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Note from Sylvia Theissen, PTA President I can hardly believe this is the last month
Note from Sylvia Theissen, PTA President
I can hardly believe this is the last month of school. What a year. It has been busy and filled with
change. The teachers worked hard to prepare the students for the new STAAR testing and for End-of-
Course exams, and our students have responded with hard work and determination.
Let’s remember to thank our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7th through 11th. We
Let’s remember to thank our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7th through 11th. We
have such great teachers, please take the time to send a small note of appreciation.
Thank you to everyone who donated books and attended the NEISD book sale. It was another huge
success. The English department will get their check (and it should be a good one!) very soon.
I would like to thank the 2011-2012 PTA Officers and PTA Board for their dedication this year. It has
been a pleasure to work with each one of you. The 2011-2012 PTA year ran incredibly smoothly due to
your commitment and hard work.
I would like to congratulate and introduce the 2012-2013 PTA officers:
Stacy Husted, 1 st VP;
Monica Piles, 2 nd VP;
Yvonne Poe, Secretary;
Stephanie Nemec, Treasurer;
Tanya Gill, Historian;
Amianne Snethkamp, Parliamentarian.
I will return as the President and am looking forward to another great year.
There are still a few slots on the PTA Board that need to be filled. Look for an article regarding the
positions in this newsletter.
The Executive Board and the General Membership have approved the following Gift to School - $2500
to put toward the purchase of a new Sound System.
The 8 th graders will have their end of year party at Time Warner Park on the last day of school. An
article with all the details can be found in the newsletter. Should be a lot of fun.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who supported the PTA this year. I have been amazed at the
number of volunteers needed for the many PTA programs and activities. I especially would like to
thank those of you who responded to those last minute requests for help. Thank you all for being so
willing to work and for being so very flexible.
Let’s finish the year strong

General PTA Meetings and Proposed Programs for School Year

2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30pm (Months designated in Bylaws)

Save the date!

Spring Dance

May 18th

6th and 7th grades - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

8th grade - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

See page 14 for more information and VOL- UNTEER opportuni- ties

- 3:30pm to 5:30pm 8th grade - 6:00pm to 8:00pm See page 14 for more information

PRINCIPAL SHELTON’S NOTES

As the 2011-2012 school year comes to a close, it is time to reflect on a job well done! We started our year with the emphasis on Stand Up and Make a Difference. Our T-Wolves have tried to do that on a daily basis. We have introduced the Seven habits at Tejeda and continue to work on best practices in order to be productive on a daily basis. You have supported us on

a daily basis and we appreciate the opportunity to work with a fabulous community.

We have ended our third day this week of STAAR testing and we are all ready for testing to come to a close so we can resume a regular schedule. Your children have really been good and have made every effort to comply with all the rules that the state sets forth. For students in Algebra we still have the End Of Course exam. That will be a great day for the remainder of the 8 th grade math students as they will have the opportunity to learn about banking and every day Math from members of our business community. I will end this letter with the end of the

year schedule so you can plan accordingly.

It has been an honor to witness your children in each performance, concert, presentation, and

competition. We had two great days for campus beautification and History Faire. Thank you to each of you who participated with us. Not only is it rewarding to see your students compete and perform, but to observe them daily as they interact with one another, reminds us that being

a T-Wolf is an honor.

We continue to monitor areas for improvement and your communication has been a great tool to allow growth. As you know, we are challenged with social media and the impact that this can have on our children. This has been a concern of mine this year. I trust that as we move for- ward into next year that we can work together to continue to educate our children on the im- pact that technology has made on students of this generation. As a school we will continue to brainstorm on ways to inform and discourage inappropriate use of our communication devices. As we move into next year we will continue to strive for excellence in education on a daily ba-

sis.

As soon as we firm up the dates for Howl at the Moon and Pup camp, I will let you know. Thank you for all that you do to support and stand beside the school. You are a magnificent support for our school!

Wednesday, May 2 - Boys Athletic Banquet Monday, May 7 - EOC Algebra Thursday, May 10 - Theatre Musical Friday, May 11 - Theatre Musical Monday, May 14 - Band Concert Tuesday, May 15 - Orchestra Concert Wednesday, May 16 - Girls Athletic Banquet 8 th Thursday, May 17 - Choir Concert Friday, May 18 -Girls Athletic Recognition during the day

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PRINCIPAL SHELTON’S NOTES (CONT’d)

Friday, May 18 - School Dance 6 th and 7 th 3:30-5:30,

8 th grade 6:00-8:00

Cost of dance $6.00 + $2.00 for food

Friday, May 18 - English , Electives

Monday, May 21 - Electives

Tuesday, May 22 - Math (Day 1), Electives

Wednesday, May 23 - Math (Day 2), Reading

Thursday, May 24

- Social Studies (Day 1), Science (Day 1)

Thursday, May 24 - Social Studies (Day 1), Science (Day 1) Friday, May 25 - Social

Friday, May 25 - Social Studies (Day 2), Science (Day 2)

Parents: This reflects our schedule for our final tests of the year. Due to the length of some tests, and in order to provide ample time, a few subjects have been allotted two days. We be- lieve it is important for students to have a week set aside to learn how to better prepare for comprehensive assessments. We wanted to make sure you were aware in advance in order for you to plan accordingly. During this week our goal is to focus on test preparation and study skills.

