The Woodlands High School

Highlander Happenings November 11 – November 23, 2019

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ENGLISH & ALGEBRA STAAR EOC BOOT CAMP FOR RE-TESTERS: TWHS will be offering an English and Algebra STAAR End of Course (EOC) Boot Camp for students that did not meet the passing standard last school year and will re-test the EOC in December. Students must reach the 'Approaches Grade Level', 'Meets Grade Level', or 'Masters Grade Level' on their STAAR End of Course (EOC) Exams. If your student did not reach the target score on one or more of these exams (English I, English II, or Algebra I), please consider registering them for the boot camp. It will take place on Saturday, Nov 16, and Dec 7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on

the senior campus. If you have any questions please contact your student's Counselor or Debbie

Shepard, Assistant Principal ( Register your student here:


It is not too late to purchase AP exams for Fall Semester and Exam Only courses. At this time there is a $40 late fee assessed by College Board. The cost of each is exam is $100 + $40 late fee. The free and reduced price is $25 per exam + $40 late fee (students must be registered in the Federal Free or Reduced Program to qualify for the reduced price).

Exam registration is a two part process. Students must enroll in the appropriate classes online at and pay for their exam(s) through the TWHS Web Store. All purchases must be made through the Web Store. Join codes for Fall Semester and Exam Only courses in will now be provided by Mrs. Shepard, Assistant Principal, in the Grade Level Office.

*Students enrolled in Spring Semester classes such as AP Psychology, AP US Government, AP Economics, and AP Human Geography on the Senior campus will pay and register online in the spring without penalty.

TWHS MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE – The Woodlands High School will have midterm exams on Monday, December 16, through Thursday, December 19, 2019. Monday, December 16, will be a full day of instruction with the school day ending at 2:35 pm. Tuesday, December 18, through Thursday, December 19, will be half days with school ending at 11:20 am each day. The Woodlands High School has a policy of no early mid-term or final exams. Students who are absent during the scheduled exam time can make up their mid-term exam when they return to school in January. See below for the midterm exam schedule:

Monday, December 16 Red Day Midterms

Period 1 Review 7:20-8:15

Period 2 Midterm 8:22-10:21

Period 3 Review 10:28-12:29

A Lunch 10:28-10:53

B Lunch 10:58-11:25

C Lunch 11:30-11:57

D Lunch 12:02-12:29

Period 4 Midterm 12:36-2:35

Tuesday, December 17 Green Day Midterms

Period 5 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 6 9:24-11:20

Wednesday, December 18 Red Day Midterms

Period 1 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 3 9:24-11:20

Thursday, December 19 Green Day Midterms

Period 7 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 8 9:24-11:20


9th Grade Monday, December 16 Red Day Midterms

Period 1 Review 7:20-8:15

Period 2 Midterm 8:22-10:21

Period 3 Review 10:28-12:29

A Lunch 10:28-10:53

B Lunch 11:16-11:43

C Lunch 12:02-12:29

Period 4 Midterm 12:36-2:35

Tuesday, December 17 Green Day Midterms

Period 5 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 6 9:24-11:20

Wednesday, December 18 Red Day Midterms

Period 1 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 3 9:24-11:20

Thursday, December 19 Green Day Midterms

Period 7 7:20-9:17

Class Change 9:17-9:24

Period 8 9:24-11:20


students in the Fall semester that may be exempt from final exams for half-credit courses which have a final exam, not a midterm. Students must maintain a 90-100 class average for the semester (18-weeks) and have no more than 3 absences for the semester or have an 85-89 class average for the semester (18- weeks) with no more than 2 absences for the semester. In addition, the following criteria apply as well:

1. Seniors must meet the criteria listed above and the discipline requirement listed below. Seniors may be exempt from all their final exams both in the Fall and Spring semesters. Seniors may not be exempt from midterm exams in the Fall semester.

2. Underclassmen are not eligible for exemptions from final exams or midterms in the Fall


3. Absences include all days missed: Excused and Unexcused. Pre-approved absences, funerals, DOC’s, and hospital stays count against exemptions. School field trips, athletic events, UIL events, HCPs (health care provider - student attended school part of the day), PREs (present), GLOs (grade level office), ECLs (election clerk), CTZs (citizenship), NATs (naturalization), CVs (up to two College Visits) and religious holidays are not considered absences.

