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    Red Ribbon Week

    Oct 21-25

    Welcome Back Timberwolves!

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the

    2013-2014 school year at Frank Tejeda Middle School. I invite

    each of you to join us as we work together with the teachers,

    school administrators and staff to enhance our students

    educational experience.

    The PTAs budget is based solely on a portion of PTA membership

    dues, Greenback donations and funds raised from our Silent

    Auction, therefore we depend on many volunteers. I hope that you

    will consider becoming an active participant in our school and

    community by:

    Becoming a member of the Tejeda PTA. Be your kids biggestfan - Be PTA! Benefits of PTA membership includes discounts

    from places such as Sea World, Six Flags, La Quinta and Dell,just to name a few! Please consider joining the Tejeda PTA


    Making a Greenback donation. Tejeda Greenback Nights andSilent Auction will be held on Sept. 9th and 10th. You can make

    a flat donation or bid on a variety of items. This is done in

    conjunction with the Meet the Teacher nights so please

    remember to stop by the Silent Auction and place your bid!

    Volunteering. Parent involvement is essential as we coordinatevarious activities, book fairs, dances, fundraisers and assemblies

    for our students. We are always in need of volunteers on manylevels. We have opportunities for every time and commitment


    I would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have

    any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I

    hope you have a wonderful school and we look forward to seeing

    you at our first PTA Meeting, Sept. 10th at 6:30 p.m.

    Monica Pipes

    2013-2014 PTA [email protected]


    Second Tuesday of

    each month at 6:30p



    Greenback Night

    Sept 9th & 10th 6:30p

    Lunch & Learn with

    Mr. Bojescul

    October 8th

    Life Member

    Recognition & HolidayConcert

    December 10th 6:30p



    February 11th 6:30p

    UIL Recognition

    April 8th


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    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to a great school year at Tejeda! I want to take this opportunity in this months

    WolfTracks Newsletter to revisit and extend the message I communicated to you back in June

    in my first parent letter. When I learned that I was becoming a T-Wolf leader, images of

    excellence resounded in me; not about me, but about Tejeda and everything for which it

    stands. I knew that I was joining a team of excellent teachers, students, staff, community, and

    parents. I also knew that within this already established culture of excellence still lies a future

    full of potential to become great!

    Even though we are a middle school, our vision must be to continue to prepare our children to

    have a competitive advantage upon graduation in a global world that continues to change.

    Our focus is clearly aligned with Dr. Gottardys vision for Transforming the Future. At Tejeda,

    we began this transformation back in June when I met my new leadership team. To facilitate

    this transformation, I strongly believe that we must build leadership capacity in every leader

    at Tejeda, including our students. So, throughout the summer, we reflected on our priorities,

    our goals, campus instructional plan to improve student success, student clubs and

    organizations, and the structures and processes we currently have in place. We have already

    begun to make adjustments that will facilitate this transformation and will foster a culture of

    greatness. When I met my faculty on the first day of Staff Development, I shared this

    statement: my role as principal is climate control. My job is to identify the gifts, talents andskills in every teacher and staff member and to bring those gifts together in ways that will

    unite and uplift Tejeda from excellent to great. As teachers, our role is to facilitate learning.

    We must create and sustain a climate in every classroom in which every student actively

    engages in learning every day.

    But what does it mean when we speak of Transforming the Future? I do not know the

    complete answer to this question, yet; but I am certain we must come together as a community

    of learners to share our ideas, concerns, and questions in order to achieve our vision. I

    believe that our students must have an active voice and be proactive in their education, so Iwill be hosting a monthly Principals Luncheon with every student club and organization

    leader throughout the school year. I will also invite students who may not be involved in a

    club, but are leaders among their peers in different ways. *


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    Finally, the next step in Dr. Gottardys process for Transforming the Future is taking his

    message to you and the public through six community meetings beginning on September 16.

