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Volume X Week of October 18, 2021



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Hemos actualizado nuestro boletín digital para incluir una función de traducción en varios idiomas. Esta opción permite a los lectores la oportunidad de traducir el boletín a varios idiomas. Esta función de menú desplegable se encuentra en el lado derecho de la pantalla cerca de las opciones de selección de tamaño de fuente. Como resultado de agregar esta función, ya no adjuntaremos las traducciones en PDF después de cada sección del boletín.


Greetings OIS Parents!

It was a great first week of the second grade period. Students studied the life principle of empathy. They learned about how practicing empathy toward others can help solidify relationships and strengthen trust. We also talked about how empathy can be an act of friendship and is a sign of emotional intelligence.

This week we will be studying the life principle of cooperation - the act of working with others to accomplish a task or goal. Cooperation is a life principle that is common in many areas of life and society. Cooperation occurs in school, the workplace, and at home as well.

This week's banner picture was taken by Ms. Hampton after school during robotics.

Have a great week!


Paul LeBlanc


Oakcrest Intermediate School is proud to honor our U. S. Veterans and their families with a Wall of Honor that will be displayed in our main hallway. We want to salute our students’ parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and/or friends who have been or are currently serving in any U.S. military branch. Their stories are a vital part of our heritage and our country’s history. By allowing our students to share your heroes’ stories, we enlighten and enrich our students on what it means to honorably defend our country’s freedom and democratic values.

We hope to fill our Wall of Honor with scrapbook pages that include pictures and brief informative biographies of our student’s family members and/or friends who have gallantly and proudly served in our nation’s armed forces. Their brief biographies may include their military branch and final rank; how many years they served; what specific tasks they executed during their service; the different locations/countries they visited and served in; an interesting fact and heartfelt lesson they learned about themselves or the world while serving as a member of the military.

We ask that each individual display be no larger than 12X12 inches (average size of scrapbook paper). Examples of the scrapbook displays are attached below. Your child may submit his or her veteran’s scrapbook display anytime between now and October 29, 2021 to his or her social studies teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s social studies teacher. We greatly appreciate your consideration and support in advance.

Thank you,

OIS U. S. History Department

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here is the link for our 2021-22 yearbook! the store is open now! Don't forget to order your yearbook!! WE ONLY DO PREORDERS ON YEARBOOKS. WE DO NOT ORDER EXTRA FOR STUDENTS TO PURCHASE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. IF YOU WANT ONE - YOU MUST ORDER ONE!!!



The OIS counselors are available to assist students and parents. If you have questions for the counselors regarding class schedules or counselor related items, please submit your questions at the following link: Counselor Corner. Once your submission is received, one of the counselors will follow up with you.


CHIK FIL-A SPIRIT NIGHT: Join us for spirit night at Chik fil-a 14314 FM 2920 location 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Be sure to mention Oakcrest when you place your order. Chik fil-a will donate a portion of the sale to OIS!

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Upcoming This Week:
  • We will represent and solve problems involving division with one and two digit divisors and solve for quotients of decimals to the hundredths place.

Academic Vocabulary:

  • Quotients
  • Difference
  • Dividend
  • Divisor
  • Each
  • Equal amount
  • Algorithm
  • Increased
  • Decreased

Talking Points:
  • How can basic facts and the Distributive Property help you estimate a quotient or calculate the quotient mentally?

  • How can you use place value to solve a division problem?

  • How can you use compatible numbers to find quotients?

Upcoming Assessments and Resources:

  • 10/20: Computation daily grade

  • 10/26: Unit 2: Quiz 3

  • 10/29: Unit 2 test - Major grade

  • Math Website: http://bit.ly/2MncVxe


Upcoming This Week:

  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow Room Transformation on Friday!!

    Students are welcome to bring small flashlights to read!!

  • This is our week to go to the Library!! Bring your books Please!!

