The Cat's Connection

March 2015

Springin' Ahead

Spring is here, and the week after spring break begins the last quarter of our school year! Report cards should be out after spring break. Please take a moment to review your child's report card, and please contact teachers if you have any questions regarding your child's progress. Our teachers are eager to help our students be successful. I'm proud of our students and their hard work.


March was “Classified Appreciation Month." From taking care of our facilities, to working with students in classrooms, to handling business in the office, I appreciate our classified staff for their valuable contribution to our school. Their goal is to take care of our kids, our staff, and our building, and they do a great job!


We've been talking a lot about the new state assessment. Though it is difficult to know just how ready our students are due to the new format, I am proud of our ability as a school to continue to focus on our mission of developing well-adjusted students who have the skills and confidence to face difficult tasks, whatever those tasks might be. Our staff believes in the program we provide our students and understands that a state assessment score is but a small part of how we measure ours students' success. What is most important is our kids are engaged in their learning on a daily basis, which is a true measure of our success as a school. We maintain a positive perspective on the state assessments and, along with parents, encourage our students to do their very best.


There are all kinds of activities coming up after the break. Track has already started, field trips are coming up, the Civil War re-enactment is scheduled, and many other activities. We'll have details in upcoming newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, and more. We put these events in our student bulletin as well, so be sure to ask your kids what they are involved in at LaCreole Middle School.


Have a wonderful spring break!

Great News!

Cats of the Month

Congratulations to our February Cats of the Month!


6th Grade - Katherine Haerer

7th Grade - Kaylee Rosenbalm

8th Grade - Leanne Sleeper

Blake Shinn - Distinguished Educator!

Our very own Blake Shinn has been selected as recipient of the Dallas School District Distinguished Educator Award. Blake was honored at our spirit assembly this past week. Congratulations, Blake! We are honored to have you teach at LaCreole Middle School.

AMAZING BAND AND DRAMA PERFORMANCES!

Congratulations to our band and drama students who just finished up performances. Our kids put in a lot of hard work, both at school and on their own, rehearsing at school and practicing on their own time. Their efforts paid off! Both performances were outstanding!

Dream Property 3D Modeling Design in Digital Arts

Students in the Digital Arts elective have been designing their ‘Dream Property’ using 3D modeling software similar to CAD. They have a great deal of enjoyment considering architectural structure and design issues while letting their imaginations flow. More of their work in Digital Arts can be seen here.


Attached snapshots are current work by: Ayden Lundin, Sydney Dizick and Tommy Segovia.

Upcoming Events

6TH GRADE WILDCAT SCIENCE CAMP

Mark your Calendars for 6th Grade Wildcat Science Camp!

Wildcat Science Camp is designed for 6th grade students at LaCreole who want to experience learning in the outdoor classroom. Activities are planned and coordinated with teachers in order to align with the Core Curriculum Goals for sixth grade, as well as experiencing outdoor fun!

Details

Location: Camp Tapawingo in Falls City

Dates: Session #1 May 12-13 or Session #2 May 14-15

Cost: $60 (payment plan is optional) due by April 15

FAMILY ENGINEERING NIGHT

Come join us for the first-ever Family Engineering Night in May right here at LaCreole Middle School, home of the Wildcats! This will be a fun night for parents and students to experience together what STEM is all about!

WILDCAT BOOKFEST

Mark your calendar now! The first ever Wildcat Bookfest is happening Friday, June 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. Come for a fun evening of events, which will include: a guest author, crafts, a free book for each middle school student, a book exchange room, refreshments, and more.

State Assessments will begin after Spring Break

State assessments begin after spring break. We've been working with students so they are familiar with the new format and material. We offer this tentative schedule for parent awareness in hopes of helping support students getting their rest and fuel for their best efforts.


Testing Schedule:

April 6 - 10: 8th Grade Math

April 13 - 17: 7th Grade Math

April 20 - 24: 6th Grade Math

April 28 - May 7: 8th Grade ELA

May 11 - 19: 7th Grade ELA

May 20 - 29: 6th Grade ELA

June 1 - 5: 2nd Semester Science


Want to Try Your Hand at a Smarter Balanced Practice Test?

If you are interested in trying out some sample Smarter Balanced problems, students and parents can access complete practice tests in English and math for grades 3 through 8 and 11 at http://oaksportal.org/. Follow the student links and sign in as a guest.