Grizzly Gazette- 10/18/21

West Briar MS School Updates: Week 9

Principal's Message

Last week ended with West Briar participating in the Westside HS Homecoming parade and many of our 8th grade students getting to watch. Our very own West Briar Cheerleaders and Dance Company also did an outstanding job performing in the parade! See below for some calendar updates for this week and the end of October.

Let's make it a great week to be a Grizzly!


Calendar Updates

  • Monday, 10/18- Fall Pictures (info below)
  • PSAT 8- Thurs, 10/21- 8th grade only- all 8th graders will take the PSAT 8 during the school day. Testing will begin as close to 9:30am as possible.
  • Thurs, 10/21- Sandy Hook Promise- Student Training
  • Friday, 10/22- Pink Out Day- Breast Cancer Awareness (info below)
  • Monday, 10/24 - Friday, 10/29- Red Ribbon Week (Dress-Up Days TBA)

Fall Picture Day- Mon, October 18th

All students will take a photo on our Fall Picture Day as this is the photo used for our Yearbook.

Online Ordering:

  • Using your student's Student ID or Picture Day ID: EVTRXDXHH

Students must be in dress code on this date, however are allowed to bring a school-appropriate out of dress code top for their pictures. They will simply return to their dress code following their picture time.

School Appropriate Dress Code Guidelines

  • Shirts- must have sleeves and cannot be sheer or low-cut
  • Shirts- do not have to be grade-level color or solid
  • Clothing may not have ornamentation which is disruptive or offensive.

Sandy Hook Promise Student Training

On Thursday, Oct 21st, all West Briar students will receive training on the Sandy Hook Promise- Say Something initiative. This presentation is required of all HISD students and introduces students to the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. (HISD Say Something Program Details- including Parent Guide)

The Sandy Hook- Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) is a free program that teaches middle and high school youth (and the adults around them) how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. It teaches them to Say Something to a trusted adult or use the Say Something anonymous reporting system.

The SS-ARS program is being provided through the Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide non-profit organization. SHP's programs are in 50 states- with 7,000+ schools and over 3.5 million students and adults trained. The program is age-appropriate and research-based.

Links embedded above can be used for more information.

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Friday, Oct 22: Pink Out Day

West Briar will honor Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 22nd. Students and Staff will have the opportunity to Pink Out by wearing a Pink Top and Jeans.

In order to wear a Pink top and Jeans on this day, students must:

  • Purchase a Pink Wristband for $5 during lunch.
  • Wristbands will be available for purchase Tuesday-Thursday during all 3 lunches.

Wristband must be worn on the 22nd as proof of participation to wear a Pink top. All proceeds will go to Pink Ribbon Inc- a non-profit network/international charity platform- accredited research focused on the origins of breast cancer .

Faculty Parking Lot

Please note that the Parking Lot located within our Car Rider Drop-Off/Pick-Up area is our Faculty Parking Lot. Once students are dropped off, we ask that parents continue out of the parking lot leaving adequate spaces for staff members to arrive. This also includes after-school so that staff members can exit the parking lot safely and efficiently.

Socioeconomic Information Form

Parents who have not completed the 2021-2022 Socioeconomic Information Form (pic below) will receive an individual email with instructions to do so. This blue form is very important so that schools can receive Title I* and State Compensatory Education Funding, which directly impacts West Briar MS. These funds can be used to hire personnel, provide tutoring services, order technology, and provide professional development for teachers.

The Socioeconomic Information Form can be completed on paper or through the HISD Connect Parent Portal.

*Find out more about Title I on West Briar's Title I Page

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#Grizzly Values Challenge

Students who have been making right choices and displaying #GrizzlyValues, will be randomly selected to have Patio Lunch for the entire week. Each week students are selected to sit outside on the patio during all three lunches. In order to qualify for Patio Lunch, students cannot have any disciplinary infractions within that Cycle.

  • Anyone looking to promote positive change online can check out: #MakeKindnesstheNorm @RAK at School

PTO- Grizzly Giving Campaign

Interested in donating to West Briar MS or no a supporter who would be? The Grizzly Giving annual PTO Campaign is going on NOW!

See the graphic below for information and head to WBMS PTO: Grizzly Giving Webpage.

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West Briar PTO

Wondering how you can help West Briar? Connect with our West Briar PTO!

7th & 8th Boys Basketball Tryouts

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 4-6pm

West Briar Gyms (Both Gyms)

Calling all 7th & 8th grade students who think they've got game!

Boys basketball tryouts will be held 10/28/21 from 4pm-6pm in both Gyms.

If you have any questions or need to turn in your physical, see Coach Christopolous.

Wrestling Team Reminder

Note from Coach Coulter:

All boys & girls that are planning to join the West Briar 2021-2022 Wrestling Team must make sure that they have completed their Physical. Fees should also be turned into Coach Coulter. Also make sure that all necessary equipment- shoes, head gear, etc.- will also be needed before the November first practice date (less than 2 weeks away).

Need more information? Reach out to Coach Coulter.