Tuesday, May 29 8th grade Awards Ceremony at Johnson (by invitation) 6:30 Wednesday, May 30 6th grade Awards Ceremony at Tejeda (by invitation) 8:45 7 th grade Awards Ceremony at Tejeda (by invitation) 10:00

This list is not intended to be all inclusive and the final word is with the coach and or teacher. Please see the school web page and or e-mails for updates.

Thank you,

Brenda Shelton, Principal

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Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2012 Teachers – the people who educate us and provide

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7-11, 2012

Teachers the people who educate us and provide the vital knowledge which we need to live our lives. They encourage, support, discipline and prepare us for the road ahead and now it’s time for us to show them our appreciation. Teacher Appreciation Week begins on the 7th until the 11th of May 2012, which will be the perfect opportunity for us to show teachers how thankful we are for their support! Students, it’s time for us to demonstrate how much our teachers mean to us, and say a big THANK YOU to the people who work really hard so that we can have a

better future.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts when it comes

to gifts! let’s make sure that we all celebrate Teacher Appreciation week! Show your teacher how much he or she means to you and also try to learn a little bit more about them. Take advantage of this great opportunity to show your gratitude to your teacher!

to learn a little bit more about them. Take advantage of this great opportunity to show

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Stand Up and Make a Difference!

Links for a Cure by Maddie Hinojosa

and Make a Difference! Links for a Cure by Maddie Hinojosa Bright and colorful paper links

Bright and colorful paper links weave around the 8 th grade floor of Tejeda Middle School. Symbolizing hope, dedication, and determination, they are sure hard to miss.These links are part of a charity that is trying to find a cure for Cystic Fi- brosis.“I think it’s great that we are trying to help people with Cystic Fibrosis.” NJHS officer Angie Rosado says. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. It clogs the lungs, leads to life threatening lung infections, and shortens the life span of the people with this disease. Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has dedicated time, money, and countless efforts to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Over the past 3 years, the Tejeda Middle School NJHS organization has sold paper links and has donated all of the proceeds to the CF Foundation to help fund research and charity events to help find a cure.“I think this is a wonderful charity that we are raising money for. Our NJHS kids do a wonderful job of selling the links.“States Mrs.Voo, one of our NJHS sponsors. This year was no exception. Our NJHS members sold over 1,000 links and rose over $1,000 to help this cause. Overall, we are very pleased with the out- come of this project. Seeing the links has truly been an inspiration to me and the club.As member Katarina Morales tells me,“This was a great group to raise money for. Having the links gave us a visual of our progress and how much we had risen. It shows how people can come together to raise money for a good cause.” and I couldn’t agree more. I would like to thank everybody who contributed and made this all possible.With this project, we are one link closer to a cure.

like to thank everybody who contributed and made this all possible.With this project, we are one

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Stand Up and Make a Difference! Part 2

The PE/HEALTH/Dance departments came together on March 8th, and had a guest speaker from the JDRFoundation (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). A power point presentation was given on the cause/effects of diabetes and information was provided on the normality of a Type I or Type II person who functions greatly with the support of technology as well as the devices that help them function more effectively.

We kicked off a fund raiser to help support research that day and students had ONE month to collect donations. On March 30th, we celebrated with a run on the track to celebrate donations. Our students raised $1019.86! Tejeda families always

do a wonderful job of supporting and we want to thank all that gave donations to help better the lives of those effected by

diabetes. THANK YOU!! -

Jean Curtis

Tejeda PTA would like to thank Mrs. Shelton and her staff for the wonderful

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast that was served on April 19th. Everything

looked and tasted great!

THANK YOU!

April 19th. Everything looked and tasted great! THANK YOU! NEISD Used Book Sale News This year’s
April 19th. Everything looked and tasted great! THANK YOU! NEISD Used Book Sale News This year’s

NEISD Used Book Sale News

This year’s book sale was the biggest and most successful in the 10 year history. NEISD Council PTA brought in 131,000 books and raised almost $48,000.00 which will be donated back to all participating NEISD PTA's. Which in turn benefits the children.

NEISD PTA's. Which in turn benefits the children. THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shopped and

THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shopped and volunteered to work the book sale. We could not have hosted such a large community event without you.

Mark your calendars and save your books for next year’s book sale the first week of April 2013.

Stacy Husted NEISD Council of PTA's Used Book Sale Chair

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8th grade HELP Needed

Our 8th grade “end of middle school” celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at Time Warner Park.

