Timberview Family Newsletter

January 16, 2015

#TMSHawkChat is Back!

Join us for our new and improved monthly parent-student-staff-community conversation on Twitter, #TMSHawkChat! We'll bring #TMSHawkChat back at 9 PM CDT on Tuesday, January 27. Enjoy a good conversation about education with Mrs. Jackson and several members of the Timberview staff from the comfort of your home or wherever you happen to be Tuesday night! January's topic is "Creating a Magical Learning Environment at School."

Check out Mrs. Jackson's video tutorial below to learn how to participate in #TMSHawkChat, and then get ready to join the conversation on Twitter January 27!

How to Participate in #TMSHawkChat

Team 6-2 Scores Awards, Grant Funds for Service Project

Working in collaboration, the teachers of Team 6-2 have been awarded $2500 they will use to support an upcoming service project for their students.

Math Teacher Susan Cosby was recognized last night at the Keller ISD Board of Trustees meeting for the IT'S Award - Innovative Teachers Inspiring Students. The award is bestowed upon a Keller ISD teacher each month to recognize outstanding work providing innovative and engaging learning experiences for students.

Science/Social Studies Teacher Kathy Cundiff nominated Mrs. Cosby for the award, citing Cosby's enthusiastic integration of the Engage Learning Model and her collaborative work on a student yard design project with Matt Blashaw of HGTV and DIY Network's Yard Crashers television series. With the IT'S Award, Mrs. Cosby will receive $500 to put toward class projects.

English Language Arts Teacher Grant Simpson was surprised last Friday with a visit from the Keller ISD Education Foundation Prize Patrol, including the Timber Creek High School Drum Line, several KISD administrators, Education Foundation leaders, and KISD Board Members. On behalf of Team 6-2, Mr. Simpson had submitted an Innovative Learning grant proposal entitled "The Education of Giving."

The $2000 grant will fund a spring project in philanthropy during which students on Team 6-2 will work collaboratively to imagine, design, and start a non-profit organization that will address a global issue close to their hearts.

Congratulations to these innovative, student-centered teachers for their district-wide recognition and for successfully acquiring funds to support a learning experience that likely will change the lives of their students for the better!

iGraduate Meeting January 20

Our 8th grade families are likely aware that the 8th grade students have been learning about the iGraduate program. Keller ISD is committed to communicating with families about this program as well. We will host meetings at each middle school to discuss the iGraduate program. The meeting at Timberview is scheduled for January 20 at 6:00 PM in our cafeteria.

We are encouraging both current 7th and 8th grade families to attend. Also please make sure to check out the iGraduate link under "Parents" and "Need to Know" on the main Keller ISD web site.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the iGraduate program, please contact the counseling office.

Transition Night

On Tuesday, January 27, Timberview will host a Transition night for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade families and students. This night is designed to help families learn more about students' transition to the next grade level.

The Transition Night will start at 6:00 PM and end at 7:30 PM. It's a come and go event, but counselors will present 3 times during the course of the evening on course selections, registration directions, etc,, for varied grade levels. Presentations will be offered at 6:00, 6:30, and again at 7:00 PM.

While presentations are going on, we'll also have core and elective teachers available for parents and students to visit. Families may choose the presentation time that best fits their schedule.

Registration for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will begin in early February. Please be on the lookout for additional information/dates in the next few weeks! If you have any questions, please contact the TMS Counseling Department at 817-744-2611.


These are highlights of upcoming events. For the full calendar, including all TMS sporting and fine arts events, please check out our web site calendar!

Jan 16 Fast Fours Volleyball Tournament

Jan 19 District Holiday

Jan 20 iGraduate Meeting for 8th Grade Parents

Jan 23 Early Release- End of the Six Weeks

Jan 26- Feb 12 NJHS Doggy Day Drive

Jan 27 Transition Parent Night for Current 5th, 6th, 7th Grades

Feb 2-6 STAMP Out Bullying Week

Feb 3-4 Spinal Screenings

Feb 2 & 4 Beginner Band Instrument Night for 5th Grade

5th Grade Instrument Fair

The TMS Band will host their annual instrument fair for our current 5th graders in just a few weeks. This is an exciting opportunity for our students as they will be able to try out all of the band instruments in one place!

Because we want families and students to make informed decisions about their elective choice next year, this is a great opportunity to see what band is all about. You do not need to make a final decision about your elective choice on this night- just come to the TMS cafeteria and have some fun!

