General PTA Meetings and Proposed Programs for School Year 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30pm (Months designated in Bylaws) A Note from the President I can hardly believe this is the last month of school. It has been busy. The teachers worked hard to prepare the students for the STARR 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 6th through 10th. We have such great teachers, please take the time to send a small note of appreciation. PTA would like to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Brenda Cerroni. Starting the Monday of STARR testing could not have been easy but she jumped right in and has been a perfect fit. Welcome to the Den, Ms. Cerroni!!! Thank you to everyone who donated books and attended the NEISD book sale. It was another huge success. Shannon Grona and her group of volunteers did a great job. The English department should get their check very soon. I would like to thank the 2012-2013 PTA Officers and PTA Board for their dedication this year. It has been a pleasure to work with each one of you. The 2012-2013 PTA year ran incredibly smooth due to your commitment and hard work. I would like to congratulate and introduce the 2013-2014 PTA officers: Monica Pipes, President; Nancy Thomas, 1 st VP; Tanya Gill, 2 nd VP; Cindy Zagrzecki, Secretary; Stephanie Nemec, Treasurer; Sandy Aguilar, Historian; Gwynda Williams, Parliamentarian. 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 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 that 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, Sylvia Theissen [email protected]Don’t Forget Penny Wars through May 3 See pg 19 May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week 8th grade EOY Party - June 6
General PTA Meetings
Programs for School
2nd Tuesday of the Month,
6:30pm (Months designated
A Note from the President
I can hardly believe this is the last month of school. It has been busy. The teachers worked hard to prepare the students for the STARR testing and for End-of-Course exams and our students have responded with hard work
Let’s remember to thank our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th through 10th. We have
such great teachers, please take the time to send a small note of appreciation.
PTA would like to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Brenda Cerroni. Starting the Monday of STARR testing could not have been easy but she jumped right in and has been a perfect fit. Welcome to the Den, Ms.
Thank you to everyone who donated books and attended the NEISD book sale. It was another huge success.
Shannon Grona and her group of volunteers did a great job. The English department should get their check very
I would like to thank the 2012-2013 PTA Officers and PTA Board for their dedication this year. It has been a
pleasure to work with each one of you. The 2012-2013 PTA year ran incredibly smooth due to your
commitment and hard work.
I would like to congratulate and introduce the 2013-2014 PTA officers:
Monica Pipes, President;
Nancy Thomas, 1st VP;
Tanya Gill, 2nd VP;
Cindy Zagrzecki, Secretary;
Stephanie Nemec, Treasurer;
Sandy Aguilar, Historian;
Gwynda Williams, Parliamentarian.
There are still a few slots on the PTA Board that need to be filled. Look for an article regarding the positions in
The 8th 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 that 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
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 6th until the
10th of May 2013, 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!
Used Book Sale Update
Thank you to everyone that donated books
for the NEISD Council PTA Used Book Sale. We collected
4487 books. The class that collected the most books was
Mrs. Castellanos' 3rd period class. They will get a pizza
party. The teachers who collected the most books
are: Mrs. Goforth with 1178, Mrs. Castellanos with 1086
and Mrs. Vooletich with 589.
Thank you again for supporting the NEISD Council PTA
Used Book Sale. The proceeds from the sale will benefit
the English Department.
- Shannon Grona
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Will be on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Donations of desserts and canned sodas are
needed. Please drop off your donation
labeled “Faculty Appreciation” at the front
Thanks in advance! - Gina Fontenot
The yearbook staff would like to thank everyone for supporting the Tejeda
yearbook by purchasing or placing ads in the 2013 Legacy yearbook.
Currently there are only about 200 books left. Orders will be taken online
through May 10th. To order your yearbook, please go to
www.yearbookforever.com and place your order.
If you are participating in the 25-25-25 special, your final payment of $25 is
due NO LATER THAN May 10th to Mrs. Hicks or Ms. Stroud.
Online ordering ENDS on May 10th. At this point, students can bring orders
(include name and grade level with payment) to Mrs. Hicks or Ms. Stroud,
but the cost of the book will be $60—CASH ONLY!
Distribution will take place on June 5th during AIM. Should we have any
books left, we will be selling them after school on June 5th and during the
day on June 6th starting at 7:30. The cost of the book will be $60—CASH
Yearbook News from Mrs. Hicks and Ms. Stroud…
Tejeda Dancers to Perform at Johnson
Our spring semester dance classes have been hard at work preparing Tejeda’s very own rendition of the “Barden Bellas” Finale performance from the popular movie, “Pitch Perfect!” On April 18th, 114 dancers auditioned for 55 spots to perform in Johnson High School’s spring dance show! All dancers who auditioned did an amazing job and deserve a huge “Congratulations!”
