Husky Parent News Flash

Week of November 13 - November 17, 2017

BISD's Wildly Important Goal

"Students' mastery of subject matter rests heavily upon their ability to read proficiently. Likewise, a teacher's capacity to cover all the material in a course and cultivate successful learners depends largely on the students' reading skills, as these skills are inextricably linked to problem solving, critical thinking, writing, researching, organizing ideas, reasoning, and creativity."

Strong, R., Silver, H., Perini, M., and Tuculescu G. (2017). Reading for Academic Success. Retrieved from

If you ask any staff member of BISD of what our school district's Wildly Important Goal (WIG) is for the 17-18 school year you will receive the same answer:

To Increase Reading and Writing by 10 percentage points by June 2018

Teachers know the importance of reading and writing, so much so that they have grasped the idea of the goal and run with it. Students who are asked with tell you that they are definitely reading and writing more. They are being "pushed" academically to think deeper and defend their responses in written form.

Teams are also focused on what measures, lead* and lag*, they will take to work toward increasing reading and writing scores. Each grade level and core subject area has been tasked with creating a lead measure which they will revisit periodically.

*Lead Measures are both predictive, meaning they lead to the accomplishment of the Lag Measure, and they are influenceable, meaning you can do something about them.

*Lag Measure is the goal

Robotics Scrimmage

Three of our Hughes Robotics teams take away placement at the Robotics scrimmage this past weekend. Check out the scoreboard! Way to go Hughes and Mr. Blanco!!

ELk Football - A letter from Coach McElroy

Good Afternoon,

I thought I would give you an update. We are currently 8-1 over all, 5-1 in District and are seeking our 9th regular season win and a possible District Championship. I am told by locals that the 9th WIN would be historic, that no team before us has had 9 regular season wins!!!

The boys have played hard all year, and by doing so they have qualified for the Texas High School Football Playoffs!! This is our 4th time to qualifiy for the playoffs over the past 5 seasons.

I would like to give you some info to pass along about that first round game. We will play our Bi-District round playoff game next Friday the 17th, 7:30pm at Farrington Field in Fort Worth (Across from Will Rogers coliseum). Tickets will be sold Monday the 13th at Elk Stadium from 5-7pm and again at BHS during lunch in the front office next Friday, Pices are $6 for adults, $4 for students and $8 at the gate.

We would love to see as many of you and your staff as well as your students at the game to cheer us on to Victory and another Bi-District Championship. The Booster Club is also selling Roster shirts and Playoff shirts. I just might know a guy that can hook you up!!!!


Art 3 Students Win Table Artwork

The HMS Art 3 students created beautiful art pieces for the Character Lunch held recently. The students were tasked with creating unique and impressive pieces which were wonderful, and they came through with flying colors! So much so that they were awarded FIRST place out of all the centerpieces made for luncheon.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Elizondo, HMS's art 3 teacher, for guiding her students and allowing them to express their creative skills.

Way to go HMS!!!!!

School Text Messaging Alerts

On Monday, all parents in the district received a test text message using the new text message feature in Blackboard. All BISD staff should have also received a test text message.

November 16: A district text message alert will be sent as a reminder on the Thanksgiving break closing:

Staff: *REMINDER* Campuses & admin will close Nov 20-24 for Thanksgiving break. Normal hours resume Mon, Nov 27. Enjoy & be safe!

Parents: *REMINDER* Burleson ISD campuses & administration office will close Nov 20-24 for Thanksgiving break. Normal hours resume Mon, Nov 27.

Eolas wins the Points!

Congrats, Eolas! Eolas house members may wear JEANS on Wednesday, November 15th! Remember, no holes or frays are allowed!