If you signed up at the beginning of the year to volunteer, you should have received an e-mail last week about volunteer opportunities. If you did not receive one, then please e-mail me at rprittimann@satx.rr.com. In order to volunteer, you must have DPS clearance from the front office, so you may want to get started on that right away if you are not "official" yet.

We have several committees working hard and looking for donations so if you can help out in those areas, we appreciate it. We want to make it a memorable last day for our 8th graders. Our budget is limited, so the more donations we receive, the better the party!

Thanks so much! - Patti Rittimann

Drink Donations

Attention 8th grade parents! We need your help with drinks for the upcoming "end of middle school" 8th grade party. In support of this celebration for your soon to be "High schooler", please provide a case of water and/or Gatorade.

Renee Woods and I (Diane Godwin) will be at the front of the carpool line on the mornings of May

23rd and 24th (Wednesday/Thursday) to collect these from you. Just swing by and drop off don't even have to get out of your car!

you

Thanks so much for your support!!! - Renee Woods and Diane Godwin

Any questions, please contact: dgodwin831@sbcglobal.net

Calling all 8th grade parents!

The 8th grade is looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with a party. The party committee needs your help to

continue another great Tejeda tradition

door prizes!

Please consider making a donation. Donations can be left in the front office in the collection envelope marked "8th grade party". For our records, please label the donation with your name/students name.

Donation ideas

* Johnson t-shirts or other spirit items

* CDs or DVDs

* Coupons for a specific item such as a game of bowling, scoop of ice cream or admission to a movie

* Gift cards to area retailers such as Target, Walmart or any other location your teen likes (Please note that due to new PTA regulations, these gift cards will be used to purchase prizes as the gift cards themselves can't be given as the prize).

Have connections?? Now is the time to use them!! If you have large items that will not fit in the envelope at the school of- fice, please contact us (* 210-364-5246) and we will be happy to pick up the items from you or make arrangements for a drop off.

Lori Warren, Maiya Huffman and Donnette Tyler*, Door Prize Committee

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Are you interested in serving on the Tejeda PTA Board?

The following are the Tejeda PTA Board positions that still are vacant. A short description has been provided. For more information or if you are in- terested in filling one of the vacant positions, please contact Sylvia Theis- sen at Sylvia.theissen@gmail.com.

Arts in Ed Promote Reflections Program to Parents, Teachers, and Stu- dents. Collect and catalog all entries. Submit all entries. Return Art entries. Support the recognition of Award winners at General PTA meeting.

Campus Beautification Support any need for improvement to interior and/or exterior of school. Support the annual Campus Clean-up Day prior to History Faire.

Directory Ads Solicit area business to purchase ads in the school direc- tory. A spreadsheet is available listing POC information for businesses that have purchased ads in the past.

Mentors Liaison between Mentor volunteers and Tejeda Counselors. Contact volunteers and arrange date for mentoring training. Counselors will train volunteers and match them with students.

Student Government Liaison Work closely with Student Council Spon- sor to organize fall and spring Dances. Coordinate volunteers to sell tick- ets, decorate, chaperone, and man snack bar.

Volunteers Create database/spreadsheet of all PTA volunteers and their contact information. Make this information available to each PTA Chairper- son. Facilitate the need of volunteers for the office (i.e. School Fundraiser, Pictures, etc.), clinic, and attendance office.

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President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President’s Vol- unteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Tejeda PTA would like to thank and recognize the recipients of the

President’s Volunteer Service Award.

the recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Gold Level >100 hours Caroline LaChance 434.75

Gold Level

>100 hours

Caroline LaChance

434.75

Jacob Hoyumpa

122

Ryan Sedillo

363.5

Rachel Poe

119.75

Alysabeth Steele

313

Rebekah Poe

119.75

Ahsan Madhani

229

Caroline Kirbo

113.50

Caleb Fletcher

202

Victoria (Tori) Tyler

113.50

Matthew Winterrowd 179.50

 

Tai Yona Lewis

104.5

Matthew Winterrowd 179.50   Tai Yona Lewis 104.5   Silver Level   75 – 99 hours
 

Silver Level

 

75

99 hours

Grayson Schwarz

80

Richard (RJ) Poe

75

Mike Morgan

77.50

 
   
 

Bronze Level

50

74 hours

Grace Valderama

71

Emily Schaefer 52

Cooper Walton

57

Maddie Peltier 50

Jacob Trevino

53

Seth Petrosky

50

Payton Retzloff

52

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) contact Sylvia Theissen at Sylvia.theissen@gmail.com.

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NEISD Council of PTAs

State PTA

National PTA

PTA Links

National PTA http://www.pta.org/ PTA Links Texas PTA The Spring edition of The Voice is now available

Texas PTA

The Spring edition of The Voice is now available online. Get your copy from the Texas PTA website:

PTA website: http://www.txpta.org/about-texas-pta/voice/ You can also find the Texas PTA on Facebook:

You can also find the Texas PTA on Facebook:

Big News: Tejeda PTA is on Facebook

The Tejeda Middle School PTA Facebook Page went live this past January.

