Grizzly Gazette- 11/8/2021

West Briar MS School Updates: Week 12

Principal's Message

It's the last week of Cycle 2...so be sure to encourage your student to get caught up on all assignments! (Checking Grades in PowerSchool) Our PTO kicked off the Silent Virtual Auction on Monday and details can be found in this newsletter. This event benefits our entire campus! The PTO is busy this month as they sponsor Friday's Fun Run event for the first 400 tickets purchased.


A special Congratulations to Dr. Maneen, our Theater Director and our Grizzly Theater group as they advanced to UIL Finals next week and won all the top acting and crew awards given out on Saturday!!



Let's end Cycle 2 strong!

#GrizzlyValues


Calendar Updates

  • Nov 1 - Nov 13- PTO Silent (Virtual) Auction
  • Nov 9- WBMS SDMC Mtg
  • Nov 11- Bush Elem Blood Drive
  • Nov 12- Last day of Cycle 2
  • Nov 12- PTO Fun Run
  • Nov 15 - Nov 19 Book Fair (+Online Thanksgiving Wk; 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.


Details

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!

Fun Run (Sponsored by WBMS PTO)

Friday, Nov. 12th, 4:30-5:30pm

West Briar Middle School Field

Tickets for Friday's Fun Run are being sold at lunch- for $1.00*!



  • Run 5k, run as much as you want- just join the fun!!
  • @konahouston will be on-site selling sno cones!



*The event is limited to 400 participants.

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Student Assistance Questionnaire

Each year, all students must have a completed Student Assistance Questionnaire on file. Regardless of whether a student/family qualifies for assistance, this form must be completed. The form can be filled out through HISD Connect or by turning in a hard copy form to the WBMS Front Office (or to any house office). Thank you to those who have already submitted this form for this school year!

For those who have not, please complete the form through one of the two methods listed below:




(Picture of the SAQ Form is below)

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Accelerated Learning Tutoring

Per the new House Bill (HB) 4545, Accelerated Learning Tutoring began last 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.

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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.


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On Monday, we had a social media threat posted that was found because someone said something. We were able to alert the authorities and effectively assess the threat on campus. Ultimately, it was determined to be unsubstantiated but we are thankful for those who spoke up when they saw something threatening. Please continue to encourage your student to speak up, when this happens.

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

Student Dress Code

Our WBMS Student Dress Code specifically references cold weather jackets/coats. Under the Outer Garments section, it states:


  • WBMS sweatshirts (crew neck) with the "West Briar" logo may be worn in the classrooms.
  • Hooded sweatshirts may not be worn inside the classroom except on Fridays when students may wear WBMS hooded sweatshirts.
  • Sweaters and jackets of other styles/colors may be worn before and after school. They cannot be worn within the building between 8AM and 4PM.



2021-2022 WBMS Student Handbook (Dress Code, Pg. 2)


(photo courtesy istockphoto.com)

Cross Country Fall 2021 Fundraiser

Interested in adding to your Grizzly Spirit Wear? Check out Cross Country's Fall 2021 Fundraiser- purchases made completely online:


Fancloth- WBMS Fall Fundraiser 2021

Student Behavior

As we enter the last week of Cycle 2, we assume that all West Briar students are familiar with campus procedures and expectations for behavior. As a part of Houston ISD, all West Briar students are held to the 2021-2022 Student Code of Conduct.


On page 2 of this document, it includes an Overview of Students Responsibilities:

  • Develop constructive student relationships with peers and school personnel
  • Contribute to the overall safety of the campus and campus community by reporting anything that would threaten an individual or the school community; if you see something, say something.
  • Adhere to District, school, classroom, and school-related activity rules and regulations with this Code and campus specific procedures.

On page 6, the Levels of Student Misconduct and Disciplinary Options begins outline acts of misbehavior and possible consequences/interventions.


It is imperative that students have a safe school environment to ensure student learning is the number one goal. Students participating in fighting or disorderly conduct of any kind is considered a Level 3 violation and is taken extremely seriously. Please have a conversation with your student about what to do when confronted with a difficult situation involving other students and options available.

These options include:

  • Reaching out to a trusted Teacher
  • Contact a Dean
  • Contact our Social Worker (Ms. Taylor)
  • Have parent contact any of the above staff members

We are here to help our students grow academically and emotionally.


Help us ensure a safe campus for everyone by discussing feelings and practice talking about feelings with your student. Our student's school lives have been seriously interrupted in the last few years and this has caused a lot of feelings for students that they've never dealt with before. Middle School is already a difficult time for students socio-emotionally and adding social conflict makes it worse. Check out some of the below resources for more information and helpful tips.

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7 Ways to Teach Kids to Manage their Own Conflicts (Edutopia)

Teaching Kids How to Deal with Conflict (Child Mind Institute)

5 Strategies to Help Kids Resolve Conflict (PBS)

Wraparound Services

Do you need assistance with critical areas that ensure your student has what they need to be successful in school? Mr. Staffon Adams is West Briar's Wraparound Specialist and he helps families with nonacademic needs such as appropriate outside resources and resource providers.


Check out his flyer for more information:

And contact him at:


Houston ISD Wraparound Services Info Page