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November 26, 2018

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Principal's Message

Just a few reminders for your information:

  • Be Nice in November! In this month of gratitude, we would like to express our thanks to all of our parents, volunteers, PTO members, students and community who support the success of our students at Vogel! We appreciate you more than you know! We are asking parents to let their child's teacher know if they are making an impact in their education. You can send a note of thanks via email, written note, or TAE (Teachers Achieving Excellence - found in Parent Access).A simple note goes a long way with teachers. Thank you for your time, and thank you for sharing your children with us!

  • Please make every effort to have your child in school each day, on-time, for the full day. As students get older, missing a day of school has a big impact on their education. If at all possible, send your child to school every day they don't have fever, even if they don't feel 100%. Many times, once they get up and moving at school, they start to feel better. Our goal for attendance is 97.5% for the year. We are currently at 97.6%, and it slowly declines throughout the year. We need to keep up good attendance in order to reach our goal. Thank you for your continued support of your child's success in school!

  • We have a monthly feedback form included in our newsletter. In an effort to improve our practices at Vogel, we are seeking feedback from parents. There are opportunities to share ways to improve, share strengths, and to share kudos to staff. This feedback form will be in every newsletter and on our webpage each month. Thank you for taking time to support Vogel Intermediate!

  • Please call your child's teacher if you need assistance with anything. They are always your first line of communication, and can typically answer your questions better than anyone else. :)

Tara Vandermark

GT Nominations are Due in December

All GT nomination forms are due to the front office by December 19th. Testing will be done during the spring semester. If you have questions as to whether or not GT testing is appropriate for your child, please contact their teacher. Nomination forms can be picked up in the front office or online at:

2018-2019 School Calendar Process

Conroe ISD’s District-Level Planning and Decision-Making Committee (DLPDMC) is responsible for developing the 2019-2020 school calendar. The DLPDMC has developed two drafts for the community to review and provide feedback from Monday, November 26, 2018, through noon on Monday, January 7, 2019. The DLPDMC will then review all feedback and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees at their Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Vogel PTO News

Greetings Vogel Texans! Please be sure to join us in the conference room on December 11th at 10 a.m. for our next meeting. If you are unable to make it and you need to communicate an idea or concern, email us at

  • The next Vogel Spirit Night is at Chick-Fil-A on January 10. You can skip the cooking that night - just drive thru and mention Vogel at both the Sawdust and Lake Woodlands locations - Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! ;)

  • Want to help out with yearbook? Email our yearbook crew at or share your pics with the Image Share app on your phone. October 25th is National Buy Your Yearbook Day. If you haven’t checked that off your list, you can turn in the form to school or order online at

We appreciate you! The 2018 - 2019 Vogel PTO Board:

Jessica Longeway - President, Amy Reneau - Vice President, Jaclyn Burket - Treasurer, Stephanie Bell - Secretary, Tiffany Russell - Parliamentarian, Debbie Wilson - Yearbook Coordinator, Valerie Brennan - Volunteer Coordinator, Diana Martinez - Yearbook Assistant, Jaime Turner - Student Appreciation Coor., Tina Reyna - Spirit Night Coordinator, Kristie Myers - Teacher Events Coordinator, Neha Saluja - Teacher Events Coor., Monique Major - Board Member at Large

Generation Texas Week

Tuesday – Back to Your Future Day – What happens after high school? Attire - Any College shirt

Wednesday – Transitions day – So... what’s after intermediate school? Attire - High School Feeder Zone Shirt

Thursday – If not college, what? Military/vocational school/apprenticeship/onthe-job training. There are lots of choices – but we do know that more preparation will be necessary. Attire – Military/Camo Shirt

Friday - Paying my Way – So, college and training costs money. Where can I find help? Attire – Community Service Shirt or Any color of the rainbow.

Children in Santa's Dreams

The CISD Police Department would like to invite you to help us make a child’s dream come true. From now until December 7, 2018, the CISD Police Department is collecting “NEW” unwrapped gifts for boys and girls of all ages. These gifts will be wrapped and given to families who, without our support, may not otherwise have a wonderful Christmas.

Last year we provided Christmas gifts to over 822 children in 350 families within Conroe ISD. We could not have done this without your help. Thank you once again for all of your help in making our Children in Santa’sDreams a success!

School Shirts

Our second order of school shirts should be in soon! Please be watching for them by next week. Once you receive them, please let us know of any issues. Students can wear their school shirts each Wednesday, along with staff, to show their school spirit!

Clubs Updates

Please see most updated club list attached. If you participate in a club, please plan on being at school in plenty of time to be at the selected club by 8:00am. The car rider line can be busy during club drop off, so plan accordingly. Refer to this link for any updates that occur.

Upcoming Events - November


26-30 - Generation Texas Week


4 - 6th grade band concert - 7pm

6 - Choir Dessert Concert - 6:30pm

11 - Orchestra Concert - 7pm

13 - Spelling Bee - 2:30pm - Library

13 - Choir Concert - 7pm

13 - Skate Night at SK8 Town - 6:00-8:30pm

17 - Fine Arts Day Concerts - 9:30 (6th Gr.) and 2:30 (5th Gr.)

17 - Theater Club Play - 5pm - Library

18 - Winter Parties - 5th (2 or 3pm - opposite specials) and 6th (3:00)

19 - Faculty Follies - 9am

19 - Early Release - 1pm

Dec. 20-Jan 7 - Winter Break


8 - School Resumes

10 - Chick fil A Spirit Night

12 - Livestock Art Show - CHS9

Like us on Facebook and Twitter!

We have been posting lots of great news on Facebook and Twitter. Please like us at the links below so that you can see what is going on at school.


Tara Vandermark

Assistant Principals

Kindel Doucet—5th

Thomas Polonyi—6th


Racquel Johnson—5th

Julia Rieke—6th



Fax 832-663-4399

Clinic 832-663-4309