Monday, September 5, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week


Mixed Bag Fundraiser Begins
Advanced Theatre Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m.


Yellowstone Parent Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 
Middle School Transition with Ms. Clower, 6th gr parents, 6:30 p.m. **REVISED DATE**

Go Houston Texans' Day - Wear your Houston Texans' T-shirt

Lobo Invitational Cross Country Meet

Great Turn-Out!
Thanks to all who joined us for Open House last week!  We sincerely hope you were able to learn about the curriculum and expectations for this school year.  Remember to follow the cluster blog/website for up-to-date information about your child's classes.  Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher with any follow-up questions.  

Tonight would be a great time to take a look at your child's planner from the last two weeks to see if they are starting the year on the right note!  The planner includes the monthly calendar of events, and has weekly pages for assignments and due dates.  This is a great way for you to encourage independence, while still having a way to monitor their progress in developing strong systems of organization. The Planner also serves as one communication tool between home and school.  

School Communication Policy
As students move into middle school you may feel more disconnected from what is going on at school.  We have several systems that are in place to help you feel more connected. Encouraging independence while still feeling connected in a balancing act!

When parents have questions or concerns, the best source of information is your child's teacher.  The relationship you build with your child's teacher is the most important relationship you will have each year.  Your child's teacher will have the information you need, or can easily get an answer for you. 

Most teachers prefer email as the best method of communication.  District policy sets the expectation for a response within 48 school day hours.  For instance, if you email on Tuesday afternoon, you should expect a response no later than the same time on Thursday. If you email on Friday afternoon, you should expect a response no later than Tuesday afternoon.  Most teachers are able to respond much sooner than 48 hours, but remember, I expect their time during the day to be focused on instruction, rather than answering email.

There may be times when you have a concern, maybe about something your child tells you, or you may have questions about grading.  Whatever the issue, the very first place you should start is with your child's teacher.  Always assume good intentions and know that our teachers really want the best for their students.  If you do not hear from your child's teacher within 48 school day hours, please send a second email and include the House Principal.

If the question or concern needs more than an email, please contact the cluster leader to schedule a conference.  All initial conferences will include all cluster teachers to ensure we are able to answer your questions.  

Staying connected through the cluster blog/website, this blog and Parent Student Connect (online grade book) is a great way to know what is going on at school.  

Mixed Bag Fundraiser
Support POMS with our Mixed Bag fall fundraiser starting on Tuesday, September 6th. Mixed Bag Designs offers two catalogs filled with high quality, colorful and stylish products including reusable bags, totes, accessories, home storage products, kitchenware, gift-wrap and more. There is something for everyone on your list in these catalogs!  Turn in money and completed orders by Tuesday, September 20th.  POMS earns up to 45% profit for each order!  Awesome prizes awarded!  For questions please contact Janet Neumann (

PTO Membership
I hope you will consider partnering with parents and staff through membership in the PTO.  Membership starts at $5.  Those participating at $750 and up will be invited to join me at a special event “Breakfast with the Principal”.  These funds go great lengths to enhance curriculum and extracurricular opportunities for our students.
Be sure to join by September 23 to be recognized within the print version of the Directory.

Great Team Work!
Our sewing class is learning to cut patterns as they help out POMS!  Thanks to the PTO, we are able to update our Social Studies resources with new 8th grade History books.  They will last longer now!  Our sewing students have used a pattern to cut clear plastic to serve as book covers.  NJHS steps in next to actually cover the books.  Great team work!

NJHS Applications Available
Current 7th and 8th graders may pick up an NJHS Application from Ms. Coffman Fujiwara or Mr. Johnson.  Students must have a 93% average from last year in core content classes (Math, Science, ELA/Reading and Social Studies) and conduct will be considered. Applications are due Friday, September 16th.  

Students who have been previously inducted do not need to reapply.  Service hours are due at the first meeting.

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