Gator Family News 9/16

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.

Happy Friday Gator Family!!!

I hope your week has been spectacular! We've got a lot going on this coming week, so please pay close attention to all of the upcoming events below. I want to focus on a topic that is near and dear to my heart...parent involvement.

The most accurate predictor of student achievement and success in school is the extent to which a student's family is able to: create an encouraging home environment for learning, express high academic expectations, and become involved in their child's education at school and in the community.

Children, parents, educators, and the school all benefit from parental involvement.

“When schools, families, and communities work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” (A New Wave of Evidence – The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connection on Student Achievement, Henderson and Mapp, 2002).

The research shows that students with involved parents are more likely too:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores.
  • Be promoted, pass their courses, and earn credits.
  • Attend school regularly.
  • Have better social skills and improved behavior.
  • Graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

Let's work together to ensure ALL of our children have the best learning environment and parent involvement possible...2016-2017 a year of EXCELLENCE!!!

Upcoming Events

  • 9/19 Three Lakes Gators 7 A/B Football vs. Hubbard 5:00 & 6:30 PM @ TMF Rose Stadium
  • 9/20 Three Lakes Gators 8 A/B Football vs. Hubbard 5:00 & 6:30 PM @ TMF Rose Stadium
  • 9/22 Three Lakes Lady Gators Volleyball 7/8 vs. Judson 5:00 & 6:00 PM @ TLMS
  • 9/22 General PTA Meeting 5:30 PM
  • 9/22 Open House 6:00 PM
  • 9/22 TLMS Restaurant Spirit Night @ Gusano's
  • 9/23 6th Grade Social 4:00-5:30 PM
  • 9/26 Three Lakes Gators 7 A/B Football vs. Boulter 5:00 & 6:30 PM @ REL Main Field
  • 9/26 Box Tops Contest begins
  • 9/27 Three Lakes Gators 8 A/B vs. Boulter @ John Tyler HS
  • 9/28 Picture Day for Students
  • 9/29 Three Lakes Lady Gators Volleyball 7/8 vs. Hubbard 5:00 & 6:00 PM @ TLMS

PTA Spirit Gear Sales

Sept 22, 2016: TLMS Open House

Sept 23, 2016: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Oct 4th & 6th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Oct 18th & 20th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

Nov 15th & 17th: 11:05 – 1:10 (Lunch)

We do have ADULT Small back in stock!!!

What's going on in Tyler ISD?

Shirts Needed

Our school nurse is accepting gently used uniform school shirts (collared shirts or spirit shirts). If you would like to donate, please drop off the items in the front office.


Is your contact information up-to-date? If you have not completed the 2016-2017 student enrollment information, please do so. If you need assistance, we will gladly assist you in this process. It is important that all information is up-to-date for the school year.

Picture Day

Student picture day is September 28, 2016. Students will be allowed to dress up for their pictures on picture day as long as they adhere to the dress code regulations as outlined by TISD and Three Lakes Middle School.


September is Attendance Awareness Month #SchoolEveryDay

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: 97.78%

Grade 7: 98.02%

Grade 8: 97.35%

Overall: 97.73%

My goal is for every week to be 98% or congratulations to our 7th Graders and their parents!!!

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.
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