Tison Roo News 2016-17

Week of March 6th

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.

I always appreciate feedback so if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at lgreer@weatherfordisd.com. Thanks!


Leah Greer

TMS Library Media Specialist

In the Weeks Ahead at Tison...

Monday, Mar 6 -- Sunday, Mar 12

Tuesday, Mar 7 -- Tison Tennis VS Azle MS @ NGC (4:00 PM)

Thursday, Mar 9 -- Tison/Hall Dual Track Meet for 7th/8th Boys & Girls @ Tison

Friday, Mar 10 -- TISON CHEERLEADER applications DUE by 4 PM in Rm #113

Monday, Mar 13 -- Sunday, Mar 19


Monday, Mar 20 -- Sunday, Mar 26

Monday, Mar 20 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUT Clinic in Tison Gym (5-7 PM)

Monday, Mar 20 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUT Mandatory Parent Mtg in Cafeteria @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday, Mar 21 -- Tison Tennis VS Hall MS @ NGC (4:00 PM)

Tuesday, Mar 21 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUT Clinic in Tison Gym (5-7 PM)

Wednesday, Mar 22 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUT Clinic in Tison Gym (5-7 PM)

Thursday, Mar 23
-- Brewer Track Meet for 7th/8th Boys & Girls @ Brewer MS

Thursday, Mar 23 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUT Clinic in Tison Gym (5-7 PM)

Friday, Mar 24 -- TISON CHEER TRYOUTS in Tison Gym (5 PM)

Monday, Mar 27 -- Sunday, Apr 2

Tuesday, Mar 28 -- STAAR Testing (Grade 7 Writing & Grade 8 Mathematics)

Wednesday, Mar 29 -- STAAR Testing (Grade 8 Reading)

Thursday, Mar 30 -- Aledo Track Meet for 7th/8th Boys & Girls @ Bearcat Stadium

Friday, Mar 31 -- Pre-UIL Performance/Evalulation for Sym/Con Bands (WHS, 12:30-3:45)

Tison Library Creation Station

A makerspace experience for Tison students is coming soon to the Tison Library!

This coming Monday (March 6th) the library will host the first ever Tison Library Creation Station -- an event where students will have the opportunity to use tools like snap circuits, K-Nex, Cubelets, Legos, Makey Makey, craft supplies, etc. to create, explore, build, and problem-solve.

Intended as an incentive program, the core teachers (i.e. Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA) were each given six passes this past week -- three lunch passes and three period passes -- in which to hand out to deserving students to attend the Creation Station on Monday. Period passes are intended for students who are completely caught up on classwork and deserve some time in the Creation Station during class. Lunch passes provide a student the opportunity to bring a friend and eat lunch in the library while exploring the Creation Station.

The library will host four more Creation Station events in the coming months:

  1. Monday, April 3
  2. Monday, April 10
  3. Monday, April 24
  4. Monday, May 1

If you have any toys such as legos, K'nex or any that have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) focus that you would consider donating to the Creation Station, please contact Leah Greer at 817-598-2960, ext. 4101 or email at lgreer@weatherfordisd.com. *Arts and crafts supplies also welcome!*

The Time to BUY a Yearbook is NOW

Pre-ordering a yearbook is the best method to guarantee your student will receive one this year, since the yearbook staff uses pre-order sales to determine how many to have printed. The yearbook staff will have a small number printed for those who choose to purchase in May, but quantities will be limited and the cost of the yearbook will be at its most expensive - $50.

To order your student a yearbook now, you can go to www.balfour.com and choose "Tison Middle School". If you would rather pay by cash or check, you can pick up an application at the Tison front office or just email the yearbook sponsor, Leslie Fenton (lfenton@weatherfordisd.com), for instructions.

Want to know what a Tison Yearbook looks like? Watch the video below -- it contains a sampling of pages from the 2016 Tison yearbook:
Tison Yearbook Promo Feb 2017 360p
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Library Exploring the Use of Digital Magazines for 2017-2018

The Tison Library is considering the idea of going COMPLETELY DIGITAL with magazines for the 2017-2018 school year, and is exploring a K-12 magazine digital service called Flipster (owned by EBSCO).

