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2019- 2020 Owl Newsletter


MISSION STATEMENT


Olle Middle School will prepare our students for college and career through academic, social, and emotional growth.


Please be sure to visit the "links" below for news and celebrations.


As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.


- Nelda Billescas, Olle MS Principal

We may not be in school, but....the learning doesn't stop!

Students please log in and complete all virtual modules via Schoology. You can see important updates from teachers there. All staff has virtual office hours. Please reach out if you need us.



http://alief.schoology.com

Building Culture & Climate Virtually

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Alief Learns! Starting from March 23rd we are going online through the rest of the year.

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Instruction & Learning are Still Happening

Olle Middle School Classes will continue virtually through Schoology until May 21, 2020. Please make sure to check May 1st Progress Report Grades and continue to turn in work until the end of the semester. We miss, care about you all and your safety, and want to make sure you are getting great learning opportunities while home during this pandemic. Stay Safe Olle Family!
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Virtual Family Center

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Be a Hero and Bring Your "A" Game, Mighty Owls!

Congratulations Mighty Owls Families! You will be glad to know that your child’s school, Olle Middle School, received a B Rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for their students’ performance on the 2019 STAAR test. While the Mighty Owl Staff is extremely proud of the B Rating, they are not satisfied knowing that the ultimate goal is an A. The “Bring your A Game” phrase is an idiom used to reference doing your very best. To do so, our entire school community and business partners must play a vital role. So…thank you in advance for combining your A Game with ours.

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Growth Mindset

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2019 Data Is In!


  • TEA Ratings: B at 82% Overall


    • 2nd Place- Academic Growth

    • 6th Place- Closing Achievement Gap

    • Checking Post-Secondary

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School Calendar

Congratulations Ms. Tina Tiec Owl Award Winner for September

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7th Grade Science Teacher

Congratulations Ms. Tiec!


Ms. Tiec is an Alief graduate and we are so lucky to have her back working with the next generation of Alief students. She is always smiling and is always a pleasure to work with. Thank you for your diligence in working with all our Owls!

Congratulations Mrs. Preston Owl Award Winner for September

Congratulations to our second year 7th grade ELAR teacher Mrs. Preston. She is always exuding that teacher glow!
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October Owl Winners

November Owl Winners!

February Owl Winners

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year!

Family Center Grand Opening

Grand Opening! Come One Come All!

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UIL Groups in Action

Speech and Debate Places!

On September 28, the Olle Middle School speech and debate team finished third (out of eleven schools) at the Albright Speech Festival. Ana Sanchez finished third in Congressional Debate, and the following students earned superior ratings:

Solo Acting

Caleb Adams

Television Commercial

Caleb Adams

Victory Etiemonu

David Kalu

A’myron Noil

Osamede Okuonghae

Duet Improvisation

Caleb Adams, Alexandra Jimenez

Aniyah Adeoshun, Osamede Okuonghae

Joy Ajaegbu, Ana Colin

Joana Alcala, Victory Okoroji

Naylea Armendariz, Keiona Zackery

Edgar Juarez, Mason Sly

David Kalu, Sara Williams

Vocal Solo

Kimberly Castillo

Alexandra Jimenez

Gethsy Rubio

Impromptu Speaking

Victory Etiemonu

Prose

Joy Ajaegbu

Ana Colin

Alexandra Jimenez

Kelsey Mosely

Poetry

Naylea Armendariz

Vanessa Castro

Ashley Corona

Linh Nguyen

Daniel Tzul

Ianna Walker

Lip Sync

Victory Etiemonu, Alexandra Jimenez, Kelsey Mosely, Ianna Walker

Duet Pantomime

Caleb Adams, Keiona Zackery

Vanessa Castro, Kelsey Mosely

Ernesto Martinez, Osamede Okuonghae

Solo Improvisation

Naylea Armendariz

Alexandra Jimenez

David Kalu

Osamede Okuonghae

Mason Sly

Impromptu Poetry

Caleb Adams

Ashley Corona

Victory Etiemonu

Alexandra Jimenez

David Kalu

Kelsey Mosely

Ianna Walker

Storytelling

Kelsey Mosely

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Olle Owls Athletics

Championships Throughout the Year! GO OLLE OWLS!

Kids Get Connected with the After-school Program

“Children Interacting Afterschool- CIA"

“The beauty of “CIA” is that it directly aligns with our Mission Statement: Olle Middle School will prepare students for college and careers through social, emotional, and academic growth,” declared Principal Ms. Billescas. “I love that our Olle Owls have a built-in mentorship simply by being part of the CIA,” she exclaimed. “As principal of the school, I always look for ways to get our students connected to school. This program is amazing for parents interested in giving their child an opportunity to develop leadership and problem-solving skills. While CIA provides engaging activities that support student interests it also exposes students to career paths such as engineering, culinary arts, cosmetology, dance and athletics. Mr. Henderson’s CIA Team tracks academic student progress and gives our Owls a sense of belonging.”


Mr. Henderson’s CIA Team provides students with time to work on homework and skill building in all content programs prior to engaging in these amazing events. Students are afforded a warm snack, tutoring, and engaging activities to rotate through from Monday through Friday each week. Bus transportation is provided for students at 6:15 daily unless other accommodations are made by parents.

