Wolfpack Observer

November 2021

Important Dates

December 8: Main Event Spirit Night from 6 - 9 PM

December 9: NJHS Meeting at 9:30 AM

December 13: Choir Holiday Concert @HMS

December 16: Early Release @ 12:30 PM

December 17: Early Release @ 12:30 PM

Mid Term Exam Schedule

WLMS PTO News and Announcements

WLMS PTO started a holiday tradition our inaugural year, where we collected gift cards for our teachers & staff to be given out at our holiday teacher luncheon. Each teacher & staff member will receive a $10.00 gift card. So we need the help of WL Families to accomplish this goal!

Due to the success/ease of collecting online we will try that route again. If this does not work for you and you want to bring a donation in person please reach out to us at president@wlmspto.com. We have created a list on amazon.com, where you can purchase the card and they will be shipped to us directly. The gift cards have already been chosen. You just click, check out, and they will be shipped to us. Visit our Amazon Wishlist to make any donations you would like!

Please make sure to pick WLMS PTO Registry Address for the shipping address.

Our collection will end on Saturday, December 11th so that they will be received in time for the staff luncheon. Thank you in advance for helping us to gift the hard working staff.

You can help support the WLMS PTO all year long by adding our Amazon Smile link to your account. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to the PTO.

WLMS presents: James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach has performances December 3 and 4 at 7pm in the theater!

Come watch James and his group of life sized insects take a wild adventure!

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Attention: Parents of WLMS GT Students!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At West Lake Middle School, teachers provide gifted and talented services to identified students through advanced academic core courses in the four content areas: RELA, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Additionally, students identified as gifted and talented will have the opportunity to demonstrate professional quality work in alignment with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students through the completion of the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). TPSP embodies the Humble ISD Portrait of a Graduate by developing the inner communicator, innovator, and personally responsible citizen all our students can be.

WLMS GT students have the opportunity to participate in the TPSP through a clustered advisory course with other gifted and talented students, led by a mentor teacher who has been specially trained in providing enrichment and rigor for GT students. The culmination of each project will be presented in the district-wide Gifted and Talented Expo tentatively planned for this spring and is an ungraded activity. This opportunity is in addition to the services students are already receiving through advanced academic courses and is considered an extension in learning, not a replacement.

We encourage parents to talk with your student about the expectations of voluntarily participating in this additional experience, understanding that it is encouraged, but not required, to continue in the GT program. Students (face to face and virtual) who would like to participate can begin by filling out the GT Passion Project interest form. By filling out the form, the student agrees to participate in this voluntary, extracurricular program during advisory, in addition to his/her regular studies, and to participate in a spring GT Expo.

The GT Passio Project will begin January 2022 and extend through May 2022.

For questions or information, please contact Alyssa Newman at alyssa.newman@humbleisd.net.

WLMS Preliminary Spelling Bee

All WLMS students are invited to attend the preliminary spelling bee on December 14 after school in the LMC (library)!

Please email Mr. Roesch at louis.roesch@humbleisd.net.

WLMS Honors Our Veterans

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

On Veterans Day, WLMS invited staff, parents and community members to celebrate and honor our Veterans. During this ceremony, the WLMS band performed and students read out the history of our United States Armed Forces.

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Help Humble ISD students by donating to HAAM’s Empty Stocking Seasons of Sharing Drive

Humble ISD is partnering with Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) to help make the holidays brighter for students in need this holiday season through the Empty Stocking Seasons of Sharing Drive.

Monetary donations of any amount will be used to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to the families of Humble ISD students who have applied for assistance. To date, over 500 district families have been identified for assistance.

“HAAM is proud to partner with Humble ISD to help families when they need us the most,'' Millie Garrison, HAAM Executive Director, said.

You can contribute financially through Friday, Dec. 10, by making an online donation:


Ensuring that our students have a happy holiday season gives them the ability to focus on their classwork. “It spares our students the added stress of wondering if they’ll have gifts to open or even food on the table for a holiday dinner,” Matt Smith, Coordinator of Elementary Counseling and Behavioral Services for Humble ISD, said.

For more information about HAAM, or how to register for assistance:

WLMS yearbook is on sale now!

Be sure to pre-order your student's yearbook as supplies are limited and you don't want to miss out!

You can purchase the yearbook at www.balfour.com

Did you know that you can also order a dedication for your student? This can be done at the same time as your book purchase! (Please note- these are two separate costs) For assistance with purchasing a yearbook or a dedication/ad, please see the dedication PDF.

Also, the yearbook staff invites you to share your pictures! If you have any photos you would like to share with our staff, you can do so via the ImageShare app. Information about the app can be found in the ImageShare PDF as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Fruge at linda.fruge@humbleisd.net

Middle School End of Semester Grading Procedures

As the fall semester prepares to conclude, we want to share with parents and students information about end of the semester grading procedures. Humble ISD’s grading procedures will remain consistent with those used in prior school years for middle school courses.

