The Woodlands High School

Highlander Happenings November 21 – December 3, 2022

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COUNSELORS CORNER:

Generation Texas week was a great success! Be sure to follow @twhsccc on Instagram to see what our students had going on.


PSAT scores from the October testing date are expected to be released in early December. Please look for a quick, informational PowerPoint on how to interpret and utilize your student’s score in the next edition of Highlander Happenings.


Upcoming Community Event - Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention. This presentation will be hosted by our CISD Guidance and Counseling Team. Save the date for January 10, 2023 at McCullough Junior High from 6:30 – 8pm.


Angel Tree information: The counseling department would like to ask families in need to contact their child’s counselor. We would like to be your point of contact so that we can aide in distributing donations from the community to our families. Donations will be disbursed from December 8th – 13th. If you would like to donate to families within our feeder zone who are in need, please consider bringing a gift card to the TWHS Senior Campus front reception secretaries, where they will have a large envelope to collect donations. If you have any questions, please contact Kimm Dwyer, Lead Counselor at kdwyer@conroeisd.net


Looking towards Registration 2023- 24:

Elective Fair Extravaganza: Please save the date for Tuesday, January 24 from 6 – 8pm. TWHS will be hosting our annual Elective Fair. Come and see all of the courses/classes and pathways in which your students can participate. Our clubs/organizations will also have a presence at this event. Finally, counselors will host presentations on various academic topics. We look forward to meeting your entire family at this event! More information will be coming as the event gets closer.


Blitz Week (teachers give their level recommendations for next year): January 17 – 20


Registration in Parent/Student Access will be open from January 23 – February 3rd.

Counselor Help Night: February 2nd (more information to follow)


February - April – individual student conferences with counselors


Course Registration Deadlines: Dual Credit paperwork complete and submitted to counselor no later than 4/14/23 at 3pm, any other class change deadline 4/21/23 by 3pm.

MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, December 13 Red Day

1st Period Review 7:20-8:15 AM

2nd Period Exam 8:22-10:21 AM

3rd Period Review 10:28 AM-12:29 PM

A Lunch 10:28-10:53 AM

B Lunch 10:58-11:25 AM

C Lunch 11:30-11:57 AM

D Lunch 12:02-12:29 PM

4th Period Exam 12:36-2:35 PM


Wednesday, December 14 Green Day (Early Release)

5th Period Exam 7:20-9:17 AM

Class Change 9:17-9:24 AM

6th Period Exam 9:24-11:20 AM


Thursday, December 15 Red Day (Early Release)

1st Period Exam 7:20-9:17 AM

Class Change 9:17-9:24 AM

3rd Period Exam 9:24-11:20 AM


Friday, December 16 Green Day (Early Release)

7th Period Exam 7:20-9:17 AM

Class Change 9:17-9:24 AM

8th Period Exam 9:24-11:20 AM


FINAL EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY:

At the end of each eighteen-week grading period, students will take midterm and/or final exams. Students are only eligible for exemption from final exams, not midterm exams. Seniors are eligible for final exam exemptions in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are only eligible for final exam exemptions in the Spring semester. Absences include all days missed: Excused and Unexcused. Pre-approved absences, 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. Any student that has served ISS, DAEP, or OSS while enrolled in a course in the spring semester is not eligible for an exam exemption for that particular course.


A student granted a final exam exemption must still attend that class during the final exam period.

Failure to attend and stay the entire period will result in a zero or an incomplete for that course.

To qualify for an exemption on Final Exams, the student must meet the following criteria:

18 Week Courses:

Average of 85 or better with only 2 absences

Average of 90 or better with only 3 absences


Year Long Courses:

Average of 85 or better with only 4 absences cumulative for the year


Average of 90 or better with only 5 absences cumulative for the year

ATHLETICS:

BOYS BASKETBALL: Highlander basketball played Tuesday night at Klein Oak and won all levels. This weekend the Freshmen Green and a JV play in a tournament at Grand Oaks Thursday a Saturday. Bracket can be found on our site at www.highlanderbasketball.org

Our Freshmen Red, Sophomores and Varsity play at Langham Creek on Friday 4, 5:30 & 7pm. Next week all levels play at Klein Cain on Tuesday. And Varsity has a tournament at our place Friday and Saturday Nov 25th & 26th. Schedules and brackets are on our site. Happy Thanksgiving!!!