    The following is a list of these dates, locations, and times. He is inviting parents, students, and

    community members to these meetings to brainstorm ways to improve education. I encourage

    all of you to attend one of these meetings. In an effort to provide enough food and drink,

    please RSVP at www.neisd.net . Look for the Transforming the Future button.


    *Monday, September 16 Roosevelt High School 5110 Walzem Road

    6:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 17 Piper Bass Student Center 12002 Jones Maltsberger

    11:30 a.m.

    Wednesday, September 18 Madison HS AMP Facility 5005 Stahl Road

    11:30 a.m.

    Wednesday, September 18 Churchill High School 12049 Blanco Road

    6:00 p.m.Thursday, September 19 Community Learning Ctr. 8750 Tesoro Drive

    11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, September 19 Johnson High School 23203 Bulverde Road

    6:00 p.m.

    *Child care will be available at Mondays meeting. To reserve your space, please call (210)



    John A Bojescul


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    OFFICERSPresident - Monica Pipes

    1st Vice President - Nancy Thomas

    2nd Vice President - Tanya Gill

    Secretary - Cindy ZagrzeckiTreasurer - Stephanie Nemec

    Parliamentarian - Gwynda Williams

    Historian - Sandy Aguilar


    Arts in Education - Christy Murphey

    Campus Beautification - Tori Austin

    Council Delegate - Yvonne Poe

    Council Delegate, Alternate - OPEN

    Council Delegate - Mary Beth Connolly

    Faculty Appreciation, Asst - Melissa Ling

    Faculty Appreciation, Asst - Kendra BarnesFounder's Day - Carla Sims

    Healthy Lifestyles - Terri Sevening

    Library - Kim Barnes

    Lunchroom - Krista Furlow

    Membership - Ann Downes

    Membership, Asst - Jennifer Davis

    Mentoring - OPEN

    Newsletter/Website - Gwen HodgsonSpecial Projects - Bo Burke

    Special Projects, Asst - Renee Gamez

    Student Government Liaison - EliseBarker

    Textbooks - Lindsay Donna

    Used Book Sale - Rebecca WilliamsUsed Books Sale, Asst - Jane Spears

    Volunteers - Carin Petrosky

    Watch Dogs - Rolando Perez

    Workroom - Sheila Morse

    Assistant - Darlene Stoops

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    Tejeda PTA will be hosting it's Greenback Nights on

    September 9th and 10th. As part of the evenings

    festivities, we will be hosting a Silent Auction to raise

    funds for our school. Fundraising efforts will help

    provide equipment for different departments and

    enhance the schools programs. We are looking for

    donations of products and services to be featured in

    our Silent Auction. Your contributions will be

    displayed at the school during the event and will be

    recognized in the schools newsletter. We wouldgreatly appreciate any donation and ask that you

    contact us with any questions or to make

    arrangements to secure your items. Without the

    generosity of sponsors like you, this event and the

    programs it supports for our children simply would

    not be possible. Contact Tanya [email protected]

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    Welcome Back! We want ALL families to be informed and active with

    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 in the welcome packet, the membership form in

    this newsletter or contact

    Ann Downes. We will have your

    PTA membership card ready for

    pick up at the Greenback Nights

    this year. Join PTA today andbe your kids biggest fan!


    Ann Downes

    2013-2014 Membership Chair

    [email protected]

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    The Presidents Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is issued by the Presidents Council on

    Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States. It is

    given to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to

    improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.

    The Award is given to individuals that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service

    and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period. For Tejeda students, the

    PVSA time period is April 15, 2013 to April 14, 2014. All hours will need to be turned

    in by April 15, 2014 in order to allow enough time to review and certify service hoursand to order awards.


    Please log your service hours on the Tejeda Middle School 2013-2014 PVSA. The log

    can be found at www.tejedapta.com

    IMPORTANT For any project that accrues more than 20 hours of service, please have

    the supervisor of the project issue a signed letter/certificate and attach to your log.The PVSA collection time for your service hours is April 15, 2013 April 14, 2014. Any

    service done during this time period can be logged.

