Wrangler Gazette

Special Edition: Sneak-a-Peak at Our New Format!!!

Changes in the Gazette for the New School Year

This year, the Wrangler Gazette will be staffed by twelve 4th and 5th grade students> Each staff member will be assigned a grade level, club, or special area of interest. It will be his/her responsibility to work with you, the faculty and staff of Williams Elementary, to get the news in the hands of the people.


Staff members will collect electronically submitted articles from each grade level and format them to a designated page much like the one you are viewing now. They will also keep tabs on the staff and students in your grade level, looking for a good story. Each staff member will conduct interviews and write interesting stories that pertain to his/her assigned grade/newsletter department/page. After each page is reviewed by an advisor it will be uploaded to the school website (published).


Please keep in mind that these will be the first impressions that many f our newsletter staff have of life in a business setting. In addition to working on writing skills, they will learn to write letters of introduction, set up and conduct interviews, send notes of thanks, collaborate with coworkers as well as sources (you), meet deadlines, market their work, and start all over again. Please encourage and help us model proper business etiquette when working with newsletter staff members.


We are thrilled about the changes this year and all of the wonderful things we will accomplish in the 2012-2013 school year.

Welcome to the Jungle!!!

Robinson, Witts & Upchurch to Join the Journalism Team

The Journalism Club welcomes three new members to the Advisory Staff!


Bernita Robinson, Katie Witts and jessica Upchurch will be joining Dinisha Alvarado to guide the Yearbook and Newsletter staffs.


Mrs. Witts, holds a Bachelor's degree in education and will be focusing on the Yearbook Staff. Mrs Witts is beginning her first full year as a classroom teacher here at Williams Elementary. She stepped into the 5th grade Social Studies position last year after a midyear staff change and was so great with the children that AISD picked couldn't let her get away. Mrs. Witts brings a love of photo journalism and several years of photography experience as well as her editor's eye to our team.


Ms. Upchurch also holds a Bachelor's degree in education. She will focus on the Wrangler Gazette Staff. This is her third year here at Williams Elementary, teaching 3rd and 6th grades with an eternal smile encourages not only her own students, but also the entire student body and staff. Ms. Upchurch brings a panache for quality writing to the staff.


Mrs. Robinson, like Mrs. Alvarado, will assist with both Yearbook and Newsletter. Mrs. Robinson holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree and brings 19 years of classroom experience to the game, 11 of those years served here at Williams Elementary teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th grades. She has years of newsletter experience in the education sector and countless accolades, including Teacher of the Year. She gives wisdom and insight as she guides and encourages our Junior Journalists.


We are all very excited about the perspective and expertise each educator will bring to the journalism experience. Join us in welcoming these talented ladies to the organized chaos we like to Journalism Club.

The Wrangler Gazette

The Wrangler Gazette is a student publication of Tommie B. Williams Elementary. The purpose of this publication is to keep students, parents, faculty, staff and the community aware of all the wonderful events and activities taking place in out school.


The Wrangler Gazette is a division of Journalism Club, an extracurricular activity available to students in 4th, 5th & 6th grades who maintain good academic standing ("C" average or above).


In Journalism Club students do more than write and take pictures. They develop life long skills in collaboration & teamwork, writing for an authentic audience & editing, photographic elements & composition, basic design principals, electronic publishing, budget planning, marketing & public relations, journalistic integrity & copyright law, data processing,, digital imaging, communication, leadership[ & team building, project management, responsibility, self-discipline, time management and so much more.


I am Dinisha Alvarado, a staff member of Williams Elementary and the "old newspaper lady". I hold a Bachelor's degree in business & education. I have 6 years of Yearbook experience and 11 years of Newsletter experience, 14 years of business experience and 5 years of experience in education. I have been the Journalism Club advisor for the past three years and look forward to a new year with the addition of three new faculty advisors, Bernita Robinson, Katie Witts, and Jessica Upchurch.


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PLEASE SUBMIT ALL NEWS TIPS, FREELANCE ARTICLES AND INFORMATION FOR PUBLICATION TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW. SUBMISSION DEADLINES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 15-OCT, 10-DEC, 11-FEB, 8-APR AND 20-MAY.


All submissions will be reviewed by the Advising Staff and Williams Principal, Mark Kammlah, for publication. However, not all submissions will by published.