4. A student granted a final exam exemption must still attend that class during the final exam period and must be present the entire duration of the final exam period to be considered exempt. Students who check out early during a final exam will forfeit the exemption and will receive a grade of Incomplete for the exam. Failure to attend will result in a zero or an incomplete for that course.

5. Any student that has served SAC, DAEP, or OSS while enrolled in a course during the semester of the final exam is not eligible for a final exam exemption for that course.

6. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete their exams in a distraction-free environment, the attendance office will not be doing early checkouts during exam periods. Parents and students should plan accordingly so that students remain in their exam period the entire duration of the exam period (both mid-term and final exams).


BOYS BASKETBALL: Boys Basketball has begun! The Woodlands Highlanders basketball team had their first practice of the season on Wednesday, October 30th. In order to be introduced at the Rebounders Club 31st Annual Golf Tournament on the afternoon of October 30th, the varsity players all had 5:00 am wake-up calls with practice starting at 5:30 am. Then on Monday evening, November 4th, members of all the Highlander varsity and sub-varsity teams were introduced to the public. The night started with a bagpipe performance to get the crowd fired up. That was followed with several raucous performances by the Highlanders cheerleaders. Then the lights went down, the strobe lights went up, and with music blaring, each team member was introduced via spotlight coming through the cheerleading tunnel. The 2019-20 season will be Coach Dale Reed’s 15th year leading the Highlanders basketball team. Coach Reed’s teams have qualified for the district tournament in each of his 15 years and hope to do the same this year. Preseason scrimmage games will be held on Saturday, November 9th at home and Monday, November 11th at Grand Oaks High School. Then the Highlanders’ first game of the season will be on Friday, November 15th at home against Alief Elsik. Come support these guys as we try to make the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year. Schedules can be found on our website at

See you all there.

Go Highlanders!!

BOYS SOCCER: Boys soccer will be hosting open field sessions every Wednesday in November. Games will start at 3pm- 4:15pm on the Senior campus practice fields. Freshman can ride the shuttle bus over to the senior campus if they would like to come and play.

Boys soccer try-outs will be held after school on the Senior campus practice fields on Dec. 2-4. In order to try-out, each player must sign up with a soccer coach (male coaches office on Senior campus, Coach Williams classroom on Freshman campus) before the Fall Break; be present every day; and have a completed physical on file.

LADY HIGHLANDER BASKETBALL: Lady Highlander Basketball is officially in season! The girls have been working very hard the entire pre-season, and are ready and excited to start playing some games! The great news is we kick off the season with 2 home games!! We are home this Friday, Nov. 8th vs Nimitz. The 9th grade red team is at 4pm, JV at 5:30, and Varsity at 7pm. And if you can't make it out to that game, we will be back home on Tuesday, Nov. 12th vs Westfield. The 9th red team will be at 4pm, JV and 9th green at 5:30pm, and varsity at 7pm! We hope to see you in the gym supporting these awesome young ladies. Go Highlanders!!!

The Lady Highlander Basketball Team is walking for a cure in support of their two T1D (Type 1 Diabetic) Varsity players. The name of their team is Dunk on Diabetes. The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is holding a JDRF One Walk in The Woodlands this coming Saturday, November 9th at Lone Star College. There will be hundreds of walkers for this 2.2 mile walk. It's a fun event for a good cause.

TENNIS: The 5th-ranked Highlander's Team Tennis closed out the 2019 season at the Region 2 Semi-finals where they fell to #4 Allen 10-5. TWHS finished with a 16-3 record and won their 6th consecutive undefeated District title. Plano West won the Region over Allen and the Wolves fell to Houston Memorial in the State title match 10-7.

The JV will play in a doubles only tournament @ Humble ISD on Thursday Nov. 21st and the Freshman play Friday Nov 22nd.

