STEAM Middle School

Wolverine News Volume 24

February 27th-March 3rd

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STEAM Commitment Letter for 2017-2018

The deadline for STEAM commitments will be Friday, March 31 at 4:00pm, but you will not want to wait that long. We are doing amazing things in Burleson ISD, and we know with the upcoming information that will be coming out in the near future, you are going to want to reserve your spot at STEAM sooner than later.

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Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 3rd: STEAM Art Show @ 6:00

March 7-24th: 8th Grade Students submit course plans through Career Cruising

Tuesday, March 7th: BHS Incoming 9th Grade Meeting for Parents @ 6:00 in the BHS Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 8th: STEAM AVID applications are due (see information below)

March 13-17th: Spring Break

Friday, March 24th: Deadline for 8th graders to submit chosen endorsement in Skyward (see information below)

Friday, March 31st: STEAM Commitment Forms are due

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STEAM Calendar

Add the STEAM calendar to stay up-to-date!

(Click the + in the bottom right hand corner to add the calendar)

Leave us a note!

Here's to...

Our House Winner for this week:


KAWANI!


KAWANI, you may have high school dress on Monday, February 27th!

Grade Level Newsletters

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Congratulations to our Students and Staff of the Month!

Please click here to view our students and staff members of the month.

Popcorn Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who sold popcorn!


We anticipate the popcorn to be delivered by March 3rd.

We will utilize these funds for building needs, staff development, and student awards.

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STEAM Art Show

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AVID at STEAM Middle School

What is AVID? During the AVID class students learn note-taking and organizational skills, as well as test taking strategies and study skills. They also explore college and career options while working with WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) skills. All AVID students at STEAM maintain an eBinder through Google Drive, an agenda through Google Calendar as well as a notebook style agenda.


For more information, email Ms. Parker at sparker@bisdmail.net.

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, March 8th

Celebrate our STEAM Staff!

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Cheer Tryouts

If you wish to tryout for cheerleading, please ensure you read the information attached.

Mrs. Lyday is the STEAM coordinator between each of the campuses.

Your student will need to let Mrs. Lyday know if they wish to tryout.


Kerr Middle School:

Forms are in the STEAM front office. Click here for additional information.


Hughes Middle School:

Click here for the Hughes Middle School Cheerleader application. Please see the attached document below for required information.


Burleson High School:

You must contact STEAM Middle School if your child wishes to tryout for Cheer or Mascot by Friday, February 24th at 4pm. Please contact Tammy Vasquez at 817-245-1500.


Centennial High School:

Please see the attached document below for cheer tryouts.



If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the STEAM office at 817-245-1500.

GoGuardian

To learn more about GoGuardian's services and benefits, check out their website!

Reminder About Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

As we begin a new semester, please see below for reminders of the STEAM arrival and dismissal procedures.

Please click here to view the STEAM Middle School drop-off and pick-up procedures. Upon viewing the link, see below for further clarification.

Drop Off Procedures:

When dropping off your STEAM student in the morning, please use "Lane 1" to drop off students that need to go to the Band/Fitness Center.

Please use "Lane 2" to drop off students that do not need to go to the Band/Fitness Center prior to entering the main building.

In order to exit our student drop off/pick up location, as the red arrows indicate, take two left turns to return to the driveway and exit the school property on to Linda Drive.

Pick Up Procedures:

As students exit the main building, students will utilize Lane 1/Lane 2 by crossing at the designated areas.

Tutoring

What are the benefits of tutoring?

  • Tutoring offers individual and structured learning
  • Develops a rapport between teacher and student, allowing for a more meaningful connection to material
  • Enhances student's performance and growth
  • Creates a positive attitude toward the subject
  • Encourages self-directed learning
  • Allows for practice in the related subject area without the risk associated in a classroom setting
  • Improves self-esteem


Students are encouraged to attend a tutoring time that best meets their schedule.

This means that if a teacher does not offer tutoring at a time that works for the student, they may attend an alternate teacher's tutoring session for that subject.


Please reach out to your student's teacher if there are special circumstances.

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Need a Replacement?

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PSAT 8/9 Update

8th grade students are able to view their PSAT/NMSQT scores by logging into Khan Academy. Not only are scores available they too, may get a personalized SAT practice plan.

Click here to learn how to link Khan Academy to College Board.

Give Me 5 Campaign

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Google Classroom for Parents

Want in on your child's Google Classroom activity?


Visit the docs below to learn how to receive daily or weekly summaries of Google Classroom activity as well as additional topics!

I Love Burleson ISD

Please join us in supporting Burleson ISD by signing up for a yard sign or decal through ILoveBurlesonISD.net! Once you request your free yard sign or decal, it will be available for pick-up here at STEAM.


You can also follow ILoveBurlesonISD on facebook and twitter.

Below are the links:

I Love Burleson ISD (Facebook)

I Love Burleson ISD (Twitter)

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How Should Trust Cards and ID's be Worn?

Trust Cards should be worn horizontally in plastic protectors

with ID's hanging vertically in front.

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TRUST Cards

Click here to view our STEAM Trust Card-Level Requirements.


Remember, at the end of each six weeks, we will review daily attendance, grades, discipline referral, and tardy data by-student to determine who qualifies for each of the three levels of trust cards. Then, according to the data, new trust cards will be issued each six weeks.


Level 1 Blue Trust Card contains 6 privileges. Level 2 Red Trust Card contains 12 privileges. Level 3 Platinum Trust Card contains 17 privileges. Again, these privileges can be redeemed from any STEAM staff member throughout a six weeks. Use them because you have earned them by your hard work in showing respect, taking responsibility, embodying excellence, having an amiable attitude, and making a difference! Also, ask your teachers how you can earn back privileges that you have already redeemed.


Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will automatically obtain a Platinum Trust Card for six weeks.


Click here to view descriptions for our Trust Card privileges.


Remember to wear your Trust Card, redeem your privileges, and celebrate your success! As you redeem your privileges, please find us, because we want to take your picture and celebrate with you!

It Pays to Have Platinum!

Grades, attendance, and behavior all impact students obtaining a Platinum level Trust Card.


Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will too, be issued a Platinum.

Another way that students may level up to a Platinum is by sharing with us

extra-curricular achievements.

Send us a tweet, Facebook post, e-mail, or Instagram shout-out showing us your STEAMer going above and beyond in our community, they just might reach Platinum!

Doctor and Personal Appointments

Please make sure that when scheduling appointments for students, that they are before or after school. Attendance is crucial and we ask that if an appointment must be made during the school day, that they occur after 10:00 am.

Dress Code

We frequently perform dress code checks, please ensure that your student is always in compliance, click here for middle school dress guidelines.


On the occasion, we offer students high school dress days. In the event that we do, please follow such guidelines, click here.

Failure to Report to STEAM U or Academic Lab

Students are required to report to their scheduled STEAM U and/or Academic Lab time.

All students are aware of their destinations for each scheduled time.

Failure to attend either STEAM U or Academic Lab will result in an afterschool detention.

STEAM Clubs

On Fridays, our STEAM students will get to choose from the available clubs during their STEAM U/ Academic Lab times instead of completing their Canvas Modules and/or attending academic labs.


Students may choose a different club each STEAM U, each week.

The STEAM U Friday Clubs List will be posted for students in the Cafeteria.

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Harrison

High School Endorsement Selection- ACTION REQUIRED

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the state of Texas implemented a graduation plan that allows students to pursue an area of interest. The Foundation graduation plan requires students to indicate an endorsement upon entering 9th grade. Students are in the process of submitting course requests for 9th grade, and must also indicate which endorsement they are planning to follow.


The window to submit endorsements through Skyward is February 27th-March 24th.

(For more details on endorsement pathways, click here.)


8th Grade Students:


Directions for choosing endorsement in Skyward Family Access:

Step 1: Log in to Student Access.

Step 2: Select the Endorsement tab on the left side of the screen.

Step 3: Select "Declare an Endorsement".

Step 4: A pop-up window will display where you will select an Endorsement. Students who are undecided should select "Multidisciplinary." Please note: You are NOT required to select an "Option".

Step 5: Check the "I Agree" button.

Step 6: Click "Save".

Step 7: Notify your Parent/Guardian that you have completed Endorsement selection.


Below are directions for Parent/Guardian signatures:

Step 1: Parent/Guardian will log into Family Access.

Step 2: Select student who will be entering 9th grade.

Step 3: Select the Endorsement tab on the left side of the screen.

Step 4: Select sign next to "Guardian Signature is Required".

Step 5: Read the information and check the "I Agree" button.

Step 6: Click "Submit Signature".


8th Grade students will also need to submit their course plans through Career Cruising; the window will open March 7th and will close on March 24th.

Schedule Change Requests


No core or elective class change request will be accepted after January 20th.

There will be no exceptions after this deadline.

Teacher Contact

Communication is key in any working relationship. Stay up-to-date with your student's academics through the STEAM, individual teacher, and BISD websites as well as weekly grade level newsletters.


Who should you contact first in the event clarification is needed regarding your child?

Your child's teacher(s).

Our facilitators know your student and care about their success. If you have questions regarding assignments, behavior, or specific events, reach out to them.

Use this link to find individual teacher emails.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is of utmost importance. When students are absent, not only do they miss out on direct instruction, but also they have assignments that begin to pile up. While sometimes being absent is unavoidable, especially if a student has a fever or doctor's orders to stay home, if at all possible make sure they attend every day.


In Texas, students are required to attend school no less than 90% of the time, or to be absent no more than 17 days. When students pass 17 days of absences (EVEN excused with a doctor's note and partial absences) they are subject to loss of credit. Loss of credit means that they will not be given credit for courses.


We understand that sometimes absences are unavoidable but, if a student is in any way able to come to school it is important that they attend.

A Note From Nurse Shields

It’s National Dental Health Month!!

Lifelong habits begin at home. Make dental health part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family:


Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Drinking water after eating also helps to clear your teeth of food particles.

Floss every day!!

Limit the number of times you eat snacks, especially the sticky ones and long lasting ones.

Visit a dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up and a cleaning.

Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months, and after an illness.


Sweet snack facts:

-Eating a lot of snacks with sugar may cause cavities.

-Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to make acid. -The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful!


The STEAM Nurse can help you find a dental home for your family!

STEAM PTO

Thank you to our PTO for providing a great house party

for Reveur, our winner for the 4th six weeks!


Find us on Facebook: STEAM Middle School PTO - Burleson, Texas.

Have questions or comments for the PTO?

Contact us at BurlesonSTEAMPTO@gmail.com.

What is S.T.E.A.M.?

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Lost & Found Items

Items that remain in the Lost & Found by Friday afternoon will be taken to the Harvest House. Students are encouraged to check for missing items, too many things are being left behind! The Lost & Found is located in the office.

Directory Information

Parents,


Our STEAM social media accounts are updated frequently with the exciting things going on at STEAM. We would like to make sure your student is able to be a part of our STEAM videos and photos that we post on our STEAM social media accounts. Please update your student's directory information if you would like your STEAM student a part of our videos and photos. You may complete the attachment below and return this form to our front office.