The Howl

January 12, 2021

Tom Cox Timberwolves

Deborah Spoon, Principal

Olivia Robinson, Assistant Principal, Students A-L

Lawrence Cox, Assistant Principal, Students M-Z

Jessica Kowis, Counselor, Students A-L

Tara Bodin, Counselor, Students M-Z

Timberwolves L.E.A.D. from the Heart!

Note from the Principal

Dear Tom Cox Families,

Happy New Year! It was great to welcome students back last week after the winter break! I realize this has been a challenging year for everyone. I am proud of the way our students and staff have overcome the obstacles and adjusted to new protocols. We look forward to having our students in the building and moving into the spring.

Please continue to encourage your child(ren) to wear their mask at school and out in public, to social distance, and sanitize their hands. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact me at 281-465-3200, or email me at

Thank you for your support!

Deborah Spoon

Principal, Tom Cox Intermediate

Important Dates

Holiday, Monday, January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 18, 2021

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Celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January 2021

Thank you to our CISD School Board for their support of students, CISD families, and CISD employees. We appreciate all you do!

Tom Cox Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

The 2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for Tom Cox Intermediate has been posted on our school's website. To access the report see below:

From the TCI website:

  • Go to "Our School/Campus"
  • Click "View School Profile"
  • Select "Accountability Reports"
  • Click "2019-2020"
  • Select "Texas Academic Performance Report"

Virtual Learners Returning to Campus

Virtual Learners who have returned to campus and have a device will need to return the device to campus when they return.

Touchless Water Fountains

We now have 3 touchless water fountains located throughout the building. Students may use them to refill their water bottles only. Parents please remind you child to bring a reusable water bottle to school every day!

Thank you!

Fifth Grade Core Subjects (click on image below)

Sixth Grade Core Subjects (click on image below)

Gifted and Talented Program

Gifted and Talented

GT projects are due Friday, January 22, 2021. Projects will be presented to their peers the week of January 25th - January 29th. Virtual students will set up a time with their teacher to Zoom into their classroom to present their projects.

Tom Cox Intermediate School Library

For the Love of Reading...

“I try to teach my students that books are a mirror, reflecting their own lives, and a window, giving them a peek into someone else's.”
Donalyn Miller

See Library News Below:


From the TCI Counselors, Mrs. Bodin and Mrs. Kowis.

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday. It's hard to believe that we are halfway through this year.

We all know how important it is to get back into a school routine. These few tips may be helpful:

  • Establish a reasonable bedtime.
  • Set up a homework time and an area that is quiet and well stocked with the necessary supplies to compete assignments.
  • Check your child's Canvas page for assignments and project due dates.
  • Prepare lunch and clothing in advance to save time in the morning.
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Student Council

We will have an officer’s meeting on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:00 a.m., and we cannot wait to discuss our plans for the year. The Officer’s Meeting will be held in the Counselor’s Office.

The general meeting for all Student Council members will be held on Friday, January 15th at 8:00 a.m. We will send a link to our virtual Student Council Members on Thursday, January 14th.

If you have questions about dates and times for meetings, please check out the Student Council webpage. We cannot wait to see everyone again!!


Writers club is for any student that wants to write more. This club will meet Tuesdays after dismissal until 5 pm. Students must have their own transportation home. If you are interested in participating in this club, please contact Mrs. Smith in room 103 or have your teacher email her with your name. This club has a maximum number of 20 students.

Rubik's Cube Club

Calling all students who would like to create Mosaic's with Rubik's Cubes. In January we will begin creating mosaic's with our rubik's cubes.

We will start in January, meeting on Mondays at 8am in the gym. See you there.

Notes from the School Nurse

The cooler weather provides the perfect time to pack some snacks, grab a sweater and head outside! Even with all the social distancing guidelines, we have so many awesome opportunities to get out and explore locally. Here are a few ideas for you and your family to make the most of the coming months, all while being socially conscious.

Remember to have your student bring and wear a mask to school each day and keep an extra one in your student's backpack.

Stay safe & Healthy!

Margaret Saxe RN

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Tom Cox PTO

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Parents and students,

Our hope is to create a quality memory book for your kiddos similar to the ones in the past BUT…..we really need your help!! To make this the best book ever we are utilizing the Balfour Image Share mobile device app to allow you and your kiddo to submit pics directly to the yearbook throughout the year. In our first themed request, we would like to see the following:

  • Pics of your first day of school

  • Pics of you working in your virtual learning space

  • Pics of your student dressed up this week for Red Ribbon Week

We will organize the pics and try to make a spread highlighting these aspects of student life for 2021. To use the app go to the app store and download “Balfour Image Share” to your device and register your account. Please use our code, 125318.

Kind Regards,

Amber Rogers

PTO Brand Coordinator

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Kroger Community Awards

Kroger Community Rewards Program Here is how you can get started: You will need to link your Kroger Plus Card account to Tom Cox Intermediate. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. You may register online at If you are a new online customer to Kroger, you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box. Sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on favorite store, enter your email address, create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions. Check your email inbox and click on the link in the email to confirm. Then click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Then choose our school by typing in our name or selecting it from the drop down list, then click on confirm. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see the school’s name on the right side of your information page. Purchases will not count towards Tom Cox Intermediate until after your card has been registered. Do you use your phone number at the register and don’t know your Plus Card number? Just call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.

Box Tops

Join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Download the Box Tops for Education app here:


Rainy/Cold Day Dismissal

If your student is a walker/biker they will be expected to walk or ride their bike on rainy days, unless you and your child have an alternate plan in place. If you choose for your child to be a car-rider on rainy days it is not necessary to complete a transportation change form.

In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, lightening, blizzard) we may hold walkers/bikers until we feel it is safe for them to walk or ride home. If that does occur we will contact the parent to inform them of the delay. Bus transportation will run as scheduled.

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Make sure to share all the important contact information for your school & necessary staff, along with how to contact folks (by email? By text? By phone?). If you are updating on social media, make sure to include those URLs, as well.