Weekly Family Buffalo Newsletter

Week of May 23, 2022

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S.T.R.O.N.G. Finish

S.T.R.O.N.G: Successful-Trustworthy-Respectful-Optimistic-Nurturing-Growth Mindset


Hello Buffalo Nation!


Just 5 days away from our STRONG Finish! We did it together this school year. Here are some highlights for May 2022:


  • STAAR Preparation & Testing
  • Mother & Daughter Tea
  • Weekly Mentoring: 100 Black Men & Salvation Army
  • Project-Based Learning in Math
  • Good Reason of Houston campus visit
  • Grade 8 Prom


Let's continue to maintain a safe and orderly campus by encouraging scholars to attend class daily, voice level one, and remain seated in the cafeteria. Teachers will continue to provide meaningful instruction by maximizing utilizing:


  • Small group instruction
  • Project based learning
  • Creative activities to engage scholars




Smith Middle School is moving in the right direction for our children. Thank you ALL for your support and all you do daily!

Congratulations Natally Vasquez, 3rd place Art w/Golden Triangle Chapter of the Links Inc!!

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Congratulations Ms. V. Guidry completion of BISD Assistant Principal Cohort!!

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Grade 8 Prom 2022

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From the Desk of the Assistant Principal Ms. Guidry

Remember our motto: Stop! Don’t Drop! Hop to the same or more!


Thank you to all teachers and staff for a job well done on 8th grade testing. Thank you for your perseverance and dedication to our scholars.

Message from Dr. Tamikia Greene, Assistant Principal

🎊🙌🎉WE MADE IT!!!!!🎊🙌🎉 This is the last week of the 2021-2022 academic school year 🎊🎉Step into this week knowing that your hard work, dedication, and perseverance do not go unnoticed. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for ALL that you do (did) for our scholars here at PLA Smith MS😊 Enjoy your well-deserved SUMMER BREAK and it is my hope that you continue to keep yourself centered🔅 and keep your ‘WHY’ close to your 💓. See you in the 2022-2023 academic year!

Message from Ms. Goss, Dean of Climate & Culture

Thank you!!! With dedication and collaboration, we have made it to the final week of school. Please continue monitoring your scholars in the hallways and walking them to the cafeteria for lunch.


The Snow Cone Incentive was a huge success! Thank you Ms. Crouch and Nurse Lara for helping out and thank you Ms. Mundy-Lewis for getting photos for me!


Reminders:

Be in the cafeteria on time to pick up your scholars from lunch so the custodians can get ready for the next lunch and those on lunch duty can go to their next assigned area.


6th Grade- 11:30am

8th Grade- 12:15pm


7th Grade- 12:55pm


Hallway Expectations:

During transition, please be in the hall having scholars walk on their right straight to class. Restrooms are closed during transition so please do not allow scholars to leave the block RLA and Math classes to go to the restroom. They can go after the first 10 minutes of class.


Dress Code:

Please continue to deduct points daily for dress code violations. Also, please fill out the After School Detention form and turn it in to an administrator for detention to be assigned. All scholars must be in dress code to participate in any activities.

STRONG Expectations for Scholar Behavior

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Counselors' Corner

Greetings Buffalo Country!

Scholars' Needs
In an effort to be vigilant in making sure we are meeting scholars’ needs, please make sure to contact the correct counselor for academic, social, and emotional needs. Please follow the school’s expectations for disciplinary actions. Counselors do not provide disciplinary actions.


Ms. Bryant, Lead Counselor – 6th Grade and 8th Grade
M-Z Mrs. Dancy – 7th Grade and 8th Grade A-L

2022 - 2023 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

BISD 2022 Ambassadors

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You're a big "Dill"- Thanks to our Ambassadors!!

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Smith Got Talent!!

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Board Update May 19th

Here’s what you missed at the May 19, school board meeting:

  • A slideshow with Early College High School students graduating with their associates from LIT was featured. The district recognized the valedictorians and salutatorians at Beaumont United, Early College and West Brook high schools.

  • The district recognized CTE interns, West Brook student athlete in tennis and the district level teachers of the year. The district recognized the Young Men's Business League (YMBL) for partnering with BISD for the YMBL BISD Fair Day held in late March.
  • The district recognized ExxonMobil for being the Star Sponsor of the Teacher of the Year Gala and the organization's commitment to students and teachers.
  • Held a public hearing on board member redistricting. The Board approved the redistricting map Plan D.
  • Held a public hearing and approved the application for high school equivalency program process for the district.
  • The district recognized two new campus leaders, Joseph Bowser, Jr., new principal at Pathways and Dr. Wiley Johnson, new principal at Beaumont United.
  • Received an update on the Pathway Redesign progress.
  • The Board reviewed the 2022-23 compensation package: starting teachers increase from $49,000 to $50,000, $1,200 general pay raise (2.25%), other employees 2% from the midpoint, one-time stipend for all employee of $1,000, a retention stipend for all employee 4% of base salary not to exceed $2,732, Longevity stipend of $50 per consecutive years of service to BISD, and equity adjustments for principals, special education aides, and teacher career path positions.
  • Approved the purchase of new cafeteria seating at West Brook High School and Vincent Middle School
  • Approved spring 2022 coursework for LIT in regards to ECHS students pursuing associate's degrees
  • Renewed internet filter to monitor internet activity on district devices.
  • The board did not approve the renaming of Memorial Stadium.
  • If you missed the meeting, you can always watch the recording at the following link: https://livestream.com/bisdtv/events/10420701/videos/231214486

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Minimum Discipline Infractions Required to Attend

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LOOKING AHEAD

  • May 24th - Staff Meeting @ 4:45 PM
  • May 24th - Grade 6 & 7 Awards Ceremony @ 6:15 PM
  • May 25th - Grade 8 Graduation @ 6:15 PM
  • May 27th - Last Day for scholars/Half day (1-4)
  • May 30th - Memorial Day
  • August 2nd - Convocation/Teacher Workday
  • August 10th- Scholars' First Day