May 23, 2017
 
       Important Dates for the Start of Next School Year:
       Aug. 1....Parents new to the school district can call to get a registration appointment
       Aug. 2....Registration appts for students new to the district begin
       Aug. 9....Cub Camp for incoming 6th graders
 
       Aug. 16 (9:00-4:00), Aug. 17 (9:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00) , Aug. 18 (9:00-4:00)....Proof of Residency check....Due to overcrowding we will not be accepting email proof for residency and ALL students must have this done in order to start school on the first day.  If you live in a house you must bring your driver's license and a current (last 30 days) utility bill.  If you are in an apartment you must bring your driver's license and a copy of the apartment lease that includes the student's name on it as a resident.  If you are living with someone else (Address Affidavit) you and the person you are living with must meet with Mr. McDonald. 
 
       Aug. 22.....Open House for 6th Grade 5:00-6:30
       Aug. 23.....Open House for 7th Grade 5:00-6:30  Students will get their schedules and meet the teachers
      Aug. 24......Open House for 8th Grade 5:00-6:30
 
       Monday, August 28....1st day of school for students 
 
Here is our bell schedule for next school year. It is a little different.  Dismissal is at 4:10   2017-2018 Bell Schedule
    
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       Our Academic Awards Ceremony for 6th grade will be Wednesday, May 31st, at 10:00 am in the Main Gym.  If your child is receiving an award they will be bringing home an invitation for you this Friday.  Not all students receive awards.  Our awards include Perfect Attendance....All A Honor Roll....and Academic Excellence Awards for each subject area and some electives (these are students selected for recognition by their teachers).  Electives like Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Drama ususally give their awards at their last concert or performance.  
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      Athletic Summer Camps:   There are quite a few summer camps available for students to help them keep in shape and learn skills before tryouts next year in Athletics.  Most of the camps are at SCHS.  Here are the links to the information:
WMS Sports Skills for Girls   This one is at Woodcreek
 
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      School Supplies for next year (7th Grade):   We have school supply packets available for ordering online from EPI.  The packets will be delivered to your child in class on the first day of school.  To order go to this website: EPI orders   The school code for Woodcreek is WOO168.  Remember you are ordering a 7th grade pack for next school year.  The last day to order online is July 16th.
However I know some of you like to shop the sales and buy the supplies yourself so here is the list of what they need for next year: 7th Grade Supply List 17-18 
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Summer Reading:  
       Yes, just like last year all students are expected to read a book off a designated list and do a project.  This really will not take that much time but please don't let them put it off until the end.  Here is the list and all the information:  Summer Reading List and Project
 
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      Physicals for next school year.....If your child is going to be in Athletics, Cheer, or Lionettes they are required to have a 2017-2018  physical on file for next school year. The physical must:
  • Be on a district 2017-18 physical form.....Here is the correct form: Humble ISD Physical 17-18
  • Be conducted AFTER February 1, 2017
  • Have the date of examination with clearance
  • Have a physician's stamp  
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       Immunizations needed before your student can begin 7th grade! :   All 7th graders are required to have a Tdap booster within the last 5 years and a meningococcal (MCV4 or Menactra) vaccine after their 11th birthday.  If your student has received these vaccines, please send an updated shot record to our school nurse.  If your student has NOT received one or both of these vaccines, please make sure he/she receives them prior to the start of next school year.  You can email the record to our nurse at WMS Nurse Email  or fax the record to 281-641-5310.  If you have any questions, please call Nurse Faubion at 281-641-5205.
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Calendar for next school year has been approved:  2017-2018 Calendar   The state will not let us start school before the 3rd Monday in August and they have changed from a #days requirement to #minutes.  To help meet this requirement the district is adding 10 minutes to the end of the school day for middle school and eliminating some of our late arrival days.  When you look at the calendar there is some information on the left telling you that we have late arrival each Thursday EXCEPT for the following dates: Sept. 7, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 29, April 5, and May 10.
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Fidget Spinners.... This is the newest fad to hit middle school.  If your child brings one to school tell them they need to use it appropriately, under their desk where it is not a distraction to others.  I will NOT launch a CSI investigation for a missing/stolen spinner.  You bring it at your own risk. 
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End of Year 6th Grade Party:   Friday, May 26....from after school until 6:30.  There will be 3 different events going on at the same time....a dance with a DJ in the cafeteria, a Smash Brothers video game tournament in the amphitheatre, and a dodge ball tournament in the gym.  The kids are allowed to go from one event to another.  Tickets will be $5 and are being sold in the gym in the mornings and at A lunch.  Kids can also come to my office to buy one.  The last day to buy a ticket is Thursday, May 25. There will be an additional fee ($3) for the kids that want to be in the video game tournament to cover the cost of prizes. We will have food for sale... pizza will be $1/slice...water will be $1.....cotton candy will be $1.....shaved ice is $2 for small, $3 for medium, $4 for large. This is NOT a dress up party.  Students who have been in ISS or suspended and sent home at any time this semester are NOT allowed to attend. We will need some parent volunteers to help with the food and dodge ball tournament.  If you would like to volunteer, please email me.   The party theme is GLOW into Summer....we will have black lights and encourage the kids to wear neon colors.  We will have a few glow necklaces for sale ($1).  
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Academics:
 
  • Math: Test is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 24
  • Science:  Test is on Monday, May 22 over cells
  • World Cultures:  Next Test is on Wednesday, May 24 and covers Africa. Here is the quizlet to study with: Africa Quizlet
  •  RELA:   There is a final exam on Friday, May 26 over the novel they have been reading.  Here is a quizlet to study with RELA test quizlet
  • The last Knowsys summative over Groups 21-25 will be Thursday, May 18th.  Here is the link to those words for studying.  Link to Knowsys Vocab groups  
  •  There is online access to the math textbooks:  http://www.connectED.mcgraw-hill.com Your child's user name is hisd+student ID# (hisd123456)   Their password is the Novell password they use to get on a computer at school. It is different from last year.  If they can't remember it, you can text me through Remind or email me and I will send it to you. 
  • Math Practice at home through Classworks.  This program will help the kids practice their math at home.  The webpage is https://manager.classworks.com/humbleisd.net  The student's user name is their ID#.  Their password is h+ID# (Example: h123456)
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Woodcreek Annual Fund Link       Rather than having kids sell candy or wrapping paper or candles or coupon books (don't you hate that?)....we are asking parents that want to donate to our school to support our Annual Fund. It is tax deductible and 100% goes to our school.  Here is the link to the information:   Woodcreek Annual Fund   
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Please put your child's name on everything: backpack, lunchbox, gym clothes, key chain, agenda, inside tag of jackets, inside shoes... they leave stuff everywhere and we will get it back to them if we have a name.  First initial and last name is enough.  
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  If you have not done so yet, please join my Remind group!!  I send out text messages specifically about your grade level.  Students are also allowed to join.  To join all you need to do is send a text message to the number 81010....the text message should read @wms6th2016   If you do it correctly you will get a message back that you have joined my group. 
 
Here are some other important dates for your calendar:
May 26                       6th Grade end of the year Party
May 29                       No School....Memorial Day
May 31                       10:00 am    6th Grade Awards
June 1                         Early Dismissal 12:30
June 2                         Early Dismissal 12:30   Last day of school 
 
 
 
 If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call me.    I am looking forward to a fun, successful 3 years of middle school with all of you!
 
Tanya Close 6th Grade Asst Principal (for 2016-17)
 tanya.close@humbleisd.net  281-641-5213 
 
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