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Sherron Van Camp

LeTourneau University Career Day – 12/12/17

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Permission slips have been sent home for 8th grade students to attend the Career Day Event at LeTourneau University in Longview on December 12, 2017.  This event focuses on individualized information sessions chosen by the students in their areas of skill and interest.

We will leave White Oak Middle School at 11:30 am and return by 3:20 pm. With the new House Bill 5 in place, 8th grade students are required to choose a career pathway before they begin 9th grade, and this career fair is being held before the students are asked to make their course selections in early spring.

Career Fair Trip- November 8, 2017

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Permission slips will be sent home on Monday for 8th grade students to attend the Career Inspire Event at Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview on November 8, 2017.  We will leave White Oak Middle School at 11:30 am and return by 3:20 pm. With the new House Bill 5 in place, 8th grade students are required to choose a career pathway before they begin 9th grade, and this career fair is being held before the students are asked to make their course selections in early spring.

WOMS Champs of the Month–September

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Congratulations to our September CHAMPS of the Month!

Teachers from each grade level choose one female and one male who exhibit positive behavior in the classroom and campus.

6th Grade: Kyleigh and Keller

7th Grade:  Kallie and Dylon

8th Grade:  Amalia and Jaiden

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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White Oak Middle School is teaming up with J-STAR Ministries (Patrick Johnson frequently works with our school district) to send supplies to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We are collecting the following items through Friday, 9/1/17:

Baby formula, diapers, wipes

Snack foods

Personal Hygiene items- soap, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes

Bleach, trash bags, gloves

Towels & wash cloths

Water/Gatorade

Please drop items off in our office.  Thank you so much for your help!

STAAR Testing Round 2

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Next week is the second round of STAAR testing for students at WOMS.

Monday, May 86th, 7th Math & 8th Math (Retest)

Tuesday, May 9 – 6th, 7th Reading & 8th Reading (Retest)

Wednesday, May 108th Science

Thursday, May 118th Social Studies

Please make sure students arrive to school on time, eat a good breakfast, and are prepared for testing.

The school will provide a snack and water bottle for each student.  Students are allowed to bring their own water bottles and non-messy/non-sticky snacks.  Lunch will be served at 12: 30 on all testing days for all grade levels.

Students may dress comfortably, but they must be in dress code.  No blankets or pillows will be allowed.

8th Grade Parent Meeting

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There will be an informational meeting about High School scheduling for all 8th grade students and parents. This meeting will take place after the Middle School Band Concert in the Cafeteria. The meeting will be from 7:15-8:30. Parents will have a chance to learn about the requirements of Endorsements for High School Graduation.
An additional parent meeting will be held from 11:30-12:30, Friday, April 28th in the High School Distance Learning Lab located in the HS Library. Please make plans to attend one of the meetings with Monica Pearce.

STAAR Testing — Round 1

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Next week is the first round of STAAR testing for some students at WOMS.

Tuesday, March 287th Writing, 8th Math

Wednesday, March 29 7th Advanced Math, 8th Reading

Please make sure students arrive to school on time, eat a good breakfast, and are prepared for testing.

The school will provide a snack and water bottle for each student.  Students are allowed to bring their own water bottles and non-messy/non-sticky snacks.  Lunch will be served around 12: 30 on both testing days.

Students may dress comfortably, but they must be in dress code.  No blankets, pillows, or flip flops will be allowed.

 

Help Stop Bullying

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StopBullying.gov is a great resource on the issue of bullying.  October is National Bullying Awareness Month.  Please utilize this site to learn more about the definition, prevention, and roles students play.

8th Grade Interest Surveys

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During the week of October 17th, 8th grade students at White Oak Middle School will be asked to complete a Career Clusters Interest Survey and an ONET Interest Profiler. These surveys are intended as guidance tools to generate discussion regarding careers. Students will be asked to identify activities that describe what they like to do and qualities that describe them.  We are preparing for an upcoming Career Fair.  More information to come.

Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’

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Most days when you ask your kids, “So how was school today?”, do you get one word answers like “okay” or “fine”?

Here are some helpful ways to get into a more in depth conversation to help you learn more about your child’s day.

  • What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  • What was your favorite part of lunch?
  • Who is the funniest person in your _____ class?  What makes him/her so funny?
  • If I called your ______teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  • How did you help someone today?
  • When was a time that you got bored today?

The more we can get our children to talk to us, the easier it is to get them to talk to us about difficult topics. 

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