By Ladaijah Carter
I am so happy that STAAR testing is over . I am very excited to move on to better things. All I hear in the hallways right now is that I hope I passed my STAAR. I feel like there has been a weight lifted off of my shoulders because I was very nervous prior to testing. I studied, I stressed and I got very frustrated. I often wonder why there has to be so much emphasis on one test. Why are we students judged on one performance. I also wonder why the state and federal government do not view how our teachers would assess us over a one time test that is nothing like the hands on experience we need. But until the requirements change, I will accept it and do my very best, that is what I ask of myself. Congratulations Wranglers, we made it another year!
Mrs. Brown’s 3rd period Digital Communications students teamed up with Mrs. Powell’s 3rd period choir girls to produce a music video for the purpose of entering the Kidd Kraddick Classroom Musical competition. Students anxiously await the results to be announced soon. Check out their video submission here.
Monday, February 16th the faculty and staff celebrated the third annual Cowboy Breakfast. When asked what this was all about, Venus Davis, Academic Dean, stated “it is just a sense of community”. The teachers were fed a hearty meal complete with biscuits, gravy, and sausage prepared by the administrative team. “It’s always a good time for grillin'” stated Matthew Heine, Coach, teacher, and grill master.
The faculty and staff were celebrated by NEISD’s own Dr. Gottardy stating, “I have fond memories of starting my career here (at Wood Middle School) 30 years ago. I want to thank you very much for what you do here for your students and community.”
Mrs. Christine Lowak, Principal wants her teachers to know “my leadership team and I want to do this as one small way to say thank you to my teachers and staff for all their hard work”
With full bellies, teachers spent the remainder of the morning in staff development rotations and lesson planning geared to reach their students.
The incoming 6th grade course fair was held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. Parents and students met in the cafeteria and then walked through the course fair which was be located in the main foyer/hallway. Parents were able to find out more about our fine arts department by speaking with our Band, Orchestra, Choir, Art, and Theater Arts directors. There were also teachers from our Video Broadcasting, Tech Apps, Debate, Avid and AIM classes. The pre AP teachers from our English, Reading, and, Math were be on hand to answer any questions about the advanced classes offered to 6th grades. Mrs. Lowak offered a welcome to all the incoming 6th graders and expressed her excitement for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
When I was given the chance to speak with A.J. Croce, Jim Croce’s son we got some pretty interesting facts and tips from him. He likes any type of music as long as it is soul music and he started playing the piano and turned to many other instruments and he still takes lessons to this day. He loves meeting new people when he is on the road however, he doesn’t like that there is never any time to check out landmarks. He states that there he can not choose just one song as a favorite but advises upcoming artists listen to as many songs as you can from country to pop and it helps you get an idea of how and what to write with your music. There are a lot of types of music to work with like when your painting you have a lot of colors to choose from. “There’s really no precious thing about song writing or I wouldn’t be able to continue to write every day.” In my opinion if he were to quit writing songs then so many good songs would be lost.
Please click this link to see why A.J Croce is my favorite musical artist. – (A.J. video clip)