Middle school students will take assessments during the week of Dec. 13-17 as the fall semester ends. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16-17, will be early release days with classes dismissing at 12:35 p.m. These assessments are staggered over several days by class period so that students take one, two, or three tests per day rather than having all their tests on the same day. The exam schedule by class period will be posted in December by each individual campus. Students attending school face-to-face currently will test at school and virtual students will test at home with teachers designing the tests accordingly to ensure a level playing field.

These assessments count as regular summative grades for the second nine-week grading period for most middle school students. It is important that all students take their final assessments for the marking period.

How semester grades are configured in high school credit classes
Middle school students who are enrolled in high school credit courses will follow the high school testing procedures, which are different from the middle school testing procedures. Information will be sent to the parents of middle school students in high school credit courses regarding the end of the semester.

As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about your child’s academic progress.

Automated Attendance Emails

Dear Families,

Humble ISD has technology in place to help keep parents informed about their children’s school attendance. Beginning Monday, November 29, the district will resume sending automated notifications by email to parents when an unexcused absence occurs. The emails will come from the address HumbleISD_Connect@humbleisd.net.

To avoid absences being marked as unexcused, parents of both virtual and in-person learners must notify the school that their child is absent. Parental consent for the absence makes it excused. Parents must provide the parent note to the campus within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. TEA has requirements in place regarding attendance procedures that schools must follow.

If your child is absent, please:

  • Go to humbleisd.net/attendancecontacts and submit the form online;
  • Or, email the campus attendance office about the absence;
  • Or, send a parent note with the student about the absence;
  • Or call or fax in a message to the campus.

Working in partnership, we ensure that parents are informed when their child has an unexcused absence so that parents can check on their children or send a note within 48 hours to have the absence marked excused.

WLMS Learning Media Center (library) News!!

During the month of November, the LMC hosted the Fall book fair! During the book fair our school made over $8,000.00. All of the earnings from our book fair will go back in our library, classroom libraries and our students.

With money made from the book fair, we were able to get over 60 books in the hands of our students, fulfill teacher wish list items and added over 30 books to our WLMS library shelves.

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers for their help and support throughout the book fair and thank you to everyone that purchased books for their students!

What's going on at West Lake?

TSA Students participate in the Regional Leadership Conference!

WLMS Band News

Earlier this month, our band students auditioned for the All-Region Band. This year, over 400 students from 4 surrounding districts and 13 different middle schools auditioned for 150 seats in the All-Region Band. West Lake students took 31 chairs in the region band and 15 District chairs.

West Lake will make up over 20% of the Region Band this year! This is the highest number of students from any single campus in the Region and we could NOT be more proud. Last time West Lake competed in Region Tryouts, we had 18 students make it, and came in 7th place overall. This is major growth!

The students who earned a chair are listed below. Congratulations!

Alto Saxophone - Jason B. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Alto Saxophone - Kayleigh M. (Concert Band)

Alto Saxophone - Joseph R. (District)

Alto Saxophone - Corban R. (District)

Alto Saxophone - Sam E. (District)

Bassoon - Anna L. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Bassoon - Kimberly P. (Concert Band)

Bassoon - Lilian M. (District)

Bassoon - Madison C. (District)

Bb Clarinet - McKaela P. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Bb Clarinet - Valentina P. (Symphonic Band)

Bb Clarinet - Amryn G. (Concert Band)

Bb Clarinet - Katelyn S. (District)

Trumpet - Daniel A. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Trumpet - Evan S. (Symphonic Band)

Trumpet - Caden K. (Concert Band)

Trumpet - Rudy P. (Concert Band)

Trumpet - Carson N. (Concert Band)

Euphonium - Ben V. (Symphonic Band)

Euphonium - Kayli R. (Concert Band)

Euphonium - Adam F. (District)

F Horn - Magnolia C. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

F Horn - Jordan L. (Symphonic Band)

F Horn - Marisa A. (Symphonic Band)

F Horn - Austin G. (Concert Band)

F Horn - Sophia L. (Concert Band)

F Horn - Madison H. (Concert Band)

Flute - Jasmyn R. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Flute - Marisan C. (Concert Band)

Flute - Alyssa F. (Concert Band)

Flute - Bleinedi M. (Concert Band)

Flute - Hanna D. (Concert Band)

Flute - Katie K. (District)

Flute - Alaina N.(District)

Flute - Sophie B. (District)

Flute - Lora S. (District)

Oboe - Skyler E. (Concert Band)

Oboe - Henry L. (District)

Oboe - Aryan S. (District)

Percussion - Ty W. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Percussion - Cody W. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Percussion - Evan L. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Percussion - Jackson O. (Symphonic Band and Orchestra)

Trombone - Thomas M. (District)

Tuba - Joshua V. (Concert Band)

Tuba - Chidozie U. (District)

WLMS PTO Fundraising Opportunities

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