STEAM Middle School

Wolverine News Volume 31

April 24th-April 28th

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 24th- Friday, April 28th: Purchase Carnival tickets and wristbands!

Friday, April 28th: STEAM Carnival (see information below)

Monday, May 1st: Algebra STAAR EOC

Thursday, May 4th: HMS Beginning Band Concert

Friday, May 5th: Staff Appreciation & PTO contest winner's Kona Ice party!

Monday, May 8th-Thursday, May 11th: STAAR testing days

Monday, May 15th: General PTO Meeting at STEAM Middle School

Tuesday, May 16th: HMS Spring Concert for Concert, Symphonic, and Honor's Bands

Friday, May 19th: Last STEAM Dance of the year "Aloha!"

Saturday, May 20th: BISD Character March at 9:00 (please meet at the BHS Flag Pole)

Wednesday, May 24th: STEAM End of Year Awards (details to come out later)

Monday, May 29th: Memorial Day, Student Holiday

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:


REVEUR!


Reveur you will have high school dress on

Monday, April 24th

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.

STEAM Carnival

Tickets and wristbands will be sold the week of the carnival, April 24th-April 28th.


5 tickets for $1 before the event, or 4 tickets for $1 at the carnival

Wristbands will be $15 (all access to games, does not include food)

Celebrate our STEAM Staff!

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Parent Information for STAAR Online

Released STAAR Test

Below you will find released STAAR tests. We encourage you to review each test that your student will be taking this year. We work hard every day to prepare our students and recognize that understanding the types of questions that they will be asked can be beneficial to both you and your child. You may find the answers to these tests on the final pages of each release, or click here to be routed to a website for the answer key.

STEAM Dance, "Aloha!"

Please join us for our Hawaiian themed dance as we say

goodbye to this year, and hello to next!

Aloha!


Friday, May 19th from 5:30-7:00 pm.


Tickets may be purchased the week of May, 15th-19th in the office or cafeteria.

Tickets purchased prior to the dance are $5 and those purchased at the door are $8.


For dances, please drop-off and pick-up your student in the back of the school

{same as before and after-school pick-up}

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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UT Arlington

The camp is free a two-week, residential experience for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students (currently in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades). Check out this link for more information about eligibility!


Application Deadline: April 28

Camp Dates: Sunday, June 11 to Friday, June 23

Mandatory Orientation: Saturday, June 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


You can see local TV news coverage of past camps at the following link:

http://www.uta.edu/cos/sciencecamp/embhssc/coverage.html

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

How does attitude influence a particular situation?


The way in which we think about our abilities can determine

whether or not we have a "fixed" or "growth" mindset.

Learn more about how an individual's mindset affects things like recognition of mistakes in this article by Science News for Students!

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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 THAT TIME AGAIN…

A NEW SCHOOL YEAR MEANS NEW VACCINES!


Listed Below are all of the immunization requirements based grade level for the 2017-2018 school year:


New 6th graders:

*DTap/DTP/DT/Td/TdaP- 5 doses of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine; 1 dose must have been received on or after the 4th birthday. However, 3 doses meet the requirement if 1 dose was received on or after the 4th birthday.

*Polio- 4 doses of polio; 1 dose must be received on or after the 4th birthday. However, 3 doses meets the requirement if the 3rd dose was received on or after the 4th birthday.

*MMR- 2 doses are required, with the 1st dose received on or after the 1st birthday

*Hepatitis B- For students aged 11-15, 2 doses meet the requirement if Recombivax was received. If Recombivax was not received, 3 doses meets the requirement

*Varicella- 2 doses. The 1st dose must be received on or after the 1st birthday. If student has had Chickenpox (Varicella Virus) documentation from health care provider is required.

*Hepatitis A- 2 doses are required by 7th grade with the 1st dose being given on or after the 1st birthday.


Parents of Existing district students: please make sure all immunizations are current. Call the student’s current school nurse and ask if you are unsure.


7th Graders:

*Compliance on all listed above… paying close attention to ensure the following are compliant:

TdaP booster- 1 dose within the last 5 years

Varicella- 2 doses unless student has had Chickenpox (documentation of diagnosis required)

Meningitis Vaccine (MCV)- 1 dose on or after 11th birthday


8th graders:

*Compliance on all listed above



Important Note to Parents:

If your child is a current STEAM student, you can call me if you are unsure of their vaccination status. If your child is currently at another school, please call their current school nurse or pediatrician to check their vaccination status.

If the child is not currently in BISD, please provide an updated shot record to me as soon as you can.

Vaccination documentation is not required until the student registers, however turning these in early will save you time during schedule pick up in August!

I encourage you to turn in shot records to me as soon as you acquire them. You may turn them into the front office at STEAM, fax them to 817-245-1515 Attention: Nurse Shields, or you may

email them to me at Brittney.Shields@bisdmail.net


Parents with students who have immunization exempt waivers:

Please ensure your waivers are up to date and will not expire before August 2017. An expired waiver/affidavit will be considered non-compliant.


If you have questions, please call my office at 817-245-1510.


Thank you,

Brittney Shields, BSN, RN-BC

STEAM Middle School Nurse

STEAM PTO

Don't miss out on our STEAM Carnival!


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.