    The PVSA log must be turned into the front office by April 15, 2014.

    The student and parent must sign the log to certify that the hours are accurate.

    There are three levels of awards

    BRONZE you have at least 50 service hours

    SILVER you have 75-99 service hours

    GOLD you have 100 or more service hours.

    The award includes a certificate and a letter from the President. Students who receive a

    Presidents Volunteer Service Award will be recognized at the end of May.

    If you have any questions, please contact Monica Pipes, Tejeda Middle School PTA

    President at [email protected]

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    Size Quantity TotalYouth Medium

    Youth Large

    Adult SmallAdult Medium

    Adult LargeAdult XL

    Adult XXL

    Submit order form and payment to Front Office by Sept 27th.Orders will be processed Fridays, and T-shirts delivered Tuesdays.Front Back

    Please note: All Youth sizes, AXL and AXXL must be special ordered.All other sizes currently available.

    Students Name and grade_______________________Phone number_______________________________

    Cash______ Check #_____T-shirts are $15 each. All proceedswill fund the end of the year 8th grade party at

    Time Warner Park, whereall food, snacks, drinks, and games will be included!!Payment must be made at the time the order is placed. Please make checks payable

    to Tejeda Middle School PTA.

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    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

    nations 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 choseto 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.

    Want to learn more? Want to learn more? Contact Rolando Perez at

    [email protected] and visit the WATCH D.O.G.S. website

    at www.fathers.com/watchdogs

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    Michelle Rivas received an Award of Merit at the Texas PTA Reflections

    Awards ceremony in Dallas on August 4th for her literature entry from The

    Magic of the Moment theme. Congratulations to Michelle for her

    achievement and for representing Tejeda at the ceremony!

    We had great success with our Reflections program last year, and we are

    looking forward to an even better year for the 2013-2014 PTA Reflections

    Program! The theme is Believe, Dream, Inspire! Its not too early to be

    thinking about what YOU would like to do for this years program. You can

    enter as many times as you want, in as many areas: Music, Literature, Dance

    and Choreography, Film and Video Production, Visual Arts and Photography.

    More information will be coming in next months newsletter, but if you want to

    get a head start you can go to http://www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/

    and find out more!

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    Tejeda counselors would like to welcome back all students including students

    that are new to our campus! Our goal is to build positive leaders on our

    campus to create an environment where learning can take place. Thefollowing programs at Tejeda address the concern of bullying as well as

    promote kindness, teamwork, and a shared vision outlined in our Wolf

    Credo. Get involved and make a difference in the lives of others!

    Online Reporting on Tejeda Webpage

    Leader in Me Philosophy

    Bully Box for Anonymous Reporting Outside of the Library

    Hazing educationT-Wolves Against Bullies Club

    PALS mentorship

    The Ambassador Program for New Students

    Mix It Up Lunches

    Campaigns to Promote Kindness and Teach Strategies when Encountering Bullying

    Bully Awareness Week

    Anti-bully Guidance Lessons

    Counselor Led Mediation

    6th Grade Counselor

    Mrs. Blattner

    7th Grade Counselor

    Mrs. Ramey

    8th Grade CounselorMrs. Knouse

    Meet your 2013-2014 Counselors!

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    Did you know an hour of your volunteer time in 2011 was worth $21.91?

    According to the Corporation for National and Community Service,

    Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous

    value volunteers provide. The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of

    individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a


    Apply to volunteer by going to www.neisd.net. Follow the Volunteers linkin the red parent box, then go to Online Criminal History Check. The

    Code of Conduct will appear. Please read and click Agree. You will

    then be prompted to fill out the criminal history check form and click

    Submit Release.

    Please allow one week for processing, then check with Tejeda for your

    Volunteer Identification Number (VIN). If you provided an email address,

    you will receive an email with your VIN. No computer? No problem asTejeda can provide you with a paper application.