SWIM AND DIVE: The Woodlands Swim and Dive Team competed at The Woodlands Invitational this past weekend. Both the boys and girls teams placed first against 15 area schools. Cameron Cash places first for boys diving and Lauren Birch got a close second for girls. Congratulations to our Hammer Down award winners Katherine Fronczak, Khiara Yates, Emma Raiford, Lauren Burch, Luke Jorris, Roberto Bonilla Flores, Cameron Cash, and Cooper Klein! Our next meet is the TISCA Invitational at the CISD Nat on November 21 for diving and November 22 for swimming. It’s sure to be an exciting meet so come out and show your support!


Generation Texas Week: CISD will be celebrating Generation Texas Week November 18-22. All of our campuses in our feeder zone have a fun filled week planned with many different activities. Some of the campuses will be doing daily dress up days to promote future awareness about colleges and career opportunities. A few of the campuses will also be doing door decorating contests.

On our campus, we will be encouraging students to think about their future beyond high school. Some of our activities will include posting college facts around the building for students to learn about colleges. On Wednesday, November 20th, we will ask our student body and staff to wear their favorite college shirt and/or jersey. For seniors, we will encourage them to wear a shirt or jersey that represents one of the colleges that they have applied to this year or they have an interest in. Then, throughout the day, the students will hear information from each of their teachers about their college alma maters. Our goal for the week is to give students information about the many opportunities available to them after high school.

District Presentations: Student Assistance Services, the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth and Conroe ISD present:

An interactive educational experience for parents, Hidden in Plain Sight.

For this program, parents are invited to come into our teen’s bedroom, test your knowledge, and strengthen your observational skills. As you stroll through the room, can you find what hidden references and paraphernalia could indicate a teen’s drug or alcohol use?

Parents in our district can attend either event:

Tuesday, November 12th, at 6:00 pm in the Conroe High School Main Campus Auditorium


Wednesday, November 13th, at 6:30 pm at Oak Ridge High School Main Campus Auditorium.

Remember, this presentation is for adults only!


INTERACT: Interact just kicked off 2 donation drives, collecting coats and canned goods for those in need this holiday season. Donations can be accepting for points at our next meeting on November 18th, and new members are welcome and encouraged to come check out Interact!

FBLA: We will have a Social on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at MOD Pizza Indian Springs Shopping Center, at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 3:00 pm, we will have a Vision Board Workshop in Room 252.

FBLA Competitive Events Information: Competitive Events Agreement Forms are due Friday, November 8, to Mrs. Filer. If your event requires a report, an outline of the report is due to Mrs. Filer on Nov. 8. On-line Events will be taken after school in Room 252 starting Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12. If you are doing a Skills Event, see Mrs. Filer about when that can be done after school. All reports are due to Mrs. Filer on January 7, 2020. Area V Leadership Conference is Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm at HBU. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Filer at

TWHS STUDENT COUNCIL: What an amazing October we had. Student Council decorated for Western and Day of the Dead pep rallies. We collected coats for the CISD Police Coat Drive. Student Council members had a clean our campus day and volunteered for Brightlife at the YMCA. We organized dress up days for Homecoming and Red Ribbon weeks. Homecoming was held October 19 and was a huge success. Moving into November we have kicked off our annual Food Drive. This year's food drive will benefit Matthew's Birthday Wish Foundation. Students are asked to donate can goods and other non perishable food items to their Red 2 and Green 6 classes. Matthew currently serves 64 families in Conroe ISD. Please encourage your kids to bring in goods - if you would like to make donations please drop in front office and they will get them to us. Our next meeting is Monday, November 18 - 6:00 p.m. in the TWHS Sr. campus cafeteria. Come check it out!


Staff Appreciation Committee: Grazie mille!! We had an amazing Italian luncheon in October for our TWHS staff. Thank you to all who donated. Our next event is Cookie Wonderland on December 4. For this one, we only need cookies and other holiday treats. Bakers and treat makers, sign up now!

TWHS PTO Spirit Wear

The weather is cooling. Do you have your cool weather spirit wear gear? Check out our hoodies and long sleeve shirts to keep you warm.

Also, think of us for your holiday gift giving. We have a little something for everyone from kids t-shirts to TWHS bracelets. Check us out online or the Front Office of either 9th or Main Campus.

P.S. help cheer our football team to the playoffs with a rally towel, also online or in the Front Office.


