Gator Family News 10/14

From the desk of Christopher J. Blake

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow


Empowering today’s students to embrace tomorrow’s possibilities.


Our mission is to foster and motivate high level learning through innovative strategies to create lifelong learners in a safe and positive environment that partners with a diverse community.

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It's Friday!

Happy Friday!!! It has been another great week at Three Lakes MS. I've observed some great learning this week, including hands-on, collaborative, project based learning. There is nothing more exciting than seeing students engaged, having fun, and learning. Next week, our students will be taking their 9 week assessments. These assessments are crucial in determining whether or not the goals of education are being met. They provide diagnostic feedback, aid teachers in setting standards, evaluate progress, and motivate performance. Please take time to encourage your child to do their best and let them know you believe in them...and we do too!!!

Gator News

  • 10/15 TLMS Band in the Rose Parade
  • 10/17 Gators Football 7 A vs. Lufkin Gold, 5:00 PM @ REL Main Field
  • 10/18 Gators Football 8 A vs. Lufkin Gold, 5:00 PM @ Lufkin
  • 10/18 Beginner Band Showcase @ 6:00 PM in the cafeteria
  • 10/20 PTA Board Meeting-TLMS Library @ 11:30 AM
  • 10/20 PTA Spirit Night at Bruno's
  • 10/20 Lady Gators Volleyball 7 A/B and 8 A/B vs. Lufkin, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM @ Lufkin MS
  • 10/24-28 Red Ribbon Week and Book Fair
  • 10/24 Gators Football 7 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM @ Rose Stadium
  • 10/25 Gators Football 8 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM @ Rose Stadium
  • 10/27 Lady Gators Volleyball 7 A/B and 8 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the TLMS gyms.
  • 10/28 TLMS Homecoming Dance hosted by the TLMS Cheerleaders
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9 Week District Assessment Schedule


  • Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18


  • Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20

Social Studies

  • Thursday, October 20 (Grade 8 Only)


  • Friday, October 21 (Grade 8 Only)

Red Ribbon Week

October 24-28th

Show you are proud to be Drug Free!

These are the DRESS UP DAYS for the Week of Oct 24th-Oct 28th

Monday: Ready Set Action!!! Disney vs Marvel:

Dress up as your favorite Disney character or Marvel Super Hero.

(Faces must be uncovered throughout the school day….no masks)

Tuesday: War Against Moore!

CAMO DAY!!! How much camo do you own???

(Faces must be uncovered throughout the school day!!!)

Wednesday: Team up and BEAT Drugs:

Dress up in your favorite teams’ athletic gear (Pro or College).

Jerseys may be worn (school appropriate shoulder width and length…no oversized clothing will be allowed).

Thursday: Double Up Against Drugs:

Twin day (dress like your best friend).

Ideas: same shirt, same hair do, same crazy socks, etc.

Friday: Which Grade has what it takes to win the WAR against Drugs!!!

Color war:

6th grade wear as much GOLD as you can

7th grade wear as much PURPLE as you can

8th grade wear as much GREEN as you can



Spirit Gear Sales

Inventory Blowout!!!

Short sleeve shirts reduced to $10!!!

Long sleeve shirts reduced to $10!!!

Oct 18th & 20th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Nov 15th & 17th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Dec 6th & 8th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Join PTA Today!!!!

If you join PTA, your child receives free dress every Friday for the month


Improving attendance at Three Lakes Middle School is a top priority this school year. There is a direct correlation between student attendance and school success. If your child is absent from school, please communicate with the school, and provide the necessary documentation.

Our attendance for the week is as follows:

Grade 6: 97.37%

Grade 7: 95.97%

Grade 8: 97.01%

Overall: 96.78%

Congratulations to our 6th Graders once again for having the highest attendance this week!!! 8th Grade improved, as well from last week.

Here are some helpful hints to help with attendance:

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, counselor, or administrator to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, counselor, or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

Parting Thought

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