The page is used to announce events, volunteer opportunities, thank our volun- teers, and to advertise the many things Tejeda PTA does. We are distributing forms and documents via the page as well.

What we do not plan to use the page for is as a discussion board. Any discussion type business should continue to be done via phone and/or email.

So, click the "LIKE" button at the top of the page to receive updates and informa- tion about the best place to be, Tejeda Middle School! Please visit the page often and suggest it to your friends!

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New Phone Number for Tejeda NEISD technicians installed a new phone system at Tejeda in

New Phone Number for Tejeda

NEISD technicians installed a new phone system at Tejeda in February.

Our new phone number is 210-356-5600.

Even though we have a new number, the previous number will continue to work through August.

Please begin updating all of your data devices regarding the phone number change here at Tejeda. A new listing of all available contact numbers will be published as soon as they become available.

MONEY MATTERS As of November 1, 2004, North East ISD has established the following policy for accepting checks and collecting bad checks: For a check to be an acceptable form of payment, it must include your current and accurate name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number and state. In the event your check is returned for non-payment, the face value may be recovered electronically along with a state allowed recovery fee. In the event your check is returned for non-payment, checks will no longer be an acceptable form of payment for the remainder of the school year.

- Irene Cantu, Bookkeeper

the remainder of the school year. - Irene Cantu, Bookkeeper A Reminder From Attendance Please send
the remainder of the school year. - Irene Cantu, Bookkeeper A Reminder From Attendance Please send

A Reminder From Attendance

Please send a note with your stu- dent when he/she is absent. A stu- dent has 2 days to turn in a Parent or Dr.’s. note to receive credit for that absence.

Thank you!

absent. A stu- dent has 2 days to turn in a Parent or Dr.’s . note

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Counselor’s Corner

Stay Involved With Your Middle School Student:

Your child may act like she wishes you would disappear sometimes. But when it comes to middle school kids, success comes when parents are around.

When parents get involved in learning, student achieve- ment soars. Middle graders score higher on tests, turn in better projects, and participate more in class if they know their parents care. They show their care by being in- volved. You can become more involved in your child’s learning at any time of the day. Talk about homework during dinner. Watch a documentary at night together. Visit a museum or the zoo on the weekend. You’ll show your child that you think learning is important.

Another avenue to become involved in your child’s learn- ing is to volunteer. You can talk to the teachers, PTA, and sponsors to see what help they might need in the class- room, at events or at clubs at the school. There are many ways to show your support for your school and your child.

class- room, at events or at clubs at the school. There are many ways to show
class- room, at events or at clubs at the school. There are many ways to show
class- room, at events or at clubs at the school. There are many ways to show
class- room, at events or at clubs at the school. There are many ways to show

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WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative program of the National Center for
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative program of the National Center for Fathering
focusing on the prevention of violence in our nation’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers and
father-figures for a two-fold purpose:

1) to provide an unobtrusive presence in the schools, and 2) to be a positive and active role-model for students at their school.

WATCH D.O.G.S. was founded by Jim Moore, a concerned father who chose to take action in response to a 1998 middle-school shooting in Jonesboro, AR. WATCH D.O.G.S. serves to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father-figures their students need.

The Tejeda PTA will announce a formal launch of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program very soon, in the mean time, if you have previously volunteered as a Watch DOGS, and are DPS cleared, please contact John Rami- rez, Watch DOGS Coordinator, for immediate volunteer opportunities.

For more information, visit the WATCH D.O.G.S. website at www.fathers.com/watchdogs, or e-mail John Ramirez atjnjram@gmail.com or call 210-867-8648.

COOPERATE WITH THE PACK

Have you noticed the icon on the bottom left side of the Tejeda web page? “Cooperate with the Pack” is another way to report bullying issues at Tejeda.

In addition to the Bully Box, located outside the library, students can now click on the link, type in their issue or concern and press send.

The emails will be checked 3 times throughout the school day. Urgent issues or concerns should be reported to proper authorities immediately or to campus ad- ministrators.

WOLF CREDO RESPECT THE ELDERS • TEACH THE YOUNG • COOPERATE WITH THE PACK •
WOLF CREDO
RESPECT THE ELDERS • TEACH
THE YOUNG • COOPERATE WITH
THE PACK • PLAY WHEN YOU
CAN • HUNT WHEN YOU MUST •
REST IN BETWEEN • SHARE
YOUR AFFECTIONS • VOICE
YOUR FEELINGS • LEAVE YOUR
MARK

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SPRING DANCE

When: Friday, MAY 18

6th and 7th graders

3:30-5:30pm

8th graders only

6:00-8:00pm

Where: School cafeteria

8th graders only 6:00-8:00pm Where: School cafeteria Dining Area: The foyer and the very back of

Dining Area: The foyer and the very back of the cafeteria will be used for the students to eat.

