Irons Jr. High Newsletter

We Are Hawks!

September 2021

Irons Family,

It has been great to see all of our students back on campus this year! I can see on our student's faces that they have enjoyed the return to athletics, fine arts, cheer, and drill, along with all the outstanding instruction they see in our classrooms. The students have also enjoyed the ability to go outside and spread out for lunch. We continue to look forward to our school dances, open house, and other events throughout the year.

We are very excited that our Hawks Nest intervention time is in full swing. Students who have been identified as needing intervention in Math or Reading will be receiving small group instruction during this time. While in Hawks Nest, students will participate in Reading for a Better Life, homework completion, choice boards, and character development lessons each week. We will have Friday gameday to give students brain breaks from the rigors of school by allowing them to play card games and board games such as Uno and connect four.

A great way to support Irons Jr. High would be to donate new or used games to your child's Hawks Nest teacher.

I know we have had a spike in covid cases, but it looks like we have turned to corner are starting to see a downward trend. We understand and share your concerns about the increase of COVID-19 cases in our community. We continue to recommend and strongly encourage that all employees, students, and families take all precautions necessary to protect one another. Regular hand washing, staying home when sick, and wearing a mask or face covering as appropriate are practices that helped keep our district open last year. Our building and classrooms are also e-misted daily along with being cleaned in accordance with our standard practices.

Prevention of disease transmission in our schools will take all of us working together. Please visit Conroe ISD’s Roadmap to Remaining Open website for updated guidance, COVID-19 testing information, and frequently asked questions.

In accordance with the Texas Education Agency School Health Operations RequirementsPDF effective August 19, 2021, and the guidance from the Department of State Health ServicesPDF, Conroe ISD has updated the COVID-19 mitigation protocols for employees and students. Prevention of disease transmission in our schools will continue to take all of us working together. The best way to prevent the spread of illness in our schools is to stay home when ill. Washing/sanitizing hands often, especially before eating, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and after coming in contact with highly touched objects such as doorknobs, handrails, etc. can help reduce the spread of illness.

To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all individuals should conduct self pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or individuals currently experiencing any of the symptoms listed that are new and/or not normal for them, should stay home and consider seeking medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:

  • fatigue
  • cough or shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • significant muscle pain or body aches
  • loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days
  • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0F

As the fourth week of school wraps up, I want to thank you for all you’ve done to support Irons Junior High at the start of the year. We continue to fine-tune routines, procedures, and processes to make the most of each moment with our students. I know that some bus routes have been behind schedule in picking up students and dropping them off. This is due to a variety of factors, including the growth of our District and absences due to COVID-19. We are working closely with our Transportation Department on ways to minimize any delays. I thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

If your child has been out with covid or other illness and they require make-up work, please reach out to your child's teachers for any missed assignments. We know that lost instruction matters, and we do not want our students to get behind, but the need to keep everyone healthy and safe is a top priority. Just as a reminder, if your child is not sick or showing any symptoms described above, they are clear to come to school even if they may have been around a covid positive person.

We will print the first three weeks' progress reports and send them home with students on 9/3. You will need to use parent access to view progress reports and report cards for the remainder of the year. You can access or create a PAC account at

We will make a few changes to our dismissal procedures for our car riders after Labor Day. In an effort to remove cars from 242 and Needham Road, we will double-file cars as you enter the pickup drive and then merge into a single file line as you enter the curve. We ask that you close up gaps with the car in front of you and only pick up students in the pickup zone.

I will send out a notification reminding everyone of the changes when we are ready to start.

Yearbooks are currently on sale with all the information below.

Did you know that when you sign up for school meal benefits every year that you not only support your family with a needed benefit, but Irons Jr. High also receives increased funding for the school year. That extra funding is purely based on the number of students who receive service. You are helping your family and Irons Jr. High by completing the application every year. Please do not miss out on these available benefits. Applications are due by September 24th and may be completed on-line at

Below you will find information on:

  • Can my child attend school
  • Dismissal Traffic Change
  • ACES Information
  • Yearbook Sale
  • CISD Athletic Update
  • Irons Dress Code
  • Important Dates
  • Irons PTO

I hope everyone has a restful Labor Day weekend!

Robert MacFarlane

Irons Jr. High Principal

We Are Hawks!

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Coming Soon! Car Rider Dismissal Change

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Car Rider Change Coming Soon!

  • Form two lines at the entrance
  • Merge into one line at the curve
  • Please pull forward to the car in front of you
  • Do not worry about blocking the service yard drive in the front of the school
  • Only pick up students in the pick-up zone
  • Do not park and have students walk to the parking lot for pick up

I will send out a reminder message the day before we implement the change!!

Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES)

Dear parents,

My name is Mike Papadimitriou (Dr. Pap), and I am the Headmaster at the Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) located on the Oak Ridge High School Campus. Students in the Oak Ridge, Grand Oaks, College Park and Woodlands feeder zones are eligible to apply for admission to the Academy at Oak Ridge (ACES) and/or the Academy of Science and Technology (AST) at College Park. Despite the name differences, both academies offer just about the same courses, and we have the same program requirements. The manner in which we fulfill these program requirements varies a bit between academies.

Our application deadline is mid-November. Applications are available on our website. Submissions can be by mail, email, fax or in-person drop off.

For the Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science, we do NOT require any additional testing other than the PSAT 8/9 that all CISD 8th graders take at their junior high schools. If your child is not able to take this test, we will use prior standardized test data already on file.