In order to keep traffic manageable, we have divided the fair into two nights- February 2nd and February 4th- according to last names. You only need to attend one date.

Monday, February 2nd:

A-C 5:30-6:00

D-G 6:00-6:30

H-J 6:30-7:00

K-L 7:00-7:30

Wednesday, February 4th:

M-O 5:30-6:00

P-R 6:00-6:30

S-U 6:30-7:00

V-Z 7:00-7:30

If you cannot come at your designated time, please come when you are available.

We are excited to see your awesome students at out instrument fair! Feel free to call or email if you have any questions about this event.

Bethni.lown@kellerisd.net 817-744-2793

High School Cheer Tryouts

If your 8th grade student plans to try out for high school cheer, a parent and the student must attend one of the following mandatory meetings:

1/26/15 at Keller High School

1/27/15 at Timber Creek High School

1/28/15 at Central High School

1/29/15 at Fossil Ridge High School

All meetings begin at 7:00 PM.

Future Chefs

Calling all "Future Chefs" for the Sodexo Culinary Competition. We're looking for your favorite snack recipe!

Three lucky winners from each school will be chosen as finalists to compete in the Sodexo sponsored contest at Timber Creek High School on March 18th. As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!

Pick up your entry form in the cafeteria or print one from the link here. They must be turned in to the cafeteria by February 6th.

Community Book Study

"The End of Molasses Classes" by Ron Clark is a book written to help parents who want more success for their children, teachers who are looking to engage every child, and communities that want to uplift the next generation.

Beginning in the second semester our Timberview staff will participate in a study of this book, and we are inviting parents and community members to participate with us. Discussions that will involve parents and the community will take place through our #TMSHawkChat on Twitter at 9:00 PM on selected Tuesdays.

We do have some copies of "The End of Molasses Classes" on campus available for check out or you may purchase a copy at any local book store or Amazon.com. If you are interested in participating, please contact Allison Esparza (allison.esparza@kellerisd.net) for more details.

Join Timberview PTA

By becoming a member of TMS PTA, you can become an important part of helping to ensure plans become a reality. You may come to TMS PTA general meeting where you can vote and voice your ideas that can benefit your children and the school. For the first time, you may register for the PTA online, allowing anyone who would like to donate to the PTA by becoming a member, anywhere in the country, able to do so easily. Please follow the link here for more information.

PTA now has a Facebook page, so check them out for all they do for our students!

PTA are selling sweatshirts for $25. The order form is here and completed forms and payments need to be turned into the office. Thank you for your support!

Kroger Donations to PTA

You may enroll online your Kroger Plus card at the websitewww.KrogerCommunityRewards.comand link Timberview Middle School PTA to have Kroger donate a percentage of sales to the Timberview PTA. No more flyer to bring to the cashier! TMS PTA Rewards number is 90463, or you may select our organization from the list and click on confirm once you register your card online. Thank you for supporting the TMS PTA!

Dining Out Nights

Every year the PTA and several restaurants work together to raise money to help Timberview kids. The following is a list of dates and restaurants that are participating in the near future; be sure to mention Timberview Middle School when you go!

Mooyah Burgers - February 23

Chick-Fil-A - April 14

Nurse's Notes

There will be an immunization clinic for 6th graders held at Timberview on April 7 beginning at 8:00 AM, sponsored by the Tarrant County Health Department. More information on that will follow.

We have begun to see some flu cases at Timberview. If your child has been diagnosed with the flu please notify the school nurse as she needs to report only numbers of cases to the state. Please review the attached flyers and the information below. Please call the school nurse if you have questions.

Please consider the following:

  1. Flu Vaccine is still the best protection against the flu. It is not too late! Please ask friends, family, patients, students and all to get the flu vaccine early.
  2. Decisions about starting antiviral treatment should not wait for the laboratory confirmation of influenza. Tamiflu and Relenza work best when started within the first 48 hours of symptom onset.
  3. Preventive health practices such as staying home when sick, keeping distance from symptomatic individuals, washing your hands often, covering your cough and sneezes are very effective social tools of reducing the spread of flu.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/

If your student needs an Epi pen, the following site offers you a copay card or coupon up to $100 off. https://www.epipen.com/en/copay-offer

TMS will conduct spinal screenings on February 3rd and 4th to check students for abnormalities. Please see the flyer from the nurse with all the details and instructions for what the students should wear that day here.

To contact the nurse by phone, 817-744-2620, via email jane.danielson@kellerisd.net.