STEAM Middle School
Wolverine News Volume 36
May 29th-June 2nd
Friday, May 26th: Bad Weather Make-Up Day, No School!
Monday, May 29th: Memorial Day, Student Holiday
Tuesday, May 30th-Thursday, June 1st: Spring semester exams (please see the schedule below)
Thursday, June 1st: Last day of school, students will be released at 12:30pm!
Have a happy and safe summer!
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Our House Winner for this week:
Grade Level Newsletters
Congratulations to our Students and Staff of the Month!
Spring Final Exam Schedule
Makerspace is closed
BISD Summer School Opportunity
For more information regarding the high school summer school,
click on the correct links below.
*Not all courses shown are offered to middle school students, please
contact Mrs. Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 245-1500 for eligibility.
BISD Summer School Packet for BISD Students, click here.
BISD Summer School Packet for Out Of District Students, click here.
Credit Card Payment for RevTrack, click here.
Summer School Classes for credit recovery and acceleration, click here.
For more information regarding Summer School please contact:
Scott Shaha at 817-245-0289 (BHS) or Karen Woodworth at 817-245-0012 (BHS).
Reminder About Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures
As we begin a new semester, please see below for reminders of the STEAM arrival and dismissal procedures.
Please click here to view the STEAM Middle School drop-off and pick-up procedures. Upon viewing the link, see below for further clarification.
Drop Off Procedures:
When dropping off your STEAM student in the morning, please use "Lane 1" to drop off students that need to go to the Band/Fitness Center.
Please use "Lane 2" to drop off students that do not need to go to the Band/Fitness Center prior to entering the main building.
In order to exit our student drop off/pick up location, as the red arrows indicate, take two left turns to return to the driveway and exit the school property on to Linda Drive.
Pick Up Procedures:
As students exit the main building, students will utilize Lane 1/Lane 2 by crossing at the designated areas.
What are the benefits of tutoring?
- Tutoring offers individual and structured learning
- Develops a rapport between teacher and student, allowing for a more meaningful connection to material
- Enhances student's performance and growth
- Creates a positive attitude toward the subject
- Encourages self-directed learning
- Allows for practice in the related subject area without the risk associated in a classroom setting
- Improves self-esteem
Students are encouraged to attend a tutoring time that best meets their schedule.
This means that if a teacher does not offer tutoring at a time that works for the student, they may attend an alternate teacher's tutoring session for that subject.
Please reach out to your student's teacher if there are special circumstances.
Need a Replacement?
PSAT 8/9 Update
8th grade students are able to view their PSAT/NMSQT scores by logging into Khan Academy. Not only are scores available they too, may get a personalized SAT practice plan.
Click here to learn how to link Khan Academy to College Board.
Give Me 5 Campaign
Google Classroom for Parents
Want in on your child's Google Classroom activity?
Visit the docs below to learn how to receive daily or weekly summaries of Google Classroom activity as well as additional topics!
I Love Burleson ISD
Please join us in supporting Burleson ISD by signing up for a yard sign or decal through ILoveBurlesonISD.net! Once you request your free yard sign or decal, it will be available for pick-up here at STEAM.
You can also follow ILoveBurlesonISD on facebook and twitter.
Below are the links:
I Love Burleson ISD (Facebook)
I Love Burleson ISD (Twitter)
How Should Trust Cards and ID's be Worn?
Trust Cards should be worn horizontally in plastic protectors
with ID's hanging vertically in front.
Click here to view our STEAM Trust Card-Level Requirements.
Remember, at the end of each six weeks, we will review daily attendance, grades, discipline referral, and tardy data by-student to determine who qualifies for each of the three levels of trust cards. Then, according to the data, new trust cards will be issued each six weeks.
Level 1 Blue Trust Card contains 6 privileges. Level 2 Red Trust Card contains 12 privileges. Level 3 Platinum Trust Card contains 17 privileges. Again, these privileges can be redeemed from any STEAM staff member throughout a six weeks. Use them because you have earned them by your hard work in showing respect, taking responsibility, embodying excellence, having an amiable attitude, and making a difference! Also, ask your teachers how you can earn back privileges that you have already redeemed.
Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will automatically obtain a Platinum Trust Card for six weeks.
Click here to view descriptions for our Trust Card privileges.
Remember to wear your Trust Card, redeem your privileges, and celebrate your success! As you redeem your privileges, please find us, because we want to take your picture and celebrate with you!
It Pays to Have Platinum!
Grades, attendance, and behavior all impact students obtaining a Platinum level Trust Card.
Students who receive a Positive Office Referral will too, be issued a Platinum.
