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Dog Days of Summer

Summer is underway and boy is it a hot one! Some of our TMS staff and students have been busy at work in summer school and if you are part of that group, you’re already aware of our new and exciting addition to our sports fields. If you’ve not been up at school lately, you might be surprised to see a big new batting cage installed on our sports field! This cage will ensure that all of our Gator teams will be able to practice sports safely on our fields while our baseball team conducts batting practice. Be sure to check out the batting cage when you come to Gator Camp!

Speaking of Gator Camp, it is fast approaching! Make sure your calendars are marked for August 18th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a required event, held at school, where students in all grades will get their course schedule and books and parents can purchase spirit shirts, jackets and required gym uniforms. Be sure to register for this event by going to the TMS site on HISD’s website (here).

Has your student started their summer reading and homework packet? Click (here) to find information on summer homework!

The TMS PTO hopes everyone is having a relaxing summer and we are looking forward to seeing you all at Gator Camp on the 18th!

 

Thank you to our Community Partners for the 2016/2017 School Year!

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Tanglewood is Tremendous!

So much of what we do as a PTO involves volunteering and raising money. But we can’t overlook that one of the most important things we can do is spread the word about the incredible resource that TMS provides for our children. The hard work of our students and faculty is paying off!

Take a look at what Tanglewood Middle School has accomplished lately and what makes our school great. Be sure to share this information with your children and don’t be shy about sharing with neighbors, community members and local businesses, either. Let’s spread the word!

Below is a sample of a few notable achievements. Click here for a link to the full brag sheet. You’ll be able to download it, print it, or even put it on your refrigerator.

 

Did you know that our school was named one of the best public schools in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine?

TMS offers high school credits for  Art I, Theater I, Algebra I, Spanish I and II, Chinese I and II, Principles of Information Technology and Concepts of Engineering.

We have students who have qualified for the Duke TIP program.

Student artwork was chosen to be displayed at IB Americas Global Centre in Bethesda, MD

Beginning Band and Concert Band both have a Division I Superior Rating.

Our Theater Department has won 5 State Championships and 2 National Championships in UIL competitions.

We are Zone Champs in track, vollleyball, cross country, and baseball and our swim team has 3 District Championships.

TMS participates in the Special Olympics

We have 17 inductees to the Rotary International’s Interact Club

TMS is a No Place for Hate Campus

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Gator Pride at the School Store!

What can you find at the School Store? Our PTO volunteers can help you select ear buds, flash drives, school spirit shirts, P.E. uniforms and school approved fleeces.

Merchandise and Price List:

Ear Buds, $5

Flash Drive, $7

School Fleece, $25

P.E. Shorts, $12

P.E. Shirt, $10

Spirit T-Shirt, $12

Hours of Operation Beginning August 29th:

Monday – Friday, 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (closed on early dismissal days)

 

Special hours during the first week of school:

Open every day, Monday through Friday from August 22nd -24th

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Supporting Tanglewood Middle School

Passive Fundraising Logos

Your financial support makes a huge impact on the quality of education offered in our public schools. Please consider a donation to the PTO to support our remarkable kids. Your donation will be a part of a campaign that gives money for academics, arts, and sports. 100% support is needed and every dollar counts! Please consider supporting our school with a donation today.

How? It is very simple. You can download the donation form found under the “Fundraising” tab on this website and mail it or drop it by the front office.

You can also fund raise for our school when you are out shopping! Simply designate Tanglewood Middle School as a recipient in rewards programs for Randall’s, Kroger, Target, Lands End and Amazon Smile and our school will receive a percentage of their sales. Also, be sure to clip and save those Box Tops each month! By doing these simple things, you are earning valuable funds for our school.

Thank you for all of your help in raising money for Tanglewood Middle School! You are making an impact on our school and our community!

 

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FAQ’s

FAQ’s

1.Now that our school is named, Tanglewood Middle School, how long can students wear their “Grady” spirit shirt and gym uniform?

Students (grades 6 through 8) will be allowed to wear Grady clothing through May, 2018.

 2. What is the school uniform?

Students may wear blue jeans or khaki shorts (knee length), skirts (knee length), or pants. A “Tanglewood plaid” skirt is available at Landsend.com. Shirts must be either the school spirit shirt or collared polo-style navy blue or white shirts.

3. Where can I buy the school uniform?

Spirit shirts and gym uniforms are available for sale at the school store (located next to the cafeteria/auditorium)

All other uniform clothing can be purchased at either local clothing stores such as or at Old Navy, Target, Academy, Gap and Walmart or at LandsEnd.com.

 4. Where is drop-off and pick up at TMS?

Drop off and pick up is in the front driveway of the school. Students are not allowed to exit or enter their vehicles on San Felipe Street. Drop off and pick up in the Del Monte neighborhood is discouraged.

 5. What HISD high school can my student attend after Tanglewood Middle School?

Although students promoted from Tanglewood Middle School are zoned to Lee High School, students also have the opportunity to apply to either West Side High School or Lamar High School using a boundary transfer. Students are also encouraged to apply to at least three HISD Magnet schools as part of their high school selection process.