We have three 8th Grade Parent Information Zoom Nights scheduled:

ACES 8th Grade Parent Information Nights

6:00-7:00 pm

Via Zoom Conference

(same meeting—only need to attend one)

Monday October 4, 2021

Thursday October 7, 2021

Wednesday October 13, 2021

Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science

Application can be found on the website

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Purchase Yearbooks at the best price of the year!

Conroe ISD Athletics YouTube Channels

Streaming will be available for all High School football games at both Woodforest Bank Stadium and Moorhead Stadium on the Conroe ISD YouTube channels.

Stadium & Clear Bag Policies 2021

To provide a safer environment for the public and to significantly expedite entry, Conroe ISD is implementing a clear bag policy for 2021-22 that limits the type of bags that may be brought into the venues. This policy will be enforced at both Moorhead and Woodforest Bank Stadiums.
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CISD Athletic Site

YouTube Channel Link and Full List of Stadium Policies

Irons Jr. High Athletics

All Things Athletic

Irons Jr. High Dress Code

  • Clothing must cover areas and undergarments from one armpit across to the other armpit, down to approximately the middle of the thigh. Tops must have at least 1 1/2" straps. Cleavage should not be visible. Rips or tears in clothing should be lower than the middle of the thigh.
  • Tops exposing midriffs, back area or cleavage is prohibited.
  • Boxer shorts or pajamas are not allowed.
  • Skirts and dresses must mid-thigh length.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment (house shoes or slippers shall not be worn).
  • See-through or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of the dress code.
  • Headgear including hats, hoodies, bandanas, head scarves, skull caps, do-rags, beanies, hair bonnets, and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reasons approved by school administration.
  • Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  • Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.

If the parents are unable to bring a change of clothes for the student, we may:

  • Ask the student to change into their PE shorts/shirt.
  • Ask them if they have a change of clothes in their backpack/locker.
  • Provide them with a clean loaner set of PE clothes.

Important Dates

9/3 Progress Report

9/6 Labor Day Holiday

9/11 Remembrance

9/21 Wear Tie Dye

9/22 Read for a Better Life

9/23 Progress Report (PAC)

10/8 Teacher Professional Learning/Student Holiday

10/11 School Holiday

10/12-15 ORHS Homecoming Week Dress Up Days

10/13 PSAT 8th Grade Only

10/13 ORHS Homecoming Parade @ ORHS

10/14 End of First Nine Weeks

10/1 Smile Day Wear Smile

10/21-22 Pink Out Days

10/25-29 Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days

11/4 Progress Report (PAC)

11/15-19 Generation Texas Week Dress Up Days

11/22-26 Thanksgiving

12/2 Progress Report (PAC)

12/3 Be Kind Day

12/10-17 Semester Exams

12/17 Early Release at 12:50

12/17-1/4 Winter Break

1/7 Report Card

1/17 MLK Holiday

1/27 Progress Report (PAC)

2/17 Progress Report(PAC)

2/18 School Holiday

2/21 Presidents' Day Holiday

3/11 Teacher Professional Learning/Student Holiday

3/14-18 Spring Break

3/25 Report Card

4/14 Progress Report(PAC)

4/15-18 School Holiday

5/5 Progress Report(PAC)

Semester Exams 5/20-26

5/26 Last Day of School Early Release at 12:50

6/1 Report Card

Academy of Science and Technology

Academy of Science and Technology


The Woodlands College Park High School

Class of 2026 Application and Selection Calendar

**Due to COVID-19 the Academy will not be visiting the junior high schools.

Information Nights will be conducted in-person, but that could change.

AST Information Nights

Monday Sept 27 TWCP Commons Test Registration 5:30pm; program at 6pm

Thursday Sept 30 TWCP Commons Test Registration 5:30pm; program at 6pm

Testing- Parents Must Submit Completed Testing Registration Form and Payment to the Academy office by the Testing Deadline! The form is a fillable PDF, on the Academy website.

Please mail to the Academy or bring to TWCP HS.

Saturday October 9 Testing Registration Deadline Oct 4th Commons

Saturday October 23 Testing Registration Deadline Oct 18th Commons

(Students should arrive at 7:30 a.m. with a calculator (no qwerty keyboard or HP Prime), 2-3 pencils, bottled water and a snack.)

Students are encouraged to sign up for the PSAT 8/9 at their junior high school.



Applications are available on-line!

Application folder is due in the Academy office by 3:00 p.m. on November 1, 2021.

Interview Selection January 2022 Letters of Final Selection February 1, 2022

Contact Information

Dr. Susan Caffery, Headmaster Mrs. Celeste Garcia, Secretary

Academy of Science and Technology

3701 College Park Drive

The Woodlands, TX 77384

(936) 709-3250 FAX (936) 709-3299

School Cash Online

Paying school fees online is fast and easy and can be done from any computer or smartphone. Getting setup up is three simple steps:

1. Create Your Profile: Go to and click on “Get Started Today”.

2. Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.

3. Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.

Irons PTO

The PTO at Irons Jr. High is looking for parent volunteers and board members for the 21-22 school year. Almost all board positions are still available if you are interested. Also, throughout the year, there are fun activities and opportunities to help. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know how you can help. Contact us at

Ways to donate:
Sign up as a Board Member -
To be notified of various opportunities throughout the year - Remind101 text- @ironspto to 81010

Gifts of Green:
Venmo (coming soon)
AmazonSmile, donate to Irons Junior High PTO. You have to go to AmazonSmile before making purchases.

Irons Jr. High PTO Membership Form

Please print, complete form and return to Irons Jr. High in the summer or at schedule pick up day.

Apply for School Meal Benefits

Registration Due September 24th

Registration for Bus Transportation

If you will need bus transportation and have not signed up in the past please do so as soon as possible.