The Howl

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tom Cox Timberwolves

Deborah Spoon, Principal

Olivia Robinson, Assistant Principal, Students A-L

Lawrence Cox, Assistant Principal, Students M-Z

Jessica Kowis, Counselor, Students A-L

Tara Bodin, Counselor, Students M-Z

Timberwolves L.E.A.D. from the Heart!

Note from the Principal

Dear TCI Families,

The month of October reminds me that fall is around the corner. The weather turns cooler, the pumpkins come out, and who can season. I love this time of year!

As a school, we have adjusted to the changes and settled into a routine. On October 13, 2020, we will welcome a few more students to campus as they switch from virtual to in-person learning. We appreciate your support with the changes to classes, routines, and procedures.

We have changed the format of our monthly newsletter, the Howl. Look at what's happening on campus.

Happy October!

Deborah Spoon, Principal, Cox

Dates to Remember

Friday, October 9
  • Student Holiday/Teacher Staff Development

Monday, October 12

  • Columbus Day, Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, October 13

  • First Day of Second Grading Period

Friday, October 16

  • Report available in Parent Access

October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, November 3

  • Student Holiday/Teacher staff Development Day
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Virtual Learners Returning to Campus

Virtual Learners returning to campus on October 13, 2020 that have a device checked out to them will need to bring the device to campus each day to use. We will collect all devices at the end of the year.

Bicycle Field

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

As a bike rider, it warms my heart to see so many students riding to school! You may have noticed...we are running out of racks! We have a solution! Debbie Spoon

Coming Soon at Cox..More Bike Racks!


Destination Imagination

What is Destination Imagination?

“Destination Imagination (DI) is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative problem solvers…. At Destination Imagination, we believe that when an educational experience is hands-on, collaborative and fun, students are empowered to take their learning to the next level and are excited to do so.

DI provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types–Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning.” For more information, please check out the Destination Imagination Website

This year, DI will look a little different will all teams solving their regional, state and possibly global challenges virtually. Another change is the start date of DI. The start date will be in November whereas in previous years it was in September. In addition, ALL teams must adhere to COVID guidelines. If teams can, meet virtually that is always best practice.

Tom Cox will only have parent-led teams this year. All team managers must complete the volunteer application ( and be approved as a CISD volunteer. If you are interested in forming a team and being a team manager, please contact Tara Bodin, 281-465-3206.

Students, are you ready to use your IMAGINATION and be challenged? Then apply to participate in Destination Imagination, please click on the application below. The application deadline is Friday, October 16th, no late applications will be accepted. Also remember DI teams at Tom Cox are parent led so we need volunteers.

Gifted and Talented (GT) Program

Gifted and Talented:

GT referral request begin October 1st for CISD's Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or teachers. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

UIL A+ Competition

We are excited to announce our upcoming UIL Academics events for our 5th and 6th grade students. TCI students will compete with their selected teams on December 5th via Zoom. The teams are: (1) Listening, (2) Number Sense, and (3) Maps, Graph and Charts. Students will be coached by a teacher on our campus, weekly, to ensure they are ready for our district competition. If your child is interested in joining a team, they can sign up with the Google Form located on our Library Canvas page. The students have until October 3rd to sign up.

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Fifth Grade Core Subjects (click on image below)

Sixth Grade Core Subjects (click on image below)

Tom Cox Intermediate School Library

At Tom Cox Intermediate we believe, "Students will read if we give them the books, the time, and the enthusiastic encouragement to do so." Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child.

Check out the news below to see what's happening in our library, and the world of reading!

TCI Book Vending Machine


Mrs. Bodin and Mrs. Kowis.

We are looking forward to a great semester together! Please remember as counselors, we can assist with food, clothing, and supplies. If you need any of these items, please complete the assistance form found on your child’s Counselor’s Canvas page.

The month of October is filled with activities for students at TCI. Please see information below.


We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week starting October 26th. We will have lots of fun activities planned, such as Estimation Jar Contest, Poster Contest, and other fun things. We will have drawings to give away face masks, cups, and other fun goodies. Make sure to check out your Counselor’s Canvas, Mrs. Kowis, A – L, and Mrs. Bodin, M – Z for more information.

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Bike Safety Event

Hello Timberwolves. We are finally heading into fall, and we have lots of events

planned for October. During the week of October 19th, we will have our first Bike Safety Event. We will learn the importance of wearing a helmet, signals for the road, and other valuable information.

Throughout the week we will also have giveaways to encourage bike safety. We are accepting donations for bike helmets. If you are interested in donating a new bike helmet, please deliver it to the school by Friday, October 16th.

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Student Council

Congratulations to all our new members of Student Council. We are excited to work with you all this year!

6th graders had their first meeting on Friday, October 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in the gym.

5th graders met on Monday, October 5th at 8:00 a.m. in the gym.

Want to be a Student Council Officer??

If you are a 6th grader Student Council member and interested in being an officer, please fill out the application by clicking on the link below. Officer applications will be due Thursday, October 8th. Potential officers will be allowed to campaign Tuesday, October 13th –Thursday, October 15th. Elections will be held Friday, October 16th, all votes must be entered by 4:00 p.m.

Officer Application

Broadcasting Club

The Broadcasting Club is in full swing and runs our morning announcements. We are proud of our students who start off our mornings and keep us informed.
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From The Clinic

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Tom Cox PTO

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Spirit wear that was ordered will be distributed during lunches to your student on Wednesday, October 6th. If your child is virtual please pick up on the same day 12:00-12:30 in front of the school.

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Kroger Community Awards

Kroger Community Rewards Program Here is how you can get started: You will need to link your Kroger Plus Card account to Tom Cox Intermediate. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. You may register online at If you are a new online customer to Kroger, you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box. Sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on favorite store, enter your email address, create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions. Check your email inbox and click on the link in the email to confirm. Then click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Then choose our school by typing in our name or selecting it from the drop down list, then click on confirm. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see the school’s name on the right side of your information page. Purchases will not count towards Tom Cox Intermediate until after your card has been registered. Do you use your phone number at the register and don’t know your Plus Card number? Just call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.

Box Tops

Join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Download the Box Tops for Education app here:


Rainy/Cold Day Dismissal

If your student is a walker/biker they will be expected to walk or ride their bike on rainy days, unless you and your child have an alternate plan in place. If you choose for your child to be a car-rider on rainy days it is not necessary to complete a transportation change form.

In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, lightening, blizzard) we may hold walkers/bikers until we feel it is safe for them to walk or ride home. If that does occur we will contact the parent to inform them of the delay. Bus transportation will run as scheduled.

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Tom Cox Intermediate

Make sure to share all the important contact information for your school & necessary staff, along with how to contact folks (by email? By text? By phone?). If you are updating on social media, make sure to include those URLs, as well.