Friday Focus 10/14

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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Message for the Week

As the leader of your classroom and your content area, how often do you maintain and reinforce academic expectations? Are your expectations high? If you do not express your expectations to your students on a regular basis, I ask that you begin now. Students should be told daily that our school is a special place for them and that you expect them to succeed. You should let them know that they are a Three Lakes Gator and you should inspire them to feel that they are in a unique environment specifically designed to ensure their success. It's important to understand that your expectations should be high for ALL of your students-from high achievers to the most challenged. Your expectations make up a part of who we are...GATORS filled with Gator Pride!!! The more you repeat your expectations, the more they become a reality. Every day, your students should feel inspired to soar high, but to ensure this happens, you must believe that every single student who walks through the doors of your classroom can not only succeed but excel!!!

Upcoming Events

  • 10/15 TLMS Band in the Rose Parade
  • 10/17 Gators Football 7 A vs. Lufkin Gold, 5:00 PM @ REL Main Field
  • 10/18 Gators Football 8 A vs. Lufkin Gold, 5:00 PM @ Lufkin
  • 10/18 Beginner Band Showcase @ 6:00 PM in the cafeteria
  • 10/20 PTA Board Meeting-TLMS Library @ 11:30 AM
  • 10/20 PTA Spirit Night at Bruno's
  • 10/20 Lady Gators Volleyball 7 A/B and 8 A/B vs. Lufkin, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM @ Lufkin MS
  • 10/24-28 Red Ribbon Week and Book Fair
  • 10/24 Gators Football 7 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM @ Rose Stadium
  • 10/25 Gators Football 8 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM @ Rose Stadium
  • 10/27 Lady Gators Volleyball 7 A/B and 8 A/B vs. Moore MS, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the TLMS gyms.
  • 10/28 TLMS Homecoming Dance hosted by the TLMS Cheerleaders

Homecoming vs. Moore MS

Teachers, begin to share with your students our expectations for the Homecoming week vs. Moore MS.

  • Mums will not be allowed during the school day.
  • For spirit days, painted faces or masks are not acceptable.
  • School spirit and participation is encouraged!!!


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. If your child is absent from school, please communicate with the school, and provide the necessary documentation.

Our attendance for the week is as follows:

Grade 6: 97.37%

Grade 7: 95.97%

Grade 8: 97.01%

Overall: 96.78%

Congratulations to our 6th Graders once again for having the highest attendance this week!!! 8th Grade improved, as well from last week.

Here are some helpful hints to share with parents in regards to 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.
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Parting Thought

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