Tison Roo News 2015-16

Week of December 7th -- 11th

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Tison Middle School! The goal for this newsletter is to provide information on Tison programs, activities, and events for students, parents, and our community.


Monday, Dec. 7 -- 8th Grade Assembly with NGC Counselors

Tuesday, Dec. 8 –- Tison Bands Holiday Concert @ 7:00 PM in the Tison Cafeteria (includes 6th grade beginners, 7th grade Cadet Band, and combined Concert/Symphonic Bands)

Thursday, Dec. 10 -- Girls Basketball @ Burleson Hughes (5:00 PM) / Boys Basketball @ Tison (5:00 PM)

Friday, Dec. 11 -- Tison/Hall A Team Basketball Tournament -- 7th & 8th grade @ Hall

Saturday, Dec. 12 -- Tison/Hall A Team Basketball Tournament -- 7th & 8th grade @ Hall


Parents - we need your help at the Tison Basketball Games!

We need concession stand workers for both the girls and boys home basketball games - each volunteer spot is an hour long so you can sign up for a time that isn't during your student's game time. Please use the following link to sign up and help out!

Basketball Concession Stand Volunteer Sign-up: http://vols.pt/fLQsTd

"Hour of Code" @ Tison

"Code Stars" - Short Film

The largest learning event in history is coming next week! What is Hour of Code? It’s a global movement with more than 100 million learners in 180 countries. It’s a one-hour activity where students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials that teach computer programming. No experience is needed!

Hour of Code starts next Monday, December 7th. If you would like your student to participate, each computer lab will be open every day next week from 3:45 to 4:15 to give students time to learn programming through self-paced online tutorials. If staying after school isn't possible, students can access these free tutorials anywhere on any device by going to https://studio.code.org/.

On Twitter? We would love to see students share when they've completed Hour of Code by tweeting and using #tisonhourofcode!

Coach Gibbens Gives a Helping Hand

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Coach Gibbens helped out in the Tison Cafeteria one day last week when the cafeteria staff was short a staff member. An extremely grateful Ms. Burris -- Tison's cafeteria manager -- said that according to her, "Coach Gibbens can be a lunch lady anytime he wants!"


Balfour YBSale Bubbles mp4

2015 – 2016 Tison Yearbooks are on sale now. Order before they are all gone. Last year we ran out, so don’t be left out. Yearbooks also make a GREAT Christmas gift! In addition, the price of the yearbook will increase starting January 1st. If you'd like to order online, click on the link below this message. If you don't want to order online, stop by the attendance office at Tison to pick up an order form.

Teachers, if you have a student you would like to purchase a yearbook for or want one for yourself, please come talk to Leslie Fenton for special pricing.

Message from Mrs. Ward, the Tison Counselor

All 4-yr plans for high school from Mrs. Baird's class need to be signed by the parent, student, and turned into the counselor by next Tuesday, December 8th.

On Monday, December 7th, there will be an informational assembly for 8th graders from the NGC counselors.

Tison Semester Exam/Early Release Schedule

Wed, December 16 -- Regular School Hours

1st -- EXAM (8:05-9:26 AM)

2nd -- 9:30-10:17 AM

3rd -- 10:21-11:08 AM

4th -- 11:12-12:38 AM (w/ lunches)

11:08-11:38 "A" Lunch

11:38-12:08 "B" Lunch

12:08-12:38 "C" Lunch

5th -- 12:42-1:33 PM

6th -- 1:37-2:22 PM

7th -- 2:26- 3:35 PM

Thur, December 17 -- Early Release Day

2nd -- EXAM (8:05-9:25 AM)

3rd -- EXAM (9:30-10:45 AM)

4th -- EXAM (10:50-12:05 PM)

Fri, December 18 -- Early Release Day

5th -- EXAM (8:05-9:25 AM)

6th -- EXAM (9:30-10:45 AM)

7th -- EXAM (10:50-12:05 PM)


Jakob Oster, 7th Grader

A member of the Tison staff had this to say about Jakob: "I was coming up to the school early one morning with my hands full of stuff. This young man, who does not even know me, ran from the tables outside to the front doors to hold them open so I could enter with ease. I am so grateful for young students who know how to show acts of kindness." Jakob makes a great Tison student because of his gentleman-like manners!