The show at Johnson is May 11th, at 3:00 and 7:00. Please come and support our Tejeda
Tejeda Middle School Hosts its 12th Annual History Faire
It was a free, family fun-filled Saturday at Tejeda Middle School as the highly anticipated History Faire and Culture Fest attracted over 3000 people for the 12th consecutive year. Open to parents, students and the community, the faire included hands-on activities, games, dancing, historical demonstrations, an archeological dig and tours of a Black Hawk helicopter. Numerous historical and cultural groups were also represented, including the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers, Sons of the American Republic, WWI and WWII re-enactors and many more. Many student organizations sold refreshments, food and various items to benefit their school clubs or organizations. The event proved to be yet another success and plans for next year’s Tejeda History Faire and Culture Fest are already under way!
- By Melissa Hennig
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BOOK FAIR
The spring Book Fair at Tejeda was a huge success! Thanks to
the avid readers at Tejeda, Mr. Green constantly had a list of
books to order. The books would arrive and fly off the tables!
Thank you to the Tejeda students, parents and teachers for
supporting the Book Fair and thank you to Mr. Green and the
fabulous PTA Volunteers who worked tirelessly all week to make
-by Ginger Siebert
The science department accepts Box Tops all year long! We use the money earned for labs and new science equipment! Thank you for thinking of us on your next shopping trip! - Marilu Ramey
Our 8th grade “end of middle school” celebration will be held on
Thursday, June 6th at Time Warner Park.
Be on the lookout for emails regarding volunteer opportunities and drink donation
information. Please remember 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
Thanks so much! - Tracy Holzmann
8th Grade End of Year Party
8th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed (Must be DPS cleared)
Please visit the link below to sign up to attend the final 8th grade event of the year!
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.
For more information, visit the WATCH D.O.G.S. website at www.fathers.com/watchdogs.
The Schools To Watch program is designed for middle schools in the nation that are high performers. Each year schools are identified with qualities such as academically excellent, diverse, and are structured for success. An article was posted on April 25, 2013 in the NEISD News. Please click on the link below to read this great article! Congratulations T-wolves!!
Please send a note with your student when he/she is absent. A
student has 2 days to turn in a Parent or Dr.’s. note to receive
credit for that absence.
Message from the Main Office by Marsha Stiles
The Tejeda main office would like to share a few procedural tips for making your
visits to our campus a pleasant experience. When the need arises, and your
presence is required at Tejeda, you will need to do the following:
1. No matter the reason for the visit, you are required to stop at the main office
first to sign in.
2. If you are only there to drop something off for your child, or to pick up a sick
child from the clinic, you must sign in at the main office counter and take the
yellow laminated pass found in the pocket of the sign in binder.
3. If you need to go anywhere else in the building, you will need to be signed in
through the Raptor system. Your driver's license is required for this
procedure. Once the license has been scanned during your first visit, you will
only need to tell us your name for any subsequent visits. However, you will
always need to show your DL to sign your student out at the clinic and/or the
4. It is extremely important that during the morning hours of 7:30-8:30
a.m. you understand that the front parking lot is closed for buses only.
The same applies to the afternoon pick up from 2:50-3:45 p.m. If you
arrive to pick up a student at 2:45 p.m. and park in the front parking lot,
please do not park anywhere in the circle drive. The middle section of the
parking lot is the recommended place to park. Parking in any other space may
result in your vehicle being blocked in by the school buses. Please also
be aware that if this happens, we are not allowed to ask the buses to move.
5. We will soon have a new Raptor system set up near the student drop off/pick
up area in the event you enter the building from the back parking lot during
the early morning times. Those badges will be printed from the ISS room/
Counselor’s Corner by Shawnda Christopher
Here is an excerpt from Parents Still Make a Difference. We hope
“Tune in to Your Child’s Interests by Asking Good Questions”
Asking kids questions has many benefits. It shows children you care—you are
genuinely interested in them. It helps you tune in to your child’s needs. The
more you’re tuned in, the more your child will trust and respect you. Questions
can help you see if your teachings are taking root in your children. Asking
questions also models an important social skill—the art of verbal give and
take. So it’s good to have a supply of questions ready for asking. You can
make your own list starting with questions like these:
What class did you enjoy most at school today?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
How do you decide who your friends are?
