Pennies For Pets

Our incredibly generous students continue to bring in “Pennies for Pets.” I’m super amazed at them for caring about our furry friends. As of now, we’ve raised $135.74 for an animal shelter/organization.

Way to go!

A few of those caring students are pictured below:

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Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

photo credit: law officer

As we all take today off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s not forget what this incredible man did. He stood for equality, justice, and racial reconciliation. He was brave, determined, and persistent, all those qualities most of us only hope we can be. Enjoy today, but don’t forget Dr. King, all that he stood for, and his dream!

Happy birthday, Dr. King!


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Pennies for Pets

Our students recently started their Passion Projects/Genius Hour. During this time each week, students are to research something they are wanting to learn and/or are passionate about, using a driving question. We have students learning about the Marines, certain actors, the history of White Oak ISD, bone cancer, the dangers of smoking, writing their own book, learning how to crochet, choreographing a twirling routine, and the list on and on.

We discussed how nice it would be if our projects could reach outside the four walls of the classroom. To make that happen, our sixth graders are collecting “Pennies for Pets.” At the end of our collection time, we will give the lump sum to an animal organization that needs items/food for animals.

This was just announced on Monday, and we have already collected $31.62! This says a lot about our White Oak kids. I’m so proud of them and their caring hearts!

We CAN make a difference, and they are doing just that!

Pictured below: just a couple of our students who have already donated

Pennies for Pets

We care!


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Report Cards

Just a reminder that report cards will come home Tuesday, January 10, ONLY if you requested a HARD copy.  Otherwise, you have access to all of your student’s grades as they are posted throughout the nine weeks via Skyward. Exam grades are also posted in Skyward. Use Family Access to receive weekly notifications of postings.

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For the health and safety of our students and staff, White Oak ISD will NOT have school Thursday, December 14 or Friday, December 15.  We will return to school Monday, December 18 for exams.  The choir concert that is scheduled for tomorrow night is canceled.  Middle School will not have any type of practice Thursday or Friday. Our maintenance and custodial staff will spend these two days deep cleaning our buildings and buses. Please see our exam schedule below:

Monday, 12/18 Tuesday, 12/19 Wednesday, 12/20
4th         7:55-9:15 1st         7:55-9:15 3rd          7:55-9:15
2nd        9:20-9:25 2nd       9:20-9:25 2nd         9:20-9:25
5th         9:30-10:50 2nd       9:30-10:50 7th          9:30-10:50
Lunch   10:55-11:25 6th        10:55-12:15 8th          10:55-12:15
Study Hall 11:30-12:15 Grab and Go Lunch Grab and Go Lunch
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White Oak Middle School will have semester exams December 18, 19, 20.  We will also have Early Release at 12:15 each of those days.  We will not have an official lunchtime 12/19 or 12/20.  Students who need a lunch will receive a hamburger/cheeseburger sack lunch between 11:45-12:15 to go.  Students who do not have an exam last period may be checked out by a parent/guardian.

Please see the schedule below:

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Thank You, Education Foundation!

My students and I want to thank the Education Foundation for the generous donation to our room. We will be getting a microphone that will be used when students are presenting Passion Projects, performing reader’s theater, and sharing other masterpieces and works of wonder and creativity.

Also, when this teacher is reading six times a day, my voice will no longer be strained from doing so.

We appreciate you!

Now we’re just waiting excitedly for our microphone to come in!


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Lesson Plans for the Week of 10/23-10/27


Monday – WEAR RED

  • Hand out new vocabulary words (Go HERE to practice)
  • Read novel
  • Go to the library to check out a non-fiction book

Hw: Study vocabulary words & read 20 minutes (remember to record all books read on your 40 -Book Challenge Form)


  • Read novel
  • Discuss data & most missed concepts from Common Assessment #1
  • Hand out parent letter to be sent home sharing grade and student quintile
  • Kahoot game

Hw: Study vocabulary words all week and  read 20 minutes


  • Read novel
  • Hand out new reading passage (drama titled “The Big Jump”)
  • Begin “The Monkey’s Paw” drama from Scope Magazine

Hw: Read 20 minutes, study vocabulary, and complete reading homework ”                  ”


  • Continue “The Monkey’s Paw” from Scope
  • Watch video on mood and how music, words, and figurative language can create the mood in a drama or story
  • Work in partners to infer information from the drama

Hw: Read 20 minutes, study vocabulary, and complete reading homework  “The Big Jump”


  • Continue working with partners to infer
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