Academic Vocabulary:

  • drama

  • adaptation

  • stage directions

  • acts

  • scenes

  • character descriptions

  • character tags

  • compare

  • contrast

  • reader’s theater

  • script

  • setting

  • character dialogue

  • setting

  • events

  • plot structure

  • conflict

  • playwright

  • stage left

  • stage right

  • props

  • scenery

  • backdrop,

Talking Points:

  • How should dramatic literature be read?
  • How has dramatic literature influenced our society through the ages?
  • How does the actor’s stage directions influence the play or theme of the play?
  • What character traits are conveyed by the actor’s line, dialogue, stage directions, gestures, movements, etc?
  • How is the dramatic adaptation similar and different to the original text?
  • How is the plot structure in drama similar to that of a literary text?


Upcoming This Week:

  • Monday: Students will differentiate between conductors and insulators of thermal energy.

    Tuesday: Students will review light energy and thermal energy.

    Wednesday: Students will demonstrate knowledge of light energy (reflection / refraction) and thermal energy (conductors / insulators) using the Unit 3 District Test.

    Thursday / Friday: Students will explain the flow of electricity in a closed circuit.

Academic Vocabulary:
  • Thermal Energy: The energy of moving particles that produce heat.
  • Conduction: Movement of energy from one medium to another medium. (Ex. From metal to your hand).

  • Conductor: A substance that transfers heat energy, electrical energy, or sound energy easily.

  • Insulator: A substance that does not transfer heat energy, electrical energy, or sound energy.

  • Light energy - a form of energy that can be seen.

  • Reflection - light energy that bounces off of a surface.

  • Refraction - the bending of light rays as they pass from one substance (medium) to another.

  • Medium - A substance through which light rays can pass through. (Water, prism, lens)

  • Electrical Energy - the form of energy that consists of flow of electric charges through a conductor.

  • Electric Circuit - the path of an electric current.

  • Electricity - energy created by charged particles.

  • Open Circuit - a broken or incomplete electrical path.

  • Closed Circuit - an electrical path with no breaks or gaps.

Talking Points:
  • What is the difference between an insulator and a conductor? Conductors of thermal energy: Glass, Metal, Water; Insulators of thermal energy: Styrofoam, plastic, cardboard, newspaper, cotton.
  • How does light travel? (Straight line)
  • What are some objects that reflect or bounce light? (shiny materials)
  • What are some objects that refract or bend light? (Water, prism, lens)
  • What does it mean when an object is opaque, transparent, or translucent?
  • How does the flow of energy move through a closed circuit?
  • What are some materials that conduct electricity? Metals only - iron, copper, aluminum

Upcoming Assessments:

  • Unit 3 District Science Test (Major Grade) - Wednesday, October 20


Upcoming This Week:
  • Students will explain the economic patterns of European colonists.
  • ​Students will describe the development of the free enterprise system in colonial America and the United States.
  • Students will evaluate the effects of supply and demand on business, industry and agriculture.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the 13 American colonies through postcards, journal entries and an advertisement persuading others to visit various colonies.

Academic Vocabulary:

  • Colonization
  • Diversity
  • Debtor
  • Cash crop
  • Profit
  • Plantation
  • Fertile
  • New England Colonies
  • Middle Colonies
  • Southern Colonies
  • Free Enterprise System
  • Triangular Trade

Talking Points:

  • How are the New England, Middle and Southern Colonies different?
  • How did the geography of the Southern Colonies shape their economies?
  • What is the Free Enterprise System?
  • Describe how colonial governments were similar and different from our government today.

Upcoming Assessment:

  • ​Thursday, October 28 - Exploration & Colonization Assessment.


Upcoming Next Week:

  • We will focus on multiplying and dividing rational numbers. This includes multiplying and dividing with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and mixed numbers.

  • We will be working on both computation and problem situations with word problems.

Academic Vocabulary:

  • product
  • factor
  • quotient
  • dividend
  • divisor

Talking Points:

  • What are the steps to multiply mixed numbers?
  • How are the steps different in dividing mixed numbers compared to multiplying mixed numbers?
  • When reading a word problem what are some things to think about in deciding if you should multiply or divide to solve?

Upcoming Assessment:

  • Tentative Unit 2 District Assessment Thursday, November 4th.


Upcoming Next Week:

  • We are using the T.O.M. analyzing strategy with our nonfiction texts. (T stands for text features and tone words; O stands for organizational patterns; and M represents the main idea.)
  • We will analyze the organizational patterns or text structures in nonfiction texts.