Another way that students may level up to a Platinum is by sharing with us
Send us a tweet, Facebook post, e-mail, or Instagram shout-out showing us your STEAMer going above and beyond in our community, they just might reach Platinum!
Doctor and Personal Appointments
Please make sure that when scheduling appointments for students, that they are before or after school. Attendance is crucial and we ask that if an appointment must be made during the school day, that they occur after 10:00 am.
Failure to Report to STEAM U or Academic Lab
Students are required to report to their scheduled STEAM U and/or Academic Lab time.
All students are aware of their destinations for each scheduled time.
Failure to attend either STEAM U or Academic Lab will result in an afterschool detention.
On Fridays, our STEAM students will get to choose from the available clubs during their STEAM U/ Academic Lab times instead of completing their Canvas Modules and/or attending academic labs.
Students may choose a different club each STEAM U, each week.
The STEAM U Friday Clubs List will be posted for students in the Cafeteria.
Counseling Corner with Mrs. Harrison
What do colleges look for in students?
It is never too early to begin preparing for college admission!
The admissions process varies and can be subjective to some degree, but here are 10 things that could help your student stand out and score acceptance letters from his or her favorite schools. Check out the list below published by the Philadelphia Tribune!
1. A challenging high school curriculum
A transcript that reflects the students takes on challenges that can put them a step ahead. Academically successful students should include several honors and Advanced Placement classes.
2. Strong grades and an upward trend
Admissions officers value grades that represent strong effort. Grades should show an upward trend over the years. However, slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all A’s in less challenging coursework.
3. Solid scores on standardized tests
Scores on the SATs and ACTs carry considerable weight in the college admissions process. Scores should ideally be consistent with high school performance.
4. Quality involvement in activities
Passionate involvement in a few activities — and a demonstration of leadership and initiative in those activities — can only help a student. Depth, not breadth, of experience, is most important.
5. A record of community service
Community service activities serve as evidence of a student being a “contributor.” Volunteer activities should demonstrate concern for other people and a global view.
6. Work or out-of-school experiences
Jobs, summer programs and other out-of-school activities can demonstrate a student’s sense of responsibility, dedication and personal development in areas of interest. Meaningful use of free time can show maturity.
7. A strong well-written essay
A strong college essay provides insight into the student’s unique personality, values and goals. The application essay should be thoughtful and highly personal. It should demonstrate careful and well-constructed writing.
8. Positive recommendations from school personnel
Hopefully the student’s letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors give evidence of integrity, special skills and positive character traits. Students should request recommendations from teachers who respect their work in an academic discipline.
9. Additional recommendations from adults who know the student well
Supplementary recommendations by adults who have had significant direct contact with the student can also bolster a college application. For example, letters from coaches or supervisors in long-term work or volunteer activities are valuable. However, recommendations from casual acquaintances or family friends, even if they’re well known, are rarely given much weight.
10. Other special attributes or awards
Don’t overlook anything special that makes the student stand out from the rest of the applicants! Include honors, awards, evidence of unusual talent or experience, or anything else that makes the student unique. Overall, colleges are seeking students who will be active, contributing members of the student body.
Mrs. Morgan Harrison, Counselor
Schedule Change Requests
Course change requests should be made once schedule pick-up occurs.
No course change requests for core or elective classes
will be accepted until schedule pick-up.
(This date in August will be later determined)
Communication is key in any working relationship. Stay up-to-date with your student's academics through the STEAM, individual teacher, and BISD websites as well as weekly grade level newsletters.
Who should you contact first in the event clarification is needed regarding your child?
Your child's teacher(s).
Our facilitators know your student and care about their success. If you have questions regarding assignments, behavior, or specific events, reach out to them.
Use this link to find individual teacher emails.
Attendance is of utmost importance. When students are absent, not only do they miss out on direct instruction, but also they have assignments that begin to pile up. While sometimes being absent is unavoidable, especially if a student has a fever or doctor's orders to stay home, if at all possible make sure they attend every day.
In Texas, students are required to attend school no less than 90% of the time, or to be absent no more than 17 days. When students pass 17 days of absences (EVEN excused with a doctor's note and partial absences) they are subject to loss of credit. Loss of credit means that they will not be given credit for courses.
We understand that sometimes absences are unavoidable but, if a student is in any way able to come to school it is important that they attend.
A Note From Nurse Shields
Please review the attached document regarding medication pick-up.
What is S.T.E.A.M.?
Our STEAM social media accounts are updated frequently with the exciting things going on at STEAM. We would like to make sure your student is able to be a part of our STEAM videos and photos that we post on our STEAM social media accounts. Please update your student's directory information if you would like your STEAM student a part of our videos and photos. You may complete the attachment below and return this form to our front office.