In order to get to know Jakob a little better, he completed a student version of the questionnaire - "20 Questions in 60 Seconds". Below are his answers:

1. Do you have any brothers or sisters?


2. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?

dodge,peaches,and cookie

3. If you could have the perfect birthday party, what would it be?

a birthday with my pops

4. What is your favorite food?


5. What is your favorite kind of candy?


6. What is your favorite color?


7. What is your favorite zoo animal?


8. What do you want to be when you get older? Why?


9. What is one thing you don't know how to do that you wish you did?

how to drive

10. What is your favorite thing to study at school?


11. What do you like to do for fun?

play games

12. Do you prefer to spend your time inside or outside?


13. What do you like to do as soon as you get home from school?

homework if had any

14. What is your favorite TV show? Why?

scooby doo its funny

15. What is your favorite movie? Why?

smoosh the movie its funny

16. What is the best toy that you ever had?

scooby doo van

17. What is your favorite restaurant?


18. Who has the best kids' meal toys right now?


19. What is your favorite book?

bleach (manga series)

20. What is your favorite video game?

devil may cry


Kathi Richards -- Tison Choir Teacher

Kathi Richards is a semi-new teacher to Tison this year! She previously taught choir at Tison six years ago. She's back to teach a new generation of Tison singers! We know she'll do an awesome job!

In order to know more about Kathi, she completed the "20 Questions in 60 Seconds" questionnaire. Below are her answers:

1. What three traits define you?

Passionate, patient, personable

2. What is your personal philosophy?

To treat others as I want to be treated and to always do my best

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without?

God and grandkids

4. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Being a single woman

5. What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Chips and salsa

6. What is your greatest fear?

7. Where is your favorite place to be?

Anywhere with family

8. What is your favorite thing to do?

Sing and play the piano and play with the grands

9. Where is the best place you've traveled to and why?

Walt Disney World because it's awesome!

10. What's the weirdest job you've ever had?

I've only had great jobs!

11. What does true leadership mean to you?

Having high expectations, never giving up and always lead by example

12. Which one would you want most -- flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Definitely robot housekeepers that can cook

13. What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

Has to be the iPhone

14. What would you do (for a career) if you weren't doing this?

Get into real estate

15. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Sing on Broadway

16. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Listen to that inner voice on the inside more

17. What are your three most overused words/phrases?

18. How do you define success?

Pursuing excellence in something you love

19. What is the best book you have ever read?

The Shepherd of the Hills

20. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have a new grand baby on the way! #7!


Just search for and then "follow" the following:

@tisonprincipal (Principal, Carrie Harrison)

@WeatherfordDad (Assistant Principal, Trace Craft)

@LisaEdmunds (Assistant Principal, Lisa Edmunds)

@1LBaird (Keyboarding teacher, Laura Baird)

@belledirector (Tison All Stars/WHS Blue Belles Director, Laura Buckner)

@MrsFentonTMS (7th grade Math & yearbook teacher, Leslie Fenton)

@Profe_Ferrell (Spanish teacher & NJHS co-sponsor, Kym Ferrell)

@mrsafowler (Texas History teacher, Amanda Fowler)

@coachgommert (7th grade Science teacher & coach, Colton Gommert)

@tisonlibrary (Librarian, Leah Greer)

@MharrisScience (7th grade Science teacher, Melissa Harris)

@AndreaHayward3 (8th grade Math teacher, Andrea Hayward)

@KerfootSylvia (STACI aide, Sylvia Kerfoot)

@ErinLight3 (7th grade ELA teacher & Tennis coach, Erin Light)

@SimplyDramaStac (Theater Arts teacher, Stacey Mitchell)

@wmohr8 (8th grade Math teacher, Wendy Mohr)

@mattnovikoff (Inclusion/Math Resource Teacher, Matt Novikoff)

@stpatterson11 (8th grade ELA teacher & cheerleading sponsor)

@smilesas8 (8th grade Science teacher, Sally Scott)

@ToniScience (8th grade Science teacher & NJHS co-sponsor, Toni Smith)