Concessions: Will be sold for $1.00 near the school store Coat Check: Ms. Kloza's room

$1.00 near the school store Coat Check: Ms. Kloza's room We will have photos available for

We will have photos available for $2.00 in the back of the cafeteria.

TICKET INFO: The week prior to the dance, May 14th - 18th, tickets and meal deals will be sold at lunches at presale prices.

Wristband only will be $6 dollars pre-sale and $8 dollars at the door. Meal Deal: will only be sold pre-sale and will cost $8 dollars. Includes:

cheese/hamburger OR hotdog Chips Drink

Dress code: Casual and must follow dress code. Hawaiian theme is a good idea!!

UPDATE: Thank you to all the parents who have signed up! We still have spots that need to be filled. Especially Dads who would like to grill or 8th grade parents! Please note that there are going to be 500 kids or more (depending on the grade level) therefore we really need everyone’s assistance for the kids to have a FUN and SAFE dance. Also, if a parent wants to volunteer but does not like noise or crowds, we have specific spots for those parents too. Remember, the only requirement is to be DPS cleared. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me @ aguilarsandy@hotmail.com. Thanks again!!!, Sandy Aguilar

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Tejeda Clubs

GREEN CLUB

GREEN Club is now selling new limited edition Smencils (smelly pencils)! We have Earth Smencils that come with an Earth theme cap. The scents are Save A Tree, Apple Harvest, Mm Mm Maple, Cotton Cloud & Sunshine. We are also selling Soccer Smencils that come with a soccer ball theme cap. The scents are Juicy Melon, Cherry Vanilla, Sorta Soda, Gum-E Bear, Razzle Berry, Pom Paya, Syrup-Dippity, Waffle Cone, Pearrrfect & Kinda Cola. Each soccer ball is a different color. All Smencils are $1! They are sold every Thursday before and after school. Smencils are $1, and Smens (smelly pens) are $2. They are made from 100% recycled newspapers. They are rolled from sheets of newspaper instead of wood. You can even see the layers of newspaper when you sharpen the pencils. Not only do they smell great, but they’re good for the environment, too! Being respon- sible for the environment is an important part of doing business in today's world. In manufacturing Smencils, recycled newspapers, environmentally friendly fragrances, corn-based biodegradable plastic tubes, and biode- gradable erasers are utilized. As we like to say: Saving trees… one pencil or pen at a time. 100% of the profit from the Smencils/ Smens is used to keep Tejeda’s campus beautiful!

Smens is used to keep Tejeda’s campus beautiful! Did you know that if everyone in the
Smens is used to keep Tejeda’s campus beautiful! Did you know that if everyone in the

Did you know that if everyone in the US recycled just 10% of their newspapers, we would save about 25 million trees each year?

We are also recycling HEB bags! We recycle through the company Enviro-Bag, and for every pound of bags, the Green Club gets one dollar. However, we can only accept HEB bags. There is a specified bin outside of the front office at Tejeda for HEB bags. Did you know that it takes 91 per- cent less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper? We also recycle empty ink cartridges, used or broken cell phones, and other small electronics. The school has partnered with Eco-phone to recycle these items, and there is also a bin for collection by the front office. With the money collected from recycling, the Green club will give back to the school

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Tejeda’s 10 th District Championship UIL Win

For 10 of the past 11 years since the school was founded, Frank M. Tejeda Middle School has won the District Championship in UIL competition. The team captured 2012’s title March 24. UIL stands for Uni- versity Interscholastic League a series of academic meets where students compete in events such as Calcu- lator, Maps, Charts & Graphs, Science and “non-academic events” like theatre arts and Lincoln Douglas De- bate.

Over the past 11 years, Tejeda’s UIL teams have collected 41 first-place sweepstakes trophies and 2 second place trophies. This year’s championship victory hung on the results of the performances by Tejeda’s 8 th graders, said Lynn Bodet, faculty sponsor. Lopez’s team was ahead prior to the 8 th grade events. Tejeda’s 8 th graders took the top 4 places in Map, Charts & Graphs; first, third, fourth and sixth in Calculator and second, third, and a fourth place tie in Spelling, she added, “rising to the challenge before them”.“It was a great day to be alive and be a T-wolf,” she said. Tejeda’s 6 th graders won 7 gold medals out of 8 events. Sandra Moon took first in both Number Sense and Math; Kevin Guerra won Maps, Charts & Graphs; Nitesh Kartha won Calculator; Haydn Rich and Saketh Amasa tied for first in Spelling, and Vikas Dodda won Dictionary Skills. Seventh grader Meredith Floyd won Spelling, Angel Hernandez won Social Studies and Jonathan Yakey won Science. Katie Roper led the eighth graders by winning Maps, Charts & Graphs and Calculator. Adam Goodson won Dictionary Skills. The academic competitors also participate in TMSCA (Texas Math & Science Coaches Association) meets across the region, which culminated in a State meet April 14. Tejeda attended 5 TMSCA meets this school year, taking home 3 first place trophies and 2 second place trophies. Tejeda qualified a record 35 stu- dents for the State meet, more than all of the other NEISD schools combined, Bodet said. More than 1800 students compete in State each year, and most events have over 200 students per grade level, she added. Tejeda’s top finisher was Sandra Moon, who won a 16 th place medal in Math and placed 21 st in Number Sense. Tejeda also was the highest finishing NEISD team in Calculator, Bodet reported.

