The Knightly News Final Edition 6-1-2015


Summer here we come!

Well, it has finally boiled down to our last 3 days of school, and they are 1/2 days with our students!  As a reminder – be sure you are on duty in the hallways during the passing period. We would like for teachers to do lunch duty with their grade level these last 3 days.  You all can eat at 12:30 – after the students have gone – and that will ensure smooth dismissals and lunches these last 3 days!  You have the finals schedule – we will hand ring the bells each day!  We are still waiting for communication regarding the make up day –  Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, June 1, 2015
Finals Periods 1 & 3
4:30 Parent Meeting Stanford Testing
6:00 8th grade Awards

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
8:00 DC Meeting
Finals Period 2 & 5
12:30 – lunch provided to teachers by Henry Barrientos – will confirm Monday

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Finals Periods 4 & 6
2:00 CLT Meeting Room 1C

Thursday, June 4, 2015
11:30  Hot Dog and Hamburger lunch – Parent Center
1:00 Begin check out – Remember – I am the last person you see for check out

Have an awesome and amazing summer!


The Knightly News 5-18-2015


Know Our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Hey Team!  I think our 8th graders did great on the second round of Reading STAAR!  I want to thank all of the 8th grade ELA teachers for working so hard with their kids in small groups!  I also want to thank Angela and Katie for their hard work intervening with the 8th graders also!  Thanks to Donovan for working with the SPED kids.  A huge thank you to all of the teachers who helped support this effort!  Those staff members are:
Tracy Ache, Ahmad, Gina Blanco, Kendrick, Darren, and Isaac. I apologize ahead of time if I missed someone!  Thanks Lesli for getting everything up and running!

There are still many subs being called for each day!  Please make every effort to be here!  We are scrambling each morning – having to pull your colleagues to cover classes!  That means that students who need co-teachers are not getting them!  Thank you for your consideration, I am sure you colleagues thank you also!

As time moves on, and this year is almost out – I am going to say it is critical that we all  maintain learning in your classrooms.  Your students should be working on relevant classwork every day, bell to bell.  Please do not show movies and give students the perception that school is almost out!  If students need to leave your room – they need to have a pass.  If you want students to come to your room during lunch – they need a pass or they won’t be able to go!  Thank you for keeping students focused and working from now to the last day!  For all the new teachers out there:  We don’t have parties in middle school!  Everyone gives a final in each class – the final needs to be given during finals week, on the appropriate day.

Here is the schedule for this week and the following week!  This week is super easy, and there is a lot the following week!

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Day
Theater used by YES all day

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
B Day
8:45 Base Camp
9:00  CBE Spanish Test in Theater all day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Day

Thursday, May 21, 2015
B Day
Sand Castle Field Trip
YES Prep Six weeks grades due
4:00-6:00 YES Prep Theater

Friday, May 22, 2015
A Day

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
B Day
8:45 Base Camp
10:00 National Junior Honor Society Induction
6:00 pm 8th grade Awards – cafeteria

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A Day
8:00 Department Meeting
Knights Council Field Trip
3:00 Faculty v Student Basketball game

Thursday, May 28, 2015
B Day
12:15 – 3:00  8th grade picnic and Field Day – more info to come
3:00 – 4:00 Powder Puff Football game
4:10 Campus Leadership team Meeting MPR

Friday, May 29, 2015
B Day
8:45-10:21 7th period Final
Modified Schedule the rest of the day – Tracey will resend Friday, May22


Know Our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Hey Team!  Time is marching on quickly!  Before you know it, finals week will be here and then school is over!  It will be important that we work with our students on staying focused and working until the very last day.  Now is not the time to give the students lots of free time.  There is plenty left to learn in each subject – so you all keep doing the great work and let’s end this year super strong!  Here is the schedule for next week:

Monday, May 11, 2015
B Day
YES Prep Map Testing MPR
Math Consultant works with 8th grade teachers
2:00 ILT Meeting
6:00 Spring Choir/Orchestra concert

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A Day
8th grade Reading STAAR Retest
Math Consultant works with 6th grade
YES Prep Map Testing MPR
8:45 BaseCamp 6th and 7th grade
4:30 YES in Theater
6:00 Spring Band Concert
6:30 Kempwood North Civic Assoc. in Theater

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
B Day
YES in MPR Map Testing
Zoo Field Trip
6:00 Soccer Game

Thursday, May 14, 2015
A Day
8:45 Parent Meeting Parent Center
1:30 Vic’s Group – Parent Center
4:00 Duncan’s Retirement Celebration
5:00 Mentor/Mentee Dinner

Friday, May 15, 2015
B Day
9:00 Textbook Meeting
9:15 Kid Team Meeting
3:00 Faculty Basketball game
6:00 Bright Stars of SBISD Celebration

5-4-2015 The Knightly News


Know our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

This is a big week!  TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!  All week long we are going to do some small things to recognize how important you all are and what your work means to Northbrook Middle School!  I am amazed by the staff here each day!  NMS has students who need a lot of support, love encouragement, and joy brought to their lives!  And you all do it on a daily basis!