Accountability From August through the Last Day of School at Olle Middle School

Attendance: Olle Middle School’s daily attendance goal is 97% attendance. Ms. Anderson, Assistant Principal, and Ms. Ron, Attendance Clerk, have reviewed the Mighty Owl’s attendance data through March 2, 2020. Overall we have a 94.48% attendance rate. A Jean Pass Incentive was awarded periodically throughout the year to the grade-level group(s) for meeting the attendance rate challenge. If awarded, students would wear blue jeans without holes or tears, with a uniform shirt or Olle spirit shirt. 7th Grade ended the physical school year with 94.58% and 8th grade ended with 94.38%. Congratulations 7th Graders! Attendance matters all day everyday! School is still going on through the May 22, 2020. Please log in and complete all course work via Schoology! Learning is a treasure that will accompany you wherever you go in life. Get it!

Meet Our New Owls

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Meet Mr. Derrick Woodard - Special Education Teacher

"I am from St. Louis I have been teaching for 20 years both in special education as well as physical education. Fun fact.. I am a big foodie and love Houston’s diverse restaurants."

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Meet Ms. Mireya Medrano - Math Teacher

"I am a US Navy Veteran. This is my 10th year teaching. On August 10th I received my Ed.D from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. I’ve gone by the nickname Mickey since I was in 7th grade. "

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Meet Ms. Tara Polk - ESL Department Chair

"My name is Tara Polk and this is my 1st year at Olle Middle School and my 11th year in education! This year I will be serving the Olle Community as the ESL Department Chair! I come to you all from Alief Middle School where I taught Title I ELAR for five years, was an SPED ICS Teacher for a year and a half. For the past five summers I have taught ELD/Reading as a part of Summer Language Institute (SLI). During my time at Alief Middle, I was also the 2018 Teacher of the Year, served as the head cheerleading coach for 4 years, and served on a number of school committees.

I was born and raised in Houston, TX and I am no stranger to Alief ISD. I received my great education from Rees Elementary, Albright Middle, and Elsik High School where I graduated in 2006. In December of 2012, I graduated from the University of Houston (GO COOGS!) where I studied early childhood education and all level special education.

This year I will be supporting students and teachers alike to help narrow the achievement gap for our ELL's. Through the use of SIOP and PBL, it is my desire to encourage our ELL's to pursue their wildest dreams. I look forward to learning from the great teachers Olle has and hope to be a resource for those needing support. I am looking forward to a great school year!"

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Meet Ms. Laura Ramirez - Gold Academy Counselor

"My name is Laura Ramirez… I started my teaching career in Alief ISD at Kennedy Elementary as a 2nd grade Bilingual teacher. I have also taught 3rd and 4th Bilingual, been an ESL specialist and a Language Arts Specialist. I worked in Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD and am back home now in Alief ISD. I have always wanted to be a Counselor so I am truly working in my dream job!

I was born and raised in South Texas. I moved to Houston to attend UH and stayed. Fun fact- I enjoy running 5Ks, 10Ks and ½ marathons. I am scheduled to run two ½ marathons within the next 5 months. Running is my therapy!"

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Meet Ms. Escot-Mendoza - ESL Teacher

"My name is Bella Escot-Mendoza. Many of my ESL students have a hard time pronouncing Escot, so I’m just Mrs. Mendoza. I am from ALIEF woot, woot! I am the first graduating class of AECHS. I actually graduated with Ms. Tiec! I worked for the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center before I decided to get certified to teach. Last school year, I was a long term sub and then SPED para for FBISD before making my way as a first year teacher at Olle!"

Meet Ms. Rexho- New Science Teacher

I used to work as a clinical research coordinator at the ophthalmology department at Mcgovern Medical School. My job role included seeing patients who qualified for research studies to better improve their vision and quality of life. I would conduct their eye exams, take their blood pressure, prepare any lab work, EKGS and assess data per the standards of the pharmaceutical companies that conducted these research studies. I am from Albania, born there and came to Houston when I was 4 years old. Fun fact: I can speak 4 languages: Albanian, Spanish, French, and German.

Our Annual Multicultural Festival!

Students and staff came together to celebrate Olle's Annual Multicultural Festival on Wednesday September 25, 2019 from 3 - 5 PM. Such a beautiful event showcasing and celebrating all of the diversity we have at our campus.

College Week!

Guest speaker Dr. Robinson talks to the students about setting long-term goals, reading, and preparing for post-secondary opportunities in the Army. Teachers and staff also dressed up all week showcasing their Universities and schools. You can't spell COLLEGE with OLLE! :)

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Happy Veteran's Day

Be sure to salute, hug, or high-five our amazing Veterans for their service to our wonderful country. They were honored here at Olle with a luncheon and mural with their pictures and places of service.

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School, District, and Regional Science Fair

African American Heritage Festival February 26th from 3PM - 5PM

Fine Arts News!

Orchestra Achievements:

Our Community Partnerships!

CITGO $30,000 contribution to the Vision and Mission of the School

Gallery Furniture $10,000

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My School Bucks

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!

Olle Middle School has now teamed up with “My School Bucks” so that parents can pay for certain items online such as PE Uniforms, Orchestra and Band Insurance, as well as Spirit t-shirts and hoodies!

Enrollment is easy!

Follow the steps below:

1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.

2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.

3. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

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