Sense. Tejeda also was the highest finishing NEISD team in Calculator, Bodet reported. CONGRATULATIONS UIL TEAM

CONGRATULATIONS UIL TEAM !!!

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CONGRATULATIONS 2012 2013 TEJEDA PALs!!!!

Tejeda Middle School would like to congratulate the new Timberwolf PAL stu- dents for the 2012 2013 school year! These students were selected from a pool of over 110 applicants! A total of 33 PALs were selected, more than ever before in the history of Tejeda! This is a testament to the impressive 7 th grade class that we have in our midst this year! We are proud of each and every student who made the effort to “try-out” for this leadership group! You have shown that each of you have the ability to “Stand and Make a Difference!”

Kylee Afflitto

Victoria Hartzel

Lauren Bault

Zach Hayden

Braxton Beltran

Janeth Juarez

Manola Canalizo

Logan Kingry

Jason Checchin

Rylee Kotzur

J. Collazo

Jordan Lee

Vivian Del Angel Gracelyn Doctor

Grace Matson Victoria Mauro

Jordyn Ellis Caleb Fletcher

Colin McKay Catherine McCleskey

Ashley Flores

Emily Nyikos

Meredith Floyd

Audrey Payne

Dylan Frady

Justin Pollock

Dylan Gonzales

Haley Pratt

Will Hall

Aasiya Punjani

Josh Harris

Blake Sun

Derek Zapata

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Tejeda's 11th History Faire draws crowd of more than 2,000

by Kristen Brunner

An estimated 2,000 people experienced the Medieval Ages, military battles and the wild, wild West as it came alive at Tejeda's 11th Annual History Faire and Culture Fest Saturday, March 31. Tejeda's Young Historian's Club planned and exe- cuted the Faire, which is known throughout the community. Participants stepped back in time to visit various hands-on historical exhibits, including jousting, cook- ing on a campfire, crafts and military equipment demonstrations by groups depict- ing Rough Riders, Native Americans, Buffalo Soldiers and Vikings. The Army even flew in a Blackhawk helicopter, similar to the ones currently serving in com- bat with our troops in Afghanistan. Musical and dance presentations entertained families while they enjoyed snow cones, kettle corn, grilled shrimp and chicken ka- bobs and other delicious treats. Some studentshad their hair and faces painted by the Tejeda PALS. "I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Baumann de- serve a lot of credit for their hard work," said Mr. Guzman, 6th grade social studies teacher and Young Historians sponsor. Mr. Guzman added that he would like to see more groups and more people attend next year's Faire.

Tejeda is keeping history fun and alive!

he would like to see more groups and more people attend next year's Faire. Tejeda is

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History Faire Gallery

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History Faire Gallery 19
History Faire Gallery 19
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"Guys and Dolls Jr." Plays on the Tejeda Stage

The Tejeda Middle School Theatre Department celebrates its third production of the season with the Tony Award-winning sensation "Guys and Dolls Jr." on May 10 and 11, 2012.

Hailed by critics as "the perfect musical," the show balances comedy, romance, and breathtaking dance routines, including the show-stoppers, "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" and "Luck Be a Lady."

"Guys and Dolls" is about gambling men and the women who long to tame them. The story is set in colorful Times Square in the 1940's, populated by missionaries, dancing girls, gangsters and cops. As the show begins, Nathan Detroit is desper- ately trying to find a place for his floating craps game, despite the protests of Ade- laide, his fiancé of 14 years, who wants him to quit gambling and marry her. In an effort to fund his latest game, he bets high roller Sky Masterson that he can't lure Sarah Brown, a beautiful missionary, to travel to Cuba with him. Bets turn to ro- mance as Masterson plots to win the bet, and ends up losing his heart.

The production stars Madalyn Cleer (Thurs) and Ryan Crim (Fri) as Sarah Brown, Dylan Gonzales as Sky Masterson, David Lunan as Nathan Detroit, and Rebecca Oquendo (Thurs) and Victoria Villa (Fri) as Adelaide. Ashton Simeon and Preston Perez co-star as Nicely Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet.

All students in a full year theatre class are participating in the production as either cast or crew. Veronica Peña-Montalvo directs with Victoria Blom and Donna Pen- nington doing choreography for the dance numbers.

"Guys and Dolls Jr." will play at the Tejeda Middle School cafetorium on Thursday and Friday, May 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 for all reserved seating, $5 for general adult admission, $3 for general student (ages 5-17) admission.