Who are the two greatest people you know? What makes them great?
What would you do with a million dollars?
Library Lost & Found
Moms, does your kid’s wardrobe seem limited these days? Are
they sitting on the front porch when you get home from work?
Are they taking their lunch in a paper bag instead of the lunch
box you purchased for them?
If so, they need to stop by the library lost and found to look
for their sweat shirts, sweaters, house keys and lunch boxes.
While they are there they can look for any winter coats,
prescription eye glasses, P.E. clothing, shoes and many other
assorted items they may have misplaced. There is a huge selection so please
encourage your child to take a look if they are missing anything.
Thank you to Heather Gaudette, library volunteer, for organizing all the items. All
unclaimed items are donated.
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 administrators.
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
What’s Up with the Tejeda PALs?
Our Tejeda PAL students have had another very successful and busy
semester! In addition to our weekly visit with both 6th grade PALees here at
Tejeda, the PAL students have continued to mentor their PALees each
Wednesday at Encino Park Elementary. The PALs have also continued to
mentor our Tejeda ALE students every Thursday. They enjoyed a day together,
assisting our ALE students in the NEISD Special Olympics Track and Field
meet as well! Outside of the school day, our PAL students have been very
busy volunteering their time with special events such as: Cibolo Green
Wellness Fair and Walk, stuffing Easter eggs at the Encino Park Community
Center, hiding eggs and assisting with the Encino Park Easter egg hunt,
working at both nights of the Elementary PE Showcase, and running a very
successful booth at our own History Faire!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our AMAZING Tejeda
PALs on a wonderful year of service and dedication to our school! As always,
you will leave big shoes for the next group to fill! Love, Mrs. Kloza :0)
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 – 2014
After an extensive selection process, please help me welcome and congratulate
the following students who will be our 2013 – 2014 Tejeda PALs!
Andres Aguilar Jakob Martel
Christian Benedict Gabi Muholland
Jared Casarez Amy Navarro
Alexander Clark Samie Oxley
Megan Copeland Jason Palmer
Allan Foote Nicole Payne
Joshua Haag Grace Petty
Sam Kaman RJ Poe
Rylie Kieny Haley Roper
Kendall Kloza Jake Ruggles
Gillian Koskie Grayson Schwarz
Lexi Larios Cara Smith
Dominique Lavigne Alyssa Soderdahl
LaTesjia Lorfils Brittany Vahalik
Hope Love Nicolette Wickes
-by Desiree Kloza
Red Cross and TAB are partnering up to raise money for those affected by the explosion in West, Texas. We are holding a Penny War. "In a penny war, two or more groups compete to win a fundraising competition. Each group has a bucket for collecting coins or dollar bills. The value of any pennies collected by a group count positively toward that group's point total, while the value of other coins or dollar bills are subtracted." The competition will be boys versus girls! Of course, we welcome teachers to participate. Students can add coins to the appropriate jar at lunch during the week of April 29-May 3. The idea is to add pennies to the jar of your gender, while adding higher monetary denominations (nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars) to your opponent's jar. Regardless of who wins the Penny War, the victims of West will benefit. The flyer on the next page explains the Penny War Rules. Please hang the flyer somewhere that your students will see it each day and remind them to participate in the "war."
Thank you for your support and prepare for "battle" Red Cross and TAB Sponsors
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Great place for the most up to date news on the Timberwolves. Keep up with the pack and their activities !
STAAR Questions? Having a lot of questions about the new STAAR tests, you will find many resources, as well as a comprehensive question and answer document, at the Texas Education Agency website. Link: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/
Please visit the NEISD's STAAR (State of Texas Assessments
of Academic Readiness) website for a basic overview of
STAAR which specifies who will be taking this new statewide
test in the coming school years.
The website will be updated as more information from TEA
Hello again! We want ALL families to Get Connected to Tejeda PTA this year. Did you know that joining PTA does NOT require you to volunteer for countless hours? Being a member of PTA simply means you are supporting your school and your child - connecting families and schools is what we're all about. Plus, you are eligible for lots of great discounts from places like Six Flags, La Quinta, Dell (and more) after you activate your card! You can join PTA on the form on page 27 of this newsletter or contact Cindy Zagrzecki. Join PTA today and GET CONNECTED! Thanks, Cindy Zagrzecki 2012-2013 Membership Chair [email protected]
TEJEDA PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM If you would like to become a member and no longer have your welcome packet information,
please fill out this form and return it with your membership fee in an envelope marked PTA