WOMS Blog–Counseling

Sherron Van Camp

STAAR Testing — Round 1


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



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


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?’


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. 

White Oak Middle School Open House


Friday, 8/19/16 at 5:30

Middle School will have an open house on August 19th from 5:30-6:30.  

There will be a 6th Grade Parent meeting at 5:30.

Come and meet your child’s teachers and sign up for blogs, so you can stay informed.

We look forward to seeing you all!

STAAR Testing


Our 2nd round of STAAR testing will begin the second week in May.

The test schedule will be as follows:

  • May 5: Algebra I (End of Course) EOC
  • May 9: 6th and 7th grade Mathematics & 8th Math Retest
  • May 10: 6th and 7th grade Reading & 8th Reading Retest
  • May 11: 8th Science
  • May 12: 8th grade Social Studies
  • 8th grade students who are not successful on the second administrations of the STAAR tests will have one last opportunity on June 21 and June 22 to retest and pass STAAR.  8th grade students who do not pass STAAR on the second administration will be required to enroll in summer school to prepare for the 3rd and final administration of STAAR. If a decision is made not to enroll and successfully complete this requirement, then they will be retained.
  • Again, test security measures will be in place on test days to limit student access to cell phones during testing.  It is suggested that students leave cell phones at home on the days of testing. If you choose to allow your child to bring a phone, students must submit their cell phones that are turned off to their test administrators on the day of testing. Cell phones will be returned to each student as soon as all testing has been completed for the day. Also, due to the security measures in place on test days, we will not allow any guests on campus. You may also go online at www.tea.state.tx.us Student Assessment Division for additional information.

Reach Higher


The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

In today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the First Lady is working to rally the country around the President’s “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Expanding Opportunity

The Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:

  • Exposing students to college and career opportunities
  • Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality
  • Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities
  • Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college

The Reach Higher website offers great tools that include:

  • College Scorecard
  • Net Price Calculator Center
  • College Navigator
  • Financial Aid Shopping Street
  • Studentaid.gov
  • and much more information!

Reach Higher

On Tuesday, 4/26/16, we are urging students and staff to wear college shirts to support the Reach Higher cause!

GT Nominations


Gifted and Talented nominations will be accepted from March 14 –April 1, 2016.

Forms are available in the office.

Testing will be completed before the end of the spring semester.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Van Camp, Middle School Counselor, at 903-291-2032[email protected]

Explore UT


Explore UT

Explore_UT 2016_2Fliers

The University of Texas at Tyler is offering “The Biggest Open House in Texas” on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The university is inviting families to come for a day of adventure, learning and fun.

Check out the attached poster and website for more information.  This opportunity is free, and no registration is required.


February 8th and 15th


WOISD has scheduled a Faculty and Staff Professional Development day on Monday, February 8, 2016.   Students will be out of school on this day. Also, this is a reminder that the next Monday, February 15, 2016, is a school holiday. (Presidents’ Day, officially Washington’s Birthday,  is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, born on February 22. The holiday is popularly recognized as honoring also Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12, and sometimes all the U.S. Presidents.

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