SOFTBALL: Holiday Homerun Derby: Ever dream of hitting a home run under the lights with the crowd going wild? Want to practice hitting the long ball? Want to release some stress from studying? Want to challenge your friends? Want to help local kids in the process? Come out to the Holiday Home Run Derby on Wednesday, November 30th from 4-8pm at Highlander Field behind the high school benefitting the CASA Christmas Toy Drive sponsored by TWHS Softball. The entry fee is $10 for each turn in Round 1. You may purchase unlimited turns until 6:15 and you can come and go until then. The top 5 contestants will advance to Round 2. See the fliers around campus and www.twhsoftball.com for a complete list of rules and details. Registration and warm-up will start at 3:45 or you can pre-register with Coach Borths in Portable 8, Coach Rascoe or a member of the softball team. It’s only a 200 ft. fence so, come out and hit some homers for a good cause. See you there!


CROSS COUNTRY: Congratulations to the boys and girls team for placing 4th and 5th respectively at the UIL 6A State Cross Country Championships!


SWIM & DIVE: Highlander Swim and Dive competed this Tuesday at the CISD non-TISCA meet. Hammer Down Award winners were Kylie B, Brooke B, Kiera G, Tadd D, and Maurico G. Congratulations! The next meet is TISCA this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18 at the CISD Natatorium. Diving begins Thursday at 4 and swim takes place on Friday. Prelims begin at 9 AM and finals start at 5 PM. Come out and support your Highlanders in what will surely be an exciting meet!


BOYS SOCCER: The Highlander soccer coaching staff is very excited about the upcoming season. If your son would like to participate, he will need to sign up in the coaches' office on his campus, have a completed physical on file, and attend all three days, November 28-30 on the Senior campus practice fields. Teams will be announced on December 1st via the Highlander soccer website. If you have any questions, contact head coach Jason Fanning jfanning@conroeisd.net.


GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Highlander Soccer will be hosting tryouts November 28 - 30th from 2:45 - 4:00 PM, on the Senior Campus. If you have any questions, contact Coach Whitlock at fwhitlock@conroeisd.net. Anyone interested in trying out must have a completed UIL physical to bring with them to tryouts. Please come properly equipped to play including shin guards and cleats.

CLUB NEWS:

TWHS STUDENT COUNCIL: Thank you to everyone that donated to our Annual Food Drive. Montgomery County Food Bank families will definitely benefit from your generosity. TWHS collected more than 6000 lbs of food as well as over $4000.00. Our monetary donations will allow MCFB to provide over 20,000 additional meals. Thank you so much to our TWHS family and Happy Thanksgiving.


MEET IN THE MIDDLE: Our next meeting will be held on Monday, November 28th from 2:45-3:30pm in room 107. We will have a low key hangout with games. There will be snacks and drinks as usual! EVERYONE is welcome to join us at any time during the year for our fun get togethers! OUR MISSION: to connect students with intellectual disabilities to their typically developing peers for fun, friendship, and fitness activities. UPCOMING MEETINGS: Nov 28 - hang out / Dec 12 - holiday party with gift exchange.


FBLA: We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 3:00 pm in Room 245 at the Senior Campus. See you then.


SCUBA CLUB: Thank you to all who came to hear our November guest speaker, Mr. Steve Degner from Montgomery County Search and Rescue. Our next club meeting is Monday, December 5th, 3-4pm in the senior campus LGI1 (freshmen can take the activities shuttle bus). All are welcome! You do not have to be scuba certified to attend, and snacks will be provided. Our speaker will be David Lenderman with the Houston Underwater Photography Society. This will also be our annual Christmas Party with snacks, games, and prizes. You don’t want to miss it! Join our Band App group to keep up with the latest club happenings--search "Scuba Club At TWHS."


NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY: National English Honor Society has a general meeting on November 29th at 2:45 pm in LGI 1. If you are a member, you are invited to come find out about December's events and gain points toward lettering or cording in NEHS this year. See you there!

PTO NEWS:

Join the Woodlands High School PTO!

Please support TWHS PTO for 2022-2023 using the link below to purchase a tax-deductible membership.

