Tison Roo News 2016-17

Week of Feb 20th

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Tison Middle School! The goal for this newsletter is to provide information on Tison programs, activities, and events for students, parents, and our community.

I always appreciate feedback so if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at lgreer@weatherfordisd.com. Thanks!


Leah Greer

TMS Library Media Specialist


Monday, Feb 20 -- Sunday, Feb 26

Monday, Feb 20 -- STUDENT HOLIDAY

Thursday, Feb 23 -- #DLDAY (Digital Learning Day)

Monday, Feb 27 -- Sunday, Mar 5

Monday, Feb 27 -- BLUE BELLE Audition Mtg @ WHS Band Hall (6:45 PM)

Tuesday, Feb 28 -- BLUE BELLE Audition Clinic @ WHS Gym C (4:30 - 6 PM)

Wednesday, Mar 1 -- BLUE BELLE Audition Clinic @ WHS Gym C (4:30 - 6 PM)

Thursday, Mar 2 -- BLUE BELLE Audition Clinic @ WHS Gym C (4:30 - 6 PM)

Thursday, Mar 2 -- Burleson Kerr Track Meet for 7th/8th Boys & Girls @ Kerr MS

Friday, Mar 3 -- BLUE BELLE AUDITION @ WHS Gym C (4:30 - 8 PM)

Friday, Mar 3 -- TISON CHEERLEADER applications DUE by 4 PM in Rm #113

Saturday, Mar 4 -- North Texas Teen Book Festival @ Irving Con. Center (8 AM - 5 PM)

Monday, Mar 9 -- Sunday, Mar 12

Thursday, Mar 9 -- Tison/Hall Dual Track Meet for 7th/8th Boys & Girls @ Tison
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The Time to BUY a Yearbook is NOW

Pre-ordering a yearbook is the best method to guarantee your student will receive one this year, since the yearbook staff uses pre-order sales to determine how many to have printed. The yearbook staff will have a small number printed for those who choose to purchase in May, but quantities will be limited and the cost of the yearbook will be at its most expensive - $50.

To order your student a yearbook now, you can go to www.balfour.com and choose "Tison Middle School". If you would rather pay by cash or check, you can pick up an application at the Tison front office or just email the yearbook sponsor, Leslie Fenton (lfenton@weatherfordisd.com), for instructions.

Want to know what a Tison Yearbook looks like? Watch the video below -- it contains a sampling of pages from the 2016 Tison yearbook:
Tison Yearbook Promo Feb 2017 360p


Why celebrate Digital Learning Day?

With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning.

We invite Tison teachers and students to share on social media using hashtag #DLDay the innovative digital tools being used in Tison classrooms!

Digital Learning Day - Innovate. Collaborate. Inspire. - YouTube

KAJEETS -- Mobile hotspot devices now available for checkout

Tison currently has 4 Kajeets for students to check out! Kajeets are mobile hotspots for students who might not have internet access outside of school to work on their school assignments.

They are easy to use, go through the WISD district filter, and each has 0.5 GB of data available on a daily basis. If you have a student that needs internet access to complete a project or any other educational related task, please email Leah Greer (lgreer@weatherfordisd.com) for more details.


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The Tison Library would like to take a bus of Tison students to the North Texas Teen Book Festival! This is a free event for all teenagers (and adults) in north Texas with a PASSION for YA (Young Adult) books. This is a chance for Tison students to interact with other students across the region who share their love for reading YA books, to meet the authors of some of their favorite books, and to discover other amazing authors and books! There will be over 80 authors attending, including R.L. Stine and Veronica Roth (Divergent series).

PARENT PERMISSION FORM NOW AVAILABLE! Go to https://goo.gl/VsXoTb or you can pick up a form in the library. Due date for permission forms is Friday, Feb. 24th.

Students who are also participating in the Tison Library Reading Challenge may use this event for Challenge #4 "Visit a museum or cultural center you've never visited before".


Heather Parish, 7th Grader

Heather has been nominated by Coach Light to be recognized in the Tison newsletter! Here are Coach Light's comments:

"Heather is an amazing student to have in class. Although she is quiet, she leads with persistence and patience. Heather never has trouble helping others in the classroom. She also takes control in certain situations to make sure the job gets done."

In order to get to know Heather a little better, she completed a simple survey and below are her answers:

What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning and why?


In a word, describe school.


Write one word that describes you as a person.


What is your favorite TV show?

Full House

What is your favorite movie?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

What is your favorite song?

I don't have one

What is your favorite book?

The legend series

What is your favorite game?

Freeze Tag

What do you like to do in your free time and why?

Draw or read

If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be? Why?

Emma Watson, because she is an inspiration.

When you think about life after you graduate from school (high school or college) what career sounds goods to you and why?

I want to be a teacher and help others.


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@tisonprincipal (Principal, Eric Sams)

@WeatherfordDad (Assistant Principal, Trace Craft)

@brittonsfa3 (Assistant Principal, Stephanie Britton)

@tisonband (April Page, TMS Band Director & Jay McNew, TMS Assistant Director)

@belledirector (Tison All Stars/WHS Blue Belles Director, Laura Buckner)

@Tisonchoir (Choir, Kathi Richards)

@MrsFentonTMS (7th grade Math & yearbook teacher, Leslie Fenton)

@Profe_Ferrell (Spanish & Tison cheerleader sponsor, Kym Ferrell)

@GwenWard19 (Counselor, Gwen Ward)

@tisonlibrary (Library Media Specialist, Leah Greer)

@CoachGibbens (BlendEd American History, American History, & Coach - James Gibbens)

@mrtexashistory (Texas History - Corey Whitehead)

@1LBaird (Keyboarding teacher, Laura Baird)

@coachhull_TMS (Brittany Hull, Athletics and PE)

@MharrisScience (7th grade Science teacher, Melissa Harris)

@AndreaHayward3 (8th grade Math teacher, Andrea Hayward)

@ErinLight3 (7th grade ELA teacher & Tennis coach, Erin Light)

@wmohr8 (8th grade Math teacher, Wendy Mohr)

@mattnovikoff (Inclusion/Math Resource Teacher, Matt Novikoff)

@stpatterson11 (8th grade ELA teacher, Stephanie Patterson)

@smilesas8 (8th grade Science teacher, Sally Scott)

@Msscottscience8 (8th grade Science teacher & NJHS co-sponsor), Sally Scott)

@ToniScience (8th grade Science teacher & NJHS co-sponsor, Toni Chapman)