If I could Teach you, Teacher

If I could teach you, teacher
I’d teach you how much more
you have accomplished
thank you think you have.
I’d show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I’d reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.

Be sure you do your homework – know your value and believe it!!   Enjoy your little treats this week – I wish it could be so much more! Here is your schedule for the week!

Monday, May 4, 2015
A Day
Grades Due
1:30 ILT Meeting
6:00 Talent Show

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Happy Cinco de Mayo
B Day
Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Chick- Fil -A – from Jeans Pass $$
8:00 DC Meeting
YES Prep 6 week Progress Reports Due
8:45 Base Camp

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A Day
Algebra EOC – testing in Area 10
Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Nachos from Sunshine
5:00 Soccer @ NMS
5:00 Service Awards @ Omni Hotel

Thursday, May 7, 2015
B Day
8th grade A & M Field Trip
4:00 ACE Program in Cafeteria

Friday, May 8, 2015
A Day
Teacher Appreciation Lunch – spaghetti from Student Council and Rights Council
Decorate for 8th grade Dance

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9:00  Girls Soccer @ Landrum
9:00  Boys Soccer @ NMS
Trustee Elections at NMS
7:00 8th grade Dance

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there!!!

Have a great week!!

The Knightly News 4-27-15


Know Our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Hey Team!  Again, Thanks for the great week of testing!  It is so hard to keep kids working and quiet and you all did it!  Our 8th grade students did well on the Reading STAAR.  We had a total 59% of ours and YES Prep’s students pass the first round.  Well over 1/2 of our students who didn’t pass – missed by 2-5 questions!  Intervention starts on Monday and I know we can get our kids passing!  We are preparing our students for T-2-4!  Go NMS!

On Monday-look for an email regarding Campus Improvement Team and elections.  We will have some people who have served their time commitment and we will need others to run.  I will let you know!  Thank you in advance for volunteering for leadership positions here at NMS!

Here is our schedule for the week!

Monday, April 27, 2015
B Day
Senior Signing Day at The Toyota Center
1:30 ILT meeting

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
A Day
8:00 CIT Meeting
8:45 Base Camp
12:00 Some 8th grade students to meet a Disney Imagineer

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
B Day
5:00 Soccer at NMS, Boy @ SBMS

Thursday, April 30, 2015
A Day
Farm Field Trip – Gail & others
Newcomer Field Trip – Mari & others
5:00 Media Fest Awards
6:00 Mentor / Mentee Dinner

Friday, May 1, 2015
B Day
NMS Shared PD #6 @ Northbrook HS
7th grade Performing Arts Field Trip
Early Release @ 1:45

The Knightly News 4-20-2015


Know our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Our big week is upon us!  This next week is for our kids to shine and show their parents what they have learned this year!  It is important for us to be super upbeat and excited for these 3 days of testing!  You all have worked all year for our kids to learn their TEKS for each content and grade level.  I know the kids will make you proud!  Mr.  Barry has put out a schedule, please be sure you look that over and are ready to go on Tuesday.  Only 8th grade is testing on Monday – But the whole school is testing Tuesday and Wednesday!  Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, April 20, 2015
A Day
Breakfast bar and coffee in parent center
8th grade Math STAAR
YES in MPR for STAAR testing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
B Day
6th & 7th grade Math STAAR Testing, 8th grade Social Studies Testing
Chick-Fil-A Teacher Luncheon – pick up your delicious lunch in the parent center
5th Six weeks YES grades due

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A Day
Earth Day
6th & 7th grade Reading STAAR, 8th grade Science STAAR
PTA Lunch – chicken salad sandwiches in parent center

Thursday, April 23, 2015
B Day

Friday, April 24, 2015
A Day
Regional Choir Clinic
Secretary’s Day
9:15 Kid Team meeting

I know your kids will make you proud!  Good luck next week!  Be very ACTIVE MONITORS if you are in a testing room!  Please call with any questions!

The Knightly News 3-30-2015


This is an important week for 7th and 8th graders!  I look at it as this is their opportunity to shine!  They get to show everyone how hard they have worked!  I know they will make you proud!  All of the hard work will come to fruition this week!  This is a short week on top of that – I know everyone is happy about that!  Let’s make it a super productive week – not waste a moment of learning time!  Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, March 30, 2015
A Day
8:45 8th grade Base Camp
STAAR Testing 7th grade Writing
YES in MPR all day

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
B Day
7th grade STAAR Writing, 8th grade STAAR Reading
YES MPR all day

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A Day
8:00 Department Meeting
11:30 Val @ Meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015
B Day
Algebra 1 EOC Practice

Friday, April 3, 2015
Good Friday – Holiday

Have a great week!!!!

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