STEAM Middle School

Wolverine News Volume 15

The Week of March 7-11

STEAM Positive Office Referrals

Upcoming Breaks & Holidays

Spring Break: March 14-18, 2016


Good Friday: Friday March 25, 2016

Bring Your Parent to School Day

On Friday, March 11, you are invited to join us for the first-ever STEAM "Bring Your Parent to School" Day. Parents will be given the opportunity to attend multiple classes with their student on this date.


We invite parents to attend the following classes:

  • 8th grade: 1st and 2nd periods. (Start time: 8:30am)
  • 7th grade: 4th and 5th periods. (Start time: 10:50am)
  • 6th grade: 6th and 7th periods. (Start time: 1:40pm)

If you would like to eat with your student, lunch times are provided below:

  • 1st lunch: 10:50am - 11:20am
  • 2nd lunch: 11:20am - 11:50am
  • 3rd lunch: 11:40am - 12:10pm


We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 11 for the first-ever STEAM "Bring Your Parent to School" Day. Please be sure to bring an ID or driver's license to be checked in through the Raptor system. If you have any questions, contact the STEAM office at 817.245.1500.

Go Green for Jeans!

Rachel's Challenge FOR Club will be selling stickers for $2, all proceeds go towards STEAM.


$2 + GREEN + Jeans = a fun March 11th before Spring Break!



*Tickets will be sold during lunch the week of March 7-11th

*Jeans and green for March 11th with a purchased sticker

Spring Pictures

Monday March 21st, students will be taking their spring pictures. Students are able to wear high school dress, but must stay in dress code.

A and A/B Honor Roll

Students who made A and A/B Honor Roll for the 4th Six Weeks may come to the office on Monday March 22nd for their high school dress sticker.


*This sticker must be used the week of Tuesday March 22-Friday March 25th

8th Grade Reading STAAR Preparation


Tutoring sessions for eighth graders will be offered:


Monday-Wednesday mornings 7:45-8:25

Monday-Wednesday afternoons 4:15-5:00

Informational Meetings for High School

CHS Freshman Parent Meeting [8th graders]

Monday, March 7th, 6-6:45pm

201 South Hurst Road

Burleson, TX

More information

Students who will be attending Centennial High School in 9th grade are invited to an informational meeting in the CHS Auditorium. Counselors will be on site to answer questions about the upcoming year.

BHS Freshman Parent Meeting [8th graders]

Monday, March 7th, 6-6:45pm

100 Elk Drive

Burleson, TX

More information

Students who will be attending Burleson High School in 9th grade are invited to an informational meeting in the BHS Auditorium. Counselors will be on site to answer questions about the upcoming year.

BHS and CHS Counselors Visit 8th Grade

High School counselors will visit with incoming freshman to insure that their 9th grade course selection requests are accurate. This visit does not take the place of the parent night's scheduled on March 7th at both CHS and BHS. Mrs. Harrison has met with 8th grade students regarding their four year plans and will recheck their selections prior to the visit. Please make sure that if your student receives a message to update their course selection, that they do so by logging into Career Cruiser.


Counselor Visits:


Burleson High School: March 7th [Monday] at 12:10

Centennial High School: March 8th [Tuesday] at 8:45



*These visits are only for students; parents are welcome to attend the Incoming Freshmen Parent Meetings.

What is S.T.E.A.M.?

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STEAM U and Academic Labs


STEAM U

  • During the school day.
  • Students will complete assigned modules that will cover Math, Science, & ELA
  • Modules are grade level specific.
  • Modules are designed to be completed in 20 mins
  • Modules for the entire week open on Monday



Academic Labs


  • Assigned to students who show a need for support in core subject areas.
  • Target specific areas of weakness
  • Provide an opportunity for tutoring during the school day
  • Students demonstrate their mastery of knowledge in order to be reassigned to STEAM U.



STEAM U and Academic Labs serve as purposeful ways to reach all of our students where they are, while providing targeted opportunities for academic growth.