CISD SCHOOL MESSENGER: Conroe ISD has changed mass communication systems. In order to receive SMS/text messages from Conroe ISD or your child’s campus about timely issues including rainy day dismissal or campus updates, text "Y" to 67587.

PARKING LOT SAFETY: Please note that the posted speed limit on the TWHS property is 10 MPH. Please be sure to observe the speed limit as well follow traffic rules such as stopping at intersections and cross paths on the property as well as using blinkers when turning into parking spaces and pathways. All information about parking can be found on the school website:

CISD NEWS: The November 5th CISD Bond Referendum includes a total of 5 new campuses throughout the Caney Creek, Conroe, and Grand Oaks Feeders. Classroom additions and capacity upgrades are also included in The Woodlands, TW College Park and Oak Ridge Feeders.

To learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

EARLY CHECK OUT FROM SCHOOL: Parents and guardians, if your student needs to check out of school early, please provide a note, in advance, requesting early release. The student may submit the note to the attendance office upon arrival to school, between classes, or during lunch. Your note should include your child's name; the date and time the student needs to leave; the reason the student needs to leave; parent/guardian signature and contact telephone number. If your student will be leaving campus with another student, or will be picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, include that information, as well. Anyone picking up a student is required to present proper identification at time of check -out. Thank you for helping the attendance office provide a smooth and quick check-out process for our students.


SENIOR DUES: Seniors--you can now go onto the TWHS webstore to pay for your seniors dues. They are $90, but they will go up to $100 on February 1st. Senior dues help pay for prom, graduation, and the senior picnic. If any questions, please contact Mrs. Spears in grade level.

TWHS Improv: The “Surprisingly Funny” and currently the best HS improv troupe in the State of Texas, The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe, is thrilled to host their next show this Saturday, November 9th at 7 pm in the TWHS Auditorium! Tickets are $5 and all the money raised from the night will be going to The Special Olympics. Make sure to bring all your family and friends for a fun night full of family-friendly humor while helping an amazing organization!

TWHS ART TRUST: Have you ever noticed the 44 works of art by established Texas artists that are permanently displayed in the hallways at school? This is The Woodlands High School Art Collection and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! This collection of art works has been selected and purchased by our students. Each year we add new works to the collection and our next selection process has begun. Submissions open on October 1st and will be accepted until November 8th for consideration into our collection for 2020. We invite established Texas artists who have had work accepted into a juried show and are over 18 to submit works to be considered for acquisition in 2020. Click HERE to learn more.

After November 8th, our student committee will narrow down the works submitted to 12-15 artworks that will be voted on by the entire student body in late January. Posters of the artworks will be on view in all classrooms by mid-January and the original pieces will be displayed in the cafeteria just prior to voting. The students will purchase as many as possible of the pieces that receive the most votes on January 30th.

The artworks are purchased through funds set aside by Student Council from the Homecoming Dance, however, the framing, lighting and conservation of these pieces need funding. Consider helping with that funding and show your support for The Woodlands High School Art Trust by joining our "One Hundred Friends of Art." Our goal is to have 100 arts supporters make an annual donation to support our cause. Donations are tax deductible and start as low as $10!! Visit our website to make a contribution:

The Woodlands High School Art Trust (TWHSAT) a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2011 to help maintain, conserve and display the student-selected, student-purchased collection of established artists at The Woodlands High School. The vision for the TWHS Art Trust is to see the art collection grow each year and to have it extend through the hallways of the high school. We offer FREE tours of our collection to schools and other groups by appointment.

For more information on The Woodlands High School Art Trust please visit our website: or contact Susan Cosculluela at

JROTC: Congratulations to all of the new Kitty Hawk Inductees this semester! Our 25 new members were recognized at a special ceremony on October 24th.

Congratulations to our Orienteering Team for their performance at last weekend’s “Score-O” meet at Tom Bass Park in Houston. Junior Nicholas Verhelle won 1st place overall in individual competition, and a four-person team consisting of seniors Noah Lane and Connor McLean, junior Nicholas Verhelle, and freshman Jonathan Yost took 1st place out of all participating schools--well done!

