Hawk Talk

January 4-8, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Hobby Family,

I hope each and everyone of you had a restful and fun Holiday break.

All classes will resume as usual tomorrow, Monday January 4th, either In-person or the virtual learning model based on the selection you made prior to going on Winter break.

We will be notifying all families this week via e-mail to verify if you are continuing to choose in-person learning or choosing the virtual learning model.

As, Always You Matter

Lawrence Carranco


Hobby Middle School

Hobby Hawk Habit for the Week of January 4, 2021

The Hobby Hawk Habit of the week is: Be punctual; arrive on time, and be ready for class. If you ever run late, enter your classroom quietly.

Important Hobby Dates

  • Jan 4, 2021 students return from Winter Break
  • Jan 4 - AVID Q&A session @ 6:30pm / College shirt day
  • Jan 5-6 - Vision and Hearing testing for 7th graders
  • Jan 5- Girls Basketball @ 5pm (Link to watch the games on Hobby Broadcast Channel)
  • Jan 6 - Boys Basketball @ 5pm (Link to watch the games on Hobby Broadcast Channel)
  • Jan 8 - AVID videos due / Spirit shirt day

Health Information from the Nurse

-Hearing and Vision will take place January 5th and 6th for all 7th graders during their Texas history class. Please make sure your student has their glasses or contacts during testing.

-Scoliosis testing is currently being completed for all 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys.

If you are a virtual learner please contact the clinic to schedule an appointment for both of these tests or if you have a doctor's results those can be sent as well.

- 6th and 7th grade immunizations needed: 1 TDAP and 1 MCV4. Usually students receive these shots when they are 11 . If your student has these immunizations please email a copy/photo to my email as soon as possible so your student is not delinquent.

Contact info: Tracy.Solis@nisd.net or 210-397-6309

Special Ed Information for Parents

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P.T.A. Reflections Contest

The National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because....

Please join Hobby PTA in recognizing Mrs. Dowling’s students Jonah Tontiplaphol, Lucy Garza and Cameron Harold submitted original artwork for this year's program.

Orchestra Celebrations

Orchestra student's submitted recordings for Region Competition last week and they were judged over the weekend on December 13th.

The following students made the String group:

Marissa Buchek - Viola

Sophie Pomeroy - Cello

Cole Rosenberg - Cello

Grant Davidson - Cello

Mayumi Hernandez - Violin

Pamela Cazares - Violin

The following student made Philharmonic

Lilly Dreher - Violin

(Lilly made 1st chair Violin in the top group which is a huge celebration!)

We are really proud of these students that auditioned and every year the number of Hobby students that make it keeps increasing.

Early Dismissal days for Planning

We are in the midst of a school year unlike any other. For Northside teachers, the challenges are especially demanding as you must balance the academic needs of both in-person and virtual learners.

Beginning in January 2021, six Teacher Planning Time/Student Early Dismissal Days have been added to this year’s school calendar. On these days, teachers at every level will have an additional three hours of planning time. The dates are Wednesdays on Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., middle schools at 12:40 p.m., and high schools at 1 p.m. For additional details, click here.

Counselor's Corner

‘Twas the Season for giving!!!

This is how our Hobby Faculty and Staff contributed to our students and community:

Hobby donated 86 coats to NISD Threads, distributed 80 Boxes of food to our Hobby families, and 36 students received Angel Tree gifts.

Virtual Learning Support Website

Parents and students can access help with all things Schoology HERE

N-Genius- Help with Devices

Northside now has N-genius, a “Geek-Squad” located at the Kelly Smith Technology Center

to support student issues with the school issued technology. Therefore, Hobby will no longer swap out chromebooks. If a student’s Chromebook is damaged or malfunctions, contact the student hotline at (210) 397-0020 to schedule an Ngenius appointment. If needed, while the Chromebook is under repair, Hobby will issue a loaner Ipad so the student can access Schoology and be marked present in their classes.

Secondary Online Student Homework Support

Secondary Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students with Schoology Support and in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Spanish. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.

The Online Student Homework Support hours are:

Monday - Thursday

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Elementary)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Secondary)

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Levels)

Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (All Levels)

Students will be able to access the link in HAC under the school links tab, and in the students NISD portal that signifies Student Homework Support.


Be sure to join our amazing P.T.A. and support all of the great things that they do for our school. The link to join is HERE. Remember when registering that we are William P. Hobby Middle School

Thank you in advance for helping us do great things!

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