Gator Family News 5/10

From the desk of Christopher J. Blake

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow


Empowering today’s students to embrace tomorrow’s possibilities.


Our mission is to foster and motivate high level learning through innovative strategies to create lifelong learners in a safe and positive environment that partners with a diverse community.

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It's Friday!

Happy Friday Gator Family!

I hope you've had an AWESOME week! It's been a great week at the SWAMP! This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. We are blessed with amazing teachers at Three Lakes Middle School. We are thankful for the many donations that were given to say, "Thank you!"

I would like to give a shoutout to our Lady Gators A Soccer Team. They completed their season undefeated and earned the title of District Champs! Congratulations Lady Gators!!!

Next week will be busy with state testing. Please read below to check out the details.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Blake

Gator News

5/10--8th Grade Social from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

5/13--STAAR Test: 6/7 Math and 8 Math Retest

5/14--STAAR Test: 6/7 Reading and 8 Reading Retest

5/15--STAAR Test: 8 Science

5/16--STAAR Test: 8 Social Studies

5/18--Arts Fest at Harvey Hall from 9 AM to 4 PM

5/21--8th Grade Awards Ceremony at 6 PM in the Cafeteria

5/23--6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremonies (By invitation only)

5/24--Last day of school for students and early dismissal

Upcoming STAAR Testing Dates

May 13

Grades 6-7 Math

Grade 8 Math Retest

May 14

Grades 6-7 Reading

Grade 8 Reading Retest

May 15

Grade 8 Science

May 16

Grade 8 Social Studies

Important STAAR Testing Information

In an effort to ensure minimal disruptions and a smooth flow on the testing days, we ask that you assist us with the following:

  • If your child has an Apple Watch or Fitbit that receives calls or messages, we ask that they turn them in with their phone, or not bring them to school on the day of testing. Having these items during testing will result in an irregularity.
  • Students will not be allowed to wear hoodies (on their head) in their classroom during testing.
  • We ask that no microwavable foods be brought to school on the day of testing and that no food be dropped off for students.
  • No parent visitors will be allowed during State Testing.

We do recommend the following for STAAR testing day:

  • Get a good night sleep the night before the test.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.
  • Get to school early on the day of the test. Our doors open at 7:30 am.
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the day of the test (dress code approved). Have a jacket available in case the room is cold.

Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to create the best testing environment for your children!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

All yearbook orders are online this year! You can order online at The yearbook ID code is: 12679319. The order deadline for yearbooks is May 10, 2019.

Tyler ISD Arts Fest

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Yearbooks...Purchase here!

Yearbook ID Code: 12679319

School Supplies for 2019-2020

If you want to get a jumpstart on August, you can go ahead and purchase school supplies to be delivered to the school for pick up at Gator Tailgate. Our school code is THR019.

2019-2020 Spirit Gear Sneak Peek

Spirit Gear will be sold at the Gator Tailgate scheduled for August 13, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
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Improving attendance at Three Lakes Middle School is a top priority this school year. There is a direct correlation between student attendance and school success, so encourage your students to attend school and discuss the importance of them being here daily.

Our attendance for the week is as follows:

Grade 6: 96.28%

Grade 7: 94.64%

Grade 8: 96.54%

Overall: 95.83%

Congratulations to our 8th graders for having the highest attendance this week!!! Continue motivating your students to attend makes a difference!!!

Here are some helpful hints to help with attendance:

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, counselor, or administrator to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, counselor, or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

2018-2019 District Calendar

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Parting Thought

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer