The Howl


Tom Cox Timberwolves

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Principal: Deborah Spoon

5th Grade Asst. Principal: Allyson Emma Tackett

6th Grade Asst. Principal: Valentina Majeski

5th Grade Counselor: Tara Bodin

6th Grade Counselor: Jessica Kowis

Mission: Growing Learners to be Productive Global Citizens

Guidelines for Success: Timberwolves. . . Heart to L.E.A.D.!

Learners: Engaged in learning, problem solvers, innovators

Empathize: Awareness and understanding of each other's thoughts and feelings

Appreciate: We are all unique! We respect and celebrate our differences and similarities

Dedicated: Committed to achieving ones goals even when it is hard! Inspire others to achieve their goals


Dear TCI Families,

It is finally starting to feel like Fall! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather! November is here and the holidays are upon us. This is the time of year when I reflect on the countless things I am thankful for: a wonderful husband, family, friends, pets, a good book, a holiday movie, yummy food, and all the little things that make the day great. I am also grateful to be the principal of a school that is named after a great man, Mr. Tom Cox. I get to come to work each day to a place I love, where I can be around kids, families, and a dedicated staff.

Please take time to look through The Howl. This is a busy time of year at TCI with lots of activities - we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Deborah Spoon, Principal


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8 - No School

8 - The Republic Grille PTO Spirit Night

10 - Boosterthon Fundraiser Kickoff

10 - Picture Retake / Makeup Day

11 - Veteran's Day Celebration

14-18 - Generations Texas Week

17 - Power of Polite Student Luncheon

18 - Boosterthon Fundraiser Obstacle Run

21-25 - Thanksgiving Break


7 - Great American Cookie & Marble Slab PTO Spirit Night

16 - Early Dismissal

19-3 - Winter Break


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Our school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Students may enter the building as early as 7:45 am. The students will wait in the cafeteria until they are released to their classrooms at 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast is served from 8:05 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., every school day.

Lunch With Your Child

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Making a school lunch reservation to eat with your child at school is easy! Due to limited space we ask parents and visitors to sign up for a date and time. There is a limit of two adults per student. A new link will be sent out every three weeks. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


Lunch Schedules

A Lunch 11:05-11:35

B Lunch 11:37-12:07

C Lunch 11:55-12:25

D Lunch 12:23-12:53


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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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Our campus values the contributions made by its many volunteers who diligently work to support our outstanding students, teachers, and programs. We have the goal to provide a safe environment for our students and visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Application. This application must be renewed every new school year.



In an effort to minimize instructional time interruptions, our front office staff will no longer call the classroom to inform the teacher/student that an item has been dropped off for a student. Instead, the front office staff will send the teacher(s) an email.

We are working hard to minimize classroom interruptions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


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Science & Social Studies

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November is a busy month in 5th grade science. We will start our space unit looking at the effects of the Earth's rotation, moon phases, seasons, and characteristics of the Earth, Sun and moon.

In Social Studies we will look at the American Revolutionary War and the effects it had on the formation of our government.


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This month, we will continue studying informational texts with our research. Students have chosen a topic they would like to learn more about. As we research, we will continue to focus on finding the central or main idea and supporting details in complex nonfiction texts.

We will also write about our nonfiction reading using the Nonfiction Notice and Note Signposts. Students will "notice" and think about why authors use specific information when explaining a topic such as numbers, statistics, quotes from researchers, and extreme or absolute language.


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The month of November, 5th grade math levels classes will be moving to the fraction unit. In this unit, the students will represent and solve addition and subtraction of fractions with unequal denominators. This unit will have students identifying prime and composite numbers, simplifying fractions and finding common denominators.

The 5th grade advanced math classes have wrapped up adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers and will move into multiplying and dividing fractions. Students will represent and solve problems using pictorial models, area models, and use the algorithm. This month we will also begin the expressions and equations unit. This unit will have the students simplify numerical expressions using up to two levels of grouping and exponents.

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Our 6th grade science students have started exploring Force and Motion. During the month of November, we will continue these concepts as we specifically focus on finding the total speed of an object. There's a lot of fun hands-on activities that students will get to participate in as they discover how speed, time and distance are related to each other. Students will also learn how to record the data they collect using speed and distance graphs.

Our 6th grade World Culture students have made their first trip around the world to the region of Central America and Mexico. We are also visiting the Caribbean Islands while in this region. When we finish in this region, we will travel to South America. Students are learning about the PEGS for these regions.

P -olitical (government)

E -conomy

G -eography

S -ocial (culture)

English Language Arts

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It has been wonderful watching our students dive into their nonfiction books. They absolutely loved our nonfiction book tasting looking for the perfect book to read!

For the month of November, we will wrap up our nonfiction unit and students will finish writing their expert topic informational book. Then we will begin the exciting unit of poetry!

In reading, students will read and analyze poems. We will dive into high-level, critical thinking about what the poems represent.

In writing, students will transform into poets as they create their own poetic masterpieces. We will wrap up our writing poetry unit with a celebration . . . more information to come!


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Our 6th grade level math has begun Unit 4 - Expressions and will be working on this unit through mid November. The Expressions unit covers exponents, order of operations, prime factorization along with a brand-new topic for 6th graders: variables!

Our 6th grade advanced math has begun Unit 5 - Equations and Inequalities. Students will be applying this skill to graphing and solving for variables from situations. We will be assessing this unit with a small project and short test during the week of Nov. 14-18.

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The following students will be able to makeup/retake their individual picture on Thursday, November 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Library:

- Students that were absent on Picture Day (October 4th)

- Students new to our campus after Picture Day

- Any student wanting to retake their picture ($5.00 fee)

To ensure that no student who desires a retake is missed, parents / guardians must complete the Google Form at the link below by November 8th. Using this method allows our school to know who needs retakes. **PLEASE NOTE: If a student will be taking retakes, they will need to bring the picture package as well as $5.00.