TWHS PTO uses its funds to provide enhanced educational materials, host Senior class events and staff luncheons, recognize student achievement and more!

Thank you for your support!

The Woodlands High School PTO


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OTHER NEWS:

TWHS SOCIAL MEDIA: The Woodlands High School has Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for each campus. Please make sure you go to the official accounts, as there are several fake accounts on the internet. The official sites are:

www.facebook.com/TWHS9THCISD for the 9th Grade Campus

www.facebook.com/TheWoodlandsHSCISD for the Senior Campus


Twitter handles are @TWHSCISD for the Senior Campus. Twitter for the 9th Grade campus is @TWHS9THCISD.


Instagram handles are @thewoodlandshs and @twhs9thcisd.


STUDENT PARKING: 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.

Students assigned parking spaces in the Band Lot (1279-1508) or ROTC Lot (2114-2163) must move their cars by 3 pm every day. Students/Parents are not allowed to cut through the church parking lot. Nor are they allowed to park at the church or the neighborhood across the street. You will be towed. All information about parking can be found on the school website: https://twhs.conroeisd.net/parking/


ATTENDANCE: To report an absence, call:

9th Grade: 832-592-8025

10th Grade: 936-709-1234

11th Grade: 936-709-1236

12th Grade: 936-709-1233

Grades 10-12: 936-709-1213

If your student needs to leave early, please send him or her in with a note to be delivered to the attendance office before school, during lunch or between classes. Doing so ensures the check-out process will be as quick and efficient as possible.

Feel free to call the attendance office with any questions or concerns you may have. We're here to help.

CLINIC NOTES:

We are beginning a new series where we will discuss a different medical condition relevant to our students in each issue of the Highlander Happenings. We hope you find this information helpful, but please keep in mind that we cannot give medical advice. The best source of information is always your or your child’s physician.


Headaches

This is one of the most common complaints that we see in the clinic, and the prevalence of headaches generally seems to increase with age. They can be caused by not enough water, poor sleep quality, poor posture, skipping meals, eye strain due to uncorrected vision, stressors such as learning difficulties and bullying, or hormone shifts during puberty.


Primary headaches include migraines and tension headaches, which are caused by a headache condition; and secondary headaches, which are caused by acute febrile illness, recurrent rhinosinusitis or other underlying conditions. These include sinus headaches, dehydration headaches, and medication overuse headaches (taking headache medication more than three times per week can cause these).


Treatment of headaches depends on the type of headache a person has. Over-the-counter medication can be helpful for occasional tension headaches and there are prescription medications to help manage migraines, but with secondary headaches, the underlying cause needs to be treated, such as increasing fluids, getting more restful sleep, decreasing caffeine use, and reducing stress. Other alternatives to medication include the use of hot or cold packs, doing stretching exercises, massaging the area, or resting in a dark, quiet room.


When should you see a doctor? You should schedule an appointment for daily or recurring headaches, headaches that appear to worsen, needing to take pain medication daily or almost daily, headaches that begin after a blow to the head, or headaches that are accompanied by stiff neck, neck pain, fever, and/or changes in vision.

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SCHOOL NEWS:

WINTER BREAK MOVER NOTIFICATION: If you are aware now that you will be moving during the winter break and will not be attending TWHS for the second semester, please come to the Registrar’s office and fill out withdrawal paperwork. The form should be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and returned to JoLea Wiskofske, Registrar, before December 18th.


Be aware, a student MUST take mid-terms in order to receive credit for the fall semester, withdrawing beforehand will result in NO credit being awarded. Report card and transcripts will be available mid-January.

If you become aware after school is out that you will move out of TWHS attendance zone, please email Ms. Wiskofske at jwiskofske@conroeisd.net. Parents that have a student at the 9th grade campus should contact Ms. Czubinski at cczubinski@conroeisd.net. Thank you.


TWHS 9th GRADE CAMPUS INFORMATION

Lost & Found: Our lost and found table in the cafeteria has accumulated many items. Please remind your student if they are missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunch kit, water bottle, pencil bag, etc to check our table in the cafeteria.


A.M. Car Rider Line: In order for our car rider line in the A.M. to move as quickly as possible follow the car in front of you. The lead car will move up all the way to the end of the sidewalk slightly past the entrance and students should exit the vehicle along the sidewalk when the automobile comes to a stop. This allows for multiple cars to unload at once. Students should be ready to exit the car quickly when the vehicle comes to a stop. Working together makes for a better experience for everyone. The auxiliary drop off in the back of the building off of Ashlane Way helps to alleviate some of the traffic congestion and we encourage you to try that option. Please remember this is available after 7 A.M. and then again after the buses roll for dismissal.


ORDER YOUR 2023 TWHS YEARBOOK AT https://www.balfour.com/


LIBRARY: Students must purchase a print card to be able to print in the library. Print cards are $2 and can be purchased on the webstore or in the library. Students should bring a picture or copy of the receipt to pick up their print card in the library. Cards are not delivered to the student. Reminder: Please turn in your OVERDUE library books as soon as possible. Thank you!


THE WOODLANDS HIGH SCHOOL ART TRUST

WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 12th YEAR!!!

Have you ever noticed the 56 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 the works have been selected and purchased by our students. Each year we add new works to the collection and our next selection process has begun. Our student committee has narrowed down the works submitted by Texas artists to 14 that will be voted on by the entire student body November 14-17. Posters of the artworks are now on display, video presentations will be on Highlander TV and the original pieces will be displayed in the cafeteria during voting. The students will purchase as many as possible of the pieces that receive the most votes.


Thank you to all the artists that submitted their work for consideration. This year's nominated artists are: MIGUEL AVILA (MISSOURI CITY) – Mohammad Ali Bhatti (Richmond) – Elzabeth Clemson (The Woodlands) – Vincent Fink (Katy) – Iwona Jankowski (Magnolia) – Caroly lyon (Bastrop) - CAROLINE MARCOS (TOMBALL) -David Olivares (Houston) – Kevin Peterson (Houston) – Jordan Phillips (Houston) -JENNIFER POLNASZEK (GEORGETOWN) – Debra Riley (Montgomery) – Saralene Tapley (Dickinson) – Michelle Vo (Houston)

Visit our website to see the winning entries: www.twhsat.org


Although the artworks are purchased through funds set aside by Student Council from the Homecoming Dance, 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: www.twhsat.org


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. Students use funds from their Homecoming Dance to purchase the art works. TWHSAT fundraises for the preservation and permanent display of the art works.


Other than the public sculptures around The Woodlands, this is the ONLY permanent collection of art available to the public. It is seen by THOUSANDS of people every day. Please consider supporting this unique collection that sets us apart from other public high schools and strengthens our goal of being one of the best high schools in the state and country.


For more information on The Woodlands High School Art Trust please visit our website www.twhsat.org or contact Susan Cosculluela at twhsat@gmail.com


BAND: The Woodlands High School Band/Guard just wrapped up an incredible 2022 Marching Season! Under the superb direction of Band Directors Carter Frederick (Head Director), Aaron Stickley (Assistant Director), Andrew Salmon (Percussion), and Cynthia Robbins (Color Guard) and all the wonderful supporting technical staff.


The Band/Guard took:

1st Place- Bands of American Regional Contest

2nd Place and Caption Award for Best General Effect- Band of America Super Regional (out of 80 bands!)


UIL Area Champion

UIL State- 4th Place (out of 1,077 bands!)

**ranked 3rd best High School Marching band in The United States by HornRank (The premiere national scholastic marching band rankings website)**


Wow! It should be noted that this is Carter Frederick and Aaron Stickley’s first Marching Season at The Woodlands High School. Amazing!


The band’s show was called “Mad Mod and Go”, with music derived from the movie “Cowboy Bebop” as well as the heart stopping ballad “Skyfall” by Adele. BOA Super Regional and UIL State was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, with live and digital audiences of over 10,000. The show captivated the audience with soloists who displayed musicality beyond their years, a percussion feature that was unbelievably cool, a world renowned color guard that entranced all the viewers, a prop performance that was perfectly executed, drum majors who kept the show going, and of course unparalleled marching precision and playing. The end of the show was met with extended standing ovations! The Woodlands Band/Guard has always been and will always be a fan favorite!!


