Tison Roo News 2016-17

Week of January 30th

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Tison Middle School! The goal for this newsletter is to provide information on Tison programs, activities, and events for students, parents, and our community.

I always appreciate feedback so if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at lgreer@weatherfordisd.com. Thanks!


Leah Greer

TMS Library Media Specialist


Monday, Jan 30 -- Sunday, Feb 5

Monday, Jan 30 -- Tison Tennis Team SPRING TRYOUTS begin (see info below)

Monday, Jan 30 -- FINAL DAY for "Career Cruising" for 8th grade students

Wednesday, Feb 1 -- Registration Presentation to all incoming 8th Grade in TX Hist class

Thursday, Feb 2 -- Registration Presentation to all incoming 8th Grade in TX Hist class

Friday, Feb 3 -- Registration Presentation to all incoming 8th Grade in TX Hist class

Monday, Feb 6 -- Sunday, Feb 12

Monday, Feb 6 -- Tison Presentation to parents @ elementary schools DAY 1

Tuesday, Feb 7 -- Tison Presentation to parents @ elementary school DAY 2

Wednesday, Feb 8 -- Tison Presentation to parents @ elementary school DAY 3

Thursday, Feb 9 -- Tison Presentation to parents @ elementary school DAY 4

Thursday, Feb 9 -- DUAL CREDIT (8th Grade) Parent Mtg @ NGC (6-6:30 PM)

KAJEETS -- Mobile hotspot devices now available for checkout

Tison currently has 4 Kajeets for students to check out! Kajeets are mobile hotspots for students who might not have internet access outside of school to work on their school assignments.

They are easy to use, go through the WISD district filter, and each has 0.5 GB of data available on a daily basis. If you have a student that needs internet access to complete a project or any other educational related task, please email Leah Greer (lgreer@weatherfordisd.com) for more details.

Tison Students have access to E-BOOKS through the Tison Library

Is your student interested in reading e-books on his or her device? If so, the Tison Library offers all Tison students access to hundreds of e-books and digital audiobooks that can be downloaded free to a device. To access the digital collection:

  1. Download the free APP, Destiny Discover (it will look like the picture at left)
  2. Open the APP and set the location (you will only need to do this one time) to Texas and Tison Middle School Library.
  3. Log in using the same username & password your student uses to log in to a desktop computer at school. Most students have a firstname.lastname style of username.
  4. Once logged in, students can just explore the library collection. This app syncs the entire library catalog so it not only allows students to access the digital collection, but they can also search for physical books and place holds on them.
  5. To download any of the digital books (e-books & digital audiobooks), just check it out then click on "bookbag" in the top right corner and choose "checkouts". Click to open the book just checked out and then choose the cloud icon at the top to download (digital audiobooks automatically download when opened).

Once downloaded, the book will stay on a device for three weeks then it will expire and return to the collection. Students may also return them early (just click the cloud icon to return it) so that they can get more digital books. Students are allowed to checkout up to five digital books at a time.

If you have any questions, please email Leah Greer (lgreer@weatherfordisd.com).

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The Tison Library would like to take a bus of Tison students to the North Texas Teen Book Festival! This is a free event for all teenagers (and adults) in north Texas with a PASSION for YA (Young Adult) books. This is a chance for Tison students to interact with other students across the region who share their love for reading YA books, to meet the authors of some of their favorite books, and to discover other amazing authors and books! There will be over 80 authors attending, including R.L. Stine and Veronica Roth (Divergent series).

If your Tison student is interested in attending, please complete the Google form below so that we can get an idea of how many students are interested. Further details and a permission form will follow. If you have any questions, please email Leah Greer (lgreer@weatherfordisd.com). Also go to http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/ for more details about NTTBF.

Students who are also participating in the Tison Library Reading Challenge may use this event for Challenge #4 "Visit a museum or cultural center you've never visited before".


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Pictured above are the final three participants from the 2016-2017 Tison Geography Bee, which was held on Thursday, January 26th. The young lady in the middle is this year's champion -- Reagan Lee, 8th grade. The gentleman to the right is the runner-up and the 2015-2016 champion, Sam Fowlkes, 8th grade. The final participant standing to the left is Noah Cross, 7th grade.


VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

Students in Coach Light's ELA classes wrote essays for the annual VFW "Patriot's Pen" Essay Contest this past November. Thousands of Texas students in grade 6-8 compete in this essay competition every year -- many do not advance to state. Bryant Urquidez (7th grade) was the only Tison student to have his essay advance to the state-level.

Conducted nationwide, this youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.

MLK Day Celebration Essay Contest

The Parker County division of the NAACP holds an artistic expression & essay contest every year in conjunction with the celebration of Martin Luther King Day in January. Tison had several winners this year for both artistic expression and essay. Tyler Burns, a 7th grader in Coach Light's ELA class, placed 3rd in the essay contest (7th/8th grade level) for his essay on ending world hunger.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration contests are held to further the ideals set forth in Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.


Layton Vandygriff, 7th Grader

Layton has been nominated by Coach Light to be recognized in the Tison newsletter! Here are Coach Light's comments:

"Besides being a great student, Layton explains things so that others understand without feeling inadequate. He is an avid reader, which makes him a great member of his 'Battle of the Books' crew. His innovative way of thinking makes him a joy to have in class."

In order to get to know Layton a little better, he completed a simple survey and below are his answers:

What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning and why?

Seeing all my friends because I'm a very social person

In a word, describe school.


Write one word that describes you as a person.


What is your favorite TV show?

The office (U.S.)

What is your favorite movie?

Lord of the rings. The two towers

What is your favorite song?

Killer Queen

What is your favorite book?


What is your favorite game?

Hide and seek

What do you like to do in your free time and why?

Be around family

If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be? Why?

The queen of England. Because it would be nice to know what she's been through and how she got to be so well known

When you think about life after you graduate from school (high school or college) what career sounds goods to you and why?

Forensic scientist


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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 (7th grade Math & yearbook teacher, Leslie Fenton)

@Profe_Ferrell (Spanish & Tison cheerleader sponsor, Kym Ferrell)

@GwenWard19 (Counselor, Gwen Ward)

@tisonlibrary (Library Media Specialist, Leah Greer)

@CoachGibbens (BlendEd American History, American History, & Coach - James Gibbens)

@mrtexashistory (Texas History - Corey Whitehead)

@1LBaird (Keyboarding teacher, Laura Baird)

@coachhull_TMS (Brittany Hull, Athletics and PE)

@MharrisScience (7th grade Science teacher, Melissa Harris)

@AndreaHayward3 (8th grade Math teacher, Andrea Hayward)

@ErinLight3 (7th grade ELA teacher & Tennis coach, Erin Light)

@wmohr8 (8th grade Math teacher, Wendy Mohr)

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

@stpatterson11 (8th grade ELA teacher, Stephanie Patterson)

@smilesas8 (8th grade Science teacher, Sally Scott)

@Msscottscience8 (8th grade Science teacher & NJHS co-sponsor), Sally Scott)

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