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)
On Friday, December 12, 2014 the Wood Middle School Fine Arts programs went on their annual Holiday Tour. The tour was designed to inform 5th graders about the various fine arts programs at Wood Middle School and to spread holiday cheer. The students performed a variety of festive music for their adoring fans many of whom left speechless after the amazing talent demonstrated before their eyes. “The orchestra did a wonderful job in representing the Wood MS Orchestra Program! The students had a blast performing for their former schools and showing our future 6th graders what we are all about! Job well done!” said Ms. Luna, orchestra teacher. The next Wood Middle School Fine Arts tour will be December of 2015.
“The entire electives department wishes all students and family a fabulous holiday break and we look forward to the new year with all of our Wranglers!” stated Mrs. Brown, Career and Technology teacher.
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this.
In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.
Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students. As of December 12, 2014 the world has seen 70 million students complete their hour of code. This is truly amazing.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
This week, across 180 countries, millions of people are learning new skills that can change the rest of their lives. The Hour of Code 2014 is already twice as big as last year! Over 500 signed up for the hour of code at Wood Middle School all week students, teachers, parents, and community members came through Mrs. Brown’s computer lab earning their certificates and many others participated at home. This Computer Science Week has been like no other here at our fabulous School.
Click here so see a glimpse of some proud moments – http://tinyurl.com/wranglercode