The Mane Tail

Friday, January 20th, 2023


Dear Parent:

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at this link:

· Select a campus level (ex: Elementary, Middle, High)

· Find your campus

· Click 2021-22

· Click Federal School Report Card

Information on these report cards includes:

· Part (i): Description of State Accountability System

· Part (ii): Student Achievement by Proficiency Level

· Part (iii): Academic Growth and Graduation Rate

· Part (iv): English Language Proficiency

· Part (v): School Quality or Student Success

· Part (vi): Goal Meeting Status

· Part (vii): STAAR Participation

· Part (viii): Civil Rights Data

· Part (ix): Teacher Quality Data

· Part (x): Per-pupil Expenditure

· Part (xi): STAAR Alternate 2 Participation

· Part (xii): Statewide National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

· Part (xiii): Cohort Rate of Graduates Enrolled in Postsecondary Education

· Part (xiv): Additional Information—Chronic Absenteeism

If you are unable to access the information from the website, hard copies of the reports are available at the district or campus office. If you have questions about the information, please contact Heather Motzny at 281-213-1600.

Thank you!

Heather Motzny

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th: Willie's Spirit Night

Wednesday, February 1st: 5th Grade Party Informational Meeting @ 9:00am

Saturday, February 11th: KISS Dance

Wednesday, February 8th: 100th Day of School (Kindergarten)

PTO General Meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 15th: Papa John's Spirit Night for 4th Grade

Friday, February 17th: Teacher Work Day (No School)

Monday, February 20th: Professional Development Day for Staff (No School)

Tuesday, February 21st: 5th Grade Science Benchmark

Thursday, February 23rd: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Reading Benchmark

Tuesday, February 28th: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Math Benchmark

Creekwood Grill Spirit Night 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 2nd: Creekwood Grill Spirit Night 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7th: Black History Month Program

Friday, March 10th: 120th Day (1st Grade)

Dress Code Reminder

So far this year we have had a warm winter which means more shorts are being worn. As a reminder that CFISD dress code states that shorts need to be mid-thigh or longer.

On another note it would be very helpful if your child's jacket or coat had their name written in it.

Thank you so much for your help.

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The district’s policy on transportation of medication states that ALL medication shall be brought to the clinic by the parent, legal guardian, or other person having legal control of the student and shall be always secured there. This includes any over the counter medications such as cough drops, Neosporin, Cortaid ointments, or canker sore medication, etc. Medications will at no time be transported by a child in or out of the school. Please be advised, the clinic cannot administer any medication not provided to the clinic by the parent, legal guardian, or other persons having legal control of the student. All medications provided to the clinic must come in its original container, unopened and unexpired. All medications must be FDA approved for acceptance by the Nurse. No herbal formulations (including Ricola cough drop brand) or vitamins will be accepted. If more than a children’s dosage is requested, for example an adult dosage of Advil, a signed MD note must be provided along with the medication. Epi Pens will not be accepted without a corresponding MD signed Emergency Plan.

All prescription medications must be accompanied by a signed physician’s letter, stating name of medication, form of medication to be given, dosage, how often/and at what time it needs to be given, and common side effects. Prescription medication must have the pharmacy label on it with the doctor’s written directions to how to administer and specifically stating a time to be given such as, Mid-day, on or around noon, or at 1:30 etc. If you are planning to leave prescription medication in the clinic that needs to be given multiple times to your child within each school day, the signed physician’s letter MUST also clearly state the exact time the medication dosages can be given apart.

From the library

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Please help your children return their library books on their library day. A few reminders for our library policies:

  • Students can keep their books for two weeks, if they choose.
  • If a book is lost, students will receive a printout with the book title and cost of the book. A note will be included asking for a signature from home with the understanding that you will look for the book. If the book is not found, money will be collected in May.
  • For damaged books, money is due at the time of accident.

2nd and 3rd grade students have an author visit coming in February! Drew Brockington will visit us. More information will come soon!

Spanish Action Based Learning Lab

K & 1st grade:

Repaso Las figuras planas (Review 2 dimentional shapes)

El círculo (circle)

El cuadrado (square)

El rectángulo (rectangle)

El triángulo (triangle)

El óvalo (oval)

El pentágono (pentagon)

El rombo (rombus)

La estrella (star)

2nd-5th grade:

Repaso Las Cosas del Salón (Review Things from the classroom)

el lápiz (pencil)

el libro (book)

el cuaderno (notebook)

la carpeta (folder)

las tijeras (scissors)

el pegamento (glue)

la silla (chair)

la mesa (table)

el escritorio (desk)

la pizarra (whiteboard)

los marcadores (markers)

el borrador (eraser)

la puerta (door)

la computadora (computer)

la mochila (backpack)

Necesito ​_______. (I need a/an _______.)

El necesita ​​_________. (He needs a/an _______.)

Ella necesita ​​_________. (She needs a/an _______.)


Sra. Betancourt

Nature Trails


A HUGE thank you to our Nature Trails math/science teachers, volunteers, and students! The weather was perfect on Thursday, as was our outdoor learning classroom experience. Friday was a challenge! Kudos to those who were braving the cold and rain with us as we completed as much learning as we could before the weather got the best of us! We especially want to thank our Lead Trail teachers, Mrs. Bygness and Mr. Spiegel, as well as our PTO SRC coordinators, Shannon Kjol and Ashley Yoakem. Sampson is fortunate to have so many parents take time to train and volunteer at the trails:

Laura Harroff

Vanessa Holland

Shannon Hitt

Michele Ray

Erin Vanderbroek

Uchita Gupte

Jacque Carlucci

Angela Vinson

Celia Kite

Daniela Cortez

Liz Everett

Tim Everett

Kailie Marten

Jennifer No

Elizabeth Gretter

Becky Westra

Roeland Westra

Anjali Gupta

Ashley Cope

Michelle Perry

Christina Worrall

Lauren Satterfield

Marcie Stegall

Stephanie McNeely

Lindsey Wendt

Carin Housley

Megan Phelps

Lisa Honeycutt

Thamar Solorio

Beth Dietz

Elaine Hols

Vanessa Denton

Tiffany Reynolds

Rilla Wolf

Emily Johnson

Rachael Fowler

Lindsay Smith

Cassie Lang

Sheila Brown

Sarah Eagar

Kristy Esterline

Lea Kellogg

Stacy Summers

Emily Roberts


Shannon Kjol

Ashley Yoakem

Bringing Out the Best

Bringing Out the Best Character Education Program:

For the month of January, we will be focusing on the character trait Accountability as we Bring Out the Best in CFISD. Accountability is taking responsibility for your words, actions, and results. You can access any of our lessons and activities through the district website here:

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Counselors Corner

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PTO News

KISS Dance

Save the Date for our upcoming K.I.S.S. (Kids Invite Someone Special) Dance on Saturday, February 11th from 6:30-8:30 PM. Tickets are available for purchase here.

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4th Grade Papa John's Spirit Night

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Willie's Spirit Night

Sampson will be hosting a Spirit Night at our local Willie's on Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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JANUARY 27TH is the LAST DAY to purchase a Sampson Yearbook for the 2022-23 school year!

To order, go to

Not sure if you already ordered?

Check your email for a receipt from Balfour OR email us at to verify

Extra yearbooks in May will be limited. Pre-order your yearbook today!

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Please Save the Date for our upcoming BINGO event. We have a new date and time and cannot wait to see everyone there! If you have not already signed up and would like to volunteer, please sign up here.

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5th Grade Party

There will be a brief informational meeting regarding the 5th Grade Party on Wednesday, February 1 at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria. Please attend to find out more details on the event and how to get involved and volunteer!

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