Academic Vocabulary:
  • Organizational Patterns/Text Structures
  • Description·
  • Problem and Solution
  • Chronological
  • Cause and Effect
  • Problem and Solution
  • Classification
  • Definition
  • Advantages and Disadvantages

Talking Points:

  • What nonfiction book are you reading at school?
  • What are the 5 main text structures or organizational patterns?
  • What is the text structure for one of the sections or for my whole nonfiction book?
  • How does determining the text structures in my nonfiction book help me to better understand what I am reading?

Upcoming Assessments/Projects:

  • Students can review the different types of text structures with this Quizlet.
  • Students are reading a nonfiction book during class and completing a reading log with key information from their book. Then, students will create a poster or a Google Site with information from their books and reading log. The final product and reading log are due on Wednesday, October 27 for a major grade.


Upcoming This Week:
  • we will be finishing up our Unit 3: Changes in Matter.

Academic Vocabulary:

  • physical change
  • chemical change
  • element
  • compound
  • mixture
  • pure substance.

Talking Points:

  • What is the difference between physical and chemical changes?
  • What are pure substances?
  • Name the evidence you see in chemical changes.
  • What is the difference between elements, mixtures, and compounds?

Upcoming Assessment:

  • All study material is in Schoology and we will be reviewing for the test next week in class.


Upcoming This Week:
  • We are continuing our Government and Economics Unit with citizenship and the 7 principles of government before moving into understanding economic systems.
  • This unit has a significant amount of challenging vocabulary and we highly recommend students study the vocabulary Quizlets a little each night.
  • Government & Economics Unit Newsletter.

Key Academic Vocabulary:

  • Limited government
  • unlimited government
  • monarchy
  • dictator
  • tyranny
  • totalitarian government
  • constitutional government
  • civic duty
  • citizens rights and responsibilities
  • popular sovereignty
  • republicanism
  • federalism
  • checks and balances

Talking Points:

  • How does a leader’s power influence citizens’ rights in various government systems?
  • How does the government and its citizens impact the political, economic, and social development of a country?



Oakcrest 5th grade ART!

This week in ART:

  • Rodeo Art season is here! Last week we completed the drawing of the Highland Cow face. This week we are learning how to properly use oil pastels and will be coloring our background first. Check out this link to see the assignment plan! Rodeo Art - Highland Cows

ART Vocabulary:

  • Color, layer, value

ART Project:

  • “Oil Pastel Highland Cows”

ART Talk:

  • How do I blend oil pastels?

  • What colors should I choose for my background?

Oakcrest 6th grade ART!

This week in ART:

  • Rodeo Art season is here already! This year we are taking on a different approach and moving away from the animals, and creating a Farmhouse Window View of a beautiful western landscape. We are excited to teach the students about grid drawing and 1 point perspective! We will complete the illustration with prismacolors! Please click on this link to learn about how we will begin with the grid drawing method and our plans for the look and feel of the piece! Grid Art - Farmhouse Window View

  • We will also begin painting our Toilet Paper Food Sculptures!!! We are looking forward to painting these and assembling them for a very exciting art show!!

ART Vocabulary:

  • Grid drawing, 1 point perspective, create, contour line, line, shape

ART Project:

  • “Farmhouse Window View”

ART Talk:

  • Why is the grid drawing method so important?

  • What kind of western landscape do I want to see when I look out my window?

  • Will the time be at dusk? Or in the middle of the day?

Oakcrest 5th grade MUSIC!

This week in MUSIC:

  • We are identifying rhythm patterns aurally through a Rhythm Imposters listening activity.

  • We are adding quarter rest into our numeric rhythm counting practice.

  • We are adding low Ti, La and Sol into our pitch reading practice.

  • We are playing Musical Instrument Baseball.

MUSIC Vocabulary:

  • strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, band, orchestra, time signature, ledger line, tonic


  • Can you name a fact about each instrument family?

  • What is a ledger line note?

  • Which instrument family do you believe is the most easily identifiable by sight and sound?

Oakcrest 6th grade CHOIR!