The pros for going to digital-based magazines:

  1. The service offers unlimited access to a majority of its magazines. So every Tison student and staff member could be reading the same magazine at the same time.
  2. Magazines can be read online as well as downloaded for offline reading.
  3. Works across multiple formats: phones, tablets, computers, chromebooks, etc.
  4. As with e-books, e-magazines can never get damaged or lost.

Flipster has provided the school with a 2-week trial in order to gather feedback on whether this service would be utilized and beneficial at Tison. I have previously emailed Tison staff for feedback, but would love to hear from Tison parents as well!

If you'd like to log in to the free trial, go to http://trial.ebscohost.com and use the following log-in information:

username: ns079770

password: trial

FYI: This trial provides access to ALL magazines on Flipster, some which you may not consider appropriate for your student. As a parent, you might want to preview Flipster first and take a look at the magazine selection before letting your student on it. If we decide to use this service, Tison students won't have access to all the magazines, only those the library buys a subscription for.

Please use this Google form to provide input on Flipster: https://goo.gl/QtE0tb

Kajeets -- Mobile Hotspot Devices Available for Checkout

Tison currently has 4 Kajeets for students to check out! Kajeets are mobile hotspots for students who might not have internet access outside of school to work on their school assignments.

They are easy to use, go through the WISD district filter, and each has 0.5 GB of data available on a daily basis. If you have a student that needs internet access to complete a project or any other educational related task, please email Leah Greer (lgreer@weatherfordisd.com) for more details.

Upcoming Events for Tison

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Zoo Run Flyer created by Michaela Bosco & Isabella Vandygriff

Fort Worth Zoo Run

The 20th annual Zoo Run is coming up on Saturday, April 1st, and Tison is hoping to put together a school group for the event. What is the Zoo Run? You run, walk, or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods to help support the Fort Worth zoo's conservation and education efforts. It is a 5K course that begins at 8 AM, but it is recommended to arrive earlier because of parking.

If you are interested in participating, just go to the Fort Worth Zoo Run website (https://www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run) and click to register. You will want to register as a team and find "Tison Middle School".

The registration cost is $20 and you must register by March 17th. TISON MUST HAVE AT LEAST 10 STUDENT REGISTRANTS IN ORDER TO MAKE A SCHOOL TEAM!

If you have any questions, please email Erin Light at elight@weatherfordisd.com.

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Tison Roo in the Spotlight

Nate Sauvage, 8th Grader

Nate has been nominated by Ms. Patterson to be recognized in the Tison newsletter! Here are Ms. Patterson's comments:

"Excellent student -- hard worker even when things are hard to accomplish. Nate is always thinking. He is very soft spoken, but when he speaks, he speaks volumes. Every day he offers a reassuring hug and always tells me to have a good day! I really enjoy having this student!"

In order to get to know Nate a little better, he completed a simple survey and below are his answers:

What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning and why?

a good day

In a word, describe school.

Write one word that describes you as a person.


What is your favorite TV show?


What is your favorite movie?

middle school: the worst years of my life

What is your favorite song?


What is your favorite book?

What is your favorite game?


What do you like to do in your free time and why?

i watch people because it can be very funny

If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be? Why?

When you think about life after you graduate from school (high school or college) what career sounds goods to you and why?

Tison Ads & Informational Signs

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@tisonprincipal (Principal, Eric Sams)

@WeatherfordDad (Assistant Principal, Trace Craft)

@brittonsfa3 (Assistant Principal, Stephanie Britton)

@tisonband (April Page, TMS Band Director & Jay McNew, TMS Assistant Director)

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

@Tisonchoir (Choir, Kathi Richards)

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

@Profe_Ferrell (Spanish & Tison cheerleader sponsor, Kym Ferrell)

@GwenWard19 (Counselor, Gwen Ward)

@tisonlibrary (Library Media Specialist, Leah Greer)

@CoachGibbens (BlendEd American History, American History, & Coach - James Gibbens)

@mrtexashistory (Texas History - Corey Whitehead)

@1LBaird (Keyboarding teacher, Laura Baird)

@coachhull_TMS (Brittany Hull, Athletics and PE)

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

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

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

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

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

@stpatterson11 (8th grade ELA teacher, Stephanie Patterson)

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

@Msscottscience8 (8th grade Science teacher & NJHS co-sponsor), Sally Scott)

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