 6. Can my student play sports in 6th grade?

Students may try out for the baseball team and wrestling team as early as 6th grade.

 7. What is a “Club Sport?”

Club Sports are sport programs that are not sponsored by HISD under UIL guidelines.

 8. What sports are available at Tanglewood Middle School?

6th grade – Baseball, Wrestling

7th – 8th grade – Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Swimming, Track, Volleyball and Wrestling.

9. What is the Tanglewood Middle School mascot?

Our mascot is the Gator.

10. How many students attend Tanglewood Middle School?

There are 730 students at Tanglewood Middle School.

 11. What language classes are available?

Spanish and Chinese

 12. What Arts are available at TMS?

Band, Art and Theater Arts

 13. What is the Art Crawl

The Art Crawl is the PTO’s annual fundraising event that showcases Tanglewood Middle School’s Fine Arts Departments (Band, Theater, Art).

 14. How can I get involved with the PTO?

Please contact the PTO at: tmsgatorspto@yahoo.com and let us know that you’d like to be involved.

Be sure to also visit our website: www.tanglewoodgatorspto.digitalpto.com

15. What does International Baccalaureate World School mean for my child?

The IB learner profile describes the attributes and outcomes of education for international-mindedness. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective
  1. What does the IB Program include in middle school?

The program is based around five “Areas of Interaction”: approaches to learning (related to study skills), community and service, human ingenuity, environments, and health and social education. The areas of interaction are considered a key feature of the MYP. They are not generally taught as separate courses, but rather as themes that are reflected in all subjects through unit questions. The community and service area requires students to study and perform community studies and service throughout the program.

In addition to the eight subject groups, in MYP 5, students complete a long-term project (The personal Project) on a topic of their choice, with teacher supervision.

 

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Meet Your 2016 – 2017 PTO Board

2016-2017 Tanglewood Middle School PTO Board

 

President

Vicki Stone

(vickistone02@yahoo.com)

 

President Elect

Leah Eknoyan

(leknoyan@comcast.net)

 

Past President

Deanna Harrington

(deannaharrington@mac.com)

 

Treasurer

Gina Murnane

(ginamurnane@hotmail.com)

 

Treasurer Elect

Bailey Kinney

(baileykinney2@earthlink.net)

 

Secretary/Parliamentarian

Susan McConn

(susanmcconn@comcast.net)

 

8th Grade Week

Nicole Herger

(nicoleherger@me.com)

 Tammy Hiskey

(thiskey@sbcglobal.net)

 

Community Partners

 Vicki Stone

(vickistone02@yahoo.com)

 

Communications

Meredith Zenner

(mer.mcconn@gmail.com)

 

Fundraising

Vicki Stone

(vickistone02@yahoo.com)   

Leah Eknoyan

(leknoyan@comcast.net)

 

Gator Crawl

Ann Cochran

(anncochran@earthlink.net)

Heidi Prince

(heidiandscott@comcast.net)

 

Gator Elite

Lama Nassar

(Lama_nassar@hotmail.com)

Bev Pullin

 

HISD Liason

Jennifer Dollinger

(jennifer.dollinger@us.gt.com)

 

Historian

Deanna Harrington

(deannaharrington@mac.com)

 

Honor Roll

Mariana Cypher

(marianacypher@yahoo.com)

Lama Nassar

(Lama_nassar@hotmail.com)

Patricia Yacob

(patricialu7@aol.com)

 

Hospitality

Carrie Po

(cpo@houstonisd.org)

Amy Stodghill

(astodghill@stodghillpc.com)

 

House and Grounds

Greg Eknoyan

(gregory.eknoyan@ubs.com)

Mark Harrington

(mark@harringtonlawfirm.com)

Billy Stone

(williamstonesr@gmail.com)

 

SDMC

Vicki Stone

(vickistone02@yahoo.com)

Leah Eknoyan

(leknoyan@comcast.net)

 

School Store

Debbie Watson

(daw09@att.net)

Leah Eknoyan

lecknoyan@comcast.net)

Catherine Graham

(catherine@cbgcomm.com)

Bailey Kinney

(baileykinney2@earthlink.net)

Diana Crossley

(Dianaandderek@prodigy.net)

 

Teacher Appreciation

Amy Turboff

(amyturboff@yahoo.com)

Kathy Grover

(kmsgrover@aol.com)

Ruth Yanez Rocha

(ruth0yanez@gmail.com)

 

Teacher’s Representative

Ms. Merrill

(JMERRILL@houstonisd.org)

 

Veteran’s Day

Deanna Harrington

(deannaharrington@mac.com)

 

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PTO Forms to Download

PTO Cash Box Request

PTO Cash Box Total

PTO Check Request

PTO Reimbursement Request

Please print these forms as needed and place in the Treasurer’s box located in the school offices on the second floor.

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Coming Soon…

Coming soon to our website will be photos of our volunteers in action and information about upcoming meetings and events.

Stay tuned!