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Please come join us as we celebrate all of our Veterans!


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We have an exciting fundraiser in store for students

to help bring much-needed funds to our school!

Our Fundraiser at a Glance:

1. Kickoff Event. Students will learn what to expect from the fun days ahead and how the fundraiser will work.

2. Character-Building Videos. Our school will follow along with a character-building program called Grand Land Adventure. Students will learn about five different U.S. National Parks while building character and raising funds to hit our fundraising goal.

Throughout the week, our class will earn fun rewards based on how much we raise on our classroom donation tracker.

3. Event Day. This is the epic grand finale - Cox Timberwolf Tuff Fun Run!

Our school has a fundraising goal of $25,000 for new technology & outdoor campus enhancements.

Your Next Steps:

Register at MYBOOSTER.COM today if you haven’t already, and share with family and friends!

Thank you in advance for your support of our fundraiser!

P.S. To register your student on search for Cox Timberwolf Tuff Fun Run.


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On Thursday November 17, 2022 our Cox PTO will transform the cafeteria into a beautiful banquet hall for our students and staff as they enjoy a Holiday Banquet. This will give our students the opportunity to use the social skills they learned from our “Power of Polite” classes. Student will sit at round tables decorated with nice linens and centerpieces and they eat lunch, listen to music, a speaker, and spend time together.

The fifth graders will be served lunch at 11:00 a.m. and sixth graders at 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be prepared by the school cafeteria and consist of chicken drumstick, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, rolls, fruit, and a cookie for dessert. We will also have milk and water as beverages. All students will receive a meal at no cost to them.

If you or your child has concerns regarding the food menu, they may bring their own lunch that day. We will have a plate and utensils for them. Microwaves will not be available to heat up food in the cafeteria on the day of the banquet. The cafeteria will be closed to guests during the luncheon.

Students are free to dress for the banquet. Our young men are encouraged to wear a pair of pants, a tie, and even a jacket. The young women may want to wear a dress or a pair of pants with a nice top. This is not mandatory; a pair of jeans and a nice shirt would also do the job.

We need volunteers for the Power of Polite banquet. If you would like to help serve lunch to our students please sign-up using the following link:

Thank you for your support! Be sure to watch our

Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures of the event.

Thank you,

Deborah Spoon



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Chess Club

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Spirit Squad

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Pokemon Club

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Battle with Heart Club

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Rubiks Cube Club

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Student Council

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Jigsolvers Club


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Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted at this time.

Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or campus staff. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment.

If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher. Referrals will be accepted October 3 - December 16, 2022.

You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Valentina Majeski. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage:


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Join our PTO at their Republic Grille PTO Spirit Night on

Tuesday, November 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Don't forget to mention that you are there to support Tom Cox Intermediate!

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Join our PTO at their Great American Cookie & Marble Slab PTO Spirit Night on

Wednesday, December 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Don't forget to mention that you are there to support Tom Cox Intermediate!

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Check out our Library Newsletter! It includes activities and happenings in the library along with some reading suggestions. Click here:

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Our mission at Tom Cox is to "Grow learners to be productive citizens," not only academically but also to develop their character that will help present themselves in a confident manner.

We began our "Power of Politeness" series last month with the importance of introductions and conflict resolution. This month we will learn basic table manners and how to tie a tie. This is always a fun lesson, and everyone seems to enjoy it. To enable everyone to participate, please send your student to school with a tie on Monday, November 7th for 5th graders and Wednesday, November 9th for 6th graders.


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During November 14th-18th, we will be celebrating Generation Texas and learning the importance of obtaining a skill and/or college degree in the field of your choice. As we learn about the different career choices, we will learn whether a person will need to attend a trade school or obtain a college degree.

Our teachers will share their career paths and the college they attended. In addition, one of the activities we have planned for Generations Texas Week is a Career Day in which we would like to have speakers from various careers, occupations, and vocations come and give a 20-25 minutes presentation about their jobs to different classes. It would be nice if we could utilize you, our parents, to volunteer your time that day to tell the students about your job.

The date of Career Day is Wednesday, Nov. 16th.

If you are interested in being one of our guest speakers on Career Day, please complete the form at the following link, Career Day interest form. We cannot wait to share our unique stories of how we each decided to become an educator, which is the best job in the world and hear yours as well.


In October, we launched our Ambassador Program at Tom Cox Intermediate. Students were selected for the months of October and November. Every two months students will be selected by their teachers to help new classmates find their fine arts classes, navigate the cafeteria, learn how to open their locker, etc. We are super excited about the program, and we cannot wait to train our Ambassadors for the months of December and January.

Congratulations to our Ambassadors chosen for the months of October and November.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 1st-9 weeks Heart to L.E.A.D. award recipients. These students have demonstrated they have the Heart to L.E.A.D. by being exemplary models of our guidelines for Success, Learner, Empathetic, Appreciate, and Dedicated.

Thanks for being such amazing role models!

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Did you know. . . ?

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November is cold & flu season.

It is also a month full of Fun Fall Activities!

Check out all the links below for Fun Fall Activiites:

P-6 Farms -

Texas Renaissance Festival -

Lighting of the Doves Festival -

Easy Fall Recipes for Kids -

Have a healthy harvest! - Nurse Margaret Saxe


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Are you interested in becoming a Teacher Aide with Conroe ISD?

Conroe ISD is hiring for Teacher Aides. If you are interested in working in the classroom as a Teacher Aide, please complete the questionnaire below. Additional information will be sent to you about employment opportunities and the next steps required for you to become a member of the Conroe ISD family.