For tickets and information, call the Tejeda Theatre office at (210) 356-5600 x

(ages 5-17) admission. For tickets and information, call the Tejeda Theatre office at (210) 356-5600 x

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CONGRATULATIONS Tejeda dance students!!

Recently, 100 Tejeda dance students auditioned for one of only 55 spots for a special performance in Johnson High School’s spring dance show! Congratulations to all of you who put yourselves out there at the audition! You were amazing and you made Tejeda very proud! If you are interested in seeing Tejeda’s version of “Hairspray,” you can attend one of two shows being held in the Johnson High School auditorium! Johnson High School Spring Show May 12, 2012 2 Shows: 3:00 and 7:00 Tickets can be purchased through any Johnson pep squad member, cheerleader, Belle, or Legacy!

YEARBOOK UPDATE

The 2012 Legacy yearbook will be distributed on Thursday, May 17th during AIM classes. Students that do not have an AIM class will need to come by Ms. Stroud's room, B134, after or before school.

For students who DID NOT pre-order their yearbook:

Bring $60 CASH to Ms. Stroud either before or after school start- ing Friday, May 18th. Yearbook advisors and staff members will be in the student drop-off foyer each day until Friday, May 25, or until all books are sold.

Thank you for your support! If you have any question, please contact Mikel Stroud at mstrou@neisd.net.

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Tejeda Bands Earn “Sweepstakes” Awards

The three Tejeda Bands participated in the Region 12 Concert & Sight Reading Contest at Steele High School on April 3 rd & 4 th . All three groups received straight first divisions from the six judges. Tejeda was the only school in all of Region 12 to have three en- sembles receive all first divisions.

The Tejeda Concert band under the direction of Chad Taylor started of the string of “Sweepstakes” by performing the following program: Omega March by John Edmondson, Ballet of Spring by Tom O’Connor and Majestica by Gary Gazlay.

This was followed by the Symphonic Band under the direction of Shawna Lien. Their program consisted of the following three pieces: The Gold Medalion March by John Edmondson, Summit Fanfare by William Owens and Songs of the Whalemen by Elliot Del Borgo.

The next day it was the Wind Ensemble’s turn to earn “Sweepstakes”. With head director Bernard Rosenberg conduct- ing, the band performed Pentland Hills March by Major James W. Howe, In Heaven’s Light by Steven Reineke and the very exciting Undertow by John Mackey.

The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be competing in the Alamo Showcase of Music the second week in April. The Wind En- semble will also be performing the world premier of William Owen’s new piece on May 15 th in a combined concert with the Johnson Wind Symphony at Johnson High School.

The directors would like to thank all the students for their hard work and dedication and parents for supporting their children in their musical endeavors.

hard work and dedication and parents for supporting their children in their musical endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS !!!

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

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CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Debate Update

NEISD held its 3rd annual Public Forum debate meet at Krueger Mid- dle School on Thursday,April 19, 2012. There were 57 teams that competed this year, which is more than twice the number of teams than last year.

Tejeda's competitive debate teams have been practicing in class with the resolu- tion, Resolved: Cyberbullying should be a criminal offense. All of the students' hard work has paid off, as Tejeda had seven of its nine teams place! Way to go Tejeda debaters!

Congratulations to the placing teams:

Plaques (3 wins-0 losses) Graham Trent (8th grade) and Brian McHorse (8th grade) Ben Elseth (7th grade) and Colin McKay (7th grade) Luis Padro (8th grade) and Taylor Sorensen (8th grade)

Blue ribbons (2 wins-1 loss) Tyler Holmes (6th grade) and Kaylee Honeycutt (6th grade) Marie Lorfils (6th grade) and Sunaini Rasamallu (6th grade) Taylor Quade (6th grade) and Nick Granderson (6th grade)

Red ribbons (1 win-2 losses) Kevin Guerra (6th grade) and Aman Ali (7th grade)

grade) and Nick Granderson (6th grade) Red ribbons (1 win-2 losses) Kevin Guerra (6th grade) and

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Library News On Friday April 13 the Tejeda Library welcomed guest author Adam Gidwitz. His

Library News

On Friday April 13 the Tejeda Library welcomed guest author Adam Gidwitz. His book “A Tale Dark and Grimm” is on the Lone Star Reading List for 2012-13. See next page for article.

The Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on the week of April 30 May 4! See page 26 of this newsletter for more infor- mation.

On May 10 the district will hold a “Clash of the Titles” book com- petition. Each middle school in the district will be represented by a team of 4 students who will compete for the district champion- ship. At Tejeda the students chose their own teams and competed in a campus level “Clash of the Titles” on April 5. The winning team in the “campus clash” will represent Tejeda on May 10 at the Littleton Gym.

Here are the campus champions who will compete at district level:

Robin Gaudette, Rory Gaudette, Allie Byrd, and Haydn Rich. Good Luck at District!!!

