Badger Parents Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 5

Welcome, Parents!

It has been an amazing start to the school year. Thank you for continuing to support Ed Willkie and the work we are doing here! We truly appreciate all of the sweet notes, gift cards, flowers, and the amazing catered lunch that we received to honor the administrative team. Please know that we value and welcome our partnerships with our parents. Feel free to stop by and visit campus anytime! We would love to see you.

Also, please do not forget that we have tutoring available for all students in need of extra help and support Monday - Friday from 7:45 to 8:20. If for some reason their teacher is not available, there is always another teacher that teaches the same content and grade level available to help. We appreciate you encouraging your students to take advantage of the extra support we have in place.
Good news!! The Badger Store is now open during lunches on Wednesdays!! Badger bucks are used for our incentive program. The bucks are paper money that is given to students for random acts of kindness, responsibility, and many other positive behaviors.
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Using Technology to LEARN!

8th Science investigating the arrangement of the Periodic Table. The students were scanning QR codes with their electronic devices. Once scanned, several clues about the Physical and Chemical Properties of elements were displayed on their screens. Students then used the clues and a Periodic Table to determine which element was being described. They identified this information in their Science Notebooks.
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Coach Valle's class conducting a lab outdoors.

6th grade Scientists and their seeds!

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October is National Principals Month

Please help us celebrate our 3 principals! We welcome any of your creative ideas to recognize and honor our principal, Mrs. McDonald and 2 assistant principals, Mr. Knowles and Mrs. Warden. Thank you!
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Building relationships and character with our badgers! Lions Quest is impacting lives.

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Saturday (10/17)

  • PTO Yard Sale in the front of Ed Willkie
  • Cross Country Meet @ Highland @ 8 am

Monday (10/19)

  • Band Masterclasses @HMS 5-7:30pm
  • Choir Fall Concert @ EW - 6th grade @ 7:00 & 7th and 8th grade @ 7:45
  • Student Council will be selling Boo Grams all week

Tuesday (10/20)

  • Football vs Wayside / C - 4:30, B - 5:30, C - 6:45 7th @ CTHS / 8th @ Boswell

Wednesday (10/21)

  • District Planning and Advisory Committee Mtg. / HCTC / 4:30

Thursday (10/22)

  • Volleyball vs Wayside @ Wayside / C - 4:30, B - 5:30 , A - 6:30

Friday (10/23)

  • Volleyball Tournament 7th A @ PV / 7th B @ Ed Willkie / 8th A @ WMS / 8th B @ CMS

Saturday (10/24)

  • Volleyball Tournament 7th A @ PV / 7th B @ Ed Willkie / 8th A @ WMS / 8th B @ CMS

Ed Willkie REnaissance TEam

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Canvas Communication Letter

Canvas Learning Management System October 2015
As part of our commitment to Aspire 2022’s Strategic Objective to equip students with innovative technological skills to compete and contribute in a constantly-evolving global society, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD is utilizing Canvas, a learning management system. Recently, the system has been adopted by notable higher education institutions, including UT-Austin, Baylor, SMU, Harvard, as well as other Texas school districts. Canvas has also been adopted by education service center, Region 11, which provides professional development and educational support for school districts in our region including EMSISD. Canvas provides an online solution for teachers to upload lesson content, provide online assessments, and allow for communication and collaboration. Canvas is a digital learning environment that can manage multiple aspects of the learning process. Over time, throughout the training and implementation process, Canvas can become a platform for blended learning opportunities for students, and professional learning opportunities for EMSISD teachers and staff. Use of a learning management system can provide a way for teachers to connect digital tools in one essential location. For the 2015-2016 school year, the district is following an implementation plan to ensure the effective roll-out of Canvas in Eagle Mountain Saginaw which utilizes Canvas at the Secondary level for teachers and students. Elementary implementation for this school year will focus on teacher use of Canvas to access for instructional resources, PLC, and professional learning. The initial phase of Canvas implementation:
• Training
• Campus communication of expectations
• Instructional technology roll out of Office 365 student accounts
• Secondary Student Canvas Account Implementation
As campuses become more proficient in the many capabilities of Canvas offerings, teachers and students can use Canvas to:
• Align assignments to standards and use applications to gather formative assessment data
• Utilize integrated web tools within the Canvas interface
• Provide students with written, audio, or video feedback, peer-review, multiple revision/ submission opportunities
• Send push-notifications to students
• Interact with class content, assignments, quizzes
• Share documents
• Build ePortfolios
• Track student progress with teacher feedback tools
• Receive course announcements on preferred devices
• Collaborate via system messaging
The first year of Canvas implementation will give teachers adequate time to build courses and add components for student learning. Through time, teachers will develop more tools for parents to support student learning. In this first year of use, secondary parents may access Canvas via their students’ accounts.

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • 10/27 - Pep Rally @ 2:58
  • 10/30 - Band Fundraiser Items Need to be picked up @ Ed Willkie Band Hall after school
  • 11/6 - 7th Grade JA in a Day (Junior Achievement) @ TCC
  • 11/11- Early dismissal 12:30; Parent Conferences 1:00-3:30; Academic Assembly & 2nd 6 weeks celebration - 8:25 - 12:30
  • 11/13- Normal school day on regular bell schedule
  • 11/14 - AVID Field Trip to Dallas Stars Game
  • 12/9- EWMS 8th Graders touring HCTC & Lockheed presentation

Parents of Gifted and Talented Children

Who is this for?

Gifted Eagle Mountain Saginaw Students (GEMSS)


Tracy Weinberg

Associate Director of

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)

Hope for the Future: Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Gifted Learners


Thursday, October 29th



Boswell High School

Pioneer Lecture Hall

5805 W. Bailey Boswell Road

Fort Worth, TX. 76179

Directions: Enter Boswell High School via the Northeast entrance on Bailey Boswell Road (turn in by the security booth). After parking, enter the doors at Kirk Watson Hall. Upon entering building turn right to Pioneer Lecture Hall.

· All Parents of Gifted and Talented Children

· All Teachers of Gifted and Talented Students

What will be discussed?

Developing a better understanding of giftedness and its common characteristics assists parents in meeting the social and emotional needs of their gifted children. With this knowledge, parents can develop strategies for more effective parenting. In addition, an overview of simple steps for effective advocacy helps parents build alliances with educators to more effectively address the educational needs of their gifted children.

This program is brought to you by

Gifted Eagle Mountain Saginaw Students (GEMSS).


Contact GEMSS Board at


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District Mission

The mission of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is
to foster a culture of excellence that instills a passion for a lifetime of

continuous achievement in every student.
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