Irons Jr. High Newsletter

We Are Hawks!

Nov. 5, 2021

Irons Family,

We had another great week at Irons Jr. High. I love seeing our students enjoying themselves in the wonderful weather outside at all lunches. Our teachers continue to do an excellent job planning engaging lessons that meet the required curriculum along with tiering the lesson to fill in learning gaps and extension activities for our students who have mastered the lesson. Things are moving quickly as we enter the last six weeks of this semester. Please check PAC often to monitor your student's academic progress.

Instruction Begins at 8:50 AM

Please remember that instruction begins at 8:50 AM. I know that traffic can be heavy on 45 and 242, so please help your child by leaving a few minutes earlier to plan for the increase in traffic. Your child needs to arrive on campus in plenty of time to get some breakfast, walk to their class, talk to their teacher, and then prepare to start a day of learning.

Students must be in their class prepared for instruction when the bell rings at 8:50 AM.

Car Rider Line

Parents, thank you for your help with improving our car rider dismissal procedures earlier in the school year. The double-stack at the entrance of the drive has been a tremendous help with moving cars quickly through the car rider line. We need your help once again to improve our procedures.

We have been asked to move as many cars off of Needham Road as possible. We can make this happen if we all continually close up the gaps between vehicles while you are in the drive.

When stopped on Needham Road, please do not block residence or business entrances.

  • Form two lines at the entrance
  • Merge into one line at the curve
  • Please pull forward to the car in front of you
  • Do not worry about blocking the service yard drive in the front of the school.
  • Only pick up students in the pick-up zone.
  • Do not park and have students walk to the parking lot for pick up.

Basketball Games

Basketball season is starting next week. If students wish to attend the game, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be passing all classes
  • No more than four tardies this nine weeks
  • No discipline referrals for this nine weeks

Students will be required to pick up a wristband in lunch on Thursday, the week of the game. The wristband will allow the students to purchase a ticket at the door for one dollar.

All students must be picked up from the game by 7:15.

Harvest Dance

Irons PTO is excited to announce our Harvest Dance Friday, November 12th, from 7-9. The dance is a casual event (NOT semi-formal/formal). All attire must meet the school dress code for students to attend. Students must have four or fewer tardies and have not been assigned to ISS, OSS, or DAEP.

Tickets will go on sale in all lunches on Monday, November 8th, admission 10 dollars, including pizza drink and chips, or 5 dollars for dance admission only.

Parents, We are in need of a few parent volunteers. If you can assist our PTO, you can view the available positions with the following link.

If you can volunteer to help, CISD will require you to complete the following online form before volunteering.

All students must be picked up at 9:00

Irons Spirit Wear

Irons Spirit Wear will be on sale in all lunches next week. Items will range from 15-30 dollars. Students can order one day, and you can pick up your order the next day at lunch. Cash Only


Yearbooks are on sale for the best price of the year. Purchase early before the price increase in the spring. Help us reach our goal of selling 300 yearbooks by January!

Progress Reports in PAC 11/5

Irons Goal

Learning Recovery

  • High Quality Instruction
  • Safe and Collaborative Culture
  • Tier Two and Three Intervention
  • Communication

Don't forget Day Light Savings ends this weekend. Roll your clocks back one hour!!

Enjoy the Weekend!

Robert MacFarlane

Irons Jr. High Principal

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Conroe ISD’s District-Level Planning and Decision-Making Committee is charged with developing a school calendar to recommend to the Board of Trustees for adoption. The Committee is currently seeking feedback from families, staff members, and the community. Please complete the survey below to help them with this process. The survey will close on Friday, November 12, at 4 p.m.

2022-2023 Calendar Survey

Irons Dress Code

Parents, we have observed an uptick of students out of dress code the past few weeks. Please ensure that your child meets the Irons Dress Code before departing for school.

  • Clothing must cover areas and undergarments from one armpit across to the other armpit, down to approximately the middle of the thigh. Tops must have at least 1 1/2" straps. Cleavage should not be visible. Rips or tears in clothing should be lower than the middle of the thigh.
  • Tops exposing midriffs, back area or cleavage is prohibited.
  • Boxer shorts, pajamas or blankets are not allowed.
  • Skirts and dresses must mid-thigh length.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment (house shoes or slippers shall not be worn).
  • See-through or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of the dress code.
  • Headgear including hats, hoodies, bandanas, head scarves, skull caps, do-rags, beanies, hair bonnets, and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reasons approved by school administration.
  • Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  • Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.
  • If the parents are unable to bring a change of clothes for the student, we may:
  • Ask the student to change into their PE shorts/shirt.
  • Ask them if they have a change of clothes in their backpack/locker.
  • Provide them with a clean loaner set of PE clothes.