This week in CHOIR:

  • We are beginning to learn “He is Born with Pat-a-pan”

  • We are continuing to work on “This Little Light of Mine” and “On this Still Silent Night.”

  • We are combining rhythm and pitch on the same example when sight-reading.

  • We are beginning to learn a sing-a-long for our Winter Concert.

CHOIR Vocabulary:

  • D Major, Key Signature, Partner Song, Phrasing, Spiritual


  • Which song are we learning that is in D Major? F Major? G Major?

  • Why is knowing the time signature of a song important?

  • Why is knowing the key signature important?

  • Which rhythm combination could you use to make a single measure in 4/4? 2/4? 6/8?

Oakcrest PE!

This week in PE:

  • We will learn and apply teamwork, endurance, and strategy while in game play.

PE Vocabulary:

  • Puppy-guarding, frozen, tag, score, guard

PE Activity:

  • Capture the Flag

PE Talk:

  • We will turn and talk to our neighbor about what the terms "puppy guarding" and "frozen" mean.

Oakcrest 6th grade BAND!

This week in BAND:

  • All classes are moving around the instrument quite a bit now.You should be hearing different notes, and might even hear some familiar tunes. Students are continuing to increase endurance, so you should be hearing lots of at-home practice. We ask that students are practicing at least 5 days per week for at least 25 minutes. Consistent practice throughout the week is much more beneficial than a cram session the night before an assessment or over the weekend.

  • Students will also have weekly practice records assigned to them. Please be on the lookout, and continue to encourage your student to make at-home practice a part of their daily routine.

BAND Vocabulary:

  • Pitch, tuning, eighth notes, hand position, home keys, rhythmic accuracy, start, & release

BAND Talk:

  • Where should my hands be on the instrument? How should they feel? How do I make sure I’m pressing buttons and/or covering holes correctly?

  • The sounds you hear should be getting better as time moves on. If you’re not hearing improvement, please reach out to your child’s band teacher. If you are interested in private lessons, please CLICK HERE.

Oakcrest 6th grade ORCHESTRA!

This week in ORCHESTRA

  • We are working on bow hold, right hand dexterity and reinforcing our left hand position

ORCHESTRA Vocabulary:

  • Frog, Tip, grip, Bow weight, Contact Point, Bow Speed, Bow Angle


  • Students are creating their own short composition in the Essential Elements book.


  • I can move my elbow to help my left hand stay in the correct position.

  • I can hold a pencil with a correct bow hand shape.

  • I can maintain a relaxed left hand while playing notes on my D and A string.


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State required vision, hearing, acanthosis nigricans (check back of neck- diabetes screen), spinal screening (girls only) will begin in October for 5th grade and new 6th graders. There will be no mass screenings. Students will be pulled by clinic staff during specials period over the month as feasible for clinic staff. Please notify the clinic if you have any concerns.

Important Reminders:

  • Prescription medication to be given at school must have a written dr. order and brought to campus by an adult in the original pharmacy bottle.

  • Please do not send your student to school if they have a pending covid19 test.

  • Please do not send your student to school if a household member tested positive for covid19. Please keep your child home and contact the front office or myself.


Please be reminded that any students arriving after 7:44 a.m. are considered tardy and must report to the front office upon arrival to receive their pass to class.


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Mission Statement:

The Oakcrest Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen, enhance and encourage the educational and social environment of Oakcrest Intermediate School. Its goals are to complement the school curriculum with additional opportunities for parents, teachers and students to learn, socialize, communicate and grow as individuals and community.

Contact Information:

Email: pto.oakcrest.president@gmail.com

Facebook: oakcrestpto

Link: www.facebook.com/oakcrestpto

Twitter: @OakcrestPTO

Per TISD regulations, the PTO is not allowed to contact you unless you have provided the Oakcrest PTO with your information. Please contact us so we can let you know about upcoming events.

Oakcrest Intermediate School

Paul LeBlanc, Principal

Jessica Perez, Assistant Principal

Crystal Gidrey, Counselor

Jessica Reyes, Counselor

Julissa Bozic, Campus Secretary

Mari Delgado, Receptionist

Terri Marfisi, Registrar

Tomball Independent School District does not discriminate against any student, employee, volunteer or applicant because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status or disability.