November Teacher of the Month

Micki Windle

Grades/subjects taught: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Comic Book I, II, and III

How many years in profession / with BISD / at this school: 3/3/and 3

Hobbies: Listening to podcasts & audiobooks, Reading, and trying to keep up with comic book news

Why was this teacher chosen for Teacher of the Month? Her students enjoy her class because she listens to them and makes sure that they understand what is being taught. They said her passion for what she teaches carries over to them. She has a great sense of humor and enjoys joking around with them. Her students like that she is straightforward with them and not biased. On top of all of that they feel like she shows them respect by not yelling at them when they mess up.

Student's name: Eben “Gage” Berry

Grade: 8th

Age: 13

Parents' names: Chastity and John Dill; Francis Berry

Extracurricular activities:

Gage is a great leader with our classroom. He is always ready to take on new learning with a smile on his face. He is kind, thoughtful and a great role model for our students. We enjoy having Gage in our classroom. Gage’s favorite class at HMS is math and he enjoys having Mrs. DeTommaso as his teacher. Outside of school, Gage enjoys swimming and being in the pool. He also enjoys going to the park with his family and spending time with his younger brother and sister.

Student's name: Valerie Garcia

Grade: 6

Age: 11

Parents' names: Claudia and Armando Garcia

Extracurricular activities:

Valerie is hard working and very kind. Mr. Archer states that she always brings a smile to brighten his classroom, and teaches him how to be a better teacher. He says Valerie truly makes teaching fun and I am honored to know her and have her in class. Valerie is enjoying her choir class and Ms. Keeling’s Social Studies class.

Outside of school, Valerie enjoys drawing and playing on her phone. Her other joy is spending time with her family especially on the beach.

HMS Varsity Show Choir

Our very own HMS Varsity Show Choir participated in the Veteran's Day Assembly held this past Friday at Centennial High School. Their performance was fun and classy. The girls represented HMS very well.

Thank you Ms. Williams for guiding these wonderful girls.

CTE Showcase

Burleson ISD Parents and Guardians of 8th Grade Students,

This month your child will be attending the Burleson ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase at the high school campuses. The event is designed to provide high school CTE course information for 8th grade students as they prepare to make the transition from middle school to high school.

This year’s showcase events will take place during the school day at Burleson High School on November 14, 2017, for Hughes and STEAM Middle School 8th grade students and at Centennial High School on November 16, 2017, for Kerr and STEAM Middle School 8th grade students. On these dates, 8th grade students will travel via school transportation to the designated high school campus for a preview of CTE programs and courses offered in Burleson ISD. At both of these events teachers and high school students representing all of the Burleson ISD CTE and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs will be on hand to present important information that can be used by your student in making course selections for their freshman year of high school.

Leading Ladies

What is Leading Ladies?

A program that will help identify existing leadership qualities and develop new leadership skills.

A program that will begin to build your personal resume in many ways; including leadership roles, charitable endeavors, volunteer opportunities, bible studies and more!!

A program that will assist young ladies in building the confidence needed to make good choices and influence others to do the same.

A program that brings girls together to work towards a common goal of becoming leaders and giving back to their school and community.

Who can join?

Any Hughes girl can join the Leading Ladies Leadership Program

What kinds of activities will we do?

•Leadership Skills Program facilitated by sponsors

•Guest Speakers

•Leadership Projects within the school and community

•Social Activities including lock-ins and other fun stuff

How do I sign up?

Complete the sign-up form below and return, along with $15 dues, to Mrs. Vera by Friday, October 20th, 2017. (Dues will cover a LL t-shirt)


- - - -ALL MEETINGS ARE AT 8:00AM- - - -

**TENTATIVE TUESDAY MEETING DATES: 12/12, 1/16, 2/13, 3/6, 4/17, 5/15**


November 10: Burleson Collegiate High School on-line application opens

November 14: Anti-Bullying assembly for 6th and 7th graders

November 14: 8th Grade CTE showcase @ BHS

November 14: 6th grade SSEP @ CHS 6:00 - 8:00 pm

November 16: Boys basketball @ Cleburne Smith 5:00 pm

November 16: Girls basketball @ HMS vs Cleburne Smith 5:00 pm

November 17: HMS Spelling Bee 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break