    Virtual Volunteer (V-Volunteer)

    Once you are approved to volunteer, you can use Virtual Volunteer for

    logging your volunteer hours that you do at home or after school. If you

    are volunteering at school, the check in system will count your hours for you.

    However, it is important you ask to be logged out when you leave. If log

    out is not completed, the system automatically will log you out at 5 p.m.,but youll only be credited with one volunteer hour. To count your virtual

    volunteer hours, call the NEISD volunteer office, 407-0309, or email Brooke

    Pate at [email protected] . They will connect you to the volunteer system

    with your email address and give you a password. You will then be able

    to connect to the v-volunteer system and more accurately represent your


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    PTA Links

    *NEISD Council of PTAs


    *State PTAwww.txpta.org

    *National PTA


    *Tejeda PTA

    www.tejedapta.comTejeda PTA has its own website to keep up with all

    PTA events


    Find us on Facebook at


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    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

    COOPERATE WITH THE PACKHave 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 theschool day. Urgent issues or concerns should be

    reported to proper authorities immediately or to

    campus administrators.

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    Exciting things are happening in the Tejeda PALS program! The first of which is

    a name change implemented by NEISD from PAL to PALS. Our new name

    stands for Peer Assistance, Leadership, and Service.Our Tejeda PALS went to the district PALS training on September 6 th, and will

    be attending peer mediation training on September 27th. In addition, they

    continue to go through a training process for approximately the next 4 6

    weeks during our PALS class. Following this training period, we will continue to

    mentor 6th grade students, as well as elementary students at Encino Park.

    PALS have also been participating in community service by volunteering during

    the summer in the main office here, as well as providing babysitting for Tejeda

    teachers during our two Greenback Nights.The PALS are also looking forward to mentoring our ALE students as well as

    continuing with our campus recycling program.

    The members of the 2013 2014 Tejeda PALS program are:

    Andres Aguilar Gillian Koskie Jason Palmer

    Christian Benedict Lexi Larios Nicole Payne

    Jared Casarez Dominique Lavigne Grace Petty

    AJ Clark LaTesjia Lorfils RJ PoeMegan Copeland Hope Love Haley Roper

    Allan Foote Emma Lunan Jake Ruggles

    Josh Haag Jakob Martel Grayson Schwarz

    Sam Kaman Gabi Mulholland Cara Smith

    Rylie Kieny Amy Navarro Ally Soderdahl

    Kendall Kloza Samie Oxley Brittany Vahalik

    Nicolette Wickes

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    1st Semester Meeting DatesMeeting Wed., Sept 18Meeting Wed., Oct 2Meeting Wed., Oct 16Meeting Wed., Oct. 30Meeting Wed, Nov 20Meeting Wed, Dec 18

    2nd Semester Meeting DatesMeeting Wed, Jan 15Meeting Wed, Jan 29Meeting Wed, Feb 19Meeting Wed, March 5Meeting Wed, March 25Meeting Wed, April 2

    History Faire & Culture Fest Sat, April 5Meeting Wed, April 23Meeting Wed, May 7Meeting Wed, May 21

    2013-2014Meetings are from 3:30-4:30Rm. A116

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    Through the month of September, the

    2014 Legacy yearbook can be ordered

    for $45...that's $10 off the regular price!

    Beginning October 1st, the price will

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    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.

    Thank you!

    MONEY MATTERSAs 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, drivers 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.

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    We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our faculty

    appreciation breakfast on August 19th, it was a great success! We

    will be hosting three luncheons throughout the 2013-2014 school

    year! At these luncheons we provide and serve lunch to the entire

    faculty and staff of Tejeda Middle School! If you are interested in

    helping us serve or contribute items for these faculty luncheons,

    please contact Melissa Ling at [email protected] or Kendra Barnesat [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you and we

    will be in contact with you in Autumn! Our theme will be "Soups and

    Pies"! Our staff is souper and as sweet as pie!

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