Mrs. Morgan and The Makerspace!

The STEAM Makerspace is a popular spot for the students who have completed their STEAM U assignments and have their Trust Cards. Students are exploring with design, building, robotics, circuitry, crafts and much more. Our makers are showing great teamwork and amiable attitudes!

Donations to The Makerspace:

We would appreciate any consumable items:


  • Tape (duct, washi, electrical)
  • Copper wire, tape, and thread
  • Fun foam
  • Yarn, string, rope
  • Play doh
  • Styrofome
  • Cups
  • Balsa wood

...any materials used for crafting would work!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Harrison

Do you know what your child is doing on social media?


At this age kids are experimenting with their identities and attempting to balance their new found social life. Privacy is a big deal during this stage of development but, for many they are unable to see "the big picture" and in return may find themselves in avoidable situations. Trust your gut and check-in!


The National Crime Prevention Council outlines safe guidelines for media usage. Educating yourself is the best way to help your child.



Watch this video for more information!

Calculator% Photo App - Social Media Safety Guide

Spring Exam Exemption Policy

Please see the attached document below for the STEAM Spring Semester Exam Exemption Policy. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Harrison.

A Note From Nurse Shields

Strep Throat

**Strep throat is highly contagious, especially in a school setting. If your child hasn't already had it once in their lifetime, it's likely they will get it at some point. The key is early detection and treatment**


Symptoms of strep throat include fever (not always,) red, swollen tonsils, white patches in the throat, tender or swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck, and sometimes stomach pain. These infections are common in school-age children, especially during the school year.

The bacteria that cause strep throat (group A streptococcus) spread by person to person contact with nasal secretions or saliva, often among family members. Sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands can spread the infection easily. If repeated cases of strep appear in your family, you might check to see if someone is a carrier. Carriers have strep in their throats, but the bacteria do not make them sick.

Call your doctor if your child has strep throat symptoms. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat strep throat. Symptoms will likely go away by the second or third day.


The following remedies may ease a sore throat:

  • Provide plenty of liquids. Warm soups and hot chocolate along with cold drinks and popsicles may soothe a sore throat. Avoid orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, and acidic drinks.

  • Gargle several times a day with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup water).

  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to moisten and soothe a sore throat.

  • Try over-the-counter pain medications, such as Children’s Motrin or Acetaminophen. Do NOT give aspirin to children.


You can help reduce the spread of strep throat and viruses...

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water.

  • Keep sick children home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without using fever reducing drugs(Motrin or Tylenol.)

  • If your child is taking an antibiotic, they must be on it for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Do not send your child to school if they are sick.

  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, utensils, napkins, towels and to cover their cough and sneezes with their elbow when a tissue is not available.

  • Discard your child’s toothbrush once the antibiotic treatment is started and replace it with a new one.

  • Keep your family's toothbrushes and utensils separate until they have been washed. It’s also good to label toothbrushes with your child’s name.

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.

STEAM PTO

Find us on Facebook: STEAM Middle School PTO - Burleson, Texas.


Have questions or comments for the PTO?

Contact us at BurlesonSTEAMPTO@gmail.com.

PTO Nominating Committee

The STEAM Middle School PTO is currently looking for parents, who are PTO members, interested in serving on the PTO nominating committee. The function of the nominating committee is to select eligible people for positions on the 2016-2017 school year PTO Executive Board. The nominating committee will consist of two PTO members, two current Executive Board Members and Mrs. Harrison.

In April, a letter will be sent to all PTO members notifying them of the opportunity to serve on the 2016-2017 PTO Executive Board. The members of the nominating committee will review the list of candidates for the positions and choose one candidate for each position. Once the list has been reviewed, the nominating committee will present their choices for slate of offices to the PTO membership for consideration at the General Meeting on May 17, 2016.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Nominating Committee, please return the attached form to the school via email tvasquez@bisdmail.net or as a hard copy to in the STEAM office later than March 7, 2016.

Ever Wonder..."where'd that come from?"

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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.