Grizzly Gazette- August 29, 2021

Latest and greatest school updates: Week 2

Principal's Message

Our school year is officially underway and it was a fantastic first week! The hallways are filled with students, the workroom has been busy with teachers preparing, and our Grizzly Community is growing. It's been a hectic bustle, but an excitement felt in the air. Approaching the first of September, this newsletter (in it's new format) is meant to provide clarity in some of our school-wide procedures and protocols. It also explains how to complete the beginning of a new school year paperwork and make updates in HISD Connect.


Beginning with the Houston ISD Ready-Set-Go Plan, there is a lot of change this school year and we (staff and students) are learning to adapt (#GrizzliesAdapt). Administrators, teachers, and students are all adjusting to a new normal with protocols and academics aimed at closing any gaps.


West Briar's instructional focus is to start strong by assessing understanding, but to also focus on social-emotional growth by encouraging our students to #BeKind. To build a strong West Briar community, I need your help. Please encourage our students to reach out with Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) and/or help another student acclimate to #GrizzlyValues.


It's time to work West Briar....let's make it a fantastic year for all Grizzlies by helping one another succeed.

"First Day Packets" (Paper Copies) Going home Monday, August 30th

Each year, all parents must complete a series of forms for each student enrolled in an HISD school. These are sometimes referred to as "First Day Packets."


This year, these forms will go out Monday, August 30th.


  • If your student is absent, they can take it home the next time they attend their 7th period class.


Please sign and return the following forms (to the student's 1st period teacher) by Friday, September 3rd:


  1. Houston ISD Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Page-signed by both student and parent. The HISD Code of Conduct can be found here, but if you would like a hard copy of the entire Code of Conduct, indicate this on the returned acknowledgement page and one will be given to your student.
  2. Media Release Form
  3. Socioeconomic Form- This form indicates whether a student qualifies for free/reduced lunch, but needs to be completed by all students.
  4. PTO Flyer- this includes all the fantastic activities that our PTO help our community with, how to join, and how to contribute. All PTO information is available on the PTO website.


It is imperative that we have signed forms for each West Briar student that will be filed for the 2021-2022 school year.

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HISD Connect Student Verification & Forms for 2021-2022

In addition to the forms above, each parent must complete the HISD Connect Student Verification process for the 2021-2022 school year. Below you will find a PDF instructional page to help you complete this process.



Make sure to keep your student contacts including email address(es) updated so that you are receiving the most up-to-date campus and district information! This is how we communicate with you.

Last Step: HISD Connect- FORMS

The last step is to ensure you've completed any required forms in HISD Connect:


  1. Family Survey
  2. Home Language Survey
  3. Military Connected Family Survey
  4. Student Assistance Questionnaire
  5. Student Change of Address
  6. Student Contacts
Completing Forms in HISD Connect Parent Portal

Student Handbook 2021-2022

We will continue to remind students of all campus-wide policies, but all are based upon the WBMS 2021-2022 Student Handbook.


Here is the #GrizzlyValues Student Presentation that was shown during the first week of school.


  • In conjunction with the Houston ISD Code of Conduct, this document holds all campus-wide procedures to help keep students safe and provide clear and consistent expectations for student behavior.
  • Deans and Teachers will continue to remind students of these procedures to ensure consistency.


Parts of the Student Handbook presentation that were emphasized this week can be seen in the below slides:

Athletic Physicals

Monday, Aug. 30th, 4pm

West Briar MS Small Gym (enter at end of car pool lane by gate)

Parents can bring students to receive their Athletics Physicals which are required to participate in sports this school year. (This is only for students who still need physicals.)


Cost of the physical is $30 credit card or $25 cash purchase. All sports paperwork is submitted on the registermyathlete.com website.


If you have any questions, check the West Briar Athletics Website for instructions.


-West Briar Coaches

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West Briar Open House (Virtual)

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 6-8pm

Virtual- Microsoft Teams

West Briar will hold a virtual Open House event on September 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.


  • Teachers will all have a video syllabus that will be accessible following the event from the West Briar website.
  • More details will follow at the end of this week along with the links to follow.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Parents- we are continuing to evaluate West Briar's after-school pick-up procedures. However, it continues to improve and by Friday the car rider line had cleared out by 4:20pm. We appreciate your patience and input to help keep our Grizzlies safe.


Arrival


  • Parents dropping off students each morning must not take up parking spaces. This drop off location is adjacent to our staff parking lot. Staff arrive to campus between 7:00-8:15 each morning and must be able to utilize these parking spaces.


Dismissal


  • Both Principal Mishlan and our campus Police Officer- Officer Houston- are aware and continue to work on our after-school pick-up procedures and routing. We will continue to make adjustments, as necessary, however please follow the below protocols to ensure the safety of all West Briar students and staff.


Please view the video below for a graphic illustration of both West Briar's Arrival & Dismissal procedures.

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Ready-Set-Go Documents

West Briar MS follows all Houston ISD Ready-Set-Go guidelines for returning students to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Our School Information page has been updated with a variety of Parent Guides and Quick Reference information.


Check it out here: School Information- Ready-Set-Go