The entire Cadet Corps participated in the CISD Salute to Veterans Parade the morning of Friday, November 8th. They joined JROTC units from across the district in honoring our local veterans with a formal military ceremony and “pass in review.”

Our drill, PT, and academic teams will compete at the Salute to Veterans Meet at C.E. King High School Saturday, November 9th. Wish them luck!

The AY 19-20 Joint Leadership Academic Bowl team has been formed and will compete in Level I of the competition next week against JROTC units worldwide. This year’s team members are juniors Ethan Harte, Fernando Peraza Nass, and Ryan Soucek; sophomores Isabella Griffo and Bellamie Libby; and freshman Spencer Snarr. Good luck!

The next JROTC Spirit Night will be TWO days at Flippin’ Pizza. November 13th and 14th, from 11am-9pm, mention JROTC on orders (including phone-in and online--place JROTC in the “special instructions” on the form) and our Booster Club gets 20% back!

Sophomore cadets will be visiting Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana November 19th-20th. They will learn about the base community and lifestyle as well as different careers in the Air Force.

Our second Airman of the Quarter Competition for the year is coming soon! Freshmen AOQ will be held during class on November 22nd and upperclass AOQ will be held after school at the senior campus November 21st. Nominated cadets will wear service dress for their interview.

YEARBOOK: Order your 2020 TWHS Yearbook at

The Woodlands High School Calendar

November 11 – November 23, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day--Student Holiday

Boys Basketball Scrimmages @ 4:00 Grand Oaks High School

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Room 302

Lady Highlander Basketball vs Westfield 5:30/7:00 TWHS

National Honor Society Induction 7:00 LGI & Foyer

JROTC Booster Club Meeting 7:00 ROTC Classroom

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Band BOA @ Indianapolis

Thursday, November 14, 2019

FCA Meeting 6:55 am LGI

Band BOA @ Indianapolis

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Room 302

9th Grade Green Lady Highlander Basketball vs CE King @ 5:30 College Park High School

9th Grade Red Lady Highlander Basketball vs Angleton @ 5:30 College Park High School

JV Lady Highlander Basketball vs Spring @ 5:30 Oak Ridge High School

Friday, November 15, 2019

Science National Honor Society Meeting 6:45 LGI

Band BOA @ Indianapolis

JV Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Oak Ridge

Choir TMEA Region Clinic @ Tomball Memorial High School

Boys Basketball vs Alief Elsik 5:30/7:00 TWHS

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Choir TMEA Region Clinic & Concert @ Klein High School

Bank BOA @ Indianapolis

9th Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ College Park High School

JV Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Oak Ridge High School

DECA Entrepreneurship Fair TWHS Cafeteria

Boys Basketball @ Eisenhower 12:30/2:00 Dwight D Eisenhower High School

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Region Orchestra Auditions@ Klein High School

Student Council Meeting 6:00 Cafeteria

Interact Meeting 7:00 Cafeteria

National Merit Reception 7:00 TWHS Front Foyer

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Room 302

Cheer Parent Meeting 6:00 LGI

Boys Basketball vs DeKaney 5:30/7:00 TWHS

Lady Highlander Basketball @ Katy 5:30/7:00 Katy High School

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

NHS Meeting 2:35 LGI

French NHS 6:00 LGI

Thursday, November 21, 2019

FCA Meeting 6:55 am LGI

9th Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Humble High School

Texas Thespian State Convention @ Grapevine

Varsity Lady Highlander Basketball vs Brazos-Wood @ San Marcos

Diving 6A TISCA Invite 2:30/4:00 CISD Natatorium

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Room 302

Friday, November 22, 2019

Diving 6A TISCA Invite 6:45/9:00 am CISD Natatorium

Stronger Together Club 6:50 am LGI

9th Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Humble High School

Texas Thespian State Convention @ Grapevine

Varsity Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ San Marcos

Region Orchestra Clinic @ Klein Forest High School

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Clements 7:00 TWHS

Saturday, November 23, 2019

9th Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Humble High School

Orchestra Region Clinic & Concert @ Klein Forest High School

Texas Thespian State Convention @ Grapevine

Varsity Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ San Marcos

Cross Country Nike National Qualifier Meet @ Bear Branch Sportsfields

The Woodlands High School

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For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7752.