All of this magic and success could not have been accomplished without the amazing support and hard work by the Band Booster Club, volunteers and parents. The Woodlands Band/Guard has one of the best support groups imaginable.

We invite you to watch the show by visiting our website- www.twhsband.org


BAND HOLIDAY MARKET: The Woodlands HS Band Holiday Market will be held on Dec 3rd at the 9th-grade campus. Come explore this free family-friendly shopping event featuring local artists, makers, and small businesses displaying art, jewelry, women's and children's boutiques, accessories, home and holiday decor, gourmet food, food trucks, and much more!


ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD: The Woodlands Rotary Club has selected the following students from our school to attend the RYLA camp the weekend of January 6-8 in Woodlake, Texas. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is an all- expense paid weekend of intensive training for community youth leaders aimed to develop leadership at a high level of integrity. We are so excited that they are allowing four students to go this year from our school. We had 31 junior students nominated by teachers and staff that show leadership, character and citizenship.

Congratulations to:

Allie Castille

Leandro Lopez Mata

Alan San Miguel

Caiden Villaver

Kinzey Wessner

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JROTC: Last Friday we were able to honor our Veterans by hosting the annual CISD Salute to Veterans Event at Woodforest Bank Stadium. All five district JROTC programs participated, and our own Landon Wilkins performed a flyover in honor of our community veterans! Veterans in attendance were given a newly-designed CISD challenge coin to honor their service and sacrifice for our Nation.

Our junior and senior cadets went on a field trip to Sam Houston State University last Saturday, where they took a tour of the campus hosted by the college Army ROTC unit there, and attended the football game vs. Abilene Christian University.

We are supporting our Cross Country Team by helping with the NXR South Meet on November 19th. Good luck to our runners! We will also be helping at the YMCA’s annual Run Thru The Woods races on Thanksgiving morning.

For more details on our events, please consult our Parent Newsletter at https://www.smore.com/3fsqx. If you are not receiving emails when we update the Parent Newsletter, please let LtCol McMartin know at cmcmartin@conroeisd.net.


The Woodlands High School Calendar

November 21 – December 3, 2022


Monday, November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Break

Wrestling Meet @ Cypress Falls High School


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Thanksgiving Break

Boys Basketball @ Klein Cain 1:30/12:00 Klein Cane High School

Lady Highlander Basketball @ Memorial10:30/12:00 Memorial Senior High School


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Break


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Break


Friday, November 25, 2022

Thanksgiving Break

Boys Basketball Rebounders Club Tournament @ TWHS


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Boys Basketball Rebounders Club Tournament @ TWHS


Sunday, November 27, 2022


Monday, November 28, 2022

Interact Club 2:45 LGI 1

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Spanish Room 226


Student Council Meeting 6:00 Cafeteria

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NEHS Meeting 2:35 LGI 1

Mu Alpha Theta Meeting 2:35 College & Career

Boys Basketball @ Oak Ridge 5:30/7:00 Oak Ridge High School

Lady Highlander Basketball vs Oak Ridge 5:30/7:00 TWHS

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Math & Science Room 302


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

UNICEF Club Meeting 6:45 am LGI 1

FBLA Meeting 2:45 Room 245

Model UN Meeting 2:45 LGI 1

Script Reading Club 3:00 Room 137

Evening Tutorials 5:30 English Room 219 & Spanish Room 226


Thursday, December 1, 2022

FCA Meeting 6:55am LGI 2

Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Katy ISD

DECA Meeting 2:35 LGI 2

ECO Club Meeting 2:35 LGI 1

Evening Tutorials 5:30 Math & Science Room 302

TTSF Parent Meeting


Friday, December 2, 2022

Science NHS 2:45 LGI 1

9th & JV Grade Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Magnolia

Varsity Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Katy ISD

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

Improv Show 7:00 TWHS Auditorium


Saturday, December 3, 2022

SAT Testing 8:00 @ TWHS

Cross Country NXN @ Portland

9th & JV Grade Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Magnolia

Varsity Lady Highlander Basketball Tournament @ Katy ISD

Wrestling Tournament @ TWHS

Cross Country Running Lane National @ Huntsville

JROTC Military Ball @ TWHS 9th Grade Campus

The Woodlands High School

The Conroe Independent School District (District) is an equal opportunity educational provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Active of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

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.