the most coins during the drive and will win a lunch visit with Tanner Kloven from AMP 103.7.

The character emphasis for the 1st six weeks officially culminated with our "Tison Random Acts of Kindness" Week (Oct 10-13). Students displaying random acts of kindness had their names written on tickets and placed in a drawing for a pinata (to also celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month in September).

The 2nd Six Weeks character emphasis is "Responsibility". Students can focus on being responsible for school work by having a folder with two sides: "Completed", and "To Do". All papers go in one of the two sides. "Completed work" is turned in the following day, and "To Do" work is to be completed. Be our accountability partner by regularly checking your student's folder. You can also verify assignment grade by checking Skyward Family Access. If a zero is listed for an assignment that means the assignment has not been turned in yet. This sets the stage for organization and completion, which in turn leads to success!

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2017-2018 Tison PTA Executive Board

Concession Stand Volunteer Sign-Up for upcoming Games

We are in need of parent volunteers to help the PTA run the concession stand during the last remaining home football/volleyball games. We don't ask you to work during all three hours, instead we have 1 hour shifts available. If you have some fellow Tison parent buddies that you work well with, ask them to sign up too! If you need to cancel your time slot, please do so as soon as possible so that others are aware. Also, students under 15 cannot handle money and if students work they have to be accompanied by an adult/parent.

Here are the links to sign up:

BOYS ATHLETIC GAMES: http://signup.com/go/rzFjUgu

GIRLS ATHLETIC GAMES: http://signup.com/go/TLfBCzy

Thank you for your help!

Frances Withaeger


Tison PTA VP of Hospitality/Concessions for Boys Athletics

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The 7th grade Lady Roo "A" volleyball team took second place at the Cleburne Wheat Tournament on Saturday, October 7th!

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@tisonprincipal (Principal, Eric Sams)

@WeatherfordDad (Assistant Principal, Trace Craft)

@brittonsfa3 (Assistant Principal, Stephanie Britton)

@tisonband (April Page, TMS Band Director & Jay McNew, TMS Assistant Director)

@belledirector (Tison All Stars/WHS Blue Belles Director, Laura Buckner)

@Tisonchoir (Choir, Kathi Richards)

@MrsFentonTMS (Math Inclusion Teacher & Tison Yearbook Sponsor, Leslie Fenton)

@Profe_Ferrell (Spanish & Tison Cheerleader Sponsor, Kym Ferrell)

@GwenWard19 (Counselor, Gwen Ward)

@tisonlibrary (Library Media Specialist, Leah Greer)

@1LBaird (Data Entry Teacher, Laura Baird)

@McAda6thScience (6th grade Science, Trisha McAda)

@mrtexashistory (8th grade Blended Learning & Texas History - Corey Whitehead)

@MharrisScience (7th grade Science, Melissa Harris)

@AndreaHayward3 (8th grade Math, Andrea Hayward)

@ErinLight3 (8th grade ELA & Tennis coach, Erin Light)

@wmohr8 (8th grade Math/Algebra & Tison Athletic Coach, Wendy Mohr)

@mattnovikoff (Inclusion/Math Resource Teacher, Matt Novikoff)

@stpatterson11 (8th grade ELA, Stephanie Patterson)

@ToniScience (8th grade Science & NJHS sponsor, Toni Chapman)