Capt. Mark T. Voss Middle School

Summer Update II - July 16th, 2019

A message from the principal

Greetings Voss MS parents,


We are under 30 days until our first day of school! Very soon you'll see us, say "tag, you're it," and we'll take over teaching and learning operations. I visited the campus today and our construction teams are still hard at work finishing up our outdoor blacktop/basketball courts, our amphitheater outside the library, paint touches throughout the building, and installing technology and security features. Most of the furniture has arrived and many of the classrooms are already staged and ready for students. The library collection also arrived today and our librarian, Mrs. Keranen, along with district staff volunteers inventoried and organized all of our books and resources. It is all coming together nicely and I can't wait for you walk the campus to see it all.


Don't forget about our student and parent orientation happening on August 1st and 2nd. Parents and students are encouraged to attend their assigned date and time. If you have a scheduling conflict with your date and time, please feel free to attend the other. At orientation we will provide an overview of the campus, review policies and procedures, and give you an opportunity to tour the campus.


Students will receive their schedules, locker assignments, planners, and be able to walk their classes at our Flight Camp/Prep Day scheduled on August 9th from 1:00-4:00 PM at your assigned time slot.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Our office staff and counselors will be back full time on July 22nd and will post office hours shortly thereafter. I look forward to meeting each of you and can't wait to see our students in just a few short weeks.


Have a wonderful rest of the week. Go Eagles!


Beto Hinojosa, Ed. D., Principal

Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School

830-357-3505

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Backpacks

Students are allowed to use a small backpack or book-bag to carry their items as long as it is a reasonable size (15x15x15 or smaller is recommended). Each student will be responsible for bringing their school issued Chromebook, notebook/binder, and any textbooks or resources for each class. Teachers may determine that their classroom space, number of students in a particular section, and size of backpacks may not be conducive to the learning environment and ask students to keep them in their lockers for that period.

District Dress Code Policy

A committee of twenty-seven people representing students, administrators, board members, parents, and community members met four times between November 2018 - June 2019 to consider options that would modernize the dress code while best reflecting the values of the district and community and allowing for greater administrative discretion at the campus level. Upon researching different dress codes from around the area and identifying specific needs, the committee reached consensus and developed the recommendation that was approved by the BISD school board.


Voss Middle School will follow district dress code policy listed in its entirety below.


Please review and help your child plan their school day wardrobe appropriately.


DRESS AND GROOMING

A dress code is intended to: (1) Foster healthy standards of student grooming and hygiene; (2) create and maintain a respectful and positive learning environment; (3) prevent the disruption, interference with, or detraction from the educational environment and school activities; and (4) minimize health and safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards provided they comply with the following District guidelines.


Students are required to use good judgment, to respect themselves and others, and to demonstrate modesty in selecting an attire. Students should wear garments, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and hairstyles that are appropriate and modest in length and coverage. Whether in classrooms, on school grounds, or serving as representatives of the district during activities and/or competitions, clothing:


Should reflect a positive image of the school and contribute to a distraction-free learning environment;


Should lead teachers and/or staff to reasonably believe that the issue does not interfere with, disturb, or distract from the classroom and/or learning environment;


Below the waist should not be excessively tight, loose, cut, baggy or have revealing tears; sagging is prohibited; and above the waist should not be excessively tight, revealing, backless, or low cut.


Clothing displaying advertisements, emblems, patches, pictures, slogans, and writing on clothing and other personal items that are lewd, obscene, offensive, suggestive, vulgar, gang related, or promote violence are prohibited. Clothing that advertises or depicts alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, or other prohibited substances is prohibited.


SEE SPECIFICS BELOW:


FOOTWEAR: Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.


HAIR / FACIAL HAIR: Hair / facial hair must be clean, well-groomed and not pose a distraction. Hairstyles or designs that are disruptive or distracting to the school environment are prohibited (i.e. mohawks, rattails, patterns or shavings in the hair, or spikes). Color that is disruptive or distracting to the school environment is prohibited ( i.e. colors other than natural hair colors).


HEADCOVERINGS: Hats, caps, sweatbands, scarves, bandanas, visors, or other head coverings are prohibited in the classroom or school building except on approved occasions or unless there is a religious or medical exception.


TATTOOS/BRANDS: All tattoos and brands must be covered at all times.


OUTERWEAR: Trench coats are prohibited.


SHIRTS: Shirts must be worn at all times while in the classroom, on school grounds, or at school-related or school-sponsored events. Shirts and dress tops must have a strap width of at least 2 inches each and must be worn on the shoulder. Undergarments should not be visible. Midsection may not be exposed. Excessively large armholes are prohibited.


LENGTH OF CLOTHING: Shorts, skirts, skorts, or dresses must reach mid-thigh or longer. Athletic/running shorts may not meet this requirement. The same standard applies to slits or slashes in skirts or dresses. A shirt worn over leggings must meet length requirements for dresses.


If the principal or designee determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If the student refuses to make appropriate corrections, the student’s parent/guardian will be contacted for assistance. If both the student and parent/guardian refuse, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in more serious disciplinary action. In all cases, appropriate disciplinary action will be administered in compliance with the Student Code of Conduct.


Note: This dress code provides guidance regarding common situations but cannot cover every style of dress and specific situations that may arise. The items outlined in the Dress Code are not all-inclusive; because of that, there may be times when clothing or accessories do not specifically breach the code yet may be inappropriate for school. The District reserves the right to prohibit any clothing or grooming style that the administration determines to be reasonably expected to pose a health or safety hazard or to cause substantial disruption of, a distraction from, or interference with general school operations. Extracurricular programs may have additional requirements or guidelines for students participating in those programs.

Back to School Dates

Please plan to attend our student and parent orientation where we will review campus guidelines and procedures, our many campus programs, clubs, and activities, and information specific to our school. Guided campus tours will be provided immediately following the presentation. Our Voss PTO will also be on site so you can purchase your Voss Eagle gear !


Thursday, August 1st

●Students A-L 9:00-12:00


Friday, August 2nd

● Students M-Z 9:00-12:00


Flight Camp Prep Day - All are invited to this come and go event where students will have an opportunity to drop off their school supplies, pick up their schedules, Athletics/PE gear, and locker assignments. Students and families will be welcome to take a self-paced tour of the campus to visit their classes, practice their locker combinations, and visit with their teachers and friends!


Friday, August 9th

1:00-2:30 PM- Students A-L

2:30-4:00 PM- Students M-Z



First Day of School - Wednesday, August 14th

7:50-8:30 - Student Arrival & AM Campus Access

8:35 - Start of Class

4:00 PM - Afternoon Dismissal


Open House / Meet the Teacher Night - Tuesday, August 27th - 6:30-8:00


School Dedication and Ribbon Cutting - Saturday, September 14th - 1:00 PM

Thank You Vicky Frescas!

A big thank you to our PTO president Vicky Frescas for volunteering her time and talent to design incredible graphics for our campus. With the savings in graphic design, we were able to maximize our budget to create a beautiful package of images of inspiration and school pride that will adorn multiple areas of our campus for years to come. Below is just a sneak peak of what our students will see daily at VMS.
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School Supply List

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Join me in welcoming our new band, orchestra, and choir directors!

Connect with Us!

Like and follow our social media pages and visit our website regularly for updates, announcements, staff bios, and more!


Voss MS Website: www.boerneisd.net/voss


Voss MS Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/vossms/


Voss MS Twitter: www.twitter.com/VossMiddle


Voss PTO Website: www.vosspto.org


Voss PTO Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/vosspto


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