Grizzly Gazette- 11/1/2021

West Briar MS School Updates: Week 11

Principal's Message

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week last week filled our campus with smiles and plenty of laughter! Students and staff demonstrated their commitment to a drug-free message through a variety of dress-up days (pictures below). Please know that we want the fun activities to continue at West Briar as we uphold campus guidelines and expectations for free-dress days. Students did an excellent job of adhering to dress-code guidelines and therefore, we hope to have a Holiday Spirit Week in December.

November 1st kicks off our PTO's Silent (virtual) Auction and details are below. Our West Briar PTO supports our entire campus, our teachers, and all Grizzlies with a variety of activities and needs. Everyone benefits from their supports and we hope you'll consider checking out the Auction or helping out in other ways.

There are two more full weeks in Cycle 2, so please remind your students to check their grades in Power School and get all assignments and activities finished and submitted.

Let's make it a wonderful start to November!


Calendar Updates

  • Nov 1 - Nov 13- PTO Silent (Virtual) Auction (details below)
  • Nov 9- WBMS SDMC Mtg
  • Nov 12- Last day of Cycle 2
  • Nov 15 - Nov 19 Book Fair (Online Fair will continue through Thanksgiving Week- Details TBA)
  • Nov 22 - Nov 26- Thanksgiving Week Holiday

2021 West Briar PTO Virtual Silent Auction

Beginning Monday, November 1st- you can begin bidding on some truly awesome items!

These include:

  • Baseball bat signed by Carlos Correa (used in 2019 playoffs against Yankees)
  • Paintball Party
  • Gaming session with Mr. Phillips
  • Principal for a Day
  • Reserved Parking Spot
  • And Much More!

A huge SpecialThanks to our 2021 Auction Donors! West Briar Community Donors are listed in the picture below.


Monday, Nov 1st at 9AM- Auction Link Opens

Saturday, Nov 13th at 7PM- Auction Link Closes

Auction Link HERE (or blue button below)

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West Briar PTO Webpage

Wondering how you can help West Briar? Connect with our West Briar PTO!

Accelerated Learning Tutoring

Per the new House Bill (HB) 4545, Accelerated Learning Tutoring will begin this week. According to the bill, students who did not meet grade-level standard on any STAAR test must receive 30 total hours of accelerated instruction. To provide adequate tutoring that meets this requirement, students my be assigned after-school or Saturday interventions. Letters notifying parents of their students assigned tutorials will go out this week.

For more information:
House Bill 4545 Implementation Overview (TEA)

Accelerated Learning Resources (TEA)

West Briar HB 4545

ICYMI: Say Something- Anonymous Reporting System

Students were shown the Sandy Hook- Say Something training last week. If your student missed this training- they can go to this Know the Warning Signs Page- that explains how students can prevent gun violence and other harmful acts through tips and a video.


The Sandy Hook- Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) is a free program that teaches middle and high school youth (and the adults around them) how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. This program emphasizes that students should Say Something to a trusted adult or use the Say Something anonymous reporting system.

The SS-ARS program logo & button below shows the three methods students can submit an anonymous report.

Say Something: Reporting Tips

Go to this webpage for anonymous reporting tips and how to use the SS-ARS.

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21-22 Student Handbook Reminder

Students have four minutes to get from one class period to the next. Typically, a student remains in their grade-level house for most of their scheduled classes. However, when they do have to leave their grade-level house, they have plenty of time to go from class to class. Students do not have time to socialize and/or stop in the hallway to talk with others for very long. It is imperative that students get to each class on-time in order to maximize instructional time.

Students who accumulate over a certain number of tardies will receive a consequence based on the number they've totaled. At the start of each Grading Cycle, tardies re-set to zero so that students can start over.

Please encourage your students to be in their class when the tardy bell rings by not wasting time in the hallways.

Faculty Parking Lot

Please note that the Parking Lot located within our Car Rider Drop-Off/Pick-Up area is our Faculty Parking Lot. Once students are dropped off, we ask that parents continue out of the parking lot leaving adequate spaces for staff members to arrive. This also includes after-school so that staff members can exit the parking lot safely and efficiently.