STEAM Middle School
Wolverine News Volume 20
January 15th-January 19th
Monday, January 15th: MLK School Holiday (no school!)
Wednesday, January 17th: Reading MAP Testing (information below)
Tuesday, January 19th: Last day to add/drop class for the year, no exceptions!
Monday, January 22nd: Math MAP Testing (information below)
Tuesday, January 23rd: BCHS Presentation for 8th-grade families @ 6:00 STEAM Cafeteria
Tuesday, January 30th: Last day to purchase a yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year
Friday, February 9th: STEAM Valentine's Dance
Thursday, February 15th: BISD Choice Night @ 6:00 Centennial High School
Monday, February 19th: Student Holiday (no school!)
Monday, March 12th-Friday, March, 16th: Spring Break!
Add the STEAM calendar to stay up-to-date!
(Click the + in the bottom right hand corner to add the calendar)
KMS & HMS Calendars
We will include important dates to our STEAM calendar, but feel free to add Kerr or Hughes!
STEAM House Winner
Congratulations to BIRUDA our house winner this week!
Students in the BIRUDA house may have free dress on Tuesday, January 16th.
BIRUDA Students must pick up high school dress sticker in the cafeteria upon arrival.
Students without stickers will have to change into standardized dress.
*Within high school dress guidelines.
Grade Level Newsletters
Grade level newsletters will provide information for your student's classes as well as keep you up to date with events to come!
Gifted and Talented Referrals
Notice to Parents:
The Burleson Independent School District will be accepting referrals for testing for gifted and talented services January 8-January 26, 2018. Gifted & Talented Services are designed to serve the unique educational needs of academically gifted students. These students perform or have the potential to perform at a remarkably high level, beyond the performance of their peers. Approximately 3-5% of the population is gifted. The full referral notice and parent forms can be found here: BISD Gifted and Talented Education .
*This is only for students who are NOT identified as GT through BISD.
MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Performance)
Please be aware of middle of the year testing from the district for Reading/Math.
Make all efforts for your child to be in attendance during these times, scheduling appointments accordingly.
MAP testing was also given in the beginning of the year to report accurate levels of performance for your child.
The test is of high importance to display your student's current academic readiness.
Reading: January 17th 12:00-2:00
Math: January 22nd 12:00-2:00
Fun Friday Hosted by NJHS
NJHS is going to be selling drink, snacks, and candy canes after school every other Friday.
Support the National Juniors Honor Society!
Prices will include:
Gatorade = $2.00; Cheez-its = $1.50; Poptarts = $1.00; Takis = $1.50; Chip Varieties = $2.00; Small Candy Canes = $0.50.
STEAM Valentine's Dance
STEAM Tutoring Schedules
Use this link for the most up-to-date tutoring schedules!
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.
A Note from Nurse Shields
Don’t Let the FLU Sneak Up on YOU!
As reported on Monday, Jan 9th by CBS, The Texas Department of Public Health states that one of the hardest hit areas in the county is the 76028 zip code (Burleson) and 76140 zip code (Kennedale.) See the News story in its entirety here.
In order to get through this Flu season without illness, please remember the following:
PLEASE keep your children at home if they have been diagnosed with the flu or have flu-like symptoms!! ALL students must be FEVER FREE for 24 hours WITHOUT fever-reducing medications (Tylenol or Motrin) before they can return to school.
Educate your children about the importance of handwashing (not just using sanitizer) several times throughout the day, before and after using the restroom, before eating, etc.
Do NOT allow your child to share food or drinks with anyone else… including you!
For more information on symptoms of the flu and ways to prevent the virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s dedicated flu information site here.
If your child contracts the flu or you feel that he or she may have the flu, call your doctor immediately so they can prescribe a medication that may shorten the length and severity of the virus. Please call the front office at STEAM, 817-245-1500 and let us know your child will be absent due to flu and/or flu-like symptoms.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Flu, feel free to call my clinic at 817-245-1510 or email me at Brittney.Shields@bisdmail.net
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.
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 is S.T.E.A.M.?
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!
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.
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)