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Thanks to the following students who participated in the campus

clash: Grant Huff, Donivan Baldwin, Michelle Rivas, Macy Frasier, Kelsey Spears, Dylan James, Lindsey Wilson, Miranda Cole, Hannah Hyche, Yashdeep Sahota, Rohit Balachandar, Aswin Venhatesh, Heidi Billman, Nik Siebert, Grace Kempf, Meredith Floyd, Elizabeth Skaggs, Colin McKay, Sarah Anders, Keith LeBeau, Briana Chacon, Ryan Polk, Zoe Frahm, Allan Foote, Dallin Gardner, Carter Wilson, Michael Skaggs, Brenda Esparza, Vic- toria Phelps, Nitesh Kartha, Alex Bauer, Vikas Dodda, Amasa Saketh, Kyler Battles, and Karsten Battles.

Esparza, Vic- toria Phelps, Nitesh Kartha, Alex Bauer, Vikas Dodda, Amasa Saketh, Kyler Battles, and Karsten

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Successful Author Visit!

Mr. Adam Gidwitz’s visit to the Tejeda library Friday April 13 th was anything but dark and grim. The author of A Tale Dark and Grimm, was amazing and had the kid’s attention from the moment they walked into the library. He signed books, spoke with the kids and encouraged them to keep writing no matter what. The word that kept coming through the crowd of kids as they left was “AWESOME”!

that kept coming through the crowd of kids as they left was “AWESOME”! Sarah Anders, Adam

Sarah Anders, Adam Gidwitz, and Adeola Dosunmu

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Scholastic Book Fair

Are you ready for an island get away? Beautiful sun- sets, soft ocean breezes and a good book? Okay, all you Big Kahuna readers out there say Aloha to the Spring Book Fair! Grab your grass skirts and hula on in to the Tejeda library April 30 th thru May 4 th for the Scholastic Book Fair Luau. You will be in para- dise with lots of great books for everyone plus fun extras too. Put on your flip flops and we will see you there! April 30 th -May 4 th 7:45am to 4pm every day. Aloha!

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too. Put on your flip flops and we will see you there! April 30 t h
too. Put on your flip flops and we will see you there! April 30 t h

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Dietitian’s Diary May 2012

Katie Mahoney, M.S., R.D., L.D. Nutrition Education / Wellness Coordinator School Nutrition Services

Stay Healthy This Summer!

Summer is almost here and as the weather gets warmer, the desire to stay inside (and out of the heat) gets stronger. However, staying inside too much can cause you and your family to develop unhealthy habits. During the school year, most of us have a daily routine that we follow. The summer months are typically not as regimented. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your summer will be healthy and enjoyable!

Drink Water! It is very easy to turn to soft drinks or other refreshing drinks during the hot summer months, but most of those drinks are loaded with calories and sugar. Drink calo- rie-free, guilt-free water to stay hydrated.

Watch Your Weight. The lack of a daily routine, which can lead to more frequent trips to

the drive-through, can lead to weight gain. Try to plan ahead and pack a healthy lunch to take with you.

Road Trips. Planning a road trip? Make it a healthy one by doing your homework on the

healthier food options at popular restaurants and fast food joints that you’ll run into along the way.

Develop an Eating and Snack Schedule. Keeping you and your kids on an eating schedule will help cut down hunger and mindless eating between meals.

Take Advantage of the Season! The summer months are the perfect time to try new

fruits and veggies. Refreshing watermelon, sweet strawberries, and crisp carrots are just a few of the choices to help you stay cool in the sweltering heat.

Re-think Your Vacation. It might be too late to re-think your vacation this year, but if it’s

not, consider taking an “active” vacation. Take a vacation that encourages physical activities

like hiking, swimming, walking, or cycling.

Limit Screen Time. It’s hot outside. There’s nothing to do. Why not watch TV? Some screen time is okay, but TV watching, video game playing, and time spent on the com- puter should take up no more than two hours per day, total.

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Don’t forget Teacher Appreciation
Week May 7-11!
Fair
Book Fair
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Cinco de Mayo
Boys Sports Ban-
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Teacher Day
Sci Fi Convention
in Cafeteria
Theatre production
in cafeteria 6:30p
Theatre production
in cafeteria 6:30p
Orchestra activity
Clash of the Titles
book competition
@ Littleton Gym
Tejeda dancers per-
form in the Johnson
Spring Show
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Mother’s Day
Band Concert 6:30p
Orchestra Concert
Girls Athletic
Yearbook distribu-
Spring Dance
Armed Forces
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Banquet
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Choir Concert
End of semester
exams
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exams
End of semester
exams
End of semester
exams
End of semester
exams
End of semester
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8th grade party
drink donations in
front of morning
carpool lane
8th grade party
drink donations in
front of morning
carpool lane
Locker clean out
Young Historians
Field Trip
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Student Holi-
6th/7th awards
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8 th grade awards at
Johnson 6:30p
ceremonies
Memorial Day
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