Veterans Day

Conroe ISD will hold its annual Salute to Our Veterans program on Thursday, November 11th, at 10 a.m. at Woodforest Bank Stadium. This patriotic event is open to the public and features students from JROTC units across the District. Anyone unable to attend in person is invited to view the livestream on the Conroe ISD YouTube Channel .
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Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science

The Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science

(ACES) began its first full year of operation during the 2018-

2019 school year on the Oak Ridge High School Ninth Grade

Campus. As a result, students in the Graduating Class of 2026

have the opportunity to be a part of the fifth class of the Academy

for Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES). Along with the

other two CISD Academies (The Academy of Science and

Technology and the Academy for Science and Health Professions),

the Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science offers a core

curriculum of STEM courses, research and exploration

opportunities, and internship options. However, as with the two

other Academies, ACES has taken the opportunity to customize

offerings beyond core requirements, and, thus, has a unique

culture of its own. Moreover, because of the alternating block

schedule and unique offerings that exist at Oak Ridge High School,

especially in relation to the engineering design program, NASA

partnership and Health Science Program, ACES has the capacity to

accept a class of 120-140 students. In addition, since students

have the opportunity to enroll in 8 courses per year on the block

schedule, students should be able to meet Academy requirements

and pursue other extracurricular interests.

While a STEM Academy Program may not be a good fit for every

student, such programs do provide unique and rigorous learning

experiences in a close-knit school-within-a-school environment. In

my experience, students have the opportunity to develop strong

connections to each other without becoming totally socially isolated.

In essence, Academy students are isolated together for their

Academy courses but have the opportunity to interact with other

students in their humanities, language and elective courses. In

essence, the model we utilize is supportive but not constraining.

Academy program requirements are designed to insure a high level

of rigor based on the utilization of a college readiness model of

instruction. This approach gradually shapes course work to resemble

college level courses during students’ junior and senior years of

instruction. As a result, the transition to collegiate study should be

less difficult for students. As we become established, universities and

scholarship programs will readily recognize the preparedness of our


ACES offers extensive opportunities for specialization in

mathematics, engineering, science and other related areas including

medicine, business, law, robotics, health science and computer

science. These course opportunities should foster interest in STEM

study and help encourage students to explore and apply their

interests and abilities in an enriched learning environment. In the

end, the primary purpose of all of our CISD Academies, including

ACES, is to maintain students in the STEM Pipeline to collegiate level

STEM study.

Aces academic requirements are simple. Each year, Academy

students must complete at least 3 academy courses. In each year, in

actuality, most of these courses are required for graduation. In my

experience, most Academy students take more than 3 academy

courses their junior and senior years. Also, because of the extensive

course offerings at Oak Ridge High School, we will be able to broaden

our elective offerings for Academy credit in order to meet the needs

of students on a more individualized basis. In addition, each year,

Academy students must enroll in a research and problems course for

local credit. This component can fulfilled through participation in

science fair, robotics, HOSA, computer science academic

competitions, UIL academic competition, or other activities related

to students interests. Also, over the four years of high school,

students must complete 14 exploration (field trip, speakers,

seminars, meetings, etc.) credits. Lastly, students must complete an

internship in an area of career interest and accumulate at least 100

hours of community service.

All of these requirements and the CISD Academy Model represent

research based approaches designed to foster interest in STEM

study and maintain students in the STEM Pipeline. In addition,

these efforts are similar to approaches utilized by most member

STEM schools of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM

Schools of which all CISD STEM Academies are members.

If you are seeking a challenging and rigorous academic

environment with a strong focus on STEM education in a small

school environment within a larger school setting, then the

Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science might be for you.

In addition, we have a strong commitment to producing well

rounded students who participate in a variety of extracurricular

activities while pursuing a strong academic program. I hope

students and parents alike will seriously consider making

application to the Academy for Careers in Engineering and

Science. I look forward to meeting you in the future. Please

contact our Academy office with any additional questions or


Dr. Mike Papadimitriou

ACES Headmaster

ACES Application

Application Due 11/19/21

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Important Dates

11/4 Progress Report (PAC)

11/9-11/10 ELA STAAR Interim Assessment

11/12 School Dance 7-9

11/15-19 Generation Texas Week Dress Up Days

11/22-26 Thanksgiving

12/2 Progress Report (PAC)

12/3 Be Kind Day

12/7 Band Performance

12/8 Choir Performance

12/13-17 Semester Exams

12/17 Early Release at 1:10

12/17-1/4 Winter Break

1/7 Report Card

1/17 MLK Holiday

1/27 Progress Report (PAC)

2/17 Progress Report(PAC)

2/18 School Holiday

2/21 Presidents' Day Holiday

3/11 Teacher Professional Learning/Student Holiday

3/14-18 Spring Break

3/25 Report Card

4/14 Progress Report(PAC)

4/15-18 School Holiday

5/5 Progress Report(PAC)

Semester Exams 5/20-26

5/26 Last Day of School Early Release at 1:10

6/1 Report Card

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Irons Jr. High PTO Membership Form

Please print, complete form and return to Irons Jr. High in the summer or at schedule pick up day.

Apply for School Meal Benefits

Registration Due September 24th

Registration for Bus Transportation

If you will need bus transportation and have not signed up in the past please do so as soon as possible.